Caleb Bernard Cooley

September 10, 1944 ~ October 7, 2018 (age 74)

Caleb Bernard Cooley, age 74, of Pikeville, KY, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018 in the Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, KY. He was born September 10, 1944 in Prestonsburg, KY, a son of the late Otis Cooley and Viola (May) Cooley DeRossett. He was co-owner of Cooley Accounting and Tax Services and he served as President, Treasurer and other roles over many years on the KY and National Councils on Problem Gambling. He was awarded the Jim Cooke Leadership Award in 2003, the highest honor bestowed by the KY Council. He was Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Community United Methodist Church.

Caleb is survived by four children: Tambra Lynn (Tim) May, Lexington, KY, James Christian (Janie) Cooley, Pikeville, KY, Mathew Todd (Kim) Cooley, Raleigh, NC and Eric Nathaniel Cooley, Campbellsville, KY, one brother; Otis Hansel (Frances) Cooley, one sister-in-law; Connie Cooley, eight grandchildren; Anthony Michael Tamasi, Alyssa Brooklyn Cooley, James Christian Cooley II, Carly Danielle Webster, Crista Viola Cooley, CJ  Thompson, Tyler Robert May and Katelyn May and a host of nieces and nephews and other family members.

In addition to his parents, Otis and Viola, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Harry Vincel, Ronald Lamar "Cowboy" and James William "Wooly Bear" Cooley, one sister-in-law; June Cooley and one nephew; Harry Michael Cooley.

Memorial service for Mr. Cooley will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Community United Methodist Church, Prestonsburg, KY. Visitation is 6:00-9:00 PM Wednesday at Hall Funeral Home, Martin, KY.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Caleb's memory to one of his favorite organizations: 

1: KY Council on Problem Gambling

    PO Box 4595

    Frankfort, KY 40601-4595,

    or contact Mike Stone directly at 502-223-1823, or

2: American Heart Association

3: American Diabetes Association


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