OBITUARIES JUN. 25 – JUL. 2, 2017

Germaine Lear

Germaine Lear

Germaine Lear, age 34, passed away Saturday July 1, 2017 at her parent’s residence in Berea, Ky. She was born February 1, 1983 in Richmond, Ky. to William “Willie” Russell and Lois Bradley Lear.
Germaine worked with and loved children and was an avid UK basketball fan.

Other than her parents Germaine is survived by a host of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and friends.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00am Thursday July 6, 2017 at Saint Clare Catholic Church with Father Michael Flanagan officiating. Burial will follow at the Rose & Lear Cemetery in Gravel Lick. Visitation will be 6:00pm – 9:00pm Wednesday July 5, 2017 at Davis & Powell Funeral Home.

Everett Ray Durham

Everett Ray Durham

Everett Ray Durham passed away Saturday July 1, 2017.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Davis and Powell Funeral home is handling the arrangements.

Beaula Mae Conn

Beulah Mae Conn

Beulah Mae Sebastian Conn, age 89, of Cartersville, Ky., widow of the late Marvin Conn, died peacefully Wednesday June 28, 2017 at her daughter’s home in Cartersville, Ky. Mrs. Conn was born on December 14, 1927 to the late Mary Jude Gabbard and Carl Gabbard.

She was a lifelong resident of Garrard County, a member of the Leavel Green Christian Church, joining in 1946, a member of the Cartersville Ruritan Club, a member of the Paint Lick Sportsman Club, a dairy farmer and had been an employee of the Parker Seals Company.

Mrs. Conn is survived by one daughter, Holly (Arthur) Wilmot, three grandchildren, Rick (Becky) Wilmot, Lisa Lear, Bryan (Kelly) Wilmot and by nine great grandchildren. She is also survived, by one nephew, Alan (Becky) Pearson, one sister-in-law Margie Causey, one grand daughter-in-law Leslee Miller, two great nephews, a great great nephew & niece and a host of other nieces and nephews. Mrs. Conn was preceded in death by one sister Geneva Cindy Smith.

Funeral services for Mrs. Conn will be 2:00pm Monday July 3, 2017 at Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Harvey Sprye and Bro. Stevie Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in the Cartersville Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00pm – 9:00pm Sunday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Rick Wilmot, Chris Robinson, Allen Day, Wayne Art, Jimmy Tudor, Ray Hammonds, Wayne Day, and Tom Mosier. Honorary pallbearers are Marshall Damrell, Kenneth Dale Abbott, Caywood Metcalf, Mark Metcalf, Danny Day, Robert Childress, Wes Rose, Sherman Sparks.

Contributions suggested to Leavel Green Christian Church.

Otis Pigg

Otis Franklin Pigg

Otis Franklin Pigg, age 82, of Berea, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. Otis was born in Madison County, Kentucky to the late Robert and Mabel Powell Pigg.

He retired from Parker Seal and farmed after retirement. He was a U.S. Army veteran and member of Silver Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother George Curtis Pigg; two sisters Frances Miller and Martha Todd.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Verna Ball Pigg; one brother, John Ellis (Linda) Pigg and one sister Gladys (Del) Borders. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Silver Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Dennis Hisle officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday evening at the church from 6-9 pm. Lakes Funeral Home Berea are handling the arrangements.

Active pallbearers will be Bobby Miller, Donnie Hale, Doug Miller, Matthew Ball, Josh Ball, and Billy Pingleton. Honorary bearers will be nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Silver Creek Baptist Church.

Mona Claire Isaacs

Mona Claire Isaacs

Mona Claire Isaacs, 57, became cancer free June 26, 2017 as she passed in the early morning at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond Kentucky. Mona was born in Berea Kentucky on December 27, 1959 to the late Charles “Shug” Isaacs and the late Blanche Nicholson Isaacs.

Mona was a graduate of Madison Central High School, and Eastern Kentucky University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Math and Computer Science. Mona later served Eastern Kentucky University as the Associate Vice President of Information Technology. Among many professional contributions, her vision for a student-centered, campus wide mentoring program led to the formation of the EKU Gurus. Mona also served her community through her seat on the Madison County School Board where she served as chairperson. She helped guide the process for implementing all-day kindergarten in the district. Although she loved her community and had a strong belief in the power of education, her favorite job was that of mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

Mona is survived by one daughter, Stevie Johnson (Sean) Cheesman; siblings, Judy (Gary) Halstead, Mary (Bob) Eipert, and Charles (Krista) Isaacs. Three grandsons, Christopher Sprowles, Nathaniel Sprowles, and Patton Cheesman. Nieces and nephews; Paula (Rick) Gordon, Robyn (Tom) Moreland, Craig (Angie) Halstead, John Eipert, Ben Eipert, and Abby Eipert. Great nieces and great nephews include Hayden, Hayley, and Trace Halstead; Whitney, Charles, Noah and Samuel Moreland; Madeline, Cannon and Tess McLin; Graham, Kennedy and Ethan Gordon. Special family members include Deanna Johnson and Laura Ribbing in addition to many aunts, cousins, and special friends.

