Ellis Centers, 87
Ellis Dulcinia Elkins Centers, 87, widow of John Morgan Centers of Mt. Sterling, died Nov. 28, 2010 at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington. Born in Menifee County, she was a daughter of the late Harvey and Nancy “Nettie” Elkins. She was a homemaker and was affiliated with the Church of God. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was also preceded in death by one grandchild, Decrystal Centers.
Surviving relatives are three sons: John Michael (Samantha) Centers of Jeffersonville, Mark David (Deanaray) Centers of Harrodsburg and William Joseph Centers of Mt. Sterling; three daughters: Janet (Rodney) Young of Frenchburg, Virginia (Allen) Lemaster and Ruth Ann (Floyd, Jr.) Ballard both of Mt. Sterling, KY; one sister, Olivia Tarter of Cincinnati, Ohio; 14 grandchildren: Rose Tallarigo, Clarence Franklin Claypoole, Morgan Lemaster, Shawn Lemaster, Joseph Ballard, Brian Ballard, April Manning, Amie Eddenfield, Melissa Howard, John Michael Centers II, Zachary Centers, Joshua Centers, Crystal Johnson and Michael Centers and 24 great grandchildren.
Her funeral service was officiated by Rev. Marion Brewer and held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 at Hearne Funeral Home Chapel, Stanton. She was buried in Resthaven, Stanton, alongside her husband.
Active pallbearers were Michael Centers, Clarence Claypoole, Brian Ballard, Joseph Ballard, Morgan Lemaster, Shawn Lemaster, Jake Lemaster, Tony Taillarigo, Steve Centers and Barry Centers. Honorary pallbearers were Rose Tallariga, Danny Centers, April Manning, Amie Eddenfield, John Michael Centers II, Zachary Centers, Joshua Centers, Crystal Johnson, Cas Lane, Daniel Morrison, Bobby Amburgy and Jimmy Tarter. Arrangements by Hearne Funeral Home, Inc. www.hearnefuneralhome.com
Beulah R. Curtis, 77
Beulah Rose Curtis, 77, 1283 Irvine Road, Clay City, widower of George Anderson Curtis, died Friday at Saint Joseph, Mt. Sterling. She was born Oct. 4, 1933 to the late George and Anna Gertrude White Richardson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Powell’s Valley Baptist Church.
Survivors include her sons, Danny Anderson and wife, Jean Curtis, Morlin Oakley Curtis, and Dennis James Curtis; brothers, Donnie and wife, Rhonda Richardson and Billie and wife Billie Sue Richardson; sisters, Rebecca and husband, Henry Andrew and Edith Campbell; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Monday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Wells Clay City Chapel. Burial followed in Elkins Cemetery, Clay City. Visit guestbook at www.wellsfh.com
Carolyn Hisle, 69
Carolyn Hisle, 69, 430 Picnic Hill Road, Irvine, wife of Claude Hisle Jr., died Tuesday, Nov. 30 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center, Richmond. She was born Dec. 9, 1940 in Furnace to the late James L. “Jimmy” and Frankie Jane McCoy Foster. She was a retired Westinghouse/Phillips Lighting employee.
Survivors include her husband, Claude Hisle Jr., Irvine; son, Tracy Neal, Irvine, daughter, Renee’Johnson, Irvine; sisters, Sharon Patrick, Clay City and Barbara Bliss, Stanton; brother, Reece Foster, Stanton; grandchildren, James Neal, Cody Neal, Jonah Neal, Ashlee Johnson, and Kelsey Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Winston Clinton Foster, Wilson Foster, Harold Foster, Hibert Foster, Eldon Foster, Paul Foster, and sister, Audra Foster.
Services were held on Friday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. at Wells Funeral Home, Stanton by Rev. Dwain Meadows and Rev. Eugene Reed. Burial followed in the McCoy Cemetery with James Neal, Bobby Patrick, Jason Patrick, Anthony Foster, Matthew Foster, Dougie Foster, Ernest Keith Foster, Timmy Foster, and Keith Foster serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers who served were all the people she worked with at Phillips Lighting and all of her friends. Visit guestbook at www.wellsfh.com
Elsie Martin, 89
Elsie Thacker Martin, 89, widow of Chester Martin, 695 Maple Street, Stanton, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at Stanton Nursing Center. Born in Bowen, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Lillie Boone Thacker and she was a lifelong member of Stanton Christian Church. She was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and she was a school teacher with the Powell County Schools for 30 years.
Elsie Martin was a past treasurer of the Stanton Womens Club, past secretary of the Stanton Cemetery Association, past president of the Powell County Retired Teachers Association and a former hospice volunteer.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her son, Walter Lewis Martin and by three sisters: Shirley Hainline, Vivian Prather and Edith Short.
Surviving relatives are her daughter, Patty (Steve) Gordon of Stanton; daughter-in-law, Lisa Martin Johnson of Russell Springs; three grandchildren: Marty (Ronda) Smith, Shawn Martin and Chelsie Martin; two step grandchildren: Autumn (Jimmy) Murray and Cheyenne Gordon; four great grandchildren: Steven Smith, Brooklynn Smith, Gracie Martin and Keeley Martin and by two step great grandchildren, Madeline and Ethan Murray.
