Arthur Lovie Saulsberry Sr., 82, of Central City, died Saturday, October 19, 2002 at his residence.
The Muhlenberg County native was a member of New Emanuel Baptist Church in Central City where he served on the deacon board and was assistant treasurer.
Survivors include a son, Arthur Saulsberry Jr. of Central City; a daughter, Marie Martin of Central City; 13 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and a sister, Annie Helen Peoples of Louisville.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. October 23 at New Emanuel Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held October 23 at 1 p.m. at New Emanuel Baptist Church in Central City. Burial will follow in West End Cemetery in Greenville. Bibbs Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.
Source: Leader News, Greenville
Central City - Panzella Saulsberry, 74, of Central City, died Wednesday, August 14, 2002 at her home.
The Muhlenberg County native was a member of New Emanuel Baptist Church in Central City where she served on the Mother's Board and also served as Sunday School Superintendent and teacher.
Survivors include her husband, Arthur Saulsberry Sr.; one son, Arthur Saulsberry Jr.; a daughter, Marie Martin, all of Central City; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday, August 18, 2002 at New Emanuel Baptist Church in Central City followed by burial in West End Cemetery, Greenville. Bibbs Funeral Home.
Source: Leader News, Greenville
Mrs. Scarramucci, 36, Dies Aug. 22
Mrs. Mary Kathryn Moorman Scarramucci, 36, of Pittsburgh, Pa., formerly of Central City, died Friday, Aug. 22, at her home.
She was a registered nurse who took her training at Owensboro-Daviess County Hospital. She served in the United States Air Force.
She is survived by her husband, John Scarramucci; two children, Carl and Bryan Scarramucci; foster grandmother, Mrs. T.H. Brown of South Carrollton.
Funeral and burial were in Swissvale, Pa.
Source: Times-Argus, Central City, Wednesday, August 27, 1975
Services for Mrs. Arnold (Flora) Settle, 77, St. Petersburg, Fla., an Indianapolis resident from 1920 until 1957, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Crown Hill Mausoleum Chapel, with entombment to follow. She died Tuesday in a St. Petersburg hospital. She was a former member of Northwood Methodist Church and American Legion Auxiliary 312. Mrs. Settle was born at Central City, Ky. Survivors, besides her husband, include a daughter, Mrs. Betty L. Bumbo of Marco Island, Fla. Flanner and Buchanan Fall Creek Mortuary is handling arrangements.
Note: Flora Settle is Flora Fentress, daughter of Isaac Finley Fentress and Sarah M. Lam Fentress of Muhlenberg.
Source: St. Petersburg newspaper January 6, 1976
Contributed by J.P. Johnson
Rev. R.C. Settles, 75, Buried April 5
The Rev. R.C. Settles, 75, died at his home in Central City Monday, April 3 at 6:50 p.m. He was a retired Kentucky Utilities employee, born in Todd County April 16, 1885 and was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, April 5 at 2 p.m. at the Harrison Avenue Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. Jack Harris, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Ada McGhee of Owensboro. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Emma Settles of Central City; two sons, Earl and Burney Settles of Central City; three step-daughters, Mrs. Letha Amos and Mrs. Lorene(?) Tatum of Central City, Mrs. Louise Johnson of Cleaton; step-son, James Latham of Owensboro; brother, Gil Settles of Louisville; two sisters, Mrs. Fannie McGhee of Clifty, Mrs. Annette Garnett, Drakesboro; six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren.
Source Central City The Messenger April 6, 1961
Harvey Shanks, 64, Is Buried Oct. 12
Bremen - Harvey Shanks, 64, of Evansville, Ind., formerly of Bremen, died at Evansville Thursday, Oct. 10 at 4 a.m.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jody Mae Shanks; three sons, Delfred and Darrell of Evansville and Gary Shanks of Booneville; brother, Clarence Shanks of Sebree; one grandchild.
Services were Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church with the Rev. S.A. Kittinger officiating. Burial was in Shaver's Chapel Cemetery.
Source: Times Argus Thursday October 17, 1968
John M. Shaver, 88, Dies in Indianapolis
John Morehead Shaver, 88, of Indianapolis, Ind., died suddenly at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at his home.
He is a former resident of Central City and served as janitor of the high school for many years. He was a member of First Methodist Church here.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Allie Shaver of Indianapolis; daughter, Mrs. Lucille Shaver of Indianapolis; two grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Otha Curd of Greencastle, Indiana; half-sister, Mrs. Flora Mathis of Murray; brother, E.G. Shaver of Central City.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Central City by the Rev. Richard Ramsey, pastor of the First Methodist Church, and the Rev. Robert Haver [sic] of Hopkinsville. Burial was in Shaver's Chapel Cemetery at Bremen.
Source: Muhlenberg County Newspaper April 13, 1968
Contributed by J.P. Johnson
Bourland Shaver Dies in Detroit
Greenville-Joseph Bourland (Donkey) Shaver, of Detroit, Mich., died there about 6:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25.
He was a native of Greenville, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Byrd Shaver. He was a novelty distributor.
