Category Archives: Obituaries

Melvin Shane Farris

Melvin Shane Farris

Melvin Shane Farris

Melvin Shane Farris, age 39, passed away Sunday April 7, 2019 at his residence in Berea, KY. Shane was born November 7, 1979 in Richmond, KY.

Being mechanically inclined Shane enjoyed working with his hands, repairing cars and trucks. He also enjoyed photography. Pictures of sunrise and sunsets were his favorite.

Shane is survived by his mother, Velma Ruth Farris, two daughters, Autumn Farris, Gabriel Farris, one aunt, Brenda Farris, two uncles, Elmer Thomas Farris, Ronald Farris, special cousin, Lashanda Martin, special great aunt, Joretta Hill, and a host family and friends. Continue reading Melvin Shane Farris

Roger Lee Justice Sr

Roger Lee Justice Sr.

Roger Lee Justice Sr.

Roger Lee Justice, Sr., age 73, passed away Thursday April 4, 2019 in Winchester, KY. Roger was born May 19, 1945 in Pike County to the late Fonso and Ida May Justice.

Roger graduated from Belfry High School and married Lorraine Rutherford also from Pike county. He joined the United States Army spending tours at various posts in the United States and Korea. Upon release from the Army, he worked in the coal industry and held many positions during his career in the coal mines of Pike county. As Continue reading Roger Lee Justice Sr

OBITUARIES MAR. 31 – APR. 7, 2019

Ruth Geneva Thomas

Ruth Geneva Thomas

Ruth Geneva Gadd Thomas, 78, of Berea, died at her home Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Born June 18, 1940, daughter of the late John and Mary Jane Gadd Ramey.

She had been a resident of Berea most of her life. Ruth was a Dresser Industries retiree with 28 years of service to the company. She was a member of Dresser Quarter Century Club, Woman’s Industrial, and member of the Holiness Faith. She loved animals, especially her cats and dog. Continue reading OBITUARIES MAR. 31 – APR. 7, 2019

Dianna Gail Pigg

Dianna Pigg

Dianna Gail Pigg

Dianna Gail Pigg, age 63, wife of Jerry Bishop died on March 31st, 2019 at her home in Lebanon, Indiana. She was born in Jonesville, Virginia on May 20th, 1955 daughter of the late Eugene and Pattie Sue Ayers Fee.

She enjoyed canoeing, fishing, reading, feeding her chickens and watering flowers, but most of all she was devoted to her family and loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren. Continue reading Dianna Gail Pigg

Maude Neeley

Maude Neeley

Maude Neeley

Maude Wylie Neeley, 94, died Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the Berea Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born January 8, 1925 in Paint Lick, wife to the late Ralph Neeley, the daughter of the late George and Laura Creech Wylie, a Berea area resident for most of her life and she attended Silver Creek Baptist Church.

Maude had the most demanding job on earth, a homemaker. A wife, loving mother, grandmother, and always a family first woman, she routinely cared not only for her own but for other people’s children. Continue reading Maude Neeley

Donald Mitchell Denniston

Donald Mitchell Denniston

Donald Mitchell Denniston

Donald Mitchell Denniston, age 83, husband to Joyce Dean Porter Denniston, passed away Saturday March 30, 2019 at Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, Ky. Mr. Denniston was born May 25, 1935 in Morgan County, Ky., to the late Leonard & Bessie Helton Denniston.

Mr. Denniston was U.S. Army Veteran, an avid U.K. fan, loved flower gardening, loved his fur babies, Dexter, Sammy, Yetti, loved family time and looking at family photos. Continue reading Donald Mitchell Denniston

OBITUARIES MAR. 24-31, 2019

Phyllis Ann Seals

Phyllis Ann Seals

Phyllis Ann Seals, age 69, of Berea, Kentucky, passed away March 29, 2019 at Hospice Compassionate Care in Richmond. A Berea native, she was born to the late George and Lizzy Casteel.

