Obituaries January 27 – February 3, 2013

Lloyd Wayne Ballinger
Lloyd Wayne Ballinger

Lloyd Ballinger

Lloyd “Wayne” Ballinger 69 of Mt. Vernon passed away Tuesday January 29, 2013 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. Wayne was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky to the late John and Annas Ballinger.

He was retired from Lexmark Inc. in Lexington and was a woodworker in a shop he owned with his wife in Renfro Valley. He was also a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by six siblings Russell, Alfred, Tony, Minnie, Rilda and Tabitha.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis Ballinger, one son Timothy Ballinger, one daughter and her husband Regina Leach and Jason, one step-son Steve Farmer and one brother Johnny Ballinger and his wife Rita. He is also survived by his dogs that he loved very much Shadow, Peanut and Sammy.

Funeral services will be 1pm Saturday Feb. 2, 2013 at Lakes Funeral Home with Bro. Eugene Gentry officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6-9 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Rockcastle County Humane Society or the Sand Springs Baptist Church.

Lohris Neal Jr.

Lohris Neal Jr., 75, passed away on February 2, 2013 at his home. Mr. Neal was born on February 23, 1937 in Irvine, Kentucky and was the son of Lohris Neal, Sr., and Sally Crowe Neal, both of whom preceded him in death.

He was a self-employed building contractor and attended Rosemont Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include: two sons, David Neal and Stewart Neal (Tina), both of Richmond; two step-sons, Carl Covey (Gloria), of Georgetown, and Gary McIntosh (Paula), of Richmond; nine grandchildren, Lyndsey Neal, Destiny Neal, Joey Estes, Joshua Neal, Heather Fricke, Tyler McIntosh, Justin McIntosh, Beau Covey, and Nicki Covey; and two great-grandchildren, Brianna Covey and Colin Covey.

A memorial service for Lohris Neal, Jr., will be conducted at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at Oldham, Roberts & Powell.

Raymond Sai

Raymond Sai age 88, father of Flora Washburn, died Wednesday in Richmond. Raymond was a US Navy veteran having served in WW II and Korea. He was a retired meat cutter and had been living at Arcadian Cove in Richmond.

Raymond is survived by his daughters Flora (Steve) Washburn of Richmond, and Joann (Dave) Floriani of California, his grandchildren; Nichole Smith of Lexington, Laurie Canevaro of Nicholasville, and Sai Washburn of Los Angeles California, and great-grandchildren Gage Washburn, Connor Kilgore, Keenlyn Kilgore and Caidan Kilgore.

Funeral services will be held at a later date at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in California. Lakes Funeral Home handled local arrangements.

Thursie Ellen Carpenter
Thursie Ellen Carpenter

Thursie Ellen Carpenter

Thursie Ellen Carpenter, 76 of Fall Lick Road in Lancaster, passed away, Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Christian Care Center in Lancaster, Ky. She was born Saturday, February 15, 1936 in Garrard County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of the late Luther and Cordie Marlow Brooks.

She worked at Cowdens and the National Casket Factory, enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, cooking, and was a member at the Church of God.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Willie Carpenter, brothers; Charlie Brooks, James “Buddy” Brooks, William Brooks, sisters; Loretta Chasteen, Mary Thacker, Lillie Mae Thomas, and Ada Thacker.

Survivors include her son; Mike Carpenter (Tammy) of Lancaster, Ky, daughters; Sharon Day (Wayne) of Lancaster, Ky, Connie Bolton of Lancaster, Ky, sisters; Gladys Laws of Richmond, Ky, Catherine Pingleton of Lancaster, Ky, 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Services will be 1pm, Monday, February 4, 2013 at Ramsey Funeral Home with Pastor B.J. Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Lancaster Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-9pm, Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Cody Carpenter, Casey Carpenter, Ashley Cornelius, Tobby Cornelius, Derrick Moberly, and Kevin Cross. Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Moberly, Angie Fox, Shakeila Moberly, Chase Fox, and Liamari Fox.

