Kenneth J. Northmore

Kenneth J. Northmore

image Kenneth J. Northmore, 84, of Elizabethton, went home to be with his Lord on Monday, January 16, 2012, at Ivy Hall Nursing Home following an extended illness.

A native of Chicago, Ill., he had lived in Carter County most of his life and was a son of the late Robert and Lillian Northmore.

Mr. Northmore was retired from Holston Ordnance Works and was a member of Oak Street Baptist Church.

Mr. Northmore was a former Band Director at Unaka High School. He also founded The Betsy Town Fife and Drum Corps in 1975. He was an original member of the cast of “The Wataugans,” which is now called “Liberty.” He was an Eagle Scout and former Boy Scout Master and loved to collect model trains.

Survivors include his wife of over 54 years, Chris Lyons Northmore, Elizabethton; a son, Mike Northmore and his wife, Susan, Elizabethton; a granddaughter, Heather Minton, Kingsport; a sister-in-law and her husband, Lillie and Richard Fergosi, Elizabethton; and a sister-in-law, Merle Lynch, Birmingham, Ala.

The funeral service for Mr. Northmore will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Rev. Bruce Hendrich officiating. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the service, or friends may also call at the residence of his son, Mike, 1028 Broad Street, Elizabethton, anytime. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, January 19, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Horn, O.B. Foster, Pat Lewis, Earl Slagle, Richard Fergosi and Kerry Lambert. Those who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 11:15 a.m. Thursday for the service. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting and signing the guestbook or by fax to (423) 542-9499.

Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Northmore family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.

Happy Valley Memorial Park