Obituaries June 27 to July 4, 2011

Brian E. McDonald

Brian E. McDonald, age 50, formerly of Seattle, Washington, died Friday July 1st in a car accident in Berea, KY. Brian was born in Dayton, Ohio, to Barbara McDonald and the late Edward L. McDonald.

An avid fisherman and hiker, Brian moved to Berea in 2005. Brian received his Bachelors Degree in science in 1984 and his Masters Degree in environmental health in 1986 from the University of Washington. He specialized in environmental science, toxicology, and industrial hygiene and safety. Upon graduation, Brian worked as an industrial hygienist and graduate lecturer for the University of Washington, and he was an environmental safety analyst for the Boeing Company in Seattle.

Brian is survived by his mother, Barbara McDonald, of Berea, and his son, Gavin McDonald, of Simi Valley, CA; siblings: Kevin (Sandi) McDonald, of Thousand Oaks, CA, Lynne Evans Sprowls, of Ouray, CO, Lori (Greg) Fitzgerald, of Miami, FL, and Andy (Verlaine) McDonald, of Berea, KY. Brian is also survived by his friend and ex-wife Daphne Hoffman Scace and former mother-in-law Jeanne Hoffman, both of Simi Valley, CA, as well as his former sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation with family will be held at the Berea United Methodist Church on July 29 from 5 – 7 p.m., followed by a memorial service for Brian at 7 p.m. An online register book and condolences can be sent to the family at Lakes Funeral Home in Berea is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Louise Bullins

Mary Louise Bullins, 81, passed away Sunday morning, July 3, 2011 at the Berea Health Care Facility in Berea.
Ms. Bullins was born on June 19, 1930 in Madison County, the daughter of the late James and Grace Hendricks Ashcraft. She was a retired waitress of the former Colonial Restaurant in Richmond, and was a member of the Stoney Run Baptist Church.

Survivors are: son: Cecil Bullins (Bobetta) of Richmond; daughter-in-law: Brenda Bullins-Bogie of Richmond; three grandchildren: Chris Bullins of Bowling Green, Ohio, Allison And April Bullins of Richmond. She was preceded in death by her son Steve Bullins in 2003.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Wallaceton Cemetery, Berea with Rev. Martin Frazer officiating.

Rebecca Vice

Rebecca Vice, 79, passed away Sunday morning at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Mrs. Vice is the mother of Wayne Vice of Richmond and Jerry Vice of Lexington.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home.

Diana Kay Bardowell Berry

Diana Kay Bardowell Berry, age 55, died Friday, July 1, 2011 at her home in Berea. She was a native of Kingston, Jamaica, the daughter of the late William George and Nellie Mahfood Bardowell. Diana was a member of the Berea First Christian Church, ARC of Kentucky and the Kentucky Developmental Disabilities Council. She was a Registered Dietician and held degrees from the University of Kentucky and American University in Beirut, Lebanon.

Diana is survived by: her sons, Mike Berry, Chris Berry and his fiancée Brittany Pensky of Berea her former husband, Mark Berry of Berea; her sisters, Carol (William) Bardawil of Miami, Florida, Paula Bardawil of Miami, Florida, Barbara Jeanie Miller of Louisville; former mother and father-in-law, Stacia and Wayne Berry of Berea; special friends, Mary Kay Gilbertson, Marilyn Chasteen, Denise Whitaker, Paige Culnan, Steve and Diane Stephens.

Funeral services for Diana will be 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at the Berea First Christian Church with Dr. Ed McCurley officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in the Scaffold Cane Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Madison County Special Olympics or the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Davis & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia N. Combs

RICHMOND — Virginia N. Combs age 90 of Apache Drive, passed away Wednesday at St. Joseph Berea Hospital. Virginia was born in Berea, KY to the late Clarence and Bettie Jane Nichell. She was a member of the First Christian Church and was a retired Registered Nurse with Good Samaritan in Northern Kentucky.

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years Raymond R. Combs, one daughter Virginia Sarminto of California and one son David L. Combs of Kansas City, Missouri. Two grandchildren Kelli Lane Ramey and Kyle David Combs also survive her.

Private funeral services will be held at a later date with burial in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Ruby Faye Smyth

RICHMOND — Ruby Faye Smyth, 88, widow of John Russell Smyth, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2011 at the Marcum Wallace Hospital in Irvine. Mrs. Smyth was born in Estill County March 15, 1923 to Clint and Fannie Mys Roberts. She was retired from Carhart Mfg. Company and Westinghouse. She was a member of Westside Christian Church and Irvine Order of the Eastern Star No. 357.

