Obituaries Oct. 20 – 27, 2013

Hazel Starnes
Hazel Starnes

Hazel Starnes

Hazel Starnes, 87, of Davis Ave. Lancaster, died Friday at Markey Cancer Center in Lexington KY. She was preceded in death by her husband John Samuel Starnes. Hazel was born in Garrard County KY to the late Nathan and Delia Brock Day. She was a homemaker, and a member of Leavel Green Christian Church.

Surviving is five sons, Paul Starnes(Paula) of Stanford KY, Donald Starnes(Ann) of Georgetown KY, Earl Starnes(Sheila) of Stanford KY, Charles Starnes of Midway KY, and James Starnes of Victoria, TX; five sisters, Margaret May(Elmer) of Lancaster,Gladys Green(Maurice) of Boston KY, Para Lee Bean of Lancaster, Mary Ruth Poynter of Bybee KY, and Barbara Ann Napier of Lancaster; three brothers Robert Day of Cartersville KY, Boyd Day(Louise) of Stanford, and Ernest Day(Mary Ruth) of Elizabethtown KY.

Also surviving is eleven grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters Christine Moore, Mae Bolton, and two brothers Bill Day, and Jerry Day.

Funeral services 2 PM Monday October 28, 2013 at Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harvie Spry officiating. Visitation will be 5-8 Sunday. Burial in Manse Cemetery, Paint Lick KY

Pallbearers are Andrew, Chris, Brian, Wayne, Josh, Charles, and Rusty Starnes.

Frances Hale
Frances Hale

Frances Hale

Frances Hale, age 93, widow of the late Robert Hale, died Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013. Frances was the daughter of the late Ruford and Louise Robinson Gadd. She was a homemaker and member of the Bethel Baptist Church.

Frances is survived by: her son, Kenneth Hale of Berea; her grandson, Michael Hale of Corbin; her great-grandchildren, Michael Chase and Mary Grace Hale; her sister, Irene Cates Smith; two stepsons, Jack and Donnie Hale, both of Berea; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Lakes Funeral Home with Rev. Kenny Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Pilot Knob Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday Oct. 25, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Gadd, Ronnie Gadd, Eddie Hubbard, Dee Robinson, Donnie Ray Gadd and Garry Powell.

Tommy R. Perkins
Tommy R. Perkins

Tommy Royce Perkins

Tommy Royce Perkins, 57, of Valley View, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at his home. He was born January 22, 1956, the son of the late Floyd and Mattie Hendrix Perkins.

He loved his family and especially admired his grandchildren, and he enjoyed horses. He was a construction worker and was of the Christian faith.

Survivors include: his companion, Lynn Rice; one son, Timothy Perkins (Michelle); one brother, Ronnie Perkins; two sisters, Emily Keller (Clyde) and Pauline Neeley; two stepchildren, Tyler and Deanna Rice; four grandchildren, Michael Pingleton, Taylor Perkins, Joshua Thacker and Daniel Thacker; two step-grandchildren, Kaylee and Trevor Rice; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Gordon Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in the Perkins-Jones Cemetery at Baldwin. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday evening at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Charlie Foster, Mike Azbill, Kenneth Tudor, Dale Rhodus, James “Coon” Northern, Larry Harvey, Jerry Reynolds, Keith Hendricks, Donald “Butch” Comley and Rick Azbill.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Don Comley, Clay Masters, Homer Luster, Jason Shanks, Hubert Barnett, Elzie Ray Rhodus, Wayne Perkins, Hollis Tucker and Russell Azbill.

Ronald D. Turner

Ronald David Turner, 66, of the Panola community, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at his home. Mr. Turner was born in Madison County on Nov. 10, 1946, to the late Ewey Turner and Evelyn Mae Moore Ruff.

He had worked for Robinson Tool & Dye and the Blue Grass Army Depot. He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served during the Vietnam War on the USS Kitty Hawk. He loved his dogs, Jake and Jack. Mr. Turner was of the Pentecostal faith.

He is survived by: his son, Michael Turner and wife Allison of Clinton, S.C.; his brother, Randy Turner and wife Letrisia of Irvine; several grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Turner was preceded in death by his brothers: Stevie Turner, Ralph Turner and Danny Turner; and his sister, Judy Turner.

