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Obituaries Archives for 2023-11

Cathy Turner, 69, Columbia, KY

 

Cathy Turner, 69, of Columbia, KY died Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 5:03 A.M. at her home. She was born October 8, 1954 in Louisville, KY.

 

Cathy was a faithful member of Emory Chapel United Methodist Church and a Certified Nursing Assistant, working at Summit Manor Nursing Home for 17 years.

 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Geneva Collins Bledsoe, her father, John Bledsoe, two grandchildren, Dustin Turner and Jennifer Bunch.

 

SURVIVORS:

Her husband: Larry Turner of Columbia

2 sons: Darren Turner (Ruthie) and Brian Turner (Nicole) both of Columbia

1 daughter: Oliva Flowers of Columbia

3 sisters: Barbara Bunch (Jimmy) of Columbia, Tammy Bryant (David) and Karen Bledsoe of Green County

1 brother: David Bledsoe of Russell County

9 grandchildren: Dakota Turner, Isaac Turner, Jillian Flowers, Caroline Flowers, Dixie Turner, Caleb Turner, Levi Turner, Amber McDougall (Will), and Toby Green (Jennifer)

2 great-grandchildren: Elayna & Rilley McDougall

Special family: Logan, Laura, Hazel, Kaiden & Lennox Turner

Several other relatives & friends

 

Funeral Service: Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. at Emory Chapel United Methodist Church with Bro. Richie Coomer and Bro. Roger Garner officiating

 

Burial: AB Turner Cemetery at Chance

 

Visitation: After 3:00 P.M. on Saturday at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home and after 12:00 P.M. on Sunday at Emory Chapel United Methodist Church. THERE WILL BE NO VISITATION AT THE FUNERAL HOME ON SUNDAY.

 

Casket Bearers: Jeremy Bunch, Caleb Turner, Isaac Turner, Dakota Turner, Will McDougall, Logan Turner, Mark Turner, and Barry Todd Smith

 

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Maxine Brown, 95, Louisville, KY (formerly of Breeding, KY)

 

Maxine Brown, 95, of Louisville, KY (formerly of Breeding, KY) died Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at Baptist Health in Louisville. She was born March 26, 1928 in Cumberland County, KY to the late Orbin and Lula McIntyre Branham. 

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Kerry Brown on July 11, 2023. 

 

Maxine was a member of Kenwood Christian Church in Louisville.

 

SURVIVORS:

1 daughter: Brenda Sanders of Louisville

1 daughter-in-law: Peggy Brown of Breeding

4 grandchildren: Brandie Sanders of Louisville, Michael Brown of Mt. Washington, and Sandra Jacobs of Louisville

2 great-grandchildren: Benjamin and Trinity Jacobs

 

Graveside Service: Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. at the Fudge Cemetery in Breeding with Bro. Larry Lemmon officiating. Burial to follow.

 

There will be no visitation.

 

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Eula Moss, 92, Columbia, KY

 

Eula Moss, 92, of Columbia, KY died Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at TJ Health Columbia. She was born April 29, 1931 in Adair County to the late Owen and Tina Blakey Absher. 

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, A.R. Absher; two sisters: Bonnie Pearl Absher and Ruby Chapman; two grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

 

Ms. Moss was saved on July 14, 2002 and baptized on July 28, 2002 and joined the Kellyville Community Church.

 

SURVIVORS:

3 sons: Jimmy Moss (Rachel), Jerry Moss (Margaret) and William Moss (Misty) all of Columbia

4 daughters: Bonnie Powell (Jerry) of Columbia, Nancy Abernathy (Jeff) of Columbia, Betty Milby (Ray) of Greensburg and Debbie Foley of Columbia

16 grandchildren, 26 great-great grandchildren & 6 great-great grandchildren

 

Funeral Service: Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Watson officiating

 

Burial: Beulah Chapel Cemetery

 

Visitation: After 4:00 P.M. Friday

 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to the Beulah Chapel Cemetery Fund which can be left at the funeral home.

 

Casket Bearers: Gary Moss, Brent Moss, Shane Powell, Kevin Burton, Doug Janes, Adrian Claywell, Lee McQueary, Terry Bryant

 

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Marie Joyce (Smith) Bennett, 86

 

Marie Joyce (Smith) Bennett, 86, passed peacefully away on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at her home, holding her daughter Fay’s hand.
 

Best known to those who loved her as Patsy, Granny Pat and Aunt Pat, she raised five children with her husband Donnie. She was proceeded in death by her husband six years ago (2017) and their son, Marshall (Buckie) Bennett in 2001.


She would tell everyone she went to Granny School, but in truth, she was the one teaching all around her how to do it right. These lessons she taught will live on in the ones she leaves behind.

 

SURVIVORS:

4 daughters: Deborah White (Doug), Fay and Kay Bennett, and Felisa Feign (Jeremy)

Daughter-in-law: Tammy Bennett

8 grandchildren & 14 great-grandchildren

Several nieces, nephews & all the tag-a-longs she affectionately “adopted” as part of the family
 

Funeral Service: Friday, December 1, 2023 at 1:00pmET at Owen Funeral Home, 5317 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40216

 

Burial: Friday at 2pmET at Louisville Memorial Gardens, 4400 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY 40216

 

Visitation: Friday from 10:00am-1:00pmET at Owen Funeral Home


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The P.A.N. Foundation – Patient Access Network Foundation. PO Box 716408, Philadelphia, PA 19171

 

This obituary is a courtesy to the family by Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.
 

Charles Edward Lloyd, 86, Columbia, KY

 

Charles Edward Lloyd, 86, of Columbia, KY passed away Sunday, November 26, 2023 at T.J. Health Columbia. He was born in Adair County on April 14, 1937 to the late Elford and Bonnie Bunch Lloyd.
 

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Freda Sroczynski in 2007 and a brother, Carles Lloyd in 2022.

 

SURVIVORS:

1 son: Gary Long (Kena)

3 grandsons: Gary, Nathan, and Adam Long

1 great-granddaughter: Aspen Long

2 siblings: Bernice Preece (Gary) and Brenda Malone

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, & other relatives

 

Funeral Service: Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 1:00pmCT at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home with Bro. Craig Huddleston officiating

 

Burial: Haven Hill Cemetery

 

Visitation: After 10:00amCT on Wednesday at the funeral home 

 

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
 

Gina McClister Schorman, 52, Columbia, KY


Gina Schorman, 52, of Columbia, KY, died Friday, November 24, 2023 at her home after an illness. She was born August 3, 1971, in Adair County, to the late John Bill and Betty Melson McClister. 
 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mark Schorman on January 28, 2018, two brothers, Allen McClister and Billy Joe McClister, a sister, Rhonda McClister and two siblings in infancy.

 

SURVIVORS:

2 daughters: Brittany Stone (Matt) and Tiffany Harmon (Ben) all of Columbia

5 brothers: Terry McClister (Crystal) of Russell County, Garnett McClister, Jason McClister, Andy McClister and Anthony McClister all of Columbia

4 sisters: Gail Huddleston (Jimmy) , Sandra Huddleston, Jennifer Melson all of Columbia, Crystal George (David) of Russell County

4 grandchildren: Benjamin Harmon, Katelynn Harmon, Landon Stone, Karisma Stone

Several other relatives & friends

 

Funeral Service: Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with Bro. Craig Huddleston officiating

 

Burial: Haven Hill Cemetery

 

Visitation: After 10:00 A.M. Tuesday

 

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Elizabeth Lorena Little, 86, Russell Springs, KY

 
Elizabeth Lorena Little, 86, of Russell Springs, KY died Thursday, November 16, 2023 at her home. She was born in Floyd County, KY, the daughter of the late Gooden and Goldie Collins Clark.
 
Elizabeth was a seamstress and a member of Coffey’s Chapel Community Church.
 
SURVIVORS:
5 sons: Jeff Powers of Russell Springs, KY, Robert Shane Powers, Ricky Joe Powers, and Randy O’Neal Powers all of Auxier, KY (Floyd County) and Lloyd Gregory Powers of Stanton, KY
4 sisters: Hazel Kimbler of Russell Springs, KY, Carolyn Harkness of Ohio, Onda Harkness of Tennessee, and Patsy Marcelett of Prestonsburg, KY
1 brother: James Clark of Russell Springs, KY
 
Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Ermin Little and a brother, Pat Henry Clark.
 
