Ken Stout

The Rhea County community said goodbye to longtime Rhea County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ken Stout over the weekend as he was laid to rest at Friendship Cemetery on Saturday.

Crowds lined Highway 27 in Spring City and braved the rain to pay their respects to Stout, who passed away on Nov. 26 after a battle with cancer.

Officials with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement regarding Stout’s passing and said that he “exemplified what it meant to truly be a leader.”

“Stout has served Rhea County for the past 19 years as a deputy sheriff with our agency,” the sheriff’s department said in its statement. “During the last 12 years he served as a sergeant, he exemplified what it meant to truly be a leader for our department. Sgt. Kenneth Stout was a day shift patrol supervisor that always led his shift by example to see that they were fully equipped to serve the community.”

“To know Kenneth was to love him. Not only was he an outstanding deputy but also a father, brother, son and friend. Along with serving his community, Sgt. Stout served his country as well by enlisting in the U.S. Army and serving for four years as an E4 in the 101st Airborne Division, which he earned an honorable discharge.

“During his battle with cancer for the past three years and he has never gave up hope and has shown us the meaning of bravery and a never quit attitude during this fight.”

Stout was preceded in death by his father, Walter Lee Stout; and sister, Beverly Miller.

Survivors include his parents, Shirley and Junior Miller, of Spring City; daughter, Katie Scarlett Stout, of Spring City; brothers, Clint (Madeline) Miller and Lyn (Brandi) Miller, both of Spring City, and Randy (Leigha) Miller of Dayton; sister, Kathy Miller, of Dayton; Katie’s mother, Lisa Young, of Spring City; and his number one companion, Kane, his German shepherd.