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Elton Ray Smith

GRAND RIVERS-Elton Ray Smith, 58, of Grand Rivers formerly of Paducah died on Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center in Paducah.

Mr. Smith was a McCracken County Sheriff's Deputy for 20 years and a U.S. Army Veteran for 26 years. He was of the Baptist Faith.

Surviving is his wife, Carol Smith of Grand Rivers; and one stepson, Chad Scott of Grand Rivers.

He was preceded in death by his twin sister.

He will be cremated per his wishes and no services will be held.

Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.

Robert A. Pergande Jr.
METROPOLIS-Robert A. Pergande Jr., 63, of Metropolis passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at his residence with his family by his side.
Surviving is his wife of 27 years, Tammy Pergande of Metropolis; three stepchildren, Rickey (Trina) Martin, Amanda (Shannon) Burgess, Brittany (Nathan) Smith; four children, Todd (Lacey) Pergande, Robert, Rebecca, Christopher Pengande; six grandchildren; half-brother, Harvey Parker; special friend, Mike (Tawana) Balderas; and several cousins and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert A. Pergande Sr. and Betty J. Reed Pergande; one nephew, Burt Parker; and several aunts and uncles.

He will be cremated, and no services will be held per his wishes.

Shelia Tynes Bates

SEDALIA-Shelia Tynes Bates, 60, of Sedalia died on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Surviving is her husband, Jesse Bates of Sedalia; four children, Jessica Holmes, Eric Vaneura, Kristin Strupek, Jesse Bates Jr.; two sisters, Kimberly Babb and Peggy Caldwell; one brother, William Tynes; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence Tynes Jr. and Shirley Langston; and one brother.

Funeral services will be at 1:00pm on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Lindsey Funeral Home with the Rev. Mickey Fowler officiating. Burial will follow at Wingo Cemetery.

Friends may visit the family from 11:00am to service hour on Saturday at the funeral home.

Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.

Marilyn Yvonne Richardson

METROPOLIS-Marilyn Yvonne Richardson, 61, of Metropolis died on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis.

Surviving is one daughter, Katassy Robertson of Metropolis; one son, James Robertson of Metropolis; two brothers, Cecil Hale of Metropolis and Marion Hodge of Smithland; and one grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Richardson; and her parents, James Hale and Effie Sharp Hale.

Funeral services will be at 1:00pm on Thursday September 19, 2019 at Lindsey Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Tiline Cemetery.

Friends may visit the family from 11:00am to service hour on Thursday at the funeral home.

Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.

Bennie Gene Graves
LaCenter, KY- Bennie Gene Graves, age 88, passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Life Care in LaCenter, KY.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Nancy (Moore) Graves, to whom he lovingly referred as "Miz Nancy", his children; Mike graves and wife Cindy, of Murray, KY, Gwen Roddye and husband (Mac) of Knoxville, TN; Greg Graves and wife Laura of LaCenter, Six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two brothers, Howard Graves of LaCenter and Dewey Graves of Florida, one sister Shirley Vaughn of Goodletsville, TN.
Bennie was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Mina (Thomas) Graves, one sister, Ruby Gaines; two brothers J.T. Graves and Maurice Graves; one great-grandaughter Hannah Graves and his faithful companion, Biscuit.
Funeral Services were on Monday with the Rev. Brian Overstreet officiating.
Billy G. Walker

Billy Walker, age 78, passed away at 2:18 a.m. Sunday September 15, 2019 at his home on Kentucky Lake. Billy attended Lone Oak High School and was retired from UPS with 30 years of service and 26 years of Safe Driving. Billy loved his home on the lake and enjoyed fishing, taking care of his yard, being on his golf cart to keep up with happenings in the neighborhood. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Janet Gaffeney Walker; one daughter, Sherry (Tim) Bertram of Paducah and one son, Carl Walker of Paducah; two grandchildren, Victoria Bertram, Knoxville, TN and Tanner Bertram, Nashville, TN; ; mother-in-law, Ruby Lyles of Reidland; sister-in-law, Geneva Walker, Paducah and two nieces.

Preceding in death were his parents, Floyd & Mary Alice Hall Walker and one brother, Jimmy Walker.

