Commonwealth Journal

December 26, 2013

Obituaries for December 26 and Dec. 27, 2013


Commonwealth Journal

Elwood Durham
Elwood Durham, age 70 of Dry Branch Road in Somerset, Ky. passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at UK Medical Center in Lexington, Ky.
He was born on May 3, 1943 in Casey County, Ky. to the late Carlos and Jennie Perkins Durham. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the 3rd Brigade 32nd Division of the Paratroopers at Fort Bragg, N.C. He was a craftsman of Indian Jewelry, working with silver craft, and he enjoyed playing the harmonica. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ulysses Durham and Cloyd Durham. 
He is survived by one daughter, Cindy Durham; and three brothers, Floyd (Marlene) Durham of Science Hill, Ky., Carroll (Marlyn) Durham of Cedar Grove, Ky. and Garry (Brenda) Durham of Cedar Grove, Ky. Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 after 11 a.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home. 
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Ed Massey officiating. 
Burial will be in the Mill Springs National Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post #38 Honor Guard. 
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 
Jon Kelley
Jon Burton Kelley, age 42, of Nancy, Ky., departed this life on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at the UK Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Ky.
Jon was born on Dec. 3, 1971 in Flint, Mich. to Billy and Beulah Frye Kelley. He was a veteran of the US Navy, serving in Desert Storm, in Iraq. He was a member of the National Guard. 
Jon married Amy Jo Whittle in Nancy, Ky. on May 18, 1996. They have two daughters together. 
Jon worked for Tecumseh Products Company in Somerset, Ky., and for Kingsford Charcoal in Burnside, Ky. He was of the Baptist faith. Jon loved Kentucky Basketball and motorcycling with family and friends.
Jon is survived by his parents; his wife, Amy Jo; his daughters, Madison Paige Kelley and Emma Jo Kelley, of Nancy, Ky.; his sisters, Teresa (and Bruce) Olson, of Flint, Mich. and Tracee Kelley, of Somerset, Ky.; and special nieces, Shana Olson, Ashley Olson and Mackenzie Kelley.
He was preceded in death by his infant brother, Harold Wayne Kelley; a nephew, Jeremy Olson; and a brother-in-law, James Kluxen.
Visitation for Jon will be on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home. His funeral service will follow the visitation at 12 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. Bro. Patrick Patterson will officiate the service.  
Interment will be in the Mill Springs National Cemetery. Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post #38 Honor Guard.
The family request expressions of sympathy be made to the American Legion Honor Guard and to Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Building Fund.
You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website: www.lakecumberlandfuneralhome.com.
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Jon Burton Kelley.
 
Clifford Linkes
Clifford Copeland Linkes, husband of Melissa Taylor Linkes, died Dec. 20, 2013 in Lexington, Ky. 
Born on Nov. 17, 1944, he was a resident of Science Hill and Lexington, Ky. Mr. Linkes graduated from Somerset High School in 1963 where he was a member of the National Honor Society. In 1966, he completed his degree in civil engineering at the University of Kentucky. He began his professional
career in 1967 with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Upon his retirement in 2003, he had served the Cabinet in a variety of positions, including Coordinator for the Paris Pike Highway Reconstruction Project, Deputy State Highway Engineer for Construction and Operations, and Deputy Secretary. 
In 2000, he was selected by the Federal Highway Administration to participate in the Engineering Technology Exchange Program in the Oblast of Perm, Russia. From 2006-2012, he chaired the National Academy of Sciences Research Project for the Transportation Research Board to develop Highway Design Guidelines for Historical Corridors. Mr. Linkes was a Fellow Member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, serving as its president in 1985. He was a member of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials and was a 2003 recipient of the Presidential Special Award of Merit. 
He will be posthumously recognized by the UK College of Engineering with the Career Achievement
Award in April, 2014. 
Mr. Linkes was a member of The Lexington Club, The Thoroughbred Club of America, Greenbrier Country Club, he was a UK Fellow and a life member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. His commitment to service was evidenced in his contributions to Science Hill Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church, Lexington and the National Eagle Scout Association. 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two nieces in Somerset, Ky., Debra Godby Rogers, and Donna Godby Ray.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Don Linkes; sister, Joan Linkes Godby; brother, Ronald Linkes; and niece, Julie Godby Hamilton. 
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be sent to First United Methodist Church, Lexington, Science Hill Methodist Church or Lexington Humane Society. 
Visitation will be at First United Methodist, High Street, in Lexington, Ky. on Friday, Dec. 27 from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. followed by a memorial at 3 p.m.
 
