Obituaries August 29 to September 5, 2011 (continued)

Vard J. Taylor

Vard J. “June” Taylor

RICHMOND — Vard J. “June” Taylor, 90, of Cynthiana, died Saturday, August 27, 2011, in the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lexington.

Born in Madison County, March 16, 1921, to the late, Jerry Vard and Hallie Perkins Taylor, he was a retired Eaton employee, a member of Cynthiana Christian Church and the Cynthiana Elk’s Lodge #438. Mr. Taylor was a World War II United States Army veteran.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by: his wife, Marjorie Hixon Taylor; a son, Michael Craig Taylor; a daughter, Shannon Taylor Murphy; two brothers, Ralph Taylor and James Taylor; and two sisters, Eula Taylor Cobb and Virginia Taylor Benton.

He is survived by: his daughter-in-law, Veronica Smiley Taylor, Cynthiana; four grandchildren, Joshua Aaron Taylor, Lexington, Andrew Michael (Abbey) Taylor, California, Matthew Cullen (Whitney) Taylor, Florida and Lisa Murphy, Florida; and a great grandson, Thomas Horton.

Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ware Funeral Home by Pastor Eddie Benton. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pythian Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Veterans Administration Medical Center, 1101 Veterans Drive, Lexington, Kentucky 40502.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Aaron Taylor, Andrew Michael Taylor, Matthew Cullen Taylor, Eddie Benton, Kenny Benton and Charles Benton.

Dot Whitaker

RICHMOND — Dorothy Jean “Dot” Whitaker, 83, of Parke Drive, Richmond, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2011, in the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

She was born October 11, 1927, in Somerset, Ky., to Rufus Deuel “R.D.” and Daisy Maule White, both of whom preceded her in death. Dot had worked as the payroll supervisor for Begley/ Concord Custom Dry Cleaners.

She was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Richmond, where she had served as Deacon, Board Member and a member of the Disciples Women’s Ministry Group 6. She was active with the First Christian Church quilting group, the Altrusa Club and various Bridge Clubs. Dot was also an active member of the OES, Order of the Eastern Star Lodge # 438 of Richmond.

Dot is survived by: her loving husband, Henderson Whitaker Jr.; one daughter, Patricia Smith and husband, Stephen of St. Louis; one granddaughter, Stephanie Byrd and husband, Michael of St. Louis; and a brother, Lawrence White and wife, Loretta of Lexington; and many nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by: her sister, Leonora Whicker.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, September 2, 2011, at First Christian Church, with Dr. Betsy Goehrig officiating. Burial will follow in Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, with the Eastern Star service at 7:30 p.m. which all are invited to attend.

Pallbearers will be Stephen Smith, Michael Byrd, Larry White, Dean Whitaker, Jr., H. D. Whitaker, Jr. and Dale Carrier. Members of the Turley Bible Class will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory are suggested to: the First Christian Church Building Fund; or the American Cancer Society. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lon Saylor

BEREA — Lon Reginald Saylor, 77, of Mt. View Drive, in Berea died Wednesday in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, Ky. Mr. Saylor was retired boiler inspector from the state of Kentucky and a retiree of the U.S. Navy having served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. He was also a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He was born to the late Carlo B. and Lillie Belle Winstead Saylor in Rockcastle County, Ky.

Mr. Saylor is survived by: his wife, Carlie “Libby” Saylor of Berea, Ky.; his children, John (Annette) Saylor of Taylor Mill, Ky., and Sabrina Saylor (Frederick) Morehead of Independence, Ky.; his siblings, Max Saylor of California, Mary (Bill) Wright of Illinois, Tony (Claudia) Saylor of Somerset, Ky.., and Linda Saylor of Arkansas. Also surviving are five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at noon at Davis & Powell Funeral Home with the Rev. J. Randolph Osborne officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time.

