Services scheduled for Rev. Bettie Kennedy

Services scheduled for Rev. Bettie Kennedy

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Services for the Rev. Bettie Kennedy are set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Lufkin's Harmony Hill Baptist Church, which is located at 2708 S.Chestnut Street.

Visitation will be today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, which is located at 805 E. Denman Avenue.

Following the funeral services, the burial will be at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lufkin. A repass celebration will be held at the St. Cyprian's School Gym after the interment.

In lieu of flowers, people are invited to send donations to the Bettie Kennedy Scholarship Fund, care of the Taylor Kennedy Foundation at any Regions Bank location. Donations should be made payable to Bettie Kennedy Fund at Regions Bank, Regions Bank, c/o Taylor Kennedy Foundation Inc., account number XXXXX88100, PO Box 741163, Dallas, Texas 75374.

Flowers may be purchased at Colonial Mortuary or Carylon's Florist-N-More.

Colonial Mortuary will be conducting the funeral services for the beloved longtime civil rights leader and community leader.

Kennedy was 84 when she died Saturday.

Kennedy was well-respected among all of Lufkin. Throughout her life, she ministered to the whole 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.

"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."

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.

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