Phyllis worked in food services for Berea Community Schools, and attended Middletown Baptist Church. After retirement she found much enjoyment in gardening, and homemaking.

She is survived by her husband, William (Bill) H. Seals, son, Russel Seals, grandchildren Taylor, and Annaleis Seals, siblings, Michael (Debbie) Casteel, and Marsha Casteel. Continue reading OBITUARIES MAR. 24-31, 2019

Mary Ann Foster

Mary Ann Foster

Mary Ann Foster

Mary Ann Foster born July 12,1932 in South Bend, Indiana Passed away Monday March 25, 2019 in Berea, KY.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Darlene Kisor, husband, Cilfford Foster, daughter, Deborah Vanhook, two sisters, Melva Swisher and Jean Eisele.

She is survived by her children, Robert (Marsha) Nafrady of Granger, IN., Kimberly (Chuck) Smith of Bradenton, FL.., Lisa (Jim) Scully of Berea, KY., sister, Geneva Sweet of South Bend, IN., step son, Michael (Rhonda) Foster of Shelton WA., four grandsons, Todd Continue reading Mary Ann Foster

OBITUARIES MAR. 17-24, 2019

Betty Jones

Betty Jones

Betty Mary Jones 79, widow of James Hershel Jones, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday March 20, 2019 in Berea, KY. Mrs. Jones was born in Hazard, KY March 12, 1940 to the late George Washington and Emily Jane (Sumner) Combs.

Betty and Hershel were in the restaurant business in Berea, KY starting in the mid 1960’s with the Tastee-Freez drive-in restaurant, then the Colonel Drive-In Restaurant, and ultimately The People’s Restaurant. When Hershel passed away 1986 Betty continued to operate the People’s Restaurant until it was destroyed by fire in 1995. Betty re-built on the site and opened Sweet Betty’s restaurant in 1996 which was in operation until 2005. Continue reading OBITUARIES MAR. 17-24, 2019

April Robinson

April Robinson

April Robinson

April Robinson age 45, wife of Joe Robinson Jr., died Saturday March 16, 2019 in an accident in Brazil, Indiana. April was born in Johnson County, Indiana to Paul and Teresa Cole Osborne of Berea, KY.

She was a loving mother and truck driver for Ryder Integrated Logistics, and she was a member of the Berea Evangelistic Church in Berea, Kentucky.

April was preceded in death by a son Jasper William Jack Harris. Continue reading April Robinson

Bobby Lee Hart

Bobby Lee Hart

Bobby Lee Hart

Hart, Bobby Lee, age 89, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great grandfather passed away peacefully on March 16, 2019. Bobby grew up in Berea, KY and absolutely loved his hometown.

He graduated from Berea High School and received his BS in History and Business Management from Berea College in 1950. He bravely served our country as First Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1950-1954. Bobby was a hard worker and spent most of his career at Parker Hannfifin, Gibson Greeting Card and the University of Kentucky. He was a member of the Berea Lions Club, Berea Masonic Lodge, American Legion Post 50, an avid UK fan, loved cars and enjoyed every moment spent on Hilton Head Island. Continue reading Bobby Lee Hart

Beverly Ann McHone

Beverly Ann McHone

Beverly Ann McHone

Beverly Ann McHone, age 71, widow of Charles Burton McHone, passed away Friday March 15, 2019 at her residence in Berea, Ky. Mrs. McHone was born Oct. 23, 1947 to the late Ed Blair & Mary Lake Blair Reed.

Beverly loved to cook, loved the Ky Wildcats and watching Nascar. She liked spending time with friends and especially her grandchildren. Beverly is of the Baptist faith attending church at Galilee Baptist Church.

Other than her husband and parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Kermit Blair. Continue reading Beverly Ann McHone

John Edwin Miller

John Edwin Miller

John Edwin Miller

John Edwin Miller, age 81, husband of 61 years to Dorothy Schuette Miller, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Saint Joseph East Hospital in Lexington, KY. Mr. Miller was born September 19, 1937 in Clark County IL., to the late Rev. Walter and Mary Calvert Miller.

