Miscellaneous Monroe County, Kentucky Obituaries

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Elmer Lanny Whiles, 83, Gamaliel, died Feb. 17, 2000, at his home. 
A theater owner and movie exhibitor, he was owner the Sky View Drive-In Theater in Tompkinsville. He was a fighter pilot with the U.S. Army during World War II and a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. Born in Ralston, Okla. on Dec. 31, 1916, he was a son of the late Ernest and Wilma (Howard) Whiles, and the husband of Jeannine (Hixson) Whiles, who survives. They were married Jan. 21, 1949 in Las Vegas, Nev. Other than his wife, survivors include two sons, Robert Whiles, Bowling Green, and Collin Whiles, Tompkinsville; four daughters — Lanajean Whiles, Bowling Green; Sherri Walthall, Cave City; Melanie McGuire, Lampasas, Texas; and Heidi Burton, Tompkinsville; a sister, Osa Mae Davis, Hurst, Texas; eight grandchildren — Joseph Dale and Kelly Gene Spear, Heather Dawn Wyatt, Dallas Casey McGuire, Brandon Dale Walthall, Justin Dale Carter, Shelby Tyler Burton and Mercedes Lyn Whiles; and two great-grandchildren, Lauren and Joseph Spear II. 
A daughter, Debra Dale Spear, and a sister, Ernestine Smith, both preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 20, at the Strode Funeral Home, with Father John Stoltz officiating. Burial was at the Beautiful Home Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the DAV Chapter 20, Glasgow. Serving as pallbearers were: Brandon and Dale Walthall, Randy McGuire, Bruce Tooley, Joey and Kelly Spear. Honorary pallbearers were: Jim Lucas, 
Jerry Vibbert and David Arms. 

William C. “Billy” Sheffield, 66, Sheffield Ridge Rd., Tompkinsville, died Feb. 16, 2000, at the Monroe County Medical Center. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for Casey Construction Co. in Indianapolis, Ind.; a former member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 103, in Indianapolis; a retired farmer; and a member of the Baptist Church. Born in Monroe County on Aug. 19, 1933, he was the son of Lucy Clair (Proffitt) Sheffield, Tompkinsville, and the late Claud Sheffield, and the husband of Elva (High) Sheffield, who also survives. They were married Jan. 23, 1952 in Tompkinsville. Other than his wife and mother, survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Billy Joe and Patricia Sheffield, Tompkinsville; a brother, Royce Sheffield, Tompkinsville; four sisters — Beatrice Carter and Jessie Pearl Curtis, both of Tompkinsville; Betty Poindexter, Gamaliel; and Joyce Chapman, Temple Hill; four grandchildren — Carrie Rhoton and Mary Beth, Kellie and Matthew Sheffield; and a great-grandchild, Kelsey Rhoton. A brother, Bobby Sheffield, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Strode Funeral Home in Tompkinsville, with Bro. Taylor Wilson officiating. Burial was at the Monroe County Memorial Lawn. Serving as pallbearers were: Harold Carter, Dennis Curtis, Tobie Copass, and Jackie, Michael and Delbert Sheffield. Honorary pallbearers were: Dr. Tony Carter, Richard McFall, Roger Cornwell, Larry Crowe, Roy Starnes, Wilbur Graves, Harold Reagan, Bert Butler, Leo Copass, Bobby Poindexter, James Carter, Herbert Proffitt and Cordell Sheffield. 

Alty Coons, 100, of 370 Old Shackle Island Rd., Hendersonville, Tenn., died Feb. 17, 2000, at the National Health Care Center in 
Hendersonville. She was a retired employee of the Tennessee Tufting Company in Nashville, Tenn. Born in Clay County, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late Nelson and Parlee (Agee) Franklin, and the wife of Jim Coons, who died in 1943. Survivors include a daughter, Lillian Reeves, San Diego, Calif.; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A daughter, Dorothy Smith; two sisters, Myrtle Pitcock and Simmie Leonard; and a brother, Clarence Franklin, all preceded her in death.Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 18, at the Leonard Cemetery in Clay County, with Deacon Ted Welch officiating. Serving as pallbearers were: Earl and Brian Coons, Michael Venable, Terry and Larry Smith and David Wilson. Arrangements were under the direction of Phillip Anderson and Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs, Tenn. 

