Obituaries January 30, to February 6, 2012

Robert Lewis

Robert Jerry Lewis

Robert Jerry Lewis age 75, retired Berea College professor of Music for 52 years, died Wednesday Feb. 1, 2012 at his home in Berea. Robert was born in Utica New York to the late Jerry and Ada Waite Lewis.

Bob earned a Bachelors degree in Music from Ithaca College in 1957, a Masters of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Louisiana State University in 1959. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Music in 1965, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1969. He achieved the rank of Professor of Music in 1977, and was appointed to the distinguished Mary W. McGaw Professorship of Music in July, 1991.

A superb and dedicated teacher, Bob was very popular with his students and colleagues, he received the Seabury Award for Excellence in Teaching from Berea in 1972, relatively early in his career at the institution. Bob also served as Chair of the Music department from 1976-1991.

Bob is survived by his children: Brad Lewis, Jerome (Sarah) Lewis, Pamela (Rick) Thomas, Alison Hester, and Jennifer Lewis (Craig Robarge), and 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Alice Lewis.

A private family memorial service was held this weekend, with a public memorial service to come at a later date. In lieu of flowers donation in memory of Robert Lewis can be made to the Berea College Music Department C/O Dorothy Ruble CPO 2216 Berea, KY 40404. Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Pam Thomas 268 Johnson Rd. Berea, KY 40403.

Betty Jean Smith

Betty Jean Smith was born January 28, 1959 in Madison County and departed this life Tuesday, January 31, 2012 in Madison County, being 53. She was the daughter of Leona (Kerby) Alcorn of Sand Gap and of the late Lawrence Alcorn.

In addition to her mother, Betty Jean was also survived by her husband, Jerry Smith of McKee. Other survivors include a brother, Sylvester Alcorn and a sister Rebecca Alcorn both of Sand Gap. Other than her father, Betty Jean was also preceded in death by a sister, Amanda Harrison.

Betty had another family that loved her and accepted her for who she was from the time they met her. The Smith family. Her in laws: Thelma and the late Ralph Smith; Jack & Jane and Jimmie & Karen. She loved and spoiled her nieces and nephews as if they were her own.

Betty loved singing, dancing and clogging. She has touched so many lives and everyone that met her, loved her. She had that kind of personality that was hard not to like. Betty will continue living through the love we have for her in our hearts and all the memories we shared with her.

Funeral service was held 2:00 PM Friday, February 3, 2012 at the Lakes Funeral Home McKee with Bro. Wayne Carpenter officiating. Burial followed in the Smith Family Cemetery.

Noel Stephens

Noel Stephens

BEREA — Dr. Noel Stephens Jr., 83, of Berea, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in McCready Manor in Richmond. He was born in Richmond to the late Noel Stephens Sr. and Betty Coffey Stephens.

Dr. Stephens was retired from the Agriculture department at Berea College where he taught for 40 years. He ran the Berea College Farms and was advisor to the Ag Student Union. He was a member and former deacon of the Berea Baptist Church and the Baraca Sunday School Class.

Dr. Stephens was a member of the Farm House Fraternity at the University of Kentucky. He received the Bronze Star while serving in the Air Force in the Korean Conflict. He was a past president of the Berea Kiwanis Club and the Madison County 4-H Council.

He is survived by: his children, Cynthia S. Matney (Jeff) of Grundy, Va., Margaret S. Robbins (Brian) Robbins of Suwanee, Ga., Donald K. Stephens (Kay) of Jacksonville, Fla., Noel Stephens, III of Georgetown, Ky.; his grandchildren, Stephanie M. Wheawill (Matt) of Richmond, Va., Meredith Matney of Pikeville, Ky., Andrew Robbins of Suwanee, Ga; and a great grandchild, Charlie Wheawill of Richmond, Va. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Stephens.

Funeral services for Stephens will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Berea Baptist Church with the Rev. Kevin Slemp, the Rev. Jonas Hill and Marvin Farmer officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Davis & Powell Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Berea Health Ministry or Berea Baptist Church Building Fund.

Pallbearers will be Lowell McCollum, Charles Kilburn, Doug Shirley, Larry Harrison, Marvin DuBose and Don Buchannan. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Baraca Sunday School Class.

Alva Charles Harrison

Alva Charles Harrison

Alva Charles Harrison, 68, of N. Madison Avenue, Richmond, died Thursday, February 2, 2012 at his home. He was born on July 17, 1943, in Berea, Kentucky, to the late William M. and Mary Jane Lovett Harrison. He was a retired carpenter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Taulbee Harrison and three brothers, Lloyd, Herbert, and John Deland Harrison.

Mr. Harrison is survived by five sons, Alva Charles Harrison II of Richmond, Herbert Wayne Harrison of Ford, Ky., Lloyd Douglas Harrison, Christopher Clark Harrison and Larry Dean Harrison, all of Richmond; three brothers, William McKinley Harrison Jr., Gilbert Lee Harrison and Albert Harrison; four sisters, Margaret and Ruth Smallwood, Mary Helen Gregory and Martha Jane Conn.

He also leaves his grandchildren, Alva, Jr., Jonathan, Carrie, Hannah, Miriah, Christopher and Hallie, as well as one great granddaughter, Haylee. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, February 5, 2012 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, with Rev. Bill Fort officiating. Burial will follow at Pilot Knob Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Sunday.

Charlie Bowlin

Charlie B. Bowlin

Charlie B. Bowlin age 64, husband of Teresa Barnes Bowlin, died Wednesday Feb 1, 2012 in Berea. Charlie was a retired press operator for Continental Metals in Richmond and was a devoted husband and father. He was born in Madison County to the late Hiram and Pearl Rogers Bowlin, and was preceded in death by a brother Herman Bowlin Jr., and sisters Stella Pigg, Lillian Durham, Margaret Deatherage, Ellen Collins and Betty McCormick.

Charlie is survived by his children: Oscar Bowlin (Angie), Chuck Bowlin (Ellen), Danny R. Bowlin, and step son Pete Dixon, daughters; Roxanne Durham (Danny), Maggie Bowlin, Kristie Bowlin, and Halley Bowlin, and siblings John Bowlin, Ballard Bowlin, Walter Bowlin, Bill Bowlin, Lucy Poe, and Jeanette Rose and his beloved and faithful pet Princess.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 1:00 pm at Lakes Funeral Home; burial will be in the Wallaceton Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Danny Durham, Dane Durham, Rick Bowlin and Billy Richardson. Visitation will be Friday 6-9 pm at Lakes Funeral Home.

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