Ethel Pearson Bandy
BEECHMONT — Ethel Pearson Bandy, 92, of Beechmont died Monday, March 14, 2005, at Belle Meade Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
Born in Muhlenberg County Sept. 13, 1912, the daughter of the late Richard Milton Pearson and Lou Ella Parker Pearson, she was a member of Beechmont Missionary Baptist Church where she was active in Sunday school, with the youth and with the older adults. She was preceded in death by her husband T. B. Bandy; son, Tommy Bandy; and a grandson, Scott Vincent.
Survivors include three daughters, Polly Vincent of Greenville, Becky (David) Shutt of Central City and Peggy Sue (Jim) Edmonds of Ledbetter; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. March 16 at Gary’s Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Stovall and the Rev. W. R. Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Greenville. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. March 15 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16 at the funeral home.
Willa Mae Meek
LEWISBURG Willa Mae Meek, 89, of Lewisburg died Sunday, March 13, 2005 at her home after a lengthy illness.
Born in Floyd County, Ky. Nov. 3, 1915, the daughter of the late Proctor Walters and Maudie Boyd Walters, she was a homemaker, mother and a member of Concord Baptist Church in Lowmansville, Ky. She loved to quilt and was a competitive quilter winning many ribbons. She was preceded in death by a son, Devon Walter Meek and three sisters, Ora Beatrice Brickey, Gusta Castle and Imagene Castle.
Survivors include three daughters, Christine Tyson of Lewisburg, Jewell Harwood of Tampa, Fla. and Maudie (Joe) Fanti of Cambridge, Ohio; three sons, Donald (Diane) Meek of Mason, Ohio, Carlos Dean (Barbara) Meek of Walton, Ind. and Kenneth Lee (Tana) Meek of West Van Lear, Ky.; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. March 16 at Gary’s Funeral Home with Chaplain Bobby Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Graham Cemetery in Graham. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 15 and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 16 at the funeral home.
Carolyn Jane Crunk
Carolyn Jane Crunk, 63, died Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at Muhlenberg Community Hospital.
Born in Muhlenberg County, Nov. 4, 1942, she was a homemaker and member of Woodson Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Roy Crunk; a daughter, Teresa Dukes of Central City; a brother, Joey Whitworth of Drakesboro; two sisters, Sandra Whitworth of Central City and Marsha Dunning of Beaver Dam; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. March 9 at Tucker Funeral Home with the Rev. Timmy Camplin and the Rev. J.W. Haire officiating. Burial followed in Gish Cemetery in Bremen.
William Carl Blissit
William Carl Blissit, 80, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at Owensboro Mercy Health System.
Born in Breckenridge County, Sept. 23, 1925, he was a retired Boilermaker of 32 years from Tennessee Valley Authority. Member of the Central City Masonic Lodge #673, he was a veteran of World War II and of the Presbyterian faith. He was preceded in death by a stepson, Paul Baggarly, in 1996.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Scott Blissit; two sons, Steven Blissit and Mark Blissit, both of Paducah; four daughters, Kathy Beasley and Sandra Knight, both of Central City, Susan Van Arman of Cheyenne, Wyo. and Vicki Hardin of Drakesboro; two step-sons, Don Baggarly of Echols and Wayne Baggarly of Central City; two step-daughters, Karen Reed of Livermore and Paula Baggarly of Beaver Dam; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. March 12 at Tucker Funeral Home with the Rev. Darrell Belcher officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Charles Douglas “Doug” Hampton
CENTRAL CITY – Charles Douglas “Doug” Hampton, 55, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at his residence.
Born June 9, 1950, he was a sanitation worker for the Central City Sanitation Department and a member of St. James A.M.E. Zion Church in Central City.
