Kenard Lee Carson, age 82, passed to eternal life on Thursday, March 8, 2018 with his wife, children, and grandchildren by his side at the Somerset Hospital Hospice Care Unit in Somerset, KY. Born July 19, 1935, he was the son of the late Leon and Laura Cecil Carson.
After high school Kenard joined the U.S. Army, worked for Western Union, and Highland Telephone Cooperative until his retirement in July of 2000.
In addition to his parents, Kenard is preceded in death by his son: Howard Kenny Carson; mother and father-in-law: Rev. John Riley and Cora Lee Byrd; brothers: Freddy, Marion, Charles and Billy Carson; sisters: Freda and Wanda Carson.
Kenard is survived by his wife of 62 years: Martha Carson; sons: Johnny Carson of Pine Knot, KY and Ricky Carson and wife Dawn of Somerset, KY; daughters: Pam Upchurch and husband Terry of Somerset, KY, and Sherry New and husband Randy of Whitley City, KY; daughter-in-law: Kathy Carson; grandchildren: Kendra, Derrick, Teri Lynn, Ricky Douglas, Shawn, Kierstan, Brandon, Amanda, Nathaniel and Jordan; great grandchildren: Ryan, Austin, Brooklyn, Lexie, Cambria, Railey, Kendyl, Christian, Kennedy, Ella and Abram; brothers: Jimmy Carson and wife Jeanie, Teddy Carson and wife Carol; sisters: Gereda Phillips and the late Crawford Phillips, Phyllis Griffith and husband Doug, Patricia Hill and husband Bobby; several nieces, nephews; special friends since 1962 George and Shirley Edmonds; and many other family members and friends.
Friends may visit with the Carson family on Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Lawrence Hill officiating. Music will be provided by the Chitwood Singers.
Burial will follow in the Cecil Cemetery in Helenwood, TN with full Military Honors conducted by the American Legion Post #136 of Oneida. Pallbearers will be: Derrick Coffey, Brandon New, Nathaniel Carson, Mark Caldwell, Randall Dugger and Ricky Carson.
Jones & Son Funeral Home is serving the family of Kenard Lee Carson.