Underwood, Lyle

Vernon Lyle Underwood, of Murray, Kentucky, died on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Oakview Nursing and Rehab in Possum Trot, Kentucky. At the request of the deceased there will be no funeral service or visitation. A later date will be set for memorial service at the First Christian Church at 111 N. Fifth Street in Murray. Burial was at the Murray Cemetery where he was joined with his deceased son, Stephen Michael.

He was born in Lexington, Illinois on February 10, 1936 to Verna Mae Underwood and Joseph Harrison Mullens. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Stephen and a sister, Virginia Ann.

He is survived by his wife Geraldine (Jackie) Edwards; one son, Robert Lee; two granddaughters, Rochelle Underwood of San Lorenzo, CA and Chelsea Underwood of Hazel Green, AL; and two great granddaughters, Sara Underwood and Briley Underwood also of Hazel Green. He and Jackie were married in Berea, Kentucky on Thursday, June 14, 1956, and lived in Berea where he earned a degree and was employed by Berea college, in their Printing Department until 1969. They moved to Murray in August of 1969, where Lyle worked for Murray State University as Superintendent of their printing department. After their son died in 1974, Lyle left Murray State and opened his own printing company on Chestnut Street in 1975 know as Creative Printers. He remained in Printing until 1989 when he sold the shop and opened a Lawn Care Business known as the Yard Doctor.

In February of 2014, he said enough, sold the business, which he had 93 yards at one time and retired. He and his family are members of the First Christian Church in Murray, where he served three consecutive years as Chairman of the Board. He served as Committee Chairman on several occasions, taught some Sunday School, sang solos on occasion and was President of the West Ky. Christian Church Association in 1972 and 73. In 1975 he and his wife Jackie provided the carillons that play at their church as a memorial to their son Stephen.

During his 45 years in Murray, he was a charter member of both the Murray Bass Club and the Blood River Bass Masters, where he had the opportunity to serve both as President.

In 1971 he joined the Murray Moose Lodge where he was a member for 23 years serving as Governor of the Lodge on three different occasions and received his Fellowship Degree for his service in the mid-eighties.

If this wasn’t enough he also received his Master Mason in Good Standing of Lodge number 105 for his support in the Kentucky Free and Accepted Masons.

Expressions of Sympathy may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN. 38101-9908 or to First Christian Church, 111 N. Fifth Street, Murray, Kentucky 42071.

Thanks Everyone and God Bless.

The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.


Published 12:00 AM, Monday Jun. 18, 2018
Updated 08:50 AM, Tuesday Jun. 19, 2018

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