Obituaries August 23-30, 2015

Leonard Hays Jr.
Leonard Hays Jr.

Leonard E. Hays Jr.

Leonard E. Hays Jr. 82, husband of Lois Hays passed away peacefully on Wednesday August 26, 2015. He was the son of Leonard E. Hays Sr. and Bonnie Johnson Hays, born July 10, 1933 at Tyner in Jackson County, Kentucky.

As a child he attended a one room school. He later attended Tyner High School in Jackson County. He served his country in the United States Armed Forces from 1954-1956.

He married Lois Mullins on July 19, 1956 and in 1963 moved his family to Berea where in 1969 he established and operated Hays Furniture until his retirement. He contributed to his community in many ways. He was elected to Berea City Council in 1975, served on Berea Planning and Zoning, was appointed to the Zoning and Adjustment board and was a commissioner on the Board of Southern Madison Water from 1986 to 1993. He became a member of Berea Rotary in 1990 and received the Paul Harris Fellow award. He was listed in the Who’s Who in Kentucky in 1974 and was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel in August 1992. He was of the Baptist faith and attended Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Mr. Hays was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, his brother Robert D. Hays, two sisters Dale Hellard and Alice Curry, brother-in-law Gerald Mullins and his cousin and best friend Glenn D. Hays.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Lois, three daughters Linda Hays, Lesha Hays and Lorna (Scott) Crane, six grandchildren Lorinda Cowen, Lindsay Starnes, Logan Arnold, Lauren Page Arnold, Leslie Crane Freeman and Lacy Crane, three great grandchildren Lexys, Layna and Layton. One brother David (Modena) Hays and one sister June Ingram also survive him.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11:00 am at Lakes Funeral Home Berea with Brothers Calvin Hays and Joey Kays officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6-9 pm on Friday August 28, 2015 at the funeral home.

Active pallbearers will be Billy Linville, Logan Arnold, Chase Freeman, Wally Hays, Clint Ayers and Larry Harrison. Honorary bearers will be Danny Isaacs, Charles Gary Sparks, Bob Smith, Manuel Lakes, Blue Lakes, Murrell Lakes, Harold Bowman, Marvin Farmer, Shorty VanWinkle, Sam Fothergill, Greg Coyle and Donnie Hale.

WWII Navy Veteran
WWII Navy Veteran

Eugene J. Burch

Eugene J. Burch passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, in Richmond. He was born in Louisville on Christmas Day in 1926.

Mr. Burch was a WWII Navy Veteran, having served on the USS San Diego CL53 from January 1944 to April 1946.

He is preceded in death by: his wife, Carol Ellinger Burch; brothers George Burch and Daniel Burch, Jr.; and a great-granddaughter, Morgan Rylee Durham.

Survivors include: daughters, Glenda Burch Puscizna (Larry), Kathy Burch Hamperian, Karen Burch Altman (Joe); seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his three brothers and their spouses, as well as nieces and nephews.

Service will be at noon on Friday, August 28, 2015, at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane, with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visiting will be from 10 a.m. until time of service on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice Care Plus, 350 Isaacs Lane, Richmond KY 40475 in remembrance of Eugene J. Burch.

Edwin Merle Odor

Dr. Edwin Merle Odor, age 74, of Tavares, Fla., passed away on Friday, August 21, 2015, at home after a difficult battle with cancer. He was born September 1, 1940.

He was a retiree of the University of Delaware and Delaware Department of Agriculture. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, Auburn University and University of Georgia.

He is survived by his wife, Dora Odor; three children, Glen Odor, Todd Odor, Diane Simon; and three grandchildren, Kate and Nick Simon and Joseph Aberi.

George W Burdine

George W Burdine, 76, of Crab Orchard, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Hospital in Danville. He was the widower of Donna Sue (Harness) Burdine who preceded him in death on July 26, 2014. He was born Jan. 8, 1939, in Rockcastle County.

A son of the late Luther and Nancy Bishop Burdine, George was a member of New Hope First Church of God. George retired from Okonite Cable Co. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

George is survived by: daughter, Susan Elaine Burdine; five grandchilden, Kendra Sanders, William and Elizabeth Burdine, Nikki and Jay Stidham; four great-grandchldren, Braydon, Christian, Kaitlyn and Erica; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Shannon Burdine, five brothers, James, Genas, Houston, Frank and Everett Burdine, and five sisters, Edna, May Etta, Roberta, Mary and Betty.

Funeral service will be at 11a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at McKnight Funeral Home with Ministers, Dr. J. Harold Harness and Bro. Marshall Malone. Burial will be at Ottawa Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Funeral Honors by the Caswell Saufley American Legion Post #18 of Stanford. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at McKnight Funeral Home Chapel.

