CENTRAL CITY — James Franklin Morris, 66, of Central City, died at 5:50 a.m. Monday, July 22, 2002 at Owensboro Mercy Health Systems in Owensboro.
Born July 17, 1936, in Muhlenberg County, he was a retired supervisor from T.V.A. He was also a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Island and served as a deacon. He was a veteran of the Air Force.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Erwin Morris; two sons, Michael Morris of Wilmington, N.C. and Paul Morris of Owensboro; four grandchildren, Meredith, Jonathon, Kaely and Jackson; one sister, Betty Jo VanWert of Bay City, Michigan; and one brother, Tommy Morris of Dover.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 26, 2002 at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City with Reverend Frank Penniger. Burial followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Central City.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to: Church of God of Prophecy, P.O. Box 254, Island, Kentucky 42352.
BELTON — Elmer William Blake, 91, died at 5:25 p.m. on Monday, July 22, 2002 at the Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville.
Born July 12, 1911, in Todd County, he was the son of the late Doc Blake and Thenia Elizabeth Blake. He was a miner in the coal mines and was a member of Myers Chapel United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Beulah Blake; three daughters, Ernestine Owens of Belton, Mildred Marie Clack of San Diego, California and Zula Tipton of Denham Springs, La.; two sisters, Mary Francis Swaroand Louise Papanfus both of Toledo, Ohio; one brother, Ernest Lee Blake of Chicago, Il.; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 25, 2002 at Price Funeral Home, Inc. in Lewisburg with Reverend Leamon Mefford and Reverend Ken Vincent officiating. Burial followed in Union Ridge Cemetery in Muhlenberg County.
GREENVILLE — Evelyn Cohen Wein, 87, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at the Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville.
She was the former owner of Wein Auto Parts in Greenville. She was a member of Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Louisville and Eastern Star in Greenville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold.
Survivors include one brother, Julius Cohen of Greenville; two sisters, Louise C. Baker of Louisville and Hazel Becker of Mobile, Al.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 28, 2002 at Herman Meyer & Son in Louisville. Burial followed in Adath Jeshurun Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Adath Jeshurun, 2401 Woodbourne Avenue, Louisville, KY 40205 or to the donor’s favorite charity.
GREENVILLE — James Michael Sullivan, 32, died at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at his home in Greenville.
Born June 25, 1970 in Madisonville, he was a member of Second Baptist Church and a 1988 graduate of Muhlenberg Central High School. He received his Nurses Aid Training at Carl Perkins Rehab Center in Thelma, Ky. He was a Nurse’s Aid at Maple Manor Nursing Home and worked for Flynn Enterprizes for nine years.
Survivors include his parents, Ozzie and Pat Sullivan of Greenville; his grandparent, Fred and Wanda Sullivan of Nortonville; one brother, Scott Sullivan of Greenville; one sister, Amy Daughtery of Central City; his fiancée, Sandy Hudson and children, Tyler and Dillion of Auburn; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 26, 2002 at Gary’s Funeral Home in Greenville with Dr. Ray England officiating. Burial followed in the Evergreen Cemetery in Greenville.
GREENVILLE — Wheeler Vincent, 93, of Greenville died at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. following an illness.
Born December 6, 1908 in Muhlenberg County he worked as a farmer, Greenville Dairy, Home Milling Company, Bethel Dry Cleaners and retired from I.G.A. Grocery Company. He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Greenville.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Retha Evitts Vincent; one son, Jesse Charles (Helen) Vincent of Greenville; one granddaughter, Kay (Ed) Hibbs of Greenville; two grandsons, Steve (Debbie) Vincent of Greenville and Jonathan C. Vincent of Lexington; and four great-grandchildren, Monica (Kavin) Gunterman, Bryan (Cathey) Vincent, Laurie (Jeff) Bobyack and Corey Hibbs.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 26, 2002 at Gary’s Funeral Home in Greenville with Reverend Bob Thurman officiating and Dr. Ray England assisting. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery in Greenville.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Second Baptist Church Building Fund or Gideons.
