Tom “TK” Kerney was born in Kingsport, and also lived in Mount Carmel and Johnson City. He graduated from Ketron High School, East Tennessee State University’s College of Business, and earned an MBA in Education from Union College.
Educating children is what gave Tom excitement and energy. He first started as a math teacher in the Sullivan County School System then as principal at Lynn View Middle School and Sullivan Middle School before retiring in 2003.
Tom is preceded in death by his father, Ernest Kerney; brother, Ronald Kerney; maternal grandparents Calvin and Hattie Wallace; paternal grandparents, Claude and Margaret Kerney; and his best friend Jack Barr.
Surviving Tom is his dedicated and loving wife of 36 years, Denise Davis Kerney; sons Gabriel Joseph Bolas II and wife, Tarah of Knoxville, Matthew Alan Bolas and partner James Michael Andrews of Johnson City; grandsons Gabriel Joseph Bolas III and wife Kirsten, Matthew Alexander Bolas and Avery Michael Bolas, all of Knoxville; his wonderful family, his mother, Tillie Kate Wallace Kerney of Kingsport; three brothers, Ernest Stephen Kerney of Kingsport, David Kerney and wife Susie of Kingsport, and Richard Kerney and wife, Michelle of Kingsport; mother in law Doris Davis; his wonderful family Kristi Ratliff and husband Bruce, Christopher Kerney, Holly Griffith and husband Eric, Lindsey Hagy and husband Andrew, Brent Kerney and wife Stacie, Andrea Clark, and Shane Kerney; several loving nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and friends.
The family will receive friends on Monday, August 5 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Tetrick Funeral Home, Johnson City. A funeral service will immediately follow.
Graveside services will be held at Monte Vista Memorial Park on Tuesday, August 6 at 11 a.m. with family serving as pallbearers.
He loved sports, and coached middle school/youth football, track and field and basketball for several years. “Coach Kerney” believed in the power of sports to help mold children into positive, achieving adults. This was also evident in his daily life as Tom was often seen clad in orange, as he was an avid University of Tennessee Vol fan. He very much enjoyed family outings, holiday get-together events and visiting with friends.
In lieu of flowers, Tom requested donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help young people shine and grow or the Alzheimer’s Association to help find a cure.
Tom’s journey is now complete and the goal line to heaven is in now in sight.
“GIVE HIM SIX… TOUCHDOWN… TOMMY EUGENE KERNEY.”
Funeral services for Tommy Eugene Kerney will be conducted on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Services of Johnson City.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 5:00 P.M. until the hour of service at 7:00 P.M.
A graveside service will be conducted on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in the Monte Vista Memorial Park at 11:00 A.M. with family members and friends serving as pallbearers.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com . Tetrick Funeral Services 3001 Peoples Street Johnson City, TN 37604 (423-610-7171) is honored to serve the Kerney family.