OBITUARIES AUG. 11-18, 2019

Chester Edwin Elkin

Chester Edwin “Ches Ed” Elkin, age 99, husband of 76 years to Mary Ellen Gilbreath Elkin, died Thursday August 15, 2019 at the Compassionate Care Center. He was born on August 22, 1919 in the Wallaceton Community of Madison County to the late Chester and Nell Kidd Elkin.

Mr. Elkin joined the Wallaceton Baptist Church at the age of 17 and was the oldest member of the church at his death. He was also the oldest member of Berea Masonic Lodge # 617 F & AM. Mr. Elkin served in the Air Force for the entirety of the WWII as an airplane mechanic and built an air strip for planes to land on the island of Iwo Jima. After the war he returned to Lexington and worked for South Eastern Greyhound for 10 years before moving back home to Berea.

Mr. Elkin retired from the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department as a game warden. He also was a local businessman, building and operating Elkins Drive Inn Restaurant, Prince Royal Motel, early in his career. He also built Sweet Betty’s Restaurant for Sweet Betty and owned and operated the Oh Kentucky Campground until 2015. Ches Ed as he was known by everyone loved Madison County and served on the tourism commission for many years always wanting what was best for the county.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Elkin Bowman and his sister, Margaret Tracy.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Ellen Gilbreath Elkin and his daughter, Alvanell Elkin both of Berea, KY.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Monday, August 19, 2019 at Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Fugate officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Berea Cemetery, Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until the service.

Pallbearers will be, Doug Fritz, Harold Eden, Donnie Shelton, Dwayne Cress, Kevin Crutcher, and Joe Combs, honorary pallbearers are Mac McAfee, Alan Wayne Wallace and Don Combs.

Carl Douglas Cates

Carl Douglas Cates, age 70, of Berea, passed away, Thursday, August 15, 2019 at U.K. Medical Center. Carl was born in Madison County to the late Boyd and Margaret Abner Cates.

He retired from Wal-Mart in the maintenance department and was a member of the Pentecostal faith. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. His passion was working with wood. He loved making mandolins, cabinets and other items for family and friends. In his free time, he loved to take out his metal detector to see what he could find.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Harold Cates.

He is survived by his two daughters, Eugenia “Annie” Huguely of Sabina, Ohio and Connie (Travis L.) Jackson of Berea; six siblings, Lloyd (Wanda) Kates, Rubin Ray Kates, Boyd (Doris) Cates, Jr., Hazel Cates, Kathleen (William) Shearer, Eliza (Delbert) Crutcher; three grandchildren, Mark Huguely, Nathan Jackson, and Noah Douglas Jackson; and many other friends and family members.

Funeral services will be 2pm, Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Lakes Funeral Home Berea with Bro. Charlie Wilson and Bro. Leonard Wilder officiating. Burial will follow in the Johnny Abner Family Cemetery at Mallory Springs. Visitation will be Saturday evening from 5- 9pm at the funeral home.

Active pallbearers will be Bill Shearer, Eric Jackson, Brad Jackson, Bruce Kates, Randy Kates, and Lloyd Kates, Jr. Honorary bearers will be Eugene Crutcher, John Shearer, Doug Crutcher, Landon Douglas Crutcher, nieces, great nieces and great nephews.

Wilma Cummins

Wilma Dean Cummins, age 89, of Berea, passed away Monday, August 12, 2019 at Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Wilma was born in Somerset, KY to the late Dan and Virgie VanHooser Daulton.

She retired from Parker Seal after 34 years of service.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two children, Terry Walls, Beverly Walls Pittman and one brother Lillard Daulton.