Private services were held at Wilson Funeral Home with Daniel Wilson providing scripture and songs.
 
Interment was in Mill Springs National Cemetery.
 
Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
 

Donna Mann, 68, Russell Springs, KY

 
Donna Mann, 68, of Russell Springs, KY passed away Saturday, November 25, 2023 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, KY. She was born on June 16, 1955 in Russell Springs, the daughter of the late Bulen Bryant and Mary Holt Bryant.
 
SURVIVORS:
Her husband: Ronald Mann of Russell Springs, KY
1 son: Craig Lee (Genalyn) of Lumberton, TX
1 sister: Robyn Bryant of Somerset, KY
2 half-sisters: Becky Lewis of Somerset, KY and Jamie Beane of Russell Springs, KY
3 grandchildren: Steven, Jonas and Benjamin
 
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a half-brother, Vince Beane; an aunt, Lois Wilson; and a cousin, Elda Beard. 
 
Funeral Service: Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 12:00pmCT at Wilson Funeral Home, 391 East Steve Wariner Drive, Russell Springs, KY with Bro. Bobby Dunbar officiating
 
Visitation: After 10:00amCT on Tuesday at Wilson Funeral Home
 
Interment: Russell Springs City Cemetery, 1516 Lakeway Drive, Russell Springs, KY
 
Expressions of sympathy are suggested to take the form of a contribution to Hospice of Lake Cumberland.
 
Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 

Martha Ann Bernard, 83, Mascoutah, Illinois (formerly of Russell Springs, KY)

 

Martha Ann Bernard, 83, of Mascoutah, Illinois, formerly of Russell Springs, KY passed from this life on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at her home.  She was born July 5, 1940 in Columbia, KY, she was a daughter of the late Leslie and Annie Streeval Burton. 

 

Martha was a loving mother and excellent cook who was best known for her fried chicken and chicken and dumplings. She enjoyed camping at the lake, making quilts for her family, working crossword puzzles, and was a big fan of Jimmy Swaggart. Martha loved to attend sporting events with her family, but always made it known, in no uncertain terms, that she was clearly not a fan of any official calling the game.

 

SURVIVORS:

3 sons: Paul David (Sandra) Bernard of Mascoutah, Illinois, Michael Lewis (Theda) Bernard of Crestview, Florida and Jeffrey Lynn Bernard of Liberty, KY

1 daughter: June Alice Blankenship of Paintsville, KY

2 brothers: Jack (Kathy) Burton of Byrdstown, Tennessee and Phillip Burton of Edinburgh, Indiana

15 grandchildren, Jesse Leslie Bernard II, Stacey Lynn York, Tiffany Ann Antle, David Ashley Bernard, Paul Anthony Bernard, Rebecca Ann Wiggins, Tara Shay Gifford, Ashley Michelle Harris, Katherine Ann Wright, Michael Lewis Bernard II, James Ray Blankenship, Noah Thomas Blankenship, Richard Tyler Bernard, Kayla Robin Bernard, and Jordan Michael Veach

25 great grandchildren

A host of nieces & nephews

 

In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 64 years, David Russell Bernard; a son, Jesse Leslie Bernard; 5 brothers, Luther Burton, Albert Burton, Edgar Burton, Kenneth Burton, and Edward Burton; three sisters, Edith Bailey, Mary Kimbler, and Izena Burton; and son-in-law, Phillip Blankenship.

 

Funeral Service: Sunday, November 26, 2023 at 2:00pmCT at Bernard Funeral Home with Bro. Bodie Emerson officiating

 

Burial: Lucinda Cemetery

 

Visitation: After 12:00pmCT on Sunday

 

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.bernardfuneralhome.com.

 

Gladna Coffey Isaacs, 88, Owenton, KY (formerly of Russell Springs, KY)

 

Gladna Coffey Isaacs, 88, of Owenton, KY (formerly of Russell Springs, KY), passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2023 at her home. She was born at home on September 17, 1935 in Russell Springs, the daughter of the late Ovis and Elma Wisdom Coffey.

 

Ms. Gladna retired from US Playing Card Company after 30 years. She was a very active member of Parksridge Church of God, where she played piano for over 25 years until the time she moved back to Owenton. Ms. Gladna’s faith and her family was her focus in life. She was a very loving mother and grandmother. Ms. Gladna enjoyed working with her flowers.

 

SURVIVORS:

1 daughter: Karen Sue (Bruce) Wash of Owenton

3 grandchildren: Andrea (Jared) Fitzgerald, Michael Wash, and Isaac Wash

2 great-grandchildren: Casen Fitzgerald and Amelia Jayne Fitzgerald

 

In addition to her parents, Ms. Gladna was preceded in death by her husband, Alonzo Isaacs, who passed away on April 21, 2018; and her son, Michael David Isaacs.

 

Funeral Service: Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 1:00pmCT at Bernard Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Silverman officiating

 

Burial: Russell Springs City Cemetery

 

Visitation: After 10:00amCT on Tuesday, November at Bernard Funeral Home

 

Pallbearers: Bruce Wash, Michael Wash, Isaac Wash, Jared Fitzgerald, Michael Pierce, and Skyler Silverman

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Parksridge Church of God, 679 Stephens Ridge Road, Russell Springs, KY 42642.

 

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.bernardfuneralhome.com.

 

Glenn Morris Epperson, 85, Louisville, KY (formerly of Columbia, KY)

 

Glenn Morris Epperson, 85, of Louisville, KY (formerly of Columbia, KY), died Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at his home. He was the only child of the late Morris and Mabel Rosenbaum Epperson.

 

Glenn graduated from the University of Kentucky with honors in 1962 and had a 30-year career with the Internal Revenue Service in Louisville, KY. He was an avid fan of UK basketball and football, U of L basketball and Cincinnati Reds baseball. Glenn was a serious world traveler having visited 115 countries, every state and continent. He was a member of Beargrass Christian Church in Louisville.

 

SURVIVORS:

His life-long friend: Donald Tupman of Louisville, KY

 

Graveside Service: Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 1:00pmCT at Columbia Cemetery with Dr. Susan Lowe officiating

 

There will be no visitation.

 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity or to Beargrass Christian Church of Louisville, KY

 

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

James A. Polston, 93, Jamestown, KY

 
James A. Polston, 93, of Jamestown, KY passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at his residence. He was born in Manntown, KY on July 11, 1930, a son of the late Eliza(Elmore) and James Allen Polston.
 
Mr. Polston was a Veteran having served in the U.S. Army.
 
SURVIVORS:
4 sons: Gary Polston (Annette Curry), Deron Polston (Alicia), and Todd Polston (Connie) all of Jamestown, KY; Allen Polston of Russell Springs, KY
Special friend: Dorothy Thompson of Louisville, KY
8 grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren
 
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Odell Polston and a sister, Reba Bell.
 
Graveside Service: Sunday, November 26, 2023 at 1:00pmCT at the Jamestown Cemetery with Bobby Dunbar officiating and full military honors by the Russell County Honor Guard
 
Visitation: Sunday from 11:00am-1:00pmCT at H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel in Jamestown, KY
 
Burial: Jamestown Cemetery
 
H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel in charge of the arrangements.
 

Jodi Hudson Miller, 41, Russell Springs, KY

 
Jodi Hudson Miller, 41, of Russell Springs, KY passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, KY. She was born in Campbellsville, KY on July 17, 1982, a daughter of Brenda (Dunbar) and Bobby Hudson of Russell Springs.
 
SURVIVORS:
Her parents: Bobby & Brenda Hudson of Russell Springs
1 son: Cory Miller of Fredericksburg, VA
1 brother: Shawn Coffey (Laura) of Jamestown, KY
A host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family & friends
 
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Jim B. & Malzora (Bernard) Dunbar and paternal grandparents, Hubert & Joyce (Burchett) Hudson.
 
Memorial Service: Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 2:00pmCT at H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel in Jamestown, KY with Bro. Billy Dunbar, Bro. Johnny Dunbar and Bro. Eric Richardson officiating. Music provided by Bobby Dunbar.
 
Visitation: After 12:00pmCT on Saturday at the funeral home
 
The family requests donations be given to Hospice of Lake Cumberland and can be made at the funeral home.
 
