Merv  Proffitt
Merv Proffitt, age 83, passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Baptist Health in Corbin, Kentucky.
He was born on May 11, 1936 in Laurel County, Kentucky to the late James and Flora Collier Proffitt.
He was united in marriage to his loving wife of 58 years, Jean Johnson Proffitt. He is also survived by a daughter, LaNae Frisbie and husband Jay of Maryville, Tennessee, and a son, Tyrone Proffitt and wife Donnita of Carlisle, Kentucky; two sisters, Ella Grimes and husband Harold of London, Kenutcky, Dorothy Herbert and husband Thomas of Indiana; two grandchildren, Amber Taylor & Nick Sturms and Jon Keith; two great-grandchildren, Indy Keith and Rowan Sturms, plus a host of nieces and nephews and other family and friends to mourn his passing.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six siblings, Edith Westerfield, Edna Bowling, Ernest, Charles, Morris and Norman Proffitt.
Merv was a veteran of the U. S. Army. He graduated from Hazel Green High School, and after the Army, attended and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, being the first in his family to do so. He began teaching school in a one room school at Twin Branch Elementary, Clay County and Elizaville, Kentucky. He taught art in Fairfield, Ohio, and he taught sixth grade in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
He quit teaching and worked at Eckerd Drug in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Then he worked as an interior decorator at Montgomery Ward in Tampa, Florida. He came back to London and started Merv Proffitt & Son Heating from which he retired.
Merv was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend and will be missed by all.
The family received friends Saturday between 2-4 p.m. at House-Rawlings Funeral Home. The family has entrusted House-Rawlings Funeral Home with the arrangements
Published on November 12, 2019


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R0bert L. Cathers
Nov 24, 2019
So very sorry to hear of Merv's passing. We had not had much contact in quite a few years but when we did he was most interesting. Many happy times of my youth were spent with him and his brothers and sisters, my cousins. Guess who instigated taking my brother, Art, and me snipe hunting. Rest in peace, dear cousin. I know you are loved and missed.