Commonwealth Journal

Obituaries

September 23, 2013

Obituaries for Tuesday, Sept. 24, 22013

Somerset — Amanda Baker

Amanda Dawn Baker, age 43 of Nancy, Ky. passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born on Feb. 24, 1970 in Somerset, Ky. to Donna Tucker Baker of Nancy, Ky. and the late Darrell Baker. Amanda was of the Baptist faith and she enjoyed music, writing, videos and spending time with her children and granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her father; grandparents, Roy Baker and Dallas and Edna Mae Tucker; aunt, Della and her husband Rick Phillippi; uncle, Steve Phillips; and cousin, Curtis Keeney.

She is survived by her mother; one son, Cole Cummins of Nancy, Ky.; two daughters, Macy Halcomb and Meghan Halcomb, both of Nancy, Ky.; two brothers, Darrell Wayne (Fiona) Baker of Nancy, Ky. and Tyson (Mary Jo) Baker of Bowling Green, Ky.; grandmother and stepgrandpa, Mina and Milford Marcum of Nancy, Ky.; and a granddaughter, Jaycee Dawn Ray Hargis.

She is also survived by numerous loving aunts, uncles cousins and friends, and a special friend, Scott Coleman of Tenn.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 after 6 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at 12 p.m. at the Tarter Cemetery with Bro. Travis Strunk officiating.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Christine Gilliam

Christine Gilliam, daughter of the late Burnam and Ida Mae Rhodus, was born in Richmond, Ky. on Oct. 7, 1922, and she departed this life on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 having attained the age of 90 years.

She was united in marriage to Mr. Harold Gilliam, and he preceded her in death.  

Survivors include two children, Harold Lloyd (and Violet) Gilliam and Ida Jane (and Bobby) Joslin. Also surviving are one brother, Earl Rhodus; one sister, Virginia Clark; 17 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends who mourn her passing.

Other than her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three daughters, Wanda Lou Prewitt, Dorothy Sublet, and Betty Perkins; two grandchildren; two brothers, Price and Carl Rhodus; and two sisters, Molly King and Agnes Purcell.

Christine enjoyed quilting, reading and crocheting. She was a member of the First Apostolic Church in Somerset, Ky. She was a kind lady who will be greatly missed by all who knew her and she leaves a host off relatives and friends who mourn her passing.

Funeral services for Mrs. Christine Gilliam will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at the chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Cox, Jr. officiating.

Burial will follow in the Bluegrass Memorial Gardens in Lexington, Ky.

The family of Mrs. Christine Gilliam will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.

Dorwin Harris

Dorwin M. Hargis, 81, of Somerset passed away on Sunday, Sept. 22 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital after battling a long illness.

He was born May 6, 1932 at Ula, Ky. and was the son of Mitchell and Mary Woodall Hargis.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kathleen Wyatt Hargis. They were married on March 17, 1955.

Other survivors include two sons, Joey (Chloe) Hargis and David (Beth) Hargis, both of Somerset, Ky.; and one daughter in law, Ann Hargis, of Lexington, Ky.

Also surviving are two brothers, Don (Martha) Hargis of Lexington, Ky. and William (Bill) Hargis, of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; and three sisters, Ruby Rose Barnes, Faye Vaught, and Louise (Marvin) Phillips, all of Somerset.

Other survivors include seven grandchildren, Sara (Brian) Foos of Columbia, Ky., Lindsey (Steven) Lashley, Kristi (Chad) Shipp, and Logan and Zachary Hargis, all of Somerset, and Erin (Jonathan) Huff and Nathan (Stephanie) Hargis, of Lexington, Ky.; along with seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by one son, Timothy D. Hargis, of Lexington, Ky.

He served with the 4th Infantry, 8th Regiment during the Korean War from 1950-52, and he was stationed in Germany. He led music at several area churches for many years, and instilled his love for music in his children and grandchildren. He sang for years for in a gospel quartet with two of his sons. He loved to go fishing. His greatest pride was when his whole family was around him, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of Langdon Street Baptist Church.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept. 24, after 5 p.m. at the Pulaski Funeral Home and after 9. a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Langdon Street Baptist Church until time for funeral services at 11 a.m. with Bro. Jerry Chandler and Bro. Darry Hatfield officiating.   

Burial will follow in the Mill Springs National Cemetery, with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post # 38.

Arrangements have been entrusted to The Pulaski Funeral Home.

Michael and Angela Hockensmith

Michael “Mike” Paul Hockensmith, age 35 of Danville, Ky. and formerly of Somerset, Ky., passed away Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.

Mike was born on Sept. 28, 1978 in Frankfort, Ky. to William Hockensmith of Anderson County, Ky. and Barbara Eldridge Lewis, and his dad, Daniel Lewis of Burnside, Ky.

He was a graduate of Georgetown High School Class of 1996 and Owner-Operator of ABC Gold, Games and More in Danville, Ky. Mike formerly served in many positions at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College.

He surrendered into the Ministry at Ferguson Baptist Church in 2008 and he was an active member in many positions and functions. He was a former Youth Minster at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Lebanon, Ky.

Mike was currently Youth Minister at the Mitchellsburg Baptist Church in Danville, Ky.

He enjoyed all sports and was an avid basketball, football and soccer fan. He was a car enthusiast, a very talented artist, a people-person, and he was knowledgeable in general on almost everything. His devotion in life was to his Lord and family. Both he and his wife were devoted to their children completely.