A celebration of life will be held Thursday June 29 in the Fellowship Hall, First Christian Church, 206 Chestnut Street, Berea from 5 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers and to honor Mona, please send donations to UK Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Danny McNabb Endowment Scholarship at Eastern Kentucky University, or Hospice Care Plus.

Jackie Ray Broughton

Jackie Ray Broughton

Jackie Ray Broughton, 50, of Berea, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017, at Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center in Mt. Vernon. He was born August 22, 1966, in Richmond, KY to Walker and Jean Skinner Broughton, and was preceded in death by his wife, Angel VanWinkle Broughton.

Jackie was a building contractor and of the Holiness faith.

In addition to his parents, survivors include two daughters, Savannah Rose (Adam) of Richmond, Nebraska Witt (Seth) of Berea; two sons, Cody Broughton of Berea and Jaydon Broughton of Mt. Vernon; two brothers, J.D. Broughton and Tony Broughton; and six grandchildren, Cadence Rose, Quintin Rose, Boston Witt, Kason Rose, London Witt and Knox Witt.

Funeral service for Jackie will be held at 12:00 PM Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Vester Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in the Pilot Knob Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 – 9 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Justin Broughton, Trenton Broughton, Tyler Bacic, Trinity Foley, Josh Thacker, and Curtis Bowling.

J. D. Hamilton

J. D. Hamilton

J. D. Hamilton, 85 of Richmond, formerly of Waco, passed away Thursday morning, June 29, 2017 at his home. Mr. Hamilton was born on June 22, 1932 in Madison County, at Redhouse, the son of the late John Dewey “J.D.” Hamilton Sr. and Clara Rupard Hamilton.

He was a retired Farmer and Truck Driver and was a member of The Flatwoods Christian Church. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife: Dixie Curry Hamilton; two daughters: Glynda Thompson (Brannon) and Patty Cohil (Kirk); one son: Skip Marion; one sister: Margaret Ray McClean; four grandchildren: Logan and Dylan Thompson and Kyleigh and Chase Cohil as well as several other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one son: Troy McClean Hamilton.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Flatwoods Cemetery at Waco. Visitation will be from 6-8 PM Monday evening, July 10, 2017 at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Skip Marion, Brannon Thompson, Logan Thompson, Kirk Cohil, Donnie Wilson, Jerry Spicer and Eugene Stagner.

Jeff Lee Curry

Jeffery Lee Curry

Jeffery Lee Curry, 50, better known as Jeff, passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the Baptist Health Hospital in Richmond. Jeff was born in Madison County on July 17, 1966 to Shirley Judd Curry and the late James Curry.

He was graduate of Madison Central, and went on to earn his Bachelor degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Jeff was employed by Eastern Kentucky University as a specialist in the Multimedia area. He will be remembered as a sweet, gentle man that would always lend a hand to those in need. Jeff enjoyed spending time outside and looked forward to spending evenings outdoors. He also loved music and enjoyed playing his guitar and listening to blues. Most of all, he loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his mother, Jeff is survived by, two daughters, Karyn Curry & Hannah Spillman (Justin); his grandchildren, Brayden & Kasey; his partner, Kim Hammitt, and her children, Kaliegh and Karak Hammitt; three brothers, Jimmy Curry, Chris Curry, and Mike Sisman; two sisters, Julie Guthrie and Heather Moncrief; his two dogs, Titus & Murphy; as well as a host of family and friends.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 7:00 PM Wednesday, July 5 ,2017, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, W. Main St., Richmond. Visitation will be after 4 PM Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Todd Edmister, Clint McMaine, Aaron Francis, Aaron Boyd, Tommy Hammitt and Teddy Elliott.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Madison County Humane Society, PO Box 2094, Richmond, KY 40476.

Garnett Lee Francis

Garnett Lee Francis

Mr. Garnett Lee Francis, 56, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017. He was born on January 27, 1961, in Richmond Kentucky to the late Richard Francis and Tommie Croutcher Tate.

