• In lieu of flowers


Henry Graddy Prewitt, 63, of Versailles, died Monday, June 8, 2020, of complications from heart surgery. Born in Winchester in 1956, Graddy grew up in Clark County with aspirations of farming, starting at a young age with mowing the yard into windrows. While attending Episcopal High School, in Alexandria, Virginia, he and his brother Tebbs spent summers raising sweet corn as part of the Prewitt Brothers Partnership. Graddy graduated Episcopal and quickly transitioned to farming full time, raising his first tobacco crop in 1975. 1975 was an auspicious year for Graddy, as he met his beloved Jackie at a dinner party that November. They were married in 1978, and soon after moved into the historic Garrett home of Highland Place, the renovation of which was a lifelong effort of love for Graddy. His hands refurbished every surface of the house, onto which he also built two additions. When he wasn’t busy raising tobacco, cattle, hay, or experimenting with growing cucumbers, bok choy, switchgrass, or numerous other crops, Graddy could be found working on all aspects of the house (or reading a book at the kitchen table). Graddy was a member of the Woodford County Farm Bureau for over 30 years, serving on the Board of Directors and as part of many committees. He also served Pisgah Presbyterian Church as an elder, deacon and trustee. A farmer, mechanic, electrician, mason, carpenter, painter, reader, storyteller, listener, Graddy was first and foremost a family man. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for Jackie, Louise, his daughters, his grandchildren, his extended family, and those friends who became family. He was always available to help Anna Coleman with a project and loved to hear Martha sing. More recently, he delighted in taking John and Tessa for tractor rides with Grandfather, patiently answering their myriad questions. He was immediately ready to lend a hand to friends, and he will be missed by all who knew him. He leaves behind his wife of nearly 42 years, Jacquelyn Elam Prewitt; daughter Anna Coleman Prewitt Simon; her husband Dan and their children, John Graddy Simon and Tessa Marie Simon; daughter Martha Prewitt; his sister Louise Prewitt Lagrew and her husband Jeff; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Tebbs Prewitt II; his mother, Katherine Graddy Prewitt Fishback; and his brothers, J.D. Gay Prewitt and Stanley Tebbs Prewitt III. A memorial service was held Wednesday, June 17, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pisgah Presbyterian Church at https://pisgahchurch.org/ or to KET, 600 Cooper Dr., Lexington, Ky 40502 or at https://KET.org.

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