Miscellaneous Henderson County, KY Obituaries

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Lula Mae Rhodes

Lula Mae Rhodes, 90, Henderson, died at 6:59 p.m. Friday, April 14, 2000, at Methodist Hospital.

She was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Altar Society and the bereavement dinner program. She retired from Tri-State Plastics after 23 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy M., who died in 1950; and two sons, Mercil Ray Rhodes, who died in 1951, and Donald B. Rhodes, who died in 1935.

Survivors include five daughters, Joyce Rhodes and DeLaine Morgan, both of Henderson, Sue Vogt of Danville, Ky., Carolyn Thomas of Brandon, Fla., and Sandra K. Jones of Anderson, Ind.; one adopted daughter, Gail Funk of Henderson; one adopted son, Mike Rhodes of Henderson; two sisters, Martha Buckman of Henderson and Mary Ellen French of Waverly; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services will be at noon Monday at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. The Rev. J. Edward Bradley will officiate. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery in Uniontown.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. today and until 11:30 a.m. Monday at Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home, where a rosary will be said at 5 p.m. today.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church's Continuing the Tradition fund or to St. Anthony's Hospice.

Pallbearers will be Mike Rhodes, Wayne R. French, Richard Vogt, Joseph Morgan, Bradley Thomas, Eric Weddel and Tony Delano.

Tyler Lee Steele

Tyler Lee Steele, 4-month-old son of Rachael C. Steele and Eddie L. Young, of Henderson, died at 10 a.m. Friday, April 14, 2000, at his home here.

Survivors include grandparents, Michael and Christine Passwaters, of Federalsburg, Md.; and a great-grandfather, Norman Gay of London, England.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Tapp Funeral Home. The Rev. Chuck Tidd will officiate. Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and after 8 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

James Franklin Freels

James Franklin Freels, 58, Henderson, died at 5:46 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Methodist Hospital.

He enjoyed genealogy, traveling and his dogs.

Survivors include one sister, Beverly Shaver; two brothers, William T. Davis of Evansville and Robert Davis of Utah; nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Alexander Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel in Evansville.

The Rev. William T. Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Alexander Memorial Park.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel.

Alexander Funeral Home's West Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Sarah Estelle "Sally" Hartmire

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Sarah Estelle "Sally" Hartmire, 80, Vancouver, died at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15, 2000, at St. Vincent's Hospital here.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William George Hartmire, who died June 24, 1987.

Survivors include one daughter, Judy McClellan of Henderson; one son, George Hartmire of Henderson; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Private family services will be held.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church or to a favorite charity.

Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Former city official Taylor dead at 75

Former Henderson city commissioner Jack Taylor died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at 5:10 p.m. at his home.

He was 75.

Taylor, who had an automobile dealership here for 33 years, was a youth baseball enthusiast and served on a number of appointed public boards.

He was a member of the city commission in 1992 and 1993. A former fellow commissioner, Bill Womack, recalled that Taylor "had his convictions and he would express them. I thought he was a strong commissioner."

But "what really pops to mind first about him was his interest in youth baseball," Womack said. "There's no telling how much of his private wealth he spent on those programs.

"He was a people's person," he said. "He moved in a lot of circles.

"He loved public service, even the meetings," Womack said.

At the time of his death, Taylor was a member of the city board of zoning and adjustments. Before that, he was chairman of the city's water and sewer utility commission in the late '90s.

He also was a former chairman of the Henderson Municipal Power & Light Commission, serving during the period that Anaconda (now Alcan) located here in the early '70s.

He was president of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce in 1957 and received that agency's distinguished service award. He also was a past president of the Henderson Jaycees, the Bend Gate PTA, the Pee Wee League and the Babe Ruth League, the latter for 10 years up to 1971.

He was a former member of the Henderson County Booster Club and was a volunteer during the two Bambino World Series events staged here.

A World War II veteran, he was a member of the Henderson Elks Lodge and American Legion Worsham Post 40 and a Kentucky Colonel. He also was a frequent blood donor.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Henderson, where he served as a deacon.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Jane Reed Taylor, who died Aug. 19, 1992.

Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Whitfield of Henderson; one son, James R. Taylor of Atlanta; a stepmother, Faye Taylor of Hymera, Ind.; four grandchildren and one niece.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home. The Revs. John Conn and Ted Burke will officiate. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Anthony's Hospice or Henderson County Diabetes Coalition.

Pallbearers will be Bill Edwards, Billy Fryer, Gene Linney, Bud Crafton, Charlie McCollom, Darrell Willett, Robert Bogan, Charlie Brown, Jean Marie Gadient and Wanda Majors.

Rev. Frank W. Crowley

The Rev. Frank W. Crowley, 84, Henderson, died at 6:05 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2000, at Redbanks nursing home.

He was a member of Henderson General Baptist Church, Henderson Jerusalem Masonic Lodge No. 9, Rizpah Shrine Temple and United Commercial Travelers. He also served as pastor of several area General Baptist churches.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Verda Mae, who died Sept. 15, 1997; and by a daughter, Shirley Ann Crowley, who died in 1950.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Conrad Crowley; one daughter, Joyce Book of Henderson; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home. The Revs. Steve Dame and Rebecca Curry will officiate. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Larry Book, Kevin Book, Garrett Book, Pat Daugherty, Vernon Carnal, Raymond Veazey and Don Rogers.

Stella Andre

STURGIS -- Stella Andre, 94, Sturgis, died at 5:05 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2000, at Methodist Hospital in Union County.

She was the oldest member of Sturgis First Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ray Andre.

