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Obituary: Phil R. Depp, 99, leader in rural electrification

Mr. Depp served on hospital boards. including Adair Memorial Hospital Board; he was member of board of Farmer's RECC for 60 years and operated a major farming operation in Metcalfe County

Phil R. Depp, 99, a longtime, highly respected leader in rural electrification, power production and distribution, healthcare, and farming, died today, in Columbia, KY.

At the time of his death, he was a resident of Summit Manor Nursing Home, died Thursday, August 3, 2006, at 2:30am CT, at Westlake Regional Hospital in Columbia, KY.


The funeral service will be Saturday, August 5, 2006, at 10:00am CT, at Grissom Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Raymond Martin the officiating clergy. Burial will be in Haven Hill Cemetery.


He was the son of the late Joel R. and Dora Daugherty Depp of Metcalfe County, KY.Mr. Depp was a member of Glasgow United Methodist Church.

He was a member of Farmer's RECC Board of Directors for 60 years, a member of East Kentucky Power Board for 21 years, a member of the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives for 21 years.Mr. Depp was a former member of T.J. Samson Hospital Board of Directors, a former member of Adair Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, and managed a huge farming operation in Metcalfe County until just a few years ago..He is survived by his wife, Doris Browning Depp, Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • Two sons and daughers-in-law: Philip and Virginia Depp, Dayton, OH; and Robert and Ansley Depp, Covington, KY

  • One daughter and son-in-law: Dona and Chad Smith, Louisville, KY

  • And six grandchildren: Joshua, Madison, Easton, Sawyer, and Sidney Depp, and DavisSmith.
Visitation will be after 4:00pm CT, Friday, August 4, 2006, at Grissom Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Cincinnati Childrens Hospital and may be left at the funeral home.

Grissom Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
This obituary was made possible through the support of Grissom Funeral Home, established in 1926, located one block off the square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia. To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone 270-384-2149, or E-mail: grissomfuneralhome@alltel.net
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Phil and Doris Jean Browning Depp in 2000



2006-08-03 - Photo by Linda Waggener.
PHIL DEPP, pictured here in 2000 with his wife Doris Jean Browning Depp shared his memories with writer Geniece Marcum in Edmonton for the publication Senior Quest. He passed away today at age 99. Click 'read more' for his obituary information and a link to the story.

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Remembering Phil Depp: South Central Kentucky mourns passing of 99 year old RECC, farm, healthcare leader



2006-08-03 - Photo from Depp family archives.
Columbia and Adair County
passing of Phil Depp

Phil Depp, a native of Metcalfe County, stood tall in affairs of South Central Kentucky during his 99 years.

He was on the boards of directors of two different hospital boards, and was one of the longest serving directors of an RECC anywhere, with 60 years of service with Farmers RECC in Glasgow. He was a noted Standard Bred Horseman, and was a leading farmer in Metcalfe County.

His funeral service will be will be Saturday, August 5, 2006, at 10:00am CT, at Grissom Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY,

Visitation will be after 4:00pm CT, Friday, August 4, 2006, at Grissom Funeral Home.


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