Obituaries Dec.1 – 8, 2013

Billy Gray
Billy Gray

William Earl Gray

William Earl Gray, better known as Billy was born January 27, 1971 in Madison Co. and passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, being 42 years of age. He was the son of Jean (Neeley) Flannery of McKee and of the late Earl “Rabbit” Gray.

In addition to his mother, Billy is also survived by his wife, Jean Gray of Tyner and by two children, Austin Gray of Tyner and Jamie Gray of Tyner. Other survivors include, three sisters, Connie Morris, Angie Flannery & April Vickers all of McKee; by a brother, Josh Gray of Gray Hawk; step mother, Joyce Gray of Gray Hawk and step sister, Lana Williams also of Gray Hawk. Billy was blessed with a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and other family members.

Other than his father, Billy was also preceded in death by his step father, Jesse James Flannery.

Funeral service was held 1:00 PM Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Lakes Funeral Home McKee with Bro. Bobby Burchette officiating. Burial followed in the Holcomb Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jeff, Keith & Joey Neeley, Jason Akemon, Kenneth “Bub” Ward, Jeff Moore & Randy Ball. Honorary pallbearers were Austin & Josh Gray, Scott Britton, Jerry Vickers, Gary, Tye & Gary Lee Richie, Ray Hudson, Josh Rice & Billy Long.

Darlene Lowery
Darlene Lowery

Darlene Lowery

Darlene Lowery, 55, of Richmond passed away Friday, December 6, 2013 at her home. She was born September 29, 1958 in Richmond, KY to the late Jasper Bailey and Jewel Dean Reynolds Lowery

She is survived by 2 sisters, Pauline Oliver and Teresa Lowery, a nephew James Eric Oliver, 1 niece Laura (Matthew) Coffey, 1 aunt Anna Goins and two great nieces Kaitlynn Coffey and Tara Coffey. She is also survived by her Nathaniel House family.

A Celebration of Life will be held 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 137 Pine Street in Richmond.

Wanda Creech

Wanda Creech, 86, of Richmond, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Telford Terrace.

She was retired X-Ray Technician at the former Pattie A. Clay Hospital in Richmond.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Henry and Oral L. Creech, two brothers: Gilbert and Clyde Creech and two sisters: Alberta C. Hensley and Ola Mae Campbell.

She is survived by two brothers: William Creech and Justin Creech as well as several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Edward Wayne Deatherage
Edward Wayne Deatherage
Edward Wayne Deatherage

Edward Wayne Deatherage age 56 of Berea, passed away Tuesday Dec 3, 2013 in Lexington. Eddie was a former employee of Parker Seal Co. and he was a member of the Berea Masonic Lodge F&AM #617. Eddie was born in Madison County to Patricia Johnson of Berea KY and the late Edd Deatherage.

Eddie is survived by his daughter Shyla Gilbert of Berea, his grandchildren Alex Gilbert and Zak Gilbert, his brother Rodney (Darlene) Deatherage of Conway KY, a sister Terry (Frank) Rader Tampa FL, step sister Tena Pigg, and step mother Betty Deatherage of Mt Vernon KY, and Sharon Deatherage of Berea KY, and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be 2 pm Friday Dec. 6, 2013 at Lakes Funeral Home, burial will be in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-9 pm at the funeral home.

Alan E. Rhodus

Alan E. Rhodus, 69, of Winter Springs, Florida, formerly of Richmond, the son of Evelyn Neeley Rhodus, passed away Friday, December, 6, 2013, in Florida.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home.

Danny Lee Mullins
Danny Lee Mullins

Danny Lee Mullins

Danny Lee Mullins, 71, husband of Mary Ruth Stewart Mullins, passed away early Thursday morning, December 5, 2013, at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center. Danny was born October 22, 1942, in Floyd County, Kentucky, to the late Frank and Oma Jones Mullins.

He graduated from McDowell High School, attended Alice Lloyd College and went on to graduate from Eastern Kentucky State College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Danny was a long- time employee of IBM/Lexmark working in quality control, and after 30 plus years retired to his favorite job, “Full Time Grandpa.” He loved spending time with his family and friends and especially watching UK college sports.