She is survived by eight children, Larry (Pricilla) Walls, Jerry (Barb) Walls, Gaines (Lucy) Cummins, Debbie (Dale) Moore, Gordon Cummins, Iris Cope, Jackie (Clayton) Craig, Scottie Cummins; five siblings, Faye (Jim) McIntosh, Gene (Judy) Daulton, Joyce Craig, Louie (Katie) Daulton, Freda (Bob) Cundiff; 18 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 12pm Friday, August 16, 2019 at Lakes Funeral Home in Berea with Rev. Allen Livingood officiating. The burial will follow in the Madison County Memorial Gardens in Richmond. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6-9 pm at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Kyle Gadd, Billy Bowman, Randy Gabbard, Clayton Bond, Luther Akers Jr., and Gaylon Walls. Honorary bearers will be Monroe Brock Sr., Darrin Johnson, Jimmy Settles, Luther Akers Sr., and David Conroy.

Charles Maurice Wesley

Charles Maurice Wesley was born in Pulaski County on June 5, 1927 the second son of William Thomas and Gertrude Butt Wesley.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years Ruth Kirkpatrick Wesley, brothers Harold Wesley, Vernon Wesley and sister Helen Wesley.

He is survived by two sons, Kirk Wesley, Erik (Traci) Wesley; three grandchildren, Emily Stringer, Perry Wesley, Benjamin Wesley; step grandson Josh Dye; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and church family.

Charles earned a B.A. from Berea College and an M.A. from the University of Kentucky and completed studies in Counseling, Community Development and Management. President Harry S. Truman integrated the U.S. Army, and Charles was in the first 16 weeks of that landmark decision joining the 87th Infantry Training Division Company at Fort Riley, Kansas. He served in the Korean War with the 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division and was at the battle of White Horse Mountain when the Communist Chinese and North Korean Communists were stopped on their last push south before the signing of the ceasefire at Panmunjom. For his service, he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, The Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, and the United Nations Service Medal.

Returning home, he taught one year at Shady Grove, a one room school in Pulaski County, English and History at Pulaski County High School, English at Somerset High School and History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

In the summers of 1955 and 1956, he was in Paul Green’s Wilderness Road celebrating Berea College’s Centennial. He met his wife at the Christmas Country Dance School and they enjoyed 55 years of dancing in the New Year with their friends. At the 1958 Berea College Homecoming, he was encouraged by his Political Science Professor, Dr. Louis Smith to join the Save the Children Appalachian Program as Area Consultant with an office in Berea. He was appointed Director in 1966. At that time, Save the Children worked with over 500 one-room schools in Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Tennessee and West Virginia with a methodology of Community Development and Learning by Doing. Parents and teachers were given a budget to help them make plans for their children and school. Funds were used to purchase school supplies, wire the school for electricity, drill water wells so children did not need to carry water from springs and have safe drinking water and to purchase stoves with an automatic coal stoker so children and teachers arrived at a warm classroom and to help build playgrounds. A special fund was available for parents who wished to start a hot lunch program. Later, to help with the transition to high school, the Berea office started a Scholarship Program that provided funds for clothes, shoes and books. Five hundred to one thousand were awarded each year. To encourage gardens, potatoes and seeds were provided by way of a fund. Finally, teachers and parents were trained in fundraising to help advocate for their children and their schools.

In the summer of 1967, Charles worked in the Training Department in Connecticut, and with the Community Development Foundation on a training course for the Appalachian Program. The Berea program received training contracts from the Office of Economic Opportunity for Elliott County, East Lake Cumberland, Barren River, Athens and Nashville, Tennessee, a training contract for the State of Georgia for a Young Families Program in all of Georgia’s Appalachian counties. In addition, a training contract with the Cherokees Indian Tribe in North Carolina and with the South West Indians at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Finally, a training contract with West Virginia Head Start, and a Kentucky contract for training VISTA workers at the Lincoln Institute.

Charles also served on a team that did program evaluations in Latin America, Columbia and Ecuador. After Hurricane Camille, he was assigned to Hattiesburg, MS to help with the allocation of funds from non-governmental organizations.