Charles Drake

Waco — Charles Drake, 79, of New Irvine Road in Waco, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2011, in the Compassionate Care Center after a long illness. He was born July 10, 1932, in Hazard, Ky., and was the son of the late Greely and Della Fraley Drake. He was a retired employee of Mosler Safe Company and was a United States Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by: two daughters, Christina Yoo of Wellington, Ohio and Julie Wehby of Waco; his girlfriend, Lina Walker of Lexington; two stepchildren, Patsy Foister of Trenton, Ohio and Terry Walker of Trenton, Ohio; four sisters, Juanita, Emma Lou, Joyce and Irene; two brothers, Robert and Ed; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: two sisters, Christine and Josephine; and one brother, Otto.

Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, September 3, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Warren F. Toler Funeral Home.

James Edward Baechtold

RICHMOND — James Edward Baechtold, 83, former EKU star basketball player and coach, NBA first-round draft choice, and retired EKU professor, died Monday, August 29, 2011. Jim Baechtold was one of five children born to an Irish mother, Emma Keenan Baechtold, and Walter Baechtold, their Swiss-German father. Growing up in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, with two older brothers and a raft of cousins from the Keenan clan living nearby, Jim could always find players and competition for football, basketball, or any other game. The memory of those summer days and his love of games and competition endured for a lifetime.

Jim played basketball, baseball, and football at Moon High. By his senior year, he had lettered in three sports, but his dream was to play basketball at a major college. World War II was over in 1945, and veterans were returning to college, dominating many college athletic teams. A skinny kid barely 6 feet, 1 inch tall had little chance of winning a basketball scholarship, so in 1946, on the advice of Chuck Davies, Duquesnes basketball coach, Jim joined the army.

On detached service in Japan with the First Cavalry Division, Jim played ball, “everything that rolls or bounces,” with U.S. occupational forces. By the time of his discharge, he was a 6-foot 4-inch tall, 215 pound athlete. He accepted a scholarship to play football and basketball at the University of Alabama, but on the way to Tuscaloosa he stopped to visit friends in Richmond, Kentucky. He remained at Eastern for the next four years on a basketball scholarship offered by legendary coach Paul McBrayer.

By his college graduation, Jim had received many honors, including All-America honorable mention by United Press International. Coach McBrayer made sure his star player did not go unnoticed by professional scouts. In the 1952 NBA draft, Jim was the Baltimore Bullets first-round draft choice, and the second player selected by any team in the draft.

In his first NBA season, Jim played in 64 games, including a game in Boston Garden where his 30 points helped the Bullets beat the New York Knicks in a doubleheader. By the next year, Jim was playing for Coach Joe Lapchick in New York. His dream of playing in Madison Square Garden had come true.

Jump shots had not replaced set shots in the 1950s, so to New York fans, Jims jump shot was an exciting novelty. Veteran broadcaster Marv Albert, who was 13 at the time, was president of the Jim Baechtold Fan Club and published The Baechtold Bulletin every month. In his book “Id Love to, But I Have a Game”, Albert says, “Jim Baechtold was a very underrated player. He owned one of the first really classy jump shots.”

When a knee injury and subsequent surgery forced him to retire from pro basketball in 1957, Jim returned to Eastern, where he became Coach McBrayers assistant. Five years later, McBrayer resigned, and Jim was named Easterns head coach.

Several significant “firsts” occurred during the years Jim served as head coach. For the first time, African Americans began playing on Easterns basketball teams. For the first time, opposing coaches were shocked to encounter an occasional 3-2 or matching zone defense, replacing Easterns traditional man-to-man defense. And, in the first game played in Alumni Coliseum, Jim coached Eastern to a 78-65 victory over Louisville.

Jim never lost his love of games and recreation. In the summers of his NBA years, he was in Graduate School at Indiana University, where he earned a Masters degree in recreation. After his coaching career was over, he taught in EKUs Recreation and Parks Department until he retired.

In 2006, Jim became a member of the Founders Class of the Eastern Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame, and more recently, he was named to EKUs All-Century Basketball Team. He is also a member of the Legends, retired NBA players.

