James “Skip” Miller SMSGT, USAF Retired was born on September 15, 1942 in French Camp, CA to Clem and Rema Miller. He passed away peacefully on December 13, 2018 in Richmond, KY.
Skip was the oldest of Clem & Rema’s four children. He graduated from Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma, WA in 1960 & joined the Air Force to serve his country. Skip quickly found his passion with the field of Military Police. During his 27-year career, he served at numerous locations and conflicts including the Berlin Wall Crisis, Cuban Crisis, Vietnam War at Tan Son Nhut, and the Cold War. As an airman, he was the Training and Education Superintendent.
During a trip home on leave, Skip met his future wife Nancy in 1969, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma, WA. Nancy was the nurse during the birth of Skip’s nieces. They married September 6, 1969 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tacoma, WA. They honeymooned in Canada and quickly began their 40-year marriage adventure, welcoming the birth of their oldest son, Matthew in June 1970. Skip’s Air Force career took the new family to Wiesbaden, Germany, where they welcomed their second son, John in September 1971.
Skip, Nancy, and boys traveled extensively in Europe. His career returned the family stateside in 1972 and Skip continued his law enforcement career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons; City of Tacoma, Pierce County and City of Auburn. While working full time Skip, earned his bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Criminal Justice. Skip and Nancy also welcomed two daughters during this time Laurel in November 1973, and Holly in September 1979. He returned to Saint Martin’s College to complete his master’s Degree in Sociology 1980. Skip retired from the Air Force in 1987.
He was able to work with The State of Washington as a jail inspector. The state inspecting job was his absolute favorite until he became a grandfather. He was overjoyed to have Emily, Bailey, Dakota, Cierra and Deacon to spoil and love on.
During retirement, Skip traveled and shared his military stories, passion of history, learning and travel with his children and grandchildren. Skip is preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; parents Clem and Rema.
He leaves behind his four children Matthew, John, Laurel and Holly, son in law Bob Stone. Grandchildren, Emily, Bailey, Cierra, Dakota and Deacon. Brothers David (Linda) Miller, Norman (Linda) Miller; Sister, Patricia (David) Kilmartin. Uncle Joe (Barbara) Miller, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and family friends.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00am Saturday December 22, 2018 at Saint Mark Catholic Church in Richmond, Ky., with Father Tom Farrell officiating. Internment will be scheduled at a later date at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00pm-8:00pm Friday December 21, 2018 at Davis & Powell Funeral Home.
Roger M. Carraway
Roger M. Carraway, age 79, of Berea, passed away Friday, December 14, 2018 at the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington. Roger was born in Owensboro, Kentucky to the late Roger Lee and Mary Bernice Varble Carraway.
He was a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, he also retired from Lawson Products as a territory manager. He was a member and trustee of Berea United Methodist Church and a member of the Berea Rotary Club.
In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his sister Leila Grant.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis Holbrook Carraway, two children, Roger Keith Carraway and Cathy (Chris S.) Jones; three grandchildren, Roger Zachary Carraway, Christopher Caden Jones, and Coby Stephen Jones; and one brother-in-law, Rev. Bobby Grant.
Funeral services will be 10 am on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Lakes Funeral Home Berea with Rev. Ken Southgate officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will take place at 1:30 pm Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6-9 pm at the Funeral Home.
She changed a lot of lives, and now hers is over. Ruth Oakes Butwell, retired dean of student life at Berea College, died December 10 in her adopted hometown of Berea, KY, where she has resided for nearly five decades. She was 89.
Thousands of students passed through her office in Fairchild Hall during her years as dean, beginning in the summer of 1971 – and many living all over the college’s Appalachian service region still remember her.
“She turned my life around,” they consistently say, ranging from high school principals to city attorneys to airplane pilots to accountants.
Butwell’s work included enforcing college rules, but with an eye on getting errant students back on track. She also kept a box of Kleenex on her desk for counseling sessions that got tearful. Hers was a shoulder to cry on – and then to straighten up and give each student a quiet lecture on self-confidence and pushing forward.
