1st Sgt. Robert “Bobby” “Blue Boat Bob” Harold Kennedy, 81

by | April 30, 2015 9:12 am

Last Updated: April 29, 2015 at 1:13 pm

   Funeral services for First Sergeant Robert “Bobby” “Blue Boat Bob” Harold Kennedy, USMC-Retired, 81, of Southport, N.C. were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015 in the Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral Service Chapel. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2015 in the Coleman Cemetery in Twin City under the direction of Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors of Swainsboro. He died April 14, 2015 in the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick.

   Mr. Kennedy was born November 15, 1933 in Townsend, Ga. 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 United State 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, S.C. 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.

   Survivors include two sons, Robert Michael Kennedy and wife Marlene of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Jeffery Scott Kennedy of Rock Hill, S.C.; a sister Annie Jo Cowart and husband Loy of Twin City; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild; special friends, Christine Roberts, Trudy Thomas, and Donna Landis; and many nieces and nephews.

   Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service of Southport, N.C. had charge of arrangements. Courtesy announcement from Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors.

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