Obituaries Aug. 25, 1998
Edwin P. Toombs, businessman and civic leader, dies
Danville businessman and civic leader Edwin Porch Toombs died Monday
at St. Joseph Hospice Care Center, Lexington. A resident of Timothy Avenue,
Serving the Housing Authority of Danville as member, vice-chairman
and then chairman for more than 30 years, Toombs was presented the ``Key
to the City'' by Mayor John W.D. Bowling last Wednesday in Lexington.
``In appreciation of the 33 years that he unselfishly gave back to
this community,'' said Bowling this morning.
Having known Toombs for 28 to 29 years both as businessman of the Sims
Flower shop and civic leader, Bowling praised his service to the Authority.
``He was a `hands-on' person. He took the Housing Authority to heart.''
Executive director of the Danville Housing Authority Rachel White underscored
Recalling that Toombs, who served as chairman of the board for the
Housing Authority for 10 years, became a member of the commission in January
1963, White noted that public housing units of that time were beginning
to show need of renovation. Toombs oversaw such work - and did more.
``In the 35 years that he served, he assisted not only in the acquisition
but in the development of seven additional low-income (housing units),
offered leadership to our modernization programs and developed policies
that benefited low-income families living in public housing.''
In recognition of this service, the city named a street in his honor
several years ago. Toombs Court is located at the Housing Authority's site
on South Second Street.
``A gentleman of great integrity,'' said White of the long-time civic
Praising Toombs' more than three decades of service to the city of
Danville, Bowling added, ``He was dear personal friend of mine.''
Born Oct. 31, 1916, in Lincoln County, Toombs was a son of the late
Benjamin H. and Elsie Wilson Toombs. He was a former owner of Sims Floral
Co., and co-owner of the Corner Cafe.
He was a member and Sunday School teacher at Lexington Avenue Baptist
Church. He was a member of All York Rite, Blue Lodge, Oleika Wilderness
Shrine, Franklin Lodge F&AM 28, Knights Templar, Ryan Commandary 17,
and Council 3 R&SM. He was a member of Danville Coffee Club and the
Old Goats Club. He also was a Kentucky Colonel.
He was a member of the Boyle County Board of Elections for over 40
Survivors include his wife, Bettye Burnett Toombs; two sons, Edwin
L. Gustafson of Danville and Carl E. Gustafson of Lexington; a daughter,
Mary E. Wilkirson of Lexington; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church
by the Revs. Tim Noel and Jo Garnett. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. Wednesday at Stith Funeral Home.
Memorials may go to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Lexington Avenue Baptist
Church building fund.
Charles E. Houser
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charles Edward ``C.E.'' Houser, 79, of Port
Charlotte, formerly of Harrodsburg, died Friday at National Health Care
Born Jan. 26, 1919, in Jeffersonville, Ind., he was an owner of The
Thrifty Store, a member of Church of God, a master mason of Grand Lodge
and American Legion. He had been a first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps
during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret E. Houser; two stepsons, Steven
J. Baumer of Boulder, Colo., and Philip M. Baumer of Springfield, N.J.;
a daughter, Pam Houser of Harrodsburg; a brother, Ken Houser of Lake Suzy,
Fla.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Information courtesy of International Cremation Society Inc.
Bobby D. Meade
LOUISVILLE - Bobby Dencil Meade, 66, of Louisville, died there Sunday.
He was a son of the late Leander J. Meade and Ruth Ann Hatfield. He
was in the Army.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Meade; three sons, Michael Meade
of Louisville, Robert Meade of Garden Grove, Ca., and Logan Meade of Eubank;
two daughters, Margaret Downs and Joyce Henley, both of Louisville; a stepfather,
Leonard Hatfield of Louisville; three brothers, Raymond Meade and Marion
and Louie Hatfield, all of West Virginia; two sisters, Carolyn McCloud
of Branchland, W.Va., and Betty Mosely of Robinetta, W.Va.; and 14 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Owen Funeral Home.
Mattie P. Doram
Services for Mattie Pearl Doram, 69, of Harding Street, will be 1 p.m.
Wednesday at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Richard Hill. Burial will
be in Hilldale Cemetery.
She died Saturday at Vencor Hospital, Louisville, after a long illness.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the church.
Smith-Jackson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mary E. Wilson
Services for Mary Etta Stephens Wilson, 91, formerly of Boyden Court,
were scheduled this morning at Stith Funeral Home by the Rev. Tim Mathis
with burial in Bellevue Cemetery.