R.C. Gregory, 74, of 511 Church St., Lafayette, Tenn., died Feb. 17, 2000, at the Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette. He was retired owner and operator of R.C. Gregory Trucking Company. He had served as mayor of the city of Lafayette from 1988 to 1992 and was a member of the Lafayette City Council 1966-1967 and 1982-1987, the Macon County RAD Committee and the Macon-Trousdale Farmers Co-op Board of Directors (three terms from 1964-1983, serving as president in 1978 and 1981). He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, achieving the rank of corporal and receiving the APT and Philippine Liberation Ribbons and the Good Conduct and Victory Medals. He was a member of the Hillsdale Masonic Lodge # 664 and the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. Born in Macon County, Tenn., he was a son of the late Raymond Clarnet and Gracie Opal (Gregory) Gregory, and the husband of Barbara Jean (Evetts) Gregory, who survives. They were married Jan. 10, 1948. Other than his wife, survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Bob Tuck and Barbara and James Spencer; a sister, Ann Wilson; and a brother, Tilford Gregory, all of Lafayette; two granddaughters, Mitzi Ellis, Hermitage, Tenn. and Penny Duff, Lebanon, Tenn.; and a grandson, Matt Tuck, Lafayette. A sister, Dorothy Lee, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 19, at the Phillip Anderson and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Lafayette, with Elders J.B. Shoulders, Eddie Gregory and Terry Austin officiating. Burial was at the Macon County Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers were: Carl Hudgens, T.V. Nichols, Loryn Atwell, 
Billy Wilson McClard, Billy Barnfield and Bobby Shrum. Honorary 
pallbearers were Lafayette City Hall employees who worked during his tenure as mayor: Sammie Colter, R.V. Barnfield, Jimmy Shrum and Ray Nichols. 

Ray Hamilton Fowler, 82, of 1200 Mitchell St., Celina, Tenn., died 
Feb. 15, 2000, at the Livingston Regional Hospital. He was a retired fishery biologist assistant with the U.S. Wildlife Resources Agency, a member of the Church of Christ, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Born in Celina on Sept. 25, 1917, he was a son of the late Adam and Otia (Plumlee) Fowler, and the husband of Geneva Mae (Clark) Fowler, who survives. They were married Oct. 20, 1973. 
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 18, at the Upton Funeral Home in Celina, with Bill Threet officiating. Burial was at the Hatcher Hall Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Dick Roberts, Ronnie Page, Mark Collins, Mac Dulwork, Bob Clark and Billy Walker. 

James King, 74, of 927 North Springs Rd., Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., died Feb. 14, 2000, at the Nashville Memorial Hospital in Madison, Tenn. He was a retired maintenance supervisor for the First Tennessee Bank, and a member of the Red Boiling Springs Masonic Lodge #585. He had attended Draughons Business College in Nashville, Tenn. and was a Army veteran of World War II, where he was a machine gunner. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in ground combat duringthe Battle of the Bulge. Born in Simpson County, he was a son of the late George Harrison and Mary Evelyn (Rose) King, and the husband of Kathryn (Dicker-son) King, who survives. They were married April 27, 1946. 
Other than his wife, survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, 
Judy and Stan Bailey, Lumberton, N.C.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Teddy and Susie King, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Danny and Betty King, Dunwoody, Ga.; a brother, Kenneth King, Independence, Mo.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
A brother, J.B. King, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 16, at the Phillip Anderson and Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs, with Elder Billy Joe Shoulders 
officiating. Burial was at the Anderson and Son Memorial Park in 
Lafayette, Tenn. Serving as pallbearers were: Tracy Bilbrey, Brad Wallace, Boone Davis, James Hollis, Joe Dillman and Danny King, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were: Adrienne Wallace, Jennifer, Christina and Michelle King, and Amy Pogue. 

Gloy “Penny” Pennington, 65, of 1798 Old Gamaliel Rd., Hermitage 
Springs, Tenn., died Feb. 14, 2000, at the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. He was a truck driver for Trico Stone in Tompkinsville for 20 years. Born in Monroe County, he was a son of the late Joe Lee and Myrtle (Hampton) Pennington, and the husband of Alberta Lee (Dillehay) Pennington, who died Oct. 9, 1978. They were married Jan. 2, 1965. Survivors include a daughter, Anna Pennington, and a son, Mark Pennington, both of Hermitage Springs; two sisters, Jessie Perkins, Bowling Green, and Betty Hammer, Tompkinsville; and three brothers, Bill, Red and Fred Pennington, all of Tompkinsville. Two sisters, Pauline Bryant and Elsie Shelly; a brother, Fowler Pennington; and his step-mother, Dana (Henson) Pennington, all preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 17, at the Phillip Anderson and Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs, with Jimmy Cook officiating. Burial was at the Biles Cemetery in Clay County, Tenn. Serving as pallbearers were: Connie Wayne, Harold and Thomas Dillehay; Timmy Hammer; Bobby Spear; and Scotty Stapels. 

