Ernest Allen Nethken


Ernest Allen Nethken, 89, of Crossville, passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

He was born on July 22, 1931, to the late Norman and Margaret Nethken. He   lived in Crossville for the past 22 years, after moving there from Cleveland. When he was in Cleveland, Ernest was a longtime member of Stanfield Baptist Church.

Ernest loved working on cars, listening to bluegrass music, drinking coffee and smoking his pipe. Above all things, he loved his family and spending time with them.

In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Collins Nethken; son-in-law, Tommy Layman; four brothers; two sisters; and one great-great-granddaughter, VB Rose Ellison.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his daughter, Lou Ann Layman; sister, Wilma Layman of Ohio; grandchildren: Chris Scoggins, David Scoggins and Carrie Gentry; eight great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today, May 7, 2021, at Eastview Baptist Church Cemetery.

You are invited to share a personal memory of Ernest or your condolences with his family at his online memorial located at

Companion Funeral & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


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