She died Sunday at Mayfair Manor, Lexington.
Pallbearers are Buddy Furr, Harold Reynolds, Cecil Wheeler, Earl Campbell,
Jim Love and Buddy Hester.
Memorials may go to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital or First
Robert E. Grow
LANCASTER - Services for Robert E. Grow, 76, of Highland Avenue, are
3 p.m. today at Ramsey Funeral Home by the Rev. Daryl Hodge with burial
in Lancaster Cemetery.
He died Sunday at Garrard County Memorial Hospital.
Pallbearers are Ray Hammonds, Elmer Hall, Franklin Parsons, Mike Sherbing,
Charles Sims and Eddie Coffey.
Joseph H. McDonley
HARRODSBURG - A memorial service for Joseph H. McDonley, 79, of Fairview
Court, will be held at a later date.
He died Sunday at his home.
Born Oct. 3, 1918, in Mercer County, he was a son of the late Howard
and Laura Woods McDonley. He was a retired employee of the City of Harrodsburg,
an Army veteran of World War II, and a long-time member of Shawnee Run
Survivors include his wife, Martha Brown McDonley.
Memorials may go to Shawnee Run Baptist Church building fund, 1485
Shakertown Road, Harrodsburg, 40330.
Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
LANCASTER - Services for Mason Miller, 82, of Debbie Avenue, are scheduled
at 2 p.m. today at Spurlin Funeral Home by the Revs. Ben Ray and Floyd
Johnson with burial in Lancaster Cemetery. He died Sunday at Garrard County
He was a former Lancaster City police officer.
Mary L. Wiley
HARRODSBURG - Services for Mary Lewis Wiley, 69, of Lexington, will
be 3:30 p.m. today at Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home by the Rev. C.
Gilbert Tucker. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
She died Sunday.
Pallbearers are Pete Tripure, Bryan Masnard, Don Wade, Jerry Caton,
Jim Haggard and David Roach.
Visitation is prior to the service today.
Obituaries Aug. 26, 1998
Willie S. Messinger
MORELAND - Willie Shafer Messinger, 90, of Stanford, died Tuesday at
Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation.
Born April 15, 1908, in Shepherdsville, he was a son of the late Henry
Messinger and Annie Watkins Messinger Cormney. He was a member of Stanford
Survivors include two daughters, Willow D. Peck of Stanford and Vivian
L. Wade of Danville; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and
four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Marvin
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home by the
Rev. Stanley Stevens. Burial will be in Buffalo Springs Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Gary, Shane and Joshua Peck, Jimmy Wade, Tim Lawson
and Mark Todd.
Visitation is after noon Thursday until time of service.
Services for Edwin P. Toombs will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Lexington Avenue
Baptist Church by the Revs. Tim Noel and Jo Garnett. Burial will be in
Pallbearers will be Ron Melton, John Bowling, John Nichols, Gary Gibson,
Ed Kubale, Chris Jackson and Robert and Steven Wilkirson.
Honorary pallbearers are deacons of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church,
Roberts Sunday School Class members, Roy Arnold, Odis Clark, the Rev. Tim
Mathis, Rachel White, H.T. Gibson and Dr. Finley Hendrickson.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. today at Stith Funeral Home.
Memorials may go to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Lexington Avenue Baptist
Church building fund.
Jessie W. Padgett
WAYNESBURG - Services for Jessie Willard Padgett, 78, of Stamping Ground,
will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home by the Rev.
Glen Redmon. Burial will be in Double Springs Cemetery.
He died Tuesday at Georgetown Community Hospital.
Born Dec. 24, 1919, in Lincoln County, he was a son of the late Oliver
and Bertha Gooch Padgett. He was a retired farmer and a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Flossie White Padgett; two sons, Ronald
Padgett of Lexington and Stanley Padgett of Stamping Ground; eight daughters,
Brenda Bivens of Stamping Ground, Linda Faeth, Connie Traxler and Debbie
Lang, all of Tiffin, Ohio, Marsha Wasson of Wapokeneta, Ohio, Sylvia Wilson
of Kezar Falls, Maine, Mattie Miller of Republic, Ohio, and Christine Dale
of Georgetown; 24 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by two sons, Jackie and Larry Padgett.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today.
Obituaries Aug. 27, 1998
Rites set for civic leader, R.C. Russell
Services for Robert C. Russell, a founding member of the local Human
Rights Commission, 71, of Madison Avenue, will be 11 a.m. Friday at Stith
Funeral Home by the Revs. Tim Mathis and Doug Sharon. Burial will be in
Bellevue Cemetery with military rites.
