Dr. George E. Estill, 88, beloved husband, father and local physician, died on May 12, 2012, at Maysville Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, where he had been a patient. Dr. Estill married Bonnie Gormley Estill on August 27, 1949, and resided at the family home at 502 West Second Street in Maysville. Dr. Estill was born in May’s Lick on August 26, 1923, the son of the late William Elbert and Margaret Flanagan Estill.
George Estill served in the United States Navy during World War II, but was stationed stateside as a medical technician at the Great Lakes Training Center due to the death of his brother William E. Estill, Jr., in combat in France. Dr. Estill was a graduate of May’s Lick High School, the University of Kentucky and Georgetown University Medical School. He and his wife met while both working at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lexington, and then resided in Washington, D.C. during medical school and his residencies at Mount Alto Veteran’s Hospital and Emergency Hospital. In 1954, the Estills planned a temporary return to Maysville during the illness of his mother, which resulted in a partnership with Drs. Mitchel and Harry Denham, and a forty five year practice in this community. Dr. Estill retired from practice with the Maysville Family Medical Clinic on March 31, 1999, and thereafter enjoyed several years of travelling and farming with his family.
Dr. Estill was the long time medical director of Maysville Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, a founder of special education in Mason County, and participated in the development of the local Head Start, before it was a state program. He had been a member and leader on the Maysville Board of Health, the Maysville Housing Authority and Urban Renewal. He chaired the Board of Education at St. Patrick’s School, was an organizer and chair of SPAC and the first Fall Festival, and was active in all church and school concerns. He was privileged to practice medicine at both Hayswood Hospital and then Meadowview Regional Medical Center, and truly enjoyed his vocation. Dr. Estill delivered over 3,000 babies at those hospitals during his career.
Besides his wife Bonnie, George Estill is survived by six children: Anne Hoskins (Bill) of Versailles, George Flanagan Estill, M.D. (Candy) of Corydon, Indiana, William Estill, of Northfield, Vermont, Susan Plucinsky (Jim), of Denver, Colorado, Mary Margaret Harrison (Alan), of Lexington, Kentucky, and John Estill (Sandi), of May’s Lick. Dr. Estill is also survived by 15 grandchildren: Billy, Kevin and Chris Hoskins; Maggie, Leslie and Andrew Estill; Tim, Michael and Katherine Plucinsky; Elizabeth, Emily and John Harrison; and Patrick, Claire and Kathleen Estill; great grandchildren, Will and Lilah Hoskins; a friend and caregiver, Steve Muse; and many loved nieces and nephews. Dr. Estill is survived by his sister Mary Cropper and brother Andrew Estill, and was predeceased by his parents, brothers Willie and Jack, and a sister Kathleen Hilterbrand.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at St. Patrick Church in Maysville, Interment will follow in the St. Patrick Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM on Monday at the ST. ROSE OF LIMA CATHOLIC CHURCH IN MAY’S LICK. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy are suggested to St. Patrick School. Palmer Funeral Home of May’s Lick is caring for all arrangements. Condolences to www.palmerfuneralhome.net