Photograph taken by Heather Slane, National Historic Register Submission, January 2018
Located at the west end of Masondale Avenue, near the intersection with South Roxboro Street, this one-story, hip-roofed Ranch house is five bays wide and three bays deep with a basement level at the rear, due to the slope of the lot. The house has a brick veneer, two-over-two horizontal-pane wood-sash windows, an interior brick chimney, deep eaves, and prowed gables with louvered vents. An inset entrance near the center of the façade is a solid wood door with molding applied to create three panels and a single square light in the center of the top panel. It has a wide, one-light sidelight. To the left (east) of the entrance is a large, nine-light, metal-framed picture window. The leftmost bay was likely originally an open carport, but is now enclosed with vertical plywood sheathing and has a wide overhead garage door on its façade and a single window on its left elevation. County tax records date the house to 1961 and the earliest known occupants are William H. Kennedy III, assistant secretary and controller at NC Mutual Life Insurance Company and the treasurer of Bankers Fire and Casualty Insurance Company, and his wife, Alice C. Kennedy, in 1963. Mrs. Kennedy was the first African American in the Women’s Army Corps. They were the parents of one son. Mr. Kennedy became president of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company from 1972 until 1990.
Mr. Kennedy followed in the footsteps of his father, William J. Kennedy, Jr., who was appointed president of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, after the death of C.C. Spaulding, from 1952 until 1958.
R.N. Harris and his wife, Plassie W. Harris sold three lots to William J. Kennedy III and his wife, Alice C. Kennedy on April 8, 1960. The Kennedys built their home and began living there in 1961. Mr. Kennedy died on May 23, 2007 and Mrs. Kennedy died on November 24, 2017. Their son, William J. Kennedy IV resides in the home.
William J. Kennedy III, file photo, Black Enterprise, Entrepreneurship,
July 17, 2017