Kevin Craig Kenley


Kevin Craig Kenley was born on July 26, 1959 to Lee and Gloria Kenley in Columbus, Ohio. Kevin passed away on November 26, 2022. Kevin was a graduate of Mifflin High School in 1978 and received a football scholarship to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He proudly served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Kevin worked at Doctor’s Hospital North and for the last 25 years, was the General Manager of his family business, the Kenley Konnection Travel and Tour Agency. As the general manager, he was a member of the National Travel Association, American Bus Association and the African American Motorcoach Council. Kevin was an avid traveler. He was designated as a Carnival Diamond Cruiser who loved Caribbean traveling. Kevin also managed several contracts throughout his career at the Kenley Konnection, including the Columbus Board of Education and the State of Ohio.

Kevin was a proud alumnus of the Indiana University Hoosier football team and played in the 1979 (San Diego) Holiday Bowl. Later, he coached Columbus Raiders football team for six seasons. Kevin was an avid supporter of his sons and nephews sporting events.

Kevin loved giving back to his community. He served as a Taste for FACE chef for many years. Kevin was the Northeast Area Commissioner and Treasurer representing the Willow Springs Neighborhood Association. He also served as the Co-chair of the Northeast Zoning Commission since 2004.

Kevin loved spending time with his family and adored his granddaughter, Reyna. Kevin cherished nature, gardening, home improvements, college football, cooking, traveling and fishing with his uncle David. As a friend to everyone, Kevin’s happiness was seeing others happy.

Kevin is preceded in death by his father; Lee William Kenley Sr; Grandmothers; Clara Kenley and Hazel Cobb; Mother and Father-In-Law; Eva Kate and William Boykin Sr; Brother; Michael Israel “Stevie Kenley”; Sister-in-Law; Terese Boykin.

Kevin leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 33 years; Bernice Michele Kenley; beloved sons; Denzel and Ezra Kenley; Granddaughter; Reyna; Mother; Gloria Kenley; Brother; Lee (Gwen) Kenley, Jr; Sisters; Vinsetta Montgomery, Eboni Brown, and Traylene (Charles) Hines; Special Nephews and Nieces; Anthony and Travis Campbell, Michael Gause, Amber (Dwayne) Bazemore and Danielle Hines; Special cousin; Minister Anthony McSwain and numerous other family members, friends and travel partners that held a special place in his heart.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Thursday, December 8, 2022 at Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist Church 2283 Sunbury Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219. Bishop Donald J. Washington, Eulogist.

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  1. I met Kevin and his Family traveling with Kenley Konnection for the past 10 years and had nothing but fun and good times on the yearly Ebony at Sea cruises he coordinates, I’m so glad I decided at the last minute to go on this years cruise, it was always a great time and the memories will remain in my heart of the trips I’ve taken with you, Bernice, Ms Glo, Trayline and Vinsetta. Fairwell good and Faithful Servant may you rest in God’s Arms.

  2. Glo, I was so sorry to learn of the passing of your son. May God continue to bless you and and your family. In christian love

  3. I got to meet Kevin when I came home one summer to visit my family. He had help me on one of my many adventures thur Kenley Konnection. Ms. Glo May God give you all Comfort Strength and Peace. Know you all are in my Thoughts and Prayers. Love You to Pieces Gorgeous, Blessings MuchLove Sonya

  4. Praying for the family. A pure Gentelman that had so much love he gave to his wife Michelle and his family wil be miss. So sorry.for this. God will take care of you. Stay strong.

  5. Man oh man this one hurt I met kev years ago he always do my battlestars cruises for me he always been a gentleman at heart when I go see kev we not jus talk cruise bout lif to really gon miss my dude kev may God continue to bless fam at this time

  6. Mr. Juan Lumpkin

    Lifting your family in prayer asking for the strength you need during this difficult time.

    Rest in Heaven.

  7. I am sad to hear that Kevin passed away so suddenly! I have known Kevin and his mother through the Kenley Konnection Travel Agency for many many years. My thoughts and prayers are with the Family during this difficult time. I pray for your comfort and peace. Rest well in Heaven Kevin! You will be missed!

  8. When I met the two of you , you were practically Newlyweds. A relationship that has and will not ever end my Sister. We did get a chance to speak in 2022 and I’m so thankful it was nothing for me to put him on assignment or seek his advice. The trips, vacations, and fellowship over the years are forever in my Family’s hearts. My sincere condolences to the ENTIRE FAMILY… He was loved indeed. Rest in Power my Brother. Never Forgotten

  9. Words cannot express how we each feel in the lost of your family member. I pray that God comfort each of you with his peace. Cherish the great memories you shared.

  10. I remember working with Kevin & Bernie @ DN, always smiling. Kevin was a Leader & was respected by so many. I remember traveling with them to the Bahamas for their anniversary several times. Kevin will definitely be missed. My Prayer of Comfort for All. My Love for Friends, Kenley Konnection.

