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Mr. James Trumiel "Truck" Kennedy was born January 14, 1963 in Gaston County, North Carolina and departed this life Thursday, May 3, 2018 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, North Carolina.  He was the son of the late James Edward Kennedy “Oates” and Leatha Mae Burris Kennedy.

He was a devout member of Weeping Mary Baptist Church in Bowling Green, South Carolina where he served as a Deacon.

He attended schools in the Gaston County School system and was employed at Parkdale Mills for fourteen years.  Mr. Kennedy received many awards and accolades for his hard work.  He was a loving husband, great father, brother and friend.  He cherished his family and will be missed dearly.  Heaven has gained an angel.  

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Toby Burris and his beloved grandmother, Muriel Chamber (Mom).

He leaves to cherish fond memories his devoted wife of twenty years, Priscilla Jefferies Kennedy of the home; three daughters, Tiffany J. Holman (Anthony), Dorothy “Nikki” Dunn (DavRick) and Ashley  Sanni (Ajibola) all of Gastonia, N.C.; two sons, Michael Kennedy (Yaleaka) and Willie Kennedy of Gastonia, N.C.; five grandchildren,  Justin Holman, Kaylee Holman, Jamel Lee, Elijah Dunn and Tristan Holman all of Gastonia, N.C.; stepmom, Elouise Smith of Clayton, N.C.; three sisters, Jacqueline B. Grissom (Willie) of Kernersville, N.C., Mitzi Fulton (Craig) of Clayton, N.C. and Priscilla Kennedy of Durham, N.C.; three brothers, Laray Burris (Wanda) of Clover, S.C., Marcus Durham of Gastonia, N.C. and James E. Kennedy, Jr. (Tammy) of Lano, TX; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangement

Weeping Mary Baptist Church
Bowling Green, South Carolina

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ 1:30 P.M.

The family will receive friends at the church for thirty minutes prior to funeral.
(1:00 until 1:30 P.M.)

Gaston Memorial Park
1200 S. New Hope Road
Gastonia, N.C.  28054

James "Trumiel" Kennedy
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  • Saturday, May 05, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Costner Funeral Home
  • Sunday, May 06, 2018
    I'm so very sorry for your loss. I know how difficult death can be to have to deal with. Wouldn't it be wonderful to live in world where there is no pain or death? God's word the bible promises just that. Revelation 21:4 says that God will wipe every tear from our eyes and death and pain will be no more, this is especially comforting since we know this scripture has to be referring to the earth because these things don't exist in heaven
    ~ Lisa L   Gastonia, NC
  • Sunday, May 06, 2018
    Sorry to hear of his passing. Seems I just saw him in the neighborhood. Praying for you all
    ~ vernon carver   Gastonia, NC
  • Monday, May 07, 2018
    We are so sorry to hear about his passing. James was a good man and a wonderful friend. Praying for strength for the family during this difficult time.
    ~ Daron and Cherrish Slade   Gastonia, NE
  • Thursday, May 24, 2018
    Accept our heartfelt sympathy in your recent loss. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Nahum 1:7 Which reads: “Jehovah is good, a stronghold in the day of distress. He is mindful of those seeking refuge in him.” Yes, our loving God is there for us if we allow him to help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us! You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Thursday, September 27, 2018
    My condolences to your family. May you find comfort found in the words of Isaiah 25:8.
    ~ D.Marie