ELKHART, IND. Lenora Hamilton, 86, of Elkhart, Ind., died Sunday Aug. 31, 2003 at Elkhart General Hospital.
Born Sept. 19, 1916 in Muhlenberg County. She was self-employed with Hamilton Accountant Service in Elkhart. She was also a member of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include one daughter; Barbara Wilhelmson of Elkhart; one sister, Lorene Martin of Morristown, Tenn.; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sept. 4, 2003 at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City. Burial followed at Rochester Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Rochester Cemetery Fund, C/O Green River Bank, 104 Main St., Rochester, KY, 42273.
Esther Pauline Drake
BELTON Esther Pauline Drake, 85, of Belton, Ky., died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003.
Born Sept. 16, 1917 in Butler County, she was a homemaker and a member of Forest Oak Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband Elmore Drake, brother Oscar Hope, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Survivors include five sons, Glendle Drake, Dale Drake, and David Lee Drake, all of Belton, Randle Drake of Olathe, Kan., and Darrel Drake of Rosewood; two daughters, Marie Chapman and Joyce Cunningham, both of Drakesboro; half brother, Charles Hope of Owensboro and step sister, Jeffie Knight of Alabama; 18 grandchildren, 26 great- grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Sept. 6, 2003 at Tucker Funeral Home in Beechmont. Burial followed at Forest Oak Cemetery.
William Daniel Strader
CHELSA, MICH. William Daniel Strader, 53, of Chelsa, Mich. died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003 at his residence of natural causes.
Born Jan. 19, 1950 in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of the late L.W. Strader and Beatrice Glenn Strader of Inkster, Mich. He was a graduate of Todd Central High School and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Romulus, Mich.
Survivors include: his mother, Beatrice Glenn Strader of Inkster, Mich.; one sister, Betty Jean Canon of Erie, Mich.; two brothers, James Strader of Chelsa, Mich. and Thomas Strader of Inkster, Mich.
Funeral services were held Sept. 8, 2003 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Marty Heltsley officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Latham Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
BREMEN David Perdue, 47, of Bremen, Ky. died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003 at his home. He was disabled. His father, Carrol Lee Perdue, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Earline Clark of Mortons Gap; two sons, Michael and Jason Perdue, both of Madisonville; one daughter, Tonya Perdue of Henderson, Ky.; five brothers, Eddie Perdue of Bremen, Alan Perdue of Providence, Ky., Ricky Perdue of Mortons Gap, Carrol Wayne Perdue of Henderson and Billy Short of Sacramento; one sister, Kathy Lindsey of Providence.
Graveside funeral services were held Sept. 6, 2003 at Pleasant Valley Cemetery with Rev. Marsh McClain and Michael Knight officiating. Townsend-Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Travis Cory Andresen
CENTRAL CITY Travis Cory Andresen, 23, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2003 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
Born April 6, 1980 in Greenville, he was the son of Hans Lewis Andresen and Debbie Merline Bivins Andresen. He was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church and a wrecker driver for Austin’s Towing. He graduated from Muhlenberg South High School in 1999. He loved football, basketball, Nascar and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Survivors include his wife, Erika Lynn Andresen; his parents, three brothers, Hans Christen Andresen of Bremen, Matthew Frank Andresen of Greenville and Joshua Michael Andresen of Madisonville; grandmother, Myrtle Skalicky of Owatonna, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews as well as aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were Sept. 9, 2003 at Gary’s Funeral Home with Rev. Fred Harrison officiating. Burial followed at Cherry Grove Cemetery in Weir.
Stevie Ray “Holland” Snyder
DRAKESBORO Stevie Ray “Holland” Snyder, 34, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2003 at Regional Medical Center in Madisonville.
Born Dec. 31, 1968 in Muhlenberg County, he was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church. He was employed at C.W. Home Improvement in Greenville as a construction worker.
Survivors include two sons, Logan and Braxton Snyder of Greenville; mother, Laura Greene of Central City; one brother, Jamie Snyder of Central City; one half brother, Tommy Morgan of Bremen; four half sisters, Shannon Zackery of Bremen, Felicia Snyder, Vickie Morgan and Michelle Steele, all of Central City; and his fiancé, Tina Stephens of Drakesboro.
Funeral services were held Sept. 8 at Tucker Funeral Home with Rev. Gerald Jones officiating. Burial followed at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Bremen.
