Eugene Masters died in his home, a former general store, in March 2015 in Valley View, Kentucky. He was 86.

Mr. Masters was born on December 6, 1928 in Millon, Kentucky 1 to his parent, Esther Masters, 2 and worked as a clerk in Fayette County before operating the Valley View General Store.

Mr. Masters was the focus of an article in February. Many years ago, I had stopped by and peeked in through the general store’s many front windows and was surprised about how much of its interior remained intact. I could only remiss about those “old days” of when it was an active and bustling store, with its iconic white wood clapboard siding, its slender front porch, and perch high above the road. In the summer of 2014, I paid a revisit and met Eugene Masters. We had small talk relating mostly to the old store and days gone by, but I was not expecting that this would be the last time I would meet this fascinating person.

Arrangements were handled by Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home in Richmond.


  1. Kentucky, Birth Index, 1911-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc., 2006.
  2. Year: 1940; Census Place: Madison, Kentucky; Roll: T627_1337; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 76-27.