Katherine St. John
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — Katherine St. John, 72, of Hendersonville, N.C., formerly of Central City, died Friday, March 14, 2003 at her home following a lengthy illness.
Born Feb. 10, 1931 in Midland, the daughter of the late Roy Estil McDonald and Callie Noffsinger McDonald, she graduated from Campbellsville College and served as secretary to the First Baptist Church. Upon her marriage to Rev. St. John in 1958, they served many churches together for more than 40 years throughout the Southeastern United States. She was a member of Etowah Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Reverend Edward E. St. John of Hendersonville, N.C.; three daughters, Leah St. John of Etowah, N.C., Celeste (Richard) Nelsen of Hendersonville and Annette (Craig) Lotz of Fletcher, N.C.; two sisters, Imogene (Woodrow) Gamblin of Central City and Mable (Julian) Walton of Greenville; one brother, Hayden (Anna) McDonald of Central City; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews and their families.
A memorial and praise service was held Saturday, March 22, at Etowah Baptist Church with the Revs. Paul Noe and John Rymer officiating. Inurnment was private.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the mission fund at the church of the donor’s choice or to Four Seasons Hospice, P. O. Box 2395, Hendersonville, NC 28793. Shuler Funeral Home in Hendersonville was in charge of arrangements.
Eugene “Buck” Hinton
POWDERLY — Eugene “Buck” Hinton, 85, of Powderly died Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at Maple Manor Health Care Center in Greenville.
Born March 29, 1917 in Muhlenberg County, he was a retired miner and was a member of Powderly Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mable Hinton in 2000.
He is survived by three daughters, Linda Oller and Wilma Brake, both of Powderly and Billie Robertson of Central City; five grandchildren, Paula Beach, Sheena Chumley, Jimmie King, Paul Brake and Donna Brake Smith; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, C. R. Hinton of Central City and Thurman Hinton of Columbia, Ky.; and one sister, Lillian Harper of Drakesboro.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 22, at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City with the Rev. Larry Fitzhugh officiating. Burial followed at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Powderly. Tucker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
James Foster “Red” Sweeney
James Foster “Red” Sweeney, 73, of Central City, died Saturday, March 22, 2003, at Regional Medical Center in Madisonville.
Born April 27, 1929 in Kent, Ohio, he was a retired miner and a member of Cherry Hill Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Jessup Sweeney; one son, Wesley Sweeney of Greenville; one daughter, Beverly Jessup of Greenville; four grandchildren, Tracey, Jason, Tyrone and Mandy; one great-grandchild, Cameron; two brothers, Randall Sweeney of Greenville and Jim Sweeney of Russellville; two sisters, Rosa Sweeney of Greenville and Dorothy Yonts of Greenville; and stepmother, Gracie Sweeney of Greenville.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 25, at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City with the Revs. Jimmy Kiner and Leroy Reardon officiating. Burial followed in Greens Chapel Cemetery. Tucker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Gladys E. Conductor
SOUTHGATE, MICH. — Gladys E. (Evitts-Gray) Conductor, 90, of Southgate, Mich. died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, in Woodhaven, Mich.
Born April 6, 1912 in Muhlenberg County, to Henry F. (Nick) and Susan (Sudie) Evitts, she was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Conductor; daughter, Betty Metz; her parents; six brothers, Allison, Buck, Ras, Sam, Jim and Harold; and two sisters, Mildred and Gert.
She is survived by one son, Bobby (Jane) Gray of Southgate; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren ; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 3, at Kindrich-McHugh Steinbauer Funeral Home in Solon, Ohio with the Rev. Brian Morphonios officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Bedford Heights, Ohio. Kindrick-McHugh Steinbauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Samuel “Sam” Stone
Samuel “Sam” Stone, 94, of Central City, died Friday, March 21, 2003, at Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville.
Born September 3, 1908 in Muhlenberg County, he was a coal miner and of the Presbyterian faith.
