Kennedy speaks at VFW program

  • Monday, June 30, 2014

Photo Provided U.S. Air Force Major Dr. Keiron T. Kennedy delivers his address.

St. Stephen VFW Post 7723 conducted its Memorial Day Program in honor of Veterans at the American Legion Hut.

Sergeant Wendall Pagett, Retired, U.S. Army, served as the Master of Ceremony. The invocation was provided by the Rev. Robert McCutchen of Jerusalem Baptist Church.

The program’s speaker was Dr. Keiron T. Kennedy, Major, U.S. Air Force, Langley Air Force Base, Hampton, Va.

Dr. Kennedy, a son of Vardy and Lenora Kennedy of Moncks Corner, and a grandson of Isaiah and Jessie Mae Blanding of Pineville, is a 1997 graduate of Berkeley High School; a 2001 graduate of the College of Charleston, with a B. S. in Biochemistry and B. A. in Chemistry; a 2005 graduate of the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery Internship, at the Greenville Hospital System, Greenville, SC, 2006, and his Diagnostic Radiology Residency at Vanderbilt University’s Medical Center in 2013.

Following his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he served as Chief Flight Surgeon at Maxwell AFB, Al, through 2009. Currently he serves as a USAF Major, Assistant Flight Chief of Diagnostic Radiology at US Air Force Hospital Langley, Langley AFB, Virginia. He is married to Craikista Kennedy, and is the father of son Caden, and daughter, Jayla.

Dr. Kennedy brought a stirring message on the program’s theme, “May we Never Forget.”

As a current member of the U. S. Military, he was able to share much from a very personal perspective and stir the hearts of all present. We are extremely proud of the accomplishment of this young man and wish him continued success and safety as he continues the great work to which he has been called.

Bradley Blake Foundation

The Bradley Blake Foundation will sponsor a free Homicide Support Group for surviving family members, friends, and co-workers of homicide victims. This group will accept any person who has been affected by a violent death, not just persons residing in Berkeley County.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children who may have been directly or indirectly affected by a homicide. There will be a therapist present to assist adults and children.

Beginning July 8, the group will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Berkeley Electric Cooperative Community Room, located at 551 Rembert C. Dennis Boulevard in Moncks Corner. Sessions will last from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and light refreshments will be served at each meeting.

You are encouraged to bring any surviving members of homicide victims that you are aware of, or come in contact with, to attend the group sessions. It is felt that they will gain strength from others that have experienced the same type of loss and support bonds may be formed to assist each individual as he/she works through the loss. The group will also assist attendees with upcoming parole hearings, as well as provide information about the criminal justice system.

Interested persons may call Sylvia Blake at 843-209-0463 or 843-567-6964 or visit the Bradley Blake Foundation Website at: www.bradleyblakefoundation.org.


We were saddened to hear of the passing of Johnifer Q. Fashion of Moncks Corner.

He was an outstanding pianist, who directed the College of Charleston’s Gospel Choir, taking them on numerous tours, appearing on the Nationally Syndicated Good Morning America Show, in 2002. He also directed the Citadel’s Gospel Chorus and served as minister of music at Mt. Carmel AME Church in Moncks Corner.

Additionally, he provided musical services to other churches throughout Berkeley and Charleston Counties, directing choirs, performing at weddings, receptions, and assisting at numerous choir anniversaries. Johnifer was just a phenominal Youngman who will be dearly missed by many.

We will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers, and wish them to know how deeply we also feel their loss.

Get Well Wishes

Sister Earnestine M. Williams; Sister Earnestine G. Williams; Sister Loretta White, (St. Stephen Nursing Home); Sister Annie Lee Graves; Sister Viola J. Middleton; Brother Lamont Hallback (home); Brother Clossie Williams; Sister Shirley Cleveland; Sister Regina Robinson,( home); Sister Gracie Williams; Sister Norma Ketcham; Sister Bertha Lee Williams; Sister Lillian Williams; Brother Christopher Prioleau; Sister Vanilla Thompson; Sister Emily Jones; Sister Lucille Edwards; Sister Helen King Eady; Sister Naomi Fashion; Sister Monica Booker, and all others that are under the weather and In need of our prayers, thoughts and visits.

Items of Interest

Send items of interest to Yvonne J. Barnes, 1458 Colonel Maham Dr., Pineville, SC 29468. Telephone: 843-567-4182 or email: ybarnes@homesc.com

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