Elijah James Kennedy, 81, of Barnesville, passed away on March 20 at Belmont Community Hospital in Bellaire. He was surrounded by family and loved ones.
He was born in Bellaire on June 15, 1937 and was the son of the late Elijah B. Kennedy and Lucy (Shopper) Kennedy.
Elijah attended Bellaire High School and left school early to serve in the US Army. He previously worked at the Belmont Casket Company and was a long time employee of the North American Coal Company #3 mine in Dilles Bottom. He was instrumental in bringing the Oprah Winfrey show to Bellaire in May 1988, focusing on the local economy at that time.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister , Barbara (Nemec), and a brother, Daniel (1938.)
Elijah is survived by his wife, Janice (Carman), of Indianapolis; children James (Findlay, OH) and his wife; Cindy Knoll (Indianapolis) and her husband; Scott (Bridgeport), and Greg (Columbus); grandchildren Miranda (Cindy) in Germany, Lena (James) of Ypsilani, MI and Ian (James) of Findlay.
His family will be holding a private Celebration of Life to honor him.
Arrangements by Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory Bellaire Ohio.