Survivors include his wife, Vera Hightower Hampton; a daughter, Ebony Hightower of Richmond; a son, Charles H. “Charlie” Hampton of Central City; three brothers, George Hampton and Carlos Hampton, both of Central City and Gerald Hampton of Madisonville; four sisters, Margret Hampton, Gwenezetta McQuiller and Vickie Hampton, all of Central City and Kathy Hampton of Greenville; a granddaughter; three aunts; two uncles; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. March 11 at Ebenezer Baptist Church with the Rev. Otis Cunningham and the Rev. Julia Watson officiating. Burial followed in West End Cemetery in Greenville.
Randall “Randy” Eugene Smith
DUNMOR – Randall “Randy” Eugene Smith, 50, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at his residence.
Born June 11, 1955, he was a laborer for Nelson Co., Ky. and a member of Penrod Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his mother, Freda Sue Peveler Smith.
Survivors include his father and step-mother, Gene and Bessie Smith of Cleaton; a sister, Faith Thelma Marie Cobb of Rumsey; three brothers, Herman Hawks, Jr. of Central City, Zaner Abney of Livermore and Steven Smith of Cleaton; three step-sisters, Debbie Bean of Owensboro, Judy Chaney and Fonda Manning, both of Greenville; two step-brothers, Dennis Mayes of Cleaton and Eddy Mayes of Madisonville and an aunt, Doty Evitts of Dunmor.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. March 11 at Price Funeral Home in Lewisburg with the Rev. Jerry Winters officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Moriah Church of Christ Cemetery in Muhlenberg Co.
Garry D. Bivins
THOMAS TOWNSHIP, MI – Garry D. Bivins, age 57, died Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. after a courageous battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Born in Muhlenberg County April 16, 1948, to the late Howard and Opal (Warren) Bivins, he married Kathy Schmieder Feb. 17, 1968 in Saginaw. President and founder of Majestic Van Corporation, he worked alongside his son, Bryan. He sat on the advisory board of General Motors Conversion Vehicle Manufacturers and had been a member of the Saginaw Club, the Fordney Club and was a founder and former Vice President of the 100 Club of Saginaw County. He enjoyed his leisure time at the family vacation home on the AuSable River where he loved working on many projects. He spent hours designing and creating numerous activities for his grandchildren. Including his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Wayne Bivins and Daniel Bivins and a brother-in-law, David Haas.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Bivins; a son, Bryan (Jill) Bivins of Saginaw, Mich.; a daughter, Heather (Peter) Dwan of Bay City, Mich.; five grandchildren who were the center of his life, Kathleen Dwan, Zachery Bivins, Brianna Bivins, Bailey Bivins and Avery Bivins and a new grandchild that will be born this summer. He is also survived by his sisters, Faye Warren of Houghton Lake, Mich. and Lana Haas of Lexington, Ky.; two brothers, Edward (Sandra) Bivins of Washington Township, Mich. and Gayle (Linda) Bivins of Cape Coral, Fla.; mother-in-law, Sally Schmieder of Safety Harbor, Fla.; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at noon, Feb. 18 at the W.L. Case & Company Chapel in Saginaw, Mich. with Dr. Douglas R. Jackson officiating. Burial followed in Owen Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60622 or the 100 Club of Saginaw County, P.O. Box 6457, Saginaw, MI 48608. Garry’s family would like to show appreciation to the University of Michigan’s Critical Care Unit and to Dr. Theodore Standiford and Dr. Shariz Shariff for their excellent care and concern.
Patricia Louise Williams Hocker
Patricia Louise Williams Hocker, 49, died Monday, March 6, 2006 at Owensboro Mercy Health System.
Born in Princeton Feb. 28, 1957, she was employed by Hardee’s in Princeton and a member of New Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Depoy.
Survivors include three sons, Vernon Hocker, Jr. of Powderly, Joseph Anthony Hocker of Owensboro and Gary Allen Hocker of Central City; a daughter, Helen Hocker of Greenville; three brothers, Robert Williams of Galt, Calif., Eddie Tinsley and Freddie Tinsley, both of Minneapolis, Minn.; two sisters, Linda Cook of Minneapolis, Minn. and Peggy Hocker of Princeton and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. March 11 at Princeton First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Earl Hocker officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Princeton. Gamble Funeral Home in Hopkinsville was in charge of arrangements.
