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04/08/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Jody Kennedy

Joseph Price Kennedy
(10 Oct 1958 - 06 Apr 2010)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  
   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Thursday morning. 
   Jody Kennedy passed away at home in Newport News on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at the age of 51.  He was the younger brother of    Van Wayne Kennedy ('60) of VA,   Rufus Kennedy ('63) of VA, and of the late Rannie Kennedy ('58) (07 Oct 1940 - Nov 1973).

From the Daily Press - 04/08/10:

                 Joseph Price Kennedy

    NEWPORT NEWS - Joseph 'Jody' Price Kennedy, 51, died at home from Alzheimer's Disease on Tuesday, April 6, 2010.

Jody was a lifelong resident of the area and attended the Happy Class at Liberty Baptist Church. He was a member of Boy Scout Explorer Pack, Post 140 at Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Center. He lived for many years at the Sawyer House and worked at the Arc. Jody spent his last two years bringing sunshine into the home of Rufus and Audrey Kennedy.

Jody was born Oct. 10, 1958, in Newport News.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Clarine C. Kennedy; his father, Rufus R. Kennedy Sr.; and his brother, Rannie Dewitt Kennedy, who died in the line of duty as a young Virginia State Trooper.
Jody Kennedy
Jody's smile and zest for life will be remembered and missed by his brothers, Van Wayne Kennedy of Hampton and Rufus R. Kennedy Jr. of Newport News and wife, Audrey; nieces, Renee Kennedy, Kathy Johnson and Samantha Kennedy; stepniece, Kristin Dallos; nephews, Scott and Ryan Kennedy; family and friends.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank Gloria Daniels, Clarine Moore and the staffs of the Arc, Eggelston Services and Riverside Hospice for their care of and devotion to Jody.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, also at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. Friends and family are invited to 5 Squires Place in Newport News after the service.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from  April 8 to April 9, 2010.


April 07, 2010
Dear Rufus and family...
We have loved Jody forever. I truly believe he was the best part of our life on this earth. The lessons he taught us in life will remain with us forever and hopefully make us better people just by knowing him. If you need anything at all, please call on us... we will be there for you. Just remember all of the wonderful love Jody brought to our lives. Now he is with your dad.... he is whole and is probably riding a bike and playing the games he could never do here.
We love all of you...

~ Susie Culp (Back), Newport News, Virginia

April 07, 2010

  I will always keep "Bubba Man" ( Jody) in my heart forever!

~ Clarine Moore, Virginia

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April 07, 2010

Dear Rufus and Audrey,
Words can't express the joy and happiness Jody brought to my life!
I will always remember Jody for his bright “smile" and beautiful "blue eyes". We loved him but God loved him best so he decided to send his special Angels to come set Jody, aka. "Bubba Man" free of all pain & misery.
Always know I'm a phone call away if you need me.
I will be forever grateful God allowed Jody to be a part of my life and he shall stay in my heart forever.
It will be the little things
that you will remember,
the quiet moments,
the smiles, the laughter.
And although it may seem
hard right now,
it will be the memories
of these little things
that help to push
away the pain
and bring the smiles
back again.

With Loving Memories

With Sincerest Sympathy
Love you both

~ Clarine Moore, Virginia

April 07, 2010

  "Jody Fellow" has always been our light, our love, our sunshine and our joy. Our 51 years with Jody have taught us many lessons, but none so profoundly as loving unconditionally and living in the moment. Jody Fellow was John Boy and the Waltons, petting dogs, loving to dance, cookies and milk at night, wrestling, taking naps, swiping your baseball hat, eating fried chicken, hamburgers and french fries, and remembering everyone's birthday and how old you were. Jody liked to smile. Bubba Rannie has been waiting for Jody and along with Mom and Dad are taking Jody by his hand and welcoming him into God's Kingdom where he will never hurt again. We will always miss you and we will always love you, Jody Fellow, and we are so glad you were in our lives. Judy Kennedy Currie and Marty Currie

~ Judy and Marty Currie, Clayton, North Carolina
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April 07, 2010

Dear Rufus and Audrey -
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both during this difficult time.
In sympathy,
Earl, Barbara and Carla Morin

~ Earl, Barbara and Carla Morin
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April 08, 2010

Jody will always be "My Man Jody". My prayers are with you during this time.

~ Unsigned


April 08, 2010

Dear Rufus Kennedy Family,
We are very sorry to hear about Jody. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. He will certainly be missed.

Hazel Turner and son Mike
~ Hazel Turner, Newport News, Virginia

April 08, 2010

Thanks for your smile Jody, it was always a pleasure to see. My prayers are with you Rufus and Audrey
~ Steve Stallings, Newport News, Virginia

April 08, 2010

We are sad to hear about Jody. Our prayers are with you. It was fun growing up with him, playing pranks on the other guys. Miss you. Bobby and Patty Pritchard
~ Patty Truitt, Tennessee

April 09, 2010

~ H


   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Jody's family and friends at this time.

From the Daily Press - Sunday, July 19, 1998:


NEWPORT NEWS - Rufus R. Kennedy Sr., 77, died Saturday, July 18, 1998, at The Governors Inn Retirement Home. A native of Dawsonville, Mr. Kennedy had been a resident of Newport News for 60 years.

He retired as the vocational training director for the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Center after 25 years. He was a member of the Lions Club and VFW Post No. 176 and was also active in numerous community service organizations.

Mr. Kennedy was preceded in death by his wife, Clarine S. Kennedy, and his son, Rannie D. Kennedy.

He is survived by three sons, Van Wayne Kennedy of Hampton, Rufus R. Kennedy Jr. of Newport News and Joseph "Jody" Kennedy of Hampton; one brother, Bernard Kennedy of Gordonsville; and five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Tuesday, July 21, at Peninsula Funeral Home at 2 p.m. with burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Monday, July 20, at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to The Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Center.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

I'll Fly Away

Written by
Albert E. Brumley
, 1929
(29 Oct 1905 – 15 Nov 1977)

Some bright morning when this life is over
I'll fly away
To that home on God's celestial shore
I'll fly away

I'll fly away oh glory
I'll fly away (in the morning)
When I die hallelujah by and by
I'll fly away

When the shadows of this life have gone
I'll fly away
Like a bird from these prison walls I'll fly
I'll fly away

Oh how glad and happy when we meet
I'll fly away
No more cold iron shackles on my feet
I'll fly away

Just a few more weary days and then
I'll fly away
To a land where joys will never end
I'll fly away

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