J.T. Ethridge, 81, Cadiz, passed away Monday, March 30, 2020, at his home.

Private funeral services will be held with the Rev. Ronnie Sivells and the Rev. Jamus Redd officiating. Burial will follow in East End Cemetery. Goodwin Funeral Home, Inc., 138 Main St., in Cadiz, is in charge of arrangements.

Born May 4, 1938, in Princeton, he was the son of the late Rev. Julian and Isabel (McKinney) Ethridge. He was a 1956 graduate of Caldwell County High School and a veteran of the United States Air Force, enlisting just after graduation.

He married Erma Jean Turner on Nov. 5, 1965, and they made their home in the Buffalo community of Trigg County, where they raised their growing family.

J.T. was owner of Ethridge Plastics in Cadiz, a manufacturing business he established with his family in 1991, and although he had retired many years ago, he still came in to work every day, just to supervise. J.T. immensely loved his family, and he was so proud of them all. He never missed an opportunity to spend time with them. Known as Papaw to his grandchildren, he enjoyed taking them fishing and attending their many games, plays, and recitals. He was their biggest fan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Erma Jean Ethridge (Dec. 6, 2014); a sister, Nada Jean Pinnegar; and an uncle, Woodrow Ethridge.

He is survived by his sons, Ben (Lisa) Hall of Paducah, Jeff (Melissa) Ethridge of Naples, Florida, Edward (Christina) Ethridge of Cadiz, Jerry Clayton (Brannigan) Ethridge of Princeton, and James (Martha) Radford of Cerulean; his daughters, Becky (David) Stallons of Hopkinsville, and Lynn (Brian) Harris of Big Rock, Tennessee; 14 grandchildren, Nikki (Caleb) Stallons, Paige (Casper) Banks, Aaron Stallons, Bethany Stallons, Alex Ethridge, Anthony Ethridge, Avery Ethridge, Gunner Harris, Malainey Harris, Laighton Harris, Jessica (Daniel) Jones, Cody Hall, Michael (Kristyn) Hall, and Abriella Ethridge; three great-grandchildren, Nyneve Jones, Laramee Banks, and Braylee Stallons; a sister, Sarah (Bill “Pin”) Laffoon of Dawson Springs; and a special friend, Ruby White of Princeton.

Memorials may be made to Cadiz Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 65, Cadiz, KY 42211, or to Trigg County High School Fishing Team, 203 Main Street, Cadiz, KY 42211.

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