Samuel Ray Hatfield, age 74, of Rabbit Ridge, KY passed away on December 31, 2019 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital, Newburgh, IN. Mr. Hatfield was born September 19, 1945 in Muhlenberg County, KY to the late Owen Hatfield and Nancy Eaves Hatfield. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1965 through 1967 and he was a surface coal miner and heavy equipment operator during his working life. He served as the past commander (for many years) of the former Dawson Springs American Legion Post 310.
Mr. Hatfield is survived by his daughter ~ LaDonna Hatfield of Rabbit Ridge, KY and a close friend, Debbie Hayes of Dawson Springs, KY, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
Mr. Hatfield is preceded in death by his parents, wife ~ Brenda Sue Hatfield (2007), and a granddaughter ~ Madison Lucas (2002), two brothers ~ Jimmy & Joe Hatfield, and three sisters ~ Margaret & Lois Hatfield and Nellie Johnson.
Visitation for Samuel Ray Hatfield will be Sunday, January 5, 2020 from 9:00 AM until the funeral hour at 1:00 PM at Beshear Funeral Home, Dawson Springs, KY with Jamie Hatfield and Hayden Johnson presiding. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery, Dawson Springs, KY. The U.S. Army Honor Guard and the Hopkins County Veterans Honor Guard will present a ceremony honoring Mr. Hatfield’s service to his country in the U.S. Army at the Rosedale Cemetery immediately after the funeral service.
Active Pallbearers include William “Will” Latham, Pete Eaves, John Sigler, Chris Haulk, Brandon Hayes and Chris Hayes. Honorary Pallbearers include Kevin Ferguson, Noah Ferguson and Danny Johnson.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to: the Hopkins County Humane Society, 2210 Laffoon Trail, Madisonville, KY 42431, and Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org.