Obituaries June 23 – 30, 2013

Mattie Lee King

Mattie Lee King


Mattie Lee King

Mattie Lee King, 88, the widow of Rev. Ide King, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington. Mrs. King was born July 14, 1924, in Madison County, the daughter of the late Lee and Nola Fletcher King. She was a homemaker and a member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Winchester.

Survivors include one daughter Teresa Diane Bates (Rev. Paul) of Winchester; one brother: David L. King (Francis); two daughters-in-law: Phyllis King and Doris Romick; 10 grandchildren, Darrell Agee (Phyllis), Gregory Agee (Susan), Rev. Christopher King (Candy), Melissa Pancake (Alan), Brent Osborne (Shyla), Sean Osborne (Jennifer), Amanda King, Stephenie Bates, Paul S. Bates (Amber) and Rachel Chambers (Kevin); 11 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by: two sons, Milton and Mike King; a daughter, Sue Osborne and several brothers and sisters, including Rolla King, Bonnie Richardson, Laura Tipton and Lillie George.

Her funeral service will be conducted 10 a.m. Monday at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Bates and Rev. Christopher King officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: Stevie King, Greg King, Kenneth Tipton, Jessie King, Ryan Clark and Pat Clark. Honorary pallbearers will be: Robbie King, Donald King, Larry Richardson, Jack Richardson, David Tipton, Tommy George, Donald George and David Wayne King.

Eva Younger

Eva Younger, age 92, mother of Lucy Ingram, died Saturday, June 28, 2013, in her home. Funeral arrangements pending at Davis & Powell Funeral Home. Call 986-3115 after 2 p.m. Sunday for service details.

James K.Speller

James K. “Jim” Speller, 73, passed away June 27, 2013, at University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington. He was the husband of Brenda Rhodus Speller. Jim was born September 18, 1939, in Bertie County, N.C., to the late Thomas F. and Marguerite Lawrence Speller.

He was an industrial arts teacher for the Fayette County School System. He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and his Rank 1 from Eastern Kentucky University. He was also a retired United States Air Force master sergeant, Vietnam veteran and member of the Anchor Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife Brenda, he is survived by: two sons, Ted (Kristi) Speller of Bloomington, Ill., Tim (Christy) Speller of Richmond, Ky.; one brother, Elton (Martha) Speller of League City, Texas; a brother-in-law, Harry (Donna) Rhodus of Lexington, Ky., and six grandchildren, Megan Speller, Ryan Speller, Stephanie Speller, Ben Morin, Sophia Speller and Reece Speller. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Kevin Speller, Karen S. Cockrill, Benjie Rhodus, Tami Rhodus and Josh Teater.

Funeral services for Jim will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2013, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Sowders and Rev. Ron Porter officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013, at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: Bob Wigand, Ken Bicknell, Glenn Cox, Harry Rhodus, Reagan Taylor and Jeff Brashears. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Aubrey Spivey, Thomas Byrum, Paul Lane, Herb Kempf and Bill Tillett.

Flowers are welcome, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Anchor Baptist Church P.O. Box 1794, Richmond, KY 40476.

Phelps Olds

Walter Phelps Olds, 79, the husband of Almetta Jo Olds, passed away Thursday evening, June 27, 2013, at The Terrace in Berea. Mr. Olds, the son of the late Bailey and Ophelia Risk Olds, was born March 23, 1934, in Madison County. He was retired from Westinghouse Corporation, a retired residential builder and a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include: his wife, Almetta Jo Olds; one son, Stuart K. Olds (Patricia) of Richmond; one daughter, Reyne Johnson (Bill) of Richmond; three grandchildren, Brad Johnson, Chris Johnson and Ashley Neff; one great-grandchild, Kade Johnson; two sisters, Shirley Stephens (Henry) of Lexington and Virginia Sutton of Indianapolis, Ind.

He was preceded in death by a brother, W.M. “Buster” Olds.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Arthur Ray officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Monday at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: Brad Johnson, Chris Johnson, Pete Cain, Billy Hacker, John Broaddus and Marion Fox.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, Kentucky 40403.

