OBITUARIES NOV. 26 – DEC. 3, 2017

Denver Adams

Denver Adams

Denver Adams age 72 of Berea, husband of Wilma Elam Adams, died suddenly Monday November 27, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Lexington. Denver was born in Garrard County to the late John and Lizzie Causey Adams.

He was retired purchasing agent for Ajax Magnathermic in Richmond, and he was a member of the New Hope Pentecostal Church.

Denver was also preceded in death by a brother Dallas Adams.

Denver is survived by his wife of 46 years Wilma Elam Adams, his son Scott (Nikki) Adams, his siblings; Stanley (Letha) Adams, Donnie Adams, and Della (Darrell) Lear, and his grandsons: Trenton and Tucker Adams.

Funeral services will be Thursday Nov. 30, 2017 at 1 pm at Crestview Holy Sanctuary Church, with Bro. Rick Cress and Bro. Greg Cress officiating. Burial will be in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-9 pm at the Church.

Alveria Nunn

Alveria Nunn (Parsons) passed away Thursday, November 30th, 2017. She was born Friday, July 7th, 1922.

Visitation will be Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm at Lakes Funeral Home in Berea. Funeral service will follow the visitation at 4:00pm at the funeral home. Pastor Jon Burdette will officiate.

Brenda Kaye Rigsby

Brenda Kaye Rigsby

Brenda Kaye Rigsby age 56, daughter of the late Barney and Maude Alexander Webb, died Monday Nov. 27, 2017 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington.

Brenda was Mimi to everyone, especially her children and grandchildren.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Barney and Maude, her siblings; Ruth Lakes, Faye Payne, and BF Webb.

Brenda is survived by her children Kristy (Eugene) Bryant, and Tyler (Ashley) Rigsby, her siblings: Elizabeth Young, Helen Croucher, Madalyn (Carl) Sargent, Jean (Jack) Medlock, Helen Faye (Terry) Abney, Scott Payne, and James Payne, and her grandchildren: Shelby Grace Bryant, Chesney Brooke Rigsby, Taylor Isabelle Bryant, Riley Kate Rigsby.

Funeral services will be Friday Dec. 1, 2017 at 1 pm at Lakes Funeral Home Berea. Burial will be in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-9 pm at Lakes Funeral Home.

Gordon L Sampson

Gordon Lynn Sampson

Gordon Lynn Sampson age 55, widower of Sandra Minter Sampson, died Sunday Nov 26, 2017 in Nicholasville, KY. Gordon was born in Lexington KY to the late Waldeck Sampson Jr., and Mackie Burkhart McClemmons.

He was preceded in death by his brother Keith Sampson, and grandsons Devin and Darren Sampson.

Gordon is survived by his children: Jessica Rose, Joshua Sampson, Jennifer Bach, and Joseph Sampson, his siblings Waldeck Sampson III, Robert Duncan and Heather Percell, and grandchildren: Kobe Sampson, Mason Madden, Alissa Sampson, Bentley Sampson, Camdon Sampson, and Kendrick Sampson.

Funeral services will be Saturday Dec. 2, 2017 at 2 pm at Lakes Funeral Home Berea, visitation will be Saturday from 12 noon until 2 pm.

Bobby Wayne Akers

Bobby Wayne Akers

Bobby Wayne Akers, 56, of Berea, died suddenly Sunday, November 26, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington of an apparent heart attack. He was a Lancaster, KY native (Garrard County) born December 19, 1960, son of the late Claude B. and Viewie Christine Jordan Akers.

He was a farmer, and a resident of the Berea area most of his life. Bobby was a loving husband, father, grandfather and attended New Hope Holiness Church.

Survivors include his wife Katherine Willis Akers; four children, Christopher Akers, Tonia Durham, Shannon Durham, Bobbie Lynn Akers (Terry Smith); three step-children, Keith Ballard (Ashley), Renae Fowler (John Lewis), Nikki Frymer; six siblings, Luther Akers (Alma), Brenda Akers, Georgia Farris (Lonard), Sam Akers, Kimberly Thomas and Jeff Akers (Jamie); nine grandchildren; as well as, numerous relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by the mother of his children, Sharon Durham Akers and 1 sister Rosemary Akers.

