Major Bogart Speaks: Kenneth Northmore Passing

To the Washington Co. Militia,
It is with a heavy heart that I send this message. Our dear friend and reenactor Ken Northmore passed away Monday evening after an extended illness. Ken was involved in living history at Sycamore Shoals since the early days and was the driving force behind the Betsty Towne Fife and Drum Corps which has been resurected in recent years as our very own Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums. For those who remember Ken, his unmistakeable Irish lilt and contagious smile will truly be missed. below are the arrangements for Ken.
Yours in Service – Major Bogart
Kenneth J. Northmore, age 84 of Elizabethton went home to be with his Lord, Monday, January 16, 2012 at Ivy Hall Nursing Home following an extended illness. A native of Chicago, IL, he had lived in Carter County most of his life. He was a son of the late Robert and Lillian Northmore. He was retired from Holston Ordnance Works and was a member of Oak Street Baptist Church.   Mr. Northmore was a former Band Director at Unaka High School, he also founded The Betsy Town Fife and Drum Corp in 1975. He was an original member of the cast of The Wataugans which is now called Liberty. He was a Eagle Scout and former Scout Master and loved to collect model trains. Survivors include his wife of over 54 years, Chris Lyons Northmore, Elizabethton, son, Mike Northmore and his wife, Susan, Elizabethton, one granddaughter, Heather Minton, Kingsport, sister-in-law and her husband, Lillie and Richard Fergosi, Elizabethton, sister-in-law, Merle Lynch, Birmingham, AL.
The funeral service for Mr. Northmore will be conducted, at 8 P.M. Wednesday, January 18, 2012 in the Riverside Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Rev. Bruce Hendrich officiating. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. prior to the service or friends may also call at the residence of his son, Mike, 1028 Broad Street, Elizabethton, anytime. The graveside service and interment will be conducted at 11:30 A.M. Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Horn, O.B. Foster, Pat Lewis, Earl Slagle, Richard Fergosi and Kerry Lambert. Those who wish to attend the graveside service are ask to meet at the cemetery at 11:15 A.M. on Thursday for the service. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the family.

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