OBITUARIES JULY 29 – AUGUST 5, 2018

Alonzo Hamm

Alonzo Hamm

Mr. Alonzo Hamm, age 92, of Brodhead, KY, passed away August 1, 2018. Alonzo was born on July 21, 1926 in Ottawa, KY, to the late Robert L. and Maude Denny Hamm.

He was a WWII Veteran of the U.S. Army, a faithful member of the Ottawa Baptist Church, and was a carpenter. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, fox hunting, woodworking, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Anna Mae Bray Hamm, his children, Danny Bruce (Regina) Hamm of Brodhead, KY, and Tammy (Danny) Miller of Mt. Vernon, KY, his grandchildren Rachel (Clay) Thornton, Jessie (Emily) Hamm, Madisan Miller, and Logan Miller, and great-grandchildren Charlie Thornton and Elizabeth Thornton.

Besides his parents, Alonzo was preceded in death by his brothers: Delbert “Jake” Hamm, Dalmas “Hopper” Hamm, E.J. Hamm, and Alvin Hamm, and sisters: Eula Braun and Avis Benge.

Visitation for Mr. Alonzo Hamm will be Saturday, August 4, 2018, from 6-9pm at the Marvin E. Owens Home for Funerals in Brodhead, KY. Funeral Services will take place Sunday, August 5, 2018, at 2pm at the Funeral home with Bro. Noah Broughton and Bro. Luther Allen officiating.

Burial will be in the Ottawa Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be: Jessie Hamm, Logan Miller, Clay Thornton, Shane Lynch, Charlie Thornton, and Matthew Bray. Honorary casket bearers will be Bob Wright, Harold Brown, Bobby Lawrence, and Paul Noe.

Jack Ray Harris

Jack Ray Harris

Jack Ray Harris age 75, husband of Sue Pelphrey Harris, died Monday July 30, 2018 at his home in Berea. Jack was born in Prestonsburg, KY to the late Frank and Suz Whitaker Harris. Jack was the last of six children surviving Frank and Suz Harris.

He was in sales most of his life, he was a US Army veteran and a proud member of the Masonic Lodge.

Jack is survived by his wife Dolores Sue Pelphrey Harris, his sons: Colin Harris and Clark Harris, and he was the proud grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, and he is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will take place at a later date. Lakes Funeral Home Berea entrusted with the arrangements.

Joyce Kesner

Joyce Kesner

Joyce Sheffield Kesner, age 81, of Berea, passed away Friday, July 27, 2018 at Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Joyce was born in Waynesville, North Carolina to the late Weaver and Wanda Pipes Sheffield.

She was a graduate of Berea College school of Nursing. She was a former member of the Berea Lioness Club and the Younger Woman’s Club of Berea.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husbands, Douglas Massey and Dr. Carl Kesner, one grandson, Christopher Michael Head, and one sister Janet Kirk.

She is survived by her daughters, Leah Epling and Amy Chasteen(Jonathan); four grandchildren, Lauren Epling, Lyndsey Epling, Amber Hepp (John), Sean Chasteen, great grandchildren Isaac Chasteen, Adelaide and Hannah Hepp, sisters Norma Cole, Linda Williams (Earl), Wanda Mead ( Dennis).

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm, Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Lakes Funeral Home Berea with Rev Allen Livingood officiating. Burial will follow in Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 11am until 1pm at the funeral home. Honorary bearers will be Dr. Robert Long, Earl Williams, Dennis Mead, Ernie Hunt, Anthony Chasteen, Randy Osborne.

Active pallbearers will be Douglas Hazelwood, Sean Chasteen, Jonathan Chasteen, Roy Gene Todd, Sam McConnell, John Stephenson.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Richmond Hospice Compassionate Center Richmond KY.

Leon Alber Welting

Leon Albert Welting

Leon Albert Welting, (age 82), passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Standard time at Piedmont Walton Hospital, Monroe, Walton County, Georgia. He was born in Berea, Madison County, Kentucky on October 17th, 1935 to Leon Otto Welting and Faye Carmen Pennington Welting at Berea College Hospital. He was preceded in death by Leon Otto on Friday, January 7th, 1983 and on by Faye Pennington Welting on July 11, 1976. He graduated Berea High School on May 24, 1953 where he lettered his Junior and Senior years in Basketball as their leading scorer. and was a master pianist able to read music and expertly play by ear as well. He attended Berea College from 1954-1956, where he was their leading scorer. He could beat anyone in Berea in basketball, tennis and ping pong at that time. He was one of the best billiards players in Berea.