H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel in charge of arrangements.
 

Irene Yarberry, 77, Columbia, KY

 
Irene Yarberry, 77, of Columbia, KY died Wednesday, November 22, 2023 in Louisville, KY. She was born April 29, 1946 to the late John and Carrie Lucas.
 
Irene was formerly employed at  Murkami and operated Yarberry’ s Store for many years. She was a member of Freedom Separate Baptist Church.
 
SURVIVORS:
Her husband of 58 years: Gene Yarberry of Columbia, KY
2 sons: Mike Yarberry and Dustin Yarberry both of Columbia, KY
1 brother: Donald Lucas of Georgia
2 sisters: Doris Hughes of Louisville, KY and Loretta Jones of Michigan
1 grandchild: Emma Yarberry 
 
Funeral Service: Monday, November 27, 2023 at 1:00pmCT at Freedom Separate Baptist Church with Bro. Jamie Bryant and Bro. Darren Blair officiating
 
Burial: Freedom Cemetery
 
Visitation: After 10:00amCT on Monday at Freedom Separate Baptist Church  
 
Casket Bearers: Mike Stearns, Glen Stearns, Gary Hatcher, Steve Corbin, Todd Green and Chris Bryant
 
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
 

Elvis L. Simpson, 67, Russell Springs, KY


Elvis L. Simpson, 67, of Russell Springs, KY passed away Sunday, November 19, 2023 at his residence. He was born in Jamestown, KY on August 30, 1956, a son of the late Mary Rose (Pierce) and Logan Simpson.

SURVIVORS:
His wife: Debra (Womack) Simpson of Russell Springs, KY
2 daughters: Clara Bunch of Russell Springs, KY and Rachel Simpson of Shelbyville, KY
2 sons: Nicholas Simpson of Russell Springs, KY and Christopher Simpson (Kandace) of Jamestown, KY
2 sisters: Hettie Cooper of Garland, TX and Ada Mitchell of IN
3 brothers: Leon Simpson and Ringo Simpson both of Jamestown, KY and Andy Simpson of Russell Springs, KY
5 grandchildren

Nieces, nephews, other family & friends

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Adam Dixon; a grandson, Ricky Simpson; 4 brothers: Jimmy Pierce, Billy Pierce, Paul Simpson, and Thomas Simpson; and a sister, Lilly Watkins.

Visitation: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel in Jamestown, KY

It was Elvis's wish for cremation and the family will have a private inurnment at a later date.

 

H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel in charge of arrangements.

 

Clara Jean Antle Gosser Ballenger, 80, Russell Springs, KY

 

Clara Jean Antle Gosser Ballenger, 80, of Russell Springs, KY passed from this life on Friday, November 17, 2023 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, KY surrounded by her family.

 

Born at home, in Jamestown, on September 3, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Clifton and Mildred Hassell Antle. Clara was a faithful member of Fairview Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and was the groundskeeper and custodian in years past. She was a member of the Fairview Homemakers Club and a former member of a bowling team. Clara was very proud of her accomplishment of being recognized as Woman Farmer of the Year by the USDA for her dedication has a beef cattle farmer. She was also honored to have been on the Home Garden Tour for her majestic yard and garden. From the fruits of her labor in her garden, Clara cooked meals and canned vegetables for her family. She was a lover of all animals and enjoyed collecting antiques. Clara was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, who will be deeply missed. 


SURVIVORS:

Her husband: Glenn Ballenger of Russell Springs, whom she wed on July 18, 1997

2 sons: Michael Leon (Christopher) Gosser of Louisville and Matthew Joel (Lisa) Gosser of Russell Springs

2 daughters: Sonja Annette (Kevin) Clark of Jamestown and Glenna Lee (Eddie) Thomas of Russell Springs

Daughter-in-law: Chris (Hiram) Smith of Russell Springs

11 grandchildren & six great-grandchildren

2 brothers: James Roe (Lois) Antle and Doug (Jill) Antle, both of Jamestown

2 sisters: Jewell (David) Blair of Russell Springs and Peggy (Mike) Adams of Jamestown

Sister-in-law: Dorothy Sullivan, of Jamestown

 

In addition to her parents, Clara was preceded in death by her first husband, Orvia Leon Gosser, who passed away on February 24, 1997; her son, Mitchell Gene Gosser; her brother, Glen Antle; and three siblings who died in early childhood: Johnny, Joyce, and Bonnie Antle. 
 

Funeral Service: Monday, November 20, 2023 at 11:00amCT at Bernard Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Mullins and Bro. Eric Antle officiating


Burial: Fairview Memorial Cemetery

 

Visitation: Sunday, November 19, 2023 from 5:00pm-8:00pmCT and after 7:30amCT on Monday at Bernard Funeral Home

 

Pallbearers: Alex Gosser, Dustin Ballenger, Maxon Gosser, Mayes Gosser, Reid Rinehart-Hite, Brad Gosser, Lance Antle, and Chris Antle

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, KY 42503.

 

Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Bernard Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.bernardfuneralhome.com.
 

Jeannie Marie Coffey Wheeler, 47, Columbia, KY

 

Jeannie Marie Coffey Wheeler, 47, of Columbia, KY passed away Thursday, November 16, 2023 at T.J. Samson Hospital in Glasgow, KY. She was born May 21, 1976 in Glasgow, KY to the late James and Connie Phelps Coffey.
 

Jeannie Marie was loud and opinionated. She loved flowers (just like her momma) and antiquing. She loved her kids more than anything along with Molly Mae. Those she surrounded herself with she loved fiercely. Anyone who knew her knew Jeannie was a force to be reckoned with.

 

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James Earl “Jamie” Coffey and her loyal four-legged companion, Molly Mae.

 

SURVIVORS:

Her significant other: Larry Shirley of Columbia

2 children: Morgan Wheeler (Brandy) and Hannah Wheeler (Derek) of Scottsville, KY

2 sisters: Tracy Robertson (Traci Green) of Glasgow and Tina Coffey of Edmonton

1 brother: Joe Coffey of Edmonton

A host of nieces, nephews, aunts, & uncles

 

Funeral Service: Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 4:00pmCT at Jessie-Wilson Funeral Home in Edmonton, KY with cremation to follow

 

Visitation: Sunday after 1:30pmCT at Jessie-Wilson Funeral Home

 

Jessie-Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Letha Marie Popplewell Osborne, 91, Russell Springs, KY

 
Letha Marie Popplewell Osborne, 91, of Russell Springs, KY entered eternal life on Thursday, November 16, 2023. She was the daughter of the late John Willie & Bessie Coffey Smith.
 
Marie was a devoted Christian throughout her life and a long time member of Pine Grove Separate Baptist church, where she proudly served many years as song leader. She retired as Floor Supervisor from Fruit of the Loom and spent her life working and serving others and being selflessly dedicated to her family and community. While working full time, she also spent years as a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant and helped manage the multiple ventures of the Popplewell Farm. She also loved singing karaoke. 
 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of many years, Desoto Popplewell, Jr. and their son, David Popplewell. Marie was blessed to later have another wonderful husband, Willard Osborne, who also preceded her in death along with her two sisters: Frances Dunbar and Manice Smith Wilson and three brothers: Curtis, Carmel “Bill”, and Curvan “Buster” Smith.
 
SURVIVORS:
1 son: Jerald Popplewell (Marisa)
2 daughters: Sondra Valentine and Lila Cooper (Johnny)
9 grandchildren: Bradley (Marina) Cooper, Jessica (Eric) Popplewell-Bumm, Jared (Leslie) Popplewell, Scarlett (Carl) Devine, Melissa Cooper, Israel (Shelby) Burton, Derek (Ariel) Popplewell, Mailee Cooper and Chase Cooper 
18 great-grandchildren & 3 great-great-grandchildren
Special friend: Don Stamper
 
Funeral Service: Sunday, November 19, 2023 at 2:00pmCT at Bernard Funeral Home in Russell Springs, KY with Bro. Richie Curtis and Bro. Don Finch officiating
 
Visitation: After 9:30amCT on Sunday at the funeral home
 
Interment: Pine Grove Cemetery
 
Arrangements for Letha Marie Popplewell Osborne are entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.bernardfuneralhome.com.
 

