Frank H. Hambright, Sr. (Sign Guestbook)

Frank Harlan Hambright, Sr. vacated the premises on August 12, 2013. he was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky on January 23, 1923.
He met and married his love Hazel Ida Reese in Atlanta in 1948, moved to Knoxville in 1955 and soon opened Hambright Piano Service that was in business until 2012.
Frank has reunited with his wife Hazel.  He is survived by his son Harlan and wife Rhonda, daughters Holly Hambright and granddog Daisy, Kyle Cook and husband Phil, Peg Hambright and husband Scott Carpenter, grandchildren Hank Hambright, Marion and Kyle Forbes, Bibet and Annie Smith, Caleb Cook.  And Bogey.  And beloved Kathleen. Additional survivors include Rhonda’s sons Joe Gossett and LCPL Ben Gossett and wife Tori.  Special appreciation to Will Jennings.
Please join us as we celebrate this musical man on Sunday, August 25th at 2:00 in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall at the University of Tennessee School of Music 1741 Volunteer Blvd. Parking is adjacent to the music building.
In lieu of flowers, honor Frank by donating to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital or the Mission of Hope.
Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to be serving the Hambright Family and invites you to view and sign the guestbook below.

53 guestbook entries for “Frank H. Hambright, Sr.”:

  1. ginny hambright mcdonald says:

    You will be missed. Give the family a big hello and tell them we miss each and everyone of them. Much love, your niece.

  2. Jan Luttrell says:

    Dear Peggy and family, my thoughts are with you during this time. What a great father you had growing up. I am sure him and Hazel are enjoying each others company now.

  3. Kimberly Pack says:

    With the utmost deepest sympathy I send love and hugs to Peggy and her entire family. You all will be in my thoughts….

  4. Martha Boggs says:

    My deepest sympathy.

  5. Frank Graffeo says:

    Any given morning, I could be sitting in my office in an otherwise empty Joy of Music School, and I would hear one of our 15 pianos being tuned. Knowing the routine, I’d head to the kitchen to prepare a cup of coffee–black. Our unannounced piano tuner had arrived. I’d greet our visitor, deliver the java, chat briefly about golf or music, then leave him to his craft. This went on for years. Mind you, these pianos rarely reverberate Chopin or Liszt. They are here mostly for young children, kids whose families cannot afford pianos, piano lessons, least of all piano tunings. Our visitor knew that. It’s the reason he kept coming back, slipping in the door, getting to work, caring for our pianos. He applied the full force of his refined ear, supreme dexterity, deep experience and solid musicianship to ensure that these pianos would respond to the gentle touch of a child’s fingers, that they would sing the occasional Polonaise, but more often ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ and ‘Hot Cross Buns’ as sweetly and purely as he could make them. This finely-tuned man gave and gave of his art and his discipline humbly and in service to the development of young, deserving musicians. I could put a dollar value on all those early morning jobs. But there was more to it than that. You can’t put a price on appreciation. And besides, we never received a bill.

  6. Bill Jones says:

    Very sorry to year of Frank’s passing. I have always had great respect for Frank having never heard him say an unkind word about anyone. He was truly a gentleman and a kind soul. Marjorie and I offer our deepest condolences to his family. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

  7. David Gwin says:

    Mr. & Mrs. Hambright made the early days of the Market Square Farmers’ Market the best place to be on Saturdays. I am honored to have known them. Peace

  8. Tim Stutz and Stephanie Ashley says:

    Well, Goodbye Frank and bon voyage! Such an interesting guy and yes its true, the haircut was legendary.

    Our thoughts are with you Hambrights and hope you find as much comfort as you can in your thoughts and memories of such a one of a kind man.

  9. Sandra Powell Emond says:

    I first got to know Frank when he tuned my pianos, and over the years got to know the rest of his wonderful family as well. He will be very sorely missed by so many of us. Thoughts, love, and prayers for Frank and his family. He was one in a million.

  10. Robin Surber says:

    Our thoughts are with Peggy and her family at this difficult time.

  11. Rick Kennedy says:

    Harlan, Holly, Kyle, and Peggy… We all will miss your Dad very much! He was such an influence on us, and truly a one-of-a-kind person. What a blessing to each of us to know Frank. Our prayers, hopes, and thoughts go out to each of you. With Love, the Rick Kennedy Family

  12. Scott Davis says:

    We hope Peg and her whole family heal from this loss. I can’t get even halfway through this loving obit without the overwhelming feeling that I really really missed out on meeting an incredible guy. Ready to hear stories when you want to tell them.

  13. Amy Bostic says:

    Kyle, I was sorry to hear about your dad. I’ll be thinking about you and praying for your family.

  14. Kathy & Dave Miller says:

    Frank will be dearly missed as is Hazel. Much love to all the Hambrights at this time. Many fond memories of camping trips, barbershopping, 4th of July’s, Labor Days with the Hambrights, Kennedys, Lovetts, and Smiths. Love to Frank and Hazel.

