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       Mrs. Sheila Evon Saunders Kennedy, affectionally known as “Maw-Maw” and Grandma, was born February 9, 1948 in Gaston County, North Carolina and departed this life on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, North Carolina.  She was the daughter of the late Charles “Vern” and Garnell Williams Saunders.

Sheila joined St. Stephen A.M.E. Zion Church at an early age.  Throughout the years she served on the Usher’s Ministry and the Deaconess Ministry.  Later she joined Deliverance Christian Center (where she was affectionally known as “Ms. Sheila”).  Sheila had a special saying “My Pastor is something else”.

She was educated at Highland High School and graduated in “1965”.  She was employed at “Homelite” for twenty-five years and later retired from Gaston Residential Services in Gastonia, North Carolina as a House Manager in 2013.  Sheila was the Matriarch of her family.  She was a loving, caring and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Sheila leaves her legacy of love and caring to her family.  Her loving and devoted husband of fifty-two years, Rev. Edward “Gene” Kennedy; loving children, Michael Kennedy (Angela), Rev. LaTara Tribble and Eugenia Kennedy; two sisters, Fredia Smith (Robert) and Miriam Phillips (Ronnie Lee) all of Gastonia, N.C.; twelve grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Emma   Kennedy of Durham, N.C. and Barbara Wilson (Joe) of Gastonia, N.C.; brothers-in-law, Oran James Kennedy (Hilda) of Baltimore, MD and Howard Lawrence Kennedy (Rita) of Las Vegas, Nev.; a special sister like cousin, Garnetta Sanders (Dr. Winfred Sanders) of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other loving relatives and caring friends.   

Funeral Arrangement 

Tabernacle Baptist Church
519 West 19th Avenue
Gastonia, N.C.  28052

Saturday, June 2, 2018 @ 2:00 P.M.

The family will receive friends at the church for thirty minutes prior to funeral.
(1:30 until 2:00 P.M.)

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

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  • Wednesday, May 30, 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
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018
    Isaiah 41:10-13 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you. I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand...For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; It is I who say to you, "Fear not, I am the one who helps you"
    ~ Vanessa Jones   Kings Mtn, NC
  • Saturday, June 02, 2018
    God's healing,God's grace,God's love bring you strength and comfort during this difficult time.May God be with you,Gene,Fredia,,Mariam,Mike and family in your time of loss,with heartfelt sympathy.Marcella S.S. Yolande and Carlotta C.Smith Winston Salem,NC
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    We're sorry to hear about your recent loss. May you find strength from the words of Philippians 4:13 which says: "For all things I have the strength through the one who gives me power." What a loving God who cares about each one of us. 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
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    We're so sorry about your loss. Please find comfort from the words found at 1 Corinthians 1:3, 4 which reads: "3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials" Yes, we can ask for help and rely on God. He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise. (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11, 29). Be confident that this is SURE to happen because Isaiah 55:11 ensures us of this. Find out more online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez