First Sgt. Robert ‘Bobby’ Harold Kennedy, 81, Marine who flew in 560 Vietnam combat missions

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First Sgt. Robert 'Bobby' Harold Kennedy
First Sgt. Robert ‘Bobby’ Harold Kennedy

First Sgt. Robert “Bobby” “Blue Boat Bob” Harold Kennedy, of Southport, died April 14, 2015, at SECU Hospice House of Brunswick. He was 81.

Mr. Kennedy was born Nov. 15, 1933, in Townsend, Georgia, the son of the late William Henry and Lenora Tostensen Kennedy. He was a member of Yulee Florida Baptist Church. Mr. Kennedy was retired from the U.S. Marine Corps having served 20 years, including two tours in Vietnam and one in the Korean Conflict. Mr. Kennedy was an aircraft flight engineer and flew in 560 combat missions in Vietnam and earned 28 Air Medals.

After his retirement from the Marines in 1973 he went to work as the fleet services manager for the City of Rock Hill, South Carolina. He retired from Rock Hill in 1993 and moved to Southport where he was affectionately known as “Blue Boat Bob.” He loved fishing, helping friends and traveling.

Mr. Kennedy was preceded in death by his wife, Jerrianne Newman Kennedy; a son, Richard Alan Kennedy; a brother, William Henry Kennedy; and three sisters, Hazel Jones, Jane Liles and Pat Siprell.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Michael Kennedy and wife, Marlene, of Scottsdale, Arizona and Jeffery Scott Kennedy, of Rock Hill, South Carolina; a sister, Annie Jo Cowart and husband, Loy, of Twin City, Georgia; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; special friends, Christine Roberts, Trudy Thomas and Donna Landis; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral Service Chapel. A graveside service will be held at Coleman Cemetery in Twin City, Georgia, under the direction of Durden – Hudson Funeral Directors of Swainsboro.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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