OBITUARIES JULY 30 – Aug. 6, 2017

Roberta Leslie Creekmore

Roberta Leslie Creekmore

Roberta Leslie Creekmore, 62, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. To which she said, “Finally now I can get some peace and quiet!”
Born December 5th, 1955 to Robert Batdorf and Mary Wood in Watervliet, MI.

Roberta was known for her quick-witted sarcasm, carefully manicured nails, love of handbags, and the ability to look after every stray cat or person who graced her doorstep. She touched the lives of all who knew her.

She married Paul A. Webb in 1971 and raised three equally tough and sarcastic children in Berea, KY, although their relationship with nails, cats and handbags is, well… complicated.
In her later years, she returned to her childhood home in Dayton, OH to become a Home Health Nurse. She used her biting humor and nurturing heart to bring hope to the terminally ill in their final days. It is only fitting that she was surrounded by loving nurses and family during hers. She settled down with a nifty, old chap, Harold Creekmore II of Newcomb, TN, whose union was very closely depicted in the novel North and South. He was a devoted husband until the end.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Mary; brother Robert whom she missed very much.

Somehow, she is miraculously survived by her three children, Angela, Chanda, and “the baby” Paul Joseph Webb of Berea, KY; sister, Marna Radcliff; brother, Ed Mendenhall; brother, Tom Wood; grandchildren, Christopher, Nicolas, Tori, Morlijo, and Jayben; her two spoiled cats who remember her fondly, Boo and Bandit.

A Celebration of her Life will be held on Saturday, August 12th at noon at The Retreat, 326 S. Buell St. Perryville, KY. Arrangements by the Davis & Powell Funeral Home.

In honor of Roberta Creekmore “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10 ESV

In lieu of flowers, Mom would love you to donate to:
Hospice Care Plus
208 Kidd Dr.
Berea, KY 40403

Jerre Willard Reams

Jerre Willard Reams

Jerre Willard Reams, 71, husband of Sharon Prather Reams, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017, at the Baptist Health Hospital in Richmond. Jerre was born April 16, 1946 in Richmond, KY to the late Vernon and Sara White Reams.

He was a farmer, bank teller and bus driver, he enjoyed fishing and farming his entire life and he attended First Baptist Church.

Other than his wife Sharon, he is survived by a son, Ryan (Karen) Reams of Beattyville, KY; a brother, Tommy (Emma) Reams of Richmond, KY, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, August 7, 2017 at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Fort and Rev. John McCord officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, August 6, 2017, from, 4:00 P.M.- 8:00P.M. at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Steve Reams, Jim Reams, Steve Vanzant, Dr. Robert Palmer, Tommy Hawkins, Mike Pearson, Jim Dause and Al Whitaker. Honorary Pallbearers will be Harold Rome Ray, Bryan Bogie, Robin Downs, Ted Cundiff, Larry Cottongim, Ben Reams, Jim McFarland, Dave Bolton, Billy May, Daryn Morris, Drexel Conley, Willie Downs, Barber Cattle Company, S&B Cattle Company and the gang at the Stockyards Restaurant.

Silas Moore Garrett
Silas Moore Garrett

Silas “Si” Moore Garrett, 81, husband of the late Etta Elizabeth Lamb Garrett, passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017 in Richmond, Kentucky. Born on November 7, 1935 in Madison County, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Roscoe and Emma Howard Garrett.

He was a retired Truck Driver and also worked at Central Kentucky Processing. Silas was a member of the White Hall Holiness Church.

Survivors include two sons, Silas Dewayne Garrett (Teresa) of Richmond, KY and Eric Jayson Garrett (Julie) of Florence, KY; three daughters, Brenda Carol Ramey of Richmond, KY., Donna Elaine Ballinger (Gerald) of Carrollton, KY., Cynthia Lenetta Cochran (Terry) of Russell Springs, KY; two brothers, Boyd (Minnie) and Dale Garrett; four sisters, Lenora Evans (Elvie), Darlene Sergeant (Don), Glendene Baker (Lloyd) and Margaret Hall (Lum); ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Rodney and Paul Garrett.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Elvie Evans and Bro. Gary Northern officiating the services. Burial will follow services at the graveside in the Memorial Gardens. Visitation will from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jay, Justin & Adam Ramey, Josh Jones, Nicholas “Nick” Garrett, Cameron Garrett, Kendal Garrett and Clay Hooper.

