Obituaries November 10 – 17, 2013

Elizabeth J. Kurtiak
Elizabeth J. Kurtiak

Elizabeth Kurtiak

Elizabeth Kurtiak, age 71, wife of Carl Kurtiak of Berea, Kentucky passed away Monday Nov. 11, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. Elizabeth was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and was a resident of Pittstown, New Jersey for 25 years before retiring to Kentucky. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Guiliano and Mary Zemereta Guiliano. She was a nurse for the Perth Amboy Hospital and was a loving mother and wife.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband Carl Kurtiak of Berea KY, and her 3 children; David Kurtiak of Clinton NJ, Phillip Kurtiak of Gibsonville, NC, and Vanessa Rice of Georgetown KY and her brother Dr. Phillip Guiliano of Medford NJ. She is also survived by her 7 loving grandchildren; Timothy, Andrew, Ryan, Savannah, Madelyn, Audrey, and William.

Calling hours will be Saturday Nov. 16, 2013 from 8:45-10:45am at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Memorial Mass immediately to follow at 11:30am at Our Lady of Victories Church in Baptistown, NJ. Inurnment at Immaculate Conception Cemetery & Mausoleum in Annandale, NJ.

Local arrangements were made by Lakes Funeral Home Berea.

Marvin Rush Hereford

Marvin Rush Hereford, 81, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2013. He was born in Wellington, VA on October 13, 1933, the son of the late Jack and Lolitte Jeffers Hereford. He was the widower of Linden Mauck Hereford, a retired carpenter and had attended Red House Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Debbie J. Pittman (Eugene), of Reedville, VA ; one son, Marvin S. Hereford (Rebecca), of Irvine; two grandchildren, Russell Pittman (Jennifer) and Gayle Hereford; one great-granddaughter, Madelyn Pittman.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Thomas, William and Wade Hereford; two sisters, Lolitte Mauck and Emma Walters.

Visitation will be from 6-8 PM Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held in Culpepper, VA with burial following in Linden Cemetery, Linden, VA.

Howard William Mastin

Howard William Mastin, 81, of Richmond, passed away Friday, November 15, 2013 at Baptist Health – Richmond. Mr. Mastin was born in Cynthiana, Kentucky on August 16, 1932, the son of Tilford Earl and Lucy Spegal Mastin.

He retired from National Metal Processing in Richmond and was a United States Army Veteran, having served during the Korean War. He was a member of the Big Hill Christian Church for 37 years and dearly loved his church family. He also had enjoyed volunteering for Open Concern.

In 1974, he was united in marriage to Margaret Helen “Peggy” VonAllmen Mastin who preceded him in death in 2008.

Mr. Mastin is survived by: two sons: Robert Mastin and wife Meredith of Richmond and William “Bill” Mastin of Nashville, Tennessee; two daughters: Dr. Elizabeth Bryan and husband Michael of Easley, South Carolina and Donna Sandidge and husband Henry of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; two brothers: Earnest Mastin and David Mastin and wife June Ann; his sister: Doris Franklin; his son-in-law: Michael Piland and wife Marie; ten grandchildren: Gregory Sandidge and wife Rachel, Jeana Sandidge, Quentin Piland, Hailee Piland, Robert Bryan, Aubrey Bryan, Morgan Mastin, Mason Mastin, Matthew Mastin and Madalee Mastin; two great grandchildren: Ellie Jo Sandidge and Karina Elizabeth Sandidge and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, as well as, his daughter: Barbara Piland and two brothers: Earl Mastin, Jr. and Charles Mastin.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the Big Hill Christian Church with Bro. Jim Riggs officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 9:00 P.M. Monday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Gregory Sandidge, Quentin Piland, Robert Bryan, Grover Adams, Kenny Turpin and William “Curly” Clark.

A private committal service will be conducted at the Resthaven Cemetery in Louisville. Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

David Parke

Mr. David Parke, 58, the husband of Linda Parke, passed away Saturday Morning, November 16, 2013 at his home.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Combs, Parsons, & Collins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Dixie Jean Kelley Kunce

Dixie Jean Kelley Kunce, 78, widow of John R. Kunce passed away Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Baptist Health, Richmond, KY. Mrs. Kunce was born March 4, 1935, the daughter of the late Ed and Mary Edith Kelley. She was a life long resident of Madison County and was a member of the Salem Christian Church.

