Obituaries May 17-24, 2015

Arturo Chavez
Arturo Chavez

Arturo Meza Chavez

Arturo Meza Chavez, 40, of Berea, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. He was born in La Union Aguacalientes, Mexico on January 24, 1975, son of Salvador Meza and Margarita Chavez. He was a construction worker and mechanic, member of the Catholic Faith and had been a resident of Madison County for over 20 years.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife, Carla Williams Chavez; 4 children, Brandy Lewis, Charles Starnes, Gabriel “Possum” Meza, Jase “Doodle” Meza; 5 grandchildren, Whitney Starnes, Chad Starnes, Layna Starnes, Olivia Lewis, Layton Starnes; 13 siblings, Jose Luis, Dolores, Socorro, Ester, Manuel, Margarita, Jesus, Anjel, Antonio, Leticia, Marcela, Gabriel, Jose Luz; as well as numerous relatives and friends.

Funeral Mass 8:00pm Friday, May 22, 2015 at Reppert Funeral Home with Father Ulises officiating. Funeral Service 11:00am Saturday, May 23, 2015. Burial will follow in Berea Cemetery. Visitation 6:00pm Friday at the funeral Home.

Dalton Hembree
Dalton Hembree

Dalton Lane Hembree

Dalton Lane Hembree age 20, died Monday May 18, 2015 in Lexington as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on May 9, 2015.

Dalton was employed by Peercy Lawn Care in Berea and was a Madison Southern High School graduate, class of 2012. Dalton was also a member of the Clutch – Shift Riders Motorcycle Club in Madison County.

Dalton is survived by his parents Stephanie Thwaites Hembree of Berea, and Marty Hembree of Berea, his sister Hannah Gabrielle Hembree of Berea, his maternal grandparents Vernon and Sally Thwaites of Richmond, and paternal grandparents Edward and Patricia Hembree of Berea, and many Aunts, Uncles, and cousins also survive.

Funeral Services will be Saturday May 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Church on the Rock in Berea with Rev. Gary Linville and Rev. Mark Sarver officiating, burial will be in the Pilot Knob Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6-9 pm at the Church on the Rock in Berea.

Lakes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Hughes

Margaret Hughes, 63, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, followed by her 2 p.m. funeral at St. Paul AME Church, 437 Francis Street, Richmond.

Arrangements entrusted to Keith P. Clark & Son Funeral Home, Winchester.

Gene Elder Muncy
Gene Elder Muncy

Gene Elder Muncy

Gene Elder Muncy, 91, died Sunday, May 17, 2015, at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. A daughter of the late Joseph William and Mary Neil Greene Elder, Gene was born February 22, 1924, in Richmond.

Gene graduated from Model Laboratory School, attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship and earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in music and English at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).

She sang the lead in several college musicals and was the soprano soloist for the annual “Messiah” performance at EKU. She had a radio program in Lexington, and her theme song was Jerome Kern’s “All the Things You Are.”

One of Gene’s most memorable moments was the day she sang at the Richmond Elks Club on December 7, 1941. The Japanese had just attacked Pearl Harbor. She sang “Coming Home” to tearful audience members who understood that America was heading into war.

In 1946, she moved to Louisville where she taught music and English and directed the choir at Barrett Junior High.

In 1955, she married E.J. “Junior” Muncy and returned to Richmond. Gene and Junior enjoyed traveling throughout their 38-year marriage. During one European trip, they were able to trace the path Junior had taken in WWII when he took part in the D-Day invasion. They also took a number of jazz cruises and met many well-known jazz musicians.

She was an avid reader. She also enjoyed studying history, watching British comedies, keeping up with current events and engaging in lively political discussions. She was a lifelong parishioner of St. Mark Catholic Church.

Gene is survived by: three children, Margaret Muncy Willingham, Paul Elder [Kim] Muncy and Chrissy Muncy [John] Henderson; four grandchildren, Amy Willingham, Christopher [Natasha] Willingham, Hunter Henderson and Jack Henderson; and one great-grandchild, Bryson Hammons. She also is survived by: two sisters, Betty Neil [Joe] Kirkpatrick and Bicki [Russell] Elswick; three nieces, Beth Jiroch, Amy [Pete] Knopp and Catherine Barger; and many very special cousins.

The family would like to thank the kind and caring staff at The Terrace Nursing Home in Berea, where Gene lived the last four years of her life.

