OBITUARIES DEC. 31, 2017 – JAN. 7, 2018

Vester Parker

Vester Parker

Vester Parker, 77 years old passed from this life on January 4, 2018 at Hospice Compassionate Care Plus in Richmond Kentucky. He was born February 26, 1940 to the late Dennis and Helen Parker. Vester was a retired contractor. He was a member of the Owsley Fork Baptist Church for thirty-five years. He enjoyed attending church and organized the special music for the church. He was also the Sunday School Superintendent for many years.

Anyone who knew Vester, knew him as a great “banjo man”. He was a talented musician. He was a Bluegrass/Gospel man and he enjoyed playing music with his family, friends and church members. In fact, if you mention music, he was there. He was the kind of man that would give you the shirt off his back or the last dollar in his pocket.

Vester is preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Helen Parker and one brother James Parker. He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda and his 6 children; Jeffrey (Marcella) Parker, Michael (Stephanie) Parker, Janet (Greg)Moody, Beverly (Mitchell) Satterfield, Connie (Doyle) Graham and Kevin Parker; 10 grandchildren, Mark (Erlena) Parker, Jeffrey (Kayla) Parker, Amanda (Chris) Isaacs, Michelle (Barry) Martin, Daniel (Whitley) Croucher, Rebecca Croucher, Dustin (Samantha) Parker Jesse Parker, Brad (Amy) Hylton and Jill (Mark) Hylton; 16 great grandchildren, 7 brothers, Steve, Jerry, Roger, Donnie, Ronnie, Harold, Vernon and 1 sister, Geraldine. A host of nieces and nephews and many friends also survive.

Funeral services will be at Lakes Funeral Home in Berea Kentucky. Visitation will be Saturday at 11am for visitors and funeral at 1pm. Burial will follow at Pilot Knob Cemetery. Brother Danny Robbins will be officiating.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Parker, Mike Parker, Daniel Croucher, Jesse Parker, Dustin Parker and Jeffrey Parker.

Renell Patton

Renell Patton

Renell Brotherton Patton, 99, of Berea, Kentucky, formerly of Greene County, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Berea Healthcare Center.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Patton was a member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church and the Eastern Star of Mosheim.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law: Bill And Diane Patton; a daughter: Marsha Patton Ottem; grandchildren: Allison Patton (Keith) Harrison, Kristin Patton (Don) Breeden, Matthew (Ellyce) Patton, Dr. Erich (Mary) Ottem, Jonathan Ottem; great grandchildren: Hallie and Brooke Harrison, Logan, McKenzie and Ethan Breeden, Charlie Patton; and a nephew: George (Donna) Heppe.

She was the daughter of the late Edward and Minta Brotherton and was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Bertie Patton; one daughter, Sue Ellen Patton; a sister, Audrey Brotherton Heppe, and a son-in-law, Norse Ottem.

The family will receive friends 1-3 pm Sunday at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow visitation at 3 pm Sunday in the funeral home chapel with Associate Minister Don Breeden of Berea Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Keith Harrison, Matthew Patton, George Heppe, Jonathan Ottem, Erich Ottem and Bill Patton.

Joyce Ann Roberts

Joyce Ann Roberts age 65 of Berea, passed away suddenly at St. Joseph Berea Hospital.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents Harlan and Nora Rhodus Gullett.

She is survived by her husband Barry D. Roberts; two daughters Heather Staley and Shannon Litton; two step children Danada (Shawn) Berry and Barry S. Roberts; five siblings, Vivian Wilson, Shirley Dickerson, Joan (Jim) Wilson, Kent (Yvonne) Gullett, and Marvin (Bell) Hutton; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Richmond Cemetery in a private family service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond.

James Saylor

James Saylor

James “Jim” Edward Saylor, age 72, of Berea, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018 at St. Joseph Berea Hospital. Jim was born in Dayton, Ohio to the late Robert and Rosella Shafer Allen.

He was a retired Baptist minister, and had pastored at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Jackson County. He was a member of WestSide Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife Peggy Ann Spurlock Saylor, one son, Christopher Allen Saylor, and two sisters Donna Jean Greer and Carolyn Sue Schram.

