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Donna Rae Miller Russell, age 75 of Paducah, Kentucky, died peacefully on June 3, 2014 at home after a brief illness. Born on October 5, 1938 in Marion, Illinois to Charlotte Cleaver Miller and Kenneth M. Miller. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, James K. Miller. She is survived by her former husband, John G. Russell, Jr., her four children, John G. Russell III (Kristin), Holly Virginia Russell, Kenneth Scott Russell and Donna Melanie Russell Sides, and her five grandchildren, Graydon, Sage, Max, Tom and Abby. She is also survived by her sister, Sue Miller Roberts and her nephew, J. Patrick Kerr, and niece, Kelly Kerr Chapman. She attended Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia. In 1959, Donna married John G. Russell, Jr. and they moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she resided until retiring to Monteagle, Tennessee in 1999 and then to Paducah in 2007. She was the Executive Director of Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville 1988-1999 and involved in numerous museum and tourism organizations. She dedicated many hours to the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, serving as Superintendent of Platform, Board President, and on various committees. The mountain was always her favorite place and gathering spot for family and friends. Whether she was playing tennis or bridge, working puzzles, reading on the porch, or visiting with friends, Monteagle soothed her soul. In Paducah, she loved playing tennis and golf with the ladies of Paducah Country Club and Paxton Park Ladies Golf Association. She was a member of the El Arbol Garden Club, serving as President and Historian. She was a member of Broadway United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and volunteered with the Keys Program. The family will receive friends from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Milner and Orr Funeral Home of Paducah, 120 Memorial Drive, Paducah, Kentucky, on June 5, 2014 with a celebration of Donna’s life immediately following. Interment will be in Monteagle, Tennessee at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Broadway United Methodist Church Keys Program, 701 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42001, Monteagle S.S. Assembly, Monteagle, TN 37356 or the charity of one’s choice. The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and doctors at Baptist Hospital who cared for Mother during these past few weeks, and we would also like to thank her amazing friends who welcomed her to Paducah and then cared for her and the family. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at www.milnerandorr.com.

Louise Lillian (Ludie) Record, of West Paducah, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 12:15 a.m. She was surrounded by her loving family. She died at Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Paducah. Ludie was a wonderful, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church and worked with the youth in the community since she was 29 years old. Ludie was the official grandmother of Earle C. Clements Job Corps in Morganfield, Kentucky where she and her husband Barton ministered for over 20 years and told people about Jesus. Ludie is survived by her husband of 72 years, Barton Record of West Paducah; three sons, Gary Record and his wife Jayne of Paducah, Mike Record and his wife Ladonn of Kevil, and Keith Record and his wife Angie of West Paducah; eight grandchildren, Michael and (Lisa) Record of Paducah, Jason Record of Paducah, Aaron and (Jen )Record of Paducah, Kristie Ray of Paducah, Tony and (Donna) Record of Kevil, Ashley (Shannon) Robertson of West Paducah, Maggie Record of West Paducah and Nick Record of Paducah; two sisters, Fran Reams of Paducah and Maggie Jo Cooper and her husband Joe of LaCenter, Ky.; one brother, Thelbert Morehead and his wife Elaine of Bandana; 18 great-grandchildren Parker Tilford, Taylor Griffin, David Record, Maddie Jo Griffin, Dorian Lee Record, Bryar Keith Griffin, Hunter Keith Record, Kaleb Robertson, Autumn Nicole Ray, Kadence Lee Ray, Emilee Grace Ray, Natalie Record, David Record, Andrew Record, Haylee Record, Autumn Ivy, Brayden Ivy and Drake Robertson; and several beloved nieces and nephews. Ludie was preceded in death by four brothers, George Moorehead, James (Bud) Morehead, Halbert Junior Morehead and Elbert Morehead (Eb); five sisters Johnnie Hawkins, Alma Rucker, Pauline Pugh, Mary Tomlin and Ethelyne Morehead; one niece, Norma Skinner; and two great-grandsons, Isaac and Zachary Ray. Her parents were Halbert and Maggie Elrod Morehead. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Morrow Funeral Chapel in LaCenter with the Rev. Billy Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to: the American Heart Association Ohio Valley Affiliate, 333 Guthrie Street, Suite 207, Louisville, KY 40202; or American Diabetes Association, 436 Kingswood, Lexington, KY 40502. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-8 p.m. at Morrow Funeral Chapel in LaCenter.

Victor W. "Butch" Henry, 70, of Paducah died at 2 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at his home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at West End Baptist Church of Paducah. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at Hughes Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. Saturday until service time at the church.

Mary Helen Williams, 76, of Murray, formerly of Calvert City, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Murray-Calloway County Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of Glendale Road Church of Christ. She is survived by three daughters, Suzanne Williams of Nashville, Tenn., Barbara Freeman of Gilbertsville and Jennifer Polo of Murray; two sisters, Margaret Bailey of Calvert City and Carolyn Herrin of Madisonville; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton E. Williams, and one sister. Her parents were Paul and Lena Mae Solomon Lee. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at J.H. Churchill Funeral Home with John Dale and Ryker Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Lone Oak. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may go to Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave. 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Memorial services for William "Bill" Allen Echols Jr., 86, of Murray will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Murray Memorial Gardens Cemetery Chapel with military rites. Mr. Echols died Monday, June 2, 2014, at his home.
Mr. Echols was a World War II veteran of the Army-Air Force and a member of the American Legion. He was a retired salesman and attended Eastwood Baptist Church, He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Agnes Echols; one son, William "Bill" Echols of Clayton, Ga.; three daughters, Karen Rushing of Clayton, Ga., Cindy DiBlasio of Parsons, Tenn., and Gina Walker of Tampa, Fla.; one brother, Haywood Lee Echols of Yorktown, Va.; two sisters, Geraldine Blair of Memphis, Tenn., and Eleanor Liu of Topeka, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters and a grandchild. His parents were William Allen Echols Sr. and Bertha Eunice Hall. Friends may call from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at Imes Funeral Home Downtown Murray.

Paul L. Drinkard, 91, formerly of Murray, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in Jensen Beach, Fla. He was a World War II veteran, serving during the Normandy Invasion. He is survived by his wife, Betsy Drinkard; one daughter, Shirley Schroeder of Midland, Mich.; one son, Larry Drinkard; and one sister, Betty Drinkard Coleman of Murray. He was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers. His parents were Dee R. and Lila Hargrove Drinkard. Blalock-Coleman & York Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

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