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Rev. James M. “Buster” Rodgers, 76, of Paducah went home to be with the Lord at 9:11 p.m. Monday, September 23, 2013, at Lourdes hospital. Mr. Rodgers was a painting contractor for 45 years. He was a Baptist minister for 58 years. He loved painting, gardening, being a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and going to church. Above all that he loved God the most, God was always his #1 priority. Is God #1 with you? He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Norma (Emery) Rodgers; sons, Jim “Roy” Rodgers of Paducah and Billy Rodgers and wife Anna of Paducah; daughters, Norma Diann Rodgers of Paducah and Ruby Rodgers of Paducah; brother, Jack Rodgers of Reidland; grandchildren, Whitney Cumbie and husband Dustin, Kayla Hays and husband Matt, Zach Rodgers, Kristen Rodgers and Bryce Rodgers; and great-grandchildren, Kynlee Hays and Carson Hays. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Rodgers; mother, Ira Etta (Smith) Sizemore; three brothers; and one great-grandchild, Lilly Cumbie. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2013, at Hughes Funeral Home of Paducah with the Rev. Billy Rodgers and the Rev. Tim Bertram officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Kenton Cemetery of Paducah. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2013, at the funeral home.Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: Walk By Faith Ministries, 2544 Olivet Church Road, Paducah, KY 42001.
You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at www.hughesfuneral.com.

Private graveside services for Kathleen Jackson, 59, of Paducah were at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Oak Grove Cemetery with Mark Rowe officiating. Ms. Jackson died at 3:03 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Baptist Health Paducah. She was a member of Ninth Street Church of Christ. She was employed for 20 years as a licensed practical nurse at Western Baptist Hospital and had also worked at Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Paducah. She is survived by two sons, Bruce Lee Jackson and Brad Lee Jackson, both of Paducah; two daughters, Kathalena L. Jackson and Catherina L. Schofield, both of Paducah; seven grandchildren; one aunt; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by one brother. Her parents were Elmer J. Jackson Sr. and Catherine Bolen Jackson. Pettus-Rowland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

David Tapp, 51, of Paducah died at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Paducah Care. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Richard Arien Tapp and Sue Tapp of Calvert City; his mother, Mary Jo Stratton Tapp of Paducah; one sister, Vanessa Kay Gower of Paducah; and one brother, Richard Tapp of Paducah. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 28, 2013, at New Hope Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 28, 2013, at Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home in Benton.

Ty’Eshia Lei Cockrell, 20, of Paducah died at 11:49 a.m. Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Baptist Health Paducah. She was a member of Greater Lincoln Missionary Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, was a Sunday school secretary, and a member of the Praise Team & Praise Dancers. She was a graduate of Lone Oak High School. She is survived by one son, Shikeir Divine LeFlore of Paducah; one daughter, Aaliyah Marie LeFlore of Paducah; her father and stepmother, Tommy and Christine Cockrell of Paducah; her mother, Theresa Young Williams of Paris, Texas; one sister, Cadence Marie Flemons of Atlanta; three brothers, Tommy Lee Cockrell III of Paducah, Tevin S. Young of Paris, Texas, and Tomaz Young of Paducah, and her paternal grandmother, Loubenia Walker of Jackson, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Melvine Lee. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, September 27, 2013, at Greater Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Alfred Anderson officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Paducah. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour Friday at the church. Pettus-Rowland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Boyce Mitchell, 91, of Paducah, passed away at his home Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at12:25 a.m. Robert was born in Burna, Ky., September 7, 1922, to George and Mable (Riddle) Mitchell. He graduated from Hampton High School in 1942. He was a Corporal in the United States Air Force serving overseas in England, Germany and France during World War II. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Smithland and retired from the Kentucky Department of Transportation in 1987. He was the first supervisor for the Whitehaven Welcome Center in Paducah and worked diligently to make the center a place that would reflect the beauty that the city of Paducah offered to those that would pass through on their many journeys. He was a dedicated volunteer for 24 years for the American Red Cross, traveling countless miles to collect blood donations for those in need. He also gave his time for the past two years to Lourdes hospital as a volunteer. He served as song leader at Old Salem Baptist Church and Central Baptist Church of Burna. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Paducah. He was recognized as a Duke of Paducah in both 1986 and 1989 and named a Kentucky Colonel in 1987. He also had a great love of trees and loved the process of grafting fruit trees in his own yard. He traveled the world with his wife Mina, was a Christian man that was dedicated to his family and his faith and lived a full, happy life. He is survived by his loving wife, Mina Lou (Dickerson) Mitchell of Paducah; his daughters, Debbie Sims and Catherine Wright and husband Jim of Paducah; his son, Ronald B. Mitchell of Nashville, Tenn.; his sister, Mary Jean Ramage of Hampton; a brother-in-law, Bobby Dickerson of Marion; his grandchildren, Melanie (Sims) Jarvis and husband Tony, Adam Sims and wife Brittany, Jamie (Riggin) Tucker and husband Chris, David Riggin and Katie Riggin; and his great-grandchildren, Madison and Reed Jarvis, Caitlyn, Emma and Haddie Tucker, Aiden and Owen Mitchell Sims. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mable (Riddle) Mitchell; a brother, Clinton Mitchell; and a sister, Ann Threlkeld. Friends may call Wednesday, September 25, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Milner and Orr of Paducah Funeral Home. Funeral services conducted by the Reverend Jim Ewing, the Rev.Tommy Tucker, the Rev. Charles Moore and the Reverend Jim Wright will be 11 a.m. Thursday, September 26, 2013, at Milner and Orr of Paducah with graveside services being held at Old Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Salem. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: Lourdes Hospice, P.O. Box 7100, Paducah, KY 42002.; or First Baptist Church of Paducah, 2890 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42001. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a candle at www.milnerandorr.com.