Memorial contributions suggested to the Ottawa Baptist Church Cemetery Fund

Pallbearers include Adam, Steve, David Burdine, Jack Burdine, Mark Smallwood and Jeff Stephens.

Reba Kathryn Bullen
Reba Kathryn Bullen

Kathryn Bullen

Kathryn Bullen age 83 of McKee, died Wednesday August 26, 2015 at the St Joseph Hospital in London Kentucky. Kathryn was born in Rockcastle County to the late Willie and Minerva Caudill Bullen.

She was a retired UK Home Extension agent and was baptized and a member of the Scaffold Cane Baptist Church.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents as well as her sister Virginia Bullen Branscum.

Kathryn is survived by her siblings Stephen Bullen, Jean Bullen Hays, and William K. Bullen, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will take place on Monday Aug. 31, 2015 at the Lakes Funeral Home in Berea with Rev. Carroll deForest officiating, burial will be in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 12 noon – 2pm at the funeral home.

Bonita Baker Isaacs
Bonita Baker Isaacs
Bonita Isaacs

Bonita Isaacs age 61, wife of Russell Isaacs, died Tuesday August 25, 2015 after her battle with cancer. Bonita was born in Jackson County to Elsie Gadd Baker and the late Amos Baker.

As a little girl she attended Big Hill Baptist Church and was baptized, and she currently attended Red Lick Holiness Church with Russell. Bonita was active with Russell in his work shoeing horses, she was also a board member of the Bluegrass Horseshoers’ Association, and was co-owner of the Horse Shoe Bend Grocery at Red Lick, and she enjoyed playing and listening to music.

Bonita is survived by her mother Elsie Gadd Baker, her husband Russell Isaacs, her son Brian (Kelly) Isaacs, and her grandchildren: Layne Isaacs, Colton Isaacs, Gavin Isaacs, and Wyatt Greenwell, her brothers: Bruce Baker, Burlin Baker, Harlan Baker, Garvin Baker, Ronald Baker, Richard Baker, Randy Baker, and her sisters: Wanda Tobler, Karlene Bowles, Bella Holt, and Marsha Stidham, and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her father Amos Baker and an infant brother Anthony Gilbert Baker.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday August 30, 2015 at the Isaacs Family Farm with Bro. Artie Alexander and Bro. Darrell Combs officiating. The family invites you to bring your own chair for services, and in case of bad weather services will be held at the Red Lick Holiness Church.

Pallbearers will be Bonita’s brothers and honorary pallbearers will be Joe Isaacs, Marion Rousey, Mason Alexander, James Isaacs, Rusty Riley, Colton Isaacs, Gavin Isaacs, Wyatt Greenwell, Layne Isaacs, Allen Doyle, Earl Isaacs, and Eugene Isaacs.

Visitation will be Saturday August 29, 2015 after 5 pm at the Red Lick Holiness Church. Burial will take place in the Isaacs Family Cemetery at Rucker Hollow. Lakes Funeral Home Berea is in charge of arrangements.

Michael Franklin Dillon
Michael Franklin Dillon

Michael Franklin Dillon

Michael Franklin Dillon age 68 of Berea, died Monday August 24, 2015 at his home in Berea. Michael was born in Richmond Kentucky to the late Franklin and Kathleen McWhorter Dillon.

He was retired Rehab instructor for the Kentucky Department for the Blind and an EKU graduate, he was also a member of the River of Life Church in Berea, and a US Army Reserves veteran.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents and his son Jared Dillon, and a brother Chris Dillon.

Michael is survived by his daughter Michelle Cates of Berea, his brother Gary Dillon of Berea, and his sister Connie Clouse, 3 grandchildren: Erin (Paul) Buenaventura, Jessica (Ben) Crowe, and Emily Bray, and 2 great grandchildren Aria and Noah Crowe.

Funeral services will be Sunday Aug. 30, 2015 at 2 pm at Lakes Funeral Home Berea with Bro. Tim Lawson officiating, burial will be in the Pilot Knob Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 6-9 pm at the Funeral Home.

Jane Harold

Jane ” Janice” Irene Phillips Harold, age 48, of Richmond, died Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Baptist Health in Richmond. She was born in Berea to the late James Raymond and Anna Lee Phillips.

A housewife, she was a member of the Cartersville Holiness Church. She loved her family, and playing with her grandchildren.

Survivors include: her significant other, Robert Munsey of Richmond; daughter: Shawna (Shannon Short) Phillips of Paint Lick; son: Shannon (Ashley) Phillips of Richmond; sister: Helen Anderson of Rockcastle County; brothers: Johnny Phillips, Gary Phillips, and Jimmy Phillips all of Berea, and Elza Phillips of Cartersville; grandchildren: Andrew Blake Phillips, Daisy Brooklynn Phillips, Abigale Nicole Phillips, and Isabella Marie Phillips.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jackie Phillips, and sisters, Clara Ann Saylor and Joann Seals.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. J. B. Alexander officiating. Burial will be in the Remmell Cemetery in Rockcastle County. Visitation will be from 6-10 p.m. Thursday.

