Charles Thurman Hedgespeth, 82, of Campbellsville, died at 10:23 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Campbellsville.
Son of the late Charles Emmitt Hedgespeth and Esdail Hamilton Hedgespeth, he was born Sept. 17, 1931, in Taylor County.
He professed faith in Christ and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
He was a veteran
of the Korean Conflict
, having served his country honorably in the United States Air Force
, attaining the rank of Airman First Class. He was a nuclear weapons mechanic specialist. He received the National Defense Service medal, United Nations Service medal and the Korean Service medal.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Campbellsville College and a master's degree from Western Kentucky University.
He taught school at Taylor County Schools until he retired in 1987. He was a retired farmer and former security guard for Fruit of the Loom.
He married Mina L. Hash on June 1, 1958.
Besides his wife, Mina L. Hedgespeth, survivors include a sister-in-law, Gladys Hedgespeth Jones of Campbellsville; a nephew, Charles Dennis "Denny" Hedgespeth and his wife, Rita, of Campbellsville; two nieces, Kathy Renae Vance and her husband, Glenn, of Campbellsville and Janet Leigh Valentine and her husband, Larry, of Louisville, Ky.; three great-nephews, Charles Jonathan "CJ" Hedgespeth, Samuel Jacob "Jake" Graham and Jon-Micah Kane Graham; five great-nieces, Shaun Dylane Scott, Chasity Lynn Malone, Amber Renae Ervin, Kellie Jo Cash and Lacey Danielle Reynolds; five great-great nephews, James Dylan Malone, Jarett McKay Malone, Cayden Hunter Scott, Layton Thomas Scott and Paxton Cole Cash; six great-great-nieces, Mariah Leigh Malone, Kaileigh Renae Ervin, Peyton Karis Ervin, Paisley Jayde Cash, Hadlie Rae Blanford and Kenslee Danielle Reynolds; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Hedgespeth.
Funeral was Friday, April 4, at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville. Bros. Tim Maggard and Rodney Troutman officiated.
Entombment was in Campbellsville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with full military honors by Marion County Veterans Honor Guard.