Irene G. Renfro
RICHMOND — Irene G. Renfro, 79, widow of Franklin J. Renfro, passed away October 25, 2011. Mrs. Renfro was born September 28, 1932, in Estill County, to Lee and Delitha Mae Fox Gordon. She was a member of Community Christian Church.
Survivors include: two daughters, Linda Hunt of Pikeville, Ky., and Barbara Ann Lainhart of Richmond; also her sister, Edith Worrell of Estill County; four grandchildren, Tracey Farmer-Winn, Stacey Lainhart, Paul Lainhart and Cheryl Lee Renfro; great-grandchildren, Brittany Farmer, Andre Lainhart, Cameron Lainhart, Catherine Lainhart, Destiny Lainhart and Lance Lainhart.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by: two sons, Franklin Renfro, Jr., and Terry Lee Renfro.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, October 28, 2011, at Richmond Cemetery with Bro. Harry Hebert officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 27, 2011, at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Steve Rhodus, Danny Renfro, Robert Winn, Phillip Worrell, Carl Ogle and Donnie Gordon.
RICHMOND — Iva Patton Lamb passed away Oct. 2, 2011, at the age of 93, in Apopka, Fla. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at the Davis & Powell Funeral Home.
Martha Elizabeth Keeton
RICHMOND — Martha Elizabeth Leonard Keeton, 84, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2011, in Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, Ky., after a long illness.
She was born March 22, 1927, in Harrodsburg, Ky., to Harvey D. Leonard and Wilhelmina Satterly Leonard. She graduated from Harrodsburg High School in 1944 and was an alumnus of Georgetown College where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music and a Master’s degree in Business Education. Martha spent her career in the education field as a teacher and Curriculum Specialist in Vocational Education for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Martha was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Richmond, Ky. She brought joy to many through her sense of humor and talent for music. She was especially known for playing the piano, which she enjoyed for 80 years.
Martha is survived by: Lloyd Keeton, her husband of 64 years. She is also survived by: her two sons, Gregory Leonard Keeton of Federal Way, Wash., and David Price Keeton of Berea, Ky.; her grandson, Robert Michael Keeton of Powell, Tenn.; her granddaughter, Victoria Diamond Keeton of Berea, Ky.; and one great-grandson, Benjamin Lloyd Keeton of Powell, Tenn.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, October 28, 2011, at Oldham, Roberts, and Powell Funeral Home in Richmond, with visitation after 10 a.m. until service time. Martha will be laid to rest in Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg, Ky.
In lieu of flowers, friends can make an honorary donation to: Hospice Care Plus, Inc., 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403.
“Life is short, and we have too little time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us; so be swift to love, and make haste to be kind.”
RICHMOND — Ret. 1st Sgt. Dairl K. Broaddus passed away Monday, October 10, 2011, in his residence. A graveside service took place Friday, October 14, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Fort Benning Cemetery, Ft. Benning, Ga, with the Rev. Roosevelt Oakes officiating. The family received friends Thursday, October 13, 2011 in the Chapel of Vance-Brooks Funeral Home, Columbus, Ga.
Mr. Broaddus was born March 3, 1926, in Madison County, Ky., to the late Herbert and Bessie Broaddus. Mr. Broaddus was a Baptist and attended the TIC Chapel at Fort Benning.
Mr. Broaddus was a U.S. Army Infantry retiree with 24 years of active duty, being a veteran of both World War II and Vietnam. He was involved in campaigns in the Ardennes, the Rhineland and Central Europe in WW II in the 78th Infantry Division. He was in three major campaigns in Vietnam in the 1st Airmobile Division. He numbers among his awards and decorations the Combat Infantryman””s Badge with one star, the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Good Conduct Medal with seven loops, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army Occupation Medal (Germany), the American Defense Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 device, the WW II Eame Ribbon with three battle stars, the Air Assault Badge, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Citation with palm, and three Overseas Service Bars. His last assignment in Vietnam was SGT/Major 2/12 Cav. 1st Airmobile Division. After his service in the U.S. Army, he was employed for a brief time at Columbus College and then into a security organization for 20 years.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by: his loving grandparents, who raised him, Ed and Mattie Broaddus; eight brothers; and three sisters.