Charles was invited twice to the White House. President Carter invited Charles and Dallas Johnson, Director of the American Indian Program to help with the UNESCO 1979 Internal Year of the Child. Charles helped organize and plan the Appalachian Child Conference held on the Berea College Campus, and attended the American Indian Child Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona. The White House Curator saw an Appalachian Cherry Pattern quilt from Save the Children Program and wanted one for one of the White House’s queen beds. Mrs. Nixon wrote that if a queen size cherry pattern quilt would be donated, she would invite 10 staff members including the two quilters, Bertha Hensley and Dolly Bowling from Owsley County for a tour of the White House and a press conference where the quilt would be shown. Later, there were cookies, coffee and tea in the Library.

The Appalachian Program received an Oprah Winfrey grant that, together with the funds from the estate of Francis Davis and a Memorial Fund for Kip French provided a grant to the Start Up Fund for the Eastern Kentucky Child Coalition, a Day Care Center in White Oak, Tennessee, a Day Care Center in Whitley County, a Head Start Center in Lincoln County, WV, a Day Care Center in Clay County, an addition for handicapped children at the Sunshine Day Care Center in Harlan County, and a Head Start Center in Letcher County.

After retirement, Charles and Ruth went on 35 Elderhostel Programs and visited Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Canada and South Korea. They enjoyed taking their two sons, and later their grandchildren to plays, musical programs and historical places in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Charles loved working in the garden with lots of flowers, reading and studying at home some of the Greatest Professors in The Great Courses Program. He is a member of Union Church and an Honorary Life Deacon. He served on the Berea Hospital Board and the Policy Committee of the Christmas Country Dance School. He received the Berea College Service Award, Save the Children Service Award in 1982 and 1995. He is a life member of the American Legion, a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Berea Arts Council, The Kentucky Historical Society, the American Horticultural Society, the Country Dance and Song Society, KET Fund for Excellence, a Life Member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, The Wildcat Society and the Berea College President’s and Second Century Club.

A Memorial Service is scheduled at 10:00 AM, Saturday, August 24, 2019 in the Scotty Cowan Memorial Chapel at Union Church, Berea, Kentucky. Reppert Funeral Home and Cremation Service entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions suggested to Union Church Emergency Assistance Fund, 213 Prospect Street, Berea, KY 40403 or Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403.

Norma Calico

Norma Brandenburg Calico, 93, of Berea, the widow of Thurman E. Calico, passed away Thursday afternoon, August 15, 2019, at The Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Mrs. Calico was born on June 6, 1926, in Bland County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Clay and Lucy Creech Brandenburg.

She was a homemaker and was a retired secretary to the Superintendent of The Berea Community School System. Mrs. Calico was a member of The Berea Baptist Church where she had been a member of the Philathia Sunday School Class. In addition she was a member of the Silver Creek Homemakers and was a former member of the Berea Woman’s Club.

Survivors include her daughter: Patty Calico Davis (Jim) of Berea; her son: Paul B. Calico (Ann) of Cincinnati, Ohio; two grandchildren: Austin Calico (Leslie) of Ashland, KY and Molly Sergent (Jon) of Florence, KY; four great-grandchildren: Avalon, Etta and Royse Calico and Jack Sergent.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Calico was preceded in death by a brother: Albert Brandenburg and a sister Lillian Brandenburg Havens.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 17, 2019 at The Berea Baptist Church, 310 Chestnut Street, with Rev. Kevin Slemp officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM Saturday at the church.

Serving as pallbearers are: Austin Calico, Jon Sergent, Larry Harrison, Bill Patton, Doug Shirley and Steven Bugg.

Memorial Contributions may be made to The Berea Baptist Church, 310 Chestnut Street, Berea, Kentucky 40403.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staffs of Arcadian Cove and The Compassionate Care Center, for the love and kindness that has been shown to Mrs. Calico.

