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BOBBY MEARKLE, 48, OF LIBERTY

Bobby Mearkle, of Liberty, Kentucky, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Casey County Hospital. He was 48.

 

Born on June 4, 1972, in San Diego, California, he was the son of Robert Mearkle, Sr. and Norma Rosario Allen. Bobby was a sales manager. He was an avid outdoorsman. He was a ‘people person’ that loved life and was a great friend to many.

 

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Mearkle of Stoneville, North Carolina; his father, Robert (Connie) Mearkle, Sr. of Tuttle, Oklahoma; his mother, Norma (Tom) Allen of Statesville, North Carolina; four children; three grandchildren; a sister, Cristy Nettles of Raleigh, North Carolina; and a half-sister.

 

A memorial service will be set at a later date and time.

 

Cremation rites were honored by McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.

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BERNARR TARTER, 87 OF JUNCTION CITY

Bernarr Tarter, of Junction City, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at his home. He was 87 years of age.

 

Born on April 6, 1933, in Liberty, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Delmer and Edith Coffman Tarter. Bernarr was a retired dairy farmer, mechanic, and an US Army Veteran. He also enjoyed working with electronics. Bernarr was of the Baptist faith.

 

Survivors include his wife, Martha Hoskins Tarter of Junction City; four sons, Keith (and Kenwyn) Tarter of Danville, Robert (and Stephanie) Tarter of West Virginia, Jeff (and Regina) Tarter of Junction City, and Gary (and Yvonne) Tarter of New York; six grandchildren, Bobby Jonathan, Benjamin, Hannah, Courtney, and Zack; and two great-grandchildren, Leo and Kai.

 

In addition to his parents, Bernarr was preceded in death by two brothers, Mont Tarter and John Tarter; and one sister, Patricia Bailey.

 

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Glenwood Cemetery.  Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery.

 

Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until service time on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Glenwood Cemetery.

 

Bernarr’s funeral arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home

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RIGGIN BURKE HICKS, INFANT

Riggin Burke Hicks was born and passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at St. Joseph East in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

Riggin was the son of Matthew and Kelly Burke Hicks of Liberty. He is also survived by a brother, Rody Hicks of Liberty; maternal grandparents, Gary and Missy Burke of Liberty; paternal grandparents, Doug and Vicky Hicks of Hustonville; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

Riggin is preceded in death by his grandmother, Phyllis Burke.

 

Funeral services will be held privately for family only. Burial will be held at Green River Valley Cemetery.

 

Arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.

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RACHEL WEST WILKINSON, 31 OF DANVILLE

 

Rachel Renae West-Wilkinson age 31, of Danville, KY passed away on Sunday June 28th, 2020. She was born in Indianapolis, IN on April 25th, 1989 a daughter of Richard Ray West and Pamela Murphy West of Liberty.

 

Additional Survivors include: Her Spouse: Devin Wayne Wilkinson, Two Sons: Aidan West of Liberty and Jacob West of Danville, Two Brothers: Aaron Gene West and Jeremiah Ray West both of Liberty, One Sister: Haley Elizabeth West of Liberty and Grandmother: Jeanie Murphy of Liberty.

 

Preceding her in death was One Brother: Jason Lee West and Two Sisters: Jessica Louise West and Mackenzie Nicole West.

 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. till 9:00 P.M. on Tuesday June 30th, 2020 at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel.

 

Funeral Services will be held 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday July 1st, 2020 at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Monty Lynn officiating.

 

Burial will be in the Dogwood Gap Cemetery.

 

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RAYMOND L. POFF, 66 OF MIDDLEBURG

 

Raymond Lee Poff, of Middleburg, Kentucky, passed from this life on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family.  He was 66 years of age.

 

Born on March 15, 1954, on Calhoun Creek, in Casey County, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Elza “Andy” and Mildred Mae Clements Poff. Raymond was an avid welder and a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. He enjoyed square dancing, wrestling and western movies. Whether it was fishing, rabbit hunting, mowing his yard, or watching hummingbirds, Raymond loved being outdoors.