Thomas Edward Grant

Thomas Edward Grant, 87, passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. Mr. Grant was born on January 14, 1930 in Madison County, and was the son of Lewis and Nelia Guest Grant, both of whom preceded him in death.

He was a retired TV repairman with Bluegrass Plumbing and Heating and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Thacker Grant, in 2012.

Survivors include: two sons, Steven Edward Grant, of Lexington, and Michael Lewis Grant (Sharon), of Richmond; two grandsons, Cameron Grant and Matthew Grant; and one sister, Ima Jean Ridley (Harry), of Richmond.

Funeral services for Thomas Edward Grant will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Michael G. Barnes officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at the funeral home.

Honorary Bearers will be Leonard and Bonnie Harrison, Cameron Grant, Matthew Grant, Ryan and Nikki Jones, and Rick and Donna Centers.

Helen Frances Presley

Helen Presley

Helen Frances Harrell Presley, 66, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Richmond Health & Rehab- Kenwood. Frances was born on April 29, 1951 in Miamisburg, Ohio, and was the daughter of Eual William and Jeanette Louise Stone Harrell, both of whom preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith. She was united in marriage to Paul Elva Presley on February 19, 1972.

Survivors include: one son, Paul Eual Presley (Bridget), of Richmond, KY; one daughter, Rhona Dawn Chapman (Paul), of Hudson, FL; three grandchildren, Sierra Loren Chapman, James Connor Presley, and Emma Grace Presley; one sister, Barbara Presley, of Franklin, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, John Harrell, and a brother-in-law, Harold Presley.

Funeral Services for Frances Presley will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Leonard Wilder officiating. Burial will follow at Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the funeral home.

Michael Wayne Parker

Michael Wayne Parker, 59, of Richmond, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017 at his home. Born October 29, 1957, in Louisville, KY, he was the son of the late Elgin G. and Anna Frances Maye Parker.

He received his Bachelors degree in Journalism and his Masters Degree in Political Science from Eastern Kentucky University. He was a former President of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at EKU and was very active in EKU Colonel Club. Mike was the former owner of College Station Liquor Store for 23 years. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church where he also served as a member of the Finance Committee and of the Knights of Columbus. Mike served as Regional Vice President and member of the National Board of Ducks Unlimited and an Emeritus member of that National Board. He served on the City of Richmond Human Rights Committee and worked with Kentucky River Foothills Transportation service.

Mike is survived by one son, Stewart Rees Parker (Silke) of Richmond.

Funeral mass for Mike will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, August 7, 2017, at St. Mark Catholic Church, with Fr. Tom Farrell officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Church. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Michael Parker memorial fund in care of Oldham, Roberts & Powell at P.O. Box 596 Richmond, KY 40476

Andrew Blyth

Andrew Blyth

Madison County has lost its “Old Crusty Minstrel,” Musician, Andrew Blyth, 72, July 27th after a brief bout with congestive heart failure. (Details about the Celebration of Life can be found at the end.) Born in 1945, in Pasadena, CA to parents, Herbert Leroy Lott and Rose Modisette Lott, he was blind and hydrocephalic at birth and spent his first six months in the hospital. While there, UCLA invented a special hand-made stent and Andy became the 6th encephalic baby in the world to survive the surgery. A second surgery, allowed him to regain the use of one eye. On his X-rays, doctors discovered a rare congenital curse – osteopetrosis – literally “stone bones” and projected a short life expectancy. Despite the fact that Andy suffered over 40 broken bones and numerous surgeries, and infections, he NEVER allowed himself to be defined by his health challenges and he certainly proved the doctors wrong!

Andy’s family connections in Hollywood helped open the door to sound engineering work. (His mother, Rose, was national president of the prestigious political organization, American Women in Radio and Television. His sister and stepfather were also involved in post-production studio work). He also picked up technical skills while attending Columbia School of Broadcasting. As live TV progressed onto video, Andy moved quickly up the ladder from mic boom operator to a full post – production sound mixer at TAV – Trans America Video by age 27. His credits include at least one technical Emmy, plus shows like Steve Allen, Hee Haw, Candid Camera, and many other popular game and variety shows of the 70’s. His favorite commercials were the Pillsbury Doughboy “tee he” and the Tidy Bowl man. Many have enjoyed the spicy and engaging stories of his escapades in Hollywood, including run in’s with John Wayne, where he was shown the “Duke’s” Green Beret ring up front and personal when Andy spoke up against Wayne’s stand for the Vietnam War, to being called by name while mic-ing up Ronald Reagan.

