Miscellaneous Henderson County, KY Obituaries

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Violet Tucker
MORGANFIELD -- Violet Tucker, 75, died at 9:55 a.m. Thursday, April 22, 1999, at her home here.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Uniontown.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, the Rev. Robert Tucker; one son, Raymond Tucker of Mount Vernon, Ind.; one sister, Jewell Taylor of Utica, Ky.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Benton-Glunt Funeral Home in Henderson. The Rev. Jim Adams will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Livermore.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today and after 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

"Big" Roy Etherington
PROVIDENCE -- "Big" Roy Etherington, 61, Providence, died at 3:35 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, 1999, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.
He retired from Whirlpool in 1996 and was a member of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Connie; two daughters, Barbara Nall and Loretta Franks, both of Henderson; one son, Aaron Etherington of Murray; one stepbrother, Walter Stokes of Dayton, Ohio; and five grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Townsend-Jones Funeral Home. The Revs. Scott Casebier and Tommy Townsend will officiate. Burial will be in Big Hill Cemetery in Providence.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and after 8 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Helois Strain
CLAY -- Helois Strain, 78, died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, April 22, 1999, at her home here.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Clay.
Survivors include her husband, Albert; and one brother, Horace Blackwell Jr. of Robbinsville, N.C.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vanover Funeral Home in Clay.
Friends may call from after 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Kenneth L. Eldridge
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kenneth L. Eldridge, 68, formerly of Henderson, died Wednesday, April 21, 1999, in Indianapolis.
Survivors include his wife, Rita; two daughters, Monica Hill of Indianapolis and Jada Cazares of Salt Lake City; one stepdaughter, Karen of Indianapolis; three sons, Kenneth L. Eldridge Jr., Donald Wayne Eldridge and Joseph Eldridge, all of Indianapolis; two sisters, Maxine Smith of Henderson and Delores Shamell of Evansville; four brothers, James Ralph Eldridge, Rudolph Eldridge and Joe Eldridge, all of Henderson, and Ernest L. Eldridge of Colorado Springs, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be be held Monday at Lavenia Home for Funerals in Indianapolis.
Mason Brothers Audubon Chapel in Henderson is in charge of local arrangements.

Bart Aaron Springer
Bart Aaron Springer, 30, Henderson, died at 11:24 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 1999, at Methodist Hospital.
Survivors include his mother, Dorothiejean Adams of Henderson; his father, Randall W. Springer of Henderson; his grandmother, Delores Springer of Henderson; one brother, Brett A. Barnett of Morganfield; and one niece.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pythian Ridge Cemetery in Sturgis. The Revs. John Conn and Zack Hibbs will officiate.
Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Earl F. Holeman
MCLEANSBORO, Ill. -- Earl F. Holeman, 88, McLeansboro, died at 11:25 a.m. Monday, April 26, 1999, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro.
A member of McLeansboro First Baptist Church, he retired in 1969 as production manager for Shell Oil Co. after 41 years.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Bartley Holeman; two sons, Alan Holeman of Henderson and Donald Holeman of Kalkaska, Mich.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Revs. John Denham and Bill Tomberlin will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in McLeansboro.
Friends may call after noon Thursday at the funeral home.

Former Police Chief Homer Browder dies
Former Henderson Police Chief Homer Browder died early Tuesday at his home here.
He was 64.
Browder retired as chief in January 1984 after nearly 26 years with the department. He had served as chief since February 1977.
Upon announcing his retirement plans in 1984, Browder said, "I guess it's sort of like leaving home. It wasn't a decision that was made in the last 48 hours; it's been on my mind for several months."
Then-mayor Bill Newman commended Browder's role as chief. "I think he's done a marvelous job," Newman told The Gleaner.
Browder was a member of the Henderson Fraternal Order of Police and also served as a coach in local youth leagues.
He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Nowery Browder, who died in 1976.
Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Baker of Waverly and Linda Hall of Evansville; one son, Homer "Eddie" Browder of Henderson; one foster son, Mike Lawless of Madisonville; two sisters, Carolyn Terry of Shoals, Ind., and Velman Chapman of Indianapolis; four brothers, Jesse B. Browder of Henderson, Vernon N. Browder of Augusta, Ga., and James Browder and Leslie Browder, both of Indianapolis; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Benton-Glunt Funeral Home. The Rev. Marc Presley will officiate. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and after 8 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Anthony's Hospice, P.O. Box 351, Henderson, Ky. 42420, or to Regional Kidney Care of Henderson, 70 N. Gardenmile Rd., Henderson.

