Gurman Kennedy

July 9, 1936 – April 16, 2013

Gurman G. Kennedy is survived by his wife, Joyce Kennedy; daughter, Barbara Kennedy of Tampa, Fla.; son, Gurman G. Kennedy Jr. and wife, Karen of Beaulaville; son, Sherman Joseph Kennedy and wife, Billie of Richlands, son, Thurman James Kennedy and wife, Lois of Richlands; daughter, Susan Futrelle and husband, Greg of Gardendale, Ala.; stepson, Dwayne Little and wife, Lori of New Bern; stepdaughter, Terry King and husband, Wyatt of Las Cruces, N.M.; brother, Sherman Kennedy of Chinquapin. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and his best friend, Rocky, a chocolate lab.

Gurman spent 20 years and 2 months in the U.S. Army where he received an Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service 1st OLC, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device, two Bronze Star Medals, six Good conduct Medals, Army Commendation Medal 1st OLC. The European Occupation Medal and the Japanese Occupation Medal. He served in an elite group of soldiers called "Crazy Cats" that recently became declassified and was a member of the Armed Forces Security Agency.

Gurman also served as the chief of police in Richlands as well as Riverbend, N.C. for 17 years. He was a master mason at lodge #564 in Richlands. Gurman was a recipient of the Long Leaf Pine Award from the state of North Carolina for his genuine humanitarian service of great integrity and honor.

Gurman never met a stranger and had a unique gift of generosity that he used in his life locally and shared with others on a global level.

Flowers are welcomed or donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project and your local Humane Society. Friends are invited to sign the online guest book and share memories by visiting

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at Pollock-Best Funeral Home just prior to the funeral service which will be at 5:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20 at Greenleaf Memorial Park with military honors.

Arrangements are by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations.

Published in Jacksonville Daily News from Apr. 18 to Apr. 21, 2013