Health worker organizes special tribute for World War II veteran

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT)- He served our country during World War II.

Those who knew a Southern Kentucky veteran wanted to make sure he received a proper tribute after he recently died.

A home health nurse took it upon himself to organize a funeral.

Murriel Sizemore says he never got to be a service member, but has a lot of respect for those who were, especially Kenneth Sellers.

Sizemore was Sellers' home health care worker for nearly 20 years. He says Sellers was more like family than a client.

"I was all he had. He was like a father to me to be honest with you," Sizemore said.

Sizemore says Sellers, a World War II Army veteran, had no family, no one else to take care of him or spend time with him.

When Sellers' insurance would no longer cover those visits, Sizemore says he just kept going anyway, until the inevitable finally came.

"I saw him on a Thursday night and he said he wished he'd go on and die. On Friday morning, I got the call that he'd passed away," he said.

He knew how important the Army had been to Sellers. He wanted to be sure Sellers got the proper honors.

It took some work, but Wednesday, Kenneth Sellers was buried at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County. The only people there were Sizemore, his wife, the honor guard, and a couple of VA members.

Sellers' flag came home with Sizemore.

"When they played taps, it about killed me," he said.

Even though Sellers didn't leave behind many people to visit him, Sizemore says he's comforted by the fact that he's resting side by side with his fellow service members.

He says he'll rest easy knowing that his friend will be on that hillside where he belongs, basking in the glow of a beautiful Bluegrass sunset.

"He's in a better place. No more suffering," he said.

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