Obituaries October 10 to October 17, 2011 (continued)

Paul Samuel Akers

Paul Akers

Paul Akers age 69 of Dripping Springs Road of Crab Orchard passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday October 13, 2011. Paul was born in Garrard County, Kentucky to the late Oscar and Nancy Collette Akers. He was a farmer and Co-Pastor at the New Hope Holiness Church in Conway.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his siblings; Pearl Akers, Luther Akers, James Akers, Claude Akers and Martha Hopkins.

He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth Akers, one daughter Debbie (Everette) Swinney, a close dear friend Rodney (Donna) Tyree, one brother Arnold Akers, three grandchildren Jennifer (Shawn) Cain, Jason Swinney and Jordan Swinney, two great grandchildren Jeremiah and Zachary Cain and many other nieces, nephew and family members.

Funeral services will be Monday October 17, 2011 at 1 pm at Lakes Funeral Home in Berea with Bro. Harold Eads and Bro. Everette Eads officiating. Burial will follow in the Lancaster Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 6-9 pm at Lakes Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Bruce Brock, Sam Akers, Jeffrey Brashears, Brandon Brashears, Joe Harrison and Tony Brock. Honorary bearers will be Rev. Pete (Rosetta) Fields, Jack (Karen) Clontz, Cecil (Beulah) Burdette, Timmy (Susan) Akers, James (Shirley) Lamb and Bill (Chris) Wahls.

Erbie Wells

RICHMOND — Erbie Gabbard Wells, 80, widow of Glenmore Wells, passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2011, in Compassionate Care Center. Mrs. Wells was born on February 2, 1931, in Bourbon County to Harlan and Nellie Jones Gabbard. She was a former telephone operator who loved her family and enjoyed quilting.

She is survived by: her son, Steve Wells (Karen) and daughter, Glenna McCreary, both of Waco, Ky.; sister, Dorothy Cummins, of Independence, Ky.; four grandchildren, Stephanie Martin, Tyler Wells, Brandi Estep and Travis Wells; three great-grandchildren, Jordan Estep, Zachary Martin, Sammy Charles Martin; and close friend, Betsy Wiseman. Her sister, Sophie Aldridge, and two brothers, Elwood and Raymond Gabbard, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2011, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2011, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Greg Wiseman, Darrell Webb, David Kirby, Tyler Wells, Travis Wells and Charles Wylie. Honorary bearers will be Bill Gabbard, Ronnie Aldridge, Ernest Cole Aldridge, Wayne Aldridge and Jackie Cummins.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Compassionate Care Center or Pattie A. Clay Foundation Fund.

Elizabeth Rafferty

RICHMOND — Elizabeth “Betty Mildred” Rafferty, 89, of Fishers, Ind., passed away October 9, 2011. Born July 2, 1922, in Pine Grove, Ky., to the late Sam and Ann Berry, she married Jack Rafferty on January 3, 1945. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include: her sons, John (Sharon) Rafferty and Michael (Grace) Rafferty; grandchildren, Kyle and Jack Rafferty; and brother, Jack (Gertrude) Berry.

Betty graduated from the University of Kentucky and she attended Butler University, she then worked as a teacher and a librarian for Indiana Public Schools for 18 and a half years. She loved her cat “Casey.” Betty also loved reading, music, knitting, gardening, traveling and her Indianapolis Colts and her Kentucky Wildcats.

Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Oldham Roberts and Powell Funeral Home, 1110 Barnes Mill Rd., Richmond, Ky. Burial will follow the graveside service at noon Saturday, October 15, 2011, in Richmond Cemetery.

Ethel Gooch

BEREA — Ethel Marie Gooch, 75, widow of the Rev. Frank Gooch, Jr., passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2011, in Saint Joseph Hospital Berea. Mrs. Gooch was born March 1, 1936, in Estill County to Virgil and Lillie Mae Gabbard Riddell. She was a homemaker and a member of Blue Lick Holiness Church.

