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Carolyn Phillips Kingdon

May 31, 1928 — July 7, 2022

Carolyn Phillips Kingdon

Carolyn Phillips Kingdon passed peacefully in Cumming, GA July 7, 2022, at Northside Hospital Forsyth following a brief illness at the age of 94. Carolyn was a resident of Belmont Village Senior Living in Suwanee, GA and formally of Baysmont/Asbury Senior Living of Kingsport and a Kingsport, TN resident for 72 years.  Carolyn was born in Greensboro, NC,received her education there and attended Women’s College (now University of North Carolina at Greensboro). She moved to Kingsport, TN to work for Tennessee Eastman Company for 5 years as secretary to TEC comptroller.  After children arrived, she pursued her heart's calling to being a loving, attentive, and nurturing mother followed by the blessing of being a grandmother and great grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Lela Philips of Greensboro, NC; her husband of 62 years, W. Ross Kingdon; her sister Barbara Ann Hoard of Kingsport, TN; brother Charles Phillips and sister-in-law Barbara of Greensboro, NC and brother Wade Phillips and sister-in-law Betty of Greensboro, NC; and brother-in-law Alan Kingdon, of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Carolyn was an active member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport, TN since 1949, including Greer Memorial and Wesley Sunday School Classes, and the Sounds of Joy (Senior Adult) Choir. She was a member and past president of the United Methodist Women, served as a Circle Leader; and was a past member of Council on Ministries and Administrative Board. She was a member and past president of the Delphian Club; and is a sustaining member of Junior League. Carolyn was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels for 30 years and volunteered 1500 hours at Kingsport’s Contact Concern (now Contact 211). She also served as a Girl Scout leader for many years. She was President and member of Little House and Garden Club.

Surviving are her two daughters, Nancy Franza and husband Mark of Young Harris, GA and Barbara Cook and husband Ken of Suwanee, GA; son David Kingdon and wife Tricia of Spring, TX; five grandchildren – Jason Cook, Emily Cook Nowak(Andy), Sarah Cook Anthony (Alex) and Ross and Kelly Kingdon; one great grandchild – Lucy Nowak; brother-in-law Wayne Hoard of Kingsport, TN; sister-in-law Judy Kingdon of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Carolyn’s family are thankful for all the friends, pastors, caregivers, medical and support staff at both Belmont Village (Suwanee, GA) and Baysmont/Asbury (Kingsport, TN) who have provided such wonderful support.  Your support gave us peace that Mom was truly cared for over these recent years.

A visitation will be held Monday, July 25 from 5:30 – 8:00PM at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home (117 E Charlemont Ave, Kingsport, TN 37660).  A Celebration of Life will be held at First Broad Street United Methodist Church (100 E Church Cir, Kingsport, TN 37660) on Tuesday, July 26 at 11:00AM preceded by a family-only burial.

Memorials may be made to First Broad Street United Methodist Church (Kingsport, TN), The American Cancer Society, Baysmont at Asbury Christmas Fund (100 Netherland Ln, Kingsport, TN 37660, ATTN: Christmas Fund), or any charity of your choice.

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Past Services


Monday, July 25, 2022

5:30 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport

117 E Charlemont Ave, Kingsport, TN 37660

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Memorial Service

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

First Broad Street United Methodist Church

Kingsport, TN

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