The family has chosen to have a private service. Burial will follow in the Cedar Cliff Family Cemetery. Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Gene Young
Robert Gene Young

Robert Gene Young

Robert Gene “Bob” Young, 77, died Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at his longtime home in Lexington. He was born February 24, 1936, in Estill County, Kentucky to Clayton C. and Belle (McLaughlin) Young, both of whom preceded him in death.

A gifted and accomplished amateur golfer in his late teens and early twenties, Bob was a graduate of Madison County High School and attended Eastern Kentucky University, where he contributed and lettered as a member of the EKU golf team. An extensive business career followed academic pursuits and an honorable discharge from peacetime service in the United States Army.

For nearly 20 years Bob worked in a number of capacities for the Begley Drug Company and Big “B”, its dry cleaning division – culminating to his election and service as the company’s Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1974. He was also an owner of MBC Products, a Florence, Kentucky manufacturing company, for 21 years, an owner of the Four Seasons Dry Cleaners in Lexington for eleven years and, most recently, the principal owner of Young Communications.

For 55 years Bob was a member of the Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lexington, where he served as a deacon and in several capital campaign efforts. He also served as a board member of the Lexington Theological Seminary and was active in the American Red Cross. Bob enjoyed his affiliation and membership in Lexington Lodge #1, F.& A.M. and the Oleika Shrine Temple. He was for many years a member of the Lexington Country Club, serving for several of them on the club’s Board of Directors, and was recognized as a Fellow for the University of Kentucky.

Survivors include Marlene B. Young of Lexington, his devoted wife of over 55 years; three sons, Michael R. Young and his wife, Cynthia, of Edgewood, Kentucky, Steven B. Young and his wife, Lizabeth, of Lexington, Kentucky, and Gregory E. Young and his wife, Bettina, of Gulf Stream, Florida; and ten grandchildren, Michael J. Young, Matthew O. Young, Robert S. Young, Maddeline N. Young, Blake B. Young, Alexandra H. Ragazzi, Nicolo D. Ragazzi, Daniel C. Young, Jack E. Young and Andrew T. Young.

Bob is also survived by a sister, Shirley McWilliams, of Berea, Kentucky and two nephews, John McWilliams and Jim McWilliams.

Friends will be received at Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lexington from 4 – 6 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2013, and from 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2013. At 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2013, Dr. Michael Mooty and Rev. Elizabeth King will officiate a Celebration of Life at the church.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Arnold, Ray Ball, Bobby Ballard, Jamey Cashman, Bill Cashman, Patrick Cashman, Don Edwards, Don Hellmann, W. Brent Rice, and W.T. “Bill” Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Central Christian Church Building Fund, 219 East Short Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40507.

Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home of Richmond is in charge of services.

Norvaline Cates Hale

Norvaline Cates Hale, 82, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013. She was born in Madison Co., Ky., on December 27, 1930, the daughter of the late Alex and Sue Masters Cates.

She was a graduate of Kirksville High School and Eastern Ky. University and received a Doctorate Degree from Indiana University. She was a Professor in the College of Business at Eastern Ky. University for 32 years. Norvaline was a farmer and pursued many other business interests.

Survivors include one daughter, Lana Sue Harrison; four grandchildren, Terry Gortney (Doris), Jessica Hale, Eve Gortney and Lindsey Prater (Brandon); five great-grandchildren, Gary Willis, Tyler Hale, Thristian Hale, Sebastian Poynter and Gabriella Gortney; a special aunt, Ruth Chandler and several cousins.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:30 PM Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Fort and Johny Collins officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-9 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Billy Collins, Gary Clark, Terry Gortney, Tyler Hale, Thristian Hale, Gary Willis, Joe Masters and Johny Collins.

John David Hancock
John David Hancock

John David Hancock

John David Hancock, 86, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center of Richmond. He was born December 23, 1926, in Ashland, Kentucky, to George Jefferson Sr. and Celestia Mable (Dye) Hancock, both of whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Luella (Carpenter) Eplee Hancock.

He and his wife, Mary, owned and operated Tates Creek Market for over 30 years. He was a WWII U. S. Marine Corp veteran and had a great love for flying his airplane and spending time and working outdoors. Dave loved creating a humorous environment, making people laugh, and being of service to others. He enjoyed dancing and attributed his longevity to always staying active.