Bruce H. Wright
Bruce H. Wright

Bruce H. Wright

Bruce H. Wright was born February 2, 1942 in Jackson County and departed this life January 31, 2013 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, being 70 years of age. He was the son of the late Herman & Helen Elizabeth (Wilson) Wright.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Ethel (Ward) Wright of Tyner and by three children, Daniel Wright and his wife Christy of Tyner, Nan Shepherd and her husband Dwayne of Richmond and James Bruce Wright and his wife Colleen of Tyner. He is also survived by 2 brothers, Russell Wright and his wife Jeannie of Tyner and Lynn Wright and his wife Betty of Cincinnati, OH. Bruce was blessed with 5 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Bruce was also preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Wright.

Bruce was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Funeral service was held 1:00 PM Monday, February 4, 2013 at the Lakes Funeral Home Mckee with Bro. Gary Farmer and Bro. Eddy Judd officiating. Burial followed in the Flannery Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Terry, Mike, Scotty, Brian & Mitchell Wright, Jeff & Travis Bingham and Tony Callahan.

Harold Jones
Harold Jones

Harold Jones

Harold Jones was born June 12, 1957 in Jackson County and departed this life Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, being 55 years of age. He was the son of Lillian (Harrison) Jones of Sand Gap and of the late Steve Jones.

Harold is survived by his wife Eva (Wasson) Jones of Sand Gap and by 4 children Thomas Jones & Stephen Jones both of Sand Gap, Harold Robert (Robbie) Jones of Berea and Elizabeth Jackson of Missouri. He is also survived by 6 siblings, Tee Jones, Chester Jones & Kenny Harrison all of Sand Gap, Lola Kerby, Velva Turner & Sharon Fox all of McKee. Harold was blessed with 12 grandchildren.

In addition to his father, Harold was also preceded in death by his sister, Emma Jean Sweeney.

He was of the Holiness Faith.

Funeral services were held 2:00 PM Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Lakes Funeral Home McKee with Bro. Earl Powell and Bro. Dwight Jackson officiating. Burial followed in the Harrison Cemetery.

Berenice Robbins
Berenice Robbins

Berenice Estridge Robbins

BEREA — Berenice Estridge Robbins was born the daughter of William Bidge and Alza Hayes Estridge on June 10, 1916, in Berea, Kentucky.

Berenice attended Knapp Hall elementary school, Berea High School and then graduated from Berea College in 1938. She married Dr. Ballard Robbins and had one son, William Breckenridge Robbins, who lives in Westlake, Ohio.

She was a member of the Berea Baptist Church and was a Kentucky Colonel. She was very active in church activities in her early years. Berenice was a life-long homemaker who had many interests and loved to travel. She retired from many social clubs, including the Younger Women’s Club, which she helped to start in the 1940s, the Progress Club, Lioness Club, Rotary Club and others. She served as president and board member for many of these.

She was a world traveler, visiting more than 20 countries with France and Germany as her favorites. She took many trips within the United States and visited all the states. She was interested in flowers, and always had many different ones around the house. Berenice liked to walk and went to the college track daily to keep fit until her mid 80s.

She worked on many charity programs during her life and was chairman of American Heart Association, American Cancer Society in the 1950s and 1960s. She was a sports fan and followed the games of her son, Breck, in baseball. She was a UK basketball fan and attended their games when her husband was alive.

Other than her son, Breck, she is survived by a niece, Donna Campbell of Danville, and two nephews, Doug Estridge of Mt. Vernon and Glenn Estridge of Clarksburg, Maryland.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a younger brother, Gilbert Estridge.

Funeral services for Mrs. Robbins will be 2:30 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2013, at Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Slemp officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday until the hour of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Salvation Army.

