Paul Craigmyle, 79, of Owenton, Kentucky, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at the Radcliff Veterans Center in Radcliff, Kentucky, after a long-term illness.

He was born on March 8, 1942, to John Suter Craigmyle and Ethel E. Craigmyle. He graduated from Owen County High School in 1960 and enlisted in the US Army, serving three years active duty and two years in the reserves, working in the motor pool and eventually being promoted to motor pool sergeant. After the service he completed trade school for front-end alignment, frame work and other automotive repairs. He married Barbara Griffin Craigmyle and in 1972 and they had three daughters. He started the Craigmyle Farm Implement business in Owen County. After selling the business, he started Owen Country Frame & Alignment and for 30 years served Owen and surrounding counties as a small business owner and community contributor to organizations such as the Jaycees, where he served as president. He became an ordained minister in 1980 and sang in a southern gospel trio with his daughters, Melody Craigmyle Taylor and Venessa Craigmyle Duke, in churches and venues throughout the tri-state and was instrumental in forming churches in Owen, Carroll and Trimble counties. After retirement, he began truck restorations as a hobby, focusing on 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne short bed pickups and completed eight full restorations, many of which were nationally recognized on covers of several truck trading magazines.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years; two daughters, Stephanie Craigmyle and Melody Craigmyle Taylor; two sisters, Betty Sue Lusby and Ollie Dean Butcher; a brother, F.D Craigmyle; and a grandson, a granddaughter and twin great granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Venessa Craigmyle Duke; a sister, Elizabeth Ann Wilson; and a brother, John Samford Craigmyle.

Services for the family were Sunday, Jan. 9, at New Liberty Baptist Church. A public memorial service with full military honors will be held at a date to be determined in the spring at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Owenton.

Memorial donations may be made to Hope’s Hands Inc. to help local Owen County children with literacy programs and nutritional assistance through the McDonald & New Funeral Home in Owenton. Hope’s Hands partners with the Youth Services Center and Power Pack Program in Owenton and supports Dolly Parton Imagination Library and childhood literacy.

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