He is survived by one son, Clarence Stone of Central City; two granddaughters, Mary Jean Weiner and Mary Sue Chadwick, both of Central City; three great-grandchildren, Danny Chadwick, Michael Chadwick and Kimberly Carver, all of Central City; and one brother, Philip Stone of Central City.
Graveside services and burial were held Sunday, March 23, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Central City with the Rev. Tim Adcock officiating. Tucker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Beatrice Miller Henderson
LEXINGTON, KY — Beatrice Miller Henderson, 93, of Lexington, formerly of Sacramento, died Saturday, March 22, 2003, at Sayre Christian Village Nursing Home in Lexington.
Born May 22, 1909 in Edmondson County, she was a retired sales clerk and a member of Sacramento Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cashel Henderson; and two daughters, Dean Bibb and Shirley Conrad.
She is survived by four grandchildren, Ginger Bibb Fraser of Lexington, Vicki Conrad Hopkins Bryan of Bloomington, Ill., Rhonda Conrad Little of Walnut Ridge, Ark. and Phillip Ray Conrad of Tucson, Ariz.; five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Chick Miller of Owensboro; two sisters, Tooley Brown of Owensboro and Lilia Bramlett of Detroit, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews;
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 25, at Tucker Memorial Chapel in Sacramento with the Revs. Jesse Johnson and Leslie Moody officiating. Burial followed in Sacramento Methodist Cemetery. Tucker Memorial Chapel in Sacramento was in charge of arrangements.
William Leon Smith
BEECHMONT — William Leon Smith, 62, of Beechmont, died Thursday, March 20, 2003, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.
Born August 28, 1940 in Muhlenberg County, he was retired from SuperValu in Greenville and was a member of Hazel Creek Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his mother, Beulah Mae Smith on Feb. 27, 2003.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley LoBello Smith; one son, Dale William Smith of Bend, Ore.; one daughter, Laura Coe of Beechmont; four grandchildren, Cameron Coe, Caleb Coe, Michael Smith and Jillian Smith; father, William E. Smith of Depoy; one brother, Donald Ray Smith of Depoy; and one sister, Sandra Jean Everett of Nelson Creek.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 24, at Hazel Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Chaney officiating. Burial followed in Hazel Creek Cemetery. Tucker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Byron August Revelette
DRAKESBORO — Byron August Revelette, 85, of Drakesboro, died Thursday, March 20, 2003 at Belle Meade Nursing Home in Greenville.
Born in Muhlenberg County, he was a retired coal miner and a member of Willow Glenn Church of Christ.
He is survived by four sons, Maurice Revelette and LeLand Revelette, both of Greenville, Olan Revelette of Drakesboro and Alan Revelette of Brentwood, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Eloise DeArmond of Louisville.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 23, at Tucker Beechmont Funeral Home with Mr. Keith Burnett officiating. Burial followed in Ebenezer Cemetery. Tucker Beechmont Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
GREENVILLE — Ruby Maddox, 64, of Greenville, died March 23, 2003, at Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville.
Born March 20, 1939, the daughter of Walter Crick Sr. and Bertha Crick, she was a member of Trinity Gospel Tabernacle. She was a licensed practical nurse and had worked for Regional Medical Center and Muhlenberg Community Hospital in the OB Dept. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Jeff Maddox; and one sister, Joyce Brewer.
She is survived by two sons, James “Mutt” Maddox and Tim Maddox, both of White Plains; one daughter, Nancy Maddox of Nortonville; five brothers, Lyndel Crick and Jerry Crick, both of Greenville, Walter Crick Jr. of South Bend, Ind., Bobby Crick of Drakesboro and Ricky Crick of LaPorte, Ind.; two sisters, Lola Wells of Greenville and Lola Freeman of Mishawaka, Ind.; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be Tuesday, March 25, 5 9 p.m., at Bandy Funeral Home in Nortonville. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 26, at 11 a.m., with Bro. Howard Jones officiating, also at Bandy Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Nortonville. Bandy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Patsy Ann Bivins
GREENVILLE — Patsy Ann Bivins, 63, of Greenville, died Thursday, March 20, at Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville following a short illness.
