John Raymond Kent was born December 20, 1932 to the late Fred and Viola Kent, in Birmingham, Alabama. He was the fifth of six children, four of which preceded him in death, Fred, Eddie, Fannie and Ruby. John Raymond Kent, affectionally known as “Pop”, transitioned to be with his heavenly Father on Saturday August 4, 2018 at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
John attended Scott Elementary School and graduated from Hooper City High School. After graduation he entered the United States Air Force in 1952, where he served until he retired in 1972.
In 1959 he married Geraldine Taylor, to this union 3 children were born, John, Janine and Raymond. In 1978 he united in marriage to Saundra Kent, to this union 1 child was born, Christian and he was blessed with two additional sons, Johnathan and Ronald Hall.
Upon retiring from the Air Force, he returned to Birmingham and was employed by Waldrup Studios in Homewood for 18 years. Later, working for Wal-Mart, for 10 years, until his health began to fail.
He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Bethel Baptist Church, Pratt City under leadership of Rev. Clevern Bryant. He later united with Bethel Baptist Church, Southside under leadership of Rev. William Greason, where he served as a Deacon until his health began to fail.
John, who loved his family dearly, leaves to cherish his memories a devoted wife of 40 years, Saundra Kent, six (6) children John (Larnett), Huntsville, Janine (Gregory) Birmingham, Raymond (Kendra) Birmingham, Christian, Birmingham, Jonathan (Robinne) Oregon, Ronald, Atlanta. Seventeen (17) Grandchildren, seven (7) Great grandchildren, one (1) Brother, Melvin (Juanita) Kent Birmingham, a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
The memories you’ve left me
Will be my treasures dear,
The times we’ve laughed together,
Will stay with me through the years
The pain for you is over
The torture, the trouble and strife,
For God has closed for you,
The earthly book of life.
Someday, again we will meet.