Obituaries April 11 to April 17 (Continued)

M. Susan Shower

RICHMOND — M. Susan Shower, 72, of Richmond, has moved on to her next job of making cookies for St. Peter using all the butter and sugar she wants, as well as sandwiches for the children of Heaven. She passed peacefully on April 11, 2011, at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center.

Susan is survived by: her children Martha (Robert) Garrison of Fla.; Bill “Tre” (Laurie) Shower, Ky.; Mike (Bettina) Shower, Ariz. Her beloved grandchildren Patrick and Rachel (Ky.); DJ, Alex and Madison (Ariz.); Robert (Fla.); her sister Alice (Richard) Laatsch of Ohio, several nieces and nephews; her “adopted” Wesley children Alvin (Carrie) Cheng, the Rev. Amy Cook; and her three beloved cats Fredrick, Sarah and Brighteyes.

Susan’s life was filled by giving to all she saw. She taught hygiene and health in the hills of eastern Kentucky, and bush villages of Mozambique. A volunteer extraordinaire for 35 years with the Daniel Boone Chapter of the American Red Cross, a retired registered nurse, active board member of the Wesley Foundation and supporter of Jericho Road (Outreach Thursday Night Student Ministry Program). Susan attended faithfully, lovingly and serving the Northridge Church. Her mentoring of the young adults is evident in their love for her. The ripples of life she left will become waves of love that will go on forever.

A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted April 30, 2011, at 11 a.m., Richmond First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jake Lee of Northridge Church officiating. Donations may be made to: Hospice Compassionate Care – Richmond; Daniel Boone Chapter of the American Red Cross Disaster Fund; Northridge Church or the Wesley Foundation.

Vicki Ann Stevenson
Vicki Ann Stevenson

RICHMOND — Vicki Ann Stevenson, 70, of Richmond, the widow of Keith passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in Morning Pointe Senior Care in Richmond. She was born December 15, 1940, in Detroit, Mich., to the late Victor Compagnoni and Antoinette (Radassi) Campognoni Miller. Mrs. Stevenson was a retired Grant Writer/ Consultant for the disabled and a member of Red House Baptist Church. Mrs. Stevenson really loved her Morning Pointe and Red House Baptist Church families, as they were a big part of her life.

She is survived by: her stepfather, Dusty Miller; two stepdaughters, Carrie M. Maggard (Ed) and Linda Stallcop, both of Richmond; a brother and sisters; many nieces and nephews. She also leaves six grandchildren, Tracy Tucker Georges, Thomas Tucker, Sean Tucker, Nicole Neeley, Erin Cota and Jarod Hustler; 13 great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Hayley, Kayla, Codi, Megan, Brody, Conner, Logan, Matthew, TJ Gaige, Abigail and Ryan.

Services for Mrs. Stevenson will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Butch Tanner officiating. Entombment will follow at Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to: the Red House Baptist Church, 2301 Red House Road, Richmond, KY 40475.

Edward “Peanut” Mullikin Jr.

BEREA — Edward “Peanut” Mullikin, Jr., 68, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. Mr. Mullikin was born October 6, 1942, in Cincinnati, Ohio., the son of the late Ed and Rose Hignite Mullikin. He was the retired owner and operator of Shop-N-Save Market and was a former volunteer fireman for the city of Richmond.

His survivors include: two brothers, Kenneth Mullikin of Berea and Phillip Mullikin of Richmond; four sisters, Jo Ann Nauyers of Fairfield, Tenn., Lucille Madden of Lexington, Barbara Jones of Richmond, Glenda Jackson of Paint Lick and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Earl Jackson, Larry Madden, Felix Skinner, Shannon Mullikin, Michael Mullikin and Blake Johnson.

Fred Gooch

BEREA — Fred Gooch, 70 of Richmond, Ky., passed away Monday. Born May 2, 1940, in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Leonard and Mildred Gooch. He is survived by: his wife of 51 years, Pansy (Lanigan) Gooch; two daughters, Tena Gooch (Doug) and Vickie Glidewell (Chris); two brothers, John Gooch of Georgia and Ed Gooch of Virginia; one sister, Peggy Spears of Indiana; and a grandson, MacKenzie Glidewell of Lexington.

He was a retired employee of Eastern Kentucky University who enjoyed farming, traveling, any type of physical competition and being with his family and friends. Fred wanted to help future doctors in furthering their education

and graciously made the decision to donate his body to the University of Kentucky Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed by all who had the fortunate pleasure of knowing him. There will be a Celebration of Life service and reception at the Arlington Mule Barn in Richmond on Sunday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the University of Kentucky Body Bequeathal Program (MN 223 Medical Center, Lexington, KY 40536) and the National Ataxia Foundation

Allie B. Lynch Crane

Allie B. Lynch Crane, age 82, of Red Lick Road, Berea, died Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at her home. She was born in Madison County to the late Leslie P. and Elsie Davis Lynch. Mrs. Crane was a housewife, farmer, and a member of the Holiness faith. She was the widow of Carl Crane.