Survivors include three daughters, Karen Boardman and husband Robert of Richmond, Sharon Gaskins and husband Jeff of Niceville, Florida, and Judy Hancock of Richmond; three step-sons, Herbert Eplee Jr. and wife Susie of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Kelly Eplee and wife Susan of Charlottesville, Virginia and Glenn Eplee of Charlotte, North Carolina; and one sister Mary Jo Carlsen.

Also surviving are his grandchildren, Kelsey Hamilton, Jaryn Davidson, Kristen Edgins (Joey), Kari Bailey (Matt), Rachael Eplee, Annie Eplee, Christopher Eplee, Ryan Eplee, Taylor McIntyre, and Jared Drum.

Funeral services for Dave will be conducted at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Harry Revel officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until Service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Robert Boardman, Jeffrey Gaskins, Herb Eplee, Kelly Eplee, Greg Warner and Nick Kendall. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Cox, Jim Gerhardt and Jesse Short.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Hospice Compassionate Care Center, 350 Isaacs Lane, Richmond, KY 40475

Gary Reed
Gary Reed

Gary Robert Lloyd Reed

Gary Robert Lloyd Reed, 32, of Mt. Vernon Road, Berea, died Sunday, October 20, 2013 at U. K. Medical Center following an illness. He was a Madison County native born September 5, 1981, former Tokico Manufacturing employee, member of the Baptist Faith and had been a resident of the Berea area all his life.

Survivors include his wife, April Grubb Reed; 4 children, Gary Joshua Reed, Austin Reed, Natalee Reed, Krystal Nicholas Hughs; his parents, Jimmy and Betty Smallwood Dooley; 1 sister, Stacy Reed Eversole and her fiancee Kenneth Kelley; 1 brother, Brandon Scott; maternal grandmother, Betty Nicholas; paternal grandmother, Lois McHone; 1 aunt, Gloria Smallwood; uncle and aunt, Ricky and Sharon Reed; mother-in-law, Marlena Grubb; father-in-law, Phillip Grubb; sister-in-law, Stacy Rose; as well as, numerous relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his biological father, Gary A. Reed.

Funeral 12:00 noon Thursday at the home of his parents at 200 Wildflower Lane, Berea, Kentucky with his Uncle Clark Quinley officiating. Burial will follow in the Smallwood Cemetery. Visitation after 5:00 PM, Wednesday at his parent’s home.

Pallbearers will be: Brandon Scott, Jimmy Dooley, Jeff Deborde, Kenneth Kelley, Tommy Dooley, Anthony Cain

Eunice Irene Miller
Eunice Irene Miller

Eunice Irene Miller

Eunice Irene (Linville) Miller, 91, of Richmond, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013, at her home. She was born September 8, 1922, in Rockcastle County, to Hugh and Bernice (Todd) Linville, both of whom preceded her in death. Mrs. Miller was the widow of Edgar Lee Miller and also was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Abney; and two brothers, Ed Linville and Moss Linville.

She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She adored her family and friends and loved her flowers.

Survivors include two daughters: Marie Allman and husband John of Winchester, and Linda Wendt and husband Thomas of Berea; four sons, James I. Miller and wife Mary, Bill Miller and wife Diana, Gene Miller and wife Susan, and Paul Miller and wife Diane, all of Richmond; two brothers, Ira Linville and wife Gladys of Frankfort, and Lewis and wife Effie of Berea.

She also is survived by 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Services for Mrs. Miller will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, October 24, 2013, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenny Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Miller, Lee Miller, Matt Miller, Josh Miller, Lonnie Foster and Billy Ray Winkler

Flowers are welcome, or donations may be made to Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403.

Bernice Harrison Hisel
Bernice Harrison Hisel

Bernice Harrison Hisel

Bernice Harrison Hisel, 93, of Richmond, passed away Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Richmond Health & Rehab Complex-Kenwood. She was born November 19, 1919, in Jackson County, to Vernon C. and Grace (Miller) Harrison, both of whom preceded her in death.

Bernice was a retired teacher who taught for 26 years. She began teaching in one-room schools and later taught in a four-room school where she taught seventh and eighth grades and was the head teacher. She was a very dedicated teacher, and several of her former students visited in later years to tell her how much she helped them.

She was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church of America.