Thelma M. Noffsinger Gaston
BOISE, Idaho Thelma M. Noffsinger Gaston, 79, died Thursday Sept. 4, 2003. Born April 17, 1924 in Morgan, Ky., she was the youngest child of Flurry Rubin Noffsinger and Bessie Cleo Rhoades Noffsinger.
She worked in various manufacturing plants in Chicago over the years and later became an accomplished beautician. Her principle interest was that of a homemaker. Her daughter Connie Diane Drousias, her husband Robert, three brothers, Alvin, Roy and Hubert, her sister Mable and grandson Robert Drousias, preceded her in death.
Survivors include three daughters, Alice Jane Baldridge of Boise, Brenda Kay Douglas of Johnston City, Ill., Robbin Lynn Gaston of Chicago, Ill., seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, brother Harold Noffsinger of Ill. and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Sept. 12, 2003 at Tucker Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 13 also at Tucker Funeral Home with the Rev. William Hall officiating. Burial will follow at Fairmont Cemetery.
Gearl Deen Cartwright
CENTRAL CITY Gearl Deen Cartwright, 81, died Saturday Sept. 6, 2003 at the Muhlenberg Community Hospital.
Born April 23, 1922 in Muhlenberg County, she was a member of Belton Pentecostal Church. Her husband Frank Cartwright preceded her in death.
Survivors include three daughters, Janice F. Taylor of Madisonville, Brenda S. Mayhugh and Pam Arnold both of Nelson Creek; stepbrother Kenneth Ezell, Sr. of Louisville; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sept. 9, 2003 at Tucker Funeral Home. Burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery in Central City.
James Moreland Rickard
SACRAMENTO James Moreland Rickard, 83, died Sunday Sept. 7, 2003 at his home. Born Jan. 21, 1920 in Sacramento, he was a retired bricklayer helper after being employed for 35 years by A.J. Henderson Masonry in Sacramento. He was a Methodist and enjoyed working in his garden and sharing his produce with friends and family. He was also a United States Army veteran serving in World War II where he received a purple heart. His brother, Herman “Peck” Rickard and sister Mattie Dossett preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Martha Bales Rickard; one son Frank Rickard of Madisonville; two grandchildren and one step-granddaughter.
Graveside services were conducted Sept. 9 at West Union Cemetery in Sacramento. Tucker Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
James “Sarge” Pittenger
GREENVILLE - James “Sarge” Pittenger, 72, died Sunday Sept. 7, 2003 at Regional Medical Center in Madisonville.
Born May 20, 1931 in Nazareth, Penn., he was the son of the late Elwood Pittenger and Katherine Brown Pittenger. He was and Army Vietnam veteran and retired after 21 years from the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell. He was a member of Love United Baptist Church in Madisonville and a member of the Crandle Masonic Lodge of Madisonville. In addition to his parents, his first wife, Virginia Skimehorn Pittenger and two sisters, Edna and Mary Pittenger, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Mary Katherine Littlepage Pittenger; three daughters, Brenda Azmoghimi of Cincinnati, Ohio, Debra Ramage of Madisonville, and Debra Browning; four sons, Ron McCraw of Greenville, Larry Pittenger and Larry McCraw, both of Madisonville and Danny McGraw of Topeka, Kan.; one sister, Francis Peters of Easton, Penn.; one brother, William Pittenger of Easton Penn.; 14 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. at Barnett-Strother Funeral Home in Madisonville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 also at Barnett-Strother Funeral Home with the Rev. Marshall Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Depoy. Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Gideons. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
James Glendel Wilkins
EVANSVILLE James Glendel Wilkins, 57, of Evansville, Ind. died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003 at Clarian Health Partners Methodist Campus in Indianapolis.
He was employed at Whirlpool Corporation for 36 years and was a member of Local #808 Union where he served as Sergeant at Arms.
Survivors include two daughters, Cindy Layman of Carmel, Ind. and Jami Wilkins of Indianapolis; one son, Doug Thomas of Gainesville, Fla.; one sister, June Berry of Central City; one brother, Mark Wilkins of Bremen and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be held 12-8 p.m. Sept. 9, 2003 at Browning Funeral Home in Evansville. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 10, 2003 also at Browning Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Clayton officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Central City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
Alvin Earl Lear, Sr.
