Dr. Wilber T. (Ken) Kennedy, 90, of Johnson City, died Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at the Appalachian Christian Village.
He was a native of Johnson City, born January 19, 1921, son of the late Dr. Wilber T. and Ruby E. Walker Kennedy. He was a graduate of Johnson City Public Schools and very active in Science Hill High School ROTC program as Corps Commander.
Dr. Kennedy was employed by Hamilton National Bank in 1939 then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941. He completed Officers Candidate School in 1943 and served domestically until he was sent overseas to the South Pacific Theatre. He was discharged with two battle stars.
Dr. Kennedy attended ETSU in 1946 to 47 and graduated Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1952. He practiced veterinary medicine with Young’s Animal Hospital in Johnson City until retirement in 1987.
He achieved life membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association and Southern Veterinary Medical Federation.
Dr. Kennedy was a lifelong member and deacon of Central Baptist Church. He served as Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor for the Sequoyah Council. He also was a member of the Rotary club from 1955 to 1991 and served as president from 1968 to 69. He attended District Conferences for 17 years and attended the Rotary International Meeting in Hawaii as representative of our club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Renelle Goodin Kennedy, in July of 2004.
Dr. Kennedy is survived by his daughter, Pat Kennedy, of Johnson City.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at the Morris-Baker Funeral Home.
A graveside service is scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in the Monte Vista Memorial Park under the direction of Dr. Ron Murray. Military honors will be accorded by the Boone Dam VFW and the Tennessee National Guard. Honorary pallbearers will be: Harry Harmon, Cecil Green, C.C. Marshall and John “Duke” Hall. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 9:45 a.m. on Friday.
Memorials may be made to: the Johnson City/Washington County Animal Shelter, 525 Sells Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37604; or the Washington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 4090, Johnson City, TN 37602-4090.
Online memorials may be made to: www.morrisbaker.com.
In charge of arrangements: Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37601 or (423) 282-1521.
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CHICAGO — Mrs. Thelma Woody Purdiman, Chicago, IL, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2011, after a brief illness.
She was born in Johnson City, TN, on November 28th, 1944, to the late Clarence and Martha Smith Woody and the granddaughter of the late Mrs. Martha Belton.
She is survived by four daughters and one son, all of Chicago; One sister, Gladys Forney, of Johnson City, TN; Seventeen grandchildren and four great grandchildren, all of Chicago; and a special friend, Mrs. Jackie Griffin, of Chicago; Several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held in Chicago, IL
Courtesy of Birchette Mortuary, Inc. (423) 926-6013, www.birchettemortuary.com