Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


June 11, 2011

Arthur Stoddard Emmons Jr. 1926-2011

ATLANTA — Arthur Stoddard Emmons Jr., 85, died peacefully on June 9, 2011, in Atlanta, Ga., surrounded in love by his daughters. He died of a broken heart, having recently lost his wife and partner of 61 years, Billie McMurry Emmons. Art was a loving husband and father, respected businessman, avid outdoorsman, voracious reader, community servant and friend to all who crossed his path.

Mr. Emmons, the son of the late Arthur Stoddard Emmons Sr. and Margarita Bush Champion, was born and grew up in Huntington, W.Va. Following distinguished service with the Merchant Marines in the Pacific during World War II, he graduated from Washington and Lee University, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and rowed on the intervarsity crew. He worked for Ashland Oil, Inc. for almost 40 years, retiring in 1988 as manager of fleet purchasing.

Art’s three surviving daughters and sons-in-law will miss him very much: Mickey Emmons Wener (Jim) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Jennifer Emmons Michaels (Tom) of Atlanta; and Susan Emmons Hatfield (Mark) of Nairobi, Kenya. Daughter Amanda Sherwood Emmons died shortly after birth. Art has six grandchildren, Sarah Emmons Wener, Gregory James Michaels, Tricia Anne Michaels Chappell, Christine Ruth Michaels Erickson, Richard Stratton Hatfield and Rachel Elizabeth Hatfield; as well as eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandaughter. Art was a loving brother to Phillips Champion Emmons Sr. (Mary Elizabeth) and uncle to Phil Emmons Jr., Lisa Emmons Young and Kay Emmons Baker. Stoddard Emmons, Lisa’s son, carries his name.

Art was a member of First Baptist Church in Ashland and later a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church in Boyd County.  He showed his caring spirit and talent as he served on the Brotherhood Disaster Relief Team of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and led the “chain saw gang” when cleaning up after floods, hurricanes and tornados. For 20 years, he readied the farm for Rose Hill Baptist Day Camp, an outdoor spiritual camp open to any child.

Art was very active in both serving and leading others, beginning as president of his high school senior class. He was vice chairman of the Tri-State National Association of Fleet Administrators, vice president of the Nashville Propeller Club, vice president of Mountain Top Coal Company and was a member of the Kyova Traffic Club. He served as Marshal of the City of Bellefonte, president of Ashland Toastmasters, president of Ashland Kiwanis, Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis for the Kentucky-Tennessee District and president of the Ashland Oil Retiree’s Club.

Art approached sports with unbridled and competitive enthusiasm, enjoying handball (city champ), racquetball, boating, slalom and trick water skiing, snow skiing, camping, hiking, exercising, hunting and fishing. He was an avid and very successful gardener, with the surplus produce supporting his friends and the local soup kitchen. He worked diligently to keep up the family farm, including caring for the horses and clearing extensive walking trails. He was always happy to share his unbeatable grilled steaks and barbecue chicken with family and friends.

Art tackled Alzheimer’s Disease for seven courageous years, never losing his spirit or resolve to try his best.  The family would like to thank his caregivers, Pat Kennedy, Sharon Hindsman and Tya Crandoll, and the caring staff of The Fountainview Center and Crossroads Hospice.

Friends are welcome to visit with the family from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 and attend the Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday,  June 15, at Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel. The family will gather for a private burial at Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington.

To honor his memory, contributions are gratefully accepted in his name to Baptist Global Response, www.gobgr.org, 402 BNA Drive, Suite 411, Nashville, TN 37217.

Condolences may be sent to steenfuneralhome.com.

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