Obituaries August 4 – 11, 2013

Lavina Lynn Kelley - Hoskins
Lavina Lynn Kelley – Hoskins

Lavina L. Kelley-Hoskins

Lavina L. Kelley-Hoskins age 42 of Berea, was carried by angels to heaven from her battle with cancer on Aug. 4, 2013 at Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, KY. Lavina was born Oct 26, 1970 and a member of the Berea Church of God.

Lavina is survived by her husband Ken Hoskins, her parents Roger and Anita Lynn Kelley of Berea, Father and Mother-in-law Arliss and Betty Hoskins of Pineville, KY, her daughter Abbygail Broughton of Berea, brother Roger Keith Kelley II of Mt Vernon KY, sister Elizabeth (Phillip) Nowlin of Richmond KY, sister-in-laws Kathy (Gerald) Holt, Melissa (Johnny) Caldwell of Pineville KY, step children: Lindsay Hoskins, and Joshua Hoskins, step grandsons Noah Williamson, and Jacob Ison of Richmond, and niece Tristyn Nowlin of Richmond, nephews Matthew and Alex Caldwell, Kevin Layne, and Brian Carter all of Pineville KY, she is also survived by her grandparents Lloyd and Johnnie Anglin of Berea, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Houston and Ann Kelley of Berea.

Funeral services will be Wednesday Aug. 7, 2013 at 2 pm at Lakes Funeral Home with Rev. Kenny Davis and Rev. Stephen Hobbs officiating, with a eulogy by Jennifer Lieneman and Bobby Abner, burial at Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday Aug 6, 2013 at Lakes Funeral Home from 6-9 pm.

Pallbearers will be Robert Parks, Joel Parks, Neil Kelley, Jeremy Thompson, Zachery Thompson, and Michael Flannery. Honorary pallbearers will be Jordan Neel, Tony Broughton, Chris Turner and Ricky Conn.

Ira Carr

Ira Carr, age 88, husband of Irene Abner Carr, died Saturday, August 10, 2013, at the Berea Health Care Center. Ira was born in Churchill, Tenn., to the late Clarence and Bessie Hicks Carr.

Ira and his wife moved back to Berea in 1988 after he retired from Armco Steel in Middletown, Ohio. He attended the Church of the Nazarene and was very active in church and later moved his membership to Glades Christian Church and had been there since. Ira was a Mason and member of the Berea Masonic Lodge F&AM No.617. He was also a Kentucky Colonel.

He was preceded in death by: his sister, Mildred Blackmore; and brothers Homer, Walter, and Lewis Carr.

Ira is survived by: his wife of 66 years, Irene Abner Carr; his brothers, Wayne, George and Eugene Carr, all of Ohio.

Ira had a habit of calling his close friends his “special children,” and he is survived by many of his special children.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at Lakes Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Reed and Bro. Howard Kelley officiating. Burial will be in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday after 11 a.m. at Lakes Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Carr, Jim Barrett, Tony Pearson, Randy Pridemore, Ken Clark, and Veryl Bryant. Honorary pallbearers will be Wade Gay, Mike Elkin, Frank Gambill and Charles Robinson.

In memory of Ira, donations can be made to Glades Christian Church, 530 Glades Road, Berea KY 40403 or Berea Masonic Lodge, PO Box 617, Berea, KY 40403.

Lorraine Snodgrass

Lorraine Snodgrass, 91, of Richmond, sister of Darrell Adkins, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at Hospice Compassionate Care, Richmond.

Cremation has been requested by the family. Arrangements by Keith P. Clark & Son, Winchester.

Charles Denver ONeal
Charles Denver ONeal

Charles Denver O’Neal

Charles Denver O’Neal, age 72, husband of 47 years to Marjorie Guthrie O’Neal, died at his home on Monday, August 5, 2013.

Mr. O’Neal was retired from Parker Seal and was a U.S. Army Veteran. He was a believer in Christ through the World Wide Church of Christ, loved his farm, loved to read and was an avid hunter.

Other than his wife, Mr. O’Neal is survived by: his children, Regina Gail Lewis of Richmond, Ky., Stephen Patrick O’Neal of Berea, Ky., John Denver O’Neal of Rockcastle County and Anita Ann Brown of Richmond, Ky.; his grandchildren, Corey Hacker, John Clayton O’Neal, Annie Mackenzie Lewis and Reagan Elizabeth Brown.

