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3802 Watermelon Road, Northport, AL

OBITUARY

Michael Carl Kennedy

December 7, 1946May 18, 2020
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NORTHPORT - Michael Carl Kennedy, Sr., age 73, of Northport, Ala., passed away May 17, 2020, at his residence. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2020, at Sunset Funeral Home with Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles "CJ" and Dolores Kennedy; son, Michael C. Kennedy, Jr.; sister, Patricia Kennedy Riley; maternal grandparents, Leon and Thelma Gross; and paternal grandparents, Forest and Flossie Kennedy.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne Carollynn Kennedy; daughters, Margaret Lynn Kennedy of Baton Rouge, La. And Dolores Helen Kennedy of Baton Rouge, La.; sons, Dustin Nicolas Kennedy (Anna) and Mitchell Kay Kennedy (Kaylee), all of Northport, Ala.; sister, Flora Gail Kennedy; brother, Joseph "Spike" Kennedy; and grandchildren, Matthew Michael Catoire; Gage Nicholas Catoire, Cody Gerard Dardeau, Michael Carl Kennedy III, Kaytlyn Faith Kennedy, Levi Nicolas Kennedy, Adalida Lynne Kennedy, Jaxson Forrest Kennedy and Allyson Charlotte Kennedy.

Michael was born December 7, 1946 in Los Angeles, California. At age 17, he had his parents sign for him to enlist into the United States Marine Corps. From 1965 to 1969, he served two tours in Viet Nam. Along with many commendations, he received three purple hearts. After an honorable discharge, he settled in Louisiana and started a family. He later relocated to Alabama and went to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from where he retired.

Daddy was a loving father and husband and the rock his extensive family was built on. He was a different breed of man, the "real deal".

We love you and miss you always Daddy. Semper Fi.

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  • He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles "CJ" and Dolores Kennedy; son, Michael C. Kennedy, Jr.; sister, Patricia Kennedy Riley; maternal grandparents, Leon and Thelma Gross; and paternal grandparents, Forest and Flossie Kennedy.


    Survivors include his wife, Joanne Carollynn Kennedy; daughters, Margaret Lynn Kennedy of Baton Rouge, La. And Dolores Helen Kennedy of Baton Rouge, La.; sons, Dustin Nicolas Kennedy (Anna) and Mitchell Kay Kennedy (Kaylee), all of Northport, Ala.; sister, Flora Gail Kennedy; brother, Joseph "Spike" Kennedy; and grandchildren, Matthew Michael Catoire; Gage Nicholas Catoire, Cody Gerard Dardeau, Michael Carl Kennedy III, Kaytlyn Faith Kennedy, Levi Nicolas Kennedy, Adalida Lynne Kennedy, Jaxson Forrest Kennedy and Allyson Charlotte Kennedy.

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Services

  • Family Will Receive Friends

    Saturday, May 23, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, May 23, 2020

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James Graves

May 22, 2020

Mike was my squad leader when we were both with India company. We were both wounded during the same firefight. I was wounded on Sept. 10 and I was pretty sure he was wounded the same day, but I see it was stated that he was wounded the day before. No matter, the days all ran together at that time. He was a good squad leader and he protected his men. I recall having an accidental discharge with an M79 and I was going to be in hot water with the captain. But Mike stepped in and spoke on my behalf and that was the end of it. He was like a big brother really. I regret not communicating more with him these last several years. I know that he will be missed. He was a good man.

Dee Dee Kennedy

May 19, 2020

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