Linda Faye Johnson
CENTRAL CITY – Linda Faye Johnson, 56, died Friday, March 10, 2006 at Muhlenberg Community Hospital.
Born in Evansville, Feb. 12, 1950, she was a sales clerk at Wal-Mart and attended Browder Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Victor Eaves; a daughter, Windy Dawn Drumheller and a brother, Billy Eaves.
Survivors include her husband, Danny Johnson; her mother, Lois Eaves of Greenville; three stepsons, Timothy Johnson and Jamie Johnson, both of Central City and Danny Johnson, Jr. of Greenville; a brother, Jeffery Lynn Eaves of Greenville; two sisters, Joyce Offutt of Central City and Mary Jo Clark of Nashville; three grandchildren, Nicholas Johnson, Madison Johnson and Shelby Johnson; six nephews, one niece, two great nephews and three great nieces.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. March 13 at Tucker Funeral Home with the Rev. Fred Harrison and the Rev. J.W. Haire officiating. Burial followed in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Powderly.
Mabel Clara Sandefur
Mabel Clara Sandefur, 93, died Thursday, March 9, 2006 at Muhlenberg Community Hospital.
Born in Muhlenberg County, April 27, 1917, she was a homemaker.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. March 14 at Tucker Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff DiMatties officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery in Central City.
Betty Jo Durham
LOUISVILLE – Betty Jo Durham, 72, died Friday, March 10, 2006 at Hospice of Louisville.
Formerly Betty Bethel, she was a native of Muhlenberg County, a retired bus driver for the Jefferson County School System and a member of Martwick Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a grandson.
Survivors include her husband, William Lee Durham; four sons, Gary Durham, Jerry Durham, Ron Durham and Steve Durham; a daughter, Karen Logsdon; a sister, Mary Teague; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at noon March 15 at Arch L. Heady Funeral Home in Okolona, Ky. Entombment will follow in Evergreen Mausoleum.
Mabel V. Brown
BREMEN – Mabel V. Brown, 93, died Friday, March 10, 2006.
Born in Muhlenberg County, May 19, 1912, she graduated from Bremen High School and Bowling Green School of Nursing. She spent her working career as a registered nurse at General Hospital and the Veteran Administration in Louisville. She retired and moved back to Bremen in 1975. Very active in the Muhlenberg County Homemakers, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Eastern Star and her church, she was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Lela Vincent; two great-aunts who reared her after the loss of her parents, Jode Vincent and Monnie (Arthur) Vincent, both of Bremen; four brothers, Henry Vincent, Sherman Vincent, James Downs, and K.T. Downs and two sisters, Rethel Vincent and Geneva Bailey.
Survivors include her husband of 15 years, James “Everett” Brown; a sister, Mattie McGhee of Central City; a son, Bobby (Judith) Thomas of Enterprise, Ala.; a step son, Wayne (Marie) Brown of Madisonville; two grandsons, Shannon (Martee) Thomas and Steven Thomas; two step grandchildren, Jennie Wilcox and Libby Spencer; two great grandchildren, Taylor and Kaitlin Thomas of Enterprise, Ala. and two step great grandchildren, Elizabeth Wilcox and Andrew Wilcox.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. March 13 at Tucker Funeral Home with the Rev. Leroy Rearden officiating. Burial followed in Bethlehem Cemetery in Bremen. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society or the Bethlehem Baptist Church at P.O. Box 57, Bremen, KY 42325.
Jetta V. Wallace
BREMEN – Jetta V. Wallace, 86, died Friday, March 10, 2006 at Muhlenberg Community Hospital.
Born in Muhlenberg County, Nov. 18, 1919, she was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Pentecostal Church in Central City. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Hoggard; two grandchildren, James Harold Gray and Lisa Johnson and a great grandson, Michael Bullock.