A funeral mass for Gene will be conducted 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 22, at St. Mark Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 10:45 a.m. until the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gene’s memory to St. Mark Catholic Church, 608 West Main Street, Richmond; Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea; or KET, 600 Cooper Drive, Lexington.

Roy Edward Combs Jr.

The funeral of Roy Edward “Hooch” Combs Jr., 26, of Richmond, will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Heritage Funeral Home with visitation from noon.

Memorial contributions in care of the funeral home to help with final expenses will be appreciated.

Ruby Hays
Ruby Hays

Ruby Baker Hays

Ruby Baker Hays, 85, of McKee, passed away at Telford Terrace on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Ruby was born in Berea, Kentucky to the late Matt and Laura Creekmore Baker.

She was a homemaker and member of the McKee Reform Church.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Robert Bruce Hays and several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her children Donna Hays-Albaugh of Richmond and Rob Hays of Lexington, one sister Gladys Parker, two sisters-in-law Lois Baker and Elaine Hays, two grandchildren Amy (Jordan) Dalrymple and Robert Lee Albaugh. Ruby is expecting her first great grandson next week.

Funeral services will be 7:30 pm Friday May 22, 2015 at Lakes Funeral Home in Berea with Rev. Carroll DeForrest officiating. Burial at Pilot Knob Cemetery will be private. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5:30 until time of service at 7:30 pm.

Mertie Saladin

Mertie Elizabeth Kates Saladin, age 72, died Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Baptist Health in Lexington. She was born to the late Henry and Clemon Johnson Kates on June 25, 1942 in Jackson County.

Mertie is survived by; her husband, Harry Saladin, her brother, Ernest Kates of Berea and several nieces and nephews.

Other than her parents she was preceded in death by; two brothers, Clayton and Lester Kates and two sisters, Helen Kates and Rose Houp.

Services will be 1:00 pm Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Hampton officiating. Burial will follow in the Davis-Witt Cemetery; visitation will be from 11:00 am until the service.

Michael Bruce Drummond

Michael Bruce Drummond, 65, husband of Linda Fleenor Drummond, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Bruce was born August 2, 1949 in Springfield, OH to Dwight and Marjorie Jackson Drummond.

He was a plant controller and accounting manager for EnerSys in Richmond, KY. Bruce was an active member of Arlington Country Club, he played in the men’s golf league, served as chair of several tournament events, and was also a member of the First Christian Church in Wilmington, OH.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by 1 son Jeff (Dawn) Drummond, 1 brother Brian Drummond, 1 sister Brenda Carnahan, and 9 nieces & nephews: Jason Carnahan, Christa Carnahan, Craig Fleenor, Dennis Kincer, Todd Kincer, Kristi Knight, Deana Polly, Owen Pace Jr., and Tricia Lawson.

Funeral services for Bruce will be 6:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4P.M. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home. A private family burial will take place at a later time.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Drummond, Bob Lawson, Dwight Lawson, Vernon Stubblefield, Brian Drummond and Ed Neeley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Humane Society, A.L.L., P.O. Box 2094, Richmond, KY 40476.

Shane Clifton Hayes

Shane Clifton (Snyder) Hayes, 40, of Richmond, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center of Richmond. He was born January 24, 1975, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Carolyn and Larry Snyder.

He was a graduate of Madison Central High School, and had received his Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education from Campbellsville University.

Shane had worked for Aspen Contracting, the Department of the Army at the Bluegrass Army Depot and served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1998 until 2000. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Richmond and involved in numerous mission projects, including those in Brazil, Mexico and several locations in the United States. Shane had a tenacious love for Jesus Christ. He impressed upon others that life is short, eternity is forever, Jesus is the Answer and he would ask “How are you making this day count?”

He enjoyed the outdoors and outdoor activities, cooking, writing, singing and playing his guitar. Shane had a heart for fatherless orphans.

Survivors include his parents, Carolyn and Eddie Hayes of Richmond, and Larry Snyder of Duncan, Oklahoma; his paternal grandfather, Paul Snyder of Connersville, Indiana; a sister, Michele Goltz and niece, McKayla Goltz, along with three half-brothers, several aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by a half-brother, Matthew and a half-sister, Julianna.

Celebration of Life services will be held at 12:00 PM Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, with Patrick Miller and David Howell officiating. Burial will follow at Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until service time on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403 or Pregnancy Help Center, 227 West Irvine Street, Richmond, KY 40475.

