Obituaries February 16, 1997
Flona B. Morgan
Flona Belle Morgan, 102, of Arnold Towers, died Friday at her daughter's
home in Lawrenceburg.
Born Aug. 31, 1894, in Casey County, she was a daughter of the late
William Franklin and Melissa Brown Hamilton. She was the widow of Esker
She was a retired housewife and mail carrier, and a member of Mount
Olive Christian Church in Casey County.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Hazel Biddix; and four sons,
Otis Lee, William Franklin, Glen and Tyler Morgan.
Survivors include two daughters, Pauline Brinkman of Danville and Dottie
Jo Wireman of Lawrenceburg; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Mount Olive Christian Church
by Greg Powell. Burial will be in Salyers Cemetery in Mount Olive.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home and after
11 a.m. Monday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to Heritage Hospice or the American Cancer
LIBERTY - Bernardine Clements, 90, of Adams Street died Friday at Jewish
Hospital in Louisville.
Born Oct. 1, 1906, in Casey County, she was a daughter of the late
Matt and Eliza Wethington. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Bernard
Catholic Church. She was the widow of Cash Clements.
Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy Parker of Bowling Green
and Donna Wethington and Dixie Sharp, both of Liberty; two sons, Bill Clements
of Liberty and Bob Clements of Joliet, Ill.; 28 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren;
and five great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Bernard Catholic Church by the
Rev. Joseph Hall. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at
McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bowling
Arthur L. Collins
WAYNESBURG - Arthur L. Collins, 91, of Nicholasville, formerly of Waynesburg,
died Saturday at Humana Hospital in Lexington.
Born April 2, 1905, in Pike County, he was a son of the late Irvin
and Martha Mullins Collins. He was an electrician and farmer. He was a
member of Burgin Baptist Church and Lincoln Masonic Lodge No. 60, F&AM.
Survivors include his wife, Lillie Addington Collins; two sons, Thomas
Collins of Boston, Ky., and Steve Collins of Lexington; and four daughters,
Velma Ware and Peggy Estes, both of Lexington, Barbara Goodlett of Woodstock,
Ga., and Linda Vaught of Somerset.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home
by the Rev. Steve Ross. Burial will be in Double Springs Cemetery.
Grandsons will be pallbearers.
Visitation is 3-9 p.m. today.
LIBERTY - Gladys Gilpin, 91, of Liberty, died Friday at Ephraim McDowell
Regional Medical Center.
Born Oct. 30, 1905, in Casey County, she was a daughter of the late
A.D. and Ethel Elliott Wesley. She was a retired schoolteacher and a member
of the Liberty United Methodist Church. She was the widow of Edgar Lee
Survivors include two daughters, Negia Hampton of Chicago, and Jane
Carol Gilpin of Huntsville, Tenn.; one son, Joseph Gilpin of Cincinnati;
one sister, Jessie Dillon of Liberty; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Liberty United Methodist Church
by the Rev. Don Barnett. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. today at Bartle Funeral Home.
LANCASTER - George Morgan, 90, of Fisher Ford Road, died Saturday at
James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital, Harrodsburg.
Born Feb. 18, 1906, in Rockcastle County, he was a son of the late
Frank and Nancy Brown Morgan. He was a retired farmer and member of the
Watts Chapel Baptist Church. He was the widower of Lora Smith Morgan.
He was a preceded in death by a son, Junior Morgan.
Survivors include five sons, Paul Morgan of Crab Orchard, Calvin and
Dallas Morgan, both of Brodhead, and Mike and Jerry Morgan, both of Lancaster;
five daughters, Effie Mae Lissel of Crab Orchard, Juanita Adams, Ann Tuggle
and Helen Tuggle, all of Lancaster and Barbara Stinnett of Harrodsburg;
30 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Spurlin Funeral Home. Burial will
be in Crab Orchard Cemetery.
Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today.
Gilbert E. Murphy
HARRODSBURG - Gilbert Eugene Murphy, 85, Walnut Street, died Friday
at his home.