He is survived by three daughters Kimberley (Kevin) Lynn Hall, Wendy (Brian) Renee Henderson, and Elizabeth (Chris) Rose Strunk; seven grandchildren, Lisa Shea Saylor-Gentry, Jennifer Michelle Collins, Charles David Bebout, Nicole Lynn Bebout, Emma Elizabeth Strunk, Isabelle Jane Strunk, and Abram James Strunk; and five great grandchildren, Christian Michael Collins, Rylie Page Collins, Jace Dale Gentry, Ayden Charles Bebout, and Liam Sebastian Bebout.

Funeral services will be 5:30 pm Sunday, January 7, 2018 at WestSide Baptist Church with Rev. Allen Livingood officiating. Visitation will be from 3:30-5:30pm at the church.

Lisa Mink

Lisa Mink

Lisa Mink age 54, wife of Leroy Mink Jr., of Brodhead, died Sunday Dec. 31, 2017 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington. Lisa was born in Berwyn, Illinois to Sallie Combs and the late Jim Tackett Jr.

Lisa was retired from ACS Computer Services where she worked in Data Security. Lisa was preceded in death by her father Jim Tackett Jr., her brothers: Corey, Carl, and Robert Tackett.

Lisa is survived by her husband Leroy Mink Jr., her children: Lora (Derek) Cummins, Doug McKeehan, Stacy (Brenda) Mink, Devonna (Rodney) McIntosh, and Kevin Mink, her siblings: Evelyn Dinsmore, Kenneth Tackett, and Tamara Chandler, 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Friday Jan. 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Lakes Funeral Home Berea. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-9 pm at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Smith, Joshua Mason, Heath Tackett, Mike Chandler, Logan Chandler, and Jamie Tackett. Burial will be in the Madison County Memorial Gardens.

Wilma Turner

Wilma Jean Broughton Turner, widow of Truman Turner who preceded her in death on June 27, 2017 died on January 6, 2018 at her home in Richmond, Kentucky. Born October 6, 1929, in Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Ermine Curtis and Rose Arvin Broughton in Madison County on Dodd Road.

She attended the Dodd Road one-room school for seven years after which she graduated from Waco High School and received her BS and MA degrees from Eastern Kentucky University.
She taught at Irvine Grade School about a half a year and then taught third grade at Waco School for 36 years. She still remembered her students in prayer.

She was a member of Viney Fork Baptist Church where she served as pianist for over 60 years. She was active in WMU, Sunday school, VBS, Madison County Teachers Association and Gideon’s Auxiliary and she also loved to read, travel and farm.

She was preceded in death by her parents and both sisters, Fay Arvin Broughton and Anna Marie Broughton Noble.

She is survived by a niece, Ada Wilson, a nephew Eugene Wilson and his wife Mary, a great nephew John Wilson and a great niece Lauren Wilson all of Richmond, Kentucky. She is also survived by eight first cousins and many others cousins, friends and her pets Creamer and Maggie

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 10, 2018, with Bro. Harry Hoover and Bro. Ralph Shepperon officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 – 8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be John Wilson, Clint Canterbury, Owen Flynn, Ronnie Colbenson, Luke Honaker, Russ Barclay and Jimmy Green. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Arvin, Bill Maupin, Don Brattin, Ricky Flynn, Frank Turpin, Glenn Hill, and Harold Richardson Jr.

Donations are suggested to The Gideons International, P O Box 541, Richmond, KY 40475, Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403, or to the Oneida Baptist Institute, P O Box 67, Oneida, KY 40972.

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James Edward Larson

James Edward Larson, 88, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at the Bluegrass Hospice Center in Lexington, KY. He was the husband of Patricia Skupniewitz Larson. Born November 23, 1929, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, he was the son of Louis T. and Margaret L. Czarnetsky Larson, both of whom preceded him in death.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Mr. Larson was an office space manager for the State of Wisconsin and a member of St. Mark Catholic Church. James had a very soft heart and was always willing to help people and animals in need. He was an avid reader of history, particularly military history and was a veteran in the United States Army serving during the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Patricia, and a daughter, Karen Larson (Lexington, KY). He is also survived by a brother, Thomas Larson (FL), several nieces and nephews and his canine boxer, Harley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathryn Larson, one brother, John Larson and one sister, Marion Coney.

