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Thomas “Tuck” Talbot

Thomas “Tuck” Talbot, 81, widower of Carolyn Talbot and beloved member of the Bourbon County community, passed away on September 13, 2023, at Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren. He was a dedicated father, a cherished grandfather, and a pillar of strength in his community.
Tuck was born on April 30, 1942, in Lexington, Kentucky, to the late W. G. and Elizabeth Talbot. He was a proud 1960 graduate of Bourbon County High School and furthered his education at Eastern Kentucky University and Murray State University. Tuck’s heart always remained close to the Bourbon County community and the Bourbon County School System, where he served on the school board for an impressive 30 years. His deep passion for education and the welfare of students was evident throughout his life.
A lifelong farmer and cattleman, Tuck had a profound connection to the land and the agricultural heritage of Bourbon County. He was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for 81 years, where he found spiritual solace and community. Tuck was also dedicated in his service to his country for over 30 years, rising to the rank of E-8 Master Sergeant in the Army Reserve before retiring. Tuck found joy in caring for his Angus cattle, spending afternoons in his yard with his dogs, cheering passionately for Kentucky basketball and football, visiting his Army buddies, and cooking for and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Tuck was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Carolyn Talbot, his parents, W. G. and Elizabeth Talbot, his brother Hart Sledd, mother-in-law Christine Gaunce, and his dear friend Charlie Hulsey. He is survived by his cherished Bourbon County community, his four loving children who adored him endlessly: Ann Winn (David) Fletcher, Jill Clay (Mark) Rowe, Thomas (Amanda) Talbot, and Emily Talbot. Tuck’s four grandchildren, Emily Cheaney, Nathan Rowe, Tucker, and Oliver Talbot, hold him in the highest regard. He is also remembered by his dear friends Cindy Hulsey, Sheila and Glen Seyfarth, Nita and John Chisari, Jane and Fred Howard.
Visitation was held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday September 19th 5–8pm. Funeral services were held at 11am Wednesday September 20th. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Bourbon County School, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and Wounded Warrior Project.

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