Andy’s life passion was folk music, and he was heavily influenced by Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Malvena Reynolds and his music frequently got around to his politics. (One of his favorite songs at Berea’s local Thursday jam sessions was Yambo, a parody about a sweet potato against war.) He turned down the job to be chief sound guy for Richard Nixon’s 1972 campaign because he was already working on the McGovern campaign. Andy’s comment on the subject, in an interview done by the Berea Citizen in 2016, “It was an awkward time for me, balancing between my jobs in sound and wearing my bell bottoms and keeping my hair long for war protests. Once, I had to help televise a protest – when I really wanted to be a part of it.”

Andy wanted to get away from the Hollywood scene and follow his passion of music….so he moved his family to Seattle and took a staff position at the local ABC affiliate. He and several other musicians soon created a “playful troupe of magical musicians, colorful dancers, and creative arts educators” – Tickle Tune Typhoon. Their albums, Circle Around and Hug the Earth feature Blyth, were winners of the Parents’ Choice Gold Awards and the American Library Association’s – Notable Children’s Recording Awards. Tickle Tune Typhoon also represented the United States at the International Celebration of the Child in 1979 in Washington, DC. While in Seattle, he and his wife Sue, also started the Raging Zephyr band, an Artist Way inspired group, dedicated to help musicians breakthrough performance barriers.

Opportunities opened up for him in free-lance audio engineer sporting events (nationally and internationally) for all the major TV networks – including 10 Olympics and Goodwill Games, and Seattle Mariners baseball. But after years of being on the road, he and a few co-workers, decided to open two entrepreneurial businesses – Reztech (to create smart homes) and Mediatel, Inc. in Seattle. Well-known projects by Mediatel, included building Microsoft Studios and also system integration for the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle and Vulcan Industries. Shortly before Andy moved to Berea, Mediatel was sold to a division of National Mobile TV.
Love Is Something If You Give It Away (Magic Penny lyrics – Malvena Reynolds

In 2008, Andy and his wife, Sue Peterson Blyth retired to Berea, KY to do music full-time as well as create an intentional sustainable community, known as Zephyr Creek Crossing plus be a little closer to their grandchildren. Despite Andy’s health challenges, the Blyths – as Banjo Andy and His Tickled Toons or with his Old Dogs ~ New Tricks band – have entertained audiences with toe tapping, bouncy, sing a long heritage Americana musical fair and storytelling of his personal adventures at numerous local events, retirement villages, street fairs, churches, fundraisers and political marches. About a year ago, Andy took on the role of mentor of the Madison County SongFarmers Association – a part of the WoodSongs Front Porch Association – working toward the advancement of local live music opportunities and retaining music in the schools.
“We’re All in This Together – and It’s About Time. “
Andy’s personal motto and songs reflect their conviction put forward by John Denver in his song,

Andy is survived by his wife, Sue Peterson Blyth, his daughter Stacey Blyth (Brian Lampkin, grandchildren – Hayley, Clara and Natalie Lampkin) of Greensboro, NC; his son Joshua Blyth (Susan Bennett) of Seattle, WA; his stepchildren – Rhonda and Eric Peterson (Terrie); Erin Wallace (grandchild – Peter); and Sabra Anne Weintraub. Sisters: Sheriden Blyth Bentley (of Berea, KY) and Mikie Ruggles (Greg) of Temple City, CA. Brother: Duncan Blyth, (Faline) of Bend, OR and stepsiblings – Joshua Kemp and Suzi DeAnfrasio. He was preceeded in death by his parents, his stepfathers, Scottie Blyth and Brad Kemp and two siblings – Ian Blyth and Donna Williams-Crane.

