Ralph Edrington of Arlington passed away Tuesday afternoon, August 18, 2015, at the Clinton-Hickman County ICF Nursing Facility at the age of 98. He was born with his twin brother, Rufus, on the family farm on June 29, 1917, to Jewell and Mae Burton Edrington. He was a sixth generation Kentuckian with his ancestors coming from Virginia in 1785. A long-time agri-businessman and educator and a distinguished member of "The Greatest Generation," Mr. Edrington's life was marked by his dedicated service to his family, his church, his country and his community. Mr. Edrington was a graduate of Arlington High School and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. He taught high school agriculture for four years, then served in the U.S. Army 8th Air Force in England and Germany for three and a half years during World War II. While serving in England, he met and married his wife, Beatrice Helen Knight, a veteran of the Women's Royal Naval Service. After the war the Edringtons moved back to Carlisle County to make their home and raise a family. Mr. Edrington was a pioneer in western Kentucky poultry farming, producing broilers for Swift & Company. He was also highly regarded for his tomatoes, melons and peaches. A member and trustee of Milburn Methodist Church, Mr. Edrington was also a volunteer custodian of the grounds and the prayer garden. The Edringtons have two sons, David and Charles; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The couple remained close to Beatrice's family in England and visited many times over the years, including a special family trip in 1996, that was part of a 50th anniversary celebration. They shared a love of gardening and landscaping and worked together to surround their home and church with beautiful gardens. Visitation was at 5 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Arlington. Services was conducted by the Rev. Jonathan Althoff. Funeral services were at Milburn United Methodist Church on at 2 p.m.Sunday, August 23, 2015, burial to followed at Milburn Cemetery. You may leave a message for the family at milnerandorr.com.
Blake R. Burnley, age 38, of Barlow passed away at 5:00 PM Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Wickliffe City Park. He was a mechanic and a member of Wickliffe First Baptist Church. Mr. Burnley is survived by two daughters, Melanie Burnley of Heath and Lakyn Burnley of Wickliffe. He is survived by his mother Lana D. Moore and step-father Barry Moore of Paducah, one sister Molly Moore of LaCenter. Also surviving are his grandparents Van and Nannie Sue Burnley of Barlow and Ken Rudy and Carolyn Doke of Paducah. He was preceded in death by his father Jack Burnley. Visitation for Blake Burnley will be after 10:00 AM Tuesday at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Wickliffe. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday at Barlow Cemetery with Rev. Lynn Releford officiating.
James Othel "Jimmy" Wright, 74, of Bardwell died at 1:08 a.m. Friday, August 21, 2015, at his home. Mr. Wright was a member of Seaman Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, and retired cross-country truck driver. He is survived by two sisters, Mary Lou Wright and Esther Wright, both of Bardwell; four stepdaughters, Addie Hobbs of Hickman, Kela Mashburn of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Katherine Connell of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, and Linda Davis of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two stepsons, David Leal of McCallister, Oklahoma, and Wynne Leal of Paris, Arkansas; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Hodges Wright. His parents were William Othel and Radie Florence Deweese Wright. Services were at 1 p.m. Monday, August 24, 2015, at Cunningham Memorial Gardens. Rev. Bill Mason officiated. Burial followed in Cunningham Memorial Gardens. Contributions may be made to: Lourdes Hospice, P.O. Box 7100, Paducah, KY 42002-7100; Gideon International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800; or Hope Lodge, 2008 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37203.