Obituaries April 1, 1999
Robert J. Helton
PERRYVILLE - Robert Joseph Helton, 67, of Alum Springs Road, died Wednesday
at his residence from an apparent heart attack.
Born Sept. 9, 1931, in Boyle County, he was a son of the late Samuel
S. and Ella Bray Helton. He was widower of Margaret Ann Powell Helton.
He retired in 1991 from Kentucky Utilities Co. He served on the Parksville
Cemetery board and was a commissioner and treasurer of Parksville Water
He is a 1950 graduate of Parksville High School, served in Navy during
the Korean War and was a member of Junction City Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Morris of Danville; two sisters,
Laverne Vinson of Danville and Lillian Brown of Louisville; and a grandson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Wilder Funeral Home by the Rev.
Guy McCombs. Burial will be in Parksville Cemetery.
Visitation 5-8 p.m. today.
Memorials may go Perryville Christian Church building fund.
LIBERTY - Inez Crew, 90, of Brook Drive, died Tuesday at Lake Cumberland
Regional Hospital, Somerset.
Born April 11, 1908, in Russell County, she was a daughter of the late
Rual and Sarah James Ragle. She was a homemaker, a member of Liberty Church
of Christ and the widow of Virgil Crew.
Survivors include six sons, Eldie, John, Curtis, Vechel and Arvin Crew,
all of Liberty, and Lloyd Crew of Franklin, Ind.; two daughters, Fredia
McCormick and Glynda Andrew, both of Liberty; three sisters, Eliza Copley,
Bernice Miller, and Virgie Luttrell, all of Russell Springs; 34 grandchildren;
54 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home by J.D.
McDonald. Burial will be in Contown Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Craig, Landon and Michael Andrew, Jeff Wayne, Jeff
Todd, Greg, Eddie and Shannon Crew.
Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today.
Nante B. Pinkston
HARRODSBURG - Nante Bell Pinkston, 102, of Chestnut Street, died Wednesday
at Charleston Health Care Center.
Born June 7, 1896, in Washington County, she was a daughter of the
late William L. and Nannie L. Noel Graham. She was a homemaker and seamstress,
and the widow of A.H. Pinkston. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church
where she taught Sunday School for many years and a member of the Quilters
Survivors include a son, W.T. ``Bill'' Pinkston of Harrodsburg; three
grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Ransdell Funeral Chapel by the
Revs. Robert Defoor and Jack Guerin. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Robert, Craig and William Hardy III, Mike, Tim
and James Taylor.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. Friday.
Cecil W. Shafer
HARRODSBURG - Dr. Cecil W. Shafer, 89, of Lexington, formerly of Chimney
Rock, died Wednesday at Hospice Care Center.
Born July 1, 1909, in Walton, W.Va., he was a son of the late Harley
and Lily Margaret Samples Shafer. He attended Marshall University, University
of West Virginia Medical School and was a graduate of University of Louisville
Medical School. He was head of the Department of Anesthesiology at the
University of Arkansas and University of Louisville. He served as a major
in the Army Medical Corp during World War II, and was a member of Burgin
Christian Church where he was a Sunday School teacher many years.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Dillard McGuire Shafer; two sons,
the Rev. John W. Shafer of Arkansas, and James E. Shafer of Shelbyville,
Ind.; two sisters, Thelma Thaxton of Cottageville, W.Va., and Fae Chenoweth
of Clendenin, W.Va.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Burgin Christian Church by the Rev.
Mark Caldwell-Reiss. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Ransdell Funeral Home and after noon
Friday at the church.
Memorials may go to Burgin Christian Church.
Irwin M. Smock
WAYNESBURG - Irwin Milton Smock, 82, of Waynesburg, died Tuesday at
Fort Logan Hospital.
Born Aug. 9, 1916, in South Rockwood, Mich., he was a son of the late
Lewis and Mary Liagines Smock. He was a paper mill worker.
Survivors include his wife, Detty May Smock; seven sons, Wayne, Gerald
and Charles Smock, all of Tazewell, Tenn., Leland and Kenny Smock of Monroe,
Mich., Ralph Smock of Taylor, Mich., and Jack Smock of Toledo, Ohio; six
daughters, Marilyn Williams of New York, JoAnn Crisp and Charlene Combs,
both of Cumberland Gap, Tenn., Peggy Homer of Taylor, Kathy Costigan of
New Hampshire and Denise Owens of Tazewell; 32 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren;
and a great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffery Smock.
Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday at Double Springs Cemetery
by the Rev. Brad King.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. Friday until time of service at Barnett
& Demrow Funeral Home.
Essie D. Clements
LIBERTY - Services for Essie Davis Clements, 93, of Louisville, formerly
of Clementsville, will be 11 a.m. Friday at Bartle Funeral Home by the
Rev. Jimmy Brown. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.
She died Tuesday at Nortons Hospital.
Born May 13, 1905, in Ash County, N.C., she was a daughter of the late
James and Bertie Tucker Davis. She was a homemaker and the widow of Shelby
Survivors include four sons, Jody Clements of Louisville, Verl Clements
of Shepherdsville, and Ronald and Marcus Clements, both of Clementsville;
three daughters, Patty and Shirley George and June Miller, all of Louisville;
33 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by three sons, Weir, Lilburn and Clifford
Clements; and two daughters, Rita Tate and Lillian Land.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Visitation is 2-9 p.m. today.
WAYNESBURG - Services for Leetie Jones, 90, of Eubank, will be 2 p.m.
Saturday at Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home by the Rev. Harold Carter.
Burial will be in Olive Cemetery.
She died Tuesday in Somerset.
Born April 12, 1908, in Pulaski County, she was a daughter of the late
James B. and Julia Jones Payne.
She was a homemaker, a member of Goochtown Church of Christ and the
widow of Lester Jones.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
Visitation is 6-9 p.m. Friday.
Katie G. Raines
LANCASTER - Services for Katie Graham Raines, 90, of Garrard County,
will be 1 p.m. Friday at Ramsey Funeral Home by Jerome Frandle and Greg
Harger. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery.
She died Tuesday at Garrard County Memorial Hospital.
Born July 28, 1908, in Garrard County, she was a daughter of the late
George and Nannie Preston Graham. She was a homemaker and a True Follower
of Christ. She was the widow of John C. Raines.
Survivors include four daughters, Bessie Falb of Lancaster; Christine
Bourne and Nancy Roller, both of Louisville, and Debbie Hughes of Goodwater,
Ala.; two sons, Glen Raines and Jack Raines, both of Lancaster; 20 grandchildren;
and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Taylor, Gene Hoffman, Bob Little, Roger Quinn
and Lauren Brown.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. James Werkmeister, Dr. Paul Sides and
Visitation is 5-9 p.m. Thursday.
Obituaries April 2, 1999
Edna M. Phillips
LIBERTY - Edna Mae Phillips, 83, of Ekron, formerly of Liberty, died
Thursday at her home.
Born April 10, 1915, in Casey County, she was a daughter of the late
Oliver and Lucy B. Haggard. She was a homemaker and a member of Hwy. 60
Church of Christ in Guston.
Survivors include her husband, Ruby Phillips; two sons, Morris Phillips
and Jackie Phillips, both of Ekron; two daughters, Barbara Atherton of
Radcliff and Anita Moore of Louisville; a sister, Jesse Lynn of Radcliff;
12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. Burial
will be in Cold Springs Cemetery.
Visitation is after 6 p.m. today.
John W. Smith
STANFORD - John William ``J.W.'' Smith, 57, of Hustonville, died Thursday
at his home.
Born Aug. 31, 1941, in Lincoln County, he was a son of Cecil S. Smith
of New Salem and the late Alma M. Henry Smith. He was a heavy equipment
operator for Allen Construction Co. and a farmer. He was a member of New
Salem Baptist Church.
Other survivors include his wife, Bonnie Copley Smith; a daughter,
Becky S. Wesley of New Salem; a son, Michael W. Smith of Liberty; four
sisters, Gloria S. Elmore of New Salem, Alice F. Payton, Evelyn Humes and
Ellen Griffin, all of Moreland; a brother, Merrill Smith of Campbellsville;
and two grandsons.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at New Salem Baptist Church by Austin
Campbell and Bobby Bryant. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Darren and Lee Sinkhorn, Ricky Walls, Jimmy and
Kenny Smith, Jason Brock, Jeff Hogue and Kevin Spaw.
