Kenneth Isbell Sr.

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 2, 2011

NATCHEZ — Services for Kenneth L. Isbell Sr., 75, of Natchez, who died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at his residence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Laird Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Darian Duckworth officiating.

Burial will follow at the Natchez City Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Mr. Isbell was born Nov. 22, 1935, in Bay, Ark., the son of Timothy James Isbell and Hazel Lee Holt Isbell. He moved with his family to Natchez in 1965 and continued a long family tradition of farming, ginning cotton and operating the Anna Gin and Planting Company.

A well-respected businessman, he pursued a number of activities including a passion for flying his own plane and traveling near and far. Kenneth and Jean indulged in a love for travel. An excellent photographer, he took amazing pictures of his travels. His favorites were pictures of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed and mourned by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James Harry Isbell; and extended family in Jonesboro, Ark.

Survivors include his wife, Jean W. Isbell; five children, Kenneth L. Isbell Jr. and wife, Laurie, Rhonda Isbell Smith and husband, Thomas, Keith Isbell and wife, Pam, all of Natchez, Ashley Isbell White and husband, Mark, of Mobile, Ala., and Cynthia Seale Hartman and husband, Ed, of Annapolis, Md.; 14 grandchildren, Trey Isbell, Matt Isbell, Dustin Lanehart, Chelsea Smith, Alan Isbell, Cori Isbell Bolinger, Timothy Isbell, Sabra Isbell, Emily Isbell, Andres Isbell, Brandon White, Isabelle White, Edward Hartman IV and Christian Hartman; six great-grandchildren; one niece, Mary Jane Covington; two nephews, Jimmy Isbell and Mike Isbell; and other family members including Rosa Mae Isaac and Monroe Elery.

Pallbearers will be Trey Isbell, Matt Isbell, Alan Isbell, Timothy Isbell, Dustin Lanehart, Edward Hartman IV, Christian Hartman and Joshua Bolinger.

Honorary pallbearers will be Cledis Abernathy, Samuel Blackman, Chester Hoover, Doc McCollum and Manuel Badillo.

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