Mrs. Crane is survived by: her daughter, Imogene Crane of Berea; her son, Ronnie Crane of Berea; her sisters, Mamie Lynch Rose of Berea, and Betty Lynch Dye of Louisville. She was preceded in death by 2 sons, James William and Joseph Crane; a sister, Edna Allen Lynch; 2 brothers, John D. Lynch and James William Lynch.

Funeral services for Mrs. Crane will be 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Vester Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in the Lakes Family Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Dr. Don R. Gilman
Dr. Don R. Gilman

Dr. Don R. Gilman, 87, of Berea, died Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at Madison Manor Nursing Home. He was a Cheyenne, Wyoming native born July 28, 1923, son of the late Harley and Vera Sangster Gilman, WWII U.S. Army Air Corp veteran, and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Gilman was a member of the American Medical Association, Emergency Medical Associates, and The Professional Golfers” Association of America. He moved to Berea from Portsmouth, Ohio in 2004 and attended Glades Christian Church.

Survivors include his loving wife, Joann Clausing Gilman; 4 children, Tom Gilman, Donna Potter, Dwight Looney, Debbie Spears; 8 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Leslea Gilman; 2 brothers and 1 sister. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:30 PM, Saturday, April 16, 2011 at New Boston Community Center in Portsmouth, Ohio. No local services are scheduled. Reppert Funeral Home and Cremation Service in charge of arrangements.

Shelby Spicer

WACO — Shelby Spicer, 85, passed away Wednesday evening, April 13, 2011, in his home surrounded by his family. Shelby was born July 5, 1925, in Lee County, Ky. He is the son of the late James Wesley Sr. and Sarah Cassie Spicer. Shelby is retired from Phillips Lighting, a member of the Waco Baptist Church and the Waco Masonic Lodge No.338. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Maxine Spicer.

Shelby is survived by: his children, Jerry (Pat) Spicer Waco, Ky., and April (David) Brock Berea, Ky.; his cherished grandchildren, Kelly (Paul) Adkins, Vanessa (Tyler) Hurt, Christopher (Karen) Brock; and Amanda Spicer; five great-grandchildren, Shelby Lynn Selvey, Justin Blake Selvey, Ethan Brock, Trysten Hurt and Hayley Brock. Shelby’s life was filled with love and happiness. He spent his retirement years on the farm and with his “best friend” Moyer.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2010, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with the Rev. David Woosley officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Masonic Rites at 8:30 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Pete Cain, Bill Goosey, Mike Tipton, Jimmy Blanton, Brian Witt and Steve Kelly. Honorary pallbearers will be Kim Isaacs, Lucille MaLear, Dorothy Whitaker, Mary Hurt, Jerri Pitman, Shirley Roberts and Brenda Cole. Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of Arrangements.

Gordon Caswell Tate

IRVINE — Gordon Caswell Tate, 82, Richmond Road, widower of Lillie Ballard Tate, passed away in his home Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Mr. Tate was born March 29, 1929, in Madison County, a son of the late Gordon and Audrey Mollett Tate. He was a retired employee of the Westinghouse Company, a deacon and Sunday school superintendent at Cow Creek Baptist, a sports writer for the Estill Herald, and a coach for the Kiwanis Little League, he also was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. Besides his wife of 54 years, Lillie, he was also preceded in death by a brother Richard Tate, and sisters Janet Smith and Joyce Hollcum.

Survivors include: two sons, Jeff and wife Terrie Tate, and Michael and wife Trulena Tate; two grandchildren, Micah Tate and Jordon Tate; four brothers, Harold Dean and wife Bonny Tate of Ashland, Donald Ray and wife Deloris Tate of Ind., Raymond and wife Brenda Tate of Waco, and Maxie and wife Debra Tate of Richmond; four sisters, Dorothy Wall of Richmond, Wilma and husband Russell Thomas of Louisville, Maxine Patton of Richmond, and Gladys Spillman of Richmond; special caregivers, Jackie Coffey, Trina Goosey, Crystal Collett, Miranda Lewis, Hilda and Billy Wilson, Tabitha Stepp, Kinea Thompson, Maxine Dawes, Sue Gross, Nannie Hunt, Donna Marcum, Bonnie Brake, Stephanie McKinney, Crystal Coffey, MEPCO Home Health, and Hospice Care Plus.

Services for Mr. Tate will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Lewis Funeral Home, with Howard Clay Farris, Donald Tate, Arthur Ray and Joe Lahrmer officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call anytime after 5 p.m. Friday.

Pallbearers will be Micah Tate, Harold Dean Tate, Donald Tate, Raymond Tate, Maxie Tate, Darrell Tate and Curtis Tate. Honorary pall bearers will be Jimmy Wall, Dewayne Tate, Kenneth Tate, Russell Thomas, James Patton, Larry Hunt, Jason Spillman, Shawn Wilson, Bobby Russell, Ivan Ballard, Wayne Ballard, Fred Ginter, Howard Farris, David Newton, John Abney, Straude Shouse, and all former Little League (Senators) players.