He enlisted in the Navy as a Yeoman 1st class from 3-26-56 to 1-6-58 where he sailed on the USS Cunningham DD752, a destroyer escort for the battlegroup. He and his ship were in port in Melbourne for the 1956 Olympic games. After his Navy tour was up he went to Biola Bible College and studied Biblical and Theological Studies at 558 Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles from 1958-1960 where he lettered in basketball and wore # 3.

He met Maureen Eunice Healy at a Youth Living Christian Fellowship retreat in Malibu, California where he called her “Blondie” and married her 2 years later. He worked for Proctor and Gamble as a salesman in Orange County, California. He moved his family to Richmond, Kentucky where he was a salesman for American Can Company (now Primerica), Emerling International, and Setzer Steel buildings. He finished out his career as an Antique collector and salesman. He had extensive knowledge on antiques and their value and had a knack for sourcing them from garage and estate sales.

The last 20 years of his life he spent in Walnut Grove Georgia gardening, collecting and passing wisdom to his children and grandchildren. He was a lifelong student and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with his children and grandchildren. He had a wonderful sense of humor and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He never met a stranger. He was a lifelong University of Kentucky basketball fan and for at least a decade was their number one fan. He was a member of Arlington Country Club in Richmond, Greater Lexington Swim Association in Lexington, and Lakeside Swim Club in Louisville. While in Georgia he got his Auctioneer’s license.

Leon was saved on the banks of the Kentucky River in 1947 and was a faithful believer in our Lord and Savior. He loved nature and went hiking and camping frequently in the State and National parks of Kentucky and Tennessee and shared this love with his family. Leon was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be remembered as a passionate man who was straight-forward and always spoke his mind. He strived to be number 1 in everything he did and taught his children the same. He taught his children to give 110%, to be their very best, and to compete to be number one. He drilled into their heads that they could be or do anything in life they wanted with the power of the Lord. His greatest success was his children which all became Christians and all graduated college with swimming scholarships.

He is survived by his children, Timothy Leon Welting, Laureen Kathryn Welting, Judith Esther Welting (Hudson), and Evan Albert Welting. He has 7 grandchildren, Samuel Evan Hudson, Nathaniel Jack Hudson, Sarah Ann Hudson, Heidi Kathryn Hudson, Ian Oliver Welting, Felix Elmer Welting, and Josie Grace Welting.

Leon did not want a funeral or service. He just wants everyone to wear bright colors and no black at the burial and remember only his good qualities and the good times we had with him. He will return to his birth state with a US Navy burial in Camp Nelson National Cemetery, 6980 Danville Rd, Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356 at 10:00 am on Thursday August 2nd, 2018. Davis & Powell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Reta Wagers

Reta Wagers

Reta Noble Wagers, 75, of Berea died Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Berea Health and Rehabilitation Center after an illness. A Booneville / Owsley County native born July 14, 1943, daughter of the late William and Laura Johnson Noble.

Reta was a Beautician for many years, an Honorable Kentucky Colonel, and attended The Holy Sanctuary Church. She loved reading her Bible, attending church and praising Jesus.

Survivors include 2 children; Debra Casteel (Mike), Jimmie Wade (Jenny); 3 sisters: Eunice Stone, Lois Bunch (Gene), Sandra Stevens; 4 grandchildren: Ashley Reed (Jeremy), Brooke Jones (Tom), Benjamin Wade and Erin Wade plus numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and her church family.

In addition to their parents, Reta was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, David Wagers; 5 siblings Imogene, Eulah, Beulah, H.C. and Thurman.

Funeral Service 1:00 PM Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Holy Sanctuary Church with Brother Wayne Miller officiating. Visitation from 12:00 Noon until the time of service also at the Church. Burial in Flatwoods Cemetery, Waco. Reppert Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Nathaniel Lee Back

Nathaniel Lee Back

Nathaniel Lee Back, 29, died Saturday, July 28, 2018. He was a Breathitt County native, born November 30, 1988.

