Obituaries Aug. 2-9, 2015

Elizabeth Fye Evans
Elizabeth Fye Evans

Elizabeth Fye Evans

Elizabeth Fye Evans 67 of Berea passed away Tuesday August 4, 2015 at Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Elizabeth was born in Madison County to the late Ruby Rudolf and Nellie Johnson Benge.

Elizabeth had worked for Parker Seal, Westinghouse, Independent Opportunities and was the former co-owner of Evans Tire and Auto. She loved her farm, especially the horses, cows and dogs that she tended to. She loved cooking and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a graduate of Berea “Fruit Jar” High School, was an avid fund raiser for the American Cancer Society, and enjoyed collecting Mitchell Tolle prints.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her former husband Al Fye.

She is survived by her husband Eddie Evans, two daughters Tonya (David) Thomas of Richmond and Delana (Mark Burcham) Wommer of Berea, and four grandchildren Marlana Elizabeth Brown, Joshua Blaine Jones, Brittney Cheri Wommer and Jacob Brady Jones.

Funeral services will be Saturday August 8, 2015 at 11am at Lakes Funeral Home Berea with Bro. David Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6-9 pm at the funeral home.

Christopher Michael Daniels
Christopher Michael Daniels

Christopher Michael Daniels

Christopher Michael Daniels 41 years old passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 3, 2015.

Chris was employed by Wards landscaping in Richmond ky.

He is proceeded in death by his father John Daniels, grandmother Edna Foster.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Daniels, his son chase daniels, daughter Brittany Daniels, step son Jeremy Daniels, and step son Alex Campbell. His mother Bonita Daniels, brothers, David/Lisa Daniels, John/Margie Daniels.

He was a huge Jeff Gordon fan, and loved his family intensley.

Fenders Funeral home in Lexington provided cremation services.

Jerry D. Whitaker
Jerry D. Whitaker

Jerry D. Whitaker

Jerry D. Whitaker, 58, went home to be with the Lord on July 30, 2015, surrounded by family. He was born August 25, 1956, in Kentucky, to Mae and Stanley Whitaker.

He was employed by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority for more than 20 years. He enjoyed fishing, golf and cheering on the Florida Gators and Jacksonville Jaguars.

He leaves his brother, Shirley Whitaker; two daughters, Brittany Walker and Crystaljean Whitaker; and two grandchildren as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is now reunited with his loving mother and father. He will be missed my loved ones friends.

A memorial service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, August 15, at Memorial Baptist Church, 8650 Durbin Lane, Lexington KY. 40515.

Charles Lee Strunc

Charles Lee Strunc passed away peacefully at his home August 5, 2015. Born November 3, 1926, Charles grew up on a farm in Munden, Kansas.

He served in the U.S. Army before attending dental school. He married Mary Ann Beeftink in 1957. Dr. Strunc practiced dentistry for 30 years in Cary, Illinois, before his retirement.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Joseph and Mary Bilek (Kovarik) Strunc; and his half-sisters, Marie Sonntag and Francis Kovarik.

He is survived by: his wife of 57 years, Mary Ann Strunc; six children; and 17 grandchildren.

A Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 15, at St. Peter and Paul Church in Danville, Ky. Family and friends will gather afterward at 1 Saddle Ridge Circle in Danville to remember and celebrate his life. Private burial will take place 9 a.m. Monday, August 17, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Nicholasville, Ky.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to Madison County Right to Life, Right to Life of Central Kentucky or Heritage Hospice of Danville, Ky.

Dorothy Mae Renner
Dorothy Mae Renner

“Dorothy” Mae Renner

Mrs. “Dorothy” Mae Renner, age 81, wife of Arlie of Mt. Vernon, departed this life Sunday, August 2, 2015 at Berea Healthcare in Berea, Ky. She was born on March 16, 1934 in Jepp Hill, Ky., a daughter of the late James Walter and Stella Furmon Morris.