 

Survivors include four sons, Steven (and Lisa) Poff of Jamestown, David Poff of Liberty, Jason (and Becky) Poff of Liberty, and Danny Poff of West Liberty; one daughter, Crystal (and James) Sims of Middleburg; and his life partner, Diana Patterson of Kings Mountain. Raymond is also survived by seventeen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one step-son, Travis Hatter of Eddyville; one step-daughter, Susan (and Greg) Short of Yosemite; six brothers, Jerry (and Patsy) Poff of Harrodsburg, Oliver (and Faye) Poff of Dunnville, Glen (and Rita) Poff of Liberty, Brent Poff of Middleburg, Bruce (and Carla) Poff of Liberty, and Dale (and Matana) Poff of Liberty; and three sisters, Nancy (and Roy) Luttrell of Liberty, Kathy (and William) Wethington of Middleburg, and Kaye (and Darren) Helm of Dunnville.

 

In addition to his parents, Raymond is preceded in death by three grandchildren, Gracie Luttrell, Jayden Poff, and Lilly Poff.

 

Funeral services are 12:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Brother Johnny Maupin officiating.

 

Burial will follow in K.P. Hall Cemetery.

 

Visitation will be held from 6:00-9:00 P.M. Monday, June 29, 2020, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. Please enter through the front doors (Campbellsville Street side) of the funeral home when you arrive for visitation. Social distancing guidelines must be followed by everyone in attendance. 

 

Dale Poff, Glen Poff, Bruce Poff, Oliver Poff, James Pittman, William Pittman, and Vernon Pittman, will serve as Raymond’s pallbearers.

 

Dustin Poff, Christopher Poff, Garrett Carrier, Jordan Luttrell, Harley Sims, Ray Patterson, Jagger Poff, and Maverick Poff, will serve as honorary pallbearers.

 

Raymond’s family request memorial contributions take the form of donations to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home to help offset funeral expenses, P.O. Box 188, Liberty, Kentucky 42539 or to Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, Kentucky 42503.

 

Raymond’s funeral arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with an online guestbook available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

 

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GEORGE CUNDIFF, 78 OF DUNNVILLE

 

George Alfred Cundiff, age 78, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020 in Danville, Kentucky.  He was born  May 20, 1942.    

 

Visitation is from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm on Monday, June 29, 2020 at the Walker Funeral Home - Mt. Healthy, 7272 Hamilton Avenue, Mt. Healthy (45231).   The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation beginning at 12:00 pm.

 

Interment will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45232.

 

Walker Funeral Home, 7272 Hamilton Avenue, Mt. Healthy (45231)  is honored to serve the  Cundiff family.  Please call (513) 251-6200 or visit www.WalkerFuneralHome.com for additional information.

 

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IRVIN LEE DANIEL, 57, FORMERLY OF LIBERTY

Irvin Lee Daniel, of Campbellsville, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at Taylor Regional Hospital. He was 57 years of age.

 

Born October 4, 1962, in Liberty, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Lewis and Ila Jean Thompson Daniel. Irvin was a former factory worker at OshKosh.

 

Survivors include one son, Josh Lee Daniel of Liberty; one daughter, Bethany Daniel of Liberty; three brothers, Michael Daniel, Verlin Daniel, and Roger Daniel, all of Adair County; three sisters, Rhonda Daniel of Russell County, Deana Barrett of Casey County, and Vickie Daniel of Logan County; and five grandchildren, Aubrey, Gracey, Keegan, Kayden, and Legend.

 

In addition to his parents, Irvin was preceded in death by a son, Johnathan Lee Daniel; two sisters, Donna Black and Connie Black; and one brother, Rolland Daniel.

 

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 26, 2020, at Thomas Ridge Cemetery. Burial will follow in Thomas Ridge Cemetery.

 

Irvin’s funeral arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with an online guestbook available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

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STEPHEN ALAN WOLFORD, 66, FORMERLY OF LIBERTY

Stephen Alan Wolford, of Frankfort, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020, at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. He was 66.

 

Born May 8, 1954, in Liberty, KY, he was a son of Dorothy Beard Wolford and the late George E. Wolford. At age 15, Stephen moved to the Stewart Home School in Frankfort where he worked, had numerous friends and participated in many activities. Over the years, Stephen became the Postmaster for the school and was often referred to on campus as “Mr. Postmaster” by fellow students and school personnel.  Stephen often came home to Liberty to visit and while home he enjoyed spending time with his family and having lunch with his buddies: David McKinney, Tony York, Lee Murphy, and the late Stewart Cochran. Stephen loved to bowl and participated in bowling tournaments with the Special Olympics of Kentucky, where he earned many medals. He was an avid UK and Cincinnati Reds fan. Stephen was a member of the Westside Christian Church.

