Raymond R. Kennedy
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Mr. Raymond Robert "DaddyRay" Kennedy, 98, of Waterloo, passed from his long, full life of 98 years while surrounded by his loving family on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. He was an elder for 35 years at Stewartsville Church of Christ and retired from the Southern Railroad after 38 years of service.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, from 1-3 p.m. at Greenview Funeral Home with the funeral service beginning at 3 p.m. in Greenview Memorial Chapel. Officiating will be Ellis Coats, Ray Frizzell, Larry Watkins and Wayne Gean. Burial will follow in Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Kennedy was preceded in death by his wife, Willine Lambert Kennedy; daughters, Jerry Diane Balentine and Mary Elizabeth Kennedy; sons-in-law, Charles David Phillips and Jimmy C. Johnson; and brothers, Bert, Marvin and Edward Kennedy.
He is survived by his daughters, Emilee Kennedy Johnson and Laura Jane Phillips; son-in-law, Lendon Balentine (Linda); sister, Lillian Belue; grandchildren, Bobby Kennedy Perry, Laura Perry Morris (David), Gregory Lendon Balentine (Jackie), Beth Balentine Burns (Michael), Laura Amanda Phillips, Jonathan Paul Phillips (Anna), Becky Phillips Holliday (Terry) and Lori Balentine Ray (Jeremy); 17 great-grandchildren; five adopted great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson, Caden Lee Kelley; and a special cousin, Andre' Reed. DaddyRay loved all of his children.
Active pallbearers will be Wesley Morris, Joseph Perry, Noah Phillips, Luke Phillips, Drew Burns, Dustin Burns, Bryson Burns, Ken Balentine, Nathan Balentine, Clay Holliday and Taylor Holliday.
Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Rice, Russ Lambert Jr., Dr. Tim Ashley and Dr. Felix Morris.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the ECM Hospital 5th floor nurses and 6th floor Palliative Care nurses for their wonderful care of DaddyRay. Also, to the Advantage Hospice team, especially nurse Jane Biffle.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
or Mars Hill Bible School.
An online guest book may be signed at greenviewmemorial.com.
Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.
Greenview Funeral Home
3657 Old Chisholm Road Florence, AL 35633
Published in Florence Times Daily on Oct. 1, 2013