She was a member of Red Hill Baptist Church and found great joy in sewing, quilting and serving others, as demonstrated by her being a cook at Red Top Restaurant and Pine Hill School for a combined twenty-six years. On October 18, 1947, she was united in marriage to Arlie Renner and from that union came four children: Judy, Vickie, Arlie Lee and Sheila.

Those left to cherish her memory is her husband of 67 years, Arlie Renner, Sr. of Mt. Vernon,Ky.; her children: Judy Baker of Harrodsburg, Ky., Vickie Barnes (Joe Edd) of Mt. Vernon, Ky; Arlie Lee Renner, Jr. (Patty) of Mt. Vernon, Ky.; and Sheila Hurst (Garry) of Brodhead, Ky; Grandchildren: Kim, Dana, Wes, Amy, Autumn, April, Dustin, Nicholas and Jason. Great grandchildren: Luke, Halli, Jagger, Thea Grace, Gunnar, Trent, Landon, Logan, Tyler,Conner, Jacob, Xavier, Maddan, Olivia. Great-great grandchild: Ross. Sisters: Virgie Kelly of Mt.Vernon, Ky.; and Shirley Gilliam (Kenneth) of London, Ky. As well as a host of nieces/nephews, friends and neighbors.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers: Linzie Morris and Fred Morris; and a sister: Pauline Hammond.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 6-9PM at the Marvin E. Owens Home for Funerals. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 2PM with Bro. Wayne Harding officiating. Burial will follow in Ottawa Cemetery.

Margaret Black

Margaret Jean Day Black, 75, of Lexington, formerly of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at Saint Joseph Hospital Lexington. She was born October 13, 1939, in Madison County, Kentucky, to the late James S. and Ruby Lee Hollingsworth Day.

Margaret was a wonderful wife and mother. A homemaker, she was an awesome piano player and a fantastic cook. She was of the Baptist faith and she loved Jesus.

Survivors include: her husband, Charles Black, and a son, Dan Black, both of Lexington; and a granddaughter, Danielle Capri Black. She was preceded in death by a son, Donald James Black.

Private family services and interment will be conducted. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 1504 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502.

Shirley Ward Rose

Shirley Ward Rose, 70, the widow of Delmer Rose, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015 at Baptist Health-Richmond. Shirley was born on August 5, 1944 in Richmond, the daughter of the late William Thomas and Carmen Barnes Ward.

She was a homemaker and a retired employee of North American Phillips.

Survivors include sons: Jake Rose and William Cody; one grandchild: Kayla Daniel (Aaron); one great-grandchild: Ayden Daniel; one niece: Juanita Gilbert; one nephew: Logan Cody Jr.; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Madison Memorial Gardens. Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM Tuesday morning at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Brian Richmond, Aaron Daniel, Jody Cody, Elmer Cody and David Rose.

Martha Hager
Martha Hager

Martha Hager

Dr. Martha Joyce “Joy” Hager age 77, wife of Paul C. Hager, died Thursday August 6, 2015 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond KY. Joy was born in Prestonsburg KY to the late Edward Eugene and Opal Spears May.

Joy was retired Professor of Physical Education from Berea College where she taught for 49 years, during that time serving in a variety of positions including Chair of the Physical Education Department and both Women’s and Men’s Athletic Director. Joy was preceded in death by her parents Edward Eugene and Opal Spears May and an infant sister JoAnn May.

She was a graduate of Prestonsburg High School, Eastern Kentucky University (B.S.), MacMurray College (M.S.), and the University of Kentucky (Ed.D).

Joy provided leadership in the early organization of women’s sports in Kentucky, holding key offices in the state Women’s Intercollegiate Conference. She also served on the Executive Board of Citizens for Sports Equity in Kentucky for many years. Joy served as the president of Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD) in 1996. In 1989 she received the KAHPERD Distinguished Service Award. She also received the Walter H. Mustaine Award from KAHPERD, the highest award given by that organization.

Joy was a leading defender of gender equality, working for women’s full participation in a broad range of sports at all levels. She was recognized nationally for efforts to improve sports opportunities for women when she received the Pathfinders Award of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports, which honors a person from each state who has been a strong continuous advocate for the advancement of women’s athletics.

