Ray Highley, 74, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. He was born on March 18, 1939, in Middletown, Ohio, to the late Espy and Sota Highley. Mr. Highley was raised in Bath County, and once he completed his enlistment in the U.S. Navy, he brought his family to Frankfort in the early ’60s to pursue his career with IBM. After retiring from IBM, Mr. Highley was a private appraiser. He participated in many community activities, including the Jaycees, Pegasus Players, Young Democrats, Frankfort Expo and the Elks to name a few. Mr. Highley’s proudest point was serving as state president of the Kentucky Elks.
He enjoyed woodworking and painting, watching the Dallas Cowboys and UK basketball, traveling and loved visiting with his family that he cherished.
Mr. Highley is survived by his daughters, Stephanie (Burnsy) Stewart of Salt Lick and Natalie Highley of Frankfort; his grandchildren, Aimee Finley of Frankfort and Garrison Stewart of Salt Lick; and his great-grandchildren, Braden Landis and Addison Finley, both of Frankfort; his sister, Faye (Pack) Johnson of Salt Lick; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Nancy Estes of Frankfort.
Mr. Highley was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, whom he married in September of 1958; his brother, Roy Highley; and his sisters, Gertrude Stephens, Betty Crocker, Louella Johnson and Dorothy Highley.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, with Phil Case officiating. Visitation will be today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and a service with the Elks will follow at 8 p.m.
Contributions are suggested to Elks Lodge. Online condolences may be offered at www.clarklegacycenter.com.