Larry Kennely


Former minister Larry D. Kennely, 66, of Paris died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. No cause of death was given.

His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Church of the Living God Temple 347 in Paris, where he was a member. The church’s pastor, Michael Cowen, will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Terrell Burton, James Martin, Gary Sanders and Mitchell and James Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Williams Sr., Terry Tyler, William Tharpe and Aaron Dolberry.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

McEvoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kennely was born Aug. 29, 1953, in Henry County. He was the son of the late Charlie and Jennie Marie Olive Kennely.

He was married Sept. 12, 1993, to Sarah Williams Kennely, who survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jacqueline Renee (Larry) Terry of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Delicia Michelle Bennett of Murray; four grandchildren: Darin Eaton II, Brian Bennett, Justin Eaton and Shamar Browder; a sister, Joyce (Anthony) Burton of Paris; six sisters-in-law: ZoraBell Williams, Charlestyne Upchurch, Helen Scott, Marilyn (William) Tharpe, Sandra (Boss) McNeal and Lottie Hutcherson; two brothers-in-law, Raymond Williams and Dannie Williams Sr.; a goddaughter, April Burton of Memphis; and a godson, Terrell Burton of Memphis.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Kennely.

Kennely was a 1971 Henry County High School graduate and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Murray State University. He worked at Dana Inc. and as a teacher’s assistant at HCHS. He became a minister in 2008. He played guitar and keyboards and started the gospel group The DoRights. A family member said he loved his cars and riding motorcycles.

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