Obituaries March 14 to March 21

Regina Gay Thomas

Regina Gay Thomas

RICHMOND — Regina Gay Thomas, 30, of Ashland, K formerly of Richmond, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at Our Lady of Bellefont Hospital in Ashland.

She was born in Richmond, Ky. Regina was a graduate of Madison Central High School and had attended Eastern Kentucky University. She was currently attending Ashland Community College.

Regina was preceded in death by her grandfather, James A. Gay. She is survived by her husband, Marty Thomas, of Ashland; parents, Greg and Tammy Sowers Gay, of Richmond; two daughters, Kiyara and Chasity Thomas; one sister, Amanda Gay; maternal grandparents, Jenimarie and William R. Sowers; paternal grandmother, Lola Dean Gay; one uncle, Doug Gay (Cathy); four aunts, Donna Stivers (Tommy), Janice Hendrick, Anne Congleton, and Jennifer Inman (Kip); one niece, Emma Grayce; and numerous other family members.

A memorial service for Gina will be conducted at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Richmond, with the Rev. Bill Fort officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until service time at the church.

Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge. Contributions are suggested to: National Adrenal Disease Foundation, 505 Northern Blvd, Suite 200, Great Neck, NY 11021; Trooper Island, or any local Family Resource Youth Services Centers.

Mary Noland Rhodus

RICHMOND — Mary Noland Rhodus, 87, widow of Walter Rhodus went to be with the Lord, Friday, March 18, 2011.
Mrs. Rhodus was born in Estill County, Ky., on August 3, 1923, the daughter of the late Clay and Pearl Baber Noland. She was a native of Madison County and member of Kirksville Baptist Church. Mrs. Rhodus was also a former resident of Harrodsburg, Ky., and past member of Harrodsburg Baptist Church.

She was the loving mother of two sons, Wayne Noland (Una) and David Rhodus (Dawn); one daughter: Sue Etta Caudill; loving grandmother of eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and the dear sister of Paul Noland.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, with Dr. Robert Defoor officiating. Burial will follow at the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be: Denis Mullally, Darren Caudill, Dillon Rhodus, Jeff Noland, John Noland, Scott Noland, Clay Noland and Caleb Noland.

In lieu of flowers,,remembrances may be made to the Kirksville Baptist Church, 542 Kirksville Rd., Kirksville, KY 40475, and the Harrodsburg Baptist Church, 312 S. Main St., Harrodsburg, KY, 40330.

James L. Bowling

RICHMOND — James L. Bowling, 70, husband of Ruth Snapp Bowling, died Friday, March 18, 2011.
Mr. Bowling was born in Rockcastle County, Ky., on April 25, 1940, the son of the late Emory and Sue Begley Bowling. He was the owner and operator of B&R Electric. Mr. Bowling was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

In addition to his wife he is survived by: two sons, Jackie Bowling and Charles Bowling (Mary); one brother, Freddy Lear (Hallie); sister, Phyllis Pingleton (Carl); and two grandchildren: Nicholas Bowling and Ashley Wiseman.

Services for Mr. Bowling will be private. Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial contributions in honor of Mr. Bowling may be made to Hope’s Wings, 351 Isaacs Ln., Richmond, KY 40475, or one’s charity of choice.

Jewel L. Egolf

RICHMOND — Jewel L. Egolf, 49, passed away March 18, 2011, in the Hospice Compassionate Care Center, Richmond, Ky. She was the daughter of the late Walter Matthew and Willie Mae Egolf.

Jewell was an active and loyal member of the Faith Baptist Church. She took great pride in being a member of this congregation for 30 years. Jewel was known for her love of children and cats and was a collector of angel and cat statues.

Mrs. Egolf is survived by: one daughter, Christina Egolf of Richmond, Ky.; one brother, Donald Egolf of Richmond, Ky.; an adoptive son, “Robert”; and a host of loving friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2011, at Faith Baptist Church, 486 Battlefield Memorial Hwy., Richmond, Ky. Memorial services will follow at 7 p.m. with Bro. Dan Bottrell officiating. Friends and family will gather in fellowship hall at the conclusion of the memorial service. Fritz and Turpin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Meredith Watson Lentz

LOUISVILLE — Meredith Watson Lentz, 89, of Louisville, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in the Episcopal Church Home.

