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Obituary: Dr. Forest F. Shely, 86, Taylor Co., KY

He was a giant figure in Taylor County, KY and a highly respected physician with wide influence in health care in the Lake Cumberland Area Development District. He was a devout Baptist and Christian leader, a Sunday school teacher and deacon for over half a century. He was active in civic affairs and in business and banking. He championed the cause of Campbellsville University and had been a trustee at the institution for 56 years.

Dr. Forest F. Shely, 86, of Campbellsville, KY died at 5amET, Monday, August 30, 2010 inCampbellsville, KY.

Funeral services will be at 11amET/10amCT, Thursday, September 2, 2010, at the Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon AV, Campbellsville, KY, by Dr. James Jones, Dr. Skip Alexander, and Rev. Ken Forman. Burial will be in the Parrott-Turner-Dabney Addition to Brookside Cemetery, W. Main ST, Campbellsville, KY.

Pallbearers: Ray Altman, Dr. Michael Carter, Terry Coyle, Don Dabney, Joe DeSpain, Dr. James A. Ewing, Buddy Harris, Dick Nelson, Ken Pope, Ted Winn, and George Wise

Honorary pallbearers: Campbellsville University Board of Trustees, Citizens Bank & Trust Company Board of Directors, Deacons of Campbellsville Baptist Church, Dr. Shely's Sunday School Class, Gideons International Members, and Rotary Club Members.

Dr. Forest F. Shely, Taylor Co., KY (1924-2010)

Dr. Forest F. Shely was the son of the late Forest Wyatt Shely and Blanch Brown Shely. He was born Friday, June 20, 1924 in Anderson Co., KY, and died Monday, August 30, 2010 inCampbellsville, Taylor Co., KY, at the age of 86 years, 2 months, and 10 days.

He professed faith in Christ and was a member of the Campbellsville Baptist Church. He was a Baptistdeacon and Sunday School teacher for over fifty years and was a Gideon.

He was a veteran of World War II having served his country honorably in the United States Army.He was a retired medical doctor having practiced medicine since 1950.

He served as medical director of several area nursing homes, was the first administrator of Taylor County Hospital, a former chairman of the Taylor County and Lake Cumberland District Boards of Health, a former member of the Taylor County Mental Health Board, Taylor County Public Library Board, and Campbellsville-Taylor County RescueAdvisory Board.

He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank and Trust Company.

He had been a member of the Board of Trustees at Campbellsville University since 1954.

He was a member and past president of the Campbellsville Rotary Club.

He united in marriage to Roberta Hale April 6, 1947. She preceded him in death February 23, 2006.

He is survived by the following:
  • One son and four daughters: Jacque Blackwelder and husband, Denis of Old Hickory,TN; Deborah Edwards of Lexington, KY; Bill Shely and wife, Cathy of Morehead, KY; and Karen McMahan and Carla Corbin and husband, Dale of Campbellsville, KY

  • Seven grandchildren: Andy Griffin and wife, Terriof Furlong, PA; Ryan Shely of Lexington, KY; Dr. Ashley Kanzler and husband, Dr. Alex Kanzler of Bradenton, FL, and Karis Chesser and husband, Richie, Lindsey McMahan, Josh Major, and Emily Major of Campbellsville, KY
  • Seven great-grandchildren: Baylor Griffin, Emory Griffin, McLean Griffin, Aidan McMahan, Dalton Reynolds, Jonathan Chesser and Ann Marie Chesser

  • Nephew, Brent Owen and wife,Genevieve of Williamsburg, VA

  • And many other relatives and friends
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Todd Franklin Griffin May 23, 1992 and a brother, Robert Shely.

The family requests expresssions of sympathy be donations to Gideon Bibles or Campbellsville University and may be made at the funeral home.

The Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon AV, Campbellsville, KY, in charge of arrangements.

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