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OBIT: Mrs. Betty Kennedy

Mrs. Betty Kennedy

Life-long Pleasant Shade Community resident, Mrs. Betty Kennedy, died at 8:07 a.m. Tuesday morning August 13, 2019, one day after her 82nd birthday, at the Smith County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage where she had been receiving therapy as the result of a fractured hip since June 10, 2019.

Eld. Gerald Rich and Mrs. Kennedy’s pastor, Eld. Scott Rigsby, officiated at the Friday afternoon funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial following the 1 p.m. services was beside her husband, John D., in the Pleasant Shade Cemetery.

One of two children born to the late Ernest Hart (Doc) Sutton who died at the age of 87 on October 31, 1989 and Beulah Edward Sloan Sutton who died at the age of 105 on February 10, 2010, she was born Betty Florence Sutton on August 12, 1937.

Her only sibling, a brother, Ellis Hart Sutton died June 9, 2000 at the age of 73.

Mrs. Kennedy was a 1955 graduate of Smith County High School where it was said of her in the annual; “a gracious woman retaineth honor”. Mrs. Kennedy was active in the Dramatics Club and the Future Homemakers of America.

On May 23, 1955 in Celina she was united in marriage to a Nashville native who grew up in the Defeated Creek Community, John D. Kennedy, who died at the age of 73 on September 14, 2009.

Mrs. Kennedy was employed as a seamstress at the former Carthage Shirt Corporation for thirteen years before her retirement.

She was saved as a young girl, was baptized and became a member of the Pleasant Shade Upper Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her two children, Michael Kennedy of the Pleasant Shade Community, Jeanene Kennedy Halliburton and husband Stacey of the Buffalo Community; three grandchildren, Dr. John Wesley Halliburton and wife Samantha also of the Buffalo Community, Andrew Kennedy and wife Keisha of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Amanda Kennedy Ray and husband Dusty of Carthage; six great-grandchildren, Mason Holladay, Evvy Ray, Bash Halliburton, Thea Kennedy, Haddie Kennedy and Abigail Halliburton; sister-in-law, Mildred Kennedy Green of Carthage.

The Kennedy family has requested memorials to the Pleasant Shade Cemetery Mowing Fund.