Her survivors include two sons; Bill Smyth (Brenda), Monroe, OH, Michael Smyth (Jane), Richmond, KY, five brothers; Clayton Roberts (Juanita), Lexington, Lloyd Roberts (Betty), South Irvine, Donald Roberts (Nancy) South Irvine, Paul Roberts (Charlotte) South Irvine, Wayne Roberts (Susie), Lexington, sister Dora Winkle (Leighton), Irvine, four grandchildren; Sharon Bowles (Joey), Jana Frey (Brian), Jennifer Smyth, Alan Smyth (Donna), 12 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by four sisters; Ida Mae Freeman, Lois Nugent, Cora Wilson and Hazel Thomes.

Visitation will be 3-8 p.m., Sunday, July 3, 2011 at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, July 4, 2011 at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in West Irvine Memorial Gardens.

Hattie Lou Parke

RICHMOND — Hattie Lou Reeves Parke, 103, the widow of Nevel C. Parke, died Saturday morning, July 2, 2011 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Mrs. Parke was born on March 23, 1908 in Madison County, the daughter of the late William and Lillie Tipton Reeves. She was a homemaker and the oldest living member of The Union City Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son: Allen Douglas Parke (Gypsy) of Frankfort; two grandchildren: Allen Douglas Parke Jr., and Pamela Russell (David); two great-grandchildren: Andrew Russell and Jessica Russell. In addition to her parents and her husband; she was preceded in death by two brothers: George Reeves and Justice Reeves.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Bert Ray Turpin, Robert Ellis Parke, Ernest Ray Parke, Raymond Earl Parke, Harold Harris, Ronald Turpin and Donald Turpin. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Evelyn Harris, Estelle Gabbard, Loretta Howell, Lorene Cotton, the WMU of Union City Baptist Church and the staff of Morning Pointe.

Iva Myrtle Sullivan Newnam

Iva Myrtle Newnam, 92, of Frankfort and formerly of Richmond, the widow of Ottis Newnam, passed away Saturday, morning, July 2, 2011, at her home.

She was born on December 21, 1918, in Anderson County, Kentucky to Jesse Templeton and Mattie Belle Cook Sullivan. Her life work and calling was for children and she was involved in many a child’s formative years, which started with some of her siblings and her own children and grandchildren. On January 1, 1938, Myrtle married the love of her life and childhood sweetheart, Ottis Newnam. They enjoyed a happy life together until his death in 1971.

Together they loved and cared for the six children that God blessed to their union. Surviving are Martha Wiley, O. Gilbert Newman (and wife, Millie) both of Frankfort, Nancy L. Newnam, of Glasgow, and Rick G. Newnam (and wife, Kay) of Richmond. The two children that preceded her in death were Phyllis Ruth Young and her four-year-old son, Gary Lynn.

Myrtle also leaves eight grandchildren, Marvin Wiley Jr., Ruth Wiley, Denise Fraley, Marilyn Surratt (Steve), James Michael Newman, Larry Glenn Young, Kelly Newnam Chumley (David), Randy Newnam (Amanda); two step grandchildren, Donna and Robert Heid, and 10 great-grandchildren. Other survivors are her brothers, Donnie Sullivan (Elizabeth), Doug Sullivan and David Sullivan and two sisters, Elsie Franklin and Sue McGuffey.

The one thing that she loved more than her family was her relationship with her Lord Jesus Christ. She was a faithful member of every local church that she had been a part of and served most recently returning to Thornhill Baptist Church of Frankfort where she had served many years prior. She was the epitome of love for and service to all people.

In addition to her parents, her husband, and two of her children, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Lucille Newton, Isabelle Carter and Dorothy Slusher and five brothers, Jesse F., Elwood “Buddy” (whom she named), Harold “Bo”, Kenneth and Joe Sullivan, as well as two step-mothers, Helen McDaniel and Ethel Sullivan.

She was a loving homemaker, who enjoyed cooking for family and friends. Myrtle loved babysitting, after her sudden retirement as a teacher’s aid for the Franklin County Council for Retarded Children. This followed the wreck of a school van on which she was riding as an attendant. She took great pride in “her” school, which she had a great part in starting. Previously she had worked at the Frankfort State Hospital and School initially as a cook many years ago, and later as a nurse’s aid and a member of the federal Hospital Improvement Program at that facility.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 4, 2011, at LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home, with her son, Gil, officiating. Burial will follow in the family lot of the Switzer Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Marvin Wiley, Jr., Randy Newnam, James Michael Newman, Larry Young, Kyle Wiley, Michael Fraley, Brandon Pulliam, and Robert Heid. Friends will be received from 3 – 7 p.m. Sunday at LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor, 1725 Louisville Road, Frankfort, KY.