She was a long time member of Berea United Methodist Church. She also served on the Board of the Kentucky United Methodist Foundation.

Joy is survived by her husband of nearly 56 years Paul Hager of Berea, her children; Rev. Julie Hager Love and her husband Rev. George Love of Mt. Washington, KY, and Edward Lee Hager of Lexington, KY, and her grandchildren Cameron Paul Love and Eliza Kathryn Love.

She was an avid golfer, who enjoyed both teaching and playing the game. Her years of playing the game included five holes-in-one and winning several local tournaments.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Tuesday August 11, 2015 at the Berea United Methodist Church with Rev. Phil Bradley officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday August 10, 2015 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Berea United Methodist Church. There will also be visitation from 9:30 to 10:50 prior to the service.

Pall bearers are Paul Rominger, Mark Ford, Sandy Williams, Joan Weston, Martha Beagle, Stephanie Woodie, Patrick Howard, and Mike Johnson. Honorary pallbearers are Virgil Burnside and Mary Beth Bevins.

In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to the Berea United Methodist Church, 101 Fee St. Berea, KY 40403 or Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center Building Fund 125 Aldersgate Rd. Ravenna KY 40472.

Helen Mae Murray
Helen Mae Murray

Helen Mae Murray

Helen Mae Murray age 78 of Berea, went to be with Jesus on August 1, 2015. Helen was born June 14, 1937 to the late James and Minnie (Van) Van Winkle of Morrill Kentucky.

Helen was a past employee of Berea Hospital, Pattie A Clay Hospital and Berea Health Care Center where she worked as a nurse’s aide and switch board operator.

Helen loved her kids, her family, and her friends, she enjoyed fishing, playing cards and most of all she loved the Lord.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and father of her children Cletus Willis and her husband Ed Murray, her son Gary Willis, and her brother Willie Van Winkle, and two sisters Bessie Van Winkle, and Edna Gadd.

Helen is survived by her children; two daughters Connie Willis of Berea, Patsy Woolum of Richmond, and sons Kenny Willis of Richmond, Donnie Willis of Richmond, and Ronnie (Jean) Willis of Berea, 8 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Wednesday August 5, 2015 at 1 pm at Lakes Funeral Home Berea with Rev. Gene Smith officiating, burial will be in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11 am – 1 pm at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Andy Woolum, Aaron Willis, Roger Van Winkle, BJ Short, John Wayne Hayes, Bill Castle, Andrew Woolum, and Zach Chorum.

Ralph A. Wilmot
Ralph A. Wilmot

Ralph Alex Wilmot

Ralph Alex Wilmot, age 80, of Berea, died Thursday, August 6, 2015 at Baptist Health in Richmond. He was born in Garrard County to the late Alex and Myrtle Humes Wilmot.

A member of the Harmon’s Lick Church of God, he had worked for Feldman Lumber, owned and operated a milk truck route, worked on a state highway crew, and was a dairy farmer. He loved to take care of his yard and flowers, and his biggest hobby was his family and grandchildren.

Mr. Wilmot is survived by: his wife of 53 years, Judith Roark Wilmot of Berea; his daughters: Mary Ann (Mitchell) Ingram of Berea, Sandra (Scott) Wray of Danville, Anita Wilmot of Berea; his brother: Rayford (Rose) Wilmot of Versailles; his grandchildren: Heather and Jacob Ingram, Sarah and Shelby Wray, Christopher and Haley Collins. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Kyle and Clifford Wilmot, and his sisters, Wendel Eldridge, Gladys Rose Wilmot and Edna Faye Wilmot.

Funeral services for Mr. Wilmot will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Doug Collins and Bro. Bill Arrowood officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Pallbearers will be Jason Roark, Joshua Roark, David Wilmot, Tyler Roark, Christopher Collins, Jacob Ingram, Timothy Allen, and Jerry Allen. Honorary pallbearers will be his deceased friend Jeffrey Grider, and his sons-in-law Scott Wray and Mitchell Ingram.