  15. Beverly Kerr says:

    So very sorry for your loss. The piano community will surely miss him!

  16. Marty and Jim Begalla says:

    Holly and Peg..

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family. While this is a very difficult transition, I can only imagine how much pleasure you both brought to his life.

    God’s peace,
    Marty and Jim

  17. Judd Forbes and Angie McLemore says:

    Harlan, Holly, Kyle, Peg – We miss Frank, and wish you all fond memories of your lives with him.

  18. Samantha and Jim Marsh and Monica Varnell says:

    I have learned through the years that family is made up of those that you love and love you back. Phooeyman was once of those people, as is the entire Hambright family. I am not sure that I can think of a memory over the last 10+years that did not include a member of this family, and I am grateful to have them all in my life and my families.
    Phooeyman will always be in our hearts. He was kind, loving, and oh so wise. One of the most genuine people I have ever met and down right funny too!
    I know the entire family has wonderful memories to comfort them during this time, no matter how sad it might be.
    Thinking of you always Phooey and the rest of the family too. Lots of Love xoxoxo

  19. Patsy Robertson says:

    Mr. Hambright’s job is in Heaven now and the pianos are all tuned-up. God Bless the Hambright family

  20. Lisa James Pineda says:

    Jaime and I will miss you Uncle Frank. We will never forget your charm, wit and wonderful sense of humor! Love to all my Hambright family.

  21. Gibson Smith says:

    Best to all the Hambrights. I am counting on always being able to improve my disposition, for the rest of my life, by just thinking of Frank….

  22. Hollis Church says:

    Love to you all- Frank & Hazel made this world deeper & richer for all they touched & created some mighty fine children & grandchildren! We’re thinking about you all & sending love-

  23. Dave Angel says:

    Holly and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  24. Sheri Walton says:

    Peggy,lots of hugs for you my sweet friend .
    Wishing you & your whole family peace .And thank you
    For sharing snippets of your Dad with me .
    I really think I missed out on knowing such
    A wonderful man . May his spirit live on
    In memories forever . Love ya Sweet Lady

  25. Judy Hill says:

    A sterling recommendation brought Frank into my music life seven years ago when we came to Knoxville. His genuine love of pianos and his gentle nature made our relationship grow into a treasured friendship. He was a giant of the community and will be greatly missed by all.

  26. Laura Townsend says:

    Mother and I were in the Young As You Feel Sunday School Class with Frank. He was always the first one to greet us as he served as the class treasurer. I call still hear him as he said, “Hello, Laura.” As a child, Frank made me feel a part of the Lake Forest family of believers. His warm smile, keen wit, and kind spirit made him a very special friend. We loved Frank–sending prayers and hugs to your family.
    Laura Goble Townsend

  27. Robert Godwin says:

    I grew up in a music teacher’s home containing as many as 6 and 7 pianos at a time. Mr Hambright was practically a member of the family whose skill and advice was invaluable in keeping us “tuned in”. He was a friend, not just a business associate, and will be missed by more people than you family will ever know.

  28. Sharon Daniel says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Hambright’s passing.We are so grateful for his contribution to The Nativity Pageant of Knoxville. He was a truly wonderfully talented gentleman and we were blessed to have him as a part of such a wonderful Knoxville tradition. Our prayers are with his family at this time. The Knoxville Nativity Pageant Board

  29. Dennis Mayhew Sr says:

    I’ve known Frank since he arrived in Knoxville in 1955. He was a wonderful mentor and friend. All of his piano buddies will miss him.

  30. Karen Myers says:

    Holly so sorry to hear of your dads passing. Blessings he is with your mom and in a much better place. Thinking of you and the family.

  31. Joey Puckett says:

    A super father, a great friend, and fine human being, you’ll be missed by us all ,Frank.. Harlan , Holly , Kyle and Peg , my heart goes out to you all , your Dad was such a fine person , I love you guys.

    With my deepest sympathy,

    Joey Puckett

  32. John Atkins says:

    Have a wonderful dance with Hazel, and tell her how much her family is loved here.

  33. Claudia Montgomery says:

    Sorry for your loss, Hambright family. I know he will be missed.

  34. Juanita Vanderwel says:

    Wanted to say that my thoughts are with you and your family, Frank was a great man and will be missed by many, I was blessed to have known him.


  35. Edith Williams and family says:

    What a guy! Alex and I were assigned to a small hotel out in the “boonies” to attend Barbershop International Convention in 1993. And, there were Frank and Hazel, assigned to the same hotel (perhaps the only International they ever attended). The hotel was supposedly close to public transportation, but “close” turned out to be seven miles. So we just drove in every day, and Frank and Hazel rode with us! What a wonderful week we had with them! Long before that, in 1965, he rode with us to inspect a baby grand piano that our friends’ church in Madisonville wanted to sell for $300. He pronounced it “sound”, and fixed it up after we got it delivered to our house. I could tell many more stories!

