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Wilma Mae Gilmore Gunder Hall, 95, of California formerly of Paducah, KY passed away on February 25, 2014 in California. She was a retired restaurant manager. She is survived by her daughters, Phyllis Gunder Sieber and Anita Daly; step-son, John Hall; step-daughterAnn Hall; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold E. Gunder; second husband, William R. “Pete” Hall; son, David Gunder and step-son, Billy Hall. Memorial graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Palestine Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.

Walter Emmitt Barton Jr., 73, of Paducah died Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Lourdes Hospital. He was an iron worker, a member for Local 396 and a member of the Masonic Lodge 449. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Marie Meeks Barton; two sons, Walter Barton III and David Lee Barton, both of Paducah; two brothers, Bart Barton and Lance Barton; one sister, Janice Fields; six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a third son, Christopher Michael Barton, and a daughter, Cindy McKendren, both of Paducah. He was preceded in death by one son, Richard Dean Barton; and two sisters. His parents were Walter Barton Sr. and Minnie (Meixner) Barton. Services will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Lindsey Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation was 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the funeral home. Masonic Rites were held at 7 p.m. Online condolences may be left at www.lindseyfuneral.com.

John Frank Gibbs, 78, of Paducah died Monday, June 9, 2014, at McCracken Nursing and Rehab. He was the chief engineer at Midland Enterprises. He is survived by his wife, Frances Aneda Gibbs of Paducah; two sons, Jimmy Gibbs and Johnny Gibbs, both of East Alton, Ill.; three daughters, Kathy McClure of Morton, Ill., Cindy Gibbs of East Alton, Ill., and Robyn Midyett of Paducah; one brother, Gary Zakrzewski of East Alton; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and five nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister and one grandchild. His parents were William Gibbs and Ida Zakrzewski. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014, in the chapel at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Wayne Carter officiating. Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Belle Williams, 95, of Paducah passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Southgate Health Center. Mary was born January 24, 1919, to the late Charles and Love Tidwell Hopson in Calloway County. She was the last survivor of eight children. Mary was a longtime member of Bellview Baptist Church. Mary always enjoyed her friends and their many trips together. Above all, her favorite thing in life was the time she spent with her children and grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Williams; one son, Gerald Williams; and granddaughter, Cindy Williams.
Survivors include three daughters, Jan Creagh and husband Ed of Rock Hill, S.C., Sherry Fuqua and husband John, and Sue Operle and husband Martin, both of Paducah, KY.; two sons, Walter Williams and wife Ellen of Waterloo, Il., and Gary Williams of Paducah, KY.; thirteen grandchildren, Lisa Osterhage, Kelly Housman, James Williams, Todd Cain, Amy Shuck, Stephanie Roberts, Seth Lynch, Matt Williams, Hannah Williams, Charles Creagh, Shelly Rheam, Lori Benson and Jeremy Williams; twelve great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Rev. Mike Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Maplelawn Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. Mary's family would like to express their gratitude to the caregivers of Superior Care and Southgate Health Center, who cared for Mary with love and compassion, and also to Lourdes Hospice. Expression of sympathy may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Kentucky Chapter, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205 or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 693l Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814. You may light a candle or leave a message of sympathy at www.milnerandorr.com

Frances Duff Matarazzo, 93, of Murray died Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Murray-Calloway County Hospital. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Murray and a retired mathematics teacher of 45 years. She is survived by her husband, Salvatore M. Matarazzo; two daughters, Mary Duff Bryant and Sally Clay Hopkins; four grandchildren, Matthew William Bryant, Amelia Ruth Bryant Shakocius, Robert Keith Hopkins and Daniel James Hopkins; and two great-grandchildren, Fionia Frances Bryant and Porter Matthew Bryant. She was preceded in death by one brother. Her parents were Orest Cecil and Ruth Duff Summers Hamilton. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Building Fund, 1601 Main St., Murray, KY 42071; or the Salvatore and Frances Hamilton Matarazzo Scholarship Fund, Murray State University, Office of Development, 200 Heritage Hall, Murray, KY 42071. J.H. Churchill Funeral Home in Murray is in charge of the arrangements.

Howard R. Hawes, 91, of Mayfield, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Green Acres Healthcare in Mayfield. He was the oldest member of Dublin Baptist Church where he also taught the Adult Men's Sunday School Class. Mr. Hawes was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served in Europe from 1943 until 1946. He worked at the Merit Clothing Company from 1947 until 1984 serving as President and General Manager from 1967 until 1984. Mr. Hawes served as a director on the Board of Merit Clothing for 18 years. He also served as a director on the Boards of the Clothing Manufacturers of America for 11 years; the Men's Fashion Association of America for 12 years; the Western Baptist Hospital Board for seven years and the Baptist Healthcare Systems of Kentucky Board for seven years. He was a life member of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky F. and A.M. Lodge #396; the American Legion Post #26; Disabled American Veterans; and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #14000 in Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Hawes was presented the Citation of Merit Award by the Ben Goldman Lodge #1564 B'nai B'rith, New York N.Y. in 1972 in recognition of his efforts in the Business community to advocate democracy, improve human relations and further understanding among all people. Mr. Hawes is survived by his wife of 68 years, Evelyn Wilson Hawes; one nephew, Charles S. (Angie) Foster of Murray; three sisters-in-law, Joyce Wilson (Alfred) Allen of Clinton, Ky., Linda Wilson Clark of Clinton, Ky., and Cinda Wilson (John) Rhodes of Paducah; three brothers-in-law, Glen (Ima) Wilson of Waldron, Mich., Larry (Marie) Wilson of Bowling Green, Ky., and Garry (JinJin) Wilson of Cupertino, Calif. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Kitty Foster Long, and twin infant sisters; and one brother. His parents were Sheridan M. and Lorene (Dunevant) Hawes. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2014, at the Byrn Funeral Home in Mayfield. The Rev. Phillip Raley will be officiating. Entombment will follow in the Highland Park Mausoleum. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post #26 of Mayfield. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to: American Diabetes Assoc., Saint Louis, MO Office, 10820 Sunset Office Dr., Suite 220, Saint Louis, MO 63127 or Dublin Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o George Dunevant, 432 Dublin Hill Road, Fancy Farm, KY 42039.

Ben "Happy" Moore, 77, of Cadiz died Sunday, June 8, 2014, at his home. He worked eight years for the Gulf Oil Company in Flora, Ill., 15 years with Thomas Industries in Hopkinsville and five years for the Cadiz Police Department. He retired after 20 years as a warehouseman and night clerk from Lake Barkley State Resort Park. He was a member of Cadiz United Methodist Church and Woodman of the World Chapter 20. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Dowdy Moore; two daughters, Sarah Elizabeth Moore Key of Cadiz and Genee Grace Moore of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, N.C.; two sisters, Velma Morgan of Big Rock, Tenn., and Sue Goodrich of Clarksville, Tenn.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. His parents were John C and Lurline Dawson Moore. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2014, at Cadiz United Methodist Church with the Rev. Scott Wilson and Dr. Hilda Bentley officiating. Burial will follow at Trigg Memory Acres in Cadiz. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014, at the church and again from noon until 1 p.m. Friday. Memorial contributions can be made to Cadiz United Methodist Church, Playground Fund, 482 Lakota Drive, Cadiz, KY 42211; or Trigg County Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 99, Cadiz, KY 42211. Goodwin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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