OBITUARY

Kenneth Wayne Kemp Sr.

October 7, 1942October 10, 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. His sister, Peggy Pharris, lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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).

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

22 October

Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

10:00 am

 

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Kenneth Wayne Kemp Sr.

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Steven, Elaine, Elizabeth Orrell

October 18, 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!

Lary/Kathy Treanor

October 18, 2021

Dear Louise and Family, 10-16-21
We are so sorry to learn of Ken’s passing recently from Phil Koch.
Ken was a favorite of ours in the Syngenta family, and my favorite boss in Greensboro when he was the Director of Marketing and I, a Product Manager. He always encouraged my wild ideas. Ken was an excellent leader throughout his career.
Ken and Kathy were sitting together at a Syngenta dinner in Bermuda on one of those awards trips, and I remember them receiving three orders of Russian caviar resting on ice swans. They enjoyed the caviar. It is one of Kathy’s favorite memories of those days.
We lost touch when we moved to Wyoming, and I wished I had stayed closer to Ken from this distance. He was a valued friend.
Best wishes


Lary/Kathy Treanor
lltreanor@fes2.com

Debora Tinnin

October 18, 2021

My prayers and condolences for the family love you Louise

Tommy Magrinat

October 17, 2021

I have so many good memories of Mr. Kemp as my basketball coach at OLG and the fun times our team had together. Now that I am older and have my own kids I appreciate even more all the hours that he volunteered, and the way that he opened his home to all of us kids after games and let us run free. The Kemp family played a big role in making those years at OLG special for my whole class, as their house was kind of a stomping ground for us all. Mr. Kemp was right in the middle of everything, helping to bring our little community closer together. I feel gratitude right now for who he was and what he did.

Timothy Baldwin

October 17, 2021

I can't help but think of Mr. Kemp every time I hear a Kenny Rogers song. I remember playing poker late into the night with Kenny and his sons. The door to the Kemp house was always open to the neighborhood kids. My condolences to the Kemp family and may Kenny rest in peace. God bless.

Mary Elizabeth Moore

October 14, 2021

Kenny was an inspiration! So knowledgeable and a strong leader. If issues became a bit tense he was always quick with something funny and off-the-wall.
With greatest respect,
Mary Elizabeth

Luke Connolly

October 13, 2021

So saddened to hear of Mr. Kemp's passing. My fondest memories of Mr Kemp involved basketball, late-night-pizza, moonshine, and hot peppers. Rest in peace COACH!

Ron & Jessica Small

October 13, 2021

Our sincere condolences for the passing of Ken. We know he will be missed, not only by your family but by friends, the church and the school.

May God bless each of you during this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts will be with each of you.

Blessings,
Ron, Jessica Small & Family


Kris Kemp

October 13, 2021

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Along the way my parents had four boys (Kenny, Kris, Kevin, and Korky, all KWK’s), all of whom (except for me) live within walking distance of my parents’ home. Further along the way he accumulated three daughters in law (all of whom adored him), and seven grandchildren (all of whom adored him).
• My father was a relentless mentor, always encouraging his sons, our friends, his work colleagues, his players (he was a long-time basketball coach at our parish school Our Lady of Grace) and his grandchildren.
• He was also a relentless competitor, so many clutch jump shots in our back yard or putts on the 18th green that his results can only be called a statistical anomaly. Fortunately, we were the victims of many of his victories as he loved spending time and playing sports with his four sons.
• With hindsight, I am overwhelmed by his devotion to his family. While my friends took family vacations to beaches or theme parks, my family vacations usually entailed hopping in the seatbelt-less back seats of our Catalina station wagon and driving seven to 15 hours back home to Jackson County for a ‘vacation’ of planting tobacco (spring break), topping tobacco (summer vacation), hauling tobacco into a barn (fall break), or, finally, waking up on Christmas morning to no tobacco jobs but with the possibility of a Daisy Red Rider under a cedar tree followed by a walk through frosty hills shooting at tree branches.

I realize this is already too long, but it’s all pretty fresh too. He held on hard, made it to his 79th birthday last Thursday, and sweetly held on a bit longer as Heather and I drove back from Raleigh on Sunday, we were able to sit with him for fifteen minutes after we arrived and before he passed. It’s a life we’d all be lucky to live. We are finalizing details, but looks like we will have a Catholic funeral mass on October 22nd (in Greensboro), and his remains (he wanted to be cremated) will be buried in Jackson Co, TN.

Bert Honsch

October 13, 2021

KEN HIRED ME IN 1981. HE IS THE ONLY REASON I LEFT PFIZER BECAUSE I LOVED MY BOSS THERE. HE CALLED CHRISSY TO TALK TO HER BEFORE MY DECISION. A REAL CLASSY MOVE BY A REAL CLASSY GUY. HE WAS A DEARLY LOVED AND GREATLY ADMIRED COLLEAGUE. REST IN PEACE BIG GUY.

FROM THE FAMILY