Sallee loses battle with cancer
Ralph Sallee, the girls basketball coach at East Jessamine and a former coach at Burgin, died Friday after battling cancer for about 10 months. He was 54.
Word of Sallee’s death spread Friday night during a basketball game at Burgin, where he coached the girls team from 1989-91. He had coached at East Jessamine for the past five years, and he previously coached at Lexington Christian.
He was diagnosed with cancer in March 2008, less than one month after leading East Jessamine’s girls to their first district championship.
Sallee was a graduate of Mercer County and a longtime resident of Garrard County, where he preached at Scotts Fork Christian Church for almost 30 years
Funeral arrangements are pending at Ramsey Funeral Home of Lancaster. The service schedule and obituary are at this page on the funeral home’s Web site. According to a letter by East Jessamine principal Janet Granada posted on the school’s Web site, the funeral will be held at Southland Christian Church, which is on U.S. 68 in northern Jessamine County. (Update: Visitation will be Monday afternoon and evening and Tuesday before the 1 p.m. funeral.)