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Ralph Eugene Campbell, 73, of Paducah, formerly of Pikeville, died Monday at 8 am at Cobden Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Cobden, Il. Ralph was born in Wheelwright, KY on May 3, 1941 to the late Herford and Marie Adkins Campbell. He served in the Army for 17 years before becoming disabled. He was a member of Disabled Veterans of American, earned his master’s degree and was a former member of Pikeville First Baptist Church. Surviving are two daughters, Tracy Scarborough and husband Randy of Dexter, Ky, Lisa Burns of Hurley, VA; two sons, John Michael Campbell of Paducah and John Turner Campbell of Hurley, VA; seven grandsons, Mikey Campbell, Zachary Campbell, Dustin Hamby, Nicky Burns, Alex Campbell, Jeremy Campbell, and Judah Campbell; and a brother, Robert B. Campbell of Pikeville. He was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Campbell Meade; and his parents. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 pm Friday at Campbell Cemetery in Pikeville. Visitation will be held from 11-1pm Friday at Thacker Memorial in Pikeville. Contributions may be made to Community Ministries, 1225 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42001; American Cancer Society, 3140 Parisa Drive, Paducah, KY 42003; or Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome, BCCNS Life Support Network, P.O. Box 321, Burton, Ohio, 44021. Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of local arrangements. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at www.milnerandorr.com.

Nathan B Pierce, 92, of Paducah, KY, died at 4:05 am on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at his residence. Nathan was born January 26, 1922 in Weakley County, TN to James and Donie Gargus Pierce. He graduated Valedictorian of his Sedalia KY High School class and was in the top two percent of his graduating class at Western Kentucky University. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He worked for a short time as an auditor for the State of Kentucky and worked as an accountant for the State of Tennessee until retirement. He was a member of Oakland United Methodist Church in Sharpe, KY for thirty years. He is survived by his daughters, Penny Childress and husband Duane, of Franklin, TN, Donna Hamlin and husband Stan, of Freemont, KY; his sister, Mildred Burgess, of Mayfield, KY; his grandchildren, Jamie Hamlin and wife Lynn, of Crestview, FL, Josh Hamlin of Freemont, KY and Jill Hamlin Thomasson, of Freemont, KY, Dustin, Ben and Hanna Childress, of Franklin, TN, Jennifer Childress Wells and husband Garrett, Jessica Childress and fiancé Cody Buford, all of Franklin, TN; his great grandchildren, Gavin and Grayson Wells, Chelsea Hamlin, Liz and Madalyn Thomasson; several nieces and nephews and a niece who was like a daughter, Connie Sue McKnight, of Indianapolis, IN. He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty four years, Ruby Helen Conquest Pierce; his parents, James and Donie Gargus Pierce; his sister, Chellie Jane Pierce; his brothers, Guy, Calvin and J.D. Pierce. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, May 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Lone Oak Chapel of Milner & Orr Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Robbins Cemetery in Mayfield, KY. Bro. Jeff Collins, evangelist from Sharpe Baptist Church, will officiate. A visitation will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Lone Oak Chapel of Milner & Orr Funeral Home. You may leave a message of condolence and light a candle of remembrance at www.milnerandorr.com.

