Mark Edward Kennedy, 66, of Murray, Kentucky, died Saturday, Dec. 19 in Nashville, Tennessee surrounded by his family.
He was born June 19, 1954, in Murray, Kentucky, to Keith and Jean Kennedy, who preceded him in death.
He graduated from Murray High School, attended Murray State University, and retired from Murray Electric System in 2015. He was an Eagle Scout and a lifelong explorer and finder of forgotten treasures, from artifacts to mushrooms to rare, vintage hood ornaments. Beneath his quiet, unassuming demeanor was a curious and active mind that encompassed centuries of local history. Always a kid at heart, as a father he built champion soapbox derby cars and delighted in decorating his entire yard for Halloween, his favorite holiday. A beloved cousin of the extended Kennedy family, his country hams were the centerpiece of many holiday feasts. He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he served as an acolyte during childhood and an usher as an adult.
Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife, Emily Gore Kennedy of Murray, sons Nathan Gore Kennedy and Kyle Radford Kennedy, daughter Bailey Jean Kennedy, all of Murray; granddaughter, Kaylen Marie Kennedy of South Haven, MS; sister and brother-in-law, Krista and Tony Thompson, nephew and niece, Drew Kennedy Thompson and Chelsee Thompson Ryan, all of Murray.
A family funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 22, 2020.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Murray, 503 Maple Street, Murray, Kentucky 42071 or the Boy Scouts of America, Troop #45, c/o First United Methodist Church of Murray, 503 Maple Street, Murray, Kentucky 42071.
Online condolences can be made at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com