Lucy Kennerly Gump

December 30, 1942 ~ January 4, 2020

Born in: Knoxville, TN
Resided in: Johnson City, TN

Lucy Kennerly Gump, 77, Johnson City, died Saturday, January 4, 2020 at her residence.

Lucy was a Knoxville native who lived most of her life in Johnson City and a daughter of the late Warren W. and Lucile Donaldson Kennerly.

In addition to her bachelor’s degree in English from UNC Chapel Hill, Lucy received master’s degrees in deaf education from the University of Tennessee, and in local and regional history from ETSU.

She was a member of The Bridge Club, Mountain View Garden Club, and Questers Book Club for over fifty years as well as the Fortnightly Book Club. She cherished her relationships with her fellow members of the clubs.

Lucy was fortunate to travel often with her husband, Louie, her family, and friends, and was grateful for her experience of seeing the world.

Lucy is survived by: her husband, Louis Haynes “Louie” Gump of the home; four children, Louis Kennerly Gump, and his wife Mary Elizabeth, of Atlanta, Jay Robertson Gump, and his wife Meghan, of Conway, MA, Mary Gump Fly, and her husband Chris, of Augusta, GA, and Warren Miller Gump of Atlanta; seven grandchildren, Sarabeth, Louie, and Mary Adelaide Gump, of Atlanta, Leah Gump of Conway, MA, and Reid, Avery, and Max Fly, of Augusta GA; brother, Craig Kennerly of Norristown, PA; sister, Mary Kennerly Myers of Nashville; and her extended family.

The graveside service for Lucy Gump will be conducted 11:00 am Saturday, January 11, 2020 in Monte Vista Memorial Park with the Reverend Canon SuzeAnne Silla and Reverend C. Christopher Clements officiating. Family and friends are asked to gather at the cemetery 10:50 am for the service. Following the service, family and friends will gather at the Carnegie Hotel Ballroom for a reception to celebrate Lucy’s life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice or recycle something from your home in Lucy’s honor.


Graveside Service: January 11, 2020 11:00 am

Monte Vista Memorial Park
1900 East Oakland Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37601

Reception: January 11, 2020 12:00 pm

Carnegie Hotel
1216 W State of Franklin Rd
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601


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  1. Paul and Nancy Stanton says:

    A beautiful lady with the soul of an angel.
    Paul and Nancy Stanton

  2. Harriet Baker says:

    Always a smile and a joy to know.

  3. Harriet Baker says:

    Always a joyful smile. I adored her.

  4. Dr. Krishnan says:

    A remarkable person! Will be remembered always. My sincere, heartfelt condolences to Louie and the family.

  5. Brian Council says:

    Really sorry to hear this. She was always so very nice to me whenever I’d go over to the Gump house as a child. She will be missed.

  6. Sally A. Baker says:

    Lucy was such a pleasant lady. She stopped by the museum one day as I was locking up.We talked for two hours! Later over the years we called each other and did research together.She was a great resource on early East Tennessee history!Will miss her! Sorry to the family for your loss.

  7. Tracy DeVault says:

    My name is Tracy DeVault. I never had the pleasure of meeting Lucy in person. We carried on an email exchange over a number of years. We shared an interest in genealogy and also in mapping old homesteads. I will miss her unexpected emails that were always chocked full of interesting information.

  8. Patty Fulton says:

    My thoughts and prayers for the family of this remarkable lady!

  9. Horace Cupp says:

    Louie, surprised and saddened by Bob Cooper’s email. She was a really great lady. Immediately recalled her vigorous research into local residence construction. My prayers will continue for you and the family. I will be out of town this Saturday on my way snowbirding but I will be thinking of you.

  10. Royce Fox says:

    Louie, so sorry for your loss. Please share my condolences with the rest of your family.

  11. Margaret Hougland says:

    To the family. Please accept my deepest sympathy at your loss of a lovely lady. She contributed much to the Watauga Association of Genealogists through her work. She will be missed by her friends.
    Adieu, Lucy.

  12. Bert Bach says:

    Lucy was a wise, thoughtful, and caring person. Her smile and humor could always light up a
    room. Louie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  13. C L Butler says:

    I am very saddened by the sudden passing of your gracious wife, Mr. gump, and wish to extend my condolences to you, the family and her siblings. Always keep her in your fond memories.

  14. Kitty Oldham Young says:

    “I love Lucy.” And I don’t mean Lucille Ball. OUR Lucy was so fun and lovable. I treasure the hospitality, as well as the many visits and walks in the neighborhood when I was in JC. ALL the Gumps are our longtime family friends and we feel with you the hole in your hearts as we miss and LOVE Lucy. See y’all Saturday.
    Love and hugs,
    Kitty Oldham Young

  15. Helen Kasper says:

    Lucy’s smile and loving positivity was contagious. She had a profound impact on my life as a mother, wife, daughter and friend. My heart is heavy, but grateful to have known such a wise, kind and gentle soul. Thank you, Gump Family, for sharing this remarkable woman with me. Helen (Hall) Kasper

  16. Ann Taylor says:

    A wonderful person.
    My thoughts with Louie and his family – we go back a long way.

    Ann Taylor

  17. Carol Gresky says:

    We were friends since junior high. No matter how many years between visits, we always
    picked up where we left off. I will miss her. Paul and I send our condolences to Louie and
    all the family.

  18. Jean (Marat) Moore says:

    Lucy was beautiful inside and out, so kind and down-to-earth. She always focused on others, and was a shining light in our community and region.. Love and peace to the Gump family.

  19. Dale Schmitt says:

    Lucy was a wonderful person and has a special place in the hearts of Karen and myself. Even in class she was more a colleague than a student as we compared notes about local history and shared enthusiasm about new discoveries. She was always gracious and helpful to everyone and was genuinely interested in all she met. She was a special friend to both Karen and myself. We will miss her terribly. Our hearts go out to Louie and the entire family i

  20. John Clinard says:

    Lucy and I shared genealogy of her Donaldson family and of her connections to the Austin family of Greeneville TN. She always sent me obituaries and other local newspaper articles when the Austin name was included. It was a test to see if either of us could pin down the families. We both were delighted when we could discover distant or obscure family relationships. I will miss her dearly. My condolences to all connected to Lucy.

  21. Dale Schmitt says:

    Lucy was a wonderful person. She met every opportunity in life with enthusiasm, wit, and a gracious heart. Certainly everyone with an interest in local history will be always grateful for her contributions to our understanding but even more so for her generous encouragement to others to pursue their interests. We especially appreciate her friendship and many expressions of kindness shown to Karen and myself over the years. We will always treasure those memories. Our hearts go out to Louie and all the family in this time of loss.

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