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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.
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.
This story was posted on 2005-03-13 09:32:41
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