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ELDRED E. MUSGROVE
Eldred Edwin Musgrove, 93 of Pine Knot, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset. Funeral services will be Saturday April 27, 2013 at 1pm in the chapel of Pine Knot Funeral Home with Bro. Cyrus Byrd officiating. Burial will follow in the Musgrove Family Cemetery with both Fireman Honors provided by the South McCreary Fire Department and Military Honors provided by the McCreary Central JROTC. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6-9pm at the funeral home with Masonic Services to begin at 7:30. Eldred was born in Pine Knot, Kentucky on March 14, 1920 to the late William Riley and Hattie (Jones) Musgrove. Surviving is his wife Sophia (Meadows) Musgrove, two sons; Richard (and Beverly) Musgrove and Edwin (and Karen) Musgrove and two daughters, Doris (and Costello) Wilson and Mary Alice Musgrove all of Pine Knot. Eldred and Sophia enjoyed nine grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren. He was the brother to eight: Edna Murphy, Lena Blackstad (dec.), Mitchell Musgrove (dec.), Clyde Musgrove (dec.), Claude Musgrove, Reva Isadori, Betty Davis, Alice May and Riley Musgrove, Jr. as well as three step sisters. Eldred married Sophia Meadows Musgrove 66 years ago on January 17, 1947 after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He became a charter member of the Pine Knot Kiwanis Club in 1950 and actively worked on getting a dial telephone company established. He played an important role in building Pine Knot's first fire truck and in 1967 he helped form the McCreary County Fire Commission. He served as the board chairman for the South McCreary County Fire Department for many years. He was one of three original water commissioners for the McCreary County Water District. He later became involved with the McCreary County Development Association and also served as a member of McCreary County's first airport board. He was a member of the McCreary County Industrial Development Association, the first Stearns Museum Board and the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation for 33 years. He had always been self employed. He operated a car body and fender repair shop and was a plumbing and excavation contractor and he and Sophia operated a mobile home park. He was a member of the Pine Knot United Baptist Church, the Kinne Slaven Post 115 of the American Legion, the VFW Post 5127, the Orie S.Ware Masonic Lodge F & A. M. and the McCreary County Fair Board.
Eldred lived a long life of selflessness and service to McCreary County and his fellow Kentuckians which is truly admirable. He was a true American patriot and an inspiration to the people of our great Commonwealth. During his lifetime, he showed many fruits of the spirit: love, kindness, faithfulness, and gentleness. He showed a love for God, family, as well as his community and country. Eldred will truly be missed. While we are here to celebrate his life and accomplishments, there is also another celebration in heaven because a saint has come home.