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John B. Kemp, Sr., 75, of Belle Rive, Illinois passed away at 8:50 P.M. Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Nature Trail Health Care Center in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born Thursday, June 5, 1941 in Belle Rive, Illinois to parents: Leslie C. & Aldine Florence (Boudinot) Kemp. He married Carolyn Elliott on March 14, 1964 in Mount Vernon, Illinois and she survives.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois with Chaplain Dan Lovin officiating. Interment will follow at Opdyke Cemetery in Opdyke, Illinois.
A Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Friday, September 16, 2016 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
John B. Kemp, Sr. is survived by his 2 sons: John B. Kemp, Jr. of Mount Vernon, Illinois and James L. Kemp of Mount Vernon, Illinois, 4 grandchildren: Shelby Kemp of De Soto, Illinois, Dalton Kemp of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Bryton Kemp of Ina, Illinois, and Dustin Kemp of Sesser, Illinois, brother: Leslie Dean Kemp of Belle Rive, Illinois, and sister: Karen Miller and husband Donald of Warrenton, Missouri. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
His parents and one daughter: Christy Jo Kemp preceded him in death.
Mr. Kemp was a member of the Baptist Faith and worked as a coal miner and farmer. He enjoyed competing in tractor pulls and drove modified coupes and sprint cars in Sprint Car races throughout the Midwest.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to Opdyke Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.
Published on September 14, 2016
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