Her survivors include: three sons, Teddy Lee Gooch (Danelle), Michael Gooch and Namon Neal Gooch (Wanda); seven daughters, Brenda Carol Sparks (Donald), Kathy Miller (Bobby), Rebecca Ann Coffey (Harold), Sheila May Miller (Daniel), Shawnetta Poff, Lois Lynn Sanchez (Tommy) and Priscilla Hoskins (Jim); three brothers, Marion Riddell, Robert Riddell and Jody Riddell; four sisters, Connie Mills, Betty Willis, Rena Willis and Ruth Farthing; 20 grandchildren, Wanda Carol Lewis, Caitlin Gooch, Brandon Gooch, Donna Sparks, Stephanie Sparks, Shannon Sparks, Shawn Sparks, Rachel Gooch, Crystal Powell, Travis Coffey, Jordan Coffey, Stephanie Coffey, Zackery Miller, Kaycie Poff, Kendra Gooch, Kayla Gooch, Jonathan Sanchez, Latasha Sanchez, Sabrina Sanchez and Jessi Kidwell; nine great-grandchildren, Isabelle Lewis, Abagail Lewis, Felicia Anglin, Alexis Renfro, Justin Harrison, Skylar Sparks, Bailee Sparks, Natalee Davis and Tassa Powell; one great-great-grandson, Brylee Ryan Peyton Anglin. She was preceded in death by: a brother, Cecil Riddell; and a great-grandchild, Corey Anglin.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2011, at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Ross and Bro. Chris Webb officiating. Burial will follow in the Gooch Family Cemetery at Dreyfus. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Thursday at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Shannon Sparks, Shawn Sparks, Travis Coffey, Jordan Coffey, Jonathan Sanchez, Brandon Gooch and Zachary Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Potchie Powell, Gabriel Medders, Jamie Vaughn, Brian Coffey and Jimmy Settles.

James Davis

RICHMOND — James Edwin “Ed” Davis, 82, of Richmond, passed away early Wednesday, October 12, 2011, in Hospice Compassionate Care Center of Richmond. He was born September 23, 1929, at Selma, La., to the late James Wylie and Edrie Moffitt Davis. He was a retired branch manager for Brinks Incorporated and a member of the Madison Hills Christian Church.

He is survived by: his wife, Mary Evelyn Helms Davis; one daughter, Kathy Davis Marshall and husband, Paul of Richmond; three grandchildren, Angie Roberson Martin and husband, Jason, Ashley Roberson Childress and husband, Neil, and Alexandria Marshall; and three great-grandchildren, Hunter and Sydney Martin and Camden Childress.

Friends will be received from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2011, at Madison Hills Christian Church, followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. with Marty Frazer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to: Hospice Compassionate Care Center, 350 Isaacs Lane, Richmond, KY 40475; or to the Madison Hills Christian Church Building Fund.

Mary Crawley

RICHMOND — Mary Ellen Crawley, 58, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2011, in Winchester at the home of her mother. She was born on February 26, 1952, in Fayette County, to Billie Rhorer Leach and the late Warfield Crawley. She had worked in the restaurant industry and was a member of Durbin Baptist Church.

In addition to her mother, Billie, she is survived by: a daughter, Michael Lynn Stevens; two sisters, Patricia Blackburn (Clint) of Richmond and Brenda Chaney of Winchester; and one brother, Phil Crawley (Connie) of Richmond.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2011, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with the Rev. Ray Vancamp officiating. Burial will follow in Athens Boones Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Crawley, B.J. Crawley, Mark Long, Christopher Perdue, Alan Patton and Clint Blackburn.

Dwight Allen Wells

Dwight Allen Wells

Dwight Allen Wells, 86, life-long farmer and resident of Jacks Creek and Lexington Road communities of Forest Hill, White Hall, Clays Ferry, and Boonesboro, passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at the Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center.

He was a life-long member of the Mt. Pleasant Christian Church, where he served as deacon, elder, and Chairman of the Board. He was a lover of Gospel music. He was a World War II veteran of the United States Navy, serving as a signalman aboard a cargo transport in the Pacific Theater.

