Miscellaneous Henderson County, KY Obituaries

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Carole Ann Pleasant

MIAMISBURG, Ohio -- Carole Ann Pleasant, 49, Miamisburg, Ohio, formerly of Henderson, died at 7:52 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville.

A member of Church of the Incarnation Catholic Church in Centerville, Ohio, she was an associate nun at Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, Ind., and was also an auditor for National City Bank in Dayton, Ohio.

Survivors include her mother, Leota Pleasant of Henderson; two brothers, Johnnie Pleasant Jr. and Eddie Pleasant, both of Henderson; nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

There will be no visitation.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Tapp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 

Opal E. Sheppard

OWENSBORO -- Opal E. Sheppard, 76, Owensboro, died at 5:45 p.m. Monday, October 18, 1999, at Owensboro Mercy Health System. 

A member of Temple Hill General Baptist Church, she attended the Church of God of Prophecy in Owensboro. She was retired from Nationwide Exterminating.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Sheppard, who died in 1987.

Survivors include one daughter, Debbie Sheppard Bryant of Owensboro; five sons, Norman Lee Sheppard, Donnie W. Sheppard and James C. Sheppard, all of Owensboro, Robert L. Sheppard of Henderson and Barry Sheppard of Glennville, Ga.; three sisters, Nita Johnson, Hazel Blunk and Eva Renfrow, all of Louisville; three brothers, Charles Johnson of Jetson, Ky., Robert "Buster" Johnson, Morgantown, Ky., and Floyd Johnson of Shelbyville, Ky.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Temple Hill General Baptist Church in Jetson, Ky. Burial will be in Peyton Phelps Cemetery in Jetson. 

Smith Funeral Home in Morgantown is in charge of arrangements.
 

William A. Rosser

MAGNOLIA, Ark. -- William A. Rosser, 87, Magnolia, Ark., died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Meadowbrook Lodge Nursing Home in Magnolia, Ark.

He was a retired line assembly worker with Abilities Unlimited. 

Survivors include one daughter, Bonnie Zorsch of Magnolia Ark.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lewis Funeral Home in Magnolia. 

The Revs. Don Nicholson and Raymond Cammack will officiate. Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery in Henderson.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Asbury Methodist Church in Magnolia.

Annie Watson Graham

Annie Watson Graham, 85, Henderson, formerly of Hopkinsville, died at 9:49 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at Redbanks nursing home.

She was a member of St. John United Methodist Church in Hopkinsville.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Y.E. Watson, who died in 1957, and Douglas Graham, who died in 1990; and a daughter, Francelle McAtee, who died in 1997.

Survivors include one daughter, Vicki Jenkins of Henderson; one son, Wayne Watson of Hopkinsville; two sisters, Marie Cornelius of Henderson and Dorothy Martin of Crofton, Ky.; one brother, James Johnson of Ohio; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Maddux Funeral Home in Hopkinsville. The Rev. Joseph Butler will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Memorial Gardens in Hopkinsville.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Community Baptist Church or the Children's Advocacy Center in Henderson.

Pallbearers will be Doug Johnson, Barry Adams, Bobby Allen, Jacob Carter, Scott McAtee and James McAtee.
 

Odette Galloway Snyder

Odette Galloway Snyder, 77, Henderson, died at 1 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at Medco Center of Henderson.

She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles G. "Chuck" Snyder Jr., who died in 1994; and by a son, Charles G. Snyder IV, who died in 1964.

Survivors include one daughter, Laura Klutey of Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, William Snyder of Dallas; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fernwood Cemetery. The Rev. Gordon Morrison will officiate. 

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and until 10 a.m. Saturday at Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Anthony's Hospice or St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
 

Fount Edward Cowan

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Fount Edward Cowan, 78, Stone Mountain, formerly of Clay, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, at North Lake Medical here.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Clay.

A World War II U.S. Navy veteran, he worked as a coal miner for P & M Coal Company at the Colonial Mines for over 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel, who died in 1993.

Survivors include two sons, Mark A. Cowan of Stone Mountain, and David H. Cowan of Clay; and one granddaughter.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Clay. The Rev. Jeff McMain will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Clay.

Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Vanover Funeral Home in Clay, and after 1 p.m. at the church.

Larry J. Lewis 

MESA, Ariz. -- Larry J. Lewis, 55, Mesa, formerly of Henderson, died at Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1999, in Phoenix.

He was a painting contractor.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jeri Lyn Lewis.

Survivors include his wife, Jenny; two sons, Jim Lewis and Joe Lewis, both of Mesa; two sisters, Amy Goble of Green Cove Springs, Fla. and Chris Lewis of Middleburg, Fla.; one brother, Robbie Lewis of Picayune, Miss.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mesa First Assembly of God Church.

