Jeffrey Long Kennedy, 52, of Statesville, N.C., died Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at the Gordon Hospice House.

He was born in Iredell County on September 28, 1967 to Lena Davis Kennedy Horton and the late James Carroll Kennedy. He was also preceded in death by a niece, Amanda Murdock.

Jeff was a graduate of North Iredell High School and worked for over 25 years at Berry Plastics in Mooresville. He was a member of Rock Church. Jeff loved to make noise and scare his wife. When there was a loud noise, the neighbors would call to see if it was Jeff and to see if there was video. He loved guns, building cannons, fast cars, cigarettes, fishing and hunting. More than anything, he loved his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Crystal Patterson Kennedy; a daughter, Tara Jane Marlowe; a son, Noah Kennedy; one grandson, Nathan Kessel; a brother, Russell Kennedy (Hilda); a sister, Belinda Kennedy; a nephew, Bradley Kenndey (Carrie); a great-niece, Calley Kenedy; a great-nephew, Liam Kennedy; a special mother-in-law, Janette Gryder Crider (Hoke); and a lifelong friend/brother, Chad Mash (Loretta); and his daughter, Jaden Mash.

Funeral services will be held for Jeff on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. in the Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Michael Pharr officiating. Burial will follow in the Faith Baptist Church Cemetery. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and a limit of 50 attendees, the service will be streamed live on the Nicholson Funeral Home Facebook page.

Memorials may be made to The ALS Association, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022. Fond memories and condolences may be left at

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.

7 thoughts on “Jeffrey Long Kennedy

  1. Diane Hamby says:

    Crystal: I have thought of you often. May you find peace, strength and love. Sending love and hope.

  2. Karen Morrow says:

    Crystal, so sorry about the passing of your husband. You and your family are in My Thoughts and prayers πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  3. Crystal and Noah,
    So So sorry to hear about Jeff. I still think of the time We were at the beach. Fond memories. We love you all dearly. Surrounding you both in love, Prayers, comfort and strength. Love and Hugs.

    Roy, Monti and Hunter

  4. Roxanne Bass says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart is broken, but I know deep down that he is in no more pain — and we will get to see him again one day. He will truly be missed!

  5. Donna Patricia Shoaf says:

    Thinking of you all……. prayers πŸ™ up for your strength and peace as you move forward.

    Love, Donna & Ray Shoaf

  6. Curtis & Brenda Lackey says:

    Crystal: So sorry. My husband Curtis and I did not know you, but our prayers are with you during this time of grief for a loved one. Russell and Hilda, prayers and love for you. We have not seen Jeff or you to in a long time, but still consider you as friends. Something likes this hurts our hearts so bad but with God by your side he will comfort the family. Trying to understand the reason why; God wanted him home with him. God is the Almighty, my saviour and his will be done. Crystal, as the song goes, I can only imagine, how wonderful Heaven must be.

  7. We are so sorry for your loss. Know that we are here for you. Praying to our Lord that he will lift you and bring peace to your family. We love you.

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