Funeral Service 11:00 am, Thursday, November 30, 2017 at New Hope Holiness Church with Bro. Luther Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Akers Cemetery in Garrard County. Visitation Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at the Church after 6:00 pm. Reppert Funeral Home and Cremation Service entrusted with arrangements

Bonita Daniels

Bonita Daniels

Bonita Foster Daniels, 70, of Richmond, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Madison Health & Rehab of Richmond. Born May 8, 1947 in Richmond, Kentucky, Bonita, a homemaker, was the daughter of James Luke and Edna Mae Lowery Foster, both of whom preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Daniels, a son, Christopher Michael Daniels; one brother Jeff Foster; and two sisters, Betty Ridnour and Josephine Snowden.

She is survived by two sons, David A. Daniels, and wife Lisa, of Richmond and John Edward Daniels, and wife Margie, of Lexington; her daughter-in-law, Donna Daniels; two sisters, Carolyn Ward and Rose Lee Mullins; one brother, Billy Foster, and wife Carol; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Jonathan, Brittany, Chase, Jeremy and Alex, and two great-grandchildren Lucien and Antaeus.

Funeral service for Bonita Daniels will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, December 4, 2017 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 11 AM until service time at the funeral home. Interment will be later at Madison County Memorial Gardens.

Mitchell Baker

Mitchell Baker

Mitchell Baker, 77, of Wellston, Ohio, passed away peacefully, while surrounded by his family, on Wednesday evening, November 29, 2017, at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. He was born in Waco, Kentucky, on June 24, 1940, to the late Dewey and Nannie B. Cain Baker.

He was a 1958 graduate of Madison Central High School and received a B.S. in business from Eastern Kentucky University. He moved to Wellston in 1961 to begin his long and distinguished career at Wellston High School. The 1962 yearbook, the X-Ray, states that he taught typing, business mathematics, and geography. He later became the adviser for the X-Ray staff, along with adviser for the decorating of the Jr./Sr. Banquet and prom. His love of the Broadway stage and musicals led him to become the class play director each year. He later received his Masters Degree in guidance and counseling from Xavier University. He became the school guidance counselor, a position he held until retirement. “Mitch” was always said to be the favorite teacher of so many Wellston High School graduates.

He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Estelle Baker, a sister, Virginia Webb, and a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Pascal Warmouth, all of Richmond; Three nieces, Fonda Fahringer (David), Regina Johnson (Gary), and Paula Pearson (Chris); great nieces and nephews, Michael Fahringer (Kristi), Tiffany Fahringer, James Pearson, and Madeline Pearson; great-great niece and nephew, Rylee and Carter Fahringer; and a host of special friends in Wellston.

The family invites friends to call at the Jenkins Funeral Chapel in Wellston on Saturday from 4 until 8 P.M. Services will be Sunday at 2 P.M. at the Jenkins Chapel with John Pelletier CLP officiating. An additional visitation will be held on Tuesday from 11 A.M. until the time of services at 1 P.M. at Oldham, Roberts, and Powell Funeral Home, 1110 Barnes Mill Rd., Richmond, Kentucky. Burial will follow in the Flatwoods Cemetery at Waco.

The family politely requests that memorial contributions be made in his memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Wellston, 18 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wellston, Ohio, 45692, or to the Sylvester Memorial Public Library, 135 E. 2nd St., Wellston, Ohio, 45692.

Ella Cornelison

Ella Cornelison

Ella Middleton “Dolly” Cornelison, 81, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at her home. Born August 27, 1936 in Lancaster, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Anthony and Lou Matlock Middleton, both of whom preceded her in death.

Dolly was a retired Claims Development Clerk for the local office of the Social Security Administration. She was a member of the Gideons International Auxiliary and a former counselor with The Pregnancy Help Center of Richmond. Dolly, who was an active member of the Big Hill Christian Church of Richmond, headed up the Church Prayer Ministry.

Survivors include her loving husband, E. C. “Bud” Cornelison of Richmond; her son, Kevin Coy Cornelison of Lexington, and her brother, Tony Middleton and his wife Grace of Palm Bay, Florida.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Jewell Heath.

Funeral service for Dolly will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Big Hill Christian Church, 1150 Goggins Lane, Richmond, KY. Bro. Jim Riggs will officiate the service assisted by Bro. Mark Pearson. Burial will follow at Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 10 AM until service time at the church. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The Elders of Big Hill Christian Church will serve as pallbearers and the Deacons of the church will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Big Hill Christian Church Building Fund, 1150 Goggins Lane, Richmond, KY 40475, Gideons International, P O Box 541, Richmond, KY 40475 or Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403.

