Dr. James A. Metcalf, M.D., age 67, of Paducah, passed away quietly on Thursday the 31st of July, 2014 at his residence. Dr. Metcalf’s extended and exemplary struggle with mortal illness will remain a vivid demonstration of love for precious life and time in this world, as well as of absolute faith in far greater things beyond the veil of death. Dr. Metcalf was born on the 19th of December, 1946 in Oak Ridge, TN. His father, one of so many hero soldiers; his mother, one of so many hero nurses- both represented well what has become known as our greatest generation. Dr. Metcalf graduated from Paducah Tilghman High School in 1965. He then attended Northwestern University for an undergraduate degree. In 1969, he entered into the Northwestern University Medical School. After medical school, he completed a neurology residency at UCLA and a neurophysiology fellowship in Arizona. During this time he also served in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lt., honorably discharged in 1976. Dr. Metcalf returned to Paducah in 1979 and for the next 45 years practiced community based general neurology and sleep medicine. During those decades of service, he became a pillar of Paducah’s medical and scientific community. He was well known for valuable and lifesaving insights, dedicated and tireless service, a nurturing and energetic patient advocate. He was also well known to be quick with a joke, to spread smiles and humor in such a way as to put patients and doctors alike at ease. He was a member of Lone Oak First Baptist Church and was baptized there in 2013. Dr. Metcalf is survived by his wife, Debbie, sons; Reid, Cameron and Baron and by his grandchildren Haley, Ellee, Michael and Mason and a brother Dr. John Metcalf, M.D. of Metropolis, IL. He was predeceased by his father, John Allen Metcalf and his mother Lois Metcalf Willett. Services will be held at Lone Oak First Baptist Church on Monday, August 4, 2014, with visitation from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM and Memorial Services at 6:00 PM. Rev. Dan Summerlin will officiate the memorial. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3140 Parisa Drive, Paducah, KY 42003 or the Green Beret Foundation, 18756 Stone Oak Parkway, Suite #200, San Antonio, TX 78258. You may leave a message of sympathy for the family or light a candle at www.milnerandorr.com. The Lone Oak Chapel of Milner & Orr Funeral Home in charge of services.
Billy G. Boren Sr., passed away at 1:30 am on August, 1, 2014 at The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion IL. He had worked for Florshiem Shoe Factory and Tele service here in Paducah. He was of the Pentecostal Faith. He is survived by one daughter Sheila M. Boren of Paducah; one son, Billy G. Boren Jr. and wife Angie Carol, of Fancy Farm; one sister Dorothy Ellis of Paducah; one brother, William Boren of Paducah; 10 grandchildren, Jake Lynn Boren of Paducah, Kari Michelle Reeves and husband Christian of Mayfield, Tiana Lynn Boren of Fancy Farm, William Boren of Fancy Farm, Noah Boren of Fancy Farm, Conner Boren of Fancy Farm, Zachery Boren of Fancy Farm, Andrea Broach of Murray KY, Bobby Oliver of Murray KY, , Jazmin Oliver; four great grandchildren, Madison Reeves , Jamie Broach, Chelsea Broach, and one unborn baby due in December; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Loretta June Adkins Ringstaff Boren; one brother Gordon Boren; two grandchildren Johnny Allen-Henry Oliver, Santana Dianne Boren and one great grandchild, Justice Lynn Boren. His parents were William Lester Boren and Janie Marie McCoin Boren. A memorial service is scheduled for 12:30 pm on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with Rev. Mike Moynahan officiating. Military Honors will follow. Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105, the Disabled American Veterans, 1133 Murray Street Paducah KY 42003. You may leave a message of condolence or light a candle online at www.milnerandorr.com
Jimmy L. Cothran, 54, of Paducah, passed away at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, August 1, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Cothran was a Pipefitter with Local #184, a member of Broadway Church of Christ and a member of Elks Lodge #217. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Evelyn Cortes De Cothran; three brothers, Mike Cothran and his wife Ann of Paducah, KY, Barry Cothran and his wife Helen of Paducah, KY and Jac Cothran and his wife Diane of Nashville, TN; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Tincy Williamson Cothran. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Rev. Richard Dobbs officiating. The Cothran family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until the service time of 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. You may leave a message of sympathy and light a candle of remembrance at www.milnerandorr.com
