OBITUARIES MAY 21-28, 2017

Roger Marion Oliver

Roger M. Oliver

Roger M. Oliver, age 76, passed away May 23, 2017, at his beloved home surrounded by his family after a brief but hard-fought illness. He was born on January 13, 1941, in Berea, Kentucky. He was the son of L. Marion and Mildred Young Oliver, and was a member of Berea Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an older brother who died in childhood, Noal, and by his adored wife of forty-seven years, Gladys Jennings (Muff) Oliver, although her precious memory continued to live and reside with him until his death.

He is survived by his loving family consisting of his children, Brigette Oliver Ryalls (Steven Buda), Brandy Oliver Brown (Ben Robinson, III), and Anthony Jennings Oliver (Claire FitzSimmonds), each of whom was his favorite. He is also survived by the children of Brandy, Anthony Sebastian and Alexander Payne “Zane” Brown, and the children of Brigette, Anne Lorraine and Jackson Kenneth Ryalls, each of his grandchildren also being his favorite. Also surviving are his brother, Douglas Y. Oliver and his wife Deanee, and a dear niece and nephew, Brinkley Oliver Brown and Noal Oliver.

Roger graduated from Berea High School in 1958, the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce in 1963, and the University of Kentucky Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in December, 1963. While in law school he was on the Moot Court Board as well as the Kentucky Law Journal.

Roger, for the better part of his legal career, was a general practitioner in his firm Oliver & Oliver Law Offices with an emphasis on litigation. In 1986, he established a jury money verdict record in Garrard County, Kentucky. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and qualified for membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He was also Berea City Attorney from 1968-1978 and Master Commissioner for the Madison Circuit Court from 1970-1980. He was a member of the Madison County Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, American Justice Association [formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association] and the Kentucky Justice Association [formerly the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys]. He was admitted to practice in all Kentucky courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. In 2015, he was honored by the Kentucky Bar Association as a Senior Counselor.

Roger also had many varied interests outside of his family and the practice of law. He formerly was a coowner of WKXO Radio Station in Berea. He opened the Irongate Restaurant & Lounge in Richmond, as well as restaurants in Lexington and Winchester. He taught accounting at Eastern Kentucky University. He was a past president and board member of the Berea Country Club. He was past vice-chairman and a board member of the Madison County International Committee, having made seven trips to Japan in that capacity. He was a licensed pilot; an amateur musician (piano, bass guitar, trumpet, and nationally renowned gut-bucket player); an amateur photographer; a golfer; a basketball player (until his body wouldn’t cooperate); an above-average ping pong player; the winner of the 1960 ACU Region 4 Pocket Billiards Tournament in Lexington; an intermediate singles and advanced doubles tournament backgammon player, having placed second in doubles division at an Ohio State Backgammon Tournament; and formerly the color analyst for the Eastern Kentucky University Sports Network and play-by-play broadcaster for the Berea College Basketball Radio Network. He was also the writer and broadcaster of a daily radio program entitled Law Talk, a legal commentary on areas of general and current legal interest.

Later in life, after the death of his wife, Muff, he also became an accomplished cook, dishwasher, laundry person, and an all-around homemaker.

Roger’s life will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, beginning at 5 p.m., at 1008 Richmond Road at the home he and Muff designed early in their marriage after seeing a photograph in a magazine of double doors looking out at a swimming pool. They were able to break ground in 1978 and both deeply loved their dream home throughout their lives. Roger and Muff loved to host family, friends, and colleagues at parties at their home, filling it with
laughter and joy. It was his wish that tales of his life and his many adventures be shared among those who loved him in a celebration of the same manner: All are welcome to come to the celebration for 5 minutes or 5 hours. The price of admission is only that you have a fond memory of Roger to share with others. Dress is casual.

There will be a Memorial Service at Davis & Powell Funeral Home on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 2 p.m. The family will be receiving visitors prior to the service from 12-2 p.m. It was

Roger’s request that he be cremated. Roger and Muff’s ashes will be combined and interred at a later date at the Berea Cemetery, where they will remain together for eternity.

The family requests that gestures of remembrance be made through donations in honor of Roger M. Oliver to the Hospice Compassionate Care Center, 350 Isaacs Lane, Richmond, Kentucky.

