OBITUARIES JUN. 16-23, 2019

Gage Carter Griffin

Gage Carter Griffin, 5, of Waynesburg, KY passed away on Monday, June 17, 2019. He was born December 1, 2013 in Lexington, KY to Eddie Griffin Jr. of Wayne County, KY and Amanda Shepherd Martin of Waynesburg, KY.

He was a real superhero and called himself “the real batman”. He loved Batman, riding four wheelers, playing with his sisters, and loved camouflage and boots.  He was also a student at Waynesburg Elementary School.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one brother, William Earl Martin IV of Brodhead, KY; three sisters, Emily Grace Martin, Annabell Marie Griffin, and Patience Louise Griffin all of Waynesburg, KY; his dog named “Diesel”; and many other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Hunter Chase Griffin.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel, Stanford from 5-8pm. Funeral service will be 1pm Friday, June 21, 2019 at the funeral home with Jason Coulter officiating. Burial will follow at Berry Hollow Cemetery in Stanford.

Ed Johns

Rev. Ed Johns, age 89, widower of Clara Ann Fugate Johns, passed away Friday, June 21, 2019 at Sayre Christian Village in Lexington. Mr. Johns was born August 25, 1929 to the late Durbert Emmitt and Lola Mae Tackett Johns, in Madison County, KY.

He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved going to church, loved the Lord, and loved to take Clara fishing. Mr. Johns was a member of the Narrow Way Church of God in Jesus Name.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by three sons, Eddie, Mason, Donald, and a granddaughter.

Mr. Johns is survived by his children, Joyce Parson and her husband Melvin of Berea, Ky., Ronald Johns and his wife Margie of Lexington, Ky., Billy Johns and his wife Katie of Winchester, Ky., Linda Fields and her husband Keith of Lexington, Ky., Wayne Johns and his wife Erica of Berea, Ky., Jeffery Johns and his wife Annette of Stanton, Ky., twenty-one grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11:00AM Monday June 24, 2019 at Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Gene Johns and Rev Josh Johns officiating. Burial will follow in the Claremont Memorial Gardens in Winchester, Ky. Visitation will be 4-8PM Sunday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be the Grandchildren.

Alice Faye Gabbard,

Alice Faye Johnson Gabbard, age 75, of Paint Lick, KY, wife of Dallis Gabbard for 58 years, passed over to her heavenly home Tuesday June 18, 2019 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, KY. Faye was born November 9, 1943 in Berea, KY to the late Miley & Myrtle Malicote Johnson.

Faye was a retired employee of Motor Wheel after 20 years of service, she loved raising flowers for everyone to see, loved her church, and especially loved her family. She was a member of Church On The Rock.

Faye leaves behind her loving and devoted husband Dallis Gabbard, a son Randy (Lisa) Gabbard, daughter Angie Gabbard (Bob Muncy), two grandsons, Derek (Tiffany) Gabbard, Brandon (Kristin) Anderson, three great grandchildren, Marcie Anderson, Garhett Anderson, Callie Grace Gabbard, three sisters, Brenda Martin, Betty (Larry) White, Tammy Johnson, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, as well as grandparents, and a host of uncles, aunts, and cousins that she loved dearly.

Funeral services will be 1:00PM Friday June 21, 2019 at Church On The Rock with Rev. Mark Sarver officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-9PM Thursday at the church. Davis & Powell Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Derek Gabbard, Brandon Anderson, Kris Linville, Bob Muncy, Dwight Pingleton, and Jerry Green. Honorary Pallbearers will be Larry Sparks, Kathy Pingleton, Lisa Lake, Teresa Rogers, Steven Chasteen, Jason Chasteen, Brandi Linville, and nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to Hospice for their care and support.

Edna Alexander

Edna Isaacs Alexander, 90, of the Red Lick Community died at her residence surrounded by family Tuesday morning, June 18, 2019. She was born at Duluth (Jackson County) August 9, 1928, daughter of the late Godfrey and Bessie Lamb Isaacs and had been a resident of Jackson and Madison Counties all her life.

Survivors include 4 children, Mason Alexander (Opal), Brady Alexander, Benny Alexander (Deloris), Devona Hensley; 5 siblings, Joe Isaacs, Madeline Alexander, Alice Coffman, Faye Ball, Martha Boggs; 22 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Alexander; 4 children, Junior Alexander, Leon Alexander, Carl Alexander, Carolyn Alexander; and 11 siblings.

