Harlen Thomas "H.T." Kennedy Sr.

KENNEDY, HARLEN THOMAS "H.T." SR., 88, of Louisville, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in Louisville.

H.T. was born in Rockport, KY, on July 22, 1924 to parents, Robert and Ida Mae Kennedy. During World War II, H.T. fought for his country in Europe and received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After returning home to Rockport, H.T. worked in the coal mines for 39 years. In 1960 he married his high school sweetheart, Emma Rhea Ashby from Centertown, KY. H.T. was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, a Boy Scout leader, and a member of the Freemasons. At the time of his death, H.T. was a member of Beulah Presbyterian Church in Louisville.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Emma Rhea (Ashby) Kennedy; sister, Juanita Kennedy Park of Rockport, KY; children, Harlen Kennedy Jr. (Brenda) of Calhoun, KY, Paul Walton (Jan) of Westminster, CO, John Kennedy (Kelly) of Crestwood, KY, and Peri Jacobson (Bruce) of Louisville; grandchildren, Robert Kennedy, Reggie Kennedy, Shane Kennedy, Carly Kennedy, Zachary Kennedy, Sean Jacobson, Emily Jacobson and Michelle Hopper; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

His funeral is 10 a.m. Friday EDT at Beulah Presbyterian Church, 6701 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY, 40291, with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Central City, KY, at noon CDT. Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Fern Creek Funeral Home, 5406 Bardstown Road, Louisville.

Memorial gifts: his church memorial fund or Parkinson's Disease Foundation.



Funeral Home

Fern Creek Funeral Home - Louisville
5406 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40291
(502) 499-1361

Published in The Courier-Journal on Mar. 27, 2013