Services will be held Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Dr. Tim Bertram and Rev. Frank Queen officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Kenton Cemtery with military honors.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 12:00 noon until service time at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah.

Paul E. DeWitt

PADUCAH-Paul E. DeWitt, age 78, of Paducah, and formerly of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Superior Care Home.

Paul was born on October 30, 1940 to the late S.D. and Addie DeWitt. He was a veteran of the United States Army and retired Deputy Sheriff for Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Arkansas. While serving as deputy, Paul was responsible for taking photographs of crime scenes for investigative purposes which then lead to a lifelong love affair with photography. Later in life, he was afflicted with Macular Degeneration and his camera became his eyes to be able to see the world.

Mr. DeWitt is survived by eight cousins, Barbara Clark, Carol Gault-Dunbar, Joyce Houston, David Wright, Richard Wright, Keith Sanders, Tim Sanders, Thomas Tipton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Edgar Gene DeWitt.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Highland Park Cemetery in Mayfield, KY.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah.

Chloe Gill Stroud

PADUCAH-Chloe Gill Stroud, 97, of Paducah, passed away at 7:18 pm on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Rivercrest Place.

She is survived by her two sons, Jim Stroud of Paducah and Joel Stroud of Paducah; two grandchildren, Adam Stroud and wife, Theresa, of Paducah and Shannon Stivers and husband, Jody, of Kevil; and seven great grandchildren, Carson Gholson, Sydney Stivers, Hudson Stivers, A.J. Stivers, Harper Stivers, Marcella Stivers, and Remie Stivers; and one great-great-grandson, James Gholson.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Charles Stroud; her parents, Coy B. Yokley and Emma Yokley; and two brothers, Billy Yokley and Dilwurth Yokley.

Funeral services for Chloe was on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Rev. Jamie Broome officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Kenton Cemetery.

Linda "Dee" Yamashiro

COLUMBUS-Linda "Dee" Yamashiro, age 61, of Columbus, KY passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2019.

Dee is survived by two sisters, Tanya Westerman of Columbus, Kentucky and Patricia Johnson of Kansas City, Missouri; several nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Yamashiro, and her parents.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Arlington with Kenton Holt officiating.

Memorial visitation will be held from 1:00 pm until the 3:00 pm service time on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Arlington.

Marie Ripperden

PADUCAH-Marie Ripperden, age 93, of Paducah, formerly of Ironton, Missouri, passed away at 6:55 A.M. on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Calvert City Convalescent Center.

She is survived by her daughter, Sue McCarty of Paducah, Kentucky; step-son, Ralph Ripperden of Norris City, Illinois; two sisters, Edna Douglas of Potosi, Missouri and Martha Cozine of Pilot Knob, Missouri; two grandchildren, Meredith Baker and husband, Todd of Nashville, Tennessee, Melissa Statham, and husband, Pete Carino of Atlanta, Georgia; two step-grandchildren, Deanna Speicer, husband, Todd and Darrin Ripperden, wife, Amie; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Ervin Ripperden; her parents; one sister, Emma Isabell Cloyn; and six brothers, Donald Orrick, Raymond "Pete" Orrick, Albert "Ab" Orrick, Emery "Tub" Orrick, Jim Orrick and Bill Orrick.

A memorial service for Marie will be held at a late date.

Mary Katherine Koontz-Sanders

PADUCAH-Mary Katherine Koontz-Sanders, 75, of Paducah, Kentucky, passed away at 8:17 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital.

Mary Katherine is survived by her husband, Dewey Wayne Sanders; a son, Darrell Glen Koontz and wife, Shellie of Paducah; a grandson, Justin Glen Koontz of Paducah; a great-granddaughter, Taryn Claire Koontz; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Edgar Koontz; two sisters, Barbara Knight and Rada Ramsey; a brother, Robert Goodman. Her parents were Raymond and Josephine Merryman Goodman.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Rev. Bruce Fogle officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Kenton Cemetery.

LAST WEEKS OBITUARIES

Caleb Alexander Puckett

Caleb Alexander Puckett, 20, of Paducah passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 as the result of an automotive accident.

