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Visitation

Chapel of Jones Mortuary
Saturday January 11th, 2020
11:00am - 1:30pm

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Funeral

Chapel of Jones Mortuary
Saturday January 11th, 2020
1:30pm - 3:00pm

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Graveside Service

Woodhaven Memorial Gardens
Saturday January 11th, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Kenneth (Ken) Ray James

Kenneth (Ken) Ray James age 69 of Clinton, TN passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at his home with his family by his side. Ken was born on March 5, 1950 to the late Arnold Wayne James and Etta Mae Trammell James. Ken was of the Baptist the faith and was a member of Wallace Memorial Church in Knoxville, TN. Ken enjoys spending time with his family, he was a musician and guitar instructor for most of his life and he enjoyed golfing. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by; brother, Hubert “Bert” James; and sister, Bettye Lou James. Ken is survived by; brothers, Don James and wife Lilli of Columbus, Ohio and Robert James and wife Rose of Franklin, Ohio; and a host of other relatives and friends. Ken's family will receive his friends from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020 with his funeral service to follow at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Jones Mortuary in Clinton, TN, with Rev. Mike Boyd officiating. Ken's interment will follow his funeral service at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Claxton, TN. Jones Mortuary in Clinton, TN is in charge of all the arrangements for Ken Ray James.

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Alan Spangler Mar 17 2022 3:54 PM

I met Kenny when he played at Simply Divine in Oak Ridge and I was a server there. That was in 1995 and we remained friends all these years. Even though I never really spent a lot of time with him, every time I would see him he treated me like I was one of his best friends. The last time I saw him was about three years ago when he played at our company gathering. We promised to get together and visit, but never did. I hate that! But, I know I will see him again one day and I look forward to that! I will miss Kenny!

Linda Moore Jan 29 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Ray James

Linda Moore Jan 29 2020 12:00 AM

Kenny, I didn't know when you didn't respond to my text that you had already left for heaven. Grateful for our recent recording sessions, lunches,laughs and sharing memories of playing music at Deanne Hill Country Club with the late Fayte Rutherford,Lance Owens and Luke Brandon. Thankful to have you playing on my Christmas CD you did for me in 2019.Look forward to looking for you in heaven with our Saviour, my friend. It is much sooner than we imagine. You were a dear friend and brother.

Gary Gilleran Jan 12 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Ray James

Gary Gilleran Jan 12 2020 12:00 AM

Years ago I asked a music store to recommend a guitar teacher for my son. They told me Kenny James was the best, and he was. That began a friendship that lasted through the years. Kenny taught my son and daughter to play guitar and taught me to be a better bass player. He was patient and kind to all he met, and loved his students. I looked forward to every lesson for the time to talk with Kenny and reminisce about mutual friends and venues we had been to. I am sad to hear of his passing, but you know there is some great music being played in heaven right now. Rest in peace until we meet again my old friend.

Mark Miller Jan 10 2020 12:00 AM

I met Kenny several years ago at Ciderville Music, a few years later I became a student of his. I always enjoyed his teaching guitar, and other wisdom he would give. He encouraged my love of jazz. I only took lessons from him for a couple of years, but we became friends (as did anyone who met Kenny), and we would keep in touch and occasionally meet to get a burger, have coffee, listen to music, and of course, do some picking. He was a kind spirit, and you always went away feeling wiser and better to have been with him. Everyone knew his skill as a guitar player and teacher, but Kenny was always modest about his abilities. I last saw him a couple months back when we got together at his home one Sunday morning with coffee, music, and reminisced about time, and picked. I was glad to be able to tell him I loved him, and I know he's with the Lord and his family gone before him. Kenny was that rare person who made the world a better place. He will be much missed.

Chris Bennett Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

I was Lucky enough to take Lessons from Kenny for awhile. He was a magnificent teacher. Patient, helpful, stern. He insisted that I re-learn my picking directions properly from the bad habits I had developed on my own. He assured me there was a reason why it had to be that way. Just trust him. Sure enough he was correct and I play much better now. He was also a good friend. I felt like half my lesson was playing and the other half a therapy session. Kenny was a great listener and usually had some good advice if you seeked it. He was an incredible player. Very humble about his skills. He once told me on his tombstone he wanted he was a guitar player. He said I dont want it to say great or whatever, just that I played guitar. He has taught so many in this community it will definitely leave a big void. I hope someone carries the torch that Kenny held so high for so long. He will be missed and I probably wont ever pick up a guitar that i dont think about him. Gods speed Kenny Patrick Braden

Patrick Braden Jan 8 2020 12:00 AM

Kenny played my daughters wedding a few years back, he was such a pro! She didn't even pick out music, we knew Kenny's level of playing. We set him up and he simply played. Every note he touched was from the soul, and it was beautiful. When the preacher took the podium you would have thought it had been rehearsed(I guess it really was) the song perfectly without rush ended as if it was the final part of it. Kenny was a pro! He taught many people that I know how to play and he will always be remembered among local players and me. He was a kind fun loving man that always brought a smile where ever he was. I had the pleasure of helping him get his tone right on his amps and Im proud to say he was my friend. You will be missed Kenny James, when he called me and I would look at the caller ID , I would always answer: "Ladies and Gentlemen, the legendary Kenny James" and we would laugh about it, but in truth he was legendary!

Eric Reed Jan 8 2020 12:00 AM

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