OBITUARY

Kenna Jean Barrentine

May 31, 1962July 9, 2019
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Kenna Jean Barrentine, age 57, passed from this life to the next to be with Jesus her Lord on July 9th. She was born May 31, 1962 in Plattsburg, New York to Kenneth Bruce Laverents and Ava Jean Laverents. She is survived by her husband of 38 years Billy Jack Barrentine of Canton, oldest son Robert Lee Barrentine of Canton, younger son Timothy Jay Barrentine and granddaughter Amira of Austin, daughters, Kayla Jean Barrentine and Tessa Edith Barrentine of Canton. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Vicki and Robert Bennett of Denton, Texas, her brother Mark Laverents of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, her brother and sister-in-law Kyle and Pacquitta Laverents of Houston, Texas, her brother Todd Laverents of Germany. In addition, she is survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law of Angola, Indiana John and Serena Van and brother-in-law Michael Barrentine of Canton. Left behind are a host of nieces and nephews and other beloved family members and friends. Kenna is preceded in death by her parents.

Kenna served as church & financial secretary for the First United Methodist Church of Canton for 10 years and Main Street Baptist Church of Grand Saline for additional 10 years. She retired from vocational ministry and began raising and homeschooling her children. Kenna supported her husband in bi-vocational ministry at First Baptist Church in Fruitvale for four years. She has been a member of Lakeside Baptist Church since 1993 and was involved with Sunday School, several outreach ministries and mission trips. She was a supporter and fan of Tyler Civic Theatre, multiple Theatre and musical venues.

Family visitation will be at Lakeside Baptist Church Friday July 12, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. with Memorial Services following at 4:00 p.m. with Dr. Mark Moore and Dr. Bill Bone officiating. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child or Compassion International through Lakeside Baptist Church.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, July 12, 2019

Memories

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Dianna Hale

July 15, 2019

I remember you as a 12 year old, laughing. I remember you as a new wife - also laughing.

The world is a quieter place without your laugh, Kenna.

Linda Frazier

July 11, 2019

My sweet and kind little cousin has slipped the bonds of earth and dances on silvery wings of light and has touched the face of God.

Linda Lee

July 11, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time and days ahead. May you feel God's loving arms carrying you through this time. Kenna was so sweet to everyone and loved her family and friends...most of all the Lord.

Joni Tuttle/Skaggs

July 11, 2019

Part 2. As Kenna and I got older, I discovered boys. I wasn’t helping with the horses as much, so my mom hired Kenna to feed the horses. One day she came a little early because she had plans latter that day. She got there just in time to rescue my nieces that had start the hayloft on fire playing with matches. As soon as she got them safe she got all the horses out. She was a hero!!!!
I haven’t seen Kenna in years, but we stayed in touch on Facebook. I will miss her terribly, but I know I will see her again in Heaven. Maybe we can have a do over on that pony race. I love you Kenna. Until we meet again my friend!!

Joni Tuttle/Skaggs

July 11, 2019

Kenna was my childhood best friend. Her family moved next door on Plainview Rd. in Ardmore, Ok. She was around 7 and I was 8. She was at my house as much as she was at her own. She learned a lot about horses and how to swim at my folks place. There was a creek between our homes and we played there all the time. I am the one that told her there was not a Santa Claus. Her parents were not happy with me. She ate dinner at our house almost every night. She was the slowest eater I have ever met! We played outside all the time. Her pony was named queeny and my pony was
Trixie. One time we were racing our ponies from down in the pasture to a stall in the barn. I remember how much we were laughing. Kenna was sideways when we got to the stall and hit her head. It completely knocked her out. As a kid I didn’t know what to do, so I did what they did in the movies, I threw a bucket of water on her. Well she still wasn’t awake, but know she was dirty. I carried to the house, ( she was tiny) and put her in the bathtub. I know now that wasn’t a good idea, but I was a kid. I went to find my mom that was horrified I had put her in the tub. By the time we got back, Kenna was awake and wondered why she was in the tub.
I tell that story all the time. Another time Kenna was riding by herself out in the pasture. I kept hearing this faint cry for help. I followed the sound and found her with a very badly broken leg. She had been kicked by a horse. The road was close, so carried her to the road and the first car that went by took us to the hospital. No cell phones in those days.
My parents took Kenna with us on a trip to Florida. We went to Disney World. I honestly don’t remember much about Disney World, but I remember that even though she was 15 she ate and got into the Park as 12 and under. She wasn’t near as happy about that as my parents were. I think I am going to have to do a second part bc it is not letting me go any further.

Mark and Taryn Morris

July 10, 2019

We will miss you sweet Kenna. Thank you for your service to the Lord and teaching our Grace in Sunday School. Because of you she now knows her Savior. We will see you in the other side!

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