Russell, 71, of Madison Avenue died Tuesday at Ephraim McDowell Regional
``I'm going to miss him,'' said Boyle County Judge-Executive Tony Wilder.
``Robert always had the public in mind. He tackled two tough jobs when
he allowed himself to be appointed to the Human Rights Commission and Board
Russell was a member of the Board of Adjustments at the time of his
death. Earlier this year, Russell resigned from the Human Rights Commission.
He was a founding member of that commission.
Russell served on the Danville Central Labor Council and was past president
and past political director of the local chapter of Communication Workers
of America. Russell volunteered at the Danville-Boyle County Senior Citizen
Center, was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America and was active in
the Democratic Party. He was Kentucky Colonel.
``He was a person who was very interested in being a good citizen,''
said Wilder. ``He showed he really cared about the worker.''
Russell was retired from BellSouth where he had been a toll test-board
operator. He was a part-time cattle farmer and an Army veteran of World
War II. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Broadway, and had served
on their personnel committee. He was a graduate of Parksville High School.
Born July 26, 1917, in Stanford, he was a son of the late Robert L.
and Ellen Marcene Newsom Russell.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Crain Russell; a son, David C.
Russell of Graham, N.C.; two daughters, Joyce Caskey of Dickson, Tenn.,
and Sandy Underwood of Dallas; two sisters, Mildred McLeod of Houston and
Marilyn J. Lampkin of Louisville; and five grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jakie Holmes, Ben Henson, Robert Russell, G.G.
Harmon, Andy Parker, Tony Newsom, Dean Sapp and Chris Smith.
Honorary pallbearers are Don Rightmyer, Harold Davenport, Hubert Preston,
Quincie Blevins, Jim Love and Bobby Buchanan.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. today.
Memorials may go to Gideons International or First Baptist Church Benevolent
Maxine C. Smith
TAYLORSVILLE - Maxine Frances Coleman Smith, 70, of Taylorsville, died
Tuesday in Shelbyville.
Born in Owen County, she was a daughter of the late James R. and Cecil
V. Harlow Coleman. She was a private duty nurse and a former employee of
General Electric, Louisville. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Goebel C. Smith; two daughters, Skarlett
Hardesty of Danville and Patty Jewell of Jeffersontown; four brothers;
five sisters; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Hall-Taylor Funeral Home by the Revs.
Robert Sutton and Eddie Nation. Burial will be in Valley Cemetery.
Visitation is 3-9 p.m. today.
Memorials may go to The Maxine Coleman Smith Memorial Health Care Services
Obituaries Aug. 28, 1998
Walter J. Gover
STANFORD - Walter J. Gover, 92, of Lancaster Street, died Thursday
at Stanford House Nursing Home.
Born Aug. 11, 1906, in Bosma, Mont., he was a son of the late James
M. and Nannie Leece Gover. He was a retired farmer and truck driver, and
a member of Stanford Christian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Ida Mae Wyler Gover; a daughter, Anna L.
Kirkpatrick of Stanford; a sister, Francis Rees of Cheshire, Conn.; four
grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Fox Funeral Home by the Revs. Steven
Smith and Stewart Dawson. Burial will be in Danville Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Noah Kirkpatrick, Ottis Cave, R.W. Gilbert, Robert
Elkins, Ernest Smith and Tommy Bourne.
Visitation is after 5:30 p.m. today.
Mary Etta Tompkins
LANCASTER - Mary Etta Tompkins, 107, of Duncan Hill, died Wednesday
at Stanford House Nursing Home.
Born June 6, 1891, in Lincoln County, she was a daughter of the late
John and Mattie Smith Penman. She was a 29-year employee of Centre College
and a former employee of Old Crow Inn. She was a member of Union Baptist
Church and the widower of James ``Jip'' Tompkins.
Survivors include a brother, John H. Penman of Stanford; and two sisters,
Mattie M. Wilkenson of Stanford and Sally Humphrey of Louisville.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Ramsey Funeral Home by the Rev.
William Ewing. Burial will be in Barris Cemetery, Lincoln County.
Pallbearers will be David, John, Hershal and Ronald Penman, Garey Henry
and Steven Floyd.
Honorary pallbearers are Jordan Rothwell, Barman Tompkins and DeShawn
Visitation will be 11 a.m. Saturday until time of service.
