Former mayor of Somerset JP Wiles dies at 85

courtesy: City of Somerset

SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – The former mayor of Somerset has died at the age of 85.

According to his obituary, JP Wiles died Thursday while in hospice care. He served as Somerset’s mayor from 1999-2007.

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Kentucky Representative Hal Rogers, a Republican serving District 5, says Wiles was a beloved and respected mayor.

“J.P. Wiles was one of Somerset’s most cheerful mayors and one of my closest friends,” Rogers said in a statement. “He was by my side on the earliest campaign trails, a trusted partner on projects for our beloved hometown, and always the best teammate.”

Visitation for Wiles will be on Monday, December 30, 2019, after 5:00 p.m. at East Somerset Baptist Church. A second visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. prior to the funeral.

His funeral service will follow on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. at East Somerset Baptist Church with Bro. Darvie Fenison officiating. Burial will be at Shady Grove Cemetery.