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Thomas G. McCaleb

Thomas G. McCaleb, 80, of Greenup, Kentucky went to be with the Lord, Thursday, January 5, 2023, surrounded by his family after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. Tom was born November 24, 1942, in Clifton Forge, Virginia a son of the late Norwood and Helen Nicely McCaleb. He retired from CSX Railroad where he worked as a carman for over 40 years. He was a very talented house painter and crafter, who worked for others long after he retired from the railroad. He was the one who could fix almost anything, and we will miss calling him when we need help. He was always there for us. He loved planting vegetables and flowers, but his favorite things to do were mowing grass and watching Gunsmoke and other old westerns. His grandchildren were the lights of his life. He learned to drive a tractor after retirement when he bought a farm in Load, Kentucky and he enjoyed making new friends there. He was a member of Greenup United Methodist church and was a 1961 graduate of the former Wurtland High School

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a niece Angela Cotton

He is survived by

His wife Ruth Ann Stafford McCaleb of 32 years

Four bonus daughters

Sara (Travis) Burton of Wurtland, Kentucky

Jenifer Cantrell of Worthignton, Kentucky

Emily (Dustin) Stephenson of Wurtland, Kentucky

Elizabeth (Ernest) Brooks of Jersey City, New Jersey

One son

Thomas H. (May) McCaleb of Eminence Kentucky

Two brothers

Douglas (Mary Margaret) McCaleb of Greer, South Carolina

Roger (Anna) McCaleb of Worthington, Kentucky

One sister

June (Carl) Cotton of Wurtland, Kentucky

Seven grandchildren

Drew Bailey, Ross Burton, Max Burton, Mia Stephenson, Reed Stephenson, Asher Stephenson, and Alden Brooks

Along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at Greenup United Methodist Church in Greenup, Kentucky by Rev. Dr. Nancy Preston. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm until service time on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, please consider planting some in the spring in honor of Tom, as he enjoyed being outside as much as he could, tending to his garden. Donations may also be made to the Greenup United Methodist Church. Condolences may be made at


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