GREENBRIER, Tenn. — Kenneth Victor Stokes, 88 of Greenbrier, Tennessee, passed away Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. Kenneth was born Oct. 14, 1931, in Glen Allan.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara (Nash) Stokes, of Greenbrier, TN; sons, Cameron (Katrina), Todd and Kevin; grandchildren, Austin, Sheigh, Roland, Nash, Hannah, Mazze, JennyAnn and Cara Lee; and great-grandson, William Austin. He is also survived by siblings, David Stokes, of Glen Allan, Paul Stokes, of Beaumont, Texas, Ferrell Stokes, of Searcy, Arkansas, Peggy Edwards, of Wayside, Ruth Lea, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and Melvie White, of Glen Allan.
Kenneth and Barbara raised their family in Mississippi, where they lived until retiring to Greenbrier, Tennessee, in 2000. Kenneth was an active member of Hillcrest Church of Christ in Springfield, Tennessee.
As a child, Kenneth picked cotton and dropped out of school to help support his family farm before joining the U.S. Coast Guard in the 1950s. After his service to our country, Kenneth returned to Mississippi, where he married Barbara. During his work career, he built Buicks for GM, worked for Letourneau building oil rigs and spent time in Africa constructing an oil platform off the Nigerian coast and ultimately retiring from Cleaver-Brooks in Greenville. In addition to his work career, Kenneth cared about his community. When he was not satisfied with the local school system, he ran for and was elected to the school board where he worked for the positive changes he wanted to see.
Kenneth will be remembered by his sons as an avid outdoorsman. He taught them to hunt and shoot, water ski and properly hold a flashlight while he worked on the family cars.
A Celebration of Kenneth’s life will be held for family and friends in the near future.