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN — Mamie B. Geary, 87, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany, Ind.
Born October 6, 1914 in Central City to the late Nelson Berkley and Mary Frame. She was a former employee of the Old Bayne’s Dry Cleaning in Jeffersonville.
Survivors include three sons, Truman Lee Geary of Jeffersonville, Ind., Bobby R. Geary of Brooks, Ky. and Bo Geary of Jeffersonville, Ind.; two daughters, Mary Ellen Christian of St. Louis, Mo. and Shelia Y. Tarrant of Marion, Mi.; two sisters, Lillian Sears of Evansville and Dorothy Berkley of Calhoun; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 29, 2002 at Echols Cemetery in Echols with Reverend Harold C. Berkley officiating. Burial followed in Echols Cemetery.
E.M. Coots’ Sons, Inc. Funeral Home in Jeffersonville, Ind. was in charge of all arrangements.
William “Bill” Everett
CENTERTOWN — William B. “Bill” Everett, 84, died Friday, July 26, 2002 at his residence.
Born in Muhlenberg County, he attended Lone Star General Baptist Church. He was a retired coal miner, a member of the United Mine Workers of America and was also retired from Anfo in Madisonville. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Wanda Everett and two sons, James Everett and John William Everett.
Survivors include his wife, Viola Everett; two daughters, Janiffer Metheny of Nelson Creek and Ruth Schroader of Hartford; two sons, Ezra Lee Everett of Nelson Creek and Billy Ray Lewis of Fairbanks, Alaska; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Lena Bainard of Little Rock, Arkansas; one brother, Joseph “Jody” Everett of Central City; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 29, 2002 at the Duke-Bevil Bros. Funeral Home in Centertown. Burial followed in the Nelson Creek Cemetery in Muhlenberg County.
MADISONVILLE — Eddie Leon Dunning, 61, of Madisonville died at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2002 at Regional Medical Center in Madisonville.
Born November 13, 1940 in Powderly, he was the son of the late Amon L. Dunning and Martha Lucille Ball Dunning. He retired from G.E. after 18 years as Maintenance Supervisor and was a Master Electrician. He was also preceded in death by one grandson, Jacob Dunning.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Hancock Dunning; two daughters, Mary Nelson of Drakesboro and Tina Gabbard of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; one son, Edward L. Dunning of Cleaton; three stepsons, L.D. Estes of Henderson, Jeff Estes of Niagara, Ky. and Frankie Frashure of Madisonville; three sisters, Betty Sue Gann of Greenville, Regina Faye Watts of Springfield, Tenn. and Wilma Frances Hunt of Beechmont; one brother, Bobby C. Dunning of Franklin, Ky.; four grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 29, 2002 at Barnett-Strother Funeral Home with Brother Tom Hancock officiating. Burial followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Memorial may take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society.
OWENSBORO — Connie S. Fowler, 46, of Owensboro died Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at Owensboro Mercy Health Systems.
Born in Daviess County, she was an employee at Lipton for 14 years and a member of St. Stephen Cathedral. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Fowler in 1993 and also her father, J.L. Miles.
Survivors include one son, Mark Fowler of Owensboro; two grandchildren; three brothers, Johnny Miles and Gary Miles both of Owensboro and Ricky Miles of Dallas, Texas; her mother, Wilma Miles; and three sisters, Linda Ambs of Utica, Toni Pride of Pleasant Ridge and Cathy Ambs of Owensboro.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 27, 2002 at James H. Davis Funeral Home in Owensboro. Burial followed in Brushy Fork Cemetery in Daviess County.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society, 319 West 10th St., Suite 101, Owensboro, KY 42301.
PORTLAND, TENN. — Bennie Eldred Mathis, 76, of Portland, Tenn. died Monday, July 22, 2002 at Skyline Medical Center in Davidson, Tenn.
Born May 26, 1926, in Muhlenberg County, the son of the late Dennie Mathis and Floella (Atkinson) Mathis he was a retired Appliance Technician. He was a member of Portland First Baptist Church in Portland, Tenn. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine (Pendley) Mathis.
