OBITUARIES MAR. 4-11, 2018

H. Dudley Thomas

Harlan Thomas

Harlan “Dudley” Thomas, age 69, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2018 with his family by his side.

He retired as a firefighter from the Berea Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Sandra “Sandy” Kaye Thomas, his father Harvey Thomas, five brothers, and one sister.

Dudley is survived by two daughters Johna Raye (Mark) Ottersbach and Lisa Carol (Kent) Combs; two grandchildren, Alex (Christina Partin) Combs, and Ashley Ottersbach; two great grandchildren Kamden Vaughn Ottersbach and Alyssa Brooke Combs; his mother Mary Catherine Mills; eleven siblings, Edith Pena, James Edward Thomas, Ira (Marie) Thomas, Ronnie (Joyce) Thomas, Mary Guilfoyle, Shirley Allen, Kathy (Don) Reynolds, Gerald (Sandy) Thomas, Joyce Thomas, Connie Thomas, and Rachel Thomas; and a special friend Loretta Howard.

Funeral services will be 11am Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Lakes Funeral Home Berea with Rev. Ken Felty officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday evening from 5-9 pm at the funeral home.

Brenda Sue Johnson

Brenda Sue Johnson age 62, died Saturday March 10, 2018 at her home in Berea. Brenda was born in Hazard KY to the late Elmer and Victoria Nichols Lawson.

She had been a cook at Giovani’s Pizza.

Brenda was preceded in death by her brothers: Aldon, Carl, and Harold Lawson.

Brenda is survived by her children: Nichole (Jeremy) Holbrook, Laura (Johnny) Begley, Wilgus (Treva) Johnson Jr., and Elmer (Billie) Johnson, her brother Aster Lawson, and her sisters: Martha Morris, and Rita Ivey, and she has 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place at a later date.

Levi Cox

Levi Cox

It is with great sadness that the family of Levi Cox,(88), announces his passing on March 9, 2018, in Englewood, Florida after a brief illness. Levi was born January 17, 1930, in Madison County, Kentucky, to Walton and Virgie (Wilder) Cox.

He graduated from Kirksville High School in 1948 and Berea College in 1952. He married the former Mary Lillian Brown in 1950. They resided in Berea during their marriage and had four daughters.

He was pre-deceased in death by his wife, Mary Lillian, a daughter, Mary Lynn, and son-in-law George (Patsy) Smith.

He was a devoted father and will be greatly missed by daughters Patsy Smith (Doug Miller), Englewood, FL, Sheryl (John) Huysman, Moore Haven, FL, and Jeanie (Mac) Prewitt, Tampa, FL. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren’s accomplishments and faith in Christ; Brynn Huysman, Gainesville, FL, Tanner (Caitlin) Huysman, Davie, FL, and Cassidy Prewitt, Tampa, FL.

After graduating from College, Levi started work for Kentucky Artificial Association and milked cows for Berea College. He later worked at Parker Seal, co-owned Somerset Coin Laundry, and also owned I-75 Gulf Service Station at the Berea exit. He farmed 450 acres where he raised tobacco and cattle.

Levi is also survived by his wife Joyce (Wilson) of Richmond, KY, her four children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They lived together in Berea and later became full-time residents of Englewood, FL where Levi was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Levi was renowned for his love of gardening and the vegetables he provided to many friends and neighbors. He enjoyed fishing, Bluegrass music, and never met anyone he couldn’t strike up a conversation with. His value of education was instilled in his children and grandchildren and his ministry included being a caregiver for many family members throughout the years.

A celebration of life service in memory of Levi will be held on Friday, March 16 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Lakes Funeral Home Berea. Visitation will be Thursday, March 15, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Levi’s memory may be made to Wallaceton Baptist Church, 3121 Guynn Road, Paint Lick, KY, 40461.

Merrill Wiser Packer

Merrill W. Packer

Dr. Merrill W. Packer died peacefully at his home in Paint Lick, Kentucky on March 8, 2018 following a long illness. Born on July 5, 1934 in Logan, Utah, he was the son of the late Floyd M. and Ruth Wiser Packer.

He leaves his wife of 32 years, Helen M. Sady; a sister, June Williams (Theo); four children: Annette Dester (James), Cindy Kingston (Merrill), Scott M. Packer (Donna), and David W. Packer (Brenda); fourteen grandchildren; twenty-six great grandchildren; a nephew and three nieces as well as many dear friends.

He grew up in Dillon, Montana and graduated from Great Falls High School in the Class of 1952. His studies continued at Utah State University where he completed his pre-dental education which was followed by his graduation from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where he received the D.D.S. degree in 1959 and the M.S.D. degree in Periodontology in 1964.

