- [S73] Rawlings Funeral Home, Book 2, 22 Nov 1973.
Margaret McPherson obituary
- [S73] Rawlings Funeral Home, Book 2, 8 May 1966.
K. Rawlings, Sr. obituary
- [S80] Rawlings Funeral Home, (http://www.rawlingsfuneralhome.com/), 10 Dec 2005.
Kenneth Wiley Rawlings, 82 passed away Saturday, December 10, 2005 at his residence.During his lifetime Kenny, as most people knew him, lived an interesting and full life. At an early age he began assisting his father, K. Rawlings and uncles in the operation of a successful furniture store and a funeral home. During WWII, Kenny served his country as a member of the United States Navy. After his discharge from the Navy, Kenny returned to beloved Sevierville and joined the American Legion Post #104 of which he remained a member for the next 60 years. While working as a partner in the family businesses, Kenny also served on various city and county boards where he assisted in the growth of the city and county. No commentary on the life of Kenny can be complete without mentioning his love of his Lord and church. He was an active member of the Sevierville First United Methodist Church which he attended at every opportunity.Preceding him in death was his beloved “Mommy”, to whom he was married to for 58 years, Marjorie McPherson Rawlings; his parents, Kenneth and Nellie Shanton Rawlings and several brothers and sisters.Leaving behind to celebrate his life, but mourning his passing is his son, Kenneth Rawlings III and wife Jan; grandson, M.P. Rawlings all of California; sister, Hassie Nelle Bruce. Besides the immediate family, Kenny will be missed by several other relatives and many friends whose lives have been enriched by the acquaintance with Kenny. Service will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at Rawlings Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bobby Ely and Rev. Bud Hauk officiating. Interment will 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 14 at Shiloh Cemetery with American Legion Post #104 performing military rites. The family will receive friends from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rawlings Funeral Home.In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Sevierville First United Methodist Church building fund, 214 Cedar Street, Sevierville, TN, 37862 or the Holston Home for Children, 404 Holston Drive, Greeneville, TN, 37743.You may share your thoughts and memories of Kenneth Rawlings, Jr. on our website.
- [S106] The Mountain Press, 14 Dec 2005.
Rawlings, Sevierville businessman, dies at 82
By: J.J. KINDRED, Staff Writer December 14, 2005
SEVIERVILLE - Kenneth W. Rawlings Jr. was known as a man who basically "just loved people," according to his cousin and long-time business partner, L.P. Rawlings Jr.
"(Loving people) was his main attribute," said Rawlings. "We had a conversation a while back when he said, 'We've worked together 50 years and we still speak to each other.' That should tell you the whole story right there."
Kenneth Rawlings Jr., 82, died Saturday at his residence.
Born in Hamblen County, Rawlings began assisting his father and uncles in the operation of the successful furniture store and funeral home bearing their last name.
"We worked at it since we were kids and before we had driver's licenses," said L.P. Rawlings.
Rawlings son, Kenneth Rawlings III, said following in his grandfather's footsteps was what his father wanted to do.
"The business was over 100 years old and he celebrated that anniversary in 2002," he said. "He truly enjoyed (the business) and enjoyed working with the people.
"He would have wanted to have been remembered as a part of the community and as a servant to the people," Kenneth Rawlings III said. "Not only in business, but he served on numerous county commissions, and he built one of the water plants as well as serving on the school board. He was definitely involved in things going on to make the community better."
Rawlings was a member of the United States Navy during World War II, and was an active member of the Sevierville First United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Marjorie "Mommy" McPherson Rawlings; his parents, Kenneth and Nellie Shanton Rawlings and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include his son, Kenneth Rawlings III and wife Jan; grandson, M.P. Rawlings, all of California; and a sister, Hassie Nelle Bruce.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Shiloh Cemetery, with American Legion Post No. 104 performing military rites.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Sevierville First United Methodist Church building fund, 214 Cedar St., Sevierville, TN, 37862, or the Holston Home for Children, 404 Holston Drive, Greeneville, TN, 37743.