Utah Proffitt, Sr.May 6, 1946 - March 1, 2015
Posted on March 2, 2015 at 7:11 PM • 13 Comments
Rev. Utah Proffitt, Sr., of 331 Oaklawn Circle, Corbin, KY, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 1, 2015, passing away in his home. Utah was born on May 6, 1946, in Gray, KY. Utah was a retired Southern Baptist Minister and a retired locomotive engineer for CSX Railroad. He had also previously coached the track and field team at St. Camillus High School. Utah served 4 years in the United States Air Force. He was a member of Bacon Creek Baptist Church and The Grand Lodge of Kentucky, F. & A.M., Cumberland Valley Lodge #751, and was a Kentucky Colonel. Utah enjoyed working with and coaching children, working in his garden, woodworking, riding his motorcycle and sharing his faith at every opportunity.
Utah was preceded in death by his daughter, Tammy Gale Proffitt; his parents, James Monroe and Leafus Proffitt; his grandfather who helped raise him, Abe Helton; his brothers: Arthur Ray Proffitt, Herbert Neil Proffitt and Gary Lee Proffitt; father-in-law, Leon McVay, Sr., and mother-in-law, Wanda McVay, and his beloved beagle, Hunter.
Utah is survived by his faithful and loving wife of 43 years, Jenny Lee Proffitt; two sons: Utah Proffitt, Jr. and significant other, Faith Martin of Corbin, KY, and Joshua Lee Proffitt and his wife Susan of Lafayette, LA; six grandchildren: Joshua “Boomer” Proffitt, Harley Madison Proffitt, Nathaniel Lee Proffitt, Gennaleigh Grace Proffitt, Gabriel Wayne Proffitt and McClane James Proffitt; and one great grandson, Declan Proffitt. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Leon McVay, Jr., and his wife Jennifer, three sisters-in-law: Diane Proffitt, Cinda Proffitt and Penny Sullivan and her husband Eddie; and two special young friends: Mikayla Brooks and Sydney Sweeney, as well as other relatives and numerous friends to mourn his passing.
A visitation and remembrance service for all friends and family will be held at Hart Funeral Home, Inc., located at 1011 Master Street in Corbin, KY, on Wednesday, March 4, from 6:00pm until 9:00pm, with observation of the Masonic Rights at 8:00pm. A funeral service to celebrate the life of Utah will be held in the Hart Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, March 5, at 10:00am. The funeral will be officiated by Rev. Darvin Wells and Deacon John Bill Gibbs. A graveside burial service immediately following the funeral service will be held at Candle Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery in Gray, KY, where Utah will be laid to rest next to his mother. Military Honors will be conducted by the D.A.V. Chapter 158.
The pallbearers will be Utah’s sons and nephews: Utah Proffitt, Jr., Josh Proffitt, Gary Proffitt, James Proffitt, Dan Suhr and Robert Wyatt. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Utah’s nieces and nephew: Missy Proffitt, Heather Proffitt, Candi Kuhl and her husband Phil.