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Ralph Edrington of Arlington passed away Tuesday afternoon, August 18, 2015, at the Clinton-Hickman County ICF Nursing Facility at the age of 98. He was born with his twin brother, Rufus, on the family farm on June 29, 1917, to Jewell and Mae Burton Edrington. He was a sixth generation Kentuckian with his ancestors coming from Virginia in 1785. A long-time agri-businessman and educator and a distinguished member of "The Greatest Generation," Mr. Edrington's life was marked by his dedicated service to his family, his church, his country and his community. Mr. Edrington was a graduate of Arlington High School and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. He taught high school agriculture for four years, then served in the U.S. Army 8th Air Force in England and Germany for three and a half years during World War II. While serving in England, he met and married his wife, Beatrice Helen Knight, a veteran of the Women's Royal Naval Service. After the war the Edringtons moved back to Carlisle County to make their home and raise a family. Mr. Edrington was a pioneer in western Kentucky poultry farming, producing broilers for Swift & Company. He was also highly regarded for his tomatoes, melons and peaches. A member and trustee of Milburn Methodist Church, Mr. Edrington was also a volunteer custodian of the grounds and the prayer garden. The Edringtons have two sons, David and Charles; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The couple remained close to Beatrice's family in England and visited many times over the years, including a special family trip in 1996, that was part of a 50th anniversary celebration. They shared a love of gardening and landscaping and worked together to surround their home and church with beautiful gardens. Visitation was at 5 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Arlington. Services was conducted by the Rev. Jonathan Althoff. Funeral services were at Milburn United Methodist Church on at 2 p.m.Sunday, August 23, 2015, burial to followed at Milburn Cemetery. You may leave a message for the family at milnerandorr.com.