By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
A well-known voice heard by country music fans throughout the Tri-County for the last decade was silenced Monday.
Katherine “Cathy” Hall, 51, half of the Kip and Cathy morning show heard on EZ Country FM 104.3 until recently, succumbed to pancreatic cancer, according to David Estes, Whitley Broadcasting Company general manager.
Hall was the news director for the broadcasting company since 2002.
“She was a really tough lady,” Estes said. “She would go get her chemotherapy, and then she’d come in here every day until about three weeks ago.”
She was diagnosed the last week of June, according to Estes.
He said Hall shared on-air she had an illness, and then disclosed it was cancer.
“She liked talking to her listeners,” Estes said.
The LaFollette, Tenn. native also was active with the Kentucky PRIDE Program, which promotes environmental cleanup and education in the southern and eastern parts of the state.
“She believed in leaving things better than how she found them,” Estes said.
Besides the PRIDE program, Hall was involved with other community organizations. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Corbin, where she was active with children’s church.
She was also past president of the Corbin Primary School Parent Teacher Organization, and a Girl Scout leader for Troop 1157.
Hall will be missed, Estes said. “It’s impossible to quantify how very much Cathy will be missed,” he said. “If I could sum up Cathy in a few words, it would be that she cared.
“She cared deeply for her family. She cared about the people (who) depended upon her daily for news,” Estes continued. “She cared about the people she worked with. She cared about making the world a better place through simple things, like recycling or finding homes for animals at the shelter. She cared about her church.
“And Cathy’s caring was the reason that so many people mourn her passing.”
Some survivors include her husband, Chuck Ledford, of Corbin, her daughter, Cierra Ledford, and her mother, Christine Austin, of Corbin.
A memorial service will be 6 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Corbin with Bro. Jim Hunter and Mike Douglas officiating. Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.