Condolence & Memory Journal

Gail, Deeply sorry for the news of Ken passing. Patsy and I want you to know how much we thought of Ken and you. I pray for the love of Christ to be with you.

Posted by Patsy Shaver - Family Friend   July 26, 2021

Gail, you and Ken have become store favorites since you first stepped through our doors 10 years ago, we consider you part of our little store family! I am so grateful that of our life journeys crossed paths. Both of you have always been so kind, especially during several personal challenges, a little note, a little something dropped by to say, "thinking of you." The two of you coming in for coffee and lottery, laughing, happy, enjoying life, it's contagious, the good contagious! The memories of Ken with his funny t-shirts, jokes, stories, warm smile, contagious laugh and getting hot dogs, don't tell Gail! (I figure it's safe to say now!) will always be with me.

Posted by Ana Ferry Ana's Corner Store - East Norriton, PA - Friend   July 21, 2021

Gail: We've never met, and its been several decades since I last saw Ken (at the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament, about 1991 or so, I'd guess). But we worked together as grocery carry out boys at the Giant Super Market, on W. Walnut Street, in Johnson city, in the 1967-69 time frame. Ken was always in a great mood, and I learned something important from him: go after the biggest task, and let others handle the smaller work. The tradition was for bag boys to avoid bagging the largest orders because they took more time, and required more effort. But I watched Ken see these larger jobs as a challenge, and to take pride in them. He also made more tips from the larger orders (maybe 50 cents, instead of 25 cents). He set a great example for me that I never forgot. My sincerest condolences to you - as a double cat owner myself, I know his cats will miss him greatly, and the world has lost a quality human being.

Posted by Richard Clarke - Woodstock, GA - Acquaintance   July 19, 2021

Dear Gail and family,
I grew up with Ken at East Unaka Christian Church in Johnson City, Tennessee. He was a lot of fun growing up and we enjoyed happy times with our Youth Group there. Ann and Frank were very nice people and friends of my parents, Kyle and Sue Chinouth. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. GOD BLESS. Kyleen Chinouth Kelly

Posted by Kyleen Kelly - Louisville, KY - Family Friend   July 18, 2021

The world has lost a really good person. I was fortunate to grow up with Ken on Barton Street in the early 60's and then on Locust where his mom and dad relocated. He was quick witted, somewhat of a clown and always made me laugh. Although we failed to maintain contact in the later years, I always knew he was a friend. Sorry he left so soon. Mike McComas

Posted by Mike McComas - Gray, TN - Friend   July 17, 2021

Gail, thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. Ken was awesome. Great friend and softball coach. We love ya. Gary and Mary

Posted by Mary Lancaster - Johnson City, TN - Friend   July 16, 2021

Ken was a very special friend and will be greatly missed. Thoughts are with Gail and all his friends and family. Jim

Posted by Jim Forgey - Watauga, TN - Friend   July 15, 2021