Mr. Miller was an Industrial Engineer working at Dresser Industries for thirty plus years. He was a member of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, a woodworker, made musical instruments, loved to garden, an excellent cook, enjoyed traveling, history, and visiting historical sites. Mr. Miller was of the Lutheran faith attending St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, KY. Continue reading John Edwin Miller

Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Steve Jones, age 70, husband for 47 years to Alene Jackson Jones passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington. He was born January 18, 1949 in Manchester, KY to the late Arley and Betsy Milburn Jones.

He was a US Army Veteran serving in Vietnam, being a disabled veteran, he was an activist for veteran’s rights. He also loved UK Basketball and hunting and fishing.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Charles “Seven Up” Samples. Continue reading Steve Jones

Janice Blythe

Janice Blythe

Janice Blythe

Dr. Janice Burdette Blythe was born on November 3, 1950 in Lancaster, Garrard County. She grew up on the family farm and is the daughter of the late James H. and Anna Margaret Burdette. She was baptized at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Boones Creek when she was 8 years old. She was presently a member of the First Baptist Church at Richmond.

Janice completed her undergraduate degree in Administrative Dietetics, with a minor in Business Administration, from Eastern Kentucky University. She completed the one-year Dietetic Internship to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at the V.A. Medical Center and the Chandler Medical Center, University of Kentucky and remained at UK to complete the Masters of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences. Continue reading Janice Blythe

Cecil “Dude” Cochran

Cecil Cochran

Cecil “Dude” Cochran, 86, retired Madison County Sheriff, and the widower of Betsy Barclay Cochran, passed away Friday afternoon, March 8, 2019 at Baptist Health in Richmond. Dude was born on September 22, 1932 in Madison County at White Station. He was the son of the late Cecil Sr. and Arebell Marcum Cochran.

He and his wife Betsy, owned and operated Madison Furniture Company for 28 years and in addition he operated a lime hauling business. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and was well respected in this community. Continue reading Cecil “Dude” Cochran

OBITUARIES MAR. 3-10, 2019


Cecil Cochran

Cecil “Dude” Cochran, 86, retired Madison County Sheriff, and the widower of Betsy Barclay Cochran, passed away Friday afternoon, March 8, 2019 at Baptist Health in Richmond. Dude was born on September 22, 1932 in Madison County at White Station. He was the son of the late Cecil Sr. and Arebell Marcum Cochran.

He and his wife Betsy, owned and operated Madison Furniture Company for 28 years and in addition he operated a lime hauling business. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and was well respected in this community. Continue reading OBITUARIES MAR. 3-10, 2019

Ernest Swinford

Ernest Swinford

Ernest Swinford

Ernest “Ernie” Leslie Swinford, 72, died Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at his home after a long illness. Born August 4th, 1946 in Berea to the late Clyde and Willetta Childress Swinford.

He worked at Parker – Hannifin for 33 years and 10 years at AGC Flat Glass North America. Ernie graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1964 and attended Eastern Kentucky University for a couple of years. A United States Army Veteran during the Vietnam Era he also spent time in the Army Reserve as an MP. Ernie was a huge, proud member of the Big Blue Nation and also enjoyed golfing, crosswords and fishing. He married October 17, 1998 to Debra Jane Duerson – Swinford, and was of the Baptist faith. Continue reading Ernest Swinford

Mary Logan

Mary Logan

Mary Logan

Mary Palmer Logan, 52, passed away March 1, 2019. Mary was born July 1, 1966 at Pattie A. Clay hospital. She was the daughter of the late Robert Palmer and her mother Odessa (Bernard Denny).

Mary lived in Madison Co. Most of her life and loved to cook which she was well renown for!!! She was a beacon of light and joy to her family and everyone that knew her!!! Mary was a member of First Baptist Church of Berea-Middletown. Continue reading Mary Logan