Kenneth Barksdale (Gwen’s grandfather) passed away Wednesday. It’s hard to lose a family member, but seems even worse when it happens this time of year.
Kenneth Rodney Barksdale, age 82 of Athens, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at Athens Limestone Hospital.
Mr. Barksdale was born October 13, 1936 in Limestone County to Wade Barksdale and Algie Butner.
Graveside Services for Mr. Barksdale are Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery with Steve Curtis officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, December 22, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home.
Mr. Barksdale was a member of Wooley Springs Church of Christ. He was veteran of the Army and a lifelong farmer. He was a postal carrier for over 40 years.
He is survived by his daughters, Crystal Benignus (Jon) and Jessica Turner (Scott); brother, Gerald Barksdale (Mary); sister, Frieda Claxton; grandchildren, Gwen Thaler, Kasey Benignus and Elizabeth Turner; several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Barksdale; granddaughter, Brittany Barksdale. Pallbearers are Stanley Smith, Tom Newton, Dwight Stoner, Chad Tribble, Jonathan Hill and Kevin Lee.
Even Santa has a bit of a redneck side.