She was born April 7, 1939 in Muhlenberg County.
She is survived by her husband, Glendal Bivins of Greenville; four daughters, Margaret Hope of Greenville, Lois Markwell and Wanda Dorman, both of Lewisburg, and Brenda Key of Clarksville, Tenn.; one son, Jerry Bivins of Dunmor; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sisters, Christine Godby and Maybelle Roger, both of Owensboro and Janice Richards of Port Luce, Fla.; and one brother, Billy Lear of Greenville.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 23, at Gary’s Funeral Home in Greenville with the Rev. Roger Skipworth officiating. Burial followed in Landmark Cemetery in Muhlenberg County. Gary’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Amberly Danielle Duncan
MORTONS GAP Amberly Danielle Duncan, 1, of Mortons Gap, formerly of Greenville, died March 23, 2003.
Born June 20, 2001 in Greenville, she was the daughter of Charles Michael Duncan and Christy Lynn Cobb Duncan.
She is survived by her parents Charles (Shawna Beach) Duncan of Corydon, KY and Christy (Paul David Thompson) Duncan of Mortons Gap; one brother Christopher Michael Duncan of Mortons Gap; grandparents Danny and Roxanna Cobb of Greenville, Judy and Eddie Browning of Nortonville, Linda and David Gipson of Morganfield, and Jack Duncan of Evansville, IN; great-grandparents Lucy Sparks of Greenville, Lucy Mae Dukes of Nortonville, and Sue Duncan of Morganfield; great-great-grandparent Plinnie Harper of Bremen.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, March 23, at 2:00 p.m. from Yeargins Chapel Cemetery in Graham with Rev. Terry Groves officiating. Burial will be in the Yeargins Chapel Cemetery. Gary’s Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Gordon Buell Ford
VILLAGE OF GOLF, FLA. Gordon Buell Ford, 91, died Thursday, March 3, 2005 at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, Fla.
Born in Greenville Sept. 27, 1913, the son of the late Otha and Mattie Newman Ford, he graduated from Greenville High School in 1930 and then entered Bowling Green College of Commerce, the forerunner of Western’s business college. Through hard work and determination of his mother, he graduated in 1934 with a B.S. degree. Mr. Ford, believing that education is the hope of the world, gave substantial time and support to this. He was particularly interested in his Alma Mater, Western Kentucky University and in December 1998 he honored both is mother and Western when he announced a $10.6 million gift commitment to the university, the largest single gift in the school’s history. With this, he established the “Gordon Ford Dean’s Fund for Excellence.” He also gave $500,000, which was matched, by the state of Kentucky to establish the “Mattie Newman Ford Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies.” In a show of appreciation, Western renamed the business college, The Gordon Ford College of Business. Since 1992, he has given 10 or more scholarships a year for worthy students at Western. Mr. Ford was an active member of the WKU Board of Advisors and a director of the WKU Foundation. In 1999, he was inducted into Western’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni. After graduating in 1934, a time of uncertainty and depression, Mr. Ford used his accounting skills, training and determination to become a founder and managing partner in the Louisville accounting firm of Yeager, Ford and Warren. That firm merged with Coopers and Lybrand (one of the Big Eight) in 1970. Mr. Ford continued as managing partner. That firm in 1998 merged with Price Waterhouse (one of the Big Four) to later become PricewaterhouseCoopers one of the largest firms in the country. He retired as the managing partner of that firm and continued to live in Louisville as well as the Village of Golf, Fla. Mr. Ford was active in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants where he served as vice president, a director, a member of council, chairman of the planning committee, member of the professional development board, by-laws committee, management consulting committee, management of accounting practice committee and a member of the editorial board of the “Journal of Accountancy.” Mr. Ford was also very active in the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, where he served as president and received the group’s distinguished service award. He received the Honorary Membership Award from the American Institute of CPA’s. He was the author of several articles, including one for the Journal of Accountancy entitled “Long Range Plan