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The Handkerchief

In my office I have a plaque that reads “my passion is old things; people, places or things”. My family has often said if it is not old I have no use for it. Well I am not quite that bad but I do have a passion for anything old. That passion is shared by a friend who has been a resident of McNairy County Health Care Center.

Ms. Etta Kennedy was born February 2, 1924 in Bethel Springs, Tennessee to Carlos and Lena Hoover Hendrix. Ms. Etta is the second oldest of nine children born to this family. She graduated high school at Bethel Springs, TN in 1943. In 1946 she married Bob Kennedy. Ms. Etta worked at Brown Shoe Company for one year after they were married but then she and Mr. Bob started their family so Ms. Etta became a full time wife and mother. They were blessed with one daughter Nelda and three sons, Ralph, David and Mark.


In 1961, Ms. Etta and Mr. Bob built a home. She stated at the time they had very little furniture so they decided to buy old pieces and refinish them. Hence, a passion was born for the Kennedy’s. They fell in love with antiques. Several homes in the area are blessed to have a Kennedy antique. Ms. Etta is famous for redoing old picture frames and old trunks.

In 2009, Ms. Etta lost Mr. Bob but she is blessed to have her children and grandchildren close by. She also has one living sister, Alice and two living brothers, Ray and Tom. Mr. Tom owns and operates Henco Furniture in Selmer.

Ms. Etta knows I collect handkerchiefs so she brought me a gift box with some beautiful hankies. I will always cherish them because they are a gift from such a great lady. And I have truly enjoyed the time we spent sharing our passion for old things.

Today I want to share this story of Ms. Etta Kennedy. If you are blessed to have a Kennedy antique you are a wealthy person in my eyes.

What’s your passion?


Until next time......

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