He was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and was a 40-plus year member of Richmond Lodge No. 25 F&AM Danny was a member of the Madison Hills Christian Church.

In addition to his wife, Danny is survived by: his three daughters, Sandi Stevenson (Anthony), Stephanie King (Scott) and Bethanie Tucker (Mark); six grandchildren, Taylor King, Colton Taylor, Caiden Taylor, Ava Tucker, Wyatt Stevenson and Walker Stevenson; two brothers, Edward Mullins and Ronald Mullins; three sisters, Delores DeLong, Jettie Howser and Joyce Mullins; as well as numerous other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Kermit Mullins.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at the Madison Hills Christian Church with Bro. Marty Frazer and Bro. Billy Long officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Masonic Rites will be observed at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Patton, Johnny Smith, Bob Royster, Mark Tucker, Anthony Stevenson, Scott King and Kenneth Baker. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

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

Myrtle Hayes Alexander
Myrtle Hayes Alexander

Myrtle Hayes Alexander

Myrtle Hayes Alexander, 81, of Berea, died at her residence Thursday, December 5, 2013. She was a Big Hill, Kentucky native born October 8, 1932, daughter of the late Clarence and Alma Alexander Hayes, resident of the Berea area all her life, a homemaker, and member of the Holiness Faith.

Survivors include 3 children, Pat (Charles) Turner, Ann (Leon) Robinson, James (Dianna) Alexander; 8 grandchildren, Sylvia, Patty, Charlie, Michelle, Jimmy, Tabitha, Jamie, Ashley; 8 great grandchildren, Matthew, Abby, Cody, Randy, Savannah, Joshua, Montana, Ali Beth; 3 sisters, Hazel White, Margaret Clark, Jayne Abrams; as well as numerous relatives and friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by 1 son, Mike Hayes; 1 grandson, Mikey Hayes; 1 great grandson, Austin Turner; 2 brothers, Ken Hayes, Cloyd Hayes; 1 sister, Della Jones.

Funeral Service 12:00 Noon, Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Reppert Funeral Home with Bro. Donnie Pingleton and Bro. Bruce Alcorn officiating. Burial will follow in Pilot Knob Cemetery. Visitation 5:00 – 9:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home.

Chester Rose
Chester Rose

Chester Rose

Chester Rose, 88, of Lambert Road in Berea, passed away at his home on Friday December 6, 2013. Chester was born in Estill County to the late James D. and Stella Woosley Rose.

He was a self-employed farmer and truck driver, a member of the Conway Baptist Church and was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his wife, Vivan Edwards Rose; one son, Granville Rose; three brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by: his children, Cynthia (Tim) VanWinkle, Millard Rose and Lucy (Wayne) Ambrose, and stepchildren, Vivian L. (Bill) Grant and Alice (Homer) Conner. He also has: two brothers, William L. (Norma) Rose, Elva (Becky) Rose; two sisters, Lillie Todd, Freda (Charles) Ramsey; 17 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren who survive him.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at Lakes Funeral Home with Bro. Don Stayton and Rev. Butch Pennington officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Red Hill Cemetery at Panola. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Active pallbearers will be Shane Conner, Lee Carpenter, David Gabbard, Josh VanWinkle, Donald Grant and Jeff Grant. Honorary bearers will be Mikie Miller, Wayne Ambrose, Tim VanWinkle, Christopher Delph and Thomas Carpenter.

Beulah Mae Abney
Beulah Mae Abney

Beulah Mae Abney

Beulah Mae Abney age 93 of Berea, passed away Thursday December 5, 2013 at the Berea Health Care Center. Beulah was born in Garrard County to the late Perry and Mary Elizabeth Calico Tussey. She was retired from Parker Seal and a member of the Dixie Park Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Jack Abney, two sons Russell Lee Abney and Charles V. Abney, one son-in-law Harvey Roe, three sisters and three brothers.

