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Marvin Martin, age 94 of Liberty, KY passed away on Monday February 21st, 2022, at his residence. He was born July 29th, 1927, in Gilpin, KY, a son of the late Noble and Alta Gosser Martin.

Marvin was the widower of Lela Evelyn McDonald Martin who passed away on October 24th, 2018.

Marvin was a farmer, Owner of Martin’s Grocery, and a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII.

Survivors include: One Daughter: Donna Jean Sharp of Liberty, One Son Steven Kent Martin of Liberty, Four Grandchildren: Susan Sharp Lynn, Ronnie Gene Sharp, Brian Keith Martin and Brandon Kent Martin, Seven Great Grandchildren: Matthew, Shae, Madison, Ryan, Lily, Shelby and Brian, Two Great Great Grandchildren: Raegyn and expecting Layla in April, Several Step Grandchildren,and Several Step Great Grandchildren.

Preceding him in death besides his parents and spouse was One Daughter: Linda Susan Martin, One Great Great Grandchild: Matthew Rylan Lynn and One Brother: Ray Martin.

Visitation will be held 6:00 P.M. till 9:00 P.M. Friday February 25th, 2022, at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 P.M. Saturday February 26th, 2022, at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Dallon McDonald officiating. Burial will be in the Poplar Hill Cemetery with Military Rites performed by the Casey County Veterans Honor Guard.


RC Cain, of Liberty, passed away on Friday, February 18, 2022, at his home. He was 82.

Born October 28, 1939, in Casey County, KY, he was a son of the late Reid and Dorothy Haggard Cain. RC was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church. He was a retired truck driver. RC was friendly to all he encountered and a “good man”.

Survivors include sons, Randy and Stephen Cain; daughters, Terri Hamilton and Amanda Cain; brother, Roger Cain; sisters, Georgia Weatherhead, Marcella Koening, Nancy Hale, and Norma Cleary; 11 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

RC was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Rodgers Cain; brothers, Bruce and Glen Cain; sister, Margaret Lee; and grandson, Jordan Watson.

Memorial services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. Visitation will be after 10:30AM Thursday at the funeral home.

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Deborah Warren, 59, of Science Hill, passed away Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at her residence.


Arrangements are pending and will be announced later by Morris & Hislope Funeral Home.


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Frederick C. Granai of Burkesville, Kentucky began the next stage of his adventure surrounded by loved ones at his home on Feb. 20, 2022.

Fred was born in Uniondale, Long Island, New York on November 21, 1933, the son of Joseph C and Evelyn (Harms) Granai. He is survived by his loving wife, Terri Granai, Beloved Son, Tate Del bello (Jessi Gunther),  Grandchildren, Tinley Del Bello, Tucker Del bello and Alleeah Shelly.  Daughters Janice Granai of Kenessaw, Georgia and Nancy Granai-Sisk of Austin Texas.   Special Brother Richard Granai of Suffern, New York and Gary Granai of Poland, and many other grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Fred was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas Granai and Joseph Granai.

After serving in the United States Army in Alaska, Fred embarked on a long and successful 36 year career at IBM, retiring in 1991 with many awards and accolades.  He was constantly involved in charity work including Trooper Island Camp at Dale Hollow Lake, KY and Camp Ta Kum Ta in Vt.  Fred was an active member of the Uniondale Volunteer  Fire Department Company #4 in NY for a number of years as well as involved in several local fire departments after moving to KY.

His legend extends to Vermont where he is a family record holder as the only Granai to ever catch a 40 inch Northern Pike out of Lake Champlain (still questioned by his  regular Vermont fishing cousins,  Matt Granai and Ed Corrigan).  

Fred was an avid fisherman and water-skier,  skiing  on everything, including frying pans and boat paddles and his bare feet.  He taught numerous kids to water ski and scuba dive over the years and enjoyed every minute doing so.  Fred will certainly be missed by many.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at Camp Hesitate on the shore of Lake Champlain in Vermont, his ashes to be laid to rest, approximately, where the deep begins.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations made to the Vermont's Camp Ta-Kum-Ta  P.O. Box 459, South Hero, VT  05486-0459


Charlotte Hall, 96, of Somerset, passed away on Friday, February 4, 2022 at the Somerset Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility.


