Mr. Troy Lee Girdner, 68, of Barbourville, passed away Tuesday afternoon, December 1, 2020 at his home. He was the son of the late Rev. Roy and Linda Mae Lee Girdner born on January 24, 1952 in Knox County.
Troy was the former owner and operator of Girdner Mining Company and at the time of his death, he was an employee of Mountain Ridge LLC and of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed dancing, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. Troy operated heavy equipment and would say he was an artist with an excavator.
He united in marriage with Rhonda Duerr, who preceded him in death earlier this year.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Mike and Philip Girdner.
Survivors include four children, Christopher Girdner of Jefferson, WI, Carley Duerr of Barbourville, Lindsey Mills and husband, Nathan, of London and Catelen Duerr of Barbourville; a sister, Linda Davies and husband, Samuel, of Barbourville; a brother, Ike Girdner and wife, Wilma, of Ohio; four beloved grandchildren; among other loved ones and dear friends.
A private family funeral service will be conducted in the chapel of the Knox Funeral Home Sunday, December 6 with Rev. Randy Johnson officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Ketchen Cemetery.
Casket bearers will be Aaron Brown, Jeff Corey, Bob Corey, John Wagers, Mike Bruner and Terry McCreary. Honorary bearers will be Elmer Kincaid, Rev. Randy Johnson, Billy Parks, Sawyer Corey, Jake Wagers, J. C. Taylor, Steven Huddleston, Rufus Taylor and many other dear family and friends.
A drive-thru visitation will be held at the funeral home Sunday between 12 and 1 P.M.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Knox Funeral Home.
Please remember, per the Governor’s mandate effective November 20, 2020 all funeral services will be private. Any person entering the funeral home is expected to be wearing a face covering of some kind at all times including graveside services and maintain the six feet of social distance. We appreciate your help in following these guidelines so we can continue to serve our community during these trying times in the safest manner possible.