Mr. Earnest "Bucky" Weddle, 94, of Nancy, Ky., was reunited with his wife in heaven on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
Earnest was the fourth son of 12children. He was born on January 3rd, 1919. Earnest was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Thelma Rice Weddle, whom he married on May 31, 1947; also preceding him in death were his parents, Andrew Virgil Weddle and Vona Pyles Weddle, and all of his 11 brothers and sisters, Arnold, Albert, Leonard, Virl, Earl, Jim, Gordon, Opal and Olive Weddle, Ruby Weddle Bombaci and Gladys Weddle Daulton. Also preceding him in death were nieces and nephews, Evelyn Weddle Ard, Louise Weddle Chapman and Lewis Weddle.
He is survived by a daughter, Lisa; three sons, Dale (and Bereda), Joey Craig (and Jessica) and Terry Michael; and five grandchildren, Jeremiah, Seth, Jared, Joey and Rachel Weddle, all of Nancy. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
While still in his teens, he followed his brother Leonard into the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was stationed at Camp F128 in Naples, Idaho. There, as Leonard had before him, he earned money through CCC to send home and help his parents and family.
On June 5, 1941, Earnest volunteered to serve his country in the military. He eventually became part of the 301st Service Group of the Army Air Corp and was stationed in Burma during WWII. He rode several missions over the "Hump" into China during the fighting. After the war, he was honorably discharged on November 6, 1945 and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon and two Bronze Stars for his actions.
He returned from the war and, like many Southern Kentuckians of the day, left home for a few years to work at a job in Dayton, Ohio. He eventually came back to Nancy, married Thelma and started a small business. "Bucky's Gulf" was a Nancy Institution for three decades. He always prided himself in providing a place where neighborhood boys could hang out, play music or Rook and stay out of trouble. Earnest also farmed for many years, raising tobacco, hay and cattle on farms at Jabez, Piney Grove and Shepola.
In his younger years, he loved riding Harley Davidson motorcycles. Other hobbies included playing harmonica, playing rook and gardening. He was an avid "CB" radio operator whose nickname "Hummingbird" was well-known around amateur radio circles.
Earnest was a member of Sievers Masonic Lodge at Nancy for over 50 years. He was a member of White Oak Baptist Church in Nancy. His mentor in faith for many years was long-time friend Missionary Bernard Mitchell. In later years, He was a supporter of the ministry of Billy Graham and loved to read books by Rev. Graham and watch his televised messages.
He was a devoted husband and loving father and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community. He and his wife, Thelma, were examples of the “greatest generation.”
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Friends and family are invited to call after 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14. There will be a masonic service held by Sievers Lodge no. 491 on Friday evening at 7 p.m. His funeral service will be Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m. at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with Brother Reggie Tipton officiating.
Burial will immediately follow in the White Oak Cemetery at Nancy, Ky.
The family request expressions of sympathy be made to the Hospice of Lake Cumberland and/or Senior Friends at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
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