His survivors include: his wife of 60 years, Laura E. Broaddus of Seale, Ala.; two sons, Douglas N. Broaddus of Ft. Payne, Ala., and Alan K. Broaddus (DeAnn) of Columbus, Ga.; two daughters, Sonja G. Carter of Columbus, Ga., and Benita C. Finley of Ladonia, Ala.; eight grandchildren, Traci Broaddus, Douglas N. Broaddus Jr., Dairl James Broaddus, Cathy DiQuattro (Ron), Ryan North (Josh), Shelby Carter, Laura A. Broaddus and Corey Broaddus; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Daniel Broaddus (Wilma) of Lexington, Ky.; several nieces and nephews to include a special niece, Judy Masters of Richmond, Ky.
Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to: Vista Care Hospice or Disabled American Veterans.
Mary Elizabeth McKee
Mary Elizabeth McKee Beagle, 86, of Berea, Kentucky died Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at St. Joseph Berea. She was a Van Wert, Pennsylvania native born February 1, 1925, daughter of the late Strode McKee and Martha Slagle McKee Sheerer, U. S. Army Signal Corps employee before going to work for Marriott at Plattsburgh State University College in 1962. She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 1505 (Keeseville, New York) where she served on the Entertainment Committee from 1960 until 1990, Keeseville Field Day Association, and the United Methodist Church. Upon moving to Berea in 1994 from Keeseville, Mary continued to work for Marriott at Berea College Food Service for many years until her retirement. She was described by a student “as angelic as anyone I have ever known.”
Survivors include her loving husband of 65 years, John Beagle, Jr.; and 1 daughter, Martha Beagle; and her special pet Fluffy. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by 1 brother Herman McKee.
No Services currently scheduled. Memorial contributions suggested to American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or The Humane Society.
Robert Nathan Azbill
Robert Nathan Azbill,74, passed away at his home surrounded by family Tuesday evening, October 25, 2011.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lois Webb Azbill; two children, Marcia Azbill Hicks (James) and Robert David Azbill (Suzanne); three grandchildren, James Nathan Hicks, Robert Newell Hicks, and Evelyn Calloway Hicks; a sister, Judith Azbill Gall (Thomas); nieces Stephanie Gall Mann (Tracy) and Erin Gall Atkins (Thomas) and nephew Mark T. Gall. Other survivors include two uncles, Jeptha Fortney (Genevieve) and Robert Fortney (Nell).
Born in Richmond, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Nathan Deatherage and Evelyn Fortney Azbill. He was retired from Madison County Schools having taught at Silver Creek and Daniel Boone Elementary Schools and was principal of Waco Elementary School for 24 years. Later he was the Elementary Supervisor for the Madison County Board of Education Central Office. A member of Westside Christian Church, he has served as a Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon, and Elder Emeritus. He served on the Louisville Bible College Board of Regents and was a lay minister for several area churches over the last 25 years. Azbill was an Army Veteran, having served in the Reserves and in active duty for over 13 years. He was a member of the American Legion and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky Teachers College with a B.S. in Principalship and a M.Ed. in Administration. He also attended the Louisville Bible College. He enjoyed woodworking, singing, and golf in his spare time.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 11AM Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, 328 West Main St., Richmond, with Bro. Matt Vaught and Bro. Mike Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Madison Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 3-8 PM Sunday at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be James Nathan Hicks, Robert Newell Hicks, Mark Gall, Kirk Clark, Michael Fortney, and Charles Fortney. Honorary Pallbearers will be Eugene Turner, Kenneth Fortney, George Pfotenhauer, Michael Smyth, Glen Marshall, Shannon Johnson, Russell (Buddy) Roberts, Ralph Azbill, and James Norvell Azbill.
Memorials may be sent to Louisville Bible College, PO Box 91046, Louisville, KY 40291-0046 or Sayre Christian Village, Christian Benevolent Outreach, Inc., 580 Greenfield Drive, Lexington, KY 50517.