Mr. Puckett attended McCracken County High School. In his free time, he enjoyed racing, camping, rapping, and play with kids. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his father, Steven (Cindy) Puckett of Paducah, his mother, Stacey Barnett of Fredonia; his step-father, Mike Cruce of Fredonia; three brothers, Trevor Barnett of Greensville, Dakota Barnett of Fredonia and Joseph Mullins of Ledbetter; one sister, Courtney Mullins of LaCenter; his grandmother, Dianne Hobgood of Greenville; his grandfather, Timothy Wade Barnett Sr. of Daytona Beach, FL; his step-grandparents, Bonnie and Donnie Patterson of Paducah; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clarence and Wanda Puckett; uncle, Timothy Wade Barnett Jr.; great-grandparents, George White, Juanita Creekmur, William Creekmur, Martine Barnett, and Tom Barnett; two aunts, Susie Rose and Darlene Williams; one uncle, Larry Catt; and two cousins, Patsy Hernandez and Cassie Miller.

Funeral were on Tuesday September 17, 2019 at Lindsey Funeral Home with the Rev. David Wallace and Chris Wooley officiating. Burial will follow at Zoars Cemetery in Cunningham, KY.

Jimmy Blankenship

Barlow, KY Jimmy Blankenship, age 69, passed away at his home at 7:35 a.m. Thursday September 12, 2019.

Jimmy is survived by his wife Rosalinda Pabinal Blankenship of Tampa, Florida, one son David Harold Blankenship of Florida, three daughters; Amber Lee Blankenship of Barlow, Angela Mae Blankenship of Sebring, Florida, and Ashley Blankenship of North Carolina. One brother Leslie Wayne Blankenship of Barlow, three sisters Freida Johnston of Barlow, Sharon Wilson of Barlow, and Helen Blankenship of Wickliffe. Fifteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; Rita Ann Blankenship, one sister Della Johnson, one brother Rickey Joe Blankenship and his parents; Harold and Dorothy Blankenship.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Morrow Funeral Chapel in LaCenter with the Rev. Frankie Goode officiating.

Mary Frances Kaletch

Mary Frances Kaletch, 96, of Paducah, Kentucky, passed away at 4:40 A.M. Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center.

Mrs. Kaletch is survived by her daughter, Joyce Ayers, of Paducah; her sister, Etta Yates (Albert), of Paducah; her granddaughters, Sherry Ayers and Teresa Walter; seven great grandchildren; eight great great grandchildren; one great great great granddaughter.

Mrs. Kaletch was preceded in death by her first husband, Alliston Harris and second husband, Howard A. Kaletch; her daughter, Janice Harris; her parents, Lon H. Simmons and Lois Helm Simmons; four sisters; four brothers; her grandchildren, Marilyn Richardson and Kevin Ayers.

Funeral services were Friday, September 13, 2019 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Bro. Tommy Tucker officiating. Burial will follow at Maplelawn Park Cemetery.

Ava Grace Jenkins

Ava Grace Jenkins, age 2 1/2, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, TN. Ava Grace was born on March 6, 2017 to Kari Green Jenkins and Bryan Jenkins. She was born a fighter with the curliest brown hair and ocean blue eyes. Ava Grace was full of sass with a loving heart and loved by her mom, dad and three brothers. She loved playing with her brothers, singing, playing outside, bath time, being cuddled and chocolate. Ava will forever beremembered as a hero for saving the lives of others.

Survivors include parents; three brothers, Devin, Parker and Silas Jenkins; grandparents, Bob and Sheila Garrett, Victor and Mable Eggemeyer, and Mike Jenkins; and her great grandparents, Eddie and Sheria Green.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Chris Green.

Funeral services for Ava was held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lone Oak Chapel of Milner & Orr Funeral Home with Tom Moore officiating.

Dorothy Jean Lee

PADUCAH-Dorothy Jean Lee, 85, of Paducah passed away at 5:20 am on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Ray & Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center in Paducah.

She is survived by her daughter, Pam Soulliere of Essix Ontario, Canada; one son, Gary Lee of Reidland; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alie Thomas Harr and Esther (Branton) Harr.

