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Mr. John Weldon "J.W." Clarke, 93, of Salem, Kentucky, passed into eternal life Monday, February 16, 2015, at his home in Salem. Mr. Clarke was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving as boatswain's mate 1st class on the USS Kershaw. Following his military service, he maintained memberships in the American Legion and VFW. Dedicated to his faith, family, and community, he was a member of Salem Baptist Church for 68 years. His church service included serving many years as a deacon, Sunday School superintendent, member of the Adult Choir, and bass singer for the Men's Quartet. He was a staunch supporter of missions, especially Happy Trails Ministry. In the Salem area he had worked 30 years as a self-employed backhoe operator, had 30 years of service as a rural letter carrier, served 16 years as an elected member of the Livingston County Board of Education, served many years as scoreboard operator for Livingston Central basketball games, and served 21 years as a Commissioner of the Crittenden-Livingston Water District (where he volunteered daily until his death). His many hobbies included traveling, St. Louis Cardinal baseball, gardening, southern gospel quartet singings/conventions and the National Farm Machinery Show which he attended each year until 2013. He is survived by two sons, Jeffery Wayne Clarke of Salem, Kentucky, Chris Clarke and his wife Shelia of Salem, Kentucky; two daughters, Tandy Lee Higgins and her husband Jim of Alvaton, Kentucky, Lori Beth Clarke of Salem, Kentucky; one brother, William Oliver Clarke of Lockney, Texas; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Marca Lee Clarke; one sister, Helen Clarke Ellis; and his parents, Guy M. and Lillie B. Oliver Clarke. A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015, at Salem Baptist Church with the Rev. Chuck Ellis officiating. Burial will follow in Salem Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Happy Trails Ministry, P.O. Box 47, Salem, KY 42078. Condolences may be left online at www.boydfunealdirectors.com.

Services for William Eugene "Bill" Clark, 71, of Marion, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at Enon Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Mr. Clark died Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at his home. He attended Enon Baptist Church and was a former maintenance worker at Henderson Community College and a farmer with Reynolds Metals. He is survived by his wife, Katie Clark; two daughters, Laura Ann Gish, of Henderson, and Holly Gail Roberts, of Calvert City; one son, William Kent Clark, of Henderson; one sister, Dottie Sue Moore, of Ledbetter; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother. His parents were Dennis Eugene and Dorothy Lee Clark. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion, and after 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at the church. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Alzheimer's Association, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205; or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101.

Harold K. Whitmer, 79, of Marion and Madisonville died Friday, February 20, 2015, at his home. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of Madisonville VFW, and attended Christian Assembly Church in Madisonville. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda Whitmer; one daughter, Rebecca Tucker of Newburgh, Indiana; one sister, Barbara Franklin of Marion; one brother, Ronnie Whitmer of Madisonville; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. His parents were Herbert and Mandrel Whitmer. Memorial services will be at a later date. Condolences may be made at www.boydfuneraldirectors.com.

John "Russell" Morrow, 67, of Tiline died at 12:57 p.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015, at his home. He retired from Gerdau, formerly North Star Steel, was a U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran and was active in Sugar Creek Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Sally A. Morrow; two sons, Ryan Morrow of Tiline and Rodney Morrow of Houston; one brother, Roger D. Morrow of Tiline; one sister, Katherine L. Johnson of Magnolia, Texas; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. His parents were Charles W. and Nellie L. Ricketts Morrow. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at Smith Funeral Chapel in Smithland with the Rev. Fred Lowrance officiating. Burial will follow in Leeper Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Monday, February 23, 2015, at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research, 3724 Darcus Drive, Houston, TX 77005; broachfoundation.org.

Barbara Miniard, 74, of Marion died Monday, February 9, 2015, at Lourdes hospital in Paducah. Mrs. Miniard was survived by two sons, Rusty Miniard and Tony Miniard, both of Marion; one brother, Merle Whitman of Marion; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hurst Miniard, and two brothers. Her parents were James and Alta Whitman. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 14, 2015, at Gilbert Funeral Home. Burial will be at Caldwell Springs Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, February 13, 2015, at the funeral home.

Services for David Alan Wheeler, 63, of Marion, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion. Burial will be in Mapleview Cemetery. Mr. Wheeler died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at Livingston County Hospital. He was a member of Marion Baptist Church. Surviving are several nephews including Kevin Wheeler and Dustin Wheeler, of Marion, and Mike Wheeler, of Clarksville, Tennessee; a great-niece and a great nephew. He was preceded in death by one brother. His parents were Edward Bruce and Mary Wheeler. Friends may call after 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Gideons International, P.O. Box 304, Salem, KY 42078.

Mrs. Katherine C. Sutton, 78, of Marion, Kentucky passed from this life on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at Crittenden Health Systems in Marion. Mrs. Sutton enjoyed gardening, sewing and quilting. Mrs. Sutton is survived by two sons, Rudy Prado of Kevil KY, Rick Prado of Marion KY; three daughters, Linda Riley, Marcia Floyd and Kathy James all of Marion KY; one brother, Herman Curnell of Dawson Springs KY; one sister Caroline Denton of Port Orchard WA; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Rodolfo Prado and husband, Charles Sutton; one brother; four sisters; and her parents Freeman Earl Curnell and Ora Lee Driver. Funeral Services are scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 1pm, in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors with Rev. Chris Lowery officiating. Burial will follow in White's Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 11am until the funeral hour at 1pm in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem. Condolences may be left online at www.boydfuneraldirectors .com

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