Paul Wheeler Treadway was honored on March 1st, 2020 during Lee County's 150 Year Celebration Ceremony. He was recognized as the oldest man in the county. This audio interview occurred days before the ceremony. Mr Treadway will turn 100 in August 2020.
Paul Wheeler Treadway was born in Cressmont, KY on August 24th 1920. His father, Edwin Treadway was a carpenter and bridge foreman working for the lumber mill that was located there. The family moved to Heidelberg into his grandfather’s house when Paul was four years old where he attend the “free” school in Heidelberg. Mr. Treadway graduated from Heidelberg High School in 1938 with 12 classmates. Mr. Treadway remembers riding the passenger train for fifteen cents to Beattyville where his father worked in the courthouse as County Clerk and served a term as Judge Executive in 1938. In 1939 he married Phyllis Howell from the Beartrack area. He found a job in Richmond and worked three years at the Bluegrass Ordinance before moving to Ohio where he worked at General Motors for 30 years before retiring. In 1984, Mr. Treadway and his wife moved back to Heidelberg and repaired the old home-place. Shortly after, they moved to his current residence in Beattyville. Mr. Treadway is the father of two sons, Paul Eddie and David and a grandfather to five; Leisa, James, Mark, Jennifer, and Jodie. He also has six great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.
On Monday night, February 17th, 2020 former Lee County High School Bobcat basketball players and family members of Coach Heber Dunaway walked onto center court. There with the community in the stands, the Lee County Board of Education, renamed the building the Heber Dunaway Gymnasium. Former Coach Dunaway players who spoke included John Paul Gabbard and former UK Basketball player Larry Stamper. #leecountyky150 #historyinthemaking #heberdunaway #leecountyschools
Born in Beattyville, Ky., on March 8, 1920. He grew up attending a one room school in Walker's Creek then walked to the St. Helen's High School. He attended the University of Kentucky from 1937-41. And entered the military as a fighter pilot whose first combat experience was with the famed Flying Tigers over China and Burma during World War II, as a Wing Commander, and as a high-ranking staff officer, he was involved in every major fighting effort of his country from World War II to the Vietnamese struggle. He was Deputy Chief of Staff of the Seventh Air Force in Vietnam, and at the time of his retirement in 1969, was a Brigadier General. He was decorated with the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit with Cluster, the Bronze Star, and the Air Force Medal with five Clusters. He also received the Air Force Commendation Medal with Cluster. Following his retirement he served for a time as a consultant to the General Electric Company. James W. Little was named to the Hall of Distinguished Alumni on November 6, 1970. (source UK Alumni Association)
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Learn more about General Little and the two buildings built by the General in the Big Andy area of Lee County. One is the Peddler Fork Inn, which was once a restaurant and now owned by his daughter Mary who now operates it as a bed and breakfast retreat. The other is the General's Cabin, a cabin in the woods build by the General and now operating as a vacation rental owned by his daughter Joy.
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