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Armond R. Imes Jr.

June 24, 1937 ~ August 19, 2017 (age 80)

Armond Russell “Buddy” Imes, Jr., 80, of Ashland, passed away on the morning of August 19, 2017 at his residence after an extended illness. Buddy was born on June 24, 1937 in Terra Haute, Indiana, the son of the late Judge A.R. Imes and the late Evelyn May Imes. A lifelong resident of Boyd County, Buddy was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard Delano “Dickie” Imes and Edward Joseph “Joe” Imes. Buddy was a member of Ashland High School Class of 1955, attended Morehead State University, and Ashland Junior College. He was a member of 13th Street Baptist Church in Ashland, Kentucky, serving as a song leader. Buddy retired from Armco Steel in 1992 after 34 years, working primarily in plant protection/EMT at Norton Clockhouse. After his retirement, he was employed as an assistant manager for 6 ½ years at Medical Transportation Service (MTS). Buddy played trumpet as a member of the 202nd Army National Guard Band from 1955 to 1964. He also performed in several area dance bands, including the Ronnie Ball Orchestra. Later in life, Buddy was a member for 22 years of the Singing Kernels Barbershop Chorus as a baritone; additionally, he served in various offices in the organization. Buddy was active in his children’s education, serving as PTA president of Condit Elementary and band booster president for two years at Boyd County High School. He was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel and bowled in the Armco Bowling League. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bonnie Kemper Imes, three sons, David Richard Imes (Susannah) of Ashland, Daniel Alan Imes (Jill) of Flatwoods, and Dwayne Edward Imes (Kara) of Lexington; six grandchildren, Emma Grace Imes of Flatwoods, Nora Alyse and Jeffery Dwayne Imes of Lexington; Austin, Ethan and Angelina Patel of Ashland; several nieces and nephews; and numerous in-laws, cousins, and friends. Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 22nd, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at 13th Street Baptist Church, 1812 13th Street, Ashland, Kentucky. Pastor Jim Byrd will officiate the funeral service at 1:00 pm. Interment will follow at the Ashland Cemetery, 1518 Belmont Street. Buddy wanted to thank all his health care providers who looked after him during his illness. Online condolence to

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