Mr. O’Neal was preceded in death by: his parents, Raymond and Chloe Baker O’Neal; three brothers, Walter Joe, James Robert and William O’Neal; seven sisters, Dorothy Silvey, Zelma Knight, Jean King, Margaret Patterson, Pauline Sparks, Fannie O’Neal, Wanda Brownfield and Shirley Frye.

Funeral services for Mr. O’Neal will be private. Burial will be in the family cemetery in Rockcastle County.

Davis & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Joe Linn

Joe Linn, 37, of Waco, Ky., passed away Thursday, August 1, 2013, at Duke University Hospital. He was born in Fairmont, W.Va., to John and Mary Linn on October 12, 1975.

Joe is survived by: his wife of 15 years, Jennifer Graffius Linn; two daughters, Kylie Jo and Erin; brother Greg Linn; nephew A.J. Linn; and niece Laramie Linn. He is also survived by father- and mother-in-law, Ed and Brenda Graffius; brother-in-law Eric Graffius and his family.

Joe was preceded by a brother, Johnie Clay Linn.

Joe was a member of the College Hill United Methodist Church. He enjoyed listening to bluegrass music, kayaking, hunting and woodworking. He will be missed by many family, co-workers and friends.

A memorial service will be conducted at Union City Christian Church on Saturday, August 10, at 11 a.m. A celebration of life dinner will follow the service at the church with everyone invited to attend.

Harold Marion Denham
Harold Marion Denham

Harold Marion Denham

Harold Marion Denham, 63, of Stanford, Ky., passed away Monday, August 5, 2013, at home. He was born in Stanford, Ky., December 19, 1949, to Angie Cottrell Denham and the late Walter William Denham.

He graduated from McKinney High School in 1967, obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration at Eastern Kentucky University, was the business manager and superintendent for Kentucky State Parks for 10 years, most recently retiring after 27 years of service from Eastern Kentucky University where he served as the associate director of administrative services within the Department of Facilities Services, was a former member of the Lions Club, a past president of the McKinney Alumni Association, member of the board of directors for Cedar Creek Sportsmans Club, and was also a member of Fort Logan Church of Christ.

In addition to his mother, he is survived: by his wife of 40 years, Gayle Stone Denham of Stanford, Ky.; one son, Jeff Denham of Richmond, Ky.; one daughter, Lana Denham Kidd (Kevin) of Santa Barbara, Calif.; two brothers, Vernon Denham (Violet) of Louisville, Ky., and Leslie Denham (Rose) of Ottenheim, Ky.; two sisters, Joyce Davis (James Earl) and Angela Denham, both of Danville, Ky.; six grandchildren, Katherine Kidd, John Kidd, Victoria Kidd, James Kidd, Eliana Kidd and Mary Elizabeth Kidd; one aunt, Ida Denham of Stanford, Ky.; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, William Earl Denham.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 8, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2013, with Minister Wayne Galloway officiating. Both services will be held at Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel (Stanford).

Burial will follow at Buffalo Springs Cemetery in Stanford, Ky.

Casket bearers will be: Jim Davis, Kevin Kidd, Michael Denham, Randy Denham, Steve Lucas, Travis Denham, Walter Lloyd Denham and Will Denham. Honorary bearers will be: Jack Hall, James Street, R.C. Taylor and members of The Thursday Morning Crab Orchard Breakfast Club.

Elizabeth VanArsdale Fritts

Elizabeth “Van” VanArsdale Fritts of Frankfort, born Aug 8, 1938, in Somerset, died July 25, 2013. Van worked for Gov. Julian Carroll and in nature preservation.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Charles L. Fritts and Ruby Elizabeth VanArsdale Fritts, Somerset, Ky; her sister, Gene Ramsey, and her brother, John F. Fritts. Her sisters Mary Connelly (Dud) and Susan Franklin survive.

She was the loving mother of three daughters, Jennie Happe (Chris Phipps), Susie Bell (Tom) and Elizabeth Barrett (Jim), who survive. Other survivors include: grandchildren Debbie Happe, Emma and Mason, John Schweder (Patricia), Mason and Pepper, Travis Walker (Paige), Julia and Wyatt, Hannah Materson (Gabe), Dylan and Jack, Sarah Barrett Smither (Jeremy), Lauren, Richmond and Chloe Barrett; great-granddaughters Cesley Evans (Justin), Kylee, Westin; Robin Allen (Craig); a host of nephews.