His professional life included private dental practice in Anoka, MN and was followed by a career in dental education at the University of Alberta in Canada and the University of Kentucky. He was a lifetime member of the American Dental Association and an active member of the American Association of Dental Schools. He held numerous administrative positions throughout his academic career and served in Washington, D.C. as Director of the Division of Dentistry from 1970-74. From that post, he was recruited to Kentucky and appointed Dean of the College of Dentistry, a position which he held from 1974 to 1986. He retired from the University as Professor Emeritus in 1995.

During his years of retirement, he pursued longstanding interests in building, woodworking, and a variety of the arts from quilting to jewelry making, drawing and painting. An enthusiastic outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and spent many hours canoeing, gardening, and exploring nature. Throughout his life, he was a voracious reader, who loved books of all genres in varied interests. A man of great compassion and empathy, he supported family and friends in their various endeavors and actively volunteered in community life.

All memorial services will be private and, in lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to make donations to a charity of their choice. Lakes Funeral Home Berea was in charge of arrangements.

Mistie Leigh Johnson

Mistie Leigh Johnson

Mistie Leigh Sowder Johnson age 41, wife of Bobby Johnson, died Sunday at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, KY. Mistie was an employee at Hitachi Manufacturing and member of the Church on The Rock in Berea.

Mistie was preceded in death by her grandfather Denver Sowder.

Mistie is survived by her husband Bobby Johnson, her parents Frank and Carol Sowder Lear, her grandmother Lorene Sowder, daughter Victoria (Jesse Morris) Grant of Berea, step daughters Katelyn and Faith Johnson, her brothers Brack (Heather) Mullins of Richland N.C., Frankie (Tabitha) Lear of Berea, and Chad Lear of Berea, her uncles Donnie (Jamie) Sowder, and Dean (Joyce) Sowder and many nieces, nephews and other close family and friends.

Funeral services will be Friday March 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Lakes Funeral Home Berea with Rev. Mark Sarver and Rev. Greg Lakes officiating. Burial will be in the Robinson Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-9 pm at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Larry Pingleton, Mike Freson, Dean Sowder, Donnie Sowder, Donovan Sowder, and Jesse Morris.

Tulley Cormney

Tulley Cormney, 92 passed away Saturday March 10, 2018 at the Madison Health & Rehab Center.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home are in-trusted with the arrangements.

William Harrison

William Harrison, 74, passed away Friday March 9, 2018 at his home.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home are in-trusted with the arrangements.

Eugenia Mary Reisig

Eugenia Mary Reisig

Eugenia Mary Reisig, 81, of Richmond, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at her home. Mrs. Reisig, a homemaker, was born December 4, 1936, in the Bronx, New York, to John and Caroline (Brienza) Purificato, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a son, Christopher J. Reisig and a grandson, Philip H. Reisig II.

She is survived by her husband, Philip Hollister Reisig of Richmond; two sons, Anthony R. Reisig (Hadley) of Winston-Salem, NC and John P. Reisig of Richmond; and grandchildren, Alexis, John John, Angelica, Kelsey, Molly, Tucker, Tanner and Joey Reisig.

Visitation for Mrs. Reisig will be from 11 AM – 12 PM Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home followed by a graveside service at 1:00 PM Saturday at the Richmond Cemetery, with Tim Jones officiating.

The family would like to acknowledge special friends Becky, Jane and Joyce.

David Lloyd King

David Lloyd King

Mr. David Lloyd King, 82, husband of Frances Grant King passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at his home. He was born in the Red House Community of Madison County on May 15, 1935 to the late Lee and Nola Fletcher King.

He retired from the US Air Force after faithfully serving his country for 20 years. After his retirement, Mr. King worked as the Assistant Chief of Police for the VA Hospital in Lexington for 18 years. He was a member of the Kirksville Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his four children, David W. King (Vickie), Jessie L. King (Peggy), Dora Burchett, and Ann Eaves (Brent); five grandchildren, Bettina Priddy, Carolyn Bowles, Hannah Eaves, Sarah Eaves and Rebecca Eaves; three step-grandchildren, Bruce, Brian and Brent Whittaker; two great-grandchildren, Allie Priddy and Cadence Johnson; four step-great-grandchildren, Madison, Skylar, Jayce and Harper Whittaker; and a host of other extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Richard Burchett.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 10 AM Monday, Mar. 12, 2018 at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie “Butch” Pennington and Bro. Dennis Hisle officiating. Burial will follow at the Camp Nelson National Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be from 4 – 8 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Larry Richardson, Jackie Richardson, Donald King, Kenneth Topton, David Tipton, Leland Scarborough and Robbie King.