Jimmy Roark
Jimmy Roark

James Roark

RICHMOND — James “Jimmy” Roark, 70, husband of 51 years to Viola Ball Roark, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013, in the St. Joseph East Hospital of Lexington, Ky. He was born April 12, 1942, in Madison County, Ky., the son of Ed and Helen Moberly Roark.

Jimmy was a loving, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

A friend to all he knew, Jimmy had the rare quality of being able to strike-up a conversation with anybody. He owned and operated Roark’s Body Shop for over 40 years. He spent many of hour in his shop working hard and fellowshipping with racing friends. Jimmy was a very talented tradesman, it has been said, “He could start a car with a paperclip.”

In addition to his wife and father, Jimmy is survived by: son Troy Roark; daughter Lisa Lamb (John); sister Teresa Johnson (Paul); brother Keith Roark (Karen Kelley); four grandchildren, Adam Lamb, Jami Bray, Brooke Sydow and Tara Beth Roark; 12 great-grandchildren, Brayden Lamb, Hadliegh Lamb, Lucas Lamb, Gavin Bray, Skylar Sydow, Jaxon Sydow, Jasmine Collins, Brittany Collins, Donna Collins, Ayliana Nunez, Annalysa Nunez, Taven Collins; sisters-in-law Ann Westbrook, Peggy Centers and Colleen Ball; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Monday, February 4, 2013, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Flatwoods Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, February 3, 2013, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Newell, Adam Lamb, William Collins, Tony Abney, Joe David Turner, Ricky Centers, Joe Sydow and Jason Goldey. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Fritz, Greg Flinchem, James David Turner, Thomas Turner, Wayne Newell, Edward Vaughn, Ken Walker, Ryan Jones, and Byron French.

Anna Winkler French
Anna Winkler French

Anna Winkler French

RICHMOND — Anna Winkler French, 87, widow of James French, died early Friday, February 1, 2013, in the Central Baptist Hospital of Lexington, KY. Mrs. French was born November 21, 1925, the daughter of the late Alfred and Martha French Winkler, in Estill County, Ky.

She was a member of Speedwell Christian Church. Mrs. French loved bowling in the Women’s Bowling League, in which she participated many years. She bowled competitively for both the Early Birds and the Galaxy Girls.

Mrs. French is survived by: two sons, Ronnie French and Danny French, both of Richmond; one daughter, Velma Cruse (Fletcher), Berea; two brothers, Alfred Winkler, Liberty, Ind., and Jennings Winkler, Brownsville, Ind.; two sisters, Ruth Bogie, Franklin, Ohio, and Margaret Richardson, Miamisburg, Ohio; six grandchildren, Brian Cruse, Eric Cruse (Barb), Shella Cobb (Chris), Travis French (Christy), Brandon French (Tabitha) and Annjanette Matthews (Randall); seven great-grandchildren, Caleb, Forde, Kinsey, Rachael, Dakota, Laura Mae and Nicholas; and four step-great-grandchildren: John, Cara, Morgan, and Tabin, Randall Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Monday, February 4, 2013, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Dennis Pasley and Bro. Maurice Dula officiating. Burial will follow in Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, February 3, 2013, at the funeral home.

Mrs. French’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be John Maupin, Jimmy Chrisman, Larry Chrisman, Bob Berryman, and John Kay.

John Ballinger
John Ballinger

John Ballinger

BEREA — John “Johann” Ballinger, 86, of Berea, Ky., passed away January 31, 2013, at home surrounded by his loved ones. John was born in the Wildie section of Rockcastle County, Kentucky, to the late John and Annas Ballinger.

He is a World War II veteran, having served in the United States Marine Corp and retired from the United States Army in 1966.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: four brothers, Russell Ballinger, William “Tony” Ballinger, Alfred “Al” Ballinger, Lloyd “Wayne” Ballinger; and three sisters Tabitha Ballinger, Rilda “Francis” Baker, Beatrice “Minnie” Huff.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 58 years, Rita Klubertanze Ballinger; his special niece and nephew Anita Baker and Jack Baker; loving great-niece and nephew Kimberly Baker Shaffer and Bryan Anthony Baker; his three special great-great-nephews, Jason “Blake” Harold, Charles “Josh” Baker and little Matthew “ Matt Rat” Baker. He is also survived by his special care givers, Carrie Lynn Baker, David Shaffer, Emily Clark, Rita Baker Singleton; and special friend Regina King. Many other nieces and nephews, from Kentucky, Illinois, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Ohio to Germany, also survive.

