Funeral services for Herbert Clay Caudill, 88, of Whitesburg, were scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Whitesburg.
Caudill was known to many Letcher County residents for his many years of operating Caudill Lumber Company at Ermine, a business his father started. He died December 17 at the Letcher Rehab Center after a short illness.
A Letcher County native, Caudill was a son of the late Stephen Caudill and Hattie Combs Caudill. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Jeane Franklin Caudill; a brother, Steve Caudill Jr.; and a nephew, Greg Amburgey.
Caudill assumed operations of Caudill Lumber after the death of his father, who had operated a sawmill at Ermine for many years before expanding the business into a very successful retail lumber and supply business.
Herb Caudill was married to Sally Fugate Webb. He was a Board Member of Community Trust Bank and the Whitesburg Housing Authority, and a member of the Whitesburg First Baptist Church.
On December 20, 1934, Caudill, then only five years old, wrote a letter to Santa Claus that appeared on the front page of The Mountain Eagle. In the letter, Caudill laments that he is “too small to go to school,” but says he is a “good boy” who minds his mother and helps her and his father work.
“I think I deserve lots of toys, fruits, nuts and a big basketball like you gave me last year,” Caudill tells Santa in the letter.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Mark Caudill and wife Ella Mae of Whitesburg; two daughters, Clayshan C. Black and husband Red of Whitesburg and Jeanne Elizabeth Young and husband Jeff of Nashville, Tenn.; a sister, Mae Amburgey of Ermine; grandchildren, Aaron Caudill and wife Sarah, Amanda Clay Mackin and husband Reid, Amelia Alyson Black, and Katie Jeane Caudill; great-grandchildren, Raegan, Reid, Lola Shea, and Jett; nephews, Larry, Phil, and Jay Amburgey; a stepson, Sam Clinton Webb II and wife Shanna of Mayking and their children, Sam Clinton Webb III and Landon Mitchell Webb.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Whitesburg First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Combs Cemetery at Ermine.