Hometown: Lexington, KY (Senior)
Position: C Playing Height: 6-4
Date of Birth: January 11, 1904
Date of Death: October 19, 1972
Legal Name: William Emmet Milward
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Cousin of UK Player Stan Milward
Obituary - Emmet Milward, Mortician, Dies, Lexington Herald (October 20, 1972)
W. Emmet Milward, 68, of 1650 Ashwood Drive, managing partner of the W.R. Milward Mortuaries and a distinguished business and community leader, died yesterday afternoon following surgery at St. Joseph Hospital.
He had entered the hospital for surgery Tuesday night.
Mr. Milward was a member of the fourth generation operating the funeral service, Lexington's second oldest continuous business begun in 1825. The firm was founded by Joseph Milward who came here from England to operate his shop as a cabinet maker.
Mr. Milward entered funeral service with his father in 1926 after graduation with a B.S. degree in commerce from the University of Kentucky. He received his license to practice funeral directing that year and in 1930 became a licensed embalmer.
Born in Lexington Jan. 11, 1904, a son of the late William Rice Milward and Lucy Thompson Harris Milward, he was educated in local public schools and was graduated in 1922 from Lexington High School.
In 1932 he married Miss Rebecca Hart Shelby of Danville, a great-granddaughter of Kentucky's first governor, Isaac Shelby.
Throughout his business career Mr. Milward was active in promoting the welfare of Lexington, occupying many prominent offices in service clubs and other areas of community relations.
At the time of his election he was the youngest president of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce and later served as a director the organization.
Mr. Milward was a past president of the Blue Grass Automobile Club, a member of all Masonic bodies, a past master of Lexington Lodge No. 1 F&AM, and was the youngest potentate ever to hold the office in Oleika Shrine Temple.
He also served as member of the board of governors of the Lexington Unit, Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children.
He received the first honorary police chief badge presented here and was a recipient in 1936 of the coveted Lexington Optimist Club Cup, which was awarded with the citation, "In recognition of untiring and unselfish service rendered to the community."
Other memberships included the Lexington Rotary Club, local Advisory Committee on Naval Affairs, Phi Delta Theta social fraternity, Beta Gamma Sigma and Delta Sigma Pi commerce fraternities, Alpha Delta Theta journalism society and Omicron Delta Kappa leadership fraternity, the Lexington Optimist Club, Thoroughbred Club of America, Lexington Club, Lexington Country Club and Idle Hour Country Club.
He was a member of the Kentucky State Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association and served as secretary of its board from 1936 to 1938. He also served on State Board of Emblamers and Funeral Directors of Kentucky and was past president of the National Selected Morticians.
Mr. Milward was a member of the Christ Church Episcopal where he was a former junior warden and vestryman.
Business associations, in addition to the mortuaries, included directorships in Kentucky Utilities Co. and First Security National Bank and Trust Co.
Mr. Milward's hobbies were golf and football. An ardent fan of the Kentucky Wildcats, he often traveled with them for out-of-town games. He also held the distinction of shooting two holes-in-one at Idle Hour Country Club, 25 years separating each occurrence.
Besides his wife, survivors include a son, Robert Emmet Milward, and a daughter, Mrs. Antonio S. de Movellan, both of Lexington; a sister, Mrs. Charles M. Dedman, Harrodsburg, and five grandchildren, Susan Humphreys Milward, Elizabeth Shelby Milward, Christopher S. de Movellan, Robert E. Milward Jr. and Anthony S. de Movellan.
Service will be conducted a 11 a.m. Monday at Christ Church Episcopal by the Rev. Moultrie H. McIntosh. Private burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the W.R. Milward Mortuary -- Broadway.