Commonwealth Journal

August 19, 2013

Obituaries for Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — Flonnie Shepherd Farmer, 85, of Tipp City, went to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, August 16, 2013.

 Flonnie was born to John Marion and Susie Evaline Inman Shepherd on October 3, 1927 in Science Hill, Ky.  She was the ninth child of 10 children and the only girl.  She was baptized at the age of 15 and became a member of the Mountain Assembly Church of God. Flonnie was a graduate of Science Hill High School where, after graduating, she taught school for a short period.  She married Delmar Ray Farmer on May 24, 1947.  Later after moving to Ohio she attended the Fellowship Tabernacle for 20 years and the Hartwell Church of God where she had a river baptism May 5, 1974.  She also attended Wyoming Baptist Church and after moving to Tipp City attended Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church.  Flonnie retired from Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1989 after 20 years of service as a Technical Nursing Aid.  After retirement, she worked as a sub Bus Aid for Vandalia Butler Schools and part-time at the airport security for 3 years, but then retired from both in 2005. Flonnie was a faithful volunteer at the Clothesline of Tipp City and a member of the Ohio Hackney Association and the Western Ohio Pony Breeders Association. She was a special prayer warrior for all those who knew her and lived all her life serving her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was currently a member of the Tipp City United Methodist Church.

Flonnie was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Delmar Ray, and a granddaughter Jordan Elizabeth Glawe, her parents, and brothers, Lester, Roscoe, Matthew, Willard, Millard, Silas, Dewey, and William Theodore Shepherd.  

She is survived by her three daughters, Jean (and Bob) Taylor, Judy (and David) Lindsay, Jacqueline (and Jeff) Glawe and four grandchildren, Malane (and Keith) Bottles, Bob (and Carrie) Taylor, Brittany (and Shasha) Tefft, Katelyn Lindsay; nine great-grandchildren, Hallie, Braydon, Trey, Alex, Peyton, Samuel, Rachel, Alexandra and Sophia. She is also survived by her brother, Ancil Sheperd, and many special sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and numerous special nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Morton & Whetstone Funeral Home, 139 S. Dixie Dr., Vandalia, Ohio, 45377.  

Burial will follow at Royal Oak Cemetery.  

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening, August 23 from 5-8 p.m.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or to the Clothesline of Tipp City in Flonnie’s memory.



James Rice

Mr. James Lee “Jimmy” Rice, Sr., son of the late Erver E. and O’lena Gover Rice, was born in Bowling Green, Ky., on March 25, 1924, and he departed this life in Somerset, Ky., on Sunday, August 18, 2013 having attained the age of 89 years.

He was united in marriage to Geneva Floyd on May 20, 1945 in Somerset, Ky., at the First Methodist Church; she survives.

This happy union lasted for 68 years until his passing. Other survivors include; two sons, James Lee (and Dianna Yanders) Rice of Somerset, Ky., and Douglas Ward (and Beverly Stykes) Rice of Shepola, Ky.; three grandsons, Robert

James (and Melanie Hayes) Rice of Richardsville, Ky., Bryan Douglas (and Sherry Godby) Rice of Lexington, Ky., and Shawn Patrick Rice of Versailles, Ky.; four great-grandchildren, Hannah Elizabeth & Emma Katherine Rice of Richardsville, Ky., and Elizabeth Anne and Grayson Andrew Rice of Lexington, Ky.; four brothers, Tony, Lowell, Thomas, and Lennis Rice; and two sisters, Ada Lucielle Rice Moody and Lois Christine Rice Richardson.

Other than his parents, he was also preceded in death by three brothers, Johno Rice, Leonard Wesley Rice, and Arthur Hugh Rice; and two brothers-in-law, Ben Moody and Clifford Richardson.

Jimmy was of the Methodist Faith, he was a 68 year member of the Sievers

Lodge 491 F &AM, and a member of the Oleika Shrine Temple. Jimmy was a WWII , Korean, and Vietnam era veteran. He served aboard the USS Maryland

BB46 with his brother Johno. They were at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  By his 18th birthday, he had been in more than 100 naval battles.

In March of 1948, he became a member of the Kentucky Highway Patrol which became the Kentucky State Police in July of 1948. He retired from the Kentucky State Police in 1974. He retired from the Naval Reserves in 1967. He was the last surviving member of the original Kentucky Highway Patrol. He was a kind person who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He leaves a host of relatives and friends who mourn his passing.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the Chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Rev. Jeffery McGrady officiating.  

Burial will follow at the Mill Springs National Cemetery with the Kentucky State Police providing burial honors in commemoration of his years of service to our Commonwealth.

The family of Mr. James Lee “Jimmy” Rice, Sr. will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 11 a.m. Wednesday until after services.

In lieu of flowers the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Boys Camp at Trooper Island c/o Trooper Endre I. Samu, Camp Director Trooper Island, Kentucky State Police, P. O. Box 473, Albany, Ky., 42602.

Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mr. James Lee “Jimmy” Rice, Sr.



William Tither

William H. Tither, 71, of Mansfield, Ohio, died Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the home of his son, Ben, in Mansfield.

Born December 17, 1941 in Bucyrus, Ohio, he was the son of Russell and Helen Larcomb Tither. He was a graduate of Lexington High School and attended Mt. Union College. A veteran of the United States Army Reserves, he retired from L.M. Berry in Anchorage, Alaska where he was a division manager. Following retirement, he moved to Somerset, Ky., and prior to coming back to Mansfield, he was living in Lanham, Md., where he was a caregiver to his mom's sister, Jean White.

He was a member of the United States Shooting Association and the NRA and enjoyed guns, target practice with clay pigeons, boating and Harley Davidson motorcycles.

He is survived by a son, Ben W. Tither of Mansfield; a sister, Marrianne (and Michael) Russo of Scarborough, Maine; a niece, Christine McKinney of New Market, NH; and a nephew, Michael Russo of Burlington, Vermont.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be no calling hours or services.

Wappner Funeral Directors of Mansfield, Ohio, is privileged to serve the family of William H. Tither.

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