The Obit For Lamar North

Lamar North
January 21, 2011

Lamar North, 81, of Rossville, died on Thursday, January 20, 2011 in a local hospital.

He was born on May 20, 1929 to the late John and Grace North and had a very long and distinguished career in baseball as a player, coach, manager and scout in the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Baltimore Orioles organizations.

Lamar received many honors for his knowledge and expertise in his chosen and beloved career in baseball.

Everyone who knew him respected and loved him both on and off the field because he was an honest, hard-working Christian man who would never criticize anyone and was always helping others.

Lamar was the founder of the Southeastern Professional Baseball Association, was a Korean War veteran with the U. S. Army, and was a member of McFarland United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, John North Jr., Bill North, and Harold North, sister, Elanore Jane North, and half-sister, Frances Monds.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Judith Graham Rinehart North, to whom he married May 11, 1974; son, Paul Alexander Kitchens, who was the apple of Lamar’s eye; grandchild, Sarah Montyne Kitchens; brothers, Fred, Dick, and Benny North; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. at McFarland United Methodist Church, 101 E. Gordon Ave, Rossville, with Rev. Matt Hampton officiating. Burial will follow in Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

Mr. North will lie in state at the church from 2–3 p.m. on Sunday.

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The family will receive friends on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 4–8 p.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, Rossville.