Obituaries March 21 to March 28

James Gilbert York
James York

RICHMOND — James Gilbert York, 74, of Four Mile Road, the husband of Margaret Ann Beechly York, passed away Saturday, March 26, 2011, in the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

He was born in Rockcastle County, a retired electrical maintenance supervisor with EKPC Cooper Station, where he worked for 29 years. James loved to hunt, travel and help other people. He was an Air Force veteran and active member of Union City Baptist Church.

Other than his wife Margaret, he is survived by: one son, Denver James (LeeAnn) York of Madison County; one daughter, Allison (Mickey) Elliott of Bradenton, Fla; three brothers, Robert “Bud” (Doris) York of Madison County, Willie York of Russell Springs, Ky., Oscar (Shirley) York of Ohio; two sisters Helen McGuire of Crab Orchard, Ky., and Marilyn Short of Richmond, Ky.; four grandchildren, James Michael Childers, Justin Denver York, Bryan Lewis Elliot and Alan Kurre Elliott. He also is survived by Debbie Fletcher and many loved nieces, nephews and cousins.James was preceded in death by: his parents, Samuel and Betty Jane Creech York; three brothers, Leonard, Hugh and Paul York; and one sister, Emma Jane Mosley.

A celebration of life for James will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, with Bro. Rick Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Union City Baptist Church Pew Fund, 2502 Doylesville Road, Richmond, KY 40475.

Walter Ecton

WINCHESTER — Walter “8-Ball” Guerrant Ecton, 87, of Winchester, husband of Betty Jane Shannon Ecton for 58 years, passed away after a long illness on Saturday, March 26, at Telford Terrace in Richmond, Ky.

He was born July 28, 1923, to the late W. I. and Pauline Jones Ecton. After the death of his mother, Walter was lovingly raised by his grandparents, W.W. and Olivia Ecton. Walter was a life-long resident of Winchester.

For many years, he enjoyed warm weather days at his cabin on the Kentucky River. Upon retirement, he and his wife wintered at their residence in Naples, Fla. As owner and operator of Ecton Movers, he was the first North American Van Lines agent in Kentucky. He was a past president of the Kentucky Household Goods Association, a former Winchester City Commissioner, and a long-time member of the Winchester Chamber of Commerce, Winchester Rotary Club, Winchester Lions Club and Winchester Country Club. Walter was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and also a charter member of the Gaylords.

In addition to his wife, Betty Jane, Walter is survived by: his son, Walter Guerrant (Kathy) Ecton, Jr.; two daughters, Shannon (Ed) Saunier, Mary Jane (Ray) Rush; six grandchildren, Wyn Saunier, Mary Jane Saunier, Walt Ecton III, John Shannon Saunier, Elizabeth Rush and Ginny Rush; and a brother-in-law, James Jackson Shannon.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Doug Beltzner at Rolan G. Taylor Funeral Home, 289 S. Main St. Winchester. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Walt Ecton III, Ray Rush, Ed Saunier, John Shannon Saunier, Wyn Saunier, Rusty Underwood and Kim McCrary. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Ben Asher, Jack Buchanan, Bill Buckner, Jim Clay, Jim Graves, Will Hodgkin, Charles Hougland, Spence Houlihan, Bill McCann, Don McMurry, Tom Muncie, Herb Sledd, Hub Spencer, Doyle Stone, John O. Venable and Jack Williams.

The family would like to give special thanks to two special caregivers, Romona Mason and Ida Wiseman, as well as to the administration and staff of Telford Terrace. In Walter’s memory, donations may be made to Clark County Animal Shelter, 5000 Ironworks Rd., Winchester, Ky., 40391 or Telford Trace, 1025 Robert Telford Dr., Richmond, Ky., 40475, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Darrell Causey

BEREA — Darrell Causey, 59, husband of Tina Causey of Berea, died Friday, March 25, 2011, in the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Darrell was a retired Tetratech Employee and native of Garrard County. Darrell is the son of Delores Rector Causey and the late Sam Causey.

Darrell is survived by: his wife, Tina Mullins Causey of Berea; his son, Christopher Darrell Causey of Berea; a sister, Rhonda Lowery; and a brother, Terry Causey; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Darrell will be Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Lakes Funeral Home. Burial will be in Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lakes Funeral Home.

Todd Walters
Todd Walters

BEREA — Landon Todd Walters, 48, of Laurel Drive, Berea, died suddenly Thursday, March 17, 2011 at his residence apparently of a heart attack. He was an Ashland, KY native born April 30, 1962 and moved to Berea from Florida in 1990 to attend Berea College. He received a B.S. in Business from Berea, Class of 1994. He was a finance director and accountant with FAHE, Inc. until suffering a stroke in 2004.

