Lufkin civil rights leader, community servant Bettie Kennedy dies

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A longtime community servant in Lufkin has died.

Rev. Bettie Kennedy was 84.

Lufkin City Councilman and family friend Robert Shankle confirmed the death on Saturday.

Kennedy was well-respected among all of Lufkin. Throughout her life, she ministered to the black community and provided food to the poor. She founded the annual Thanksgiving food drive more than 30 years ago and it now feeds 1,500 families a year.

Kennedy would take on personas of different black women in history and demonstrate in front of groups. She was also a teacher, writer and poet.

In the 2000s, Kennedy won several awards recognizing her service.