Obituaries October 24 to October 31, 2011

Rufus Lee Whittemore

Rufus Lee Whittemore

RICHMOND — Rufus Lee Whittemore, age 82, died Friday, October 28, 2011, in St. Joseph Hospital of Lexington. He was a native of Madison County, born to the late James Madison “Matt” and Mallie Jones Whittemore. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He served during the Korean Conflict with the United States Army. Mr. Whittemore had worked as an insurance salesman, in the electrical supply business, and at Parker Seal for 22 years.

He is survived by: his wife of 61 years, Dora Horn Whittemore of Berea; nieces and nephews, Woody Gabbard of Berea, Carolyn Cruse of Berea, Phyllis Gabbard of Berea, Carol Angel of Brookeville, Ohio, and Billy Jean Plummer of Knoxville, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his children, David Scott Whittemore, James Alfred Whittemore and Dora Lee “Button” Whittemore; his sisters, Geneva and Mae Gabbard.

Funeral services for Mr. Whittemore will be 1 p.m. Monday, October 31, 2011, at the Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Joey Kays officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Rodney Gabbard, Dennis Grant, Don Poynter, Lonnie Estep, J.C. Dickerson, Joe Kays, and Mike Hammond.

Helen Louise Saylor

Helen Louise Saylor age 70 of Maple Street in Berea, passed away Thursday at her home, surrounded by loving family.

She was born in Rockcastle County to the late Bronce and Deloris Leger Powell. She was a homemaker and formerly attended the Maple Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Silas Saylor, one brother Bronce Albert Powell and several half-brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her children Brenda Dixon, Ricky Saylor, Jeannie (Mike) Wren, Rhonda Lovonne (Pablo Hernandez) Napier, Lora Gadd and Timothy (Diana) Saylor, three brothers David (Brenda) Powell, Boyd (Thelma) Powell and Bobby (Irene) Powell, 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, sister-in-law Linda Powell and many nieces, nephews, friends and family also survive her.

Funeral services will be Monday October 31, 2011 at 1 PM at Lakes Funeral Home with Bro. Vester Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in the Leger Cemetery in Conway. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 6-9 pm at the funeral home.

Active pallbearers will be special friends Pablo Hernandez, Jose Perez Luna, Jose Manuel Esparca, Cirilo Perdomo, Rony Perdomo, Raul Noel.

James Miller Jr.

RICHMOND — James Miller Jr., 63, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2011, in the Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Junior, as he was best known, was born on March 30, 1948, in Madison County, the son of the late James Miller and Nora Alexander Cox Miller. He was a retired groundskeeper for the Richmond Cemetery and was of the holiness faith.

He is survived by: his wife, Betty Sue Miller; daughter, Elizabeth Faith Miller; one brother and sister-in-law, Alfred E. and Oma Jean Cox; father-in-law, Lester Willis; several cousins including Patricia and Billy Horn; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: two sisters and brothers-in-law, Leona and Johnny Riddell and Modena and Ray Perkins; and his mother-in-law, Suda Willis.

Messages from the family… Wife: Sweetheart I will join you soon, please wait for me; Daughter: Daddy, I love you and I’ll see you soon, I promise, love and kisses; Brother: I love you and I will miss you, until we meet again.

A private graveside service will be conducted in Richmond Cemetery. Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Earnest Lee Baker

Earnest Lee Baker, 81, the husband of Rosetta Burns Baker, passed away Friday morning, October 28, 2011.
Earnest was born on January 24, 1930 in Madison County, the son of the late Jesse and Bertie Long Baker. He was a retired electronic technician for Blue Grass Hardware, was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the Big Hill Ave. Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife of fifty seven years: Rosetta; one sister: Geraldine Baker; one sister-in-law: Thelma Baker; one nephew: Coleman Lee Baker (Sandra); one niece: Linda Allen; two great nephews: Andrew Baker and Brian Preston; one great niece: Cynthia Lovins; one great-great-nephew and one great-great-niece.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister-in-law: Cecil Baker and Coleman “Bud” Baker and his wife Laura Edith; two sisters and brothers-in-law: Lucille and Glenmore Lunsford and Lyda and Leo Malear.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Pearson officiating. Burial will follow at Madison Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends and relatives from 5-8 P.M. Monday evening at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Russell Thomas, Coleman Lee Baker, Andrew Baker, Greg Murphy, Brad Thomas, Doug Rhodus, Kevin Burns and Ryan Rhodus.

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