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MSU mourns recent deaths of retirees

Morehead State is mourning the recent deaths of three retirees: Dr. Marilyn Sampley of Lebanon, Tennessee; Dr. Green Miller and Dr. Wade Cain Jr., both of Morehead.  

Wade CainCain died Friday, Jan. 20, at 82. He began his career at MSU in 1982 as an assistant professor of chemistry. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Kentucky and his master's and doctoral degrees from Auburn University. He was the MSU chapter president of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, an assistant scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the American Chemical Society. He retired from MSU in 2013. 

He is survived by his wife, Judy; his children and their spouses, Claire (Matt) Timmer and Trey (Heather Swanson) Cain; five grandchildren; his brother Bill (Janie) Cain; his cousins, David Roach and Fritz Okie; and several nieces and nephews.  

Services will be held Friday, Jan. 27, at the Morehead United Methodist Church, 227 West Main Street, with Rev. Eric Espada officiating. Visitation is from 9 to 11 a.m., with a funeral service at 11 a.m. Military honors will be conducted by Morehead American Legion Post No.126. Interment follows at 3:30 p.m. at the Somerset Cemetery, 511 W. Columbia St., Somerset, Kentucky.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morehead State University Foundation in support of chemistry, 150 University Boulevard, Morehead, Kentucky 40351 or God's Pantry Food Bank, Morehead, 100 Carolyn Ingram Drive, Morehead, Kentucky 40351.  

Green MIller

Miller died Wednesday, Jan. 18, at his residence. He was 83. He began his career at MSU in 1979 as an associate professor of economics and director of the MSU Center for Economic Education. He earned his bachelor's from the University of Texas at El Paso, his master's from the University of Oregon and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He was a member of Kentucky Economic Educators, the Midwest Economic Association, the National Association of Economic Educators and the Joint Council on Economic Education. He retired from MSU in 2010. 

Funeral services were conducted Monday, Jan. 23, at St. Alban the Martyr Episcopal Church, with The Rev. Mary Kilbourn-Huey and The Rev. Keila Thomas officiating. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Military honors were conducted at the graveside by Morehead American Legion Post 126.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Alban the Martyr Episcopal Church.  

marilyn sampleySampley died Saturday, Jan. 14, at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital in Lebanon, Tennessee, at age 86. She came to MSU in 1987 and served as chair of the Department of Home Economics. She earned her bachelor's degree at Auburn University, her master's degree at the University of Alabama and her Ph.D. from Texas Women's University. She was a member of the National Council of Administrators of Home economics, the American Home Economics Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Association for the Advancement of Science. She was granted the title of Professor Emeritus after she retired from MSU in 2008.  

She is survived by one daughter, Sandra Sampley Rogers (Mike) of Waco, Texas; two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren; her sister, Myrtlene Staggers Lee of Pasadena, Texas; a nephew, Thomas Staggers (Joy) of Dickinson, Texas; and sister-in-law Ramona Hartsell of Montgomery, Alabama.  

A memorial service was held Friday, Jan. 20, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel in Morehead, Kentucky, with the Rev. Bill Konstantopoulos officiating. Interment was in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.  

Northcutt and Son Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Sign the guestbooks at   

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