Joseph Francis Kenney

February 2, 2021

CHARLOTTE – Joseph Francis Kenney, 98, of Charlotte died February 2, 2021 at Asbury Care Center at Aldersgate.

Joe was born on December 27, 1922 in Pittsburgh, PA, son of Joseph and Mildred Gerlach Kenney. He graduated from Robert Morris College with a degree in Accounting and enjoyed a 43-year career with the Duff-Norton Company where he retired as Vice President of Finance.

A devout Catholic, Joe was a long-time member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and a former member of St. Ann’s Church. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus where he achieved the 4th degree designation and he served as the financial secretary. For many years he was often seen on Tuesday nights working the Bingo games for the Knights. Joe loved golf and was a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers Fan.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his wife in 2002, Anne Hennigan Kenney. He is survived by their five children, Joanne O’Neill, Mary Pat Eichorn and her husband, Larry, Jim Kenney and his wife, Wendy, Margie Weathers and her husband, Bob, and John Kenney and his wife, Amiee; fourteen grandchildren, Jeff Suggs, Lea Ann Kane and her husband, David, Tricia Mason and her husband, Dave, Megs Thaman and her husband, Kyle, Jay Kenney and his wife, Katherine, Will Kenney and his wife, Brittain, Sally King and her husband, Matt, Jonathan Weathers and his wife, Liz, Anna Weathers, Mark Weathers, Danielle Murphy and her husband, Brian, Katheryn Kenney, Jessica Sage and her husband, Chris, and Julia Rorie and her husband, Forrest; sixteen great-grandchildren, a brother, Pat Kenney and his wife, Barb of Freedom, PA and close friend, Elaine (Alice) Rudolph.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the caregivers at Asbury Care Center for their kindness and devotion to Mr. Kenney.

Funeral services will be private.

Memorials may be sent to Holy Angels, 6600 Wilkinson Blvd, PO Box 710, Belmont, NC 28012- 0710.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Jane Gilbert

    My sympathy particularly to Jim and Wendy and their son, Will. Will was a classmate of our daughter’s and Wendy has been my friend for many years. Surely grandad Joseph added much richness to your lives and will always be missed.

  • Jane Gilbert

    My sympathy particularly to Jim and Wendy Kenney and their son Will, on Mr. Kenney’s death. Will was a schoolmate of our daughter, and Wendy has been a friend many years. Surely this granddad added so much richness to your lives.

  • Nancy Wimbish

    I became friends with Joe while visiting my Mom in the Elizabeth neighborhood at Asbury. We would eat lunch together in the dining room, he was always a delight to talk with and enjoyed his stories of his youth, When we put on the music CDs, he could always tell us the name of the song and even who was singing! He made our lunch special.
    May all your warm memories of him brighten this sad time.

  • Sandy Osborne

    My mother, Dot Cook, worked for Mr. Kenney at Duff Norton and the respect and friendship they shared over the years was amazing. Our sincere condolences to the family.
    Sandy Osborne

  • John Windell Sr.

    Jim, so sorry to read about your Dad's passing. Must have been a great guy. Give me a shout later!
    Best regards,
    John Windell

  • John Kenna

    Deepest Sympathy