Searie Lou Hutchins

Searie Lou Hutchins

Searie Lou Rose Hutchins, 65, of Irvine, died Friday, May 26, 2017 at her residence. Born November 28, 1952 in Ohio, daughter of the late Curtis Jefferson and Lula Belle Shelton Rose.

She worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse and last served at Berea Health and Rehabilitation Center. Searie attended the Bear Wallow Holiness Church.

She is survived by 2 children, Renaye Bowman (Rodney) and Robin Farthing (Jeff); 5 grandchildren, Taylor Masters, Seth Masters, Zachary Bowman, Tyler Bowman, Allison Bowman; 1 brother, Marvin Rose (Lisa); 1 sister, Della Abrams; as well as numerous relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Lavone Lear.

Funeral Service 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Reppert Funeral Home with Bro. Dwight Northern and Bro. Artie Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in Curtis Rose Family Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 12:00 noon to 2:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Seth Masters, Tyler Bowman, Zachary Bowman, Jeff Farthing, Rodney Bowman, and Zach Rose.

Frances J. Ford

Frances J. Ford

Frances J. Hovater Ford, age 89, of Richmond, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017 at Baptist Health in Richmond. Frances was born in Perry County, Kentucky to the late William Obidiah and Edna Claxton Hovater.

She retired from Reynolds-Reynolds paper manufacturing Dayton, Ohio before moving to Kentucky. She was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church and a member of the Wallaceton Homemakers Club.

In addition to her parents, Frances was also preceded in death by her loving husband Edsel Ford, and two brothers William and James Hovater.

She is survived by her children, Paul Ford and Geraldine Dunaway; one brother Donald Hovater; four grandchildren, Brian Dunaway, Sarah Ford Thompson, Stephanie Dunaway O’Donnell, and Erin Ford; and six great grandchildren, Dylan O’Donnell, Austin Dunaway, Alyssa O’Donnell, Sekai Thompson, Malia Thompson, and Olivia Dunaway.

Funeral services will be 12 pm Monday, May 29, 2017 at Lakes Funeral Home Berea with Rev. Ed Cortez officiating. Entombment will follow on Tuesday at Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 11am -12pm at the funeral home.

Charles Thomas Lutes

Charles Thomas “Charlie” Lutes, 73, of Waco, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at his home. Born April 26, 1944, in Madison County, he was the son of George and Ida Mae Wombles Lutes, both of whom preceded him in death.

Charlie was a farmer and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include four sisters, Edith Dodd of Henderson, Nevada, Viola Dennis of Waco, Edna Schroeder (Tom) of Newport Beach, California, and Juanita Lutes of Henderson, Nevada; a niece, Patty Denny (David) and great niece, Lacey Mae Denny. He was preceded in death by one brother, Elmer Ray Lutes.

Funeral Service for Charlie will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday May 30, 2017 at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Jones officiating the services. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Childers, Jimmy “Roadrunner” Rhodus, Jimmy Cornelison, David Eades, Donald Joe Masters, Donnie Wilson, Kenny Wilson and Wally Norris. Honorary pallbearers will be Harry Bush, Tom Schroeder, David Denny, Marcus Eades, and Patrick Tudor.

James Howard Mullins

James Howard Mullins, 94, of Lexington, formerly of London, KY, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. Born, July 22, 1922, in Pikeville, KY, he was the son of Noah and Grace Looney Mullins, both of whom preceded him in death.

Mr. Mullins was a retired store manager for the Blue Diamond Coal Company in Leatherwood, KY and a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge. His greatest love was his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Marie Boone Mullins and is survived by one daughter, Mary Kathryn Wadlington and his grandson, James Michael “Mike” Newman, both of Lexington.

There will be a private service at a later date. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home of Richmond is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to one’s favorite charity.

Lillie Mae Banks

Lillie Mae Banks, 77, of Richmond, the widow of Teddy Ray Banks, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at her home. Born July 3, 1939, in Whitesburg, KY, she was the daughter of the late Willard and Eva Sizemore Banks.

Mrs. Banks was a retired dietary manager for McCready Manor and a member of Unity Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and cooking and she loved her cat “Rocky”.