Ronnie Bunch, 74, Russell Springs, KY


Ronnie Bunch, 74, of Russell Springs, KY passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at his residence. He was born in Jamestown, KY on May 28, 1949, a son of the late Eva (Hill) and Norman Bunch.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a retired State Trooper.

SURVIVORS:
His wife: Paula (Grant) Bunch of Russell Springs, KY
1 daughter: Lisa Neat of Russell Springs, KY
2 sons: Ricky Bledsoe (Annita Dial) of Columbia, KY and Tommy Bunch of Jamestown, KY
1 brother: Gary Bunch of Russell Springs, KY
3 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren

Many more family & friends

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son. Lonnie Bunch; two sisters: Patsy Peterson and Gail Corbin; and a brother, Randall Bunch.

Funeral Service: Monday, November 20, 2023 at 10:30amCT at H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel in Jamestown, KY with Bro. Wayne Keith officiating

Visitation: Sunday, November 19, 2023 from 5:00pm-8:00pmCT at H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel

Burial: Mill Springs National Cemetery at Nancy, KY with military honors by the Russell County Honor Guard.

J.D. Bell, 85, Jamestown, KY

 
J.D. Bell, 85, of Jamestown, KY passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at his home. He was born in Jamestown, KY on December 24, 1937, a son of the late Lucille Jane (Brown) and Joe Bell.
 
Mr. Bell was a retired custodian for the Russell County School System.
 
SURVIVORS:
His wife: Shirley (Bunch) Bell
7 children: Melinda (Tim) Sullivan, Marlene (Nick) Catron, Kem (Minga) Bell, Angie (Brian) Bell, Joey (Wanda) Bell, Melissa (Steve) Luttrell, and Chris (Whitney) Bell
8 siblings: Janice, Christine, Rita, Eddie, Phillip, Andy, Roger and Kenneth
11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren & 1 great-great-grandchild 
Many more family & friends
 
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Daryl Bell, one great-grandchild and 5 siblings.
 
Funeral Service: Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 11:00amCT at H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel in Jamestown, KY with Bro. Leon Simpson and Bro. Nick Catron officiating
 
Visitation: Friday, November 17, 2023 from 5:00pm-8:00pmCT at H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel 
 
Burial: Jack Lawless Cemetery in Jamestown, KY
 
The family requests memorial donations be made to WJRS Food for the Needy or to Hospice of Lake Cumberland and can be made at the funeral home.
 
H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel in charge of arrangements.
 

Cynthia Jean Moore Litteral, 60, Columbia, KY

 

Cynthia Jean Moore Litteral, 60, of Columbia, KY passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at her residence. She was born in Taylor County, KY on May 12, 1963 to the late Owen Moore and Joyce Helm Maulden.
 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Wayne Litteral.

 

Mrs. Litteral was a member of the Bloomingtoin Chapel Brethren in Christ Church and enjoyed painting, drawing, fishing, boating, and spending time with her family and friends.

 

SURVIVORS:

4 children: Samantha Yates of Columbia, KY, Chris Yates (Stephen) of Nashville, TN, Brooklyn Litteral (Matt Dobson) of Columbia, KY and Troy Litteral of Lexington, KY

5 grandchildren Addison Litteral, Axle Ervin, Benson Ervin, Lilly Fulks, and Lexxie Fulks

1 brother: Bradley Moore (Telissa) of Columbia, KY

Several other friends & relatives

 

Mrs. Litteral chose cremation, and no services are scheduled at this time.

 

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Lillie Duvall, 93, Columbia, KY


Lillie Duvall, 93, of Columbia, KY died Friday, November 10, 2023 at Summit Manor Health & Rehab in Columbia. She was born December 9, 1929 in Adair County to the late James T. and Lizzie Jones Lasley. 

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Duvall in 2010 and seven brothers and four sisters.

 

Ms. Duvall was a member of Santa Fee Baptist Church, where she served as Church Clerk and Sunday School Secretary. She retired from Fruit of the Loom after many years.

 

SURVIVORS:

Her sister-in-law: Bonita Lasley of Columbia

Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives & friends

 

Funeral Service: Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 12:00 P.M. at Santa Fee Baptist Church with Rev. Sammy Hughes delivering the Eulogy

 

Burial: New Zion Cemetery

 

Visitation: After 10:00 A.M. Saturday at Santa Fee Baptist Church

 

Casket Bearers: Everick Lasley, Brent Lasley, Donald Lasley, Nathan Lasley, Lavon Lasley, and Chad Bridgewaters

 

Honorary Casket Bearers: Robert Jackson, Jerry Jackson, and Randall Graves

 

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
 

Geraldine Hughes Miller, 82, Columbia, KY

 

Geraldine Hughes Miller, 82, of Columbia, KY passed away Saturday, November 11, 2023 at the Campbellsville Nursing & Rehab. She was born December 13, 1940 in Adair County to the late William “Bill” Hughes and Bessie Rae Curry Hughes.

 

Geraldine professed faith in Christ and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Columbia. She was a former employee of Fruit of the Loom, a homemaker, and enjoyed talking on the phone, watching Steve Harvey, westerns, and spending time with her grandchildren.

 
SURVIVORS:
1 daughter: Rochelle Brady & husband Al of Campbellsville
2 sons: Ricardo Hughes & wife Miriam and Lynn Hughes & wife Tia, both of Columbia
Special friend: David Lee Miller
9 grandchildren: Chanson Atkinson and wife Chloe, Kaylin Hughes, Makenzie Hughes, Mercedes Hughes, Matthew Hughes, Miriah Grady, Beoncia Hughes, Diamond Hughes, and Jennifer Hughes
8 great-grandchildren
4 brothers & sisters: Joyce Bradshaw of Russell Springs, Ruth Ann Smith, Glen Hughes (Della), and Kenny Hughes all of Columbia
 
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister: Brenda Hughes, Charles Hughes, Eugene Hughes, and Ray Ray Hughes.
 
Funeral Service: Friday, November 17, 2023 at 12:00pmET (11:00amCT) at L.R. Petty Funeral Home, 1765 New Columbia Rd., Campbellsville, KY with Bro. Michael Caldwell officiating
 
Burial: Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Fairplay community of Adair County
 
Visitation: Friday, November 17, 2023 after 7:00amET (6:00amCT) at the funeral home
 
L.R. Petty Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
 

Tony Eugene Ford, 66, Russell Springs, KY

 

Tony Eugene Ford, 66, of Russell Springs, KY passed away Saturday, November 11, 2023 at his home. He was born August 4, 1957 in Columbus, Indiana, the son of Bobby Ford and the late Betty Money Ford.


Tony loved being outdoors and spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed taking his sons fishing and he even taught them how to scuba dive. Tony was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force.

 

SURVIVORS:

2 sons: Josh Ford of Russell Springs and Seth (Stephanie) Ford of Milan, Indiana

His father: Bobby Ford of Franklin, Indiana

1 brother: Charlie Ford of Columbia

Half-brother: Gary Olds of Columbus, Indiana

1 sister: Becky Ford of Franklin, Indiana

4 grandchildren: Alexis Ford, Araya Ford, Shelby Aldridge, and Nevaeh Ford

3 great-grandchildren: Xavier Alvarado, Jose Alvarado, and Zaylee Alvarado

 

Per Mr. Ford’s wishes, cremation rites were honored by Bernard Funeral Home.
 

An online guestbook is available at www.bernardfuneralhome.com.
 

Shirley Maxine Kerns, 73, Jamestown, KY

 

Shirley Maxine Kerns, 73, of Jamestown, KY passed from this life on Friday, November 10, 2023 at the Medical Center of Bowling Green. She was born July 30, 1950 in Russell County, a daughter of the late Elmer and Fadra Russell Conner. 

 

She married Lindsey Kerns upon his return from Vietnam on July 6, 1968 in Jamestown, Tennessee.  There were two children born to their union.

 

Shirley loved to travel and sightsee, the “wheels had to be turning”. Her favorite direction to travel was west, from the mountains to the San Francisco Bay.  She was an avid Elvis Presley fan and loved George Jones. She had a smile that would light up a room and a laugh that would warm your heart. To know Shirley was to love her.