for Development and Growth of a CPA Firm.” He was co-author of “History of the Professional Practice of Accounting in Kentucky.” With an interest in education and civic activities, Mr. Ford was a director of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce and Louisville Central Area, Inc.; a trustee and member of the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; a trustee of the Bellarmine College and Kentucky Southern College; director of several corporations, including Hubbuch’s, Paul Semonin Company, Broadway Chevrolet, American Car Rental, Broadway Investments, 845 Inc., Southeastern Investment Trust, the Gordon Ford Foundation and V.V. Cooke Foundation. Mr. Ford was also a member of the American Seniors Golf Association as well as the Southern Seniors Golf Association. He was a member of the Louisville Country Club, Harmony Landing Country Club, The Country Club of Florida, The Ocean Club of Florida, Rotary Club of Louisville, Delta Sigma Pi and a former member of the Pendennis Club. He was a former member and deacon of Broadway Baptist Church. He was a member of and previously served as an elder of Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville. He was also a member of First Presbyterian Church in Delray Beach, Fla. WKU President Gary Ransdall said: “Gordon Ford was an entrepreneur whose generosity and leadership helped drive the transformation of our College of Business. But above all, Gordon was a consummate gentleman and a great friend. We will miss him dearly.”
Survivors include his wife Glenda of 30 years; three children, Dr. Gordon B. Ford Jr. of Louisville, Gayle Ford Whittenberg of Louisville and DelRay Beach and Gregory Newman Ford of Viera, Fla.; three grandchildren, Caroline Root of Richmond, Va., Jonathon Newman Ford and Jennifer Newman Ford, both of Viera, Fla.; a great-grandchild, Owen Alexander Root of Richmond and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. March 11 at Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Old Brownsboro Rd., Louisville. Burial will follow at Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. March 10 at Pearson Funeral Home, 149 Breckenridge Rd. Louisville. The Ford family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the following: Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Old Brownsboro Rd., Louisville, KY 40207; Western Kentucky University, Gordon Ford College of Business, 1 Big Red Way, Bowling Green, KY 42101-3576; or First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, 33 Gleason St., Delray Beach, FL 33483. All to be made in memory of Gordon B. Ford.
William H. Cary
GREENVILE William H. Cary, 78, died Saturday, March 5, 2005 at Maple Manor Nursing Home as a result of a fall at his home.
Born in Muhlenberg County April 25, 1926, the son of the late Henry Cary and Thelma Hill Cary, he lived in Greenville and was a retired coal miner, working for 25 years for Peabody River Queen Surface Mine. He was a member of the Luzerne General Baptist Church. He was a volunteer fireman for over 25 years and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a 50 year member of the Pond River Lodge #244 F&A.M. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margie Nell Crick.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Margie Cary; three daughters, Belinda (Walter) Neill of Moundsville, Ala., Sheila (David) Newman of Nashville, Tenn. and Gail Sisson of Greenville; a son, William Paul Cary of Cincinnati, Ohio; a brother, Lindy Cary of Greenville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. March 8 at Gary’s Funeral Home with the Rev. Don McGuire officiating. Burial followed in the Lone Star Cemetery in Weir.
Evelyn Cooper Villines
GREENVILLE Evelyn Cooper Villines, 82, died Thursday, March 3 in the Muhlenberg Community Hospital following a lengthy illness.
Born in Beaver Dam Oct. 2, 1922, the daughter of the late W. Cecil Cooper and Lura Pirtle Cooper, she was a member of the Greenville First Baptist Church. She was retired from the Farmers National Farm Loan Association where she worked from 1943 until 1946. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Louis Villines.
Survivors include a daughter, Judy Villines Whitmer of Bremen and a granddaughter, Erica Lee Hobgood of Powderly.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. March 7 at Gary’s Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary McAbee, the Rev. Leroy Rearden and the Rev. Rob Gwaltney officiating. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery in Greenville.