John A. Duncan, 94, of 325 Knapp Ave., Morehead, died Feb. 14, 2000, at the St. Claire Medical Center in Morehead. A retired engineer, he was a 30-year employee of the Kentucky Department 
of Highways. He also was a former Morehead City Council member and a member of the Morehead Church of Christ, where he had served as treasurer for 45 years. Born in Tompkinsville on Oct. 8, 1905, he was a son of the late Dr. Richard Finley and Weathie (Jones) Duncan, and the husband of Mary (Walden) Duncan, who died Jan. 1, 1979. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. John R. and Gretta (Brown) Duncan, Morehead; a sister, Ott Richardson, Oregon City, Oreg.; a granddaughter, Laura Lee O’Connell; and two great-grandchildren, Elijah Bliss Duncan and Wiley Delaney Duncan O’Connell. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. on Feb. 17, with Dr. Adron Doran and Jeff Rich, minister, officiating. Burial was at the Brown Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Northcutt and Son Home for Funerals, Inc. in Morehead. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Morehead Church of Christ, 107 W. Second St., Morehead, Ky. 40351. 

Kathleen M. Smith, 89, Columbia Ave., Glasgow, died Feb. 15, 2000, at the Glasgow Health Care Center. She was a seamstress and a member of the Columbia Avenue Church of Christ. She was a daughter of the late James and Enna Mae (Stewart) Murley, and 
the wife of the late Clyde Smith. Survivors include a brother, Tom Murley, Scottsville, and three nieces and nephews — Bobby Joe Murley, Owensboro; James Murley, Scottsville; and Brenda 
Harris, Franklin. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 18, at the Hatcher and Saddler Funeral Home in Glasgow. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. at the Murley Cemetery at Judio in Cumberland County. 

Bertha Eldridge, 86, Sellersburg, Ind., died Feb. 17, 2000, at the 
Jewish Hospital in Louisville. She was a member of the Ivy Hill Baptist Church in Underwood, Ind. She was a native of Hazard, and was the daughter of the late Farmer and Lillie Bell Campbell and the wife of the late Tarry Eldridge. Survivors include two sons, James Eldridge, Louisville, and Ronald Eldridge, Sellersburg; two daughters, Edith Hidgom, Louisville, and Etta Thomas, Mt. Hermon; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. A son, Edward Eldridge, preceded her in death. Funeral services were held on Feb. 20, at the Ivy Hill Baptist Church in Underwood, with burial at the Ivy Hill Cemetery. 

Hascal Martin, 76, Arcola, Ill., died Feb. 11, 2000, at his home. 
He was a retired Baptist minister, who served in many churches in the 
area, and was also a retired painter. A member of the Arthur Southern Baptist Church, he was an alumnus of Southern Seminary in Louisville and was ordained in 1944. Born in Tompkinsville on June 20, 1923, he was a son of the late George and Mary (Walden) Martin and the husband of Genelle (Denham) Martin, who survives. They were married Dec. 24, 1943 by Bro. Ramond Jones at his 
home at Freedom. Other than his wife, survivors include two sons, Bob Martin, Pontiac, Ill., and Rick Martin, Arcola; a daughter, Carolyn McCue, Lodi, Calif.; a brother Amon Martin and two sisters, Lucille Shirley and Gladys Myatt, all of Tompkinsville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Three brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 15, at the Shrader Funeral Home in Arcola, with Pastor Mitch Flesch officiating. Burial was at the Arcola Cemetery. 

Eugene Turner, 64, of 2120 Freetown-Emberton Rd., Gamaliel, died Feb. 17, 2000, at the Monroe County Medical Center. He was a carpenter. Born in Monroe County on June 5, 1935, he was a son of the late Sammy E. and Maudie Ann (Rich) Turner, and the husband of Clara Mae (Key) Turner, who survives. They were married July 29, 1978 in Lafayette, Tenn. Other than his wife, survivors include a daughter, Priscilla Pittelko, Pensacola, Fla.; a step-son, Thomas Dulworth, Moss, Tenn.; four brothers — Roy Turner, Scottsville, and Addis, Jimmy and Roger Turner, all of Gamaliel; four sisters — Elizabeth Burnette, Louisville; Darlene Wheat, Tompkinsville; 
and Dean and Mary Turner, both of Gamaliel; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A son, Joe Turner; a step-son, Bobby Dulworth; a brother, William Rex Turner; and a sister, Margaret Veach, all preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 20, at Yokley-Trible Funeral Home in Tompkinsville, with Bro. Royce Key officiating. Burial was at the Isenberg Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Randy Wheat, Steve, Greg, Shawn, Kelly and Health Turner.


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