Survivors include his wife; sister, Mrs. Mary Byrd Shaver Carden of Kerrville, Texas; brother, Edwin Wood Shaver of Louisville.
Funeral services will be Thursday under the direction of Gary Funeral Home in Greenville.
Source: Times-Argus, Central City, Wednesday, August 27, 1975
Mrs. Shaver Dies Dec. 21
Central City - Mrs. Ollie F. Shaver, 88, died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at a nursing home in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Born in Muhlenberg County on July 28, 1880, she is survived by one daughter, Miss Lucille Shaver of Indianapolis; two grandchildren; one brother, James Fentress; four sisters, Mrs. Sallie Gwynn, Mrs. Arthur Bennett, and Mrs. Delia Stirsman, all of Central City; and Mrs. Arnold Settle of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Tucker Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Shaver officiating.
Source: Muhlenberg County Newspaper 1968
Contributed by J.P. Johnson
Former UK Engineering Dean Dies
Private services were conducted today for Robert E. Shaver, former dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering and later director of the UK Physical Development Division.
Mr. Shaver, 67, a resident of Captiva Island, Fla., since 1969, died Sunday after a long illness.
A native of Greenville, Mr. Shaver was graduated from the Greenville High School in 1922. He received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1927 from UK. He served as an engineer with the state Department of Highways while working toward an advanced degree in civil engineering, received in 1931 at UK.
In September, 1931, Mr. Shaver was appointed instructor in surveying at UK. He became assistant professor of civil engineering in 1932, associate professor in 1937 and professor and head of the Department of Civil Engineering in 1946.
In April, 1956, Mr. Shaver was among those appointed by then Gov. A.B. Chandler to a screening committee for choosing a successor to UK President Dr. H.L. Donovan. He became dean of the UK College of Engineering in 1957, and was one of the two men chosen in 1960 to review UK projects in Indonesia. The projects were implemented under a contract to assist the Institute of Technology at Bandung. That year also saw him receive an award as “Engineer of the Year.”
In 1966, Mr. Shaver was named director of a newly formed Division of Engineering and Construction Management at UK. The new unit was designed to develop engineering aspects of the university's long-range plan, involving all UK campuses in the state. Mr. Shaver's duties also included overseeing engineering phases in construction of individual projects.
While at the University, Mr. Shaver also maintained a consulting practice in the fields of surveying and mapping, soil mechanics and foundations, and transportation. He also did research on construction materials. In 1968, he was honored by four UK engineering honorary societies - Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, Eta Kappa Nu and Pi Tau Sigma. He was presented by Tau Beta Pi with a bronze plaque, commemorating his achievements, to be mounted in Anderson Hall.
Mr. Shaver served in 1940-41 as secretary of the Kentucky Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and in 1942 as president. He was also a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon social fraternity, Tau Beta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership society and the Pyramid Club.
Mr. Shaver served as a director on the national board of ASCE and was made and honorary member of that organization. He also was made an honorary member of the board of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers.
The engineering library on the UK campus is named for Mr. Shaver.
Mr. Shaver had served as both deacon and elder of the First Presbyterian Church here.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Frances Reid Shaver; two daughters, Mrs. Jerry DeSchepper, Athens, Ohio, and Mrs. E.S. Kidd, Richmond; one son, Andrew Reid Shaver, Pulaski, Tenn.; one brother, Ben R. Shaver, Louisville; one grandson, Andrew Reid Shaver II, Pulaski, Tenn., and one granddaughter, Miss Amanda Louise Kidd, Richmond.
Private services were conducted this morning at the Lexington Cemetery.
Related: Image of Robert E. Shaver
Citation: “Shaver, Robert E. obituary.” The Lexington Leader [Lexington, KY], 17 July 1973. Microfilm.
Greenville - Annie “Louise” Shelton, 74, of Greenville, died Monday, Jan. 20 , at Muhlenberg Community Hospital.
Born March 1, 1928 in Graham, she was the daughter of the late Zack and Annie Robinson Johnson. She was an active member of the Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Greenville where she served as a stewardess and junior choir director. She taught 4-H for several years at the Greenville Training School and held several offices with the P.T.A.
She is survived by her husband, Floyd R. Shelton Sr. of Greenville; two daughters, Jeanette Lewis of Greenville and Diann Hudson of Huber Heights, Ohio; two sons, Floyd R. Shelton Jr. of Madisonville and Steve Shelton of Greenville; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church with the Elder Dwayne Tutt officiating. Burial followed in West End Cemetery. Mason and Sons Funeral Home in Madisonville was in charge of arrangements.
Source: Leader News, Greenville
Greenville - Benjamin Shelton, 69, died Sunday, March 28, 2004 at the Owensboro Medical Health System.
Born the son of the late Elgin and Rena Bard Shelton, he was retired from the Big River Electric Co-op in Sebree after 30 years of service. He was a member of the A.M.E. Zion Church, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Amvets Post 0075.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Claude and Elgin Shelton Jr., two sisters, Edna Rogers and Margaret Ann Shelton, and a daughter, Benita Renee Shelton.
Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Black and Bonnie Shelton, both of Owensboro and Diane Manuel of Hopkinsville; two sons, Donald Shelton of Jacksonville, Fla. and Anthony Johnson of Hopkinsville; a sister, Elsie McCravy of Greenville; 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., April 2 at the Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Greenville with Elder Dwayne Tutt officiating. Burial followed in Reynolds Cemetery in Greenville. Mason & Sons Funeral Home in Madisonville was in charge of arrangements.
Source: Leader News, Greenville
Drakesboro, Ky. - Elgin “E.J.” Shelton Jr., 79, of Drakesboro died at 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville, Ky.
He was born in Rhodes Chapel, Ky., on Nov. 2, 1920, to the late Elgin and Rena Shelton. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, retired from Green River Steel Mill in Owensboro, Ky., in 1983, and was a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church where he served as chairman of the deacon board. He was also a member of the G.R.V.D. Association where he served on the executive board, Howe Dean Masonic Lodge #166 in Drakesboro, and the Magnolia Chapter 384 Order of the Eastern Star.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Grace Simmons Shelton; two daughters, Eleanor Veronica Stewart of Owensboro, and Ethel Louise Olley of Merced, Calif.; two sons, Elgin Henry Shelton and Thomas Estell Shelton, both of Drakesboro; two sisters, Edna Rogers of Greenville, and Elsa McCravy of Louisville, Ky.; two brothers, Floyd Shelton and Benjamin Shelton, both of Greenville; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles E. Johnson and Ernest Norman officiating. Burial will be in West End Cemetery in Greenville. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. today at the church where a masonic service will be at 7 p.m. Mason and Son's Funeral Home in Madisonville is in charge of arrangements.
Source: The Messenger, Madisonville, KY
Greenville - Ernest U. Shelton, 65, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005 at the University of Louisville Hospital.
Born in Muhlenberg County June 11, 1939, the son of the late Hayes and Flora Bard Shelton, he was a former employee of Uncle Lee's and a former member of the Pentecostal Church of God in Christ in Greenville.
Survivors include two sisters, Hazel Shelton Spencer of Mount Kisco, N.Y. and Lauretta Shelton Allen of Paducah; three brothers, Lawrence E. Shelton and Walter R. Shelton, both of Louisville and Hayes Shelton of Central City and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Pentecostal Church of God in Christ in Greenville with the Rev. Calvin Cole Sr. and elder Archie Grimmett officiating. Burial followed in Reynolds Cemetery in Greenville. Mason and Sons Funeral Home in Madisonville was in charge of arrangements.
Source: Leader News, Greenville
Cpl. Paul Shelton, USAF, Dies in Puerto Rico
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Shelton, Greenville, colored, have been notified by the War Department of the death of their son, Cpl. Paul Shelton, U.S. Air Force. The body is being returned to the United States from Puerto Rico where he was stationed. Arrangements for burial are pending the arrival of his remains. The community shares with his family in their loss.
The Greenville Leader, Thursday, February 14, 1952
Funeral Services Held for Cpl. Paul Shelton
Funeral Services for Cpl. Paul E. Shelton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Shelton, Greenville, were held Sunday afternoon at Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Horace E. Brown officiating. Burial was in West End Cemetery.
Cpl. Shelton died February 7 while stationed in Puerto Rico. His body was returned to Greenville by an honor guard.
Surviving are his parents; one brother, Irvin Shelton; three sisters, Dorothy Shelton, Brooklyn, NY, Cordie Shelton and Helen Shelton, both of Greenville; and his grandmother, Mrs. Cordelia Ferguson.
Pallbearers were Veterans C.J. Vaught, Payton Robinson, John A. Robinson, Will H. Reynolds Jr., Phil Hurt, Hugh Gregory, James Vaught and Jack Hagoe.
Source: The Greenville Leader, Thursday, February 21, 1952
Mrs. F.M. Sherrod Died At Weir, Sunday
Mrs. F.M. Sherrod, 76 years old, died at the home of her son, Otes Sherrod, near Weir, on Sunday night, of dropsy. She is survived by two sons and one daughter, Otes Sherrod, of Weir, and Ray Sherrod, this city. [Daughter not listed.]
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. J.W. Gill on Monday after noon. Burial was in Cave Springs cemetery.
Source: The Messenger, Central City, September 29, 1932
Mrs. Ida Shutt, 83, Dies Early Saturday Morning
Mrs. Ida Shutt, 83, died January 12 at 3 a.m. at her home on West Cross Street in Greenville. She was a charter member of the First Christian Church in Greenville.
Funeral services were conducted at the First Christian Church at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 13 with the Rev. Wilbur Wallace, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. A.B. Gross, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: J.L. Cary of Russellville, Ray Cary of Hopkinsville, Harold DePoyster, H.B. McPherson, O.R. Shutt, and Bob Hudspeth.
She is survived by two sons, Leslie Shutt, Glasgow, and Ira Shutt, Greenville; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Source: The Greenville Leader, Thursday, January 17, 1952.
