Talmadge “Sam” Rayburn


Talmadge “Sam” Rayburn, age 81, of Olive Hill, KY., passed away Monday evening, July 18th, 2022, at Community Hospice Center in Ashland, Kentucky.

He was born August 27th, 1940, in Emerson, Kentucky, a son of the late Raymond and Opal Hilderbrand Rayburn.

Talmadge began his construction career at the age of 20 and worked for Holloway, Elmo Greer, and various other construction companies. He spent the majority of his career as a Superintendent working in various states across the country. He ended his career as a Superintendent for Skilton Construction. It was during the beginning of his career when he acquired the nickname Sam. To him, he was Sam Rayburn “Speaker of the House.” He was always proud of the work he had done.

Talmadge was a member of the Globe Christian Church for many years. During his time as a member of the church, he served as Sunday School Superintendent, deacon and elder. He loved being at church and spending time with his church family. He was also a charter member of The Gideons International and a member of the Solider Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, farming and caring for his cattle.

In addition to his parents and in-laws, he is preceded in death by his wife Linda Lou Wilson Rayburn of 55 years, one brother Richard Rayburn, two sisters Judy Roark and Carolyn Perry, one brother-in-law Donald Erwin, three sisters-in-law, Jeanette Hilderbrand, Thelma Smith and Caroline Wilson.

Talmadge is survived by his two sons, Chris Rayburn and David (Joy) Rayburn of Olive Hill, KY, two daughters Cindy (Dean) Blair of Sanford, NC and Lori (Duane) Dehart of Morehead, KY, five brothers: Ron Hilderbrand of Tallulah, LA, Leroy (Tina) Rayburn, Buck (Shelia) Rayburn, Billy Joe (Jackie Jo) Rayburn, Greg (Charlotte) Rayburn all of Olive Hill, KY, four sisters: Lodenia Erwin of Carthage, IN, Irene (Frank) Evans of Grayson, KY, Barbara (Bill) Wilson and Pamela Rayburn/Hughes (Sam) of Olive Hill, KY, brothers-in-law Olen Smith and Dallas Wilson of Dayton, OH and Bill Perry of Olive Hill, KY. He has eight grandchildren: Brooke Huguely, Ryan Rayburn, Drew Blair, Kia Rayburn, Brandi Rayburn, Aaron Rayburn, Sam Rayburn and Ben Dehart and seven great-grandchildren: Jayden and Nataya Strader, Asher and August Rayburn, Emry Rayburn, and Beckham and Car’Lynn Rayburn.

He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends who will miss him.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2022 at the Globe Christian Church in Globe, Kentucky with brothers Dwayne Wilson, Aaron Rayburn, and David Rayburn officiating. Burial will follow in the Rayburn Family Cemetery.

Friends may visit from 10 a.m. until the service hour at the Globe Christian Church.


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