Obituaries November 7 to November 14, 2011

Nick Chasteen

Nick Chasteen

Nick Chasteen, 77, of Copper Creak Road, died suddenly Friday, November 11, 2011 at his residence of an apparent heart attack. He was a life-long resident of Rockcastle County born September 14, 1934, son of the late Nick Chasteen and Annie Phillips Chasteen, and was a farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Fern Allen Chasteen; 1 son and daughter in law, Eugene and Kay Chasteen; 2 brothers, Robert Chasteen, David Chasteen; 2 sisters, Mary Mills, Lucy Gabbard; 2 grandchildren, Nickey (Treena) Chasteen, Tonya Gill; 5 great grandchildren, Nikolas Chasteen, Brydon Gill, Breanna Gill, Tonika Chasteen, Brylee Gill; as well as several nieces and nephews, and numerous relatives and friends.

Funeral Service 2:00 PM, Sunday, November 13, 2011 at Reppert Funeral Home in Berea. Burial will follow in the Nick Chasteen Cemetery in Rockcastle County. Visitation 5:00 – 9:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home.

Fannie A. Takieldin

Fannie Allen Takieldin

RICHMOND — Fannie Allen Takieldin, 77, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2011, in the Hospice Compassionate Care Center. She was born in Jackson County on August 9, 1934, to Charley and Bertha Hisle Smith. Mrs. Takieldin was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed the outdoors.

Her survivors include one daughter, Pat Novak; one son, Terry Joe “T. J.” Davis; two grandchildren, Karen Ann Smith, Angela Ward; four great-grandchildren, Savannah Faye Gunter, Bryson Alan Gunter, Bethany Danielle Gunter, Kayla Ward; one sister, Eileen Smith; two sisters-in-law, Helen Bernice Smith, Emma Smith and; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by Ada Marie Smith, Lena Smith Hymer, Hubert Smith, Wade Smith and Clyde Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM, Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Elder Terry House officiating. Burial will follow in Pilot Knob Cemetery. Visitation will be after 1:30 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Garry Hicky, Leo Hymer, David Smith, Larry Smith, Donald Todd and Larry Vencill.

Malinda T. Cody

RICHMOND — Mrs. Malinda Teater Cody, 72, of Oakland Ave., passed away Saturday, November 12, 2011 in the St. Joseph Hospital of Lexington.

Mrs. Cody, daughter of the late Wilbert and Eula Whittacker Teater, was born on April 23, 1939, in Madison County. She was a retired bookkeeper for Cody’s Welding Service and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – Richmond Ward.

Survivors include: two daughters: Linda Farrell (Tim) of Niota, Tenn., and Tracy Canine of Carrollton, Ky.; her son: Wilbert Cody (Sherry) of Inverness, Fla.; seven grandchildren: Timothy Farrell (Shaun), Elisha Montgomery (Danny), Roy Henry Canine, Jr., Caleb Canine, Sarah Cody, Austin Cody and Adam Cody; and three great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by her daughter: Lisa Gail Stewart, two sisters: Geneva Hutchinson and Gladys Stewart, and four brothers: Wilbert Michael Teater, Jr., James R. Teater, Gibson Teater and Stanley Teater.

The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Richmond. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Monday at the church.Pallbearers will be members of her church.

The family would like to extend their deep appreciation to Mrs. Cody’s companion: Bradley Bowman; her church family; her special friend, Rocella Johnson; and Dr. John Strauss. Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Taylor

James R. Taylor

RICHMOND — James R. Taylor, 70, husband of Jane Sparks Taylor, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2011, at their home, following a long illness. Mr. Taylor, son of the late Reed and Irene Noland Taylor, was born August 10, 1941, in Laurel County. He was a member of Kings Tabernacle and owner of Taylor & Son Painting.

Jim had several interests including fishing, horse racing, chewing tobacco and trying his luck with lottery tickets. Most of all, he loved his grandchildren. He was also a veteran of the National Guard.

In addition to his wife, survivors include: two sons, James R. Taylor, Jr. and Scott Taylor; five daughters; Taylor Lynch, Laura Lynch (Don Attaway), Robin Taylor, MaDonna Cain (Darrell) and Vicki Grant (Dean Alexander); two grandchildren, Dakota Lynch and Michael Taylor; his brother, William Taylor (Tammy); two sisters, Wilma Grant (Sam) and Lucy Lucas (James); and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. Some special people also survive him: Tim, Toni, Jake, Courtney, Megan and Miranda Miller. He was proceed in death by his sister, Ruth Williams, and his brother, Herbert “Shorty” Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Masters and Bro. Butch Payne officiating. Burial will follow in Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Monday, November 14, 2011, at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Dakota Lynch, Michael Taylor, Scott Taylor, Jake Miller, Don Attaway and David Sparks.

