Malcolm Sidney 'Bill" Ketchum

Born in Marshall Co., TN on April 9, 1936

Departed on September 3, 2016 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Ketchum, Malcolm Sidney “Bill” Age 80

September 3, 2016, preceded in death by parents John Malcolm and Emma Margaret Eady Ketchum.

Survived by wife of 57 years, Dorothy Lee Ballentine Ketchum; daughter, Deborah Lynn Ketchum and son, William David Ketchum; brothers, Thomas Wayne Ketchum (Frances), Jerry Lynn Ketchum (Trish) and Kenneth Joe Ketchum (Sandy); sisters, Peggy Ann Toney (Don), Nancy Jane Holloway and Francis Marie “Sally” Winters (Bobby) and several nieces and nephews.

He retired from Ford Glass Plant after 36 years of service. Bill was instrumental in organizing the Nashville Fire Buffs Box 55 which provides rehab services to The Nashville Fire Department. He also worked with the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief. The family would like to thank the staff at the Lodge at Natchez Trace for their care and kindness over the last two years.

Pallbearers will be members of the Nashville Fire Buffs Box 55.

Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. on Tuesday. The Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home, 9090 Hwy 100 Nashville, (615) 646-9292


18 Comments to Malcolm Sidney 'Bill" Ketchum

  1. Arlo Rowell
    September 4, 2016 7:45 pm

    Jerry, you and the family are in my prayers.

  2. April Eakes
    September 4, 2016 10:17 pm

    Bill, you and the family are in my prayers.

  3. Sandy Young
    September 4, 2016 10:51 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  4. Elizabeth Eakes
    September 4, 2016 11:44 pm

    So sorry for your lost. My prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Taras and Debbie Massey
    September 5, 2016 8:21 am

    Sorry for your loss

  6. Tracy & Mike Bunch
    September 5, 2016 12:03 pm

    No words will ever express the amount of kindness and devotion Bill had in everything he did. He leaves behind a void that will never be filled with the NFD and Box 55 Fire Buffs. You will be sorely missed Mr. Ketchum. Our continued thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  7. Rick Armstrong NFD
    September 5, 2016 1:05 pm

    He was always there when we neede him hot or cold he was a great man and will be missed greatly

  8. dawn holloway stansbury
    September 5, 2016 4:04 pm

    sorry for your loss debbie and bill.great uncle miss times at yalls home uncle bill was so funny didnt like kids in his train room tho and fire engines off and aunt peggy shared a story with me a few years back guess uncle bill worked at a movie theatre growing up used to get free popcorn and moonpies had to bring some home to the siblings good times he was one of a kind and will be missed by all.god got another angel….your in my prayers and im here if you need me yall dawn

  9. Pam & Brien Page
    September 5, 2016 4:41 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. The family is in our thought & prayers.

  10. John Kaled
    September 5, 2016 5:48 pm

    Bill, I first met you at an IFBA convention in St. Paul MN and have never forgotten you. It was always great to see you at the conventions and even though I haven’t attended a convention for several years I have never forgotten you friendship. Rest in Peace my friend. My condolences to Momma Dot and the rest of the Ketchum family.

  11. Donna Lynn-Bolvin
    September 6, 2016 7:06 am

    Uncle Bill was one of those people you never forget. His devotion to my aunt Dorothy was nothing short of remarkable. His since of humor and quick wit was incredible. I remember him working at Sears for Christmas, the Christmas Eve dinners when my grandmother was still here.. Wonderful memories for me as a child that I will always carry. He will truly be missed and I am glad that he was my uncle

  12. Ricky Taylor
    September 6, 2016 1:11 pm

    Bill you were good to the Nashville firefighters may God take you into his loving arms.

  13. Ron Hall and Family
    September 6, 2016 4:00 pm

    To the Ketchum Family, our prayers are with you all during this time of sorrow, God will be with and see you through these times, Bill was a good servant of God and his fellow man. We will cherish his times with us forever and his good wit and great smile, R.I.P. Mr. Bill Ketchum.

  14. Michelle Slagle Noel
    September 6, 2016 5:10 pm


    This is Michelle Slagle Noel from USN. My mom told me about the obituary. I’m very sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

    God’s Blessings,

  15. Larry and Barbara Nash
    September 7, 2016 9:12 am

    So sorry to hear of your brother’s passing, Wayne. I want you to know I’m praying for you and the family. I sure he will be missed by many who knew him well.. God bless you all.

    Larry and Barbara Nash

  16. John m thompson
    September 7, 2016 9:38 am

    As a retired firefighter,I can say It was great to see you and the other fire buffs ,pull up to a fire was there for us .a smile .and a place to rest .for a few min.was greatly appreciated by all of us .May God Bless you .we will miss you.

  17. Candice B
    September 7, 2016 2:08 pm

    So sorry for your loss Bill. Your father was always said to be an outstanding man.

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