Born: Sun., Aug. 26, 1923
Died: Sat., May 12, 2012


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., May 14, 2012

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Tue., May 15, 2012
Location: St. Patrick Church

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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

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Libby Estill Larkin
   Posted Sun May 13, 2012
Our family is saddened to learn of the death of George. We have many fond memories of him and his love of family. We are thankful for his life of service to others. Our heartfelt sympathy is with you.

   Posted Sun May 13, 2012
I am a nurse who worked with Dr. Estill in the late 60's and early 70's at Hayswood Hospital in the emergency room. He was one of the best doctors that it was my pleasure to be associated with thru my nursing career. My sympathy to his family.

Rita Hargett
   Posted Sun May 13, 2012
Dr. Estill delivered two of my babies and cared for me until I moved away from augusta. What a wonderful doctor and person he was. May God bless him!

Margie J. Sayers England
   Posted Sun May 13, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. Dr. Estill was my Doctor for a number of years, and I worked for him and others at the Denham Clinic, also he was my mother-in-law and my Aunt's doctor as well. He was so kind and a Gentleman.

Emily Appelman
   Posted Sun May 13, 2012
I was one of the 3,000 babies he delivered. I guess being the 8th child, it wasn''t too much work for either him or my mom. I used to laugh and say all she had to do was cough once or twice and I was born.

Mom always thought very highly of Dr. Estill and spoke of him a lot. She trusted and respected him. I don''t think there is much more you could ask of a doctor.

My sympathies to you on your loss.

Elaine Schumacher Wilhite
   Posted Sun May 13, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Estill clan.

Petie Clarke
   Posted Sun May 13, 2012
Heaven is smiling with Dr. Estill's arrival. How does one pay tribute and honor to a man who was my doctor, counselor and friend for the greatest part of my life? He was a physician worthy of great trust and deeply moving compassion. He was the Rock of Gibraltar on the tempestuous seas of life. He was a friend like a father.

His love and devotion to his family was complete. With all my heart, I pray you will each take comfort in knowing that he is hearing the words from our Lord, "Well done my good and faithful servant." Well done indeed!

Katherine Hilterbrand Purcell
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
Dr. Estill was A great person Sending condolances to his family. He delivered my 2 sons..And took care of their health and mine for several years until we moved to another co..We loved him. Great Doctor!

Margaret Cropper Campisano,D.M.D
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
To Anne,George,Bill,Susan,MaryMarg and John-I am so sorry for the loss of you
of your Dad. Uncle George was perhaps the greatest influence in my life
I worked in his office in high school, beginning a life long interest in
medicine. Because of his example I believed it possible to go to college
and accomplish any goal I chose. He was a great inspiration!!!
Please tell your Mom she is in our thoughts and prayers.
Love U Guys--Marg

Sam and June Falvo and Family
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
with deepest sympathy on the loss of Uncle George Estill.. Our love to Bonnie and family.. We miss y'all

Jerry & Priscilla Landreth
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Estill. He was our family doctor when we lived in Maysville and delivered our oldest daughter in 1967 at Hayswood Hospital. He will be truly missed by all that knew him.

Barbara and Darrell
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
Ann, sending our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you.

Theresa Mattei
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
Dear Anne and Mrs. Estill...and all the family,

We send our sympathy and hugs to all. We have years of fond memories at West Second Street and on the "Avenue" ! The Estill household was always full of fun and all were welcome, anytime day or night!

There was a special place for all of us in the class of "69 from SPS.

God bless all of you....Love Mike & Theresa Hillenmeyer Mattei

Amy Gormley Croghan
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
Thoughts and prayers are with the Estill Family from the Bowling Green Gormley''s. Uncle George was my God Father and I am truly grateful for his gift of faith! What wonderful memories we have of the family events - and if anyone scrapped a knee - Uncle George would send one of the kids for his magical black bag. What fun Dad and Uncle George will have in Heaven watching over us all!

virginia Stevens Kratzar
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
My heartfelt condolences to the Estill family, Dr. Estill was a wonderful and compassionate physician, he was my father's physician and was so kind to my Mother, Nell Stevens, during my father's difficult illness. God rest his soul.