Survivors include two daughters, Eva Haynes (Charles) of Richmond, and Sharon Blaine (Bill) of Costa Mesa, California; one brother, Vernon Banks of Madison, Indiana; and four grandchildren, Nathaniel Caleb Haynes, Charles Edward Haynes IV, Zachary David Blaine and Abby Susanna Blaine.

A memorial service will be held at 5:00 PM Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Dr. Dennis Brewer officiating. Friends will be received from 4:30 until service time on Saturday.

Milton Earl Frazier
Milton Earl Frazier

Milton Earl Frazier, 70, of Richmond, passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 follow a brief illness. Born February 7, 1947, at Hohenwald, Tennessee, he was the son of Millard Moore and Mamie Skelton Frazier, both of whom preceded him in death.

Milt was a retired telephone equipment installer and a member of Red House Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, and the outdoors and loved riding his four-wheeler with his wife and the boys. He was always willing and took great pleasure in helping his friends and neighbors with their farming operation projects. Above all, he loved his family and his church family.

Survivors include his loving wife, Susan Elizabeth James Frazier; two sons, Steven Earl “Stacy” Frazier and James Frank Frazier; one brother Gene Frazier; one grandson Steven Hunter Frazier; a sister-in-law, Fran Frazier; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Marie Frazier and three brothers, R.T. “Buck” Skelton, Alfred Frazier, and John Thomas Frazier.

There will be a Celebration of Life 1:30 PM on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, with Rev. Rodney Stewart Wilcox officiating. Visitation will be from 11:30 AM until service time at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Red House United Methodist Church, 2398 Red House Road, Richmond, KY 40475

Iva Mae Jones

Iva Mae Jones, 84, of Waco, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 at her home. Born September 8, 1932, in Berea, KY, she was the daughter of Samuel and Goldie Banks Eden, both of whom preceded her in death.

She was a former employee of Westinghouse and Newberry’s Department Store, but her main interest was that of being a homemaker, who enjoyed flowers and gardening. Her greatest enjoyment was her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mrs. Jones was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her husband, John Victor Jones and one daughter, Vickie Moody (John William) all of Waco; one brother, Ronnie Daughtery; three sisters, Thelma Dodson, Elsie Simpson (Charles) and Sue McNicholas (Ervin); grandchildren, John Mark Moody (Jessica) and Bridget Rose (Gene); great grandchildren, Abby Rose, Lillee Moody, Kacey Rose, Meghan Moody, Emily Moody and Sean Moody; one special sister-in-law, JoAnn Eden; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, June Oldson and four brothers, Jack, James, Howard and Ralph Eden.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with her nephew, Donald Gene Jones, officiating. Burial will follow at Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 10 AM until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Mark Moody, Gene Rose, Tim Jones, Frank Jones, Glen Jones, and Greg Jones.

Bill Dixon

Billy Ray Dixon

Billy Ray “Bill” Dixon, 69, of Richmond, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at his home. Bill, the son of the late Claude Dixon and Ida Stamper Dixon, was born in Estill County on December 22, 1947.

He enjoyed dirt track racing but especially loved each member of his family. He was a member of Viney Fork Baptist Church. On May 6, 1966, Bill was united in marriage to Lullie Powell Dixon who survives.

He is also survived by his son: Jerry Dixon and Phyllis of Irvine; his daughter: Renee Messina and Joe of Berea; three brothers: Claude E. Dixon, Delbert Dixon and April and Charles Dixon and Anna; seven sisters: Judy Dixon, Caroline Newman and William, Barbara Cain and Andy, Peggy Jones and Paul, Mae Smith and Ricky, Pamela Proctor and Danny and Donna Wise and Gerald; five grandchildren: Matthew Messina and Becky, Nick Messina and Chloe, Amanda Adams and Derrick, Cassie Guinn and Shelby Dixon and Wesley; three great grandchildren: Zayden, Preston and Landon; two sisters-in-law: Delores Dixon and Sue Dixon and several nieces and nephews.

Bill was also preceded in death by two brothers: Eugene Dixon and Roger Dixon.

Family and friends may gather from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home. The family has chosen a private service.


Robert Eugene Griffith

Robert Eugene Griffith, 89, the husband of Betty P. Simpson Griffith, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, KY. He was born on August 2, 1927 in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of the late Robert M. and Emma Lee Berry Griffith.

