Obituaries May 9 to May 16 (Continued)

Warden Percy Hacker
Warden Percy Hacker

Lt Col (Retired) Warden Percy Hacker, 80, of Richmond, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Saint Joseph East Hospital, in Lexington.

He was born on December 3, 1930 in Clay County, to the late Oscar and Catherine Philpot Hacker. Percy was a retired businessman and a retired Lt. Colonel in the U. S. Army – Kentucky National Guard, where he served for 22 years. Prior to that, he served in the U. S. Air Force for four years in Korea. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Richmond and a member of the Madison County Country Club and the Richmond Elks Club # 581, where he had served as Past Exalted Ruler. He was the owner and operator of Hacker Lumber Company and Builders Concrete Block in Madison County. Percy was an avid walker, averaging four miles per day until his failing health prevented it.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Shirley Tirey Hacker; one daughter, Leona Lou Smith (Greg) of Georgetown, Indiana; two sons, Charles William “Chuck” Hacker of Richmond, and Daniel Reid Hacker (Mary Ann) of Frankfort; four grandchildren, Tyler Hacker, Christopher Hacker, Kyle Hayden Hacker and Emily Blair Smith; one great grandchild, Santana Hacker. He also leaves two sisters, Wanda Hacker and Pat Johnson and his mother-in-law, Geneva Daniel Tirey and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Maj. Robert Stephen Hacker.

Funeral services for Percy will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, with Dr. Dennis Brewer officiating. Burial will follow at the Richmond Cemetery with military honors. Military personnel will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Oldham, Roberts & Powell.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Richmond Elks Club # 581 Memorial Fund, 136 ½ West Main Street, Richmond, KY 40475.

Mary Elizabeth Storm
Mary Elizabeth Storm

Mary Elizabeth Storm, 87, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2011 at Richmond Health & Rehab- Kenwood.

She was born on February 22, 1924, in Stroudsburg, PA, to the late Thomas and Myrtle Strunk Dennis. She was a homemaker and a member of Unity Baptist Church of Richmond.

She is survived by a son, LeRoy Storm (Diana) of Richmond; one brother, Stanley Dennis; one grandson, Gary Storm; one granddaughter, Wendy Lombardo; two great-granddaughters, and two great-great grandsons.

Private graveside services will be conducted late at the Lakeview Cemetery in Saylorsburg, PA. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wendell A. Robinson

Louisville — Wendell A. Robinson, 85, of Louisville, formerly of Richmond, passed away Monday, May 5, 2011. He was born in Berea, Ky., May 9, 1926, the son of Lawrence and Hazel Robinson. He was regional vice president of Porter Paint Co., a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a retired Colonel in the Kentucky National Guard. He was a member of the Military Order of World Wars, MOAA, Beargrass Christian Church and Wildwood Country Club.

He was preceded in death by: his parents and a beloved son, Michael Scott Robinson. He is survived by: his wife of 59 years, Louise; a son, Larry (Barbara); grandsons, Mike (Julie), Josh and Ian Robinson; a daughter-in-law, Diane Robinson; great-grandsons, Caleb and Noah; sisters, Wilma Gene Shannon and Connie Rankin; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be noon Friday at Pearsons Funeral Home, 149 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville, with burial to follow in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Theresa Gaye Arias Little

Theresa Gaye Arias Little age 30 of Richmond, formerly of Pikeville passed away Saturday May 7, 2011 at her residence after a long battle with cancer. She was born on August 9, 1980 in Chicago, Illinois to Vivian Maynard of Pikeville. She was employeed by the Bluegrass Area Development District in Richmond.

She was preceded in death by her aunt; Ollie Gaye Ray, her great-aunt; Gaye Kendrick, one niece; Ashley Holloway, three uncles; Rob Maynard, Tim Maynard and Milford Maynard. She is survived by her husband; Jamie Alan Little, one daughter; Olivia Katelyn Little, one son; Kaleb Neil Little, her mother; Vivian Maynard of Pikeville, her father and mother-in-law; Gary and Glenda Little of Virgie, and a host of family and friends.

In lieu of flowers Theresa had requested donations be made to the UK Markey Cancer Center or to Hospice of the Bluegrass at Richmond.

Reedena Lawson

BEREA — Reedena Lawson of Baugh Street, Berea, died Monday, May 9, 2011, in Sikeston, Mo. Reedena was a native of Lincoln County, but had resided in Berea since 1963.

She was a graduate of the Danville School of Nursing, and Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas Texas, where Reedena did post-graduate work in obstetrics, pediatrics and gynecology. She attended EKU in Richmond, earning an associate’s degree. Reedena was an employee of Berea Hospital from 1963 until 1991.