Service for James Larson will be held 11:00 AM Monday, January 8, 2018 at St. Mark Catholic Church with Fr. Tom Farrell officiating. Burial will follow in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:30 – 6:30 PM Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Oldham Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

In Lieu of flowers the family ask donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Program at P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 or to St. Mark Catholic Church at 608 West Main Street Richmond, Kentucky 40475

Kathleen Howell

Kathleen Howell

Kathleen Ponder Howell, 85, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2017, at the Terrace Nursing & Rehabilitation of Berea. She was the widow of Walker Jackson Howell, Jr. Born October 8, 1932, in Clay County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Thomas and Lillie Ferguson Ponder, both of whom preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker, and a loving housewife and mother, and a member of the Lancaster Road Church of God.

Survivors include one son, Joel Mitchell Howell (Deborah) of Richmond; one sister, Tommie Whittaker of Richmond; one sister-in-law, Daphne Ponder; grandchildren, Robert Tate, Kim Stiffler, Justin Morgan Howell; nephew, Rickie Allen Edwards, Donovan Ponder, Dana Ponder and two nieces, Diane Miller and Debra Angle; and her great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Sue Tate and a brother, Herbert Ponder.

Service for Kathleen Howell will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, January 6, 2017 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Butch Payne officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 – 9 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Edwards, Kyle Buttersworth, Bill Tate, Donovan Ponder, Dana Ponder and Rickie Edwards.

James Steven Rowland

James Steven Rowland, 63, of Rockholds, Kentucky, died Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Rockholds.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

Regina Short

Regina Short

Regina Gross Short, 55 of Richmond, passed away Sunday December 31, 2017 at U.K. Hospital in Lexington. Regina was born July 25, 1962 in Madison County to the late Earvil Durb and Sue Keene Isaacs Gross.

She was a homemaker and member of Victory Tabernacle Church of God and she loved to fish.

Regina is survived by two daughters Christy (James) Pearson and Nicole Short both of Richmond, KY four brothers Jimmy (Barb) Lear of Lancaster, KY; Jeff King of Richmond, KY; Allen Gross and Dempsey Gross Both of Lexington, KY; four sisters Durena (Wayne) Hensley of Mt Vernon, KY; Cindy (Jason) Hammons of McKee, KY; Melissa Lear and Tonya Hatton both of Richmond, KY. She is also survived six grandchildren.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by a son Shelby Short Jr., and her grandparents Linville and Lorain Keene.

Funeral Services for Regina will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Pastor Terry Conner officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00-9:00 P.M. Thursday January 4, 2018, at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Steven Nipper, James Louge, Wayne Barnes, Robbie Sowers, Justin Hensley and Terry Mills. Honorary pallbearers will be Ron Gross, Derrick Clemmons and Howard Louge.

Ralph Cox

Ralph Cox

Ralph Cox, 90, of Waco, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017, surrounded by his loving family at the Irvine Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of Katherine Boswell Cox.
Ralph was born on August 30, 1927, and was the son of the late John and Emma Garrett Cox.

He was a faithful member of the Waco Nazarene Church for over 50 years and was a retired metal fabricator for Sallee Horse Vans.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: five children, Ralph Cox, Jr. (Margie), of SC, Donald Gene Cox (Evelin), of AL, Shirley Roberts (Chub), of Waco, Kathy Rose (Jeff), of Waco, and Mark Cox (Linda), of Berea; two brothers, James and Ed Cox, of Richmond; one sister, Carolyn Lincoln (Don), of MO; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Barry Wayne Boswell; five brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services for Ralph Cox will be held at noon on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, with Rev. Dan Miller officiating and Rev. Don Brown assisting. Burial will follow in the Flatwoods Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Chad Rose, Scott Roberts, Scott Dennis, James Goble, Tim Cox, Derrick Cox, Matt Woolwine, and Matt Northern. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Waco Nazarene Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Waco Nazarene Church, 3921 New Irvine Road, Waco, KY 40385.

