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OBITS Archives for 2020-05

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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SELETA WILHELM, 88 OF LIBERTY

 

Seleta Wilhelm, of Liberty, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Somerset Nursing and Rehab. She was 88.

 

Born on November 13, 1931, in Casey County, Kentucky, she was a daughter of the late Leonard and Louisa Wickersham Gilpin. Seleta was a legal secretary. She was highly intelligent, creative, and kind.

 

Survivors include her son, Bruce (Gatha) Wilhelm of Liberty; a daughter, Debbie (Don) Lewis of Somerset; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Wilhelm, who passed away on January 4, 2020; three sisters; and three brothers.

 

No services will be held at this time.

 

Burial will be held in Antioch Cemetery.

 

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

 

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MARK LAWLESS, 62 OF RUSSELL SPRINGS

 

Mark Lawless, of Russell Springs, Kentucky, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.  He was 62 years of age.

 

Born February 22, 1958, in Champaign, Illinois, he was a son of the late Charlie Green and Dorothy Warner Lawless. Mark was a retired employee of Fruit of the Loom and was a certified scuba diver. He previously worked as a boat mechanic at the State Dock and Ace Hardware.

 

Survivors include two sons, Timmy Edward Lawless of Russell Springs and Charles Bradley Lawless of Liberty; and four daughters, Jill Marie Herron of Columbia, Edith Fay Foley of South Carolina, Ashley Nichole Lawless of Liberty, and Jessica Dawn Franklin of Russell Springs. Mark is also survived by five grandchildren; and two brothers, Danny Lawless of South Carolina and Steve Lawless of Illinois.

 

In addition to his parents, Mark was preceded in death by his wife, Pamela Beck Lawless, who passed away October 5, 2017; and one sister, Juanita Woods.

 

Visitation will be private for family only. Graveside funeral services will be held 12:00 P.M. Friday, May 15, 2020, at Caney Fork Cemetery with Brother Gary Buckles officiating. Burial will follow the service in Caney Fork 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.

 

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

 

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DELTA BLAND HAMM, 98 OF LIBERTY

 

Delta Hamm nee Bland, age 98, of Liberty, passed away May 1, 2020, beloved wife of the late Iver Hamm, devoted mother of the late Ronald (Marilyn) Hamm, loving grandmother of Sherry (Rylan) Peters and Tracie (Shawn) Horning, proud great-grandmother of Maxwell, Anderson, Julian and Sidney.   

 

Delta was born on August 24, 1921, to the late Sarah (Farris) and late the James Bland of Liberty, KY.  She was preceded in death by her five siblings:  Thelbert Bland, Elbert Bland, Flora (Bland) Rodgers, Ora (Bland) Strunk and Alta (Bland) Dearringer.  She was also an adored aunt and great-aunt to many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great-nephews and had many other family members and friends whom she enjoyed.   

 

Delta will always be remembered for being quick-witted, a good cook and loving her sweet treats and black coffee, having a positive outlook and being a good storyteller.  One of her greatest joys was having “company come visit”.

 

Due to recent requirements implemented by the Governor and The Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky, graveside services will be performed privately at Whited Cemetery with Brother Jamie Bryant officiating. 

 

The service will be live streamed on McKinney-Brown Funeral Home’s Facebook page at 12:00 P.M. Monday, May 4, 2020.

 

In lieu of flowers, Delta’s family has asked for donations to be sent to the Casey County Commodities, c/o Casey County Judge Executive, P.O. Box 306, Liberty, KY 42539.

 

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

 

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APRIL HALE, 13 OF LIBERTY

 

April Hale, age 13, gained her heavenly wings on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at her home with her mother by her side.

 

April was born April 1, 2007, in Somerset, KY, daughter of William Hale and Vickie Wilham. She was a student at Liberty Elementary School and formerly attended the Ferndale Baptist Church. April loved unicorns, monkeys, and Stitch the cartoon character. Her favorite colors were orange and teal. She was a huge fan of Billie Eilish. Through the Make-A-Wish foundation, Billie Eilish sent April a video message with words of encouragement. Also, during the Christmas season of 2019, when April was fighting her illness, she asked for Christmas cards to help ease her burden. April received over 7200 Christmas cards and gifts from all the over the world, including from France, Australia, Guam, Scotland, and the Netherlands to name only a few.

 

April is survived by her mother, Vickie Wilham (and Jayce Martin) of Liberty; father, William Hale (and Heather Hardesty) of Springfield; and brother, Jacob Hale of Springfield.

 

Due to recent requirements implemented by the Governor and The Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky, funeral services will be performed privately at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Dwight Coffman officiating.

 

 There will be a “drive-thru” visitation on Monday, May 4, 2020, from 12:00-2:00 P.M. at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. Visitors may pay their respects from their vehicles and will be given a memorial folder to keep. IMPORTANT: PLEASE DO NOT EXIT YOUR VEHICLE. CONDOLENCES MAY BE OFFERED WITH YOUR VEHICLE WINDOW ROLLED DOWN.

 

The funeral service will be live-streamed on McKinney-Brown Funeral Home’s Facebook page at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, May 4, 2020.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to help her family offset funeral expenses.

 

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

 

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GERALDINE DOYLE WILSON, 91 OF LIBERTY

 

Geraldine Doyle Wilson, of Liberty, Kentucky, passed from this life on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at Casey County Hospital.  She was 91 years of age.

 

Born January 9, 1929, in Casey County, Kentucky, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Flossie Pitman Doyle. Geraldine was a retired educator for the Casey County Board of Education with forty-two years of service. She was valedictorian of Liberty High School class of 1947 and only missed two days of school during her time as a student. Geraldine washed dishes to pay her way through school at Lindsey Wilson College and later attended Eastern Kentucky University. Geraldine was a faithful member of Liberty United Methodist Church. She was also considered a master bridge player.

 

Survivors include two sons, Tim Wilson of Liberty and Brad Wilson of Frankfort; one daughter, Leah (Morris) Pilcher of Stanford; one brother, Elwood Doyle of Baltimore, Maryland; one sister, Patsy Carman of Summerville, South Carolina; one grandson, Jeremy Wilson; and her first and only dog, Pugsy.

 

In addition to her parents, Geraldine was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Stanley C. Wilson, who passed away October 7, 1994; and one sister, Jean Brown.

 

Due to recent requirements implemented by the Governor and The Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky, funeral services will be performed privately at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Brother Rodney Koger officiating.

 

Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions in Geraldine’s memory may be sent to: Liberty United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 186, Liberty, Kentucky 42539.

 

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

 

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