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Donald L. Kennedy, Sr. (05-14-2015)
Photo of Donald L. Kennedy, Sr.Funeral Services for Mr.
Donald L. Kennedy, Sr., 92,
were held at 10 a.m., on
Saturday, April 25, 2015, at
Rose-Neath Funeral Home
in Shreveport. Offi ciating
were Dr. Larry Williams
and Dr. Scott Tatum. Interment
followed at Forest
Park Cemetery, St. Vincent
Ave. Visitation was held
from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the
funeral home.
Don Kennedy was born
December 30, 1922, in
Farmerville and left us on
April 20, 2015. After graduating
from Farmerville
High School in 1939, he
spent the next two summers working for O. O. Cummings
Ice Plant in Farmerville. He served in the U.S. Army in
World War II, enlisted from December 3, 1942 to December
6, 1945. Don earned his B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from
Louisiana State University and earned his Ed. S. degree
at Peabody Institute. He began his teaching career at
Greenwood High School in 1945. He spent four years
at Blanchard Junior High School as principal. From
1953-1967 he served as the assistant superintendent in
charge of Curriculum and Instruction for Caddo Parish
School Board. From 1967-1973 he was the Superintendent
of Caddo Parish Schools; and worked as Headmaster
of Southfi eld School from 1973 until he retired in 1978.
During his retirement he taught at Centenary College
of Louisiana for three years, worked as publisher’s representative
for instructional materials in the state of
Louisiana. He also spent one year as real estate associate
and eight years as a Realtor.
Being an active member in society was something Don
was extremely passionate about. He served as president
of Louisiana School Superintendents Association and
was selected as Teacher of the Year in Caddo Parish. Hewas chosen as Administrator of the Year in Caddo Parish,
President of Caddo Parish Administrators Club and
was a recipient of the Liberty Bell Award, just a few of
the many honors he experienced throughout his lifetime.
Along with his teaching career, Don was also involved
in several community activities such as, director of the
Shreveport Association for the Blind, was active representing
Children and Family Services, the Y.M.C.A. He
was a member of Shreveport Kiwanis Club and served
in all offi ces except secretary and lieutenant governor of
Division 9. He was also an active member of Broadmoor
Baptist Church ,where he was a Sunday School teacher, a
teacher of teachers, a deacon and served as chairman of
the board of deacons, board of directors and the building
committee. Every person who knew him experienced his
helpful and kind nature. It is a fair assessment that he
left this world a better place. He enjoyed growing roses
and vegetables. He was the best father his two sons could
have ever asked for.
He was preceded in death by: His parents, Clyde and
Cora Kennedy; his older brother, Charles Kennedy; his
younger sister, Happy Roberts; and his lovely and loving
wife, Darline Elizabeth Corley Kennedy. As a couple, they
were able to travel to many foreign countries together,
including Israel.
Those left to cherish his memory include: His two sons
– D. Lee Jr. and wife Cecilia Martinez-Kennedy and Kenney
Corley; several nieces and two nephews. Vicki Kennedy,
his loving niece, visited him often from Farmerville, as
his health declined.
His sons also extend appreciation to the staff at The
Arbor in Bossier City and Gamble Guest Care at Spring
Lake in Shreveport.
Honoring Don as pallbearers were Kenney C. Kennedy,
D. Lee Kennedy Jr., B.L. “Buddy” Shaw, Randy Hughens,
Patrick Spell, and Peter Sartori.