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Thomas Lee Waller Sr.


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Judge Thomas Lee Waller Sr.

Shepherdsville - Judge Thomas Lee Waller Sr. was born on July 19, 1933, to Forrest Benton Waller and Elizabeth Morton Waller. He lived in Louisville on Barbee Way until age 10 when his parents relocated to Arnoldtown Road in Pleasure Ridge Park. He graduated from Kerrick grade school on Dixie Hwy. in 1948. He graduated from Valley High School in 1952. While at Valley, he played football and was on the track team. He was on state Championship Cross Country Team for three years. He was feature editor of Yearbook and Sports Editor of the school newspaper, Valley Hi- Lites. He was a cartoonist for the Yearbook and Newspaper.

He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1956, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and History. He served on active duty in the United States Army from 1956 until 1958 and was honorably discharged as First Lieutenant in the Army Artillery.

He graduated from University of Louisville School of Law in 1963. He practiced law in Bullitt County, KY from 1963 until 1991, practicing with Taylor, Pike, and Waller, Taylor and Waller, and later, Waller and Wooldridge. In 1974, he was appointed Commonwealth Attorney of the 5th Judicial District by Governor Wendell Ford. In 1975, he was elected Commonwealth Attorney and served in that capacity until 1991. In 1987, he was given the honor of Kentucky Prosecutor of the Year by the Child Abuse and Exploitation Board. In 1991, he was elected Circuit Judge of the Fifth Kentucky Circuit, elected by write- in vote. He served as Circuit Judge until 2006 at which time he retired.

He was one of the founders of Bullitt County Jaycees, helping organize the placement of road signs in the county. He was also one of the founders of the Bullitt County Association for Retarded Children, helping to found the first school for children with disabilities in the county. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #155. He was chairman of the Democratic Party for Bullitt County in 1972. He formerly attended Davidson Memorial Methodist Church, where he served as Chairman of the Administrative Board. In the Fall of 2016, he was inducted into the Valley High School Hall of Fame. Tom was a person of prayer and had a great love for God. He often loved going to church to hear his wife sing and loved to hear God's word, sharing prayer often with friends and family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Worsham Waller of Milledgeville, Georgia; children, Thomas Lee Waller, Jr. (Terri), Deborah Marie Simon (Michael) and John P. Morton Waller (Jenny); 7 grandchildren, Gretchen Waller Burton, Whitney Waller, Matthew Herp, Michael Thomas Simon, Jackson Waller Simon, Kathryn Waller and Carolyn Simon; 3 great- grandchildren, Chace Thomas Dennison, Brady Meredith and Maddie Burton. Tom was also greatly loved by his nephews and nieces, Kevin Waller, Virginia Lescallet, Forrest Waller, Rudy Waller and Rebecca Valentine. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Valentine and her husband Jon of Sequim, Washington; his sisters- in- law, Myrna Waller, Sandra Worsham and Letha Hawkins. Also surviving Tom is his God- son, Nathan Long.

Preceding him in death are his father and mother, Forrest and Elizabeth Waller and his brothers, Forrest Benton Waller and Louis Waller.

He cherished his time with his family, his friends, and his furry companion, Toby. Tom loved working endless hours in the yard, gardening and chatting with his neighbor, Terri Reid. Tom loved traveling, especially his trips to Maui where he and Linda made their best memories. Anyone who knew and loved Tom knows he loved smoking his pipe and eating fried chicken.

He was a devoted husband to his wife of 32 years, Linda Waller, and a father, grandfather, and friend. Linda adores Tom and will forever be grateful for the many happy years they shared.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville (254 S. Buckman St., Shepherdsville, KY) with burial to follow at Hebron Cemetery. Friends and family may pay their respects on Monday from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm at Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home (Preston Hwy. at Brooks Rd.)

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the .

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Published in The Courier-Journal on Jan. 11, 2019
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