Nancy Lucille Newnam

Nancy Lucille Newnam, 68, formerly of Frankfort, passed away suddenly Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at her home in Bowling Green. She was born August 25, 1946 at Millville, Kentucky, in Woodford County to Ottis and Iva Myrtle Sullivan Newnam, both of whom preceded her in death.

Nancy was a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Frankfort.

Nancy is survived by one sister, Martha Wiley of Frankfort, two brothers, Gil Newman (Millie) of New Albany, IN, and Rick G Newnam (Nancy Kay) of Richmond and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Gary Lynn Newnam and a sister, Phyllis Newman Young.

Family graveside services will be held at 12:00 PM Friday, May 22, 2015 at Switzer Cemetery in Frankfort. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to your local Hospice organization.

Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joe Junior Knuckles
Joe Junior Knuckles

Joe Junior Knuckles

Joe Junior Knuckles, 67, of Crab Orchard, died Monday, May 18, 2015 at Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington. He was born May 22, 1947, in Berea, KY, to Mr. & Mrs. Joe Elzie Knuckles, both of whom preceded him in death.

Joe was a retired mechanic and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by sons, Kevin Joe Knuckles (Tabitha Parsons) of Berea, and Kevin’s mother Cindy Durham and Lloyd Knuckles and Johua Ryan Knuckles; sisters, Geraldine Sturgill, Marie Bowman, Brenda Sue Knuckles and Sharon Bowman; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son Bo Knuckles and brothers, Harold Knuckles and Hershel Knuckles and sisters Louise Williams and Mafree Knuckles.

Services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, with John Gross and Clyde Coffey officiating. Burial will follow in the Scaffold Cane Cemetery in Rockcastle County. Visitation will be after 11:00 AM Saturday at the funeral home.

Dixie Taylor Shelton
Dixie Taylor Shelton

Dixie Taylor Shelton

Dixie Taylor Shelton 75, widow of Thomas Shelton, passed away at her home on May 17th after a long battle with cancer.

Dixie was a native of Kentucky, but she had lived in Florida and North Carolina for nearly fifty years before moving to Richmond in June 2014. She was a lifelong Christian and a longtime member of Providence Baptist Church in Harrisburg, N.C.

Dixie was the daughter of Walker and Lydia Henson Taylor of Waco, Ky who predeceased her. She was also predeceased by an infant twin sister, Dexter, sister, Glynda Carol Taylor, and brother, Donald Taylor.

Dixie is survived by one brother, Walker Taylor, Jr. (Judy), and two sisters, Barbara (Kenneth) Justice and Margaret (Dean) Acker, all of Richmond. Other survivors include her sister-in-law, Sharon (Bill) Massey, Raleigh, N.C.

She is also survived by several nephews and nieces including Ty Justice, Atlanta, Ga., Jeff Griffith (Tara), Walton, Ky, Brad Taylor, Richmond, Michelle and Teresa Taylor, Berea, and Jeff and Jessica Massey, Raleigh, N.C. Also surviving are three great nephews; Owen Griffith, Louisville, and Donnie Wyatt and Blake Eades, Berea. She leaves behind many beloved friends in Harrisburg, N.C.

The family expresses special thanks to Hospice Chaplain Jim Baldwin, the Hospice Care Plus nurses, and her caregivers Diana Moore, Donna Williams and Rachel Hill.

A brief prayer service for family and friends, led by Chaplain Baldwin, will be held at Oldham, Roberts and Powell at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord, N.C. with entombment there.

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Melinda Star Gibson

Melinda Star Gibson, infant daughter of Donald E. and Melinda Justice Gibson, of Irvine, was still born Friday, May 15, 2015 at Baptist Health of Richmond.

Private family services will be conducted.

Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge.

Hazel Lee Overbay

Hazel Lee Overbay, 74, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015. Mrs. Overbay, the daughter of the late Richard and Ida Mae Jones Overbay, was born on November 25, 1940 in Rockcastle County.

She was a homemaker and had attended the Valley View Holiness Church.

She is survived by her children: Sherman Dargavell, Steve Dargavell (Kris), Raymond Dargavell (Brenda), Marty Dargavell (Jeannette), Jenny Poynter and Janie Shanks (Emery); three sisters: Flossy Jones, Glessey Hubbard and Katherine Sue McClure, 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her brother: Richard Overbay.

Graveside Services will be conducted at 3 PM Sunday, May 24, 2015 at the Dargavell Cemetery in Baldwin with Rev. Glendon Dargavell officiating.

