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Kenneth Ballou, 94, Cumberland County, KY (1925-2020)

He and his wife Stella founded Ballou Funeral Home. He was a member of Burkesville First United Methodist Church, VFW Post 5419, American Legion Post 119, Past Master of Cumberland Lodge #413, a former board member of Cumberland County Hospital, and numerous other organizations.

Kenneth N. Ballou, age 94, of Burkesville, Kentucky passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 01, 2020 at 11amCT at Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home with burial in Burkesville Cemetery. Family requests visitation on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 3-8pm.

Kenneth was born on June 13, 1925 in Adair County, Kentucky to the late William Murray "Bill" Ballou and Mattie Florence Garrison Ballou.

As a young man Kenneth served in the U.S. Army 47th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion, K Company during World War II where he received the purple heart with one bronze cluster, the distinguished service medal, and the meritorious unit award with one bronze cluster.

After returning home he attended and graduated from the Kentucky School of Embalming in 1948 and was licensed by the board in 1949. He was one of the oldest license holders in the state, receiving his 70 year certificate in 2019.

In 1950 he and his wife Stella moved to Burkesville, Kentucky and founded Ballou Funeral Home in Burkesville where he served families for many years.

He was a member of Burkesville First United Methodist Church, VFW Post 5419, American Legion Post 119, Past Master of Cumberland Lodge #413, a former board member of Cumberland County Hospital, Cumberland Valley Manor, Burkesville Cemetery Board, and numerous other organizations.

Kenneth loved buying, collecting, and selling antiques and was an avid checker player.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death in by his wife Stella McKinney Ballou, his stepmother, Nola George Ballou, six brothers, Estel Ballou, James E. Ballou, Virgil Ballou, Almon Ballou, Carlos Ballou, Randall Lamarr Ballou, four sisters, Eris Ehling, Faylene McGaha, Lila Wolfe, and Margie Anderson.

Survivors Include:

One Daughter- Beverly Alexander and her husband Tim of Bowling Green, KY

One Son- Anthony Ballou of Burkesville, KY and his fiance' Paula Gee of Tompkinsville, KY

One Brother- Wayne Ballou of Columbia, KY

4 Grandchildren- Jenny Newell, Mary Ballou (Jarrett) Murphy, Jessica (Andy) Roberts, Kenneth Martin (Maggie) Ballou

8 Great Grandchildren- Alexander Newell, Paris Newell, Drew Roberts, Stella Roberts, Griffin Murphy, Bowie Murphy, Cecil Ballou, Ruby Ballou

His brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law- Donald Lee McKinney and his wife Bobbie, Harold Walton McKinney and his wife Carol, and Doris Jean Lane all of Danville, KY and Juanita Scott of Columbia, KY

several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends also survive.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the Burkesville Cemetery Fund or Burkesville First United Methodist Church.

Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Kenneth N. Ballou, 94, Cumberland County, KY (1925-2020)

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