Obituaries, February 28, 2022 | obituaries

Cynthia Marie DiBlasio

Cynthia Marie DiBlasio, 64, of Murray, Kentucky, died Thursday, February 24, 2022 at Baptist Health in Paducah, Kentucky.

She was born on September 16, 1957 in Tampa, Florida.

She was a pharmacy technician at AM Pharm Inc. in Parsons, Tennessee.

Her father, William Echols, preceded her in death; her husband, John DiBlasio; and a son, Frank Armand DiBlasio.

Cynthia is survived by her mother, Dolly Echols of Murray; her sons Joe DiBlasio (Sheila) of Decaturville, Tennessee, and Nick DiBlasio of Parsons; a brother, Billy Echols of Clayton, Georgia; sisters, Karen Rushing (Johnny) from Murray and Gina Walker from Murray; and one grandchild, Maci DiBlasio.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at the Oakdale Funeral Home, Parsons, conducted by Kevin Harris. The funeral will follow at Decatur County Memorial Gardens. Visitation is on Tuesday, March 2, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Oakdale Funeral Home of Parsons, Tennessee, is in charge of the preparations.


Barbara Ann Durr






Barbara Ann Durr, 89, of Murray, Kentucky, died Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at her home.

She was born on March 26, 1932 in Gary, Indiana to George Alexander Doolin and Catherine Smith Doolin.

She was a housewife and worked as a cook for many years. She loved to sew and do crafts. In her later years, she especially loved visiting the senior center with friends, baking for the bake sale, teaching the craft classes, and traveling with the ladies of the Red Hat Society.

Her parents preceded her in death; her husband of 51 years, John C. Durr; a son, Roger W. Durr Sr; and brothers and sisters, Marcine Scalchas, Patricia Kelley, Judy Ellis, James “Jimmy” Doolin, Donald Doolin, and Roger Wayne Durr, Jr.

Barbara is survived by five children, Robert (Diane) Durr of Mountain Home, Arkansas, George Durr of Murray, Paul Durr of Fort Charlotte, Florida, Raymond Durr of Murray, and Diane Durr of Almo; Brothers William (Barbara) Doolin, George (Tina) Doolin of Hobart, Indiana; a sister, Sharon Shiyan of Valparaiso, Indiana; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at the Blalock-Coleman Funeral Home, with Eric Kelleher and Ruth Daughaday officiating. Burial followed in Murray City Cemetery. The visit took place after 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at the funeral home.

Shows of sympathy can be made in the form of donations to the Murray-Calloway County Senior Citizens Center, 607 Poplar St., Murray, KY 42071.

Blalock-Coleman Funeral Home did the preparations.


Paul W Casey







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Paul W. Casey, 75, of Murray, Kentucky, died Thursday, February 24, 2022 at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House in Murray.

He retired from the Calloway County Road Department where he enjoyed his work as a grader operator. He worked for Rob McCallon for several years, both on his farm and in the tobacco warehouse. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed spending time in nature, fishing and hunting. He also loved mechanics and would tinker and tinker in his workshop in his spare time.

He was born on December 24, 1946 in Mountain Home, Arkansas to Leonard Casey and Isabel Galloway Casey.

In addition to his parents, three sisters and four brothers preceded him in death.

Paul is survived by his 37-year-old Murray wife, Tonia McCallon Casey; two daughters, Lori Story and husband Michael of Jacksonville, Florida, and Saresa D Casey of Murray; a son Brian Casey and his wife Teresa of Calvert City; three sisters, Carolina Newsome of Mississippi, Shirley Taylor of New Concord, and Wanda Shields and husband Oscar of Palestine, Illinois; four brothers, Dean Casey and wife Gwen of Mountain Home, John Casey and wife Beverly of Newark, Illinois, Roy Casey and wife Debbie of Millington, Illinois, and Keith Casey and wife Janice of New Concord; a grandchild, Monica Casey of Jacksonville, Florida; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services with Phill McCallon and Mark McCallon, his brothers-in-law, along with April Arnold. The visit took place on Sunday, February 27, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Murray-Calloway County Need Line, 509 North 8th St., Murray, KY 42071.

Online condolences can be left at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com.

The JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services were responsible for the preparations.


Jane Elizabeth Taylor

Jane Elizabeth Taylor, 90, of Calvert City, Kentucky, known as Bama (pronounced Bamaw) to all who loved her, died Wednesday January 26, 2022 at the Calvert City Convalescent Center.

She was born on Monday, April 6, 1931, in Mayfield, Kentucky, to Raleigh English and Vallie Russell English, who preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of Mayfield High School and Murray State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education. She also earned a Master of Arts in Education and received a Rank I certification. After more than 30 years of service at the Murray Independent School District, where she taught at Robertson Elementary School, she retired and, because of her passion for teaching children, continued to teach in various school districts into her early 80’s. She was a children’s church teacher, AWANA leader and a member of the Pathway Baptist Church in Calvert City.

Mrs. Taylor is survived by children Beth Solomon and husband Kenny of Calvert City and Brad Taylor and wife Cindy of Evansville, Indiana; grandchildren, Amber Conyea and husband Patrick of Hickory, Ashley Solomon of Beijing, China, Whitney Barbary and husband Jeremy of Evansville, and Michael Taylor and wife Erin of Evansville; Great-grandchildren Camille Hargrove of Evansville, Jude Taylor of Evansville, and Chloe Taylor of Evansville.

A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, February 27, 2022 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Pathway Baptist Church in Calvert City.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations for the Pathway Baptist Church’s AWANA “Amen Amen” program.

Online condolences can be left at www.collierfuneralhome.com.

Collier Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Benton was responsible for the preparations.


Maxim Witzler







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Max Witzler, 56, of Murray, Kentucky, died Friday, February 25, 2022 at Murray-Calloway County Hospital in Murray.

He was born on August 29, 1965 in Toledo, Ohio.

He was a Captain in the US Army where he served in Desert Storm. He worked as a real estate agent for Elite Reality and had a passion for hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He was a member of the Lynnville Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his brother Victor Robert Hanneman and a sister, Linda Fay Hanneman.

Mr. Witzler is survived by his daughter Savannah Danyel Alvey and husband David of Calvert City; his mother, Ruth Augusta (Kuhl) Vaughan of Murray; girlfriend, Cathy Barron of Murray; four grandchildren, Anniston Alvey, Graham Alvey, Korben Alvey and Holden Alvey, all of Calvert City; his girlfriend’s children, Hunter Dyer and wife Dawn and Kayla Dyer, all Dresden, Tennessee; and his girlfriend’s grandchildren, Paxton Dyer and KyLee Dyer, both Dresden.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, conducted by Merrick Nunn. The viewing will take place on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Online condolences can be left at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com.

JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services is responsible for the arrangements.


James Donald Darden

James Donald Darden, 75, of Murray, Kentucky, died at his home on Friday, February 25, 2022.

The arrangements at the Imes Funeral Home & Crematory in downtown Murray are incomplete.


Charles Edward “Goodyear” Brown

Charles Edward “Goodyear” Brown of New Concord, Kentucky, formerly of Buchanan, Tennessee, died on February 23, 2022 at Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

The arrangements at JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services are incomplete.


Louetta Lamkin

Louetta Lamkin, 64, of Murray, Kentucky, died Sunday, February 27, 2022 at Fulton Nursing and Rehab in Fulton, Kentucky.

The arrangements at JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services are incomplete.

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