W.T. Shutt, a well known citizen of the Rosewood country died on 29th inst. at his home at 3 p.m. after a long illness from pulmonary trouble. He was about 46 years of age and leaves a wife and three children who will have the sympathy of the community in their sad loss. He was buried Tuesday evening at the family burying ground at Atlas Shutt's. He was the brother of Messrs. James and Atlas Shutt.
Source: The Muhlenberg July 9, 1896
Hetty McKinney Singer
Hetty McKinney Singer, 95, of Stamping Ground, died Thursday, May 3, 2001, at Dover Manor Nursing Home following a brief illness. She was the widow of J.W. Singer Sr.
She was the daughter of the late Edward Grant and Mary Ellen Loney McKinney. A native of Depoy, in Muhlenberg County, she was born Jan. 11, 1906. She was co-owner and operator of Singer Gardens Nursery in Stamping Ground. She was raised and attended school at Kentucky Baptist Children's Home in Glendale and was a graduate of Georgetown College. She was a member of the Giddings Society at Georgetown College, a Kentucky Colonel, and a member of the Kentucky Historical Society, Scott County Homemakers Club, Stamping Ground Woman's Club and Woman's Association of Georgetown College. She was a member of Stamping Ground Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for 65 years. She taught knitting to 4-H members.
Survivors include a son, James W. (Jim) Singer Jr., of Stamping Ground; a daughter, Mary Linnie (Mae) Robey, of Stamping Ground; five grandchildren, Wayne Robey, Sheila Morris, Jeffrey Singer, Michele Brown and Charlie Singer; six great-grandchildren, Mary Robey Singer, Evan James Morris, Emily Brown, Anna Singer, Charles Singer and Brittany Singer; and two step-great-grandchildren, David Mansfield and Timmy Mansfield.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Murphy McKinney and Grant McKinney, and a sister, Nora Kiser.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2001, at Stamping Ground Baptist Church with the Rev. Dan S. Crawley III officiating.
Burial will be in Stamping Ground Baptist Church Cemetery.
Casket bearers will be Wayne Robey, Jeffrey Singer, John Singer, Charlie Singer, Charles Singer Jr. and Coleman Johnson.
Honorary bearers will be Morton Judy, Jack Lancaster, Gayle Graves, Dennis Morris, Jimmy Richardson, Billy Singer, Julian Singer, Rollie Graves and Austin Clark.
Visitation will be Sunday, 3-9 p.m. at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home in Stamping Ground.
Contributions may be made to the Kentucky Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 97, Glendale, KY 42740.
Source Georgetown (Scott Co., KY) News-Graphic May 6, 2001
Greenville - Mr. James Loren Sisk, 85, of 217 College Street, Greenville, died Thursday, October 17, 1985, at 3:30 p.m. at the Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville.
Mr. Sisk was born in Hopkins County on November 16, 1899. He was a resident of Greenville most of his life. He was a retired employee of Greenville Post Office where he worked as a postal clerk. He was employed there for 43 years before his retirement in 1960. He was a member of the Greenville First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Nicholson Sisk of Greenville; two sisters, Mrs. Felix E. Martin of Greenville and Mrs. Mamie Height of Madisonville; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 19 at 2 p.m. at the Gary Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Charles Midkiff of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.
Mrs. Alice Skipworth
Mrs. Alice Skipworth, 73 years old, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sam Walker, in the southwest section of Muhlenberg county, at 11:30 o'clock Monday night. A funeral service was held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, and interment was in the Mansfield burying ground.
Source: The Greenville-Leader February 2, 1934
Harvey Skipworth, 45, died January 21 at his home here. Funeral services were conducted at Olive Grove church by the Rev. Allen Higgins on January 22. Burial was in the church cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Blanche Taylor Skipworth; two daughters, Opal and Helen, and one son, Harvey Skipworth Jr., his mother, Mrs. Jennie Skipworth; two brothers, Buster and Lonnie Skipworth, and a half-brother, Prentice Covington.
Source: The Greenville Leader Thursday January 28, 1943
Mrs. Josie Slaton
Mrs. Josie Slaton, 54, died at 2:45 p.m. last Sunday at her home in Graham. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Gus Stovall at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Graham Baptist church. Burial was in the Unity church cemetery. She is survived by three sons and one sister.
Source: Greenville Leader, Thursday February 26, 1942
Central City - Alma Louise Smith, 72, of Central City, died Thursday, May 31, 1990, at Humana Hospital-Audubon, Louisville. She was born in Muhlenberg County, was a retired bookkeeper for Smith Brothers Supply Co. in Central City, and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Central City.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Smith; a son, Mason Smith of Richmond; a daughter, Martha Johnson of Burkesville; and two sisters, Mary F. Simpson and Margaret Kelly, both of Central City.
Services are at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tucker Funeral Home, Central City.
Burial in Fairmount Cemetery, Central City. Visitation after 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Central City Library.
