Obituary: Emmett Noel Kennon

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Emmett Noel Kennon, a lifetime resident of Nashville, TN passed away at Vanderbilt University Hospital on Friday, October 16, 2009 at the age of 94. Mr. Kennon was born on May 12, 1915. He was the son of the late Catherine and Emmett N. Kennon, Sr. Mr. Kennon graduated from Central High School in 1934 and Tennessee State Teachers College (now MTSU) in 1938. While at TSTC, he lettered in football and baseball, in addition to writing for the school newspaper.

After graduating, he worked for Neuhoff Packing Company in Nashville and Chattanooga until drafted into the U.S Army in 1941. He served the effort in World War II in various capacities including the management of a field hospital in North Africa and Italy. He left the service of the U.S. Army as a Major but continued his service with the Veterans Administration as Assistant Chief of Education and Training for Tennessee. In 1949, he founded Kennon Construction which continued in operation until his death.

Mr. Kennon maintained farms in Marshall and Williamson Counties and was a member of Cattleman's Association. He was also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, and Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, member of National Federation of Independent Businessmen, former member and President of the Melrose Civitan Club, and a retired board member of Peoples and Union Bank. Mr. Kennon had the distinction of being a member of the Doric Lodge 732 and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member Al Menah Shrine Temple. Mr. Kennon and his wife, Rose, were members of Brentwood Baptist Church. They were also long standing members of Richland Country Club.

Mr. Kennon continued his relationship with MTSU being honored as a member of the Blue Raider Athletic Hall of Fame and as a member and former president of the MTSU Varsity Club. He and his wife, Rose, provided funds toward the construction of the MTSU Sports Hall of Fame building. Mr. Kennon was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni in 2002 by the MTSU Alumni Association.

Mr. Kennon is survived by his wife, Rose S. Kennon, son James E. Kennon, Sr., (Alice) of Nashville, grandson James E. Kennon, Jr. (Katherine) of Nashville, great-grandsons, Drakeford B. Kennon and Noel J. Kennon of Nashville, brother, James C. Kennon (Mildred) of Memphis, TN, nieces Carol Wood (David) of Nashville TN, Mildred Rogers (Bill) of Fayetteville, AK, nephew, Carl B. Kennon (Jill) of Memphis, TN and two great-nieces and five great-nephews.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Askew, Kennon Askew, Edward Caldwell, Carl B. Kennon, James Kennon, Jr., and David Wood.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Deanie and Mark Brown, Sue and George Frost and Patty and Frank Hogue.

Visitation will be on Monday, October 19th at Brentwood Baptist Church from 5 -- 8pm. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 11 am October 20th at Brentwood Baptist Church. There will be a brief visitation prior to the service at 10 am. Graveside services will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association ( or Brentwood Baptist Church.