 

SURVIVORS:

Her husband of 55 years: Lindsey Kerns

1 son: Jeffery Lynn Kerns (Lisa) of Jamestown

1 daughter: Angela Faye Jones (Jimmy) of Russell Springs

3 grandchildren: Dillon Downey of Somerset, Michael Kerns of Jamestown, and Cory Jones of Russell Springs

3 great-grandchildren: Aiden Downey, Emery Downey and Easton Downey

Special nieces: Ronette Wilson and Rebecca Bounds of Russell Springs and Teresa Ludwick of Winchester, Indiana

Many, many friends

 

Along with her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by 3 brothers: Cletha Conner, Clifton Conner and Arnold Conner; and a sister, Bessie Hudson.

 

Funeral Service: Tuesday, November 14, 2023 1:00pmCT at Bernard Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Hood officiating

 

Interment: Jamestown City Cemetery

 

Pallbearers: Jimmy Jones, Cory Jones, David Kerns, Chris Kerns, Dillon Downey and Aiden Downey

 

Visitation: Monday, November 13, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.mCT and Tuesday after 7:30amCT 

 

Arrangements are entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.bernardfuneralhome.com.

 

Jill Hughes-Sprowles, 46, of Russell Springs, KY


Jill Hughes-Sprowles, 46, of Russell Springs, KY passed away Thursday, November 9, 2023 at her home. She was born in Somerset, KY on February 9, 1977, a daughter of Anna (West) Hughes of Russell Springs, KY and the late Johnie Hughes.

She was a homemaker.

SURVIVORS:
Her mother: Anna Hughes of Russell Springs, KY 
2 daughters: Emily Sprowles of Somerset, KY and Aubrey Rogers of Russell Springs, KY
2 sisters: Julie Hughes and Cassandra Hughes of Russell Springs, KY
Maternal grandfather: Amon West of Jamestown, KY
1 niece: Amelia Kate Hughes

Other family & friends

 

In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Hannah Mae Sprowles.

Funeral Service: Monday, November 13, 2023 at 1:00pmCT at H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel in Jamestown, KY with Bro. Scott Proctor officiating

Visitation: After 11:00amCT on Monday

Family is requesting donations to help with funeral expenses and can be made at the funeral home.

 

H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Carleen George, 68, Russell Springs, KY

 

Carleen George, 68, of Russell Springs, KY passed away Thursday, November 9, 2023 at the UK Hospital in Lexington, KY. She was born July 19, 1955 in Somerset, KY, the daughter of the late Burvel "B.G." Smith and Adelyne Ashbrook Smith.

SURVIVORS
Husband: Jimmy George of Russell Springs, KY
2 brothers: Michael Smith (Ruth) of Norwood, OH and Clinton Smith of Russell Springs, KY

Special niece: Melinda Stephens

A host of nieces & nephews

Special friend: Brenda English of Russell Springs

 

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Wilson.

Funeral Service: Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 2:00pmCT at Wilson Funeral Home, 391 East Steve Wariner Drive, Russell Springs, KY

Visitation: After 12:00pmCT on Sunday at Wilson Funeral Home

Interment: Bernard Cemetery, Russell Springs, KY

Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Rodney Dale Reynolds, 48, Columbia, KY


Rodney Dale Reynolds, 48, of Columbia, KY passed away Thursday, November 9, 2023, at his home after a brave battle with cancer.

 

Rodney was a loving husband, father, pa, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He enjoyed spending most of his time in his shop working and teaching his son, Jake, all the tricks of the trade. He and Jake shared a love for square body trucks. He was employed by Cody’s Auto Sales doing what he loved most, mechanic and auto body work. When he wasn’t at the shop, he was spending time with the rest of his family. His favorite thing to do with them was taking long Sunday drives.

 

SURVIVORS:

His wife of 24 years: Tiffany Denton Reynolds

3 children: Sadie Reynolds (Travis Williams), Hayley Reynolds (Kasey Robinson), and Jake Reynolds (Sara Rowe)

1 grandson: Bentley Burton (and expecting another in June)

His parents: Paul Reynolds (Connie) and Sheila Corbin

1 brother: Jonathan Reynolds (Elizabeth)

2 sisters: Sonja Reynolds and Shannon Matthews (Douchy)

His grandmother: Francis Reynolds

Mother-in-law: Sharlet Dentin

Brother-in-law: David Denton

Several other friends & relatives

 

Rodney was preceded in death by his grandparents: William “Chiggar” and Lola Reynolds, Kenneth and Ocella Corbin, and John and Versie Streeval and his father-in-law, Freddie Denton.

 

Funeral Service: Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 1:00pmCT at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Withers and David Denton officiating

 

Burial: Haven Hill Cemetery

 

Visitation: Saturday from 4:00-8:00pmCT and Sunday until time for the funeral at the funeral home

 

Pallbearers: Cody Withers, Jake Reynolds, Brandon Bryant, Chris Maurath, Justin Cox, and Glendell Thrasher

 

Honorary pallbearers: Bentley Burton, Kasey Robinson, and Travis Williams

 

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

 

Linda Sue Gaskins, 74, Adair County, KY

 

Linda Sue Gaskins, 74, of the MIllerfield Community in Adair County, died Monday, November 6, 2023 at U.K. Bluegrass Hospice Care Center in Lexington. She was born March 28, 1949 in Springfield, Illinois to the late Robert Leslie and Hazel Emma Campbell Herron. 

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by the following siblings: Helen South, Larry Herron, Bill Herron, Roy Herron, Doris Rector, Shirley O’Banion, Danny Herron and her twin Mary Lou Langlier.   

 

Linda was Homemaker and was known as “The Best Cook Around.”

 

SURVIVORS:

Her husband: Lemuel Gaskins of Columbia

1 daughter: Michelle Miller of Campbellsville

7 siblings: Gene Herron of Illinois, Jeffrey Herron of Columbia, Bobby Herron of Indiana, Janet Jrue of Columbia, Barbara Gastent of Illinois, Brenda Forshear of Illinois and Joann Alexander of Illinois

5 grandchildren: Joshua Foley, Brittany Foley, Brandy Carpenter, Jordan Sinclair, Austin Sinclair

18 great-grandchildren

Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives & friends

 

Funeral Service: Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with Bro. Richie Curtis officiating

 

Burial: Gaskins Family Cemetery in the Millerfield Community

 

Visitation: After 10:00 A.M. Thursday

 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital which can be left at the funeral home

 

Casket Bearers: Amos Gaskins, Jonathan Gaskins, Sam Gaskins, Rick Bailey, Cody Kerr, and Scotty Foster

 

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Donna Jessie, 72, Columbia, KY

 

Donna Jessie, 72, of Columbia, KY died Monday, November 6, 2023 at Grandview Nursing and Rehab in Campbellsville. She was born August 1, 1951 in Adair County to the late Bailey J. and Della Garner Polston. 

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, D.L. Jessie, Jr.; a son, Steven Jessie; and the followings siblings: Arvis, Elvin, Herman and Bob Polston, Shirley Smith, Allene Ragland, Mae Mann, Eva Pollard.

 

Donna was a member of Columbia Baptist Church and worked by her late husband’s side in Jessie’s Fruit Market.

 

SURVIVORS:

1 son & daughter-in-law: Lee & Joni Jessie of Columbia

1 daughter & son-in-law: Kim & Brett Farmer of Columbia

7 grandchildren: Landon, Baylee and Lauren Jessie, Issac, Luke, Jacob and Gabrielle Farmer

1 brother: Phillip “Bud” Polston of Indiana

3 sisters: Josephine David and Virginia Wood both of Indiana and Jean Hagy of Louisville

Several other relatives & friends

 

Funeral Service: Friday, November 10, 2023 at `11:30 A.M. at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Johnson, Bro. Aaron LaBarge and Phillip “Little Bud” Polston officiating

 

Burial: Haven Hill Cemetery

 

Visitation: After 4:00 P.M. Thursday

 

Casket Bearers: Doug Wood, Pat Polston, David Smith, Pat Wood, Landon Jessie, Derek King, Ricky Smith, Kevin Polston, Issac Farmer, Luke Farmer and Jacob Farmer

 

Honorary: Jimmy Polston, Chris Polston, Allen Polston, Terry Pollard

 

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Betty Juanita Helm, 84, Louisville, KY (Russell County native)

 
Betty Juanita Helm, 84, of Louisville, KY (a native of Russell County) passed away on Monday, November 6, 2023 at her home. She was born in Jamestown, KY on July 23, 1939, a daughter of the late Mary (Grider) and Carson Collins.
 
