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Kenneth K. Killebrew

Benson, NC: Mr. Kenneth Kimball Killebrew, 83, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in Raleigh, North Carolina.             Kenneth was born August 5, 1937 in Nash County, North Carolina to Marcus Lee Killebrew and Blanche Quincy Killebrew Starling.  He was married to Brenda Neighbours Killebrew.  Kenneth was a music educator/band director for over thirty years.  He was a founding member of the Benson Little Theatre in Benson, North Carolina where he served as music director as well as an actor.  Kenneth is best known for his roles as the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz” and as Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol”.  Kenneth also was a member of the Benson Baptist Church.             Kenneth is survived by his son Brian and daughter-in-law, Robin, of Raleigh, NC and grandson, Gavin.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Marcus and Blanche, half-sisters Mary Killebrew Thompson and Lucy Killebrew Manning, half-brothers Garland Walker, Frank Killebrew, Roy Killebrew, and Lewis Killebrew, and his wife, Brenda in 2015.             Due to COVID-19, the immediate family will have a private ceremony.  Arrangements by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas and by Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson, NC.

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To Brian and Family,
Just found out about your Dad's passing. I was very fortunate to have him as my orchestra director and instructor at Jackson Jr. High School and Ben L. Smith High School (circa 1966-1972). (He became engage to your Mom while at Jackson Jr. High.) He was a wonderful person and a great teacher. I have thought of him many times over the last several decades. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers that you will remember the wonderful memories he provided you with.

Venus Pinnix Aug 9 2022 10:23 AM

To Brian and all family of Uncle Kenneth,
I am Mary Meta Thompson Lowe, the daughter of Kenneth's half sister, Mary Killebrew Thompson. After many years of no contact, and not knowing how to reach Uncle Kenneth, I was able through census reports and the family info. I had. to locate him. It was a joy to talk to him in 8/2019 by phone, bringing back childhood memories of seeing him in Rocky Mount and he also visited with our family in Norfolk, Va. One of my favorite memories of him was him playing the piano and me singing "Bringing in the Cheese." I did not know the correct name of that song was "Bringing in the Sheeves," until years later. He invited my husband and I to stop by on our way to visit by brother, in SC. Due to my brothers unexpected health problems, we did not get together. Also, my arthritic knees, which I have since had replaced. made traveling more difficult and painful. The next time I tried to call him, in 2020, he told me he had moved to Raleigh. I am so sorry we did not get to visit before his passing. If his family sees this, please contact me at (757)4350126 cell or (252)2322244 home. Sorry to use this platform, but would like to talk to Brian.

Mary Meta Thompson Lowe Sep 11 2021 9:06 PM

Prayers for Brian and family! RIP Uncle Kenneth...

Debbie Payne Feb 27 2021 12:00 AM

Mr. Killebrew was a great teacher and wonderful person. I will never forget his wit and fantastic sense of humor. My Father, John Floyd remembers him as a valued colleague and friend. I was privileged to visit with him a few years ago and I cherish that time of laughter and fun. He will be dearly missed.

Mary Floyd Page Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM

Sending prayers for the family. Mr. Killibrew was my band director at Erwin for years. RIP sir!

TINA MAYNARD Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

I remember Mr. Killebrew from school and Korner Flea. We laughed as we talked of times past at school.

Gail Weeks Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

Sending lots of love and prayers to Brian and all the family. I have so many fond memories of Mr. K- he was a great teacher and a great person. I will always remember his sense of humor and his remarkable musical abilities.

JoAnna Parente Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers is with the family. He was a great teacher, person.

Sue B Vann Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

We are sorry to hear of Mr. Killebrew's passing. We will pray for God's peace and comfort to be with the family and other loved ones. On a personal note, I (Greg Honeycutt) will remember with fondness serving together with Mr. Killebrew as a band teacher in Johnston County schools, as well as sharing the Benson Little Theatre stage and "orchestra pit" with him. Best wishes to you all in the days ahead.

Greg Honeycutt, Blanche Honeycutt Jan 10 2021 12:00 AM

Had the pleasure to know Kenneth for many years, He married my childhood friend and neighbor. You are now with your love, Brenda. Thanking you for all you did for the Benson Community and Arts. RIP my friend and prayers for Brian and family.

Barbara Williams Tanner Jan 9 2021 12:00 AM

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