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Homer Pyles passed away July 9, 2016, at the Jean Waddle Hospice
Center in Somerset, Ky. at the age of 77.
He was born in the Sandy Valley community of Wayne County on
February 19, 1939, being the third child of Charley and Bertha
Goodman Pyles. He was married to Rina Kay Bell who survives, along
with two sons—Thomas Pyles (Julie) and Cosby Boston.
He also is survived by two grandchildren—Hallie Pyles and Codi
Boston. Other survivors include one brother—Conley Pyles; and two
sisters—Evelyn Stinson and Ruth Castle.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers—Hobart and
Donald; and his sisters—Betty Conn and Kathy Piercy.
He was a member of the Canada's Creek Baptist Church and attended
faithfully as long as he was able. He especially loved to go to church.
He attended school at Sandy Valley where he made lifelong friends.
In the 1950s he began his work career on the farm and timber woods
for Estil Koger at Sandy Valley.
He also worked on Keeton Farm in Todd County, Ky.
In the early 60s he was a truck driver for Bill Kendrick and Pat
Vogler Construction Companies in western Kentucky. That was the
beginning of his long haul truck driving.
In 1964, he started working for McCutchen and Pyles Lumber Company.
He hauled lumber all over the South to furniture companies in other
states. He began hauling cedar lumber in the 70s to New York to
Rochester Shoe Tree in Camden, NY. Later, that company moved to New
Hampshire.
While he worked for Lake Cumberland Cedar, owned by Jerry McCutchen,
he hauled a load of cedar about three times a month to New Hampshire.
After Lake Cumberland Cedar closed in 2002, he started logging. He
had his own truck and hauled for various people.
He did this until he started working for Jones Logging. He worked
for them until he was diagnosed with cancer in June of 2015.
This was a disappointment to him when he couldn't work anymore.
Every time he met a truck on the road, especially a Peterbilt, he
wanted to get in it and take the load.
He loved to talk to people. When he wasn't working, his free time
was filled by visiting Jones Grocery at Coopersville, Connie's Market
at Alpha, and Lynn Bell's Garage to get the news of the day.
His Dairy Queen friends were very important to him. They were like
another family and very supportive of him throughout his illness.
Whenever they would meet for an hour or two in the evening, lots of
problems would get solved.
Old tools and farm machinery were of special interest to him as well
as old vehicles. He restored an old 1950 GMC truck and an old Massey
Ferguson tractor.
He loved family gatherings any time, and especially loved the Pyles
Reunion in May. He always had a story to tell, and he will be missed
at all these events.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the
funeral home chapel with Bro. Donny Pyle and Bro. Joey Allen
officiating. Burial was in the Elk Spring Cemetery.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, expressions of
sympathy take the form of donations to: Hospice of Lake Cumberland
or Canada's Creek Baptist Church.
Hicks-Vaughn Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Published on July 19, 2016
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