Legendary Eastern Ky. Radio Personality, Columnist Dies

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Lucille S. Smith, a legendary radio personality and columnist in eastern Kentucky, died Tuesday. She was 90.

The Pikeville native held several public offices, including chief deputy county court clerk and county tax commissioner, before taking to the airwaves in 1964 with her "The Personal Touch" radio show at East Kentucky Broadcasting. Smith received the Kentucky Mike Award, a high honor for personal contributions to broadcasting, from the Kentucky Broadcasters Association in 2005.

Smith also contributed a society column that ran in the Appalachian News-Express for more than 20 years, and she served on the boards of several charity and service organizations.

"She was the finest woman I ever knew. I always told her that when I grew up, I wanted to be Lucille Smith," said Sara George, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and a close friend to Smith who was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Smith, who had battled cancer and other serious illnesses for years, died at the Pikeville Medical Center, county officials said.

"A county she deeply loved and who loved her deeply will sorely miss this irreplaceable lady," Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford said.

Smith is survived by a son, a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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