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Obituaries June 28 – July 5, 2015

Margaret Wilson Durham

Margaret Wilson Durham


Margaret Wilson Durham

Margaret Wilson Durham, born July 16, 1922, died June 17, 2015.

Our mother will be remembered for her devotion to family, to her parents, three brothers and two sisters, with whom she was very close. Especially proud of her West Virginia roots, she believed there was no more beautiful state.

Prior to marriage, Margaret worked for the World Student Service Fund, Barter Theater, and the YWCA at U. Kentucky in Lexington where she met her (more…)

Rhiannon Adams

Rhiannon Adams

Rhiannon Adams

Rhiannon Adams age 30, daughter of Lee and Connie Roberson, and wife of Charles Adams, passed away June 26, 2015.

Rhiannon was an employee of KI Industries and graduate of Madison Southern High School.

She is survived by her husband Charles, her parents Lee and Connie Roberson, her children Shane, Justin, and Abigail Adams, and her sisters Natasha Alexander and Jasmine Roberson.

Visitation for Rhiannon will be Wednesday July 1, 2015 from 5-7 pm at Lakes Funeral Home Berea, funeral services will be at 7 pm Wednesday at the funeral home with Rev. Greg Lakes officiating.

Obituaries June 21-28, 2015

Aline Asher

Aline Asher


Aline Asher

Aline Asher age 88 of Corbin, passed away Friday June 26, 2015 at Baptist Health in Corbin. Aline was born in Fixer, Kentucky to the late Leonard and Chloe Gabbard Tackett.

She retired from Lockheed Martin in California as an inspector.

She was preceded in death by one sister Polly.

She is survived by her husband of almost 67 years Bige Asher, one step-son Don Henry of Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 pm Monday June 29, 2015 at Lakes Funeral Home, Berea. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 am (more…)

Obituaries June 14-21, 2015

Matthew Curtis Wade

Matthew Curtis Wade


Matthew Curtis Wade

Matthew Curtis Wade, 27, died Monday, June 15, 2015. Matthew was born on March 2, 1988, in Fort Bragg, N.C., to Darien Wade and Pamela Smith Wade.

Matthew was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and was employed at Lowe’s of Richmond.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his step-mother, Jennifer Wade; sister, Caitlin Wade; brother, Caleb Wade; grandparents, Don and Margie Smith and Don and Viley Wade.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 6 p.m, at Clark Legacy Center, Brannon Crossing, lead by Kaleb Heitzman. Visitation will be held from 4-6 (more…)

Birtie Duerson

Birtie Duerson

Birtie Jane Browning Duerson, age 85, widow of Earl B. Duerson, died Thursday, June 18, 2015 at the Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington. Mrs. Duerson was born January 25, 1930 in Paint Lick, Kentucky to the late William K. and Lula Margaret Underwood Browning.

She was a member of the Whites Memorial Presbyterian Church, an avid Kentucky Wildcat fan and she loved her family and her farm.

Mrs. Duerson is survived by her children, Earl Douglas Duerson of Paint Lick and Debra Jane Duerson (Ernest) Swinford of Berea, KY, her grandson Daniel Earl Duerson of Berea, KY, and her sisters, Christine Sebastian of Lancaster, KY., and Mirtie Naylor of Lexington, KY. She is also survived by a (more…)

Obituaries June 7 – 14, 2015

James Clifton Lamb Sr.

James Clifton Lamb Sr.

James Clifton Lamb Sr.

James Clifton Lamb Sr. age 82 of Berea, KY passed away Monday, June 8, 2015 at the VA hospital in Lexington. Born May 25, 1933 in Rockcastle County to the late William Riley and Stella Mae (Isaacs) Lamb.

