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Ralph McQueary, Columbia, KY (1937-2011)

He was a member of a large, distinguished Adair Co., KY, family. He was a devoted member of the Columbia Baptist Church and served as a Deacon there. He had a 32 year year career in Adair County Schools as a teacher and coach in many sports. He was an outstanding athlete, excelling especially in basketball from his elementary school days at Lindsey Wilson Training School to playing for Adair County High School Kentucky State Tournament Teams and college play at Lindsey Wilson Junior College. His marriage to high school sweetheart Juanita Ballou McCreary endured 52 years.
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Ralph McQueary, age 74 years of Columbia, KY, passed away, Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 3:30amCT, at his home.

Funeral service Monday, April 11, 2011 at 1pmCT, at the Columbia Baptist Church, 201 Greensburg ST, with Dr. G. Ted Taylor, the officiating clergy. Interment will be in the Haven Hill Cemetery, 1276 Liberty RD, Columbia, KY. Visitation will be after 1pmCT, Sunday, April 10, 2011, at the Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY, and after 6amET until 8:30amCT, Monday, April 11, at the funeral home and after 9amCT at the Columbia Baptist Church.

Ralph McQueary, Columbia, KY (1937-2011)

He was born on Tuesday, February 2, 1937 in Adair Co., KY. He was the son of the late Walker and Della Knight McQueary. He died in Columbia, Adair Co., KY, at the age of 74 years, 2 months, and 7 days.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen McQueary on April 7, 1961 andEvelyn Burton on October 22, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Juanita Ballou McQueary of Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • Two sons: John and his wife Sheila Coop McQueary of Mt. Vernon, KY; and Paul and his wife Gail Noe McQueary of Campbellsville, KY

  • Five brothers: Rollin McQueary and wife Stella of Campbellsville, KY; Russell McQueary and wife Barbara of Radcliff, KY, Roy McQueary of The Villages, FL; Louis McQueary and wife Brenda of Columbia, KY; and Stephen McQueary and wife Sheila of Louisville, KY

  • Four Arandchildren: Izak McQueary, Ella McQueary, Hunter McQueary and Grant McQueary

  • Several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives friends survive.
Ralph was a member of Columbia Baptist Church where he had served as a Deacon. He was retired from teaching after 32 years in the Adair County School System. He coached Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track for Adair County.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the Sanctuary Renovation fund at the Columbia Baptist Church or Gideon Bibles and may be made at the funeral home.

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home in charge of funeral arrangements

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Ralph McQueary, Adair Co., KY (1937-2011)

2011-04-09 - 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY - Photo from Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.
Ralph McQueary, Adair Co., KY (1937-2011)

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