CENTRAL CITY - Alvin Earl Lear, Sr., 70, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003 at Muhlenberg Community Hospital.
Born Sept. 5, 1933 in Muhlenberg County, he was a retired coal miner and a member of the Temple Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Wilodean Higgins Lear; one son, Robert Henry of Hanson; two brothers, Kenneth Lear and Jerry Lear both of Drakesboro; three sisters, Barbara Whitney of Beechmont, Sue Gregory of Bremen and Lula Bell Korhn of Inder, Kan., and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be held after 5 p.m. Sept. 9, 2003 at Tucker Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 also at Tucker Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Cherry Hill Cemetery.
Shelly Ray Jones
GREENVILLE Shelly Ray Jones, 64, of Greenville, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2003 at the Muhlenberg Community Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Born Dec. 13, 1938 in Cleaton to Sylvia and Alex Jones, one of ten children, he was a member of Second Baptist Church. He attended Drakesboro High School and Western Kentucky University. In 1958, he married Carol Ann Gaston, a Beechmont native.
Ray began working for Pittsburg and Midway Coal Co. as a mining engineer’s assistant and was promoted to general foreman before taking early retirement in 1985 at the age of 47 with 30 years of service. In 1984, Ray began another career by purchasing his first coal truck, thus creating Ray Jones Trucking, Inc., a very successful family owned business now totaling 45 coal trucks. Again, in 1991, Ray started another successful business, Sunrise Coal Co., an underground coal mine which consisted of Black Gold No. 1, subsequently, No. 2 and No. 3before closing the company in 2000. In 1999, Ray and family started an over-the-road trucking company, Triple J Trucking, Inc., which now totals 15 trucks. Additional interests include a large beef cattle operation, which evolved from his early childhood days on the farm to the present operation of more than a thousand acres of land with over 400 brood cows. Also, he has an extensive interest in Tennessee Walking horses of which his sons, Steve and Grant and two of his grandsons, Austin and Barrett, actively ride and show in competition. He has received numerous awards including Coal Miner of the Year in 1995 and Master Conservationist in 2001.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvia and Alex Jones and one sister, Neva Mae Jones. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Carol Ann; a daughter, Teresa Gayle; two sons, Steven Ray and Robert Grant, all of Greenville; three granddaughters, Mandy Pentecost, Brandy Vincent and Courtney Jones; four grandsons, Barrett Jones, Austin Jones, Spencer Jones and Bronson Jones; four brothers, Dallas Jones of Beechmont, David Jones of Baton Rouge, La., Charles Lee and Mike Jones both of Greenville; three sisters, Gwyneth McKinney of Lewisburg, Faye Blair of Lexington, Hilda Quisenberry of Louisville and Betty Conkwright of Owensboro; nineteen nieces and nephews and six great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003 at Second Baptist Church with burial at Woodland Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 at Second Baptist Church. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society.
Mary H. Gregory
CLEATON Mary Hope Gregory, 81, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004 at her residence.
Born Feb. 24, 1923, she was retired from EKCO Houseware in Chicago and was a board member for Muhlenberg County Pennyrile Allied Service for Senior Citizens. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Lee Hope; a daughter, Wanda Lee Hope and her second husband, Harold Gregory.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Wayne Hope of Bremen and Gerold Dean Hope of Greenville; three daughters, Betty Sue Jones of Bremen, Jennie Carol Jenkins of Drakesboro and Sandra Gail Aders of Enmuclam, Wash.; a special cousin, Susan Hughes Yonts of Evansville; a special friend, Tom Lewis of Greenville; 24 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Sept. 1 at Tucker Funeral Home with the Rev. Leamon Mefford officiating. Burial followed in Union Ridge Cemetery in Belton.
Charles M. Lamb, Jr.
PITTSBURG, KAN Charles M. Lamb, Jr., 78, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004 at his residence.
Born in Montrose, Angus, Scotland July 7, 1926 to Charles, Sr. and Annie Falconer Lamb, he emigrated to the United States with his family in 1929. He served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 and retired from Ore Reclamation Company in Picher, Okla. and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
Survivors include his wife Jean (Jenkins, originally from Greenville); three sons, Charley Lamb of Carthage, Mo., Jack Lamb of Bixby, Okla. and Dan Lamb of Pittsburg, Penn.; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Brenner Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Charles Carson officiating. Burial followed in the Highland Park Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy can be made in the form of memorials to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.