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
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,
Ray Hamilton Fowler, 82, of 1200 Mitchell St., Celina, Tenn., died
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.
Gloy “Penny” Pennington, 65, of 1798 Old Gamaliel Rd., Hermitage
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
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
Bertha Eldridge, 86, Sellersburg, Ind., died Feb. 17, 2000, at the
Hascal Martin, 76, Arcola, Ill., died Feb. 11, 2000, at his home.
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;