She hired and supervised the head residents and resident assistants of the “residence halls,” and she chided even her children for calling them “dormitories.” Every August until her retirement in 1995, she organized and coordinated a training retreat for residence hall staff. She played a leading role, kept active and up-to-date in the profession and organizations of college deans and administrators.
Butwell changed others’ lives for the better, but she also lived through several phases of her own life. In her retirement, she enrolled in the college’s Westervelt Program and became a woodworker in the style of Berea’s famous artists and crafters, turning beautiful cherry and spalted maple bowls on a lathe and constructing benches, boxes, and a grandmother clock from various hardwoods.
Her skill with bowl-turning and woodworking seemed to echo her role in designing three houses mostly from scratch in her lifetime in locations where she lived, each of which she then had built by contractors. Each one features open-beam construction in its living room ceiling, a signature design element, including her home on Prospect Street in Berea. Variations include a redwood exterior on her first home, cedar shingles on her second, and an old-time Kentucky stone chimney and California sundeck on her third.
Butwell also traveled, immediately after she retired, to the Netherlands with friends, and (in 2005) to Vietnam and the Philippines with her daughter Ann and son-in-law John Wright Rios. But that wasn’t her first experience with world traveling.
In another, earlier life phase, in the late 1950s and early to mid-60s, she traveled around the world two and a half times to accompany her then-husband Richard Lee Butwell on university teaching grants from the Ford, Fulbright, and Rockefeller foundations.
In these travels, Butwell first lived a year in what was then known as Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) where she learned to make Burmese beef curry, long a staple entrée at her dinner parties. On the way home, she and her late husband took the Orient Express train through Iron Curtain countries into West Germany, where they drove on the Autobahn in the Volkswagen Beetle they purchased to ship home to the United States, where it would be one of the earliest on American highways.
Butwell’s second foray into Southeast Asia included a summer living in Bangkok, Thailand, and other stops including Japan (where her son John ate the emperor’s horse’s carrot) and Saigon during the early stages of the Vietnam War. A third trip placed her for a year in the Philippines, which she reached via Europe including Paris, the Netherlands (where John fell into a mucky canal), Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Moscow, once again a rare destination for Americans during the Cold War, in 1964.
The family’s stop in India was marred by John catching a high fever that kept her from ever seeing the Taj Mahal. But Butwell loved it all, venturing into the Buddhist temples and exotic markets of Asia with her young blond son on her hip, and forming close friendships with other university women, both visiting and local. Later, at Berea College, the Butwell clan served as a host family to international students including Ecuadoran sisters Karla and Debbie Ruiz, Vietnamese Linh Nguyen and Janice D’Souza from India.
In the Philippines, too, in 1965, Butwell gave birth to her daughter Ann, now Education Abroad advisor at Berea College (the 2005 trip was a return visit for her and Ann). After a year enjoying scenic Sedona, AZ, with her parents, Butwell resumed her professional career in 1966, accepting the position of associate dean of students at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO. She served at “Valley” through 1971 and also was honored with the college’s Woman of the Year Award that year.
It was a tumultuous time in college life. Butwell helped bust a mobile LSD lab bound for her school from New Jersey in a semi-truck on I-70, tracking its westward journey; and once she raced to the college to stop an old-fashioned “panty raid,” only to learn the college women had taken to their rooftop to view the aurora borealis, not to encourage the raiders. She also helped establish a “Vikings” pep squad that paddled onto the football field to build school spirit with a sail like a Norse warship; a daycare for the college’s single-parent employees and students; and a student coffeehouse, the Bell, Book, and Candle (the latter two in abandoned military housing on campus).
In her earliest life phase, Ruth Jane Oakes (aka “Oakie”) was born in 1929, in Kalamazoo, MI. She was a junior high civics teacher’s daughter living on a small riverside farm in southeastern Michigan (near Ypsilanti). Her father Edwin Charles Oakes taught in the nearby Ann Arbor public schools. Her mother Helen Louise Thompson Oakes helped with the typing for Edwin’s elected position as township clerk, and together the couple helped create one of the nation’s first integrated public housing projects for displaced Appalachians and African-Americans, near the Willow Run World War II bomber plant.
