Ken Kennedy

Billy Neal "Ken" Kennedy Jr., 51, of Hixson, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the University of Alabama Hospital. A lifelong resident of Hixson, Ken was a 1981 graduate of Hixson High School and attended UTC and McKenzie College. He was an active member at Hixson United Methodist Church and the Restorers Sunday school class. Ken was owner of Northgate Trips Travel in Hixson for the past 19 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Billy and Carolyn Kennedy; grandparents, Pete and Adell Kennedy and the Rev. Roy T. and Cornelia Sauls; and aunt, Ann Kennedy Ottinger. Ken is survived by his wife of 19 years, Marcia Lee Kennedy; daughter, Carrie Kennedy; and son, Alex Kennedy; father and mother-in-law, Richard and Dot Lee; stepmother, JoAnn Kennedy and stepsister, Renee Tudor, all of Hixson; aunts and uncles, Charlotte (Jack) Harrold, Ann Trick, Pete and Faye Kennedy and Bill Ottinger; several cousins. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Hixson United Methodist Church with the Rev. Reed Shell, Rev. Paul Longmire and Dr. Ron Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with Mike Haskew, Bob Magill, Norman Clark, Geoff Holden, Keith Cleveland and Mike Kirk serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Restorers Sunday school class. Memorial contributions may be made to Hixson United Church Building Fund. Visit to share words of comfort and view the memorial tribute. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at Hixson United Methodist Church.

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