 

Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Beard Wolford of Liberty; two brothers, Rodney (Mary) Wolford and Mark (Sandy) Wolford, both of Liberty; nieces and nephews, Jason (Lynn) Wolford, David (Vera) Wolford, Sara (Morgan) Pence, and Laura (Joe) Willis; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Lily, Virginia, Jacob, Elise, George Emmet, Maya, Neil, and Leora.

 

Funeral services will be held privately for family only with Bro. Marty Shackleford officiating. Burial will be private at Casey County Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation.

 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Special Olympics of Kentucky, In Memory of Stephen Alan Wolford, PO Box 2300, Frankfort, KY 40602-2300.

 

Stephen’s funeral arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with an online guestbook available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

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ROBERT 'DENNIE' ELLIOTT, AGE 64

 

Robert Denzil “Dennie” Elliott passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in La Grange, KY. He was 64 years and 2 days old.

 

A Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, June 21, 2020 at the Chapel of Morris & Hislope Funeral Home with Bro. Chuck Woodcock officiating.

 

Burial will be in Valley Oak Cemetery.

 

Visitation will be after 12:00 PM Sunday, June 21, 2020 at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home.

 

Morris & Hislope Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.morrisandhislope.com

 

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MARY RADER GOSSAGE EMERSON, 86 OF WINDSOR

 

Mary Rader Gossage Emerson, 86, of Windsor, Ky, died Monday, June 15, 2020 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset.

 

She was born August 2, 1933 to Roscoe Cosby & Grace Yaden Rader. She attended Bradley's Pleasure Baptist Church and Jennie's United Methodist Church.

 

She was preceded in death by her husbands John Cloyd Emerson and Gaylord Delano Gossage.

 

Survivors: 3 sons: Joseph William (Tamara) Gossage, James Marvin (Jessica) Gossage, & John David (Tracey) Gossage, all of Windsor; 9 grandchildren.

 

Funeral service  for Mary Rader Gossage Emerson will be 4 PM (CDT) Friday, June 19, 2020 at the Bernard Funeral Home with Bro. Shannon Cain officiating.

 

Visitation 12 PM to 4 PM (CDT) Friday at funeral home.

 

Interment in the Ridgecrest Cemetery.

 

Pallbearers: William Gossage, Thomas Gossage, Jesse Gossage, Eli Gossage, Chase Gabbard, Beckham Wilson.

 

Bernard Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

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MARION FORD COCHRAN, 73 OF LIBERTY

 

Marion Suvanna Ford Cochran, of Liberty, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. She was 73.

 

Born on January 6, 1947, in Henry County, Indiana, she was a daughter of the late Edward Paul and Ruby Enola Richardson Ford. Marion was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, painting, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a licensed beautician. Marion loved her cat, ‘Chaos.’

 

She is survived by two daughters, Jodi Parish of New Castle, Indiana and Angela (Jeff) Cochran Farris of Liberty; two sons, James (Marcy) Parish of Ft. Worth, Texas and Homer Cochran of Liberty; and eleven grandchildren.

 

In addition to her parents, Marion is preceded in death by a son, John Parish; a sister, Dorothy Brunswick; and three brothers, Raymond Edward Ford, Earl Peyton Ford, and Carl Douglas Ford.

 

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home, with Bro. Greg Powell officiating.

 

Burial will follow in Caney Fork Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. Social distancing guidelines must be followed by everyone in attendance.

 

Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home to assist with offsetting funeral expenses.

 

Arrangements for Ms. Marion Cochran are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

 

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LARRY JOHNSON, A LEBANON NATIVE

 

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Larry W. Johnson. Larry passed away June 12, 2020, in the arms of his loving wife, Becky. He is gone too soon, but he is at peace and God has a precious new songbird/angel in his keep. Larry was born in Lebanon, Kentucky, to the late Lewis Howard Johnson and Alois Alleen Shreve Johnson. 