She is survived by her children Jackie (Charles) Lakes of Cincinnati, Ohio, Lola Jane Roe of Berea, Betty (James) Davis of Berea, Lonnie (Tina) Abney of Berea and John Abney of Berea. She is also survived by one sister-in-law Joan Tussey, daughter-in-law Maxine Abney, 14 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2pm Saturday December 7, 2013 at Lakes Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Lakes and John Daugherty officiating. Burial will follow in the Abney Cemetery at Clover Bottom. Visitation will be from 6-9 pm Friday evening at the funeral home.

Active pallbearers will be Don Lakes, Darren Brockman, Jason Abney, Charlie Abney, Mike Abney, Jack Abney and Johnny Dale Abney. Honorary bearers will be Ralph Brockman, Charles Lakes, James Davis and Wayne Miller.

Robert Lee Smith
Robert Lee Smith

Robert Lee Smith

Robert Lee Smith, of Hwy 21 East, Paint Lick died Tuesday December 3, 2013. Robert, born in Hazard, Kentucky, was preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Sophia Bray Smith, his brother George Rogers Smith, and sister Virginia Lee Smith-Clifton.

Robert was a dedicated farmer, loved his family dearly and was always proud of his service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He will be remembered for his quick wit, passion for political debate and infectious laugh.

Robert is survived by his sisters Shirley Shawe and Pauline Rodriguez, and numerous beloved nephews and niece.

Funeral services will be 10 am Saturday December 7, 2013 at Lakes Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Pack officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens.

James Andrew Zabawa
James Andrew Zabawa

James Andrew Zabawa

James Andrew Zabawa, 56, of Richmond, Ky., entered into eternity while staying at the Markey Cancer Center Hospital at UK Chandler Medical Center, Wednesday, December 4, 2013, when the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead raised his earthly body. He is now vitally alive with divine health in eternal glory.

He was born November 23, 1957, in Stuttgart, Germany, to Ingeborg Maegerle Zabawa and the late Edward Andrew Zabawa. He grew up in Augusta, Georgia, and graduated from Augusta State University in 1980. He moved to South Williamson, Ky., in 1981 where he was a member of Regional Church of God in Delbarton, WV, and managed Western Sizzlin’ Steakhouse. He moved his family to Nicholasville, KY, in 2001 and Richmond, Ky., in 2008. James was the Director of the Purchasing Department at Eastern Kentucky University.

Survivors other than his mother, Ingeborg, of Augusta, Georgia, include his loving wife of 33 years Debra “Debbie” Simpson Zabawa of Richmond; one daughter, Krista Zabawa Rhodus (and Zach) of Richmond; one son, Jared Andrew Zabawa (and Morgan Taylor) of Richmond; two sisters, Susan Echols (and Steve) of Mitchell, Georgia and Karen Whitney (and Chris) of Evans, Georgia; and one precious granddaughter, Mylah Hope Rhodus.

He also leaves several nieces and nephews; “adopted” daughter Stephanie Sowders; his extended family at Vineyard Community Church and Eastern Kentucky University; and his faithful canine companion, Jaxon. James was known by all who met him for his faith, love of life, work ethic, and kindness. Despite physical adversity and a recent diagnosis with cancer, he lived each day to the fullest and was always more concerned with the welfare of others than his own. Although his resume was long, he was humble. James loved Jesus first and foremost and adored his wife and family. When suddenly diagnosed with cancer in April of this year and given three months to live, James and those around him prayed and saw a miracle that allowed him to see the birth of his first grandchild in July. He spent time with his family every day, holding his new granddaughter for hours at a time, even as his health declined.

James was an active member of Vineyard Community Church, which he helped plant in Richmond, where he served on the Executive Board as treasurer, and along with his wife, was a small group leader. He loved to volunteer and was active at most outreach events.

He also had a great love for Eastern Kentucky University. Over the years, he served as an EKU Honor’s Program Thesis mentor, Advisor to Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, and FBLA events judge. He also served on the Facilities, Responsible Environmental Stewardship, Strategic Planning, and University Benefits Committees. He served as Vice Chair of EKU Staff Council; was a member of the Kentucky Public Procurement Association; and former President of the National Association of Educational Procurement-Kentucky Chapter.