Honorary pallbearers are Boyd Hoskins, James Smith, Verlon Griffin,
Dorsey Elmore, Gerald Wilcher, Clyde Horton and Daniel Sinkhorn.
Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials may go to American Cancer Society or Heritage Hospice of
Fox Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Edna L. Williams
LIBERTY - Edna L. Williams, 85, of Liberty, died Thursday at Stanford
House Nursing Home.
Born Nov. 30, 1913, in Liberty, she was a daughter of the late George
and Rosa Adams Tapscott. She was a homemaker and a member of New Testament
Baptist Church. She was the widow of Willie Tapscott and Joe Williams Sr.
Survivors include two daughters, Bernice Dean of Liberty and Brenda
Williams of Stanford; three stepsons, John C. Williams, Oval and Cecil
Tapscott, all of Indianapolis; a stepdaughter, Alta Tabler of Indianapolis;
a sister, Essie Wells of Stanford; three grandchildren; 11 step grandchildren;
15 step great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Catharin Gibson; five stepsons,
Rollan, Kenneth, Leonard, and Joe Williams Jr. and Kenneth Tapscott; and
two stepdaughters, Ruby Tapscott and Mamie Doyle.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Bartle Funeral Home by the Rev.
Dwight Coffman. Burial will be in Tapscott Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Gibson, Pat, Phillip, Darrell, Duane and
Danny Williams and Tommy Rabenstein.
Honorary pallbearer are Michael Dean and Steve Goode.
Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today.
Gregory L. Wilson
SCIENCE HILL - Gregory Lee Wilson, 36, of Eubank, died Thursday at
Born April 8, 1962, in Somerset, he was a son of Wymer and Betty Dye
Wilson of Eubank. He was a hair stylist and a member of Somerset National
Guard and Pulaski Baptist Church.
Other survivors include a brother, Jeff Wilson of Eubank; and a sister,
Teresa Bruner of London.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home
by Austin Campbell. Burial will be in Science Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Saturday.
Robert J. Helton
PERRYVILLE - Services for Robert Joseph Helton, 67, of Alum Springs
Road, were scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Wilder Funeral Home by the Rev.
Guy McCombs. Burial is in Parksville Cemetery.
He died Wednesday at his residence from an apparent heart attack.
Pallbearers are Auta Vinson, Joe York, Nelson Powell Jr., C.E. Powell,
and Edward and Samuel Ham.
Memorials may go Perryville Christian Church building fund.
MORELAND - Services for Ralph Hovious, 88, of Hustonville, will be
2 p.m. Saturday at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home by the Revs. Michael Stump
and Greg Nimmo. Burial will be in Hustonville Cemetery.
He died Thursday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
Born Feb. 26, 1911, in Lincoln County, he was a son of the late Cleveland
and Grace Spaw Hovious. He was a hardware store owner and a farmer, a member
of the Hustonville Lions Club and Hustonville Christian Church. He was
preceded in death by his first wife, Ruby Damron Hovious.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Nunnelley Hovious; a son, Ralph Glenn
Hovious of Madisonville; four sisters, Ruth Nordmeyer of Ft. Mitchell,
Mary D. Seibright of Chicago, and Dorothy Taylor and Mable Kitts, both
of California; and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Mike Hovious, John Sterrett, John Toombs, Tommy
Yowell, Glen Shearer and Bob Nunnelley.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. today.
Billy W. Votaw
HARRODSBURG - Services for Billy Wayne Votaw Sr., 52, of Pioneer Street,
will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Ransdell Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Paul Readnour.
Burial will be in Lancaster.
He died Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.
Born June 9, 1946, in Lancaster, he was a son of the late John C. and
Edna Riley Votaw. He was an employee of Keeneland race track and attended
Survivors include his wife, Janet M. Hensley Votaw; a son, Billy Votaw
Jr., of Harrodsburg; two daughters, Jennie Thompson and Penny Baker, both
of Harrodsburg; two brothers, Fredie and Johnnie Votaw of Harrodsburg;
a sister, Loretta Votaw of Harrodsburg; and eight grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Clinton Votaw, Josh Blevins, Roy Cox Jr., Wayne Taylor
Jr, Timmy Taylor and Rick Merrick.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. today.
Obituaries April 4, 1999
J.C. Robert Phillips
J.C. Robert Phillips, 74, of Mooreland Ave., Harrodsburg, died Wednesday
at James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital.