Oakie’s parents’ ideals and joint belief in the “social gospel” helped guide her own life. Both her parents also held master’s degrees and worked after college in Hull House-like settlement houses for recent immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe in New York City and Detroit, where her parents met in the mid-1920s. Similarly, Butwell later would meet her husband while both were pursuing the master’s degrees they received in 1953 from Indiana University (a master’s of science in student personnel for her, which followed her 1951 bachelor’s of science in elementary education from Eastern Michigan University). A fellow resident assistant and graduate student in the IU program, Nancy Schwartzwalder, also became Oakie’s lifelong friend and now survives in Tucson, AZ.
Oakie and her brother Tom enjoyed hearty childhoods on the farm where, during some summers, their parents operated a country day camp complete with a working narrow-gauge railroad, ponies, swimming, and boating on the Huron River. The fun was not without its mishaps: one time Oakie dived elegantly into the river and got stuck by her swimming cap head-first in the mud on the bottom. Another time, in winter, the toboggan she was riding down a steep hill with the Baptist Youth Fellowship crashed, and she broke her two front teeth.
For part of her childhood, the family in Oakie’s home also included her aunt Ruth Davidson, for whom she was named, and her cousins Forrest Davidson, Jr., Frances (“Frankie”) Davidson French, and Jane Davidson, all now deceased but who remained close with her their entire lives. Her late parents accompanied her first to Missouri and then to Berea, where her father joined the Optimist Club and the entire family joined Union Church, having belonged to Covenant Presbyterian in Marshall.
Butwell’s interest in working with and guiding the lives of young people began when she was a young person herself and worked her college summers at a New Hampshire mountain camp. Her first job was serving as dean of women at Wilmington College in Ohio, from 1953-54. A series of positions followed as her husband repeatedly relocated in his career as a political scientist:
Counselor, University of Kentucky, 1954. Instructor, Wayne State University College of Nursing, 1955. Assistant dean of women, University of Maryland, 1955-57.
Director of Christian education, New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC, 1957-58. Assistant dean of men, University of Illinois, 1960-61. Assistant dean of women, University of the Philippines, 1964-65.
The Great Commitments at Berea College strongly appealed to her and influenced her decision to relocate to Berea, where she was named Honorary Alumnus of the Year by the college in 2000. Also influencing her selection of Berea was the opportunity to bring the college’s policies more up-to-date by, for instance, giving female students keys to their own residence halls and eliminating the curfew.
Additionally, Butwell helped make the college safer for women by successfully urging then-President Willis D. Weatherford, Jr., to install more lights on campus. Later, her support for non-traditional students could be seen in providing a housing for single parents, which led to the creation of the EcoVillage. She also began daycare services at Berea College, which became the Child Development Lab (CDL). A final contribution to both College and community was the inception of the Stephenson Trail to Indian Fort.
Butwell’s memberships, professional and political, included the National Organization of Women, League of Women Voters, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (serving as administrators’ liaison), National Association of Women Educators (serving on the resolutions committee), Kentucky Association of Women Educators, Phi Kappa Phi, and Berea College Women’s Network (founder, chairperson 1978-80).
She was particularly active in the Kentucky Association of Women Deans and Counselors (KAWDAC), serving as its treasurer in 1986-87, vice president in 1987-88, and president, 1988-89.
Butwell’s lifetime of travels also included tourism in South America to Bolivia and Peru, where she visited landmark Machu Picchu, the 15th-century Inca citadel, with her daughter Ann. She also flew on a rescue mission of sorts to El Salvador when Ann was run over by a speeding car there, and she traveled to Nicaragua in 1990 as an election observer.
Butwell co-authored, with four other Bereans who also served as election observers, the book “Democracy Watch: Nicaragua,” a collection of their journals from the trip. Since her last name comes first alphabetically, she is listed first on the cover and in library search engines, also making her an author of sorts.
Butwell also knew when to quit while she was ahead, famously swooshing a basketball into the net from half-court during a Berea College Mountaineers fan contest, and then refusing to try for a repeat performance. She was known as a good sport who liked to have fun, including an incident she never lived down in which she used a stick to drag a possum out of a Berea College driveway during her morning jog to protect it from traffic. The possum promptly got up, walked out and laid back down in the middle of the road.
