It was these guys. Bob, Beverly and Garey Lee
by Jerry G. Rose
These three retired elderly gentlemen, combined age of 269 years, recently enjoyed each other’s company at Beverly Miller’s house in West Irvine reminiscing about their earlier times together. Bev, as everyone knows him, in center, is a 90-year old life-long resident of West Irvine and is a retired L&N Railroad career employee serving 43 years. Bob Calder, on left, the youngest of the group at only 89 years old, is a 65-year resident of Cedar Grove, also a retired 42-year career employee of the L&N Railroad. He and Bev worked together for many years at Ravenna. Garey Lee White, the other 90-year old on the right, grew up in Cedar Grove, and although he owned a commercial building construction business in Lexington for most of his working career, he is the son of native Cedar Grove resident Roy Lee White employed 42 years with the L&N Railroad.
All three are widowers, presently living by themselves and driving their automobiles for limited distances. Bev and Garey Lee had the enjoyment of meeting in Frankfort, Germany during WW II. They had been classmates at the old West Irvine School, located on the hill in Cedar Grove; the 4-room brick school that burned in 1950. They were also classmates at the newly established Estill County High School that opened in 1939. As a prize for being in high school the year of the first four-year graduating class of the new high school in 1943, four years after it opened, the students were given the honor of choosing the name for the Estill County High School sports teams. You know what they proudly picked as an appropriate name — ENGINEERS, reflective of the rich railroad heritage to the county by the L&N Railroad’s huge railroad operations in Ravenna and the effects of the railroad industry on the county and many of the students’ families. All three fellows are long-time leaders in their respective churches and are quick to show appreciations for the blessings of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are always thank full for each new and wonderful day.
Photo and caption courtesy of Jerry G. Rose.