OBITUARY: Howard Kenney ‘Ken’ Caplenor Jr.


Mr. Howard Kenney “Ken” Caplenor Jr. age 77 of Mt. Juliet passed away April 4, 2022, at Summit Medical Center.

Born in Wilson County, on February 4, 1945, he was the son of the late Howard Kenney Caplenor Sr. and Lucy Gill Caplenor.

He was a 1962 graduate of Smith County High School. He attended Middle Tennessee State University on a football scholarship where he played tight end for the Blue Raiders. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. He served as an assistant football coach at Smith County High School 1966-68 and then became the head football coach at Franklin Simpson County High School 1968-74.

After coaching he would begin a business career in sales at FISI and then at Ambrose Printing Company that would last until retirement. He was a member of the Andrew Price Memorial United Methodist Church in Donelson. He was a past member of the Lions Club and the Ravenwood & Old Hickory Country Clubs.

He was preceded in death by his wife of forty-one years, Jane Parkerson Caplenor, September 5, 2021; and sister, Jane Lohman.

He is survived by four children: Trey (Tamra) Caplenor, Lera (Terry) Pendergrass, Dawn Whittaker, Michael Caplenor; six grandchildren: Ryan (Jessica) Pendergrass, Hunter and Mattison Whittaker, Max, Alex, and Will Caplenor; two great-grandsons: Tyler and Connor Pendergrass; two sisters: Faye (Bill) Jones, Alice Sloan; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 8, 2022, at 10 a.m. from the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with his nephew Bro. Mark Jones officiating. Interment – Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation Thursday 4-7 p.m. and Friday after 9 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Hospital Hospitality House, 214 Reidhurst Ave., Nashville, TN 37203.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME, in charge of arrangements.


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