Jack Randolph
Jack M. Randolph, husband of Beverly Wade Randolph, age 77, passed away on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at his residence on Halcomb Drive in Somerset, Ky.
Jack was born in Oneida, Tenn. on Monday, Feb. 10, 1935, son of the late Marion “Shorty” Randolph and Jean Lay Randolph. Jack love the game of golf. He had been golf course superintendent at Eagles Nest Golf Course, Somerset Country Club, Slate Branch Golf Course, Greenbriar Golf Course and Oneida Golf Course. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was also a member of the Somernites Cruise Team and Lake Cumberland Corvette Club. Jack love the car shows and meeting other car enthusiasts. He especially enjoyed the shows when his son Mark was able to attend with him. He also enjoyed riding his Harley. He and his wife Beverly made several enjoyable trips together over the past years.
He was a member of Potters Place Church and loved his pastor and church family. Jack is now with his heavenly family and will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Wade Randolph; his mother, Jean Randolph of Jacksboro, Tenn.; son, Mark (and Sarah) Randolph of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter, Tracy (and Tony) Pence of Somerset, Ky.; granddaughters, Jacqueline Randolph of Knoxville, Tenn. and Alyssa Randolph of Atlanta, Ga.; and grandson, Kevin Hawk of Somerset, Ky.
He was preceded in death by his father; his first wife, Joan Ross Randolph; and a brother, Gary Randolph.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at the chapel of Pulaski Funeral Home with Bro. Clyde Strunk and Bro. Jim Harris officiating.
Burial will be at Mill Springs Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Pulaski Funeral Home.
Norris-New Funeral Home, Burkesville, Ky., is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.norris-new.com.
 
Diane Rice
Diane Bray Rice, age 56 of the Cedar Grove community, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. 
She was born on March 11, 1957 in Somerset, Ky. to the late Forrest Abbott and Jessie Sears Oder. Judy was a retired teachers aide for Southern Middle School and enjoyed her grandchildren and her dogs Grizzelda and Zoey, and she loved her job. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and one great-grandchild, Vincent Hughes. 
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Rice of Jackson County, Ky.; one son, Jimmy (Donna) Abbott of Somerset, Ky.; two daughters, Jessica (James Bolin) Bray of Somerset, Ky. and Diane “Baby” (Jeff) Davis of Somerset, Ky.; one brother, Hank Abbott of London, Ky.; five sisters, Irene (Bill) Lee of Somerset, Ky., Susie (Eddie) Cook of Richmond, Ky., Doris (Anthony) Nevels of Somerset, Ky., Judy (Jackie) Phelps of Somerset, Ky. and Dora (Doug) Worley of Somerset, Ky.; and six grandchildren, Harley Hughes, Andrew Hughes, Jordan Abbott, Kody Abbott, Summer Abbott and Tiana Perry. 
Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 after 6 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home. 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Ron Sears and Bro. Earl Owens officiating. 
Burial will follow in the White Lily Cemetery. 
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
 
Kathleen Rogers
Kathleen Reynolds Rogers, age 68, of North Fishing Creek Road in Kings Mountain, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at UK Medical Center in Lexington. 
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home with Bro. David Gambrel officiating the service. 
Burial will follow in Pond Cemetery. 
The visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Friday until service time. 
Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home, Waynesburg, is entrusted with Kathleen’s arrangements. 
 
 
June Strumberger
June Fayrene (Faye) Strumberger, age 73 of Moscow, Tenn., formerly of West Milton, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. 
Faye was born on June 3, 1940 to the late Robert and Beuna (Poynter) Whitis in Ocala, Ky. 
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Martin Strumberger. 
She will be missed and remembered by daughter Aneda Noggle (Grant) of Moscow, Tenn.; son James Strumberger of Huber Heights, Ohio, and daughter Kathy North (Robert) of Troy, Ohio; four granddaughters, Jenny Noggle (Brian) of Clayton, Brittany Noggle of Vandalia, Melissa Strumberger of
Cincinnati and Heather Strumberger of Huber Heights; and many other relatives and friends. 
Faye enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved to do word search puzzles and read magazines. She especially loved to be outdoors. 
Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m.. on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at the Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, 284 N. Miami Street, West Milton, Ohio, with burial to follow at Royal Oak Memorial Gardens. 
Friends may call on Friday two hours prior to the service (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) at Hale-Sarver. 
If so desired, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 
Janice Warren
Janice Faye Warren, 68, of Science Hill, Ky., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
She was born in Mintonville, Ky. on July 16, 1945, daughter of the late Jerry Mar and Para Lee Dick Warren. She stayed at home and took care of her sister for several years. She love to can and enjoyed doing crafts and sewing, but most of all she loved going to church. She was a member of Ansel Baptist Church. 
She is survived by one brother, John Cal Warren of Cincinnati, Ohio; and one niece, who was raised as a sister, Brenda Sue Dick of Science Hill. 
She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Iva Dean Warren and Barbara Warren; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. 
She was like a mother and grandmother to all.
She was preceded in death by Geneva Warren Short, Virginia Mae Warren, Dirl Iven Warren, Don Warren, Egbert Warren, Imogene Warren and William Warren.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Childers and Bro. Charles Woodcock.
Burial will be in West Science Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Friday at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home.
Morris & Hislope Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.morrisandhislope.com.
 
Patsy Wesley
Patsy Mae Grimsley Wesley, age 68, of Somerset, Ky., departed this life on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center in Somerset.
Visitation for Patsy will be on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at 5 p.m. at the chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.  
Patsy's funeral service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at 12 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. Bro. Delmar Whitter and Bro. Steve Sutton will officiate the service.
Interment will be in the Sardis Cemetery in Ansel, Ky.
The family requests expressions of sympathy be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland.
A complete obituary will be published in the Saturday, Dec. 28 edition.
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Patsy Mae Wesley.