Kenneth Terry Christman, 74, of Athens, passed away June 5, 2019, at Erlanger Medical Center. He was 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 Tennessee 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 woodworking, 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 46-year member of First Baptist Church Athens. 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 50 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, Minn., and Angela Oatts of Fishers, Ind.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Hank Christman and Vivian of Clarksville. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, with the service immediately following at 7 p.m. 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 of Athens or the American Heart Association. Those unable to attend may send condolences at www.laycock-hobbs.com/notices/Kenneth-Christman Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is honored to serve the Christman family during this time.

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