Survivors include three daughters: Mitzi Jean (Donald) Kelley, Richmond, KY; Anna Marie Kelley, Richmond, Ky; Theresa Diane (Ralph) Reed, Niota, TN; one step-daughter, Diana (Keith) Hayter, Eaton Rapids, MI; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

Mrs. Kunce was preceded in death by three brothers: Bailey Edward Kelley, Emmitt Nelson Kelley and Tevis J. Kelley.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Combs, Parsons, & Collins Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 PM at the funeral home with the Rev. Jason Reed officiating. Burial will follow on Tuesday in Onondaga, MI at the Onondaga Cemetery.

Pallbearers honoring Mrs. Kunce will be Daniel Kelley, Kelvin Hayter, Kyle Hayter, Joshua Hayter, Travis Hacker, and B. J. Chambers.

David Leroy Midgett

David Leroy Midgett, 60, of Richmond, passed away Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Baptist Health – Lexington. He was recently preceded in death by his wife, Devera Lou Field Midgett.

Services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 21, 2013 at the Berea United Methodist Church. Rev. Phil Bradley will officiate the service. Entombment will follow at the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 – 8 p.m. at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

Ernestine Bruner Mason

Ernestine “Bobbie” Bruner Mason, 82, of Richmond, the widow of Robert H. Mason, died Friday morning, November 15, 2013, after arrival at Baptist Health-Richmond.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Don Allen Cotton

Lancaster — Don Allen Cotton, 55, husband of Lori Engle Cotton, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2013, at his home in Lancaster, Kentucky. Don was born January 1, 1958, in Long Beach, California, the son of Doris Weismantel Cotton and the late Harry Lee Cotton of Richmond.

He was a cattle farmer who enjoyed operating heavy equipment, loved motorcycles, old cars and sports. Don was a master craftsman and certainly a perfectionist.

Don leaves: his wife, Lori; their two sons, Daniel Cotton of Lancaster, Kentucky, and Charlie Cotton of Richmond, Kentucky; his mother, Doris; and his sister, Jean Schwab (Joe) of Richmond, Kentucky.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, November 18, 2013, at the White Oak Pond Christian Church with the Rev. Dr. Russell Rechenbach officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Cotton, Charlie Cotton, Joe Schwab, Jay Schroyer, Larry Kirk and Robert F. Ripley Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Dewey C. Engle Jr., Billy Rawlins and Billy Ashcraft.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the American Lung Association or to Heritage Hospice in Danville, Kentucky.

John Edward Held

John Edward “Jack” Held, 86, of Richmond, passed away Monday, November 11, 2013, at Baptist Health – Richmond. Mr. Held was born in Louisville, Kentucky on December 29, 1926, the son of Edward and Nonnie Charleton Held.

Early in life, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and went on to serve in World War II. In 1994, he retired from International Label in Clarksville, Tennessee where he worked as a Photo Engraver. Through the years, Mr. Held enjoyed bike riding, fishing and hiking and was an avid fan of the History Channel. He was also a member of the St. Mark Roman Catholic Church.

In 1949, Mr. Held united in marriage to Dorothy Lee Smith Held who survives.

He is also survived by: three sons, John Michael Held and wife Nancy of Richmond, Tommy Held and wife Tina of Jeffersontown and Col. Mark Held and wife Karen of Oldham County, Kentucky; his daughter, Suzanne Held of Louisville; and five grandchildren, Steven Held, Matthew Held, Cindy Held, Megan Held, and Hannah Held.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Held is preceded in death by his sister Joann Spinney.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Friday, November 15, 2013 at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Fr. Jim Sichko officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Steven Held and Matthew Held and the Madison County Veteran’s of Foreign War League.

Timothy Dewayne Cody

Timothy Dewayne Cody, 43, of Richmond, passed away Monday, November 11, 2013, after arrival at Baptist Health – Richmond. He was born December 16, 1969, in Richmond, Kentucky to Clinton and Barbara Middleton Cody, both of whom preceded him in death.

He is survived by one brother, Truby Cody and his aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. William A. Browne

Dr. William A. Browne, 78, passed away Monday evening, November 11, 2013, at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Dr. Browne was born September 12, 1935, in Biltmore, North Carolina, the son of the late William Thomas and Lucy Denton Browne.

