Mr. Elbert “Red” Kennedy

Published 10:26am Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Funeral services for Mr. Elbert “Red” Kennedy, age 78 of Cragford, will be Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church with Reverends Richard East, Johnny Hamlin, Zenus Windsor and Bobby Curlee officiating. Burial with graveside Masonic Rites will follow in the Bethany Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Kennedy passed away on Monday, October 30, 2012 at the Russell Medical Center in Alexander City.

He was a native and life-long resident of Clay County, a retired dairy farmer and the former owner-operator of “Red’s Catfish Cabin” in Cragford.

He was also a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, the Ashland Masonic Lodge # 356 and a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Alcazar Mason.

Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife: Mattie Myrtle Kennedy of Cragford; one brother, Wilburn Kennedy of Ashland; three sisters: Marie Jarvis and Martha Thompson, both of Alexander City and Betty Martin of the Bethel Community; one step-son, Jason Hallman; two step-daughters: Cathy Jones and Jane Kelso; one grand-daughter, Ashley Shaneyfelt and two great-granddaughters: Morgan and Madison.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Calvin Kennedy and Mamie Lee Claybrook Kennedy; his first wife, Barbara Kennedy; one sister: Willie Nell Hill and four brothers: Melvin, Charles, Lamar and Roger Kennedy.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Mack Brown, Alan Denney, Perry Browning, Danny Paul Browning, Jim Branch, Eugene Hill and Travis Foster.

The family will receive friends at Benefield Funeral Home in Lineville on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 beginning at 4:30 P.M. and on Thursday until 12:15 P.M.

He will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to services. Send on-line condolences or share memories at

Benefield Funeral Home in Lineville is in charge of the arrangements.