LIBERTY - George E. Wolford, 90, of Liberty, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2012, at Casey County Hospital.
Born Saturday, Sept. 10, 1921, in Adair County, Ky., he was a son of the late Milburn V. and Claudia Goode Wolford. He was a founding member, elder and Sunday school teacher at the Westside Christian Church. Mr. Wolford obtained a two-year degree from Lindsey Wilson College and also attended the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering. He served his country in the Signal Corp and the U.S. Navy, serving more than 2 years in Hawaii.
Mr. Wolford with his brother Malcolm established Wolford Brothers in 1948, where he was a master plumber and master electrician. He was responsible for bringing cable television to Liberty in 1952 and also instrumental in bringing the first radio station to Casey County. Mr. Wolford was a first-class radio engineer. He served as Liberty Fire Chief for 12 years, was member of Casey Creek Masonic Lodge #536, served on the Casey County Hospital Board, and was a founding member of the Casey County Industrial Board.
Mr. Wolford was an early apple grower in Casey County. So in 1975, Mr. Wolford, Marion Murphy and a group of others founded the Casey County Apple Festival. Mr. Wolford also built the large oven used to cook the world famous 10-foot apple pie. He was a Cub Scoutmaster, a Boy Scoutmaster, an innovative gardener, and an avid woodworker. He loved playing music and gospel singing, and was in various music groups over the years. He enjoyed traveling and had been to all the U.S. states and Canadian provinces and various other international destinations.
Survivors include his dear wife, whom he married on Oct. 9, 1945, Dorothy Beard Wolford; three sons, Rodney (Mary) Wolford of Liberty, Steve Wolford of Frankfort and Mark (Sandy) Wolford of Liberty; four grandchildren, Jason (Lynn) Wolford, David Wolford, Sara (Morgan) Pence, and Laura (Joe) Willis; five great-grandchildren, Lily, Virginia, Jacob, Elise and George Emmet; and a sister-in-law, Alene Wolford of Mount Washington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Malcolm Wolford, and a sister, Katherine Alexander.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2012, at Westside Christian Church with Bro. Marty Shackleford officiating. Burial will follow in Casey County Memorial Gardens with military funeral honors by the Casey County funeral squad and the Navy color guard.
Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with the Liberty Fire Department standing as honor guard. Visitation also will be after 11 a.m. Monday at Westside Christian Church.
Pallbearers will be Liberty Fire Department firefighters. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Bryant, Garnett “Snake” Sweeney, Marion Murphy, Gerald Wethington and board members of Westside Christian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Westside Christian Church, 966 Campbellsville St., Liberty, Ky. 42539.
Online guestbook available at www.mckinneybrown.com.