For years during their mutual retirements, Butwell played a Saturday night bridge game with a close group in Berea including her longtime friend and colleague from the college, the late Gloria Van Winkle. Group members also rented an oceanfront cabin together each summer at Pawley’s Island, NC, and several also belonged to the “Peachbloom Hill gang” of friends.
Butwell was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin Charles and Helen Louise (Thompson) Oakes, and her brother Edwin Thompson (“Tom”) Oakes.
She is survived by her sister-in-law Marjorie (Johnston) Oakes of Albuquerque, NM; one son, John Butwell, and his wife Connie Esh of Woodbury, TN; one daughter, Ann Louise Butwell, and her husband John Wright Rios of Berea; step-grandchildren Ann-Marie Mansfield of Holton, MI, Jenny (Danny) Thomas of Gray, Bonnie Still of Richmond, and Marc (Judy) Williams of Kinston, NC; step-great granddaughter Kim (Ricky) Bingham of Gray Hawk; and about 30 other step-great grandchildren.
Her memorial service will be at Union Church on Saturday, January 5 at 2:00 pm. Details can be found through Lakes Funeral Home website.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to either Union Church or Berea College are appreciated.
Gail Lee Gabbard
Gail Lee Gabbard age 51, daughter of Lee ‘Buddy’ Gabbard and the late Doris Rose Gabbard, died Saturday evening Dec. 8, 2018 at the St Joseph Berea Hospital.
Gail was just recently baptized at her home church Fairview Baptist Church on May 20, 2018.
Gail was preceded in death by her mother Doris Rose Gabbard, her brother Robert Russell Gabbard, her maternal grandparents Gladyth and Russell Rose and paternal grandparents Robert and Laura Gabbard.
Gail is survived by her Father Lee H. (Buddy) Gabbard, and many Aunts and Uncles.
Funeral services will be Tuesday Dec. 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Fairview Baptist Church, with Rev. Vaughn Rasor officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery. Visitation for Gail will be Monday Dec. 10, 2018 at the Church from 6-9 pm.
Pallbearers will be Cheryl Mullins, Zoe Burdette, Angela Mullins, Twila Burdette, and Trish Jett. Honorary pallbearers are: JoAnn Croucher, Fran Gabbard, Jan Ingram, and Ramona Hiatt, Velma Croucher, Vonda Poynter, and Heather McClure.
Douglas Ray Tackett Sr.
Douglas Ray Tackett Sr., 76, widower of Ada Cody Tackett, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018 at his home surrounded by family. Douglas was born July 11, 1942 in Kirksville, KY to the late Lawrence and Ida Ruth Lane Tackett.
He retired from the Bluegrass Army Depot where he worked as a security guard. Douglas was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Vietnam, he enjoyed fishing, playing pinochle, hunting, farming, watching football especially the U.K. Wildcats and spending time with his family. He was also a member of Life Church.
Douglas is survived by two sons William (Brittney) Tackett of Richmond, KY; Archie Douglas (Sheri) Tackett of Texas; one brother Floyd Tackett of Richmond, KY; three sisters Ruby Spears of Berea, KY, Margaret Osborne of Lancaster, KY, and Phyliss Ruble of Kirksville, KY; has nine grandchildren; Eli Lay, Emma Tackett, Hannah Sullivan, Rebecca Tackett, Sarah (Ben) Tackett, Michael Tackett, Lisa Tackett, Bryce Tackett and Sara Tackett and several nieces and nephews.
Other than his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one son Douglas Ray Tackett Jr., one granddaughter Christina Kelley, and several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, with Bro. Edwin Lainhart officiating. Burial will follow in Madison County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the Funeral home from 5:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
Pallbearers will be Bryce Tackett, Larry Tackett, Michael Henderson, Harold Spears, Donald Spears, Jerry Henderson, Steve Tackett and Joey Tackett.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to a veterans organization of your choice.
