Miscellaneous Henderson County, KY Obituaries

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William "Bill" Luther Whitledge

William "Bill" Luther Whitledge, 64, Henderson, died at 10:33 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at his home here.

He was a member of Audubon Baptist Church. In 1991, he was the first heart recipient of Henderson County.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Jean; four daughters, Jennifer Rideout of Henderson, Tracy Bridwell of Robards, Pam Tow of Sebree and Belinda Klein of Evansville; one son, Frank Whitledge of Henderson; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Audubon Baptist Church. The Rev. Alan Todd will officiate. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Tapp Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Anthony's Hospice, Audubon Baptist Church Building Fund or the American Heart Association.

James E. Easley

James E. Easley, 91, Henderson, died at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at his home here.

A native of Cumberland City, Tenn., he was a member of St. Matthews C.M.E. Church in Cumberland City where he sang in the choir. He was a retired farmer from Arnold Hazelwood Farms in Hebbardsville.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Jacqueline Gant Easley; six daughters, Deborah Easley Walker, Paulette Easley Smith, Annette Easley Saunders, Twana Easley and Margaret Easley Smith, all of Henderson, and Pauline Kendry of Indianapolis; three sisters, Mary Kizer of Erin, Tenn., Pauline Parchman of Lodi, Calif., and Willine Austin of Dover, Tenn.; two brothers, William Easley of Oakland, Calif., and the Rev. Bennie Easley of Clarksville, Tenn.; 23 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Race Creek Baptist Church in Henderson. The Rev. Chester Hatchett will officiate. Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mason Brothers Audubon Chapel in Henderson.

Georgia "Georgie" Turner

MORGANFIELD -- Georgia "Georgie" Turner, 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at her home here as a result of a house fire.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James, who died in 1973.

Survivors include four daughters, Glenda Chapple of Morganfield, Reba Cowan of Sturgis, Mary Ann Rigdon and Norma Clark, both of Sebree; two sons, Ed Turner of Uniontown and James Turner of Corydon; three sisters, Roy Lee Tinnel and Nellie Hargrove, both of Uniontown, and Dorothy DeBoe of St. Louis; one brother, Joseph Pierce of Indianapolis; 21 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Whitsell Funeral Home in Morganfield. Burial will be in City Cemetery in Uniontown.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and until service time Friday at the funeral home.

J.C. Sizemore

SLAUGHTERS -- J.C. Sizemore, 73, of the Mount Gilead community near Slaughters, died at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at Regional Medical Center in Madisonville, from complications with kidney failure.

He was retired from the Lee King Service Center in Owensboro and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of the Mount Gilead General Baptist Church near Slaughters.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; one daughter, Marietta Taylor of Calhoun; one stepdaughter, Marilyn Roe of Burton, S.C.; one son, Terry Lee Sizemore of Monon, Ind.; two stepsons, Dennis Kirkman of Littleton, Colo., and Gerald Kirkman of Bufort, S.C.; his mother, Yettie Husky Sizemore of Slaughters; one sister, Glenda Johnson of Chandler, Ind.; one brother, Jerald Sizemore of Evansville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tompkins Funeral Home's Slaughters-Hanson Chapel. The Rev. Harry Baldwin will officiate. Burial will be in Slaughters Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the National Kidney Foundation of Kentucky, 250 East Liberty St., Suite 710, Louisville, Ky., 40202. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Ruby Jennings

GRANADA HILLS, Calif. -- Ruby Jennings, 71, Granada Hills, formerly of Henderson, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at Rinaldi Convalescent Hospital in Granada Hills.

Survivors include one daughter, Tommie Ann Bingham-Elliot of Stevenson Ranch, Calif.; two brothers, Bob Glassco of Henderson and Jim Glassco of Smith Mills; two stepgrandsons; nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society, c/o Shirley Eakins, P.O. Box 438, Robards, Ky., 42452.

Benton-Glunt Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

John Robert Halbert

MILAN, Ind. -- John Robert Halbert, 72, formerly of Paoli, Ind., died at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at his home here.