James Austin Whitten Jr.

James Austin Whitten Jr., age 94, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, Ky, of heart-related complications. Mr. Whitten had lived in Richmond since August of 2004, when he and his wife moved from Knoxville, Tennessee, to be near their daughter, Sandra Whitten Plant.

Mr. Whitten is survived by his wife, Sadye Baird Whitten and his daughter. He is also survived by a son, James A. Whitten III of Orlando, Fla.; four grandchildren, Jennifer Plant Johnston, Nashville, Tenn., Benjamin Andrew Plant, Atlanta, Ga., Catherine Whitten Anderson, Orlando, Fla., and Michael Austin Whitten, San Marcos, Texas. He also leaves seven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Whitten was born on October 28, 1917, in Birmingham, Ala., to James Austin Whitten Sr. and Myrtie Carden Whitten, both deceased. He had one sister, the late Dorothy Whitten West of Stuart, Fla., and a foster sister, the late Tommie Carden Graham of Birmingham.

He was a 1937 graduate of Jones Valley High School in Birmingham and completed his apprenticeship as a machinist at Hardy Tines Manufacturing in 1938. He later worked for U.S. Steel in Birmingham where he worked on ordnance that was used by the U.S. Army during World War II.

He and his wife were married on Jan. 11, 1940, and would have been married for 72 years this January. They lived in Birmingham, Ala., until January 1950 when they moved to Oak Ridge, Tenn., where Mr. Whitten was employed as a machinist and later machinist supervisor by Union Carbide Corporation at the Y-12 Plant

After a medical retirement in 1968, Mr. Whitten devoted himself to woodworking and making of fine furniture. He was an avid vegetable gardener and helped his wife can and freeze much of their produce. After his wife’s retirement, the couple traveled extensively, spending two winters in Portugal, and touring Spain, Mexico, Hawaii, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. They spent a number of winters in Leesburg, Fla. In Richmond, he was a member of First Baptist Church.

Services will be conducted at Oldham, Roberts and Powell Funeral Home in Richmond, Ky, with the Rev. Bill Fort of First Baptist Church officiating at the funeral on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until service time on Tuesday. Graveside service and burial will be in the Masonic Garden at Oak Ridge Memorial Park in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on Wednesday, Nov. 16th at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Craig Kallio, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, officiating at the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403

David Earl Burch

David Earl Burch

Danville — David Earl Burch, 93, died peacefully on November 10 in his home in Danville, surrounded by his family. Mr. Burch was born in Henderson, Kentucky, on November 9, 1918. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leah Johnson Burch, a past president of Kentucky Chapter 32 Telephone Pioneers. He was a devoted and loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and will be greatly missed by those who loved and knew him.

Mr. Burch served in the United States Air Force in World War II. He was a 50-year Mason, belonging to the Blue Lodge in Henderson, Chapter and Commandery in Frankfort, and Oleika Shrine Temple in Lexington. He was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Danville, where he had served as Sunday School superintendent and a Senior Men’s Bible Class teacher. He was active in Boy Scouts of America, serving as chairman of the Wilderness Trail District, and as board member of the Bluegrass Council in Lexington, where he was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.

He was also active in community development work, being a member of the Southeast Community Development Association, made up of 18 states. In 1968-1969, Mr. Burch was a key representative in Danville being named an All-American City by the National Municipal League.

Mr. Burch served as Public Relations Manager for the East Division of BellSouth, which included Frankfort, Danville, and Winchester districts. He also served as Division Commercial Representative for office reviews and audits. He finished his telephone company career as Public Relations Manager in Owensboro, where he again served his community as Publicity Chairman of United Way, and as State Chairman of the All-Kentucky City program, sponsored by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

During his long career in community and industrial work, he received Kentucky Colonel commissions from Republican Governor Louie B. Nunn and Democratic Governor John Y. Brown. Mr. and Mrs. Burch retired from the telephone company in 1983, making their home in Danville, Kentucky.

Mr. Burch is survived by one daughter, Susan Burch Shearer (Larry) of Richmond; three grandchildren, John David Shearer (Cindy), Clarksville, Ind., Jeffrey Wayne Shearer (Thea), Richmond, and Leah Kathryn Shearer of Louisville; three great-grandchildren, Liliana, William, and Caroline; special nephews John Ligon, Tehachapi, California, and John Ligon, Jr., Evansville, Indiana.

Visitation and services will be held on Saturday, November 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Stith Funeral Home in Danville, with Masonic Rites performed at 7 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 7:30 p.m. Reverend Dr. Quentin Scholtz will officiate. Burial will be in the Fernwood Cemetery, Henderson, Ky.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Scott, Johnny Chitwood, Dan Stewart, and Gentry Akin.

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