An Owensboro businessman known for his contributions to agriculture and education has died. Bill Joe Miles passed away on Tuesday at the age of 78.
His death was announced in Frankfort by State Representative Regina Huff during a meeting of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.
"Suzanne Miles is a dear friend of mine and a member of this committee, and you may have noticed she just stepped out," stated Huff. "I ask that you remember her in prayer as she just lost her father a few moments ago."
Committee members held a moment of silence for Miles’ family.
The former University of Kentucky board chairman had battled dementia in recent years. The past two years of his life were marred by a sexual assault case that was eventually dropped due to credibility issues with his accuser. His family fought unsuccessfully to have his record expunged before his death.
Funeral arrangements for Miles are pending.