Winston Kilgore, age 80, of LaFollette passed away on Saturday October 15, 2022. Winston was a devoted son, husband, and father. Winston was born on October 9, 1942, in Perry County, Kentucky to Samuel O. and Geneva Napier Kilgore. He played basketball and baseball for Lincoln Memorial University and graduated in 1965. After graduation he taught and coached at the Oneida Institute in Oneida, Kentucky before coming back to East Tennessee. He married his wife, Linda Green Kilgore, in 1988. They welcomed daughter Sarah, the light of his life, in 1997. He started Anchor Marine in 1978. Winston loved all sports, but was an avid basketball fan, especially the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the LMU Railsplitters. He was inducted into the LMU sports Hall of Fame in 1991. In addition to his beloved parents, Winston was preceded in death by brothers J.B. Kilgore, Robert Aaron Kilgore, Auguston Eugene Kilgore, father and mother-in-law Harvey and Polly Green, brother-in-law Benny Green and nephew Marty Huff.

Winston is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, Linda Green Kilgore and daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Chase Clayton. His siblings, sister Gerema (Harold) Corder of Somerset, KY, brothers, Daniel (Dolly) Kilgore of Speedwell, TN, Dennis Kilgore of Knoxville, TN, and Darrell (Judy) Kilgore of LaFollette, TN, brother of his heart Randy Huff and Margie of LaFollette, TN, sister and brothers-in-law, Sandy and Matt Looney of Kingsport, TN, Ruthie and Andy Pungratz of Speedwell, TN, Pat and Rob Brock of Paintlick, KY, and Billy and Sue Green of Hazard, KY, he was especially close to his great-nephews Zeke and Gabe Walters, and many nieces, nephews, friends, and family.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 PM Monday, October 17, at Cross-Smith Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held 1 PM Tuesday, October 18, in the Cross-Smith Chapel with Rev. Chuck Shroll and Matt Looney officiating. Interment to follow funeral service at Powell Valley Cemetery. Family will serve as pall bearers.

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Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

2 Replies to “Winston Kilgore, age 80, of LaFollette”

  1. Linda, I am so sorry for your loss if you need anything please let me know we love you both so much

  2. Linda and The entire Kilgore Family, you all have my deepest condolences and heartfelt sorrow. Winston is my friend and will be missed greatly. He made me feel welcome as newcomer to Speedwell and Flathollow many moons ago. He lit my days up and was always positive and pleasure to be seen. I will miss him greatly. He has a place in my heart. The world is a smaller place without him. Winston may God rest your soul. I will see you again one day my friend. Rest in eternal peace. Michael and Suzanne Stacey.

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