  11. Emanuel Morrison

    Worked many years with Kevin, very caring person always willing to give a hand, it been a pleasure knowing him and working with him, RIH

  12. I had the privilege to meet and coach with Kevin on the Columbus Raiders for many years. He was such a great leader, very family oriented, and always smiling. You’re going to be missed my brother. To the family, I will be praying for you. Much love my brother. Job well done.

  13. Shelley Kenley Phillips

    Kevin is my nephew and we actually grew up together because I was only two years older than him. Even as a child he was the perfect gentleman and great human being. When God created Kevin He added everything good and kind. His personality, smile, kindness, thoughtfulness, integrity, compassion, patience and love has touched so many and will continue to live in his sons and grand daughter. I will truly miss my nephew. Praying that God cover Bernice, Denzel, Ezra, Reyna, his siblings, niece, nephews, all of our family and his many close friends. Kevin was our angel on Earth and now our special angel in Heaven. Always in my heart❤️❤️

  14. Shelley Phillips

    Kevin is my nephew, but since we were only two years apart we grew up together. He is one of the kindest, honorable, compassionate and loving people I have ever known. On Earth he was an angel to so many and in heaven he will be our special angel. He will forever live in my heart.

  15. Curtis Craft and Family

    Kevin was always gracious to me! He always had a nice word with a smile. I’ve known Kevin and Vinzetta for a long time. I share in your grief and sadness. I pray God comforts the entire family at this time. For we know that God is able!❤️

  16. Nia and Rick Henderson

    Kevin and the rest of the wonderful family welcomed us in to the family like we were family from the get go when Vinsetta and I became neighbors, and it’s been this way ever since! It was a very sad day when Vinsetta called me with the news. But not long after the shock, I couldn’t help but smile and replay the beautiful memories, and the ones that warmed my heart the most was the beautiful love he showed outwardly to his wife, kids, Mom, Dad, Sisters, and his entire family! You will be missed Kevin! May you REST IN PEACE! ❤️

  17. My sincere and deepest sympathy to the Kenley family. I grew up with Kevin on Argyle Drive (A D), I have such great memories growing up on Argyle and Kevin was a key member of the Argyle Drive kids. Those of us who grew up there remained friends throughout our lives, even though we may have lost contact over the years. It was alway great to reconnect and talk about the A D days. Thank you Kevin for reconnecting, keeping me updated on you, your family, and the business. I will always, smile and remember you as one of the reasons I loved growing up on Argyle. Rest well A D Kid, rest will. .

  18. Michelle Reynolds

    To my beautiful Sorors Vinsetta Montgomery and Traylene Hines, I send my deepest condolences and prayers. God will see you through this difficult time. Rest in knowing that your brother is with The Lord. He is safe and among heavenly angels watching over you. Love you both dearly.

  19. Kevin was one of the greatest men that I know! He was very well loved and respected by many! May God shower your all with peace during this time of grief. My prayers are with you all!

  20. I pray that God comforts each of you with his peace. I lifting your family in prayer asking for strength. I’m so sorry for your loss God will take care of you and the family. Stay strong.

  21. I met Kevin while serving on the Northeast Area Commission. He was a great teacher in getting me familiar with how the Commission operates. He also coordinated trips for myself. He always had a wonderful and welcoming personality. He will be missed. Prayers of comfort and peace to Ms. Glo, Berniece, children and the entire Kenley family…we love you and cover you!

  22. Beverly Tate Jackson

    My sincere condolences and prayers to the spouse, children, mother, siblings and Kenley family members. So many of us have had the opportunity to interact with Kevin on many of his travel excursions. He and I were classmates and no matter when I saw him, he greeted me like time had not passed. He will be missed.

  23. Prayers of comfort and strength to Lee and the entire Kenley family.

    From Courtney, December, and Ava.
    (Gwen’s children)

  24. Deborah K Jennings

    Sending Prayers with My Deepest Condolences to the Kenley Family

  25. Our deep condolences goes out to the entire family of Kevin Kenley. Prayers are being sent your way, Wow, it’s hard to believe that we are losing so many people at a rapid rate. Growing up my brother Ricky Searcy known as “#sauce meat” hung down at y’all’s house. Kevin was such a pleasure to know growing up and will be missed by all who knew him from Argyle Dr. family! Rest In Peace. It’s not goodbye but see you later.
    Love, The Searcy and The Oldham girls (April, Debbie, Jackie, Tracy, & Vickie)
    Grew upon the Corner of Argyle Dr. & Brentnell Ave.

  26. Cousin Gloria & family, I’ve just learned a couple of days ago of God taking Kevin to rest with the Lord. He was truly a man of God.
    Please know that you are always in my prayers.
    I love you family forever.
    May Heavens face continue to shine upon you, and give you peace.
    With Love Jack Whatley

  27. My deepest sympathy to the Kenley Family, My good friend Glo Kenley God is able, peace, love.
    Blessed are those that mourn, they shall be comforted. Take your rest Kevin.
    Love, Roxanne Francis

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