Hollie Gladney Gordon

Mr. Hollie Gladney Gordon, 64, of Richmond, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013, at the Baptist Health Richmond. He was born September 11, 1948, in Estill County to Hollie and Dalphine Wright Gordon, both of whom preceded him in death.

He was a self-employed construction worker and member of the Grace Evangelism Ministries of Kentucky Church.

Hollie is survived by: his wife, Elizabeth Tudor Gordon; six children, Hollie Gordon Jr., Pamela Gordon, Randy Willis, Rickie Willis (Charlene), Carol Willis and Harold Willis (Faith); 10 grandchildren, Samantha Lovings, Johnathon Marcum, Jimmy Marcum, Ricky Willis, Andrew Allen, Alisa Davis, Jessica Walters, Daja Willis, Triva Willis and Shesha Willis; 12 great-grandchildren, Kayliegh Carpenter, Austin Marcum, Hayden Adams, Ian Davis, Evan Davis, Jacob Walters, Harold Willis, Brook Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Bradon Willis, Jason Willis and Dareigh Willis. He also leaves several very special friends at Madison Towers.

His service will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Wade Coyle officiating. Burial will follow in the Bark Road Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Keith, Chad Storie, Abraham Polly, Johnathon Marcum, Zach Copley and John Davis.

John William Chambers

Dr. John William Chambers, 83, of Parsons, W.Va., departed this life on June 22, 2013, at his home. He was born Nov. 7, 1929 in Richmond, Ky., son of the late Clarence and Catherine Griggs Chambers. He was the widower of Nancy Caroline Allen and was preceded in death by a sister, Pat Carr.

Dr. Chambers was a graduate of Model High School, Class of 1946. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University. He taught at the Medical College of Virginia and retired from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Survivors include: two sons, Michael Chambers (Leah Ritchie), of Lynnfield, Mass., and Matthew Chambers (Maggie), of Parsons, W.Va.; two sisters, Marietta McBride (Edgar), of Richmond and Martha Harris (Bill), of Eugene, Ore.; two brothers, Charles (Donna) Chambers and Donald Chambers, of Richmond; nine grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and their descendants.

Graveside services will be conducted 3 p.m. Sunday, August 4, 2013, in the Richmond Cemetery. Interment will follow on Monday.

Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

McArthur Scott

McArthur Scott


McArthur Scott

McArthur Scott, 66, of Berea, passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at his home after a battle with cancer. He was born May 5, 1947, in Owsley County, the son of the late Charley and Fannie Madden Scott. He was a masonry contractor and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include: his wife of 44 years, Letha; two daughters, Lisa (Steve) Garrobo, of Lexington, and Robyn (Steve) Koger, of Monticello, Ky; and three grandsons.

Other survivors include: three sisters, Lola Taylor, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., Lily Scott, of Booneville and Linda Gross, of Sarasota, Fla.; two brothers, Wayne Scott of Richmond, Jesse Scott of Taylor, Mich., and many nieces and nephews and a dear friend, Jonathan Anderson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: two sisters, Eula Mason and Martha Shackleford; and one brother, Lucin Finley Scott.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Bro. Owen Moody officiating. Burial will follow in Madison Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: Jonathan Anderson, Dalton Moody, Edward Mullins, Steve Sowers, David Sowers and Joel Pike. Honorary pallbearers will be: Roscoe Madden, Charley Madden, Leo Madden and Ronnie Anderson.

Delores Jean Carmack

Delores Jean Carmack


Delores Jean Carmack

Delores Jean Carmack, age 54, of Eastwood Drive in Stanford, passed away Friday, June 14, 2013 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville. Born Monday, September 22, 1958 in Madison County, she was the daughter of Charles & Millie Hicks Todd of Hagerstown, Indiana.

Her loving husband is Sherwin Carmack of Stanford, whom she married November 1983. She was a homemaker.

In addition to her husband and parents, Delores leaves behind one son, Clayton Carmack of Stanford; one daughter, Allison King (Kyle) of Hagerstown, Indiana; one brother, Charles Todd, Jr. (Sandy) of Hagerstown, Indiana; and two grandchildren.

Honoring Delores’ wishes, Cremation Rites have been honored. A Memorial Service will be held 7:00PM Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Fox Funeral Home with Rev. Wendell Carmack officiating the service.

