I am beyond grief.
I just now went online to retrieve email, when WHAM: I learn of this shocking news.
This tragedy hits me--as I'm sure all of us--like being crushed under� not just a falling piano, but the whole damn collapsing skyscraper. In my mind, he was a giant. A Tower of Power. A wielder of mighty influence. And yet, a nicer guy has never been known to live on this Earth.
I wanted right away to mention how we ALL owe a huge debt of gratitude to Kerry. Frozen Ed here has beaten me to the punch, but he's absolutely right. Without Kerry and what he was able to get his own state representatives [specifically, if memory serves, State Sen. Lincoln Davis and Morgan County Rep. Randy McNally---yes? Do I have those names right? I'm too lazy to go fetch Ed's book :( ] �anyway, yes� without Kerry and all that he did�
�there would be no Barkley.
The Powers That Be had already banned The Barkley forever from the park.
So it ended up "taking an act of congress" to restore the Barkley Marathons, and, by god, Kerry did it. He got "congress" to "act"!
I miss him terribly. Already. And I just did NOW get the memo.
I am so, so sorry. I can't even believe it.
Just last year I recall not only Kerry and his guitar playing, but also Leslie bringing a whole bunch of hot food (chili!) and plugging hot-plates and slow-cookers and whatnot it into the outside sockets of the bathhouse. She invited us all to help ourselves, which was wonderful for those of us in camp� while everybody else was "out there."
You just can't get a class act any classier.
And now I, and you, are gonna hurt for awhile.
Yes, there is already some discomfort involved.
Yours so very truly sadly,
PS: Would it be all right to ask for a postal address where we could mail our condolences? Just as we've been doing for Barry Barkley� upon learning of the death of his wife Janet? Does anyone have the Trammell family address in Oak Ridge?
On Jan 11, 2013, at 2:59 PM, Ed & Gail Furtaw wrote:
> This is a terrible, sad loss to the entire Barkley family, and especially to Leslie and the Trammell family.
> Without Kerry's efforts in 2005 and 2006, the Barkley probably would not exist today. Kerry was one of the key people who worked with Tennessee State legislators back then, when elements in the State tried to terminate the Barkley. Thanks in large part to Kerry's efforts, a Senate Joint Resolution was written in 2006 urging and encouraging the Department of Environment and Conservation to allow the continued running of the Barkley in Frozen Head State Park. A copy of this Resolution, which was given to me by Kerry himself, is included in Chapter 25 of Tales From Out There.
> On Jan 11, 2013, at 10:29 AM, gormleywilliamd@... wrote:
>> OAK RIDGE � Kerry Trammell, an ultramarathon runner who over the years ran every major 100-mile trail race in the country, was found dead Thursday in his home.
>> He was 56.
>> Initial reports indicate he died of natural causes, family friend Tony Anderson said.
>> Mr. Trammell, active in several civic and city organizations, was administrator of NHC Healthcare, an Oak Ridge nursing home.
>> Mr. Trammell took up long-distance running in the mid-1980s and met his wife, Leslie Trammell, at the Barkley Marathon, a race in Morgan County considered by many to be the toughest 100-miler in the country.
>> "I'm passionate about the sport, but on the other hand, I don't take it too seriously," Mr. Trammell told the News Sentinel in a 2006 feature story. "Mainly, you go out there to have fun, and reconnect with other runners."
>> Funeral arrangements were incomplete this morning and are being handled by Holley Gamble Funeral Home of Clinton.
>> More details as they develop online and in Saturday's News Sentinel.
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