Remembering Frank Stafford, Kentucky's longest running mayor

Published: Oct. 26, 2016 at 10:33 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2016 at 10:59 PM CDT
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MADISONVILLE, KY (WFIE) - Kentucky's longest running Mayor has died.

Former Morton's Gap Mayor Frank Stafford leaves behind more than memories, but a legacy in the community he loved.

"My dad was an all around man, my dad was a very serious man, heart as big as Kentucky, but a firm man," Freddie Stafford Frank's son said.

That's how Freddie describes his father, Frank Stafford, who was Kentucky's longest running mayor.

Frank served as mayor of Morton's Gap from 1990 to 2016 and did a number of things with his time in office including modernizing the city's water and sewer system in the mid 90's. More recently he won grants for 22 new homes for families in the community.

"I've lived in Morton's Gap all my life and I have seen it improve under his leadership. He made efforts in everything he could do in the city," current mayor Chris Phelps said.

When Frank wasn't in the office he was spending time with his family. He has 13 children and more than 100 grandchildren. Frank was a God fearing man and a pastor at his church.

He died of a heart condition at the age of 82.

"His heart was just worn out, it was so big that it just wore out," Freddie said.

Funeral Arrangements for Stafford are set for Monday at 12 at First Baptist Church in Madisonville.

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