Charley Kennedy, 81, of Bartley, WV, answered the call of the Lord April 23, 2020.

Charley was born June 14, 1938 in Jolo a son of the late Edward Burbage and Bertha Jane Atwell Kennedy. Charley loved the Lord and served Him for 59 years. He founded the Jesus Church in the Old Bradshaw Theater and moved to Bartley where he built the Jesus Church of Bartley where he pastored for 44 to 45 years and was a missionary to Haiti for 27 years. Charley was also an evangelist until he was no longer able to travel. He loved serving the people for the Lord and loved playing music.

In addition to his parents Charley was preceded in death by his wife, Billie June Kennedy, a daughter, Patricia Rose and a son, Timothy Kennedy; five brothers and two sisters.

Left to lovingly cherish his memory and life are three sons, Eddie Kennedy of Beckley, Doug Kennedy and wife Josie of Trinity, NC and John Kennedy and wife Eva of Bartley; five daughters, Nancy Lester of Welch, Bobbie and Jimmy Hite of Raysal, Rhonda Pack of Bartley, Rebecca and Mose Cooper of Bartley, and Theresa Melton of Welch. Also left to cherish his memory is a special daughter-in-law, Karen Mullins Kennedy of Kendallville, IN; two brothers, Frank Kennedy of Boone, NC and Billy Joe Kennedy of Three Forks and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 3 o’clock with Reverend Pete Woods and Reverend Ricky Muncy officiating at the Jesus Church of Bartley. Burial will follow in the Riffe Cemetery on Atwell Mountain near Atwell. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends my call at the church from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic we encourage you to follow the CDC guidelines and to also practice social distancing.

Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, WV, is assisting the family.

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