He was married on Dec. 31, 2000 in Tateville, Ky. to his beloved wife, Angela Renee Sluder Hockensmith, who precedes him.

He is survived by his parents; one son, Michael Andrew Hockensmith; daughter, Naomi Grace Hockensmith; a foreign exchange student, Lucia Mo of Taiwan; three brothers, Tony (Terra) Hockensmith of Burnside, Ky., William Hockensmith of Anderson County, Ky. and Tim (Jamie) Lewis of Frankfort, Ky.; one sister, Michelle Caudill of Burnside, Ky.; and his grandmother, Margaret Sams of Somerset, Ky.

He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Angela Renee Sluder Hockensmith, age 38, of Danville, Ky. and formerly of Somerset, Ky., passed away Friday, Sept. 20, 2013.

Angela was born on Aug. 24, 1975 in Lexington, Ky. to Charlene (Jerry) Sluder Worley of Burnside, Ky.

She was a graduate of Somerset High School Class of 1993 and she was Co-Owner and Operator of ABC Gold, Games and More in Danville, Ky. She was a member of Mitchellsburg Baptist Church, where she was actively involved with her husband in Ministry. She enjoyed home-schooling her son, taking care of her little girl, singing, cooking, crafts and jewelry. Angela was a current Minister of Music at her church and was a devoted Christian, wife, and loving mother. She was a very talented lady who enjoyed writing poems and poetry, and she sang with the SCC Choir. She loved people and she was a people-person.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Michael “Mike” Hockensmith, whom she married on Dec. 31, 2000 in Tateville, Ky.; and a sister, Amanda Lynn Sluder.

She is survived by her parents; son, Michael Andrew Hockensmith; daughter, Naomi Grace Hockensmith; a foreign exchange student, Lucia Mo of Taiwan; aunt, Loretta (Darvin) Sluder Harris of Clarksville, Tenn.; great-aunt, Nell Smith of Lexington, Ky.; and great-uncle, Melvin Hall of Lexington, Ky.

Visitation for Mike and Angela Hockensmith will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 after 4 p.m. in the Serenity Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the Serenity Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Dykes, Bro. Brett Brinson and Bro. Jason Moore officiating.

Burial will be in the Southern Oaks Cemetery.

Pallbearers for Mike will be Daniel Lewis, Tim Lewis, Tony Hockensmith, William Hockensmith, Andrew Hockensmith and Anthony Hockensmith. Pallbearers for Angela will be Jerry Worley, Darvin Harris, Brian Watson, Jim Worley, Lucas Burchfield, Danny Worley, Brandon Hislope and John Blanton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the Michael and Angela Hockensmith Memorial Fund at any location of PNC Bank.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Robert Long Jr.

Dr. Robert Franklin Long Jr., age 69 of Savannah, Ga. and formerly of Somerset, Ky., passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

He was born on Oct. 17, 1943 in Paducah, Ky. to Dr. Robert F. Sr. and Elizabeth Ellis Long.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fox and Weeks Funeral Home Hodgens Chapel in Savannah, Ga.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Fox and Weeks Funeral Home.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Lucy Mize

Lucy Mae Mize, age 73 of Somerset, Ky. passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born on Feb. 10, 1940 in Wayne County, Ky. to the late Sherman and Della Burris Bates.  She was of the Nazarene faith and she enjoyed bingo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Edward J. Mize; one brother, Earl Benton Bates; and one sister, Virginia Harris.

She is survived by one son, Sherman Edward Mize of the Slate Branch community, Somerset, Ky.; two brothers, Sherman K. (Mary Faith) Bates of Bronston, Ky. and Edward Douglas (Sue) Bates of Science Hill, Ky.; one sister, Carolyn Dick; two grandchildren, Sherman Edward Mize Jr. and Harley Eugene Mize; and one great-grandchild, Emory J. Mize.

Visitation will by held Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 after 11 a.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Nicholas officiating.

Burial will be in the Mize Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Harley Mize. E.J. Mize, Paul Meece, Bobby Meece, Robbie Pitman and Zack.

Anna Wesley

Anna Mae Wesley, 77, of Eubank, Ky., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

She was born in Bethelridge, Ky. on July 20, 1936 daughter of the late Vernus and Virginia Rita Young Haste. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by four sons, Ray Eugene (and Teresa) Wesley, Carrol Lee Wesley, Donald Lee (and Charlene) Wesley, and Hobert Dee Wesley, all of Eubank; three daughters, Betty Irene (and Richard) Dykhouse of Grand Rapids, Mich., Mary Ann Wesley of Liberty, and Rebecca Lynn (and John) Murphy of Somerset; 11 grandchildren, Tonya (and Kurt) Richardville, Danny (and Jennifer) Phillips, Ryan (and Karlie) Dykhouse, Brittany Dykhouse (and friend Trevor), Heather (and Tommy) Sisk, Stacia (and Chris) Atwood, Deron Foster, Jonathon Murphy, Natasha Murphy, Benjamin Wesley, and Steven Welsey; five great-grandchildren, Paige and Elly Phillips, Braden Dykhouse, and Jaylee and Colton Atwood; five brothers; and five sisters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eunice Wesley; her parents; a son, Thomas Edward Wesley; three brothers; and one sister.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at the chapel of Morris & Hislope Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Cole officiating.

Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery.

Visitation for Ms. Anna Mae Wesley will be after 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home.

Morris & Hislope Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.morrisandhislope.com.

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