John Mauk Kennerly

May 15, 1943October 14, 2013
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Kennerly, John Mauk, age 70, of Knoxville, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2013. He was a longtime member of Church Street United Methodist Church. John graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1965 with a degree in chemical engineering. He conducted development work for many years at the Oak Ridge K-25 plant and later worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the environmental program. After retirement in 1997, John served on a Technical Advisory Board for the Department of Energy. He also served on the Board of Directors of Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tennessee. He had many unique talents including woodworking and architectural design. He was a member of the Margaret Stevenson Hiking Club and greatly enjoyed the beauty of God’s creation and the companionship of fellow hikers. John was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Bowling Kennerly and parents, Nelle Mauk and Rollin Kennerly. He is survived by cousins David Mauk of Hilton Head, South Carolina; Nancy Greer of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; Dawn Scott of Johnson City, Tennessee; Robert Bodell of Boyds, Maryland; brother-in-law, Michael Bowling of Columbia, Missouri; special friends, George and Ruby Roettger and Gary and Phyllis Gitschlag. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Highway with the funeral service to follow at 4:00 PM, Rev. Cabel Trent officiating. Interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of the Smokies, Margaret Stevenson Fund, P.O. Box 1660, Kodak, TN 37764. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Sunday, October 27, 2013
  • Funeral Service Sunday, October 27, 2013

John Mauk Kennerly

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Teddy Gregg

April 8, 2014

Johnny, we miss you very much. Thanksgiving will never be the same.

Glenn Marshall

October 29, 2013

John, you are already missed, your beaming enthusiam for life was a joy to behold.
We have always been glad that you took the time to show us through your outstanding home. Thanks.
May your passing open up for you a welcome world on the other side.

Ray Trotta

October 28, 2013

John, you will be dearly missed, but what you have passed on to others throughout your life, will continue to resonate in the lives of those you helped so willingly. Your warm smile and kind words will not be forgotten. Goodbye old friend.....

Gail Anderson

October 27, 2013

Jerry and I will miss John very deeply. He was such a good neighbor and friend. He often came to our house to "cook a fish" and enjoy a companionable supper. One of his secrets: orange marmalade as a seasoning. The work he was doing on his home was quite amazing, and his antique furniture is gorgeous and rare. How he loved to go to the Heart of the Country auction in Nashville! John, you are leaving a hole in our hearts. We are glad that you are with Jane now. Gail and Jerry Anderson

Debbie Stoffle

October 27, 2013

Dr G and Phyllis, I have always enjoyed the stories of the adventures you shared with John. You were true friends and you always made him part of your family.Always remember the fun times. Debbie and Larry

Larry Long

October 26, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about John's passing. John was a very dear friend and a very important part of my life during my early years at K-25. I had the opportunity to work closely with John and to travel with him on several company trips. John was extremely gifted and had an innate ability to entertain. I really enjoyed working and hanging out with John. I will truly miss his laughter, his humor, and the trivia that always amazed me.

Tom and Anita Rogers

October 26, 2013

John, you were always so special. We loved our times with you and Jane and then with you. I wish you and Tom had hiked in the Grand Canyon like you wanted too. We will miss you in so many ways. Thanks for being Merry's Uncle John; that was special to all of us. We love you.

Merry Rogers Alexander

October 25, 2013

John, you were so wonderful. You were such a special friend to my entire family. We all love and miss you. I will always remember you helping me with my drafting homework and the delicious salad you made to accompany dinner that night. You were so kind and talented. The Philadelphia trip, your beautiful home, Mrs. Kennerly, and all of the wonderful get togethers with you, my parents, and the McGinnis' are dear memories. Thank you for being a shining example of a wonderful Christian man. I miss you terribly, but I'm happy you are reunited with Mrs. Kennerly, your parents, father in law, and all of your other loved ones. I love you. God Bless, Merry

Kelli B

October 25, 2013

Your smile will be greatly missed at South Eastern Salvage, We all enjoyed your visits and updates on your home. God Bless.