Bonnie Mavis Perkins

Bonnie Perkins

Bonnie Mavis Lynch Perkins, 92, passed away on December 31, 2017, surrounded by her family, at Northpoint Healthcare Lexington. She was the widow of Bro. Clyde Perkins, who passed away in 1998. Bonnie was born on June 23, 1925 in Owsley County, Kentucky, and was the daughter of the late Robert T. and Nellie Isaacs Lynch.

She was a homemaker and a pastor’s wife, who greatly loved the Lord and sharing His love with others. She was currently a member of Rosedale Baptist Church.

Survivors include: two sons, Michael Perkins (Patty), of Florida, and David Perkins (Dianna), of Virginia; two daughters, Janet Baker (David), of Berea, and Elizabeth Pitcher (Michael), of Versailles; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Bonnie Perkins will be held 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, with Bro. Joey Kays officiating. Private burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be David Baker, Michael Pitcher, Jason Baker, Ben Pitcher, Aaron Isaacs and John Leistner. Honorary pallbearer will be Whitney Thornton, April, Bruce, Erica Perkins, Joshua Perkins, Mariah Perkins, Ashton Isaacs, and Natalie Pitcher.

Doris Jean Fortney

Doris Jean Fortney

Mrs. Doris Jean Cole Fortney, 76, the wife of Wendell Fortney, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at her home. She was born on August 20, 1941, in Estill County, the daughter of the late Chester and Mary Withers Cole.

She was the office manager for Central Kentucky Inspection and was also retired from Irvin Industries. She was currently a member of The Emmanuel Baptist Church in Estill County, but grew up, and was baptized into the fellowship of The First Baptist Church of Irvine. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Survivors in addition to her husband Wendell, include: two daughters: Nerissa Anne Fortney Gregoire (Rene), Mechelle Renee Fortney McAninch; one son: Wendell Reed Fortney (Kristy); three brothers: Lester Cole (Barbara), Norman Cole (Emmaleen) and Kenny Cole (Kelly); two sisters: Lyda Harrison (Dallas) and Carolyn Baber; seven grandchildren: Morgan Fortney, Tiffany Wilson Hall, Clinton Wayne Fortney, Megan Winkler, Natalie McAninch, Catherine McAninch, and Jeanna Fortney; three great-grandchildren: Jarrod Green, Brenton Hall and Danyelle Hall; one great-great-grandchild: Kinley Sizemore and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In addition to her parents: she was preceded in death by two sisters: Sally Cole and Shirley Epperson and two brothers: Carl Cole and Chester Cole Jr. and one grandchild: Carter Alan Fortney.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, January 7, 2018 at The First Baptist Church, 351 Broadway, Irvine, Kentucky with Rev. Sherl Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Flatwoods Cemetery at Waco. Visitation will be from 6-9 PM Saturday at The First Baptist Church of Irvine. The Combs ,Parsons and Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Pallbearers will be: Clinton Fortney, Jarrod Green, Beatle Lisle, George Tribble Jr., Lester Darren Cole and Harold Botner Jr. Honorary Pallbearers will be her three brothers: Lester Cole, Norman Cole, Kenny Cole and Ronnie Smith, Rick Childers, Joel Casteel and George Bryant.

Robert Owen Prince

Robert Owen Prince

Mr. Robert Owen Prince, 94, of Centerville, TN., the widower of Lula Blackwell Prince, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018, at The Terrace in Berea.] He was born on April 9, 1923, in Hickman County, TN., the son of the late Ashford and Elizabeth Peery Prince.

He was a retired farmer and a local businessman. He was a member of The Centerville United Methodist Church. Mr. Prince was also an elder and a former music leader of The Swan Cumberland Presbyterian Church for many years.

Survivors include: Two daughters: Tana Morrison and Lora Danley (Gary); one son: Greg Prince (Cynthia); one brother: Ralph Peery Prince (Lela); and six grandchildren: Ryan Prince (Kim), Seth, Luke and Heather Prince and Andrea Danley Francis (Kyle) and Neal Robert Danley.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Bobby Morrison.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 PM Sunday, January 7, 2018, at the McDonald Funeral Home with Bill McDonald officiating. Burial will follow at the Campground Cemetery. The family will receive friends beginning at 11:30 AM on Sunday. The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Donations may be made in memory of Robert Prince, to the Campground Cemetery, Centerville, TN.