Source: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, June 1, 1990
Central City - Charles Woodburn Smith, 83, of Central City died Friday, Feb. 19, 1999, at Muhlenberg Community Hospital. He was born in Muhlenberg County and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Central City for 72 years. He was a veteran of World War II, a former owner of Smith Brothers Supply Co. for 45 years and former director of First National Bank in Central City.
Survivors include a son, Mason Smith of Richmond; a daughter, Martha Johnson of Louisville; and four grandchildren.
Services are at 1:30 p.m. today at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery in Central City. Visitation is after 8 a.m. today at the funeral home. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Central City Library. Memorial contribution envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Source: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, February 21, 1999
Drakesboro - Leslie Shively Smith, 89, of Drakesboro died Friday, May 16, 1997, at her daughter's home in Paducah. She was born in Pleasant Ridge, was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Drakesboro and was a Kentucky Colonel. She was a graduate of Wilberforce University in Ohio, received her M.A. degree from Western Kentucky University and did advanced study at University of Cincinnati, Indiana State University, Peabody College and University of Kentucky. She taught in public schools in Daviess and Muhlenberg counties and in West Virginia for 40 years, was one of the first blacks to serve on a commission of the Kentucky Education Association and was present when the Kentucky Teachers Assocation merged with KEA. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta National Sorority, American Assocation of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Women Educators, National Retired Teachers Assocation, Kentucky Retired Teachers Assocation and Muhlenberg County Retired Teachers Assocation. She was also a member of the NAACP, Advisory Councils for Muhlenberg County Retired Senior Volunteers Programs and Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center satellite operation in Muhlenberg County. She wrote a newspaper column for the Greenville Leader-News from 1964 to 1997 and wrote a book, “Around Muhlenberg County - A Black History,” which can be found in libraries in Muhlenberg County and the surrounding area. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie “Cash” Smith, in March 1977; and a daughter, Leslie Charlene Tucker.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Carmen Robinson of Paducah; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two nephews; and many cousins.
Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bethel Baptist Church in Drakesboro. Burial will be in the family plot at Pleasant Point Cemetery in Pleasant Ridge. Visitation is after 6 p.m. Monday and after 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Tucker Funeral Home in Central City is in charge of arrangements. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Hospice, c/o Lourdes Hospital in Paducah. Memorial contribution envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Citation: “Leslie Shively Smith Obituary.” Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer [Owensboro, KY], 18 May 1997: 2B. Newsbank. Web. 21 Nov 2015.
An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. M.S. Smith died last week.
Source: The Muhlenberger July 9, 1896
Services Held For Mrs. Nannie Smith
Mrs. Nannie W. Smith, 85, died at her home in Browder at 9:30 a.m. Friday. She was a member of the Rochester Christian Church.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. M.F. Hunt of Evansville and Mrs. William C. Hunt of Browder; one brother, Walter Evans of Louisville.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the Rochester Christian Church with the Rev. Elbert Winkler officiating. Burial was in the Rochester Cemetery.
Source: Greenville Leader January 22, 1953
Mrs. John J. Sorrells, 55 to be buried Friday.
Mrs. Goldie Sorrells, 55 Central City Route 4, died in the Muhlenburg Community Hospital Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 10:20pm. She was born in Muhlenburg County Dec. 25, 1903. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Aug. 8 at 2:00pm at the Richardson Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Raymond Cornette officiating. Burial will be in the Jagoe Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, John Sorrells; two brothers James Dukes of Central City Route 4; Claude Dukes of Lousiville.
Source: Central City Newspaper June 7, 1958
Contributed by Donald Hauser
Hura A. Sparks, 68, Dies Jan. 14
Powderly - Hura Alton Sparks, 68, died suddenly Monday, Jan. 14 at 12:45 a.m. at his home in Powderly.
Born in Muhlenberg County Jan. 25, 1905, he was an employee of the J. Zinsmeister Co. for 25 years as a salesman and office manager. He was a member of the Greenville Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Irene Sparks of Powderly; son, Douglas Sparks of Powderly; grandson; two sisters, Mrs. P.K. Langley and Mrs. Ted Nichols of Greenville; brother, Huba Sparks of Louisville.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Gary Funeral Home in Greenville with Mr. Thomas Orr in charge. Burial will be in Muhlenberg Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Powderly.
Source: Central City Times Argus January 16, 1974
Peter M. Sparks, 88, Central City, Dies
Peter Miller Sparks, 88, retired businessman, died at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Calhoun while on a visit. Mr. Sparks was a life-long resident of the Central City section.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Central City and a past member of the Bremen Oddfellows.
Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Gertie Quinn, Mrs. Maude Kittinger, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Morris Dodson, Akron, Ohio, Mrs. Cleve Carroll, Ripley, Tenn., Mrs. Bessie Whitmer, Bremen; five sons, Ecklas and Thurman, Evansville, Ind., Chester, Tom and Charles Sparks, Central City; 35 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, one brother, Morris, of East St. Louis, Ill., three sisters, Mrs. Jim Brown, Mrs. Ida Stovall, Greenville, and Mrs. Emma Vincent of Owensboro.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the East Union Baptist Church with the Rev. S.A. Kittinger officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with grandsons acting as pallbearers.