Born Jan. 17, 1912, in Marion County, he was a son of the late Shelby
and Sally Tharp Murphy. He was a retired farmer and was a security officer
for James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital for a number of years. He also was
a member of the Mount Zion Methodist Church and was a Kentucky Colonel.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Ann French Murphy; five sons,
Daniel E., Earl, Tim, and Cliff Murphy, all of Harrodsburg, and Ed Murphy
of Lexington; one daughter, Maedee Mills of Calhan, Colo.; 10 grandchildren;
and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside services are 2 p.m. today at Spring Hill Cemetery by the
Rev. David Upchurch. Visitation is until noon today at Ransdell Funeral
Sons will serve as pallbearers.
Phylis W. Rippetoe
The funeral for Phylis Weissinger Goodlett Rippetoe, 55, of 392 Colony
Drive, Versailles, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at SS. Peter and Paul
Catholic Church by the Revs. Gino Donatelli and Dick Sullivan. Burial will
be in Bellevue Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Leon Eckmann, Robert F. Weissinger, John ``Ted''
Weissinger, Joseph H. Conley, David Rippetoe, Richard Allen, Mark Morris,
Jeff Horseman, Steve Weissinger and Frank R. Whitman.
She died Thursday at her home after an illness.
Born in Danville on March 31, 1941, she was a daughter of Phillip and
Helen Preston Weissinger of Lexington. She was a graduate of Lexington
Catholic High School. She was formerly employed as a school counselor in
McNabb Middle School in Mount Sterling and a social worker for the state
of Kentucky. She was a member of Christ the King Cathedral in Lexington.
She received her master's degree from the University of Kentucky and was
a member of Alpha Delta Mu National Social Work Honor Society.
She was a former Alpha Delta Pi house mother at the University of Kentucky.
She was predeceased by her first husband, James Goodlett, and two sons,
James Jude and Philip Andrew Goodlett.
Additional survivors include her husband, Frank B. Rippetoe; a daughter,
Shawn Marie Goodlett of Lexington; and a brother, Rudolph L. Weissinger
Visitation is between 3 and 7 p.m. today at Stith Funeral Home. A prayer
service will be held at 7 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association or Christians
in Community Service at Christ the King Cathedral.
Carroll P. Brown
HARRODSBURG - Services for Carroll Pearce Brown, 79, Longview Drive,
are 2:30 p.m. today at Ransdell Funeral Chapel by Rev. Barry Harmon. Burial
will be in Hopewell Cemetery.
He died Thursday at Harrodsburg Health Care Manor.
Born Oct. 27, 1917, in Mercer County, he was a son of the late Arthur
Raymond and Gertie Patterson Brown. He was the former owner and operator
of Brown Gas and Electric Service. He also worked for Southern States Co-Op
for a number of years.
He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon
for 40 years, and he was a Sunday school teacher.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma McAnly Brown; two sons, Arthur Carroll
Brown of Louisville and Bill Brown of Danville; two daughters, Rebecca
Taylor of Harrodsburg and Pat Holland of Louisville; one brother, Arthur
Lawrence Brown of Versailles; and five grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Bobby Taylor, Bob Holland, Kevin Johnson, Tony Bohannon,
Jon Holland and Bobby McAnly.
Honorary pallbearers are W.A. Miller, J.H. Whiteneck, Richard Green,
Maurice Gritton, Tommy Lane, Amos Luster, Hugh Pierce, Con Johnson, Bradley
Long and Davis Burrus.
Memorials are suggested to Hopewell Baptist Church.
Obituaries February 18, 1997
William ``Bill'' Pittman, 61, Bowen Court, Lexington, formerly of Danville,
died Saturday in Lexington.
Born in Boyle County, he was a son of the late William and Louise Pittman.
He was a member of St. James AME Church.
Survivors include his wife, Odell Pittman; a sister, Rose Mundy of
Lexington; and a brother, Richard Pittman of Danville.
Services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Smith and Smith Funeral Home,
Lexington. Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Hilldale Cemetery, Danville,
Visitation is 5 p.m. Wednesday until time of service.