Martha Dever

Martha Dever

Mrs. Martha Frances Grisard Dever, 90, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018 at McCready Manor in Richmond surrounded by her family. Mrs. Dever, the daughter of the late Thomas Edward Grisard and Ara Frech Grisard, was born in Clarksville, Tennessee on June 23, 1927.

She was a graduate of St. Thomas School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a retired R.N. having served at Hospice of Louisville and St. Anthony Hospital.

On June 1, 1957, Mrs. Dever united in marriage to Kenneth Eugene Dever who preceded her in death on March 23, 1994.

She is survived by two daughters: Sally Dannenberg and husband Richard of Madison County and Julie Shackelford and husband Art of Lee County; three grandchildren: Elizabeth Ann Cumberland & husband Kevin, Michael Joseph Dannenberg and wife Stephanie and Shelby Renee Newman & Matthew Addams; three great grandchildren: Jaxon James Cumberland, Kendal Renee Cumberland & Isaac Richard Dannenberg and two sisters-in-law: Mary Grisard and Marilyn Grisard.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Dever was preceded in death by her brothers: Thomas, Gus, Al, Frank and Charlie Grisard and sisters: Rebecca Weiland, Eula Catherine Murphy and Nancy Grisard.

Mrs. Dever dearly loved all of her friends and became close to many of the staff at McCready Manor.

A Graveside Service will be conducted at 3:00 P.M. EST, Friday March 9, 2018 at Greenwood Cemetery 976 Greenwood Ave, Clarksville, TN. Family and friends are encouraged to come prepared to share their favorite memory at the service. Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family suggests expressions of sympathy be made to your local hospice care organization.

Betty Sue Harrison

Betty Sue Harrison

Mrs. Betty Sue Niceley Harrison, 82 of Berea, died Thursday, March 8, 2018 at her home. She was born in Mt. Vernon, KY on July 3, 1935 the daughter of Oliver and Evelyn Hiatt Dowell.

She retired after 35 years as a line operator for Parker Seal Corporation and was a member of Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, James Harrison; two daughters, Rhonda Niceley Cromer of Berea, and Christy Niceley Bartlett and husband Jason of Mt. Vernon; a step-son, Mark Harrison of Richmond; a step-daughter, Connie Dore of Richmond; a brother, Jerry Dowell and wife Betty of Mt. Vernon; four grandchildren, Mathew Scott Williams, Kendra Brooke Williams, Kayla Lashay Knuckles, and Cassidy Michelle Ramsey; a step-granddaughter, Taylar Renae Bartlett; and four great grandchildren, Karma Mardis, Chase Mardis, Katalina Williams, and Robert Lucas VanHoose.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Ronald Niceley.

Visitation will be from 6PM to 9PM March 12, 2018 at the Dowell and Martin Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 1PM march 13, 2018 at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Benny Woodall

Benny Woodall

Mr. Benny Woodall, age 79 of Brodhead, Ky. passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Baptist Health –Lexington, Ky. Benny was born on May 23, 1938, in Brodhead, Ky., a son of the late Leonard and Martha Elizabeth Northern Woodall.

He had been a carpenter and found great joy in drag racing, auto mechanics, and woodworking. He was also a NASCAR enthusiast. He had been a longtime member of the NRA, Carpenter’s Union (IKORCC), and NHRA (National Hot Rod Association).

Those left to celebrate his life are his children: Karen Sue Elmore of Oklahoma; Shanda Michelle (Kevin) Scott of Richmond, Ky.; Joey Wayne Woodall of Chicago; his grandchildren: Jordan and Dreanna; and a great-grandchild: Damien. The mother of his children: Mary Coffey of Oklahoma. His brothers: Donnie (Carolyn) Woodall, Henry (Nadine) Woodall, Jerry (Verva) Woodall, Teddy (Kim) Woodall and Danny Woodall all of Brodhead, Ky. His sisters: Glynn Rose Lake of Cincinnati, Ohio; Betty Lou Renner of Mt. Vernon, Ky; Brenda Woodall of Brodhead, Ky. and Patsy (Wayne) Schumacher of Fairfield, Ohio. As well as a host of nieces/nephews, friends and neighbors.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings: Charles “Chunky” Woodall, Leslie Woodall, Jimmy Woodall, Jenny Woodall and Ricky Woodall.

Visitation for Mr. Benny Woodall will be Wed. March 7, 2018, from 6-9PM. Funeral services will be conducted Thurs. March 8, 2018, at 2 PM at the Marvin E. Owens Home for Funerals with Bro. Randal Adams officiating; burial will follow at Piney Grove Cemetery.