Survivors include his mother, Dr. Barbara Parsons Walters Morris of Ashland; 2 siblings, Rebecca Walters of New York City, Clay Walters of Berea. He was preceded in death by his father, Alan Reid Walters.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. No visitation scheduled. The body was cremated. Reppert Funeral Home and Cremation Service in charge of arrangements

Ethel Evelyn Rains
Ethel Evelyn Rains

RICHMOND — Ethel Evelyn Rains, 88, of Richmond, the widow of Elbert Rains, passed away Friday, March 25, 2011, at the Richmond Health & Rehab complex – Kenwood.

She was born in Whitley County, Kentucky on January 4, 1923, to the late James Henry and Sydney Jane Hopkins Lawson. She was a retired Register Nurse and had worked at the Jellico Hospital, Baptist Regional Medical Center of Corbin, and several nursing homes.

Mrs. Rains is survived by one daughter, Sandra Baumgardner; one son, Paul Baumgardner (Janet) of Somerset; grandchildren, Rob Tye, Sherrie Cox, Terri Petrey, Tonya Baumgardner, Melissa Deaton, and Melissa Johnstone; several great-grandchildren including one special great-grandson, J. C. Cox; and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be no formal funeral service. Visitation will be from 3 – 5 p.m. Sunday at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

Ebbie M. Hicks
Ebbie M. ‘Granny’ Hicks

RICHMOND — Ebbie M. “Granny” Hicks, 86, of Greens Crossing, the widow of John D. Hicks, departed this life to heaven Wednesday, March 23, 2011.

She was born in Madison County July 17, 1924, to David Finley and Elizabeth Susan Hall Hick, both of whom preceded her in death. She was a homemaker, housewife, mother and granny, that was loved by her family, friends and even strangers. Granny enjoyed cooking for family and friends and was of the Holiness faith.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by: two sons, Noble Hicks and John David Hicks, Jr. She is survived by: one son, Randolph Scott Hicks (Shirley); seven daughters, Millie Todd (Charles), Charlotte Brookshire, Carol Rummel (Richard) Nettie Smith (Melvin), Connie Jo Sparks (Roger), Mollie Grant (Johnie) and Dianne McIntosh (Darvis); as well as, Elizabeth Richardson (Dale), a granddaughter that Granny raised as her own. She also is survived by: one sister, Josie Wright; and one brother, John T. Hall; as well as, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Jackson and Bro. Robert Johns officiating. Burial will be in Hicks Cemetery at Greens Crossing. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Saturday. Pallbearers will be Charles Todd, Jr., Noble VanWinkle, George Burton, Robert Grant, Joseph McIntosh and Melvin Smith, Jr. Honorary bearers will be Donnie VanWinkle, David Hicks, Dave Burton, John Burton, Larry Davenport Gary Davenport, Matthew Clint Grant, Darvis McIntosh III, Mike York, Eddie Hall, Johnny Ellington and Robbie Ellington.

Willie Rogers Curtis

Berea — Willie Rogers Curtis, age 81, died Thursday, March 24, 2011, at St. Joseph Berea Hospital. He was born in Otto, NC to the late Charles Sutton and Minnie Leona McCall Curtis. He retired from the U. S. Forest Service after 30 years of service as a research project leader. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, a pilot and he loved to work with wood. Mr. Curtis received his B. S. degree from North Carolina State and his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

Mr. Curtis is survived by: his wife: Margaret Ann Curtis of Berea; his daughter, Susan (Calvin) Vaughn of Lancaster, KY; his son, Larry (Kay) Curtis of Murfreesboro, TN; his sisters, Polly (Lewis) Lovell of Elizabeth City, NC, Judy Carpenter of Franklin, NC, Barbara Bradley of Franklin, NC, and Elsie Brendle of Franklin, NC; his brothers, Charles (Edna) Curtis of Franklin, NC, Verlin (Marvel) Curtis of Franklin, NC, and Jimmy (Tommie) Curtis of Simpsonville, SC. Three grandchildren, Karen Curtis, Sarah Vaughn, and Haley Vaughn also survive.

A memorial service for Mr. Curtis will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Rev. David Green and Rev. Randy Osborne officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Experimental Aircraft Association, % Roger Jones, President, 114 Highland Drive, Berea, KY 40403.

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