Respected educator is being remembered

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

People are mourning the death of a respected educator in Knott County.

Vesper Singleton died Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

He spent many years as a teacher and principal and was a former chairman of the WYMT Wayne Supply Mountain Basketball Classic Committee.

Singleton was respected by many and will be missed.

His involvement in education in the mountains is something no one will forget.

"He was education in Knott County," said Larry Thornsberry, a former student and friend of Singleton.

"Anybody you talk to will tell you that Mr. Singleton is the best schoolman we've ever had in Knott County," said Danny Terry, a former student and friend of Singleton.

Singleton played basketball for Carr Creek in the late 1940's and was a principal at four different schools during his career.

He served as chairman of the WYMT Mountain Basketball Classic Scholarship Committee, which is something Singleton once told us was life-changing.

"It's been one of the most gratifying things that I've experienced in education in the 30 plus years that I've been in education," said Vesper Singleton on January 14, 2006.

People say Singleton never stopped contributing to education in any way he could even after he retired.

"Mr. Singleton was always willing to help. He was a great educator. Education was top priority for him. We're going to miss people like him," said Thornsberry.

A man who always put students first which gained the respect from everyone he came in contact with.

"He's going to go down as one of the legends in education in Knott and East Kentucky," said Terry.

Vesper Singleton was 83-years-old.

The funeral for Singleton is set for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Hindman Funeral Services Chapel.

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