P.O. Box 506, 943 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR71655

Rev. Kennon "Kenny" Ray Worbington
February 13, 1947 - November 2, 2022

Rev. Kennon "Kenny" Ray Worbington

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Rev. Kennon "Kenny" Ray Worbington, age 75 of Monticello, AR, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, surrounded by his two daughters. He was born February 13, 1947, in Monticello, AR to the late Rev. Joe and Alpha Worbington.

He was a retired insurance agent for American General Life Insurance Agency for over 30 years. He surrendered to the ministry on January 31, 1988 at Calvary Baptist Church in Monticello, AR and was called for his first pastorate at Parkdale Baptist Church in May of that year. He then went on to pastor at Wilmar Baptist Church in 1993, Ladelle Baptist Church in 2001 and Collins Baptist Church in May 2015, until he retired in September 2020. Many lives were touched and great things took place through these years of ministry and Kenny always said "To God be the glory, great things HE has done." He loved the Lord and was a faithful servant for many years.

Kenny loved sports and in his younger years he was a very good left handed baseball and softball player. In high school he loved to play basketball at Wilmar High School and was a free-throw champ. He also loved being outdoors, hunting and fishing, dirt track races, Sunday afternoon watching Nascar and he loved to tell stories about drag racing from his younger years.

Kenny's greatest joy was his family. He loved his girls and grandkids and if there is one thing they never had to question, it was his love for them. His love will live on through them for many years to come. Every time they said "I love you" his reply was always "I love you more".

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his in-laws, Dub and Fay McClain, his three sisters, Genella Henry, Mavis Barnes, and Julia Worbington, along with three nephews. He leaves to cherish his memory his two daughters, Melanie Calhoun (Buddy Joe) and Heather Lowe (Joey Norton), along with their mother, Kay Worbington. Kenny is also survived by his two grandchildren. He was known as "Poppy" to his grandson, Jarrett Hartness whom Kenny always called his "little buddy" and he was known as "Bop Pop" to his granddaughter, Alex Lowe whom Kenny always called his "baby doll". Survivors also include Alex's dad, Tillman Lowe, along with a step-grandson, Justin Calhoun (Kennedy) and step-great-granddaughter, Selah Calhoun. He also had one niece and numerous nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

Kenny is also survived by a special cousin who was like a brother, Paul Adcock. Kenny and Paul hunted together for the last 50 years. The duo was known as "Ollie and Fred". They had many adventures together and their stories will live on in the hearts of their family. Killing a deer was just the cherry on top to the laughter, food and tall tales and memories they shared.

Kenny was blessed with many friends over the years. He and his close friend Bill Jones spent many days in the last few years having coffee and laughing together.

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 6, 2022, at Calvary Baptist Church with his nephew, Bro. Kevin Henry officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. There will be a visitation Sunday from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. prior to the service at Calvary Baptist Church.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Michael Fakouri and Dr. David Jones and their staff and P&M Medical for the care given during Kenny's illness.

The family will be gathering at 1750 Highway 425 South, Monticello, Arkansas.

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Calvary Baptist Church
150 Ragland St.
Monticello, AR  71655
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Calvary Baptist Church
150 Ragland St.
Monticello, AR  71655
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Oakland Cemetery
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Monticello, AR  71655
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  1. Laura Robbins
    Kay and family I am so sorry for your loss I only neat you and Kenny once I new Kenny’s parents and his sisters my prayers are with you
  2. LaKeisha Matthews
    My condolences to Mr. Kenny’s family. I met Mr. Kenny many, many years ago when he coached softball back in the 90s. He was so patient, kind, and encouraging. I have never forgotten him after this many years. I send my prayers to his family and friends!
  3. Cody James
    To Melanie,Heather and Mrs Kay
    So sorry about Mr. Kenny. He was always pleasant to visit with and by time our visit was over he’d tell on my dad in their younger years about drag racing. My thoughts are with all you . Love
  4. June Brixie
    Dear Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know Kenny will be greatly missed. Love an prayers to each of you.
  5. Monticello senior center
    We will miss Mr. Worbington he was always a wonderful person to be around he would always brag on his daughters and talk about that one last hunt with Mr. Phill we will miss him dearly.
  6. Jane Jo Summerford
    I am so sorry for your loss. Love and continued prayers.
  7. Marvin and Gene Norton
    May God's comforting hands encompass you all.
  8. Wanda Morphis
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love you.

