Visitation, Funeral Plans Announced For Brereton C. Jones - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Visitation, Funeral Plans Announced For Brereton C. Jones

Official portrait of former Kentucky Gov. Brereton C. Jones

Funeral plans have been announced for former Kentucky governor and Airdrie Stud co-owner Brereton C. Jones, who died at his home in Midway, Ky., on Monday, Sept. 18, after a lengthy illness. He was 84 years old.

On Tuesday, current Gov. Andy Beshear directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff in Jones' honor until sunset on the day of interment.  Other individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the commonwealth are encouraged to join in this tribute.

The former governor will lie in state in the rotunda of the Kentucky State Capitol on Monday, Sept. 25, from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. ET. The family will receive visitors there from 3:00–7:00 p.m.

His funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Forks of the Elkhorn Baptist Church, 840 Duckers Road, Midway, Kentucky, followed immediately by a private burial.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations to any of these charities: Race Track Chaplaincy of America, Old Friends, or Bluegrass Care Navigators.

His family – wife Libby, daughter Lucy, and son Bret – issued the following statement on Thursday morning.

“It was his love of horses that brought Brereton Jones to Kentucky, but it was the people of the Commonwealth that made his life so incredibly fulfilling. His greatest pride never came in titles, but in those moments when he could use the gifts God gave him to help someone in need or inspire others to do the same. Our family has lost its hero, our leader, our beloved 'Pop,' but our hearts are filled with immeasurable gratitude for both the precious time we shared and the incredible outpouring of love we've received in the wake of his passing. We are overwhelmed by your kindness. Thank you.”

Jones served as the Commonwealth's 58th governor from 1991-95 and as Lt. Governor from 1987-1991. With his wife, he founded Airdrie Stud in Midway, Ky., and built it into an internationally renowned Thoroughbred horse farm. Bret Jones has succeeded his father in operating the 2,500-acre nursery.

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