Funeral service for the Celebration of James’s Life will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Vineyard Community Church in Richmond, Kentucky. Pastor Joe Wood will officiate the service. Visitation with the family will follow the funeral service. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Vineyard Community Church

Darlene Cronk Quinn
Darlene Cronk Quinn

Darlene Cronk Quinn

Darlene “Gia” Cronk Quinn, 82, of Owensboro, died Monday, December 2, 2013, at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. She was born in Elgin, Ill., to the late Kenneth and Doris Cronk, attended Wesleyan Heights United Methodist Church and worked as a registered nurse for 36 years at the Patti A. Clay Hospital in Richmond, KY.

Darlene was very artistic and enjoyed needlepoint, knitting and drawing. She was a published poet, avid volunteer and a wonderful baker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George “Pops” Quinn, and a brother, Kenneth Earl Cronk.

Survivors include her children, Mariann Quinn (Tom Patterson) of Cincinnati, OH, Colleen Quinn Taylor (David) of Owensboro and David Robert Quinn (René) of Covington, TN; grandchildren, George Nathaniel Taylor (Kim), Emily Mariann Taylor all of Owensboro, Shane David Quinn (Dominique) of Houma, LA, and Chance Zachary Quinn (Deanna Long) of Covington, TN; and great-grandchildren, Christian Hunter Cook, Jada Rheneé Cook, Auerora Skiye Quinn, Levi Ford Quinn, and Elliott Nathaniel Taylor.

Services will be 4 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the March of Dimes.

Laura Virginia Harrison

Laura Virginia (Hymer) Harrison, 70, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at her home. She was born November 14, 1943, at Clover Bottom, in Jackson County, Kentucky, to Johnnie G. and Almedia (Lainhart) Hymer, both of whom preceded her in death.

She had retired from Westinghouse-North America Philips Lighting Company, of Richmond.

Laura is survived by her husband, Robert L. Harrison of Richmond; her children, Robert Jeff Abrams (and Brenda) of Frankfort, Ranie Harrison Perkins (and Alan) of Richmond, and Bannon Harrison of Richmond; her step-daughter, Tammera Jean Cardinal (and Tim) of Arizona; three sisters, Bonnie Lee Cox, Shirley H. Ruble, both of Lexington, and Katherine Bach of Versailles; two brothers, Harold J. Hymer (and Minnie B.) of Richmond and Johnnie Hymer, Jr. (and Elaine) of Lexington She also leaves two grandchildren, Case and Colton Perkins and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three nephews, John David Baker, Gary Cox and Daniel Bach.

Services for Laura will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 – 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Robert Jeff Abrams, Bannon Harrison, Alan Perkins, Mike Bowlin, Lee Jones, and Ronnie Lakes. Corbett “Butch” Perkins will serve as an honorary bearer.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403.

Charity Allene Cowan

Miss Charity Allene Cowan, 89, of Richmond, passed away Monday, December 2, 2013, after arrival at Baptist Health-Richmond. Charity was born October 1, 1924, in Lancaster, Kentucky, to her late parents, John Theo Cowan Sr. and Julia Mae (Stevens) Cowan.

Charity grew up in Richmond, Ky., and graduated from Madison High School as valedictorian of the graduating class of 1943. Charity graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1946. She then received her master’s degree in 1952 and her rank one status in 1962 from the University of Kentucky.

She was a member of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association.

After 38 years of service, she retired from the Erlanger-Elsmere Board of Education as assistant superintendent. She was also a Kentucky Colonel.

Charity lived up to the name given her. She was more than generous with her time and money with family, friends and many organizations. Charity was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Lexington.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: three sisters, Ruby C. Farthing, Margaret C. Weddle and Bessie C. Rhodus; and two brothers-in-law, Vernon Farthing and Marion Forbes Adams Jr.

Charity is survived by: one sister, Iva Cowan Adams of Richmond; one brother, John Theo Cowan Jr. (and Reeda); and a brother-in-law, Robert James Rhodus, all of Lexington; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Charity will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2013, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Guiley officiating. Burial will follow in the Lancaster Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the charity of your choice.

Wanda Chenault Farrow

Wanda Chenault Farrow, 64 of Richmond died Nov. 27, 2013.

