Former Hazard mayor Bill Morton dies at 95

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Former Hazard mayor Bill Morton died Thursday morning. He was 95.

Morton served two terms as mayor of Hazard from 1970 to 1977. He was also a World War II veteran and often sang at church and community events.

He started working at Home Lumber Company as a teenager and was president of the business from 1962 until 1988. He also served in the Hazard Rotary Club since 1956.

In 2013 at the age of 90, we asked him on Issues and Answers how he wanted to be remembered.

"I guess Bill Morton, the two-by-four man! I've worked in the lumber business, which it helps one of the necessities of life. We all have to have shelter, and I've always been proud to be involved in a business that provided a roof over people's heads and shelter for their bodies. Also, we're very fortunate, we have five wonderful children and I want to wish them success and I'm very proud of them," Morton said then.

Morton's wife, Betty, died earlier this year.

Maggard Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Maggard's Mountain View Chapel. The memorial service will follow.

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