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Kenneth Lee Paxton, Sr.

September 27, 1925 — September 11, 2020

Kenneth Lee Paxton, Sr. passed into eternal life on September 11, 2020. He was born in Greeneville, Tennessee on September 27, 1925 to parents, Roy A. Paxton and Rena W. Paxton. He moved to Alcoa as a high school freshman with his parents and two siblings, Mary Royce Waltrus and Bob Paxton. At Alcoa High School he became senior class president and met his beloved, future wife, Charlotte Proffitt (1926-2010) who became class valedictorian. After graduation he joined the United States Navy, was sent to midshipman’s school and became a Lieutenant in the USN serving both in WWII and the Korean War. After graduating from Maryville College, where he taught for one year, he started a long career with ALCOA as a safety supervisor. He was a faithful member of New Providence Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon, elder and active participant in men’s work throughout the denomination. He was a proud, founding member of Alcoa Kiwanis where he received Legion of Honor and Distinguished Service Awards. His greatest accomplishment was the love and caring he provided for his extended family, friends and anyone he found in need.

Celebrating his life and legacy are his loving companion June Gerhard, his daughter Cynthia Freeman (Dale), sons Ken Paxton, Jr. (Karen) and Charles Paxton (Julie). His adoring grandchildren are Rachel Smalley (Robert), Sarah Woolsey (Craig), Matt Paxton (Brittany), Julie Black (Chris), Kyle Paxton (Allison) and Leah Paxton. His great-grandchildren who brought him such joy are Rob and Mary Charlotte Smalley, Emma Grace and Sam Woolsey, Everett, Landon, and Davis Paxton, and Sydney Black. He was loved uncle to eight nieces and nephews.

A family graveside service and burial of ashes will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, In the New Providence Presbyterian cemetery.

In memory of Kenneth’s faith and compassion and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Providence Presbyterian Church Memorials at 703 W. Broadway, Maryville, TN 37803 or Good Neighbors of Blount County at 320 W. Broadway, Maryville, TN 37801.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

New Providence Presbyterian Church Cemetery

West Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN 37801

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