Her funeral services were officiated by Rev. David Bowden and held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 at Stanton Christian Church. Interment followed in the Stanton Cemetery alongside her husband.
Pallbearers were David Stone, Darrell Herron, Larry Prather, Marty Smith, Steven Smith and Shawn Martin. Honorary pallbearers were the elders and deacons of Stanton Christian Church, members of the Powell County Retired Teachers Association, members of the Stanton Womens Club, Juanita Tipton, Lina Marie Skidmore, Irene Francis, Jean Derickson, Winnie Marcum, J. W. Stephens and Joyce Hearne. Memorial contributions may be made to Stanton Christian Church. Arrangements by Hearne Funeral Home, Inc. www.hearnefuneralhome.com
Elizabeth Spencer, 65
Elizabeth Louise Spencer, 65, widow of Lonnie James Spencer of 50 Washington Street, Stanton, died Thursday morning, Dec. 2, 2010 at her residence. Born in Estill County, she was a daughter of the late Walter Lee and Francis Booth Frazier. Louise was an inspector with Sylvania and she was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Surviving relatives are her children: Jeff (Bernice) Spencer of Jeffersonville and Janet (Robert) Fraley of Clay City; one sister, Katie Aldridge of Winchester; three grandchildren: Justin Spencer, Josua Spencer and Sasha Spencer and one great grandchild, Jaycee Spencer.
Her funeral service was officiated by Rev. Warren Rogers and Rev. Anthony Molihan and held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 at Hearne Funeral Home Chapel, Stanton. Interment followed in the Kennon Cemetery, Clay City, alongside her husband. Active pallbearers were Justin Spencer, Josh Spencer, Charles Goodwin Jr., Glenville Townsend, Garrett Horn and Greg Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were Steven Potts, Robert Wells and Vernon Goodwin. Arrangements by Hearne Funeral Home, Inc. www.hearnefuneralhome.com
Capt. Jon Townsend, 68
Captain Jon Townsend, 68, was born Feb. 3, 1942 in Covington. He died early Nov. 29, 2010 at the Veterans Hospital in Lexington. Captain Townsend is the son of the late Lt Col. James Larkin Townsend and Irene Palmer Townsend.
He is survived by his brother, 1st Lt. James Larry Townsend and his sister, J. BoPree Townsend. He is also survived by his daughter, Zachari Ann McQueen and his son, James Larkin Townsend III. His granddaughter, Keely BoPree Townsend also survives.
As a member of a military family or Army Brat, Captain Townsend traveled the world from Japan to Turkey and also lived on several military bases throughout the United States. Prior to his Army career, Townsend graduated from Powell County High School. Following graduation, he enrolled at the University of Kentucky and later pursued a surveying and drafting career. On his birthday in 1967, Townsend enlisted in the United States Army.
During his first seven (7) years of service, Townsend attended Officer Candidate School. He also became a Paratrooper and a Green Beret serving with the 6th Special Forces as the A Team Leader. As a Green Beret he learned to speak the Russian Language fluently. He became a JumpMaster HALO paratrooper and was promoted to Captain within the following two years. Other accomplishments included finishing 2nd in the European Paratrooper League Championships along with becoming a HALO JumpMaster Instructor which gave him the opportunity to train the Greek Special Forces HALO unit.
After serving in Europe, Captain Townsend was sent to Vietnam in 1969. There he was assigned to the 5th Special Forces at the Recondo School as lead officer for the Combat Orientation Course. Captain Townsend received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Air Medal (2dAwd), Vietnam Campaign Medal (W/60 Dev), a Master Parachutist Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal, and the Vietnamese Jump Wings.
Captain Townsend spent much of his life traveling the world and then settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. His life demonstrated his love for family, flag and country.
The Townsend family will be holding a Full Honors Military service in Clay City on Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Powell County AMVETS Post #67. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and services will begin at 1p.m.
Carol Vogt, 72
Carol Sue Vogt, 72, of 117 Danny Dale Drive, Clay City, died Nov. 21, 2010 at her residence. Born in Dayton, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Charlotte Wallenhope Arden. Carol was a former store clerk at E-Z Stop Market in Clay City. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Lee Davidson, by one daughter, Tammy Sue Charles and by three brothers: Forest Arden, Richard Arden and Bob Arden.
Surviving relatives are her children, Dennis Lee (Tammy) Davidson, Doris Davidson Curtis and Teri Lynn Davidson all of Clay City, and Rhonda (Joe) Bryant of Winchester; one brother, William (Christy) Arden of Dayton, Ohio; two sisters: Elizabeth (Charles) Johnson of Columbus, Ohio and June Arden of Dayton, Ohio; 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. No services were scheduled. Arrangements by Hearne Funeral Home, Inc. www.hearnefuneralhome.com