Music 08

Kenneth Hartsell

December 18, 2021


Kenneth Wayne "Kenny" Hartsell, Jr. went home to be with The Lord Saturday, December 18th, 2021. Ken was a loving son, brother, father and friend. He was one of the best, most loved and revered sound engineers on the East coast, with an impeccable ear and talent for making any artist or band he worked with sound incredible. Kenny touched so many with his deep care and passion for music. He began playing guitar and singing while still a teenager and, over the years, began mixing sound in studio and live for hundreds of artists. Even when he was just sitting around the fire pit with his family, playing guitar and singing, there was something so special in his touch and voice. God truly blessed him and his family with the gift of music and encouragement. He was so very proud of his children, and they were his world. He was a wonderful father with a strong hand and soft heart who carried burdens and dried tears on his broad shoulders with love. Ken was a true friend. If you were blessed to be one of them, you know the love, care, and support he so faithfully gave. How in the world he was so loving and giving and caring to so very many people in his life, is a testament to his enormous heart and compassion. That kind and amount of love can only come from one source: God. He loved The Lord. He didn't go around preaching to everyone, but loving everyone. And that was his testimony. He loved his family so much. His mother, father, sisters, and brother, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and nieces were precious to him. He had a gift for making everyone laugh with his video chats, voices he did, and characters he created. He genuinely wanted nothing more than others' happiness; for them to be happy. He is survived by his son Trey Hartsell, daughter Kadi Hartsell, and their mother Kathy Sides, his mother, Shirley Hartsell of Midland, NC, sister Pebbles Faircloth and husband Keith of Wingate, NC, sister Stacy Troutman and husband Dan of Mt. Pleasant, NC, brother Phillip Hartsell and Candy of Midland, NC, nephews Cody, Dustin, and Brandon, and niece Heather. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Earl and Wallena Hartsell, and Ray and Ruth Nance, his father Kenneth Hartsell, Sr., and step mother Brenda Hartsell. Pallbearers will be Trey Hartsell, Phillip Hartsell, Tony Hartsell, Brandon Wensil, Dustin Curlee, Dan Troutman, Bradley Swaringen, and Jonathan Treece. Visitation and service will be held at Whitley's Funeral Home, 1748 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis, NC 28083, Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 beginning with visitation from 11:00am to 1:00pm, followed by the service at 1:00pm, and concluded at the graveside located in Carolina Memorial Park, 601 Mt. Olivet Rd., Kannapolis, NC 28025. A music industry celebration of his life will be held on January 9th, 2022 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at Duck's in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Memorial arrangements to be announced at the service and celebration events. Flowers may be sent to Whitley's Funeral Home. Cards may be sent to The Hartsell Family at 3139 Highway 777, Loris, SC 29569.

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December 22, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Whitley's Funeral Home

Funeral Service
December 22, 2021

1:00 PM
Whitley's Funeral Home


Carolina Memorial Park
Carolina Memorial Park, 601 Mt. Olivet Road
Kannapolis, NC 28083

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