Obituaries March 14 to March 21 (continued)

Rosemary Turpin Burrus
Rosemary Turpin Burrus

RICHMOND — Rosemary Turpin Burrus, 85, passed away Monday evening, March 14, 2011, at Morning Pointe of Richmond.

Rosemary was born March 18, 1925, in Richmond, Ky., and was the daughter of Leroy and Madrue Bruner, both of whom preceded her in death. She was the widow of Nelson Burrus and was preceded in death by her first husband of 31 years, Billy Joe Turpin. Rosemary was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. She loved teaching children and retired as a school teacher in Richmond after more than 30 years of service. She was active in the community, being a faithful member of the First Christian Church, a member of the Women’s Club of Richmond, and a volunteer at Open Concern. Rosemary was an avid fan of the Eastern Kentucky University football and basketball teams, and was an original member of the EKU Colonel Club.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Rosemary was preceded in death by: her father and mother-in-law, Jack and Mary Earle Turpin; and one sister, Wanda. Survivors include: two daughters, Kathy Turpin Parsons (Thurman) and Kay Turpin Stapp (David), both of Richmond; four grandchildren, Chris Parsons, Lori Parsons Howard (Daniel), Kendall Stapp, and Kelli Jo Stapp, all of Richmond; one great-grandchild, Jace Carter Howard; two sisters, Donna and Adora; two stepchildren, Pat Rudolph and Ginger Burrus; and her extended family at Morning Pointe.

Funeral services for Rosemary will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2011, at First Christian Church of Richmond with Dr. Glenn Birkett and Dr. Betsy Goehrig officiating. Burial will follow in Richmond Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chris Parsons, David Stapp, Thurman Parsons, Daniel Howard, Zac Gordon, Corey Smith, Heath Payne, Mike Mavity, Chris West and Mike Stapp. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. James Cox, Joe Kirkpatrick, Coleman Turpin, Bobby Baldwin and Robby Cornelison.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011, at the First Christian Church. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Vera Begley
Vera Begley

RICHMOND — Vera Jennings Begley passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2011.

She was born in Danville, Ill., on October 27, 1917, as the youngest child of James Michael (Mike) and Odessa Jennings. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert B. “Bob” Begley — founder of Begley Drug Company.

Vera cared deeply for her family, friends and community. For over 50 years she played a major supporting role to her husband’s business career. Together they orchestrated, from the 1920s through his death in 1979, the development and growth of the Begley Drug Company. A dedicated mother of two, a grandmother of six and a great-grandmother of 14, she was wonderfully devoted to her family and took great pleasure in their lives. Vera was also a sports enthusiast, enjoying golf, Eastern Kentucky University football, University of Kentucky basketball and every sport in which and team on which her grandchildren and great-grandchildren played. She was a long-time member of First Christian Church in Richmond, Kentucky where she was a church school teacher and member of the choir. Vera and Bob Begley were generous supporters of higher education particularly at Eastern Kentucky University — where Bob served as Chair of the Board of Trustees during the 1970s, for which they established the EKU Marlene Begley Young Music Education Scholarship. They were also UK Fellows and provided aid, personally, to numerous college students in their academic endeavors. Vera’s civic involvement also included membership in the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the Richmond Tourism Board, where she was a passionate advocate for Richmond and Madison County, and she was a board member of Cardinal Hill Hospital, a member of the DAR, an honorary member of Chi Omega Sorority, a Red Cross volunteer and member of the Cecilian Music Club. Vera’s signature color was pink, which she wore so unfailingly that she was often referred to, affectionately, as the “Pink Lady.”

In addition to her parents and husband, Vera was predeceased by an older sister, Velma J. Samuels, and an older brother, Gilbert Jennings. Survivors include: her children and their spouses: Marlene B. Young (Bob) of Lexington, Ky., and Robert J. Begley (Heather) of Clermont, Fla.; her grandchildren and their spouses: Michael R. Young (Cindy) of Edgewood, Ky., Steven B. Young (Lizabeth) of Lexington, Ky.; Gregory E. Young (Bettina) of Gulf Stream, Fla.; Leigh B. Rafter (Patrick) of Maynard, Mass.; Ashley B. Gray (Chris) of Ellijay, Ga.; and Robert S. Begley of Dubai, UAE; and her great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be conducted from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Oldham, Roberts and Powell Funeral Home, located at 1110 Barnes Mill Road, Richmond, KY 40475. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at First Christian Church, located at 412 West Main Street at Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, KY 40475. Interment will follow at the Richmond Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Michael R. Young, Steven B. Young, Gregory E. Young, Robert S. Begley, Michael J. Young and Matthew O. Young. Honorary pallbearers will be: Jo Abanatha, Jimmy and Jan Barnes, Bruce Begley, Doug Begley, George Begley, Wayne and Kay Berger, Ken Bellamy, Mildred Brandenburg, Glenn Birkett, Jimmy Cornelison, Margaret R. Coy, Skip and Vicki Daugherty, Ed Gage, David Greene, Jerry Greene, John Greene, Bob Herbst, Eleanor McKinney, Dr. Adrienne Millett, Mary Parks, Barbara and J.T. Phelps, Bill and Peggy Rice, Brent Rice, and Doug and Joanne Whitlock.

By request of Mrs. Begley and her family, contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent in memory of Vera J. Begley to the following: Eastern Kentucky University General Scholarship Fund, University Development Office, CPO 190, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, KY 40475 or First Christian Church, Attn: Joey Foster, P.O. Box 216, Richmond, KY 40476.

