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Insurance executive Emmett Crump dies

A memorial service will be Saturday in Florida for a former Lexington-area Chamber of Commerce director and Kentucky Central Life Insurance executive.

Emmett Crump, of Ormand Beach, Fla., died Sunday. He was 83. Mr. Crump, who was born in Paris, lived in Kentucky until 1987.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Ormand Beach. Mr. Crump is to be buried in Paris, where his brother, John W. Crump, and sister, Margaret Rankin, live.

Mr. Crump served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He received several awards in Kentucky and Florida for his insurance work and civic involvement. Mr. Crump was named agent of the year in 1982 by the Kentucky Association of Life Underwriters. He was a district sales manager for Kentucky Central for about 20 years, according to Herald-Leader archives.

He was a former director of the Greater Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce and was also president of the Wildcat Club, a booster organization for University of Kentucky athletics. He was also active in the United Way of the Bluegrass.

Mr. Crump was instrumental in establishing a life insurance curriculum at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. In 1976, he won the William G. Feagans Award, given by the Lexington General Agents and Managers Association.

In Florida, Mr. Crump was active in the Ormand Beach Chamber of Commerce and in fund-raising for a hospice house. The chamber named him citizen of the year in 1995. A local health care system named him humanitarian of the year in 1999.

Mr. Crump's wife of 52 years, Nonie, died earlier. He is survived by his son, Richard L. Crump; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and his brother and sister.

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