Catherine Davis Kennedy

Monday, August 20, 2018

Catherine Davis Kennedy, 94, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at her residence in Lewisburg, TN. She was born on Oct. 15, 1923, the eldest daughter of Dr. and Mrs. F. W. Davis of Jeffersonville, IN. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Lewisburg, TN.

Catherine graduated from Jeffersonville High School at the age of sixteen and attended DePauw University, Indiana University and graduated from MTSU at the age of fifty. She came in third in The National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC at the age of twelve and shook hands with President Franklin Roosevelt. She was co-founder of the Southern Carton Company along with her husband, Jim. She and Jim traveled to many countries and maintained friendships with couples from England, Ireland, France, and Germany.

Kate and Jim had a wide circle of friends, entertained frequently and delighted in hosting an annual St. Patrick’s Day party in their home. Most importantly, they adored each other and were inspirations to their children and grandchildren.

Catherine was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-five years, James C. (Jim) Kennedy; son, James C. Kennedy, Jr.; sister, Marilyn Davis (Lee) Martin; step-grandson, Timothy McGuire; brother-in-law, Dr. Sven A. Bach. She is survived by a sister, Joan Davis Bach, San Diego, CA; her children, Marilyn Kennedy (Michael) McGuire, Louisville, KY; Richard F. (Alice) Kennedy, David M. (Barbara) Kennedy, Lewisburg, TN; grandchildren, Christopher (Tamara) Kennedy, Floyds Knobs, IN; Meredith Kennedy (Josh) Martin, Spring Hill, TN; Connor Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy, Sean Kennedy, Lewisburg, TN; step-grandchildren, John (Heather) Tucker, David Tucker, Lewisburg, TN; great-grandchildren, Colin Kennedy, Catherine Kennedy, Floyds Knobs, IN; Hannah Joly, New Albany, IN; and Hannah Tucker, Lewisburg, TN.

Visitation with the family was held on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the chapel of Bills-McGaugh & Hamilton Funeral Home, 755 Yell Road, Lewisburg, TN. The funeral service was held on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in the same location beginning at 2 p.m. with Robert Montgomery officiating. Burial followed in Lone Oak Cemetery. Pallbearers serving were Josh Martin, Connor Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy, Sean Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy, and John Tucker.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 122 Second Avenue North, Lewisburg, TN 37091.

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Bills-McGaugh & Hamilton Funeral Home & Crematory assisted the family with their arrangements.