Larry loved his higher power and the Program of Recovery. From the brink of death, he chose recovery and had been sober for 11years. He Loved his family, his Children/Stepchildren, his Wife and Grandchildren. Larry loved his guitar, and in days gone by, it was his best friend. Larry was a tunesmith, he wrote songs and sang, and he won many awards for his words and music. He came to Nashville, Tennessee, as a songwriter and his first big hit was recorded by Tim McGraw in 1994 “Don’t Take The Girl”. He was a Friend to All, He gave Graciously, and he Loved So Big! 

He bravely battled cancer over the last two years as well as having COPD and an aortic aneurysm. He was a fighter, and now he is at rest. 


Larry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dennis Richard “Rick” Johnson and sister, Debbie Benedict.

 

He is survived by his wife, Becky Rogers Tishman (Johnson); sons, Joshua (Jennifer) Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Shane (Adrienne) Davis, and Joshua Davis; daughter, Ginnifer (Sean Rethlake) Line; brother, Tim Johnson; sisters, Judy Somerville, Vicki (John) Price and Peggy Long; and 9-grandchildren.

 

There will be a private family funeral with burial in Neptune-Smith Cemetery in Ashland City, Tennessee.

 

A Celebration of Larry’s Life will be held at a later date. 


Obituary courtesy of McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. 

 

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HAZEL WEDDLE, 92 OF LIBERTY

 

Hazel Weddle, of Liberty, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at her residence. She was 92.

 

Born August 22, 1927, in Yosemite, KY, she was a daughter of the late George and Zella Hogue Haarmann. Hazel was a member of the First Baptist Church in Liberty and a retired G.E.D. teacher.

 

Survivors include two daughters, Jane Wardrip of Liberty and Kathy (and Rick) Bastin of Oklahoma; four sons, Roger (and Judy) Weddle, David (and Barbara) Weddle, Bob (and Faye) Weddle, and Jerry Weddle, all of Liberty; daughter-in-law, Kathy Weddle; fourteen grandchildren; and twenty-eight great-grandchildren.

 

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Weddle, who passed away on July 4, 2003; one son, Richard Weddle; one granddaughter, Rhonda Gale Weddle; and two brothers, George and Johnny Haarmann.

 

Visitation and funeral services for Hazel Weddle will be private for family members only.

 

Burial will be held privately at the Casey County Memorial Gardens. Bro. Jimmy Brown will officiate the service.

 

Hazel’s grandsons will serve as her pallbearers.

 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church in memory of Hazel Weddle and can be mailed to PO Box 58, Liberty, KY 42539.

 

Arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with online guestbook available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

 

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ROSIA PENNINGTON, 78 OF LIBERTY

 

Rosia M. Pennington, of Liberty, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. She was 78.

 

Born on September 27, 1941, in Leslie County, Kentucky, she was a daughter of the late Jim and Offie Smith Baker. Rosia was of the Church of God faith. She was baptized in Cutshin, Kentucky, at a young age. She enjoyed crafting, gardening, antiques, and flowers. She was an Indian artifact collector and an avid reader. Most importantly, Rosia was a loving grandmother.

 

She is survived by her husband of sixty-three years, Elhanan “Sarge” Pennington of Liberty; two sons, Aubrey (Kathy) Pennington and Stephen (Kim) Pennington, both of Liberty; a daughter, Sharron (Tony) Wilham of Liberty; two estranged daughters, Marcie (Mike) Jones and Debbie (Harvey) Franklin; eleven grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. Other survivors include four brothers, Warnie (Robin) Baker, Bobby (Sue) Baker, Colston Baker, and Don (Rochelle) Baker, all of Cutshin; and five sisters, Norma (Vernon) Gordon of Georgia, Dorsie (Kenton) Caudill of Cutshin, Joy (Eugene) Gross of Cutshin, Nadine Baker of Cutshin, and Goldie (Alonzo) Shepherd of Leatherwood.

 

In addition to her parents, Rosia is preceded in death by three brothers, Aubrey Baker, James Baker, and Earl Baker; and a sister, Marcelle Morgan.

 

The funeral service for Mrs. Rosia Pennington will be private for family only with Jessie Wesley and Brother Casey Davis officiating.

 

Burial will follow in Mill Springs National Cemetery.

