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Fallen Heroes Details

In Memory Of
Robert Kennedy
Boone Police Department, NC
End of watch: 2002-07-17
Aircraft: Cessna 172
TFO Major Robert C. Kennedy, of the Boone Police Department, was killed when the Civil Air Patrol plane he was flying in crashed at Edenton, North Carolina while searching for marijuana plants. Also killed were Pilot Sergeant Anthony Scott Futrell of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and Deputy Richard Edward Ashley Jr. of the Chowan County Sheriff's Office.

Major Robert Stephen "Bob" Kennedy was born July 8, 1956 in Stanley County to the late James Ray Kennedy Sr., and Connie Furr Kennedy. Major Kennedy was Assistant Chief with the Boone Police Department. He was the Commander of the Boone Police Department SWAT team and Dive team. He was a graduate of Pfeiffer University and the FBI National Academy. He was a member of the Federal Narcotics Officers Association and a life member and Past President of the North Carolina Narcotics Officers Association. He was a 1st Lieutenant with the Civil Air Patrol and the Commander of the Boone Squadron. He was also a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Major Kennedy was on the scholarship committee of the Children of Police Officers Who Died in the Line of Duty Fund, and a Board Member of the Underage Alcohol Initiative. He was a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church in Oakboro, NC, and a member of Snow Lodge #363 AF & AM.

Major Robert Kennedy is survived by his wife, Kerri Dowdy Kennedy; a son, Kyle; his mother, Connie Furr Kennedy of Oakboro, NC; one sister, Linda Kennedy Kimrey and husband Dale of Albemarle, NC; and his mother and father-in-law, Jimmy and Jackie Dowdy of Grandy, NC. He was preceded in death by his father, James Ray Kennedy, Sr., and a brother, James Ray Kennedy, Jr.

Thoughts and Memories of Robert Kennedy

He was my husband and best friend. He is the father of our child, Kyle. He has been continually missed and always in our heart. We hope that people know how dedicated he was to law enforcement causes and alway went above & beyond. Bob was also the best father and husband we could of asked for...We love you Bob forever and always. Kerri & Kyle (wife & son).
Kerri Dowdy Kennedy
Well Uncle Bob, I didn't want to like you when we were first introduced. I even asked if it was ok if I didn't. It had always been the same people in my little family circle since I was little and I wasn't ready for it to change, but boy did it. I fell in love with my uncle instantly. I think my cousin Will and I didn't leave you alone the whole time you were visiting us. We were fascinated by all those stories you would tell and at the fact you carried a gun. How cool was that. Years later you stayed the same amazing person and turned in to a wonderful dad. I wish you could be around to tell all of your adventures to my little one on the way but Kyle is just like you and will pass your attributes down to his new cousin. Thank you the time you gifted my family with and still looking over all of us. I love and miss you, Mandy
Mandy Cervantes


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