KENNY, Emanuel Joseph, Jr., the son of Emanuel Joseph Kenney, Sr. and Sadie Fleming Kenny, was born on April 19, 1926 and departed this earth on April 5, 2021. Emanuel grew up in Richmond, Va. He married Lucille Hewlett on June 15, 1949, who predeceased him in 2015.
Emanuel attended and was a former member of Moore Street Baptist Church. He graduated from Maggie L. Walker High School and was a proud team member of the Maggie L. Walker High School football team. Emanuel served in the military, first in the U.S. Navy and subsequently in the U.S. Army.
Emanuel received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Virginia Union University in 1954 and his Master of Social Work from Atlanta University in 1956.
Emanuel spent his entire professional career with the United States Department of Administration, Office of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. His first assignment was in Hampton, Va. as a psychiatric social worker from 1956 to 1963. In 1993, Emanuel concluded his career with the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers from the Coatesville Veterans Administration Medical Center, after attaining many achievements and recognitions for his achievement despite the many challenges he encountered, including racism.
Always one to uplift and greet you with a kind word, Emanuel was involved in numerous civic activities, and received numerous awards and accommodations.
Emanuel was a proud active member of Phi Beta Sigma, Inc. since 1954 when he became a Brother at the Virginia Union University Lambda Chapter. Emanuel held many offices, and for 16 years, served as the Sigma Zeta Liaison (Philadelphia Zetas, the Norristown Zetas, and West Chester, Pa. Zetas). Emanuel received numerous fraternal distinctions, including the Raymond S. Bounds Sr. Award, Nu Sigma's highest distinction, and Prominent Brother of Service, the Eastern Region's highest distinction. He is only the seventh Brother from Nu Sigma and the 144th Brother nationally to receive this distinction. Emanuel also is a past recipient of the A. Philip Randolph Sigma of the Year, a Regional Award. Emanuel probably was most proud of having been inducted into the Distinguished Service Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. in July, 2004.
Emanuel was known for his erudition, generosity, wonderful sense of humor, and his love and devotion to his family.
Emanuel is survived by his daughter, Alfreida B. Kenny, Esq.; his son, William H. Davis III and wife, Carlene Davis; his grandchildren, Taunya Renee Davis, Kesha Davis, Taisha Smith, Devon Chandler, Tina White and Carla Davis; great-grandchildren; nieces, Alease Payne Jackson, Dr. Geraldine Hewlett Ellison and Rose Hewlett; nephews, John A. Hewlett Jr. and Douglas Hewlett; cousins, Dr. James F. Kenney, Katherine McCoy Reed, Samuel McCoy, Wilma Kenney Battle, Markeeta Waytes, Ruby Sumner; other cousins and family members.
The Homegoing service for Emanuel was held on April 12, 2021 in West Chester, Pa. and the burial service was held on April 13, 2021 at the Roselawn Memory Gardens Cemetery, Glen Allen, Va.
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Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on May 9, 2021.