Helen Kennedy

Helen Lorene Kerns Kennedy, age 82, was born August 19, 1931, beloved mother and grandmother left her earthly home Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Mrs. Kennedy was a resident of Pine Bluff, Ark., at the time of her death. She lived in McGehee, Ark., with her husband Arnold much of her adult life and later in DeWitt, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Clifton Kennedy and eleven brothers and five sisters. She is survived by one sister Dimple Butcher Diviney of Nevada; five children, daughter Arlene Beatty and husband Kenneth “Bo” of Dermott, Ark., son Carl Kennedy and wife Chris of Pine Bluff, Ark., son Charlie Kennedy of DeWitt, Ark., son Billy Kennedy of McGehee, Ark., and daughter Tammy Johnson and husband Mike of Tillar, Ark. She was blessed with 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, a multitude of many more she adopted as her own grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, December 13, 2013, and also 12 -1 p.m. Saturday at Essex Funeral Home in DeWitt, Ark. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m, Saturday, December 14, 2013, with Rev. Brian Standridge presiding at Essex Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the DeWitt Cemetery by Essex Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Tommy Wilkerson, James Johnson, Robert Johnson, Matthew Kennedy, John Beatty, and Alex Hogue. www.essexfuneralhome.com