Kenneth B. Sloane Sr.
Published 11:27 am Monday, May 9, 2022
Kenneth B. “Kenny“ Sloane Sr, 66, of Smithfield passed away peacefully, April 23, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.
To Kenny, family was everything. He was steady, honest, and respected and dedicated his life to his wife, boys, and grandkids. He was most happy polishing glasses in the bar at Fin Seafood with son Kenny or riding the tractor at the farm with son Cory. His pride showed through his beaming smile in everything they did. His grandkids were the light of his life and he was most happy when his whole family was together. His favorite time was spending time at the beach with his toes in the sand having fun with family and friends.
Kenny was a native of Portsmouth, Va and a graduate of Churchland High School. He attended Virginia Tech and Old Dominion. Kenny joined Dominion Energy in 1977 as a Non-Licensed Operator. During his career at Surry Power Station, Kenny attained his Reactor Operator in 1983. He held numerous leadership positions, including Shift Manager and Supervisor- Operations Support. In 1995, Kenny was promoted to Manager of Outage and Planning. In 2002, he served as a loaned employee to the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (IMPO) in Atlanta. Upon his return to Surry Power in 2004, Kenny was promoted to Plant Manager. Kenny’s ten-year tenure as Plant Manager was the longest running in that position in the country at that time. Kenny retired from Dominion Energy’s Surry Power Station in 2014 after a long and distinguished 36-year career.
Kenny was an avid photographer and especially loved taking pictures of birds. His joy of life could be seen through the pictures that he took. His memories will live on through his pictures. He touched everyone he met and will be remembered by his fun-loving spirit and his joy for life.
Kenny is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ellen Warrick Sloane; two sons, Kenny Jr. (Shannon) and Cory; his grandchildren, Kameron, Cassidy, Ryder, Brennen, and Daisy Pritchard; his brother Preston Sloane (Ann); his sister Sandy Dills (Russell); his sister-in-law Pat Edwards; his brother-in-law Keith Warrick and everyone who knew him as “Papa Sloane”.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at the Cypress Creek Club House, 600 Cypress Creek Parkway, Smithfield,, Va from 1pm-4pm. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to the Audubon Society.