Rickey VanWinkle, husband of Rose, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018 at St Joseph Hospital in Berea, KY
Arrangements are incomplete at this time at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home
Linda Burgess, 69, of Richmond, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018, at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center of Richmond. She was born December 15, 1948, in Madison County to Johnnie W. and Beulah (Burns) Ballinger, both of whom preceded her in death.
Linda was a retired Deputy Circuit Court Clerk in Fayette County and was of the Church of God faith.
She was the widow of Bill Burgess and was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Carol Evon Dixon and a brother, Wayne Ballinger.
Survivors include two daughters, Tonya Burton (Tracy) of Richmond, Sonya Dean (Steve) of West Virginia, one son, Jarron Dixon (Amy) of Alabama; one sister, Patricia Bailey (Rudy) of Florida; three brothers, Bobby Ballinger (Mary) of Florence, KY, Gary Ballinger (Theresa) of Lexington, KY, and John L. Ballinger of New Jersey; one sister-in-law, Pamela Ballinger (wife of Wayne).
She also leaves her grandchildren, Emily Burton Ellis (Brandon), J.P. Burton (Abigail Hensley), Matthew Burton, Chase Dean (Amber Evans), Zachary Dixon, Taylor Dean, Mackenzie Dixon, Kayla Barnes, and Logan & Ashley Foster; and great-grandchildren, Parker Burton, Adeline Ellis and Cooper Burton, and tons of nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
There will be a gathering of family and friends from 4 – 6 PM, followed by a Celebration of Life and Her Birthday Service at 6:00 PM, Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, with Rev. Chris Gilbert officiating.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Compassionate Care Center, 350 Isaacs Lane, Richmond, KY 40475.
James Keith Beazley
James Keith Beazley, 44, of Lexington, formerly of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at his home. He was born on March 18, 1974, in Richmond, to Wayne Jordan and Connie Lou (Smith) Beazley, both of whom preceded him in death.
Keith was an employee of Subway Restaurant in Lexington and was a veteran, having served in the US Marine Corps.
Survivors include two daughters,Kimberly and Summer Beazley, both of Willisburg, KY; four aunts, Phyllis Baker (Jim), Jean Croucher (Dale) both of Richmond, KY; Melva “Doll” Smith of Waco and Kelly Bonzo (Mike) of Richmond; several cousins and one first cousin, Dusty Allyn.
Graveside service for Keith will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Richmond Cemetery, 606 East Main Street, Richmond, Kentucky.
Kamil Sahdal Kassees
Kamil Sahdal Kassees, 90, of Richmond, formerly of Mississippi passed away Sunday, December 9, 2018, at his home. He was born July 14, 1928, in Jerusalem, to Dr. Saadallah and Asma (Musallem) Kassees, both of whom preceded him in death.
Kamil was a retired Aircraft Engineer, U S Army veteran, and of the Episcopal faith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances (Speed) Kassees, and, locally, he was the brother of Samira K. Tuel (and husband Duane) of Richmond.
Services will be announced later in Mississippi.
Mr. Darrell Butcher, 66, of Richmond, passed away on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Baptist Health Hospital in Lexington. He was born in Paintsville, Kentucky on April 15, 1952 to the late Eddie and Helen Branham Butcher.
He retired from Railroad Construction in 1997 and enjoyed spending his free time with his kids and especially his grandkids who called him “Pop Pop”. Darrell was a big UofL fan and will be remembered for his love of cooking soup beans and eating any type of chocolate that he could find.
Survivors include: his wife of 31 years, Janet Butcher; four sons, Nathan Caudill, Brayden Butcher, Zaine Butcher, and Jaxon Butcher; five daughters, Stephanie Hockaday (Sean), Tiffany Logan (Mike), Kelcie Butcher, Alexandria Gardner (Zach), and Annika Butcher; two brothers, Charles Butcher (Rosie), and Leonard Butcher (“Cookie”); four sisters, Mary Jo Christian, Virginia Goble, Lorene Johnson, and Betty Buskirk; his grandchildren, Grayson Gardner, and Madison Saylor, as well as one on the way; and a host of other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Carol Butcher.
