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Thomas "Ray" Rigdon

May 21, 1945 ~ January 31, 2022 (age 76)


Thomas “Ray” Rigdon, 76, of Barnsley, KY passed away on Monday, January 31, 2022 at Deaconess Gateway in Newburgh, IN.  

He was born May 21, 1945 to the late Tompie Rigdon and the late Marie Rigdon Ward of Cub Run, KY.

Mr. Rigdon attended Madisonville First Assembly of God. He was the proud owner and operator of R and R Logging, Inc. for over fifty years, and retired from Peabody Coal Company.  He was a member of UMWA Local 1092.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Christy Buschkoetter; a son in law, Ned Lucas; and siblings, Betty Jo Alvey, Jimmie Rigdon, Robert Rigdon, and David Ward.

Mr. Rigdon is survived by his wife of twenty-nine years, Martha Stearman Rigdon of  Barnsley, KY; three daughters, Gloria Davis and her husband, Roger, of Cincinnati, OH, Marsha Henderson and her husband, Robbie, of Beaver Dam, KY, and Michelle Cook and her husband, Paul, of Beaver Dam, KY; son in law, Mike Buschkoetter and his wife, Debbie, of Ferdinand, IN; a brother, Steve Ward and his wife, Debbie, of Louisville, KY; a sister in law, Carla Cavanaugh and her husband, Timothy; six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren-with one on the way in September; a very treasured great niece, Marissa Stanley; his fur babies, Oliver and Jack; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Madisonville, KY with Bro. Chris Manning officiating.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Reid-Walters Funeral Home in Earlington, KY.

The family of Mr. Rigdon request that all visitors wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Pallbearers will be Darrel Rankin, Vernon Rideout, Jerry Smith, Jesse Crask, Louis Melton, Roger Davis. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Lynn Leigh and Lester Smith.

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February 1, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Reid-Walters Funeral Home

Graveside Service
February 2, 2022

11:00 AM
Odd Fellows Cemetery
805 W. Center St.
Madisonville, KY 42431

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