He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in Milan. He was a former member of Christ the King Catholic Church of Paoli, where he served on the Parish Council for many years. He retired from GTE after 36 years of service. He was in the U.S. Army Occupation Forces during World War II, serving in Japan.

Survivors include his wife, Cora Lena Halbert; one daughter, Lisa J. Halbert of Milan; one son, Robert D. Halbert of Sullivan; four sisters, Mary Caton and Pauline Owens, both of Henderson, Esther Billings of Washington, Ind., and Bernice Williams of Loogootee, Ind.; one brother, Charles M. Halbert of Loogootee; and one grandchild.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Christ the King Catholic Church in Paoli. The Rev. John Hall will officiate. Burial will be in Paoli Community Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Kemple Funeral Home and after 9 a.m. Friday at the church.

Kemple-Dillman-Ellis Funeral Home in Paoli is in charge of arrangements.

Joe Pruden

Joe Pruden, the senior magistrate on Henderson Fiscal Court, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Methodist Hospital after a long bout with cancer.

Henderson County Judge-executive Sandy Watkins called Pruden's death "such a loss for the people of Henderson County" and said the court will recommend to Gov. Paul Patton that Pruden's widow, Lou Ann, be appointed to fill the District 1 seat until this year's November general election.

Watkins, who learned of Pruden's death while in Frankfort, said, "Joe was one of the most honest and genuine people I've ever worked with in my life. Not only did we have a professional relationship, but I grew up in Spottsville and knew Joe nearly all of my life."

Pruden, 73, was in the second year of his fourth consecutive term. He lost in his first try for office in 1981, but came back to win in 1985 and again in 1989, 1993 and 1998.

After his last race, in which he posted a 2-1 margin of victory, he said, "I must have lots of friends because they keep putting me in there. I really enjoyed the race. I ran against a couple of really good men."

The soft-spoken Pruden, a retired painting contractor, was a persistent advocate for the people of his district. "He stood for what a public person should be, one who was responsive to the people of his district and area," Watkins said.

Last year, a boat ramp on the Green River at Spottsville was formally dedicated in Pruden's honor. "I think it's wonderful," Pruden said following those ceremonies. "We've been trying to get a boat ramp there for years."

Watkins said that Pruden had requested that his wife be appointed in the event of his death.

"Lou Ann was very supportive of Joe's involvement on the court and was at his side in his campaigns," Watkins said. "I think it is fitting and proper that we recommend that she be appointed." The judge said he expects a letter bearing the signatures of all court members to be mailed to the governor's office today.

The appointee would serve until November, when a special election will be held for the remainder of the term, which ends at the close of 2002, Watkins said.

Local Democratic Party and Republican Party executive committees will each be eligible to nominate a candidate by early August, the judge said.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, Pruden is survived by a daughter, Kymberly Pruden Peters of Henderson; three sisters, Dorothy Key of Henderson, Margie VanCleve of Madisonville and Ann Ewing of Mt. Vernon, Ind.; a brother, Jack Pruden of Spottsville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jolene Pruden Edwards, in 1996.

He was a member of Spottsville Baptist Church and the Henderson Elks Lodge No. 206 and was a Kentucky Colonel.

Services are pending at Benton-Glunt Funeral Home.

Margaret Louise Bishop

Margaret Louise Bishop, 81, Henderson, formerly of Smith Mills, died at 9:05 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Methodist Hospital.

She a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, A.G., who died Feb. 18, 1997.

Survivors include two daughters, Janie Gibbs of Henderson and Judy Smith of Smith Mills; four sons, Dr. Donald Bishop of Plano, Texas, Glenn Bishop and Garry A. Bishop, both of Henderson, and Dr. Larry C. Bishop of Newburgh, Ind.; one sister, Mary Frances Duncan of Henderson; one brother, Charles Blanford of Cairo; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Benton-Glunt Funeral Home. Burial will be in Smith Mills Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

William Thomas Brantley

MORGANFIELD -- William Thomas Brantley, 93, Morganfield, died at 7:25 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Methodist Hospital in Union County.

