Mr. Kenneth W. Springs
Kenneth Wayne Springs was born on May 27, 1960, to Kenneth and Louetta Springs Hall. He was better known to many as "Scat," a nickname given to him after his father's band, The Scat Cats. He attended Kingsport city schools and graduated from Dobyns Bennett high school in 1979. He then went to Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, on a full track scholarship.
Scat moved to Nashville, TN, in 1986 to pursue a career in music and was able to find success. He was married 31 years to Kelly Krobatsch, and they raised three loving daughters, Kandace, Kember, and Kenya, who, like their father, are coming into their own as singers and entertainers. Kenneth's children were the pride and joy of his life.
Kenneth was ordained in the Baptist faith and attended Oasis church in Nashville, TN. He worked as a substitute teacher in Nashville schools, motivational speaker, taught Sunday school, and coached little league teams. He was an avid golfer, comic, and giver.
While at Dobyns Bennett, he ran track and was a two-time state champion in 110 m hurdles, placed 3rd in the long-jump, 3rd in intermediate hurdles, and ranked 6th in the nation. Made all southern in 1978 and 1979, he was a district and regional champion holder, and his team won the state championship in 1979. Scat also starred in several live productions with the fine arts center in Kingsport during his teen years.
Kenneth was a singer-songwriter and one of the top studio singers in Nashville. He sang over a thousand jingles and 100 records in gospel, country, soul, bluegrass, and contemporary music. Scat recorded with artists like Faith Hill, Jody Macinona, Ronnie Milsap, Mike Reid, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Hank Williams Jr., Billy Joe Royal, Chaka Kahn, Nicole C. Mullins, D.C. Talk, Sandy Patty, Mike English, Guy Penrod, Larnell Harris, Michael W. Smith, and Steven Curtis Chapman. He performed with the Memphis Boys, George Jones, Dobie Gray, Kid Rock, Garth Brooks, Pattie Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Ron Isley, The Funk Brothers, Peter Hampton, Tim McGraw, and Micheal McDonald. Scat came home to Kingsport and performed at the Fun Fest downtown, something he dreamed of doing.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Springs; his father who nurtured him, Anderson Rudolph Hall; brother, Curtis Springs; grandparents, Lester and Janie Springs and John and Louise Stewart; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
To mourn his passing, he leaves his mother, Louetta Springs Hall; daughters, Kandace, Kimber, and Kenya Springs; sisters, Vanessa Yvette Springs and Tonia Yolanda Springs; and extra special siblings, Kenny Springs Jr. of Knoxville, TN, Jamie Springs of Kingsport, and Sherika Nicole Springs of Gastonia, NC.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 17, 2021 at 12:30 pm from Central Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 11 am until the hour of service. Interment will follow at Holston View Cemetery Weber City, Va.