William Foley Partin, 85, of Clearfield, Ky., native of Bell County, died Sunday Nov. 13, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Hospice Care, Edgewood, Ky. He was preceded in death by his parents, Foley and Juanita Hoskins Partin of Pineville. Foley is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Margarette Forman Partin of Clearfield, his daughters, Becky (Mike) Fairchild of Independence, Ky., and Kathy (Bob) Dalton of Spartanburg, S.C.; sister, Dickie June (Bill) Cox of Louisville; grandchildren: Jason (Dawn) Caudill of Edgewood, Ky., Jennifer (Ron) Doyle of Covington, Ky., and Delaney Dalton of Spartanburg, S.C.; great-grandchildren: Ashley, Whitney, Brianna, and Andy; 3 nephews and 5 nieces.
Visitation will be 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at Baptist Village Care Center Chapel; prayer service will follow. Mr. Partin became a Gideon at age 80 and asked that memorials for the purchase of Bibles be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN, 37214-0800.
Mr. Partin was a 1951 graduate of Pineville High School and attended Morehead State College one year before X-ray training at Wayne County General Hospital in Eloise, Mich. He returned to Bell County as Chief X-ray Technician at Middlesboro Memorial Hospital. His love of teaching X-ray led him to return to college (East Tennessee State and Morehead State) while working as chief X-ray tech at Carter County Memorial Hospital in Elizabethton, Tenn., and St. Claire Medical Center in Morehead. He taught at Concord, a two-room school in Elliott County, and Prichard High School in Carter County. He never applied for a principalship but agreed to be assistant principal at Prichard High School, then principal at Haldeman, Tilden Hogge and Clearfield elementary schools in Rowan County. He finished his career teaching at the Morehead Treatment Center.
Devoted to his Baptist faith, at age 21 he became the youngest person First Baptist Church, Middlesboro, had ever elected as deacon. During his more than 50-year membership at First Baptist Church, Morehead, he was chairman of the deacons when it worked to build the current sanctuary. He read the Bible daily and worked hard to live its message. Although he had numerous heart problems, Cardiac Rehab at St. Claire Medical Center kept him active. He will be remembered as a storyteller, poet, mountain man, and lover of nature, music and family.
Online condolences to: www.linnemannfuneralhomes.com.
Published on November 17, 2016