William Hayden Kennedy (86) passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at his home in Wheeler. He enjoyed making music, going to church, attending Wheeler basketball games, Ole Miss athletics, watching Westerns and spending time with his grandchildren. He traveled singing gospel music for 35+ years. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 pm Friday, January 29, 2021 in the Baldwyn Chapel of Kesler Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Gasaway and Bro. Ray Guin officiating. Visitation will be 5-8 pm Thursday, January 28, 2021 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Hayden is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Kennedy of Wheeler; his sons, Mitchell Kennedy (Pam) of Wheeler and Johnny Kennedy (Debbie) of Booneville; his daughter, Terri Lynn Nelson(Troy) of Florida; his brothers, Jackie Kennedy (Shirley) of Jumpertown and Larry Kennedy (Sherry) of Blackland; his grandchildren, Matt Kennedy (LeAnn) of Virginia, Shane Kennedy (Michelle) of Ripley, Charity Dunn (Cody) of Booneville, Jeremy Kennedy (Courtney) of Saltillo, Megan Walker of Booneville, Craig Eaton of Texas, Jonathon Nelson of Florida and Katie Gentry of Marietta and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Earl and Gladys Kennedy; his sister, Alma Kennedy and his brother, Houston Kennedy.
Pallbearers are; Jeremy, Matt and Shane Kennedy, Thomas Bridges, Stanley Barnett, Randy Moore, Jakob Prater and Cody Dunn.
Honorary pallbearers will be his great-grandchildren.
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