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Long-time area minister will be remembered for service

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

R.T. Daugherty, the former pastor of Williamstown Baptist Church, died last week.

Many of the younger generation may never have heard his name, but for older Grant County residents, the name is familiar.

Daugherty, 96, served as Williamstown’s pastor for 25 years from 1955 to 1980, but even in semi-retirement, he served as interim pastor at other churches including Sherman Baptist Church, Vine Run Baptist and Marcus Baptist Church, as well as several others outside Grant County.

Mike Stanley, a deacon of Williamstown Baptist Church, said he was not only a shepherd to his congregation, but left a legacy of community service and projects when Daugherty retired to Florida in 2006.

“To the church members he was soon appreciated for his many visits with the members in their homes, while hospitalized or in nursing homes or wherever other crises occurred,” Stanley said. “He was demonstrated a very real ability to understand other people’s problems and troubles and then has been able to make appropriate recommendations for them to find solutions.”

Stanley said that while Daugherty served at Williamstown, he undertook the large task of purchasing property and constructing a new church building, which was paid entirely during his ministry.

Daugherty also used his skills as a carpenter to complete the bulk of the finish work on the inside of the sanctuary, so that costs could be kept to a minimum.

Daugherty was instrumental in obtaining a charter for the Williamstown Kiwanis, as well as assisting in the founding of Grant County Hospital, where he served for 36 years as a volunteer chaplain. The chapel at the facility is named in his honor.

Daugherty was active with Senior Services of Northern Kentucky and the Grant County Historical Society.

He also wrote a religion column for the Grant County News for 20 years.

Stanley said Daugherty was a vital part of Grant County for more than 50 years.

“Brother R. T. Daugherty was a strong Christian influence in the entire northern Kentucky region, while, at the same time, providing leadership in helping to get things accomplished,” Stanley said.
Daugherty’s wife, Rita, died in 1997.

He is survived by a son, Raymond Paul Daugherty of Sadieville and a daughter, Loretta Hitchcock of Hudson, Fla.

For complete obituary information, see page 7 inside this issue.

Funeral services were held March 2 and burial was in the Williamstown Cemetery.

Daugherty’s activities included:
• Vice-chair of Grant Co. Planning Commission
• Chairman of Williamstown Board of Adjustments
• Locust Grove Council Jr. O.U.A.M.
• Grant Lodge #85 F&AM
Indra Consistory of the Scottish Rite
• Oleika Shrine Temple
• Grant County Shrine Club
• Kentucky Baptist Convention State Executive Committee
• Grant Countian of the Year