Whitesburg KY

Rites set for Jacob Lucas

Visitations for 21-year-old Jacob Lucas, a native of Thornton, will be held in Russell Springs and Millstone.

A visitation is set for 4 p.m. today at Wilson Funeral Home in Russell Springs.

A second visitation is planned for 4 p.m. on Friday at Millstone Missionary Baptist Church.

The funeral is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Millstone Church. Burial will be in the Thornton Cemetery. Letcher Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Jacob was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and was attending lineman school in Somerset.

He is survived by his mother, Wendy Wright Gibson of Thornton; his father, Mitchell Lucas of Russell Springs; his stepmother, Kim Lucas of Russell Springs; his stepfather, Ben Gibson of Thornton; two sisters, Hannah Lucas and Rachel Lucas, both of Thornton; and two stepbrothers, Tyler Stapp and Trevor Stapp, both of Russell Springs.

Friends of Jacob’s are asking businesses to display blue ribbons in front of establishments tomorrow. People are encouraged to wear blue Thursday in honor of Jacob Lucas.

Jacob had spent the last year living with his father Mitchell Lucas in Russell Springs, and was on his way back to Letcher County on August 16 when the accident occurred. Jacob drove around a blind curve and hit an old Peterbilt wrecker that was stopped near a bridge construction site on the Hal Rogers Parkway near Manchester.

The pickup truck Jacob was driving caught fire, but construction workers were able to put out the flames with fire extinguishers. Jacob, who was not burned by the fire, was transported to a Manchester hospital by ambulance and then flown by helicopter to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, where he died Sunday night.

Jacob was only five weeks away from completing his training as a utility company lineman when the accident occurred.

Jacob was an organ donor. He had been interested in joining the organ donor’s program since he was old enough to learn the story of how his grandfather, Dan Lucas of Thornton, is alive today and still working as hard as thanks to a heart transplant operation nearly 20 years ago.

Because Jacob was a healthy man, several people have received his organs.

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