Dr. James W. Ramey

dr. james ramey
Dr. James William Ramey died Monday, December 10, 2018. Born in Mt. Sterling on November 25, 1928, he was a son of the late Oscar and Anna Clark Ramey. Jim was raised on a dairy and tobacco farm and graduated from Mt. Sterling High School in 1946. He then attended and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1950 with a major in Zoology. While attending UK he played musical percussion instruments in the marching band. Subsequently he attended Duke University School of Medicine and graduated in 1954, he then had a rotating internship in 1955 at Denver General Hospital, Denver, Colorado. Dr. Ramey served in the U.S. Air Force as a General Medical Officer from 1955 thru 1957 and in a family practice residency in Bluefield Sanatorium, Bluefield, West Virginia in 1958. He was in solo family practice in Danville from 1959 to 1978 and in a three-man partnership practice in Danville from 1978 to 1988. \"Doc\" had various short-term “vacation practices” across the years while active in Castiner, Puerto Rico, 1969 and 1971; Santa Rosa, Honduras, 1977 and the Navajo and Sioux Indian Reservations, 1969, 1982 and 1991. Dr. Ramey served as Boyle County Coroner from 1965 to 2010. His term as Boyle County Coroner is the longest continuous term of any elected official in Kentucky. He was a founding member of The Advocate-Messenger Brass Band which was formed in 1987. Dr. Ramey loved being a farmer and the time he spent on his farm. One of his hobbies was woodworking and some of his favorite projects were the porch swings he made for each of his children and rocking horses for each of his grandchildren. Dr. Ramey is predeceased by a brother, John Robert Ramey. He is survived by his wife, Betty Dimmitt Ramey; sons, Steve (Becky) Ramey of Danville, Madison (Shelby) Ramey of Denver, Colorado, Aaron (Krissy) Ramey of Paducah, Daniel (Della) Ramey of Junction City, Rocky (Carla) Myers of Franklin, Tennessee, Rodney (Faye) Myers of Mt. Sterling, Johnny Myers of Mt. Sterling and Benny (Carrie) Myers of Danville; twenty-one grandchildren, Zach, Killian, Christina, Andy, Kelly, Mike, Robert, Daniel, Andon, Amree, Avela, Addox, John Fielding, Alex, Kelly, Kara, Mark, and ten great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Landon, Evie, Caleb, Colton, Chelsea, Wilson, Henry, Cooper, Matthew and Katie. The funeral service will be 1 p.m., Thursday, December 13, 2018 at First Christian Church. Rev. Joey Pusateri will officiate. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dr. Don Hamner, Dr. Colin Ratiere, Dr. Richard Hempel, Malcolm Miller, Robert Hamlin, Chad Worthington and John Fielding Myers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Finley Hendrickson, Jack Pattie, Bud Bright, Dr. Warren Nash, Karl Luttrell, Bobby Doom, Will Morris, Bill Conder, Mike Wilder, King Pruitt and the staff of Morning Pointe Senior Living Center. Visitation will be after 4 p.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at First Christian Church. Memorial donations are suggested to The Salvation Army, Heritage Hospice or First Christian Church. Visitation: after 4 p.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at First Christian Church in Danville. Funeral: 1 p.m., Thursday, December 13, 2018 at First Christian Church in Danville. Burial: Bellevue Cemetery

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  1. My deepest sympathy on the list of a great doctor, rather and gentleman. Dr. Ramey will be sorely missed by the many friends his life impacted. Dr. Ramey delivered myself and four siblings so thank you and God bless you and your family.

  2. A Great Man who helped many, many people. Always kind and filled with compassion. Prayers for his wife and all of his loved one and friends during this difficult time. God Bless

  3. We have lost a great doctor & friend. That’s when you could call a doctor & meet him @ the ER, he would make house calls if needed. He would sit & talk to you & not be rushed.. He & his fine nurse (Carol Robbins) delivered my son in 1970. May you rest peacefully & prayers to the family.

  4. Thoughts and prayers for the family. Dr. Ramey was one of the nicest Drs. He was very kind and helpful to us when we lost our mother.

  5. I met Dr. Ramey when I worked at McDowell Place and he was a super nice man and a true gentleman. May he Rest In Peace. Eternal rest grant unto him o lord and let the perpetual light shine upon him.

  6. Betty, Steve, Madison and family, very sorry to hear of Doc\’s passing. Dr. Ramey was a very special man as you know and will be greatly missed by the Dale & Ramey families from Mt. Sterling. We have many fond memories of Doc over the past 50 plus years; and especially during our 9 years we lived in Danville during the late 1960\’s to mid 1970\’s. We have all been blessed by knowing Dr. Ramey and your entire family. My mother and father (Pat & Dottye Dale) always thought the world of you guys! I know they are all celebrating in Heaven this week and enjoying a wonderful reunion of souls. Please know that you all will be remembered in our prayers. May God continue to bless the Ramey Clan & relatives for many years. God bless you all, Roger & Vicki Dale.

  7. My deepest sympathy to Dr Ramey\’s wife Betty and their family. Dr Ramey delivered me in 1973. Because of him I\’m alive today. Danville has lost a one of a kind doctor he cared about his patients. He will be missed by many. May he rest in peace.

  8. I was shocked to hear of Dr. Ramey\’s passing. I was so fond of him as he was our family doctor for many years, as well as, a respected member of our community. My deepest sympathy to his family. He was loved by so many in the Danville and beyond. God bless you, Dr. Ramey, rest in peace.

  9. I am proud and honored to have been named after my Uncle Jimmy. We will all miss our uncle Jimmy. We will also be richer for knowing him. A great role model. I know that everyone who has been touched by this energetic loving man is a better person because of it. Uncle Jimmy, you are gone from this physical world but will live forever in the hearts of us and our children.

  10. Steve, so sorry to hear of the loss of your father and wanted to convey my condolences to you and your family.

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