SMITHVILLE – Jimmie Frances Cantrell Kennedy, 74, died on Tuesday, Feb, 11, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on Sept. 28, 1939, in Smithville, she was a daughter of the late Charles Edward and Frances Beatrice Lantrip Cantrell. She was a graduate of Smithville High School, Class of 1957. On Feb. 9, 1958, she married Ira C. Kennedy. She worked at Security Bank before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Soft-spoken, kind, unselfish, strong in her beliefs and a wonderful mother and grandmother, her church and family were an essential part of her life. She enjoyed genealogy, gardening, cross-stitching, going to the Wellness Center and visiting the Smokey Mountains.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Ira Clayton Kennedy of Smithville; daughter, Amy Snow (John) of Smithville; sons, Gregg Kennedy (Susan) of Smithville, Kevin Kennedy (Bobbie) of Charleston, Keith “Pete” Kennedy (Kitsi) of Guntown, Wesley Kennedy (Teka) of Union City, Tenn., and Paul Kennedy (Misty) of Smithville; grandchildren, Thomas Kennedy (Bonny), Kara Burks (Colby), Ben Kennedy, Hannah Crawford (Clint), Chelsey Gazaway (Andrew), Austin Kennedy, Dillon Kennedy, Brandi Bridges, Halle Kennedy, Tucker Kennedy, Hayden Kennedy, Lane Kennedy, Brock Kennedy, Mollie Rose Kennedy, Ashtyn Hensley and Marley Kate Snow; great-grandchildren, Analyn Crawford and Chase Burks; sister, Joy Jordan (Larry) of Gainesville, Fla.; brothers, Eddie Cantrell (Carol) of Starkville and R.W. Cantrell (Jane) of Amory; brother-in-law, Lawrence E. “Rabbit” Kennedy of Wren; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb, 14, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bishop Matthew Westcott presiding. Burial will follow in Smithville Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Thomas, Austin, Tucker, Ben, Dillon, Brock and Hayden Kennedy; Colby Burks; Clint Crawford; and Andrew Gazaway. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Fredrick, Billy Waddle, George Bowen, Chris McKissick, Robin Fredrick, Jimmy Nash, Wayne Thompson, Smithville High Class of 1957, Mike Comer, Dr. James Monroe, C.D. Leech and Troy Williams.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Ronald McDonald House Charities, Memphis, 26345 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1263; or to Wegener’s Foundation, Inc. 3705 South George Mason Drive, Suite 1813 South, Falls Church, VA 22041.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
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