George Wooten

As the J-E editor, and a PHS graduate, I would be remiss not to mention how important both George and Martha Wooten were to the Providence Independent School System and the city of Providence itself. They loved and treated each of us as their own.

As I told one of his daughters on Sunday, I guarantee he was the only Superintendent anywhere who loved a school so much he retired and became the maintenance man. To which she responded, “And bus driver.”

~Matt Hughes, J-E Editor


George B. Wooton


George B. Wooton, 88, of Eddyville, KY, died Friday, January 5, 2018, at his home on Lake Barkley.

George was born on June 17, 1929 in Nebo, KY to James B. and Willie Gooch Givens Wooton.  He grew up in Nebo, spent most of his professional career in Providence and his retirement in Eddyville.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers, Scotty and Don, all of Nebo.  He was a member of the Nebo Baptist Church.

He grew up in Nebo with the love of his life, Martha Townsend.  They were married at Camp Irwin, CA on August 8, 1952. 

Wooton retired as Superintendent of the Providence City School System in 1980 and moved to Lake Barkley, where he was a renowned fishermen on the Lake. He was formerly the principal of Providence High School; math teacher and basketball coach at Nebo High School and teacher/coach at Charleston High School.  George served in the U.S. Army, where he earned the rank of Captain.  He graduated from the University of Kentucky and received his Master’s Degree and Rank I in Educational Administration from Murray State University.  He was an accomplished basketball official and served as the first Assigning Secretary for the Second Region.  Throughout his career and professional activities, George was a devoted father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

His life revolved around fishing.  He relished taking family members, especially his grandchildren, fishing on Lake Barkley.  Martha, friends, professional colleagues, former students, and neighbors fished with him when the kids weren’t available.  His fishing trips were legendary.  The day-long boat fishing trips were always successful, fun, and included gathering around the fish cleaning table at the end of the day to clean the catch, relive the day’s events and pose for a picture.  George and Martha loved their Irish Setters, which they’ve had for 58 years.

Wooton is survived by his wife of 65 years, Martha; two sons, Danny (Angie) of Henderson, KY; Donnie (Sandra) of Collierville, TN; two daughters, Diane (Keith) Sperry of Clarksville, TN and Dana (Danny) Key of Nebo, KY.; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; three nieces; and three nephews. 

Funeral Services were Monday, January 8 at 11am at Jones Kirby Funeral Home in Providence.  Pastor Terry Rhye will officiate. Pallbearers were George’s grandsons: Kyle Wooton, P.E.; Jonathan Sperry, Justin Key, Esq., Dr. Christopher Sperry; Tyler Wooton; and nephew, Jerry Wooton.  He was laid to rest in Union Cemetery in Nebo, with graveside military rites.