He was born July 22, 1919, at Stricklett, Ky., and was the last surviving son of James Mathew and Elizabeth Johnson Kegley.
In his early years, Mr. Kegley was a distributor for the Ashland Oil Co. and a partner in Kegley-Tannian Co. In 1958, Mr. Kegley became one of the state's pioneers in radio broadcasting, founding WKKS radio station. He was a partner in Davis Construction Co., building and maintaining highways throughout northeastern Kentucky and West Virginia. Foremost, he operated Karl Kegley War Surplus for many years, dealing both locally and internationally from Vance-burg, Ky. He also served as a director of the First Comm-unity Bank of Lewis County, and was a World War II Coast Guard veteran. Mr. Kegley was a member of First Christian Church in Vanceburg.
He is survived by four daughters, Patricia Harrison, Carol Hull and husband, Phillip, both of Vanceburg, Ky., Jane Lewis of Lexington, Ky., and Karla Dickerson and husband, Dr. Gene Dickerson, of Sumter, S.C.; six grandchildren, Donald Harrison and wife, Selena, of Greenup, Ky., Andy Plummer and wife, Heather, of Philadelphia, Pa., Avery Lee Stanley and wife, Holly, of Crestview Hills, Ky., Ella Jane Dickerson of Columbia, S.C., and Anna Dickerson and Gene F. Dickerson Jr. of Charleston, S.C.; and three great grandchildren, Cody Harrison, Adeline Stanley and Avery Stanley III. He also is survived by his former wife, Maxine Garvey Kegley of Sarasota, Fla. Additional survivors include nieces, nephews and friend, Dorcas Gilbert. He leaves behind a special companion, his black lab, Buddy.
He also was preceded in death by a sister, Katie Kegley Knapp; five Kegley brothers, Hubert, Harvey, Norman, Delbert and Ray; and his children's mother, Christine Lykins Kegley.
Services for Mr. Kegley will take place Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Vanceburg Christian Church, with Pastor Rob Morton officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Dickerson Funeral Home, and one hour before services on Tuesday at Vanceburg Christian Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vanceburg Christian Church, 408 Front St., Vanceburg, KY 41179.