Bugler Emeritus at Keeneland George "Bucky" Lee Sallee dead at 87

George "Bucky" Sallee
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Bugler Emeritus at Keeneland George "Bucky" Lee Sallee died Monday at the age of 87.

He was the son of Thomas Coleman and George Merrill Sallee.

The Lexington native started at Keeneland in the 1960s, and continued to play at the racetrack until his retirement in 2013. During his tenure at Keeneland, Sallee played the "Call to the Post" more than 10,000 times.

Sallee also played trumpet and saxophone with notable names such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Daniels and Fats Domino.

Sallee is survived by his wife of 38 years Barbara Cook Sallee; son, Thomas Lee (Rose) Sallee, Keene, KY; grandchildren, Amy, Damon and Christy Sallee; nine great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Therese Welch; sister-in-law, Phyllis (Thomas) McCallister; niece, Barabara (Chuck) McCallister; nephews, Thomas (Jennifer) McCallister and John McCallister; as well as five great nieces and nephews and five great great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Sallee; sons, Larry and Doug Salle and Lester Teater, II.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Georgetown First United Methodist Church, conducted by Pastors Greg Gallaher and Andrew Singh. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Lexington. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson’s Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Georgetown First United Methodist Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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