OBITUARIES OCT. 14-21, 2018

Randy Miller

Randall Lee Miller

Randall “Randy” Lee Miller, age 59, husband of 41 years to Pam Robinson Miller, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018, at Bluegrass Hospice Care Center in Lexington KY. He was born, December 11, 1958 in Berea, KY to the late Howard and Stella VanWinkle Miller.

Randy obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from Northwood University. He retired after 30 years at Toyota Motor North America, most recently serving as Human Resources Manager. Randy was of the Baptist faith and a long-time member and deacon at Dry Run Baptist Church in Georgetown, KY. He was a member of Gideon’s International since 1998 and a volunteer speaker. He served as the Scott County President for the American Heart Association and a board member of Hospice of the Bluegrass, California State University at Long Beach and Crime Stoppers.

Other than his parents, Randy was preceded in death by a son, Jeremy Lee Miller and a twin sister Sandra Miller.

He is survived by his wife, Pam Robinson Miller of Lexington KY, his children, A. Jason (AnnMarie Oliver) and Jennifer Laine Miller both of Lexington, KY, and his brothers, Rev. Wayne Miller of Berea, KY, Danny (Tammy) Miller of Mount Vernon, KY, and Greg (Gayle) Powell of Berea, KY.

Funeral services will be 2 PM Thursday, October 18 at Davis and Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Bill VanWinkle and Deacon Mark Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Chasteen Cemetery in Rockcastle County. Visitation will be from 3-9 PM Wednesday, October 17 at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jason Miller, Logan Miller, Garrett Theodore-Powell, Ray Abrams, Jeff VanWinkle, Harold VanWinkle, Doyle Key, Mikel Alexander, Susan Reed and Rick Miller. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Preece, Tom Zawacki, Mark Smith, Faith Miller, Madisan Miller, Sadie Collet, Christian Duff and Melissa Duff.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Gideons International (PO Box 97251 Washington, DC 20090-7251), Bluegrass Care Navigators (2313 Alexandria Drive Lexington, KY 40504) and American Cancer Society (PO Box 7262 Hillsborough, NJ 08844).

Lilly Mae Parson

Lilly Mae Parson

Lilly Mae Parson age 76, widow of Billy Parson, died Friday Oct. 19, 2018 in Lexington KY. Lilly was born in Garrard County to Robert Day and the late Margaret Pingleton Day.

Lilly was a member of the White Lick Baptist Church and was retired from Gibson Greeting Cards in Berea.

Lilly is survived by her children: Duane Randy (Jackie) Ash, Geoffrey David (Pamela) Ash and Amy (Tony) Renner, her sister Eunice (Charles) Locker, and her brother David (Tammy) Day, her grandchildren; Brittany Ash, Nathan Ash, Liz Guilbault, Gabe Renner, and her great grandchildren; Peyton, Cameron, and Haley Guilbault.

Funeral services will be Tuesday Oct. 23, 2018 at 11 am at Lakes Funeral Home Berea with Rev. Wayne Dunn officiating, burial will be in the Robinson Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6-9 pm at the Funeral Home.

Emily S. Lee

Emily S. Lee

Emily S. Lee age 31, of Cincinnati, formerly of Berea, passed away at her home on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Emily was born in Richmond, Kentucky to Jing-Pang and Shu-Mei Lee.

She graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania with a BA in biology and then attended Law school at University of Cincinnati. She was employed by Black Letter Discovery in Cincinnati.

Emily had been battling a very rare cancer called Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma for several years. She went through various treatments until her body could no longer take it. She was a fighter until the very end.

She really loved this world–the people in it, and the food. She was also an avid enthusiast of many things, including cooking, baking, fly fishing, running, art, fashion, and yoga among other things. Throughout her life, she has worked for the betterment of others. She volunteered at the Berea Health Ministry in high school and was involved in many community improvement activities with the Junior League of Cincinnati. She was a dear friend, sister, and daughter. She will be missed by many.

In addition to her parents, she is also survived by her brothers, Paul Lee, James Lee and his wife, Emma Liu; and one niece, Esther Lee.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Berea Baptist Church with Rev. Kevin Slemp officiating. A cemetery service will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11am-1pm at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Emily to the American Cancer Society (

John Newton Howard

John Newton Howard

John Newton Howard, age 72, of Berea Ky, formerly of New Vienna, OH, died Monday October 15, 2018 at Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond KY. He was born April 23, 1946 in Wilmington OH, a son of the late Ernest Herbert and Beulah Wyonne Young Howard.

John attended Belfast High School, was a lifelong member of Masonic Lodge #578 in New Vienna/Wilmington OH. He was a former member of New Vienna United Methodist Church, former member of Berea Country Club, and a Veteran of the United States Army serving during the Vietnam War.