Local Funeral Services will be conducted at 7:00 PM Monday, December 17, 2018, at the Lancaster Road Church of God, 1246 Lancaster Road, Richmond, with Pastor Butch Payne officiating. Visitation will begin at 3:00PM, Monday, at the church.
Additional services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the Boones Camp Church of God, 100 Spriggs Ln, Boons Camp, KY 41204 with Pastor Dorsey Fields officiating. Burial will follow in the Cochran Family Cemetery at Oil Springs, KY. Visitation will begin on Tuesday, at 11AM at the church in Boons Camp, KY. The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Rondal Smith, 80, of Richmond, passed away Thursday evening, December 13, 2018. Rondal was born on February 2, 1938 in Madison County, Kentucky, the son of the late Wilbert and Beulah Warren Smith. He was a 1956 graduate of Madison Central High School.
He was a retired heavy equipment operator and was a member of The Madison Hills Christian Church. He was well read in history, and could be considered an amateur historian. Rondal also loved horses. He enjoyed riding and teaching others how to ride. Above all he loved his family and enjoyed long conversations with them.
Survivors include: one daughter: Tyronna Suzanne Riley (Bob) and her mother: Gloria Prather Smith of Richmond; two grandchildren: Triston Robert Carter Riley and Gianna Suzanne Riley; two brothers: Gordon Smith of Florence and Bobby Smith of Richmond; one sister: Willie Mae Land of Richmond; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Gene Smith and Holton Smith; and two sisters: Thelma Visscher and Estelle Lovings.
A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, December 17, 2018 in the Richmond Cemetery with Bro. Marty Frazer officiating. The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ida Sue Archie
Mrs. Ida Sue Archie, 72, of Richmond, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the Baptist Health Hospital in Richmond. She was born in Breathitt County, Kentucky on August 2, 1946 to the late Noah and Georgia Bell McIntosh Johnson.
Susie, as she was known to her family and friends, will be remembered for her big smile and love for her family. She was a dedicated employee of Dresser Industries for over 10 years and enjoyed being the Union Representative as well as having an active role in their charity work for United Way.
She is survived by: her husband of 28 years, Samuel Archie; her two daughters, Minnie Lisa Stamper (Lonnie), and Terri Lynn Head (Steve); four grandchildren, Loni Michelle Stamper, Lucas McQuade Stamper, Mackenzie Head and Steven Head; three brothers, Paul Johnson, Noah Johnson, Jr. (Debora), and Willie Dale Johnson; two sisters, Patricia Golden, and Darlene Noble (Bill); three step-children, Samuel Archie, Jr. (Jeanette), Katherine Archie, and Shannon Joy Archie; her cat “Hope”; as well as a host of other extended family and friends, and her “sweet Melissa”.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: two sisters-in-law, Teresa Johnson, and Mary Johnson; and one brother-in-law, Owen Golden.
Visitation will be from 2-4 PM Sunday, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home. Memorial Services will be conducted at 4:00 PM Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the Funeral Home, W. Main St., Richmond, with Rev. Archie Combs officiating.
Levina Bryant Wadsworth, 59, of Richmond, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at U K Chandler Medical Center. Levina, the daughter of John Bryant and Dorothy Lumpkin Bryant, was born on May 20, 1959 in Portsmouth, Ohio.
She was an employee of Kokoku Rubber and also worked as the Grounds Keeper of Arlington County Club. She loved to tend her garden and thoroughly enjoyed her work at Arlington. On August 27, 2005, Levina was united in marriage to Michael Wadsworth who survives.
Additional survives include her mother: Dorothy Lumpkin Bryant; three daughters: Dorothy “Dee” (and Jason) Losh of Winchester, Geneva (and Jason) Fryman of Millersburg, KY and Melissa (and Daniel) Myers of Mt. Vernon; two brothers: James Bryant and John (and Kathy) Bryant and three sisters: Donna, Cheryl and Rhonda and seven grandchildren: Lillian, Kaylee Jae, Jason, Bailey Starr, Larry, Shaylah and William.
Mrs. Wadsworth was preceded in death by her father, John; one brother, Ellis and her sister: Barbara.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home.
