Joe Glen Kennedy

Published 11:42 am Thursday, October 17, 2013


Joe Glen Kennedy, 83, of Sandy Hook, Miss., Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe.

He was born in Walthall County, Miss., on Oct. 14, 1930 to Monroe and Allie Berry, now deceased. He graduated from Dexter High School on April 12, 1948, and joined the Air Force. He and his wife, Nancy Josephine Reitan Kennedy, of Waubun, Minn., were married on Aug. 1, 1951, in the state of Maryland.

Joe retired from the Air Force with the rank of Sr. Master Sgt. on June 30, 1968. Soon after, he served as computer center manager at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge. But ultimately, his dream was to return to the Mississippi countryside where he was raised. He realized that dream in 1974, when he was offered a job as a computer instructor at Northshore Technical College (now Northshore Technical Community College) in Bogalusa, where he remained until retirement in July 1991.

As long as his body would carry him, he loved participating in church activities, hunting and fishing, gardening and canning vegetables, and he even became a pretty good cook. He loved his family dearly, was a good friend to many and faithfully served his community.

Joe is survived by his wife, Nancy; two children, Daniel M. Kennedy and Kathleen M. Kennedy; and three siblings, Bonnie Sumrall, Patricia Holmes and Jerry Kennedy. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Melissa Christin Kennedy, David Monroe Kennedy, Rachel Elizabeth Kennedy Sgroi, Eric Reitan Kennedy, and stepchildren Lisa Carpenter, Konstyantyn Morozyuk and Leeza Manning; and three great-grandchildren, Maxwell Monroe Kennedy, Darek Nathaniel Kennedy and Dominic Kennedy Sgroi.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Denver and Elton Kennedy, and one sister, Clara Kennedy Seals.

A viewing will be held Friday, Oct. 18 at Zion Lutheran Church in Bogalusa from 5 – 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time for the funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Briarwood Baptist Church Cemetery in Stateline, where there will be a brief viewing and burial service.

Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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