MOUNTAIN CITY — David Kenneth ‘Ken’ Kitchell Jr., age 84, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at the Johnson City Medical Center following a courageous struggle of ten years with the aftereffects of a stroke.
He was born in Miami, Florida, on February 17, 1927, to the late David Kenneth Kitchell Sr. and Callie Belle Carpenter Kitchell. Ken was a military man, having served 27 years in the Army Airborne and earning the rank of CSM (Command Sgt. Major). Following his military career, Ken was a corporate officer for Wackenhut Securities in Miami, Florida.
He and his family moved to Mountain City, Tennessee, in 1978. Ken served as City Manager of Mountain City from April 1981 to April 1983. Retirement did not suit him, so Ken proceeded to serve as his own contractor and building his own home and four town houses on the golf course in Mountain City.
Though Ken could not speak during the last years of his life, friends will remember he always had a beautiful smile.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Frances Snyder Kitchell; three children: Glen David Kitchell and wife, Sue, of Farmington, NM, Kenneth Brooks Kitchell, of Mountain City, TN, and Karen Yarber and husband, Steve, of Wake Forest, NC; sister, Donna Layton, of Tallahassee, FL; brother, Dale Kitchell, of Homestead, FL; grandchildren: Christian Kitchell, of Nashville, TN, Erin Kitchell, of Clarksville, TN; Tyler Kitchell, of Glenrock, NJ, Haley and Wesley Yarber, of Wake Forest, NC; sisters-in-law: Eleanor Carrier Vannoy and husband, Fred, of Mountain City Care Center and Bristol, VA, Vida Bunting and husband, Doran, Norma Ransom and husband, Frank, all of Mountain City, TN, and Wilma Bunting, of Kingsport, TN; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2011, at First Baptist Church.
A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Ricky Campbell, Rev. Norman Reece and Rev. Frank Ransom to officiate. A eulogy will be given by Mr. Jim Vincill.
Pallbearers are: Bill Grant, Bill Brookshire, Harvey Burniston Sr., Vance Greer, Howard Moon, Dr. Don Tarr, John Muse and Jim Vincill.
Military Honors will follow the funeral service at the church and will be conducted by the Johnson County Honor Guard.
Ken will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ken’s memory to the Johnson County Rescue Squad, 203 Vandilla Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.
At other times, the family will receive friends at the home, 1093 Sage Valley Circle, Mountain City, TN 37683.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.mountaincityfuneralhome.com.
The family of David Kenneth Kitchell Jr. has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church St., Mountain City, TN 37683.