Boyd Edward Alexander
Boyd Edward Alexander
Boyd Edward Alexander

Boyd Edward Alexander, 47, of Berea, died suddenly Thursday, August 6, 2015 at his residence. He was born in Richmond, Kentucky, June 27, 1968, and had been a resident of the Berea area all his life.

He was a truck driver for Super Service trucking company.

Survivors include his father, Boyd Alexander; 1 daughter, Allie Shaye Alexander; 1 sister, Lesley (Kenneth Engle) Van Winkle; as well as, numerous relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Maudie Pearson.

Funeral Service 1:00 pm, Monday, August 10, 2015 at Reppert Funeral Home with Bro. Roy Himes officiating. Burial will follow in Pilot Knob Cemetery. Visitation 6:00 – 9:00 pm Sunday at the funeral home.

Anita Curry

Anita Vivian Witt Curry, 83, of Richmond, passed away Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center of Richmond. She was born, November 3, 1931 in Richmond, Kentucky, to Sanford and Hallie Sowers Witt, both of whom preceded her in death.

Anita was retired from Bank One (formerly State Bank/First Security Bank) and from the Richmond Cemetery, after several years of dedicated service as Administrator. She was a faithful member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Richmond.

Anita was the widow of Elmer Edward Curry, and is survived by one daughter, Deborah Curry King (Glen) of Richmond; two grandchildren Kevin Curry King (Rachel) of Nicholasville and Amanda Glynn King of Richmond; four great-grandchildren, Makenzie Dawn King, Reagan Edward King and Grant Parker King; one step great-granddaughter, Olivia Blair Curd; special extended family member, Stephanie Middleton, (mother of Makenzie and Grant King) numerous nieces and nephews; and also survived by her “Girls Nite Out Friends, Virginia Gentry, Annabelle Grant, Ima Dale Lowery and Margaret Sowder;

Other survivors include two sisters, Edith Witt Renfro of Richmond and Margaret Witt Bishop of Nicholasville; three brothers, Kenneth Witt of Nicholasville, Wallace Witt (Mary Ruth) of Richmond, and Donald Witt (Becky) of Lexington; and two sisters-in-law Nancy Curry Turpin of Campbellsville and LeDell Pearson Curry of Richmond.

Other than her parents she is also preceded in death by an infant daughter Lisa Diane Curry.

Service for Anita W. Curry will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday August 11, 2015 at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Dr. Robert Vickers and Dr. Dennis Brewer officiating. Burial will follow at the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Donald E. Witt II, Ralph Dean Witt, Harold Douglas Renfro, Douglas H. Jenkins Jr., Randall G. Curry, Jimmy Curry, Timothy Brandenburg, Larry Charles Brandenburg and Joey Turpin. Honorary bearers will be Donald Roberts, Thomas J. Smith, William J. Jennings, Dee Parks, Milt Ward, Billy Glenn Turpin, Rodney Powell, Jerry Ann Dimitrov and Laura Weitkamp.

Donations are suggested to Hospice Care Plus of Richmond, KY or the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ of Richmond, KY

Vernon Dale Turner
Vernon Dale Turner

Vernon Dale Turner

Vernon Dale Turner, 60, of Richmond, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2015, at his home. He was born November 4, 1954, in Breathitt County, Kentucky to Elmer and Bonnie Mae Arrowwood Turner, both of whom preceded him in death.

He was an electrical contractor and a member of the Family Worship Center in Lexington, KY. Vernon enjoyed the game of billiards and was a very skillful player.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Marie Turner of Richmond; two sons, Adam Turner (Stephanie) and David Turner, both of Richmond; two grandchildren, Ethan and Sophia Turner; one sister, Bonnie Rose Lively of Jackson KY.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Elmer Turner, Jr. and Larry Turner.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 10, 2015 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Pastor Don Adkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Linda Eleanor Wells

Linda “Lea” Eleanor Wells, 64, passed away quietly at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. She was born October 27, 1950, in Venezuela to James and Henrietta Anderson Aitken, both of whom preceded her in death.

Lea was also preceded in death by her husband, David Allen Wells. She was a member of White Oak Pond Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Richmond where she served as church secretary.