William C. Best
HARRODSBURG - William C. Best, 55, Bondville, died today at home. Arrangements
are incomplete at Ransdell Funeral Chapel.
Billy R. Caudill
WAYNESBURG - Billy Ray Caudill, 53, Waynesburg, died today at Veteran's
Administration Medical Center, Lexington. Arrangements are incomplete at
Barnett and Demrow Funeral Home.
HARRODSBURG - Minnie Currens of West Court Street, Burgin, died Sunday
at home. Arrangements are incomplete at Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home.
Dawson Y. Davis
LAWRENCEBURG - Dawson Young Davis, 77, Middletown, Ohio, formerly of
Danville, died Sunday at Middletown Hospital.
Born in Bath County, he was a son of the late James T. and Stella Dawson
Davis Geiger. He was a former personnel manager for Corning Glass, Danville,
a teacher and guidance counselor in Nelson and Jefferson County schools,
as well as Middletown, Ohio. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church,
Middletown. He was a 1949 graduate of Centre College and was a major in
the Army, serving during World War II, The Korean War, the 1961 Korean
Missile Crisis and retired with the Army Reserves.
Survivors include his wife, Mariette Chouinard Davis; a son, James
Tyler Davis II of Middletown; a daughter, Colette Davis of Silver Springs,
Md.; and a sister, Alice Cox of Lawrenceburg.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Messiah Lutheran Church, Middletown,
Ohio. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Friday at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral
Home and after 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Information courtesy of Ritchie-Peach-Todd Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg.
James B. Johnson
LIBERTY - James Brent Johnson, 33, Hwy. 78, Hustonville, died Sunday
at Lourdes Hospital, Paducah, from injuries sustained in an auto accident
Born April 6, 1963, in Casey County, he was a son of James A. and Pina
Peyton Johnson of Liberty. He was self-employed and a member Cowden Chapel
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Propes Johnson; four daughters, Amanda
Johnson, Tracy Propes, Melissa Propes and Nikki Brock, all of Liberty;
a son, Lester Propes of Stanford; a brother, William Johnson of Russell
Springs; four sisters, Susie Lynn, Donna Turpin and Kim Pittman, all of
Liberty, and Gail Shearer of Dunnville; and two grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home by
the Revs. Clifford Dehart and Arthur Selch. Burial will be in Peyton Cemetery.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. today.
Linda Z. Ashford
LEXINGTON - A memorial service for Linda Zachman Ashford, 53, Lexington,
formerly of Danville, will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Crestwood Christian
Church by the Rev. William McDonald. Burial will be 3 p.m. Thursday in
Bellevue Cemetery, Danville.
She died Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.
Born Oct. 30, 1943, in Danville, she was a daughter of Sarah Marguerite
Jackson Zachman of Danville, and the late Howard William Zachman. She was
an employee of Keeneland Paddock Shop, Keeneland Club and Steinmart. She
was a member of Crestwood Christian Church, a graduate of St. Ann's in
Charlottesville, Va., Gulf Park Junior College, Gulfport, Miss., and attended
Transylvania University where she was a Crimson Beauty. She was charter
president of the Bluegrass Junior Women's Club, member of Bluegrass Charity
Ball, the Colonial Dames of America, Lexington Yacht Club, Women's Club
of Central Kentucky, Lexington Country Club, and Lexington Women's Club,
where she participated in the Lexington Follies for many years.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Breckinridge Ashford; a son,
Thomas B. Ashford Jr. of Lexington; and a daughter, Virginia Kathleen ``Jenny
Kay'' Ashford of Lexington.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Jordan, Joe Oliver, Bill Turner, Steve
Rardin, Steve Pieratt and Dr. Louis Beto.
Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at W.L. Milward Mortuary,
Memorials may go to Crestwood Christian Church, 1882 Bellefonte, Lexington,
40502, or Shriner's Hospital for Children, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington,
Sarah E. Crabtree
HARRODSBURG - Sarah Elizabeth ``Bessie'' Crabtree, 88, Harrodsburg,
died Sunday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Ransdell Funeral Chapel by the Rev.
