Kenneth Weems, 82, of the Ottway community, passed away early Tuesday morning at his home.
He was a son of the late Jay and Genevieve Weems.
He was a retired businessman, having owned Weems Excavating & Paving and Ken’s Ready Mix, and was a land developer. He enjoyed farming and cattle, collecting antiques and antique cars.
Mr. Weems was known for his kindness and generosity to others. He gave discretely and never wanted or sought recognition.
His greatest joy in life was his grandsons, and he thoroughly enjoyed being with them. He was affectionately called “Ken-Dawg” by the many young people who loved him.
Mr. Weems was a past member of the board of directors of Andrew Johnson Bank.
He was a member of Ottway United Methodist Church.
Mr. Weems was a member of the Ottway Ruritan Club and Greeneville Moose Lodge No. 692.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law: Kenton and Pam Weems, of the Ottway community; two grandsons: Jacob Weems and his girlfriend, Kaylee Hensley, and Jared Weems; two stepgrandchildren: Lauren Bowers, and Brent and Ashley Bowers; one stepgreat-granddaughter: Presley Bowers; one sister and brother-in-law: Jane and Joe Stroud; his former wife and friend: Sadie Weems; three nieces: Jamie Drain, Janie Rich and Sandra Babb; two nephews: B.J. Barnes and Tim Stroud; and special friends: Jack and Nancy Kilday, Jack and Brenda Neas, Les “Weasel,” Angie and Katelyn Weems, Ralph and Diane Hensley, Grant Hopson, and Amy and Al Dugger.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother: Keith Weems; and a sister: Jean Barnes.
The family will receive friends at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in Doughty-Stevens Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Hensley officiating.
Interment will follow in Wesley’s Chapel Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Chris Gray, Dan Walker, Zane Britton, Jeff Brooks, Dustin Weems and Les Weems.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Cooter, Dave Cooter, Red Gass, Bill Britton, Kyle Foshee, Mike Light, Tim Neas and Dustin Neas.
Memorials may be made to Ottway United Methodist Church or Wesley’s Chapel Cemetery.
The family expressed a special thanks to the EMS staff, the nurses and staff of Durham-Hensley Health and Rehabilitation Center and Dr. Robert Berry.