Local Obituaries

Opal C. Critchfield, who co-founded Critchfield Meats with her husband, dies at age 89


Opal C. Critchfield, 89, who co-founded Critchfield Meats with her late husband, Amos Critchfield, died Saturday.

Critchfield grew up on a farm in Estill County and was one of 11 siblings.

She told the Lexington Herald in a 1978 article about country ham that she was "raised in the kitchen" and learned to cook "old ham" by watching her mother.

Her husband, Amos Critchfield, worked as a meatcutter for several grocers before starting Critchfield Meats in 1969.

After Amos Critchfield died in 1981, Opal Critchfield retained control of half of the business, and the other half went to the couple's four sons, Larry, Harold, Mike and Mark.

Thanksgiving 1983 found her cooking turkeys for the store. A Herald-Leader article said that for $4, Critchfield would cook turkeys bought at Critchfield's, or customers could bring in one they had gotten elsewhere. Dressing was available for $1.29 a pound, and pumpkin pies were going for $2.99 that year.

Critchfield's sons eventually bought out their mother's stake in the store, but she continued to offer advice.

In addition to her sons, she is survived by two daughters, Gail Morrison and Sandra Hudson.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tates Creek Christian Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years.

A notice on the Critchfield Meats website says the business will be closed Wednesday.

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