Commonwealth Journal

October 17, 2013

Obituaries for Thursday, October 17, 2013

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Ione Hickman Patton, age 93 years, 10 months, and 25 days, passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 in Somerset, Ky.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the St Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Somerset, Ky.  
Burial will follow in the Pine Knot Cemetery.  
The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. Friday at the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home in Whitley City, Ky.
She was born Nov. 17, 1919 in the Yamacraw Hilltop community in McCreary County, Ky. to Albert Hickman and Nola White Hickman. Ione attended Sullivan Business School in Louisville after graduating high school.  
She was an avid gardener and outdoors woman who loved fishing. Ione was the true definition of an altruistic woman who was committed to serving her community in Stearns, Pine Knot, and Louisville.  She had served as the President of the Stearns School Board in the Stearns school district, President of the Stearns PTA, and she was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. She was a member of the Kentucky-Indiana Herb Society and of the Laurel Heights Chapter 288 Order of the Eastern Star where she served as Worthy Matron from 1964 until 1965. She attended Stearns First Baptist Church and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Somerset. 
Ione met her beloved husband, John Warren Patton, during WWII while working on the Manhattan Project, a project that built the first atomic bomb that eventually ended WWII. She also served as a navigator for the Women’s Air Corps during the war. She and John were wed in April 1945 in Amarillo, Texas and enjoyed 65 years of marriage before his death in 2010. After their retirement, the couple enjoyed travelling to many countries.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; brothers, Max “Tubby” Hickman and Harold J. Hickman; her twin sister, Leone Prater; sister, Mildred Worley; and John’s brothers and sisters to whom she was a beloved sister-in-law.
Survivors include her children, Dr. John A. L. Patton and his wife, Deborah, of Somerset, Ky., and Rebecca Patton Dixon and her husband, Major Jerry Dixon, USMC Retired, of Stafford, Va.; grandchildren, Amelia Patton Gatewood, Brian and Katy Patton, and Scott Dixon and his wife, Nicole; great-grandchildren, Hunter Gentry Gatewood, Aaron Dixon, and Jackson Dixon; and many loving nieces and nephews. 
Her family gave her great joy and happiness over the years.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, or the American Lymphoma Association.
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Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home is serving the family of Ione Patton.
Cora Warford
Cora L. Duke was born Dec. 28, 1935 to James Frank and Rosa Lee Duke in Lexington, Ky. She later married Charles G. Warford, who preceded her in death.
Cora attended New Miami Elementary school. Although she didn’t complete high school it was her lifelong dream to attend college. At the age of 67, Cora enrolled in college courses at Columbus State University. 
She left Cleveland in 1990 to embark on a journey and decided to make Jacksonville, Fla. her new home. For 10 years she worked at Hampton Inn as the housekeeping supervisor where she retired in 2000. After retirement, she decided to move to Georgia to be closer to her daughters. In 2003, Cora decided to return to Cincinnati, where she lived until her death.
While residing in Cincinnati, she became the recreational coordinator at Beechwood Senior Living Home. Shortly after, she was sworn in as the President of the CMHA Senior Living Home.
In Cora’s spare time, she enjoyed reading, writing, word games and puzzles. Reading was her passion and her favorite book was the Bible. 
Cora never met a stranger. She always had the heart of a servant and always lended a hand to both those who did and didn’t need. She poured a lot of love and wisdom into those who were in her life and she left an impression that will forever be in the hearts of all who came in contact with her. 
On Oct. 13, 2013, Cora entered into her eternal rest and she will be tremendously missed. 
She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Eric Barnes (Bernice) and Ronald Barnes of Somerset, Ky., Jeffery Duke of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Carmita Duke and Tracy Duke Arnold of Columbus, Ga.
Clifford Bailey, Brian Warford and Tina Marie Duke preceded her in death. 
She is also survived by eight sisters, Mary Hyde, Rosa Strayhorn, Frances White (Harold), Lavern Gordon (Denny), Jessie Mae Mcday, Jessie Lee McDay, Priscilla Mann (Tony), Ella Richardson (Milton), Marie McDay, and Barbara McDay. 
Joseph Duke, James Duke Jr., George Duke, Elsie McDay and Nancy Duke preceded her in death. 
She is survived by 17 grandchildren, Christopher, Ladonna, Jeffery II, Alex, Shannon, Justin, Enrika, Tiffany, Jeisherie, La’Cori, Re’Shae, Jewelyn, Jeneva, Jordan, Isaiah, Japheth, Michael “PJ,” and Diamond; and eight great-grandchildren, Trinae, Ryan, Brooklyn, Lea, Asharri, Autumn Grace, Trinity and MeAshia. 
Her granddaughter, Farrah Rose, preceded her in death. 
She is also survived by a special son, Darryl Cole, and a special daughter, Veronica Hall (Darian). 
Vistiation will be held Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 after 6 p.m. at the Friendship Baptist Church in Lincoln Heights, Ohio. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Clifton Church of Christ in Cincinnati, Ohio.Burial will be in the Landmark Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio. 
Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
Willie Zink
Willie H. Zink, 82, of Somerset, passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 at the Renaissance Terrace Nursing Home in Harriman, Tenn. He was born in Poland on Jan. 19, 1931 to the late Harold and Ema Zink.  
He was the previous owner of Buck Creek Boat Dock from 1983 until it was sold in 2010. In his spare time he enjoyed biking, swimming, gunsmithing and participating in triathalons. Willie was of the Presbyterian Faith.
Willie is survived by his wife, Guiomar Montello Zink.  
Also surviving are a son, Gehart (Petra) Zink of Hanover, Germany; a daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Zink of Hanover, Germany; and three grandchildren, Christopher Zink, Yanenna “Nina” Zink, and Christina Zink all of Hanover, Germany; and a sister, Ilse Schaffer of Castle, Germany.
In addition to his parents, Willie was preceded in death by his first wife, Edie; a brother, Theodore Zink; and a sister, Ursla Lotze.
A memorial service for Willie will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the former site of Buck Creek Boat Dock at the end of Ky. 769 with Curt Davis officiating.
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