Don Bowland, 71 of Springfield, TN, and formerly of Paducah, KY passed away at his home Thursday, May 8, 2014 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Don was born October 31, 1942, in Paducah, KY, where he graduated from Paducah Tilghman High School in 1960. He also attended Murray State University for 2 years. He was a intelligent, witty, and talented man who used his tenacity and drive to achieve his dreams, and to be an inspiration to all who knew him. He lived a very interesting and full life. One example being that while living in Paducah, he and his wife Sue devoted 2 years of their lives to engineering and building a 52-foot motor yacht. He designed the craft to be a “river yacht” to cruise the rivers of the southeast. Don, Sue, and her father A C Parker, now deceased, took the vessel on its maiden voyage down the Tombigbee Waterway to Mobile, AL. They were the first people to take a non-commercial vessel down the Waterway. For this feat, they were appointed Mayors of Mobile, and Dukes and Dutchess of Paducah.
Don had many personal and professional interests with an insatiable curiosity for how things worked. He was involved in the commercial river industry in Paducah as an engineer, pilot, and eventually owner/operator of his own towboat, the “Linda Sue”. Don was an aviator owning and piloting several planes. He also owned and operated an industrial metal shop, Bowland and Sons, inspired by his and Sue’s two sons, Randy and Jimmy Bowland. His true passion though was commercial refrigeration, an occupation that ran throughout most of his life, and one from which he retired in 2004. While in Paducah, Don and his family were members of Immanuel Baptist Church and after they moved to Springfield, Don and Sue attended First United Methodist Church. Don is survived by Sue Parker Bowland, his loving wife of 51 years. He is also survived by son Jimmy, his wife Emily, and their son Parker Bowland of Nashville, TN ; Randy’s son Coty Bowland of Shreveport, LA, and Randy’s wife Kristie of Henderson, KY. Don is preceded in death by his oldest son, Randy Bowland and his parents K.R. and Curdy Raney Bowland of Paducah who were members of Immanuel Baptist Church. The Bowland family wishes to invite family and friends to join them at Milner and Orr Funeral Home of Paducah for visitation from 12:00 noon Monday, May 12, 2014 until the funeral service at 3:00 p.m. with Dr. Deborah Church officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Kenton Cemetery in Paducah. Pallbearers will be Joe Albritten, Joe Gill, Bob Drake, Ronnie Nichols, Bobby Shapiro and Myron Collier. In lieu of flowers, the Bowland’s would appreciate expressions of sympathy and condolences be in the form of a donation in Don Bowland’s name to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or at www.pdf.org. Sue, Jimmy, and family want to thank you for your support during Don’s long illness and during their time of loss.

Keela Estalee Creason, 55, of Paducah died at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at her home. She was a member of Heartland Worship Center and employed as a payroll specialist for KCTCS. She is survived by one daughter, Kelleigh Jones of Paducah; her mother, Marilyn Chester Creason; two sisters, Janesa Creason of Elizabethtown and Gina Swacker of Arlington, Tenn.; and one brother, Kerry Creason of Benton. She was preceded in death by her father, Coy Creason. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Dr. Nathan Joyce officiating. Burial will follow at Cole Cemetery in Marshall County. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, May, 16, 2014, at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. Expressions of sympathy to: Lourdes Hospice, P.O. Box 7100, Paducah, KY 42002-7100; or Heartland Worship Center, 4777 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, KY 42001.