Funeral Service 11:00 AM, Friday, June 21, 2019 at Red Lick Holiness Church with Bro. Ermon Turner and Bro. Joe Issacs officiating. Burial will follow in Red Lick Cemetery. Visitation after 6:00 PM Thursday at the church. Reppert Funeral Home and Cremation Service entrusted with arrangements.

Jean Spears Gevedon

Jean Spears Gevedon, 81 died at home Tuesday, June 18, 2019 after a short illness. A Madison County native, born December 5, 1937 in Berea, daughter of the late Dewey and Lucy Williams Spears.

Jean married the late J.T. Gevedon, and was a homemaker and Real Estate agent and was a member of the Hays Fork Baptist Church. Jean loved gardening vegetables and flowers, singing, and loved teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, cooking and was known for her spotless clean house. Above all, she was a loving wife, mother and caregiver for her family and for the entire community she loved.

Jean is survived by three children, Mike (Mary) Gevedon, Cordell (Kathy) Gevedon, and Patti (Mark) Wilds; sister Allene Richie; grandchildren Jacquelyn, Jeremy, Michelle, Tonya, Jara and Casey; great-grandchildren, Justin, Joseph, Jasmine, Ashley, J.T., Michael, Kaitlyn, Brysen, Kairi, Lily, Kennedy, Stella, Zachary and Luke; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband J.T., she is preceded in death by siblings Ann Caho and James Spears and great-granddaughters Aliyah and Autumn.

Visitation is after 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM Friday, June 21, 2019 at Reppert Funeral Home. The funeral is Saturday at 11:00 AM also at the funeral home with Brother Wayne Harding officiating. Interment is at Madison County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers are Joseph Kelley, John Abrams, Jason Martin, Kevin Snyder, Kris Felty, Phillip Jurgensen. Honorary Pallbearers are Mike Casteel, Mark Borders, Mitch Elam, Jeremy Gevedon, Lyndon Richie and Charles Richie, Jr.

Anna M. Chenault Easley, died on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky.  She was born August 14, 1928.

Funeral details are pending at this time.  Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Paul Lee Lowery Sr.

Paul Lee Lowery, Sr., 71, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at his residence. He was born July 24, 1947, in Richmond, Kentucky, to Paul Gibson Lowery and Mary Lee Boswell Tipton, both of whom preceded him in death. 

He was a retired mechanic with 27 years of service at the University of Kentucky and was a paper route carrier for The Richmond Register for 12 years and The Lexington Herald-Leader for 3 years.  Paul was a member of Gloryland Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann Ray Lowery; three daughters, Valerie Pauline Lowery Mullins (Gary) of Waco, KY, Katrina Renee Lowery-Farrell (Jeremy) and Paula Ann Lowery (B.J. Carrier, both of Richmond; two sons, Paul Lee Lowery, Jr. (Linda) of Mt. Vernon, KY and Bobby Lee Lowery (Wendy) of Richmond, KY; thirteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Lowery Long.

Service for Paul will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Gloryland Baptist Church with Bro. Cecil Burns officiating.  Burial will follow at Madison County Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be from 10 AM Thursday until service time on Friday at Gloryland Baptist Church. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Lee Lowery, Doug Biggs, Dallas Cope, Bradley VanWinkle, James “Billy Jack” Carpenter, and Ty Arthur.  Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Lee Lowery, Jr., Billy Carrier, Anthony Messer and Tommy Biggs.

Flowers or Memorial Contributions may be sent to Gloryland Baptist Church, 3095 Richmond Road, Berea, KY 40403

Russell Brown Thomas

Russell Brown Thomas, 88, of Richmond, passed away after arrival at Baptist Health-Richmond on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.Brown was born April 6, 1931, in Richmond, Kentucky to Rufus “Buck” and Retha Thomas, both of whom preceded him in death. 

He served 44 years before retiring from Winn-Dixie as a produce department manager and was a US Navy veteran.  Brown attended Big Hill Christian Church in Richmond. He was a professional sports enthusiast, and he coached baseball and softball for over 26 years.  Brown was the pillar of his family and community, both of which he loved dearly, and he was greatly loved by his family.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Mae Hill Thomas; four children, Liz Thomas, Janie Thomas, Russell Thomas (Teesa) and Steve Thomas; his grandchildren, Joann Rose (Chad), Michael Randolph, Janie Howard, Brad Thomas (Clarissa), Tiffany Tackett (Joey), Sara Szymkowiak (Robert), Tara Rice (Alex), Trever Thomas (Ashley), Jared Thomas (Jessica), Brandon Thomas and Amy Thomas;his great-grandchildren, Paul Disney, Bryn Randolph, Nicholas Randolph, Gemma Disney, Corina Disney, Jolie Tackett, Laurel Busby, Zeke Busby, Andrew Szymkowiak, Dominic Szymkowiak, Thomas Rice, Layla Szymkowiak, and William Rice.