He loved his family, the United States and the United States Army. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday February 4, 2013, at Lakes Funeral Home with Rev. Jonas Hill officiating. Burial will full military honors will follow in Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Care Center or St. Clare Building Fund.

Michael Ray Lipps
Michael Ray Lipps

Michael Ray Lipps

BEREA — Michael Ray Lipps, age 61, husband of Kathy Lipps, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in his Berea home. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, William and Zudia Elam Lipps.

Michael was retired from Square D Company and a member of the Crestview Holy Sanctuary in Berea.

Michael is survived by: his wife, Kathy Tucker Lipps of Berea, and their children, Chris (Christine) Lipps of Corbin, Patrick Lipps of Berea, and Jordan Lipps of Berea; a grandson, Larry Lipps; and sisters Janice (Greg) Blevins, Judy (Paul) Blanton, Margie (Bill) Sandusky, Lucy (Gaines) Cummins; his stepmother, June Lipps; stepsisters Marietta (Jerry) Maggard, Pamela (Bill) McCoy and Darlene (Gene) Wooten; brother-in-law John (Lee) Tucker; sister-in-law Angela Tucker; and two special nieces, Isabella and Sophia Tucker.

Funeral services for Michael will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Crestview Holy Sanctuary with Bro. Harold Eads and Bro. Achee Eads officiating. Burial will be in the Robinson Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday after 5 p.m. at Crestview Holy Sanctuary.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Sandusky, Trenton (Jeannie) Clontz, Kenny Sandusky, Jarrod (Paula) Taylor, Aaron Blanton, Tim (Jennifer) Alexander and Jason (Ashley) Neil. Honorary pallbearers will be Wendell Farmer, George Bishop, Don Chappell, Tony Wilson, Tony Shouse, William Thomas, Billy Seals, Lamont Cornelison, Gordon Eads, Roger Parrett, Terry Harris, Jimmy Lamb and Mike Elliott.

Lakes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

James William Harris

RICHMOND — Mr. James William Harris, 89, of Richmond, formerly of Union City, passed away Tuesday evening, January 29, 2013, in the Compassionate Care Center. Mr. Harris was born on June 29, 1923, in Madison County, the son of the late Haden and Iva Dozier Harris.

He was a retired farmer and a retired rural mail carrier. Mr. Harris was a United States Navy Veteran of World War II. He was a Master Mason for over 50 years, being a member first at the J.D. Hamilton Lodge and later the Richmond Lodge No. 25. He was a charter member of the Union City Ruritan Club.

He was a member of the Union City Christian Church where he had served as deacon and elder. He had taught Sunday school there for 30 years. That class is now known as the J.W. Harris Sunday School Class.

Mr. Harris is survived by: his wife of 65 years, Anita Pearson Harris; two daughters, Avonda Le Noe (Robert L.) of Lancaster and Sue Ellen Breeding (William G.) of Monticello; one son, James Gene Harris (Kathy D.) of Christiansburg, Va.; one brother, Harold Harris (Evelyn); two sisters, Jean Fortney (Jep) and Sue Ann Long; eight grandchildren, Nancy Noe, Bill Noe, Tommy Noe (Tara), Mary Garnett Zollner (Chris), William Harris Breeding, Matthew Harris, Andrew Harris and Isaiah Strickler; three great-grandchildren, Micah Noe, Morgan Noe and Mason Zollner; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Harris will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Union City Christian Church, 2473 Union City Road, with Bro. R. Chip Denief officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Church.

