FRANKFORT – The Kentucky State Senate on Friday adopted Senator Johnny Ray Turner’s resolution (Senate Resolution 57) honoring veteran, well-known resident and retired educator, the late Reecie Stagnolia Jr.
“Reecie Stagnolia Jr. was well-known in Harlan County for his many contributions to education, business and community service,” said Senator Turner, also a retired educator, administrator and coach. “He was very well respected in Harlan County and throughout eastern Kentucky. His passing leaves a void in the community.”
Stagnolia was a retired educator from Cumberland in Harlan County. He began his career as a classroom teacher, before becoming a vice principal and later superintendent of the Harlan County Schools. He served as chair of the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Board of Directors and as a member of the Southeast Education Foundation Board of Directors.
Displaying leadership in local government, he served for two terms on the Cumberland City Council. Along with education, he also was a businessperson, serving as a vice president and branch manager of the Cumberland Commercial Bank. He also was a community leader, serving on the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum and the Cumberland Valley Area Development District board of directors. He provided leadership for numerous organizations, such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Harlan County Scholarship Committee, the Cumberland Lion’s Club, the Cumberland Tourism Commission, and the Sleepy Hollow Country Club.
He was also a U.S. Navy veteran.
Stagnolia, 79, and his wife of 56 years, Martha Ovana Van Hooser Stagnolia, had two children, Reecie (Kathi) Dean Stagnolia III of Lexington and Carole (Charlie) Ann McGill of Knoxville, TN.
The well-known Harlan County man died January 11 at his home in Knoxville, TN. His brother-in-law, Allan Van Hooser, preceded him in death.
In addition to his wife and children, survivors include his sisters, Judi Ward and Joan Dienes; his brothers, Eugene Stagnolia and William Stagnolia; four grandchildren, Matthew Stagnolia, Kaitlyn Stagnolia, Sarah Thomas and Carrie Beeler; four great-grandchildren, Willie, Grey and Addy Kate Thomas and Chloe Beeler; his sister-in-law, Johnnie Carole Wilson, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues.
When the Senate adjourned on Friday, it did so in honor and loving memory of Reecie Stagnolia Jr.
Senator Turner represents the 29th senatorial district that includes Floyd, Harlan, Knott and Letcher counties.