He also leaves one sister, Rita Johnson (Dan) and brother-in-law, Bill Venable. And a special family friend, Charlie Fain (Donna).

In addition to his parents, Brown was preceded in death by a daughter, Pat Weston; two grandsons, Nicholas Weston and Eric Randolph; a great-granddaughter, Jessica White and his siblings, R.W. Thomas, Ruby Winkler, Ruth Agee, Roy Thomas, Rose Venable, Ronald Thomas, and Rina Thomas.

Funeral service for Brown will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 22, 2019 a Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Chip Denief officiating.  Burial will follow at the Richmond Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5 – 9 PM Friday at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and grandsons-in-law, Michael, Brad, Trever, Jared, Brandon, Chad, Joey, Alex, and Robert.

Joan A. Schmitke, was born May 3, 1944 in Altoona, PA. She died Sunday, June 16, 2019 after a lengthy illness in Richmond. Kentucky. 

While she had many accomplishments as a nurse and educator, she most valued her relationships with Jesus Christ and her large, extended family.  She loved well and was loved much.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Health, Now! Clinic, PO Box 549, Richmond, KY 40476.  Since its inception, Joan faithfully worked as a nurse practitioner at the faith-based clinic which serves uninsured individuals.

A celebration of life service will be held at First Baptist Church, 425 Eastern Bypass, Richmond, KY on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM.  A reception for all will follow. Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bennie Ray Richardson, 53, of Brassfield, the husband of Nancy Hisle Richardson, passed away Monday morning, June 17, 2019.
Bennie was born on September 16, 1965 in Richmond, Kentucky, the son of the late James and Clara Plowman Richardson.

He was a former employee of Kokoku Rubber Inc. and was of the Holiness faith.

Survivors include his wife Nancy; two step-sons: Terry Dwight Hisle and Billy Ray Hisle; one brother: George Richardson (Angel); two sisters: Nancy Faye Richardson and Linda Carol Richardson as well as several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Rev. Phillip Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Flatwoods Cemetery at Waco. Visitation will be from 1-3 PM on Thursday.

Serving as pallbearers are: George Richardson, John Gill, Travis Centers, Robert Richardson, Huey “Jr” Richardson and Brian Richardson.

Jack Wayne Frost

Rev. Jack Wayne Frost, 60, of Quinnesec, Michigan, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Mr. Frost, the son of the late James “Jack” Frost and Bessie Martin Frost, was born in Laurel County on February 25, 1959.

He was the pastor of Good News Church in Iron Mountain, Michigan. He had served as a Jesus Freak Ministry missionary evangelist in the Philippines, Dominican Republic, Africa, Thailand and Cambodia. Teen Challenge and Life Changers were among other ministries in which he also served. He was also a U.S. Army veteran.

On September 12, 2013, Jack united in marriage to Nancy Kimayong Frost who survives. He is also survived by: three sons: Mark Frost of Murfreesboro, TN, Jonathon & Christina Frost of Baton Rouge, LA and Joshua Frost of Quinnesec; three sisters: Betty Jo & Roy Hall, Rosella Goodin and Donna Jean & Mike Paul and his grandson: Jake Frost.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 12 Noon Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Red House Baptist Church, 2301 Red House Rd, Richmond with Dr. Deron Cobb and Dr. Tim Patterson officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 PM Wednesday at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County with full military rites. Visitation will be after 10:00 AM Wednesday at the church. Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Mark Frost, Keith Parke, Charles Neeley, Nolan Graham, Buck McCloud and Loren Lanham.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to Compassionate Care Center, 350 Isaacs Ln, Richmond, KY 40475.

Lorene Bostic

Mrs. Lorene Griffin Bostic, age 64, of Mt. Vernon, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, KY. Lorene was born on September 23, 1954 in Rockcastle County to the late Charlie Griffin and the late Lena Faye Alcorn Griffin. 

She enjoyed her family, fishing, and cooking and was of the Holiness faith.

