Vera Kinches


Vera H Kinches, 90, passed from this life on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, in Chattanooga.

She was born in Knoxville to the late John H. and  Edna E Henson.

She and her family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, when she was 16. She met and married Richard Long, and had a son, Rick Long.

She returned to Tennessee in 1961 with her then husband, John Kinches and children, when her husband was transferred to the newly-opened Mallory Battery Plant in Cleveland.

Vera was an active member of Wesley Memorial UMC, since its beginning in 1961 and faithfully attended as her health allowed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Kinches; and son, Rick Long.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, a brother, John Henson Jr. and wife, Nancy, of Brunswick Hills, Ohio; a sister, Carolyn and husband, Marty, of Olmstead Township, Ohio; son, Kenneth Kinches; daughter, Lynne Jenkins and husband, Randy; grandchildren: John Zook and wife, Vonny, Kenneth “Bud” Kinches, of Cleveland, Lisa Eichhammer and Stephanie Spangenberg of Maryland; her great-grandchildren: Meghan Zook and Matthew Zook of Georgetown, Caden, Chase and Jada of Maryland, and Richard and Mason Goenawan; many nieces and nephews and her beloved church family at Wesley.

Funeral will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2019,  at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, with visitation from 2 to 4 p.m.,  and the memorial service at 4 p.m. with Chris Rouse officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ministries of Wesley Memorial UMC at 3405 Peerless Road N.W., Cleveland TN 37312.

You are invited to share a personal memory of Vera, or your condolences with her family, at her online memorial located at

Companion Funeral and Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Kinches family with these arrangements. 


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