 

Rosia’s funeral service will be live streamed on McKinney-Brown Funeral Home’s Facebook page at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

 

The committal service and burial will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Mill Springs National Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome to attend the committal at Mill Springs. Social distancing guidelines must be followed, and facial masks/coverings MUST be worn by everyone in attendance.

 

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. Please enter through the front doors (Campbellsville Street side) of the funeral home when you arrive for visitation. Social distancing guidelines must be followed by everyone in attendance. 

 

Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society at P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

 

Arrangements for Mrs. Rosia M. Pennington are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

 

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GERALD SHARP, OF LIBERTY

 

Gerald D. Sharp, of Liberty, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at his home. He was 80.

 

Born on February 18, 1940, in Liberty, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Milford and Beatrice Smithers Sharp. Gerald was retired from Arvin Industries in Franklin, Indiana. He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, where he formerly worked maintenance. Gerald enjoyed farming, gardening, and old cars.

 

He is survived by a daughter, Pam Barnard of Franklin, Indiana; four grandchildren, Josh, Matthew, Sarah, and Emily; four brothers, Coy Sharp of Bargersville, IN, Marshall (Bonnie) Sharp of Idaho, Carlos Ray (Wanda) Sharp of Franklin, IN, and Kenneth (Joyce) Sharp of Casey County; and a sister-in-law, Iva Dean Sharp of Junction City.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Dixie Clements Sharp, who passed away on October 22, 2011; a daughter, Debra Grunden; and a brother, Carlon K. Sharp.

 

A graveside service will be held at St. Bernard Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 11, 2020.

 

The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.  

 

Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to Hospice of Lake Cumberland at 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, Kentucky 42503.

 

Arrangements for Mr. Gerald D. Sharp are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

 

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GALE SCOTT, 63 OF LIBERTY

 

Gale Lee Scott, age 63, of Liberty, KY passed away on June 4th, 2020 at his residence. He was born in Liberty, KY on May 6th, 1957 a son of Mary Kathryn Long Scott of Hustonville, KY and the late William Shelby Scott.

 

Gale was a loving husband, dad and papa, he enjoyed farming and was a classic car enthusiast. Gale was a mechanic at Stuart Powell Ford in Danville for 36 years, Fire Chief of the Brush Creek Volunteer Fire Department, member of the Liberty Fire Department and Liberty/Casey County Rescue Squad.

 

Survivors include: His Spouse: Barbara Jean Vaught Scott, Two Sons: Nicholas T. and (Laura) Scott and Adam Tyler and (Audrianna) Scott both of Liberty, One Daughter: Bethany and (Jamie) Watson of Stanford,  Eight Grandchildren, Madison, Mayson and Maverick Scott, Ryder Lee and Connor Scott, Ashlyn, Emilia and Olivia Watson, Five Sisters: Shelia and (David) McKinney of Hustonville, Wanda and (Edward) Parton of Liberty, Ricky and (Gary) Whitis of Hustonville, Vicky and (Doug) Hicks of Hustonville, and Susan Douglas and (Matt Hadley) of Frankfort, and One Brother: Troy Scott and (Tina Loyall) of Hustonville.

 

Preceding him in death besides his father was One Brother: Timothy Scott and One Sister: Judy Allen.

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. till 9:00 P.M. on Saturday June 6th, 2020 and from 9:00 A.M. till 12:00 Noon on Sunday June 7th, 2020 at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel.

 

Funeral Services will be held for private family only at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Brent Allen and Bro. Ed Parton officiating.

 

Burial will be in the Poplar Grove Cemetery.

 

Gale’s funeral service will be live streamed from Bartle's facebook page.

 

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MARY COCHRAN GRIDER, 76 OF OH, FORMERLY OF LIBERTY

 

Mary Alene Cochran Grider of Morrow, Ohio, formerly of Liberty, Kentucky, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Otterbein Loveland Senior Life Neighborhood.  She was 76 years of age.

