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Samuel Fife

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FIFE Samuel White, Jr., 88, devoted husband and loving father, died peacefully at home on Saturday, December 14, 2013. He was born in Richmond, KY on June 19, 1925, the son of the late Samuel White and Etta Bailey Fife. Preceding him in death were siblings, Leon Forest, William Stuart, Paul Burnam, and Jack C. Fife. A graduate of the Eastern Kentucky Training School and Model High School (1943), he was a member of the U.S. Army (counter intelligence) and served proudly during the Korean War. After graduation from Eastern Kentucky University with a teaching degree, he received his MA in Education/Rank I. A respected educator, he taught at Bardstown High School prior to joining the faculty of Lafayette Senior High School for 34 years. After retirement, he substitute taught 14 years for Fayette County Public Schools. A professional educator belonging to local, state and national Social Studies Associations and Societies, he was also a member of the Elks, Civil War Round Table, former editor of the EKU newspaper, and Phi Delta Kappa. He was a member of the Baptist Church in Richmond, KY. A lifelong dog and animal enthusiast, he actively showed dogs with the AKC in the early 70s. A fan of world travel, he facilitated student travel abroad and led family travel to dozens of countries. An avid gardener, he also enjoyed sharing tips on tomato plantings. He never forgot a name and never met a stranger. Survivors include wife, Marlene A. Fife, daughter Donna M. (Dee) Fife, two nieces, Penny Fife (Ben) Campbell, Chad Fife (Tom) Hickey; sister-in-law, Donna Armstrong; nephew, Ian Ackerman; great-nieces and nephews, Sarah Ecton Hickey, Thomas Chadwick (Shawn Taulbee) Hickey, John Patrick Hickey, Aubrey Blair Campbell, William Ecton Campbell. Funeral, Thu, 11:30am, Milward - Southland. Private burial will follow. Visitation Wed, 5-8pm. Honorary pall bearers will be Wilson Bond, James Chenault, Jim Combs, Milt Evans, Jock Gum, Ralph Hacker, John David Hale, Jack L. Lyons, and Wayne Roberts. Donations are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass (, Lexington Humane Society (, or Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Kentucky (

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Dec. 16, 2013
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