Lea was a loving mother and grandmother and is survived by one daughter, Stephanie Lea Wells (fiancé, Bryan) of Marysville, Ohio and one son, Nathan Allen Wells (Bethany) of Waco, Kentucky; her grandchildren, Callie Stephens, Collin Wells, and Haleigh Wells; three sisters, Joan Donhauser, Trish Aitken, and Debbie Aitken; her loving mother-in-law, Florence Wells Vokes and sister-in-law, Sharon Neenan (David).

The Celebration of Life for Lea will take place 2:00 P.M. Sunday, August 9, 2015 at White Oak Pond Christian Church fellowship hall.

Donations in her memory may be made to White Oak Pond Christian Church, 1238 Barnes Mill Road, Richmond, KY 40475.

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

Margaret Black

Margaret Jean Day Black, 75, of Lexington, formerly of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at Saint Joseph Hospital – Lexington. She was born October 13, 1939, in Madison County, Kentucky, to the late James S. and Ruby Lee Hollingsworth Day.

Margaret, a homemaker, was an awesome piano player and a fantastic cook. She was of the Baptist faith and she loved Jesus. Margaret was a wonderful wife and mother.

Survivors include her husband Charles Black, one son, Dan Black, both of Lexington, and one granddaughter Danielle Capri Black. She was preceded in death by a son, Donald James Black.

Private family services and interment will be held. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 1504 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502.

Charles Lloyd Conner
Charles Lloyd Conner

Charles Lloyd Conner

Charles Lloyd Conner, 71, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at his home following a lengthy illness. He was born September 8, 1943, in Richmond, Kentucky, to Roland G. Conner Sr. and Nannie Mae Hall Conner, both of whom preceded him in death.

Charles was a retired masonry contractor and an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a member of the VFW Men’s Auxiliary and the Moose Lodge of Okeechobee, Florida.

Survivors include his loving wife of 52 ½ years, Sue Conner of Richmond; two daughters, Mary Johnson of Richmond and Joanna Drake (Greg Goforth), of Cincinnati, Ohio; five grandchildren, Melissa Weaver (Jonathan), Lloyd Conner (Sarah), Taylor Conner (Genie), Jonathan Johnson (Kristie) and Austin Drake. He also leaves seven great-grandchildren Zoey Conner, Dylan Johnson, Peyton Johnson, Jonathan Weaver, Kaytlyn Weaver, Preston Johnson, Rowyn Conner as well as Colton Conner whose arrival is expected this fall.

Other survivors include his sisters, Nannie Mae Edwards, of Okeechobee, FL, Mary Erle Hill of Cocoa, FL, Rose Smith, Rachel Denny and Louda Berry, all of Richmond; his brothers, Walter Conner (Terry), Roe Conner Jr. (Loretta), Raymond Conner (Lucy) and Bob Conner, all of Richmond.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Larry Wayne Conner; two sisters, Nellie Baldwin and Katherine Hampton; and four brothers, Ben Scott, Harvey, Jimmy, and Homer Conner.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Pastor Terry Conner officiating. Burial will follow at the Flatwoods Cemetery in Waco. Visitation will be from 5 – 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Johnson, Lloyd Conner, Taylor Conner, Austin Drake, Will Denny, Bill Roy, Bobby Castle and Greg Roberts. Honorary bearers will be Jonathan Weaver, Pony Cowan, Charlie Weekly, John Rash, Greg Goforth and Jake Shaw.

Elmer Donald Isaacs

Elmer Donald Isaacs, 83, of Waco, passed away Monday, August 3, 2015, at the VA Medical Center on Leestown Road in Lexington. He was the recent widower of Betty Lou Ruble Isaacs. He was born June 29, 1932 in Madison County to the late James E. and Lillie Mae Rose Isaacs.

Elmer was a retired carpenter, an Army veteran of the Korean War and of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by one son, Don Isaacs (Candina) of Waco and one grandson, Matthew Aaron Isaacs (Samantha). He is also survived by one sister, Orlena Barnes of Richmond.

