Mr. Kenneth Mont Proffitt
- February 1, 1929 - July 18, 2012
- Dallas, Texas
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“Dad you will be forever missed.....
1 of 7 | Posted by: Judy - Daughter
“I worked with Kenneth nearly 50 years ago at Parkdale Generating Plant, Dallas Power & Light. He was a true gentleman and a good friend.
2 of 7 | Posted by: Avon Miller - Dallas, TX
“I met Mr. Proffitt 3 years ago, when I started working in his doctors office.
He has always been so kind to me. Everytime he ended his...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Stephanie Lewis - Dallas, TX
“Ken was a long-time friend and a tremendous help and encourager when I was 'coming up' in electrical maintenance division at DP&L's Parkdale Plant.
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4 of 7 | Posted by: Gary & Sharion Jolene Hambrick - TX
“Our prayers and thought are with you and your family during this difficult time.
God is good. The Perdue's
5 of 7 | Posted by: O.R. & Viola Perdue - Malakoff, TX
“So sorry for the loss of you father and grandfather. I pray God's comfort for your family.
6 of 7 | Posted by: Adabeth Routt - Malakoff, TX
“So Sorry to hear about Kenneth. I talked to him about a month ago. I have memories of him a child. Our Dad's were bothers. His Dad died at a young...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Mary (Proffitt) Tipps - TX
Kenneth Mont Proffitt was born at 10:30 a.m., February 1, 1929 in Midlothian, Texas to Cecil Lee Proffitt and Ruby Martin Proffitt. He was followed seven years later by a sister, Patsy Proffitt Finney and then a brother, Marvin Murray.
Kenneth is survived by his two daughters and their husbands, Sharon and Larry Benningfield, Judy and Wayne Keown, four grandchildren and their spouses, Brent & Heather Benningfield, Stacy and Steven Purl, Jeremy and Nicole Keown, Emmet Keown, and three great grandchildren, Brooke Benningfield, Bree Benningfield, and William Purl.
Kenneth is preceded in death by his wife, Jimmie Proffitt, his sister Patsy Finney and his grandson Clint Keown.
Kenneth lived in Midlothian, Texas until he was 14. This is when his father, Cecil Proffitt passed away at the age of 40. Soon after, Kenneth, his mom and his seven year old sister moved to Dallas. Kenneth's mom, Ruby started going to school at night in Dallas for North American who built parts for the war. Ruby was good at math and completed all of her schooling. She was one of the first women foremen for North American. While his mother was going to school and working long hours the care for seven year old Pasty fell to fourteen year old Kenneth.
Kenneth soon was working after school himself for Cabells Dairy every night and on weekends to help his mother with bills during the depression. He ended up dropping out of school to get more working hours. A friend got him a job at Neiman Marcus as an Apprentices Electrical Maintenance Engineer. It was here that he met a pretty Hostess in the Tea Room of Neiman Marcus, Jimmie Valentine. He called her his "dream come true".
Kenneth and Jimmie had their first date on December 5, 1947 and after a short courtship, were married August 23, 1948.
Kenneth studied at night and completed his GED. He left Niemen's to work at Forman Electric Co. Two years later he started working for Dallas Power and Light as a laborer. Shortly after his first child, Sharon was born; Kenneth was promoted to Electrician's Helper. Kenneth took every course the company had to offer and soon advanced to Apprentice Electrician. His second daughter, Judy, was born. He now took all the over time they would give him. Kenneth advanced to Journeyman Electrician and the Proffitt family was able to buy their first home when their girls were 1 & 3 on Burr Oaks in Pleasant Grove. Dallas Power and Light sent Kenneth to management school to prepare him for foreman positions. When Sharon and Judy were 10 and 12 they moved to a home they had built in Pleasant Grove. Kenneth became Supervisor at Lake Ray Hubbard Power Plant. He continued his studies and passed his Master Electrians Degree test.
In 1967 the doctors found a melanoma mole on Kenneth's left chest. He had major surgery and it took time to recover. During his recovery he started studying to get his Master Mason Degree which he received in 1968.
Kenneth retired from Dallas Power and Light with 33 years of service. In the following years he and Jimmie traveled to Hawaii too many times to count, to the Bahamas and to Las Vegas.
When the time came, Kenneth cared for Jimmie during her illness with breast cancer with complete devotion until her loss. Jimmie wrote this about Kenneth, "he is the love of my life," and said while he cared for her "he has given me his all, He put his life aside and has devoted all his time and energy to making my life as easy as possible and showing me he loves me in a thousand ways." Kenneth wrote, "Jimmie and I had a wonderful life together. More so when we had our daughters Sharon and Judy. The Lord has blessed us both having them."
Sharon and Larry, Judy and Wayne, Brent and Heather, Stacy and Steve, Jeremy and Nicole, Emmet, you have always been there for Kenneth and Jimmie, loving them, encouraging them whenever they needed you. After Jimmie was gone, Kenneth found comfort in his family and friends. You meant everything to him. Kenneth and Jimmie's love for you will continue to be with you long after today. Find comfort in thinking about the joy Kenneth is having being with our Lord, his loving wife, grandson, sister and other family members who have passed on before him.