A Celebration Concert honoring Andy’s life and music will be held September 3rd at 2 PM in the Union Church sanctuary located at 200 Prospect St, Berea, across the street from Boone Tavern. It will be a day of toe tapping music and storytelling MC’d by Michael Johnathon of WoodSongs and featuring many local musicians and friends of Andy’s. A free-will offering in Andy’s memory will be taken up during the celebration to benefit the sound system at Union Church and the WoodSongs Front Porch Association. Please bring snacks to share.

Royce Dean Murphy

Royce Dean Murphy, 80, the husband of Geneva Miller Murphy, passed away Friday evening, August 4, 2017 at his home. Mr. Murphy was born on September 11, 1936, in Madison County, the son of the late John D. and Effie Ford Murphy.

He was a farmer, a retired employee of IBM, and a member of The Union City Christian Church. In addition, he had served in the Kentucky Army National Guard.

Survivors in addition to his wife include: two sons: Timothy Wayne “Tim” Murphy (Jerri) and Anthony Dean “Tony” Murphy (Teresa); grandchildren: Matt Murphy (Brittney), Brittney Follett (Chris), Courtney Murphy (Fiancé-Justin Bartlett), Logan Murphy, (Amber), Jason Morman (Carley) and Tiffany Morman (Nate Lykins); great-grandchildren: Eloise, Grayson and Lucas Murphy, Jackie Reese Follett and Nate Lykins; as well as several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: Lavern Murphy and Clayton Murphy and one sister: Phyllis Senter.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at The Union City Christian Church, with Bro. Chip Denief and Bro. Tim Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Madison Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 5-9 PM Monday evening at the church. The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Pallbearers are: David Abney, J.T. Miller, Steve Ford, Mike Ford, Gary Murphy, Chris Murphy and Shane Abshear. Honorary Pallbearers are: Thomas Miller, Robert Abney and Raymond Abshear.

William Lawson Sr

William Lawson Sr.

William Thomas “Bill” Lawson Sr. 81, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Compassionate Care Center. Mr. Lawson, the son of the late James Lawson and Hester Jones Lawson, was born in Madison County on May 11, 1936.

After 36 years, he retired from Teco Mechanical in Lexington. One of his greatest joys was spending time with family and friends. He also attended Richmond House of Prayer. On July 21, 1956, he united in marriage to Marian Elizabeth Isaacs Lawson who preceded him in death in 2011.

He was survived by his son: William T. “Tommy” Lawson, Jr. and wife Sandra of Richmond; two daughters: Tammy Marie Morris and husband Earl and Cheryl Lynn Neal and husband James Dwayne all of Irvine; his sister: LaVern Powell; four grandchildren: Steven Lowe and wife Shae, Wendi Branstetter, Zack Neal and Dylan Neal; three great grandchildren: Cecilia “Ceci” Hall, Abigail Rice and Baylee Branstetter; his sister-in-law: Iva Lawson and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lawson was also preceded in death by his brother, Shelby Lawson.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:30 P.M. Friday, August 4, 2017 at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Rev. Owen Moody officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 9:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.

Glenna McCreary

Glenna McCreary

Glenna Wells McCreary, 64, of College Hill, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017. She was born on February 11, 1953 in Madison Co., Ky., the daughter of the late Glenmore and Erbie Gabbard Wells.

Glenna was a graduate of Madison Central High School Class of 1971 and attended Eastern Ky. University. She was a former Secretary for Madison Co. Extension Service and former officer with Madison Co. Codes Enforcement. She enjoyed sewing and working with crafts.

Survivors include two daughters, Stephanie Martin and Brandi McCreary; a brother, Steve Wells (Karen); four grandchildren, Jordan Estep, Zachary Martin, Sameul Martin and Cheyenne Martin.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 7 PM Monday, August 7, 2017, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Johny Collins officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Monday at the Funeral Home.

Leona Owens

Leona Owens

Mrs. Leona Ann Burch Andrews Owens, 74 of Hillview returned to her Heavenly Father on August 3, 2017, Mrs.

Owens was a bus driver for 18 years for the Richmond County Board of Education in Augusta, GA; and retired to be a homemaker. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Augusta, GA.

Among those that preceded her in death include her parents, Lindsey Lee and Ruby Pearl Porter Burch; and brother, Bennie and Gordon Burch.

