Welcome to the memorial page for

Joel Leonard Kennerly

June 25, 1939 ~ June 22, 2017 (age 77)

Watson-North Funeral Home is honored to be of service and ministry to the family of Joel Leonard Kennerly, Sr., age 77 of Sewanee.  Mr. Kennerly passed away June 22, 2017 at The Willows of Winchester.  A lifelong resident of Sewanee, he was a 1958 graduate of Townsend High School.  He then attended Motlow Community College and Chattanooga State Community College where he earned several certificates in water treatment.  Later he went to work at the University of the South where he worked in the water treatment plant. He spent 26 years at AEDC, retiring in 2002.  In his retirement, he enjoyed classic cars, reading and coin collecting.  Mr. Kennerly is preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Odelle Lee Gray Kennerly; mother, Ruth Southern Kennerly and his father, John Kennerly; daughter, Trina Simmons Skillen; sister, Peggy Kennerly Ramsey; brothers, James “Big Jim” Kennerly, Charles Kennerly, John Kennerly III and Ronald Kennerly.  To mourn his passing and cherish his memory, he leaves his daughter, Beth Kennerly of Sewanee; son, Joel L. Kennerly, Jr. of Winchester; sister, Maury Kennerly also of Winchester; brother, Milton Kennerly of Nashville.  A funeral will be conducted at Otey Parrish in Sewanee at 2 p.m. Saturday July 1, 2017.  Interment will follow at University Cemetery.

 Service Information

June 30, 2017

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Watson-North Funeral Home
405 Sharp Springs Road
Winchester, TN 37398

Funeral Service
July 1, 2017

2:00 PM
Otey Memorial Parish
216 University Avenue
Sewanee, TN 37375


University Cemetery
Sewanee, TN
Sewanee, TN 37375

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