Bradley "Brad" Crooke
Bradley "Brad" Crooke, 84, Henderson, died at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 1999, at Methodist Hospital.
He was a member of First Baptist Church and was a former employee of Bruce Woodring Auto Leasing and Sales.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Evelyn; one son, Steve Crooke of Henderson; one sister, Bernice Wilson of Providence; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home. The Revs. Bill Patterson and David Bratcher will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Steward Crooke, Scott Crooke, Michael Crooke and Katie Crooke.

Ruth Helen Taylor Williams
SLAUGHTERS -- Ruth Helen Taylor Williams, 73, Slaughters, died at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, 1999, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville from pneumonia.
A retired nurse and homemaker, she was a member of Country View General Baptist Church in Henderson.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Madelyn Elizabeth Maddox.
Survivors include her husband, the Rev. James W. Williams of Slaughters; six daughters, Carolyn Sue Goldsberry, Linda Darlene Mathews and Patricia Faye Patmore, all of Henderson, Gigi Anise Gentry of Poole, Janet Diane Peercy of Anthoston, Ky., and Betty Jo Graham of Birmingham, Ala.; two sons, James Williams Jr. of Slaughters and Roy Wayne Williams of Vandetta, Ky.; one sister, Dorothy Duncan of Tilden, Ky.; two brothers, Lawrence Edward Taylor of Liberty, Ky., and William Earl Taylor of Poole; 23 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Country View General Baptist Church. The Revs. Willard Clement and Gary Ashby will officiate. Burial will be in Zion Brick Church Cemetery near Slaughters.
Friends may call after 3 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at Tompkins Funeral Homes, Slaughters-Hanson Chapel in Slaughters, and after noon Thursday at the church.

Robert "R.K." McClure
Robert "R.K." McClure, 86, Henderson, died at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at his home.
He was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and was a World War II Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Dorothy; one daughter, Mrs. Bertram (Tyna) Wheat of Henderson; two sisters, Edna Williams and Lorene Tapp, both of Henderson; one brother, Edgar McClure of Henderson; one grandson; nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. The Rev. J. Edward Bradley will officiate. Entombment will be in Fairmont Cemetery Mausoleum, with full military rites performed by American Legion Worsham Post 40.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today and until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home, where prayers will be said at 6 tonight.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church or to St. Anthony's Hospice.
Pallbearers will be W.L. McClure, Marvin Hancock, Tommy Bellew, Jimmy Bellew, Buster Bantly, Ronnie Hancock and Chris Thomas.

Shirley Sutton Barnett
Shirley Sutton Barnett, 68, Henderson, died at 12:53 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Methodist Hospital.
She was a member of Audubon Baptist Church and was retired from Bohn's.
Survivors include one daughter, Becky Ardis of Vidor, Texas; three sisters, Faye Goldey and Judy Priest, both of Henderson, and Gladys Simms of Baltimore, Md.; one brother, Bobby Joe Sutton of Henderson; nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tapp Funeral Home. The Rev. Alan Todd will officiate. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery. 
Friends may call after 9 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to St. Anthony's Hospice, Audubon Baptist Church Building Fund or any charity.
Pallbearers will be Kip Priest, Casey Geer, Randy Greenwell, Rick Bennett, Austin Priest and Billy Goldey.