She was born December 7, 1925 in Pulaski County; daughter of the late Gus & Rebecca Vida (Adams) Wesley. She was a retired banker for First & Farmers Bank, where she was a branch manager and vice president. She enjoyed UK basketball and football, going to horse races, riding motorcycles, traveling, and spending time at her second home in Gatlinburg.


She is survived by a daughter, Cassandra & (Glen) Bastin of Louisville; two grandchildren, Makessa Star & (T.J.) Burriss of Somerset and Monica Lynn Bastin of Louisville; a son-in-law, Johnny Maybrier of Somerset; and special friends Monk & Mary Lois Wesley of Science Hill.


She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles J. Hall; a daughter, Rebecca Maybrier; a grandson, J. Brian Bastin; and her faithful companion, Buddy Boy.


A funeral service will be held 6:00 PM Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at the Chapel of Morris & Hislope Funeral Home with Bro. Lawrence Golden officiating.


Burial will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, February, 9, 2022 at Science Hill Cemetery.


Visitation will be after 4:00 PM Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home.


The family would like to give a special thanks to Charlotte's caregivers.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Somerset Christian School.


Morris & Hislope Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with the arrangements for Charlotte Hall.


Harold Rankin Bell, 91 of Somerset, Kentucky was born December 11th, 1930, in Wayne County, KY., the son of the late Fred and Effie Bell. He departed this life Tuesday afternoon on February 2nd at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.


On August 8th, 1953, he united in marriage with Bonnie (Davis) Bell, his beloved wife of 57 years who preceded him in death. He is survived by many family and friends to mourn his passing. Harold had accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church.


A graveside service will be held on Thursday, February 10th at 1:00 PM at the Elk Springs Cemetery in Monticello, KY.


Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to assist with arrangements.


Marie H. Smith, daughter of the late Millard and Lucille Hatfield, was born on March 4, 1944 in Adrian, Michigan and she departed this life on February 2, 2022 in Somerset, KY having attained the age of 77 years.

Survivors include; three daughters, Christine Marie Harvey, Loretta "Lori" J. Smith (and Robert), and Dawn Marie Smith (and Shawn); one brother, Kenneth (and Laurel) Hatfield of Nancy, KY; one sister, Lorraine (and Jim) Evans; ten grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, six nieces, and five nephews.

Other than her parents, she was also preceded in death by; one son, Albert Owen Harvey, one brother, Gary Duane Hatfield, and one sister and brother-in-law, Rosie (and Jim) Adair.

Marie worked many years as a waitress, and she was a member of the Norwood Church for 30 years. She enjoyed and loved being around her family and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 8th, 2022 at the Chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Bro. Chris King officiating. Burial will follow in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens. The family of Marie Smith will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 8th from 11:00 a.m. until time for services.

Marie's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses on the hospice wing Jean Waddle Care Center, Hospice of Lake Cumberland for the excellent and compassionate care they provided Marie and the family.

Pulaski Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.


Jerry W. Simpson, age 75 of Dahl, KY was born February 13th, 1946 and he passed away on February 3 2022.

Jerry was the son of the late James "Rad" and Sohpia Bullock Simpson. He was blessed with a large loving family. He was the youngest of 11 children.

Jerry worked many jobs and moved several times in his 75 years. He left home at the age of 15 to go live with family in Indiana. He later moved to Ohio to stay with his sister where he met the girl across the street. They married on February 12th 1968. They raised five children during their 42 years together before she passed away on October 5, 2010.

He retired from Arvin Automotive in Greenwood, IN. He was a member of the Greenwood Masonic Lodge and the VFW.

