Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


February 10, 2013

Calmon Eugene “Smole” Gollihue - 1933-2013

ASHLAND — Calmon Eugene “Smole” Gollihue, 79, of Ashland, went to be with his Lord on Friday, Feb. 8 at his residence after a long battle with ALS.

All who knew him loved him for his wit, humor and love of music. Eugene was a talented man who loved to sing for the Lord in the church choir and play his mandolin in church with his many bluegrass friends and relatives. He was also a gifted poet and often composed special, usually humorous, poems for family and friends on their birthdays or other special occasions. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Eugene was born Dec. 4, 1933, to the late Earl and Effie Gollihue in Carter County.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde Gollihue and Kenneth Gollihue; a special niece, Robin Savage; and a very special pet, Cubby.

Eugene, a graduate of Hitchins High School, was double promoted twice during his school years. He was retired from Armco Steel after 39 years of service. He loved UK basketball and the Cincinnati Reds, but his real loves were his family and his music. Eugene was a member of Advance Memorial United Methodist Church and loved his Sunday school class under the direction of Don Young.

Eugene married the love of his life, Phyllis Jean Duncan, on July 16, 1952, in Grand Junction, Colo., and promised to meet her in heaven with his last few words spoken before his home-going.

Also left behind to cherish his memory are his three daughters, Diana Williams (Mickey) of Flatwoods, Marsha Dillow (Joe) of Catlettsburg and Jeani Gollihue of Greenup; five grandchildren, Michael P. Williams, Jonathan Williams, Katie Dillow McDowell, Kassandra Dillow and Saule Gollihue; three great grandsons, Michael Andrew Williams, Caden McDowell and Cameron McDowell; four sisters, Joetta Savage and Avanell Leake, both of Ashland, Loretta Kretzer and Mary Rogers of Grayson; and a brother, Melvin Gollihue of Kissimmee, Fla. Eugene is also survived by special friends Bob Webb and Teresa Williams, and his bluegrass friends, too many to mention, but who loved him and showed that love through their many calls and visits during these past months.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Advance Memorial United Methodist Church in Flatwoods by Ministers Mark Wilson and Don Young and his brother-in-law, Walter Wilcox. Burial will be in East Carter County Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at Malone Funeral Home in Grayson and an hour prior before services Wednesday at the church.  Condolences may be sent to malonefuneralhome.com.   

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Advance Memorial United Methodist Church music ministry or building fund.

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