Park Mason

Park Mason, 67, of Berea, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. Park, the son of Henry Elmer Mason and Eula Scott Mason, was born in Madison County on February 5, 1952.

He retired from The Okonite Company and was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, camping, hot rods and hunting. His greatest joy was his family especially his grandchildren. On June 8, 2016, Park was united in marriage to Velma Sue Parson Mason who survives.

Other survivors include: two sons: Joey Mason of Richmond and David (& Jill) Mason of Paint Lick; his daughter: Becky (& Matt) Messina of Berea; one step-son: Larry (& Roxanne) Jones; one brother: Harold (& Wanda) Mason; four grandchildren: Christian Mason, Lillian Mason, Luciana Mason and Corbin Ray Messina; his step grandchildren; several nephews and and nieces and those closest to him, Gary Mason, Chris Mason, Darrell Hickam, Mike Hickam, Sharon Poynter and Melissa Sewell.

In addition to his parents, Park was also preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of their children: Phyllis Ann Payne Mason; two brothers: Ed Mason, Paul Mason and two sisters: Virginia Hickam and Frances Mason.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:30 AM Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Chad Burdette officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison County Memorial Garden. Visitation will be 5:00 – 9:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Joey Mason, David Mason, Bill Hunter, Darrell Hickam, Mike Hickam, Gary Mason, Tony Kidd, Chris Mason and Matt Messina.

James Douglas Foster Jr.

James Douglas “Jimmy” Foster Jr., 45, of the Baldwin Community of Madison County, passed away Monday, August 12, 2019. Jimmy, the son of William Foster and Portia White Foster, was born in Madison County on March 4, 1974.

He worked for Sexton’s Moving Company and enjoyed working on older cars. He was a member of Grace Covenant Church of God.

In addition to his mother, Jimmy is survived by two sons: William Edgar Foster (& Amanda Boyer) of Glasgow and James Douglas Foster, Jr. of Richmond; his step-son: Austin Rose; two brothers: William Earl Foster and Buford Foster; two sisters: Sharonda (& Matthew) Sargent and Nancy Jean Foster and his nephews and niece: Thomas Foster, Hunter Sargent and Portia Sargent.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, William Foster.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:00 PM Friday, August 16, 2019 at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Masters and Bro. Johnny King officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 9:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

George Bradley Peel

George Bradley Peel died peacefully at Hospice Compassionate Care on August 14, 2019, in Richmond, KY, at the age of 61.

George was retired from Barger’s Towing and Recovery, Richmond, KY.

George is survived by his mother, Joann Woody Peel; life partner of 40 years, Anita Wren Peel; four stepsons, Billy Harris, Rusty Harris, Wade Harris, Chris Harris; one stepdaughter, April Chadwell; eleven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four brothers, Nicky Peel, Jimmy Peel, Earl Peel, Jr., Johnny Peel; three sisters, Mary Lucas, Jennifer Watt; Wrayanna Ritchie.

He is preceded in death by his father Earl B. Peel.

George’s wishes were to be cremated. His Urn will be placed in the Columbarium Niche Garden during a private family Memorial Service at Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, KY. The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, W. Main St., Richmond, is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Lester Bradley

Michael Lester Bradley, age 40, husband of Becky, of Brodhead, KY, passed away on August 14, 2019, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. Michael was born on October 24, 1978, a son of Derotha Elliot Bradley and the late Michael Ray Bradley, in Barbourville, KY.

He was a member and a trustee of Jacob’s Well Baptist Church. He was united in marriage to his wife Becky on February 21st, 2015. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, basketball, and watching all UK sports.

