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Joe Gadberry, Adair County, KY (1939-2017)

He had professed his faith in Christ, he was a retired box factory supervisor in Chicago, Illinois, he served in the US Army, was a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, he loved riding motorcycles and four wheelers and was a rabbit hunter. Joe Gadberry had a rarely equalled talent for entertaining and could hold impromptu audiences rapt for hours, recalling events from his early life on Earls Ridge, his Walnut Grove School days, and of his Chicago years. His timing, expectant pauses, wit and humor - so distinct to his home territory, where story telling is almost a competitive sport - were his trademarks. He was blessed with a voice so memorable one wondered why he never had his own national radio show. Yet all who knew him knew why he most likely did not: He lived his life exactly the way he wanted to.. And acquaintances loved him for that. He was the real deal. He was an authentic, no pretense Adair County success.
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Joseph Allan "Joe" Gadberry, 78 years of Breeding, KY, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017 at his home after several months illness.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 1pmCT, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY. Bro. Stanley Watson & Bro. Ralph Hadley will be the officiating clergy. Interment will be in the Chestnut Grove Cemetery,54 Chestnut Grove Road, Breeding, KY. The family requests visiting after 3:30pmCT, on Monday, July 3, 2017, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.


Joseph Allan "Joe" Gadberry, Adair County, KY (1939-2017)

He was born February 9, 1939. He was the son of the late Joe Lee & Eva Mae McFarland Gadberry of Adair County, KY. He died Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Breeding, Adair County, KY, at the age of 78 years, four months, and 22 days.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Jessie Gadberry of Breeding, KY, and the following:
  • A step son: Brad Bennett and wife Belinda of Campbellsville, KY

  • Three sisters: Frances (Kenton) Antle of Columbia, KY; Alice Gadberry of Crocus, KY; and Elaine Turner of Fairplay, KY.

  • One niece Michelle Hale

  • Two nephews: Brett Antle & Rodney Turner
Joe had professed his faith in Christ, he was a retired box factory supervisor in Chicago, Illinois, he served in the US Army, was a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, he loved riding motorcycles and four wheelers and was a rabbit hunter.

Send condolences to the family of Joe Gadberry

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY, is in charge of funeral arrangements


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Joe Gadberry, Adair County, KY (1939-2017)



2017-07-02 - 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo from Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.

Joe Gadberry, Adair County, KY (1939-2017)


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A motorcycle hearse to carry Joe Gadberry to final resting place



2017-07-04 - 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com(c).
A Motorcycle Hearse will carry Joe Gadberry to his final resting place at Chestnut Grove Cemetery, 54 Chestnut Grove Road, Breeding, KY this afternoon following the service, which starts at 1pmCT, today, July 4, 2017. It will be a first ever event for Adair County and only the second time in Kentucky that a motorcycle hearse has been used. The hearse is styled after horse-drawn hearses used in the old west, according to Bill Demrow, who, with his son Curt Demrow, had the hearse custom built, and painted a matching color to the 2014 Harley Davidson Tri-Glide used to pull the hearse. The late Joe Gadberry was a passionate man, especially when it came to motorcycles. His famous yellow BMW had over 80,000 miles on it when stopped riding just a few months ago. Clicking Read More accesses the obiituary for Joe Gadberry

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