Kenneth Spivey made a promise to his grandmother (Edna Copeland) and his recently deceased mother (Faye Sneed) to finish his career with good health. So after 35 years of service with the City of Greenville Fire Department, Kenneth Spivey retired on Nov 2, 2018.
Kenneth is a hometown guy, a graduate of Riverside High School (Class of ’80) in Greer, South Carolina. He joined the City of Greenville’s Fire Department on October 29, 1983 and made history by becoming the second African-American in the City’s history of the Fire Service. He was also the first African-American to be a member of The Greenville County Fire Chief’s Honor Guard team (where he now serves as a coordinator), and was one of the few African-American firefighters for the city to complete the full tour. Kenneth was a specialist with the HazCat system on the HazMat response team dealing with Hazardous Material and obtained numerous certificates throughout his training.
Kenneth was always willing to go beyond the call of duty to help anyone in need. He’s been honored with several Red Cross Awards for a life saved throughout his long career.
He was a firefighter, but he’s also an artist! Kenneth taught himself photography, and dreams of becoming well-known for his talent. He was recently selected to photograph the runway at New York Fashion Week and has been invited to be a photographer at Tampa International Fashion Week later this month! Kenneth has been into fashion photography for many years, photographing shows in and around the Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston areas, as well as Charlotte, NC, and Atlanta, GA. Plans are in the works for Kenneth’s next stop: L.A. Fashion Week.
Kenneth sidestepped into the music industry as well, using his skills to become the official photographer for Greenville’s own “The Night Affair Band.” who he’s been traveling with since 2017.
Kenneth is a Master Mason, having served as Worshipful Master and now Past Master of Tuscan lodge #21 in Greenville, SC, Prince Hall Masons. Kenneth was awarded a plaque for his dedication and for starting the Relay for Life Cancer program.
Kenneth and his family are members of Reedy Fork Baptist Church located in Simpsonville, SC, where T.E. Simmons is Pastor.
An avid sportsman of all kinds, Kenneth has no plans to slow down anytime soon.
Please join us in congratulating this 2019 Upstate Black History Maker!