Pallbearers will be: Bill Noe, Tommy Noe, Chris Zollner, William H. Breeding, Matthew Harris, Andrew Harris, Wm. Haden Harris and Wayne Long. Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of the J.W. Harris Sunday School Class.

Donations can be made in memory of Mr. Harris to the Union City Christian Church Building Fund, or to the Hospice Compassionate Care Center.

The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Annie Sharon Johnson
Annie Sharon Johnson

Annie Sharon Johnson

Annie Sharon Johnson age 69, daughter of the late William and Annie Ellen Dees Parson, died Wednesday at her daughter’s home in Richmond. Sharon was a homemaker and member of the Narrow Way Church of God.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Clyde Parson and infant sister Sylvia Frances Parson.

Sharon is survived by her children: Chris Johnson, Tonya Gaines, Tracie Schultz, Brian Johnson, Sherry Conley, and Rita Fleming, her siblings: Melvin Parson, Linda van Horn, Debbie Benson, Sandy Causey, Tammy Tedrick, Velma Jones, Drew Rose, and her 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday Feb. 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm at the Berea Evangelistic Church with Bro. Jeff Osborne and Bro. Johnny Gross officiating. Burial will be in the Morrill Cemetery at Big Hill. Visitation will be Friday from 6-9 pm at the Church.

Pallbearers will be grandsons; Joshua Gaines, Andrew Gaines, Jacob Overbay, Austin Overbay, and Cody Conley.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice Care Plus. Lakes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Marie Pearson

Berea — Marie Pearson, 79, passed away Monday January 28, 2013, in Louisville. Marie was born in Berea, Ky., on January 20, 1934.

She was a homemaker who devoted her love and attention to her children and family.

Her daughter, Brenda Sue Pearson, precedes her in death.

Left to carry on her memory are: her sons, Carl L. and David W. Pearson; granddaughter, Amy Lou Hensley; grandson, Mitchell Pearson; two sisters, Irene McGlaughlin and Dora Mae Richardson; and two brothers, Delmar and Rony Anglin.

Her funeral service will be noon Thursday at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Ky. Interment at Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time Thursday.

Donald Farris Hall

RICHMOND — Donald Farris “Buddy” Hall, 77, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2013, in the Compassionate Care Center. He was born in Madison County on December 13, 1935, to the late John Farris and Anna Mae Trower Hall.

He was a self employed painter and attended the First Church of the Nazarene.

Buddy is survived by: one son, Tony Hall; one daughter, Donna Hall Vargas (Lamberto); one sister, Phyllis Weston (G.M.); his sister-in-law, Patricia Bush; four grandchildren, Erik Vargas (Lisa), Toni Lee Vargas Gaines (Dee), Nikki Lawson, Bobbi Jo Hall; four great-grandchildren, Lukas Vargas, Logan Vargas, Keira Hopkins and Abby Hopkins.

He was preceded in death by one son, Michael Lee Hall.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Chaplain James Demaray officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Eddie Dean Henderson, Rusty Day, Jamie Lynn Roden, Steve Cecil, Rene Vargas and Colby Arnold.

Rose Marie Griffin Wright
Rose Marie Griffin Wright

Rose Marie Griffin Wright

Rose Marie Griffin Wright, 71, of Lexington, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 peacefully surrounded by her family. Born May 10, 1941, in Danville, she was the daughter of the late Frank Grant and Charlotte Adelaide Hainsworth Griffin.

She was a graduate of Danville High School and attended the Kentucky Southern Baptist College. While living in Danville, Knoxville and Dallas, she was a bank teller and CD representative. Rose was an avid fan of all sports, especially UK Basketball. She had been a Cub scout leader and was a talented and creative crafter. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Lexington.