Born June 11, 1924, in Danville, he was a son of the late Jerry and
Dera Mae Cox Phillips of Harrodsburg. He was a former golf pro for the
Danville Country Club, a World War II Navy veteran and a Baptist.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Phillips of San Leandro, Calif.
and Robert Phillips of Oakland, Calif.; a daughter, Janice Kay Childe of
Riverbank, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home. Burial
will be in Bellevue Cemetery.
Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Monday.
SOMERSET - Edna Faye Brown, 49, of Pine Hill Road, Somerset, died Friday
at University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, after an illness.
Born Sept. 15, 1949, in Pulaski County, she was a daughter of the late
Lela New and Charlie Sellers. She was a former employee of The Commonwealth
Journal mail room. She was the wife of Rick Brown and a member of Sunrise
Additional survivors include two sons, Ricky Sellers of Danville and
Kenneth Brown of Somerset; two daughters, Pattie Burns of Richmond and
Robin Brown of Somerset; five brothers, Carroll, Bob and Bill Sellers of
Ohio, and Bernie and Jim Sellers of Sloans Valley; three sisters, Em Griffis
of Eubank, Anna Gibson of Mount Vernon and Gretta Flynn of Burnside; and
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Pulaski Funeral Home chapel by the
Rev. Bradley Goforth. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery.
Visitation is after 6 p.m. today.
Winford W. Crace
LANCASTER - Winford Whitt Crace, 85, of Lexington Road, died Friday
at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lexington.
Born Aug. 30, 1913, in Magoffin County, he was a son of the late Frank
Lee and Emma Whitt Crace. He was a retired maintenance foreman for the
Fayette County Board of Education. He was a current member of Lancaster
Christian Church and an Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Starnes Crace; two sons, John Crace
of Lancaster and Bill Crace of Lexington; a daughter, Frances Salyers of
Frankfort; a sister, Drexel Minke of Lexington; six grandchildren; and
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Ramsey Funeral Home by the Rev. Bill
Hawkins. Burial will be in Camp Nelson Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Paul, Donald, Earl, Charles, James and Winford
Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today.
Memorials may go to Disabled American Veterans, 105 Meadowlark Drive,
Lancaster 40444 or Arthritis Foundation Kentucky Chapter, 3900 B. Dupont
Square, South, Louisville 40207-4615.
William S. Dale
LEXINGTON - William Stone Dale, 92, of Sunny Slope Farm, Lexington,
died Friday at Tanbark Healthcare Center.
Born March 2, 1907, in Jessamine County, he was a son of the late George
Lafayette and Willie Stone Dale. He was a member and deacon of Central
Christian Church and was closely associated with Providence Christian Church.
He was a farmer and the widower of Catherine Holliday Dale.
He was preceded in death by a son, William Stone Dale Jr.
Survivors include a son, LeRoy Land Dale of Lexington; a daughter,
Jeannette Dale Germann of Danville; a sister, Mary Dale Robinson of Lexington;
seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at W.R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway by
the Revs. Carol Rawls and Gerald R. Johns Jr. Burial will be in Lexington
Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today.
Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are directors of
Farmer's Bank of Nicholasville.
Memorials may go to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive,
Lexington 40504 or Jessamine County Hsopice, 109 Shannon Parkway, Nicholasville
STANFORD - E.T. Goodpaster, 82, of U.S. 27 South, died Friday in the
Fort Logan Hospital emergency room.
Born Nov. 11, 1916, in Lincoln County, he was a son of the late Elzia
T. and Erma Young Goodpaster. He was a retired farmer and state highway
department employee. He was a member of Pleasant Point Baptist Church and
American Legion Caswell-Saufley Post #18.
Survivors include his wife, Jennie Marie Gooch Goodpaster; two sons,
Jody Roberts and Micah T. Goodpaster, both of Stanford; a daughter, Brenda
G. Taylor of Jamestown, Tenn.; three sisters, Elizabeth Williams of Lexington,
and Beatrice Reisenburg and Nora Barker, both of West Palm Beach, Fla.;
eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Fox Funeral Home by the Rev. Bill
Rhodus. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Highland.
Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today at Fox Funeral Home.
Memorials may go to Gideons International or Pleasant Point Baptist
Church Building Fund.
