Macon County Chronicle

Luther E. Minyard, 89

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000185 EndHTML:0000002832 StartFragment:0000002444 EndFragment:0000002796 SourceURL:file://localhost/Volumes/SERVER/EDITORIAL/10-11-11/obits/minyard.doc Luther E. Minyard, age 89, of Louisville, KY passed away Monday, October 3, 2011 at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville, KY. The Barren County native was born June 29, 1922 the son of the late Luther T. and Ollie (Russell) Minyard. Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000185 EndHTML:0000004647 StartFragment:0000002448 EndFragment:0000004611 SourceURL:file://localhost/Volumes/SERVER/EDITORIAL/10-11-11/obits/minyard.doc

He served 10 Kentucky Governors as worker, supervisor and administrator from 1947 to 1981. Director of Children’s Services from 1956 to 1960.  Director of Social Services from 1960 to 1966. He became the Coordinator of the Department of Mental Health on January 1, 1967. In 1975 Luther assumed a position in the Office of Inspector General and retired in 1981. Following retirement, he served two terms on the State Regulatory Board. He was a WWII U. S. Army veteran and a recipient of the Purple heart, charter member of Hurstbourne Baptist Church, charter member of Hurstbourne Country Club, Past President of the Kentucky Welfare Association (1962), charter member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, charter member of National Association of Social Workers, delegate to the White House Conference of Children and Youth (1960) and Life member of the Metro-Brothers and Sisters of Louisville. In March, 1964, he designed a small project called “School Readiness for AFDC Children”. This was modified by the Federal Education Department and permission was requested to change the name of the concept to “Head Start”. Luther attended Western Kentucky University, graduated from the University of Louisville and received his Master’s degree of Social Work from Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville. Funeral services will be conducted Friday morning October 7, 2011 at 10 a.m. EST at the Hurstbourne Baptist Church 8800 Shelbyville Rd. Louisville, KY. Graveside services with Military Honors and interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. EST at the Union Church Cemetery in Fountain Run, KY. Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Ruth Hinton Minyard, daughter, Melanie Minyard Van Metre (Ed), grandchildren, Ray Minyard Van Metre (Kelly) and Meg Hinton Stallard (Todd) and great-grandchildren, Sarah, Lydia, Gretchen and Spencer. Visitation will be Thursday October 6, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. EST at Pearson Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home 12900 Shelbyville Rd. Louisville, KY. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Hurstbourne Baptist Church.