April 27, 2007
Robert Paul Ketchum went home to be with Jesus on Friday, April 27, 2007, from NHC Lewisburg. Mr. Ketchum was born July 12, 1914 in Marshall County to Johnny and Modena Bradford Ketchum, who proceeded him in death. A sister, Frances Ketchum Watkins; a brother, Cecil Ray Ketchum; a nephew, Clyde Watkins and an infant granddaughter, Leila Faye Pippen, also predeceased him.
Mr. Ketchum was a native of Marshall County and retired from NASA in Huntsville, Ala., where he worked as a sheetmetal supervisor on the Moon Landing Project. He also worked for several years at Boeing Aircraft. He made his home in Cornersville until January 2007 with his wife of 65 years. He was a member of the Richland C. P. Church for over 50 years, a member of the choir until the last few years. He sang tenor with the Gospel Five for several years.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline Cochran Ketchum; a daughter, Deborah Ketchum-Pippen (Nolan); a grandson, Bradford Paul Pippen of Lewisburg; two nieces, Martha Watkins of Petersburg and Ruby Sullivan of Shelbyville; two nephews, Kenneth T. Ross of Lexington, Ky., and John Ross of Columbia; special cousins, Debora Bradford Church (Ray) of Lewisburg, Twila Bradford Austin (Terry) and James A. "Bo" Bradford (Pat) of Cornersville; along with a host of other family and friends.
Acting pallbearers are Terry Austin, James A. "Bo" Bradford, Benjamin Burton, Ray Church, Nolan E. Pippen, and Winford Tucker.
Honorary pallbearers are the Elders and Members of the Richland Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Springplace, Dwight Fowler and Family, Hayden Averill, J.J. Contreras, Dakota Haley, Laike Haley, Timothy Hutton, Sean Johnson and Jonathan Salinas.
The family received visitors on Sunday, April 29, after 4 p.m. and two hours before the service on Monday, April 30, 2007. Services were conducted from the chapel of the London Funeral Home at 2 p.m. with Elder Hubreen Looney officiating. Burial followed thereafter in Short Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank to everyone for their love, prayers and support during this time.
The Marshall County Tribune, Wednesday, May 2, 2007