Ruth Ann Halicks, matriarch, backbone, grammarian and glue of the large and sometimes unruly Paducah family, could and often did recite Longfellow and Keats and Coleridge, well into her tenth decade. Her failing health in recent years only seemed to intensify her love for her family. And her mental acuity rarely flagged: she remained an avid bridge player to the end, even after her infirmities kept her away from her beloved bridge club and her only opponent was the computer; she recalled events of 70 years ago with crystalline clarity; she read her large-print biographies of the nation's founders with relish; she took part in the monthly book club at the library well into her 90s; she kept careful track of the exploits of her children and of their children; she delighted in the way her family rippled out across the world. She was a devout, lifelong Catholic and a member of St. Thomas More parish since the family moved to Paducah in 1966. She often followed Christ into the world, as a literacy instructor teaching children, exchange students and jail inmates, and as a Eucharistic minister delivering Communion to the sick. She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper at radio stations and was a school secretary at Reidland High School for many years. She was, above all, a wife and a mother, known variously to her children as mommy, mom, mama, ma, mater and jo, as in "jo mama." Ruth Ann Greenlee Halicks, wife of the late William Martin Halicks, mother of seven, grandmother of nine, great grandmother of one, died Monday evening, May 12, 2014, at Lourdes Hospital. She was 94. Ruth Ann and Bill are survived by their seven children: Marianne Halicks of Paducah, Robin Carlino and husband Chuck of Leavenworth, Kan., Ruth Ann Halicks of Cincinnati, Ohio, CAPT William Greenlee Halicks (USNR-Retired) and wife Sheree of Paducah, John Martin Halicks and wife Pat of Paducah, Richard August Halicks and wife Debbie of Peachtree City, Ga. and David Robert Halicks and wife Carla of Harrison, Tenn. These were seven loving children, and she had a unique relationship with each, acting as confidant, adviser, sounding board and cheerleader. Her home was the holiday gathering place for her children and their children for decades. She was born in Washington D.C. on Christmas Eve 1919, the daughter of Capt. Halford R. "Hal" Greenlee (USN-Retired) and Edith Miller Greenlee. She was the last survivor of Hal and Edith's six children: Bill, Bob, Ned, Betty, Ruth Ann and David. She was especially close to Betty, her only sister, and David, the baby of the family. She named the baby of her own family David. Ruth Ann attended college in New Hampshire, ending her college career early with the outbreak of World War II. Her father was posted to Galveston, Texas, and she moved with him and her mother, working as a civilian employee of the Navy. Ruth Ann met Army Air Corps. 1st Lt. William Martin Halicks, in Galveston and, after a whirlwind courtship, the two were married in 1945. They remained inseparable for 35 years, until Bill's death in 1980 at 63. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, with Ruth Ann's beloved pastor, the Rev. J. Patrick "Father Pat" Reynolds, officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, where Ruth Ann will rejoin her husband, Bill, who was buried there 34 years ago. The Halicks family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. Prayers will be offered at 7 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: St. Thomas More Catholic Church. You may leave a message of sympathy and light a candle of remembrance at www.milnerandorr.com

Creston Anther Rudolph, age 84, of Paducah, Kentucky, departed this life on May 8, 2014, at the home of his son in Central, South Carolina. His family will cherish his integrity, good-natured attitude, and his love of family. Born in 1930 in the Heath community and raised during the Great Depression, his family enjoyed hearing stories about attending one-room schools and selling wild rabbits at markets in Paducah. Creston served as a trooper in the Kentucky State Police for 28 years while serving in the Army Reserves for over 30 years. He was also a landlord and hobby farmer, taking pleasure in the outdoors cutting firewood and gardening. Creston was a longtime member of West End Baptist Church and was a Kentucky Colonel. He leaves behind his sons, John Rudolph (wife Krista) and Dan Rudolph (wife Jinmin); grandchildren Bryson, Maegan and Kylie; brother, Aaron Rudolph (wife Janell); mother-in-law, Clarice Mathis; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Obermark, Harriett Thuesen (husband Jerry), and LaDonna Bailey (husband Raymond). Creston was predeceased by wife, Mae Mathis Rudolph; parents, Anther and Opal Rudolph; and an infant son. The family will hold a Celebration of Life service at West End Baptist Church at 324 S. 28th St., Paducah on July 6th from 2 until 4p.m. All friends and family are invited to attend.

Edna (Kelley) Nanney, 74, of Paducah died at 5:30 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014, at her home. She retired from the dietary department at Baptist Health Paducah and was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by two daughters, Debbie Mae Webb of Scottsville and Mary Lynn Nanney of Paducah; one brother, Thomas Kelley of Murray; one sister, Peggy Busby of Union City, Tenn.; several half-brothers and half-sisters; four grandchildren, Robert Holland, Rebecca Howard, C.J. Jamison and Emily Jamison; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Nanney; one brother; and one sister. His parents were Houston Kelley and Ella (Kelley) Futrell. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May, 15, 2014, at Hughes Funeral Home of Paducah with Gary Knuckles officiating. Burial will follow at Owens Chapel Cemetery of Melber. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations made to the McCracken County Animal Shelter, 455 County Park Road, Paducah, KY 42003.

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