Herman McGolrick "Mac" Kennickell Jr.
The Rev. Herman McGolrick “Mac” Kennickell Jr. died Thursday, March 18, 2004, in Asheville, N.C. He was 82.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Asheville, N.C.
He was born March 28, 1921, in Savannah, Ga., to Virginia Williams and Herman M. Kennickell Sr. of Fairview, N.C. He was a graduate of Fairview High School, Mars Hill College, Furman University and Virginia Theological Seminary.
He commanded minesweepers during World War II, and served at naval reserve training centers after the war.
Following his ordination to the Episcopal priesthood in 1953, he served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy and Air Force. He retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1964.
He then served as parish priest at three churches in Virginia before retiring to Asheville in 1983. In Asheville, he was active in a ministry for inmates at Craggy Prison.
The Rev. Kennickell was known for his gentle sense of humor, playful personality and warm interpersonal manner. He was a member of the National Railway Historical Society and the Asheville Kiwanis Club.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Frances Wycoff Kennickell; by a daughter, Ann Kennickell Hester of Charlottesville, Va.; by sons David Kennickell of Raleigh, N.C., and Jonathan Arthur Kennickell of Glenwood Springs; by a sister, Nancy Kennickell Johnston of Jefferson, N.C.; and by four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church St., Asheville, NC 28801, or to Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, NC 28804.
Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the Web site http://www.morrisfamilyfuneralhome.
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