Garnett enjoyed playing the guitar, drawing, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Rosedale Baptist Church.

He is survived by: three brothers, Tom Tate (Kimberly), Ron Francis (Sharon), and Kenny Francis; his step-mother, Judy Donavon; as well as several nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Monday, July 3, 2017, at the Concord Christian Fellowship Church, 1541 Moberly Road, with Pastor Tim Vice officiating. Burial will follow in the Lamb Cemetery. Visitation will be after 12 Noon, Monday, at the church. The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, W. Main St., Richmond, is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be: Derrick Tate, Brian Gordon, Ricky Johnson, Bill Tate, Clark Fletcher, Lester Richardson, and Isaiah Vice.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA), 10160 Linn Station Road, Louisville, KY 40223.

Callie Frances Greene

Callie Frances Greene, 93, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Telford Terrace in Richmond. Born on January 7, 1924 in Cumberland, Kentucky, Mrs. Greene was the daughter of the late Bob and Martha Mae Fields.

Survivors include a sister: Mary Jane Sparrow Hunt of Danville, Ky., and a brother: James M. Fields of Richmond, Ky., as well as several nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, Mrs. Greene was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Greene; two sisters: Sara Bond and Berneda Price; and three brothers: Leroy Fields, Kelly Fields and Bruce Fields.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, July 3, 2017 at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Dr. Curtis Christian officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery, Berea, Ky. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday at funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: James Fields, Kevin Fields, Robyn R. Fields, Susan Fields, Jake Fields, Sarah Jane Maddox and Stewart Davidson. The honorary pallbearer is Shelby Mead Fields.

To honor Mrs. Greene’s request; donations in lieu of flowers may be made to: The YMCA of Richmond, 1100 East Main Street, Richmond; or The First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 165, Richmond, Kentucky 40476

Riley C. Reece

Riley C. Reece

Riley C. Reece, 87, of Waco, passed away at his home, early Monday morning, June 26, 2017. Riley was born in Estill County, the son of the late Charlie and Elfra Stacy Reece.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict. Following his service to his country, he returned to Madison County, where he engaged in a lifelong career of farming. Farming was not only a way of life for Riley, but it was how and where he raised his family. They, like Riley shared in the joys and responsibilities of being a farm family. They also shared in his other interests, such as hunting. Riley was of the holiness faith and was a member of The Irvine View Holiness Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Geneva Cain Reece; an infant son: Phillip; brothers: Hubert, Ray, Earl Wayne, infant brother: Billy; sisters: Anna Miller, Nancy Keneer and Audrey Reece; a half-brother: Roger and a half-sister: Molly also known as “Peaches”.

Survivors include his wife: Sonja Estes Reece and her family; his three sons: Kenny Smith (Joyce), Charles “Curt” Reece (Karen) and Randall Reece; one daughter: Rebecca R. Allen; Grandchildren: Shane and Chad Reece, Adam Oliver (Lori), Joseph Oliver, Joshua Reece (Nikita), Zachery Reece (Jessica), Damon Smith (Millie), Jason Smith (Amy) and Christian Gosser; Great-grandchildren: Ally and Todd Oliver, Keaton Oliver, Tyler, Brooklyn and Lilly Reece, Emily Smith, Jordan, Bethany, Landon and Zoe Smith and Caleb Gosser; a special daughter-in-law: Theresa Burdette; two sisters: Ruby McIntosh (Ronnie) and Lois Isaac (Earl); brother-in-law: Dennis Cain; two sisters-in-law: Nancy Willis and Lilly Reece as well as several nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, June 29, 2017 at The Irvine View Holiness Church, with Bro. Charlie Wilson and Bro. J. B. Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in the Flatwoods Cemetery at Waco, Kentucky. Visitation will be from 4-9 PM Wednesday at the church. The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

His grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be: Florine Isaacs, David Olds, Jim Dause, Jasper Pearson, Dan Wells, Mike Pearson and Drexel Conley.

Denver Louis Sowder

Denver Louis Sowder

Mr. Denver Louis Sowder, age 83 of Berea, died Friday, June 30, 2017 at his home. He was born at Pine Hill in Rockcastle County, KY on December 17, 1933 the son of Bob and Mary Lela Perciful Sowder.

He had been a carpenter and enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Lorene Hayes Sowder; two sons, Donald and Jamie Sowder of Berea, and Dean and Joyce Sowder of Mt. Vernon; a daughter, Carol and Frank Lear of Copper Creek; and a sister, Roxie Sowder Kirby of Richmond. Eleven grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and one great grandchild also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, David Ray Sowder and Darryl Wayne Sowder; three brothers, Walter Sowder, Alissis Sowder, and Dewey Sowder; three sisters, Christine Payne, Lola Sowder, and Ruby Holcomb; and a grandson, Cody Allen Leger.

