Thursday, January 04, 2001

Former legislator Polston dies

Finished last term despite illness

The Associated Press

        TOMPKINSVILLE, Ky. — Former state Rep. Billy Polston, who struggled to finish a House term despite diabetes and pancreatic cancer, died Tuesday night, his second day out of office.

        Mr. Polston, 63, of Tompkinsville, died at The Medical Center in Bowling Green. He had represented Monroe, Cumberland, Green and Metcalf counties for two terms. He had also served two terms as coroner of Monroe County.

        Mr. Polston was visibly ill during the 2000 General Assembly. His struggle to attend each day's session at the Capitol was “an inspiration to all of us,” Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover said during a House tribute Wednesday.

        Survivors include his wife, Donnie Mayfield Polston, and two sons.

        Visitation is at Yokley- Trible Funeral Home in Tompkinsville until noon CST todayand beginning at 5 p.m. at the Ballou Funeral Home in Burkesville.

        The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ballou Funeral Home. Burial will be in Marrowbone Cemetery at Marrowbone in Cumberland County.


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