Family and friends will remember Jims competitive spirit, his fierce determination, German pride, and his courage during the two and a half years he lived with multiple myeloma, a disease that has no known cause or cure.

But they will also remember his mischievous sense of humor and his quick Irish wit. Even in the hospital, feverish and somewhat incoherent, he managed to get off a one-liner. A young nurses aide, pencil and notebook in hand, began to question him.

“May I have your name?” she said. “No, I want to keep it,” Jim said, much to the embarrassment of the young woman, who thought he was serious.

Despite his awards and his stellar career as a player and a coach, Jims family was always uppermost in his heart. He was devoted to Shirley, his wife of 57 years. He was the proud father of two sons: Jim, a Richmond attorney, and Dan, a city planner in Asheville, N.C. His two daughters by marriage, for whom he had deep affection, are: Lisette, a Richmond dentist, and Angie, an Asheville pediatric dentist. In his final years, he cherished his role of Papa to his beloved grandchildren: Ethan, Lindsay, and Anna Kate.

He remained close to his Moon Township relatives: his brother Bernard, and his sisters, Mary Agnes Tesla and Lois Kornaus. Another brother, Ray, died in 1988.

Visitation will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 1, 2011, at Oldham, Roberts, and Powell Funeral Home on Barnes Mill Road in Richmond. A memorial service will be conducted Friday, 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Richmond, where Jim once served as Deacon, Elder, and Sunday School Superintendent.

His family wishes to express our profound thanks and deep appreciation to Hospice and the dedicated staff and volunteers at the Compassionate Care Center, 350 Isaacs Lane, Richmond, KY 40475.

Millard Tipton

Millard Lee “Tip” Tipton

Millard Lee “Tip” Tipton, 70, of Harrisburg, NC, formerly of Richmond, went to be with the Lord on Monday morning, August 29, 2011, at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC.

Mr. Tipton was born on January 26, 1941 in Madison County to the late Raymond and Laura King Tipton. He was employed at IBM and went on to retire from Lexmark. In addition to serving in the United States Navy, he was also an avid golfer and fisherman. He cherished the relationships he shared with his family. They were his life. He was an active member of the University Hill Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC.

Survivors include: his wife: Donna Long Tipton; his step son: Richard Moody and wife Elysa of Berea; his step daughter: Tamara Zgoda and husband Mike of Harrisburg, NC; two brothers: Kenneth Tipton and David Tipton (Sandy); two sisters: Vickie Scarborough (Leland) and Marie Gilliam (Bobby); five grandchildren: Stacey Lee Fischer (Ryan), Mason Paige Zgoda, Michael Andrew Zgoda, Jr., Lauren Amy Moody and Austin Nathan Moody; two great-grandchildren: Autumn and Olivia Fischer and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Friday with his nephew, Rev. Greg Horn and Rev. Donovan Burton officiating. Burial will follow in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be 5 – 9 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Lee Scarborough, Charles Dixon, Frank Williams, Jesse King, Ben Tipton, Blake Long, Darrin Horn and Mike Horn. Honorary Pallbearers will be Donald King, Jackie Richardson, Ricky Catlett, David Waitts and Wayne Whittaker.

Nancy Tester

Bowling Green — Nancy Louise Freemna Tester, 70, of Bowling Green, Ky., died at 8:33 a.m. Monday, August 29, 2011, in Greenview Hospital. Nancy was born December 2, 1940, the daughter of the late Sutton and Florence Moore Freeman. She was a retired factory worker who attended Calvary Baptist Church in Bowling Green. Nancy loved her church, her cats and especially her family.

Survivors include: two sisters, Pat Burch of Booneville, Ky., and Janice Rhorer and husband Jim of Bowling Green, Ky.; a special sister-in-law, Mona McIntosh and husband Jack of Richmond, Ky.; one nephew, James Rhorer and wife Emily of Bowling Green; thre nieces, Michelle Angel and husband Gary of Beattyville, Ky., Ashley Terry and husband Adam of Lexington, and Wendy Brock of Richmond; two great-nephews, Adam Angel and Sutton Rhorer; and one great-niece, Eleanor Rhorer. She was preceded in death by: her parents; and late husband, Donald Tester.

