OBITUARY

Kenneth Wayne Kemp Sr.

7 October, 194210 October, 2021

Kenneth Wayne Kemp, Sr. 79, a resident of Greensboro passed away at home on October 10, 2021. He was born on October 7, 1942 in Jackson County, Tennessee, the son of Fred and Pauline Keith Kemp.

Kenneth, the youngest of four children, grew up on a tobacco farm and learned to drive a tractor by age eight. He earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee, where he met his wife, Louise Wedluga. Ken built a 30 year career with Ciba-Geigy (Syngenta). Ken and Louise raised four boys. He always made time to coach their basketball teams, play golf with his family, and cheer his beloved Tennessee Volunteers. He was known as “Padre” by his sons and “Pawpa” by his grandchildren. Ken was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Ward and Joe.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Louise, and sons Kenny of Greensboro, Kris (Heather) of Nashville, Tennessee, Kevin (Amy) of Greensboro, Korky (Helen) of Greensboro, and his seven grandchildren (Colleen, Logan, Kate, Whitley, Wyatt, Ellie and Chanler). His sister, Peggy Pharris, lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 22nd at 10:00am at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church followed by a reception. His ashes will be buried in Jackson County, Tennessee at John L. Clark Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ken’s memory to Our Lady of Grace School Tuition Assistance Fund, College Golf Fellowship or your favorite charity.

Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

    Friday, 22 October , 2021

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Kenneth Wayne Kemp Sr.

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Robert Gonzalez

20 November 2021

To Mrs. Kemp, Kenny, Kris, Kevin and Korky and the rest of the Kemp Family.... I just found out today about the loss of Mr. Kemp... it hit me hard... We all go about our lives and move on and constantly create memories. Well some of my greatest memories growing up were created in your home. I always felt welcomed and cared for.... and always knew your husband and Dad was a wonderful man that was filled with love, honesty, loyalty and integrity. I have not seen him in years but my memory is so livid that it feels like yesterday. At the end of the day he was a great family man and as a father of a 25 year old boy and a 22 year old girl- really what better way could a man be described.

God bless you sir....

Brian donahue

8 November 2021

To my second family,
Mrs. Kemp, Kenny, Kris, Kevin and Korky. It has been almost a month since Coach K passed and I still think of him and all of you all the time. I was just thinking of him as I watched the Vols and Kentucky play this weekend and the Vols won in the end. My thoughts were the 12th player in the heavens pulled the Vols on to victory. I called him up in Heaven and Said GO VOLS!.
I can not put into words the influence and impact Ken had on my life. His positive outlook, his patience with me as coach (i'm guilty of making his heart race while he coached me) and his consistent approach with everyone he interacted with is admirable to say the least.
I was always made to feel welcome at the Kemp household and on the many times traveling and caddying for Kevin. The Kemp doors were open to all and Mr K and Mrs K always made everyone feel like family.
I know you are watching down on all of us Mr. K, but we sure do miss you.
Love Always and with Sympaty.. Brian Donahue aka "Birdman"

Randy Williams

22 October 2021

I will always remember Ken as a great leader during my years at Ciba-Geigy (Novartis). He was always fun to be around and I especially loved our mutual passion for the Tennessee Volunteers! I also really appreciated his interest in golf and how he mentored his boys in the game.

Louise and family, our prayers are with you and we all know that Ken will be waiting for us on the first hole in Heaven!

Randy Williams

Jose Milan

22 October 2021

Louise and Kemp Family,

"We feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of ours that would attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. We pray that Our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost."

RAY Traen

21 October 2021

Louise and family! I was sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Trust that my thoughts and prayers are with you in this very difficult time. Ken was a mentor of mine whom I respected for his leadership, work ethic, trust worthiness and many other talents. I had the privilege of working for him and making numerous customer trips with him. He was highly respected in the Agricultural Chemical Industry . He will be missed. May God bless you all.
Ray Traen

Dianne McClamroch

21 October 2021

Dear Louise and family, Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this hard time. We remember Ken and his kind and helpful ways as he worked on parish projects at Our Lady of Grace. May God rest his soul and give you His peace, strength, and comfort. Julian and Dianne McClamroch

Lisa Goldschmidt Fair

20 October 2021

Deepest sympathies to Mrs. Kemp and the whole family. I will always remember spending time at your house after OLG basketball games. Mr. Kemp’s kindness and generosity will always be remembered and will live on with his family.

Kerry Flynn Wells

19 October 2021

Well….. the good Ciba-Geigy guys are certainly missed!! I know Mr Kemp made a mark on his community- of work, church, and family. My prayers are with you all!

Mary Kate Farley

19 October 2021

We are keeping your family in our prayers during this difficult time. Ken was a man of great faith and his contributions of time and talents were appreciated and noticed by all.
He left behind a legacy and I will remember him most because of his warm smile and kind words in all our interactions.

Steven, Elaine, Elizabeth Orrell

18 October 2021

Louise, we are very sorry for your loss. Please know that we are praying for you, your family, and we are praying for Ken. We are always here for you. If you need anything at all, please let us know! We love you so much, Louise!

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