Kenneth Ray Chambers
April 1, 1935 – March 13, 2021
Kenneth Ray Chambers, 85, lifelong resident of Blount County, Tennessee, went home to glory March 13, 2021.
He was born April 1, 1935 and was the youngest sibling of ten born to Jesse Cloyd and Zena Myers Chambers of Cades Cove.
Kenneth grew up an avid athlete. As a grade schooler if he missed the bus he would run to school and arrive there before the bus. He was a football star at Porter High School in the early 1950's and was starting tailback as a Sophomore in 1950 when Porter won the Blount County championship. He played starting tailback in both 1951 and 1952. Porter won the county championship again in 1952. He made All-County in football in 1952 along with four of his other team-mates. He started two years in football at Hiwassee College in 1953 and 1954. He was starting tailback at Maryville College in 1957 and played fullback and linebacker at Maryville College in 1959 at the same time he was on the wrestling team.
While at Maryville College he also belonged to the Air National Guard. Then after college worked for the Guard full time and was deployed to Germany in May of 1962. He was honorably discharged in 1964.
Later to keep physically fit he joined the Knoxville YMCA wrestling team. He played handball for 15 years during which time he won the City Consolation Championship (1970) and was runner-up in 1972.
Kenneth was inducted into the Blount County Sports Hall of fame October 26, 2009.
Kenneth married the love of his life, Faye Larkin Brackin on September 12, 1974. They made their home on the farm Kenneth grew up on and attended Stock Creek Baptist Church.
He worked as a Machinist and retired from Robert Shaw Controls.
Kenneth is preceded in death by his wife Faye and their daughter Janet, his four sisters and five brothers.
He is survived by nineteen nieces and nephews and countless great nieces and nephews. He was "Uncle Kenneth". He always had a joke to put a smile on your face. He was also a "big brother" to one nephew (Odie) who spent a great deal of time at the farm with his Grandmaw and Grandpaw and at that time a wonderfully patient Uncle Kenneth.
Special thank you: Asbury Place Beech House Employees.
Special Mention: Niece: Evelyn White and Great Niece: Lisa Wilson.
To view this obituary online and/or post condolences or memories you may access Sherwood Chapel and Memorial Gardens website at www.sherwoodchapel.com
Flowers may be sent to Sherwood Chapel and Memorial Gardens 3176 Airport Highway, Alcoa, TN or donations may be made in memory of Kenneth to AMVETS Post 22, 3705 Legends Way, Maryville, Tenn. 37801.
Friends and family may pay their respects Friday, March 19 from 9am - 12 pm and 2pm - 4pm at Sherwood Chapel and Memorial Gardens, 3176 Airport Highway, Alcoa, Tenn.
A graveside service will be held at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, 475 Bethel Church Road, Townsend, TN Saturday March 20 at 1pm, Rev. Chris Cupp presiding.
Morning Call at Convenience
Friday, March 19, 2021
Afternoon Call at Convenience
Friday, March 19, 2021
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Kenneth Ray Chambers
March 19, 2021
Even though I moved away from Tennessee at a fairly young age, I have so many good memories of being around Uncle Kenneth at a young age, and even as an adolescent I would go to the farm to spend a week with Grandma and Grandpa, and always enjoyed being around Uncle Kenneth because of his sense of fun and kindness. He always had a joke (and always corny) that made me laugh. I think he is responsible for me loving corny jokes to this day. As an adult, he would come to visit my mom and his brother Ollie, my dad. Kenneth, my dad and myself would go the the golf tournament and walk til we dropped, but had so much fun and he and dad would play golf, which they and my Uncle Claude enjoyed so much. So these are good memories for me and I cherish the time that I did get to spend with Uncle Kenneth. I was a wonderful influence in my life and I am grateful.
March 17, 2021
Classmate with Ken at Porter He was a great friend and teammate. I played Center and Linebacker on the team that won the County Championship in 1952 . Ken was our Tailback and he was the MVP on our team. We ran the Single Wing Formation and I centered the ball to Ken when he ran, passed or punted the ball. He was a True Triple Threat. It was an honor to be his Teammate and Friend. Although I moved to Alabama in 1961, we continued to stay in touch and be the best of friends. I know that he knew Jesus and is now with him and I will get to be with him some day in the not too distant future. Rest In Peace, My Good Friend. Tom Pangle. Class of 1953..........
March 16, 2021
Ken, you will be so missed. You were more of a father to me than my own Dad. I will miss your jokes and your smile. You brought nothing but joy to my life, and I will miss you until we meet again. RIP sweet man.