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Leon Kennedy, lovingly known as PaPaw by his grandkids, 75, of Big Spring, peacefully took his last breath April 30, 2012, at 10:30 p.m. and went to be with our Lord, leaving behind a hole in our hearts that will never again be filled.
Family visitation will be at Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home on Thursday, May 3, 2012, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Midway Baptist Church on Friday, May 4, 2012, at 10 a.m. Interment will be immediately held following the services in Big Spring with a graveside service for family and friends at Trinity Memorial Park.
Leon was the oldest son of Ralph Leon Kennedy and Billie Marie Kennedy of Oklahoma. He was born June 2, 1936, in Okmulgee, Okla. He married the love of his life, Donna Spurgeon, on June 10, 1956. He was a third generation oil field worker, working first in Oklahoma for his grandfather, then Kansas, finally moving to West Texas in early 1961. He worked for Getty Oil Company/Texaco for 31 years, retiring as a senior production foreman in December 1992.
He was the much loved and respected patriarch of his family, leading, guiding and loving his wife, children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He was an avid fisherman and loved fishing at Lake Ivey, where he had made a second home. He lived to take care of his family, whom he made to feel safe, protected and loved. He was also a true and special friend to many.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Donna Kennedy of Big Spring; one son, Russell Leon Kennedy and wife Tammy of Coahoma; one daughter, Regina Lynne Warren and husband Mike of Big Spring; grandchildren, Leslie Renee Kennedy of Lubbock, Ryan Leon Kennedy of Odessa, Alexandria Jordan Newsom of Lubbock, Rachel Lynn Kennedy of Coahoma, and Regan Michelle Newsom of Lubbock; one special great-granddaughter, Charlotte Kaylynn Kennedy of Lubbock; one brother, Ralph Lynn Kennedy and wife Sandra of Austin; one sister, Patsy Marie Clark of Odessa; two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jim Hale and wife Betty of Jenks, Okla., and Henry Johns and wife Wanda of Morris, Okla.; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.
PaPawâ€™s pain free, happy life in heaven has only just begun, where he has no doubt already put his boat on the lake and gone fishinâ€™ catching 20-pound bass.
The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Carolyn Brooks, P.O. Box 2121, Big Spring, Texas 79721-2121.
Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com