There will be no service or visitation held at this time.

You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle online at www.hughesfuneral.com.

Hughes Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.

Earl J. "Pete" Harper

PADUCAH-Earl J. "Pete" Harper, 79, of Paducah passed away at 7:07 PM on Friday, September 6, 2019 at Baptist Health of Paducah.

He is survived by one son, Christopher Allyn (Annette) Harper of Paducah; one daughter, Carletta Ann Harper of Paducah; one sister, Ann Read of Paducah; five grandchildren, Mason, Micah, Noah, Rachele, and Thomas; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Beulah (Joyce) Harper; his wife, Eva Ann Harper; and one sister, Janie Harper.

Funeral services were on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Woodlawn Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Paducah with Rev. John Herndon, Todd Belt, and Tim Threatt officiating. Burial with military rights followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Princeton, KY.

Mary Helen Hocker

ARLINGTON-Mary Helen Hocker, age 98 of Arlington, passed away on September 9, 2019 at Clinton-Hickman County ICF.

Mary Helen is survived by her son, Robert P. Hocker, III and wife, Cynthia of Arlington; daughter Melinda Anne Craig and husband, Berry Craig III of Mayfield; three grandsons, Benjamin Hocker and wife, Brittanie of Nashville, Jonathan Hocker and wife, Shaina of Cadiz and Berry Craig IV of Louisville; two great-grand daughters, Callie and Harlee Hocker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert P. Hocker, Jr.; her parents; one sister, Anne Catherine Markham; one brother, Robert Terry Parrish.

Funeral services for Mary Helen was on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Arlington with Rev. David Sphinx officiating.

Carl Clendon Burnett

PADUCAH-Carl Clendon Burnett, 92, of Paducah passed away at his home on Friday, September 6, 2019. Mr. Burnett retired from Shawnee TVA as an Assistant Shift Engineer after 32 years of service. He was a United States Army Veteran of WW II.


He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Vida Rambo Burnett, his daughter, Catherine Burnett Sutton and husband, Virgil of Paducah, and several nieces and nephews.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents: three brothers: Rudy, Walton and Vernice Burnett; two sisters: Rena Walters and Myrtle Barnhill.

A funeral service was on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Dr. Brandt Lyon officiating. Entombment followed in Woodlawn Memorial Garden Mausoleum with Carl's nephews serving as pallbearers.

Eva Franklin Shrewsberry

PADUCAH-Eva Franklin Shrewsberry age 90, of Paducah, KY passed away at 11:35 a.m. Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Stonecreek Nursing & Rehab Center. .

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Reynard Conley Shrewsberry; one brother Feltner Franklin of Chucky, TN; three sons, Gary (Carol) Shrewsberry of Cortez, CO, Steve (Diane) Shrewsberry of Paducah, KY and Byron Shrewsberry of Pea Ridge, AR; three grand-daughters, Stacey A. (Kenny) Blankenship, Paducah, KY, Tessa L. (Randy) Whitledge, Murray, KY and Dawn Boatman, Paducah , KY four great-grandchildren, Jacob Blankenship, Justin Blankenship, Kailen Boatman and Jaeden Boatman; several nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death were parents, Lafoy Garfield Franklin and Bell Oakley Cutshall Franklin; one sister, Thursie Shelton; two brothers, Leonard Franklin and Ed Franklin.

Memorial visitation was held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Lone Oak Chapel of Milner & Orr Funeral Home.

Bill Brown

PADUCAH-Billy C. Brown, age 84, of Paducah passed away at 1:43 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2019 at the Ray & Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center. Bill was a member of the Concord United Methodist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Marines.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Harriett Ward Brown; one son, Bruce (Jennifer) Brown, Lone Oak, KY; one sister, Judith (Richard) Kruger, Metropolis, Il; one brother, Luke Allen Brown, Metropolis, Il; two grandchildren, Tyler Brown and Peyton Brown, seveal nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death was his parents, Ollie & Essie Allen Brown, one sister, Mary Lou Paschall; three brothers, Russell Brown, Keithley Brown and Bobby Brown.

Services were Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Revs. Dean Emerson and Marty Robertson officiating.

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