OBITUARIES AUG. 13-20, 2017

Mary Louise Holley

Mary Louise Holley

Mary Louise Holley, age 75, passed away Friday, August 18, 2017 at Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Mary was born in Flint, Michigan to the late Stacey and Marcell Holmes O’Brien.

She was a homemaker and member of the New Heights Church.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one daughter Loretta Sue Koffroth and one brother Curtis O’Brien.

She is survived by her husband Joseph Holley, five children, Donnie (Kay) Koffroth, Sharon (Ron) Govero, Willie (Cindy) Koffroth, Christine (George) Huggins, and Chester (Jennifer) Koffroth; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11am, Monday, August 21, 2017 at Lakes Funeral Home Berea with Rev. John Burdette officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Sunday from 3-5 pm at the funeral home.

Donations may be made in her memory to Hospice Care Plus or Hospice Compassionate Care Center.

Louise French

Louise French

Louise French, age 79 of E. Haiti Road, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the U.K. Hospital in Lexington. Louise was born on the family home place in Berea to the late Charley and Mabel Kaylor Todd.

She was retired from Berea College Food Service.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Elmer Ray French and one sister Jeanette Conn.

She is survived by her three sons, Todd (Janeffer) French, Jeff (Debbie) French, and Brian (Valerie) French; three granddaughters, Lyndsey (Aaron) Baker, Tara French, and Whitney (Josh) Blanton; one great grandson, Matthew Baker; and one nephew, Craig Conn.

Funeral services will be 1pm, Friday, August 18, 2017 at Lakes Funeral Home Berea with Rev. Kenny Felty officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 10am-1pm at the funeral home.

Georgia Edith Lamb

Georgia Edith Lamb

Georgia Edith Lamb, age 65 of Miracle Street, passed away, Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Georgia was born in Grassy Branch to the late Taylor and Eva Baker Morgan.

She was retired from Dresser Industries and a member of the holiness faith and attended Crestview Holy Sanctuary.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Jimmy Lamb, one son Eddie “Pee Wee” Lamb; and three brothers, Eugene Morgan, Lowell Morgan, and Joe Morgan.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Denise Green and Wendy Walters; one brother, Cephus “Push” Morgan; three sisters Gewondine McKinney, Geraldine Collins, and Winnie Duff; five grandchildren, Heather Thomas, Ronald Ray Green, Jr., Jacob Green, Taylor Walters, and Evan Walters; and two great grandchildren, Logan Green and Noah Hacker.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 7:00 pm at Crestview Holy Sanctuary with Rev. Harold Eads and Rev. Ritchie Howard officiating. Burial will on Thursday at the Morgan-Collins Cemetery in Leslie County. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7pm at the church. Lakes Funeral Home Berea is in charge of the arrangements.

Bernice Thomas

Bernice Thomas, the widow of Ronald V. Thomas, died peacefully at home on August 18, 2017. She was born in Kingsmill, Ohio, the daughter of Agnes Hogan and Hubert Bailey.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings Eunice and Ed Johnson, Phyllis and Delbert Picket, James and Bonnie Bailey and nephews, Thomas Snapp, Ronnie Picket and David Bailey.

She is survived by her children, Ronnie and April Thomas, Marie and Sammy McIntosh, and Sue Ann and Bobby Herbst; grandchildren, Andy Thomas, Jennifer McIntosh, Joey Herbst, Ben Herbst, Phillip Herbst, Billy Herbst, Will McIntosh, and 13 great-grandchildren; nieces, June Gail Ingram, Sharon Bradley, Sheryle Picket, Linda Snapp, and nephews, Dale, Jim and Bobby Bailey and their families who loved their Aunt Bea.

She also leaves to mourn members of the Thomas family who loved her dearly: Russell and Betty Thomas & family, Rose and Bill Venable & family, Rita Moody, Dan & family; as well as the families of the late Ruby Winkler, Ruth Agee, R.W. Thomas, Roy Thomas and Rina Ambrose.

Moving to Richmond in the late 50’s, Bernice worked at Pat’s coffee shop, The Sweet Shop, Newberry’s, H K Porter, Southern Dollar, and Begley Drug Company. She retired from the Madison County Clerk’s office, where she served as Deputy Clerk for 20 years.