Source: The Greenville Leader, Thursday, January 10, 1952.
Powderly - Mrs. Mary Holland Spears, 98, of Powderly , died Friday, April 21, 2000 at 4:30 a.m. at the Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville.
Mrs. Spears was born April 12, 1902 in Muhlenberg County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Woodson Baptist Church in Powderly. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Albert Holland in 1928 and Reverend Bob Spears in 1986 and son, A.F. Holland in 1991.
Survivors include one daughter, Wynola Tucker of Powderly; one step-daughter, L.T. Jarvis of Central City; five grandchildren, Freda Henry of Central City, Ann Grundy of Greenville, Gayla Wester of Dunmor, David Holland of Houston, Texas and Jay Holland of Austin, Texas; 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Alma Jernigan and Mareen Mercer, both of Greenville.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 23, 2000 at 3:00 p.m. at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City with Reverend Scott Casebier officiating. Burial was in Old Bethel Cemetery.
Source: Greenville Leader-News April 26, 2000
James T. Spurlin, Greenville, Dies Tuesday; Heart Failure
Retired Merchant Succumbs To Heart Attach at Age of 70 Years; Services Held Wednesday.
Funeral services for James T. Spurlin were held at Greenville Wednesday afternoon with members of the Masonic lodge acting as pallbearers.
Mr. Spurlin was 70 years old, former police judge of Greenville, and a retired merchant. He died suddenly Tuesday afternoon at his home in College street in Greenville. Mr. Spurlin had been in the business district transacting business but an hour or so previous and returned to his home, where he was engaged in writing when he collapsed from heart failure. He had been a victim of heart disease for some time, but he was not believed to be in immediate danger.
Born and reared in Muhlenberg county, Mr. Spurlin for many years conducted a general merchandise store at Depoy, in the county, moving to Greenville some years ago. He was widely known throughout the county, moving to Greenville some years ago, and throughout the county had a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.
Surviving are the widow, three daughters, Mrs. B.W. Scott, Dearborn, Mich.; Mrs. R.G. Leham, Paris, Ill.; and Mrs. Townes Martin, Greenville; two sons, George L. Spurlin, Penny Farms, Fla., and W.G. Spurlin, Dearborn, Mich., also a sister, Mrs. Mary Clley, Redlands, Calif.
Pallbearers were, honorary, H.N. Howerton, Ed S. Woods, George W. Fentress, B.W. Christian, Dr. J.H. Gray, B.F. Mercer, J.L. Taggart, S.E. Rice, J.L. Rogers, R.E. Wallace, O.G. Simmons, Circuit judge Doyle Willis.
Mr. Spurlin was a long [time] member of the Baptist church. Burial was in Evergreen cemetery in Greenville.
Source: The Messenger, Central City, November 3, 1932
Thomas J. Staples, 71, Farmer, Dies Monday
Thomas J. Staples, 71, farmer, died suddenly at 12 noon, Monday in the Muhlenberg Community Hospital.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ealia Creager Staples; one son, T.G. Staples of Petersburg, MI; five daughters, Mrs. William Bastin, Central City, Route 2; Mrs. C.L. Slayton, Deerfield, MI; Mrs. E.L. Winstead, Belovan, IL; Mrs. Willile Baxter, Central City, Route 2; and Mrs. Ed Beaven of Owensboro; 13 grandchildren; two brothers, John Staples, Central City and Charles Staples, Greenville; one sister, Mrs. J.W. Staples, Central City.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Nelson Creek Church with the Rev. Dewey Noffsinger officiating, assisted by the pastor, Rev. Roy Geary. Burial will be in the Nelson Creek Cemetery.
Mr. Staples was a member of the Nelson Creek Baptist Church and had lived in the community for many years.
Source: The Greenville Leader, Thursday, March 6, 1952.
Central City - Bernadine Brown Steele, 97, of Central City died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at Belle Meade Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Greenville. She was born March 1, 1912, in Muhlenberg County. Mrs. Steele graduated from Central City High School in 1930 and went on to Western Kentucky University, where she earned her BS, MA and Rank I in education. She began her career in 1931 in a rural Muhlenberg two-room schoolhouse. She later became a first-grade teacher and then guidance counselor and supervisor in the Central City Independent School District until her retirement in 1977. Mrs. Steele was president of the Kentucky Education Association (1966), state president for the Department of Classroom Teachers of Kentucky (1960), president of the Third District Association (1958), Kentucky representative to the World Confederation of Teachers in Dublin, Ireland (1968), “outstanding educator” (1975) as chosen by the editorial board of Western College of Education and “Who's Who of American Women” (1970). She was also the first president of the Muhlenberg County Western Alumni Association, member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Central City Times Argus “woman of the year,” Sunday school teacher for many years and served on numerous other communities and boards. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Central City.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Johnny L. Steele; her parents, Bernice and Charlie Brown; her stepmother, Eva Conway Brown; two sisters, Marjorie McDonald and Charlie Avaliene Wiggins; and a brother, Earl Millard Brown.
