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OBIT: Mr. Kenneth (Ken) Wilmore

Mr. Kenneth (Ken) Wilmore, age 83, of Gallatin died Tuesday morning May 7, 2019 at 6:55 a.m. at the Sumner Regional Medical Center following a period of declining Health.

Funeral services were conducted from the Family Heritage Funeral Home on Albert Gallatin Boulevard in Gallatin on Saturday morning May 11th at 11 a.m. with his pastor Travis Fleming officiating. Burial followed in the Garden of Everlasting Life at Smith County Memorial Gardens with his nephew, Eld. Ricky Hackett officiating.

Born James Kenneth Wilmore in the Graveltown Community on April 15, 1936, he was one of four boys and four girls and the youngest of eight children born to the late Herbert Wesbert Wilmore who died November 2, 1978 at the age of 90 and Deltha Mai Nixon Wilmore who died January 20, 1982 at the age of 88.

Six siblings preceded him in death; three sisters, Ruby Wilmore Brooks who died at the age of 88 on October 19, 2001, Edith Dale Wilmore Hackett who died at the age of 73 on July 9, 2002 and Mettie Wilmore Dickerson who died at the age of 87 on October 20, 2007, and three brothers, J. C. Wilmore who died at the age of 45 on July 26, 1962, Odell Wilmore who died at the age of 51 on June 3, 1963 and Johnnie Eldon Wilmore Sr. who died at the age of 93 on September 24, 2008.

Mr. Wilmore was saved at the age of 10 at the Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church in the Pleasant Shade Community and at the time of his death was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gallatin.

He was a 1954 graduate of Smith County High School and in 1958 graduated from the then Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in Cookeville (now Tennessee Technological University) with a Bachelors in industrial management.

On August 30, 1957 at the Peyton Creek Baptist Church he was united in marriage to Difficult Community native, the former Barbara Ray Carter and the ceremony was performed by the late Eld. R. D. Brooks.

A loving father and devoted husband, he was an avid golfer and was a former President of the Gallatin Lions Club.

Mr. Wilmore was a retiree of the Globe Business Furniture Corporation with fifty years of service, having retired in 2004.

Surviving in addition to his wife of over sixty one years are their two daughters, Deborah Wilmore Hollins and husband Zean of Gallatin, Pamela Wilmore Beaudoin and husband Jim of Mt. Juliet; five grandchildren, Leslie Pionke (John), Jason Hollins, Kristen Fite (Matt), Taylor Beaudoin, Derek Beaudoin; four great-grandchildren, Jude Hollins, Preston Fite, Palmer Fite, and McKenna Pionke.

This notice provided as a courtesy to the Wilmore family.