Patricia Baker

RICHMOND — Patricia Lynn Baker, 64, of Richmond, died Monday, March 14, 2011, in Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center in Richmond. She was a native of Harlan County, Ky., a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith.

Ms. Baker is survived by: her sons, Michael Toler (Melissa) of Lancaster, Patrick Baker of Cartersville and Robert Baker, Jr., of Berea; daughter, Edna Toler of Richmond; brothers, Bobby Gamble of Cartersville and Jimmy Gamble (Peggy) of Berea; sisters, Joyce Robbins of Lancaster and Gwenda Wine of Stanford; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by: a brother, Johnny Cornette; a sister, Faye Gamble; and her parents, Judge Norman Gamble and Edith Cornette Gamle.

Funeral services for Ms. Baker will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Paint Lick Christian Church with the Rev. Walter Bowling officiating. Burial will be in the Knight’s Cemetery at Paint Lick. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Davis & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Marjorie Lamb

RICHMOND — Marjorie “Faye” Lamb, 76, of Corwin, Ohio, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2011, in Kettering Hospital in Ohio. Born Oct. 13, 1934, to Luther and Mamie Powell in Panola, Ky., Faye graduated valedictorian of her class of 1952 at Waco High School. She was a star basketball player and made the winning shot her senior year.

She worked beside her husband, the Rev. Walter Lamb, in ministering to her church and many other churches and people. Among her ministries were creating personalized obituaries she read during funeral services, poetry, dedications and plays. She was also a guest speaker at many churches/events. She was known for her love of birds and baking pies.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, the Rev. Walter L. Lamb; one daughter Robin Blythe; her parents; two brothers, Lawrence Powell and L.L. Powell Jr.; and three sisters Marie Reed, Beatrice Trowbridge and Maxine Powell.

She is survived by: one daughter and son-in-law Teresa and Richard Schock; four grandchildren, Tim (Tiffany) Kidd, Joshua Blythe, Amber (Aaron) Baughman and Matt Schock; seven great-grandchildren Micah, Olyvia, Trooper, Isaiah, Taylor, Trinity and Alexsis; one brother, Carl (Sylvia) Powell; two sisters Christine (Silas) Dean and Joyce (Jimmy) Howard; and sister-in-law Virginia Powell.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 16 at the Corwin Pentecostal Church in Ohio. Don Ingram and Acy W. Lamb will officiate. Burial will be in Miami Cemetery, Corwin, Ohio. The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home, Waynesville, Ohio, is serving the family.

Dr. Charles Reedy

RICHMOND — Dr. Charles Herbert Reedy, 78, husband of Retha Brown Reedy, passed away, Sunday, March 13, 2011, in Cincinnati.

Dr. Reedy was born in Casey County on September 26, 1932 to Brack and Emma Osbourne Reedy. He was a retired professor at EKU and was the founding chairman of the Dept. of Correctional Services.

He was a 1951 graduate of Middlesburg High School, graduated Berea College in 1957, received his MA from the University of Kentucky in 1959 and his Doctorate in Education from the University of Kentucky in 1971.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: two sons; Stuart Reedy (Melissa) of Lexington, Michael Cavitt (Jennifer) of Cincinnati; one daughter, Michelle Powell (Glenn) of Bynum, N.C.; one brother, Dale Reedy of Somerset; three grandchildren, Nathaniel Powell (Julie), Damon Cavitt and Rachel Hill (Corbie); three great-grandchildren; Jonah and Grace Powell and Sarah Hill; four step-grandsons and nine step-great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his son: Damon Reedy; and his brother, Harold Reedy.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Charles H. Reedy Scholarship Fund, EKU Foundation, 521 Jones Building CPO 19A, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, KY 40475 or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s, Church St. Station, P. O. Box 870, New York, N.Y. 10008.

Donna Pittman

RICHMOND — Donna Pittman 68, died Sunday. Services are Thursday at 1 p.m. at Conway Tabernacle Church of God. Visitation is Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Conway Tabernacle Church of God. Lakes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Eugene Sparks

RICHMOND — Robert Eugene Sparks, age 46, of Berea, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, in St. Joseph Hospital in Berea. He was born in Richmond, Ky., to the late Herman and Allie Marcum Sparks. He was a member of Glory Land Baptist Church and had worked as an automobile mechanic.

Mr. Sparks is survived by his children: Christopher A. (Heather) Sparks of Mt. Vernon, Melissa Ann (Brandon) Watson of Irvine, April Michelle Sparks (Rodger) of Corbin; sisters, Eleanor Land, Freda Bolton, both of Kirksville, Mary Abner of Berea, Carolyn Isaacs of Richmond; brothers, Lester Sparks of Livingston, Wes Sparks of Lancaster, Homer Sparks, Lloyd Sparks and Roy Sparks, all of Berea, Fred Sparks, Stanford; grandchildren, Jastin, Kyler, Destiny, Carlie, Abigail and Alyssa. He was preceded in death by a son, Robbie Lee Sparks; a sister, Barbara Sue McKinney; his brothers, Fletcher and Jerry Sparks.

Mr. Sparks’s funeral will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Cecil Burns officiating. Burial will be in the Pilot Knob Cemetery.

Henrietta Louise Redding

RICHMOND — Henrietta Louise Redding, age 81, of Richmond, died Saturday, March 12, 2011.

She was a retired nurse’s aid and member of the Farristown Baptist Church. She is survived by: a daughter, Rosa Watts of Richmond.

Funeral services for Mrs. Redding will be 1 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011, at the Farristown Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Smith officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the hour of the service on Thursday at the church. Burial will follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Richmond. Davis & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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