Local Obituaries

Lexington businessman Roy Stout killed in accident in Jamaica

Roy Stout, left, and his brother Jerry Stout ran Stout Printing, where Roy was in charge of the design end. His girlfriend, Cheryl Gillenwater, was in critical condition in Jamaica Saturday.
Roy Stout, left, and his brother Jerry Stout ran Stout Printing, where Roy was in charge of the design end. His girlfriend, Cheryl Gillenwater, was in critical condition in Jamaica Saturday.

Roy Anthony Stout, a well-known Lexington print shop owner, was struck and killed by a car while walking in a resort area in Jamaica, according to family members and Jamaican authorities.

Authorities in Jamaica said a car hit and killed Mr. Stout, 57, and injured his girlfriend as they were walking in the resort area of Negril.

Mr. Stout was pronounced dead at a hospital Friday night. The woman is in critical condition. She was not identified by police, but Roy Stout's friends said her name is Cheryl Gillenwater, also from Lexington.

Authorities said the driver has been detained and was being interviewed.

Jerry Stout, who co-owned Stout Printing with Roy Stout, confirmed late Saturday that his brother had been killed in the accident in Negril.

Roy Stout and Stout Printing have been a fixture in Lexington for decades, said Gatewood Galbraith, a Lexington lawyer who is running as an independent for governor.

"Roy was a dear friend of a lot of people," Galbraith said. Roy Stout did the layout and design of Galbraith's book The Last Free Man in America.

"He is going to be missed by a lot of people," Galbraith said.

Roy Stout and his family's business were featured in an April 2009 article in the Herald-Leader. Roy Stout was the creative force — doing much of the design work — for Stout Printing. Jerry Stout handled the business side.

The business was started by their father, H.H. "Shorty" Stout, a star of local TV and radio shows in the late 1950s and '60s. In 2009, Stout Printing celebrated its 45th anniversary.

Jerry Stout said funeral arrangements had not yet been finalized. Jerry Stout said he was still trying to work with Jamaican authorities to bring his brother back to the United States.

Roy Stout and Gillenwater flew to Jamaica on Wednesday, Jerry Stout said. Roy Stout had said he was going to stay for a little more than a week.

Dea Riley, a marketing and media consultant and Galbraith's running mate, said Roy and Jerry Stout have handled almost all of her printing business for years.

"He is one of the most beloved people in our community," Riley said of Roy Stout.

"No matter how big or how small the job was, they could do it," Riley said.

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