He was an employee of Precision Tube, and had been a resident of Madison County the past several years. He enjoyed comic books and was an avid comic book collector.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey Castle Back; 2 sons, Colton and Bryson.

Funeral Service 2:00 PM, Friday, August 3, 2018 at Reppert Funeral Home with Bro. Darrin Slone officiating. Burial will follow in Pilot Knob Cemetery. Visitation 1:00 PM until service time.

Lester Damrell

Lester Damrell

Lester Damrell, 75, of Berea, died Friday, July 27, 2018 at U.K. Hospital in Lexington. He was a Sand Gap native born May 28, 1943, son of the late William and Nannie Templeton Damrell.

Lester was a U. S. Army veteran, retired Berea Hospital Geriatric Technician with over 30 years of service, member of The Holy Sanctuary Church at Crestview and had been a life-long resident of the Berea area.

Survivors include his loving wife, Lorene Ramey Damrell; 3 children, Lester Damrell, Jr., William Damrell (Vickie), Riva Banks; 5 siblings, James Damrell, Bill Damrell, Vola Poe (Briston), Frances Vaughn, Myrtle French (Paul); 9 grandchildren, Shconnda, Ashley, Natasha, Shenna, Shane, Justin, Amber, Jeremy, Robbie; 16 great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and church family.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 4 siblings, Millard Damrell, Shadie Damrell, Mary Allen, Lola Gadd.

Funeral Service 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at The Holy Sanctuary Church with Pastor Harold Eads and Bro. Mark Adams officiating. Military Honors following the funeral service. Burial will follow in Davis-Witt Cemetery. Reppert Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Justin Banks, Jeremy Damrell, John Brock, Andy Coffey, Robby Banks, Ricky Epperson. Visitation 6:00 – 9:00 PM Monday at the church.

Bradley Scott Park

Bradley Scott Park

Bradley Scott Park, 68, of Berea, Kentucky, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday evening, August 2, 2018. Brad is the husband of Sundae Saylor Park. He was born March 31, 1959 in Richmond, Kentucky and was a resident there until relocating to Berea, Kentucky in 1990.

Brad is the son of Harold and Patricia Park, whom preceded him in death. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Jason Randall Johnson.
He was the owner/operator of McDonald’s Restaurants in Berea and Mt. Vernon, Kentucky for 24 years. His McDonald’s career spanned 28 years. Prior to that, Brad was the Executive Director of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the owner of Brad’s Fillin’ Station Liquor Store, a sales representative for a Lexington liquor distributor and an employee at his father’s Richmond Army Goods Store. Brad was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Richmond National Guard for several years. He was a 1968 graduate of Model High School and attended Eastern Kentucky University. Over the years, he was involved in numerous community organizations in Richmond and Berea, and was of the Catholic faith.
Brad loved many things; his children and family, traveling, fly fishing and turkey hunting with his “Buddy Boys”, cooking for his family, and black and white and western movies. He loved telling funny stories (over and over again), laughter with that most infectious laugh, his dogs and cats and especially mailbox checks.

Survivors include: his wife of nearly 32 years, Sundae Saylor Park, two daughters, Amy Park (Shane Cuddson) of Dayton, Ohio and Lea Ann Crigler (Robert King) of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, three grandchildren, Kaya Crigler, Maddox Crigler and Westin King, one brother, Steve Park (Carla) of Richmond, Marcia Cone (Tim) of Lexington and Susan Tregellis (Cuan) of Madison, Wisconsin. Additionally, he is survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and several nieces and nephews.

As per Brad’s wishes, services will be private. Special friend, Judge William Jennings will share wonderful memories and words of comfort.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (P O Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142), The Ronald McDonald House of Lexington (1300 Sports Center Dr, Lexington, KY 40502), or the Wounded Warrior Project (P O Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517).

Bertee Adkins

Bertee Adkins

Dr. Bertee (Bert T.) Adkins, a retired Professor Emeritus of Business Communications at Eastern Kentucky University (23 ½ years) and a US Air Force Policeman, Recruiter and retiree (20 years) died at the U K Medical Center in Lexington, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, following a brief illness. He was 87. He was the son of the late Carl and Byrd (Kidd) Adkins of Harold, Kentucky. He was born at Harold, in Floyd County, on December 3, 1930.

