Hundreds of Kentuckians have died since the virus first hit our state. These are friends, neighbors, parents, grandparents, and colleagues. Kentuckians from all walks of life — frontline workers, bricklayers, great-grandparents. Here are just a few of their many stories.
GUSTON, Ky. — Joyce Scobee was loved by everyone who knew her. She not only cared about her own family but others she met at church.
Scobee was an active member of Hill Grove Baptist Church. She lost her husband of 52 years, Duewy Dean Scobee to cancer in 2016. It was then that she leaned on her church family even more. She was very active with the Silver Bells Widow Group.
SACRAMENTO, Ky. — June Hill spent a good portion of her life in Sacramento, Kentucky. The small town in McLean County was her home. She was born on January 17, 1935. She would grow up and marry a coal miner, Bill. They would have four children and live a very happy life together.
June was a homemaker for most of her life and she spent her time doting on her family. The Hill family would often go camping or horseback riding. The Hills were also committed to following their children around to the various sporting events they were involved in.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. — William Miranda, Jr. was a hero. A member of the U.S. Army, Miranda served in World War II and was at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. He was with the 2nd Ranger Battalion and injured during his service. He received the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars for his service.
When Miranda returned from the war he went to work for Armco Steel. Miranda had four children; three sons and a daughter. He also had seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
SOMERSET, Ky. — David Pitman was 62-year-old and is the first person in Pulaski County to die from coronavirus. The husband and father of four had retired from the City of Somerset Water Treatment Plant.
Pitman started feeling sick on March 20, a few days later he was hospitalized at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset. He became critically ill within days and on April 1, he lost his battle.
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