Those left to celebrate his life are: his mother, Derotha Elliot Bradley of Livingston, KY; his wife, Rebecca Osborne Bradley, of Brodhead, KY; a daughter, Kaleigh Richards of Brodhead, KY; a brother, Stevie Bradley and Amanda of Mount Vernon, KY; a sister, Angelia Bussell and Kevin of Livingston, KY; maternal grandfather: Lester Elliott of Gray, KY; niece and nephews: Harlee Mink, Rylie and EllaRae Bradley, Denzel and James, and Justin and Logan Brown; as well as a host of many uncles, aunts, friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Ray Bradley; paternal grandparents: Sam and Myrtle Bradley, of Livingston, KY; and maternal grandmother, Axie Elliott.

Services for Michael will be conducted at the Marvin E. Owens Home for Funerals beginning with the visitation on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 6-9pm. Funeral will be Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 11am, with Bro. Jason Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Oakhill Cemetery.

Gary Eugene Brummett

Gary Eugene Brummett, 76, of Stanford, Kentucky passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. He was born on November 7, 1942 in Stanford, Kentucky to the late Abbie Noland Brummett and Ina Mae Cottengrim Brummett.

He was a member of Calvary Hill Baptist Church. Gary graduated from Stanford High School in 1960 and from Eastern Kentucky State College in 1964. He earned his Master’s Degree and Rank 1 Certification from Eastern Kentucky University. He began his teaching career in 1964 in Jefferson County, Kentucky at Watson Lane Elementary School. In 1968, he accepted a position at Edna L. Toliver Elementary School in Danville, Kentucky and taught there until he retired in 1994. Gary also served as a substitute teacher in Lincoln County for several years.

He is survived by a sister-in-law, Barbara Worley Brummett; three nephews, Christopher Noland Brummett, Samuel Scott Brummett (Beth) and Jeffery Coyle Brummett; five great-nephews, Gentry, Cooper, Baker, Chase and Banks; and two great nieces, Brooke and Mary Grace.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd Noland Brummett.

A visitation has been scheduled for Friday, August 16, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Spurlin Funeral Home in Stanford, Kentucky. Funeral is scheduled for Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Funeral Home in Stanford, Kentucky with Rev. Brad King officiating the service. Burial will follow at Buffalo Springs Cemetery in Stanford, Kentucky.

Pallbearers will be Dwayne Greer, Doug Gooch, Troy Hamm, Herner Burton, Tommy Moser, Art Foster, Dr. Emery A. Wilson and Gary Reynolds.Honorary Pallbearers will be Vernon Douglas, Jerome Flynn, Jeff Jeffries, Ronald Lawrence, Tommy Owens, James Atkins, John Stevens, Jerry Pyle, Donald Thomas, Ella Mae Curlis, Mary Jo Morrow, Nancy Boone, Dorothy Greer, Tracy Gooch, Carolyn Spangler, Gwyneth Pyle, Lauren Newman, Kent Mann and Norman Lawrence.

Memorials in Lieu of Flowers may be donated to the Lincoln County Educational Fund or Heritage Hospice.

Spurlin Funeral Home is also taking up donations for backpacks and school supplies, which can be brought to Spurlin Funeral Home in Stanford, Kentucky.

Nannie B. Heaberlin

Nannie B. Durham Heaberlin, age 88 passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born March 27, 1931 to the late Harmon and Rebecca McKinney Durham.

Nannie is survived by 4 children, Delta Fox, Jerry (Joyce) Malicote, Tony (Alberta) Malicote all of Sand Gap, KY, Tina (Scott) Moberly of Berea, KY; eight grandchildren, and by host great grandchildren. She is also survived by four sisters, Anna Mae Gabbard, Rose Coffey, Terry Johnston and Frankie K. Hayes.

In addition to her parents, Nannie was also preceded in death by four brothers, Odis Durham, Roy Durham, Ronald Durham and Lonnie Durham.

Funeral service 1:00 PM Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Lakes Funeral Home McKee with Bro. Larry Gray and Darrell Combs officiating. Burial to follow in the Harrison Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Jerry Malicote, Lonzo Gray, Scott Moberly, Danny Gabbard, Scottie Byrd and Lloyd Jr. Hammonds.

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