Judy Gail Morgan
Judy Gail Abney Morgan, 63, of Richmond, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2018 at UK Chandler Medical Center. Judy, the daughter of Cecil Abney and Ella Tackett Abney, was born in Madison County on May 20, 1955. She was a homemaker and member of Westside Christian Church.
Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her husband and family. She also loved animals and especially her cats which she called her babies. On April 18, 1980, Judy was united in marriage to Lonnie Morgan who survives.
Additional survivors also include: her step son: Jesse (& Terri) Morgan of Mt. Vernon; one brother: Wayne (& Louise) Abney; five sisters: Henrietta Cain, Lottie (& Carlton) Stocker, Wanda Keesling, Jewell McHone and Elizabeth (& Del) Adams; two grandchildren: James and Lona and several nieces and nephews.
Judy was also preceded in death by three brothers, James Abney, Junior Abney and Roscoe Abney and three sisters: Ellen Bowen, Effie Mason and Margaret Rose.
Funeral Services will be conducted 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Johny Collins officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be after 10:30 A.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Jesse Morgan, Mark McFerron, Stephen McFerron, Johnny Bowen, Ronnie Bowen and Eric Lewis.
Olney Gross, 88, of Richmond, KY passed away Thursday Dec. 13th at Kenwood Health and Rehabilitation Center. Olney was born in Lee County, KY to the late Walter and Emma Shuler Gross. He later moved to Richmond where he met his late wife of 62 years, Gertrude at Newby Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents and wife Gertrude Dargavell Gross, he was preceded in death by seven siblings, Ann Stamper, Sude Young, Earl Gross, Ora Mays, Yula Mae Thomas, Gene Gross and Bee Gross; one grandchild Wesley Vernon Gross.
Survivors include his four Children Rickie (Viola) Gross, Vickie (Eugene) Gordon, Eddie Gross and Debbie (Roger) Isaac; nine grandchildren Ricky Gross Jr., Vanessa (Dwight) Fogle, Kevin Gross, Rhonda (Sonny) Hines, Chris Gordon, Eric (Ashley) Isaac, Andrew (Kim) Isaac, Ericka (Andy) McFerron, and Lucas (Savannah) Isaac; 16 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be December 17, 2018 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow after visitation. Burial will take place at the Dargavell Cemetery.
Nina King Riley, age 92, passed away peacefully at the Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Berea, KY on Friday, December 14, 2018.
She was a homemaker and former teacher for the Estill County School System, and lived most of her life in Estill County. She was born August 26, 1926 in Irvine, KY to Samuel Mae King and Nannie Cole King.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Thomas Charles (T.C.) Riley, two daughters: Naomi Gayle Riley Davis and Donna Lou Riley Ball, a granddaughter: Lisa Schaaf James and her siblings: Alvin Mitchell King, Edna Hall, Bessie Rison Whitt, James King, Harold King, Ann Collett, Charles Ray King and Mary Elizabeth King.
Mrs. Riley was a member of River Drive Christian Church, and attended Friendship Baptist Church and Providence Baptist Church over the years. She was a 60-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a Kentucky Colonel, and a former member and officer of the Marcum-Wallace Hospital Auxiliary. She had a passion for reading and writing, and enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, and gardening. She also enjoyed listening to Gospel music, Big Band music, and Oldies music. Above all else, she loved reading her Bible and spending time with her family and friends.
Nina is survived by her children; Bobbie Kay Schaaf ( Rock Hill, SC), Anthony Covey (Opal), Cobhill, KY, Rebecca Riley Brode (Lewis), Cincinnati, OH, Daniel Clay Riley (Laura), Cincinnati, OH, Judith Ann Riley Rucker (Alan), Richmond, KY, Lee Franklin Riley (Marie), Irvine, KY, and Col.(RET) Ronald Guy Riley, Frankfort, KY, thirteen grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Mrs. Riley’s visitation is Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. at Warren Toler Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, December 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home by Donnie Watson, with burial in Oakdale Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jason Riley, Todd Reynolds, Chess Rucker, Jody Collett, William Cole “Bud” Tucker, and Kevin Hall. Honorary pallbearers are Dave Cox, Pepper Hardy, Darryl Hall, Jerry Hall, Rick Riley, Donald Neal Riley, Billy Cole Tucker, and Larry Honchell.
