Jesse Kennedy, 75, of Roaring River passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Monday, July 29, 2019. He was born Dec. 20, 1943, the second son born to Maude and Foy Kennedy.

He excelled in school and graduated two years early from North Wilkes High School in 1960. He went on to study at Appalachian State University, and took a job at Holly Farms that would encompass the majority of his employment career, mostly as a construction supervisor.  He met his wife, Dale Kennedy, while on the job, and their marriage spanned 50 years up to the time of his passing.

He was known in the neighborhood as someone who was more than happy to help anyone repair anything, whether it be a welding job, carpentry work or even plumbing. He greatly enjoyed tilling the neighbors' gardens when asked to do so. He loved his family, and there was nothing he wouldn't have done for them. He had a lifelong love of both cats and dogs, and we were never without one generation or another of these pets, no matter where his job had him relocate.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maude and Foy Kennedy; an infant son, Marty Kennedy; and two brothers, Jasper and Gene Kennedy.

He is survived by his wife, Dale; his son, Chris and wife, Denise; his daughter, Cindy Dillard and husband, David; his granddaughters, Chloe Kennedy, Selina Richardson and Nicole Richardson; a grandson, Chris Kennedy Jr.; one step-granddaughter, Chelsey Parsons, three great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Walter Kennedy and wife, Wanda, Brenda Bowers, Bernice Robinson and husband, Howard, Barbara Caldwell and husband, Mike, Sally Andrews and husband, Robert, Betty Daye and husband, Matt, and Ray Kennedy and wife, Beverly.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Mike Caldwell. Burial will follow at Little Stone Mountain Church Cemetery in Traphill. The Kennedy family will  receive friends one hour prior to the funeral.

Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Kennedy family.

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