Survivors include his wife, Jewell; one daughter, Patsy Eddleman of Clinton, Ky.; two sons, Larry Brantley of Louisville and Don Brantley of Padre Island, Texas; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending at Whitsell Funeral Home in Morganfield.

Edith D. Jackson

TILDEN, Ky. -- Edith D. Jackson, 79, Tilden, died at 12:32 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Methodist Hospital in Henderson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.W.; and a stepson, George W. Jackson.

Survivors include five daughters, Helen Tillotson and Mary Miller, both of Henderson, Lorene Householder of Morganfield, and Corene Farmer and Loretta Duncan, both of Dixon; one stepson, Lee Edward Jackson of Morganfield; one sister, Cora Mae Husky of South Bend, Ind; two brothers, Eddie Lee Duncan of Henderson and Nokamis Duncan of Jeffersonville, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Townsend Funeral Home in Dixon. Burial will be in Old Cedar Grove Cemetery in Tilden.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Sunday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Frank Chandler, Russell Babb, Phillip Wolfe, Dan Andrick, B.J. Householder and Aaron Shelly.

Barbara Ann Nall

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. -- Barbara Ann Nall, 64, formerly of Clay, died at 6:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at her home here.

She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Clay.

Survivors include her husband, Carmen; four sons, John Nall of Clay, Robert Nall of Sturgis; Terry Nall of Grand Rivers and Greg Nall of Fredonia, Ky.; her mother, Velvee Gibson of Clay; four sisters, Sue Bivins, Martha McBride and Shelia Wiseman, all of Clay, and Lane Nelson of Sturgis; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Vanover Funeral Home in Clay. The Rev. Larry W. Williams will officiate. Burial will be in White Oak Cemetery in Webster County.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today and after 8 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

McClellan Riley

OWENSBORO -- McClellan Riley, 82, Owensboro, died at 1:35 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Owensboro Mercy Health Systems.

A member of Newman Baptist Church in Newman, Ky., he was a World War II veteran and retired from Vessels Upholstery Shop in Evansville. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Riley, who died in 1957.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Gwendella; six daughers, Sue Johnson of Owensboro; Clara Brooks of Chandler, Ind., Zonia Scott and Shirley Middleton, both of Henderson, and Evelyn Davis and Carolyn Middleton, both of Stanley, Ky.; two sons, Charles Riley of Owensboro and Jim Byers of Lynnville, Ind.; one brother, Pinky Riley of Owensboro; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Haley-McGinnis and Owensboro Funeral Home in Owensboro. The Rev. Dale Calloway will officiate. Burial will be in Nickel Ridge Cemetery in Daviess County.

Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Myrtle Cowan

MORGANFIELD -- Myrtle Cowan, 62, Morganfield, died at 4:56 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Methodist Hospital in Union County.

Survivors include her husband, Harry D.; two daughters, Sarah Dailey and Gloria D. Cowan, both of Morganfield; one son, Harry J. Cowan of Morganfield; one sister, Mary Helen Abell of Henderson; and two brothers, Ray Thompson of Henderson and James Thompson of Morganfield.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Whitsell Funeral Home in Morganfield. The Rev. Mark Galloway will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Morganfield.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Gladys Marie Wint Staton

PROVIDENCE -- Gladys Marie Wint Staton, 83, Providence, died at 2:50 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Regional Medical Center in Madisonville.

She was a member of Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Z.V. "Curley" Staton, who died February 28, 1987.

Survivors include five daughters, Barbara Hodge of Providence, Sandra Oakley of Slaughters, Joan Reasor of Madisonville, Brenda Williams of Henderson and Toni Rose of Huntsville, Ala.; one son, William V. Staton of Panther, Ky.; 24 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Melton Funeral Home in Providence. The Rev. Archie Oliver will officiate. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery in Hopkins County.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the funeral home.


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