She loved to raise a garden and took great pride in her yard. In retirement, she enjoyed selling antiques at her shop, The Gabby Place, as well as having a booth at Loose Leaf and Athens School House Antiques.

Her loved ones will fondly remember her joy of having a ripe tomato by the Fourth of July, her love of half runner green beans and “Granny’s fried chicken”, simply the best! With her easy smile and gorgeous white hair, family, friends and even strangers benefitted from her willingness to always help those in need, especially those down on their luck. She was of the Church of God faith and was indeed a faithful and loyal servant who is, no doubt, reaping her rewards in Heaven.

Visitation will be from 5 – 7 PM Tuesday at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home. The family will have a private graveside service and burial in the Richmond Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers from Family Choice Home Care and requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403

Myrna Hudson Grover

Myrna Hudson Grover, died on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Baptist Health-Richmond Hospital.

A memorial service will be held on August 27, 2017 at 12:00 noon at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.


James Albert Pack

James Albert Pack, 70, of Richmond, passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Telford Terrace of Richmond. Born October 27, 1946, he was the son of Hallie Homer and Adena Pauley Pack, both of whom preceded him in death.

Jim was a retired store manager for Hager Cabinets. Jim Pack’s faith came first in his life and he loved sharing God’s word. Currently a member of First Baptist Church, he was a former Deacon and Sunday school teacher at Rosedale Baptist Church where he held numerous other church committee positions. His church family was always important to him and he loved to visit with his fellow church parishioners. Jim was also a member of Waco Lodge # 538, F. & A.M.

Jim attended Marshall University and was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He hiked the Appalachian Trail, where he used the nickname, “Little Doggy”. He rode motorcycles, he played tennis, golfed and played every miniature golf course he could find with his son Josh.

He is survived by Linda Pack of Richmond; one son, Josh Pack of Richmond; two daughters, Robin Pack McDaniel of Richmond and Adena Jeanne Gibson-Ferguson of Denver, Colorado; one brother, Dexter Mayhew; four sisters, Marty Pack Prewitt, Linda Stagner, Debbie Fuller and Joyce Chaney; and three grandchildren, Elleigh, Harley, and Garrett.

Funeral service for Jim will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday at First Baptist Church, with Bro. Bill Fort and Bro. Malcolm Lunceford officiating. Burial will follow at the Richmond Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be from 5 – 8 PM Monday at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Paul Purcell, Steve Waddle, Bill Tillett, Jim Meade, Russell Barclay, Charlie McWhorter, Arthur Chaney, Vernon Crisp and Vernon Stubblefield.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Telford Terrace.

Reford George Watkins

Reford George Watkins

Reford George Watkins, 70, passed away suddenly on Aug. 15, 2017 in Richmond, KY.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Diana, and their children Anne, Kathleen Hoff (Brian), R.J.; two wonderful grandsons, Connor and Nathan Hoff; five brothers, Richard, Gary (Gina), Robert, Glenn and Steven (Jacqueline); his dear Aunt Betty, many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was born in Queens, N.Y. to Reford O’Neil and Lillian Olga Watkins.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother, Bryan.

He attended college in Long Island, N.Y. before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in June 1965. He proudly served his country including two tours of duty in Vietnam where he was wounded during the Tet Offensive and received two Purple Hearts. After a full life working including the founding of Watkins Yacht and Marine with his brothers Richard, Gary, and Robert, Reford retired to Richmond, KY. He had many interests and hobbies and enjoyed his life so much. We will all miss his great sense of humor and his big laugh. He will be sadly missed forever by his grieving family.

A memorial service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Clearwater, FL will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of local services

Donna Sue Kelley

Donna Sue Kelley

Donna Sue Kelley, 51, of Richmond, passed away Monday, August 14, 2017, at Baptist Health – Richmond. Born January 3, 1966, in Richmond, KY, she was the daughter of Lydia Weaver Kelley and the late Ronnie Kelley.

