Gentry E. McCauley Jr., 81, former Woodford County commonwealth's attorney and husband of Joyce McCauley, died Wednesday at Bluegrass Community Hospital in Versailles.
Mr. McCauley was born Dec. 8, 1928, in Woodford County. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1950 and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He received a law degree from UK in 1959 and began his extensive career.
In 1963, Mr. McCaul ey was appointed assistant Woodford County Attorney and was elected county attorney in 1965. In 1967, he was appointed commonwealth's attorney for the 14th Judicial Circuit to fill the unexpired term of Robert Smith. He was elected to the position in 1968 and served until he retired in 1999.
Mr. McCauley also practiced law from 1960 to 2009. In 1992, he formed a partnership with Phyllis Mattingly and was the senior partner for their firm, McCauley and Mattingly, at his death.
Mattingly described Mr. McCauley as a true gentleman and said he was always concerned about his friends and his community, the firm and the people in it.
Marlene Davis, who worked for Mr. McCauley for almost 40 years, said he used to joke that working was his hobby. However, Mr. McCauley was a devoted UK sports fan, and Davis said he also enjoyed jogging and traveling.
Mr. McCauley also is survived by two sisters, Martha Miller and Mary Rasnick, both of Versailles; and his stepdaughter, Elizabeth Lamaster, and stepson, Carl Jackson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Versailles Presbyterian Church, with a fellowship meal at 1 p.m. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Blackburn & Ward is in charge of arrangements. Donations are suggested to Versailles Presbyterian Church.