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Obituary: Robert C. Lay, 75, retired Dunnville, KY educator

Highly regarded citizen of Dunnville, KY, was an retired educator and served an Elder in the Dunnville Christian Church, and was a missionary to Guatemala, Ukraine, and Russia.

Robert C. Lay, (Bob) 75, of Dunnville Kentucky, died Monday, December 8, 2008 at Ephraim McDowell Hospital.

Born September 30, 1933 he graduated from Mt. Vernon High School, attended Eastern Kentucky University and graduated from the University of Kentucky. He served in the United States Navy.

He taught school at Brodhead, KY: Ludlow, KY, Breathitt County, Hustonville, KY, Powell County, Morehead State University, and after 33 years of teaching, retired while at Eastern Kentucky University.

In his retirement years he went on missionary trips to Guatemala, Ukraine, and to Russia, to minister to orphanages and churches. He attended Dunnville Christian Church as an Elder, but most importantly, he was a child of the Most High, Jesus Christ.

He was married to Martha Short Lay for almost 43 years and leaves behind four children, Rob and Gina Lay of Brodhead, Kentucky, Rick and Gwen Lay of Brodhead, KY; Trudi and Mitchell Tolle Jr. of Berea, KY, Rebekah and Samuel Ortiz of Daytona Beach, FL, as well as six grandchildren. Jillisa Lay, Ricki Jean Lay, Savannah Grace Tolle, Makenzie Tolle, Lauren Elizabeth Tolle and Meredith Tolle.

He is survived by a brother J.C Lay of Lexington, KY; nieces Sharleen Angel and Dixie Jones, nephews Joe Young and Ronnie Lay as well as a special aunt, Lois Watson.

He was preceded in death by his parents C.A Lay and Gertrude Combest Lay and sisters Mary C. Young and Dixie Carol Lay.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 12, 2008, at McKinney Brown Funeral Home in Liberty, KY from 5:00pETm - 9:00pmET and the funeral is Saturday, December 13, 2008, at 11:00am at the Dunnville Christian Church.

The family requests all expressions of sympathy be made to one of the following: Dunnville Christian Church building fund, the Gideon's or the Galilean Home in Liberty.

Obituary courtesy of McKinney-Brown Funeral Home, Liberty, KY
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