George A. Wycliffe
TURNERSVILLE, N.J. - George A. Wycliffe, 69, of Turnersville, died
Sunday in Camden, N.J.
Born in Danville, he was a career soldier with the Army, having served
three tours in Vietnam and was a recipient of a Bronze star. He also was
an employee of the postal service for 20 years.
Survivors include his wife, Monika M. Hempfling Wycliffe; his mother,
Mary Wycliffe of Danville; and a son, Curtis T. Wycliffe of Turnersville.
Services were held Thursday at the Egizi Funeral Home by the Rev. Jim
Leary. Burial was in Manahath Cemetery, Glassboro, N.J.
WAYNESBURG - Services for Charles Brunson of Bossier City, La., formerly
of Lincoln County, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Barnett & Demrow Funeral
Home. Burial will be in Double Springs Cemetery with military rites by
Caswell Saufley Post 18, American Legion.
He died Wednesday in Bossier City.
Born March 7, 1930, in Jackson, Mich., he was a son of the late Ralph
and Inez Harris Brunson. He was a disabled veteran, having served as an
Air Force pilot in the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife, Darlene Greer Brunson; two sons, Jeff G.
Brunson of Richardson, Texas, and Greg R. Brunson of Arlington, Texas;
two daughters, Debbie Dean of Enfield, Conn., and Lisa Brunson of Plano,
Texas; and six grandchildren.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday.
Memorials may go to Hospice of Louisiana, Willie Knighton Medical Center,
PO Box 32600, Shreveport, La., 71130-2600; or American Cancer Society.
Russell E. Overstreet
LIBERTY - Services for Russell Earl ``Russ'' Overstreet, 40, of Popplewell
Street, will be 2 p.m. Saturday at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home by the Rev.
Morris Bryant. Burial will be in Whited Cemetery.
He died Wednesday at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center
as the result of injuries sustained in an affray.
Born Feb. 1, 1958, in Dayton, Ohio, he was a son of Sibley Overstreet
of Dunnville and Gladys Wilson of Liberty. He was a carpenter.
Other survivors include a daughter, Amanda Long of Liberty; a son,
Timothy R. Pittman of Jamestown; a sister, Connie Persinger of Shelbyville,
Ind.; a brother, Steve Pennington of Shelbyville; and a granddaughter.
Visitation is after 6 p.m. today.
HARRODSBURG - Services for Hazel Votaw, 78, of Bohon Road, will be
2 p.m. Saturday at Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home. Burial will be
in Spring Hill Cemetery.
She died Wednesday at Harrodsburg Health Care Center.
Born Aug. 29, 1920, in Mercer County, she was a daughter of the late
Will and Jennie B. Bottom Vandivier. She was a retired inspector at Corning
Glass, a member of Harrodsburg Baptist Church, the Order of the Eastern
Star in Florida, and had been a pianist for Cornishville Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Lawrence M. Votaw; a son, Ray E. Votaw
of Mercer County; two daughters, Pat Baker of Mercer County and Jill McKenzie
of Paintsville; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Simpson, Raymond Baker, Bill Barnett, Billy
Hollar, Kenneth Kirkland, Jared Baker and Adam McKenzie.
Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and after 7 p.m. Saturday.
Mabel S. Wellinghurst
HARRODSBURG - Graveside services for Mabel S. Wellinghurst, 83, formerly
of Lexington, were scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Burgin Memorial Gardens
by the Rev. David Renwick.
She died Wednesday in Mount Sterling.
Born Aug. 14, 1915, in Bowling Green, she was a daughter of the late
Crawford and Zula Howell Houchins Stephens. She was a retired bookkeeper
and a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Lexington. She was the widow
of Arthur D. Wellinghurst.
Survivors include two sons, Charles D. Wellinghurst of Lexington and
David E. Wellinghurst of Winchester; three daughters, Mary A. Harper of
Sarasota, Fla., Linda K. Reid of Seattle, Wash., and Judith L. Bibb of
Mercer County; a brother, Kenneth Stephens of Lexington; a sister, Novice
Bilbrey Childress of Bowling Green; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
There will be no visitation.
Memorials may go to Annie Walker Nursing Home, Mount Sterling, 40353.
Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Obituaries Aug. 30, 1998
Eunice M. Evans
Eunice Marie Evans, 91, formerly of Danville, died Friday at Sayre
Christian Village Nursing Home, Lexington.