Vivian Hamilton

Mrs. Vivian Lois Hamilton, 83, widow of Mr. James “Jimmy Hambone” Edward Hamilton (d. 2004), of Richmond, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at the ARH Hospital in Hazard. She was born on September 12, 1934 to the late Clelton and Pearl Martin Ferrell.

Mrs. Hamilton was a graduate of Harlan High School as well as Cumberland College and Eastern Kentucky University. She was a school teacher for many years in the Madison, Harlan and Estill County School systems as well as the Middletown Ohio School System. She was a volunteer with Hospice and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Richmond.

Survivors include her daughter, Patty Sorrell (Larry); her grandchildren, Nicole Hudson and James Sorrell; one sister, Margaret Johnson; as well as a host of other extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the Calvary Baptist Church, 343 Big Hill Ave., Richmond, with Pastor Bobby Greene officiating.
The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Ethel Laswell

Ethel Laswell, 87, of Lexington, passed away on Jan. 1st at Baptist Health in Lexington. She was a native of Madison County, a daughter of the late William O’Connell Bradley Laswell and Lara Cox Laswell.

Survivors include her daughter Jody (and husband Lexter) Breeding; her grandson James Breeding; and her friend Carl Crowe.

Ethel was a caring, honest and fun-loving person, who will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be JAN 5, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Heritage Funeral Home. The funeral will follow at 1:00 PM.

Clyde D. Long

Clyde D. Long

Mr. Clyde D. Long, age 97 of Brodhead, departed this life on December 31st, 2017 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, KY surrounded by family. He was born on July 9th, 1920 to the late Earl & Anna (Layton) Long in Lancaster, KY.

On February 27th, 1940 he was united in Holy Matrimony to Iona (Locker) Long and from that union came Judith. In December of 1943, Clyde joined the United States Army as a Private First Class where he proudly served his country. He had worked for the Bluegrass Army Depot for 20 years in Richmond KY. Clyde was a member of the Stanford Church of Christ and took great joy in fishing, farming and attending the local flea market.

Those left to celebrate his life are: his daughter Judith (Charles) Sherrow of Brodhead, KY; his grandsons Matthew (Gina) & Nichloas (Shevonda) Sherrow; his great grandchildren Reese, Riley, Alia & Kaiulani Sherrow; his sister Margaret Ray of Stanford, KY; his caregivers Laverene Riddle, Barbara Brock & Ruby Brock; as well as many friends and neighbors.

Funeral services for Clyde will be held 2PM on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2017 at the Marvin E. Owens Home for Funerals with Bro. Louie Hammons officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11AM until the funeral hour. Burial will follow in the Lancaster Cemetery.

Casket Bearers will be his grandsons and his great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, KY at 350 Isaacs LN., Richmond, KY 40475.

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Donald Barnes

Mr. Donald Barnes age 76, of Mt.Vernon, passed away Friday January 5, 2018 at the Madison Health & Rehabilitation Center in Richmond, Ky. He was born on June 7, 1941 in Mt.Vernon the son of the late James William and Hazel Bessie Childress Barnes.

He retired from the Bluegrass Ordinance in Richmond, a U.S. Army Veteran, enjoyed dancing, fishing, hunting, was an active member of the V.F.W, loved his kids and family, and dogs, and was a member of the Baptist faith.

Survivors are: one son; Donnie Barnes and wife Elisha of Mt.Vernon. One daughter; Rhonda Durham of Mt.Vernon. One brother; Ronald Barnes of Mt.Vernon also survives.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by: one brother; Kenneth Barnes, by two sisters; Betty Gregory, and Mary Delaney, and by one grandchild; Joshua Durham.

Funeral services for Mr. Donald Barnes will be conducted 2 PM Tuesday January 9, 2018 at the Cox Funeral Home with Bro. Clyde Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Rice Cemetery. Friends may visit from 1 PM until service time on Tuesday.

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