Jerry is survived by two sons, Danny Simpson of Fairland, IN and Donnie (and Niki) of Indianapolis, IN; three daughters, Tammy (and Gustavo) Cornejo and Mandy (and Charles) Jones of Somerset, KY and Maggie (and Shaun) Reuter of Richlands, North Carolina. Eleven Grandchildren, Makayla (and Dillon), DJ, Kirra, Zack, Autumn, JJ (and Hannah) Emelia, Gussie, Brayden, Hunter, Ryker and 4 great grandchildren, Avery, Gavin, Qeinai, and Ensley; many, many nieces and nephews; a sister, Maxine Harris of Somerset, KY and a friend who is like a sister, Billie Kramer of Goshin, OH.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife; three brothers, Willard, Lester, and Denton Simpson, and six sisters, Lucille Sears, Zella Weaver, Gracie Bullock, June Barrett, Imogene Floyd and Zena Ryan.

He will be missed by many and will always be remembered.

A graveside service for Mr. Jerry W. Simpson will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 11, 2022 at the Catron Cemetery

Pulaski Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.


Barbara Sue Waddle Hall, 85, of Somerset lost her battle with Alzheimer’s on February 6, 2022.

She was born on April 23, 1936 in Somerset, KY to the late Henry Piercy Waddle and Mable Ballard Waddle. She was a graduate of Somerset High School and attended Cumberland College.

Barbara worked for the Somerset Board of Education, STAT Resources, and Somerset Undertaking. Her creativity was evident through all aspects of her life whether it was at work or volunteering at church or a nursing home. She loved to write poems/stories and learned to paint in her life.

She preceded in death by her sisters Lucille Waddle Haynes and Oveline Waddle Sumner and three special brothers-in-law, Marcy Haynes, Frank Higginbotham and Bill Sumner.

She leaves behind one sister, Ora “Tooter” Higginbotham and three children, Brad Hall (Missy) of Somerset, Joey Hall (Donna) of Science Hill and Julie Hall Taylor (Lee) of Sedalia, CO; six grandchildren, Aaron Hall (Kennedy), Riley Hall (Haley), Chelsa Taylor, Ben Taylor, Brianna Phelps Anderson (Nick) and Laura Dye; three great grandchildren, Cedar Mac Hall, Holden Anderson and Ellie Mae Anderson.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 10, 2022 in the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 pm in the Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Stacey officiating. Interment will be in the Lakeside Memorial Gardens.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to Alzheimer’s Association 125 West University Drive Somerset, KY 42501 or Hospice of Lake Cumberland 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, KY 42503. The family would like to thank all the caregivers who helped make Barbara’s life more enjoyable over the past several years.


Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Gosser was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend.   She left this world on Saturday, February 5th, 2022 at the age of 93 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset.  She was born on September 23rd, 1928 in Newellton, Louisiana to the late James Mitchell Taylor and Lottie Taylor Orwin.  She was united in marriage to Gene Gosser on November 6th, 1953.

Betty was a member of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

She graduated from Charity Nursing Hospital in New Orleans with the class valedictorian pen. An honor rarely received and recipient chosen by the Charity Hospital Nuns.  After graduation she went on to become a neurosurgical nurse in New Orleans. 

Betty returned home to Somerset continuing her nursing career as an assistant to Dr. Holtzclaw and as a private duty nurse.  Shortly after she met her forever husband Gene Gosser of 63 years.  She followed her husband’s dreams taking her to California where her first child, Rick, was born.  From California they made their way back to Somerset in 1954 to pioneer the development of Highway 27.  A legacy still growing today.  The Gosser Real Estate Company followed shortly after in 1964.  Gene and Betty worked side-by-side as a perfect entrepreneurial pair completing one another in life and business. 

Betty loved the outdoors spending time hunting and camping with her family.  She enjoyed making art arrangements from treasures found on her nature walks.  Her artistic ability didn’t end with her hands, she had a way with written words and poetry serving all of us for many years with her uplifting, thoughtful, and witty prose.

Betty is survived by her son, Rick Gosser (Connie) of Somerset; daughter, Margie Jane Gosser of Charlotte; grandchildren, Mitchell Eugene Gosser (Tara) and Amy Gosser Riddle (Chase) and great grandchildren, Lane Monroe Riddle, Lottie Rose Riddle, Olivia Renee Gosser, James Mitchell Gosser, nephew Mark Laird (Bonnie), great-niece Lacey Laird, and great-nephew David Laird (Niki).

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sister, Marjorie Daniel Laird.

