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WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Johnnie O. Prock

His biography, so far, started on Barnett's Creek and has taken him to Knifley, Lindsey Wilson, and far beyond
By Ed Waggener

Johnnie O. Prock grew up in Pellyton, KY, on Barnett's Creek, in Prock Hollow. He went to Pellyton Grade School, and remembers all the North Carolina People, the Wests, Mays, Gileses and Dosses, Lemmons and Tedders with whom he grew up there.

Though he's had outstanding success in his career, and now lives far away in Berthoud, CO, he still finds time to keep in touch and visit Adair County.

He remembers when the present Barnett's Creek Methodist Church was an Evangelical United Brethren Church. "I remember Sister Kenney," he says, and he recalls when Rev. Harry Sinks was pastor there. He remembers the health center the EUB operated at Barnett's Creek, and the community life centered around the EUB church complex.

He was in the last graduating class at Knifley High School, in 1952. He has has fond memories of the old school and the Knifley community.

Attended Lindsey

He attended Lindsey Wilson College a short while, and remembers Gene Lawless, Hilda Willis, and other friends he made while at the Columbia junior college.

He joined the Air Force in 1953 and had a long career in the service. Eventually he became an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration. He retired from the FAA in 1997.

"My wife (Frances) and I raised a family in the Longmont-Berthoud area (of Colorado). I retired from the Federal Aviation Agency as an air traffic control supervisor in 1997," he says.The Procks still live in Berthoud, CO, and the home serves as a staging area for the trips they can take cross county to places like Knifley, Kentucky, and Great Falls, MT, Mrs. Prock's home.

John and his wife were in Gradyville, KY, on March 10, 2003, to visit us at E.P. Waggener & Sons, Booksellers. This trip was part of a renewal of old contacts in Adair County, particularly in the land above Green River, and to visit with us.

A book note

He is proud of his Prock and Wolford heritage. He's one of the few people who owned "The Wild Riders of the First Kentucky Cavalry," by Sergeant E. Tarrant, in an early Henry Clay Press printing. Wolford is a chief subject in the book, which has beautiful engraving of Colonel Wolford is a frontispiece in the book.
One of the books he received while in Gradyville was for being named a winner, along with Ann Curtis, in the Mystery Photo Contest #5. That story will soon be posted online.

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Johnnie O. and Frances Prock

2005-03-13 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. John and Frances Prock were visitors in Gradyville March 10, 2005. He's holding a book a book he won in Mystery Photo Contest #5. The Procks now live in Berthoud, CO.
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Knifley Elementary and High School 1950-51

2005-03-17 - Knifley, KY - Photo courtesy of Morris Shepherd. THIS KNIFLEY ELEMENTARY and HIGH SCHOOL photo is shared by Morris Shepherd who read the recent story on Johnnie O. Prock and had this in his photo collection. Johnnie is photo number 14 above. Others in the photo include, from top left: John Dunbar, Principal, Margie Martin, Frank Dickerson, Glenna Spires, Clem Feese, Cleopatra Giles, Harold Dean Tedder, Justine Arnold, Travis Hatfield, Lewis Hardin, Jewel Gabbert, Billy H. Gentry, Nelda Iris Clarkson, Johnnie, Norma Sue Stayton, Victor W. Clarkson, Jean Woods, Wm. H. "Bud" Martin, Oreon H. Martin, Laverne Feese, James Knifley, Frances Hardin, Voyd Dean Barnett and Evelyn Rich. If you know where any of the other classmates are and what they're doing these days, send us a note by clicking on the webmaster link at the bottom of the page, or call 270-384-3979. Click 'read more' for Johnny O. Prock's story.
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