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Saturday June 8th, 2019
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Kenneth Terry Christman

Kenneth Terry Christman, 74, of Athens, passed away June 5, 2019, at Erlanger Medical Center.  He is the son of the late Richard K. and Lois I. Christman.  Born to a home building contractor, he was the first in his family to pursue a college education.  Working his way through college, he graduated from Purdue University in the Industrial Engineering Program and was recruited by Tennessee Valley Authority at the Paradise Plant in Muhlenburg. KY.  He made his company and his family proud with over 40 years of service to TN Valley Authority.  He travelled all over the Southeast in his role as Safety Engineer and then Safety Manager and was recognized for his outstanding contributions by the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.

Growing up in Indiana and Kentucky, he became an avid hunter and fisherman.  He also enjoyed wood-working, photography, crafting his own fishing lures and metal-smithing.  He loved the community of Athens where he chose to raise his family.  His community contributions included Habitat for Humanity homes, volunteering for the schools for both his children and grandchildren and working with the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Flood Relief Program.  He was a member of First Baptist Church Athens for over 40 years.

A devoted husband and father, he spent his most recent years enjoying time with his wife and seven grandchildren, and an occasional trip trout-fishing with his sons.  From ballgames to school plays and graduations, his family will remember him fondly as Pap, the most proud spectator in the stands.

He is survived by

  • His wife of fifty years, Danna J. Mitchell Christman;
  • Three children and Spouses, Amy Goodin (Chad), Eric Christman (Mimi) and Chad Christman (Erin);
  • Seven Grandchildren, Katie, Sam and Jack Goodin, Waylon and Piper Christman, and Carly and Isabella Christman;
  • His mother, Lois Christman;
  • Two sisters, Karen Clouse of Cottage Grove, MN and Angela Oatts of Fishers, IN; 
  • Brother and sister-in-law, Hank Christman and Vivian of Clarksville, TN.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 PM on, Saturday, June 8, 2019 with the service immediately following at 7 in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home.  A private graveside service will be held on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to be made to First Baptist Church, Athens, TN or American Heart Association.

Those unable to attend may send condolences to www.laycock-hobbs.com/notices/Kenneth-Christman

Laycock-Hobbs is honored to serve the Christman Family during this time. 


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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Christman Family. I had the pleasure to work with Ken during his time at TVA and there was never a moment if you paid attention you didn't learn something from him. God Bless . . .He will be dearly missed by many.

Robert L. Barnes Jun 20 2019 12:00 AM

Worked with Ken at Watts Bar Nuclear. He was a great person
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all

Diane Wattenbarger Jun 12 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the Christman and Goodin family during this difficult time.

Janet and Craig Benton Jun 9 2019 12:00 AM

My sincerest condolences to the family. I worked at Watts Bar and knew Ken for many years. He was a good friend and colleague. He will be missed.

Phil Prichard Jun 8 2019 12:00 AM

Prayers and Condolences to the Christman and Goodin families.

Carlton Ealy Jun 8 2019 12:00 AM

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We are So very Sorry. Hugs


My heart breaks for all of you. Ken was a wonderful neighbor , friend and man. When first moving to TN we could always count on him to help us out with any task. He was so proud of all his kids and loved his wife. Love and prayers.

Curtis and Michelle Jun 6 2019 12:00 AM

Mr. Christman has been a great neighbor to our family since the late seventies when we moved to Charlotte Street. Amy, Eric, Chad and I grew up together. I send my condolences to the Christman family and all their loved ones. Peace be with you.

Chris Alex McGill Jun 6 2019 12:00 AM