Rev. James Wallace Kent, 76, passed away peacefully after a brief illness Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.
Services for Rev. Kent will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2012, at Buck Run Baptist Church. Rev. Tim Frank and Dr. Hershael York will officiate. Burial will follow in Frankfort Cemetery. Visitation will be at Crestwood Baptist Church Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at Buck Run Baptist Church Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m. until the service.
Born in Heflin, Alabama on April 16, 1936, Rev. Kent was the son of the late James Hoyt and Pearl Evans Kent. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Barnwell. Rev. Kent is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bettye Zoe Marattay Kent; his children, twin daughters, Julie Fuson (Jeff) and Jennifer Leslie (Kenneth), Stephen Kent (Michelle), Alison Cuentas (Jorge), Andrew Kent (Rebecca), and Nathan Kent (fiancée, Melissa Moon); and 11 grandchildren, Evelyn, Joshua and Kaleb Fuson, Thomas and Zoe Leslie, Nelia, Rachel and Lydia Cuentas and Taylor, Madison and Hunter Wallace Kent.
Rev. Kent, affectionately known as “Frankfort’s Pastor,” served 38 years as minister of Crestwood Baptist Church and recently served as Minister to Senior Adults at Buck Run Baptist Church. Prior to being called to Crestwood Baptist Church, Rev. Kent was the minister at Little Mount Baptist Church in Spencer County, Kentucky, where he met and married Bettye Zoe; he was the pastor to English-speaking Special Forces stationed in Bad Tolz, Germany; and upon his return to the United States, was called to the Macedonia Baptist Church in Owensboro, Kentucky. He was a faithful member of Frankfort Rotary Club, a member of Buck Run Baptist Church, a current board member of Franklin County Seniors Citizens and enjoyed his morning fellowship with friends at the “McDonald’s Breakfast Club.”
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages expressions of sympathy to Rev. Kent’s son-in-law’s church, Iglesia Bautista Pan de Vida (a ministry of Franklin Baptist Association), 119 Oxford Place, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.
Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home; condolences may be shared via the online guestbook at www.harrodbrothersfuneralhome.com.