Born Jan. 5, 1907, in Garrard County, she was the daughter of the late
Thomas Elbert and Elizabeth Oaks Cecil. She was a retired employee of the
Hub Frankel Department Store, Danville. She was a member of Centenary United
Methodist Church where she belonged to the Morning Circle and the UPP group.
She was the widow of William Chester Evans.
Survivors include one brother, Russell Cecil of Lexington and several
nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home
by the Rev. Larry Gardner. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tim Robbins, Ralph Place, William Cecil, Matthew
Cecil, Richard Cecil and Brandon Cecil.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today.
LANCASTER - Carl Criscillis, 94, of Richmond Road died Friday at Garrard
County Memorial Hospital.
Born Sept. 12, 1903, in Madison County, he was the son of the late
Joe and Minerva Green Criscillis. He was the widower of Stella Speaks Criscillis.
He was a retired farmer and a former employee of Peoples Tobacco Warehouse
and a member and deacon of Lancaster Baptist Church.
Survivors include four nieces, Georgia Shell of Lancaster, Pat Walters
of Harrodsburg, Linda May of West Virginia and JoAnn Garrett of Louisville;
and two cousins, Carl Baker and Pat Ballard, both of Lancaster.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Ramsey Funeral Home by the Revs.
Bob Rush, Mike Crain and Lewis Walters. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Russell Meadors, Bob Brooks, Kenny Adams,
John Penman, Bill Meadows and Jimmy Schooler.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lucian Dunn, Buddy Arnold, Kelly Meadows,
Jane Logan, Otis Carrier, Floyd and Stella Gaffney, John Clark, Norma Adams,
Flossie Tuttle, Linda Ray, Colby Clay Arnold and the Rev. Everett Priddy.
Visitation is 4-9 p.m. today.
Mary K. Wagner
Graveside services for Mary Kries Wagner, 86, of Erskine Drive, will
be 11 a.m. Monday at Bellevue Cemetery by the Rev. Bruce Richardson.
She died Thursday at Liberty Care Center.
Born April 27, 1912, in Oakdale, Tenn., she was the daughter of the
late John Jacob and Dorothy Louise Summers Kries. She was a homemaker and
a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Conner of Danville; one brother,
James Kries of Georgetown and one grandchild.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at Stith Funeral Home.
Hattie M. Raines
LANCASTER - Services for Hattie Mae Raines, 81, of Lexington Road,
will be 2 p.m. Monday at Ramsey Funeral Home by Kevin Naillieux and Robert
Synan. Burial will be in Danville Memorial Gardens.
She died Thursday at Garrard County Memorial Hospital.
Born May 5, 1917, in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late
William and Alice Lane Hale. She was a homemaker and a member of the True
Followers of Christ.
Survivors include her husband, Fred Raines; three sons, Irvan Raines,
David Raines and Mitchell Raines, all of Garrard County; one daughter,
Shirley Sheron of Lancaster; two sisters, Helen Hale of Fort Myers, Fla.
and Hester Vermillion of Junction City; three brothers, Homer Hale of Georgetown,
William Hale of Danville and Hubert Hale of Oregon; five grandchildren
and nine great-grandchildren.
Active pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers will be Leonard and Jewell Kirby, Robert and Retha
Little, Della Mae Raines, Dr. James Werkmeister, Dr. Barry Spoonamore and
Extended Care Unit nurses at Garrard County Memorial Hospital.
Visitation will be 4-9 p.m. today.
Elmer T. Russell
MORELAND - Elmer Thomas Russell, 52, of Hustonville died Friday at
Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Danville, after a long illness.
Born May 5, 1946, in Casey County, he was a son of Bessie Hafley Russell
of Hustonville and the late Thomas S. Russell. He was a retired employee
of AllTel Telephone Co. of Shepherdsville and a member of Ellisburg Baptist
Additional survivors include his wife, Le Verne Maples Russell; a son,
Randall S. Russell of Hustonville, a stepson, Timothy Pendygraft of Danville;
a brother, Clay Gilbert Russell of Hustonville; four sisters, Velma Douglas
of Harrodsburg, Vivian Allison of Gallatin, Tenn., Mary Ann Reeves of Danville
and Helen Vanoy of Junction City; and a stepgrandson.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Ellisburg Baptist Church by the Rev.
G.W. Smith. Burial will be in Hustonville Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Larry Allison, Bobby Reeves, Danny Hafley,
Eugene Hafley, Robert Maples and Brian Vanoy.
Honorary pallbearwers will be nieces and nephews and employees of AllTell
Visitation is after 4 p.m. today at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home.