Obituaries, September 23, 2021 | Obituaries

Larue Mitchell






Larue Mitchell was born in Hazel, Kentucky on May 9, 1925 and died peacefully on July 2, 2021 at the age of 96.

She was the wife of Melton Decy Mitchel. Shortly after their marriage on October 5, 1948, they moved to Michigan, where they raised their three children, Linda (Martin) Gabrysiak, Terry (Sue) Mitchell, and Karen Mitchell. They retired to Kentucky in 1977. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Murray and was active in child ministry and with her husband in the VFW before his death. She loved ceramics, needlepoints, sewing, and gardening.

Her husband preceded in death; her brothers Hugh Chrisman and Robert Chrisman; and sisters, Jean Etherton and Julia (David) Robertson.

Larue is survived by her sister Hilda Berry; and her brother William (Dorothy) Chrisman. She was the loving grandmother of her seven grandchildren Emily (Jay) Lovrince, Steven and Jeffrey Mitchell, Melanie and Blake Davis, Jessica Gabrysiak, Patric (Amanda) Gill and Vincent Gill, and her two great-grandchildren Mallory Larue and Tyler Lovrince.

On Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 1 p.m., there will be a memorial service at the grave of John Dale at 1 p.m. in the Macedonia Cemetery in Hazel.

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

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


JT Todd






Todd

JT Todd, 88, of Murray, Kentucky, died at his home on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

He was born on February 8, 1933 in Calloway County, Kentucky, Shilo Ward, to Herbert and Alice Arnold Todd.

He was a member of the Victory Missionary Baptist Church in Coldwater and was a used car dealer for 65 years.

His parents preceded him in death; his 66-year-old wife, Barbara Tomme Todd; three brothers, Calvin, Kenneth, Howard Todd; and a sister, Hilda (Hollis) Wade.

JT leaves behind four children, Laura Slocumb and husband Jim from Williamsburg, Virginia, Kathy Todd from Murray, Joe Todd and wife Judy from Murray and James Todd and wife Heather from Murray; four grandchildren, Jeri Balzer, John Todd and wife Melissa, Carle Todd and Riley Todd; six great-grandchildren, Sierra Fry, Andrew Balzer V, Payton Mathis, Kaeli Mathis, Jacob Todd, and Jayce Todd; and a great-great-grandson, Bentley Bostic.

The memorial service will take place on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Imes Funeral Home & Crematory in downtown Murray, with Larry Cardwell and Tom Fortner officiating. The burial takes place in the Murray Memorial Gardens. The visit will take place on Monday, September 27th, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

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

Imes Funeral Home & Crematory in downtown Murray is in charge of the arrangements.


Donald D. Fincher






Fincher

Donald D. Fincher, 66, of Murray, Kentucky, died at Murray-Calloway County Hospital on Monday, September 20, 2021.

He was born on March 14, 1955 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Kelly Hughdon Fincher and Loretta Fortson Beach. He was the owner and operator of a flooring business.

Besides his parents, a daughter, Jessica Stiles, preceded him in death; a nephew, Christopher Daniel Webber; and a brother-in-law, Terry Joe Webber.

Mr. Fincher leaves behind a son, Benjamin Fincher and his wife, Tiffany, of Grayling, Michigan; two sisters, LaDonna Weiss and husband Charles from Humble, Texas, and Sharon Webber from Midlothian, Texas; two grandchildren, Annabella Fincher and Ashton Fincher, both of Grayling; special companion, Lynn Houston of Atlanta, Georgia; Daughters of His Heart, Greer Monin from Atlanta and Rebbie Oline from Chicago, Illinois; an aunt, Nina Evans from Paris, Tennessee; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A tour of the JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services will take place on Friday, September 25, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be no public service.

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

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


David Lee Wrye






Wrye

David Lee Wrye, 68, of Murray, Kentucky, died Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Murray-Calloway County Hospital in Murray.

He was born on September 13, 1953 in Murray, the son of Dallas Evan Wrye and Gertrude Mae (Rye) Wrye, who preceded him in death.

He retired as a jack of all trades and was a member of Poplar Spring Baptist Church and part of Danny Phillips’ Sunday school class.

Mr. Wrye leaves behind his wife, Phyllis Kay (Adams) Wrye of Murray, whom he married on September 7, 1974 at New Providence Baptist Church; a daughter, Heather Dawn (Wrye) Glisson and husband Michael of Murray; a son, Matthew Heath Wrye and wife Amber of Murray; three sisters, Carolyn Walker, Shirley Thompson and Kathy Hill and husband Barry, all from Murray; a brother, Joe Wrye and wife, Kathy von Murray; four grandchildren, Kayla Rushing and husband Payton, Lindsey McNutt and boyfriend Jesse Burkeen, Riley Lane McNutt and Kale Lacey Glisson, all from Murray; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Poplar Spring Baptist Church under the direction of Kevin Harris. The tour will take place on Friday, September 24th, 2021 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the church.

Expressions of condolences 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.

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


Tony Horton






Horton

Tony Horton, of Searcy, Arkansas, went home on September 19, 2021 to celebrate a new life with his beloved Lord.

