December 15, 2011

Dr. Ralph D. Petrey


LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Dr. Ralph D. Petrey, 66, of London, Ky., and formerly Corbin, Ky., and Cumberland, Ky., died Sunday, Dec 10, 2011.

He was born June 29, 1945 in the coal mining camp of Pruden, Tenn.

Dr. Petrey was a 1970 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and a 1974 graduate of the UK Orthodontic Residency Program after spending two years as dental director for the Federal Dental Program for Leslie, Knott, Perry and Letcher counties.

He served the communities of southern and southeastern Kentucky providing dental and orthodontic care for more than 37 years. The legacy of his patient care carries on with his son, Joe and partner Dr. John K. Newcomb. Petrey was an avid pilot, classical guitar player, snow skier, and loved the lake. He also loved nothing more than his larger gatherings of family and friends for his spectacular Fourth of July show and Christmas gatherings.

His love, care, and guidance will be greatly missed by his family, friends, employees, and patients.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and June Petrey of Corbin, Ky.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Linda; his sons, Jason Petrey of Corbin, Ky., and Dr. Joe Petrey (wife, Jamie) of Somerset, Ky.; daughter, Joellen Petrey Knuckles (husband, Timmy) of London, Ky.; stepson, Josh Thomas of London, Ky.; brothers, John Stanley Petrey (wife, Sandra) of Louisville, Ky., K.D. Petrey (wife, Kathy) of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Carl Petrey (wife, Maggie) of Waco, Texas, Dr. Rodney Petrey of Lexington, Ky., and Michael Petrey of Corbin, Ky.; sister, Jane Bowen (husband, Thomas “Mickey”) of London, Ky.; and five grandchildren, Austin Petrey, Kendra Petrey, Kyler Petrey, Avah Bleau Thomas, and Clay Petrey.

Funeral services will be conducted at Bowling Funeral Home in London at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Visitation was after 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

If you so choose, donations may be made in memory of Ralph to one of his favorite charities that provides care to underprivileged children worldwide with cleft lip and palate abnormalities, Smile Train (

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