John worked at Buckeye Molding/PRI, presently known as Huhtamaki Plastics, for seventeen years. He retired from Integrity Mold and Die in 2007.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Ann (Hester) Howard, his two daughters, Helene Howard, Jonda (John David) Raleigh of Berea KY, formerly of New Vienna, OH, two grandchildren, Newt Howard, Willow Raleigh, and one great-grandson, Dustin Howard, all of Berea KY, siblings, Kathy (Wendell) Mahanes of Wilmington, OH, Sharon (David) Shaw of Peachtree City, GA, Kenny (Bunny) Howard of Hillsboro OH, Tim (Kathy Leeann) Howard of New Vienna, OH.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Raymond, Jack, Dale, David, and Pete Howard, and one great-grandson, Mars Alexander Howard.

John is best known for his sense of humor, witty come backs, his parts handling equipment and his unconditional and strong love for his family.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 PM, Sunday October 21, 2018 at Lakes Funeral Home in Berea, KY. Funeral services will be 11 AM, Monday October 22, 2018. Burial will be at Berea Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his grandson, Newt Howard, his son-in-law, John David Raleigh, two nephews, David Howard, Darren Howard, and close family friends Tracy Hayes, and Austin Rose.

Clinton Harris

Clinton Harris

Clinton Harris age 69, husband of Judy Leece Harris, died Sunday Oct. 14, 2018 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Clinton was born in Clay County to the late Homer and Daisy Smallwood Harris.

He was retired from Hyster in Berea and he attended the New Horizon Church.

Clinton was also preceded in death by his brothers Raymond and Will Harris.

Clinton is survived by his wife Judy Harris, his sons Scott (Carrie) Sears and Rusty (Teri) Harris, his brother Winslow (Susan) Harris, and sister Jean (Troy) Grubb, and his grandchildren: Matthew Sears, Tyler Sears, Anna Grace Sears, Noah and Nathan Sears, and Macey Harris and many nieces and nephews, and his loving dog Buffy Lynn.

Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6-9 pm at Lakes Funeral Home Berea. Funeral services will be Wednesday Oct. 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm with Bro. Charlie Bowles and Bro. Glen Whittemore. Burial will be in the Saylor Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dewey Cunnigan, John Wooten, Billy Harris, Wade Harris, Virgil Stacey, and Dennis Hatfield. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Harris and Bill Stacey and the breakfast crew at Moores Grocery and McDonalds.

John Daniel Wilkinson

John Daniel Wilkinson

John Daniel Wilkinson died at his home in Richmond, Kentucky.

Funeral details are pending at this time.

Oldham, Roberts and Powell Funeral Home are in-trusted with the arrangements.

James Morris Ward

James (Jim) Morris Ward, 82, former EKU baseball coach, professor and husband of Judith Ann Theurer Ward, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Kenwood Health and Rehab in Richmond, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Helen Marie Brown and Charles Edward Ward.

Jim was EKU’s baseball coach for 22 years from 1980-2001 winning 628 games. Over his coaching career he had 939 victories (311 wins over 11 seasons at Stetson University) ranking him among the all-time coaching leaders. During his tenure at Eastern, Coach Ward won 5 OVC regular-season titles, 4 OVC tournament titles, made 4 NCAA Regional appearances (’84,’85, ’86 & ’89) and led the nation in biggest turnaround by winning 26 more games than the previous year his second season coaching. Coach Ward is an Athletic Hall of Fame inductee at EKU, Stetson University and the Ohio Valley Conference and a 5 time league Coach of the Year (’82, ’87, ’88, ’89 & 2000). He mentored 5 OVC Players of the Year, 64 All-Conference performers, 4 All-American student-athletes and had 29 players sign to play professional baseball. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jim received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in 1961 and his master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1967.

In addition to his wife Judith Ann, Jim is survived by his son, Scott (Kenni) Ward of Lexington, KY and two daughters; Cynthia (Timothy) Rollins of Chattanooga, TN and Jody (Kelly) Combs of Jamestown, OH. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren; Timothy Rollins, Nicholas Rollins, James Rollins, Justin Ward, Nathaniel Rollins, Kyle Combs, Katelyn Combs, Christopher Rollins, Benjamin Rollins, Kristen Combs, Emily Rios, Andrew Rollins, Kevin Combs and Alex Rollins along with 10 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3:00-6:00PM Sunday, October 21, 2018 in the Black Box Theatre at the EKU Performing Arts Center. Services will be 11:00AM Monday, October 22, 2018 at Oldham, Roberts and Powell Funeral Home with burial to follow at Madison Memorial Gardens.

Honorary pallbearers will be all former baseball players coached by Jim Ward.


Robert Fields Beddow

Robert Fields Beddow, 82, of Richmond, KY lost his short, hard fought battle against cancer on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Originally from Barbourville, KY, he was the son of Robert Edwin Beddow and Seldon Steele Beddow.

Mr. Beddow, was a pharmacist, who graduated from UK, also served in the Army during the Vietnam era. His 41 year career was spent primarily serving the Richmond community.

He is survived by his wife, Terry Miller Beddow, one stepdaughter; Alison Radford Payne (John D.) and grandchildren; Garrett, Collin and Mackenzie Payne of Alabama.