He was a devoted soldier in the US military. He was a lifelong member of Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Crestview Holy Sanctuary Church in Berea. He was a retiree of Parker Seal, where he achieved perfect attendance for 36 years.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 48 years Shirley Lamb of Berea, their children Kathy (Jim) McGuire of Berea, Jim (Brenda) Lamb of Richmond, Rod (Sheila) Ledford of London; one sister Alice Belle Saylor of Berea; 6 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and a host of family and (more…)

Donnie Ray Swope

Donnie Ray Swope

Donnie Ray Swope, age 75, died Sunday, June 7, 2015 at St. Joseph East Hospital in Lexington. Born in Berea, he was the son of the late Herman and Florence Duncan Swope.

He was of the Baptist Faith and a member of the Gideon’s International. After retirement as a repairman for GTE, he was a farmer. Mr. Swope served his country as a member of the Marine Corp.

Mr. Swope is survived by his wife: Jean Deaton Swope of Berea; a daughter: Libby (Dave) Miles of Bardstown; a son: Warren (Susan) Swope of Berea. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Leigh, Paige, Morgan, Lauren, Nicholas, and Natalie.

Funeral services for Mr. Swope will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Chrisman officiating. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the Berea Cemetery with Military Honors.

Pallbearers will be Jack Murduch, Paul Deaton, Dave Miles, Luster Palmer, Willis Sparks, Gerald Romans and Nicholas Miles. Honorary Pallbearers will be Shane Deaton, Joe Isaacs, Roger Davidson, Bobby Snowden, Wayne Adams and Alvin Swope.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Gideon’s International.

Obituaries May 31- June 7, 2015

Matthew Leelynn Rader

Matthew Leelynn Rader


Matthew Leelynn Rader

Matthew Leelynn Rader, 4, son of Brianna Rader and John Bowles, died Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Richmond.

Matthew is survived by his parents, one brother Alexander Marks, maternal grandparents Tony and Tabby Turner and Cassandra Rader, paternal grandparents Kelly and Brian Baker and great grandparents Greg and LeeAnn VanWinkle, Evelyn and Conrad Shaw and Connie White.

Funeral services will be 2 pm Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Lakes Funeral Home in Berea with Bro. Shane Gabbard and Bro. Owen Moody officiating. Burial will follow in the VanWinkle Cemetery in McKee. Visitation will be Monday evening (more…)

Deborah Spradlin

Deborah Spradlin

Deborah Spradlin


Deborah Craft Wierwille Spradlin, 50, of Forest Street, passed away suddenly on June 1, 2015. Deborah was born in Lexington, Kentucky and was a member of the local Daughters of the American Revolution.

Deborah is survived by her husband Stanley Spradlin, her son Logan Stanley Spradlin; her siblings: Gretchen (Roger) Osborne and sons Riley and Reese of Murfreesboro, TN, Courtney (Scott) Buchanan and sons Conner and Hunter Ryan, all of Berea, KY., Roland Cecil (Tammy) Wierwille and son Jackson, of Pikeville, KY; aunt, Dr. Cheryl Mae Craft and her son Tyler (Amy) Craft Cormney of CA, aunt Carolyn (Bob) Emrich of Clearwater, FL, uncle, Dr. Walter (Barbara) Wierwille of Blacksburg, VA, her dogs who were so special to her: Lilly, Lexi, Gracie, Lacey and Jasmine.

She was preceded in death by her parents Roland and Cecilia Ann Craft Wierwille, cousins Ryan Berton Craft Cormney and Dan Wierwille, uncle, Dr. (more…)

Obituaries May 24-31, 2015

Levi Lainhart

Levi Lainhart


Levi Lainhart

Levi Lainhart, 83, of Richmond, passed to his heavenly home, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at his residence surrounded by his loving family, following a long battle with cancer. He was born June 18, 1931, at Sand Gap, Kentucky in Jackson County, to the late Alban and Lucille Murphy Lainhart.