Mary Ann Jones RN
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
Mrs. Estill and Children: My deepest sympathy for your loss. Dr. Estill took care of my Mother and Grandparents for years. When I began my Nursing career in 1975, I was privileged to work with him.He truly loved his Patients and took me under his Wings as a young Surgery Nurse. He is making his rounds in Heaven.I will always remember him with fondness.Sincerely, Mary Ann

Helen Prather
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
You are all in my thoughts and paryers during this difficult time. Uncle George was a special person, so loving and caring. Bonnie and George were my 2nd parents and I spent a lot of time at your home when growing up. Many memories flood back when thinking of your dad, thanks for sharing him.
Love you, Helen

carol shields / gertrude mccord
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
Mrs Estill and family , i am so sorry to hear of Dr Estill's passing , my mother was a nurse at hayswood hospital and then meadowview regional hospital , and worked with Dr Estill , she has fond memories of him and talked about how wonderful he was , my mother is 90 and lives with me and has for almost 3yrs , she has dementia ( the alzheimers type ) . she talks about dr's blake , moss , denham , spencer and some of the other wonderful drs , lord has a good man and my heart breaks for his family but some day they will get to see each other again . may god bless you and your family , my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family gertrude mccord / carol shields

Carla Byron
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
My deepest sympathies to the entire Estill family, especially to my friend and former classmate Susan. Dr. Estill was a beloved figure in the Maysville community and leaves a wonderful legacy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Tom and Jutta Butler
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
To all the Estill family,
Dr. Estill was a great man and a great credit to the small town of May''s Lick Ky. On behalf of my family members and on behalf of Service Members everywhere I wish to express Thanks for his Service to his country and community for many years.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss and sorrow.

Linda Neary
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
Another Maysville icon is gone. RIP Dr. Estill. You will be missed.

Kathy (Hilton) Reese
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
Bonnie and Children, I''m so sorry to hear of Dr. Estill''s passing too late to come to Maysville. Bonnie, you were there for me and I wish I had been there for you. He was a special person and a wonderful doctor. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Cindy Prather Mattingly
   Posted Mon May 14, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. With Love, Cindy & Chip

Sonya Cropper
   Posted Tue May 15, 2012
I have many fond memories of summer trips visiting the cabin, your home, riding Silver and laughing with Uncle George. Although I was so shy, Aunt Bonnie and Uncle George always shared hugs and smiles and their time, which I truly appreciated!

I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Laura Planck
   Posted Wed May 16, 2012
Dear John and family, so sorry to hear of your father's passing. He delivered my first daughter and said she was big enough to be a boy and the family ran with that news. The next day family stopped by to see my 9 lb. 8 oz. son instead of a daughter. I still smile when telling that story and my daughter thinks she was switched at birth. :):) Your family is in my prayers. Sincerely, Laura Planck

Harriet (Sunny) Denham French
   Posted Thu May 17, 2012
Dear Bonnie and family,
I am so sorry to hear that you have lost Dr. George. He had such a wonderful life and those who knew him were greatly blessed. I think often of the wonderful times we had when all our families were young.
Love "Sunny"

John and Carol Battle
   Posted Mon May 21, 2012
Bonnie, Ann, George Jr, Bil, Susan, Mary Margaret and John: Our hearts are sad for the loss of you Father, Daddy. He was a spectacular man that raised a beautiful family. His teachings will live on forever. He will be missed but never ever forgotten. I hope you felt us in spirit at his service. We love you all and we are praying that God gives you the strength to laugh and remember ALL of the precious memories in time. Our angels in Heaven are blowing the Trumpets and Rejoicing for Dr George to now rest in Peace. Love always, The Battles, John, Carol, Victoria and John Vincent Jr

Kandra Irwin Jackson
   Posted Mon May 28, 2012
I am so sorry for the loss of your Father. HE was a wonderful Man and Doctor. I know you all will be lost with out him. I lost my dad a few years ago and still am sad. May God Bless You All. Our Prays are with you all. sincerely yours, Kandra Irwin Jackson

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