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Joseph F. Amato, DC

Joseph F. Amato, D.C. passed away with his loving family by his side on September 10, 2021. Born to Joseph M. (Papa Joe) and Rose Amato in Kingston, New York on August 18, 1949. The first of five children, he was preceded in death by his father Joseph M. Amato, and is survived by his wife Kathryn Amato of 48 years, his mother Rose Amato, and siblings Ron and Cyndee Amato of Boston, MA, Mark and Carol Ann Amato Thrall of Myrtle Beach, SC, Marilyn Amato Wolford of Kingsport, TN, and Stephen and Debbie Amato of Kingsport, TN.

He is also survived by his three children Brittin Amato Diguette (Darren Diguette), Ashley Amato Butcher (Jason Butcher), and Joseph S. Amato. He was loved unconditionally by his 4 grandchildren, Dylan Grant Diguette, Jace Franklin Butcher, Tyler Joseph Diguette, and Olivia Rose Butcher. His bond with each child and grandchild was very special and unbreakable.

He is also survived and loved by many nieces, nephews, and numerous family members.

Joseph received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from University of NY at Albany, and went to graduate school at the University of Wyoming, where he met his wife. He then received his Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa and started his practice in East Tennessee (Colonial Heights) thereafter in 1977. He practiced in Kingsport, TN for 44 years…up until the week before his death. He took great pride in his family and dedicated his professional career to helping every person who walked through his door.

He served on the Tennessee Board of Chiropractic examiners for 5 years, was past President of East Tennessee Chiropractic Association, and numerous other philanthropic organizations. He was a member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church or Kingsport, TN.

Due to the circumstances of Covid, there will be a private family service.

Hamlett Dobson Funeral Home is honored to serve the Amato family and invites you to view and sign the online registry and share favorite memories of Joseph F. Amato, DC.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a family favorite organization KY Stride at http://www.strideky.org/donate.html or PO Box 0643, Winchester, KY 40392.

The family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Joe was happiest with his large family gathered around the table enjoying an Italian feast. We know he is in Heaven and there is a table with family crowded around.

To send flowers to the family in memory of Joseph Amato, please visit our flower store.


I enjoyed my time working for Dr AMATO & getting to know the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all…

Sandra Short Sep 17 2021 6:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Joseph Amato

Sandra Short & Dave Sep 17 2021 6:49 PM

Dr Amato, was one of the firs chiropractors to welcome me and my family to the Tri City area. I remember him and Kathy welcoming my wife and I into their home for a meal. Later playing pool with Dr Amato and Dr Ed Peeks. My with Dawn and I will miss Dr Amato. Love and prayers for the Amato family.

Greg and Dawn Schrader Sep 17 2021 3:36 PM

So sad to hear of Dr. Amato's passing. I have know him for over 30 years. We talked about cars, chess, & family. He was a soft spoken, upstanding, enlightening, & inspiring man. So glad I got to know him a bit.

Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily. ;)

Carl Floyd Sep 17 2021 12:17 PM

I just learned of Dr. Amato's passing and am deeply saddened. I considered him more than just my chiropractor but my friend. I met him 35 years ago when I was only 12 years old. I had recently been diagnosed with severe scoliosis and my parents were trying to search for answers and help. We had been seen by Shriners Hospital who advised surgery and told us that if I chose not to have it, then I'd be in a wheel chair by the time I was in my 30's. I never had the surgery. I'm 47 and I'm not in a wheelchair. I believe with all my heart that Dr. Amato helped me avoid that outcome. I seen him every month. He watched me grow up, and became my friend. I now have grandchildren that he was treating for scoliosis as well. Thankfully, we caught theirs early and their curves are not bad at all. At my appointments we would discuss my family and his. He talked so much about his grandchildren. He loved his family very much. He always smiled when talking of them. I will miss him dearly.

Amy Mallett Sep 16 2021 4:09 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Joseph Amato

Amy Mallett Sep 16 2021 3:46 PM

My mother, Betsy Harrison, was cared for by Dr Amato for many years long ago. If she was here today, she would be saying thank you!

Joyce Harrison Sep 16 2021 1:12 PM

Clay and I are just shocked. I took him a cake in August for his Birthday. He has been our chiropractor for 30 years. And Clay and his Mom has known him longer. We loved and respected him so much. Sending prayers to the family. RIP Joe.

Sharon Gregg Sep 16 2021 12:00 PM

I am very shocked to here of Dr. Amato's passing. He was my chiropractor and was a really nice man. Prayers for all his family

Kelly Poore Sep 15 2021 8:00 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Joseph Amato

Kelly Poore Sep 15 2021 7:56 PM

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