He was a man who loved God, and dedicated Pastor of 50 plus years, as he was an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, Cleveland Tennessee Assembly.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Roberta Thacker Lainhart of Richmond; two daughters, Regina Williams of Richmond and Yvonna Day (Gary) of Waco; three sons, Levi Daniel Lainhart (Lorie) of Georgetown, Edwin Lainhart (Eulene) and Bruce Lainhart (Lynn) both of Richmond; Three (more…)

Obituaries May 17-24, 2015

Arturo Chavez

Arturo Chavez


Arturo Meza Chavez

Arturo Meza Chavez, 40, of Berea, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. He was born in La Union Aguacalientes, Mexico on January 24, 1975, son of Salvador Meza and Margarita Chavez. He was a construction worker and mechanic, member of the Catholic Faith and had been a resident of Madison County for over 20 years.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife, Carla Williams Chavez; 4 children, Brandy Lewis, Charles Starnes, Gabriel “Possum” Meza, Jase “Doodle” Meza; 5 grandchildren, Whitney Starnes, Chad Starnes, Layna Starnes, Olivia Lewis, Layton Starnes; 13 siblings, Jose Luis, Dolores, Socorro, Ester, Manuel, Margarita, Jesus, Anjel, Antonio, Leticia, Marcela, (more…)

Arturo Meza Chavez

Arturo Chavez

Arturo Chavez


Arturo Meza Chavez

Arturo Meza Chavez, 40, of Berea, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. He was born in La Union Aguacalientes, Mexico on January 24, 1975, son of Salvador Meza and Margarita Chavez. He was a construction worker and mechanic, member of the Catholic Faith and had been a resident of Madison County for over 20 years.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife, Carla Williams Chavez; 4 children, Brandy Lewis, Charles Starnes, Gabriel “Possum” Meza, Jase “Doodle” Meza; 5 grandchildren, Whitney Starnes, Chad Starnes, Layna Starnes, Olivia Lewis, Layton Starnes; 13 siblings, Jose Luis, Dolores, Socorro, Ester, Manuel, Margarita, Jesus, Anjel, Antonio, Leticia, Marcela, Gabriel, Jose Luz; as well as numerous relatives and friends.

Funeral Mass 8:00pm Friday, May 22, 2015 at Reppert Funeral Home with Father Ulises officiating. Funeral Service 11:00am Saturday, May 23, 2015. Burial will follow in Berea Cemetery. Visitation 6:00pm Friday at the funeral Home.

Dalton Lane Hembree

Dalton Hembree

Dalton Hembree


Dalton Lane Hembree

Dalton Lane Hembree age 20, died Monday May 18, 2015 in Lexington as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on May 9, 2015.

Dalton was employed by Peercy Lawn Care in Berea and was a Madison Southern High School graduate, class of 2012. Dalton was also a member of the Clutch – Shift Riders Motorcycle Club in Madison County.

Dalton is survived by his parents Stephanie Thwaites Hembree of Berea, and Marty Hembree of Berea, his sister Hannah Gabrielle Hembree of Berea, his maternal grandparents Vernon and Sally Thwaites of Richmond, and paternal grandparents Edward and Patricia Hembree of Berea, and many Aunts, Uncles, and cousins also survive.

Funeral Services will be Saturday May 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Church on the Rock in Berea with Rev. Gary Linville and Rev. Mark Sarver officiating, burial will be in the Pilot Knob Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6-9 pm at the Church on the Rock in Berea.

Lakes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituaries May 10-17, 2015

Lillian Pauline Bailey

Lillian Pauline Bailey


Lillian Bailey

Lillian Pauline Poff Bailey, 85, of Richmond, passed away early Monday, May 11, 2015, at her home. She was born April 22, 1930, at Bobtown, near Berea, to the late David M. and Alma Cook Poff.

Mrs. Bailey was a former employee of Robinson Tool & Die, and a homemaker that loved her crafting, sewing and her flower garden. She especially enjoyed her time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and was a member of Wayside Christian Church of Berea.

