C.V. Weddle, Jr. passed away peacefully at his home in Somerset on Saturday, 19 November 2022 after an extended illness. Born 1 August, 1937 to C.V. Weddle and Florence Tarter Weddle, C.V. spent his early years on the family farm in Faubush, Kentucky. He graduated from Pulaski County High School and was an active member of the Future Farmers of America. Upon graduation, C.V. began working for his father on the dairy and grain farm purchased by his parents located on Parkers Mill Road, which was a Grade A milk producer for Southern Belle Dairies. He embraced farming and was named the Kentucky Outstanding Young Farmer in 1970 and received third place, nationally. Always looking for ways to innovate, C.V. was one of the first farmers in Kentucky to subscribe to the no-till farming method in an effort to reduce fuel usage, run-off, and to promote healthier soil for increased crop output.
An entrepreneur at heart, C.V. was an investor in several real estate projects in Pulaski County, which included the development of Somerset Mall. In the late seventies, he and his late wife opened a regional landfill, Pulaski County Landfill, and later founded Pulaski Sanitation, a residential and commercial waste removal company. Mr. Weddle was also part owner of an asbestos disposal company that became one of the largest companies in its sector in the US. Pulaski Landfill and Pulaski Sanitation was sold to a publicly traded company in 1991.
C.V. was known for his smile and “twinkle” in his eye. He loved Lake Cumberland and was a stellar water skier in his younger days. C.V. also loved collecting classic cars and could be seen driving around Somerset in cars from his collection. An avid fisherman and golfer, he split his time between his homes in Florida and Kentucky for the past 29 years. C.V. was very active in the Somerset Jaycees and held several leadership positions. The organization awarded him the Outstanding Conversationalist Award in 1970. He was also a long-time member of Beacon Hill Baptist Church.
C.V. married Sue Crawford, the mother of his daughter, Kimberly Dawn Weddle. He later married his wife of 35 years, Betty Heaton Weddle, who preceded him in death. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his companion of 19 years, Sandy White, who lovingly cared for C.V. during his extended illness; two step-children, David Smith (Hampty) of Atlanta, Georgia, and Kathy Smith of Raleigh, North Carolina; a niece, Lana Weddle Johnson (Donald) of Eubank; great-nephews Shane Weddle (Sarah), Eric Weddle (Andrea) of Somerset, and Jason Gullett (Tammy) of Bowling Green, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Katy Garland and Chad Shoemaker of Somerset; Kristen Roberts (Duncan) of Harker Heights, Texas, Katelyn Cates, Adam Kingsmore (Laura) of Roanoke, Virginia, and Emmy Smith of Birmingham, Alabama. C.V. had four greatgrandchildren whom he loved, Kollin, Hannah, Isaac, and Charles of Somerset.
In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by his brother, Weynath Weddle, sister-in-law Elgie Weddle, and nephew Bruce Weddle.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 26, 3:00 – 7:00 pm at Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Somerset, and after 1:00 PM Sunday, November 27, 2022 until time for services. A funeral service for C.V. will be held on Sunday, November 27, 2:00 pm at Beacon Hill Baptist Church followed by the internment of his ashes in the crypt of his late wife at the Science Hill Cemetery. The officiant for C.V.’s funeral and internment of ashes will be Rev. Sam Crawford, who provided pastoral care to him during his illness and is beloved by the Weddle family.
Memorial gifts may be sent to The Future Farmers of America or to Hospice of Lake Cumberland.
Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with arrangements.