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

Jerry W. Henson

Jerry W. Henson, 72, of Richmond, the husband of Ruth Henson, died Wednesday morning, May 20, 2015, at the Compassionate Care Center. Jerry was born on December 2, 1942 in Buena Vista, Georgia, the son of the late Clyde Chester and Beulah Moore Henson.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church and was the retired owner of Jerry’s Car Stereo in Richmond. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Survivors include his wife: Ruth West Henson; two daughters: Beth Henson Masden and Sandra Henson Price; two sisters: Brenda Henson Humber and Tricia A. Henson; one brother: Bobby M. Henson; three grandchildren: Cassandra K. Henson, Nicholas H. Masden, Zoe B. Jackson and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Fort officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 11:30 AM Saturday at the funeral home.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: George E. Ridings, Bobby Botner, Bo Caudill, Bobby Robinson, Gayle Rucker and Tim Foley.

Donations may be made to the Compassionate Care Center, 350 Isaacs Lane, Richmond, KY 40475

Irene Combs Alexander

Irene Combs Alexander, 69, of Richmond, passed away Monday evening, May 18, 2015. She was born on March 5, 1946 in Perry County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late William Henry “Bill” and Martha Crawford Combs.

She was a homemaker and attended the Lancaster Road Church of God.

Survivors include three daughters: Lona DeBoard, Debra Cravens (Richard) and Margaret Mazurek; four sisters: Wanda Thacker, Lorraine Morfield, Nettie Johnson (Charlie) and Bertha Foster; eight grandchildren: Stephanie Mazurek Hale (Doug), Corey DeBoard (Jamie), Kimberly DeBoard, Travis Mazurek, Anthony DeBoard, Jonathon Mazurek, Cody Cravens and Emily Cravens; one great-grandchild: Hayleigh Sue Grace Barnett as well as several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by one brother: Oscar Combs, one sister: Thelma Vickie Baker and her husband: Delbert Alexander.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 PM Friday at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Rev. Butch Payne officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Joseph Lawson, William Foster, Don Foster, Russell Morfield, Burl Culton and Brian Culton.

John Travis Cromer
John Travis Cromer

John Travis Cromer

Mr. John Travis Cromer age 68, of Mt.Vernon passed away Thursday May 21, 2015 at the U.K. Hospital in Lexington. He was born on October 27, 1946 in Livingston, Ky. the son of the late Robert Felix and Rosa Cromer.

He was a retired custodian at Eastern Kentucky University, enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding in the wrecker with Gary Prewitt, he also enjoyed spending time with his dog Rusty, and family & friends, and was a member of the Freedom Baptist Church.

Survivors are: his wife; Mrs. Lorraine Grenier Cromer of Mt.Vernon. One daughter; Sherri Lynne Harness of Mt.Vernon. One step-daughter; Sandra Weaver and husband Dennis of Mt.Vernon. Two step-sons; Harles Cliffton Campbell and wife June of McEwen, TN, and Noah Clarence Campbell and wife Crystal of Berea. One grandchild; Austin Harness, nine great grandchildren, and many cousins also survive.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by: one son; Robert Wayne Cromer.

Visitation will be after 12 Noon Wednesday May 27, 2015 at Cox Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 1 PM Wednesday May 28, 2015 at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Kirtby Cemetery.

Joseph Miller

Joseph Miller, 58, of Crab Orchard Rd. Lancaster, passed away Thursday May 21, 2015 at V.A. Hospital in Lexington KY. He was born June 22, 1956 in Fayette Co. KY to the late William Ethard and Theresia Urban Miller.

Joseph fought for our country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was a carpenter, enjoyed farming, barn work, fishing, and loved riding his Harley Motorcycle.

Surviving are three brothers William Miller(Cynthia) of Jessamine Co. KY, Kenneth Miller of Wayne Co. KY, and Glenn Miller of Lancaster KY; four sisters Marie Albert(Steve) of Virginia, Juanita Evans(Rowland) of Lancaster KY, Sylvia Miller(John) of Dry Ridge KY, and Theresia Jones(Dennis) of London KY.

Funeral services 11 AM Tuesday May 26, 2015 at Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jeremy Gilliam officiating. Visitation 5-8 PM Monday. Burial in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Savage, Mike Miller, Tim Newton, B.J. Miller, Rowland Evans Jr., T.W. Newton, Kenneth Wireman, and Kevin Wireman.