Lee Langdon, 77, of Symsonia, KY passed away at 5:00 a.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014 at his residence. He was born in St. Louis, MO and had lived in Philadelphia and Southern Illinois. Lee was retired from Sears where he work in retail sales and management. He was a member of Oaks Church of God for several years. After his retirement from Sears, Lee had his own Real Estate office in Southern Illinois and sold jewelry and diamonds in Paducah for various jewelry stores. Lee was a gardener, raising and planting beautiful flowers was what he loved to do. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Lee is survived by his wife, Sue Reid Langdon of Symsonia, KY; sons, Bill Langdon and wife Patti of Portland, OR and John Staples and wife Jeanna of Sharpe, KY; sister, Leila Rivers and husband Bob of Maple Park, IL; grandchildren, Katie Langdon of Portland, OR, Benjamin Staples, Elizabeth Staples and Alexander Staples all of Sharpe, KY; sister-in-law, Mary J. McLeod of Benton, KY and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Leona Reid and a brother, Troy McLeod. His parents were Leo Langdon and Gladys Maxwell Langdon. Funeral services will be 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Rev. Richard Dobbs officiating. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Oaks Church of God, 4820 Oaks Road, Paducah, KY 42003. You may leave a message of sympathy and light a candle at www.milnerandorr.com.
Louise Jones McIntire Tune, 102, of Paducah, KY died Saturday, August 2, 2014 with family at Superior Care Home in Paducah KY. Mrs. Tune was born in Michigan City, IN. She was married to Fred William McIntire, Jr. in Fairmont, WV, September 3, 1932, where attended Fairmont State College. After World War II, in 1951, they were transferred with Union Carbide Corp. from South Charleston. WV, to Paducah, KY at the start of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Mrs. Tune was a member of the Paducah First Presbyterian Church over 50 years; of the Paducah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for 44 years. She has also been a member of the Genealogical & Historical Society and the Paducah Woman’s Club and was a Kentucky Colonel. She enjoyed her genealogical avocation and traced the family history to many early immigrants and to a cousin relationship to our 2nd President, John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Benjamin Harrison. Golf, several bridge clubs, traveling, visiting friends, reading gardening and being with family were other avenues of enjoyment. She is survived by two daughters: Marilyn McIntire Burke (Pete) of Brevard, NC and Lorene McIntire Clark of Paducah, KY; three granddaughters, Joyce Burke Cron (Dan) of Acton, MA, Susan Burke Mullins (Bob) of Alpharetta, GA and Catherine Clark Harris (Brent) of Brandon, FL; six great-grandchildren, Brendan Burke Cron, Cassandra Lynn Mullins, Amy Elizabeth Mullins, Keegan Tyler Harris, Dylan Marshall Harris and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Fred William McIntire Jr. who died in Paducah in 1978; four brothers, Irving Lewis Jones, Comptroller of Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Gerald Amsler Jones and Clark Henry Jones, both of Sun City, AZ and Claire Wilmont Jones WWII veteran; two sisters, Josephine Jones O’Neal and Mildred Jones Morris. Her parents were Irving Lewis and Myrtle Amsler Jones. Dennis Earl Tune, her second husband, died in Paducah in 1997. Family graveside burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2015 at Mt. Kenton Cemetery. Memorial services will be Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Paducah with Rev. Lynn Shurley officiating. Visitation will follow the services at Memorial Hall. Expression of sympathy made be made to First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 200 North 7th St. Paducah, KY 42001 or to any charity of choice. Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements. You may light a candle or leave a message of sympathy at www.milnerandeorr.com.
