HOPKINSVILLE, KY - Thomas Watkins Westerfield, 72, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2012 on his farm as a result of an accident.
A native of Daviess County, KY he was born December 23, 1939 the son of the late Annas Bazzle Westerfield and Roberta Watkins Westerfield. He was a graduate of Georgetown College where he played basketball and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
He was retired as the Director for the Pennyroyal Mental Health Center. While at Pennyroyal Mental Health he was instrumental in establishing Trace Industries. He was a former teacher and assistant principal at Hopkinsville High School. He taught a year and a half at Heritage Christian Academy in Hopkinsville, KY and was a farmer.
He was a member, deacon, and former Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church in Hopkinsville. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Hopkinsville where he had formerly served as president, the Athenaeum Society, a founder of the Pennyroyal Amateur Radio Society, a member of the American Radio Relay League, a Gideon speaker, and secretary of the Hopkinsville – Christian County Gideon Camp. He had also formerly served as Campaign Chairman for the Hopkinsville-Christian County United Way and Board Chairman of the Christian County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
He was a Blue Hat with the Kentucky Baptist Convention Disaster Relief. While working with disaster relief he served in the Republic of Georgia, Zimbabwe Africa, West Liberty, KY, Haiti, Texas, Alabama, and Ground Zero. While working with the Christian County Baptist Association Disaster Relief he led the effort to establish a COMM Unit, Shower Unit, Childcare Unit, and was currently working on a Water Purification Unit.
Survivors include his wife: Genia Westerfield; his six sons: Christopher Daniel Westerfield (Natalie), Benjamin Trigg Westerfield (Erin), Matthew Taylor Westerfield (Wendy), Wesley Bryan Westerfield (Brandy), Whitney Henderson Westerfield (Amanda) all of Hopkinsville, KY and Charles Franklin Westerfield (Andrea) of Nashville, TN. He is also survived by eight grandchildren.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 14, 2012 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Ralph Hodge officiating. Burial will follow in New Barren Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Hopkinsville is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Kentucky Baptist Convention Disaster Relief P.O. Box 43433 Louisville, KY 40253-0433.
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