Category Archives: Obituaries

Gena Clark Dooley

Nora Gena Dooley

Gena Dooley

Gena Clark Dooley, age 54, died Friday, June 23, 2017 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Mrs. Dooley was born April 08, 1963 to the late Arval Anderson & Ethel Carpenter Clark.

She was of the Holiness faith, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, and she loved to care for other people.

Other than her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Jessica Lynn Horn, and three brothers, Gary Douglas, Danny Dale, Continue reading Gena Clark Dooley

OBITUARIES JUN. 18-25, 2017

Douglas C. Harris

Douglas C. Harris

Douglas C. Harris, age 68, died Friday, June 23, 2017 at Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington. He was born in Warren County Ohio on January 22, 1949 to the late Chester Harry and Evalyn Bunnell Harris.

Mr. Harris was a lifelong member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE). He was an avid Cincinnati Bengals and Ohio State fan, and enjoyed watching Sci Fi and collecting elephants.
Other than his parents he was also preceded in death by a niece, Evie Harris. Continue reading OBITUARIES JUN. 18-25, 2017

Fannie Elizabeth Gadd

Fannie Gadd
Fannie Elizabeth Gadd

Fannie Elizabeth “Bessie” Gadd, age 84, wife of the late John H. “Buster” Gadd, passed away Saturday June 17, 2017 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond Ky. She was born September 21, 1932 in Mount Vernon Ky. to the late William A. & Rena Croucher Cain. Bessie was a member of the Clear Creek Baptist Church.

Bessie is survived by two daughters, Linda (Tim) Kirby of Mt Vernon Ky., Dorothy Gadd Thomas of Mt Vernon Ky., one brother, Carroll Cain of Berea Ky., and one sister, Dorothy Cain of Mt. Vernon Ky., also six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Continue reading Fannie Elizabeth Gadd

Sheila Miller

Sheila Miller

Sheila Miller

Sheila May Gooch Miller, 49, passed away Saturday afternoon, June 17, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on June 7, 1968, in Richmond, the daughter of the late Rev. Frank Jr. and Ethel Riddel Gooch. She was a homemaker and was a member of The Blue Lick Holiness Church.

Survivors include her husband: Daniel H. Miller; one son: Zachary Daniel “Zack” Miller; six sisters: Brenda Carol Sparks (Donald), Kathy Miller (Bobby), Rebecca Ann Gooch, Shawnetta Poff, Lois Lynn Sanchez (Tommy) and Priscilla Hoskins (Jim); three brothers: Continue reading Sheila Miller

OBITUARIES JUN. 11-18, 2017

Lowell L. Murray

Lowell L. Murray

Lowell L. Murray, age 75, husband of Peggy Baird Murray, died Wednesday June 14, 2017 at his home.

Lowell was retired from the City of Berea where he had recently retired as Chief Electrical Inspector for the Codes Office, and he was also a retired Fire Chief 1968-72, having also worked for the Berea College Fire Department, and was Director of the Civil Defense for Berea in 1972. He was a member of the National Association of Fire Chief and Electrical Inspectors, had been a teacher at the Kentucky Technical School in Garrard County, was the owner of Murray’s Continue reading OBITUARIES JUN. 11-18, 2017

Lonnie Lewis Miller


Lonnie Lewis Miller

Mr. Lonnie Lewis Miller, age 59 of Berea, passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 at his residence, surrounded by family.

He was born on May 26, 1958 in Madison County, a son of Alonzo and Mary Frances Cope Miller. He had been a carpenter; who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was of the Holiness faith. On December 25, 1975, he was united in marriage to Denise Chasteen and from that union came two children: Ronnie Lee and Bobby Joe. Continue reading Lonnie Lewis Miller

Benjamin Walker West

Benjamin Walker West

Benjamin Walker West

Benjamin Walker West, 35, of Berea, KY transitioned to eternal life on Saturday, June 10, 2017.  Ben was born September 2, 1981.  He was the son of Rufus William West (Mary Ann West) and Rene Brandenburg West.   He was a United States Army veteran.