Donna was a press operator for Kokoku Rubber, Inc. of Richmond. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, David Wayne Kelley.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, Lydia, include one daughter, Krista Agee of Richmond; one son, Ronnie Agee (Jessica Thomas) of Richmond; one step-daughter, Lori Beth Howard of Dade City, FL; one step-son, Jacob Randall Agee of Dover, FL; a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Saylor; two sisters, Cindy Owens and Kim Kelley; three brothers, Steve Kelley of Delhi, OH, Randy Kelley and Jeff Kelley, both of Richmond; one half-brother, Zach Kelley of Waterboro, Maine; Donna also leaves a special friend, Mike Renfro and her grandchildren, Trenton, Jayden, Kali, Brayden, Landon, Kynlie, and Serenity Agee, Caroline Raski, Katelyn Tarr, Aiden Tarr, Rachel Hughey, Kayson Hughey and Kingston Hughey and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 am Friday, August 18, 2017, at the Revival Tabernacle on Big Hill Avenue, with Pastor David Lamb officiating. Burial will follow at Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be after 9:00 AM Friday at the church. Oldham, Roberts & Powell in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Krista Agee, Ronnie Agee, Stephanie Clements, Jeff Kelley, Jamie Owens and Mike Renfro.

In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to the family for final expenses.

Kenneth Larry Hicks II

Kenneth Larry Hicks

Kenneth Larry Hicks, II, 37, of West Palm Beach, Florida, formerly of Kentucky, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017, at his home in Florida. Born February 13, 1980, in Pikeville, Kentucky, he was the son of Kenneth Larry and Linda Faye Castle Hicks of Berea.

Larry was a railroad technician for Siemens Rail System in Florida. He enjoyed fishing, the outdoors, and was a very proud and loving father.

Survivors include his parents, Larry and Linda Hicks of Berea, his son, Aiden Benjamin Hicks of Lexington; one sister. Larissa Hicks of Richmond and two nieces, Jayla Lauryn Hylton and Lindsay Rowe.

Funeral service for Larry will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, August 19, 2017, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Beard officiating. Burial will follow at Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6 – 9 PM Friday at the funeral home.

James William Cain

James William Cain

James William Cain, 67, of Richmond, passed away Friday, August 18, 2017 at Baptist Health – Richmond. James, the son of the late James M. Cain and Anna Ingram, was born on September 25, 1950.

He was a retired construction superintendent and was attending the Narrow Way Church of God. James enjoyed fishing and watching movies and always loved talking with family and friends. He was also a U.S. Marine veteran.

Survivors include three daughters: Angela Cole and husband Kevin and Linda Kirby and husband Charles, all of Mt. Vernon and Tonya Hammond and husband Johnny R. of Sand Gap and seven grandchildren: Matthew Pruitt, Kinsli Cole, Sophia Cole, Megan Gover and husband William, Anna Hammond, Andrew Hammond and Saul Hammond.

James was also preceded in death by his brother: Malcolm Cain and two grandchildren: Brittany Pruitt and Johnny Hammond.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 6:00 P.M. Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Narrow Way Church of God in Jesus’ Name, Hwy 421 South, McKee with Bro. John Gross officiating.
Visitation will begin at 4:00 P.M. Wednesday at the church. Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Glen Roberts

Glen Roberts

Glen Roberts, 75, passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. He was born in Owsley County on Friday, Jan. 23, 1942, the son of the late Roland and Emily Johnson Roberts.

He was a retired carpenter, a member of the Brassfield Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include his four children, Mose Roberts (Sheila), David Lee Roberts, William Roger Roberts and Charlotte Emily Rose; his first wife and the mother of his children, Francis Hazel Roberts; his last wife, Thelma Munsey; brother, Clarence Roberts; sister, Rosella Ludeke; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Marilyn Bailey and Debbie Roberts; his second wife, Sylvia Moore Roberts; siblings, Mose Roberts, Ray Roberts, Helen Cole and Robert Lee Roberts.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 3 PM Sunday, August 20, 2017, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. James Lunsford and Bro. Cecil Burns officiating. Burial will follow in the Flatwoods Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 – 9 PM Saturday at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Marvin Willis, Robert Munsey, Joe Long, Victor Jackson, Randy Abrams and Shawn Willis. Honorary Pallbearers will be Brian Best and Phil Bryant.