Bob was a 40 year Veteran of the U.S. Navy, retiring as Sr. Chief Petty Officer. Following his retirement from the Navy, He worked for UPS for 20 years. He was a member of The First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife Betty, two sons: Robert E. Griffith Jr., and Eric L. Griffith; two step-daughters: Debbie Kelly (David) and Robin Kacmarcik (Dave); one sister: Geraldine L. Harvey; four grandchildren: Lyle, Sean, Jordan and Laura Griffith; three step-grandchildren: Brandon, Dustin and Stone as well as several other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Melva L. Brown Griffith, one brother: Wallace B. Griffith and one sister: Joyce Allen Moore.

A Graveside service will be held at 2:30 P.M. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at The Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County with Rev. Bill Fort officiating. The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial Donations may be made in Memory of Bob, to The Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, 100 Veterans Drive, Wilmore, KY 40390

James Franklin Luster

James Franklin Luster

Mr. James Franklin Luster, 75, of Richmond KY, and Okeechobee, FL, passed away on Wednesday morning, May 24, 2017, at the Baptist Health Hospital in Richmond. Mr. Luster was born on Sand Ridge in Madison County on March 1, 1942, to the late Luther and Lillie Mae Dozier Luster.

He was the former owner and operator of Madison Auto Service in Richmond, and was currently the owner and operator of Tropical Breeze Marine in Okeechobee, FL. He will be remembered as a hard worker who loved to fish.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Brenda Perkins Luster; one son, Charles Michael Montgomery; two sisters; Goldie Hiton and Debbie Luster; five brothers, Bill Luster, Donald Luster (Jean), Doug Luster (Agg), Paul Luster (Brenda), and Charles Luster (Beverly); one aunt, Mary Grise; and three special pets, Nibbler, Oreo and Oscar.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: one son, Craig Luster; one sister, Joyce Peters; and one brother, Kenneth Luster.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 4:00 PM Saturday, May 27, 2017, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, W. Main St., Richmond, with Bro. Sidney Sparks, Bro. Jerry Rose, and Bro. Paul Luster officiating. Visitation will be after 2:00 PM Saturday, at the funeral home.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Jimmy Miller, David Hamilton, Russell Lane, Tom Hill, LD Hill, Denzel Hall, and Harold Bingham.

Ruth Chandler

Ruth Masters Chandler, 96, the widow of Carl Chandler, passed away Tuesday afternoon, May 23, 2017 at The Terrace in Berea. A former resident of Newby, Ruth was born in Madison County on September 30, 1920, to the late Joseph Henry and Zeffie M. Perkins Masters.

She was a homemaker and was a member of The Newby Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her siblings: Forest Masters, Garnett Masters, Sue Cates, Ether B. Lackey, Robert M. “Scrub” Masters, Edna Clark and William C. “Duff” Masters. In addition she was preceded in death by her nephews: Ralph Masters, Shelby Joe Masters and Carson Masters; and nieces: Norvaline Hale, Henrietta Moberly, Roberta Prewitt and Patricia Broaddus.

Survivors include a nephew: Gary Clark (Sharon) and nieces: Helen Thompson, Brenda Fowler (Kenneth) and Joan Gray (Broaddus) as well as several great nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Guiley officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-9 PM Friday evening at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Terry Gortney, Joe Masters, Mike Masters, Michael Chandler, Jack Newland, Danny Allen, Larry Prewitt and David Prewitt.

Pamela Smith

Pamela Smith

Pamela Gail McGaughey Smith, 55, of Richmond, the wife of William B. Smith, passed away Sunday evening, May 21, 2017, at the UK Chandler Medical Center in Lexington. Pam was born on March 14, 1962 in Frankfort, Kentucky, daughter of the late Carl and Oneta Wells McGaughey.

She was a sign language interpreter and DHH instructor for the Fayette County School System. Being NIC Certified, she had received her National Interpreter Certification, and in addition, had received her Advanced Certification from The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. She was a member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-Richmond Ward.

