December 8, 1922 - December 14, 2011

Lawrenceburg, Kentucky

OBITUARY PROVIDED BY RITCHIE & PEACH FUNERAL HOME, LAWRENCEBURG, KY - Julian H. Birdwhistell, 88, of Lawrenceburg, died Monday, November 14, 2011 at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. He was the husband of the late Irene Monroe Birdwhistell and born Dec. 8, 1922 in Anderson County son of the late Nellie Phillips and Ezra Cleveland Birdwhistell. Julian served as Anderson County Clerk from 1973-1989 and as Deputy Clerk from 1970-73. He was co-owner of the former Stringtown Market for 20 ½ years and served as Commissioner of Stringtown Water District. He served in the U.S. Army during W.W. II as a Corporal with the Army Medical Corps. In 1934 he joined Sand Spring Baptist Church, served as a Deacon from June 1954 – 2006, and Deacon Emeritus since Oct. 2006. His many roles included serving as chairman of deacons 4 years, chairman of Sand Spring Cemetery Committee, chairman of Cemetery Trust Fund Committee, former Sunday School Superintendent, and former Sunday School Teacher. In 1978 he became a member of Gideon's International by joining the Frankfort Camp and later served as President of Woodford Camp for 2 years. In 1992 he helped to form the Anderson County Camp served as President for 3 ½ years. He was a Charter member and former President of Stringtown Ruritan Club, a member of American Legion Post #34, V.F.W. Post #3075, D.A.V. Mercer County #54, Anderson Masonic Lodge #90 since 1949, KY Colonel since 1974, former United Way Chairman, and Past President of the American Red Cross Local Chapter. Among his many accomplishments Julian received the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce "Citizen of the Year" in 1988, the Anderson County Farm City Day "Meritorious Service Award" in 1990, and was awarded an Anderson County Resolution by former Anderson Co. Judge Executive Jim Catlett and members of the Fiscal Court on Dec. 22, 1988. He is survived by two children, David M. Birdwhistell and his wife, Beverly of Lexington and Kay Birdwhistell of Raleigh, N.C, two grandchildren, Kelly (Steve) Carr of Cincinnati, Scott (Jessica) Birdwhistell of Lexington, a great granddaughter Kaelyn Carr, a sister Annelle Ledford of San Antonio, TX, and a brother William Ezra Birdwhistell of Lawrenceburg. He was also preceded in death by a grandson Brett Alan Birdwhistell and two brothers Carl and Lewis M. Birdwhistell. Services will be 1 pm Thursday, Nov. 17th at Sand Spring Baptist Church with Dr. Mike Hamrick and Dr. Dave Charlton officiating. Burial will follow in Sand Spring Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be 3 – 8 pm Wednesday at Sand Spring Bapt. Church. Pallbearers will be Tom Moore, Harold Case, Mark, Bob, and Scott Birdwhistell, Steve Carr, Bob Cook, and Floyd Scott. The Deacons and members of Freedom/Fellowship Sunday School Class at Sand Spring Baptist Church will serve as honorary bearers. Memorials are suggested to The Gideon's International, Anderson Co. Camp, P.O. Box 61, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342 or Sand Spring Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1616 Harrodsburg Rd., Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.