Donations in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, The Alzheimer’s Association, or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Gary Jason Newby

RICHMOND — Gary Jason Newby age 33 of Hickory Lane in Berea, passed away Thursday June 30, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. Jason was born in Madison County to Gary Mason Newby and Sheila M. McQueen. He was formerly employed by Time Warner and Battlefield Country Club, a member of the Crestview Holy Sanctuary and the Berea Masonic Lodge F&AM #617.

Jason is survived by his parents Sheila McQueen and Gary and Rebecca Newby, one daughter Cassidy Hope Newby, grandmothers Eva McQueen and Nora Chapple, two sisters Amber (David) Miles and Ginger (Tony) Miller, two brothers Joshua (Amy) Newby and Shawn (Liz) Newman, nieces and nephews Isaiah Newby, Landen Miles, Clayton O’Neal, Becca Miller, Lily Miller and Kelsey Faith Miles, three uncles Chuck McQueen, Steve McQueen and John Newby and one aunt Arlene Newby Harris and step-grandfather Bobby Chapple.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather’s Luther Newby and Albert Bradley McQueen.

Funeral services will be 11am Wednesday July 6th at Crestview Holy Sanctuary with Pastor Harold “Achee” Eads, Pastor Jamie Pate, Pastor Greg Lakes and Pastor Don Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-10 pm also at the Crestview Holy Sanctuary, with Masonic services will be at 6 pm. Pallbearers will be Joshua M. Newby, Shawn D. Newman, Harold “Achee” Eades, Jamie Pate, Britt Eades, Ricky Clontz, Jason Isaacs and James Branaman. Honorary bearers will be Bobby Jack Allen, Chriss Nicely, Clay Hamrick, Bobby Fugate and Patrick Lipps.

In Jason’s memory donations may be made to Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond and Markey Cancer Center, Lexington, Kentucky. Lakes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elsie “Charleen” Tipton

RICHMOND — Elsie “Charleen” Tipton, 89, of Richmond, the daughter of the late Nelson Edwin and Elsie Brown Kindred Kyle, went to be with her Lord, Thursday June 30, 2011, in the Kenwood House. She was a native of Lexington, Ky., an administrative assistant at EKU, a member of #438 Order of the Eastern Star, Lancaster Pike Homemakers Club and she was Choir Director and Pianist for over 50 years in various churches in Madison County. She participated in the Revival Circuit and was a playwright of children’s programs. She attended the Cincinnati Bible College and the Cincinnati Music Conservatory in the early 1940s, she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and was a member of Big Hill Christian Church.

She is survived by: two sons, Paul (Mary Ann) Tipton of Conway, Ark., and Kyle (Dorothy) Tipton of Berea, Ky.; three daughters, Deborah (Earl) Broaddus of Richmond, Ky., Elsie (Charlie) Keaton of Richmond, Ky., and Elizabeth (Wayne) Brown of Owingsville, Ky. She is also survived by: six grandchildren, Rebecca (Aaron) Jackson of Conway, Ark., Jason Tipton of Conway, Ark., Mark (Ellen) Tipton of Waco, Ky., Gary Tipton of Louisville, Ky., Justin (Melissa) Broaddus of Memphis, Tenn., and Christy Clements of Berea, Ky.; and five great-grandchildren, Blake Jackson, Luke Tipton, Callie Tipton, Isabella Tipton and Logan Tipton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Pearson and Bro. Scott Guiley officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Jason Tipton, Mark Tipton, Justin Broaddus, Gary Tipton, Aaron Jackson and Rick Hayes. Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Cornelison and Glen Cain. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. with Eastern Star services at 7 p.m. Friday July 1, 2011, at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to: the Kenwood Patient Activities Fund, 130 Meadowlark Dr., Richmond, KY 40475; or the Big Hill Christian Church Building Fund.

Norma Kidd Smith

RICHMOND — Norma Kidd Smith, 79, of Richmond, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Ms. Smith was born December 19, 1931, in Berea, Ky., the daughter of John and Rady Brewer Kidd. She was a seamstress having made many uniforms, dresses and suits, and the owner and operator of Norma’s Fashion and Fitness. Ms. Smith loved to read, work and travel. She was a marvelous cook and she loved to cook for her family. She was of the Baptist faith. Ms. Smith was a treasured mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Ms. Smith is survived by: her son, Barry Eugene Smith (Vickie) of Waco, Ky.; two daughters, Connie Hawkins (John) of Lexington, Ky., and Barbara Tate (Curtis) of Richmond, Ky.; five grandchildren, Monica Reynolds, Justin R. Tate, Colby L. Tate, Christopher M. Hawkins and Morgan E. Hawkins; two great-granddaughters, KayLee R. Tate and Callie N. Tate. She was preceded in death by: two brothers, Carl Edward Kidd and John Andrew Kidd; and her former husband, Eugene Smith.

