Kenneth Edwin Caviness

Kenneth Edwin Caviness of Hazen passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 24, 2019 at the age of 80 after a long and courageous battle with his health.  Kenneth was born September 11, 1939 in Hazen, Arkansas, the son of the late Maurice and Opal Caviness.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Shirley Rogers.

As a young man, Kenneth began his love of agriculture with a job at Riceland Foods in Hazen.  Later he got his start in farming with help from his father-in-law, Frank Halijan and Everett Hall who became a life-long friend and mentor.  Kenneth was passionate about farming and he passed that on to his son and grandsons.

Kenneth loved to make others happy.  Many will remember Kenneth brightening their Christmas celebrations dressed as Santa or all the free rides he gave on his train at the local rice festivals.

Around 1984, Kenneth began frying fish for a few of the local farmers.  This pastime soon became another passion of his as it grew into Big K’s catfish barn.  Over the years, people from all over the state and beyond have made their way to the catfish barn, and Kenneth has visited with each and everyone of them.

Kenneth was a loving father and friend and he will be greatly missed by all.  Kenneth is survived by his wife, Frances Caviness; his son, Brad Caviness and wife, Lori, and three grandsons, Parker, Perry, and Pierce Caviness.  He also leaves behind a host of loving family and friends.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Regina Staton, Angela Herrera, and LaWonda Brooks for the care and companionship they provided during Kenneth’s illness.

Visitation will be at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, October 25, 2019.  Funeral service will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, October 26 at Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen.  Interment will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

22 thoughts on “Kenneth Edwin Caviness”

  1. Mr. Kenneth was such a kind man. I can still see him and Mrs. Francis sitting on the last pew at Calvary Baptist Church. When he was in good health he was always there. I am so sorry for your loss. He was dearly loved by all. Many prayers for his family.

  2. Dan and Earlene Tenison

    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you peace and comfort. Love and prayers for you all.

  3. Mr Kenneth was one of the first to befriend me when I moved to the Center Point Community over six years ago. He would always pull into the driveway at the church parsonage to visit. He was A good friend, and a very good man.

  4. Trudy Baxter Pollard

    I’ve known Mr. Kennth since I was a kid,he was a wonderful man to my family. My daddy worked for him. Prayers for the family.

  5. Ron and Donna Dowler

    Ron met Ken years ago in business and became a valued friend! We looked up to him for his love of family and community! Ken will be greatly missed! Prayers for his family!

  6. Kenneth was one very special mail. I’ve loved him since I was a small child! Condolences to the family and prayer for courage and peace.

  7. Frances & Brad:
    You have lost a husband and father. We have lost a good friend. Kenneth was a good man who loved his family, his friends and his Lord. I’m sure in his next home he will be walking straight and tall making new friends.
    He will be missed by those who knew him. I hope your grief will be short, he left a good path for you to follow.

  8. Travis and Eva Ewing

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. Kenneth was a pillar within the community and will be missed.

  9. Frances and Brad: Kenneth was a great man, I have known him all my life. My grandfather and grandmother, Gay and Audrey Patton, loved Kenneth and Frances, Shirley and Darce Rogers, Aunt Opal, and all of you dearly. I am sure they are having a great reunion in heaven! Our prayers are with you and your family. Love, Ron and Bridget Guess, Bob and Lana Guess

  10. Judy Boothe Foot

    Mr. Kenneth was a kind man. He was an example of a good family man.My love and sympathies to the entire family.

  11. Kenneth was a great man and I am glad to call him my friend. He will be missed by all who knew him. Brenda and I will continue praying for the family.

  12. Durinda Gammill

    Kenneth was a very special man and we are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Billy and Gail Booth

    The results of determination, ingenuity, hard work and patience can be seen in the life of Kenneth Caviness. He earned his position of becoming one of Prairie County’s most successful farmers by his dedication and passion for farming. But he was more than just a successful farmer. He loved his family and his many friends and he helped countless people over the years. He was a busy man, but he seemed to always find time to help someone in need. He will be deeply missed, but his legacy will endure. Our prayers continue for his family. May God’s Word and His Holy Spirit (the “Comforter”) provide strength, comfort, and assurance.

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