He was born on his cute mom’s birthday in Murray, Kentucky. It was really a gift to parents Nick and Frankie. As the oldest of four boys, Tony had a special bond with his brothers Nick Allen, Wayne and Jesse. Jesse preceded Tony in death.

Tony loved his wife, Tina, and together they raised a laughing family; Catlyn of Searcy, Nicholas of Conway, Arkansas, Michal of Waco, Texas, and Joseph of Searcy. He loved his son-in-law Andrew and daughter-in-law Leah like his own children. Six grandchildren are now growing up in the legacy of Tony’s love and faith; Liam, Hazel, Davie Jo, Clark, Crosby and Clara Beth. She enjoyed spending time with Grandpa on the beach, on fishing trips or just swimming in Grandpa’s pool.

Tony was a friend and helper to everyone he met. He’s been delivering packages to UPS for nearly 30 years, always ready with a kind word or prayer for those who got in his way. He was also a gifted carpenter. Most importantly, he was a dedicated servant of Jesus every day. He loved very much, and in return he is very much loved by everyone who knew him.

A celebration of the Life Service will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at New Life Church, Searcy. Dress casually at Tony’s request.

Tony worked and sacrificed for years to give his children a Christian school. To meet this commitment, please send donations instead of flowers to PO Box 1725, Conway, Arkansas 72033. The funds will be used to educate Tony’s grandchildren. Please send the checks to his son Nicholas Horton.

Online condolences can be left at www.powellfuneralhome.net.

The Powell Funeral Home in Searcy takes care of the arrangements.


Barry Thomas






Thomas

Barry Thomas, 69, of Murray, Kentucky, died at Murray-Calloway County Hospital on Monday, September 20, 2021.

He was born on December 31, 1951 in Murray.

He was a Parker Ford driver.

In death he was preceded by his father, Chester Thomas; and two brothers, Tony Thomas and Mark Thomas.

Barry leaves behind his wife, Teresa Ann McDougal, Thomas of Murray; his mother Toopie Moore and stepfather Aubrey Moore of Murray; two sons, Chesley Thomas and Alex Thomas, both from Murray; a stepson, Shane Butler and Mrs. Robin of Missouri; a sister, Sandra Fulton, of Eureka, Missouri; three Stiefkel, Logan Butler from North Carolina, Haley Stearns from North Carolina, and Carly Butler from Missouri; and a step-great-grandson, Luna Stearns of North Carolina.

A funeral service will be held at Murray City Cemetery on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. under the direction of Jody Burkeen and Dr. Chad Foster instead. There is no public tour.

Expressions of condolences can be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or Eight Days of Hope, PO Box 3208, Tupelo, MS 38803.

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

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


Charles E. Byers






Byers

Charles E. Byers, 88, of Murray, Kentucky, died at 9:25 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at his residence.

He was born on August 16, 1933 in Hardin, Kentucky, to Frank and Viola Byers.

He was a member of the Northside Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, his son Gary Byers also preceded him in death.

Mr. Byers leaves behind his daughter Nancy Gischler.

The memorial service will take place on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Blalock-Coleman & York Funeral Home under the direction of Brett Miles. The burial takes place in the Murray Memorial Gardens. The visit is on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021, after 9:00 a.m. in the funeral home.

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

Blalock-Coleman & York Funeral Home will take care of the arrangements.


Betty Thurman Stewart






Stewart

Betty Thurman Stewart, 89, of Cocoa, Florida, formerly Murray, Kentucky, visited her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at St. Francis Hospice in Titusville, Florida on Sunday, September 5, 2021.

She was born on April 4, 1932, to Charles Rudolph Thurman Sr. and Mary Euple Outland Thurman.

She was a graduate of Murray High School and Murray State University. She was a majorette in both marching bands and was the homecoming queen of Murray State University in 1950. She was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sisterhood. Betty married her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, Dr. Chad Lee Stewart Sr. They enjoyed 68 wonderful years of marriage. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed music, sports, watched ice skating and played bridge. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed participating in local tournaments and enjoying fun golf trips to Florida with family and friends. Betty was enjoying life to the full. She had a friendly, outgoing personality and never met a stranger. She is very much missed.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Dr. Chad Lee Stewart Sr., advance; a sister, Euva Nell Mitchell Gibbs; and a nephew, Craig Thurman.

Betty is led by her son Dr. Chad Lee Stewart Jr. (Beth) survived; a brother, Charles R. “Boogie” Thurman Jr. (Joan); two grandchildren, Chad Lee Stewart III and Carlyn Liesel Stewart; two nieces, Phyllis Mitchell and Cathy Mitchell; and a nephew, Ashley Thurman (Pam).

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Murray City Cemetery Mausoleum under the direction of Keith Inman. The tour will take place on Friday, September 24, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

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

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


Phillip G. Rogers

Phillip G. Rogers, 84, of Murray, Kentucky, died Wednesday, September 27, 2021 at the Baptist Health Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky.

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


John W. Jones

John W. Jones, 81, of Hazel, Kentucky, died Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

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

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