Memorial service at Bridgeport Christian Church of Frankfort on Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. Contributions to the Humane Society. For more information, contact the church.

Devera Midgett
Devera Midgett

Devera Lou Midgett

Devera Lou (Field) Midgett, 80, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday evening, August 6, 2013, at Richmond Health & Rehab Complex – Kenwood. She was born April 10, 1933, in Grayson, Kentucky, to Charles Douglas and Maria Patricia (Clere) Field, both of whom preceded her in death.

Devera received her bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting with a minor in Spanish and her master’s degree in English from Eastern Kentucky University. She was a retired department secretary of the Art Department at Eastern Kentucky University and a member of St. Mark Catholic Church of Richmond.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, David Midgett of Richmond; two daughters, Maria Patricia Finley of Cincinnati, Ohio and Elena Maria Magarita M. Finley of Owensboro, Kentucky; three sons, Charles Michael Finley (Rhonda) of Monroe, Ohio, Juan Manuel Escobar (Vidu) of Florence, New Jersey, and Jose’ Alfredo Escobar (Jennifer) of Berea, Kentucky. She was also preceded in death by one son, David Lowell Finley.

Devera also leaves six grandchildren, Michael Alfonso Finley (Tesha), Maria Magarita Sassin (Dominic), David Michael Finley, Jessica Nicole Finley, Lydia Eleanor Escobar and Isabel Lochiel Escobar; three great grandchildren and twin boys which will be arriving in the near future.

Funeral Mass for Devera will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at St. Mark Catholic Church in Richmond. Fr. Jim Sichko will officiate the service. Entombment will follow at the Berea Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 – 8 p.m. Monday, August 12, 2013 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, 1110 Barnes Mill Road, Richmond, Kentucky.

Donations are suggested to Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403.

JB McCowan

JB McCowan, 82, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013, at Richmond Health & Rehab Complex-Madison Manor. He was born August 18, 1930, in Madison County, to Delbert A. Sr. and Ressie Jo (Bryant) McCowan, both of whom preceded him in death.

He was a retired letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service and an Army veteran of the Korean War. JB was a member of First Baptist Church and the Richmond Elks Lodge, No. 581.

Survivors include: his wife Jean; daughter Kelley (Jim) Tackett and grandson Camden Tackett of Eubank, Kentucky; one sister, Betty Ann Ray of Richmond; nieces Debra Cook and Karen (Steve) Wells of Richmond, Janet (George) Bauer of Lexington and Anne (James) Patrick of Nicholasville; four great-nephews and two great-nieces as well as one great-great-nephew.

In addition to his parents, JB was preceded in death by a brother, Delbert McCowan Jr.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with his son-in-law, Jim Tackett, officiating. Burial will follow at the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday.

Pallbearers will be: Byron Wiseman, Mason Griggs, Gary Broaddus, Billy June Tribble, Danny Renfro and Jack Berry.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403.

Marie Griffin Rose

Marie Griffin Rose, 85, of Berea, died Monday, August 5, 2013, at the Terrace Nursing Facility in Berea. Ms. Rose was born May 16, 1928, the daughter of George and Nellie Miller Griffin, and she was a lifelong resident of Madison Co.

She is survived by one son Donald Rose, of Richmond.

Services for Ms. Rose will be private. Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gwen Douglas Stubbs

Gwen Douglas Stubbs, 60, of Richmond, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013. Gwen was born in Richmond on May 29, 1953 to the late Lt. Col. John Walter Congleton and Marian Mason Congleton.

She is survived by her children: Lee D. Stubbs and Kristen Stubbs.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Roy Lowry
Roy Lowry

Roy Lowry

Roy Lowry, 82, husband of the late Molly Guinn Lowry, died Friday Aug. 2, 2013 at St Joseph Berea hospital. Roy was born in Ohio to the late Robert and Della Donahue Lowry. He was a member of the Liberty Avenue Baptist Church and was retired from Parker Seal Co.

Roy was also preceded in death by a brother.

He is survived by his children: Jerry (Debbie) Lowry, Karen Lowr, and Jeff Lowry, all of Berea; and two grandchildren, Abby Lowry and Tyler Lowry; and a sister, Nancy Dye of California.

Funeral services for Roy will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Lakes Funeral Home with Rev. Kenny Felty officiating. Burial will be in the Scaffold Cane Cemetery. Visitation was Monday night.

Pallbearers will be: Jeff Baugh, Bruce Davis, Kenny Carter, Gary Centers, Tyler Lowry and Scott Whittemore.