Beverly Ann McClure

Beverly Ann McClure

Mrs. Beverly Ann Sims McClure age 59, of Mt.Vernon, passed away Sunday March 4, 2018 at the Appalachian Regional Hospital in Hazard, Ky. She was born on January 16, 1959 in Woodstock, Ky. the daughter of the late Homer and Gertrude Whitis Sims.

She was a former employee of Hyster Company in Richmond, Ky, and was a member of the Baptist faith.

Survivors are: her husband; David McClure of Mt.Vernon. Two daughters; Shonda Gross (Wayne) of Stanford, Ky., and Rhonda McClure of Mt.Vernon. One brother; Jerry Sims of Somerset. One sister; Edna Bullock of Woodstock. Five grandchildren; Anna and Shayla Gross, and Logan, Levi, and Layne Evans also survive.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by: one brother; Donnie Sims.

Funeral services for Mrs. Beverly Ann Sims McClure will be conducted 2 PM Thursday March 8, 2018 at the Cox Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Cresthaven Cemetery. Friends may visit from 6 to 9 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Linda Lou Adams

Linda Lou Adams, age 64, of Elm Street in Ravenna passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Compassionate Care Center following a short illness. She was born June 4, 1953 in Estill County and was the daughter of the late Hurley and Jeanette Stevens McKinney.

She was a former Carhartt, Inc. employee and had lived in Estill County most of her life. She was a member of the South Irvine Baptist Church and enjoyed going to the Horizon Adult Healthcare Center.

She is survived by Her husband Douglas C. Adams, 1 Son Johnathan Nicholas Jelley, 1 Step-Daughter Charlotte (Bobby) Willis, 2 Sisters Charolette Webb, Janice Hoover all of Estill Co., 2 Brothers Kenneth McKinney of Estill Co., Hurley McKinney of Shelbyville, 2 Grandchildren Nicholas David Jelley and Eli Christopher Jelley, 1 Step-Grandchild Ebony Hope Willis.

She was preceded in death by 1 sister, Brenda Shouse.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, March 7, 11 AM at the South Irvine Baptist Church by Bro. Donnie Burford. Burial will be at the Cane Springs Cemetery. Friends may call between 6 and 9 PM Tuesday at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home and after 10 AM Wednesday at the Church.

Imogene Tompkins

Imogene Tompkins

Imogene Tompkins was born March 11, 1927 in Jackson County and departed this life Wednesday, March 7, 2018, being 90 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Hiram & Virgie Smith.
On October 30, 1948. Imogene married the love of her life Benjamin Franklin Tompkins and they were married for 50 years.

In addition to her parents, Imogene was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank Tompkins and by four brothers, Regan, Homer, Jack and Alpine Smith.

Imogene is survived by six children, Benny (Carolyn) Tompkins of Lexington, Ray (Sue) Tompkins of Berea, Brenda (Dennis) Hays of Gray Hawk, Roger (Teresa)Tompkins of Berea, John Tompkins of McKee and Jenny (Jim) Lovins of Berea. She is also survived by two brothers, Dallas (Carol) Smith of New Carlisle, OH and Kirby Joe (Loretta) Smith of Mason, OH and also by two sisters in law, Georgie Smith and Jean Smith. Imogene was blessed with 17 grandchildren, Jeanna Wright, Benj Tompkins, Kristy Fortney, Candy Hampton, Cassie Henry, Shaun Hays, Steph Hays, Aaron Tompkins, Ramey Tompkins, John Adam Tompkins, Cathy Tompkins, Andrew Tompkins, Chance Lovins, Chestney Lovins, Chase Lovins, Chaden Lovins, and Jesslyn Cox; by two step grandchildren, Denise Ballard and Ronnie Rice Jr.; 12 great grandchildren, Jalyn Richardson, Julie Tompkins, Megan Winkler, Jeanna Faye Fortney, Dakota & Brooklyn Venable, Cameron Hampton, Peyten Dalten Henry, Nicholas, Delanie, Jacob, Mattie Emily Hays and Isabella Gray and by 1 great great grandchild, Kinley Blayke Sizemore. She was also blessed with several nieces and nephews.

Imogene was a member of the McKee Reformed Church. She enjoyed hobbies, such as sewing, quilting and crochet. She also loved babysitting and her little dog, Little Man.

Funeral service 2:00 PM Monday, March 12, 2018 at Lakes Funeral Home McKee. Burial to follow in the Stone Coal Cemetery. Visitation will be at 6:00 PM Sunday March 11, 2018 at the funeral home.

Pallbearers were Ramey, Benj, Shaun, Nicholas, Aaron Andy, John Adam, Chaden & Chase. Honorary pallbearers Alice Gilbert, Freda Sams, Teresa Moore, Sandy Lakes, Vickie Gabbard, Joey Smith and Jeff Smith

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