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Garnett Kessler, 92, Adair County, KY (1924-2017)

He was the patriarch of a leading Northwest Adair County, KY, family. He a native of Adair County, KY, and a resident of the Portland Community of Adair County, KY, at the time of her death. He was a member of Pickett's Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a retired farmer, and he and his family regularly brought honor to Adair County with their award winning Kessler Jerseys. He supported dairying as a longtime member of the American Jersey Cattle Association. He operated Kessler's Grocery with his wife, for the people of the Portland Community for many years.
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Garnett Kessler, 92, of the Portland Community, died Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 2pmCT, at his home.

Funeral service will be Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1pmCT, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Pat Smith and Bro. Herbert Janes officiating. Burial will be in Columbia Cemetery, 315 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY. Visitation after 5pmCT, Friday, May 13, 2017 at the funeral home. Casket bearers: Donald, Eddie, Kevin, Timothy, Colin, Keaton and Kasey Blue Kessler, Jeremy Phillips. Honorary casket bearers: Men of Pickett's Chapel Church and Portland Community.

Garnett Kessler, 92, Adair County, KY (1924-2017)

He was born August 6, 1924, in Adair County, KY. He was the son of the late Daniel Chester & Lena Shuffett Kessler. He died Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Portland, Adair County, KY, at the age 92 years, nine months, and four days.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Edwards Kessler , his daughter, Glenda Kessler and two brothers, Chester and L. C. Kessler.

Garnett was a member of Pickett's Chapel United Methodist Church, a retired farmer with Kessler Jerseys, a member of the American Jersey Cattle Association and operated Kessler's Grocery with his wife for many years.

Survivors include:
  • Two sons and daughters-in-law: Edward and Linda Kessler of Portland, KY' Donald and Christy Kessler of Somerset, KY

  • One sister: Carolyn Finn of Columbia, KY

  • Five grandchildren: Eddie (Tiffany) Kessler, Kevin (Arlinda) Kessler, Timothy, Holly and Lauren Kessler

  • Seven great-grandchildren: Jeremy Phillips, Alexis, Jeralyn, Kyla, Colin, Keaton and Kasey Blue Kessler
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Memorials are suggested to the Garnett Kessler Memorial Fund which the family will distribute to Garnett's favorite charities. These may be made at the funeral home.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, is in charge of arrangements.

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Garnett Kessler, 92, Adair County, KY (1924-2017)

2017-05-11 - 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo Grissom-Martin Funeral Home.

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