Kenny Ray Fuquea, age 61, of Calhoun, a well-known businessman and civic leader, passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at his residence.

Kenny was born on May 18, 1960 in Calhoun, GA, son of the late Charles Kenneth “Cannonball” Fuquea and Yvonne Gussie Smith Fuquea. In addition to his parents, Kenny was also preceded in death by: his father-in-law, Ernest Owens; brother-in-law, Keith Owens; uncles and aunts, Warren Smith, Francis Nichols, Larry Fuquea, Lana Greeson, Vicki Hicks and Donna Couch; and a heavenly host of cousins. He was a lifetime resident of Gordon County, GA and member of the Calhoun First Baptist Church. He graduated Red Bud High School Class of 1979. He was the Past President of the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce, serving on many Chamber Committees. Kenny served on several Boards of Directors including the Northside Bank,  the United Way, and the Gordon County Development Authority. He worked as a firefighter for the City of Calhoun Fire Department before starting his own small trash company to eventually becoming Vice President of Business Development at  Santak Waste Service for 20 years.

Kenny is survived by: his wife, Kelly Owens Fuquea; son, Owens Fuquea and his wife Taylor Holland of Smyrna, GA; daughter, Lacey Fuquea and her partner Joshua Owens of Austin, TX; two sisters, Kelly Brittain and her husband David of Calhoun, GA and Kim Nix and her husband Scott of Dalton, GA; special mother-in-law, Betty Jean Owens; four aunts, Robbie Cox, Betty Butler, Janet Thomason, and Joan Roach; one uncle, Gary Fuquea; and several nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 11 AM from the Calhoun First Baptist Church with Dr. John Barber and Dr. Bert Vaughn officiating. Michelle Taylor, and Josh Owens will have charge of music. Interment will follow in Fain Cemetery. Pallbearers serving are as follows: Brian Burton, Larry Dixon, Cres Dodd, Roger Bearden, Donnie Sexton, Scott Ponder, Matt Dillard, Heath Thomason, Stevie Robbins and Barry Roberson.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 10, 2022 after 5 PM at Thomas Funeral Home.

In addition to flowers the family requests that donations may be made to the Calhoun First Baptist Church Building [email protected] 411 College Street, Calhoun, Ga.,30701 or the ALS Association @ 5881 Glenridge Drive #200, Atlanta, Georgia, 30328.