Visitation will be 5-7PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Fox Funeral Home, Stanford, is entrusted with Delores’ arrangements.

Jennie Rayburn

Jennie Rayburn


Jennie Smith Rayburn

Jennie Smith Rayburn, 94, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in her home. She was born, May 15, 1919, in Madison County, to Sam and Mary Osborne Smith, both of whom preceded her in death. She was the widow of Sam Rayburn.

Mrs. Rayburn retired from the Bluegrass Army Depot after 25 years of service and was a Navy veteran of WW II, serving from 1944-46. She was a member of Kirksville Christian Church, the Kirksville homemakers and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She enjoyed her hobbies of reading and china painting.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dianna R. and Barry Gibson of Richmond, and one granddaughter, Megan Ashley Gibson.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by: one sister, Carrie Stubblefield; and three brothers, Woodrow Wilson Smith, William Carter Smith, and Roy Farmer Smith.

The service for Mrs. Rayburn will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Rev. Martin B. Frazer and Dr. J. Donald Graham officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Carl Turner, Bill Hagan, John Wilson, Dan Hale, Donald Roberts, Johnny Carnes and Gene Kelly. Honorary bearers will be the Kirksville Homemakers.

Flowers are welcome, or donations may be made in her memory to Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, KY 40403.

Martha Elizabeth Wagers Shemwell

Martha Elizabeth Wagers Shemwell


Martha Elizabeth Wagers Shemwell

Martha Elizabeth Wagers Shemwell, age 92, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at The Terrace in Berea. Mrs. Shemwell was born in Berea to the late James and Hannah Kelly Wagers and was the widow of Robert Shemwell.

She was a graduate of Berea College and taught 37 years at Hazel Green Academy. Mrs. Shemwell was a member of the Berea First Christian Church, where she served as church historian and sang in the choir.

Mrs. Shemwell is survived by her nephews, Jimmy (Patsy) Wagers, Billy Wagers and Chuck (Jan) Wagers, all of Berea, and Scott (LaDonna) Wagers of Tallahassee, Florida. Several great-nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by: her sister, Gladys Wagers, and her brothers, Kelly (Louise) Wagers, Ralph (Dorothy) Wagers and Charlie (Issy) Wagers.

Funeral services for Mrs. Shemwell will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013, at the Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Dr. Ed McCurley officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund, 206 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40403.

Lillie Pearl Freeman

Lillie Pearl Freeman, age 90, of New Fox Road in Irvine, KY passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center. She was born July 6, 1922 in Estill County and was the daughter of the late Millard and Myrtle Short Mansfield.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Bethel Christian Church. She had lived in Estill County most of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Ray Freeman.

She is survived by Six Daughters Evelyn Madge Brandenburg (Wilse) of Estill County, Carolyn Allene Coleman (Rick) of Louisville, Joyce Ann Lawyer (Paul) of Indiana, Phyllis Sue Henderson (Tom) of Lexington, Janice Ruth Wilson (Joe) of Madison County, and Gina Michelle Murphy (Tony) of Estill County.

In addition she leaves behind Four Sons Douglas Ray Freeman (Marie) of Lexington, Gary Lynn Freeman (Debbie), Ezra Gayle Freeman (Michele), and William Jeffrey Freeman (Sherry) all of Estill County.

She also leaves behind a Son-in-Law Price Rawlins of Lexington, Two Sisters Mildred Woods of Estill County, Alsie Merritt of Winchester, Two Brothers Melvin Mansfield and Ronald Mansfield both of Estill County, and 26 Grandchildren and 42 Great Grandchildren also survive.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Myrtle Geneva Rawlins; one son, Kenneth Earl Freeman; two grandchildren: Olivia Jo Freeman and Donald Lynn Freeman; two Great Grandchildren, Ivy Marie Freeman and McKenna Lawyer; one sister, May Richardson; and five brothers: Clyde Earl, Gene, Roy, and Clarence Mansfield.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, July 1, 1:00 PM at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at the Rose-Freeman Cemetery. Friends may call between 6 and 9 PM Sunday at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Olivia Jo Freeman Scholarship Fund.

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