 

Born September 12, 1943, in New Albany, Indiana, she was a daughter of the late Andrew J. and Anna Fox Cochran.  Mary was a homemaker and former security guard as well as an over the road truck driver. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

 

Survivors include two sons, Michael Lewis (Brenda) Grider of Pataskala, Ohio and Steven Wayne (Susan) Grider of Cincinnati, Ohio; one daughter, Vina Geraldine (Buck) Jones of Morrow, Ohio; and three sisters, Vina Maxine Bell, Judy Cochran, and Shirley Brandenburg. Mary was also survived by ten grandchildren, Megan Paige (Chris) Humston, Katelyn (Kyle) Vogel, Austin (Emily) Grider, Laura Kay (Joshua) Holbrook, Tara Lynn Sexton, Felicia Sue Dorst, Melissa Ann Hays, David Ross (Rachel) Jones, Maranda Anne (Jonathan) Schmitz, and Zach Nicholas (Sarah Marie) Grider; ten great-grandchildren, Travis Paul Hays, Grayden Joshua Holbrook, Caleb Humston, Evelyn Humston, Rowen Eugene Grider, Sloan Vogel, Gareth Vogel, Isaac Humston, Gage Nicholas Grider, and Easton Jett Grider; and two brothers-in-law, Coy Sharp and Jim Burns.

 

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, George Lewis Grider, who passed away January 3, 2013; a son, George Brent Grider; a daughter, Cathy Sue Grider Dorst; two brothers, Andrew Cochran and Charles Cochran; and two sisters, Evidene Cochran Sharp and Wanetta Cochran Burns.

 

Funeral services will be held privately for family only with Brother Brad King officiating.  Burial will follow in Casey County Memorial Gardens.

 

The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M. Saturday, June 6, 2020, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. Please enter through the front doors (Campbellsville Street side) of the funeral home when you arrive for visitation. Social distancing guidelines must be followed by everyone in attendance.     

 

Mary’s funeral arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with an online guestbook available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

 

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GARY BELL SR, 68 OF LIBERTY

 

Gary W. Bell, Sr. of Liberty, Kentucky, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020, at Baptist Health Lexington surrounded by his family.  He was 68 years of age.

 

Born October 16, 1951, in Plano, Texas, he was a son of the late Garrett and Pauline Pierot Bell. Gary was a retired construction worker for T.A. Loving Company and was a United States Marine Corps Veteran having attained the rank of Sgt. He was faithful member of Mt. Pleasant Church and loved playing gospel and country music on his guitar.  Gary loved his family.

 

Survivors include two sons, Gary W. Bell, Jr. (Kim) of Dunnville and Lyle Jason Willis (Felicia) of Liberty; two daughters, Jenna May Reams (Jim) of Tarboro, North Carolina and Priscilla Mann (Jasper) of Maysville, North Carolina; nine grandchildren, Rose, Christian J., Raymond, Randy, Samantha, Miranda, Kyle, Marissa, and Brenda; and two great-grandchildren, Brynlee and Indie. Gary is also survived by one brother, Clyde Bell (Wanda); and two sisters, Glenda Sue Kilough of Tyler, Texas and Katherine Heller (John) of Texas.

 

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded by his spouse, Sarah Louise Willis; and two brothers, Marvin Bell and William “Bill” Bell.

 

Cremation rites were honored by McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. 

 

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home to assist the family in offsetting funeral expenses.

 

Gary’s funeral arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

 

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TREONNA WETHINGTON PYLES, 44, OF LIBERTY, KY

Treonna Wethington, of Russell Springs, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020, at her residence. She was 44.

 

Born on August 5, 1975, in Liberty, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Joel Wethington, 1st and Brenda Sue Eads Wethington. Treonna was a homemaker. She enjoyed horse riding, cooking, karaoke, and classic country music.

 

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Steve Pyles; two daughters, Joy Kurtz of Bethelridge and Dixie Wilham of Somerset; a son, Matthew (Christina) Wethington of Windsor; and five grandchildren, Glenn, Nevaeh, Brayden, Athanasia, and Jaxon. Other survivors include her grandmother, Rebia Brockman of Windsor; three sisters, Gwen (Phillip) Davidson of Campbellsville, Jodi Wethington of Bradfordsville, and Dakota (Avi) Salyers of Russell Springs; and two brothers, Joel (Brenda) Wethington, 2nd and Lorne Luttrell of Windsor.

 

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Bowmer Cemetery with Bro. Stan Milby officiating.

 

Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home at PO Box 188, Liberty, KY 42539, to assist with Treonna’s headstone fund.