Otis L. Overstreet
LIBERTY - Otis Leslie Overstreet, 77, of Lennie Rheber Road, died Thursday
at his home after a long illness.
Born Nov. 27, 1921, in Casey County, he was a son of the late John
Frank and Matra Rich Overstreet. He was a retired school bus driver and
farmer and an Air Force veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Arvina Taylor Overstreet; three daughters,
Maxine Clements, Shirley Goode and Nettie McNew, all of Franklin, Ind.;
three sisters, Wannell Michalek of Springsboro, Ohio, Gladys Cochran of
Campbellsville, and Jo Pike of Russell Springs; 12 grandchildren and 19
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Salem United Methodist Church
by Darren Gillespie. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military
honors by the Casey County Funeral Squad.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. today at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are Donald Clements,
Ronnie Goode and Steve McNew.
LANCASTER - Sallie Warren, 97, of East Maple St., Lancaster, died Friday
at Garrard County Memorial Hospital.
Born March 3, 1902, in Garrard County, she was a daughter of the late
James and Arlena Reynolds Warren. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant
Run Baptist Church. She was a member of Eastern Star Lodge and Pleasant
Run Baptist Church Missionary Society.
She was the widow of Robert Warren. She also was preceded in death
by a stepson, William Warren.
Survivors include a stepson, James Henry Warren of Lexington; and several
nieces, nephews and step grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Run Baptist Church by the
Rev. David Chenault. Burial will be in Lancaster-Duncantown Cemetery.
Visitation is 11 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
LIMA, OHIO - Polly Wyatt, 81, of Lima, formerly of Middlesburg, died
Saturday at St. Rita's Medical Center.
Born Dec. 4, 1917, in Middlesburg, she was a daughter of the late Jennie
Taylor and Joe Lane. She was the widow of Pascal Arthur Wilson and Dewey
Wyatt. She was a retired St. Rita's Medical Center laundry department employee.
Survivors include two sons, William A. and Ted Wilson, both of Lima;
a daughter, Willine Wicker of Lima; a brother, Manuel Lane of Sarasota,
Fla.; a sister, Sallie Steele of Norwalk, Calif; 13 grandchildren; and
Services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Siferd Westwood Funeral Home
Main Street Chapel by the Rev. Terry Brock. Burial will be in Memorial
Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday.
HARRODSBURG - Services for Elizabeth Hansen, 49, of Beaumont Avenue,
will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Andrew's Catholic Church by the Rev. Joseph
Muench. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
She died Friday at her home after an illness.
Born Aug. 12, 1949, in Mercer County, she was a daughter of the late
Merlin and Marguerite McCrystal Shewmaker. She the widow of Ronald ``Bud''
Hansen and a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church.
Survivors include a son, Bradley Scott Hansen of Lexington; a daughter,
Denise Dean of Harrodsburg; two brothers, Dennis and Richard Shewmaker,
both of Harrodsburg; two sisters, Rita Taylor of Harrodsburg and Diane
Duvall of Cleveland and a granddaughter.
Visitation is after 2 p.m. today at the church, with a prayer service
at 6 p.m.
Memorials may go to the St. Andrew's Building Fund.
Ransdell Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Garnett A. McCrystal
HARRODSBURG - Services for Garnett A. McCrystal, 76, of Lexington,
formerly of Harrodsburg, will be 2 p.m. Monday at Ransdell Funeral Chapel
by the Rev. James Byrd. Burial with military rites will be in Spring Hill
He died Thursday at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore.
Born April 13, 1922, in Mercer County, he was a son of the late Henry
and Nora Logue McCrystal. He was retired from South Central Bell and was
a World War II Army veteran. He was a deacon and elder of the Bethel No.
1 Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was a Sunday School teacher for many
years and also was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
Survivors inchlude his wife, Lois Gibson McCrystal; three daughters,
Dianne Goodaker of Lake Charles, La., Denise Placido of Nicholasville and
Kathy Hocker of Lexington; two sisters, Ailen Black of Harrodsburg and
Beulah Schooling of Louisville; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. today.
Memorials may go to Bethel No. 1 Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Hospice
of Jessamine County or Thomson-Hood Veterans Center.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Reed, Travis Hill, Gary Lay, Alan Hendren,
John White and Hunter Schooling. Honorary pallbearers are church elders.