Bennett Carpenter

Bennett Carpenter, age 57, died Monday at Saint Joseph Hospital in London. He was a native of Garrard County, born to the late Newt & Flossie Bishop Carpenter. Bennett was of the Holiness faith.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Clayton Carpenter and his step-mother, Nora Carpenter.

Bennett is survived by his siblings, Giles Carpenter, Glendon (Betty Jo) Carpenter, Betty (Doug) Lakes, and Ethel Pigg all of Paint Lick, KY, Faye (Don) Perkins of Richmond, KY, and Shelia Masters of Berea, KY. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Bruce Alcorn officiating. Burial will follow in the Robinson Cemetery in Cartersville. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Stanley Wayne Pearson
Stanley Wayne Pearson

Stanley Wayne Pearson

Stanley Wayne Pearson, 69, of Berea, died suddenly Tuesday, August 25, 2015 while hunting in Laurel County. He was a life-long resident of Berea born June 25, 1946, son of the late Stanley and Margaret Alcorn Pearson.

Wayne was a veteran of the U. S. Army National Guard of Kentucky, landscaper and lawn care professional, and attended Berea Church of God. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid knife collector spending most Saturdays at flea markets or knife shows trading and collecting knives.

Survivors include his loving wife, Charlann Farler Pearson; 1 daughter Sheila (Janton) Barrineau; 1 brother, Charles (Janie) Pearson; 2 grandchildren, Jayden Barrineau, Jannah Barrineau; as well as, numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 1 sister, Laura Mae Powell.

Funeral Service 1:00pm, Friday, August 28, 2015 at Berea Church of God with Pastor Steve Hobbs officiating. Burial will follow in Berea Cemetery. Visitation 6:00 – 9:00pm Thursday at the church. Reppert Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Jane Lee Rose

Jane Lee McMaine Rose, 82, of Irvine, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. She was the widow of William Lincoln Rose, who passed away in 1996. Mrs. Rose was born on October 31, 1932 in Madison County, and was the daughter of Claude Newton McMaine and Zadie Bell Mewman McMaine, both of whom preceded her in death.

She had previously worked at Westinghouse Electric for 17 years as an accounting clerk.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by: eight brothers, Kermit, Eugene, Elbert, Robert, Carl, Ralph, Thomas, and James Ray McMaine; two sisters, Celeste and Bertrice McMaine; and one sister-in-law, Bette Crawley McMaine.

Survivors include: two sons, Timothy Wayne Rose, of Estill County, and Anthony William Rose (Jennifer), of Dayton, OH; one granddaughter, Addison Elizabeth Rose; and one sister-in-law, Wendy Binns McMaine.

Funeral services for Jane Lee Rose will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Jerome Frandle and Bill Denk. Burial will follow at the Newman Cemetery in Estill County. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the time of service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Carl Thomas Ashley

Carl Thomas Ashley, 74, of Richmond, departed this life in the early morning of Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Baptist Health – Lexington, Kentucky. Tom was born April 13, 1941, in Lexington, Kentucky to Carl Thomas Ashley, Jr. and Thelma Elizabeth Bowles Ashley,and grew up in Nicholasville, KY. He lived in seven states over the years.

Tom was a graduate of Transylvania University, Lexington,where he was a member of the Holleian and Barr Societies. He received a Master’s Degree in organic chemistry from Marshall University, Huntington, WV. His career spanned the history of digital printing, where he was involved with printing supplies, including inks, toners, photoconductors, and papers and other media. He was on the team that developed the first ink-jet ink for IBM, as well as early laser printing supplies, and was still considered a leading consultant in the field.

Tom leaves his wife of 52 years, Linda Ramsey Ashley; a daughter, Lara Ashley-Carter and a son, David P. Ashley, both of Richmond; and three grandchildren, Ashley E. Carter of Washington, DC, Katharine M. Carter of Lexington, and Stuart McLellan Carter of Richmond.

He was a Deacon at Mt. Zion christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Richmond, and had recently served on the Board of the Christian Church in Kentucky. He had been a member of the ARRL, a ham radio organization, since 1955, with the call sign AA4A.

Services will be held at Mt. Zion Christian Church, 830 Battlefield Memorial Highway, Richmond, KY, at 1:00 pm on Thursday, August 27, 2015. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, at the church, and from 10:00 a.m. until the service begins at the church.

Memorial expressions may be offered to Mt. Zion Christian Church, to Appalachian Ministries (AMERC), 400 Richmond Rd. North, Berea, KY, or to the animal care organization of your choice.

