Rudolph N. Carey began his career in the funeral business in 1937 working with his soon to be father-in-law, Fred Sutherland. Prior to entering funeral work, his family owned and operated the Tatham Springs Roller Mill where he worked along-side his father, Ivan. Earlier his family also owned and operated the Tatham Springs Hotel, a unique place that drew customers from several states.
He graduated from Willisburg High School in 1933 and later attended the Kentucky School of Embalming. Other than a two year tour of duty in the U.S. Army during World War II, it was rare to not find him at the funeral home.
He was very committed to the business and like his father-in-law; he offered ambulance service to the county until December 31, 1976
Rudolph truly enjoyed visiting with people and reminiscing of days long gone and yet at the same time serving families with dignity. He often said “It is an honor for families to trust you during some of the most difficult times of their lives.”
July 5, 2012 was the last day that he actually spent at the funeral home, although he called at least one or two times every day to check on the daily details of the business. He witnessed many changes in the industry during his seventy-six years as a funeral director. He passed away on Feb. 10, 2013 on his 98th birthday.