Betty was a homemaker.
 
SURVIVORS:
1 daughter: Drema Harris (Robby) of Shepherdsville, KY
2 grandchildren: Robert Harris IV and Jessica Warner
3 great-grandchildren
 
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, James (Montie) Helm and a brother, Charles Collins.
 
Funeral Service: Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 1:00pmCT at H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel in Jamestown, KY
 
Visitation: Thursday from 11:00am-1:00pmCT at the funeral home
 
Burial: Hadley Cemetery in Jamestown
 
H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
 

Freddie Wayne Bell, Sr., 67, Bardstown, KY

 
Freddie Wayne Bell, Sr., 67, of Bardstown, KY passed away on Friday, November 3, 2023 at Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown. He was born at home in Jamestown, KY on January 25, 1956, a son of the late Osco Riley and Edna Pearl Craig Bell. 
 
Freddie was a mechanic, who loved working on cars. He enjoyed trading and talking on his CB Radio with his friends. 
 
SURVIVORS: 
His wife: Laura Browning Bell of Bardstown
7 sons: Freddie Wayne Bell, Jr. of Russell Springs, Oliver Riley Bell of Georgetown, Christopher Shawn Bell of Silver Springs, Florida, Brandon Bell of Bardstown, Tony Bell of Bardstown, James Bell of Bardstown, and Jacob Bell of Bardstown
1 daughter: Amy Dawn Bell of Irvington
7 grandchildren: Ty Beckley, Kristopher Beckley, Jayden Bell, Kaleigh Bell, Cheyenne Bowers, Justin Cook, and Kellie Curtis
1 brother: Eugene Bell of Jamestown
2 sisters: Linda Graves of Louisville and Carol Chrisman of Taylorsville
 
In addition to his parents, Freddie was preceded in death by one brother, Hansel “Tooter” Bell and three sisters: Reba Franklin, Rena Grider, and Betty Perkins. 
 
Per Freddie’s wishes, cremation rites were honored by Bernard Funeral Home. Private inurnment will take place at the Jamestown City Cemetery.
 
A private celebration of life honoring Freddie will be held at a later date. 
 
Final arrangements are under the care and direction of Bernard Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.bernardfuneralhome.com.
 

Cody Layne Dorman, 17, Richmond, KY

 

Cody Layne Dorman, 17, of Richmond, KY passed away Sunday, November 5, 2023 in Atlanta, GA on his way home from supporting his best friend Cody’s Wish in his final race at Santa Anita Park in the Breeder’s Cup Dirt Mile.

 

Cody, a 70-pound boy whose inexplicable, yet undeniable bond with a champion Thoroughbred racehorse named for him captured hearts within and outside of horse racing, died Nov. 5 while traveling home from the Breeders’ Cup in California. Cody suffered a medical event on a flight from Los Angeles and died shortly after landing in Atlanta.

 

The death of the 17-year-old from Richmond, KY drew reaction from racing personalities throughout the world, as well as the governor of Kentucky.

 

“As a dad, my heart breaks for the Dorman family as they mourn the loss of their remarkably strong and kind son Cody,” Gov. Andy Beshear wrote in a social media post. “He was an inspiration to many, and I was always left smiling when I saw him. His legacy will live on through the impact he made on many, including me.”

 

Cody’s parents, Kelly and Leslie, said their son, who met the governor at Keeneland Race Course at the 2022 Breeders’ Cup and Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day this year, would be pleased with those comments.

 

“I know if Cody could say one thing, he would want to let everyone know not to cry for him, but to smile for him,” Kelly said, acknowledging that may be easier said than done at this time.

 

Cody was born in Lexington, KY on Dec. 18, 2005. He was eventually diagnosed with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, a genetic defect that results when someone is missing a small piece of chromosome No. 4. It can cause a litany of serious medical issues – heart defects, kidney failure, developmental disability, difficulty swallowing, seizures – and can be deadly, which was predicted for Cody by one doctor, who told the Dormans their son would not live to see his second birthday.

 

Yet, there was Cody last Saturday, a month shy of his 18th birthday, in the Santa Anita paddock, making sure the horse he considered his best friend could see that he was there to watch the final race of his career. Two days earlier, Cody had visited Cody’s Wish on the backstretch, and once again the horse who has a reputation of being a bad actor in the starting gate meekly walked over to his friend’s wheelchair and lowered his head.

 

That interaction came five years after the pair first met at Gainsborough Farm in Lexington, when Cody was visiting as a Make-A-Wish ambassador as part of Make-A-Wish Day at Keeneland. Godolphin’s Danny Mulvihill, the farm manager, brought out a broodmare named Dance Card and her 5-month old weanling, a son of leading stallion Curlin.

 

The chemistry was so evident that Godolphin named the horse after Cody and the organization that is dedicated to creating life-changing wishes for critically ill children. The second meeting occurred two years later, in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when Cody’s parents thought a visit to see “his” horse would snap him out of the deep depression into which he had fallen. They were correct.

 

Cody was at Churchill Downs when Cody’s Wish won for the first time, on Oct. 2, 2021. He would see him run in person seven times, and got to appear in six win photos with him, including Saturday, when the horse captured his second straight Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

 

It was known well in advance this would be the last start of the horse’s 16-race career, providing a definitive end to the racing side of this heartwarming tale, and Cody was not going to miss it. The Dormans traveled to California last week and on Wednesday accepted on behalf of Team Cody’s Wish the Mr. Fitz Award, presented by the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association for typifying the spirit of racing.

 

“I love everyone on the team with all my heart,” Cody said, communicating through his tablet. “They all worked hard to see my wish and their wishes come true.”

 

Stationed in the winner’s circle next to his doting 10-year-old sister Kylie, Cody watched his equine friend gradually wear down National Treasure, this year’s Preakness Stakes winner, who had an easy lead throughout the race. It was a photo finish, but Cody’s Wish won by a nose, ensuring a happy ending to the story of Cody Dorman and Cody’s Wish (although a 5-minute stewards’ inquiry put the celebration temporarily on hold).

 

“He said he was going to go out on top,” Kelly Dorman said of a Friday night hotel room conversation, though the Dormans could not have fathomed Cody would be referring to himself as well as the horse.

 

“We can’t get over the timing,” Kelly said. “It’s like Cody was saying, ‘I’ve done everything I can do and it’s time for me to go now.’ I think most people feel that.”

 

Before Cody became a horse racing celebrity, he was famous in the world of professional fishing. In fact, the original wish that he requested, and was granted, was a trip to Bass Pro Shop headquarters in Missouri to meet his good friend, fishing TV personality Mark Zona, for whom he named his dog, and tour the Wonders of Wildlife museum. He was also recognized at the Bassmaster Classic, where champion angler Kevin Van Dam and emcee Dave Mercer wore Casting for Cody shirts on stage.

 

Cody often requested gift cards that he could use at his favorite bait shop, Backwater Outfitters in Lexington, run by the Myers Family, who accompanied the Dormans on Cody’s Make-A-Wish trip to Bass Pro Shops.


Through his participation in a charity motorcycle ride for Make-A-Wish, he befriended many bikers, who would drive by the Dormans’ house and rev their engines, bringing a smile to Cody’s face.

 

“He liked to sit around and listen to fish stories,” Kelly said. “He had great affection for animals and the outdoors, and loud trucks and motorcycles. He was a country boy at heart.”

 

Cody was a senior at Madison Central High School in Richmond, KY where he was a proud member of the fishing team and Future Farmers of America. He recently had his senior pictures taken at Gainsborough, the farm where he met his best friend, and was scheduled to graduate in May. He went to the prom last spring with his occupational therapist, Janna Lopez, and showed a 30-percent improvement in the ACT exams this year.

 

Cody’s connection with Cody’s Wish was more of a regional story until the Forego Stakes at Saratoga in August 2022, when the horse pulled off a shocking upset over Jackie’s Warrior, who had been unbeatable at the venerable New York track. From there it was on to the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland, a half-hour from the Dormans’ home. NBC produced an Eclipse Award-winning piece for the broadcast, Cody’s Wish won the Dirt Mile, and two stars were born.

 

Cody won the Big Sport of Turfdom Award, given annually by the Turf Publicists of America to a person or group who enhances coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with the media and Thoroughbred racing publicists. He traveled to Arizona to accept it.