Maurine Malear
Maurine Malear

Maurine Malear

Maurine Sanders East Malear, 90 of Nina Ridge in Lancaster, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Baptist Health Hospital in Madison County. Born June 23, 1924, in Madison County, she was a daughter of the late Burton and Della Roberts Sanders. She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands; Ed East and Chester Malear, a brother; George Sanders, a sister; Elizabeth Sanders and an infant son; Bobby East.

Survivors include her daughter; Marilyn (Robert) Davis, of Lancaster, a grandchild; Marcella (John) Starck, of Glen Carbon, Illinois and a great grandchild, Braden Starck.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Ramsey-Young Funeral Home by Bros. Wayne Howard and Dallas Murphy with a burial following at Lancaster Cemetery. Visitation will be 5—9PM Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Mason Long, Marvin Long, Joe Floyd, John Starck, Carlisle Stone and Carl Allen Ward. Honorary Pallbearers will be Kenneth Fowler, Hogan Moore, Danny Allen, Caywood Metcalf and Doug Cook.

William Martin Montie

William Martin Montie, age 67, of Blackburn Road in Irvine passed away Friday, May 22, 2015, at the Compassionate Care Center following a long illness. He was born April 1, 1948 in Wyandotte, Michigan and was the son of the late Gilbert and Dorothy Egan Montie.

He was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the American Legion. He was a former employee of Kokoku and had lived in Estill County the past 21 years.

He is survived by His wife: Janet Lynn Hymer Montie, 2 Daugthers: Stacey Camden of Irvine, Tammy Baldwin & husband, Joe of Michigan. 4 Sons: William Matthew Montie of Michigan, Richard Allen Montie & wife, Tammy of North Carolina, Gilbert Martin Montie of LaGrange, Steven Montie & wife, Naomi of Richmond, 1 Brother: Gil Montie of Virginia, 22 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by 1 sister, Terri Montie and 1 grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, May 25, 1 PM at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Bro. Harry Rubble. Friends may call after 11 AM Monday at the Funeral Home.

Irene Anglin McGlothen

Irene Anglin McGlothen, age 79, of Cow Creek Road in Ravenna passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at her home following a long illness. She was born September 26, 1935 in Madison County and was the daughter of the late Seab and Dovie Evans Anglin.

She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Lee McGlothen.

She is survived by 6 Sons: Charles Donald McGlothen of Richmond, Bobby Dale McGlothen, Lexington, Ricky Lynn McGlothen & wife, Trece, Georgetown, Michael Lee McGlothen & wife, Debra, Woodford Co., Mark Allen McGlothen & wife, Cindy, Lexington, Anthony Glenn McGlothen & wife, Anita, Lexington, 1 Sister: Dora Richardson, Estill Co., 2 Brothers: Ronnie Anglin, Richmond, Delmar Anglin, Richmond, 14 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by 3 sisters; Helen Hamm, Marie Pearson, Aline McKinney and 1 brother, Boyd Anglin.

Friends may call between 6 and 8 PM Saturday, May 23, at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Hospice Care Plus.

Jo Ann Gabbard
Jo Ann Gabbard

Jo Ann Gabbard

Jo Ann Norris Gabbard was born April 20, 1944 in Jackson County and departed this life Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Baptist Health Hospital in Lexington, being 71 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Edwin & Maudie (Isaacs) Norris.

Jo Ann is survived by her loving husband of 51 years and 8 months, Jewell Gabbard of McKee; two loving children, Katrina Sparks of McKee and Jerry Sonny Gabbard and wife Melissa of Annville. She was blessed with six grandchildren that she adored, Kody Bingham and husband Brian of Tyner, Jesy Sparks of McKee, Jalen Gabbard of Annville, Laken Gabbard of Annville, Jala Gabbard of London and Maverick Gabbard of London; by a great grandson, Briley John Bingham; seven step grandchildren, David Sparks, Cevin Sparks and wife Jessica, Brittany Collett, Carrie Sams, Jacob Sams, Savannah Sams and Cheyenne Sams; five step great grandchildren, Maverick Sparks, Kirsten Sparks, Blake Sparks, Ryan Sparks & Aleah Jenkins. Jo Ann was also survived by a brother, Jack Norris and wife Trula of Berea and by two sisters, Twila Davis and husband Charles of Connersville, IN and Brenda Harding of Frankfort.