David Hartman. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Don Allen, Jimmy Cocanougher, Michael Trammell, Chris
Hatfield, Billy Hatfield and Butch Easley.
Memorials may go to Bohon Christian Church, Perryville Baptist Church
or Gideon Bible Fund.
George C. McKee
MORELAND - George Clifton McKee, 62, McKinney, died Saturday at Fellowship
Services will be 2 p.m. today at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home by the Rev.
James L. Bland. Burial will be in Wilcher Cemetery, New Salem Road, Lincoln
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Coy, Bruce Chaney, Gary Privett, Dale Privett,
Charles Young and Rodger Carrier.
Willie B. Preston
LANCASTER - Services for Willie Belle Preston, 79, Danville Street,
were scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Ramsey Funeral Home by the Revs. Roger
Carr, William Arvin and David Holland. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery.
She died Sunday at Garrard County Memorial Hospital.
Pallbearers are Jerry, Ricky, Randy, Bobby and George Preston Jr.,
Tommy, Donnie and Crystal Lynn Sebastian.
Honorary pallbearers are Kevin, Justin, Chris and Charles Preston,
Jerome Adams, David and Steven Napier, Bryan McQuerry, Steven Ray, Scott
Pendleton, Micah Strevels and Artie and Jeff Bourne.
Obituaries February 19, 1997
Robert R. Montgomery
Robert Ray Montgomery, 70, Tank Pond Road, died Tuesday at University
of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington.
Born March 1, 1926, in Marion County, he was a son of the late Robert
and Effie Margaret Vaught Montgomery. He was a retired minister and former
pastor of Faith Mission Church of God. He was an Army veteran of World
War II. He was a member of Parksville Church of God.
Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Lamb and Angela White, both
of Danville; two sons, Henry Boyd Montgomery of Wurtland and Johnny Ray
Montgomery of Junction City; two brothers, James Green Montgomery of Indianapolis
and Earl Bradley Montgomery of Union, Ohio; a sister, Edith Grace Chester
of Mount Sterling; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
a son, Mark Stephen Montgomery.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home.
Olen E. Cress
WAYNESBURG - Olen E. Cress, 62, 185 G.T. Reynolds Road, died Wednesday
at his home.
He was owner and operator of Cress Store.
Survivors include his wife, Alma May Cress.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Barnett and Demrow Funeral Home.
Billy R. Caudill
WAYNESBURG - The funeral for Billy Ray Caudill, 53, Waynesburg, will
be 11 a.m. Thursday at Barnett and Demrow Funeral Home by Charles Tackett.
Burial with military rites by Caswell-Saufley American Legion Post will
be in Friendship Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Larry York, Marshall Sluder Jr., Jason Sluder,
Roger Blackburn, Darrell Green and Raymond Green.
He died Tuesday at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Lexington.
Born March 31, 1943, in Letcher County, he was a son of the late William
Howard and Allie Combs Caudill. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Survivors include a brother, Everett Ison Caudill of Louisville; and
four sisters, Nannie Bell Sesco of Pikeville, Ruby Lee York of Eubank,
Reva Mae Ray of Louisville and Mary Grace Sluder of Waynesburg.
Visitation is from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Minnie E. Currens
HARRODSBURG - The funeral for Minnie Etta Currens, 83, 110 West Court
St., Burgin, will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home
by the Rev. Donnie Releford. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery, Danville.
Pallbearers will be Bob Carmickle, E.T. Carmickle, Jim Carmickle, Bowen
Edward Carmickle, John Marshall and Bob Goins.
She died Sunday at her home.
Born Aug. 13, 1913, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late
Willie and Mary Rogers Carmickle. She was the widow of Dallas Currens.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
Visitation is from 5-9 p.m. today and after 7 a.m. Thursday at the
The Rev. Matthew Farmer
A memorial service for the Rev. Matthew Patrick Farmer, 61, Lexington,
will be 7 p.m. Thursday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Farmer, who served as associate pastor of SS. Peter and Paul from 1987-1993,
died Feb. 10.
A funeral mass was held Saturday in Lexington.