Phyllis Ann Strickland Weatherspoon, 60, of Metropolis died at 10:20 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Metropolis Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. Arrangements were incomplete at Pettus-Rowland Funeral Home of Paducah.
Virgil W. Walker, 71, of West Paducah, formerly of Vienna, Illinois, died at 1:04 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015, at Baptist Health Paducah. Mr. Walker was a retired sales representative and a member of County Line Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Kathy A. (Kerley) Walker; two sons, Troy Duane Walker and Shaun Lee Walker, both of Kevil; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and one sister, Wilma Gale of Freeport. He was preceded in death by two sisters. His parents were Virgil and Leva (Gurley) Walker. Services were held Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna with the Rev. David Faulkner officiating. Burial took in Kerley Cemetery in the Flatwoods community. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4503 W. DeYoung St., Suite 200C, Marion, IL 62959, or to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.
Edwin (Bill) Earl Freeman, age 92, died at 2:00 a.m. Friday morning at Life Care Center in La Center. Bill was a World War II Army Veteran. He owned and operated Freeman's T.V. in Kevil for several years. He was a member of Kevil United Methodist Church. Bill is survived by one son, Terry Freeman of Atlanta, Georgia; one daughter, Susan Sullivan and her husband, Sonny Sullivan of Wickliffe, Ky. One sister, JoRetta Story of Calvert City, Ky. One Granddaughter, Emily Joles; one Great-Grandson Wyatt. One StepGranddaughter, Sarah Jenkins of Kevil; two StepGrandsons, Jordon Sullivan of Barlow and Chris Sullivan of Murphysboro, Ill. Four StepGreat-Grandsons and one StepGreat-Granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Freeman; three sisters; three brothers; and his parents, Omar and Alice Freeman. Graveside Services were held Sunday, April 19th at 2:00 p.m. at Woodville Cemetery in Kevil with the Rev. Randy Stacey officiating. Interment followed at Woodville Cemetery.
Byron Ashley Gill, 71, of the Gage community passed away peacefully at his home at 5:12 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on November 17, 1943, in La Center, Kentucky, to the late Horace and Ruby Piper Gill and grew up near Wickliffe. Byron received the gift of salvation as a young man and became a member of Wickliffe First Christian Church, and later attended Maxon Christian Church in West Paducah. He served with the Illinois National Guard from 1965 to 1971. Byron worked as a lineman and a cable splicer for BellSouth and retired after 32 years of service. He was a member of Telecommunications Workers of America, a life member of Telephone Pioneers of America and a life member of the National Rifleman Association. Known by anyone under the age of 12 as "Uncle Barney," he endeared himself to his nieces and nephews, as well as countless youngsters, friends, neighbors and co-workers throughout his life. Byron is remembered by others as a man of his word who never failed to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. His love and knowledge of the outdoors began as a young boy hunting all types of small game and wildlife. In his later years he especially enjoyed bow-hunting, raising fish, frogs, and growing fruit and nut trees. He was blessed with a knack for ingenuity and was self-taught in numerous trades and electronics. Gardening was his favorite pastime, and sharing his crops with others gave him much pleasure. Byron loved the pleasure of the simple life and always took the time to show his appreciation of others. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judy; two sisters, Ellen Kelley and husband Kenneth of West Paducah, and Nancy Gill and special friend Wayne Gibby of West Paducah; one brother, Joey Gill and wife Cynthia of Gage; three nephews, Brad Kelley and wife Sheri of Independence, Missouri, Jordan Gill of Waynesville, North Carolina, and Chris Halteman and wife Kristy of Wickliffe; two nieces, Lana Estes and husband Tony of Paducah, and Amanda Gill of Lexington; one great-nephew, Duncan Tindle-Kelley; two great-nieces, Ruby Tindle-Kelley and Gemma Rose Halteman. Also surviving are two aunts, Doris Gill of Wickliffe and Lue Spencer of Paducah. He was preceded in death by his parents, his father and mother-in-law, and one sister-in-law. His grandparents were Fred and Mary Etta Martin Gill and George and Margaret Ellen Womble Piper. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Wickliffe, with Bro. Billy Harrison and Bro. Billy Weaver officiating. Burial followed in the Wickliffe City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015, at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Wickliffe.