Jacksonville Daily Progress
Virginia Zehmer was born on June 6, 1912, on a farm near McKinney, Virginia, the youngest of ten children. She graduated from McKinney public schools and the State Normal School in Radford, Virginia. She taught elementary school, and worked for Miller and Rhoads department store in Richmond, eventually heading the book department. On April 27, 1946, in St. John’s church in Richmond, she married C. W. Kennedy, Jr., and moved with him to Crockett.
There she raised her family and spent the rest of her long and happy life. She sang for a time in the choir, played the piano, and read, among many other things, the newspaper and her Bible every day.
She died peacefully in her sleep on December 4, 2013.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roberta Baskerville and John Adrian McClure Zehmer, her husband, C. W. Kennedy, Jr., her daughter, Roberta Baskerville Kennedy Johnson, brothers James Zehmer, John Zehmer and wife Agnes, Willis Zehmer and wives Rachel and Gladys, George B. Zehmer and wife Virginia, Wilson Zehmer, C. B. (Pete) Zehmer and wife Mary Lee, and Grandison Zehmer and wife Olive; sisters Sadie Cabaniss Zehmer Haskins and husband Porter, Roberta Zehmer Smith and husband La Vert; several nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her son, Charles W. III (Chuck) Kennedy and wife Deborah; grandchildren Elizabeth Kennedy, Mary Margaret Kennedy, and William J. (Bill) Kennedy, Monica Glasgow Fisher and husband James, Virginia Ruth Glasgow Fowler and husband Gary, Kathryn Glasgow; son-in-law Lonnie Johnson; great-grandchildren Mady Fisher, Jack Fisher, and Blake Glasgow; special friend Betty O’Neil; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia Zehmer Kennedy will be held Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Crockett with Rev. Patrick Evans officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Family will receive friends Saturday evening beginning at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 984, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Mrs. Kennedy may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com.