Nolen S. Pendergrast, Steve to his friends and family, passed away peacefully at the VA Community Living Center at Mountain Home, Tennessee, on Thursday afternoon (January 19, 2012) after developing pancreatic cancer.
Born in Brownsville, Tennessee, Steve was the son of Patricia S. Brown and the late Nolen L. Pendergrast. He graduated from Newbern High School in 1965 and served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and Europe from 1967-1971.
He lived numerous places around the United States — Hartford, Connecticut; Ida, Oklahoma; Huntsville, Alabama; Marianna, Florida; and Kingsport, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in Biology.
Steve loved nature and applied this interest during his employment with the Boll Weevil program of the USDA. He was a great fan of SEC football, especially the University of Tennessee. Steve possessed a rough exterior that protected a thoughtful and caring individual.
Steve was preceded in death by his father, Nolen L. Pendergrast.
He leaves behind his mother, Patricia S. Brown, of Kingsport; wife, Carol Pendergrast, of Marianna, Florida; daughter, Patricia K. Pendergrast, of San Francisco, California; brother, Craig Pendergrast (Kathy), of Nashville, Tennessee; sister, Celine P. Cross (Kyle), of Kingsport; and several caring cousins, nephews and nieces.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2012, at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, 520 Watauga Street, Kingsport, with Rev. Jack Edwards officiating.
The family will receive friends immediately following the funeral service.
Graveside services will held at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2012, at Zion Methodist Cemetery, Brownsville, TN.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, CLC, in memory of Nolen S. Pendergrast, P.O. Box (135), Mountain Home, Tennessee 37684; the American Cancer Society; or First United Methodist Church of Newbern, Tennessee 38059.
Steve’s family sincerely thanks the VA nurses, aides, doctors, administrative personnel for their care and attention to him during this difficult and painful time of his life.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.cartertrent.com.
Carter-Trent Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport is serving the Pendergrast family.