OBITUARY: Kenneth English Ham


Kenneth English Ham, age 76, of Gallatin, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2023.

Kenneth was born on April 13, 1947, in Nashville, Tennessee, to his parents Lightening and Rachel Ham.

He was raised in West Nashville, and spent most of life there, until he and his wife, Cheryl moved to Gallatin. Kenneth attended Cohn High School, and graduated in the Class of 1965. He also attended Nashville State College.

As a young man, Kenneth Served in the United States Army in Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. After he returned from the military, he worked with the Metro Government of Nashville. Kenneth was also an automobile salesman for a period of time. However, he returned to Metro, working in the Criminal Court System until he retired.

Kenneth loved being with his family, whether it was a simple gathering at the house, or on family vacations to the beach or mountains. When he wasn’t with family, Kenneth enjoyed golfing with his friends or watching westerns.

Kenneth was a loving husband, father, Gaga, and friend. He was a proud servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, and an active member of the Knights of Columbus.

Kenneth English Ham is survived by his daughter Jinger Rainwater (Ray Rainwater); grandchildren, Bryce Rainwater (Skye Rainwater), Courtney Rainwater, Kyle Rainwater, Nick Rainwater (Alison Rainwater); great-grandchildren, Hickory Rainwater, Lauren Rainwater, Natalie Rainwater, Sam Rainwater, Conner Rainwater; and sister, Karen DeFord.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 22 years, Cheryl Rae (Kramer) Ham; father, Elijah Hartfull Ham; and mother, Rachel English (Dugger) Ham.

The family of Kenneth Ham would like to give a special thank you, to the wonderful staff at the Clarendale of Indian Lake, and Aveanna Hospice for the care and compassion given to him and the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Aveanna Hospice Care.

Visitation will be held at Crestview Funeral Home, on Sunday, November 26, 2023, from 2:00 P.M., until 4:00 P.M..

The Funeral Mass of Mr. Kenneth Ham will take place at 10:00 A.M., on Monday, November 27, 2023, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, located at 449 N. Water Ave., Gallatin, TN, 37066. Father Richard Childers will be officiating.

Burial at Crestview Memory Gardens will immediately follow, including the rendering of Military Funeral Honors.

Those serving as pallbearers will be, Bryce Rainwater, Nick Rainwater, Kyle Rainwater, Jay Tony, Ryan Pope, and Steve Abell. Ray Rainwater will serve as an honorary pallbearer.


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