Sgt. Kenneth Ray “Pappy” Marple, age 72 died peacefully in Fort Sanders Hospital on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. A veteran of the Vietnam Era, served from May 1966-April 1968. He joined the armed forces and was stationed in special assignment in Friedburg, Germany for the United States Army.  Sgt. Kenneth Marple “Pappy” was a brave and loyal soldier, as well as a patient and loving father.  He married the of his life Vivian Marple, September 1970 in LaFollette, Tennessee.  He retired from CSX Railroad with 30 years of service.  His special hobbies were fishing and spending time with his family.  He was of Pentecostal Faith.

He is preceded in death by wife Vivian (Bolton) Marple, parents Amy and Boxie Douglas.

He is survived by daughter and son-in-law: Navenna and Gary Webster, 2 grandsons: Shawn Webster & wife Donna, Dustin Webster & wife Cyndi, 4 great grandchildren: Addison Carson, Bella, Leland, and Paisley Webster, 3 sisters: Amy Smith & husband Mike, Charlotte Douglas, and Linda Parton. Numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and a host of other relatives.

Visitation will be 6-8 PM Saturday, October 26, 2019 in the chapel of Martin Wilson Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 1 PM Sunday, October 27, 2019 in the chapel of Martin Wilson Funeral Home.  Following funeral service friends and family will go in procession to Peabody cemetery.  The Campbell County Honor Guard will be in charge of graveside service.

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The family has entrusted the care of Kenneth Ray Marple to Martin Wilson Funeral Home “Where families matter most”