Sharon E. Jones
Sharon E. Jones, 57, Henderson, died at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at her home.
She was a member of Hyland Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 186, where she was past worthy matron. She was also a member of Gideons International Auxiliary.
Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Bobby R.; two daughters, Jennifer Jones of Bowling Green and Angela Jones of Henderson; her mother, Evelyn Freeman of Henderson; one sister, Jacqueline McCormick Huddy of Hawesville; nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hyland Baptist Church. The Rev. Alan Witham will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home and after 1 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Hyland Baptist Church Building Fund, St. Anthony's Hospice or Gideons International.

Mary Helen Kortz Hayden
Mary Helen Kortz Hayden, 70, Henderson, died at 2:10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.
She was a member of Deaconess Helping Hands and The Santa Clothes Club.
Survivors include five daughters, Cynthia Kinkade of Lebanon Junction, Ky., Janet Tyrie and Sandria Tompkins, both of Henderson, Marylin William of Robards, and Angela Rhea of North Augusta, S.C.; one son, Michael Kortz of Henderson; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one niece and one nephew. 
Services are pending at Benton-Glunt Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Evansville.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and after 8 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to The Santa Clothes Club.

Joann Barbara McIntire
WHEATCROFT -- Joann Barbara McIntire, 44, Wheatcroft, died of liver disease at 1:18 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Methodist Hospital in Morganfield.
Survivors include two sons, Brian Keith Welton and Warren Wade Stegman, both of Providence; and one sister, Judy Stegman of Williamsport, Pa.
A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. today at the Church of God of Prophecy in Wheatcroft.
There will be no visitation.
Vanover Funeral Home in Clay is in charge of arrangements.

Vernon A. Galloway
UNIONTOWN -- Vernon A. Galloway, 60, Uniontown, died at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 1999, at Harrisburg Medical Center in Harrisburg, Ill.
Survivors include his wife Evelyn; nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Whitsell Funeral Home in Morganfield. The Rev. Jerry Chesser will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Morganfield.
Friends may call after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Felix D. Simpson
STURGIS -- Felix D. Simpson, 83, Sturgis, died at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Methodist Hospital in Morganfield.
He was a lifetime member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sturgis where he served as an elder and a Sunday school teacher. He served as Sturgis city judge in the 1960s and had retired from Farmers State Bank in 1979. 
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Margorie; two daughters, Felicia Grounds and Rebecca Hasselstrom, both of Henderson; one son, Kevin Simpson of Riverside, Calif.; one sister, Virginia Pope of Sturgis; two brothers, Faust Simpson and Sidney Simpson, both of Morganfield; and two grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sturgis. The Rev. Jack Ferguson will officiate. Burial will be in Pythian Ridge Cemetery in Sturgis.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Cumberland Presbyterian Church or to any charity.
Whitsell Funeral Home in Sturgis is in charge of arrangements.

William Omer "Bill" Farmer
PROVIDENCE -- William Omer "Bill" Farmer, 92, died at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at his home here.
He was a member of Rose Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Hopkins County where he served as an elder and Sunday school teacher. He was a retired farmer and was active in many farm organizations and attended Western Kentucky State Teachers College in Bowling Green.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Vaneria Cowan Farmer; one daughter, Clara Margaret Hubbard of Evansville; two sons, Joe D. Farmer and Bill Farmer, both of Morganfield; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Rose Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Revs. Paul Stone and Chester Cannon will officiate. Entombment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery Mausoleum in Providence. 
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Melton Funeral Home in Providence and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Lucile Newton Cox
OWENSBORO -- Lucile Newton Cox, 76, Owensboro, formerly of Sebree, died at 2:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Owensboro Mercy Health System here.
She was a member of Settle Memorial United Methodist Church in Owensboro and was a retired as an assistant financial aid officer at Kentucky Wesleyan College, where she had recently established the Frank and Lucile Cox Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Frank; one sister, Norma Tapp of Sebree; and two brothers, Boyd Newton of Louisville and Allen Newton of Sebree.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Glenn Funeral Home in Owensboro. The Rev. Tom Grieb will officiate. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Poole.
Friends may call from 4 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 the Settle Memorial United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Frank and Lucile Cox Endowed Scholarship Fund at Kentucky Wesleyan.