Mr. Wells represented the northern and eastern areas of Madison County on the School Board for over 14 years. He served Richmond and Northern Madison County as State Representative for 12 years during the administrations of three governors, Louie Nunn, Wendell Ford, and Julian Carroll. He held positions in the administrations of John Y. Brown and Martha Layne Collins. He served on the committees of State Government, Appropriations and Revenue, Education, and Chairman of the Counties and Special Districts Committee. Mr. Wells also served as Majority Whip of the Democrat Party during the administration of Governor Julian Carroll. He organized the White Hall Water District and served for years with others as volunteer commissions.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Terry Lynn Wells; sons, David Dudley Wells and Charles Snowden “Chuck” Wells; parents, Boyd Dudley and Bertha Asbill Wells; sisters, Dorothy (Wayne) Bucher, Doris (John) Patton, Opal Wells, and Hazel Wells; brothers, Douglas Wells and Daniel Wells.

He is survived by his beloved wife and companion of 63 years, Betty Pigg Wells; granddaughters, Hannah Cassandra “Cassie” Wells, Ashley Elaine Wells, and Hayley Lynn Wells; grandson, Jared Adams; great granddaughter, Kylie Lynn Davis; daughters-in-law, Annemie (Paul) Adams and Stacy (Roger) Dunsmore; brothers, Donald (Martha) Wells, Dean (Elizabeth) Wells, and Darrell (Wanda) Wells; sisters, Diana (Artie) Ross, Darlene (James) Sparks, and Darnetta (Tommy) Congleton; sister-in-law, Toots Wells; His namesake and great nephew, Dwight Carter Skipworth.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2011, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, conducted by former State Senator Joe Prather, former State Representative Bobby Richardson, and former Pastor Dr. Jerry Frasure.

Pallbearers will be Evan McCord, John McCord, Gary Sparks, Bill Ward, Rod Barclay, Tommy Jo Wells, Ted Mansfield, and Doug West. Honorary pallbearers will be four former Governors, Wendell Ford, Julian Carroll, John Y. Brown, and Martha Layne Collins, two former church pastors, Dean Brewer and Tim Jones, and current pastor, Shannon Franklin, Eugene Bowling, Bruce Maggard, Harrold Harris, James William Harris, Jep Fortney, Billy Thomas, Bob Roberts, Ronnie Rochards, Donald Ray, Glenn White, Shannon Combs, Paul Parsons, Johny Collins, Andre Boden, Stan Adams, Richard Rogers, Ardith Ross, James Sparks, Tommy Congleton, Vernon Curry, J. D. Wells, Dr. Robert Botkin, Lin McCuddy, Ronnie Richards and Donald Asbill.

Visitation will be from 3 – 9 p.m. Thursday, October 13, 2011 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mt. Pleasant Christian Church or to Hospice Care Plus.

Crate Prater

Winchester — Crate Prater, 90, father to Robert and Bessie Prater of Richmond and Gary Tuggle of Lexington.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, October 14, 2011. Visitation will be 9 a.m. at the Keith P. Clark & Son Funeral Home, 211 West Broadway, Winchester, Ky.

William H. ‘Bill’ Carter

RICHMOND — William H. “Bill” Carter, 82, husband of Roberta Applegate Carter, died Friday, October 7, 2011. Mr. Carter was born in Wallins Creek, Ky., November 15, 1928. He was retired from the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he worked for 35 years.

He also served as a sergeant in the United States Air Force. In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his brother, Charles (Dorothy) Carter, Jr.; his children, Allen (Erica) Carter, Steve (Debbie) Carter and Kathy (Jeff) Heim; his six grandchildren, Zachary Carter, Lindsay Carter, Andrew Heim, Ryan Heim, Caden Carter and Eli Carter. A graveside service will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road.

Memorial contributions may be made to Thomson Hood Veterans Center or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Rosemary Jones Bolton

RICHMOND — Rosemary Jones Bolton, 76, died October 10, 2011, in her home. She was the daughter of the late Margaret (Hazelwood) and John Baldwin Jones; granddaughter of the late Mary Rash (Baldwin) and James Handsberry Jones; and Juanita (Powell) and Harry A. Hazelwood. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Marvin R. Bolton.

Survivors include: son, Donald D. Bolton and his wife, Kathy Kennedy and their children, John, Chelsea and Christine and great-grandson, Hayden Jackman of Lexington; son, Charles L. Bolton and his wife, Loretta Wilkinson and their son, Charles D. Bolton of Erlanger; son, Jon D. Bolton; daughter, Rosemary Lowery and her son, Justin Lowery; and daughter, Melanie L. Garland and her daughter, Grace W. Garland of Richmond.