She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband of 10 years, Alvin Owens; children, Debbie Cato (Mike), Wanda Lass and Wiley T. Andrews, Jr.; stepchildren, Carl Owens, Gayla Tincher (Brad), Jerrol Owens (Myra) and Daryl Owens (Christy); 13 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be August 6, 2017 from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Dowell and Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home in Shepherdsville, Kentucky . Funeral service will be held August 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the funeral home.

Lester Kidwell

Lester Kidwell

Mr. Lester Kidwell, 80 of Wilmore, died Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Brookdale Richmond Place Assisted Living in Lexington. He was born in Rockcastle County, KY on November 9, 1936 the son of Thomas Eldon and Matilda Gadd Kidwell.

He had been a landscaper for Hillenmeyer Nursery and was a member of the Nicholasville Church of God.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Jewell Jones Kidwell; three sons, Kenneth and Toni Kidwell of Lawrenceburg, and Darryl and Jewel Kidwell, and William and Amy Kidwell, both of Wilmore; two daughters, Patricia and Tony Haydon of Sadieville and Karen and John Collier of Stanton; a brother, Alfred and Joyce Kidwell of Brodhead; and two sisters, Martha Allen of Orlando and Nannie Davidson of Berea. Also surviving are 23 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Pal, Henry, and Ed Kidwell; and a sister, Dorothy Clark.

Visitation will be August 4, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Dowell and Martin Funeral Home in Mount Vernon. Funeral service will be held August 5, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the funeral home.

June Alice Kidwell

June Alice Kidwell

Mrs. June Alice Kidwell, age 68, of Orlando, departed this life Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, KY. June was born on November 24th, 1948 in Rockcastle County, KY. to the late Phillip Fred and Margaret (Hensley) Helton.

She had worked for Mt. Vernon Plastics, TTAI as a welder for 10 years and for the American Greeting Company in the Candle Factory for 10 years.  She was a member of the Victory Temple Holiness Church and she enjoyed fishing, cooking and playing with her grandchildren.

Those left to celebrate her life are: her children, Alvin Flyod Knuckles of Mt. Vernon, KY., and Shaketha Dawn (William) Sammons of Artemus, KY.; her grandchildren Kayla Lashay Knuckles, Joshua Michael Lee Sparks, & Izac Andrew Levi Sammons; her great-grandson Robert Lucas Vanhoose, JR.; her brother Phillip “Vic” (Diane) Helton Jr. of Brodhead, KY.; her sister Ruth Hayes of Mt. Vernon, KY.; as well as many friends and neighbors.

Besides her parents, June was preceded in death by her first husband, Floyd Knuckles; her children, Sarah Jane Knuckles & John Henry Knuckles; and her brother Truman Reams.

Visitation for June will be held on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 from 6pm-9pm at the Marvin E. Owens Home for Funerals. The Funeral Service will be conducted at 1PM on Friday, August 4th, 2017 at the funeral home with Bro. Allen Hensley officiating. Burial will follow in Briarfield Cemetery.

Ruby Lynch

Ruby Lynch

Ruby Alice Barnes Lynch, 74, wife of Richard “Boola” Lynch, passed away on Monday, July 31st, 2017 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond after a long illness. A native of Estill County, she was a daughter of the late Sam C. and Stanley Green Reed Barnes.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Ryan Johnson; a great grandson, Lucas Embry; her brothers, Roy, Clyde, Allen, Boyd and Alvin “Dud” Barnes; her sisters, Ona Barnes, Dorothy Chaney and Mildred McCoy.

She loved spending time with her husband, her children and her grandchildren. She enjoyed the outdoors, bird watching and gardening, and giving candy out at Halloween.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Richard “Boola” Lynch; daughters, Teresa (Randy) Johnson, Vicki (Breck Jr.) Powell, Robyn (Victor) Morefield, Angela (Bobby Blevins) Merrell, and Christi Lynch; sons Stanley Kevin (April) Merrell, Richard Lincoln (Lori) Lynch; brothers, Raymond Barnes and Wayne Barnes; sisters, Lou Ellen Gray and Charlene O’Shea; 16 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

Services will be held on Friday, August 4th, 2017 at Lewis-Abner Home for Funerals at 2:00 PM with Brother Terry Barnes officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery. Friends may call anytime after 6:00 PM on Thursday.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jared Powell, Dennis Burns, Jr, Stanley Merrell, Kyle Short, G.B. Kelley, and Josh Lambert.

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