Burial will follow a graveside service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at the Bark Road Cemetery at Dreyfus. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Jean Engle
Mary Jean Engle

Mary Engle

Mary Jean Gladstone Purves Engle, of Richmond, died August 2, 2015. Mrs. Engle was born August 16, 1929, in Edinburgh.

She is survived by her sister Lily Downing, her daughter Susan (David) Spoon, son Allen (Elizabeth) Engle, Sr., son Bruce, grandchildren Laurie (Phillip) Henderson, Eric (Laura) McCool, Kathryn Engle, Caroline Engle, Allen “Bud” Engle, Jr., five great-granddaughters, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Fred Allen Engle, Jr., of Richmond, her parents, Gladstone and Euphemia Purves, her brothers, James and Dougal Purves, all of Edinburgh, Scotland, and her sister, Irene Todd, of Buckingham, Quebec.

She graduated from Nelson Business College there and worked at the Royal Infirmary. She met her husband when he was stationed at the Seventh Army, U. S. Army Occupation Forces in Germany and visited Britain on furlough. They were married there on May 25, 1953, and moved to Richmond in 1959 when Dr. Engle became a professor at Eastern Kentucky University.

Mrs. Engle was baptized at First Baptist Church, Richmond, in 1953. She taught and was active in several ladies’ Bible classes, the Woman’s Missionary Union, and a prayer circle. She hosted an annual candle-lit Christmas dessert for the Lamplighters Men’s Bible Class, which Dr. Engle taught for 25 years. Her favorite Bible verse was John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Mrs. Engle volunteered at voting polls, delivered Meals on Wheels, and taught knitting classes at the Copper Kettle on Main Street. But her main focus was her family. She supported all her husband’s and children’s activities, enjoyed family reunions in Scotland, Canada, and California, got down on the floor with her grandchildren, attended plays and concerts, and cheered at ballgames. Her door was open to any and all visitors, for weeks at a time. She was a spectacular entertainer, from sit-down dinners for 40 guests to elaborate Christmas Eve suppers with several courses, including traditional Scottish Christmas cake and flaming pudding with hidden silver tokens. She hosted wedding and baby showers and teas. She loved music, especially classical and Big Band standards.

Her most beloved hobby was gardening. She transformed a vast empty yard on a former cattle farm into a lush English garden and lawn, overflowing with trees, flowers, vines, and shrubs. She delighted in creating “points of interest” with swings, chairs, sculptures, and arches. Every morning beckoned her to get her “head in the wind” and dig in the dirt. One of her favorite Christmas gifts was a wheelbarrow.

Mrs. Engle’s life will be celebrated on Friday, August 7, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m., with burial to follow at the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

She was loved so well and will be missed so much. In addition to flowers, the family asks donations be made in her memory to the First Baptist Church Nannie Lee Lackey Missionary Fund.

Mary Elaine Schwendeman

Mary Elaine Schwendeman, (Sister Joseph Mary) passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at Saint Peter Catholic Church, 125 Barr Street, Lexington. Burial will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Lexington.

Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Maggie Ward

Maggie Angeline McQueary Ward, 89, of Richmond, died Monday, August 3, 2015 at Madison Manor Nursing Home. She was born on November 6, 1925 in Madison Co., Ky., the daughter of the late James (Willy) William and Lillie Cruse McQueary.

She was a member of the Broadway Baptist Church and the widow of Carl E. Ward, who died in 1999. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia King.

Survivors include one son, Donald G. Sebastian, of Lexington; one step-daughter, Carla Sue Portwood, of Richmond; one step-son, Robert Clark Ward (Jan), of Florence; two sisters, Clara Jean Howard and Lillian Reynolds.

