Man who helped put WEHT on-air passes away

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – Elmer Chancellor, who joined Gilmore Broadcasting Corp. in July 1956 at WEHT-TV, has died at the age of 93. He died at Redbanks Nursing Home in Henderson on Wednesday.

Chancellor was born in Henderson County on October 24, 1925 to the late Holbert and Maye (West) Chancellor. He graduated from Corydon Kentucky High School and the National Radio Institute of Washington D.C.

He was a senior member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc., served 25 years on the board of trustees of Oakland City University and on the Advisory Technology Program of Henderson Community College.

Chancellor joined Gilmore Broadcasting Corp., where he went on to become the VP of Engineering from 1977 to 2000. He also served a six-year term as the mayor of Corydon, Kentucky from 1952-1958.

He was also a member of Corydon General Baptist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher and Superintendent as well as a Deacon.

Chancellor is survived by his wife of 73 years, Birdie (Berry) Chancellor, two children, Sue Cooper and husband Larry of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Tim Chancellor and wife Peggy of Evansville, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 8th at 11 a.m. at Henderson General Baptist Church.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tomblinson Funeral Home in Henderson and Saturday at 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Henderson General Baptist Church.

Contributions can be made to Corydon General Baptist Church, Henderson General Baptist Church or St. Anthony’s Hospice. To send flowers to Elmer Chancellor’s family, click here.

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(This story was originally published on June 7, 2019)

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