He was a retired professor and former department chair of The Traffic Safety Institute at Eastern Kentucky University.

Survivors include: his wife, Jane Conley Browne; one daughter, Julie Browne Gustafson and husband Tim of Charlotte, N.C.; two sons, William Albert “Bert” Browne and wife Starla, and Gregory Vincent Browne and wife Karla, both of Richmond; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild: Evan Gustafson and wife Katie and their daughter, Maggie Jane; Katie Gustafson, Ashley Gustafson, Clark Gustafson, Kandy Browne and Kole Browne; one sister, Betsy King (Al) of Greenville, N.C.; three sisters-in-law, Doris Smith of Wadesboro, N.C., and Thelma Conley and Joan Chappell, both of Morganton, N.C.

The family will receive friends and relatives at a reception in memory of Dr. Browne from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2013, in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, 425 Eastern Bypass, Richmond, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice Compassionate Care Center, 350 Isaacs Lane or to The Telford Terrace, 1025 Robert L. Telford Drive, Richmond, Kentucky 40475.

The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Dr. Heino A. Luts
Dr. Heino A. Luts

Dr. Heino A. Luts

Dr. Heino A. Luts of New Port Richey, Fla., passed away October 27, 2013, at the age of 93. He was preceded in death two years prior by his loving wife, Marie.

Dr. Luts is survived by: his four children, Heino Jr. (Hattiesburg, Miss.), Mary Ellen Joynson (Spotsylvania, Va.), Lisa Myers (New Port Richey, Fla.), Kai Owens (Bonifay, Fla.); six grandchildren, Andrew, Mary Beth and Kai Myers, Charles, Jack and Nick Joynson.

He fled his native Estonia during WWII and made his way from Finland to Sweden where he studied at Uppsala College. Facing possible repatriation in 1946 to his then Communist controlled homeland, he and 10 of his countrymen and four children sailed a small sailboat named “Erma” from Stockholm to Norfolk, Va., and freedom.

He graduated from Uppsala College in New Jersey and became a talented research chemist. In the late 1950s, he was the first chemist to create a successful tranquilizer in the laboratory called “Milltown.” He later earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Luts had his own research lab “Structure Activity Research” in College Hill. He published extensively and was in Who’s Who in Chemistry.

After a heart attack at age 46, he taught for 24 years at Eastern Kentucky University where he was the school’s second Fulbright Scholar.

He was a member of the Lions Club and an avid fisherman who credited his longevity to fish soup. He once said, “The most important thing an individual can do is be of service to his community.”

May he rest in peace.

Stella Reed Layne

Stella Reed Layne, 84, of Winchester, widow of Curtis Dillon Layne, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Fountain Circle Health and Rehabilitation Center. Mrs. Layne was born in Clark County on July 5, 1929, to the late Harlan and Grace Rollins Reed. She was retired from Brown and Williamson Redryer Company.

Survivors include: her two daughters, Dorothy (Harry) Reed and Brenda (Arthur) Rogers; seven grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Martin and Wavelee Finney; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, Harry C. Layne.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Scobee Funeral Home by Dr. Ed Mesta. Burial will be in the Winchester Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Scobee Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Timothy Eden

Timothy Lynn Eden, 45, of Richmond, passed away Sunday afternoon at the UK Chandler Medical Center in Lexington. He was born March 16, 1968, in Madison County, was of the Baptist faith, and had attended First Baptist Church.

Survivors include: his parents, Donald and Sue Lainhart Eden; two brothers, Mitchell Eden and Christopher Eden; four nephews, one niece and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a brother, William Howard Eden.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. David King officiating. Burial will follow in the Wallaceton Cemetery of Berea. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Marion Scott Duncan
Marion Scott Duncan

Marion Scott Duncan

Marion Scott Duncan, 68, a retired Federal Bank Examiner, husband of Donna Eddins Duncan, died Saturday, November 9, at his home. Born in Richmond and raised in Danville, he was a son of the late Archie Duncan of Richmond, who died when Scott was three, and his mother, the late E. R. Begley and step-father, James Begley, formerly of Danville. He was a graduate of K. M. I. and the University of Kentucky and was a member of the First Christian Church of Versailles.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a sister, Jimmie Lou (Ron) Abney of Stanford, two sons, M. Scott (Carol) Duncan Jr. of Charlotte, NC, Bryan (Tiffany) Duncan of Simpsonville, SC, and five grandchildren, Eric, Kate, Liam, Aidan, and Morgan.

