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Obituary: Raymond Pendleton, 83, Adair Co., KY

Raymond Pendleton was a member of a large, distinguished Adair County family. He exemplified the intense work ethic of the generation which transformed his native region of Adair County. He was a World War II veteran, serving a tour of duty in Germany. He was a member of VFW Post 6097, and will be accorded full military honors by the post. He was a former policeman in both Columbia, KY, and Glasgow, KY. He had engaged in farming and had worked in the timber industry. He took great pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren, and had a remarkable 40 year career as a truck driver, retiring from Oakley Transport shortly before his 79th birthday.
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Raymond Pendleton, 83, of Columbia, KY, died Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 5pm at the Medco Center in Campbellsville, KY.

The funeral service will be Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 2pmCT, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, with Rev. Elbert Hadley and Rev. Phillip Burton officiating. Burial will be in Haven Hill Cemetery, 1276 Liberty RD, Columbia, KY, with full military honors presented by VFW Post 6097. Visitation will be after 4pmCT, Saturday, January 29, 2011, at the funeral home.

Casket Bearers: Tim Curry, Toby Curry, Jason Pendleton, Houston Pendleton, John Pendleton, and Tommy Pendleton

Honorary Casket Bearers: Garnett Womack, John Johnson, Charles Shepard, Udell Shirley, Don Bault, Elmer Puckett, Tommy Murphy, Timmy Murphy, Phillip Burton, and Floyd Burton.

Raymond Pendleton, Adair Co., KY (1927-2011)

He was born in the Vester community of Adair Co., KY, Tuesday, March 15, 1927, to Robert Nelson and Ermine Elizabeth Holmes Pendleton and was the youngest of eight children. He died Wednesday, January 26, 2011, in Campbellsville, Taylor Co., KY, at the age of 83 years, 10 months, and 11 days.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Bessie Hadley, Mary Burton and Florence Burton, and three brothers, Finis, Clyde and William Pendleton.

He united in marriage to Frances Harmon Pendleton on January 1, 1948. She preceded him in death on January 20, 2001.

Survivors include the following:
  • Three children: Phyllis and husband Steve Curry, Daryl and wife Gail Pendleton, and David Pendleton all of Columbia, KY

  • Four grandchildren: Tim and wife Susan Curry, Toby and wife Katie Curry, Shannon Fowler and Jason Pendleton, two step-granddaughters; and Amber Cook and Ashley Wilbanks

  • Three great-grandchildren: Jacob and Madison Curry, Carter Curry

  • Four step-great grandchildren: Hunter and Dustin Cook, Levi and DeLanie Wilbanks

  • One brother: John Pendleton of Louisville, KY

  • A sister-in-law: Irene Pendleton of Columbia, KY

  • Several nieces, nephews and other relatives
Mr. Pendleton was a World War II veteran, having spent a tour of duty in Germany and a member of VFW Post 6097. He was a former policeman in both Columbia, KY, and Glasgow, KY, had engaged in farming and worked in the timber industry. He spent more than 40 years of his life as a truck driver, retiring from Oakley Transport shortly before his 79th birthday.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Bearwallow Cemetery Fund would be appreciated. These may be left at the funeral homeGrissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, in charge of arrangements.

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