Michael A. Kennedy

On Sunday, October 7, 2018, Michael was called home to be with the Lord.

Visitation: 6 to 8:00p.m., Friday, October 19, at Lake Shore Funeral Home

Funeral services: 1:00p.m., Saturday, October 20, at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Michael Anthony Kennedy was born on January 17, 1959 in Hill County to the late Rufus Lee and Algrie Powell Kennedy. He was baptized at an early age at First Pentecostal Church of God in Christ in Waco, TX.

He attended Waco schools and graduated from Jefferson Moore High School in Waco, TX where he was a very competitive athlete in football and basketball. He started working at a very young age in the fast food industry. After graduation from high school, he was employed by Central Freight Lines in Waco, TX for 23+ years as a dock worker. He also worked at M & M Mars as a security guard. He then became a truck driver for Yellow Freight until his health began to decline. He was a faithful member of Greater Love IME where he acknowledged his call to the ministry. Michael was ordained by the late Pastor Johnetta Chatman. He received his Pastoral Appointment at the Annual Conference in August 2013. He served as a minister at Greater Love IME under the leadership of Pastor Chatman until her demise. He then served as the Senior Pastor of Greater Love IME until he was called home to glory.

Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Algrie Kennedy; two sisters: Mary Ann Spratt, Ella Marie Lyons and one step sister; Mary Kennedy.  He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife, Katherine Kennedy; one daughter, Chandre’ Kennedy of Houston, TX and three sons, Montrae Kennedy of Waco, TX, Michael Kennedy, Jr. (Stephanie) of Dallas, TX, and Julius Kennedy of Waco, TX. He is also survived by one brother: Rufus Kennedy (Debbie) of Tacoma, WA; two sisters: Margaret Moreland of Chicago, IL; Vanessa Leonard (Ronnie) of Waco, TX and three step sisters: Donna Robertson (Joe) of Hillsboro, TX, Aterna Buhl (Samuel) of Odessa, TX and Virginia Bales (Vamman) of Ft. Worth, TX, 6 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


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Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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  1. Albert Gene and Helen Mayes Bell

    To The Michael Kennedy Family:

    We are sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Our heavenly father has promised that he will destroy the enemy “death” and, He will swallow up death forever. And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces. The reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth. For Jehovah himself has spoken it.” Isaiah 25:8

  2. To my family,
    We pray togetger and that is how we stay together. I love you all. As we continue to keep our heads up, we look unto the hills from whence cometh our help. All of our help comes from God. Knowing that another jewel has went home to glory, we’ll celebrate a life of leadership, fellowship and most of all love!

  3. God’s love is with the faithful person, even in tragedy and in death. Therefore take encouragement amidst these difficult times and moments of sadness; knowing God’s love is with our dear Michael and even with us today and forever more; as long as we remain in faith to our True and Living, Faithful beyond this word’s definition, Powerful beyond any human comprehension, and yes His love is and shall forever be displayed even right at this moment. We offer Scripture background: Romans 8:38-39:

    “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    We love each of you, our dear family and more importantly are prayer that our Father will fill ever emptiness with His presence; as He promised He would; in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

    Love you all,
    The Gary L. Wilson Family in the Houston Area
    “Be Not Dismayed Whatever Betide God Will Take Care of You,” we are living witnesses.

  4. I was very sorry to hear of your loss.

  5. I had the privilege of working with Michael at Central Freight Lines for many years. He was always in a good mood and had a smile on his face even though the work was at times overwhelming. I am a better person because of Michael’s influence. His family should be very proud of the legacy that he leaves.

    Randy Cox
    Seattle, WA

  6. May God’s promise at John 5:28,29 of a future resurrection bring you comfort. Until that time comes, he assures us at Psalm 34:18 that he “is close to the brokenhearted” and “saves those who are crushed in spirit.” So he understands your pain and grief and is eager to help you by giving you the strength you need to cope during this most difficult time. (Philippians 4:13)


    TO THE KENNEDY FAMILY may prayers are with at this time the word of GOD says in REVELATION 2:10 and the later part says BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH,AND I WILL GIVE YOU A CROWN OF LIFE. MAY this word bring you comfort mike has passed from death unto life PRAISE GOD be blessed family

  8. I are sorry to read about Michael’s death. He was a co-worker at Central Freight and a friend. Mike was a good person. Prayers to his family at this sad time.

  9. Barbara Richardson

    My heartfelt condolences to Vanessa Kennedy Leonard. First Lady Cathy Kennedy & the entire family. My prayers are with all of you. Keep depending on GOD’s unchanging Hands.

  10. My Deepest Condolences to the Kennedy family .
    Love Mae Miles & family

  11. I never forget you Micheal K. Some of my fondest memories are of doing silly things growing up. We would do any hard work just to make money as kids.
    I often reflect on us bailing hay. I would be on the truck stacking it. Like always you were super strong by the time I turned around you would toss another one up and knock me down. I still can hear that infectious laugh of yours.
    You taught me how to drive. You had that old Riveria didn’t have power steering. I went to make a turn and almost hit a car. We both was wrestling with it trying to turn lol.
    When you had that old BLK Chevy truck. How we use to race up and down Waco drive laughing and eating Doritos.
    Thanks for the memories!
    You Love Mike🙏🙏🙏
    My Deepest Condolences to you Cathy and family.

  12. To the Kennedy Family: I’m grieving with you in your loss and celebrating in the resurrection, knowing this separation is not final. Our prayers are with your family.
    Love & Prayers,
    Toye Shields (Shores & Family)

  13. Earnest and Linda Demerson

    Mrs. Kennedy my prayers are with you and your family and just keep the faith God always on time love. Love,
    Earnest and Linda Demerson

  14. Rodney and Gail Russell

    To Kathy and the family of Michael Kennedy, we send our deepest condolences to you all.
    Love & Prayers,
    Rodney and Gail Russell

  15. Kathy, Vanessa, and Margaret,
    Please know you and your families are in my prayers. I love you, women! I was just telling a friend of mine the other day how Mrs. Kennedy taught me how to cut up a whole chicken when we all use to play together on 18th street! You all are some of the sweetest people I know! Michael was such a good person, you all are just good people! Hold to your faith. Looking forward to seeing you.

    • Thank you for your kind words. If you don’t mind can you send me your contact information for my Annie. My cell number is2147348543 . Thank you h

  16. Franklin R Middleton Jr

    To the Kennedy family, please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. Michael was always smiling and a happy person. I remember Michael, Garey,Charlie and Henry always hanging together. Let it be known that you guys are in my prayers. My the Father continue to watch over us all……….Keep the Faith


  17. My condolences for your loss. Michael was a great friend. I loved him like a brother. I will miss him – he is in a better place now – he is in Gods house!

  18. To the Kennedy family I’m sorry for yalls lost of micheal we have been friends since 1st grade he was a great man always smiling and a loud laugh when he laughed I always new it was him in the room I have alot good memories grown up with him we use to work out at parsons gym for a few yrs. Back when he was working at yellow freight he was one hard working man and the last time I saw him h.e.b. a few months back I got to meet 2 of his boys and they look just like there dad I can go on and on about my friend micheal he will be missed by many family and friends. I’m sendin my condolences to the family and I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to his funeral but micheal will always be my friend forever I did promise that I was gonna go to his church and I feel bad that I didn’t go but micheal would forgive me anyways my name is rudy juarez and very sorry for yalls lost god bless.

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