Also surviving are: aunts, Ersie Hazelwood Powell of Lexington, Mildred Hazelwood Schlenker of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Gypsie Lee Cosby Jones of Richmond; several wonderful cousins scattered everywhere; and a special little boy, Grant Wilkinson. Rosemary is mourned by her little dog, Corbin.

Upon graduation from Central High School in Richmond, Rosemary married Marvin Bolton who was in the U.S. Air Force and moved to Albuquerque, N.M., where Marvin was assigned to an atomic research and testing group. Subsequently, Rosemary accompanied Marvin to Manila Air Base, Philippines, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Olmstead AFB, Harrisburg, Pa., Hickam and Wheeler AFB, Hawaii, and finally to Texas A&M University in Bryan-College Station, Texas.

Rosemary loved to travel and living overseas enabled her to visit many other countries. The family returned to Kentucky after Marvin retired. Her work experience was diverse. While in Albuquerque, she was a typist for a U.S. Corps of Engineers survey project. In Okinawa, she kept off-base libraries stocked for U.S. Special Services. In Pennsylvania, she worked for Middletown Air Materiel Services in the Finance and Accounting Division and she, with others, tested new food products and equipment for the military. She worked for CINCPAC in Hawaii and during the buildup in Vietnam after the Gulf of Tonkin incident, shewas assigned to the CINCPACAF Director of Personnel Special Operations. After moving to Texas, she trained insurance adjusters for USDA Federal Crop Insurance Program for citrus, cotton, wheat and grain sorghum. Upon her return to Kentucky, she was a census taker in 1970 and worked for the USDA for one tobacco season. She was employed by the firm of Sword & Floyd and then for G. Murray Smith, Jr. until his death when Thomas J. Smith III assumed his civil law practice. During this time, Rosemary earned her degree in Paralegal Science at Eastern Kentucky University. After Thomas J. Smith III became County Attorney and then Commonwealth’s Attorney, and David W. Smith was an assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Rosemary worked in their offices until retirement.

Outside her “day” jobs, Rosemary managed the tobacco crop while Marvin worked the cattle side of their farm; she was records clerk for the Richmond Cemetery Company for 13 years; records clerk for the Brandenburgh Mineral Company for over 30 years; treasurer for the Madison County Extension District for 23 years; and was a self-employed income tax preparer for 38 years.

Rosemary enjoyed art in its many forms and was an accomplished needlewoman and craftsperson, and liked to play games of all kinds. At various times, she was a Brownie leader, a Cub Scout Den Mother, a bowler, a girls’ team softball coach, a leader who served many capacities in 4-H, and an active member of the Kit Carson Homemaker Club and the Baldwin Ruritan Club. She was a member of red hat Societies in Lexington and Richmond. She loved her family and friends, especially the members of a special group, the W.U.

A public visitation will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home. Private graveside services will be conducted at a later date with interment in Richmond Cemetery.

Mattie Wilds Miller

RICHMOND — Mattie Wilds Miller, 93, wife of the late Harvey Raymond Miller, died Monday Oct. 10, 2011, in Berea Health Care Center.

Mattie was born in Jackson County, Ky., to the late Henry Owen Wilds and Georgia Mae Abrams Wilds. Mattie was a homemaker and had been a housekeeper; she loved to cook for her family and friends and there was always something to eat on her table.

Mattie was preceded in death by: her two sons, Everett Wilds and Owen Miller; and her siblings, Henry, Charlie, Arthur, Billy and David Wilds, Magdaline Bowman, Kizzie Isaacs, Frances Worley and Evie England; and son-in-law, Noah Hensley and Delbert Neeley.

Mattie is survived by: her children, Anita LasCelles (Ken), Ann Hensley, Oscar Miller (Lucy), Mary Neeley, Arthur Miller (Wanda), Jerry Miller, Betty Miller (James Lowrey) and Donald Miller; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Lakes Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Harding officiating. Burial will be in Wilds Cemetery at Cave Springs in Jackson County. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lakes Funeral Home.

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