Mr. Kenneth L. Elrod

September 25, 1945 – December 3, 2022

Mr. Kenneth L. Elrod, age 77, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, formerly of Fort Payne, Alabama, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

Kenneth was born on September 25, 1945 in Fort Payne, Alabama and graduated from Fort Payne High School in 1963. He then attended Jacksonville State University and earned his degree in 1967. His first job after graduating college was at Southern Academy in Greensboro, Alabama where he taught science, biology, and coached varsity basketball. After a short time there he eventually found his true career in Automobile Sales where he excelled for 40 plus years. Kenneth was an avid golfer and a huge fan of the University of Alabama football team.

He is survived by:

Wife: Linda Elrod

Children: Timothy Crawford & Jill Metcalf (Jay)

Sister: Margaret Houston

Grandchildren: Justin Metcalf (Holly) & Bradley Metcalf (Rhiannan)

Great-Grandchildren: Jaxson, Zoey, & Brayleigh

2 Nieces & Several Cousins

Preceded in death by:

Parents: Troy Elrod & Lucille Ambrester Elrod

Nephew: Kenneth Ray Houston

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the McKamey Animal Center (4500 N. Access Road   Chattanooga, TN 37415 or phone number 423-305-6500)


Date of Visitation: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Visitation Location: Burt Chapel-Fort Payne

Visitation Time: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM CST


Date of Funeral: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Funeral Location: Graveside Service at Glenwood Cemetery

Funeral Time: 2:30 PM CST



Date of Burial: Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Burial Location: Glenwood Cemetery in Fort Payne, Alabama

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13 entries.
Young Muckle from Moody, AL wrote on January 7, 2023 at 9:06 pm
Am just today learning of”Coach Elrod” passing. Have not spoken with him since High School, but his laughter, and smile are still with me. He was a good man and a good teacher, Coach. It has been brought to my attention that he asked about me over the years. My prayers go out to his family. I feel that “Coach” was proud of them, and loved each of them,
dearly. I feel he will be greatly missed.
Paula from Oligny wrote on January 7, 2023 at 10:12 am
I’m so sorry to learn of Ken’s passing. I’ll never forget him, his quick wit, sense of humor and ability to tell jokes and make everyone laugh. He had a heart of gold and sincere compassion for others.
Ken, or as his students knew him, “Coach”, was my teacher, at Southern Academy, and years later my friend. Condolences to his family.
Larry white from Chattanooga wrote on December 16, 2022 at 8:21 pm
Sorry to hear about Ken. We were friends and played a lot of golf together. Had some great moments. Will miss him
Monica Willmon from Geraldine wrote on December 9, 2022 at 6:16 pm
Uncle Ken was such an inspiration to me. He always made me laugh and showed me he loved me. I will miss him dearly. He helped me in so many ways, so proud to be his niece. We will see him again. I love you Uncle Ken!
Don Smith from Springville wrote on December 8, 2022 at 6:19 pm
I wish I had known. He as my roommate for thee years. I loved him very much. Last we spoke he was coming to Alabama to play a round
My best to his family. I am so sorry. I would love to speak with a family member
Glenn Loper from Chattanooga wrote on December 7, 2022 at 3:41 pm
I knew Ken mostly for the golf course and also in public life. Ken was a stand-up guy willing to help any and all. He will be missed and I hope we all meet again.
Ray Lyle from Ringgold wrote on December 7, 2022 at 3:17 pm
I am so sorry to hear of Ken's passing away. I played golf with him just days before, and his desire to help others was unsurpassed. He was always asking about my blind son, and holding him up in prayers. I will never forget Ken. We will see him again in Glory.
Hardin Satterfield from Ringgold wrote on December 7, 2022 at 3:11 am
I have only known Ken for the last 8 or so years. He was a fine gentleman and a fierce competitor. He will be greatly missed at Battlefield Golf club'
Delbert Freeman from Cullman wrote on December 6, 2022 at 11:15 pm
Please be aware of our prayers and our thoughts during this time. If I may help you in any way please don’t hesitate to call.
Rev. Delbert Freeman
The Rock Church
Geraldine, Alabama
Kim Gordon Geselbracht from Ringgold Ga. 30736 wrote on December 6, 2022 at 4:24 pm
Ken became my best friend since rejoining the Battlefield golf Club several years ago. I knew him for 50 years and bought several cars from him over the years. Ken was many things but most of all a very caring loving friend. I will miss him very much as he prepares the best course in Heaven for us to play when I see him again.
Jill Metcalf from Huntsville wrote on December 6, 2022 at 1:18 pm
As Ken’s step daughter for 42 years, we shared a lot of fun times, several great New Orleans trips, and many ball games. I was proud to call him my other Dad. Rest In Peace Ken. ❤️
LaRue Thomas from Birmingham, al wrote on December 6, 2022 at 4:21 am
My Dear cousin. From childhood in Fort Payne to many fun adventures throughout adulthood. Many great times with this fun loving man. Condolences to his lovely wife, Linda.
Lori Stamper from Franklin wrote on December 5, 2022 at 11:59 pm
I have such fond memories of Ken as a child. He had the best sense of humor and always made us laugh. My father Dan Anderson, loved him like a brother. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. God bless Ken and his family.

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