Kenneth “Kenny” Alan Smith, age 47, of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away peacefully at home Saturday, July 18, 2015, after a long brave battle with brain cancer. Kenny was born on June 14, 1968, in Louisville, Ky., and grew up in Union City, Tenn.
Kenny will be deeply missed by his wife of 23 years, Tracy Brown Smith; sons Boone, Boyett and Brown; parents Joe and Kay Smith of Germantown; sister and brother-in-law Melyne and Jim Strickland of Memphis; niece and nephew Kathleen and James; brother and sister-in-law Russell and Shea Smith of Belleville, Ill.; and nephews Sam, Noah and Silas; and many friends that are the same as family.
Kenny was a member of Christ Chapel, active on the mission’s team and church council, as well as a Sunday school teacher. He was a mechanical engineering graduate of Tennessee Tech University. Having worked at Engineering Services Group and Rogers and Morgan, currently Kenny was the VP of Engineering at Shoffner Kalthoff Mechanical Electrical Service (SKMES), where he had worked for the last 11 years, and served as a board member of the American Builders and Contractors (ABC) of East Tennessee.
Mostly, Kenny was an amazing man and encourager of people. He had a huge heart to give, to teach and to see others win and be successful, as well as to know the Lord. His heart for hospitality and great wisdom were attributes many admired. This dedicated, faithful and loving husband, father, son, brother and friend will be greatly missed.
The family will receive friends at Central Baptist Church of Bearden from 5-7:15 p.m., with a service following at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate Kenny’s life on Friday, July 24. Graveside services are to be held at Hebron Cemetery on Hebron Church Road in Dandridge, Tenn., on Saturday, July 25, at 10 a.m.
Memorials may be made to Lighthouse Christian Camp (205 Serenity Place, Smithville, TN 37166) in lieu of flowers. Services are under the direction of Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, 6200 Kingston Pike.