Page, Leon

Posted: Tue 1:40 PM, Dec 11, 2012
Funeral Home: Booker-Gilbert Funeral Home
Leon Page, 90, of Franklin, entered into rest Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at 10:50 a.m. at The Medical Center at Franklin.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Booker-Gilbert Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Franklin First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, with military honors by the Simpson County Honor Guard.

A native of Glasgow, he was the son of the late Leo Page and the late Ora McFarland Page. He was the husband of the late Ruby Mai Page.

He is survived by his wife, Lassie C. Gregory Page; a stepson, Bradford D. Gregory (Nancy) of Franklin; two stepgrandchildren, John L. Gregory (Stephanie) and Bradford D. Gregory II (Leigh Anne); and six great-stepgrandchildren, Colton, Mason, Riley, Gunner, Paige and Piper Gregory.

Mr. Page was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he was a member of the reflections choir.

He graduated from Glasgow High School in 1940, attended Western Kentucky University from 1940-41 and graduated from Bowling Green Business University in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy from September 1943 to March 1946. He worked as an accountant for a store fixture manufacturing company from 1946 to 1947. He moved to Franklin in 1947 and opened the Sweet Shoppe, which he owned and operated from 1947 to 1952. He worked for the Kentucky Department of Revenue in Frankfort from 1952 to 1958 and then in 1958 returned to Franklin and helped organize Franklin Bank & Trust Company. He served as vice president/cashier at Franklin Bank & Trust Company from 1958 to 1965 and served as president of Franklin Bank from 1965 to 1987. He served as chairman of the board of Franklin Bank & Trust Company from 1965 through 2010. He continued to serve on the board of directors.

In 1958, he assisted in organizing Franklin Bank & Trust Company. In 1962, he assisted in organizing Caveland Girl Scout Council, which consisted of 14 southcentral Kentucky counties, including Simpson. Also: In 1964, he became president of Chamber of Commerce; 1966 – treasurer of Quarterback Club, 1967 – served as treasurer of the Franklin-Simpson Hospital Building Commission during the construction of the hospital; 1969 – served for seven years as a member of the Simpson Selective Service Board 90; 1969 – served as president of Group IV of the Kentucky Bankers Association, which consisted of 12 southcentral Kentucky counties; 1972 – served on the board of directors of the Kentucky Bankers Association for six years, serving as its chairman in 1974; 1973 – served as a member of the Franklin Industrial Development Association since 1973 and served as secretary/treasurer until his death; 1974 – served as president of Franklin Rotary Club. He was an active member in Rotary Club and participated in community events for 55 years; 1974 – assisted Western Kentucky University by serving with an advisory group for the development of a two-year associate degree in banking; 1975 – served as president of the Kentucky Bankers Association through 1976; 1976 – served as adviser to Gov. Julian Carroll’s Economic Development Commission; 1976 – served on the advisory council of the Kentucky School of Banking held at the University of Kentucky.

Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Thursday at Booker-Gilbert Funeral Home in Franklin and from 9 a.m. until funeral service time Thursday at First Baptist Church.

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