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Franklin Delano Kennedy

November 25, 1933 ~ September 5, 2019 (age 85)

Franklin Delano Kennedy, age 85 of 4200 NC Hwy 93, Sparta, NC; passed away Thursday, September 5, 2019 at his residence.

He was born November 25, 1933 in Alleghany County, NC to the late Claude and Ella Cox Kennedy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by His three wives: Rena Phipps Kennedy, Ruth Thedford Kennedy and Betty Myers Kennedy; a son, Howard Kennedy; two brothers: Clarence and Delbert Kennedy; two sisters: Ruby Wiles and Pauline Kennedy.

Franklin is survived by three daughters: Rita K. Tillmes and husband Edward of Gulf Breeze, FL, Frankie K. Barnes and husband Bill of the home, Pamela K. Rutherford of Troutdale, VA; three sons: Burton Kennedy and wife Annie Lee of Sparta, Daryl Kennedy of Sparta, Bill Kennedy and wife Katherine of Wilkesboro; twenty-one grandchildren: Melissa Olson, Kristopher Rutherford, Tiffany Flores, Rebecca Jones, Rachel Rector, Renee` Mahan, Reanna Cockerham, James Rutherford, Jesse Rutherford, Burton Kennedy, Jr, Angie Lewis, Linda Kennedy, Benny Kennedy, Christa Finney, Joshua Kennedy, Jessie Smythers, Joe Kennedy, Jamie Bare, and Terina Poland, Danny Barnes, David Gentry; thirty-five great-grandchildren; five great great-grandchildren; Nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services to honor the life of Franklin will be held at 2:30 pm Sunday, September 8, 2019 at New Home Free Will Baptist Church in Piney Creek with the Reverends Eric Miller and Danny Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Kennedy Cemetery in the Turkey Knob Community.

The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service at the church and other times at the residence.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Medi-Home Hospice of Alleghany, PO Box 1287 Sparta, NC 28675.

Eric Thomas Funeral Service Licensee, LLC is honored to be serving the Kennedy Family. If you wish, online condolences may be extended to the family at

Donations may be made to:

Medi Home Hospice of Alleghany
PO Box 1287, Sparta NC 28675

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