Roy Carson Kennedy
1940 - 2012
Roy Carson Kennedy, of Tonto Basin, born May 31, 1940 in Flagstaff, to James Carson Kennedy and Tessie Ruth Nagiller-Kennedy, died Dec. 26, 2012 at the age of 72.
He was married to and is survived by his childhood sweetheart, Margaret Ellen Glasscock-Kennedy. The couple was married for 52 years.
Mr. Kennedy was a master carpenter by trade, which included anything from custom homes to freeway bridges. He was a man of his word and honor and believed in the value of hard work.
He instilled this integrity into his children and passed this value down to his grandchildren. He devoted his life to his family and relished in all of their accomplishments.
After his retirement in 2005, he spent his time learning new skills and taking his grandchildren on hunting and fishing trips.
He will be missed by many for his infectious laugh and his willingness to help anyone who needed it. He knew no stranger and treated everyone as if they were his family. He took the time to help, even if it meant going out of his way to do so.
He is survived by the children he and Margaret had together: son, Melvin (Colleen) Kennedy; son, Dale (Christina) Kennedy; son, Rusty (Julie) Kennedy; son, Merle (Kizzy) Kennedy; daughter, Jamie (Larry) Kennedy-McNeeley; son, Cort (Melissa) Kennedy. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Mr. Kennedy is also survived by his mother, Tessie Ruth Nagiller-Kennedy; sisters, Tessie Earlene Willson, Roberta Henderson and Gladys Owen; along with an aunt, MaryAnn Choate. He also leaves behind his beloved dog and best friend, Lincoln.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Carson Kennedy.
“We love you, Roy, Dad, Grandpa, Friend and Squirrelly. Thank you for all the wonderful and special memories you have given us and for all the love you have shown throughout the years. Until we meet again, rest in the hands of the Lord,” writes his family.
“The great value of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it,” James Truslow Adams.
In accordance with Mr. Kennedy’s wishes, no formal funeral or memorial will be observed.