Cody’s Wish was named winner of the Secretariat Vox Populi Award, presented to a horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year.

 

Godolphin and trainer Bill Mott chose to keep Cody’s Wish in training for his 5-year-old campaign and the horse responded with four wins in five starts and a third-place finish in the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. The Dormans enjoyed a memorable trip to perhaps America’s most iconic racetrack, despite the loss.

 

As they reflect on the 18 years they were blessed to love and care for their son, Kelly and Leslie Dorman are struck by his unyielding courage and positive outlook.

 

“Every adversity that was stacked up against him, he defied them all,” Kelly said. “He had good days and bad days, but almost every day he was in a good mood. Everything he went through, he came up with a smile. His body had been ravaged with strokes and seizures, but his mind still worked perfectly.”

 

Since his first experience with Make-A-Wish, Cody took great pleasure in helping the organization raise money so that other children could benefit.

 

“He was the sweetest little thing,” said Leslie, who stopped working when Cody was 6 months old in order to care for him. “He had the biggest heart. He would always thank me for taking care of him.”


SURVIVORS:

His parents: Kelly and Leslie Dorman

1 sister: Kylie Dorman

Paternal grandparents: Fred & Patricia Dorman

Maternal grandmother: Julita Spoon

Uncle: Kevin “Weazer” Dorman

Aunt: Angie Feese & husband Bryan, and their sons: Dylan & Colton


He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lester Spoon.

 

Funeral Service: Friday, Nov. 10, 2023 at 11:00amCT at 3trees Church 3515 KY Hwy 80, Russell Springs, KY

 

Visitation: Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 from 2:00pm-8:00pmCT and Friday from 8:00am-11:00amCT at the church

 

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

 

The family has requested that donations in Cody’s memory be made to Make-A-Wish of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

 

Bruce Lynn Kelsey, 80, Eli, KY

 
Bruce Lynn Kelsey, 80, of Eli, KY passed away in Conway, South Carolina on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at his residence. He was born on February 11, 1943 in Font Hill, KY, a son of the late  Marlus "Boots" Kelsey and Edith Tucker Kelsey
 
Mr. Kelsey was of the Baptist Faith. He retired from CSX Railroad where he was a superintendent, and was a Veteran of the United States Navy. He was a great man, husband, father and grandfather and was loved by all who knew him. He was mentioned as having a PhD in railroading by his peers and he enjoyed fishing and hunting.  
 
SURVIVORS:
His wife: Annette Kelsey of Derry, Ireland
3 sons: Kirk Kelsey (Nikki) of Lexington, SC, Barry Kelsey (Tammy) of Rockingham, NC and Bruce Kent Kelsey (Lori) of Galivants Ferry, SC
1 sister: Patti Ann Kelsey Davis of Liberty, KY
11 grandchildren & 7 great-grandchildren
A host of nieces & nephews
 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Ann Kelsey and a sister, Deena Blair.
 
Funeral Service: Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 2:00pmCT at Wilson Funeral Home, 391 East Steve Wariner Drive, Russell Springs, KY with Bro. Richie Curtis officiating

Interment: Pine Grove Separate Baptist Church Cemetery in Russell Springs with military honors conducted by the Russell County Honor Guard.
 
Visitation: After 11:00amCT on Wednesday at Wilson Funeral Home
Expressions of sympathy are suggested to Hospice of Lake Cumberland or to local Veterans groups.
 
Pallbearers: Jacob Kelsey, Jonah Kelsey, Kyle Kelsey, Adam Davis, Ashley Davis, Daniel Blair and Brandon Blair
 
Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 

John Everett "Johnny"Spaw, 55, Windsor, KY

 
John Everett "Johnny"Spaw, 55, of the Windsor community of Russell County, KY passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at the Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, KY. He was born December 1, 1967 in Somerset.
 
Prior to an illness, Johnny was employed at Kroger in Russell Springs.
 
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, his father, and a sister
 
SURVIVORS:
His wife of 33 years: Pamela Spaw
1 daughter: Tasha Spaw (Brad) of Windsor 
2 grandchildren: Caden and Charlie Lawless of Windsor 
His mother: Dorothy Stargle of Windsor
5 sisters: Teresa Spaw and Sue Guffey (Carl) of Russell Springs, Sharon Passmore (Ricky) and Iris Buckles (Gary) of Dunnville, and Kristie Johnson (Jeff) of Columbia
1 brother: Chad Stargle of South Carolina
A host of nieces & nephew and other family & friends
 
Funeral Service: Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 11:00amCT at H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel in Jamestown, KY with Bro. Tim Ogle officiating
 
Burial: Jennie's Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery in Windsor, KY
 
Visitation: Tuesday, November 7, 2023 from 5:00pm-8:00pmCT at the funeral home
 
Pallbearers: Brad Lawless, Collin Spaw, Burl Passmore, J.F. Passmore, Ricky Passmore, and Gary Buckle
 
H.E. Pruitt Memory Chapel in charge of arrangements.
 

Louie Darrell Loy, 79, Columbia, KY

 

Louie Darrell Loy, 79, of Columbia, KY passed away Saturday, November 4, 2023 at Summit Manor Nursing Home in Columbia, KY. He was born on April 1, 1944 in Adair County to the late Broadus Young Loy and Lida McClister Loy.

 

Louie enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends.

 

SURVIVORS:

1 daughter: Jessica Willis (Bradley) of Columbia, KY

2 grandchildren: Jaylee and Hunter Willis

2 siblings: Bobby Dean Loy (Lila) and Sheila Taylor (Fred) both of Columbia, KY

Several nieces nephews, cousins, & special friends

 

Funeral Service: Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 1:00pmCT at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Wisdom officiating

 

Burial: Loy Cemetery

 

Visitation: After 11:00amCT on Tuesday 

 

Pallbearers: Bradley Willis, Hunter Willis, Trent Taylor, Tracy Taylor, Tony Loy, and Nathan Bradshaw.

 

Honorary Pallbearers: Bill Morrison, Fred Taylor, Bobby Dean Loy, and Bobby Darrell Loy.

 

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.in charge of arrangements.

 

Jerry Thomas Compton, 68, Columbia, KY


Jerry Thomas Compton, 68, of Columbia, KY died Friday, November 3, 2023 at the U.K. Chandler Medical Center in Lexington. He was born January 6, 1955 in Louisville, KY to the late Eddie and Betty Jo Loy Compton.

 

Jerry was a member of Columbia Christian Church, most recently worked in Medical Billing and enjoyed being with and cooking for his family and friends. 

 

SURVIVORS:

His wife: Cindy Goode Compton of Columbia

3 sons: Jerry Wayne Compton and Michael Wesley Compton both of Columbia and Matthew Thomas Compton (Jerrica) of Providence, Rhode Island

1 daughter: Kelli Michelle Parson (Patrick) of Bowling Green

2 brothers: Tony Joe Compton (Pam) and Stephen Compton (Pam) both of Columbia

6 sisters: Nancy Burton (Jeff), Betty Sue Hancock (Charlie), Rhonda Cox (Garry), Marsha Napier (Jim), Tammy Sexton (Bill) and Kathy Greer (Keith) all of Columbia

5 grandchildren: Alesha Dicken (Josh), Wesley Compton (Brea), Callie Jo Compton, Will Parson, and Krysten Parson

6 great-grandchildren

His mother-in-law: Lulabell Goode of Columbia

Sister-in-law: Sandy Abernathy (Tim) of Russell Springs

Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives & friends

 

Funeral Service: Monday, November 6, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with Bro. Jon Davis and Bro. Adam Shepard officiating

 

Burial: Haven Hill Cemetery

 

Visitation: After 4:00 P.M. Sunday

 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to the Activities and Fellowship Team at Columbia Christian Church, which can be left at the funeral home.

 

Casket Bearers: Matthew Compton, Michael Compton, Jerry Wayne Compton, Patrick Parson, Wesley Compton, and Will Parson

 

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
 

Donald Paul Sacks, 83, Breeding, KY


Donald Paul Sacks, 83, of Breeding, KY passed away Friday, November 3, 2023 at T.J. Health Columbia. He was born on June 28, 1940 in Wanatah, IN to the late Ora Paul Sacks and Naomi “Eunice” Spoor Holt. 

