John Wesley Kennedy

September 2, 1946 - February 16, 2024

09/02/1946 - 02/16/2024

Past Services

Visitation
Saturday February 24, 2024
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Funeral Service
Sunday February 25, 2024
1:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Additional Information:

Reception to follow the conclusion of the service.

Cemetery
Wednesday February 28, 2024
1:00 pm
Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
6309 E Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, Virginia 23502
757-461-4054 | Directions

John Wesley Kennedy

“Pee-wee”

 

John was born September 2, 1946, and went home to our heavenly father on February 16th, 2024, where he is reunited with his wife, Tribia Jean Brinkley, his mother, Biner Kennedy, father, Dealous Rush, and sisters Ann and Nettie Mae.

He graduated from Haaren High School in New York and entered the military right after, serving proudly for 27 years in the United States Air Force and bravely fighting in both the Vietnam and Desert Storm wars.

John was an athletic young man, and while serving in the military, he realized he had a boxing talent, leading him to become a boxer for the Air Force, garnering Golden Glove champ status and an alternate position on the 1968 Mexico USA Olympic team.

What John did best, though, was family.  He was a family man. Whether he was attending football games, singing competitions, or picking up his daughter from the school dances, it was what he lived for.  The Air Force afforded him the blessing to travel around the world with his family, allowing them to live amongst different cultures in places like Japan, Goose Bay Labrador, Philippines, South Carolina, Delaware, California, and New Jersey and finally being forced to retire from the military when it meant that his family, in its entirety, could not come with him to his next assignment.  The job was no longer worthwhile if it meant not having his family with him.

John was a strict but funny father. He aimed to provide for his family and raise upstanding children, keeping them off the streets and out of jail. He succeeded. He also was known for his satirical quotes that continues to perplex his kids.  “If you’re ever by the river….drop on in.”  “Wherever you go…there you are.” and “If I had a nose full of nickels, I could sneeze a fortune.”

In 1991, he was honorably discharged from service and retired to Chesapeake, VA, where he worked as a corrections officer at St. Brides Correctional Facility.

Though gone from us in the physical earthly form, John’s spirit remains and is survived by his four kids, Cedrick Parker (Debra Parker), John W. Kennedy Jr (Kimberly Vandermeulen), Delious T. Kennedy, Meredith Kennedy-West (Jeff D. West), his grandchildren Delious Tyree Kennedy, Amarra J. Kennedy, Anthony Parker, sisters Catherine Scott, Doris Jean Kilcrease, Lonzenia Slater, Terry Williams, Betty Rush and brother Dealous Rush.

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Janiro Kennedy
1 month ago

I send my condolences and prayers to the family for the loss of whoI knew to be a great man. Grandpa L.B talked about him in our conversations. I wish that I would have gotten to meet him as I do all of my family on the Kennedy side But Ito God be the glory forever and ever. Amen ??????

WALTER JONES
1 month ago

Good morning Kennedy family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and always. Wally and family

Chesley Mercer
1 month ago

The world has lost an amazing person in Mr. John Kennedy Sr. That is how I addressed him growing up in Goose Bay, Labrador while having the pleasure of our family being neighbours and Friends of his great family. I may have been a young kid at the time our families crossed paths but you never forget the impact someone makes on you. Mr. Kennedy was intimidating to say the least with his solid frame, impeccable Air Force uniform and no monkey business attitude or so I thought. As I spent more time at the Kennedy household I realized this Guy isn’t scary. He’s awesome! My parents are right. He is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. From taking us kids onto the Tarmac to see the Space Shuttle up close or getting to help him in the American Canex store on Base he made this kids world full of great memories. That’s who Mr. Kennedy was. He made you feel important and a priority. The boys said he was strict but fair because he was a great dad. I seen first hand how much he loved his family and how much family mattered to him. The results speak for themselves when you meet his successful, respectful adult children. Life well lived and job well done Mr. Kennedy!! Impression made. R.I.P.

Anthony Parker
1 month ago

I’m going to miss you papa you and nana both. I’ll never forget the summer I stayed with y’all and had so much fun and all the stories you tell. I wish i could see you again take those morning walks and talks.

Ella ree Kennedy
1 month ago

Peewee I love you and if you only knew how much you are missed the memories that I have will be with me forever you was the family photographer you have pictures of every family member we knew who to go to when we need.a photos, I watched you and Rufus play Bidwhis and to this day I am still trying to figure out how yall played with a blind man lol.now you and him can play cards all you want now .Rest on my big cousin tell the rest of the family hello. To be absent from the body is to be present with the lord,.I am blessed to have had you on this earth my heart is broken, thank you for always having your doors opened for family.

Your cousin Ella ree Kennedy

Angelia Rader
1 month ago

God has truly gained an angel. You were like a father to me and I will always remember the walks in Cali and the conversations we use to have. My condolences to the family. Rest easy Mr. Kennedy♥️

Sheila Pertl
1 month ago

John may have left his earthly home but he will never be forgotten by those of us who knew and loved him and his whole family. He is finally with his beloved wife Tribea. Sincere condolences to all of his family and friends. ❤️

Debra Parker
1 month ago

The first part of Romans 12:9 says “”Let love be genuine.” That’s the kind of love you and mom had when you both welcomed me into the family. That genuine love is the purest love. A love I will always remember. I miss our conversations and that phrase you always gave at the end of each conversation “I love you and I’m proud of you”. I can honestly say that I’m overjoyed in having the opportunity to get to know you and be apart of this awesome family. To my bonus brothers John, Delious and my bonus sister Meredith, I love you guys with the fullness of my heart. My prayers will continually be with you guys for I personally know the pain that you all are experiencing. Just know that weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning for God will always be with you and for you. He has called home two lovely souls that have left a small break in us but we know that there is no more suffering, the have been made new and whole by the Father.

Junebug
1 month ago

Love you Uncle John. Never forget the first time I met you and the first thing you did was shoot jabs at me lol. Rest Easy Now!

Jermaine Lecaeur Wilkins
1 month ago

I’m so sorry for your loss and this world has lost a very honorable man. My heart is always with your family and if there is anything I can do please do not hesitate to contact me. With love “Wiz”