Ben leaves to cherish his memories of a loving husband of 15 years his wife, Latanya Marie West.  He was the proud father of 4 children:  Deondre Michael Tate, Tionna Marie Tate, Tay Shawn Douglas West, and Jayla Nicole West.  His favorite mother-in-law Teresa Gordon.  Siblings with a lot of fond memories:  Sheri Nicole Dillon-Miller, Matthew Trever West and William Dee West.  Maternal grandmother Jesse Mae Hardy Brandenburg. Continue reading Benjamin Walker West

OBITUARIES JUN. 4-11, 2017

Trudy Cates

Trudy Cates

Trudy Fields Cates, 71, of Berea died at U.K. Medical Center in Lexington Sunday, June 4, 2017 following a short illness. She was born in Big Branch, KY in Perry County on October 8, 1945 and had been a resident of Berea most of her life.

She was a homemaker and attended Owsley Fork Baptist Church. She was gifted with the ability to strike up a conversation with anyone, spend 3 hours talking with them and became a friend for life. She enjoyed her flowers and was known to many for sending Continue reading OBITUARIES JUN. 4-11, 2017

Trudy Fields Cates

Trudy Cates

Trudy Cates

Trudy Fields Cates, 71, of Berea died at U.K. Medical Center in Lexington Sunday, June 4, 2017 following a short illness. She was born in Big Branch, KY in Perry County on October 8, 1945 and had been a resident of Berea most of her life.

She was a homemaker and attended Owsley Fork Baptist Church. She was gifted with the ability to strike up a conversation with anyone, spend 3 hours talking with them and became a friend for life. She enjoyed her flowers and was known to many for sending Christian poetry booklets every Christmas. Continue reading Trudy Fields Cates

OBITUARIES MAY 28 – JUN. 4, 2017

Ruby Riley

Ruby Riley

Ruby Evans Riley, 78, of Paint Lick, died Monday, May 29, 2017 at Bluegrass Hospice Care Center in Lexington. She was a Vanceburg, Kentucky native born April 14, 1939, daughter of the late Harold and Nellie Burton Evans.

She was a former Berea Hospital Central Supply Clerk with 32 years of service, and member of Living Waters Sanctuary Church. Ruby enjoyed singing in church, playing the piano, working in her garden and flowers. Most of all she loved her family, especially playing with Continue reading OBITUARIES MAY 28 – JUN. 4, 2017

Mildred McCollum

Mildred McCollum

Mildred McCollum

Mildred McCollum, age 87, of McCollum Road in Mt. Vernon, passed away, Monday, May 29, 2017 at her home. Mildred was born in Rockcastle County to the late Arthur and Mary Saylor Anderkin.

She was a retired dietician aide at Berea Hospital and a member of the Valley Baptist Church. She was a loving mom, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She had a heart of gold and loved being with her family. She was loved and known by all Continue reading Mildred McCollum

OBITUARIES MAY 21-28, 2017

Roger Marion Oliver

Roger M. Oliver

Roger M. Oliver, age 76, passed away May 23, 2017, at his beloved home surrounded by his family after a brief but hard-fought illness. He was born on January 13, 1941, in Berea, Kentucky. He was the son of L. Marion and Mildred Young Oliver, and was a member of Berea Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an older brother who died in childhood, Noal, and by his adored wife of forty-seven years, Gladys Jennings (Muff) Oliver, although her precious Continue reading OBITUARIES MAY 21-28, 2017

Roger M. Oliver

Roger Marion Oliver

Roger M. Oliver

Roger M. Oliver, age 76, passed away May 23, 2017, at his beloved home surrounded by his family after a brief but hard-fought illness. He was born on January 13, 1941, in Berea, Kentucky. He was the son of L. Marion and Mildred Young Oliver, and was a member of Berea Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an older brother who died in childhood, Noal, and by his adored wife of forty-seven years, Gladys Jennings (Muff) Oliver, although her precious memory continued to live and reside Continue reading Roger M. Oliver

Michael Gary McDonald

Michael Gary McDonald

Michael Gary McDonald

Michael Gary McDonald, age 52, died Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington Kentucky. Michael was born in Oceanside California to Douglas McDonald and the late Donna Alexander.

