Tuesday, April 16th, 2013...6:40 am
Robert L. Kenney, Jr., ’50
Robert Lee Kenney, Jr., 90, of Lake City, FL, died Friday, April 5, 2013, at
his home. Born in Clio, SC, to Robert Lee Kenney, Sr. and Susie Halloway
Kenney, his early childhood was in Monroe, SC. After high school he went to
Norfolk, VA as a metallurgist. During WWII he served in the Navy. After the
war he enrolled and graduated from The Citadel, Charleston, SC. He then
received a Masters Degree in chemistry from University of GA. He came to
Lake City, FL, in September of 1975 where he was employed as a chemist at
the US Dept. of Agriculture Experimental Station in Olustee, FL. Bob retired
from the Dept. of Agriculture (Naval Stores) and joined the faculty at Lake
City Community College as a chemistry teacher until his final retirement. As
a chemistry teacher he was highly respected by his students and his peers.
Bob was very active in the community, serving on the board of Community
Concert Association, was a member of the Lake City Lions Club for 51 years,
and was named a Melvin Jones Fellow. He was a faithful member of the First
United Methodist Church where he sung in the choir for many years. An avid
golfer, he was a long time member of the Lake City Country Club. Most
central to his life was his near 50 year devoted friendship with Rosebud
McColskey who shared his love of music, dancing and the FL Gators football.
Bob was always known for being a gentleman who was on time and for his
considerable thrift, resulting in much kidding. Bob is survived by his
sister: Mary Markham, Greensboro, NC and her children: John Markham
(Cynthia) and Kay Cornett (John) of North Carolina; and many great nieces
and nephews; and loyal friend, Billy Ogden and family of Lake City, FL and
family of Rosebud McColskey. Memorial services will be conducted at the
First United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 2 P.M. with
Rev. Jeff Tate officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to the First
United Methodist Church, 973 S. Marion Ave., Lake City, FL 32025.
GATEWAY-FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 3596 S. US Hwy 441, Lake City, FL
(386-752-1954) is in charge of arrangements. Please send words of comfort to
the family at wwww.gatewayforestlawn.com.