Those left to celebrate her life are her daughter, Lena Faye Bostic (Donna Sue Griffin) of Mt. Vernon, KY.  Also Amy Rose of Mt. Vernon; three grandchildren:  Carl Sandlin, Ashlynn Rose, and Jacklynn Lawson. Three Brothers: Carl Griffin (Virginia) of Mt. Vernon, KY; Harold (Tammy) Griffin of Mt. Vernon, KY, and Darrell (Mary) Griffin of Mt. Vernon, KY, two nephews: Charlie Griffin and Chris Griffin, both of Mt. Vernon, two nieces Brenda Kidwell, Mt. Vernon, and Carolyn Barron of Mt. Vernon, and  great-nephews E.J. Griffin, Mitchell Jones, Shaun Jones, J. D. Houk, and Garrad Hellard

Besides her parents, Lorene was preceded in death by her husband, Tinie Bostic, her daughter, Jackie Lynn Sandlin, and her significant other, Freddie Clark, 

All services for Mrs. Lorene Bostic will be at the Marvin E Owens Home for Funerals in Brodhead, KY.  Visitation will be Friday, June 21, 2019 from 11 am-2 pm, followed by the funeral service at 2 pm with Bro. Elzie Doan officiating. Burial will follow at the Buford Hill Cemetery.


John Warren Reed, age 53, of Sweet Lick Road in Irvine passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital following a short illness. He was born December 13, 1965 in Clark County and was the son of the Wanda Center Reed Henry and the late Millard Reed.

He was a United States Navy veteran and a construction worker. He had lived in Estill County most of his life.

Survivors in addition to his mother include: 2 Sisters: Robin Rose – Madison Co. Julie (John) O’Malley – Indiana 1 Half-Sister: Joanna (Jay) Collins – North Carolina 4 Nieces and Nephews: Lauren Rose, Jason Rose, Sarah Beth Posante and Andrew Posante

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, June 22, 1 PM at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at the Tipton Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 AM to 1 PM Saturday at the Funeral Home.

Ruth H. Wilson

Ruth H. Wilson, April 24, 1919 to June 19, 2019, was born in Wakarusa, Indiana, the third of five children of Elmer and Emma Nettrouer Hygema.

In 1938, she graduated from Batavia High School in Cincinnati, then went south for college at Eastern State Teacher’s College where she met and married Jess D. Wilson. After a break to raise children, she resumed her education at Berea College, graduating in 1963, and later, receiving an M.A, at University of Kentucky in 1970. She was a dedicated educator and completed her career as a reading specialist for the Jackson County Schools where each school under her supervision showed improvement in scores.

Ruth also believed in good health practices, exercise, and Vitamin C. In 1981, she and Jess retired to a Clay County farm, Possum Trot, which became, with the help and labor of many friends, a loved camp and retreat representing the best of local history and culture.

After 73 years of marriage, Jess proceeded her in death.

As the great-grandchild of Dutch immigrants, Ruth, at 96, fulfilled a life-long dream of traveling to the Netherlands to explore and meet relatives.

She leaves three daughters, E. Gail Chandler, T. Sammie Wakefield, and Rebecca Joy Wilson, two sons-in-law, Curtis Chandler and Richard Wakefield, three granddaughters, (Tom) Tana Allen, (Kristin) Tara Chandler and Esther Wakefield, and two great- grandsons, Bryce and Logan, a great-granddaughter, Ava, and a wealth of friends, nieces and nephews, and not to be forgotten, those children of her spirit who know who they are.

Donations may be given to the Sand Gap Elementary Family Resource Center, 6783 Highway 421 North, Sand Gap, KY. 40481.

Visitation 10:00 am Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Lakes Funeral Home#2, Bradshaw Chapel. Funeral service will be held 1:00 pm Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Lakes Funeral Home #2, Bradshaw Chapel with Bro. Roger Williams and Bro.Sam Grigsby officiating. Burial will follow in the Wilson Cemetery in Clay County.

Walker Harrison

Walker Harrison was born October 30, 1948 in Jackson County and departed this life Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, being 70 years of age. He was the son of the late Woodrow “Woody” & Lula (Marcum) Harrison.

Walker is survived by three children, Dylan Harrison of McKee, Walker Hanley of Lexington and Lynn Hanley of Lexington and by two step children, Daniel Huff of Waco and Chasity Tincher of Clay City. He is also survived by a sister, Viola Pearson of Sand Gap and two brothers, Leslie Harrison of Lexington and Leonard Harrison of McKee.

In addition to his parents, Walker was also preceded in death by his wife, Judith Gail (Baker) Harrison; by a sister, Geraldine Rogers and by a brother, Tommy Harrison.

Funeral service 1:00 PM Friday, June 21, 2019 at Lakes Funeral Home McKee with Bro. Brian Gabbard officiating. Burial to follow in the Pilgrams Rest Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Leslie & Junior Harrison, Daniel Huff, Jonathan Morris, Glenn Spurlock and Donnie Tincher. Honorary pallbearers: Ashley Lamb, Misty Morris, David, B.J. & John Payne and Bucky Baker.

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