Elmer Nolan Wall, 88 – Winchester Sun

Elmer Nolan Wall, 88, widower of Dorothy Jean Chism Wall, passed away on Thursday, February 18, at 5:00 a.m. at Magnolia Village in Bowling Green, Ky. He was born in Doylesville on November 5, 1932. Madison County, Ky., To Marvin Price and Mary Elizabeth Conner Wall. He was an only child. He spent his youth in Doylesville, hunting in the hills and valleys, fishing and swimming in the nearby Kentucky River, and helping on the farm. As a child and teenager, he attended Doylesville Methodist Church, where he was its president. Since his way to school was too long for a little boy, he lived with grandparents for a short time in order to have a shorter way to his small rural school. He graduated from Madison Central High School in Richmond, Kentucky in 1952. He and a group of friends decided to attend a Church Revival at Allensville Baptist Church in Clark Co., Kentucky, where he met Dorothy Jean Chism. When she saw Elmer, she explained it to her friends. “That belongs to me!” They were married on February 13, 1954 at Pastor PB Akin’s home. Dorothy died on April 7, 2019. After a brief stint in farming, Elmer joined the military and served in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and lived with Dorothy in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Shortly after their release, Elmer and Dorothy moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where Elmer graduated from Tri-City Barber College. Back in Winchester, Elmer co-owned and operated the Handy Barber Shop on Main Street with Gerald Royse. He took a short break from the hairdresser and worked for an insurance company. Then he opened Elmer’s Barber Shop on Highland St. He left the barber shop again and opened a gun and machine shop. Eventually he found Elmer’s Gun Shop in the garage behind his house on Sylvania Ave. It started as a hobby in the past few years and became his main interest. He made bespoke gunpowder rifles. He and Dorothy wore period costumes and showed his work at many nearby festivals. He enjoyed sharing the history of these reproductions and their original makers. Author David Dick interviewed him for an article in Kentucky Living Magazine. Elmer was also interested in his family history. He met with older family members and family friends to learn more about his ancestors. He copied, collected, and annotated photos as much as he could and kept a record of what he had learned. Elmer and Dorothy drove up and down narrow gravel roads, taking photos of the old homes, sometimes just chimneys. They visited overgrown cemeteries and always took photos. Allensville Baptist Church became his church home for many years after he moved to Clark Co. Then he became a member of the Northside Baptist Church. At his death he was a member and trustee of the Emmanuel Baptist Church. Elmer was also a Colonel from Kentucky. After his wife died, Elmer moved to Magnolia Village in Bowling Green, Ky. Although he would have preferred to stay at his home on Sylvania Ave. he said that all the staff at Magnolia Village treated him like royalty. Survival Mr. Wall are two daughters – Teresa Dianne Dulin (Fred) from Winchester, Audrey Sue Borders from Hazard, Ky. And one son – David Keith Wall of Villa Hills, Ky. And Adam Mitchell Dulin of Huntsville, Al. ;; Three great-grandchildren – Otis Estes, Ethan Leighton Nightingale and Conner Lee Nightingale, two sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. A tour will be observed on Friday, February 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. duty at the funeral home, Rolan G. Taylor, under the direction of Pastor Ron Montgomery. The funeral will take place in Winchester Cemetery. Social distancing and the wearing of masks are observed. Rolan G. Taylor Funeral Home, responsible for the organization.

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