She was born February 3, 1922, to the late Welton Clay Watson and Annie Prewitt McKinney. She was a retired Office Manager for General Motors Parts Division after 44 years of service and a founding member of Lyndon Christian Church.

She is preceded in death by: her husband, Arthur Henry Lentz; and a sister, Anita Speechly. She is survived by: two brothers, Henry Watson, Sr. (Marlene Lentz) of Louisville and C.B. Watson (Barbara) of Richmond, Ky; sister, Berniece Thomas of Louisville; brother-in-law, Clifford Speechly of Jeffersonville; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Her generous, loyal and fun loving spirit will be missed by all of us.

Her funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Ratterman’s, 3711 Lexington Road with burial to follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial gifts in the form of contributions may be made to Kosair Charities.

Wanda Sue Sullivan
Wanda Sue Sullivan

Formerly of Richmond– On February 9, 2011, Wanda Sue Sullivan (Romans), 64, passed away in Richmond, Va., with her daughters by her side. Wanda was born in Lexington, Ky., in 1946 and was raised in Richmond, Ky.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in religion from Eastern Kentucky University in 1987. She was not only the first in her family to attend and graduate college, but she did so as an older, non-traditional student and single parent, working three jobs in order to maintain her family.

In 1987, she married Michael Sullivan and moved to Tampa, Fla., where she resided until 1996. Over the next several years, she and her husband moved about the country as a management team for an Atlanta-based hotel management company, Mike as a general manager and Wanda as sales and marketing manager. They ran and helped rebuild hotels in numerous states around the country. She received numerous honors and awards for her work not only within the company, but also for her charitable work within different communities. In 2005, she and Michael returned to Florida to be near their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In 2009, they moved to Richmond, Va., to be near their youngest daughter stationed at Fort Lee, Va.

In her passing, Wanda joins the son she lost in 1969, Ronnie Wells. Wanda is survived by: her husband of 23 years, Michael Sullivan; her daughters, Rhonda Drake of Tampa, Fla., and Lieutenant Colonel Dawn Chrisman of Richmond, Va.; her son, Greg Smith of Tampa, Fla.; her mother, Gladys Romans of Richmond, Ky.; her brothers, Charles Romans of Fayetteville, N.C., and Gerald Romans of Waco, Ky.; and her sister, Judy Moren of Richmond, Ky. She leaves behind: three grandchildren, Aundrea Penny, Zachary and Zoe Smith; three great-grandchildren, Brendon, Bradley and Addison Penny; numerous nieces and nephews; and hundreds of people whom she cared for and whose lives she impacted. Her loving, caring spirit was all encompassing and without limits.

Wanda loved the beach, riding roller coasters and playing cards with her many friends online. She was quick-witted, bold of spirit, caring and had a radiance that lit up any room she was in. She lived a rich and well loved life. A loving mother, daughter, wife and friend, she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Wanda was a member of the First Christian Church of the Disciples of Christ, Meridian, Miss. A memorial service will be conducted in June in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where it was her last wish to have her ashes scattered.

Jimmy Oliver Jr.
James Marvin ‘Jimmy’ Oliver, Jr.

RICHMOND — James Marvin “Jimmy” Oliver, Jr., 59, of Richmond, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in the home of his sister in Waco.

He was born in Madison County on June 11, 1951, to James Marvin and Mary Magdalene King Oliver. He was the grandson of the late Rev. Milt and Lucinda King and Robert and Jenny Oliver.

Jimmy was a former maintenance engineer at Kentucky Steel of Kentucky in Berea and a member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. Jimmy was a dedicated husband, father and brother and he loved his entire family and every one of his friends.

