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Funeral services for Mr. Roy Kenneth Vaden, 81, of Monterey, were held Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Monterey First Baptist Church with his grandson Jon Trevor and the Rev. Corey Carroll officiating. Interment followed in Whittaker Cemetery.
Kenneth died peacefully Wednesday morning, Jan. 4, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born Monday, July 22, 1935, in Monterey, TN, to the late Athie and Lena Mae Smith Vaden.
In 1954 Kenneth graduated from Monterey High School and began working for Martha White Bread Company. He later was employed by Ely and Walker Manufacturing Company.
Kenneth was the former owner of Monterey Texaco and was retired from the U.S. Postal service with 30 years of service. Following retirement, he was a funeral assistant at Horner Funeral Home.
He was a lifelong member of Monterey First Baptist Church where he served as deacon, trustee and Sunday school teacher. He was actively involved in Children's Church, the Food Pantry and the Hispanic Ministry.
Along with his service to the church, Kenneth served the community in several capacities. He officiated little league baseball and was a referee for high school sports in the Upper Cumberland area. Kenneth was a faithful blood donor, and was a member of the Monterey Civitan Club for 40 years.
He was a charter member of the Standing Stone Health Care Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Directors of Volunteer Electric Cooperative for 30 years (secretary and treasurer for 19 years). He also served on the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Board in Nashville for 12 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Willodean Officer and Geneva Miller; and four brothers, Bobby Vaden, Paul Eugene Boob Vaden, Billy Earl Vaden and Harold Douglas George Vaden.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Eliese Randolph Vaden (whom he married Feb. 11, 1956, at FBC in Monterey); three daughters and two sons-in-law, Belenda and Lee Trevor of Hendersonville, TN, Karen Vaden of Crossville, and Libbie and Johnny Oehlschlaeger of Hendersonville, TN; six grandchildren, Mandy Trevor, Jon (Stephanie) Trevor, Jared Trevor, Adam Varney, Emily Varney and John Michael Oehlschlaeger; and two brothers, Calvin (Ginny) Vaden of Battle Creek, MI, and Morgan Mert (Ann) Vaden of Monterey.
Pallbearers were Lee Trevor, Jared Trevor, John Michael Oehlschlaeger, Adam Varney, Chris Vaden and Larry Vaden.
Memorial contributions may be made to Monterey First Baptist Church, 106 N. Chestnut St., Monterey, TN 38574.
Horner Funeral Home (www.hhhfunerals.com) is in charge of arrangements.
Published on January 9, 2017
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