Survivors include her sisters-in-law, Hallie Brown and Mildred Rolley; 11 nieces and nephews; and numerous great-great-nieces and nephews.
Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City, with the Rev. Bob Lowery officiating, assisted by Dr. Lucien Taylor. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Central City. Visitation is after 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. To honor her love for “The Hill” at Western Kentucky University, memorial contributions can be made to College Heights Foundation, in memory of Bernadine Steele Scholarship, 1906 College Heights Blvd., WKU Box 41016, Bowling Green, KY 42101. Online condolences may be made at www.tuckerfuneralhomes.com.
Source: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer July 31, 2009
Gracie G. Stewart, 71, Dies June 27 (1957)
Greenville - Gracie Garnett Stewart, 71, died at the home of his son, T.H. Stewart on Greenville Route 1 Thursday, June 27 at 1:20 p.m. He was a retired coal miner born in Hopkins County Feb. 1, 1886. Mr. Stewart was a member of the Mercer Baptist Church where funeral services were conducted Sunday, June 30 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Archie Putman of Morton's Gap officiating. Burial was in Corley's Chapel Cemetery.
He is survived by three sons, Paul Stewart of Powderly, Darrel Stewart of St. Joe, Mich., T. H. Stewart of Greenville Route 1; daughter, Mrs. Pearl Stringer of Detroit, Mich.; six grandchildren; five sisters, Mrs. William Gossett of Depoy, Mrs. J.B. Whitlock of Eldorado, Ill., Mrs. H.E. Garris of Lakeland, Fla., Mrs. Thelma Clemons of Graham; brother, Dewey Stewart of Madisonville.
Contributed by Gil Stewart
Mrs. Delia Stirsman Dies Friday Morning
Central City - Mrs. Delia Mae Stirsman, 83, died Friday, January 7, at 1:40 a.m. in the Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville.
Born in Muhlenberg County on November 20, 1888, she was a member of the Cherry Hill Baptist Church.
She is survived by one son, Mr. Lemuel Stirsman, Route 3, Central City; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two sisters: Mrs. Sallie Gwinn, Central City and Mrs. Flora Settles, St. Petersburg, Florida; one brother: Mr. Jimmy Fentress, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Services were held Sunday, January 9, at 2 p.m. in the Tucker Funeral Home in Central City with the Rev. Roy Geary of the Cherry Hill Baptist Church officiating, assisted by the Rev. S.A. Kittinger. Burial followed in the Shaver Chapel Cemetery.
Source: Greenville Leader-News January 12, 1972
Contributed by J.P. Johnson
Lemuel Howard Stirsman, 83, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville.
Born in Muhlenberg County July 10, 1923, he was an executive board member of the Muhlenberg County Baptist Association. He was a member of Central City Masonic Lodge #673 and was retired from ICRR. He was a former Discipleship Training Director at Cherry Hill Baptist Church where he was a member and deacon.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Helen Noffsinger Stirsman of Central City; a son, Jackie (Edith) Stirsman of Central City; two daughters, Debra (Roger) Markwell and Jean Campbell, both of Central City; six grandchildren, Andrew Stirsman, Melissa Gravot, Michael Campbell, Cathy Nolen, Daniel Markwell and Laura Markwell; and six great-grandchildren, Kyler Shuler, Karsen Stirsman, Alexander Gravot, Trevor Nolen, Chandler Stirsman and Sophia Gravot.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. March 23 at Tucker Funeral Home with the Revs. Leroy Rearden and Gene Garner officiating. Burial followed in Cherry Hill Cemetery in Central City.
Source: Leader News March 28, 2007
Contributed by J.P. Johnson
Pascal Stobaugh, 45, Buried Today
Greenville - Pascal Stobaugh, 45, died at his home on Greenville Route 1 Tuesday July 30 at 12:30 p.m. following a brief illness. Funeral services are being conducted today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the New Cypress Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Fox officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lucille Stobaugh of Greenville Route 1; daughter, Mrs. Teddie Stewart of Chicago, Ill.; son, Leon Stobaugh of Greenville Route 1; three brothers, Harvey Stobaugh of Greenville Route 1, John Stobaugh of Graham, Bill Stobaugh of Depoy; two sisters, Mrs. Charlie Ferguson and Mrs. Everett Jackson of Greenville Route 1.
Source The Messenger Thursday August 1, 1957
Thomas Stokes Dead.
After an illness that has confined him to his bed for less than a month Mr. Thomas Stokes died at his home near Depoy Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock, of pulmonary complication. He was in his 47th. year, and leaves a widow and six children. Mr. Stokes was one of the foremost farmers in the county, and a man that stood high in the esteem of his neighbors. The county has sustained a distinct loss in his death, as he was a citizen always in the front rank in any movement of development. He had never joined any church, but some weeks ago made a profession of religion. Rev. G.B. McDonald preached his funeral sermon at the home yesterday morning at 9.30 o'clock, and the body was buried in Everygreen cemetery at 1.30 p.m., a large crowd being in attendance.