Timothy Sproles

Timothy Dewayne Sproles

Timothy Dewayne Sproles, 51, better known as “Bert”, passed away Monday, August 14, 2017, at Compassionate Care Center. He was born in Hamilton, Ohio on Friday, March 18, 1966, the son of the late Rev. Gilbert and Shirley Hinkle Sproles.

Tim was a truck driver who was very devoted to his family. He was a member of the Richmond House of Prayer and enjoyed UK sports. Bert was quite a prankster, who loved a good joke, and was a person who could bring cheer into other’s lives.

Survivors include his wife, Kelly Rollins Sproles; one son, Jordan Tyler Green; two daughters, Destiny Roark and Nevaeh Hinkle; one brother, Ronnie Sproles; two sisters, Kathy Baker (Junebug) and Kimberly Mills (David); sisters-in-law, Vicki Rollins and Lisa Rollins Renfro (Larry); brother-in-law, Jerry Moody (Bonnie); several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Keith Sproles and a sister, Tammy Stewart.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Saturday, August 19, 2017, at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Owen Moody and Bro. Tommy Frazier officiating. Burial will follow in the Bark Road Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-9 PM Friday at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Johnnie Carnes, David Carnes, Justin Stewart, Derek Stewart, Josh Stewart and Daniel Stamper. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jerry Moody, all fellow truckers and caregivers with Hospice Care Plus & Compassionate Care Center.

Expressions of Sympathy may be made to the family or funeral home to help with funeral expenses.

Jeffrey Lee Masters

Jeffrey Lee Masters

Jeffrey Lee Masters, 55, of Richmond, passed away Monday morning, August 14, 2017 at his home. Jeff was born on August 16, 1961 in Richmond, the son of Frenus Jr. and Donna Moberly Masters.

He was a retired district supervisor for Oldcastle Concrete Products and was of the Christian faith. He was an avid UK Wildcats fan, and a 1980 Graduate of Madison Central High School. He attended Eastern Kentucky University, and enjoyed playing golf.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one son: Dennis Masters along with his mother, Debbie Masters; one granddaughter: Addison Masters; his close friend: Chuck Curry; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Frenus Sr. and Evalena Masters and R.W. and Edna Moberly.

The family will receive friends from 3-6 PM Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral home. Funeral Services will be Private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, Kentucky 40403.

Matt Powell Jr

Matt Powell Jr

Mr. Matt Powell Jr. age 87 of Mt. Vernon, died Sunday, August 13, 2017 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. He was born in Jackson County, KY on September 20, 1929 the son of Matt, Sr. and America Jane Owens Powell.

He was Superintendent for the City of Mt. Vernon as well as an employee of the City Water Department before his retirement after 35 years of service. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the Livingston Pentecostal Church. He enjoyed bee-keeping and gardening.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ruby McFerron Powell; a son, Melvin Powell and wife, Jody of Mt. Vernon; a daughter, Linda Neal and husband, Rick of Mt. Vernon; a brother, Ray Powell of Climax; two sisters, Ethel Day of Richmond, IN and Mildred Himes of Climax; three grandchildren, Jamie Bradley, Jordan Powell, and Aleya Powell; and a great grandson, Caleb Bradley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Herman Powell.

Visitation will be August 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Livingston Pentecostal Church. Funeral service will be August 17th at 1:00 PM at the church.


Hadley Gray Lear

Hadley Gray Lear, infant daughter of Dustin and Heather Lear of Brodhead, was born sleeping Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Women’s Hospital, St. Joseph East in Lexington.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Aidann; a brother, Colten; her grandparents, Dale and Marlene Miller of Roundstone, Robin Smith of Brodhead, and J.R. Lear, also of Brodhead; her aunts and uncles, Amanda and Stephen Madden of Berea, Josh and September Miller of Roundstone, and Logan Lear of Brodhead; first cousins, Austin, Anna, Adalynn, and Taigan; her great grandparents, Carolyn Brandenburg and Eugene of Roundstone, Leonard Miller of Brindle Ridge, and Edith Thomason Whitaker of Mt. Vernon; and several other cousins, great aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Ella Renee Lear; and great grandparents, A.B. Thomason, Oval Gene Mays, and LouElla Miller.

A graveside service was held at 1:00 PM at the Miller Family Cemetery.