Survivors include her husband, William David Wright; and a son, Tyler Wright of Lexington; a brother, Frank Griffin of Greenville, S.C.; eight sisters, Roberta (Bob) Hiller and Betty (Jim) Cahill, both of Lexington, Nancy Griffin, Mary (Jim) Lester, Lillian Griffin, Barbara (Fox) Spoonamore, DeeDee (Jim Stevens) Pollard and Goldie (Richard) Sanders, all of Danville; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Rose was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas Griffin and Robert Lee Griffin.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at Stith Funeral Home. Burial will be 11 a.m. at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Thursday at Stith Funeral Home, Danville.

Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association.

Arthur Lee Parido
Arthur Lee Parido

Arthur Lee Parido

Arthur Lee Parido, 67, of Winchester, husband of Sandra “Sandy” Sutton Parido, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington. Mr. Parido was born in Clark County on Nov. 11, 1945 to the late Ernest and Chestina Johnson Parido. He was a retired lawn service owner and a member of the Trinity Church of God.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 5 children, Mark Parido (Heather) of Winchester, Rebecca Parks (Gary) of Richmond, and Dina Crowe (Robert), Andrea Wasson (Carl), and Robert Ralston all of Winchester; 12 grandchildren, Heather Ivanis, Brent Colwell, Alicia Parido, Ryan Wasson, Andy Wasson, Matthew Wasson, Brad Crowe, Dustin Parks, Chastity Sowder, Jon Parks, Sean Parks, and Bettina Thomas; 7 great grandchildren, Bekah Parks, Briley Ivanis, Kennedy Parks, Alexis Parks, Anthony Parks, Kody Calitri, and Chris Arnold; 5 brothers, Shirley Parido (Sandra), Paul Parido (Judy), Larry Parido (Phyllis), Ray Parido (Joyce), and Donnie Parido (Carolyn); and 3 sisters, Joyce Meritt (Roger), Carolyn Tolsen (Frank), and Patsy Fraley (Eddie).

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Trinity Church of God by Rev. Billy Keller. Burial will be in the Winchester Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Shirley Parido, Paul Parido, Larry Parido, Ray Parido, Mark Parido, Gary Parks, Frank Tolsen, and David Fraley. Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Wasson, Robert Crowe, and Donnie Parido.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Trinity Church of God.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice East.

Frank G. Witt
Frank G. Witt

Frank G. Witt

RICHMOND — Frank G. Witt, 88, of Richmond, formerly of Irvine, died Monday at his home in Richmond. He was born December 25, 1924, in Estill County, a son of the late Arthur and Stella Witt.

Mr. Witt was an employee of the Kentucky Utilities Company, retiring after 38 years of service. He was a member of the Rice Station Christian Church in Irvine.

He loved the outdoors, fishing, and was an avid gardner. He loved spending time with his family. Mr. Witt was preceded in death by his siblings: Alma Witt Snowden, Opal Witt, Kenneth Witt, Chester Witt and Estill Witt.

Survivors include: his wife of 65 years, Julia Powell Witt; his daughters, Phyllis Ann (Rufus) Brown, and Gina Rae (Jon) McCombs; two grandchildren, Angela Brown (Chris) Boyle and Christopher McCombs; two great-grandchildren, Eric Brown and Maison Boyle; two brothers, Ray Witt and Gene Witt; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 30, at the Rice Station Christian Church with Rev. Bob McCombs, Rev. Mark Pearson and Bro. Kirt Scott officiating. Burial will follow in the West Irvine Cemetery.

Friends may call anytime after 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Lewis Funeral Home and at Rice Station Christian Church from 10 a.m. Wednesday until service time.

Pallbearers will be David Witt, Arthur Witt, Christopher McCombs, Eric Brown, Chris Boyle and Eric Lewis. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Snowden and Kentucky Utilities Retirees and employees.

John E. Smith
John E. Smith

John E. Smith

RICHMOND — Mr. John E. Smith, of Richmond, son of the late John A. and Lillie Moore Smith, was born on Aug. 29, 1929 in Alumbaugh, Jackson County, Ky. He departed this life on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in the Hospice Compassionate Center of Richmond.