Visitation for Betty Gosser will be held on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022 at Chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory.  Visitation beginning at 11:00 am with service at 1:00 pm followed by burial at Somerset Cemetery.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank The Neighborhood Assisted Living for the wonderful care given to Betty in her last year.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that expression of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 160 VFW Dr., Somerset, KY 42501.


Joshua Robert Wilson, age 30 of Liberty, KY passed away on Saturday February 5th, 2022. He was born July 22nd, 1991, in Lexington, KY, a son of  Karen and (Chris) Taylor of Liberty and Robert and (Candy) Wilson of Stanford, KY.

Josh was an employee of Green River Builders.

Additional Survivors include: Grandparents: Gerald and Carolyn Clements of Liberty, Pat Huntsinger of Liberty, Gene and Phyllis Wilson of Taylor Co. and Step-Grandparents: Gerald and Frances Taylor of Knifley.

Preceding him in death was his Twin Brother: Jacob Lee Wilson.

Visitation will be held 6:00 P.M. till 9:00 P.M. Monday February 7th, 2022, at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday February 8th, 2022, at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Dwight Coffman officiating. Burial will be in the Gum Lick    Cemetery.


Glenn Thomas, age 91, passed away on Saturday, February 5, 2022, in Liberty, KY.

Born November 11, 1930, in Erwin, TN, he was a son of the late Clifford and Sarah Jane Ledford Thomas. Glenn was retired after 30 years with Ford Motor Company. He was a former member of the Indianapolis Baptist Temple. Glenn taught by example and loved his family dearly. He had a genuine infectious smile and was truly a gentleman to all that knew him.

Survivors include his sons, Alan M. Thomas of Greenwood, IN and Harold (and Pam) Thomas of Chilhowie, VA; sister, Betty Randolph of Aiken, SC; 6 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Marie Noel Thomas and Velma Basey Thomas; daughter, Sandra D. Wright; brother, Ralph Thomas; and sister, Bedia Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Thursday, February 10, 2022, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Pastor Cody Sturgill officiating. Burial will follow in the Noels Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12Noon until time of funeral on Thursday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Joe and Jonathan Thomas, Josh and Jeremiah Wright, Dalton Anderson, and Kevin Jarrett.

Arrangements entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with online guestbook and video tribute available at


Rozella Louise Crew went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 4, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 91 years young.

  Born June 13, 1930, in Liberty, KY, she was a daughter of the late Sylvester and Velma Tarter Thompson. Rozella was a wonderful beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She professed her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ many years ago and was a member of Labascus Church of Christ. Rozella was a homemaker and loved to work in the yard and with her flowers. She loved to work with lumber and once built a storage building solely by herself. Rozella also loved to sing and be with family and friends.

   Survivors include one son, Sherril (Elisa) Morgan of Hartwell, OH; two daughters, Sharon (Joe) Woolums of Frankfort and Karen (James) Morgan of Columbia; seven grandchildren, Branden (Shelley) Cochran of Liberty, Jessica Cochran of Cincinnati, OH, Dewayne (Chrissy) Morgan of Liberty, Shane (Laura) Morgan of Liberty, Lindsey (Glen) Spiekerman of Columbus, OH, Christy (Brook)Nugent of Selma, LA, and Chris (Carman)Woolums of Florence; twelve great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Charles and Glen Thompson, both of Liberty; one sister, Montie (Jimmy)Burchell of Liberty; a host of nieces and nephews; and her little dog CC.   Thanks goes out to all those who helped with the loving care and support of Rozella.

  In addition to her parents, Rozella was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Eldie Crew, who passed away on November 20, 2009; and two brothers; Alfred Thompson and William “Bill” Thompson.

  The funeral service will be held at 1:00PM on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Bud Cain officiating. Burial will follow in the Antioch Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-8PM on Monday at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.

  Due to efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 masks will be required at the funeral home.

    Pallbearers will be Dewayne Morgan, Shane Morgan, Branden Cochran, Cody Morgan, Albert Thompson, Charlie Thompson, and Ricky Staitor. Honorary Pallbearers will be James Morgan, Joe Woolums, and Mark Burchell

  Arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with online guestbook and video tribute available at