D.D. Cayce III, 89, of Cox Mill Court, died Monday, September 29, 2014, at Jennie Stuart Medical Center of natural causes.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 2, 2014, at First Christian Church in Hopkinsville with Rev. Nathan Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Hopkinsville is in charge of arrangements.
A native of Christian County, he was born October 28, 1924 at home in Hopper Court at 10:15 a.m. CST and was the youngest son of Kenneth Odin Cayce, Sr. and Kate Rabold Quarles. The moon and sun both were in Scorpio at the time of his birth. He was born at home where his two brothers also were born, Frank Quarles Cayce born July 4, 1915 and Kenneth Odin Cayce, Jr., born October 7, 1920.
At age 2 ½ the family moved to 2116 South Main Street. D.D. started school at Virginia Street and then went to Hopkinsville High School where he graduated in 1943. He then went to the Military College of South Carolina in June 1943. He did not go through the graduation ceremony at HHS as he was in Jennie Stuart Hospital having had an appendectomy by Dr. Grant Gaither. He went in June of 1943 on to the Citadel as it was the war years. He completed his freshman year at the Citadel and joined the Navy in April of 1944 for a twenty-six month tour of active duty, mostly aboard the USS Shoshone, (AKA-65). After completing boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Training Station he was shipped out by train to Fort Pierce Amphibian Naval Base where he was a signalman in a four man crew on a LCVP.
Upon being honorably discharged from the Navy he entered the sophomore class at Emory University where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After two years at Emory he entered the University of Kentucky where he graduated in June of 1950 with a BA degree in Marketing and Advertising. In February of 1950 he started work in the family business, Cayce Yost Company, creating the advertising for the whole company.
In 1952 he took charge of the seed Department of Cayce-Yost and later changed the name to Cayce-Yost See Co. where he was president. In 1957 he constructed one of the most efficient seed processing plants in the United States on Means Avenue in Hopkinsville. Even with changing events in the seed business it remains so to this day.
D.D. along the way, was long time secretary of the Kentucky Seedsmen Association and was president in 1961. Elected to the board of the Kentucky Seed Improvement Association and served as its president. His civic activities included being president of the Service Men’s Center, chairman of the local Red Cross chapter, being financial advisor to the District, founding member of the Christian County Historical Society, and three time president, chairman of the Pennyroyal Area Museum board, founder of the Christian County Water District, director of the American Soybean board, deacon, elder and board Chairman of the First Christian Church. Sunday school teacher for over 25 years at First Christian Church. Elected to the Hopkinsville Board of Education and served eight years on these boards. A member of Niscience, a life member of Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship.
A member of the West Fork Pond River watershed Conservation District and treasurer of that organization for 20 years. Built up the cash flow of that organization to where they were financially strong and could better serve constituents.
Member and president of Christian County Genealogical Society and book chairman.
Historian of First Christian Church for 16 years. Member of Disciples of Christ Historical Society as well as the Christian County Historical Society, the Kentucky Historical Society, The Filson Club, Tennessee, Virginia Historical Societies, as well as many county historical societies in Virginia.
In 1979 he sold the Cayce-Yost Seed Company and went as a student to Lexington Theological Seminary where he obtained a Master’s degree.
Life-long member of the Association of Research and Enlightenment at Virginia Beach, VA, the Edgar Cayce Foundation. He appeared on national television several times in this regard.
Bought a farm in 1964 in north Christian and started to grow crown vetch which was marketed to the Highway Dept. as well as to the seed trade.
In March, 1954, he married Martha Jean Taylor, the daughter of Bess Moseley and Wilton Taylor and had three children, D.D. Cayce IV born in March 1955 and died in April of the same year, Mary Bess born March 23, 1956 and Andrew born April 5, 1959.
They moved to 2538 Cox Mill Road in February 1956 and in November 1992 moved to Christian Care Communities, Cox Mill Court where he lived at his death.
A lifelong collector of books on local and state history, genealogical lines. Traveled extensively from Damascus, Syria on the east to Dunhong China on the west. Been to Europe numbers of times, been to Israel three times, in June, 1980 was part of a dig at Tel Dan with Hebrew Union College. A member of the local Athaneum Society, and was president before resigning to take care of his wife and was a board member of the Recreation Department.
Memorial contributions are suggested to First Christian Church, 2601 S. Walnut St., Hopkinsville, KY 42240.