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March 14, 2022


Joseph Emmitt Kennedy

September 11, 1944 - March 13, 2022

Joseph Emmitt Kennedy, age 77 and a resident of Franklinton, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday afternoon March 13, 2022 at his home. He worked as a pipe-welder for Avondale Shipyards for 25 years with the latter years as a foreman and superintendent. Joe was a talented welder that created many special techniques and procedures, which he was recognized for and the company still uses to this day, including the first welding applications for Titanium. He served his country and community in the Louisiana Army-National Guard for six years. Joe loved God first and foremost in his life and read his Bible every day, even acting as a Bible scholar to family and fellow church members. He attended United Faith UPC in Bogalusa for several years and was a member of Stateline United Pentecostal Church for the last 20 years. Joe had obtained a theological degree and often served his churches as an associate pastor, Sunday School teacher and Superintendent and many other duties, anything needed to help his church family. He enjoyed woodworking and later in life began drawing in his spare time. Joe had a fun-loving personality and could do spot-on imitations of people and characters including the perfect accents. He was a very genuine and humble person and always had an uplifting spirit that he shared while visiting with the people he met. He was always a loving, husband, father, friend and church member and will be fondly missed by all that knew him.

Survived by: Wife of 54 years: Catherine Hill Kennedy of Franklinton; 2 Daughters: Catherine Denise Talley, Sherry Rebecca Kennedy both of Franklinton; Grandson and Spouse: Gavin Joseph Kennedy and Ashley McCord Kennedy; Sister: Martha Antonia Hobmeier of West Des Moines, Iowa and her children Cassandra Muse and Jon Crees; Sisters in law and Brothers in law: Patricia Ann and John Ezell, Susan Diane and Mark Daigle, Kimberly Jo and Timothy Martin; Also numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins

He was preceded in death by his parents Clyde Kennedy and Evelyn Bourgeois Kennedy, father in law James William Hill, mother in law and step-father-in-law Lois and Frank Balcer, brother in law James Edward Hill

Visitation will be at Stateline United Pentecostal Church (494 Simon Road, Tylertown, MS) on Thursday March 17th from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. A funeral service will be held in the church at 1:00 pm Thursday with Rev. Brandon Wilkins and Rev. W.L. Tullos officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers: Gavin Kennedy, Daryl Burnthorn, Colton Sullivan, Raymond Myers, Wayne Fortenberry, Phillip Rowell

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