C. Kenneth Still

April 8, 1932June 9, 2021
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C. Kenneth Still died Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at his home, his body worn out after three battles with cancer. (He wanted you to know what killed the old goat.)

He was born on April 8, 1932 in Cleveland, Tennessee to the late Wallace Vasco Still and Stella Nipper Still. He was the second of four children born to this marriage. He attended public schools in Cleveland and Bradley County except for one year in Tunnel Hill, Georgia, graduating from Bradley High School in 1949. Later in life he attended UTC in Chattanooga.

On June 6, 1953, he married Barbara Jean McLain and they have three children, Chuck, Stephen, and Robin. In December of 1955 they joined Brainerd Baptist Church where they are still members. Ken served as a deacon, Chairman of the deacons, and Sunday School teacher. He also served on the House and Grounds committee and several other positions.

On January 1, 1968 at the behest of District Judge Frank Wilson, Referee Byron Pope appointed him Chapter 13 Trustee for the Chattanooga and Winchester Divisions of the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He also served as Chapter 12 Trustee for all East Tennessee and was on the Chapter 7 Panel of Trustees, as well as Chapter 11 Trustee. During his 47-year tenure as Trustee, he and Bankruptcy Judge Ralph H. Kelley developed several procedures, forms and other useful matters that were adopted by several courts across the country. Ken helped develop the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees and served as its president in the early years. He was honored by the Association upon his retirement. He retired on December 31, 2014, exactly 47 years from his appointment.

He was long-time member of the Brainerd Kiwanis Club and served in several positions.

Ken is survived by his wonderful wife Barbara; sons, Chuck, Stephen L. and wife Kelly; daughter, Robin Wintringham; grandchildren, McLain and his wife Molly, Delaney West and her husband Terry, Chip Wintringham, Jennifer Ann Wintringham, David Howard and his wife Ina, Jonathan Howard and his wife Melanie, Kathryn Howard; great-grandchildren, Liam Still and Max Mazie; sisters, Linda Massengale and Mary Ellen McCoy; and a whole bunch of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, James V. Still.

The family will receive friends Monday, June 14, 2021 at the East Brainerd Chapel from 5-7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at Brainerd Baptist Church Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Barry Wilks officiating. (300 Brookfield Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37411)

Interment will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with his sons Chuck and Steve Still, grandsons McLain Still, Chip Wintringham, and David Howard, and nephew, Mark Lemons serving as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Pryor, Quinton Howard, Hal North, Jim Lane, Jerry Farinash, and Scott Brown.

“It has been a great ride and God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, super children, and extraordinary grandchildren, friends, church and too many other things to enumerate. To Him must go the glory for anything that I have accomplished.”

“Sunset and evening star and one clear call for me. Let there be no mourning at the bar when I put out to sea.”

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank at; or Alzheimer’s Association at

Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.

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  • Barbara McLain Still, Wife
  • Chuck Still, Son
  • Stephen L. Still (Kelly), Son
  • Robin Wintringham, Daughter
  • McLain Still (Molly), Grandson
  • Delaney West (Terry), Granddaughter
  • Chip Wintringham, Grandson
  • Jennifer Ann Wintringham, Granddaughter
  • David Howard (Ina), Grandson
  • Jonathan Howard (Melanie), Grandson
  • Kathryn Howard, Granddaughter
  • Liam Still, Great-Grandchild
  • Max Mazie, Great-Grandchild
  • Linda Massengale, Sister
  • Mary Ellen McCoy, Sister
  • Wallace Vasco Still, Father (deceased)
  • Stella Nipper Still, Mother (deceased)
  • James V. Still, Brother (deceased)
  • A whole bunch of nieces and nephews also survive.

  • Chuck Still, Active Pallbearer
  • Steve Still, Active Pallbearer
  • McLaine Still, Active Pallbearer
  • Chip Wintringham, Active Pallbearer
  • David Howard, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Lemons, Active Pallbearer
  • Bill Pryor, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Quinton Howard, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Hal North, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jim Lane, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jerry Farinash, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Scott Brown, Honorary Pallbearer



  • Receiving Friends

    Monday, June 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021


  • Interment


C. Kenneth Still

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Reid Hughes

June 15, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Ken's beautiful family, who are left and waiting to rejoin him with our Savior. Ken was also such a strong voice of reason and biblical conviction. He always loved and supported me. Barbara and Steve, my heart feels your loss. But I am grateful we shall all be reunited one day. Praise God for His promise!

Reid Hughes

Lee McCarley

June 14, 2021

What I remember about Ken Still was his ready smile and the twinkle ever-present in his eye. There always seemed to be a wellspring a mirth about to bubble up. It was my privilege to know Ken and his family - Barbara, Chuck, Steve and my second sister, Robin. Even with the pain of knowing someone who was such a large presence in my childhood is gone, I also recall the joy of having Ken and all of you in my life. Love and peace to you and your families.