She also leaves behind six grandchildren, Donna Lynn Caskey (Jay), Lisa Diane Smith (Mike), Donald Wayne Sebastian, Jonathan Portwood, Carl Robert Ward and Phillip Ward; three great-grandchildren, Lee Catherine Caskey, Stanley C. Smith and Jackson Smith.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:30 PM Thursday, August 6, 2015, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Dotson officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be after 11:30 AM Thursday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Eldon Howard, Lewis Reynolds, Donald W. Sebastian, Phillip Ward, Mike Smith, Jay Caskey, Robbie King. Honorary Pallbearers will be Robert Cruse, Curtis Cruse, Darrell W. Cruse, Jimmy Cruse, Jimmy McQueary and Gayle McQueary.

James David Prewitt
James David Prewitt

James David Prewitt

James David “J.D.” Prewitt, 79, of Lancaster, passed away Monday, August 4, 2015 at his home. He was born on August 28, 1935 in Garrard Co., Ky., the son of the late Jasper and Mary Stella Moore Prewitt.

He was a farmer, worked with Garrard Co. Highway Dept. and most recently was a greeter at Wal-Mart in Stanford. J. D. loved the Lord, has served as a Sunday School Teacher and Superintendant, led the singing in church and currently was a member of the Gilberts Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed rabbit hunting and was an avid UK Basketball and Cincinnati Reds Baseball Fan.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Carol Rhodus Prewitt; children, Debbie Tillery (Lonnie), Randy Prewitt (Debbie), and Linda Miller (Tommy); grandchildren, Tabitha Prewitt, Becky Simpson (Erik), Kelly Gager, Ashley Miller, Chris Hendrix and Sara Culton; great-grandchildren, Shelby Simpson and Blake Simpson; a sister, Faye Rodgers (Bobby).

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Betty Prewitt.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:30 AM Thursday, August 6, 2015, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, Richmond, with Bro. Morris Trayner officiating. Burial will follow in the Lancaster Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-9 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Erik Simpson, Tony Hendrix, Jeff Anderson, Jim Rhodus, Johny Collins and Billy Collins. Honorary Pallbearers will be John Montgomery, Jerry Poynter and Roger Walton.

Elizabeth Jacqueline Smith

Elizabeth Jacqueline “Jackie” Smith, 76, of Lexington, formerly of Richmond, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lexington. She was born on May 25, 1939 in Madison County, the daughter of Roy F. Smith and Zelma Rice Smith both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two brothers: Donald Smith and Park Smith as well as two nephews.

She was a 1957 graduate of Madison Central High School. She received her diploma in 1960 from Kentucky Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Louisville and received her BSN in 1977 from the Medical College of Georgia. She was a Veteran of sixteen years of the United States Air Force. She obtained the rank of Major and received the Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. She was a member of the Peytontown Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sisters: Linda Newton and Mary Carter; one brother: Larry Allen Smith; five nieces and six nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at The Camp Nelson National Cemetery with Col. DeWayne Brewer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family request remembrances to one’s favorite charity.

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

Kenneth Eugene Caldwell Sr.

Kenneth Eugene Caldwell Sr., age 68, of S. Winn Avenue in Irvine passed away Monday, August 3, 2015, at the Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness. He was born October 2, 1946 in Lee County and was the son of the late Omar and Ruby Rogers Caldwell.

He was a retired Trane Co. employee and a member of the Beech Grove Baptist Church. He had lived in Estill County most of his life.

He is survived by His wife Frances Mae Rose Caldwell, 1 Daughter: Tonya Nicole Isaacs Beard & husband, Chad of Estill Co., 2 Sons: Kenneth Caldwell, Jr. of Estill Co., Dwight David Durbin & wife, Jennifer of Madison Co., 1 Step-Daughter: Kathy Isaacs of Madison Co., 2 Sisters: Nancy Tipton of Estill Co., Virginia Caldwell of Lee Co., 1 Brother: Gary Caldwell of Fayette Co., 3 Grandchildren: Carter Durbin, Mason Durbin and Addison Beard.

He was preceded in death by 1 step-daughter, Sharon Durbin, and 3 brothers; Darrell, Bobby and Jerry Caldwell.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, August 6, 11 AM at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Bro. Marion Brewer and Bro. Jason Brooks. Burial will be at the Sunset Memorial Gardens. Friends may call between 6 and 9 PM Wednesday at the Funeral Home.

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