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Jodie LaFayette Kennedy

April 12, 1944 February 26, 2023
Jodie LaFayette Kennedy
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Jodie LaFayette Kennedy, 78, of Haskell, passed away, Sunday, February 26, 2023 at the Haskell Memorial Hospital. A Funeral Service will be 2:00pm, Friday, March 3, 2023 at East Side Baptist Church with Brother Terry Bunch and Elder Dale Turner officiating. Burial will follow in Willow Cemetery under the direction of Haskell Funeral Home, 2 Avenue D. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00pm, Thursday, March 2, 2023 at the funeral home. Condolences may be made at

Jodie was born April 12, 1944 in Richmond, CA, the son of the late Janie Elizabeth Hampton Kennedy and Guy LaFayette Kennedy. In 1962, he graduated from Haskell High School as his class Valedictorian and attended the University of Texas. On September 4, 1965, he married Mary Ruth Thorn in Anson, Texas. He owned and operated Kennedy Lumber Yard for 25 years, farmed in the surrounding areas, worked at Haskell Butane Co. and retired from Summit Supply. Jodie had lots of interests, skills and talents! He was a trivia buff, a mental math expert, and a thrill seeker. He got his pilot’s license, was a member of the bowling league, loved drag racing, even building his own car. He enjoyed trap shooting and was a member of the Trap Club. Jodie was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing in tournaments with his family. He built RC planes and was a member of the Hobby Flying Club. Jodie loved going to the lake! He enjoyed water skiing, fishing, hanging out at Muddy Beach, but most of all pulling his kids and grandkids skiing. Papa Joe always loved attending his grandkids and great grandkids sporting events! You could usually find him sitting in the outfield watching a baseball or softball game. Jodie was a member of the First Baptist Church and at one point even sang in the choir.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife Mary Kennedy on September 10, 2018.

Jodie is survived by his daughter, Camin Pittman and husband Rex; son, Rick Kennedy and wife Debbie all of Haskell; Grandchildren, Ross Pittman of Haskell; Callen Pittman and wife Haylie of Olney; Scott Kennedy and wife Amber of Haskell; Melody Carter and husband Wade of Abilene; Great grandchildren, Lyric Pittman, Rory Pittman, Porter Pittman, Paxton Pittman, Branson Pittman; sister, Lucy Knox and husband Tom of Maypearl; sister-in-law, Syble Pitcock of Ft. Worth, nephews, niece, extended family and a host of dear friends.

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6:00 PM 3/2/2023 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3/2/2023 8:00:00 PM
Haskell Funeral Home, Inc.

2 Avenue D
Haskell, TX 79521

Haskell Funeral Home, Inc.
2 Avenue D Haskell 79521 TX
United States

Funeral Service




2:00 PM 3/3/2023 2:00:00 PM
East Side Baptist Church

600 North 1st Street
Haskell, TX 79521

East Side Baptist Church
600 North 1st Street Haskell 79521 TX
United States

Cemetery Details


Willow Cemetery Final Resting Place

South 7th
Haskell, TX 79521

South 7th Haskell 79521 TX
United States

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