 

Arrangements for Treonna Wethington are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

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RAYMOND VEST, 83 OF LIBERTY

 

Raymond J Vest, of Lawhorn Hill, passed from this life on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at Casey County Hospital. He was 83 years of age.

 

Born October 5, 1936, on Hatter Creek in Casey County, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Cleo “Jackie” and Nettie Carmicle Vest. Raymond was a retired propane truck driver for Ferrellgas Company and was a farmer. He enjoyed fishing, ginseng digging, and listening to gospel music. Raymond professed his faith in Christ and was of the Methodist faith, attending Willow Springs United Methodist Church.  

 

Survivors include his beloved wife of sixty-two years, Bertha Rae Hatter Vest of Liberty; one son, Gary (Norma) Vest of Liberty; four grandchildren, Jason Vest of Springfield, Justin (Meghan) Vest of Danville, Brian (Ashley) Vest of Liberty, and Sara (Chad) Davenport of Liberty; and five great-grandchildren, Matthew, Abigail, Maggie, Lauren, and Lucy. Raymond is also survived by one step-granddaughter, Samantha Carter; two step-great-grandchildren, Cori and Cohen; one brother, Dallas (Reva) Vest of Blue Ash, Ohio; two sisters, Nora (Bobby) McFarland of Liberty and Deva Brown of Fairfield, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

 

In addition to his parents, Raymond was preceded in death by a son, Jeff Vest; and two brothers, Larry Vest and Marvin Vest.

 

Funeral services will be held privately for family only with Brother Johnny Maupin and Brother Dwight Hatter officiating.  Burial will follow in Willow Springs Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M.- 9:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. Please enter through the front doors (Campbellsville Street side) of the funeral home when you arrive for visitation. Social distancing guidelines must be followed by everyone in attendance.     

 

Raymond’s funeral service will be live streamed on McKinney-Brown Funeral Home’s Facebook page at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

 

Jason Vest, Justin Vest, Brian Vest, Chad Davenport, Matthew Davenport, and Bobby Jo McFarland will serve as Raymond’s pallbearers.

 

Donald Atwood, Doug Waddell, Creech Richardson, Margo Robinson, Steve Roach, and former employees of Ferrellgas Company will be serve as honorary pallbearers.

 

Raymond’s funeral arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook and DVD tribute honoring Raymond’s life are available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

 

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THAD ALLEN, 93 OF LIBERTY

 

Thad Allen, of Liberty, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at his residence. He was 93.

 

Born on May 22, 1927, in Casey County, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Henry and Lillie Buck Allen. Thad was a farmer and did carpentry work. He was of the Christian faith. He enjoyed building swings and playing croquet and horseshoes.

 

He is survived by his wife, Lorene Woods Allen of Liberty; a daughter, Charlene West of Liberty; a son, Neal Allen of Liberty; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. Other survivors include two brothers, Garnett Allen of Liberty and Kermit Allen of Hamilton, Ohio.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Ronald Allen; four sisters, Sophie Marple, Wadie Browning, Loshie Peck, and Margie Allen; and four brothers, Onsby Allen, Omer Allen, Franklin Allen, and Dee Allen.

 

A memorial service for Mr. Thad Allen will be held at a later date.

 

Cremation rites were honored by McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

 

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MATTHEW BURKE, 37 OF AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA

 

Matthew Craig Burke, of Aiken, South Carolina, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Augusta University Medical Center in Georgia. He was 37.

 

Born on September 2, 1982, in West Palm Beach, Florida, he was the son of Don Richard Burke, Sr. and Virginia Boyd Burke. Matthew was a plumber for Construction King, LLC. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and mudding. Matthew was an avid Miami Dolphins fan. He was a former firefighter for Poplar Springs Fire Department.

 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a daughter, Kiera Burke of Aiken, South Carolina; his wife, Julia Burke of Aiken, South Carolina; two brothers, Michael Burke and Donnie Burke, Jr., both of Liberty; and a nephew, Michael Burke, Jr. Other survivors include a host of other family members and friends.

 

Funeral services for Matthew Burke will be held privately for family only. Burial will be held at Glenwood Cemetery.

 

Arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

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JANSON SALLEE, 26 OF LIBERTY

 

Janson Ray Sallee, of Liberty, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at Russell County Hospital. He was 26 years young.

