Emit C Kennedy

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Funeral services for Emit C. Kennedy, 79, of Hughes Springs will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, December 29, 2011at Missionary Baptist Church in Hughes Springs with Ricky Vestal officiating. A private family burial will follow at Salem Cemetery in Bloomburg under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home, Inc., in Hughes Springs. The family will receive visitors from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at the funeral home. Mr. Kennedy was born April 15, 1932 and passed away Monday, December 26 at a Hughes Springs nursing center. Mr. Kennedy became a Dallas Police officer in 1963. He moved to Hughes Springs in 1972 when he became Deputy Sheriff for Cass County, later he served as Hughes Spring Chief of Police from 1980 until he retired in 1997. Mr. Kennedy was in the U.S. Airforce and served during the Korean War. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Bloomburg, and was a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Kennedy is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Elois Kennedy; one son Randy Kennedy and his wife Delores; one daughter Rhonda Watson and her husband Gary; four grandchildren, Brie and Brandon Kennedy, and Erin and Andy Watson; two great-grandchildren Seth and Cole Kennedy; one sister Sharon Cash and her husband Tommy; extended family Mark and Lynn Meier, Mike and Kathy Wiltrout; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other family. Emit C. Kennedy was preceded in death by one son Ricky Kennedy; and parents E.M. and Oleta Kennedy. The family asks that memorials be made to Saint Jude, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, or the Gideons.

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  1. Sorry for your loss! Mr Kennedy and my dad (Mr Wendell Betts) were really great friends! I know they are catching up and talking about old times in heaven. Prayers to the family! The Betts Kimble Family

  2. Randy, Brenda and I are very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. He was an incredible man, and whose face I always think of when I think of Hughes Springs. Personally, he was a great mentor to me; someone I always admired both as a law enforcement officer and as a man. His legacy as a lawman in this part of the state was bigger than life itself. I know he was a great father and teacher to you, and I know what pride he must have felt to have you follow in his footsteps in law enforcement and as the police chief of Hughes Springs. I pray that in the coming days and weeks ahead, the pain of your loss is eased by your everlasting love for each other and the great memories of a lifetime together. May God give you strength, care, and comfort at this time. Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you and your family.

  3. Randy,So sorry to hear this new's.Know how you feel man.If I can do anything to help just ask.He will be greatly missed.William Barton

  4. I worked with EC when I was assisned to Central Patrol in the 60's. He had a funeral escort service. He was great fun to be around and will be missed.

  5. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Emit was larger than life. I have so many memories of him. I feel so blessed to have known him & worked with him. May God bless all of you.

  6. Randy and family, your dad truly was larger than life in the times I would see him around town. He always took time to speak to people and inquire how they were, even though in recent years his own health was failing. You have big, big shoes to fill and I am sure you will, and I am also sure your dad couldn't have been prouder of his son.Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. The highest honor a law enforcement officer can receive at his passing is the simple statement, "he was a good and honest cop" and E.C. was certainly both.I pray his family and friends can find comfort and peace in the blessings of our Lord at this time of sadness and grief.

  8. I grew up knowing you as the chief of Police in Hughes Springs, but the last 6 years you and Elois have become very special to my family. I am truely going to miss our visits! Your family will be in my prayers.Lots of love,Kathy, Clint, Brayden Harris & Cody, Chyenne, Garrett, Kelsey Murphy

  9. We share in your grief on the loss of your loved one. He was a respected and admired friend of ours and of the entire area which he served with single minded devotion: to be true to himself, family and friends, to the oath under which he served, and to the God he believed in.

  10. Hughes Springs, Texas has lossed a Great Man…He was a part of anyone that live in and around Hughes Springs…if you came to town…didn't matter what time of the day….you would see Emit…He was always there for me…I have lost a True Friend….And I will miss him….

  11. Emit was a neighbor & friend for a number of years, I know he will be missed , a long time part of Hughes Springs, He watched over my two kids as teenagers , we always new he would take care of them . My prayers are with the family ,

  12. We send to you our love and prayers in the loss of Emit. He was one of our favorite people. We have fond memories of him as we think back on the 26 years we have lived in Hughes Springs. May God bless!

  13. Elois, Randy, Rhonda and families, Eileen & I know how much you will miss Emit. But he has put his trust in our Lord and we know he is in his presence now. God bless and keep you.

  14. We are saddened by your loss and extend our heartfelt sympathy. We always enjoyed working with Emmett to add just the right touches to his beautiful truck(s) and visiting with him at the Wildflower Inn. He shared stories of trail rides, truck deliveries and occasionally, tales of law enforcement. His pride in his family was evident. Visiting with him was always delightful and we will always remember him.

  15. Dear Kennedy Family,I have such fond memories of being with Emit on Salt Grass. What a great man he was. May the peace of the Lord be with you allThe Dismukes FamilyPoncho, Julie & ColeChad & Amanda Dismukes

  16. i loved emit like a daddy and i'm gonna miss him. praying for ya'll, but he's in a better place. love all of ya…

  17. Rhonda and family,I am so sorry for your loss. I know he will be truly missed by your family, friends and the community. He was a great man. You and your family are in my prayers. Love, Carol

  18. Officer Kennedy tried his best to keep me straight in the late 60's in Oak Cliff when I was a teen. He was tough but fair and I loved him. He was the only good Dallas cop I ever met. He is part of my past that I will never forget!Your servant in Christ,Jim Rawlins

  19. Randy, Rhonda and family. So sorry for your loss. Your father was so full of life and that is how I was always remember him. When Steve and I were growing up with ya'll in Dallas, your Daddy was always the life of the party. I greatly admired him. I know that my Dad, Harold Kennedy, also greatly admired him. He will be missed. He was larger than life, like our John Wayne!

  20. So very sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Emit…He was a man that was larger than life and one of the best men I have ever known. You are all in our thoughts and prayer during this painful time.

  21. Emit and I worked ajoining beats at the DPD in the late 60's. I was able to visit with him when he was a Deputy with Cass County. I am glad I was able to visit at his home last March. He was good man and good Cop.

  22. So very sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed knowing Emit and working with him. I appreciate all he did for our community. Dr Ed Brockway

  23. I had to smile when I saw this page and Mr Kennedy on his horse. It brought back many memories of him and Hughes Springs. He will be missed. You are in my thoughts a prayers.

  24. Emit was a wonderful guy to grow up with, he taught me many things, like swimming, riding, hunting, etc, and I can remember (just like it was yesterday) the nite we took my little brother Judd to meet him so he could send him off to Vietnam. Judd was killed a month later, and Emit was the last (and most precious to Judd, and me) who saw him. I will always remember what a friend he was to me, thank you, Emit, love, your cousin, "Gene"

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