Donations to Hospice Care Plus would be greatly appreciated.
Bertha Ann Neeley
Bertha Ann Neeley was born August 27, 1948 in Jackson County and departed this life Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at her residence, being 70 years old. She was the daughter of the late Charlie & Martha (Weaver) Smith.
Bertha is survived by her husband, Frank Neeley of McKee and by two sons, Patrick (Laura) Neeley of McKee and William (Jamie) Neeley of London. She is also survived by a brother, Charles (Josephine) Smith Jr. of McKee and by three sisters, Martha Joan (Gerald) Gamble of McKee, Mary Alice Smith and Bessie Louise Smith both of Richmond. Bertha was blessed with one grandson, William “Billy” Neeley and also by Billy’s friends, Daniel Hatton, Emily Kozel, Noah Gabbard, Josh Sparks, Cody Sparks and D. J. Evans, who she claimed as her own grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Bertha was also preceded in death by her siblings, Owen Smith, William Henry Smith, Johnnie Smith, David “Bub” Smith, Eva Marie Adkins and Carolyn Sue Smith.
Funeral service 2:00 PM Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Lakes Funeral Home McKee with Bro. John Harris officiating. Burial to follow in the Neeley Family Cemetery.
Freda Elizabeth Van Winkle
Freda Elizabeth Van Winkle was born July 20, 1948 in Jackson County and departed this life December 10, 2018 at her residence, being 70 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Calloway & Mallie (England) Isaacs.
Freda is survived by six children, Ronald (Erin) Bowman of Berea, Donald (Patty) Bowman of McKee, David (Sarah) Bowman of McKee, Doris (Mark) Combs of Richmond, Sherry (Randy) Kates of Berea and Donna (Kenny) Mitchell of Berea. She is also survived by two brothers, Clarence (Gwendolyn) Isaacs of McKee, David (Sudie) Isaacs of Berea and by three sisters, Dora (John) Gross of McKee, Mabel Baxter of McKee and Frankie (Bill) Alexander of Berea. Freda was blessed with the following grandchildren, Nathan & Ashley Vaughn, Jennifer Tillery, Carman McDonald, Josh & Dylan Ingram, Malieah & Cori Bowman, Ragan & Rylee Bowman and Jennifer & Jessica Gabbard and by the following great grandchildren, Justin & Brittney Tillery, Leah Mitchell, Malicah & Jayden Sanchez, Carson & Caleb Ingram.
In addition to her parents, Freda was also preceded in death by her husband, Darrell Van Winkle and by two brothers, Herbert & Hubert Isaacs.
Funeral service 2:00 PM Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Lakes Funeral Home McKee with Bro. John Gross officiating. Burial to follow in the T.M. Lakes Cemetery.
Joseph H. Brewer
Joseph H. Brewer, better known as J.H. was born February 8, 1936 in Jackson County and departed this life Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the Hometown Manor in Georgetown, being 82 years of age. He was the son of the late Sam & Gracie (Maupin) Brewer.
J.H. is survived by three sons, Joe Brewer and his wife Charline of LaFollette, TN, Paul Brewer and his wife Karen of Florida and Ronnie Brewer of Georgetown. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Jane Winstead Jones of Berea and by two brothers, Sammie Brewer Jr. and his wife Shirley of Irvine and Lloyd Brewer of Florida. J.H. was blessed with six grandchildren, Austin, Aaron & Michael Brewer, Christine Carroll, Stephanie Bolton and Cody Pebley.
In addition to his parents, J.H. was also preceded in death by his wife, Ella Mae (Sparks) Brewer; by a sister, Olga Allen and by six brothers, Dewey, Clifton, Lewis, Cecil, Clyde and Billy Paul Brewer.
Funeral service 11:00 AM Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Lakes Funeral Home McKee with Bro. Tom Byrd officiating. Burial to follow in the Birch Lick Cemetery.
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