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Saturday February 20th, 2016
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Saturday February 20th, 2016

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H Connor Kennett

H. Connor Kennett Jr, 83 of Sanford passed away Thursday February 18, 2016 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Saturday at St Luke United Methodist Church. Burial will be held at 2:00pm Saturday at Raleigh Memorial Park.

Mr. Kennett was born in Durham, NC son of the late H. Connor Kennett Sr and Grace Stone Kennett. He played football at Durham High School, on the team that won the NC High School Championship and played in the Orange Bowl.

He attended NC State University earning a BS in Poultry Science in 1954, the year he married his high school sweetheart, Aldith Boyd Kennett. They were married 52 years until her death in 2007. Following his graduation, he served two years in the US Army, part of that time in Korea.

In 1956 he joined the Poultry Division of the US Dept of Agriculture. He was promoted to Director of the USDA Poultry Division in 1973, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1988. He received many awards for “Meritorius Service” during his distinguished career, none of which he was prouder than the US and the NC Poultry Hall of Fame in which his father was also honored.

He loved NC State and was a loyal Wolfpack fan for more than 60 years, attending most home football and basketball games.

In 2011 he was presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University.

He was a lifetime Methodist serving as Board and Finance Chairman ofr many years at Lanham United Methodist Church in Hyattsville, MD, where he lived for 30 years and was an active member of St Luke United Methodist Church and the Moffitt-Hoyle-Jones Sunday School Class.

Mr. Kennett is survived by his brothers, H. Stone Kennett (Shirley) of Raleigh, and J. Phil Kennett (Gloria) of High Point; sister, Kay Kennett Stout (David) of Sanford several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at 10:00am Saturday in the Ladies Parlor at St Luke United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions can be made to St Luke United Methodist Church, 2916 Wicker St., Sanford, NC; or to the HC Kennett Jr & Aldith Boyd Kennett Scholarship, NC State University Agricultural Foundation, Campus Box 7645, Raleigh, NC 27695-7645.

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It is hard for me to express how much Conner meant to me. I admired and respected him. He was my friend. My Sincere sympathies to the family Mike Boswell

Mike Boswell Feb 20 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of H Connor Kennett

Larry and Abby Robinson Feb 19 2016 12:00 AM

We've lost a great friend and he's taken a piece of us with him. We worked with Connor for about 25 of his 30 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was a great leader, arbitrator, and an honest, fair and equitable man. In 1983, Connor had a memorable year that he boasted would never be repeated in his lifetimeand he was rightthe Redskins won the Superbowl, the Wolfpack men's basketball team, under Coach Valvano, won the NCAA Basketball Championship, and Connor won the "Workhorse of the Year Award"one of the poultry industry's most prestigious awards. He's at peace now with his wife Aldith by his side. We'll miss you great friend.

Larry and Abby Robinson Feb 19 2016 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Feb 19 2016 12:00 AM

I did not know Mr Kennett personally, but our paths crossed on the football field in 1950 in Miami. Durham High football team was invited to play Miami Senior High School in the Kiwanis Bowl in the Orange Bowl. Durham High was considered the best team on the East Coast. Connor was on that Durham High team along with their star Worth Lutes.
I was on the Miami Senior High School team. Durham won. Obviously the memory of that game was important to both of us.
May Connor's memory be for a blessing.

David S. Katzin, MD Feb 19 2016 12:00 AM

Mr. Connor was a wonderful neighbor and will be missed. We enjoyed getting to know him these last few years. He was a good influence for Daniel to see - working out in his yard, going to church every Sunday and walking through the neighborhood all the time.
Rest in Peace Mr. Connor....

Mike & Darla Cole Feb 19 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of H Connor Kennett

Joan Davis Feb 19 2016 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers go to the
Kennett family during this difficult time. May God
Offer you peace and comfort.

Esther Wicker Feb 19 2016 12:00 AM