Visitation for family and friends will begin at 11:00AM Saturday, October 20, 2018 followed by 1:00PM funeral services at Oldham, Roberts and Powell Funeral Home officiated by Bob Vickers. Burial with graveside service will follow in the Barbourville Cemetery.

To remember and honor Mr. Beddow, contributions may be made to either the First Christian Church, 201 High St., Barbourville, KY 40906 or the Compassionate Care Center, 350 Isaacs Lane, Richmond, KY 40475

Justin Wade Elam

Justin Wade Elam

Justin Wade Elam, 23, of Richmond, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at St. Joseph Hospital East in Lexington, KY.

Justin was the son Jennifer Galasso Welch and Bill Welch. An employee with Solutions-Lexington, he enjoyed playing the guitar, movies, music, history and animals.

In addition to his parents Jennifer and Bill Welch, Justin is survived a sister Kara Welch of Richmond, KY and by grandparents; David Shraberg, Pat Shraberg, Michael Galasso Sr. and Kim Galasso. He is also survived by uncles; Michael Galasso and Christopher Galasso and aunts: Heather Taylor and Erin Cooper.

Services will be at 5:00PM Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Oldham, Roberts and Powell Funeral Home followed by visitation until 7:00PM.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Autism Society of America, 4340 East West Hwy. Suite 350, Bethesda MD. 20814.

Billie Sue Lea

Billie Sue Lea

Billie Sue Lea, 64, of Berea, Kentucky passed away October 16, 2018 at the University of Kentucky Hospital. Billie Sue was born in Richmond, KY and was the daughter of Betty Lee Whittaker Walker and Robert Edward Rogers, both of whom preceded her in death.

Billie was thehe wife of Charles Lea, Billie Sue was a homemaker and member of the Holiness Faith who enjoyed playing bingo and raising her four boys of whom she was very proud.

She is survived by her husband Charles and four sons; Tracy Wolfinbarger of Berea, KY, Billy Wolfinbarger of Lexington, KY, Allen (Pamela) Wolfinbarger of Berea, KY and Steve (Heather) White of Lancaster, KY. She is also survived by a brother; Ricky Isaacs, a sister; Eva Begley and four grandchildren; Lori (Brandon) Hartman, Michael White, Kaitlyn Bowling and McKenzie White. Billie also leaves behind her special dog Buddy and was preceded in death by her dog Missy.

Family gathering and casual services will be held for Billie Sue from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

Gary Douglas Portwood

Gary Douglas Portwood

Gary Douglas Portwood, 72, of Richmond, passed away Monday, October 15, 2018 at his home. He was born in Madison County, Kentucky on Sunday, May 26, 1945 to J. W. and Frances Kelley Portwood.

Gary worked as a truck driver, but loved and lived performing country music. He was lead singer with Silver Creek Band, Country Express and Country Ramblers. He enjoyed playing golf which was his favorite sport.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Thomas Portwood; one son, Gary Douglas Portwood, Jr. (Miranda); three daughters, Alexandria Koosh, Tenia Portwood and Sandy Rader; one brother, John Portwood (Dana); two sisters, Ellen Harvey and Audrey Day (Jerry); his beloved canine companion, Charlie; a special grandchild, Ryleigh Preston and several other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; special caregiver, Tiffany Preston; 10 nieces and 5 nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 11 AM Friday, October 19, 2018, at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Rev. James Allen and John Portwood officiating. Burial will follow in Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-9 PM Thursday at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Cecil Bing, Darrell Thomas, Doug Thomas, James Thomas, Donnie Thomas and Ricky Thomas.

Armeda Newton

Armeda Sparks Newton, 91, passed from her earthly life, Thursday, October 18, 2018, at Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, KY. She was born April 30, 1927, in South Irvine, KY, to the late Ruford and Grace Alcorn Sparks.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where she had been organist for many years. She loved her church, family, and friends with her great-grandchildren being the joys of her life. She had lived in Estill County all of her life.

She is survived by:
1 Daughter: Peggy Martin Estill Co.
1 Sister: Christine Newton Estill Co.
1 Brother: Gordon Sparks Montgomery Co.
2 Grandsons: Tyler (Laurie) Martin Estill Co.
Seth Martin Estill Co.
Son-in-law: James (Renee) Brashear Estill Co.
Great Grandchildren: Samantha Martin and James Martin

She was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Patricia Brashear, 2 sisters; Catherine Flynn and Eugenia Vere, 1 brother, Delmas Sparks, 1 grandson, Jeffrey Brashear and 1 son-in-law, James Martin II.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, October 21, 2 PM at the Calvary Baptist Church by Bro. Mark McLean and Bro. Todd Blevins. Burial will be at the Sunset Memorial Gardens. Friends may call between 6 and 8 PM Saturday at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home and after 1 PM Sunday at the Church.

Memorial gifts may be made to Calvary Baptist Church at 21 Glory Street in Irvine, KY 40336 or Hospice Care Plus, Inc. at 208 Kidd Drive at Berea, KY 40403.

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