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David Keith Kennedy

Hattiesburg, MS

He wouldn't want nor does he need a typical obituary; in fact, if there were a way to have this printed on the cover of Rolling Stone, he would have arranged for it years ago. Husband, father, grandfather, master chef, rock star, Hall-of-Famer, and life of the party (that he was most likely responsible for throwing), David Keith Kennedy was a man with many hats—each with a matching pair of ridiculous boots.

He left fifty-three years worth of hilarious, obnoxious, amazing, beautiful memories behind when he passed away from heart complications on Sunday evening, December 28, at Wesley Medical Center. Many of these memories were created over several decades at Howard Industries where he served as Director of Logistics. Even more were made with members of his church family whom he served diligently in the forms of food, music, and fellowship; even more importantly, he served his God in all that he did.

The most numerous and precious of these memories belong to his family. As atypical as his obituary, so was the word 'family' to Keith Kennedy. Family extended far beyond bloodlines and last names. He spent his entire life creating a close-knit group of people—in the Sigma Nu house, Parkway Heights UMC, The Open Door, The End Zone, etc.—who felt and continue to feel the power of his love. He is survived by his "smokin'-hot" wife, Paige, the love of his life and the center of his world; by his son, Cody, his first child and his spitting image both inside and out; by three daughters—Kelly, who he raised to be a smart, outspoken, wonderful woman and mother, Hannah, who always shared his love of rock and roll and who he always reminded deserved the same love he felt for her mother, and Nicole, who was the other pea in his pod. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Drew and Kylie, who have already learned so much from "Papa Keith."

Keith Kennedy taught all of his children so much, sometimes with words he spoke, but often by example.

Find what you want and take it.

It's okay to be wrong.

A father loves his children no matter what they do.

Breaking rules isn't one of the things you should worry about; getting caught is.

It doesn't matter who likes you—if you're being the best, truest version of yourself, the people who love you will so greatly outshine the rest, you won't even notice them.

You can still be one hell of a man even with a tramp stamp and six Crock Pots.

Love the one you love. Really love them. As hard as you can.

And finally, 'if you wanna get to Heaven, you gotta raise a little hell!"

Services to be held at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014. Visitation is at 11 am; the funeral service is at 1 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Rice and Beans Ministry at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church.

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Published in Hattiesburg American on Dec. 30, 2014.
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February 15, 2015
I just saw that Keith has passed away - I am very sorry. I truly liked him and while it had been a long time since we saw each other I remember us talking about our Sigma Nu and swimming memories. I truly wish I had been able to hang out with him again. There will always be an empty place on this earth without him. Our prayers are with you. John Solomon.
January 23, 2015
Tex. I'll always see you in that Blue Hornet drifting the corners son. To your family i send my prayers that the peace of seeing you again will sustain them until they do. I know without a doubt that heaven just got a whole jolt wagon of joy added to the mix. God speed ole boy! Your old buddy David Mann
David Mann
January 6, 2015
A great loss to all of us. May he rest in Peace.
Jerry Hodge
January 4, 2015
I was devastated to learn of Keith passing, he was my friend and customer at Waffle House for many years.I use to bake German chocolate cakes for him, my brother even bought his house. He was a funny and really great person. I see him in heaven on his bike on his way to the great Sturgis in the sky.
Eddie Adams
January 4, 2015
Our prayers are with you!
Marvin and Bitsy Browne Miller
January 3, 2015
I don't think I ever met you, but remember Keith from high school and the Hub Fins swim team. I remember him being encouraging to me when I became discouraged. Always, I have wished that I had maintained more contact than just at the reunions with him. I am so sorry for your loss.
Joseph Saenz
January 2, 2015
My dearest Paige, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. May God comfort you and ease the hurt in your hearts.
Joy (Necaise) Shively
January 2, 2015
I knew & worked with Keith for 28 years - I was heartbroken to learn of his passing. At his service Wednesday - it was said that Keith was "bigger than life". That described Keith perfectly in my opinion. I'm grateful to have been blessed by knowing him and working with him. I know Keith was smiling "big-time" as he was looking down from Heaven at the celebration of his life. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family.
Jackie Kerr
January 2, 2015
So sorry for your loss. Hope knowing he is with the Lord now will bring you comfort.
Sylvia Richmond Morgan
January 1, 2015
Nita& Rex Davis
December 31, 2014
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers
Debbie Wood
December 31, 2014
I was so sorry to learn your husband passed away. Praying God will send comfort to you and your family.
Maxine Bennett Coleman
December 31, 2014
Rock and Roll, Brother Rock and Roll
December 31, 2014
Miss and love you. Say hey to my folks.
Paige Shearer
December 31, 2014
Paige, I didn't get to meet Keith but reading all the wonderful comments about him on Facebook gave me a chance to know about him. Sounds like his life was like a road map. Through highways and byways he touched so many lives. He seemed to always bring the ones he met on the road a joyous encounter. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. Love you, Paige.
Mary Shiyou
December 31, 2014
Goodbye my friend. I wish I'd known you better. Wish I could be there today to pay my respects. God speed.
Dale Worrell
December 31, 2014
This is such a blow. But, Heaven will love him, we will so miss him. The obit did put a smile on my face. Bless you family TEX!
Ashley Booth
December 31, 2014
Paige. I am so sorry to hear about your precious husband. Reading the obituary makes me wish I new him. I know he will be greatly missed by friends and family. I pray God will hold you close and comfort you. You remain in my prayers, Love Angie Dunn
Angie Dunn
December 31, 2014
Paige and kids, Heaven is a better place now. He's probably already in the praise band! R.I.P. Tex, a true man and friend. Pat Zachary.
pat Zachary
December 31, 2014
I will miss you brother!
David "Red" Rayborn
December 30, 2014
Paige I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Kim Ousley
December 30, 2014
Tex was the ever present face of Sigma Nu when I joined. He remains so more than 30 years later. Genuine, caring, funny, a true Brother's brother.
Scott Clark
December 30, 2014
Heartfelt Condolences-Rick & Beth Bice
December 30, 2014
Rest in peace or start a Rock Band in Heaven! Just include our precious Betty Davis Pryor! You and she will always live in our hearts here on Earth until we join you in Eternity. God Bless!
Nita and Rex Davis
December 30, 2014
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
December 30, 2014
The most wonderful human being I have ever met and loved. His kindness and love was unbelievable. I will miss him for the rest of my life but I will be looking for him in my dreams. My love to sweet Paige and his beautiful children. Love you all!
Ellie Gilanshah
December 30, 2014
Paige, Cody, Kelly, Hannah and Nicole my sincere condolences for the loss of Keith "Tex" KK. He was loved and cherished by all who knew him! I will like many cherish the precious memories of a wonderful man, husband and friend! I send you all my prayers and love!
Debbie Rowell
December 30, 2014
Our family is saddened by your loss, we are keeping all of you in our prayers. Keith's obituary reads like a fun and wonderful showcase of his personality, heart and spirituality; very well written. May he always be with you, watching and keeping you.
Donna Langham-Hays
December 30, 2014
Heaven is a happier place as of this past Saturday...
Norman Carnovale
December 30, 2014
Tex, You were an original swimmer and an original friend. We wouldn't have it any other way! Coach and Blue
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