October 25, 1928-April 15, 2021
The Lord eternally healed Kenneth Barnhill in the early hours of April 15, 2021. A resident of Rocky Mount, N.C. for most of his life, he convalesced with his family in Castalia and Cove City for his last few years.
Kenneth was born to Margaret Ruby Barnhill and Wilbur Mark Barnhill, but, his mother died within a month from complications in childbirth. Kenneth was given the gift of her name, and taken to raise by his aunt and uncle, and volunteer parents, Lela and Ira Barnhill. Wilbur, Lela, and Ira predeceased Kenneth, along with his beloved wife, Patricia Davis Barnhill, two younger sisters, Arlene and Shirley and a special friend of his later years, Marie Sutton.
Kenneth is survived by a younger brother, Glenn, two children Kenneth Michael Barnhill with wife Belinda, and Donna Barnhill Cassell with husband Herschell Cassell, Jr. , his grandchildren Kristen Barnhill McCoy and husband Charlie McCoy, Kathleen Barnhill Brinson with husband Joe Brinson, Herschell Cassell III with wife Kristin Cassell, and Chase Cassell with wife Sarah Cassell, and great grandchildren, Garrett, Wyatt, Greenly, Weston, Lucas, Maxine and Avery.
Kenneth was a proud graduate of Rocky Mount Senior High School, Class of 1947, and attended reunions into his 90's. He answered his country's call to honorable service in Korea with the U.S. Army. He spent his work life in the optical field and engaged in remote learning to become a Licensed Optician serving the Rocky Mount/Wilson areas.
Kenneth was happiest when loving and supporting his family, but, was also fascinated with trains, both full sized and model.
Kenneth's remains will be buried beside those of his wife Pat's at Pineview Cemetery, Rocky Mount, N.C. in a private family ceremony on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. His life will be remembered and celebrated during morning worship at Core Creek Free Will Baptist Church in Cove City, N.C. where he worshiped the last few years.
The family thanks Dr. Frederick, the CarolinaEast staff, the staff of the Kitty Adkins Hospice Center for caring for Kenneth during his final days, along with the care of the Veterans Administration in Greenville, N.C. throughout his life. Memorials may be sent to the Kitty Adkins Center, the Veteran's charity of your choice
or the memorial fund at Core Creek Free Will Baptist Church.