Letha Rae Wallace Plank, age 100, of Salt Lick, formerly of Cranston Road, Morehead, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at her daughter’s residence after an extended illness.
Born February 4, 1919, in Rowan County, she was a daughter of the late Joshua Sanford Wallace and Rosa F. Gregory Wallace. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six children, Leslie Clay Smedley, Wendell Ray Smedley, Christine Smedley Phillips, Danny Wayne Smedley, Margie Ann Plank, and Janet Carol Plank; one brother, John Henry Wallace; eight sisters, Sara Wallace, Lula Wallace, Lutie Wallace Moore, Mattie Wallace Brown, infant Pearl Wallace, Eva Wallace Brown, Icie Wallace Brown, and infant Beulah Wallace; and one grandson, Phillip Smedley.
She was also preceded in death by her husbands, David Henry Smedley on April 18, 1972; Roy Thomas Plank on October 31, 1985; Rev. Bert Reed on March 31, 2004; and Arthur Logan on October 13, 2013.
Mrs. Plank is survived by three sons, Donald Gerald Smedley of Albany, Indiana, Eugene Ray Plank (Delphia) of Morehead, and Larry Joe Plank of Winchester, Indiana; three daughters, Virginia Faye Smedley of Winchester, Indiana, Bonnie Jean York of Olive Hill, and Deborah Lynn Plank-Nesselhauf (Daniel) of Salt Lick; 21 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and a host of great-great grandchildren; nieces. nephews and extended family members.
Letha’s 100 years were filled with much joy and love. She always wanted to feel useful, help others, and be an encouraging role model. In addition to being an excellent homemaker, she was an accomplished seamstress and musician. Every task was completed with perfection—whether raising chickens, gardening, or completing routine household chores—she put forth her best effort. A creative person, Letha wrote numerous poems. Music also brought her lifelong pleasure. She sang, played the organ, banjo, and piano. She enjoyed church services at Adams-Plank Church, Rock Fork Gospel Tabernacle, and New Life Fellowship Church (Owingsville), often playing the piano and singing. Letha touched everyone in a positive way whenever meeting her for the first time or having known her for decades. She will be lovingly remembered by all.
Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 2, 2020, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel with Pastor James Carey “Moose” Stump and Pastor Jason Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Adams-Plank Cemetery on Cranston Road.
Pallbearers: Johnny Goodhew, Terry Knipp, Jacob Plank, Jarrod Plank, Lawrence Conn, Dewayne Slone, Scott Smedley, Daniel Smedley.
Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals, 400 Fraley Drive, Morehead, KY 40351.
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