 

Janson was born on June 15, 1993, in Danville, Kentucky. He was a Manager at Smith Sales, Inc. Janson graduated from Casey County High School in 2011. He enjoyed four wheeling, dirt bikes, fishing, dirt track racing, playing pool, and farming. He was a friend to many people and strongly loved Casey County.

 

He is survived by his father, Edgar (Kristi Downs) Sallee of Liberty; his mother, Margaret Sharp; two sisters, Kaitlyn Sallee and Tiffany Emerson, both of Liberty; a brother, Jameson Daniel of Yosemite; and a host of other family and friends.

 

The funeral service will be held privately for family only with Bro. Greg Powell officiating.

 

The committal service and burial will be held at 3:30 P.M. on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at Trace Fork Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome to attend the committal at Trace Fork.

 

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 23, 2020, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. Please enter through the front doors (Campbellsville Street side) of the funeral home when you arrive for visitation. Social distancing guidelines must be followed by everyone in attendance.  

 

Janson’s funeral service will be live streamed on McKinney-Brown Funeral Home’s Facebook page on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at 2:00 P.M.

 

Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home to assist in funding Janson’s headstone. Donations may be mailed to PO Box 188, Liberty, KY, 42539.

 

Arrangements for Janson Ray Sallee are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

 

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RUBY SHARP PASSMORE, 76 OF ELI

 

Ruby Sharp Passmore, of Eli, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at her residence. She was 76.

 

Born on October 15, 1943, in Casey County, Kentucky, she was a daughter of the late Otis and Murtie Lane Sharp. Ruby was a homemaker. She enjoyed music and dancing. She was of the Christian faith.

 

She is survived by two daughters, Teresa (Steve) Bell of Jamestown and Angela Passmore of Eli; two sons, James (Amber) Passmore of Burnside and Timothy Passmore of Liberty; seven grandchildren; Madison, Landon, Logan, Hunter, Timothy Jr., McKenzie and Alexis; and one great-grandchild, Leo. Other survivors include four sisters, Shirley Luttrell, Betty Chumley, Vivian Delores Sallee and Janet Luttrell.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Maurice Ray Passmore; a daughter, Deborah Ann Sharp; and a brother, Arcie Sharp.

 

The funeral service will be held privately for family only with Bro. Phillip Smallwood officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Contown Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.

 

Arrangements for Ms. Ruby Sharp Passmore are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

 

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LOWELL LEE, 71 OF LIBERTY

 

Lowell T. Lee, of Liberty, Kentucky, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at his home on Old Bell Hill Road.  He was 71 years of age.

 

Born November 10, 1948, in Casey County, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Tholet and Jewell Harrison Lee.  Lowell was a retired factory worker.  He was also a former member of the Poplar Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Liberty/Casey County Rescue Squad. Along with his late wife, Judy, Lowell enjoyed gardening, camping, hunting, and fishing.

 

Survivors include a son, Brian (Amanda) Lee of West Liberty; two daughters, Heather McQueary of Liberty and Cherl Lee-Forehand of Arkansas; and two grandchildren, Hagen McQueary and Alex J. Lee. Lowell is also survived by four brothers, Ray Lee, Cecil (Margie) Lee, Charles (Barbara) Lee, and Leland (Carol) Lee; four sisters, Norma (Rex) Lockhard, Ina Ellis, Linda (Winfrey) Evans, and Leveta Burns; and two sisters-in-law, Jewell Lee and Kay Lee.

 

In addition to his parents, Lowell was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Judy Ann Wethington Lee, who passed away December 30, 2019; and three brothers, Vernon Lee, Ricky Lee, and Greg Lee.

 

Visitation will be private for family only.

 

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, May 18, 2020, at Clearview Cemetery with Brother Casey Davis officiating. Burial will follow the service in Clearview Cemetery.

 

In accordance to the regulations set forth by our Governor and the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky, attendees at outdoor services must maintain the six feet of social distance, if they are not of the same household. Attendees are encouraged to wear face coverings while attending services.

 

Memorial contributions in Lowell’s memory may be sent to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home to help his family offset funeral expenses.

 

Lowell’s funeral arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with an online guestbook available at www.mckinneybrown.com.

 

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