Jo Ann is also survived by a niece Donna Sparks, who she was raised up with like a sister and by Joyce Gay who is a special part of her family. Also a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

In addition to her parents, Jo Ann was also preceded in death by her mother and father in law, Ernest “Frosty” & Sally Gabbard; by her brother, Jerry Norris; by two brothers in law, Bobby Harding and Cecil Gabbard and by her favorite son in law, John Sparks.

Jo Ann loved each and every one of her family and friends. They were all so important to her and a treasured part of her life as she was to all of them.

At 28 years old Jo Ann got saved at Victory Tabernacle Full Gospel Church in Sand Lick, KY. She was their secretary/treasurer for 15 years. She was also a Sunday school teacher at Victory Tabernacle for 15 years, where she met many children, but two children in particular who were so very special to her, they were Betty Weaver and Lolita Gray McCowan. At the end of her life journey, Jo Ann was a member of the McKee House of Prayer.

During the 1960’s, Jo Ann worked for the Head Start Program for the Jackson County School System. She also volunteered for the Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center, where she eventually hired to work on August 13, 1979. She remained working here until she retired on September 30, 2006. In later years, Jo Ann also volunteered her time at the Horizon Adult Day Care Center.

Another highlight in Jo Ann’s life is that in the mid 1970’s she started a family singing group that later became known as the Kinfolk Tradition in 2002.

Jo Ann also had a much decorated career as a City of McKee Council Member. She dedicated her time and service as a member of the council for 16 years. She was appointed by the McKee City Council to become a commissioner on the Board of the Housing Authority on February 26, 2007, and she remained a part of this board until November 26, 2013. She received a key to the City of McKee in 2007. Jo Ann was also a dedicated member of the Jackson County Fair Board for 2 years.

Jo Ann met many people in her life through her community service and her various endeavors. Because the people she met and interacted with had such an impact on her life, she asked that the following people and organizations be recognized as honorary pallbearers: Mary Lou Cody, Tim & Bessie Adams, Sis Ledford, John Butwell, Tammy Spurlock, Sue Caldwell, George Farrell, Mary Parrett, Crystal Isaacs, Judy Bowman, Reba Hurst, Ilene Boggs, Johnny Peters, Brian Murray, Donnie Gabbard, and the McKee Volunteer Fire Department, all class mates that she attended school with, all City of McKee Employees, Both City Mayors that she served under, Dwight Bishop and John Tompkins, All of her co-workers from the Comprehensive Care Center, all the City Council Members she served with while she was on the council, with a special thanks to Cathy Howell for being such a wonderful friend during the time they served together, all members of The Kinfork Tradition, past and present and everyone that was a friend and made an impact in her life.

Everyone who knew Jo Ann loved her for the kindness she showed towards everyone she met, her wonderful smile, and her sparkling personality. She was a very dedicated member of the community and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Funeral service was held 3:00PM Friday, May 22, 2015 at Lakes Funeral Home McKee with Bro. Phillip “Worm” Johnson and Bro. Brian Gabbard officiating. Burial followed in the McKee Cemetery. Visitation was held at 6:00PM Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Funeral Home.

Singers and musicians were Anna Lea Gabbard, Peggy Lakes, Faye Harris, Marilyn Gabbard, Phillip “Worm” Johnson, Johnny Lakes, Tim Adams, Gordon Hisel, Kevin Murray, Kody Sparks Bingham and Melvin “Blue” Lakes. Prayer was given by, Kenneth James Fox; obituary was read by Eldon Browning; Reading of poems and accomplishments, Brian Murray; Ringer of the church bell, Katherine Fee Golden and florist, Joyce Sparks Gay (Carl’s Flower Shop).

Pallbearers were Kody Sparks Bingham, Brian Bingham, Jesy Sparks, Jalen Gabbard, Laken Gabbard, Jala Gabbard, Maverick Gabbard, Jacob Sams, Trenton Sparks and Trevor Sparks.

Brian C. Turner

Brian C. Turner was born June 2, 1977 in Richmond and departed this life Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington, being 37 years of age. He was the son of Robert Turner of East Bernstadt and Gail Bowles of McKee.

In addition to his parents, Brian is also survived by the following siblings, Allen (Joe) Bowles and Tammy Allen and husband Jonathan of McKee, Stephen Bowles of Ohio, William Turner, Katie Turner and Dennis Turner all of London.

Funeral service was held 2:00PM Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Lakes Funeral Home McKee with Bro. Carroll de Forest officiating. Burial followed in the Nunn Cemetery. Visitation was held at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday May 19, 2015 at the Funeral Home.

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