Jerry D. Watson, age 77, of Paducah passed away at 9:32 am on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at his residence with his family by his side after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Watson graduated from Paducah Tilgham High School in 1954 and attended Paducah Community College. He worked at Midwest Dairy until 1977 and then worked for 21 years at Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant until he retired in 1998 as a senior technical illustrator. With his avocation as an artist, he had paintings, watercolors, and drawings exhibited extensively in the mid-state region. For 12 years, he taught painting and drawing classes in the Continuing Education Program at Paducah Community College. He was a member of the Paducah Arts Guild (Yeiser Art Center) since 1964 and held various positions on the board in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He was also a member of the Paducah Area Painters Alliance and the Paducah Wastelanders artist group. After retirement, he also enjoyed his hobby of showing his custom car. He is survived by his son, Dwain Eric Watson and wife Jill of Paducah; his loving companion of 25 years, Mayna Craggs of Paducah; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Udell Watson in 1960 and his mother, Mary Frances Tidwell Watson Hayes, in 2012. His grandparents were Linn and Cora Swift Tidwell and Charlie and Ophia Cunningham Watson. He was of the Church of Christ faith. Funeral services for Mr. Watson will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Andy Clausen officiating. Burial will follow in the Antioch Church of Christ Cemetery in Graves County. Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to: American Cancer Society, 3140 Parisa Dr., Paducah, KY 42003; Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42001; Paducah Area Painters Alliance, PO Box 1601, Paducah, KY 42002-1601. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a candle at www.milnerandorr.com.
Thelma Irene Futrell, 76, of Paducah, KY passed away at 2:53 p.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Baptist Health of Paducah. She was born in Chicago, IL. Thelma was a retired Nurse’s Aide for Lourdes Hospital. She was a member of Heartland Worship Center. Thelma loved cooking and baking for her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Cindy Miles Nichols and husband Dale of Paducah, KY; sons, Ronnie Howard and wife Sherry of Paducah, KY and Billy Roy Howard of Graterford, PA ;step-daughter, Sharon Mulvey of Eldorado, IL; step sons, David Miles of Aurora, CO, Rick Futrell of Paducah, KY and Dwain Futrell of Paducah, KY; sisters, Maxine Simpson of Irvington, IL, Velma White of Decatur, IL, Lorene Patterson of Centralia, IL, Darlene Parks of Centralia, IL, Pauline Matheny of Decatur, IL, and Josephine Walters of Cedar Rapids, IA; brothers, Jim Fletcher of Iuka, IL, Bill Fletcher of Centralia, IL and Roy Fletcher of Kell, IL; grandchildren, Crystal Rimmer and husband Ken of Louisville, KY, Candace Melloy and husband Derek of Paducah, KY and Eric Howard of Paducah, KY; expecting one great grandchild; 25 step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Futrell and one sister, Angeline Moulder. Her parents were Charles J. Fletcher and Lillias Pinkerton Fletcher. Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Lone Oak Chapel of Milner & Orr Funeral Home with the Rev. Nathan Joyce officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Lone Oak Chapel of Milner & Orr Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Paducah Cooperative Ministry, 402 Legion Drive, Paducah, KY 42003 or to Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 8307, Paducah, KY 42002-8307. You may leave a message of sympathy and light a candle at www.milnerandorr.com.
Shirley Ann Vallelunga, 76, of Paducah, KY passed away at 9:00 p.m. Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Baptist Health of Paducah. She was born in Springfield, Il. Shirley was retired office manager for the Lakeland-Wesley Village. She is survived by her daughters, Tracey Pettway of Bellville, MI, Dr. Lori Vallelunga and husband, Dr. John Galik of Frankfort, IL and Robin Burton of Paducah, KY; sons, David Vallelunga and wife Carolyn of Chico, CA, Mark Vallelunga and wife Tamera of Paducah, KY and Terrence Vallelunga and wife Susan of Cromwell, New Zealand; grandchildren, Crystol Pettway, Cody Fischer, Angelika Knox, Mara Vallelunga, Mallori Vallelunga, Maci Vallelunga and Charlie Ray Hagler. Shirley was preceded in death by her father, Roy Conover; mother, Hazel McKay Sink and step-father, Orva Sink; one brother, Raymond Conover. There are no services scheduled at this time. Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the, Community Christian Academy, 110 Lebanon Church Rd., Paducah, KY 42003. You may leave a message of sympathy and light a candle at www.milnerandorr.com.