    Our family sends sympathy to all of you.

  36. Linda Chatham says:

    Mr Hambright tuned our pianos for three generations of family. He was an entertaining master of his trade. He will be missed but his tuning session will be remembered for a long time.

    Love and Sympathy to Peggy.

  37. Melody & Jody Deakin says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts for peace.

  38. Van and Kay Fillingim says:

    Harlan,Holly, Kyle, and Peggy: Love you so much! What a blessing to have known your Daddy! I cherish all of our memories- the camping trips, holidays,funny skits, wedding parties, etc. We were so fortunate to have been a part of such a wonderful circle of friends who loved life and loved each other. Frank always made each of us feel special, and he kept us laughing. We will miss him as we miss Hazel.

  39. Julia Greene and Family says:

    Kyle, Peggy, Holly and Harlan, You all are in our thoughts and prayers. The family sends their best! Kyle, their was only one blue-eyed Frankie Baby for me, and I will forever be his little “Su” zuki. I’m sure he’s playing the piano as I type with your Mom right beside him. It was so good to see you, Peg and Holly at Daddy’s funeral. I Love You guys so much!!!! Take care and God Bless You All. Julia

  40. Johnny V says:

    We’re all gonna miss the litlle rascal he could be…church…pantry and otherwise..we’ll meet again upthere…. au revoir/adieu ami!
    Condolences to the fam…

  41. Rhea & Betty Hambright says:

    God broke the mold after you Frank. You will be missed by all but forgotten by none. We will always love you Uncle Frank P.S When you see the rest of the Hambright clan… tell them we love and miss them too

  42. Charles and Carole Yust says:

    We first met Frank Hambright when he came to our home to tune our first piano, but he soon became a friend as well as a mentor to our daughters as they embarked on their musical studies. When the time came to buy a grand for our budding pianist, we turned to Frank for advice, of course. We valued his opinion above all others! His visits were always a pleasure, and we will ever cherish his memory.

  43. Tami Brewster says:

    My heart sank this morning as I read of your dad’s departure. His character and talent was surpassed only by his immeasurable pride in his children. Heaven isn’t far enough away to weaken that Hambright signal but I know it will still be difficult for you and I will pray. Big hugs all around and condolences from all of us at Pick’n’Grin,

  44. RJ & Lynn Rose Coker says:

    What do you say about a guy who could sing (barbershop), have perfect pitch, play (tune) pianos, produce a barbershop music show on WUOT, have a keen wit, and sport a burr haircut that all the women admired. I say he is/was a one of kind great person and all of us are better persons for knowing Frank.

    Godspeed, Frank

  45. RJ & Lynn Rose Coker says:

    What do you say about a guy who could sing barbershop, have perfect pitch, play and tune piano(s), produce a radio program of barbershop quartet and quartet music, have a needle sharp wit, and sport a burr haircut that all the women adored. I would say that he is/was a super person and a great friend to all of us.

    We wish you Godspeed Frank’

  46. Forrest Orr says:

    Too many memories to list. Frank Hambright stood as an inspiration to me in many ways but especially his dedicated service and attendance to Lake Forest Church. I am certain Frank is seeing the benefits of his relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  47. Teresa Hall says:

    So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing…he was certainly a very special person. My thoughts & prayers are with the family during this very diffucult time.

  48. Staff of TN Webbing says:

    Phil & Kyle,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.

  49. Robert O. Martin, MD says:

    Frank was a gentleman that I knew for many years and i will miss him. May his memory be a blessing.

  50. Shirley Frazier Hendrix says:

    As a teenager, Mimosa Farm was my second home and the Hambrights were family – Jack and my brother, Les, were best friends, Sister Rachael and Rhea were good friends, Alice and I were ‘sisters’, and Evelyn (Kyle) was the typical “little sister”. Frank was quiet (then), but tolerated my presence. What a delight to ‘reconnect’ at a Barbershop Show in Knoxville. It was so much fun to reminisce while he tuned the piano – which was the one he took lessons on from my Mother before he left Cleveland. Thanks for the memories, Frank – you will be missed by all the many people you touched!

  51. Tinah says:

    God Bless the Hambright Family as they celebrate their dad today. Your family has touched me in various ways from Harlan teaching me photography, to Peggy donating cupcakes to my dog & kid events and seeing how much u loved your parents! love u, tru.

  52. Tinah says:

    btw, gotta love a guy who rocks the burr haircut (my daddy did the burr too. tru)

  53. Walter and Millie Law says:

    Ah, memories. My favorite was the 50th anniversary of Barber Shopping at the district convention 25 years ago in Knoxville. Hazel and all her registrars including some of the Hambright daughters did a super job of getting a record crowd checked in. Frank and a lot of others teamed up to make it a great convention.
    Frank was never officious but he was always the respected last word on any debate on pitch that arose during rehearsals.
    I much regret never getting Frank to the small reunions of Barbershop old timers.
    Peace to all the Hambright survivors.

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