Visitation will be held July 2nd from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Dowell and Martin Funeral Home. Funeral services will be July 3rd at 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Skaggs Creek Cemetery.

Denver’s memorial video

Jennifer Lee Denham

Jennifer Lee Denham

Jennifer “Jenny” Lee Denham, 59, of Danville, KY passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Baptist Health in Lexington, KY. Born March 17, 1958 in Clovis, New Mexico to the late Clarence Elwood “Woody” Denham and the late Willa Banks Denham Gilbert.

Jenny worked as a nurse for most of her life. Jenny lived and breathed U.K. Basketball and attended Hebron Lake Side Church.

Survivors include one son; Christopher Denham of Danville, KY, two sisters; Carol Cutter (Thomas) of Richmond, KY, and Kay “Kay Kay” Denham of Stanford, KY, three step-brothers; Lance Gilbert of Hawaii, Todd Gilbert of Florida, and Michael Gilbert (Tammy) of West Virginia, one step-sister; Beth Ann Hill (Blake) of Georgetown, KY, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her step-father; Teddy Gilbert, she was preceded in death by two brothers; Steve Denham and Christopher Gilbert.

Visitation will be Monday, July 3, 2017 from 5-9pm at Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel, Stanford. A graveside service will be held at 11am on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Buffalo Springs Cemetery with Reverend Robert Camenish officiating. Burial will follow at the cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to Regina Denham/ Memorial Fund for Jenny Denham at any First Southern National Bank location to help pay for funeral expenses.

Darrell Cox

Darrell Cox

Darrell Cox, 72, widower of Sandra, passed away Monday, June 26th at Madison Health and Rehab Center. A son of the late Charles Cox and Ida Mae Raider Mansfield.

Darrell was a Mason and a Shriner. Darrell was preceded in death by his brother, Dexter Mansfield.

Mr. Cox is survived by his mother, Ida Mae Mansfield; daughters, Tammy (Randy) Tipton, Trina (Scott) Reffett, and Kristy (Tim) Tackett; grandsons, Christopher Ray Tipton, Stephen Kyle Conrad, Casey Shawn Tipton, Cody Austin Means, Jacob Tyler Conrad, and Caleb Aaron Means; great grandchildren, Aaliyah Nichole Tipton, Catarina Marie Hurt, Camden Shawn Tipton, Madyson Rayne Conrad, and Madalynn Lee; sisters, Phyllis (Johnny) Adair, Vydra (Jerry) Kirby, Coleen (Randall) Thomas, Von Joy (Tom) Norris, Cheryl Arvin, and Sheena Wilms; brothers, Dwight (Rhonda) Mansfield, Anthony Mansfield, Dolphus (Kathy) Mansfield, Homer (Gail) Cox, David Cox, and Timothy Cox.

Services will be held on Thursday, June 29th at 6PM at Lewis-Abner Home for Funerals. Friends may call anytime after 3PM.

Serving as pallbearers will be Mr. Cox’s grandsons.

Wallace Crowe

Wallace “Frog” Crowe, age 78, of Henry White Road in Irvine passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Baptist Health Richmond following a long illness.  He was born June 9, 1939 in Estill County and was the son of the late Herbert and Mary Francis Neal Crowe.

He was a roofer and had lived in Estill County all his life.

He is survived by His wife Shirley Mae Whitted Crowe, 2 Daughters Mary Elizabeth Couch & husband, Alfred of Clark Co., Ronda Renee Sparks & husband, Brad of Powell Co., 2 Sons Thomas Crowe of Clark Co., Jackie Lee Crowe & wife, Penny of Fayette Co., Daughter-in-Law Christie Crowe of Estill Co., 1 Sister Birdie Camden, 1 Brother:  Eugene Crowe & wife, Pauline all of Estill Co., 12 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren. Lifelong Friends:  Charles Richardson, Gary Wasson, Greg McKinney, Jack Cockrell and Red McBride.

He was preceded in death by 1 son, Steven Ray Crowe and 2 brothers; Burton “Jake” Crowe and Charles Edward Crowe.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, July 2, 2 PM at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will be at the South Irvine Cemetery.  Friends may call after 12 PM Sunday at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Crowe, Adam Estes, Shawn Richardson, Jack Cockrell, Red McBride and Earl Tipton. Honorary Pallbearer Charles Richardson.

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