There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, KY.

Servivces are under the direction of J.C. Kirby & Son, Lovers Lane Chapel, 820 Lovers Lane, Bowling Green, KY 42103. Expressions of sympathy may be made to: Calvary Baptist Church 20/20 Vision Fund, 3011 Elrod Road, Bowling Green, KY 42104.

Lucretia Riley

Nicholasville — Lucretia Joiner Riley, 89, of Nicholasville, formerly of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2011, in Saint Joseph Hospital Jessamine. She was born November 6, 1921, in Orlando, Fla., to Asa and Mattie Reaves Joiner. She was a homemaker and later in life enjoyed volunteering at the Senior Citizen’s Center in Jessamine County.

Survivors include: three sons, Jarrell E. Riley of San Antonio, Fla., Ronald C. Varnadoe of Hillsborough, N.C., and Robert E. Varnadoe of Dade City, Fla.; two daughters, Julie D. Riley of Nicholasville, Ky., and Catherine E. Boone of Mineola, Fla.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Riley is preceded in death by: her husband, Charles C. Riley; and one son, Thomas W. Varnadoe.

There will be no services for Mrs. Riley. Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home of Richmond is in charge of arrangements

Betty Lee Evans Morrison

Betty Lee Evans Morrison, 72, went home to be with her lord and savior on Sunday evening, August 28, 2011.
She was born on September 6, 1938, in Jessamine County, the daughter of the late Non and Viola Martin Evans. She was the widow of Woodrow Jackson Morrison, Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy, whom she married in June of 1957. She was a devoted mother and navy wife, helping her husband as he served his country in the U.S. Navy and later in the Job Corps program. She attended the church her son pastored in Fort Knox, the Guston Baptist Church.

Survivors include: one son: Woodrow J. Morrison, Richmond; one daughter: Regenia Roethler of Natural Bridge, VA.; three brothers: Non Evans Jr., Reuben Evans and David Evans; one sister: Sylvia Garrett; two grandsons: Josiah and Jeremiah Morrison. In addition to her parents and husband; she was preceded in death by a daughter: Carol Yvonne Morrison and a sister: Lorraine Waters.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at the Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2101 Dreyfus Road. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Memorial Park in Lexington. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. until the time of service on Wednesday at the church.

Pallbearers will be: Josiah Morrison, Jeremiah Morrison, Luke Poynter, Ethan Jones, Chris Howard and Jedidiah Hetrick.

Catherine Singleton

Catherine Singleton age 93, widow of Clarence E. Singleton, died Tuesday Aug. 23, 2011 in Richmond. Catherine was born in Lincoln County to the late Peter F. Miracle and Verna Hendrickson Miracle. Catherine moved to Cincinnati Ohio for work and moved back to Berea Kentucky in 1977, when she became a member of the Crestview Holy Sanctuary. Catherine was preceded in death by her husband Clarence, her daughter Angela Quillen, her niece Lisa Hensley, and her siblings Luella Jones, Hazel Graham, Henry (Delores) Miracle, William Hensley and nephew Tony Jones.

Catherine is survived by her daughter Debbie (Paul) Saylor of Berea, her brother Jim (Carroll) Hensley, 2 grandchildren Tiffany (Jason) Ingram, and Megan Saylor, great-grandchildren Tristin Ingram, and Lukas Ingram, and nieces and nephews Verna Miracle (David) Witusik, Gillis Miracle, Wayne Miracle, David Hensley, Denise Walsh, Jeff Hensley, Mike Hensley, Pat Hensley, David Miracle, and Anita Miracle.

Funeral services will be Friday Aug. 26, 2011 at 11 am at the Crestview Holy Sanctuary with Bro. Harold Eads and Bro. Bradley Lipps officiating, burial will be in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday after 6 pm at the church, Lakes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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