LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Sunday service this morning at Long Chapel CME Church was a little different than usual, as the congregation took a moment to celebrate the life of one their own, Bettie Kennedy.
I called Bettie Kennedy, the angel of Lufkin," said Long Chapel CME Pastor Edward Thomas. "She was known by everybody. She was just a caring, loving woman of God."
Kennedy was known around Lufkin by everyone, no matter who they were.
"It didn't matter if you were the mayor of Lufkin or a homeless person, she always had an uplifting word, that would reach people," said Kennedy's son Keith Kennedy
Kennedy served the community in a variety of ways
"She has been a school teacher, she has been a minister behind the pulpit and she's been a missionary everywhere she's been," said Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown.
"She was always out on the street, feeding the homeless, talking to the drug addicts," said Lufkin City Councilman Robert Shankle. "You know, if she saw a young lady on the corner, she would ask her if she was hungry. She would always ask if there was anything she could do to help."
From feeding thousands of families in need through the community food bank, educating the youth, or just spreading the gospel, Kennedy cared for all people in Lufkin.
"She had so much to offer," said Angelina County Court Judge Bob Inselmann. "She didn't care whether you were black, white, brown, or green, she still loved you."
Although she will be sorely missed throughout the community she loved so much, her legacy will continue to live on.
"She just roamed this community and touched hearts everywhere she went and everyone's going to miss her," Brown said.
"If she was a blessing to you, share that blessing with someone else," Kennedy said. "It's what she would have wanted."