Survivors include one daughter, Hazel Niese of Sturgis; two sisters, Emma Mason and Edith Henshaw, both of Sturgis; two brothers, Morton Henshaw and Kenneth Henshaw, both of Sturgis; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services are pending at Whitsell Funeral Home in Sturgis.

Etta Griffin Sandefur

SEBREE -- Etta Griffin Sandefur, 86, Sebree, died at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, April 16, 2000, at Methodist Hospital in Henderson.

She had been employed at the Webster County Library and Colonial Terrace Nursing Home prior to her retirement. She was a member of Sebree General Baptist Church and had been a member of the Sebree Chapter of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Odell Sandefur, who died in 1991; and a stepson, Charles Freels.

Survivors include one son, Dr. B.W. Sandefur of North Hollywood, Calif.; one step-daughter, Joyce Perry of Republic, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tompkins Funeral Homes, Sebree-Poole Chapel in Sebree. The Rev. Rudy Moser will officiate. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery in Sebree.

Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the funeral home.

James "Monk" Oakley

CLAY -- James "Monk" Oakley, 85, died at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, April 16, 2000, at his home here.

He was retired from the Webster County Coal Co. and was a member of the American Legion in Clay. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna, who died in 1963.

Survivors include one daughter, Becky Jones of Birmingham, Ala.; one son, Jim Oakley of Tulsa, Okla.; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Vanover Funeral Home in Clay. Bro. Silas Ripatoe will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Clay.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and after 8 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Anthony's Hospice of Webster County.

Hallie F. Wingo

MAYFIELD -- Hallie F. Wingo, 80, Mayfield, formerly of Henderson, died at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 15, 2000.

He was a veteran of World War II. He retired after 25 years of service with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion, Ind. He was of the Christian faith.

Survivors include his wife, Sally; two daughters, Mary Gregory of Henderson and Linda Dorsey of Marion, Ind.; two sons, Rev. George "Pete" Wingo of Evansville and Randy Lee Wingo of Mayfield; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Mason Memorial Chapel in Mayfield. The Rev. Anthony Reeves will officiate. Burial will be in Shelton Chapel Cemetery in Hickory, Ky.

Friends may call after 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Oatley J. Fleeger

EVANSVILLE -- Oatley J. Fleeger, 80, died at 7:18 p.m. Sunday, April 16, 2000, at his home here.

He retired in 1981 from the Lynnville-Peabody Coal Company after 32 years. He was a member of the UMWA Local No. 9926, Owls Lodge No. 30 and Germania Maenerchor. He was World War II U.S. Army veteran, a member of the VFW No. 1114 and a lifetime member of the Dads Club and the River City Eagles. He was a member of Harwood Baptist Church in Evansville.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth, who died in 1991; and his second wife, Eloise, who died in 1993.

Survivors include his wife, Hallie D.; three daughters, Marilyn Bradley, Carolyn Goodman and Phyllis Harris, all of Evansville; five sons, Larry Fleeger and Jerry Fleeger, both of Evansville, Randy Fleeger of Newburgh, and David Fleeger and Douglas Newman, both of Henderson; four sisters, Jean Brustler of Evansville, Doris Fischer of Dale, Ind., Hazel Gasaway of Gary, Ind., and Lillian Bailey of Sulfur, La.; one brother, Samuel Fleeger Jr., of Dale, Ind.; 22 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Boone Funeral Home in Evansville. The Rev. Karl Crowe will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Evansville, with military rites.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today and after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Harwood Baptist Church Building Fund.

Buster Cook

GONZALES, La. -- Buster Cook, 89, Gonzales, La., formerly of Henderson, died Sunday, April 16, 2000.

He was a member of Henderson Moose Lodge No. 732. He retired from Pacific Lumber Company in Scotia, Calif., and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps for 10 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann, who died in 1990.

Survivors include one daughter, Helen Rivault of Gonzales; one son, Kenneth Cook of Nevada City, Calif.; one sister, Imogene Jones of Lebanon, Ind.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Henderson.

There will be no visitation.

Benton-Glunt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Richard Lee Denton

Richard Lee Denton, 52, Henderson, died at 5:04 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at his home due to cancer.

He was a member of Presbyterian Church of Henderson, Lions Club and Elks Lodge. He worked at American General Finance for 31 years.

He was preceded in death by a son, Rodney Chad Denton, who died in 1972.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Lee Ann; one daughter, Tara Denton Adkins of Lexington; two sons, Sean Michael Denton of Elizabethtown and Richard Shane Denton of Mount Vernon, Ill.; his mother, Dorothy Hickman of Henderson; and one grandchild.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Presbyterian Church of Henderson. The Rev. J. Douglas Blair will officiate. Entombment will be in Fairmont Cemetery mausoleum.

Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. today and until 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home.

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

Pallbearers will be Paul Wilson, Paul Herron III, Butch Branson, Roger Campbell, Zack Womack and Rodney Thomas.

Letty Jo Meazles Nichols
Letty Jo Meazles Nichols, 50, Henderson, formerly of Clay, died at 8:02 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2000, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

She was of the Catholic faith. A 1967 graduate of Webster County High School, she was employed at Methodist Hospital as a computer technician.

Survivors include one daughter, Robin McClain of Dixon; two sons, James Patrick Nichols and Troy Lee Nichols, both of Murray; her mother, Margaret Meazles of Clay; one sister, Rebecca Montgomery of Clay; one brother, Larry Meazles of Henderson; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Vanover Funeral Home in Clay. The Rev. Pike Powell will officiate. Burial will be in White Oak Cemetery in Webster County.

Friends may call from 4:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, where prayers will be said at 6 tonight.


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