Dr. Ollie Bennett Emerine, 83, of Elizabethtown, died Friday, May 10, 2013, at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
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He was born in Carresville on July 29, 1929, and graduated from Vine Grove High School in 1947. He attended Western Kentucky University and graduated from University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy in 1951 and University of Louisville Medical School in 1956. He was a former partner in Woodland Medical Clinic in Elizabethtown for 15 years before joining the U.S. Navy. He retired from the Navy where he was a captain and flight surgeon. He graduated from the U.S. War College, was a commanding officer of the dispensary in Cecil Fields, Fla., former executive officer of the Lemore NAS, former commanding officer of Memphis Naval Hospital and Uniform Services Disability Board in Washington D.C. and former commanding officer at the dispensary at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, the Stephensburg Masonic Lodge No. 212, the Kentucky Academy of Family Practice, the Uniform Services of Family Physicians and the Kentucky Medical Association. He was a Kentucky Colonel.
He was preceded in death by his son Richard W. Emerine; his parents, Ado Jacob and Callie Foster Emerine; his stepmother, who raised him, Viva Grace Foster; sister Mabel Gertrude Lewis and grandchild Matthew Price Emerine.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Duncan Emerine; two sons, Gary Keith (Nancy) Emerine of Birmingham, Ala., and Craig Bennett (Angie) Emerine and the mother of his children, Linda of Elizabethtown; daughter-in-law Pamela Sullivan Emerine Biccum of Ocean Side, Calif.; brother Keith O. (Ruth Anne) Emerine of Vine Grove; brother-in-law Terrell Lewis of Vine Grove; and nine grandchildren.
The funeral is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Gibbons, Rev. J.D. Shipp and Rev. Matthew Kimmons officiating. Burial with full military honors follows in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and continues after 9 a.m. Tuesday at Brown Funeral Home. There is a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. Monday.
Condolences may be expressed at www.brownfuneral.com.
Published in The News-Enterprise on May 12, 2013