There will be no visitation.

Falconer Funeral Home in Mesa is in charge of arrangements.

Laura Ladew Higginson

OCOEE, Fla. -- Laura Ladew Higginson, 87, Ocoee, formerly of Henderson, died at 3:47 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, at Ocoee Health Care Center.

She was a member of Ocoee Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Higginson Sr., who died in 1992.

Survivors include three sons, William E. Higginson Jr. and Bernard "Bud" Higginson, both of Henderson, and Jerry L. Higginson of Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, Clyde Hayes of Cedars, Mich., and Eugene Hayes of Hartsville, Ala.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Christ in Henderson. Gary Puryear will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Benton-Glunt Funeral Home and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Anthony's Hospice or the Church of Christ.

John Clifton Branson

John Clifton Branson, 46, Henderson, died at 2 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at his home here.

Survivors include his mother, Laura S. Branson of Henderson; one brother, Robert Marshall Branson of Robards; and two nephews.

Arrangements are pending at Benton-Glunt Funeral Home.
 

Lizzie Sipes Seymore

PROVIDENCE -- Lizzie Sipes Seymore, 104, Providence, died at 9:50 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, at Ridgewood Terrace nursing home in Madisonville.

She was a member of Providence Second Baptist Church and was an accomplished seamstress.

Survivors include two daughters, Edilene Fleming of Providence and Mary Alspach of Dayton, Ohio; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Townsend-Jones Funeral Home in Providence. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Shady Grove, Ky.

Friends may call after 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 

Louis H. "Tootie" Wilkinson

GREENVILLE -- Louis H. "Tootie" Wilkinson, 76, Greenville, died at 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, at Muhlenburg Community Hospital.

He was a member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Greenville. He worked for 33 years as a coal miner. He was last employed by P & M Coal Company.

Survivors include his wife, Marie; three daughters, Paula Finley of Greenville, Martha Louis Adler of Henderson and Susan Jorn of Girard, Ill.; one sister, Madeline Robinson of Louisville; one half sister, Lillian Henderson of Corydon, Ind.; one brother, James Wilkinson of Greenville; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Gary's Funeral Home in Greenville. 

The Rev. Rick Boyette will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Greenville.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 

Robert J. "Jeff" Hollander

CALHOUN -- Robert J. "Jeff" Hollander, 47, Calhoun, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Owensboro Mercy Health Systems.

He was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Calhoun. He worked as a maintenance leader for Western Kentucky Energy in Sebree and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed scuba diving, traveling and singing at nursing homes.

Survivors include his wife, Joy D.; one daughter, Magen Hollander of Herndon, Ky.; his mother, Opal Hollander of Calhoun; one sister, Jayne Hollander of Louisville; two brothers, Joe Hollander and John Hollander, both of Calhoun; and a granddaughter.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Muster Funeral Homes, Calhoun Chapel in Calhoun. 

The Revs. Larry Hostetter and James R. Coin will officiate. Burial will be in Calhoun Cemetery. 

Friends may call after 4 p.m. today and after 8 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where prayers will be said at 7 tonight.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Sebastian Catholic Church Building Fund, c/o Muster Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 160, Calhoun, Ky. 42327.

Robert A. "Bobby" Gifford

Robert A. "Bobby" Gifford, 48, Henderson, died at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis due to complications from leukemia.

A U.S. Navy Vietnam War veteran, he was a member of Moose Lodge No. 732 and an employee of Gibbs Die Casting for 23 years.

Survivors include his wife, Marcia A.; two daughters, Kelly Michele Gifford and Loren Elizabeth Gifford, both of Henderson; his father, Peter Gifford Sr. of Collinsville, Ill.; one brother, Peter Gifford Jr. of Collinsville, Ill.; nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tapp Funeral Home. The Rev. Garry Polston will officiate. 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and after 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Foundation for Bone Marrow Research, 600 S. Taylor, Suite 120, St. Louis, Mo., 63110.

Melvin "Cotton" Bellew

Melvin "Cotton" Bellew, 79, Henderson, died at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at his home here.

He was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and was owner and operator of Melvin Bellew Trucking for more than 35 years. A Kentucky Colonel, he was a member of Moose Lodge No. 732.

He was preceded in death by a son, Gary Wayne Bellew, who died February 6, 1992.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Lucille; two sons, Steve Bellew and Sam Bellew, both of Henderson; one sister, Catherine Lander of Henderson; two brothers, Richard Bellew of Henderson and Bobby Bellew of California; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews. 

Services will be at noon Saturday at Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home. The Rev. Andy Ausenbaugh will officiate. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and until service time Saturday at the funeral home, where prayers will be said Friday evening. 

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Holy Name of Jesus Continuing the Tradition fund.


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