James M Caudill
and Atha Dora Bentley
James M. Caudill (Judge) b 9 Dec 1906 d Feb 1993; s/o Marion Caudill and Louanna Isaacs. James M Caudill m. Oct 1926 to Atha Dora Bentley b 23 Jan 1910
Letitia, KY d 8 Jul 2007 Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY; buried Sandlick Cemetery, Whitesburg, KY; d/o Otho Bentley and Sadie Collier. Children of (Judge) James M Caudill and Atha Dora Bentley;
Atha Dora Bentley Caudill
1. Pauline Ritter Bentley m. Male Combs
2. James M. Caudill Jr.
3. Anna C. Caudill m. Male Craft. Anna C Caudill m. Male Kincer.
Obituary - Atha Dora Bentley Caudill died July 8,
2007 at her home in Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY. She was 97
years old. Born at Letitia, KY, she was a daughter of the late Otho and Sadie Collier
Bentley. She was the widow of Judge James M. Caudill. Funeral services were held July 10,
2007 at the First Baptist Church of Whitesburg.
Burial was in the Caudill Plot at the Sandlick Cemetery, Whitesburg, Letcher Co
KY. Mrs. Caudill was a retired U.S. postal worker, the senior member of the First
Baptist Church of Whitesburg, and a member of the Whitesburg Woman's Club. She
was a former president of the Fleming-Neon Band Boosters, and a former member of
the Kentucky Democratic Executive Committee. Surviving are three children, Pauline Ritter Combs, James M. Caudill Jr., and
Anna C. Craft, all of Whitesburg, KY; grandchildren, Susanne Ritter Baker, Barry V.
Caudill, Rory Caudill, Jason Scott Kincer, Aaron Clay Kincer, and Emily Anne
Kincer; great-grandchildren, Christopher Baker, Sara Baker, James M. Caudill IV,
Tina Caudill, Rodney Wayne Caudill, Brandee Hall, and Leslie Caudill; great-great-grandchildren,
Paige Caudill, James Dylan Caudill, Kyle Wayne Caudill, and Zachary Hall;
brothers, Joe Bentley, D.V. Bentley, John Vent Bentley, James Bentley, Freddie
Bentley, and Jerry Bentley; sisters, Lettie Totten, Lake Pass, and Anna Sue
Tucker; and caregivers, Emily Anderson, Patricia Baker, and Martha Coots. Mrs. Caudill was the grandmother of the late James M. Caudill III, and a
sister of the late Willie Bentley, Otho Bentley Jr., Can Bentley, Stella Salyers,
Nettie Taylor, Laura Stallard, Mary Bentley, Sabrina Blair, Opal Bentley, Cora
Mullins, and Wilma Benge. Letcher Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Posted in the Mountain Eagle Newspaper, July 11, 2007.
Obituary - Judge James
M. Caudill dies at 86 James M. Caudill, former Letcher County, KY judge and
past president of the First Security Bank and Trust Co., died Wednesday,
(February, 1993), apparently of heart failure. Mr. Caudill, of 112 Ohio Street,
was 86. Mr. Caudill, the son of Marion and Luanna Caudill, was born on Dry Creek
in Knott County, KY. He attended Prestonsburg and Caney Creek schools and Berea
College. Mr. Caudill worked as a drug store attendant for Dr. D.V. Bentley and
as a coal miner at Wheelwright and Seco, KY. He was the police judge of Neon, KY
for about four years and the Neon postmaster for about 23 years. Mr. Caudill
worked for Elkhorn Coal Corp. and as a coal operator for the Middle Point Coal
Co. before organizing the Bank of Neon, KY in 1947. He also operated a grocery
store and appliance store there. In 1962, Mr. Caudill transferred to the First
Security Bank--now the First Security Bank and Trust Co.--in Whitesburg, KY,
where he was president and CEO until retired Dec. 31, (1992?). The bank's
current president, March Gooch, said Mr. Caudill was a father figure to bank
employees and would be missed in the small community. "We're losing one of the
stalwarts of our community--He was just a wise old man, well respected and well
liked." Gooch said. When the Security Bank and Trust Co. was sold to Pikeville
National Corp. in 1987, Mr. Caudill became director of the multibank holding
company. Mr. Caudill was Letcher County Judge from 1953-1957 and from 1961-1969.
While judge, Mr. Caudill was instrumental in obtaining the present courthouse,
the Letcher County Health Building, Fish Pond Lake, Whitesburg Airport, the
Letcher County Library and Little Shepherd Trail. He is survived by his wife
Atha Bentley Caudill; two daughters, Pauline C. Ritter and Anna C. Kincer of
Whitesburg, KY, one son, James M. Caudill Jr. of Mayking, KY, seven
grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Posted in the Troublesome Creek
Times, Wednesday, February 17, 1993