Survivors include five daughters, Sharon (Jr.) Blackburn of Portland, Donna Reatz of Tulsa, Ok., Diane (Steve) Walton of Cross Plains, Tenn., Lisa (Doug) Hanner of Hendersonville, Tenn. and Lori (J.K.) Massey of Orlinda, Tenn.; two sons, James E. Mathis of Portland, Tenn. and Gene F. Mathis of Dayton, Tenn.; one sister, Marie Ganzevoort of Spencer, Iowa; one brother, Bobby E. Mathis of Nashville, Tenn.; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 25, 2002 at Portland First Baptist Church with Brother Greg McCoy officiating. Burial followed in Hendersonville Memory Garden in Hendersonville, Tenn.
ELKTON — Mary Evelyn Ray, 73, of Elkton died 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2002 at her home due to natural causes.
Born in Hopkins County on August 7, 1928, the daughter of the late Huston Brown and Clarris Morris Brown. She was a homemaker and a member of Women of the Wind Motorcycle Club and Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Ray in 1998.
Survivors include one son, William (Skip) Ray of Elkton; two sisters, Lillian Clark of Nortonville and Nadean Norris of San Antonio, Texas; one grandson, Justin Michael Ray of Elkton; and one granddaughter, Mary Beth Ray of Elkton.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at Martin Funeral Home in Elkton with Reverend Jimmy Dukes officiating. Burial followed in Todd County Meadow Haven.
LEWISBURG — Robert HenryGates, 72, of Lewisburg died at 11:05 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2002 at Logan County Memorial Hospital of natural causes.
Born April 11, 1930 in Todd County to the late Henry and Gladys Clack Gates. He was a member of the First General Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Marty Gates of Kirkmansville; one daughter, Barbara King of Acworth, Ga.; one brother, Glendall Gates of Pembroke; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at Latham Funeral Home in Elkton with Reverend Jerry Sweeney officiating. Burial followed in the First General Baptist Church Cemetery.
SAUK VILLAGE, ILLINOIS — Billy R. “Smitty” Smith, of Sauk Village, Illinois died Saturday, July 27, 2002 at his home.
Born in Central City, he resided in Sauk Village for 35 years and was a lifelong employee of the Ford Stamping Plant, Chicago Heights, Illinois. He was preceded in death by Tony Fulkerson.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Margie (Nee) Miller; three daughters, Doris Stearns of Sauk Village, Mary Martinez of Monee and Kathy Penrod of Central City; one son, William (Frank) Cody Smith of Crete; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Interment was held privately.
Park Manor Funeral Home in Chicago Heights, Illinois was in charge of all arrangements.
POWDERLY — Jerry Lane Tucker, 48, of Powderly, died at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2002.
Born August 30, 1953 in Muhlenberg County, he was the son of the late James H. and Kate Tucker and worked as a Millwright. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include one daughter, Natalie Shea Tucker of Bowling Green; two sisters, Janie Sumner of Powderly and Signa Krawiec of Central City; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City with Reverend Scott Casebier officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens in Powderly.
FLORIDA — Infant Ashton Cheyenne Flick died Monday, July 22, 2002 atShands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.
Survivors include her parents, Lisa Gobbel of Lake Butler and Caleb Flick of Bell. Maternal grandparents, Edward and Patti Ashley of Ft. White, Florida, John Gobbel of Baltimore, Maryland. Maternal great-grandparents, Mildred Ashley of Archer, Florida, Doris Gobbel of Baltimore, Maryland, and H. Don Gobbel, Sr., North Carolina. Paternal grandparents, Bennie and Kathy Milligan, Bell, Florida; Russell and Linda Flick, West Baden, Indiana. Paternal great-grandparents, John and Pat Cogswell, Sr. of Bridgeport, Illinois, Francis and Jean Sails of Bell, Florida, Dewayne and Dorothy Flick of French Lick, Indiana, Jimmy and Nancy Milligan of Central City. Paternal great-great-grandmother, Jane Clevy, Bridgeport, Illinois.
