Leroy Luney, 90 went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 20, 2020, at East Baptist Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
Leroy was born February 4, 1930, to the union of Earnest Luney and Florence Pyles Luney in Irvington, Kentucky. He accepted Christ as a young boy at Clair Memorial United Methodist Church. In 1948, Leroy graduated from Lincoln Institute, an all-black boarding high school in Shelby County, Kentucky. In January of 1949, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged after seven years of service. He then obtained employment with the Louisville & Nashville Railroad as a maintenance worker.
On February 4, 1955, Leroy was united in holy matrimony to Edna Fisher Luney. To this union were born three children. Leroy was a devoted husband, loving father, and worked hard to provide for his family. Due to government action to promote fair employment and prohibit discrimination in the Federal Civil Service, an employment opportunity opened up for Leroy in 1958. He worked in Civil Service as a supervisor and army unit supply specialist at Fort Knox, Kentucky for 41 years. Leroy also owned and ran his farm for over fifty years. In his latter years, Leroy became a salesman at Ray’s Ford Dealership in Brandenburg, Kentucky. He worked there part-time for 28 years. Since Leroy knew everyone in the area, he became one of their top salesmen.
Leroy was a man of faith. He served at Clair Memorial UMC as a Lay leader, Sunday School teacher, trustee, board member, and choir member. He was blessed to take part in an Emmaus Walk where he gained a fresh understanding of Christ’s presence in his life. He also was a member of the Brandenburg UMC Men’s Prayer Group. He really enjoyed the brotherhood and fellowship.
Because of Leroy’s accomplishments and service to the community, he became a commissioned Kentucky Colonel, the highest title bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He received the honor from Governor Wallace Wilkinson. Leroy was also a member of the Hardinsburg Memorial Hospital Board, Black Farmers of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Board.
Leroy will be dearly missed by his children: Edward (Karen) Luney of Marion, IN; Karen Porter of Montgomery, AL and Vincent (Sherri) Luney of Louisville, KY. Grandchildren: Tori (Richard) Rowell, Brittney Young, Kelsea Luney, and Trey Porter. Great-grandchildren: Makena Rowell, Amala Rowell, Toure Rowell, Aneya Rowell, Xavier Whitfield, Caleb Whitfield, Raelyn Luney, and Trevor Porter. Brother-in-law: John Penix of Raleigh, NC and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Edna Luney; his parents and six siblings: Chester, George, Percy, Evelyn, Ernest Jr., and Sallie.
Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to Alexander Funeral Home, 509 West Spring Street in Irvington, Kentucky. Due to Covid 19 precautions, the immediate family will have a private service and burial, there will be a public drive through visitation on Saturday, January 2, 2021, from 11-12:00 Noon EST. A celebration of Leroy’s life and legacy will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Clair Memorial United Methodist Church, 202 Union Street, Irvington, KY 40146
Online condolences may be left at www.irvingtonfh.com