She is survived by her husband, William; two sons: Nicholas Wayne Smith and Andrew James Smith; two sisters: Donna Wade (Dave) of American Fort, UT and Carla Arnold (Ben Schrader) of Frankfort; one brother: Steve McGaughey (Beckie) of Frankfort; her father and mother-in-law: Bill and Jean Smith; her brother & sister-in-law: Reed and Diane Smith; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 26, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 201 South Keeneland Drive, Richmond, KY. Entombment will follow at Madison Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family will receive friends and relatives from 6-9 PM Thursday evening at the church. The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers are: Robert McCool, Nolan McGaughey, Paul Green, Shannon Cooley, Charlie Fisher and Bradley McGaughey. Honorary Pallbearers are: Gordon Brandenburg and Matt Guerra.

Memorial Contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association or Madison County Relay for Life.

Carol Jean Riddle

Carol Jean Riddle

Mrs. Carol Jean (Purcell) Riddle of Brodhead passed away Friday, May 26, 2017 at Rockcastle Regional Hospital after a short illness.  She was surrounded by her family.  Mrs. Riddle was born June 8, 1934 in Mt. Vernon, Ky. to the late Cecil and Flora Mae (Brown) Purcell. 

She was a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School . She was a retired employee of Rockcastle County School Systems as a secretary and assistant. She was a member of Brodhead Baptist Church.  She enjoyed activities such as: Thursday’s Club, NOAH Club, and enjoyed being around family and friends such as Celena’s Little Old Ladies.  She was joined in marriage to William (Billy) D. Riddle on March 4, 1952.

Those left to celebrate her life are her daughter Vicki (Gary) Scott, daughter Cheryl Brown, and son David (Sandi) Riddle, all of Brodhead, Ky.  Her five grandchildren: Angie (David) Lewis of London, Ky., Corey (Lindsey) Scott of Berea, Ky., Weston Riddle of Brodhead, Ky, Jared (Kara) Brown of Brodhead, Ky. Kyle (Chelsea) Riddle of Berea, Ky.  Her four great-grandchildren: Riley and Ivy Lewis, Keegan Riddle and Adlee Scott. Her brother Tom Purcell of Frankfort, Ky. Her sister  Judy (Jim) Dreaden of Centerville, Ind. and sister-in-laws Johnnie Purcell of Kettering, Oh and Rissie Purcell of Boston, Ind and numerous special nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, William (Billy) Riddle, by her parents, Cecil and Flora Mae Purcell, two infant sisters Charlotte Kay, and Glenna Marie; brothers William (Billy) Purcell and James (Jimmy) Purcell.

Visitation for Mrs. Carol J. Riddle will be Sunday, May 28, 2017 from 6-9Pm at the Marvin E. Owens Home for Funerals. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, May 29, 2017 at 11AM at the funeral home with David Riddle officiating. Burial will follow in Piney Grove Cemetery, Brodhead, Ky.

Casket Bearers will be Gary Scott, David Lewis, Weston & Kyle Riddle, Corey Scott, and Jared Brown. Honorary Casket Bearers will be all of her Great-Grandchildren.

Lillian Jones
Lillian Jones

Lillian Jones was born January 1, 1925 in Jackson County and departed this life Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Baptist Health Hospital in Richmond, being 92 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Chester & Lola Mae (Eagleston) Harrison.

Lillian is survived by two sons, William Tee Jones and wife Mary, and Chester Jones; two daughters, Velva Turner and husband Dale and Sharon Fox and husband Carl all of Sand Gap, KY. She is also survived by two brothers, Ralph Harrison of Gray Hawk, KY and Hershel Harrison of Indiana. Lillian was blessed with 23 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Lillian was also preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Jones; two sons, Kenneth Harrison and Harold Jones; three daughters, Wand Lee Jones, Emma Jean Sweeney and Lola Kerby; 4 grandchildren, Kimberly Ann Houston, Marty Dale Jones, Sandra Jones & Renee Riddell; 3 great grandchildren, Christopher Harrison, Tara Renee Jones and Alivia Raelynn Jones; 1 brother, Harold Harrison and 4 sisters, Irene Harris, Anna Mae Harrison, Hazel Harrison and Ruby Harrison.

Lillian was a member of the Dry Fork Holiness Church.

Funeral service 12 Noon Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Lakes Funeral Home McKee with Bro. George Mullins and Bro. James Gray officiating. Burial to follow in the Harrison Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Preston Jones, Scottie Johnson, Cody Jones & William Kerby.

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