Robert "Bob" E. Pike
EVANSVILLE -- Robert "Bob" E. Pike, 71, Evansville, died at 6:50 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Columbia Health Care Facility here.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge and of the American Legion, both in Henderson. He was a truck driver for Tri-State Plastics in Henderson for 19 years.
He was preceded in death by one son, Richard Pike, who died in 1982.
Survivors include two daughters, Shelly Skelton of Henderson and Julie Polk of Marlborough, Mass.; one son, Henry Pike of Henderson; three sisters, Mary Miller, Catherine Pike and Teresa Delano, all of Evansville; one brother, Ben Pike of Henderson; and seven grandchildren.
Services will begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Alexander East Chapel in Evansville, where prayers will be said. A funeral Mass will follow at 9 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Evansville. The Rev. John Davidson will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery in Waverly.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home, where a vigil service will be held at 7 tonight. 
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Alzheimer's Association.

Meryle Irene Hefling
TELL CITY, Ind. -- Mary Irene Hefling, 92, Tell City, died at 7:07 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Heartland Villa Healthcare in Lewisport, Ky.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Tell City.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Harold K., who died in 1980.
Survivors include one daughter, Janet Bleier of Henderson; one son, James Hefling of Schertz, Texas; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home in Tell City. The Rev. Michael Barnes will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Tell City.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to First Baptist Church in Tell City.

Floyd "Benny" Denton
CENTRALIA, Ill. -- Floyd "Benny" Denton, 81, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at his home here.
He was retired from the Local 520 of the Operating Engineers.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Myrtle Casner Denton; one son, Floyd Denton Jr. of Centralia; one sister, Frances Nickens of Garden Grove, Calif.; and two brothers, James Leigh Denton of Paducah and R.J. Denton of Henderson.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Brick Cemetery in Ashley, Ill.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 tonight at Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia. 
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Southern Illinois Hospice.

Johnny Wayne Brown
Johnny Wayne Brown, 44, Henderson, formerly of Clay, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, in Union County.
He was a member of Airline Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah; two daughters, Sarah Brown and Hannah Brown, both of Henderson; his mother and stepfather, Dorothy and Grady Owen of Sturgis; his father and stepmother, Wayne and Bobbie Brown of Clay; one sister, Dolores Bradshaw of Sturgis; two brothers, Mike Brown of South Boston, Mass., and Benji Owen of Sturgis; and his grandparents, Guy and Goldie Brown of Dixon.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Baptist Church in Clay. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Clay.
Friends may call from 4:30 to 9 p.m. today, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Vanover Funeral Home in Clay and after noon Thursday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Kentucky Baptist Children's Homes.

John Richard Waddell Jr.
BENTON, Ky. -- John Richard Waddell Jr., 65, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at his home here.
He was owner and operator of 68 Motors in Palma, Ky.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Owen Waddell; two daughters, Jamie S. Epps of Paducah and Terry Ann Sams of Benton; five sons, Brad A. Waddell of Smithland, Charles E. Waddell and David L. Waddell, both of Benton, Daniel R. Waddell of Daytona, Fla., and Jeffery Owen Waddell of Florence, S.C.; two sisters, Glenna Graham of Sturgis and Patricia Nesbitt of Dayton, Ohio; two brothers, Donald E. Waddell of Evansville and Ronald W. Waddell of Jacksonville, Fla.; 20 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Church of God of Prophecy in Sturgis. The Rev. A.G. Winters will officiate. Burial will be in Pythian Ridge Cemetery in Sturgis.
Friends may call after 8 a.m. today at Collier Funeral Home in Benton and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Whitsell Funeral Home in Sturgis is in charge of local arrangements.


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