Visitation is noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at St. Paul AME Church in Richmond followed by her funeral at 2 p.m.

Arrangements entrusted to Keith P. Clark & Son Funeral Home, Winchester.

Sylvia Marcum Hammond
Sylvia Marcum Hammond

Sylvia Marcum Hammond

Sylvia Marcum Hammond, age 97, widow of Maurice Hammond, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Berea. Sylvia was born in Jackson County, Kentucky, to the late Henry and Mabel Martin Marcum.

A member of the Berea Baptist Church, she was was retired from Churchill Weavers where she worked in the gift shop and had been a member of the Berea Country Club.

Sylvia is survived by: her children, Phillip (Jeraldine) Hammond of Osage Beach, Mo., and Judy Hammond Agee of Berea; her sister, Martha Gay of McKee, Ky.; her brother, Boss Marcum of Hamilton Ohio; her grandchildren, Natalie Hammond O’Fallon of Missouri, Stephanie Savage of Naples, Fla., Erika Murphy and Jessica Agee of West Lafayette, Ind.; her great-grandchildren, Timothy Savage, Sarah Savage, Trace Savage, Nicholas Murphy and Connor Murphy.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Lakes Funeral Home with the Rev. Kevin Slemp officiating. Burial will be at the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. prior to services Wednesday.

Camille A. Murray
Camille A. Murray

Camille A. Murray

Camille A. Murray (nee Todd), 78, of Marlton, N.J., died November 25, 2013. She was born December 18, 1934, in Richmond, Ky., to the late Dr. Russell I. and Maurine Bronson Todd.

Beloved wife of Craig Murray of Marlton, N.J., she was the loving mother of Margaret M. Coulter (William) of Takoma Park, Md., and Christina C. Dutcher (Andrew Hirsch) of Marlton, N.J.; loving grandmother of Alana Dutcher-Hirsch; dear sister of Beverly Bernstrom of Naples, Fla.; and aunt to Dr. Kimberly Stigers of Lexington, Ky., and Maurine Hawkins of Newport Coast, Calif.

Visitation is 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 499 Route 70 East, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08034. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. Schetter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Diane Lane Garrett

Diane Lane (Begley) Garrett, 57, of Irvine, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2013, after arrival at Marcum & Wallace Hospital in Irvine. She was born December 9, 1955, in Lexington and was the daughter of John Robert and Lottie Evelyn (Shanks) Begley, both of whom preceded her in death.

She worked as a state certified nurse’s aide and she was a medical technician.

Diane was a member of White Hall Holiness Church, and she enjoyed fishing, long walks on the beach, gardening, motorcycles and decorating her home. Above all, she enjoyed her family that she loved very much.

Survivors include: her husband, Mike Garrett of Irvine; two sons, Michael Paul Garrett (and Rebecca Elizabeth) of Waco,and Steven Ray Garrett of Irvine. She also leaves” one sister, Linda Short (and Bill) of Richmond; one brother, Robert Begley (and Louise) of Waco; one granddaughter, Michelle Garrett; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Diane will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, with Bro. Gary Northern officiating. Burial will follow at Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Jason Kenworthy will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

Christine Coates
Christine Coates

Christine Kersey Coates

Christine Kersey Coates, 82, wife of Edward “June” Coates, passed away Saturday afternoon, November 30, 2013, at the Compassionate Care Center after a brief illness.

Christine, although a lifelong resident of Madison County, was born in Prebble County, Ohio, on September 16, 1931. She was the daughter of the late Russell and Sadie Kersey but made her home with her late grandparents, James and Callie Masters Kersey.

She was employed at the former Westinghouse Plant in Richmond and retired from North American Phillips. For a large part of her life, she attended and was a member of the Valley View Baptist Church.

Survivors include: her loving husband, Edward “June” Coates Jr.; a sister, Carolyn Rhorer of Lexington; and special friends Mike and Ann Friend and their family.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa D. Coates.

Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Rev. Hamp Valentine, Rev. Sam Sowder and Rev. James Ashcraft officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Mike Friend, Steve Friend, David King, Mason Griggs, Larry Jones and Mitchell Smith.

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