J.D. Keith
J.D. Keith

J.D. Keith

J.D. Keith, 70, passed away Friday at his home after a short illness. Mr. Keith was a native of Estill County a son of the late Roscoe and Edith Holloway Keith.

He was a retired trucker, working for Overbay Trucking. Mr. Keith was a jack of all trades, loved to garden, and took great delight in growing tomatoes.

Survivors include his daughters Sherry Horn and Patricia Ann Keith; his son James David Keith; his ex-wife and close friend Shirley Keith; his brother James Glenn Keith; his sister Brenda Dockx; his special friend Anna Garner; his grandchildren Beverly Horn Jr. II, Amber Denise Horn, Kara Ashley Keith, Destiny Michelle Keith, Christina Alexus Keith; his great-grandchildren Buddy Lee Horn, Carter Michael Ivey, Kinsey Faith Horn.

Services will be held Monday, August 12th, at 1:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Home with Bro. Gordon Sowers and Bro. James Demaray officiating. Burial will follow in the South Irvine Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, from 11:00 am until service time.

Serving as pallbearers will be Danny Ray Cole, Beverly Horn Jr. II, Dylan Farthing, Steven Denny, Danny Webb, and Jacob Webb.

Drury Browning

Drury Browning, 62, widower of Lillie Holt Browning passed away Thursday morning at the Compassionate Care Center after a short illness. Mr. Browning was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his son Mickey McAlister; his daughter Melissa Williams; two grandchildren Josh McAlister, and Patricia Williams.

Graveside services with Military rites will be held Monday, August 12th, at 11:00 am at Madison Memorial Gardens.

Carl Thomas Smith

Mr. Carl Thomas Smith, age 67 of Surprise, AZ and formerly of Mt. Vernon, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, AZ. He was born in Cincinnati, OH on May 15, 1946 the son of Carl Arnold and Ada Harris Smith. He was a retired refrigerator repairman.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife: Grace Newman Smith of Surprise, AZ; two sons: Steven Smith of Patriot, IN and Jarron Smith of Surprise, AZ; two daughters: Sandy Bolonta of Buckeye, AZ and Kaylla Smith of Surprise, AZ; two brothers: David Smith of Livingston, KY and Kenneth Smith of San Jose, CA and two sisters: Joyce Dawson of Berea, KY and Mary Peck of Clarksville, TN. Also surviving are three grandchildren and one great grandchild. In addition to his parents, Mr. Smith was preceded in death by a brother: William Smith.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 10, 2013 6-9 PM Pine Hill Holiness Church and the Funeral Sunday, August 11, 2013 1 PM Pine Hill Holiness Church. Interment will follow at the Red Hill Cemetery. Dowell & Martin Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Gordon McQuerry
Gordon McQuerry
Gordon McQuerry

Gordon McQuerry, 64, of Gaffney Road in Lancaster died Monday, August 5, 2013 at his home. He is survived by his wife, Hope McQuerry. Gordon was born in Garrard County to the late Glenmore and Christine Manuel McQuerry.

He retired from the Okinite Corporation after 34 years and was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church.

Also surviving is a son John McQuerry, a brother Jerry McQuerry (Ann), and six sisters Wanda Flynn(Jimmy), Mildred Purcell (Joe), Margaret Huffman (Neal), Virginia Simpson (Smokey), Loretta Parker (Barney) and Boots Whitaker (Mike). Gordon was preceded in death by 4 brothers Huston, Ross, Martin, and David McQuerry.

Funeral Services will be Friday, August 9th at 11:00 AM at Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Michael Hatter officiating. Visitation will be 5-9 PM Thursday August 8th. Burial will be in Manse Cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews and honorary bearers will be nieces.

Elsie Alice Gamble Campbell

Elsie Alice Gamble Campbell, age 96, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Terrace in Berea, KY. She was born March 15, 1917 in Estill County, KY and was a daughter of the late Kendall and Klista Sloan Gamble.

She was a homemaker and lived in Chicago most of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Campbell.

She is survived by: One Daughter: Geraldine Schatz, Chicago, IL; One Sister: Edna Burns, Richmond, KY; Two Brothers: Edward K. Gamble, Richmond, KY and Jerald Gamble, Covington, KY.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters: Thelma Cary and Margie Vaughn; and three brothers: Robert, Shiloh, and Martin Gamble.

Memorial services will be conducted at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Warren F. Toler Funeral Home.

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