Graveside services were held at Babyland in Dekle Cemetery in Lake Butler, Thursday, July 25, 2002 with the Rev. Bo Hammock officiating under the direction of Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler, Florida.
Sacramento — Ms. Susie Whitmer, 95, of Sacramento died Monday, July 15, 2002 at Riverside Manor in Calhoun.
Ms. Whitmer was born in McLean County on December 12, 1906. She was a homemaker and a member of Sacramento Cumberland Presbyterian Church where she was a lifelong member. She loved gardening and had a special love for roses. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elva Whitmer in 1984.
Survivors include two sons, Ellis Hugh Whitmer of Owensboro and Allen Wayne Whitmer of Sacramento; one daughter, Joyce Marie Clark of Bremen; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one brother, Clayton Ellis of Sacramento; and one sister, Josephine Roe of Centertown.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 18, 2002 at Tucker Memorial Chapel in Sacramento with Reverend J.W. Haire officiating and Reverend John assisting. Burial followed in the Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery in Sacramento.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Sacramento Cumberland Presbyterian Church or Gideons International.
Clifford “Jim Bob” Majors
Powderly — Mr. Clifford “Jim Bob” Majors, 59, of Powderly died Thursday, July 18, 2002 at his residence.
Mr. Majors was born in Muhlenberg County. He was a truck driver and enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years Brenda Pendley Majors; his mother, Virginia Majors of Powderly; one son, Jimmy (and Jewell) Majors of Powderly; two grandchildren; and seven brothers, William Majors and Paul Majors both of Powderly, Harold Majors and Freddie Majors both of Greenville, Bobby Majors of Rochester, Billy Majors of Allegre and Larry Majors of Smithland.
Private services will be conducted at a later date. Burial will follow in the Brownsville Cemetery in Powderly.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Green River Hospice Association, 109 South 2nd Street, Trover Foundation, Central City, KY 42330
Benton — Mr. Jewell McDonald, 84, of Benton, died Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at Britthaven Healthcare in Benton.
Mr. McDonald was a retired Electrician from Kentucky Utilities. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton.He was preceded in death by his wife, Floella Pogue McDonald, his father, Tom McDonald, his mother, Willie Jane Jarvis McDonald, two sisters and six brothers.
Survivors include two daughters, Jane Gaylen of Benton and Jolene Walker of Navarre, Fla.; one son, Gary McDonald of Franklin, Tenn.; four sisters, Patsy Kirtley, Corrine Knight and Wanda Luckett all of Beechmont and Avanell Newman of Beech Creek; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 19, 2002 at Collier Funeral Home, Inc. in Benton with Reverend John Ahart officiating. Burial followed in Benton Cemetery in Benton.
Bobby Jackson, Jr.
Kuttawa — Mr. Bobby Jackson, Jr., 46, of Kuttawa, died Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah of a long illness.
Mr. Jackson was born in Caldwell County on September 3, 1955. He was a Master Electrician for T.V.A. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Lyon County and a member of Shady Grove Masonic Lodge #559, a former Baptist Minister and owner of B & B Goat Farm.
Survivors include his wife, Becky Kingston Jackson; his parents, Reverend Bobby Jackson, Sr. and Elberta Riley Jackson of Caldwell County; three daughters, Bobbi Jo Lockhart of Princeton, Kathy Jo Groves of Graham and Debra Jo Lipe and husband, Linden Lipe of Greenville; one step-daughter, Christi Ritter of Eddyville; one step-son, Sammy Ritter of Hopkinsville; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Mike Jackson of Madisonville, Sammy Jackson of Pocahontas, Ark. and Fred Jackson of Caldwell County; two sisters, Linda Cole of Maynard, Ark. and Rena Hillyard of Caldwell County; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 19, 2002 at Morgan’s Funeral Home in Princeton with Reverend Roy Finley officiating and Reverend Mickey Lewis and Reverend Jerry Holeman assisting. Burial followed in Baker Cemetery.