Survivors include two daughters, Wanda (Harold) Gray and Willow (Waymon) Jarvis, both of Bremen; four grandchildren, Cerecia (Tom) Ferrera, Debbie (Larry) Painter, Jeannie (Bill) Bullock and Lynn Gunn; nine great grandchildren, Matthew Painter, Randell Painter, Tabitha Bullock, James Foster, Scott Gunn, Whitney Gunn, Tamara Johnson, Nathan Johnson and Brittany Hallett and seven great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. March 12 at Tucker Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Harris and the Rev. George Gray officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Muhlenberg County.
Lewis C. Vincent
ROCHESTER – Lewis C. Vincent, 80, died Saturday, March 11, 2006 at Commonwealth Regional Specialty Hospital in Bowling Green.
Born in Muhlenberg County Aug. 1, 1925, he was a veteran of the U.S. Marines, retired machinist from Tennessee Valley Authority, member of the Three Rivers Chapter of the N.W.T.F. and lifetime member of the Morgantown V.F.W.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Vincent; four sons, Jimmy Vincent and Gus Vincent, both of Rochester, Charles Vincent of Central City and Keith Vincent of Quality; a sister, Betty Jean Humphrey of Central City; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at noon March 15 at Tucker Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Embry and the Rev. David Daugherty officiating. Burial will follow in Rochester Cemetery.
Martha Jane Lear McIntosh
GREENVILLE — Martha Jane Lear McIntosh, 62, of Greenville, died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville after a short illness.
Born Dec. 7, 1940 in Clifty, she was the daughter of William Jackson Lear and Nell Francis Boley Lear. She was a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor and master’s degree in elementary education. She taught 20 years before retiring from North Todd Elementary School in 2002. She was a member of Second Baptist Church in Greenville and was preceded in death by her father, William Jackson Lear in 1997.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Norman Ray McIntosh of Greenville; mother, Nell Francis Boley Lear of Clifty; one son, Brad McIntosh of Greenville; one daughter, Amy Wilkins of Greenville; four grandchildren, Jacob McIntosh, Ethan McIntosh, Alexander Wilkins and Nicholas Wilkins; and one brother, Billy Lear of Clifty.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 21, at Gary’s Funeral Home with Dr. Ray England and Rev. Jeremy Hatfield officiating. Burial followed in Heltsley Cemetery in Clifty. Gary’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Lawrence Rayburn Evitts
DUNMOR — Lawrence Rayburn Evitts, 69, of Dunmor, died Wednesday, March 19, 2003, in Evansville.
Born March 6, 1934 in Drakesboro, he was a machine operator for International Harvester. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby (Sieber) Evitts and father, Romey Evitts.
He is survived by his wife, Isadora Evitts of Dunmor; daughter, Debbie Dukes of Dunmor; two sons, Larry Evitts of Gearney, Ill. and Rich Evitts of Waukegan, Ill.; two sisters, Violet Landrum of Chicago and Muriel Smith of Penrod; one brother, Romey Evitts of Dunmor; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 22, at Price Funeral Home, Inc., in Lewisburg with the Rev. Mike Dukes officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Moriah Church of Christ Cemetery. Price Funeral Home, Inc., was in charge of of arrangements.
Jewell Dean Watkins
POWDERLY — Jewell Dean Watkins, 70, of Powderly, died March 20, 2003 at Regional Medical Center in Madisonville.
Born January 26, 1933 in Muhlenberg County, she was a member of Powderly Baptist Church where taught “The Beulah Class”. She had been employed at Cowden’s in Greenville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie B. Watkins in 1999; one daughter, Judy Watkins Childers in 1990.
She is survived by two sons, Don B. Watkins of Beechmont and Rev. James “Jimmy” Watkins of Greenville; one daughter, Doris Johnson of Powderly; eight grandchildren; one sister, Nancy Burden of Bremen; one brother, Herman “Junior” Stogner of Bremen; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 24, at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery, also in Central City. Tucker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.