Jack and Mary LaBarge

June 14, 2021

Our sympathy to Ken's family. We met Ken and Barbara through the NACTT. Jack was the Trustee in St Louis and Mary was the office manager. Ken was a good Trustee and more importantly a good person. He will be missed.

Peggy Enloe

June 14, 2021

Sending prayers and comforting hugs to all the special Still family members and especially to my dear friend, Barbara. I am so very sorry for your loss and may your precious memories bring you peace. Love to all.

Peggy Enloe


June 14, 2021

Dearest Family: Let me begin by letting you know the Poem on his tribute video "Two Roads" is my favorite. To say Kenneth was a friend is not enough, he was my brother in Christ in court and in History. Originally coming from Nashville, He took the time to set down and show me the ins and outs of Chap. 13 in the E. District. He and I, every week would talk history, including him telling me of his ancestors that would travel up the valley from Hale Town on the Tennessee River way back when the Indians still lived there and do Missionary Revivals. We frequently spoke about death and what happens afterwards. We had an agreement as to what we each would do if the other passed first, regarding our funerals and agreed that you should remember the living not the dead. He was a Christian, Honest and trustworthy man that loved the Lord, his work and especially , his wife and family. I loved him like a brother. May the Holy Spirit Comfort you all in this time of sorrow. I am praying for each of you.

John Cook

June 14, 2021

Ken Still will always be remembered in the bankruptcy community as the chapter 13 trustee who pioneered one of the most successful chapter 13 programs in the country. He implemented procedures and techniques that made the chapter 13 program work so well locally that his expertise was sought in many other districts across the United States where other trustees were attempting to implement their own programs. I enjoyed working with Ken during my career as he certainty made my job easier, and he was also a good, decent, and honest man with great character. He will be missed by all those who knew him.

Rene Hendricks

June 14, 2021

To the Family of Ken Still, one of the best humans I have ever known.

It was such a privilege to know Ken. I met him through my father, Royce Wallace, a fellow Ch13 Trustee from Wichita KS. He met Ken through the NACTT when Ken first became a trustee, and they had a lifelong friendship until my father passed away in 2020. I worked for my father for the last 14 years of his career, he retired in 1999, and I continue to this day working in the Ch13 office in Wichita. Ken always asked me about my father each time I saw him at the NACTT conferences, and your mom was always right beside him with kind words to say. Ken instilled in me the importance of what we do in the ch13 office and helped me understand the important role we play in peoples' lives when they are at one of their most difficult moments. He was also a good friend to me as well. I have missed him since his retirement. He was a blessing in my life and I know how much he will be missed by many. I am sending prayers to Barbara and your family for comfort during this time, but I know Ken left you all with plenty of beautiful memories to comfort you. Sincerely, Rene' Hendricks

Karen Keyes Stuber

June 14, 2021

It has been years since I have seen Mr. Still, but I have never forgotten his generous spirit, his quiet support or his sense of humor. His love of God and family was evident in all he did. His family will be in my prayers
Karen Keyes Stuber

Richard Jahn

June 14, 2021

When Kenneth retired, he told me that he felt he hadn't done enough in his life. But my goodness, he intersected with so many thousands in this community, especially as Chapter 7 and 13 Trustee. He changed the course of Chapter 13s by getting our cases automated, and his methods soon spread across the country. I remember once back then when we had 10,000 Chapter 13 cases going here, but New Orleans only had 50. They were still doing 13s by hand.

Ken had the strongest passion for doing what is right, basing his judgments in his cases on Biblical principles. That's what men of faith are supposed to do, give justice or mercy. Of course, bankruptcy cases nearly always involve some kind of moral failing. He fought for decades against debtors who lied, cheated, deceived and stole from others. I think it frustrated him that this conduct constantly resurfaced in case after case, and he couldn't stop it. To many others who deserved it, he gave mercy. I did not see him much after 2014, but the photos in the wonderful video show that he seemed to relax and let others fight the moral fight while he enjoyed his family and friends. I hope so - he deserved to be relieved of duty after so many years.

He certainly taught me a lot. I remember meeting with him in the 1970's, and he showed me how to make a plan and file a Chapter 13 case. Later we worked together on some complicated cases. He set a great example for us Chapter 7 Trustees. He never wavered in investigating the most complex mazes of accounting, and he recovered all kinds of transfers and property for creditors. I don't know how he could handle so many cases in both chapters, but he did.

Kenneth, sir, you did enough, you really did. We will all miss you. For Barbara and his family, Ken was truly an honorable man, and I know you are proud of him.

Barbara Campbell

June 14, 2021

Where do I begin… My job interview with CKS - he looked at me and said “ You are the only person who correctly worked this math problem -You have the job”.
I worked for Chapter 13 Trustees for 38 years. Ten years for CKS before my husband’s job transferred us to Florida. I worked for three Trustees in the Jacksonville office. Kenneth gave me and everyone that worked for him a strong background in bankruptcy procedures. Many years after l left Chattanooga , I was able to thank Kenneth for the strong foundation of the job he gave me all those years ago.
So many memories I cherish. I wish I could be there. My prayers are with you.