He was a proud Army Veteran, a UK Wild Cats fan, a Diehard Nascar fan, and loved his family and friends. Michael was of the Baptist faith.

Other than his father Michael is also survived by his wife Dena McDonald, four sons, Jay Brown of Berea, Kai McDonald of Berea, Continue reading Michael Gary McDonald

OBITUARIES MAY 14-21, 2017

Christopher Allen King

Christopher Allen King

Christopher Allen King, 32, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 in Lexington. He was born November 11, 1984, in Paducah, KY to Bruce King of Bowling Green, and Connie Keilholz Camp, of Richmond.

Christopher enjoyed driving go carts and loved music. He enjoyed growing plants and appreciated their beauty.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one son, Allen King of Murrelles Inlet, South Carolina, one sister, Courtney King of North Continue reading OBITUARIES MAY 14-21, 2017

OBITUARIES MAY 7-14, 2017

Beth Conner

Beth Conner

Beth Conner, 92, widow of Rev. Kale Conner, died Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the Berea Health and Rehabilitation Center. Beth was born in North Carolina to the late Robert and Elba Bennett Hawes.

She was a loving mother to her children and very active with the family business, Conner Woodworks. She was a member of the Middletown Baptist Church. Beth was also preceded in death by a grandson, Robert Bruce Woods, and her siblings: Emma Laye Gore, Robert, Douglas, and Merle Hawes. Continue reading OBITUARIES MAY 7-14, 2017

Monte Taylor White


Monte Taylor White

Monte Taylor White, age 80, widower of Marjorie Farris White, died Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Madison Health & Rehab in Richmond. Mr. White was born May 22, 1936 in Berea, KY., to the late Walker and Glendon Reynolds White.

Monte was an employee at the old Sinclair filling station in his youth, was retired from Square D in Lexington, and a U.S. Army Veteran. He was an avid fisherman (a passion he shared with his wife), hunter, and birder; Monte was also well known for his love for and Continue reading Monte Taylor White

Donald William Jones

Donald William Jones

Donald William Jones

Donald Jones, age 94, of Grand Rapids, MI, passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Ruth Jones, and his parents, William J. Jones and Leona Eubank Jones of Oblong, IL.

He served in WWII as a flight engineer and top turret gunner in the Army Air Corps and worked as a truck mechanic until retirement.

He is survived by his children, Paula (Chet Zelasko) Jones of Grand Rapids, MI, Steven (Joy) Jones of Holland, MI; grandchildren Matthew (Kerri) Gunning of Summerville, SC, Lori (Ryan) Kuehl of Kankakee, IL, Ian (Katherine) Jones of Grayson, KY, and three great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service was held.

John Wayne Alcorn

John Wayne Alcorn

John Wayne Alcorn

John Wayne Alcorn age 71 departed his Earthly Body May 9, 2017 to be with his Heavenly Father and Family in Heaven. He was the son of the Late Johnny and Rebecca Alcorn.

He was a member of Cartersville Holiness Church. He lived in Berea all his life. He was employed over the years as a truck driver for Dollar General, worked in maintenance for Berea Hospital, McDonalds in Richmond, and retired from Walmart after 16 years. He loved playing music at festivals, nursing homes, a lot of churches, even entertaining people Continue reading John Wayne Alcorn

Jessie Goins

Jessie Goins

Jessie Goins

Jessie Jones Goins, age 97, passed away Saturday May 6, 2017 at the Heartland of Miamisburg in Miamisburg, Ohio. She was born in Hyden Ky. to the late Elijah & Lily Britton Jones.

Being a home maker, Jessie loved to cook, sew, caring for others, and had a strong passion for writing poetry about family and friends. Jessie was of the Nazarene Faith.

Jessie was survived by two daughters, Lois Eileen Berry of Dallas TX., Rita Carol Sexton of Berea, Ky., by three sisters, Ola Jones Continue reading Jessie Goins