He attended Betsy Layne High School, Pikeville College, Brescia College, University of Maryland in Japan, Golden Gate College in San Francisco, California, and Eastern Kentucky University – BS and MS degrees, and the University of Kentucky — Doctoral degree. As a believer in education, Bertee created several endowments as scholarships for Betsy Layne High School, University of Pikeville, and E K U, to mention a few, to help educate young people.

His wife (the former Ms. Retta Faye Jett of Oliver Springs, Tennessee) died in August 2013 and is buried in the Camp Nelson Cemetery. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Helen George and one brother, Emmit Eugene Adkins.

He is survived by his brothers, Charles Adkins, of Madison County, Kentucky and Ray Adkins of Johnson County, Kentucky, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Bertee was a fun-loving man who enjoyed meeting people and talking at length. He will be missed by all of his family and friends.

Visitation will be from 5 – 9 PM Sunday, August 5th, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, August 6th, 2018 at the funeral home, with his brother, Charles Adkins, officiating. Burial will follow with military honors at the Camp Nelson National Cemetery, 6980 Danville Road, Nicholasville, Kentucky.


Jackie Lynn McKinney

Jackie Lynn McKinney, 51, of Waco, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington. She was born August 29, 1966 in Shelbyville, Kentucky to Emma Loretta (Kelley) Shoopman and the late Johnny C. Shoopman.

She held her Associates degree and was a certified E.M.T. and had served as caregiver for several years.

Survivors in addition to her mother, include her husband, Johnny McKinney; three step-sons, Jay McKinney (Leah), Jeff McKinney (Elizabeth) and Mike McKinney; two sisters, Ellen Ely and Theresa Ann Weber; grandchildren, Maddie, Logan, and Grayson; nieces, Amberly Beeler, and Jamie Ely and one nephew, J. T. Beeler.

Funeral service for Jackie will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Chaplain Michael Lindsay and Rev. Jimmy McKinney. Burial will follow in the Poplar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Rockcastle County. Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until service time at the funeral home.

Karen Renee Kates

Karen Renee Kates

Karen Renee Kates, 49, passed away on Monday, July 30, 2018. Karen was born on October 18, 1969 and was the daughter of Lloyd Kates and the late Mary Katherine Mullins Lynch.

She was of the holiness faith.

In addition to her father, she is survived by: one son, Derek Ray Tackett (Brittany), of Bowling Green; one daughter, Katherine Renee Francis (Larry), of Berea; one grandchild, Aubrey Francis; five brother, Sidney Lynch, Lloyd Kates, Johnny Cole, Bruce Kates, and Randy Kates; her step-father, Calvin M. “Buster” Lynch; and two sisters, Charlotte Cole and Devonna Gail Kates.

Funeral services for Karen Renee Kates will held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Day officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Derek Tackett, Sidney Lynch, Sidney Lynch Jr., Lloyd Kates, Kevin Cole, and Nick Kates.

Dale Mullins

Dale Mullins

Dale Terrill Mullins, age 86, passed away at Huntsville Hospital Monday July 30, 2018.

She was surrounded by her loving husband of 65 years Major (Retired) James Virgil Mullins, niece Belinda Terrill (Johnny Lunsford), niece Lisa Cooley (Jeff and Jade), nephew Randy Mullins (Nikki, Andres and Caleb) and great-nephew Bradley Terrill (Brandy and Rosalyn).

Dale was the daughter of Gordon and Bonnie Reece Terrill of Kingston, KY. She is preceded in death by her brother Lee Gordon Terrill and nephew Gordon T. Terrill. She is survived by many extended family members whom she cherished and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews that she dearly loved including special niece Cheryl Mullins. ALL of her many friends and family were special to her.

A Gathering of family & friends will be from 2:30 – 3:30 PM (EDT) Saturday, August 4 at Oldham Roberts and Powell Funeral Home in Richmond, KY. Graveside service will immediately follow at Richmond Cemetery.

At Dale’s request a Life Celebration will be held in lieu of a formal funeral in Huntsville, AL at a later date. That date is to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Darrell Wayne Howell

Darrell Wayne Howell, 52, of Mt. Vernon, passed away on Monday, Jul 30, 2018 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Darrell was born on November 6, 1965, and was the son of Bryson and Loretta Eversole Howell.

He worked in the hotel industry as a general manager, and was of the Christian faith. He enjoyed traveling, woodworking, and bowling with his son, Chris.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by: one son, Chris Howell, of Richmond; one daughter, Alley Norris (Wesley), of Richmond; two grandchildren, Raelyn and Bradyn Norris, of Richmond; a very special friend, Skyler Hayes; two brothers, Donald Howell (Jeanna), of Richmond, and Dale Howell, of Berea; one sister, Mary Pruitt (Glenn), of Richmond; and his work family who he loved like family.

Funeral services for Darrell Howell will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Dale Howell, Donald Howell, Chris Howell, Skyler Hayes, Leo Hayes, and Glenn Pruitt.

Elaine Bobzin

Elaine Bobzin

Elaine DeCoste O’Connor Bobzin, 92, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2018 surrounded by her family. Elaine was born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 24, 1926, and was the daughter of Dr. Stephen Hubert and Emma Agnes Campbell DeCoste, both of whom preceded her in death.

She was a former executive with Easco Sparcatron, Inc., in Ann Arbor, Michigan and was a member of St. Clare Catholic Church in Berea, KY.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Thomas John O’Connor, Sr., and Donald Lewis Bobzin.

She is survived by her eight children: Sharon T. O’Connor, of Charlotte, NC, Susan O. Still (Charles), of Clinton, MI, Thomas J. O’Connor II (Margie), of Mission Viejo, CA, Judith O. Bacheldor (Jim), of Charlotte, NC, Deborah O. Perkins, of Richmond, KY, Stephen L. O’Connor, M.D. (Michelle), of Jasper, IN, Kim O. Murphy (Lee), of Richmond, KY, and David R. O’Connor, of Portland, OR; 24 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. She was also survived by a step-daughter, Linda Bobzin Kline; two step-grandchildren and one step-great grandchild.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at St. Clare Catholic Church in Berea, Kentucky. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is serving the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to: Maryknoll Sisters, P O Box 317, Maryknoll, NY 10545, or at MaryknollSisters.org .

Kenneth Lee Fortney

Kenneth Lee Fortney

Mr. Kenneth Lee Fortney, 71 husband of Linda Ray Fortney, passed away on Monday, July 30, 2018 at the St. Joseph Hospital – East, in Lexington. Kenny was born on September 9, 1946 in Madison County Kentucky to the late Jasper and Betty Newsome Fortney.

He was a member of the graduating class of 1965 at Madison Central. Mr. Fortney served his county during the Vietnam Conflict as a Sergeant in the US Air Force and later went on to serve in the US Army Reserves. He retired from Xerox in 2005 after 37 years of dedicated employment. Mr. Fortney loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren and looked forward to their trips to Disney. He was a member of the First Christian Church.

Survivors include: his wife of 50 years, Linda Ray Fortney; his daughter, Christy Fortney; his son, Michael Fortney (Heather); three grandchildren, Kyleigh, Caden and Kinley Fortney; one sister, Kim Fortney McNeer (Jeff); his father and mother-in-law, Donald & Ann Ray; as well a very special aunt and uncle, Jep & Jean Fortney.

Visitation for Kenny will be held from 5-8 PM on Thursday, August 2, 2018, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, W. Main St. Graveside Services with full military honors will be conducted at 11 AM on Friday, August 3, 2018, in the Richmond Cemetery with Pastor Eddie Benton officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to: the Humane Society Animal League for Life of Madison County, 128 Big Hill Ave., Richmond, KY 40475; or to the Madison County Animal Shelter, 1386 Berea Road, Berea, KY 40403.

Gary Wayne Kelley

Gary Wayne Kelley

Mr. Gary Wayne Kelley, 72, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Berea Healthcare Center. Gary was born in September 13, 1945 in Madison County, the son of the late Raymond and Rene Kelley.

He was a former employee of Kelley Mobile Tire and he loved watching wrestling, Christian broadcasts and spending time with his family.

He is survived by: one brother, Arvel “Buddy” Kelley (Dora); numerous nephews and nieces. He was cared for by one very special niece: Rena “Kay” Matthews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters: Aileen Foster, Callie Rhodus, Frank Kelley, Neal Bowling, Evelyn Mayes, Linda Shanks, Oscar Kelley, Margaret Hoskins, Charles Kelley and Annie Rhodus.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, W. Main St., with Minister Vicki Young officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be after 11 AM Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Gary Matthews, Robert Hagar, Dale Foster, Charles Matthews, Kenneth Kelley, Austin Webb and David Rhodus.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice Care Plus of Madison County and to Berea Healthcare.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to help with final expenses be made to the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home.

Ed Curtis McHargue

Ed Curtis McHargue

Mr. Ed Curtis McHargue, 86 of Mt. Vernon, died Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at The Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility in Berea. He was born at Pine Hill in Rockcastle County, KY on September 18, 1931 the son of John and Rosa Clark McHargue.

He retired after 30 years as a heavy equipment operator for Codell Construction and was active in the Lions Club, the Dave Jackson Masonic Lodge in Livingston, and the Oleika Shrine Temple. He was a US Air Force veteran of the Korean War and was of the Baptist Faith.

He is survived by three daughters, Deniece Waddle and husband Jerry of Shepherdsville, Dianne McFadden and husband Steve of Versailles, and Darlene Mink Worley and husband Jim of Mt. Vernon; a brother, Lloyd “Chic” McHargue of Atlanta, GA; a sister, Sarah Louise Pennington of Phoenix, AZ; five grandchildren, Brent Childress, Tonya Saunders, Jamie Waddle, Jason Waddle, and Ladonya Mink Rice; ten great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary McHargue; and two brothers, Clyde and Claude McHargue.

Visitation will be August 4, 2018 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Dowell and Martin Funeral Home. Funeral service will take place on August 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Cresthaven Memorial Cemetery.

Charles Gregory Lear

Charles Gregory Lear

Mr. Charles Gregory Lear, age 75, passed away Wed. August 1, 2018 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, KY. He was born on December 28, 1942, in Brindle Ridge, the son of the late Robert Lee Lear, Sr. and Cora Fugett Lear.

He had been an employee at Bluegrass Army Depot, and attended Hickory Grove Pentecostal Church. He found great joy in collecting guns & knives, American history, riding golf cart with grandson, Gregory, and drinking coffee with his friends. Greg had been a member of the VFW. He proudly served his Country in the U.S. Armed Services.

Those left to celebrate his life are: his children: Angela Gamble (Bobby) of Berea, and step children: Michael and Ricky Agee. His brother: Robert Lear Jr. (Johnnna) of Berea; his sister: Jenny Stevens of Lexington; step sister: Patricia (Tommy) Miller of Mt. Vernon and Robin (Donnie) Carpenter of Mt. Vernon; his step mother: Betty Lear of Brodhead. His grandchildren: Michael Gamble (Kelly) of Lancaster; Bradon Gamble of Danville; Megan Gamble of Berea and Amber Gamble of Mt. Vernon; and special friends, Wayne Wilmott and Marie Sizemore. As well as a host of nieces/nephews, friends an neighbors.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives Wanda and Sylvia and step son, Randal Agee.

Visitation for Mr. Greg Lear will be Monday, August 6th, 2018 from 11AM until Funeral Service time at 1PM at the Marvin E. Owens Home for Funerals with Bro. Randal Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Briarfield Cemetery.

Ronnie Dale Williams

Ronnie Dale Williams, age 63 of Barnes Mountain Road in Irvine passed away Thursday, August 2, 2018, at his home. He was born May 11, 1955 in Madison County and was the son of Robert “Bo” Williams and the late Beulah Neal Williams.

He was a retired Leggett & Platt employee and attended the Baptist Church. He had lived in Estill County most of his life.

Survivors in addition to his father include His wife Shirley Wilson Williams, 2 Sons Ronnie Williams, Jr. and James Wesley Williams both of Clark Co., 2 Sisters Teresa (Tim) Prater and Margie (Lloyd) Woolery both of Estill Co., 1 Brother Wesley (Betty) Williams of Ohio, 6 Grandchildren Robert Dale Williams, Charles Wesley Williams, Destiny Mae Williams, Ryan Scott Williams, Katlyn Dawn Williams and James Clarence Williams.

Memorial services will be conducted Sunday, August 5, 2 PM at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home by Bro. Lloyd Woolery. Friends may call after 1 PM Sunday at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made toward his funeral expenses.


Boyd B. Neal

Boyd B. Neal, age 92, of Ruby Lane in Irvine passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He was born January 28, 1926 in Estill County and was the son of the late Terry and Zettie Henderson Neal.

He was a United States Army, Air Force veteran who served during World War II. He was a retired General Motors employee and had lived in Estill County most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Ashcraft Neal.

He is survived by 1 Sister Shirley Gleason of Waynesville, OH, 1 Brother Malcom Neal of Dayton, OH, 5 Grandchildren, 2 Special Nieces Rhonda (Paul) Tipton of Berea, Paula (Wes) Thomas of Ravenna. And a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his son, Boyd Keith Neal, 6 Sisters; Lily Tipton, Bessie Wise, Dora Wolfinbarger, Betty Day, Lee Ora Neal, Melinda Neal and 6 Brothers: Buford, Junior, Estes, Hugh, Virgil and Lawrence Neal.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, August 4, 2 PM at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Bro. Albert F. Schooler. Burial will be at the West Irvine Cemetery. Friends may call after 12 PM Saturday at the Funeral Home.

Glenna Gail Powell

Glenna Gail Powell, age 60, of South Winn Avenue in Irvine passed away Monday, July 30, 2018, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. She was born June 24, 1958 in Madison County and was the daughter of the late Glyn and Blanche Brewer Tipton.

She was a retired employee of the Eye Care Center and was a member of the Cow Creek Baptist Church. She had lived in Estill County all her life.

She is survived by Her husband James William Powell, 1 Daughter Staci Renee (Eric) Puckett, 1 Sister Judy (Wilgus) Wolfinbarger, 1 Brother Jackie (Marie) Tipton, Sister-in-law Jo Auxier all of Estill Co., 1 Grandchild Shalee Puckett and Her Granddog Roxy.

She was preceded in death by 1 brother, Roger Tipton.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, August 2, 1 PM at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Bro. Chris Greene, Bro. Joe Lahrmer and Dr. William R. Reynolds. Burial will be at the Sonny Powell Cemetery. Friends may call between 6 and 9 PM Wednesday at the Funeral Home.

Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith was born March 21, 1932 in Jackson County and departed this life Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, being 86 years of age. He was the son of the late Lawrence & Minnie (Inman) Smith.

Ralph is survived by his wife Loraine (Frye) Smith of McKee and by a daughter, Cathy Angel and her husband Adam of London. He was blessed with three grandchildren, Kyle, Amanda & Samantha and four great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Ralph was also preceded in death by a son, James Smith and by a sister, Delores Norton.

Ralph was a member of the Letter Box Baptist Church.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Lakes Funeral Home McKee with Bro. Shane Gabbard and Bro. Charles Jackson officiating. Burial to follow in the Smith & Johnson Cemetery in Laurel County.

Pallbearers Allen Wells, Gary Seals, Charles Jackson, Kyle Robinson, Nathan Seals, Homer Summers and Wendell Summers. Honorary pallbearers Ronnie Baker, Pat Tincher, Charles King and Gene Carpenter.

Hollie Mae Holt

Hollie Mae Holt

Hollie Mae Holt was born August 8, 1919 in Jackson County and departed this life Sunday, July 29, 2018 at her son’s residence in London, KY being 98 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Charlie & Lizzie (Roberts) Cole.

Hollie Mae is survived by her son, Vernon Holt and his wife Gail of London, KY; son in law, Carmon Bingham of McKee, KY; brother, Wiley Cole and his wife Ina Pearl of Richmond, KY. She was blessed with four grandchildren, Christopher Holt of Versailles, KY, Matthew Holt of Lawrenceburg, KY, Jon Holt of Lawrenceburg, KY and Elizabeth Holt of Lexington, KY and by eight great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Hollie Mae was also preceded in death by her husband Dewey Holt; daughter, Cleva Bingham and by her sister, Catherine Opal.

Hollie Mae was a member of the Letter Box Baptist Church.

Funeral service 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the Lakes Funeral Home McKee with Bro. Garland Gabbard officiating. Burial to follow in the Tyner Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Matthew, Chris, Jon & Kyle Holt, Carmon Bingham and Phillip Chang.

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