John E. Kennedy

John E. Kennedy, 78, of Buckhannon, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in


He was born July 8, 1935, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late Everett and Faith Fowler Kennedy.

On Dec. 14, 1957, he married Dixie Dew Hamrick, who preceded him in death Feb. 24, 2014.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Priscilla Bailey.

He is survived by one son, John Bruce Kennedy and wife, Michael Lisa, of Tampa, Fla.; one grandson, Evan Kennedy of Tampa, Fla.; one granddaughter, Casey Kennedy of Tampa, Fla.; and one brother, Myles Kennedy of Spearfish, S.D.

Mr. Kennedy was a desk clerk at the Centennial Motel and served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960. He was a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. John’s joys included his grandchildren, fishing and visiting with family and friends. West Virginia Wesleyan College had a special place in his heart. He enjoyed cheering for the athletic teams and following the WVWC basketball team to all of their tournaments. John was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He has great friendships from his time there and has continued to be a father figure to many of the brothers. He touched many lives and has enjoyed receiving calls and letters from students expressing their thanks and promising to pay it forward.

A memorial gathering will be conducted Saturday, June 28, from 2-2:30 p.m. at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church with a memorial service starting at 2:30 p.m. There will be refreshments following the memorial service at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Online condolences may be made to the family at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.