Jack Andrew Absher Sr., 88, of Prestonsburg, died Thursday, August 25, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin, said of Absher, "He was a really good businessman who has done a lot for this community and other communities as well."
County Judge-Executive R.D. "Doc" Marshall echoed that sentiment, saying, "He had a vision for developing businesses and promoting our county, and he will be missed ... I just feel another pillar of the community has been lost."
Absher proved to be a go-getter early on, establishing his own paper delivery business in Williamson when he was 12 years old.
When World War II broke out in Europe, Absher enlisted in the Army to serve his country. Returning home to Eastern Kentucky, Absher resumed his entrepreneurial career, building restaurants (Jerry's), movie theaters (Riverfill 10 and Strand Twin), hotels, and nursing homes.
The businesses and restaurants he brought to Eastern Kentucky changed the face of the surrounding communities and created jobs for hundreds of people.
"He was a really good guy, and this community is going to miss him," said Fannin.
Absher was the son of the late John Andrew and Linda Adkins Absher.
He is survived by one son, Jack Absher Jr., of Prestonsburg; three sisters, Mrs. Lawrence “Geraldean” Branham, of Pikeville, Suzy Khatami, of Anaheim, Calif., and Peggy Sowards, of Wyandotte, Mich.; five grandchildren, Jack Andrew Absher III, John George Absher II, Robert Joseph Absher, James Michael Absher, Laura Catherine Absher; and his companion, Patricia Akers.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Catherine R. Absher; one son, John George Absher; and one grandson, Michael James Absher.
Funeral services for Jack Andrew Absher will be conducted on Wednesday, August 31, at 1 p.m. in the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, in Martin. with Harold Dorsey officiating. Burial will follow in the Davidson Memorial Gardens, at Ivel.
Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, at the Hall Funeral Home, in Martin.
In lieu of flowers family suggests donations to the Highlands Regional Hospital Autism Foundation, care of Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg.