Obituaries July 21 – 28, 2013

Helen Johnson
Helen Johnson

Helen Louise Foster Johnson

Helen Louise Foster Johnson, widow of Darrell Edward Johnson, passed away on Friday, July 26, 2013, at her home in Waco, Kentucky. She was born on December 10, 1941, in Madison County to the late Alvin and Hazel Browning Foster. She was a housewife and a member of the Richmond House of Prayer.

Helen is survived by three sons; Dwight Johnson (Nancy), Scott Johnson (Holly) and Kenneth Johnson (Brandi); one daughter, Wilma Gayle Johnson; nine grandchildren, Arthur and Andrea Hoskins, Brittany, Tiffany, Trevor, Katelyn, Abigail, Matthew and Brooklyn Johnson; six great-grandchildren, Damien, Dominique, Jade and Aiden Hoskins, Lalen Adams and Kaylen Bailey; three brothers, Charlie, Alvin and Blaine Foster; three sisters, Mary Rose, Doris Foster and Joanne Archelletta.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Wanda Strong, and an infant daughter.

Funeral services for Helen will be noon Monday, July 29, 2013, at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Owen Moody conducting the services. Burial will follow at the Red Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until funeral time Monday at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Damien, Trevor, Wayne, Jamey, Babe and Wayney

B. Wayne Lawson
B. Wayne Lawson

B. Wayne Lawson

B. Wayne Lawson, 60, of Berea passed away Wednesday at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Wayne was born in Lexington, Kentucky, to Claude and Etta Holman Lawson.

He was a retired electrician for Parsons Electric and U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Berea Baptist Church where he was very active. He served as Deacon, was an excellent cook and did so for many church events and was active with the food closet. He was also involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife, Connie Lawson, their children Sam (Lesley) Lawson and granddaughter Addey Lawson, Bradley (Debbie) Warford, Steve (Tammy) Warford and Raymond (Katie) McLain, their grandchildren Jack Warford, Mitchell Warford, Austin Warford, Cody Warford, Eric Luppens and Claire McLain. He is also survived by his three sisters Terri (Alan) Duncan, Sharon (Eddy) Locker and Penny (Wendell) Davis.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday July 26, 2013, at Berea Baptist Church with Rev. Kevin Slemp officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors in Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Lakes Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Mitch Holbrook, John Justice, Ken Vasey, Ron Lindley and Ken Moulton. Honorary bearers will Austin Warford, Cody Warford, Mitchell Warford and Jack Warford.

Donations may be made to the Berea Baptist Church Food Closet or Hospice Compassionate Care Center in lieu of flowers.

Thelma Winkler Foster
Thelma Winkler Foster

Thelma Winkler Foster

Thelma Winkler Foster, 73, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013, after arrival at Baptist Health-Richmond. Thelma was born on June 5, 1940, in Madison County, and was the daughter of the late Denville and Rubie Thomas Winkler. She attended Abundant Life Ministries Church of God.

Survivors include: her husband, Frankie Milton Foster, of Richmond; six daughters, Diane (Jerry) Doty, of Bolidar, MO, Deborah (Don) Ward, of Jacksonville, FL, Donna Love, of Zephyr Hills, FL, Rebecca (Mike) Terrill, of Zephyr Hills, FL, Carolyn Keene, of Richmond, KY, and Sharon Williamson, of Mt. Sterling, KY; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces & nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Denville Winkler Jr., Bryan Winkler, and Billy Winkler.

Funeral services for Thelma Foster will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Edwin Lainhart officiating. Burial will follow at Flatwoods Cemetery.

Nephews and friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Sue Herbst, Pat Settles, Liz Koward, Kelli Kuhn, and Donna Carter.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time on Friday, July 26, 2013, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell.

Russell Skinner
Russell Skinner

Russell V. Skinner

Russell Virgil Skinner, DVM, 91, of Grassy Lick Road, Mt. Sterling passed away, Monday, July 22, 2013 at the St. Joseph-Mt. Sterling Hospital. He was born on December 28, 1921 at College Hill in Madison County, Kentucky the son the of late William Franklin and Sudie Quisenberry Skinner.

He was a veterinarian having established the Mt. Sterling Veterinary Hospital in 1958 where he served farmers and pet owners of Montgomery and surrounding counties for over 50 years. He was a veteran of the US Army having served in the Pacific Theater from 1941-1945 during WW II and a member of the First Christian Church for over 50 years where he served as a deacon. He was a 1948 graduate of the University of Kentucky and a 1956 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was a founding member and past president of the Mt. Sterling Golf and Country Club, he served for decades as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mt. Sterling National Bank which is now Whitaker Bank, he was on the Alumni Advisory Board for Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine as well as the University of Kentucky Development Council and was a UK Fellow. He had a love of travel, golf and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean Razor Skinner of Mt. Sterling; one son, Russell Lee (Dixie) Skinner of Mt. Sterling; two granddaughters, Anna Claire Skinner and Mary Ellen Skinner; and three sisters, Virginia Turner of Richmond, KY, Elizabeth Billings of Berea, KY and Leta Rice of Richmond, KY; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be 11 AM, Thursday, July 25, 2013 at the First Christian Church with Rev. Scott Holley officiating and burial following in the Machpelah Cemetery. Friends may visit Wednesday evening at the First Christian Church from 5-8 PM.

Pallbearers will be his nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Frank Brown, Earl M. “Mac” Reed, Dr. Paul Fenwick and Bill Leake.

In lieu of flowers donations suggested to the First Christian Church, 222 W. Main St., Mt. Sterling, KY 40353. Taul Funeral Homes of Mt. Sterling are in charge of arrangements.

James Harold Coffey
James Harold Coffey

James Harold Coffey

James Harold Coffey 74, of Kindred Lane passed away Saturday July 20, 2013 at his home. James was born in Rockcastle County to the late Leonard and Grace Richmond Coffey.

He was retired from the Facilities Management Department at Berea College and a member of the Berea Church of Christ. He enjoyed gardening, taking and sharing photos, antique cars and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his parents James was also preceded in death by his two sisters Naomi Hall and Dorothy Newman and infant brother Chester Coffey.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Flonnie Johnson Coffey, two daughters Julie Perciful and Sherra Morgan, two grandchildren Kyle Perciful and Haley Morgan, siblings Clyde Coffey, Fred (Alice) Coffey, Bertha Gipson, Mary Raulerson, Paul Coffey and uncle Willie Coffey. He is also survived by Flonnie’s family Barbara Gregory, Lavon (Ruby) Johnson, Bonnie (Allen) Alexander, Brenda (Richard) Saylor, Ina (Larry) Abrams, Ada (Jeff) Bowman, Mildred (Russ) Chamberlin, Kenneth (Lori) Johnson, Shirdy Johnson, Kenny Johnson and mother-in-law Sadie Johnson. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive him.

Funeral services will be 2pm Tuesday July 23, 2013 at Lakes Funeral Home with Minister Charles Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Johnson Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6-9pm at Lakes Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be David Alexander, Jeff Bowman, Russ Chamberlin, Richard Saylor, Kenneth Johnson and Ben Bowman.

Barbara Fielder

Barbara Fielder, 71, of Sandhill Road in Irvine, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center after a long illness. She was born June 6, 1942, in Estill County and was the daughter of the late Robert and Elsie Smithers Fielder.

She was a retired employee of Eastern Kentucky University and a member of the Sandhill Christian Church. She had lived in Estill County all of her life.

She is survived by: a daughter, Jennifer Lee Fielder, Irvine; a sister: Loraine Hendrix (Paul), Ashland; and three brothers: Tom Fielder (Yvonne), Lexington, Ed Fielder (Kay), Mt. Vernon; Gene Fielder (Roxanne), Ashland. Special nieces and nephews. Her cats; Pepper and Willow.

She was preceded in death by two sisters; Blondena Billings and Mavis Tate and one brother, Donald Fielder.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the Sandhill Christian Church by Bro. Matthew Vaught. Burial will be at the Sandhill Christian Church Cemetery. Friends may call between 6 and 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Warren F. Toler funeral home in Irvine.

Pallbearers: Michael Berry, Craig Berry, Jason Stacy, Kenneth Billings, Eddie Fielder, Jack Walling. Honorary pallbearers: Elizabeth Stacy and Toni Schmidt

Martha Robbins
Martha Robbins

Martha Robbins

Mrs. Martha Robbins age 84, of Richmond, IN and formerly of Mt.Vernon passed away Friday July 26th, 2013 at her home. She was born on March 5, 1929 in Slate, KY the daughter of the late Russell and Flora Bowling Messer.

She married Earl Robbins on February 27th, 1952, and they moved to Richmond in 1974. Martha and Earl then moved back to Mt. Vernon in 2000 and lived there until Earl’s death on January 30th, 2012. After his death she moved back to Richmond. She loved gardening, reading her Bible and was a member of the McNew Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.

Survivors are: One son; Earl W. Robbins (Pat) of Niles, Michigan. Two step-sons; Charles R. Robbins, and Clarence Burl Robbins (Connie) all of Richmond. Two daughters; Bertha M. Rice (Dennis), and Mary E. Hartman (Joe), all of Richmond. Two step-daughters; Norma J. Nicely, and Virginia R. Lowery, both of Mt. Vernon. One sister, Edna Mae Thomas of Oxford, Ohio. Six grandchildren, several step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends also survive.

Visitation will be From 4 to 8 PM Wednesday July 31, 2013 at Cox Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be 10 AM Thursday August 1, 2013 at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the High Dry Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Anna Belle Merida
Anna Belle Merida

Anna Belle Merida

Anna Belle Merida, 80, of Crab Orchard Rd. Lancaster, died Friday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville KY. She is preceded in death by her husband Clyde Merida. Anna Belle was born May 4, 1933 in Garrard County to the late Frank and Bessie Estes. She was a homemaker and a member of Lancaster Christian Church.

She is survived by a son Clyde Merida Jr. of Lancaster, three daughters Barbara Duerson(Larry) of Richmond Ky, Elizabeth Bowling(Charlie) of N.C., and Shirley Howard(Harry Dean) of Lancaster. Six grandchildren Jason Gay, Melanie Anderko, Josh Howard, Brooke Gander, Christy Metcalfe, and Scott Cornelius. Also surviving eleven great-grandchildren Walker Gay, Kayleigh Gay, Joseph Yakabowskas, Elijah Anderko, Tristan Anderko, Isabelle Howard, Olivia Howard, Gabriel Gander, Mayson Metcalfe, Emma Metcalfe, Kelsie Rodriguez.

Funeral Services will be private. Public Visitation will be Sunday July 28th from 5-8 at Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel in Lancaster. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be the grandchildren.

Mattie Mae Richardson

Mattie Mae Samples Richardson, age 83, of Dawes Rd. in Irvine, KY passed away Monday, July 22, 2013 at Baptist Health Lexington following a short illness. She was born August 30, 1929 in Lee County, KY and was a daughter of the late George Washington and Daisy Laura Kincaid Samples.

She was a homemaker and had lived in Estill County most of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Richardson.

Survivors include: Three Daughters: Sharron Kaye Marble, Florida, Nikki Leah Richardson and partner, Kathi Johnson, Scott County, Lisa Michelle Horn and husband, Dwight, Estill County.

Three Sisters: Reva Golden Richardson, Berea, KY, Juanita Irene Wilson, Ohio, Margaret Evelyn Rawlins, Estill County.

Three Brothers: Hugh Eugene “Shine” Samples, Estill County, Howard Landon Samples, Ohio, ohnathon Walter Samples, Arizona.

Seven Grandchildren, Five Great Grandchildren and Two Great-Great Grandchildren also survive.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death two sisters, Imogene Samples and Jessie Ailene Lovins; and one brother, Harold E. Samples.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home chapel by Bro. Kevin Turpin. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Della Jean Culton
Della Jean Culton

Della Jean Culton

Della Jean Culton was born December 30, 1938 in Jackson County and departed this life Friday, July 26, 2013 at her residence, being 74 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Isaac & Lessie (Marcum) Gray.

Della Jean is survived by two loving daughters, Tammy (Jerry) Spurlock and Penny (Earnest) Whitehead all of Tyner. She is also survived by a special friend, Angela Day, who she loved as a daughter. Other survivors include her step mother, Zanna Hunter of McKee and by two sisters, Kathleen Hall of Berea and Joyce Bingham of Versailles. Della Jean was blessed with four grandchildren, Brandi Rose of Tyner, Ashley Judd of Gray Hawk, Adam Whitehead of Tyner and Caitlyn Johnson of McKee; and by six great grandchildren, Kaleb, Keaton & Kinley Judd, Briley Rose, Mason Johnson and Ava Jean Smith.

In addition to her parents, Della Jean was also preceded in death by her loving son, Douglas Shane Culton and by her loving brother Earl Gray.

Della Jean was of the Pentecostal Faith.

Private services were held. Pallbearers were Joie Peters, Ronnie Vaughn, Randy Vickers, Craig Bowles, Josh Gray & Marvin Webb. Honorary pallbearers were Adam Whitehead, Conner Bowles, Rex Combs, Billy Gray & Cecil Hall. Lakes Funeral Home McKee was in charge of arrangements.

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