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Orval "Tip" Kenney

Orval "Tip" Summers Kenney, 92, of Ravenswood, died peacefully July 2, 2014, in Concord, N.C.

Born Jan. 18, 1922, in Bellwood, he was the son of the late Otto and Loretta "Etta" Kenney of Loops Road, Sewell Mountain.

In addition to his parents, Tip was preceded in death by his sisters, Mittie, Texie, Lexie, Ocie, Edna Gilkerson, Josey Wyatt and Macil Cole, and brothers, Everett and Jess Kenney.

Tip retired from Kaiser Aluminum in 1983 after 23 years in the pot rooms and pot repair. Prior to coming to Ravenswood, he was a coal miner in Rainelle for 12 years. Tip was a World War II veteran, a member of the Masonic Lodge of Ravenswood, former VFW Honor Guard and a member of Cedar Run UMC. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and did so until age 89.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bessie Crookshanks; three daughters, Vivian (Jay) Heavner of Cocoa, Fla., Joyce Fletcher of Ridgeland, Miss., and Regina (Matt) Cunningham of Gold Hill, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Mark (Leah) Heavner of Greenville, S.C., Devon Fletcher of Richmond, Va., Darcy (Darren) Keel of Atlanta, Ga., Andy and Jarod Heavner of Cocoa, Fla., Sarah (Ben) Bliss of Cocoa, Fla., and Cole Cunningham of Gold Hill, N.C.; one great-grandchild; and his oldest brother, Andy Kenney of Rupert.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, with visitation starting one hour prior, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle, with the Rev. John Wyatt officiating. Interment will follow at Sims Cemetery, Loops Road, Rainelle.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to Cedar Run United Methodist Church, 5135 Flatwoods Road, Ravenswood, WV 26164.

Online condolences at www.smathersfuneralchapelinc.com.

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.


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