  9. Brian & Amy Meeks
    Our condolences Heather and Melanie to you and your family.
  10. Brian & Amy Meeks
    Our condolences Heather and Melanie to you and your family. 💐
  11. Lisa Roark Schmidt
    My deepest sympathy to Kay and the family. Bro Kenny was such a special person. So many memories. He will be greatly missed. My love to the family.
  12. Trisha Abbott
    My sincere condolences for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers
  13. Brother Bob Bridges
    On behalf of Brother Kenny's church family at Parkdale Baptist Church (his first pastorate), our deepest condolences to the entire family as your mourn and yet celebrate the life of a true Man of God. Brother Kenny preached for me on several occasions at Parkdale and was one of five former pastors who shared memories at our 100th Homecoming Celebration in 2008. Melanie, thank you so much for keeping me informed regarding your Dad's health and that of your precious son, Jarrett . . . May The Lord bless you and keep you.

    Brother Bob Bridges
  14. Freda Scogin Baker
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of Kennys family. I finished school at Wilmar with him and knew him most of our lives. Remember the good times and he will always be with you.
  15. Mike Willey
    I received the news of Kenny's passing from my brother Bruce Just today. Bruce, Kenny, and I grew up together back in Wilmar. I have great memories of playing baseball and basketball with Kenny. He was an excellent left handed pitcher who could actually throw a curveball. Yes, he was an excellent free throw shooter, ball handler, and had nice long set shot that scored lots of points for us. One of my best memories was " almost " winning the district basketball championship in our junior year at Wilmar. As a youngster Kenny's dad ,Bro. Joe, coached our baseball team and also took me squirrel hunting with Kenny....something I will never forget.

    Kenny was my absolute best friend growing up. As we managed to keep in touch over the years, he never lost his great sense of humor or his laughter. I will miss him deeply, but knowing his great faith I am sure he is in a wonderful place now. My heart and thoughts are with Kay and her family.
  16. janice.wiggam@yahoo.com
    Kay & daughters, I am so sorry to read about Kenny's death. May God comfort you and give you peace at this sad time and loss. Love you all, Janice
  17. Telese Huffman
    Heather, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Prayers for you and your family.
  18. Sharon Shook McIntyre
    Dear Family of Kenny,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very sad time.

  19. Bea Tucker
    Kay, Melanie and Heather,
    No words can take away the hurt each of you feel. I know God will give you all the strength and comfort you need during this time. Larry and I truly enjoyed Bro. Kenny as our pastor at Wilmar Baptist Church. Larry and Bro. Kenny had some good times together. I feel sure they are rejoicing together in Heaven today. Love and prayers for each of you.
  20. Kim Kendrick Lawson
    Heather, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this time.
  21. Carole (Johns} Rushing
    To the family, Keeping you in my prayers through this most difficult of times.
  22. Alvin and Irma James
    To family… our thoughts and prayers with all.Many many fond memories over the years. Love and hugs
  23. John and Marilyn Cathey
    Praying for you and your family, Kay. We are so saddened to hear of Kenny's death.
  24. Gail Shelby
    Kay, Melanie & Heather, I'm so sorry to learn of Bro. Kenny's passing. He was a true solider of the cross and influenced many lives through his ministry. I know you will miss him greatly, but take heart in knowing you'll see him again. Oh what a glad reunion day.
  25. Joann
    So sorry for your loss. Kenny was my neighbor years ago.
    My condolences to the Worbingtons
  26. Dennis Wells
    Kay, so sorry to hear of Bro. Kenny's passing. Prayers for you and the rest of the family. Dennis Wells
  27. Lolly Cotham Hill
    Kay and girls, I am so very sorry for the loss of Kenny. Losing him is like losing a family member , not just for us, but for many of your friends. So many wonderful memories and stories. Seems like yesterday we were all in school, cruising Ray’s, having kids and sharing our young lives. We are all connected through our friendships and Kenny’s ministry. My heart aches for you.
    Love and prayers to all of you.
  28. Barbara A Posey
    Kay, if you need me just give me a call. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
  29. Mary Lasiter
    Please accept my deepest sympathy. My first memory of Kenny was when Bro, Joe held a revival at Wilmar Baptist. Kenny was about 3 years old and he lay down, put his head in Mrs. Worbington's lap and slept through most of the sermon. My deepest sympathy to all of the family.

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