He retired in 1990 after 33 years from IBM in Lexington. He was a member of the Victory Tabernacle Church of God at Moberly. He was a church musician, an avid gardener, carpenter, UK fan and pet lover. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.

In addition to his parents: he was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Della Rawlins Smith; one brother, Clayton Smith; two sisters, Dora Cox and Reva Malicoate; and a half-brother, Wesley Smith.

He is survived by: two sons, Wayne Smith of Richmond and Hubert E. Smith (Regina) of Harrisburg, N.C.; three daughters, Judy (Ben) Pardue of Canmer, Brenda Smith at home in Richmond and Patricia (Garrett) Gibbons of Mt. Vernon; his 11 grandchildren, Shelia (Billy) Tipton, Harold Rusty (Angie) Smith, Jonathan (Nikki) Smith, Jeffrey Pardue, Jennifer (Chad) Cottle, Sarah (Montana) Thomas, Lauren (Mike) Womble, Christopher Smith, Thomas Hicks, Samantha Roberts and Jessica Smith; 13 great-grandchildren; and one special great-great-grandchild, Tristann Nicole Stamper; one sister, Catherine Payne of Berea; and one brother, Henry (Merlene) Smith of Richmond, Ind. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at the Victory Tabernacle Church of God, with Rev. Geral Richardson and Rev. Phillip Payne officiating. Burial will follow in the West Irvine Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon Tuesday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Pardue, Jeff Roberts, Billy Tipton, Christopher Smith, Thomas Hicks, Mike Womble and Garrett Gibbons.

The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

John Thomas Clark
John Thomas Clark

John Thomas Clark

Paint Lick — John Thomas Clark, 81, of Paint Lick, passed this life on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the VA Medical Center on Leestown Road in Lexington after a long illness. He was born at home on Oct. 24, 1931, in the community of Cartersville to his parents, the late James and Lillie Turner Clark.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myra Edington Clark, who passed away Aug. 4, 2010. He also was preceded by three sisters, Lola Prewitt, Ethel Payne and Pauline Proffitt.

His survivors include: his son, John Thomas “Tom” Clark and his wife Debbie of Richmond; three stepsons, Donald Wayne Hensley and his wife, Marsha, of Garrard County, Henry Owen “Buddy” Hensley and his wife, Donna, of Garrard County, and Robert Franklin Hensley and his wife Margaret Ann, of Richmond. He was a grandfather to 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Clark was a lifetime member of Leavel Green Christian Church, a 1949 graduate of Paint Lick High School, served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict and later enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University to major in accounting. Always a lifetime farmer, he retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Leavel Green Christian Church officiated by Revs. Harvie Spry & Bryce McCulley with burial following in Cartersville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Ramsey Funeral Home and from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Greg, Jason and Matthew Hensley, Wayne Day, Josh Stewart & Matthew Sherrow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Heritage Hospice or the Cartersville Cemetery.

Thomas French

Thomas “Tommy” French, 57, of Richmond, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 26, 2013. He was born in Madison County, Ky., on July 19, 1955, the son of the late E.B. and Charlene Laur’ant French. He was an automotive mechanic and the owner of French’s Auto Service.

Tommy will be greatly missed by his wife of 41 years, Connie Kelley French. He leaves behind: two daughters, Sherri Michelle Buckler (Tommy) of Richmond and Shawna Faye Smith (Jerry) of Mayfield; two grandsons, Sean and Matthew Buckler; one granddaughter, Sydney Michelle Smith; his brother, Byron French of Winchester; his sister, Jane French of Richmond; his mother-in-law, O’Della Flanagan; a host of nieces and nephews, some who are special, Joe David Turner, Thomas Daniel and James David Turner; many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Johns officiating. Burial will follow in the Flatwoods Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Monday at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Buckler, Sean Buckler, Jerry Smith, Joe Turner, James David Turner, Tommy Turner and Lonnie Kelley Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with final expenses.

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