“You were born silent. Perfect and beautiful. Still loved. Still missed. Still remembered. Every day. Stillborn, but still born.”

These are my footprints, so perfect and so small.
These tiny footprints never touched the ground at all.
Not one tiny footprint, for now I have my wings.
These tiny footprints were made for other things.
You will hear my tiny footprints, in the patter of the rain.
Gentle drops like angel’s tears of joy and not from pain.
You will see my tiny footprints in each butterfly’s lazy dance.
I’ll let you know I’m with you if you just give me the chance.
You will see my tiny footprints in the rustle of the leaves.
I will whisper names into the wind, and call each one that grieves.
Most of all, these tiny footprints are found on Mommy and Daddy’s hearts.
‘Cause even though I’m gone now, We’ll never truly part.

Barbara Ellen Bishop

Barbara Ellen Bishop

Barbara Ellen (Lake) Bishop, age 74 of Brodhead, began her new life on Thursday, August 17th, 2017, at the Rockcastle Hospital with family by her side. She was born on June 11th, 1943 to the late Luther & Elizabeth Ellen (Brock) Lake in Rockcastle County.

On May 28th, 1957 she was united in Holy Matrimony to David Bishop and from that union came Deborah, Marilyn, Shannon & Christopher. She and David enjoyed 59 years of marriage prior to his passing on August 8th, 2016. Barbara was of the Pentecostal faith and a member of the Crossroads Assembly of God. She took great enjoyment in gardening, taking care of others and most of all; she loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was also a leading member of the Rocky Top Knob Gathering Association. Barbara was a devoted wife, a caring mother, a loving grandmother and an amazing sister & aunt and a wonderful friend.   

Those left to cherish her memory are: her children, Shannon David (Angie) Bishop of Brodhead, KY, Marilyn Sherie (Chris) Reddington & Christopher Morrse (Sabrina) Bishop both of Mt. Vernon, KY; her son-in-law Mark Cummins of Mt. Vernon, KY; her grandchildren, Jan Eyvan Stevens III, Shaunna Stevens, Emily Reddington, Jessica Cummins, Dustin Bishop, Crystal Nelson, John David Reddington, Dakota Bishop & Will Bishop; her great-grandchildren Vivienne Saylor, Hudson Wade Bishop, Coleson & Chloe Stevens; her brother Jack Lake of Brodhead, KY; her sister Patty (Kenneth Allen) Whirls of West Chester, OH; as well as many nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors.

Besides her parents and husband, Barbara was preceded in death by her daughter Deborah Elizabeth Cummins; her brothers Warren, George & Ben Lake; and her sisters Geneva Lake & Juanita Linville.

Visitation for Barbara will be held from 6PM-9PM on Monday, August 21st, 2017 at the Marvin E. Owens Home for Funerals. Funeral Services will be conducted 12PM on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at the funeral home with Bro. Bruce Ross officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Cemetery.

Casket Bearers will be Dustin Bishop, John David Reddington, Jay Stevens, Coleson Stevens, Dakota Bishop & Will Bishop. Honorary Casket Bearer will be Hudson Wade Bishop.

Emma Katherine McClain

Emma Katherine McClain, age 91, of White Oak Road in Irvine, passed away Friday, August 18th, at the Compassionate Care Center.  She was born December 28, 1925, in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the late Russell Alfred Sr. and Helen Fries Augustine. 

She was a homemaker and a member of the River Drive Christian Church.  She was also a member of the Eastern Star. 

She was preceded in death by her Husband, Maynard Ralph McClain. 

She is survived by 2 Daughters: Anna K. Puckett (Roger) of Irvine, Virginia Marie Elmore (Bill Gibson) of Burnside, 2 Sons Lawrence R. McClain (Barbara) of Florida, Lewis M. McClain (Terry) of New Mexico, A Sister Betty Rollins of West Virginia, 8 Grandchildren and 17 Great Grandchildren.

In addition to her Husband, she is also preceded in death by 2 Brothers: Ernest G. Augustine and Russell “Bud” Alfred Augustine Jr.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday 11 AM at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Bro. Paul Groves.  Friends may call between 6 and 9 PM Sunday.  Burial services will be conducted Tuesday 10 AM at the Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

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