Killis Emerson

October 20, 1930 ~ August 25, 2019 (age 88)


Killis Emerson, of Liberty, Kentucky, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at his home.  He was 88 years of age.

Born on October 20, 1930, in Casey County, Kentucky, he was a son of the late George and Levona Luttrell Emerson. Killis was a farmer and a member of South Fork Separate Baptist Church, where he also served as a deacon. He loved his horses, mules, and going on trail rides.

Survivors include one son, Russell (Peggi) Emerson of New Richmond, Ohio; two daughters, Wanda (Bill) Whited and Kathie (Donnie) Poff, both of Liberty; two brothers, Archie (Linda) Emerson of Providence, Rhode Island and Jesse (Teresa) Emerson of Flat Rock, Indiana; one sister, Sally Byrd of Liberty; four grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents, Killis was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elizabeth Hopper Emerson, who passed away on November 6, 2018; three brothers, Leroy Emerson, Lafon Emerson, and Russell Emerson; and two sisters, Ila Tarter and Alpha Ramey.

Funeral services are 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Brother Troy Coffey officiating.  Burial will follow in South Fork Cemetery.

Visitation will be held 5:00-8:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.

Bill Whited, Donnie Poff, Greg Lawhorn, Brylee Emerson, Jodie Hatter, and Mike Simpson will serve as Killis’ pallbearers.

Memorial contributions are suggested to South Fork Cemetery Fund: C/O Kevin Spaw, 2367 Johnathan Fork Road, Liberty, Kentucky 42539.

Killis’ arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with an online guestbook available at

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August 27, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
McKinney-Brown Funeral Home & Monuments
752 Campbellsville Street Post Office Box 188
Liberty, KY 42539

Funeral Service
August 28, 2019

11:00 AM
McKinney-Brown Funeral Home & Monuments
752 Campbellsville Street Post Office Box 188
Liberty, KY 42539

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