Mrs. Della Strader, 65, Dies Friday Near Dunmor
Mrs. Della King Strader, 65, died at her home near Dunmor at 6:20 p.m., Friday, January 11, following a lingering illness.
Funeral service was held at 1 p.m., Sunday at the Dunmor Baptist Church, Rev. Barbee Mercer officiating, assisted by Rev. Ward, the pastor. Burial was in DeArmond Cemetery.
She is survived by a son, James D. Strader of Belton, a daughter, Mrs. Anthony Skipworth of Dunmor; eight grandchildren; one brother, Joe King of Beech Creek, and a sister, Mrs. Albert Knight of Dunmor.
Source: The Greenville Leader, Thursday, January 17, 1952.
Sacramento - Lanom (Cotton) Stringer, 86, of Sacramento, died Saturday, Feb. 11, at 11:15 a.m. at Muhlenberg Community Hospital. He was a retired employee of Veterans Administration Hospital, Louisville, a World War I veteran and formerly had operated a truck line in Sacramento.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Jane Hayurst of Indianapolis and Mrs. Linda Lea of Louisville; sister, Mrs. Pearl Nichols of Bremen.
Services were at 2 p.m. Monday at Tucker Funeral Home in Sacramento with the Rev. M.R. Butler officiating. Burial was in Sacramento Methodist Church Cemetery.
Source: Times-Argus, Central City, Wednesday, February 15, 1978
John Stroud, 82, of 805 West Oak Street, Herrin, died this morning at 5 a.m. at the Herrin Hospital after an illnes of several years. Mr. Stroud was born in Central City, KY in 1864, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Stroud. He was a coal miner and a resident of Herrin for the past 45 years. Surviving him are his
wife, Mrs. Ann Stroud; and his children, William Stroud of Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Amelia Guthrie of Harrods Creek, KY, Mrs. James Bailie of Herrin, Dan Stroud of Louisville, KY, and Mrs. Jennie Moore of Herrin. The funeral will be at the Storme Funeral Home, Friday at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Erven C. Lee officiating. Burial will be at the Herrin City Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the
Storme Funeral Home.
Source: Herrin Journal, 17 July 1946 in The Saga of Southern Illinois, Volume XXIV, No. 4, Winter 1997, “Some Obituaries from Marion and Herrin Newspapers, Williamson County,” by Brenda Stroud McKeand, Herrin, IL.
Contributed by Dorann O'Neal Lam
Greenville - Barry Kevin Sullivan, 34, of Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Greenville, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, at his parents' home in Greenville. He was a member of Greenville First Baptist Church, graduated from Owensboro Business College with a degree in data processing and was a computer operator at Robert Orr SYSCO Food Services Inc. in Nashville.
Survivors include his parents, Harold and Neva Sullivan of Greenville; his grandmother, Amel Sullivan of Greenville; and an aunt.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Greenville. Visitation is after 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, February 16, 1997
Funeral Services For Mrs. G.W. Sullivan
Funeral services for Mrs. G.W. Sullivan, 48, years old, who died at her home at Mercer last Friday at 6 p.m., were held from the Mercer Baptist church Saturday afternoon. Seven children survive.
Source: The Messenger, Central City, October 20, 1932
Powderly - Geraldine Helen Suttle, 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 at Regional Medical Center in Madisonville.
Born in Chicago, Ill. Sept. 10, 1938, she was a cook at Muhlenberg Central High School employed by the Muhlenberg County School Board.
Survivors include three sons, Harold Suttle of Drakesboro, Darrold Suttle of Central City and Gerald Suttle of Powderly; a daughter, Carol Martin of Powderly; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Georgetta Achton of Florida
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 6 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Powderly with the Rev. Jewel Martin officiating. Tucker Funeral Home in Central City is in charge of arrangements
Source: Leader News, Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Dot Sutton, 91, Buried Tuesday
Greenville - Dot Sutton, negro, 91, died at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at his home in Greenville.
He was a member of Browder Chapel Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Terry Sutton; stepdaughter, Mrs. Leatha Jones of Madisonville; and eight step-grandchildren.
Services were at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Browder Chapel Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. W.C. Grace, pastor, and assisted by the Rev. H.L. Hall, pastor of Wesley Chapel AME Zion Church.
Source: Central City Times-Argus Thursday March 27, 1969
Mrs. Sweeney, 32, Buried July 12
Greenville - Mrs. Eloise Sweeney, 32, died Wednesday, July 9, at 10:58 p.m. at her home in Chicago, Ill. She was born May 1, 1937 and had lived for the past 14 years in Chicago.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Sweeney of Chicago; four daughters, Alice Faye, Kathy, Marlene, and Sharon, all at home; three sons, Jerry, Roger and Patrick, all at home; mother, Mrs. Kathy Johnson of Evansville, Ind.
Services were Saturday, July 12, at 2 p.m. at Joines Chapel General Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe Groves, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. John Ray Sweeney. Burial was in the Joines Cemetery.
Source: “Eloise Sweeney Obituary.” The Messenger [Central City, KY], 17 July 1969. Microfilm.
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