Mary V. Butler

RICHMOND — Mary V. Butler, 76 of Park Lane, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2011. She was born November 28, 1934, in Fayette County to Harry and Dixie Ashcraft Butler. She was a member of the Speedwell Christian Church.

Mary is survived by: one sister, Imogene Shelton of Richmond; two nieces, Sherol Gibbs (Don) and Debra McMaine (Gerald) of Richmond; three great-nieces, Leah K. McMaine, Lindsey Shelton of Frankfort, Kristy Webb of Richmond; four nephews, Jerry Shelton of Frankfort, Ronnie Shelton of Richmond, Wayne Shelton of Garrard County and David Shelton of Waco; three great-nephews, Jarred McMaine, Clint Gibbs and Ben Shelton; and a special cousin, Dixie Farthing.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Monday, April 18, 2011, at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Dennis Pasley officiating. Burial will follow in Madison Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday until service time. Pallbearers will be Jerry Shelton, Ronnie Shelton, Wayne Shelton, Clint Gibbs, Don Gibbs and Gerald McMaine.

Alson “Ted” Drew

Alson “Ted” Drew passed away Thursday, April 14, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, KY. Mr. Drew was born October 4, 1923, the son of the late Grover C. and Beatrice Hale Drew. He was the widower of Dorothy Kearns Drew. “Ted” as he was known to his family, friends, and his business customers was born in Jackson County, KY. He entered the U S Navy at the age of nineteen, serving his country on the naval ship USS Bellatrix.
Following his service in the military during World War II, Ted became a self-employed plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning business man. He was known to be loyal to customers; serving the motto: “Customers come first.” When not working, Mr. Drew enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an enthusiastic supporter of UK Basketball, Cincinnati Reds Baseball, and Eastern Kentucky University Sports. Ted was a member of the Madison Hills Christian Church.
In addition to his parents; Grover and Beatrice, and wife; Dorothy, he was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters. Mr. Drew is survived by two sons: Jeffery (Angie) Drew, Granger, IN; Teddy Drew, Richmond, KY; two brothers: Paul (Mary) Drew, Garrard County, KY; Grover Jr. (Mary) Drew, Garrard County, KY; one sister: Ruth Cutter, Cincinnati, OH; three grandchildren: Andrea Ross, Christopher Drew, Laura Drew, and one great-grandchild: Jenna Ross, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Pallbearers for Mr. Drew will be Mike Johnson, Ron Hale, Paul Hale, Chris Drew, Troy Ross, and Sammy Hammons. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Earl Jackson, James Ward, Derrick Ward, Keith Ward, Tom Brown, Jack Hissom, and Tommy Drew.
Visitation will be 6-9 PM, Monday, April 18, 2011, at Fritz and Turpin Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at the funeral home with the Rev. Marty Frazer officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery with full military honors.

Abraham Ramirez Hernandez

RICHMOND — Abraham Ramirez Hernandez, 21, of South Killarney Lane, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2011, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

Abraham was born January 9, 1990, to Halario Ramirez and Magdalena Hernandez De Ramirez. He enjoyed attending the First Baptist Church and had worked with McIntosh Sod Farms. In addition to his parents, survivors include: his brother, Peter Ramirez; and three sisters, Marielena Hernandez, Xeomara Hernandez and Gloria Ramirez; and his nephews whom he loved very much.

The funeral service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Fort officiating. Burial will follow in McIntosh Family Cemetery. Visitation will be after 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Haliro Ramirez, Peter Ramirez, Joseph McIntosh, Christian Rios-Rivera, Luis Valentin, Junior Lawson, Jose Sepinosa, Saul Valaquez, Daniel Astello, Jose Chavez and Alfonzo Leon.

Kaitlyn Abagail Marie Merrill

RICHMOND — Kaitlyn Abagail Marie Merrill, infant daughter of John K. and Lana Horn Merrill, passed away suddenly, Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Kaitlyn was born December 30, 2010, in Lexington. In addition to her parents, she is survived by: her brother, Zachary Kenneth Merrill; and twin sister, Isabella Constance Merrill.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 17, 2011, at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Pastor Adam Norsworthy officiating. Burial will follow in Horn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011, at the funeral home.

Billy Wayne Wethington Sr.

Billy Wayne Wethington, Sr., 58, passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at his home in Lexington. Billy was born on October 7, 1952 in Lexington, Kentucky, and was the son of John Arnold Wethington and Rachel Elizabeth Watkins, both of whom preceded him in death. He was employed as a brick layer.

Survivors include: two sons, Billy Wethington II (Wendy) and Charles Wethington, both of Lexington; one daughter, Jennifer Dean (Emery), of Winfield, Alabama; five grandchildren, Courtney Dean (Ethan) and Corey Dean, both of Winfield, Alabama, and Brandon Chipps, Jacob Wethington, and Christopher Wethington, all of Lexington; one great-grandchild, Bentley Flynn, of Winfield, Alabama; and a host of brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services for will be held at 12 noon on Monday, April 18, 2011 at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home in Richmond. Burial will follow at the Watkins Family Cemetery in Wolfe County. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Monday at Oldham, Roberts & Powell.

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