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Posted: 1068307229000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Beshear, Ridley, Nesbit, Hook, Madison, Sewell, Showers
The Times Leader
Princeton, Ky.
Oct. 29, 2003

Eddie M. Beshear, 80, of Dawson Springs, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at 7:50 p.m. at Regional Medical Center in Madisonville.

Born Aug. 26, 1923, in Marshall County, he was a 1955 graduate of Gupton-Jones School of Mortuary Science and co-owner of Beshear Funeral Home for 54 years with his wife, Virginia. He has also served as a funeral director and embalmer in the firm. He has been a real estate broker since 1973 and the principal broker and owner of Eddie Beshear Real Estate.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII (1943-44) where he was a corporal specializing in canvas and leather working.

He graduated in 1941 from Cynthiana High School at Cynthiana, Ind. A former owner and operator of a furniture factory in Dawson Springs, former co-owner of Clark, Beshear & Clark, a founding member and chairman of West Hopkins Industries, he was instrumental in procurement and development of the industrial park and location of two factories and the building of a third factory building, 1962 through the mid-80s. He was appointed to the Kentucky Development Council in 1961 and again in 1975. He was named a Kentucky Colonel and a Kentucky Admiral.

A real estate developer, he developed Lakeshore Drive Subdivision and was a co-developer of Lakeshore Drive Addition on Lake Beshear near Dawson Springs, and built 10 homes in Dawson Springs and several in Lakeshore Drive subdivision. A chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Outwood State Facility, he led the initiative to rebuild the Outwood facility in 1976. He lead a school tax initiative in 1967 to build a new grade school and gymnasium in the Dawson Springs Independent School District.
He coached the Dawson Springs High School basketball team in 1946 when the team competed in the Kentucky High School Men’s Basketball Tournament.

He was an elder of Primitive Baptist Churches for 30 years and the son of the late Elder Ed M. Beshear, Sr., and Charlena Ridley Beshear.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ama Nell Nesbit and Mary Elva “Sammie” Hook; three brothers, Newman Ross Beshear, Charles Monroe “Cotton” Beshear, and Elder Russell Beshear.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Virginia Madison Beshear; a daughter, Jenny Lynn Beshear Sewell of Dawson Springs; two grandsons, Gavin Lynn and Trevor Richmond Sewell, both of Dawson Springs; and a sister, Toy Showers of Cynthiana, Ind.
Funeral services will be held at Beshear Funeral Home on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. with Elders Travis Housley and Jeff Winfrey officiating, assisted with eulogy given by Gavin Lynn Sewell.

Burial will follow in Rosedale Cemetery, Dawson Springs, Ky.

Pallbearers will be Charles Edward Beshear, Dr. James Robert Beshear, Steven Lynn Beshear , T. R. Hook, David Russell Beshear, Louis Franklin, Charles Simons and Raymond Ashby.

Honorary bearers will be Earl Vinson, Ronald Smiley and Niles Dillingham.

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