Herald-Leader (KY) - August 6, 2002
EDWIN E. YELTON, LONGTIME GROCER
Yelton, who served the people of the
Fairlane area of Campbell County for 33
years at his grocery-service station, died
of heart failure yesterday at River Valley
Nursing Home in Butler. He was 83.
Mr. Yelton, who
retired in 1980, kept Yelton's Friendly
Service, just south of Grants Lick, open
seven days a week, 14 hours a day for about
25 of the years that he ran it. The store,
badly needed in the area when it first
opened, was frequented primarily by
"country" people, said Mr. Yelton's wife,
Willavene S. Yelton.
Mr. Yelton was
born and grew up on a Pendleton County farm.
He went to college for about a year in
Northern Kentucky. A member of the Army's
285th Engineering Division during World War
II, he was in the Battle of the Bulge.
member of Mount Moriah Christian Church
between Butler and Falmouth Mr. Yelton was
an elder emeritus in the church.
He was "always
humorous, always had a lovely smile, a
twinkle in his eye, that type. He was a
great bass addition to the church choir,"
said Jane Bentle of Falmouth, a member of
In later years,
Mr. Yelton helped start and was the first
president of the Happy 100 Senior Citizens,
which met at the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post in Alexandria. Mr. Yelton also was
active in the Pendleton County Senior
Citizens and was a Mason.
In addition to
his wife, Mr. Yelton is survived by a son,
Mark Aaron Yelton of Newport; a daughter,
Cheryl Sue Biddle of Alexandria; a sister;
five grandchildren; and three
be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Peoples Funeral
Home in Grants Lick. Visitation will be
after 4 p.m. Wednesday. Contributions are
suggested to Mount Morian Christian Church.
Copyright (c) 2002 Lexington Herald-Leader
Post, August 6, 2002
Edwin Yelton, store owner in Fairlane.
Is it only coincidence that a tiny town
along U.S. 27 a bit south of Grants Lick is
known as Fairlane and Edwin Ellis Yelton,
the owner of Yelton's Friendly Service,
drove a light blue 1961 Ford Fairlane? It
was no coincidence, said Mr. Yelton's son,
Mark Yelton of Newport. After all, Edwin
Yelton was known for his sense of humor. Mr.
Yelton, of Grants Lick, died Monday at River
Valley Nursing Home in Butler. He was 83.
Edwin Yelton, who operated the grocery store
and gas station from the late 1940s until
1980 in the unincorporated place now known
as Fairlane, will be remembered by many,
friends and family say. ''Dad was outgoing.
Very personable, great sense of humor,
witty, "said Mark Yelton". The name of his
store reflected the pride his father placed
in service back when US 27 was the
equivalent of I-71/I-75 today, Mark Yelton
said. ''Customer service was ground into my
sister and me,'' he said. ''It was
- trust me - not just a capitalistic
enterprise. That store was kind of a
community hub, so to speak.'' Although the
store was open 13 hours a day every day of
the year except Christmas and half a day
Thanksgiving, Mr. Yelton always found time
to attend Mt. Moriah Christian Church with
his family, and served as an elder there.
''We had 22 years of retirement, which is
quite a bit,'' said his wife, Willavene
Yelton. Mr. Yelton used that time to help
other retirees, starting the Happy 100
senior citizens travel group and serving as
its first president. He was also a member of
Pendleton Co., Senior Citizens. An Army
veteran of World War II, he was also a
member of Masonic Aspen Grove Lodge 397.
Also surviving is a daughter, Cheryl Sue
Biddle of Alexandria; a sister, Nancy Fardo
of California; five grandchildren and three
Services will be at 7 p.m. Wed. at Peoples
Funeral Home, Grants Lick, with burial in
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until time
of services Wed.