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Nelda Gilreath

Nelda Gilreath

Monday, September 28th, 1942 - Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
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Obituary

Nelda Gilreath, age 78 years, 1 month, and 6 days, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and was placed in the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Private funeral services were held Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Pine Knot Southern Baptist Church with Bro. Donald Simmons, Bro. Braxton King, and Bro. Jack Fletcher officiating. Burial was in the Pine Knot Cemetery.

She was born September 28, 1942 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to Dewey Spradlin and Lola King Spradlin. She married the love of her life Vernon Gilreath November 10, 1966. Nelda was a member of the Pine Knot Southern Baptist Church and was very active there as long as she was able. A graduate of Cumberland College with a BA in education, Nelda loved teaching and taught in the McCreary County School system for 32 years. After retirement, she served on the school board for 12 years and was just re-elected to an unprecedented fourth term. In her spare time she loved making dolls, jewelry, sewing, and decorating for Christmas. She always enjoyed dressing as Mrs. Clause and Mother Goose to read to the children at school. She enjoyed listening to music, her animals at Vernsway farm, especially her baby goat, but her family time was her joy.

Preceding her in death were her parents, an infant daughter, Pamela, a brother, Chester Spradlin, two sisters, Kizzie Owens and her husband, Floyd, and Bessie Loyd and her husband, Don, and a brother-in-law, JD Meadows.

Survivors include her husband, two daughters, Jeanna Lynch and her husband, Scott, Lisa King and husband, Adam, all of Richmond. Three sisters, Geraldine Hankala of Atlanta, Betty Jones and husband, Cotton Jones, of Pine Knot, and Carolyn Meadows of Somerset, four grandchildren, Tylan and Max King, and Isaiah and Savannah Lynch, a sister in law, Lula Davis, several nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.

Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Nelda Gilreath.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 6th, 2020 | 6:00pm
    When
    Friday, November 6th, 2020 6:00pm
    Location
    Pine Knot Southern Baptist Church
    Address
    6150 S. Hwy. 1651
    Pine Knot, KY 42635
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  • Interment

    Saturday, November 7th, 2020 |
    When
    Saturday, November 7th, 2020
    Location
    Pine Knot Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Pine Knot, Kentucky 42635
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Merrill Yancey

Posted at 06:57am
Vernon, so sorry for your loss. Both of you spent your lives helping people in the community. I appreciate having you as a teacher and Nelda as a advocate on the school board.
JS

Janice Scates

Posted at 11:47pm
So sorry to learn of Nelda's sudden passing. I have known her, Vernon and her family for as long as I can remember. Prayers for all of you in this difficult time and in the days ahead.
TJ

Tony Jones

Posted at 03:09pm
Vernon, Jeanna, and Lisa you are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Phil

Posted at 08:52am
We were so blessed to have Nelda and Vernon as friends and next door neighbors. Their love of family and community is well known. Our sympathies will be with this family during their grief and our thoughts will especially be with Vernon who along with Nelda has long been respected and admired by all that knows them. Phil and Judy Chaney.
SH

Steve Heath

Posted at 08:08am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, during this trying time.
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