MAYFIELD - Billy "Red" Wolfe, 86, of Mayfield, died Sunday, January 5, 2014, at Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield following a brief illness.
Mr. Wolfe graduated from Mayfield High School and lived essentially his entire life in his beloved home town. He married Garvelene Smith on June 27, 1953, together raising three children. He served in the United States Army and was a former Mayfield city councilman. He retired in 1985 from Martin Marietta in Paducah following 33 years of service.
Known to everyone as "Red," he loved playing golf and watching sports. Most of all, he was passionate about Mayfield High School football, having been a standout on the team during his high school years, playing the position of center. He remained a devoted fan, attending as many home games as possible and listening on the radio when he couldn't attend. He took great joy in calling his children after games to report on the final score.
Mr. Wolfe was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church in Mayfield.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Garvelene Wolfe; two sons, Steve (Patti) Wolfe of Longmont, Colo., and Richard (Melody) Wolfe of Lucas, Texas; one daughter, Lori (Bob) Smeby of Plano, Texas; two brothers, A.G. Wolfe and Jeff Wolfe, both of Mayfield; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and an extended family who loved their "Uncle Red." He also leaves behind a very large group of faithful friends. Red never met a stranger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Beulah Travis Wolfe; sisters, Ruth Estes, Beatrice Wolfe and Betty Bergmann; and his brothers Gerald Wolfe, Raymond Wolfe and Bobby Wolfe.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, December 10, 2014, at Byrn Funeral Home in Mayfield. Rev. Joe Hansen will officiate. Interment will follow in Highland Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, January 9, 2014, at the funeral home.
To honor his love for Mayfield High School football, pallbearers will be members of the 2013 Mayfield High School state championship football team.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: First United Methodist Church, 214 S. 8th Street, Mayfield, KY, 42066; or Alzheimer's Association, Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205.
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