George Ennis Pyle, 79, Oak Wood Court, died at 4:05 a.m. Friday, September 5, 2014 at Christian Health Center in Hopkinsville of natural causes.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Millbrooke Christian Church in Hopkinsville conducted by Rev. John Strode with burial to follow in Flat Lick Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bruce Pyle, Curtis Pyle, Rick Pyle, Jerry Pyle, Randy Pyle, Rusty Pyle, Johnny Pyle and Jason Pyle.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Hopkinsville.
A native of Crofton, Kentucky born September 14, 1934, he was the son of the late Ennis Monroe Pyle and Zela Alexander Menser Pyle.
George was a graduate of Crofton High School Class of 1953, attended Bethel College, Hopkinsville Community College and graduated from ABA Personnel Graduate School in Boulder, Colorado. He worked as a Human Resource Professional for over forty years, seventeen years at Thomas Industries. He was Vice President/Director of Human Resources at Planters Bank & Trust Co. He continued to work through five merges; Williamson County Bank of America, Union Bank, Sovran Bank, C&S Bank and Nations Bank. For six years he worked as a Personnel Generalist for Community Banking, Kentucky and Tennessee. He retired from Bank of America in 1995 with over seventeen years of service in Banking Human Resources. After retiring he worked for Gardner Wall Covering as Human Resource Director.
An active member of Millbrooke Christian Church since 1964, he was one of the founding members. He was an elder, choir member and had served as chairperson of the Board and many other committees.
An active civic leader, he has held offices in many organizations; scoutmaster-member of the Order of Arrows, Boy Scouts of America, Western Kentucky Private Industry Council, Widowed Person Association, Pennyrile Committee of Employment of the Handicapped, and helped organize the first Junior Achievement in Hopkinsville.
George played an active role in United Way for over 15 years. He was the recipient of the J. William Flowers Memorial Award in 1983. He has served as president of the Kentucky Bankers Personnel Administration and secretary/treasurer Kentucky National Association of Personnel Administration.
He had volunteered at Jennie Stuart Medical Center as a “red coat” for the past ten years.
A member of the Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club for over thirty-five years and a past president, he was named Outstanding Kiwanian of the Year in 1982. He had served as Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis International, Kentucky-Tennessee District Division 14 in 1988-1989 and received the Lt. Governor Growth Award.
George may be remembered for his love of sports. He was the scorekeeper for Crofton and Christian County High School basketball games for many years and was active in Little League and Babe Ruth baseball. And “oh yes, he was a UK fan” !!
Survivors include his wife Helen Ezell Pyle, Hopkinsville, two sons; Jeffrey C. Pyle and his wife Sharon, Bowling Green, Kentucky and Mark E. Pyle and his wife Natalie, Hopkinsville, one brother, Eldon Pyle and his wife Betty, Hopkinsville and five grandchildren; Ashley Pyle Salchli and her husband Zach, Nashville, Tennessee, Jason Christopher Pyle, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Amy Elizabeth Pyle, also of Bowling Green, Ryan Tyler Pyle, Hopkinsville and Evan Taylor Pyle, also of Hopkinsville.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Millbrooke Christian Church, 703 Country Club Ln., Hopkinsville, KY 42240 or to the donor’s favorite charity.