Prominent Corbin businessman Bill Hoover dies

The flags are at half-staff in front of the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. in Corbin at 900 18th Street. | Photo from Pepsi-Cola's Facebook page

CORBIN — Bill Hoover, an owner of the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Corbin, Kentucky Inc., passed away on Sunday in Louisville. Hoover was 72.

Monday morning Pepsi Cola of Corbin posted on Facebook a photo of the flags in front of their offices at half-staff in honor of the long-time owner.

Many others who knew Hoover took to Facebook Sunday and Monday to express condolences and memories of Hoover.

"He was probably the most civic minded person in the history of Corbin," Charley Reasor said in a post on Facebook on Sunday.

"He truly was Mr. Redhound," Constable Ron "Bubba" Bowling said in a Facebook post. "For over 18 years I have served on the board of directors of the Redhound Varsity Club behind the scene. Serving both as Vice President and President. A club founded by a group of men, including Mr. Hoover, in 1982 with a vision supporting the needs of our youth in our community and charging the members and board members to stick to the vision. Amazingly not much has changed other that the board members stepping up to serve, the mission remains the same. Countless times over the years when there was a need maybe beyond our control or out of our reach, Bill made it happen. No glory, no bragging in fact he always stayed way behind the scenes and remained anonymous. The youth of Corbin needs to be educated on the contributions of the man and the Hoover family. Prayers to friends and family."

No information about funeral services have been made available yet. Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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