Funeral services for Ms. Smith will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, with the Rev. Carrol DeForest officiating. Burial will follow in Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2011, at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Mike Story, Bobby Richmond, Royce Simpson, Dan DeForest, Danny Renfro and Buddy Maras.

David Lawrence Wright, Jr.

RICHMOND — David Lawrence Wright, Jr., 78, of Richmond, Ky., widower of Ruth Ann Brock Wright, died Saturday in the Compassionate Care Center. He was born September 14, 1932, in Insull, Ky., in Harlan County to the late David Lawrence and Sarah Ethel Stewart Wright. He was retired from the Crown Cork & Seal Co. in Chicago, Ill., where he worked as a machinist. Mr. Wright was an avid UK basketball fan and of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Wright is survived by: his children, Dennis Ray (Faye) Wright of Middlesboro, Ky., William (Bill) Argus Wright, Stephen Wright, Darrin Lee Wright, Kimberly (Artie Jacob) Alexander, all of Berea, Ky., Tommy Wade (Kelli) Wright of Irvine, Ky., David Glenn (Jacqueline Michelle) Wright, Jill (James F.) Millard both of Richmond, Ky., Marvina Gail (Stephen T.) Bauer of Cincinnati, Ohio., and Jackie Faye (Ben) Nunez of Brookfield, Ill.; his siblings, Mavis Michelene Miracle of Ohio, Wilma Sue Daniels of Middlesboro, Ky., and Lela Winifred Prewitt of Caryville, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren also survive. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by: three brothers, John Afton, Wayne Edwin and Jerry Clayton Wright; four sisters, Anna Kathleen Saylor, Orene Onalee Rutherford, Mary Inez Jackson and Sarah Ethel Becky Buell.

Graveside services for Mr. Wright will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Dale Cemetery in Miracle, Ky., in Bell County, with Bro. Vester Alexander officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Davis & Powell Funeral Home in Berea.

Irene Bowlin McWhorter Clark

RICHMOND — Irene Bowlin McWhorter Clark, 90, passed away Monday, June 27, 2011, in The Terrace nursing home in Berea. Mrs. Clark was born in Madison County, December 24, 1920, to Frank and Sally Agee Bowlin. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene.

Her survivors include: two sons, Marvin McWhorter (Diana) of Berea and William Russell McWhorter (Elaine) of Kingsville, Ga.; one daughter, Bertha Rampe (Paul) of Lima, Ohio; two brothers, Earl Bowlin of Dayton, Ohio, Walter Q. Bowlin of Orlando, Fla.; three sisters, Frankie Mae Jones of Richmond, Ann Stacy of Lawrenceburg and Louise Murphy of Richmond; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: her husbands, Newland McWhorter and Arthur Clark; two sons, Donald Ross McWhorter and Bobby McWhorter; and three sisters, Dorothy Whitaker, Jennie Estes and Mary Jones.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Lewis officiating. Burial will follow in Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Marvin T. McWhorter, Donnie Michael McWhorter, John Paul Rampe, Walter Jones, Ronnie Murphy and Robert Murphy. Honorary bearers will be Patrick McWhorter, Leroy Murphy and Paul Rampe.

John Harvey Vance

RICHMOND — John Harvey Vance, 76, husband of Charlotte Stephenson Vance, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011, in Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Vance was born in Sallisaw, Okla., February 4, 1935, to Irving and Mary Vance. He was of the Christian faith and was a good, genuine, one-of-a-kind person who friends and family had nicknamed “Gentle Giant.”

He was a business man, having owned and operated a car wash, a modular home park, was a construction foreman, and was referred to as “The Boss.” He was also an avid coin collector.

In addition to his wife, Charlotte, he is survived by: sons Tony Vance (Deborah), Mike Vance, Johnathan Vance (Sheila), Billy McBride, Chris Glover, Doug McAlister, Johnny Glover, Bret Miller and Kyle Vance; daughters Kim Harp (Richard), Naomi Walters, Charlotte Muniz and Allie Vance; brother, Bob Vance; sisters Royce Bobalik and Loyce Lane; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: daughters Shelia McBride and Tamara McBride.

No services are planned. Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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