Stella Marie Covey

Stella Marie Covey

Stella Marie Covey, 67, of Richmond, passed away Monday, November 27, 2017 at the U. K. Hospital in Lexington. Born October 12, 1950, in Berea, Kentucky to Jake Smith and Emmaline Matthews Rogers, both of whom preceded her in death.

Stella was a caregiver with Independent Opportunities and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. She loved her church and enjoyed helping people in need. Stella had a great heart and she adored her husband and family.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Covey of Richmond, three daughters, Patricia Lee Haggard, Belinda Robinson (Faron) and Tina Marlene Burns; four sons, Gary L. Covey, Jr., Jonathan Wayne Covey, Michael Shane Burns (Terry) and James Robert Purnell; two sisters, Judy Lee Wilburn and Cherry Petrina Smith; one brother, Randell Smith; her step-father, Paul Rogers numerous grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Bart Jefferson Burns, Jr.

Funeral service for Stella will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bishop E. D. Thornton officiating. Burial will follow at the Pilot Knob Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 AM – 1 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Michael Shane Burns, Gary Covey, Jr., James Robert Purnell, Michael Joseph Burns, Adam Wade Burns and Wayne Burns. Honorary pallbearers will be Jonathan Wayne Covey, Faron Robinson, Dustin Laws and Jeffery Thomas.

George H. Lillis

George H. Lillis

George H. “Joe” Lillis, 65, of Richmond, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017, at the UK Hospital in Lexington. Born August 20, 1952, in Richmond, Kentucky, to John and Elizabeth Salchli Lillis, both of whom preceded him in death.

Joe retired as Codes Director from the City of Richmond, where he was often referred to as “The Terminator”. He had a talent for drawing and designing house plans which have been used throughout the area. Joe owned and operated Double L Construction for 32 years, as he built many homes and businesses throughout Madison County, as well as, JL Designs, as it was a passion he loved, making hand crafted pens and pencils and several other items out of wood. Joe served in the National Guard from 1971-1975 and was of the Baptist faith.

Joe is survived by his wife, Susan Long Lillis; his daughter, Carrie (John) Devin; two step-daughters, Lindsey and Kalee Roberts; two grandchildren, Raven and Chase Mullins, all of Richmond; his brother, John (Gail) Lillis of Indiana; a special niece, Kate Osman of Lexington; a niece and nephews, Larissa, Tim, and Chris Lillis of Michigan and his dog, Sami.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lynn Lillis.

Funeral service for Joe will be conducted at 6:00 PM Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with his brother, Rev. John Lillis and Rev. Joe Wood officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until service time at the funeral home. There will be no graveside service as Joe had requested to be cremated.

Honorary pallbearers will be the City of Richmond Codes Department.

In lieu of flowers, Joe requested donations to the American Heart Association, 354 Waller Ave #110, Lexington, KY 40504, or the Humane Society, A.L.L., P O Box 2094, Richmond, KY 40476.

George A. Poynter

Mr. George A. Poynter, 78, of Richmond, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the Baptist Health Hospital – Lexington. He was born in the Boone community of Rockcastle County on May 16, 1939 to the late Laney and Agnes Lambert Poynter.

He was a self-employed dental technician. Mr. Poynter enjoyed spending time in his garden raising vegetables, but he also loved to sow the seeds of love and generosity to everyone who came into his life. Mr. Poynter was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church of Conway, and the Calvary Baptist Church in Richmond.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Wilma J. Poynter; one son, Mark Poynter (Julia); one daughter, Sharon Poynter (Denise Shook); two brothers, Russell Poynter and David Poynter (Shirley); two grandchildren, Kellis Poynter and Spencer Poynter; as well as a host of extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Poynter was preceded in death by: seven brothers, Warren, Marion, Robert, Delbert, Laney Jr., and Donald Poynter, and Clay Osborne; and a special mother-in-law, Agnes Good.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:00 PM Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, W. Main St., with Bro. Bobby Greene and Rev. Vaughn Rasor officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 PM Monday, at the funeral home.

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

Patsy Jean Purkey

Patsy Jean Purkey

Ms. Patsy Jean Purkey, 86, of Louisville, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the Episcopal Church Home in Louisville. Ms. Purkey, the daughter of the late John Reuben Purkey and Hattie McKinney Purkey, was born in Madison County on March 1, 1931.