Norma Jean Owens, 71, of Paducah passed away at 5:01 p.m. Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Lourdes hospital. She was born in Newbern, Tenn. Norma worked in the bakery of SuperValu Grocery Store, now Banks Market. Norma is survived by her husband of 54 years, Robert Owens; daughter, Sheila Owens of Paducah; sons, Brian Owens and wife Kathy of Lexington and Jeff Owens and wife Shannon of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Wanda Brewer of Murray; brothers, Gail Ricketts of Greenfield, Tenn., Don Ricketts of Greenfield, Tenn., and Coy Ricketts of Smyrna, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Sarah Owens Parsons, Emily Owens, Rachel Owens and Alex Owens; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Anthony Owens. Her parents were Lawson Ricketts and Dora Jeanette Miller Ricketts. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2013, at Lone Oak Chapel Of Milner & Orr Funeral Home with the Rev. F. Wayne Carter officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, September 27, 2013, at Lone Oak Chapel of Milner & Orr Funeral Home. You may leave a message of sympathy and light a candle at www.milnerandorr.com.

Larry “Happy” Hayden went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013, at his home in Marshall County. He was 62 years old. Happy worked as a conductor for Illinois Central Railroad and as the plant superintendent at CC Metals and Alloys. He was a member of Briensburg Baptist Church and enjoyed sports and the outdoors. More than anything in the world, he loved his family. Mr. Hayden was also a member of the National Guard. He was the son of the late Eugene Hayden and the late Helen (Gamble) Hayden. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Holly McKim Hayden; their three children; seven grandchildren; and his sister, Charlotte Sherrill. Seth Hayden and his wife, Bayleigh, live in Cincinnati, Ohio, and are expecting their first daughter, Sean Hayden and his wife, Caroline, live in Nashville, Tenn., and have three children, Luke, Kellen, and Emery, Heather Hayden and her fiancĂŠ Lance Robertson live in Calvert City, and have three children, Hunter Schroader, Lake and Landon Robertson. Arrangements are being handled by Collier Funeral Home, P.O. Box 492, Benton, KY. Funeral service will be at Collier Funeral Chapel at 12 p.m. noon Friday, September 27, 2013. The Rev. George Culp and the Rev. Brad Walker officiating. Visitation will be held at Collier Funeral Home Thursday, September 26, 2013, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to: Briensburg Baptist Church, 891 Briensburg Rd., Benton, KY 42025.

Graveside services for Angela Cassoday, 42, of Benton will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at Union Ridge Cemetery in Aurora with Brett Miles officiating. Ms. Cassoday died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Lourdes hospital in Paducah. She was a member of the Catholic faith. Surviving are two sons, Nick Cassoday of Benton and Chris Cassoday of Paducah; one daughter, Amber Cassoday of Apopka, Fla.; and her mother, Linda Walls of Almo. She was preceded in death by one son, Cory McNeely, and her father, Steve Anker. Friends may call after 11 a.m. Friday at Collier Funeral Home in Benton.

Vernell Rodgers, 88, of Calvert City died at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at her home. She was a member of Jesus Name Tabernacle. She is survived by one daughter, Oneda Silver of Ballwin, Mo.; one son, Harold Rodgers of Princeton; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Emmadale Egner of Calvert City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Haskell Rodgers, and four sisters. Her parents were Gus and Jennie Johnson Egner. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2013, at Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Shumaker officiating.
Burial will be in Calvert City Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour Thursday, September 26, 2013, at the funeral home.

Memorial services for Maxine Alma Burmeister, 87, of Paducah will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at St. Matthew by the Lake Lutheran Church in Benton. Inurnment will be in St. Matthew by the Lake Columbarium. Mrs. Burmeister died at 5 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at the Paducah Care and Rehabilitation Center in Paducah. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Matthew by the Lake Lutheran Church and Preschool memorial fund, 3966 U.S. 641 North, Benton, KY 42025.Collier Funeral Home in Benton is in charge of arrangements.

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