Reedena is a member of the Berea Church of Christ. She was an accomplished poet and had several poems published. Reedena was preceded in death by: her husband, Leon Lawson; her sisters, Joyce Mason Simpson, Fonevea Mason Ford, Eunice Brown and Lillie Girdler; and her mother, Sibbie Mason McGowan. Reedena is survived by: her nieces and nephews; and a stepson, Bruce Lawson.

Graveside services will be conducted Friday, May 13, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Madison County Memorial Gardens with Bro. Charles Moore and Bro Jack Hall officiating. Lakes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

George P. Hicks
George P. Hicks

George P. Hicks, 88, of Louisville, passed away Monday evening, May 9, 2011, at his home. Mr. Hicks was born on June 28, 1922 in Brodhead, Kentucky, the son of the late Robert Hemphill and Lela Evelyn Hicks. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran of World War II, where he led many of the bands. In 1945 he married the love of his life, Ernestine Jones Hicks. They were married for fifty nine wonderful years, and she preceded him in death on February 12, 2004.

He was a retired teacher of the Jefferson County Schools and had also taught in some years in the Indianapolis school system. He was a former band director at Valley High School beginning in 1948. He was the happiest when he had students that wanted to learn and he could train them to become better than they ever dreamed they could. He sang with the Thoroughbred Chorus for many years and was the Minister of Music at the Shivley Baptist Church in the 1950’s.

George was always engaged in learning how things worked. He was an inventor, and after his retirement, he invented the Quizminder, a computer program for Quick Recall that incorporated a score board, time clock and buzzer system, that was used in over six hundred schools in Kentucky as well as other states and in the Governors Competition in its early years.

He is survived by his daughter: Lynn Hicks Rupley of Louisville; a sister-in-law: Dorothy Hicks and many nieces and nephews. George was the youngest of twelve children and the last to pass away.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, May 12, 2011 at the Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Highway, with Rev. Tim Harris officiating. Burial will follow at the Louisville Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Wednesday at the Owen Funeral Home.

Jessica Johnson Frazier
Dr. Jessica Johnson Frazier

Charlotte. N.C. — Jessica Johnson Frazier of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Richmond, Ky., departed this life Monday, May 9, 2011. Jessica was born June 8, 1944, in Corbin, Ky.

She attended Transylvania University and Eastern Kentucky University where she received a Bachelor of Accounting degree and later a Master’s of Business Administration. She went on to receive a Doctorate of Business Administration in Accounting and Taxation from the University of Kentucky in 1990.

Dr. Frazier taught accounting at the University of Kentucky and at Northern Kentucky University before returning to Eastern. At Eastern, she held the position of Chair of the Department of Accounting from 1992 until 1999 and Chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems from 1999 until her retirement in 2007.

During her tenure at Eastern, she taught many classes, published articles, made presentations and collaborated on a number of text books. Dr. Frazier was particularly devoted to the annual Meeting of the Minds Conference, which she founded in 1997.

She led many other initiatives and held a variety of leadership positions which had enduring impact on the College of Business and the University. She served on the University Provost Search Committee, the University Strategic Planning Committee, the College of Business Curriculum Committee, the College Tenure and Promotion Committee and chaired the University Budget Director Search Committee.

Dr. Frazier was an avid traveler, attending conferences and making presentations across the United States as well as in France, China, Greece and Russia. Despite all this, however, she was most proud of the success and accomplishments of her students and faculty, to whom she was entirely devoted.

Dr. Frazier was also very active in the community in Richmond, particularly with the Salvation Army and Richmond Rotary Club, of which she was the president from 2001 to 2002. She was named Rotarian of the Year in 2000 and chaired the Richmond Rotary Club ProRodeo Roundup Committee from 1999 until 2002. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Jessica was a loving and devoted daughter, mother and “MeMe”.

She is survived by: her mother, Dean Gant Johnson of Charlotte, formerly of Campton, Ky.; her son, Forrest Frazier and his wife, Jayne; two grandsons, Jess Thomas and Maxwell Wylie Frazier, all of Charlotte; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by: her father, Jesse W. Johnson.

A visitation will be conducted Thursday, May 12, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oldham Roberts and Powell Funeral Home in Richmond. A service to celebrate Dr. Fraziers life will be conducted Friday, May 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. in the chapel at Oldham Roberts and Powell Funeral Home with a burial immediately following in Richmond Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank all of her caregivers for their excellent and tender care of her, especially our dear family friend Carol Ann Cox, the staff of the Haven and the Laurels at Carolina Place and Hospice of Charlotte.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Dr. Frazier’s life may be made to: the Dr. Jessica Johnson Frazier Scholarship, Eastern Kentucky University Development Office at CPO 19A, 521 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, KY 40475; or at

how-give; or to the Salvation Army, PO Box 1865, Richmond, KY 40476-1865; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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