He is survived by: his loving wife, Charlotte Joan Applegate Oliver; one son, Robert Jay Oliver (Tracy) of Richmond; three sisters, Wanda Crain (Freddie), Frances Oliver and Barbara Simpson (Jimmy); his mother-in-law, Loraine Pearson; several nieces and nephews, including Angie Napier and Steve Thacker (Melanie).

Services for Jimmy will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 18, 2011, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, with Bro. Ricky Horn and Bro. Owen Moody officiating.

Burial will follow in Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be David Lawson, Mike Rhodus, Les Renfro, Paul Reffitt, Danny Lainhart and Larry Richardson. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie, Ronnie, Joe, Jerry, and Frankie King.

Linda Bookout

Formerly of Berea — Liinda Newman Bookout, 65, a Berea native and homemaker, passed away in her residence in Oklahoma City, Okla., January 20, 2011. Friends and relatives are invited to a memorial service and internment of her ashes at the Madison County Memorial Gardens Chapel of Peace located on U.S. 25 on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 10 a.m.

Linda is survived by: two sons, Gregory Dwayne Bookout (Jami) and Dennis Charles Bookout (Troyanne), both of Oklahoma City, Okla. Linda had: five grandchildren, Christian, Luke, Kama, Kyle and Christopher; and two great-grandchildren, Londynn and Preslynn. In addition, Linda is survived by: five sisters and five brothers, Vivian King of Berea, Phyllis Tripp (John) Brewer of Maine, Donna Van Winkle (Boyd) of Berea, David Newman of Frankfort, Norma Jackson (Ralph) of Berea, Delbert Newman (Lisa) of Lexington, Steve Newman (Sharon) of Berea, Ronald Newman of Crittenden, Teresa Anglin (Wayne) of Berea, and Gerald Newman (Regina) of Berea.

Linda was preceded in death by: her husband, Charles Franklin Bookout, who was a Green Beret in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war and has been missing in action since July 4, 1970. Linda’s mother and father, David Newman and Ruby Newman of Berea, also preceded her in death.

Expressions of sympathy should be directed to the family or sent to the Madison County Memorial Gardens Chapel of Peace.

Gladys Watson

BEREA — Gladys Watson, 82, of Maple Street, Berea, died Monday. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011, at Reppert Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be at noon Thursday until service time.

Pamela Eileen Singleton

LEXINGTON — Pamela Eileen Singleton, 50, departed this life March 13, 2011, in Saint Joseph Hospital West in Lexington, Ky. She was the daughter of the late Wallace G. Singleton and Joan Marie Tevis Singleton of Richmond, Ky.

She is survived by: two sisters, Wanda Singleton of Richmond and Vivian (Dee Dee) Cowart of Cincinnati, Ohio; three aunts, Eileen Mason, Bessie Shanks and Louise Turner of Richmond; three uncles, Jimmy (Lois) Tevis of Berea, Gary (Carrie Ann) Noland and Hugh Singleton of Richmond; a nephew, Marcus (Ameia) Singleton of Richmond; and two nieces, Niambi Odom and Amber Cowart of Cincinnati; two great nieces, Michaela Odom and Camyah Odom; and a great-nephew, Ethan Odom, all of Cincinnati; one half brother, Lynn Brooks of Texas; one half sister, Dorsey Gardner of Washington State; and numerous cousins and friends.

She was employed by the Fayette County Board of Education and taught at Deep Springs Elementary School where she was the music instructor. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, Francis Street. She served as financial officer, on the usher board and Sunday school teacher for the Beginners Class.

Visitation will be at First Baptist Church, Francis Street, Friday, March 18, 2011, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Services will begin at 1 p.m. with Dr. Robert R. Blythe officiating. Interment will follow in Madison County Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be deacons of First Baptist Church, Otis Ballard, John Barnes, John Black, Pleas Broadus, Eugene Estelle, and Stanley Miller, Sinclair Johnson and Kenard Bosley. Honorary pallbearers will be Otha Chenault and Dean Jenkins. Davis & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Charlene Felix

LEXINGTON — Charlene Felix, 62, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

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