Bernice is survived by: one daughter, Carolyn Hisle of Richmond, Ky., and by two granddaughters, Jonda (Tom) Tippins of Georgetown, Ky., and Jill Gabbard Taylor of Richmond, Ky. She also is survived by: two sisters, Eileen McWhorter of London, Ky., and Zola Hisel of McKee, Ky.; and one brother, Herbert Harrison of Richmond, Ky.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: three brothers, Laban and Clyde Harrison of Irvine, Ky., and Beckham Harrison of Richmond, Ky.

Funeral services will be conducted 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Calvin Hays officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. before the service. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery.

Wanda Jean Thacker
Wanda Jean Thacker

Wanda Jean Thacker

Mrs. Wanda Jean Thacker, age 92 of Mt. Vernon, died Sunday, October 20, 2013 at The Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Berea following a short illness. She was born in Kenton Co., KY on May 31, 1921 the daughter of Joe and Nancy Howard Benge.

She and her husband, throughout their lives, operated a large farm in Scaffold Cane. She was an active member of Scaffold Cane Baptist Church. Her family will remember her for her home cooking, quilting, and sitting on her porch enjoying time with her family.

She is survived by nine children: Bailey P. Thacker and wife Pearlie, Cecil Y. Thacker, Sylvia J. Barnes, Rebecca I. Goss, Dr. Willadene Tolmachoff and husband Dr. Innokenty Tolmachoff, Wendell Thacker and wife Patty, Joyce Machal and husband Chock, Geniva M. Cain and husband Devon, and David Y. Thacker. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and a brother, Johnny Benge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Thacker; two sisters; four brothers; a daughter-in-law; two sons-in-law; and one great grandson.

Visitation will be Monday, October 21, 2013 6PM Scaffold Cane Baptist Church. Funeral will take place Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11AM at the Church. Interment will follow at the Scaffold Cane Cemetery.

Dowell & Martin Funeral Home of Mt Vernon is in charge of the arrangements.

Keith Scott

Keith Scott, 67, of Richmond Ky, died Friday at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington KY. He is survived by his wife Anna Scott.

Arrangements are pending at this time. Spurlin Funeral Home in Lancaster is in charge of the arrangements.

Belva Dean Townsend

Belva Dean Townsend, age 56, of Rice Station Rd. in Irvine, passed away Friday, October 25, at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond after a long illness. He was born May 12, 1957 in Scottsburg, IN, the son of the late Rudell and Betty Mae Combs Townsend.

He was a former employee of Uncle Charlie’s Meats and had lived in Estill County for the past 32 years.

He is survived by: 4 Brothers: Tim Townsend of Irvine, Jerry Townsend of Irvine, Gary Townsend of Richmond, Scott Townsend of Berea, and Many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Wayne Townsend.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, October 28, 2 PM at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home by Bro. Jerry Hatton. Burial will follow in the Combs Cemetery in Lee County.

Pallbearers: John McCloskey, Johnny McCloskey, Wesley Smith, Gary Townsend, Matthew Reece, Rick Raider

Doug Alexander
Doug Alexander

Doug Alexander

Doug Alexander was born January 20, 1959 in Madison County and departed this life Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington, being 54 years of age. He was the son of Della Alexander of McKee and of the late Fred Alexander.

In addition to his mother, Doug is also survived by his wife, Donna Gayle (Van Winkle) Alexander of Berea; by two children, Angela Nicole Alexander and Joshua Douglas Alexander and his wife Amber all of Berea and by three step children, Cassie Hurst and her husband Luke, Kendra Scott and Cashus Scott all of Berea. Other survivors include his sister, Rebecca Wilder and her husband Marvin of McKee and brother, Paul Alexander and his wife Sondra of Berea. Doug was blessed with three grandchildren, Emma Lee, Atticus Charles & Tristan Douglas Alexander.

In addition to his father, Doug was also preceded in death by a daughter, Tiffany Alexander; by a granddaughter, Brooklyn Ciara Jo Rose and by three sisters, Anna Catherine Harrison, Charlene Alexander and Teresa Alexander.

Doug was a member of the Abundant Life Ministries Church.

Visitation was 6:00PM Friday, October 25, 2013 at Lakes Funeral Home Funeral McKee, services were held 2:00PM Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the funeral home with Pastor Edwin Lainhart and Bro. Paul Alexander officiating. Burial followed in the Red Lick Cemetery.

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