Jim Adolphus Kennedy

Jim Adolphus Kennedy was born January 10, 1954, in Lafayette, Louisiana, to parents, Gustavus Allison Kennedy and Verna Navarre Kennedy. He passed away February 1, 2023, in Cleveland, Texas, at the age of 69.

Jim graduated Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, Texas, in 1972, and was an accomplished pipeline welder for 40-plus years who traveled extensively throughout the United States in his career.

He was known around Dayton/Cleveland area as “THE Jim Kennedy.” Jim was a man of few words but loved his family, especially his grandkids, and spent the last few years of his life reveling in the time he had with them.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Gustavus Allison Kennedy; devoted wife of 46 years, Jan Kennedy; brother, Gene Kennedy.

He is survived by his mother, Verna Kennedy; sons, Justin Kennedy, John Kennedy, and Jeff Kennedy; daughter, Jill Kennedy Sellers and husband Jack; brothers, Robb Kennedy, Gabriel Kennedy; sisters, Beth Willis, and Gail Harris and husband Joe; grandchildren, Benjamin Sellers and Julianna Kennedy.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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