 

Mr. Sacks was a member of the Columbia Christian Church and Iron Workers Local 395. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and enjoyed welding, traveling, working on his classic mustangs, and spending time with family and friends.

 

SURVIVORS:

His wife of 42 years: Betty Couch Sacks of Breeding, KY

6 children: Hugh Newton of Washington, Ricky A. Newton of Indiana, Kimberly Walsh Spitler (Joey) of North Carolina, Jacqueline Apa (Mimmo) of Florida, Brenda Holsing of Florida, and Ruben Sacks (Lauren) of Florida

17 grandchildren

Several other friends & relatives

 

Funeral Service: Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 1:00pmCT at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home with cremation to follow the service
 

Visitation: Wednesday after 11:00amCT at the funeral home 

 

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

 

Silas Burton, 57, Columbia, KY

 

Silas Burton, 57, of Columbia, KY passed away Friday, November 3, 2023 at The Medical Center at Bowling Green. He was born on August 6, 1966 in Hamilton, OH to the late George and Grace Hicks Burton.


Silas was an avid wrestling fan and enjoyed spending time with his dog, Annabell and his family and friends.

 

SURVIVORS:

His nieces & nephews: Mariah Turner (Brandon), P.J. Turner (Lakesha), Logan Turner (Laura), Miranda Turner Lanham (Dillon), Jenna Stephens, Michael Bowling, Christina Mounce, and Paula Boggs

Several great nieces & nephews

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three siblings: Mary Stephens, Linda Turner and Paul Burton and two nephews: Skylor Turner and Tony Burton.

 

Graveside Service: Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 3:00pmCT at the Bethlehem Cemetery with a viewing at 2:30pmCT at the cemetery.

 

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
 

Cecil Huckaby, 64, Campbellsville, KY

 
Cecil Huckaby, 64, of Campbellsville, KY, son of the late Claud Rankins Huckaby and Mary Jane Woolridge Huckaby was born December 15, 1958 in Campbellsville and departed this life on Saturday, October 28, 2023.  
 
Cecil loved deer hunting and was a mechanic. He enjoyed working on cars and tractors.
 
SURVIVORS:
1 brother: Bert Huckaby of Campbellsville, KY
4 sisters: Frances Foster & husband Phil of Ohio, Joyce Harmon & husband Ernest of Columbia, KY, Peggy Huckaby of Campbellsville, KY and Sue Ray of Greensburg, KY
 
FUNERAL SERVICE: A private service will be held at Auberry Funeral Home in Campbellsville
 
BURIAL: Palestine Baptist Church Cemetery
 
Auberry Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
 

Donna Mae Taylor, 61, Columbia, KY

 

Donna Mae Taylor, 61, of Columbia, KY died Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at the Russell County Hospital. She was born March 26, 1962 in Casey County, KY to the late Donald and Virginia Lee Doss. 

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Doss. 

 

Donna attended 3Trees Church and was a former Eye Technician.

 

SURVIVORS:

Her husband: Ricky Taylor of Columbia

1 daughter & son-in-law: Stephanie & Justin Ford of Louisville

1 son & daughter-in-law: Justin & Amanda Taylor of Olive Branch, Mississippi

1 brother: Lewis Doss of Casey County

1 sister: June Anderson of Greensburg

6 grandchildren: Tucker Campbell, Cooper Taylor, Brooks Taylor, Bentley Taylor, Taylor Ford and Carter Ford

Several other relatives & friends

 

Funeral Service: Friday, November 3, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with Bro. Jordan Burton officiating

 

Burial: Haven Hill Cemetery

 

Visitation: After 10:00 A.M. Friday

 

Casket Bearers: Robbie Bomar, Jake Anderson, Donald Doss, John Doss, Brandon Bryant, and Josh Taylor

 

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Cindy Lou Hughes, 65, Bowling Green, KY (formerly of Adair County)

 

Cindy Lou Hughes, 65, of Bowling Green, KY (formerly of Adair County), died Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at her home. She was born February 22, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois, a daughter of the late Bobby Akin and Martha Pierce Akin Cundiff (who survives).

 

In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Bill Hughes.

 

SURVIVORS:

Her mother: Martha Pierce Akin Cundiff & husband Vernon of Bowling Green

1 son: Bobby Miller of Munfordville

2 brothers: Bruce Akin of Campbellsville and Tim Akin of Anchorage, Alaska

4 grandchildren: Korbin Miller, Emberlyn Miller, Makayla Sparks, Katelyn Miller

2 great-grandchildren: Elysia Miller and Isabella Sparks

Several other relatives & friends

 

Funeral Service: Friday, November 3, 2023 at 4:00 P.M. at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home with Bro. Richard Carroll officiating

 

Burial: Antioch Cemetery

 

Visitation: After 10:00 A.M. Friday

 

Casket Bearers: Bruce Akin, Tim Akin, Bobby Miller, Korbin Miller, Nathan Akin, and Josh Akin

 

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Jason Tyler Knight, 33, Bowling Green, KY (formerly of Columbia, KY)

 

Jason Tyler Knight, 33, of Bowling Green, KY (formerly of Columbia, KY) passed away suddenly Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at his residence. He was born on September 5, 1990 in Campbellsville, KY to William A. “Bug” and Lana Wilson Knight of Columbia, KY who survives.

 

For 33 years, Tyler blazed his way through this world as a fireball of love and positivity - all unshakable kindness, limitless generosity, clever humor, and unflappable confidence. He left a mark on every person he encountered with his quirky personality and ability to connect with people on levels that most simply cannot reach. He knew what people needed - a good time, a shoulder to cry on, a funny joke to laugh at, or a good song to sing along to.

 

He was a lifelong member of Bearwallow Methodist Church and an artist.

 

SURVIVORS:

His parents: William A. “Bug” and Lana Wilson Knight of Columbia, KY

His life-partner: Katey Skees of Bowling Green, KY

Siblings: Will “Little Bug” Knight (Melissa) of Lebanon, KY and Amanda Knight Decker (Michael) of Columbia, KY

3 nieces: Charley Decker, Trinity Scout Decker, and Braelyn Lee

4 nephews: Zachary Knight, William Knight IV, Cameron Knight, and Peyton Lee

Several other friends & relatives

 

Also surviving are the countless memories made over the years that will never be forgotten - the stories told and untold and the feelings that Tyler imparted on those around him. These memories will live on forever.

 

Tyler’s interests and hobbies were as eclectic as he was, and included sports, music, movies, art, literature, and fashion, but his expertise was pure love. His family, his friends, and his beloved Katey take comfort in the knowledge that the time they all shared was as true and genuine as is possible on this earth. It has been suggested and assumed correct that Tyler is now the best-dressed person in heaven this side of God.

 

Funeral Service: Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 11:00amCT at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Dale Cox officiating

 

Burial: Bearwallow Cemetery

 

Visitation: Friday from 12:00-8:00pmCT and Saturday until time for the service

 

Pallbearers: Josh Popplewell, Adam Capps, James Roberts, Jordan Knifley, Jordan Willis, Craig Clark, Scottie Blair, and William Knight IV

 

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Mahlon C. Coblentz, 44, Columbia, KY

 

Mahlon C. Coblentz, 44, of Columbia, KY passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2023 from injuries sustained in an auto accident in Elkhart, IN. He was born in Snicksburg, PA on October 26, 1979 to Crist and Martha Hershberger Coblentz of Rossiter, PA who survives.

 

Mr. Coblentz was a member of The Way Church and enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.

 

SURVIVORS:

His wife: Katie Miller Coblentz of Columbia, KY

4 sons: Crist Coblentz of Rossiter, PA; Simon Coblentz (Hazel), Aaron Coblentz, and Mahlon Coblentz of Columbia, KY

Expecting 2 grandchildren soon

His parents: Crist and Martha Hershberger Coblentz of Rossiter, PA

3 brothers & 3 sisters

Several nieces & nephews

 

Funeral Service: Monday, November 6, 2023 at 1:00pmCT at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home with Bro. Paul Grider officiating

 

Burial: Pellyton Cemetery

 

Visitation: After 10:00amCT on Monday at the funeral home


Pallbearers: Crist, Simon, Aaron, and Mahlon Coblentz, Mahlon Miller, and William Miller

 

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

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