Survivors include one daughter, Paula A. Varney and JD of Paint Lick; three sons, Marion “Marty” H. Bailey III and Rebecca of Mt. Vernon, William David Bailey and Charlotte of Waco and John R. Bailey and Doris of Waco; three (more…)

Obituaries May 3-10, 2015

Ralph Thomas

Ralph Thomas


William Ralph Thomas

William Ralph Thomas, 74, of Berea, died Thursday, May 7, 2015 at his residence. He was a Rockcastle County native born June 6, 1940, son of the late Ernest and Elizabeth Ramey Thomas.

Ralph was a graduate of Fugazzi Business College and a retired utility construction supervisor with Shely Construction Company. He had been a resident of the Berea area most of his life and was an active member of the Berea Coffee Club.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Gadd Thomas; 3 children, Angela Carter, Elizabeth (Pat) Lake, William (Deborah) Thomas; 5 siblings, Dennis Thomas, (more…)

Betty and Cecil Hylton

Betty and Cecil Hylton

Wanda Faye Isaacs Willis

Wanda Faye Isaacs Willis

Wanda Faye Isaacs Willis


Wanda Faye Isaacs Willis

Wanda Faye Isaacs Willis, age 69, of Winchester Road in Irvine passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center following a long illness. She was born March 15, 1946 in Estill County and was the daughter of the late Elbert and Letha Mae Rose Isaacs.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith. She was born and raised at Red Lick and resided in her later years in Estill County, mostly at Wisemantown.

She was the ex-widow of the late Dewey Deffort Willis and long-time partner and love of the late Daniel “George” Jones.

She is survived by Her son Marvin Shawn Willis of Waco, two Sisters Alma Willis and Beatrice Eileen King both of Estill Co.

She is also survived by five Grandchildren: Christy Michelle Willis, Ashley Nicole Willis, Miranda Willis, Michael Shawn Willis and Brian Keith Best, four (more…)

Betty Jane Hylton

Betty Hylton

Betty Hylton


Betty Jane Hylton

Betty Jane Hylton, 91, of Berea, died Thursday, May 7, 2015 at The Terrace Nursing Home. Betty was born to the late Hubert Flannery and the late Bertha Porter Flannery. Betty moved to Kentucky when she was five years old and has lived on the family farm most of her life.

She was a retired cook for Berea Community School.

In addition to her parents, Betty was also preceded in death by her husband Cecil Hylton and one son Jimmy Hylton.

She is survived by her daughter Judy (Roger) Dean, her sons Kenny (Debbie) Hylton and George (Kandi) Hylton all of Berea. She has nine grandchildren Gina (Lindsey) Rash, Charlie Hylton, Johnny Hylton, Carlos (Kelly) Dean, Emily (Mike) Minix, Brad (Amy) Hylton, Jr. (Tina) Sell, Jill Hylton (more…)

Obituaries Apr. 26 – May 3, 2015

Aaron Begley

Aaron Begley


Aaron Christopher Begley

Aaron Christopher Begley, 23, of Frankfort, formerly of Berea, died Friday, May 1, 2015 of complications from cystic fibrosis. He was a Hazard, Kentucky native born June 25, 1991, graduate of Madison Southern High School, Class of 2010, and member of the Pentecostal Faith.

Survivors include his father, Robert Begley; his mother, Kathleen Clark Turner (Steven); 2 siblings, Robert Allen Begley, Elizabeth Riddle; paternal (more…)

Obituaries Apr. 19-26, 2015

Bonnie Cable

Bonnie Cable


Bonnie Louise Cable

Bonnie Louise Cable, 45, of Richmond, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Hospice Compassionate Care Center of Richmond. Bonnie was born on April 11, 1970 in Detroit, Michigan, and was raised in Harlan County, Kentucky.

Bonnie was a realtor with ReMax Unlimited. She was a member of the Madison County Board of Realtors, LBar Association, and the National Association of Realtors. She was a member of the Million Dollar Club and she had a deep love of her profession of selling real estate, especially when it came to getting someone in their first home, and building those lasting relationships. Bonnie loved to meet people. She active with the Hospice Care Plus Gala and a member of the Richmond Chamber of (more…)

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