Visitation is 5:00 to 8:00 pm Monday, November 11 at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Tuesday with Rev. Keevin Carter officiating. Burial will follow at 1:30 pm in the Richmond Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society.

James Agee

James F. “Butch” Agee, 63, of Summit Street, passed away Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at his home. He was born April 14, 1950, in Richmond, Ky., to the late James Edward and Mary Elizabeth Reed Agee.

“Butch” worked as a custodian for the Madison County School system for over 20 years and was a former employee of the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, where he worked for many years.

He is survived by: one daughter, April Agee of Kentucky, one brother, Ray (Teresa) Agee of Richmond, Ky., and one nephew, Brian (Keisha) Agee of Jacksonville, Fla. He is also survived by all of his “children” that he met at Madison Middle during his 20-plus years at the school.

Funeral services for “Butch” will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Fort officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be James Clark, Steve Tribble, Don Hale, Scott Anderson, Woody Schat, Randy Neeley, David Woosley and Terrell Cobb. Honorary pallbearers will be his family at Madison Middle School.

Eva Mae Sparks
Eva Mae Sparks

Eva Mae Sparks

Mrs. Eva Mae Sparks, age 85 of Mt. Vernon, died Sunday, November 10, 2013 at The Terrace in Berea, KY. She was born in Somerset, KY on November 9, 1928 the daughter of Oswyn Elliott and Anna Lee Trimble Taylor. She was the youngest of seven children. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, KY.

Mrs. Sparks and her husband, Alfred B. Sparks, Jr. whom she married in 1946, founded the Sparks Funeral Home in 1951 which is now Dowell & Martin Funeral Home. Mrs. Sparks was the first female attendant in Rockcastle County. Until several years ago, she held the longest running and oldest active Funeral Directors License in the state of Kentucky. In 1962 she opened Sparks Flower Shop in downtown Mt. Vernon to later move to its current location on West Main where she continued to actively work until 2000 when she sold the business to Roy and Pam Martin. The business continues today as Sparks Flowers & More.

Mrs. Sparks was a well-respected business woman for many years receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 from the Farmers Business Association for Outstanding Service and Dedication to the Community.

Mrs. Sparks is survived by: two daughters: Sharon Arnold of Brownsburg, IN and Sheila (Derrell) Rowe of Mt. Vernon, KY; one son: Charles Sparks of Grayson, KY and one brother: James (Mary Jane) Taylor of Jeffersonville, IN. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Lee (Kristen) Arnold of Brownsburg, IN, Drew Arnold of Fishers, IN, John McClure of Edgeville, SC, Tara (Jason) Helton of Berea, KY and Sarah (Devin) Hasty of Mt. Vernon, KY and thirteen grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Sparks was preceded in death by her husband: Alfred B. Sparks, Jr.; three brothers and two sisters.

Visitation was Tuesday, November 12, 2013 5-8 PM Dowell & Martin Funeral Home. The Funeral was held Wednesday, November 13, 2013 2 PM at the Funeral Home. Interment followed at the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sharon Schumacher

Sharon Schumacher was born January 25, 1956 in Louisville, and departed this life Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at her residence, being 57 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Eugene & Lois (Cox) Robbins.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Donald Schumacher of McKee and by one son, Jason Schumacher and his wife Erienne of Flemingsburg. She is also survived by a brother, Les Brightlow of Louisville and by two sisters, Carolyn Ratliff of Crestwood and Julie Grider of Louisville. Sharon was blessed with one granddaughter, Lilly Schumacher of Flemingsburg.

In addition to her parents, Sharon was also preceded in death by a son, Donald Schumacher Jr.

Sharon belonged to a Women’s Industrial Group in Berea.

Funeral service was held 2:00PM Friday, November 15, 2013 at Lakes Funeral Home McKee with Bro. Arthur Schumacher officiating. Burial followed in the Grassy Springs Cemetery. Visitation was from 1:00PM Friday, November 15, 2013 at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Don & Jason Schumacher, Les Brightlow & Gregory Peace.

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