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Morton Hibbs and I  ( Donald Wilkey ) traveled together to Leitchfield, Ky. to attend the funeral services for our Uncle Hubert. After the services we stopped by the local newpaper office to pick up a couple of papers to read the obituary. When I entered the office the counter was piled with newspapers.  I picked one up and discovered the whole front page was devoted to Uncle Hubert. I asked the fellow behind the counter how much the newspapers were?

His reply was, "You couldn't buy one, they are not for sale, but you can have all you want."

Donald C. Wilkey  

A clipping from The Madisonville Messenger, Madisonville, Kentucky

H. W.Wilkey is remembered as not just good, but great

Letters

Dear Editor:

With the passing of H. W. Wilkey the world has suffered a real loss. Many good things could be said about this good man, but I shall mention those things which come to my mind as a parent whose sons were privileged to know him. Throughout his tenure we never heard a derogatory remark about Mr. Wilkey from a teacher, board member, parent or student. This is most unusal in the dificult role of school administrator. Mr. Wilkey went about his business with deliberate dignity.   He proved himself not just a dreamer but a "doer."  He worked diligently to raise and maintain a high academic level for his school distict.  He set the tone for pride and respect for school property, evidenced in the physical condition of the of the Leitchfield High School building ( now Grayson County Middle School ), built during his administration. Instrumental in promoting and culivating the arts in his schools.   Mr. Wilkey lined the corridor with paintings of local artist to encourage and inspire young talents. He worked to introduce art courses in the school curriculum and perhaps did more to develop a deep interest in music and band in the school than any one person.  With a keen mind, Mr. Wilkey could fill any emergency vacancy on the staff and was not adverse to solving a complex algebra problem in his advanced years. Perhaps his most outstanding quality was Mr. Wilkey's ability  to know the progress and understand the problems of each individual student. He followed the progress of his students through high school, college, and on into their vocational or professional lives. Outstanding in his profession, Mr. Wilkey was also a well rounded gentleman with diverse interests. He was a model of Christian discipleship, family man and community-spirited citizen. Wilkey read and a talented writer, he also enjoyed sports, and could relax with a pipe and fishing pole. His gentle nature was reflected in his love for flowers and growing things. Mr. Wilkey was loved and respected for "what" he was rather than who he was.  The H. W. Wilkey School is a fitting memorial to this fine gentleman who was not just a good man, but a GREAT man.

Sarah C. Willis

 

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