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Jessie D. Ross Sr., 74, of Paducah, passed away at 12:28 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Lourdes Hospital. Mr. Ross was a retired construction engineer with Continental Drilling Co., a member of Concord United Methodist Church where he served as president of the Methodist Men, a member of Thursday Morning Prayer Group and was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Jessie is survived by his wife of 36 years, Fran Colvin Ross; son, Jesse Ross Jr. of Michigan, and his daughter, Nikki, son, Rick Ross (Missy)of Indiana and their sons, Garett and Tyler Ross; one step daughter, Wendy Colvin Bufford (John) of Paducah, KY and their children, Jared and Blake Turner, Hannah, Paul, and Jordan Bufford; two step sons, Mark Colvin of Lexington, KY and Jeff Colvin of Paducah, KY; three additional grandchildren, Devin, Amber and Trish Ross of Michigan; two great grandchildren; two sisters, Charlotte Cox (Roger) of Middlesboro, KY and Dee Norris (Ron) of Missouri; two brothers, Eddy Ross (Diane) of Iowa and Oscar Ross (Donna) of Michigan. He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Ross and two sisters. His parents were, Oscar and Pauline Mooney Ross. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Rev. Earl Dickerson officiating. Burial will take place on a later date in Iowa. The Ross family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until service time of 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. In lieu of flowers the Ross family wish that expressions of sympathy be made to: Concord United Methodist Church Building Fund, 5178 Hinkleville Rd. Paducah, KY 42001 and to: Lourdes Hospice, P.O. Box 7100 Paducah, KY 42002-7100. You may leave a message of sympathy and light a candle of remembrance at www.milnerandorr.com

Patricia “Pat’ Smith Houser, 66, of Baxley, GA formerly of Paducah, KY passed away at 11:58 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2014 at the home of her daughter, Tonya (Vernon) Boyd in Baxley, GA. Pat was retired from the McCracken County School System and was the retired owner and operator of Houser Florist. She was of the Baptist faith. Pat is survived by her daughters, Tonya Boyd and husband Vernon of Baxley, GA, Wanda Frye and husband Andy of Augusta, GA and Lora Higginbotham and husband Scott of Olathe, KS; son, Gary Houser and wife Christi of Urbandale, IA; sisters, Brenda Jeffers and Glenda Nance both of Ft. Collins, CO; sister in law, Joanne Allcock of Paducah, KY; brothers, Gerald Smith, Dale Smith and Randy Walton all of Paducah, KY; grandchildren, Phillip, James, Jacob, Joseph, Gage, Austin and Blake; step grandchildren, Katelyn and Pierce; great grandchildren, Colton and Abigail and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James William “Bill” Houser, Jr.; sisters, Donna Jones and Shelby Walton; brother, Johnny Smith. Her parents were Delma Smith and Violet Shaffer Smith. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Rev. Roy Parks officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. Kenton Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. You may leave a message of sympathy and light a candle at www.milnerandorr.com.

Donald Whitfield Lawrence 85, formerly of McCracken County passed away Thursday March 27, 2014 at 2:26am at Southgate Nursing and Rehabilitation of Metropolis, IL. Mr. Lawrence was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville, Il, a United States Army Veteran and retired from real estate. Survivors include two daughters, Amy Lawrence of LaCenter and Susan Allison of Kalispell, Mt; one sister, Eulala Norsworthy; and two grandchildren, Michael Schulz and David Allison. He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Brugess Lawrence, his parents, C.W. Lawrence and Eva Marine Lawrence, and one unnamed baby brother. There will be no public services and Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah are in charge of arrangements.

Joe Rinella Jr, 86, of Paducah, KY and a native of Marion, IL died Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 12:10 p.m. at Lourdes Hospital. He was baptized in the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marion, IL. Joe was a retired manager from Midwest Farms and later from Sunshine Dairy. He was past president of the Paducah Lions Club and served as chairman of the Lions Club Telethon in 1985. He was an avid golfer and past president of the Paducah Country Club. Joe loved hunting and fishing. He was a St. Louis Cardinal Baseball and University of Kentucky basketball fan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during World War II and the Korean war. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Joyce Stauder Rinella; one daughter, Patricia Martin and husband Bob of Paducah, KY; two sons, Robert Joe Rinella and wife Lynn of Aviston, IL and John W. Rinella and wife Shelley of Paducah, KY; two sisters, Mary Jayne Rinella, Marion, IL, Dolores Brown and husband Sam of Marion, IL; one brother, Ernest Rinella, Marion, IL; nine grandchildren, Abey Gehrke (Tom), Joseph Martin (Jessica), Daniel Martin ,Priscilla Martin (Alex), Tony Rinella (Jamie), Paul Rinella (Bailey), Lee Rinella (Laura), Taye Rinella and Sofia Rinella; three great-grandchildren, Harper Rinella, Eleanor Rinella and Jessalynn Martin, several nieces and nephews. Preceding in death were his parents, Joe Rinella & Josephine DeSalvo Rinella; three sisters, Katy Rinella, Barbara Palmer, Sara Rinella; three brothers, Samuel Rinella, Frank Rinella and Tony Rinella. Services will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lone Oak Chapel Milner & Orr Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Martin and Father Brandon Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Kenton Cemetery with military rites. Friends may call on Saturday, April 5, 2014 after 11:00 a.m. until service time at the Lone Oak Chapel Milner & Orr Funeral Home. Expression of sympathy may be made to Easter Seal Center, 801 No. 29th Street, Paducah, KY 42003. You may light a candle or leave a message of sympathy at www.milnerandorr.com

Johnie “Nannie” Cook, 75, of Paducah passed away Tuesday, April, 1, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. Johnie was born on December, 11, 1938 to Grace and Bode Cunningham in Graves County. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved to read, camp, and cook for her family and friends. Everyone enjoyed her special “Nannie Candy” during the holidays. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She showered them daily with her love and attention. She was retired from Western Baptist Hospital, where she worked in the house keeping department. She is survived by five daughters, Freda Davenport and husband Allen of Knoxville TN, Karen Phillips and husband Ed of Clarksville TN, Kathy Tarry and husband Jerry of Benton, Teri Cook of Paducah KY, Sandy Parrish and husband Paul of Mayfield; three sons, Scott Cook of Paducah, Joe Cook and wife Rhonda of Paducah, Steve Cook and wife Cristy of Paducah; 14 grandchildren, Matthew Hicks, Ashley Hicks, Amber Collins, Justin Collins, Briah Cook, Brandon Cook, Jeff Cook, Alex Cook, Steven Cook Jr., Eli Cook, Dalton Strong, Blake Strong, Christian Parrish, Dakota Parrish; five great grandchildren, Ashlyn Cook, Elan Collins, Evelyn Collins, Veda Hicks, Jordan Mayo; three sisters, Marilyn Sams, Dorothy Hill, and Patsy Crane; and several nieces and nephews. Johnie was preceded in death by her lifelong companion Fred Cook and one sister Vira Peterson. Funeral services for Johnie will be 12:00 noon Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. Burial will follow at Maplelawn Park Cemetery. Visitation for Johnie will be from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm Friday, April, 4, 2014 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. You may leave a message of condolence or light a candle online at www.milnerandorr.com

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