Thomas Anthony "Tony" DeName

Thomas Anthony “Tony” DeName, age 68, of Lexington, Kentucky, formerly of Cadiz, Kentucky, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington. Mr. Tony DeName was a faithful servant of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky. He was a graduate of Murray State University and retired from the Commonwealth of Kentucky where he served in many positions including Director of Unemployment Insurance and Manager of the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
 
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Wanda Calhoun DeName; daughter and son-in-law, Bridger and Tyler Bright, Lexington; two sisters, Vicki (Paul) Godwin of Cadiz and Cindy Long of Eddyville, Kentucky; nieces and nephews, Jacob (Dayla) Long, Shea (Bailey) Godwin, Clinton (Misty) Long; sisters-in-law, Virginia Stubblefield, Stella (Jimmy) Jones, and Margaret (Clarence) Thomas; brother-in-law Joel Atchison; and several nieces and nephews-in-law, including Victoria Freeman and Morgan Davis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carmine “John” and Frances DeName; sister-in-law, Bobbi (Calhoun) Atchison; and brothers-in-law, Ron Long and Warren Stubblefield.
 
Arrangements are being handled by Goodwin Funeral Home, 138 Main Street in Cadiz, where family will receive friends from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST on Saturday, September 23, 2017.  The funeral service will be at 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Goodwin Funeral Home with Dr. Hershael York officiating, and music provided by Eddie Russell, Terry Shelton, Alan Baker, and Joyce Bozarth.  Burial will follow at East End Cemetery in Cadiz.

Memorial contributions can be made to Buck Run Baptist Church, 1950 Leestown Road, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Tony was so very good to me and all of us who were lucky enough to know him. He always teased that the he hired me because I could sing "Moondance". I'm truly blessed with so many fond memories. We were (the work crew) all together on 9/11 and when he visited New York later, he brought those of us who been together that day a gift from his trip. Sharing that day and what we witnessed (as the planes were grounded around us in Louisville and our seminar attendees dwindled) was something I can't quite explain. I can still smell the air in the hotel lobby as the staff rolled out televisions shortly before a plane hit the second Tower. We watched that in real time. I still have the NYPD key chain from Tony on my key ring today and I think of him all the time. I will always remember other things like the fact that he wouldn't eat anything that had feathers and that he loved Andy Griffith. He was funny and kind. He loved his morning sandwich of two sausage patties on bread. I can't believe he is gone, but I will carry him with me as a significant role model in my life. He will be missed and I know he was loved and looked up to by many. Hopefully, these warm words will give you, his family, a little bit of comfort. Bridger, if you read this, please know he loved you so very much and though I've never met you I feel I have known you because of all he told us about your progress and your life. Never was there a prouder father than your Dad.

Wanda, Bridger & Family - It is with sadness that Emma and I have learned of the passing of Tony. Our thoughts and sympathies are with you at this time.

Wanda, Bridger & Family - It is with sadness that Emma and I have learned of the passing of Tony. Our thoughts and sympathies are with you at this time.

I was so very sorry to learn that Tony had passed away. He was so very good to me during the time he was the manager in the Hopkinsville Office of Employment and Training. He made all his staff feel valued and appreciated, and he made coming to work fun. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.

I can't tell you how sorry I am to hear about Tony. I have so many memories and stories. And danced to many songs to his music. Much love to Wanda and the entire family.

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