She graduated from EKU in 1953 and went on to work for Purkey’s Supermarket and Hardware. Later, she worked and retired from Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 502 & 633. She was an avid animal lover, especially dogs.

Survivors include her nephew: John Purkey and wife Laura; her sister-in-law: Helen Purkey and several cousins.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Charles Purkey.

A Committal Service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Berea Cemetery, 500 Oak Grove Ct, Berea with Rev. Bill Fort officiating. Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Esmer J. Coyle

Mr. Esmer J. Coyle, 82, passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center. Mr. Coyle was born in Estill County on April 8, 1935 to the late Wilce and Amanda Logston Coyle.

He worked for Eastern Kentucky University for over 20 years as a custodian and was known as a gentle and kind man. Mr. Coyle loved his family and was a very dedicated supporter of God’s Outreach Food Pantry here in Richmond.

Survivors include: two sons, Van Patrick Coyle (Kimberly) and Butch Coyle (Janet); three daughters, Linda Lowery (Anthony), Peggy Renfro (Tom), and Alisa Warford; three sisters, Ima Jean Richardson (Roy), May Rose, and Verna Hurt; 20 grandchildren, and many great and great-great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo Puckett Coyle; two sons, George Michael Puckett and James Allen Coyle; and two daughters, Nancy J. Cain and April Coyle.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:00 PM Friday, December 1, 2017, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Pastor Edwin Lainhart officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be after 11 AM Friday, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Paul Warford, Jimmy Coyle, Eric Renfro, Randy Puckett, Adam Agee, Parker Coyle and Anthony Lowery. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Robert Cain.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mr. Coyle are suggested to: God’s Outreach – Madison County Food Bank, 1512 E. Main St., Richmond, KY 40475.

Eugenia Dennis

Eugenia “Jean” Margison Dennis, 98, widow of Harold, went to Heaven on November 30th, 2017 at the age of 98. She was born on June 29th, 1919 in Irvine, KY.

She was a graduate of Estill County High School and Transylvania College. She was a homemaker and a life long member of Waco Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Lucinda Margison; her husband Harold Dennis; her brothers Quentin and Calvin Margison; her grandchildren Kim Sparks and Kelly Dennis.

She is survived by three children Larry (Patsy) Dennis of Versailles, Patricia (Patty) Rush of Sellersburg, IN, and Mark (Tina) Dennis of Richmond; her caregiver Mildred Richards; grandchildren Kevin Dennis, Andy & Joey Smith, Tyler & Mayce Dennis; a sister Glenia Meade of Lexington; brother-in-law Earl (Ruby) Dennis. She has 8 great-grandchildren & 2 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be December 3, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Heritage Funeral Home. Funeral service will be December 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home.

Edna Gordon

Edna Burdine Gordon, 82, widow of Jay Gordon passed away Thursday at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Mrs. Gordon was a native of Madison County, a daughter of the late Gene and Nannie Ingram Burdine.

She was a homemaker, and a member of the Upper Redlick Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a son Gene Allen Gordon; a brother Clyde Eugene Burdine; a sister Roxie Burns.

Survivors include two sons Larry J. Gordon and Melvin (and wife Linda) Gordon; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1:00 pm, Monday, December 4th, 2017 at Lewis-Abner Home for Funerals with Pastor Sidney Sparks officiating. Burial will follow in the Lunsford Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, after 6:00 pm at the funeral home.

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Donald Ray Woolery

Donald Ray Woolery, age 81, of Meade Drive in Irvine passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017, at his home following a long illness.  He was born December 3, 1935 in Estill County and was the son of the late Tracy W. and Fannie Lee Wiseman Woolery. 

He was retired from the CSX Railroad with 39 years of service.  He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of the VFW.  He had lived in Estill County all his life. 

He is survived by His wife Linda Hawkins Woolery, 2 Sons Kevin Woolery and Jason B. Woolery both of Estill Co., 1 Granddaughter Brittany Woolery of Fayette Co., 4 Brothers Michael Woolery of Madison Co., Steve Woolery, Greg Woolery, Kim Woolery all of Estill Co.

He was preceded in death by his son, David Woolery.

Mr. Woolery had requested cremation and no services are planned as he had desired.

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