Wayne Sebastian
Wayne Sebastian

Wayne Sebastian

Wayne Sebastian, 85, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at his home. Mr. Sebastian, the son of the late Edwin “Nick” Sebastian and Mary Lucy “Mammy” Hutchens Sebastian, was born in Hamilton, Ohio. He was raised in both the Paint Lick Community of Garrard County and in Madison County, Kentucky.

He overcame polio in 1940 and later attended Madison High School. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and served during the Korean War. He worked for 42 years at Standard Products Company in Lexington, was a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 298 and was a member and deacon at North Lexington Church of Christ.

In June 7, 1959, he was united in marriage to Frances Stephens Sebastian who survives.

Mr. Sebastian is also survived by three sons: Darrell Edwin, Michael Joseph and Steven Wayne Sebastian and seven grandchildren: Daniel, Bradley, Kimberly, Nicholas, Hunter, Wilson and Jackson.

He was also preceded in death by his brother: Jack Sebastian and his sister: Mary Alice Sebastian.

Funeral Service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.

WWII Army Veteran
WWII Army Veteran

Earl Sparks

Earl Sparks, 89, went into the presence of God, Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at the Compassionate Care Center. He was a native of Estill County, Ky. and the son of the late Eli and Lillie West Sparks.

He considered his greatest accomplishment in life as time served in the United States Army as a Combat Engineer, fighting in World War II. He worked the oil fields, construction work and operated Sparks Cash & Carry Grocery in Estill County. He spent many of his retired years alongside his best friend and sidekick, Johnny Todd at Todd’s Antique Mall.

Survivors include his wife, Edith Neal Sparks; four daughters, Marilyn (James) Williams, Audrey Sue (Paul) Lewis, Ramona Earlene “Bones” Kane, and Karen (Dr. Richard) Steinhauser; four brothers, Eli Sparks, Jr., Delbert Sparks, Phillip Sparks and Michael Sparks; three sisters, Hazel Noland, Lydia McKinney and Estine King; six grandchildren, Paul Brian Lewis, Lee Ann Cole, Brad Hall, Jason Sparks, Elijah Sparks and Jessica Akers; seven great-grandchildren, Eli & Everleigh Lewis, Kayla, Kara and Aubrey Cole, Braden Hall and Summer Akers.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Odell Sparks, Donald Sparks, Raymond “Kay” Sparks, Raleigh Sparks and Randall Sparks; one sister, Maxine Flynn.

Home Going Celebration will be conducted at 1 PM Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Victory World Outreach Center with Rev. Philip Holman officiating. Burial will follow in Madison Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5-9 PM Friday at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home and after 11 AM Saturday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Paul Lewis, Paul Brian Lewis, James Williams, Jimmy Noland, Brad Hall, Jason Sparks, Elijah Sparks and Johnny Todd.

Wilburn Leslie Ruble

Wilburn Leslie Ruble, age 54, of Kissey Branch in Irvine passed away Monday, August 24, 2015, at Baptist Health Richmond following a sudden illness. He was born July 31, 1961 in Madison County and was the son of the late Rollie and Glenna Phillips Ruble.

He was an employee of Dunn’s Body Shop and attended the Kingdom Hall. He had lived in Estill County most of his life.

He is survived by 2 Sons Wilburn Dwayne Ruble and Joseph Ruble both of Irvine, 2 Sisters Linda Richmond, IN, Patty Indianapolis, IN, 2 Brothers Earl Parms Richmond, IN Rickie Ruble of Irvine and 5 Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, August 27, 1 PM at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home by Bro. Bill Daily. Friends may call after 11 AM Thursday at the Funeral Home.

Dale Johnson
Dale Johnson

Dale Johnson

Dale Johnson was born April 29, 1959 in Sand Gap and departed this life Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, GA being 56 years of age. He was the son of the late Vernon & Mae (Mays) Johnson.

Dale is survived by his companion, Ronda Grimes of Sand Gap and by two children, Crystal Harrison and husband Lejay of McKee and Nathan Johnson Carpenter of Sand Gap. He is also survived by the following siblings, Dallas Johnson, Danny Johnson, Barbara Taylor and Patty Lainhart all of Sand Gap, Margaret Bicknell of Berea and Ricky Johnson Frye of Nicholasville. Dale was blessed with three grandchildren, Christopher Harrison, Raelee Bocska and Trevor Bocska and by a host of nieces and nephews.

Dale was of the Holiness Faith.

Funeral service was held 3:00 PM Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Lakes Funeral Home McKee with Bro. Mark Horn officiating. Burial followed in the Johnson Family Cemetery. Visitation was held at 6:00 P.M. Saturday August 29, 2015 at the Funeral Home.

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