Ernest E. Brown, 79, of Paducah, loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle, passed away at 6:00 am on August 5, 2014 after an extended illness. Ernest was born October 19, 1934 in Clarksville, Tennessee to the late William Brady Brown and Lucille Elinor (Moorefield) Brown. He was a 1953 graduate of Augusta Tilghman High School. He attended Paducah Junior College and Murray State University before graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1959 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, he served his country in the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, now known as NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). He received Commission as an officer and advanced to his highest rank of Lieutenant JG in 1961 before resigning to return to Paducah, where he co-owned Four Rivers Construction Company with his father. He worked as a civil engineer for the Kentucky Highway Department and for 30 years at Union Carbide/Martin Marietta before retiring in 1995. He is a lifetime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as well as being a Fellow in this society. He is also a lifetime member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE). He was honored as Engineer of the Year for Achievement in Industry by the KSPE in 1983. In his retirement, he kept his professional training current and took pride in the fact that he was still registered as a professional engineer and land surveyor in Kentucky. He was also recognized as a Kentucky Colonel and Duke of Paducah. Upon retiring from the atomic plant, he served on the board of the Paducah Housing Authority for 5 years. Before resigning from this board, he had the Ernest Brown Center for Elder & Resident Services in Pierce Lackey Court named and dedicated in his honor. He was a devoted and loyal athletic booster and supporter of Paducah Tilghman High School for the past 40 years and was inducted into the Paducah Tilghman Hall of Fame. He was also an avid bass fisherman and long time member of Triangle Hunting and Fishing Club. He was an officer in the local chapters of both MathCounts and the Republication National Committee. He was a University of Kentucky basketball and football season ticket holder for many years and was able to enjoy the 2014 SEC Men’s Basketball tournament in Atlanta during his battle with cancer. He was a lifetime member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Club for over 40 years. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Paducah for many years and more recently was a member of St. Paul Lutheran in Metropolis, IL. He was particularly fond of talking with and about his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, as well as his beloved golden retriever, Arby. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara (Kauth) Brown; his son, Evan (Karen) Brown, his daughter Claire (Brian) Elder, and two grandchildren, Eli and Abigail “Abby” Brown, all of Paducah; two sisters, Ellen (James) Glasgow of Frankfort, KY, and Belinda Hurt of Dalton, GA; a brother, James “Jay” Brown of West Palm Beach, FL; fifteen nieces and nephews, and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Preceding him in death were one sister, Cecilia Hromyak of Frankfort, KY, and his parents. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Milner & Orr Funeral Home in Paducah with Rev. Preston Foster officiating. Burial to follow at Mt. Kenton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, August 8, 2014 at the funeral home. The family would like to especially thank the staff at Purchase Cancer, and the guardian angels from the nursing staffs of Professional Case Management and Lourdes Hospice for their care. Contributions may be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society, Lourdes Hospice, or to the athletic programs at Paducah Tilghman High School. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at www.milnerandorr.com.
Ruby Haney Wenzel, age 87, of Paducah passed away at 6:10 PM at Baptist Health Care of Paducah. Mrs. Wenzel was a homemaker and loved cooking for her family and friends. She was a volunteer at St. Vincent De Paul’s and Martha’s Vineyard. She was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church for over 50 years. She is survived by two daughters, Virginia Gayle Grief and husband Marvin of Gilbertsville and Jacqueline Christine Simpson and husband Rick of Kernersville, NC and one son Larry Daniel Wenzel and wife Joyce of Gilbertsville and a son-in-law Frank May of Summerfield, FL. She leaves behind eight grandchildren, Richard, Paul and David Wenzel, Elizabeth Thompson, Jim May, Amy McGee, Jenna George ,Will Simpson and 11 great- grandchildren. She is survived by two brothers Kenneth Haney of Tucson, AZ and James Haney of Goreville, IL. Mrs. Wenzel was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Edgar Wenzel and a daughter Ellen Ann May and parents, Elijah and Alpha Hayes Haney. She was predeceased by two sisters Donna Sue Buchanan and Betty Williams and four brothers Howard, Roy, Billy Joe, and Gary Haney. Funeral services for Ruby Wenzel will be Friday, August 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Rev. Brian Roby officiating and burial in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00- 8:00 PM Thursday at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with Prayers at 7:30 PM. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Vincent De Paul Society, 2025 Cairo Rd, Paducah, KY 42001. You may leave a message of sympathy, a song tribute or light a candle or at www.milnerandorr.com.