Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

October 30, 2013

Kermit Richmond


The Morehead News

10/30/13 — Kermit Richmond, 79, of Olive Hill, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at the St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead after an extended illness.

Kermit was born on Old Trace in Lewis County on Feb. 25, 1934, to the late Stant and Beulah Howard Richmond. Kermit was a retired school bus driver for the Lewis County School System. 

Kermit was also an accomplished singer and songwriter with hit songs reaching the top of the Blue Grass Music Chart and listed with Kings & Star Day music chart, including “When You’re out of My Arms,” recorded by Bill Monroe and other great music artists. Other singles include, “Living My Life In Vain,” “Will There be a Rainbow,” and his biggest hit, “Dreaming.” He was lead singer, vocalist and songwriter for the Kentucky Travelers. He played these hits on the Old Grand Opry in Nashville, Tenn., with Tom T. Hall and other legends in country music in 1959.

He was past pastor of the Blankenship Church of Christ Christian Union and Hilltop Tabernacle Church.

He was preceded in death, beside his parents, by his wife, Clarisse Richmond in 2002; five sisters, Faye R. Back, Daisy Beatrice R. Pendlum, Audrey LaVallee, Kathryn Skidmore and Winona 'Doni' Pierce; and two brothers, Rufus Richmond and Carlos Richmond.

Surviving is a brother, Dale Richmond of Emerson; one sister, Lorene Bryant of Indianapolis, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews who will sadly mourn his passing.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at the Gaydos Funeral Home with Pastor Terry Dean officiating. Burial will follow in the Morgan Cemetery in Lewis County.

Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the Gaydos Funeral Home.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family at