Dr. James William Ramey

Published 8:06 am Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Dr. James William Ramey


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Dr. James William Ramey died Monday, December 10, 2018. Born in Mt. Sterling on November 25, 1928, he was a son of the late Oscar and Anna Clark Ramey.

Dr. Ramey was raised on a dairy and tobacco farm and graduated from Mt. Sterling High School in 1946. He then attended and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1950 with a major in Zoology. While attending UK he played musical percussion instruments in the marching band. Subsequently Dr. Ramey attended Duke University School of Medicine and graduated in 1954, he then had a rotating internship in 1955 at Denver General Hospital, Denver, Colorado. Dr. Ramey served in the U.S. Air Force as a General Medical Officer from 1955 through 1957 and in a family practice residency in Bluefield Sanatorium, Bluefield, West Virginia in 1958. He was in solo family practice in Danville from 1959 to 1978 and in a three-man partnership practice in Danville from 1978 to 1988. Dr. Ramey had various short-term “vacation practices” across the years while active in Castiner, Puerto Rico, 1969 and 1971; Santa Rosa, Honduras, 1977 and the Navajo and Sioux Indian Reservations, 1969, 1982 and 1991. Dr. Ramey served as Boyle County Coroner from 1965 to 2010. His term as Boyle County Coroner is the longest continuous term of any elected official in Kentucky. He was a founding member of The Advocate-Messenger Brass Band which was formed in 1987.

Dr. Ramey is predeceased by a brother, John Robert Ramey.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Demmitt Ramey; sons, Steve (Becky) Ramey of Danville, Madison (Shelby) Ramey of Denver, Colorado, Aaron (Krissy) Ramey of Paducah, Daniel (Della) Ramey of Junction City, Rocky (Carla) Myers of Franklin, Tennessee, Rodney (Faye) Myers of Mt. Sterling, Johnny Myers of Mt. Sterling and Benny (Carrie) Myers of Danville; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be 1 p.m., Thursday, December 13, 2018 at First Christian Church.

Rev. Joey Pusateri will officiate. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Don Hamner, Dr. Richard Hempel, Malcolm Miller, Robert Hamlin and Chad Worthington. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Finley Hendrickson, Jack Pattie, Bud Bright, Dr. Warren Nash, Karl Luttrell, Bobby Doom, Will Morris, Bill Conder, Dr. Colin Ratiere and the staff of Morning Pointe Senior Living Center. Visitation will be after 4 p.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at First Christian Church.

Memorial donations are suggested to The Salvation Army, Heritage Hospice or First Christian Church. The online guestbook is available at www.stithcares.com.