Taps - Willis E. Rich, Jr.

Willis E. Rich, Jr., 83, of Elizabethtown, formerly of Versailles, husband of Charline Carter Rich, died peacefully in the presence of his family at Hardin Memorial Hospital on Friday, June 8.

Born in Clay County, TN., he was the son of the late Willis E. Sr. and Emma Stockton Rich. Willis was a U. S. Army retired Lt. Colonel having served more than 30 years in both active duty and in the Reserves. He was a member of the Larue County Church of Christ and former member of the Versailles Church of Christ. 

In addition to his wife, Charline, he is survived by two daughters, Tammy (Frank) Hestand of Versailles, Tracey Rich Giles of Lawrenceburg, his step children, Susan (Greg) Pawley and Joe (Angela) Carter, both of Elizabethtown, seven grandchildren, Hannah Giles, Haidyn Giles, Emily Hestand, Brandt Pawley, Jackson Pawley, Nick Carter, and Sophie Carter. He was preceded by his first wife, Rochelle Dyer Rich, in 1994. 

Visitation will be at the Elizabethtown Church of Christ from 5:00pm to 8:00 pmMonday, June 18 and at the Versailles Church of Christ from 11:00 am to 2:00 pmTuesday, June 19

Funeral services will be 2:00 pmTuesday, June 19 at Versailles Church of Christ with a Eulogy by John Board. Derrick Sumerel, and Charlie Wilson will also be celebrants. 

Military honors and interment will follow at Rose Crest Cemetery in Versailles. Pallbearers will be Nick Carter, Brandt Pawley, Jackson Pawley, Haidyn Giles, Tim Turner, and Chuck Dyer. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to James Graham Brown Research and Development, 529 Jackson Street, Louisville, KY 40202. Online contributions may be made at www.UofLBrownCancerCenter.org.