Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

May 9, 2013

Obituaries: May 10, 2013

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Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Lois Jean Matthews Decker

LAKE BALBOA, Calif. – Lois Jean Matthews Decker, died peacefully on Nov. 13, 2012, in her son’s home in California, with him by her side.  She had bravely battled cancer for 14 months, never complaining.

She was born May 29, 1935, to Mae and Herman Matthews. She graduated from Glasgow High School second in her class and turned down a full scholarship to the University of Kentucky to get married and start a family. She was a devoted wife and mother. Jean was a hugger and very generous with her time and many talents. She was artistic, a seamstress, a square dancer, a roller skater and a cake decorator. She loved poetry and theater. She retired from Meidinger where she worked as an actuarial consultant. Upon retiring, she became an energetic volunteer. She served as a board member and secretary for the AIDS Education Coalition. She was a charter member of the AIDS Services Center Coalition. She was instrumental in the Louisville AIDS walk for nine years.  She had also served as board treasurer and secretary with the AIDS Interfaith Ministries (AIM). She received numerous awards for her outstanding community service.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Mae and Herman Matthews; her sisters, Louise Vance and Ruth Hendricks; her brother, Doug Matthews; and her husband, Dale Decker.  

She is survived by her brother, William Matthews, of Bowling Green; her daughter, Marsha Decker, of Louisville; her son, Doug Decker, of Lake Balboa, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

She will be greatly missed by friends and family.

A celebration of her life will be Saturday, May 18, at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, in Louisville, Ky. Visitation will be from 10 until 10:45 a.m. with the memorial service beginning at 10:45 a.m. A graveside service will be attended by friends and family members at Glasgow Municipal Cemetery in Glasgow, Ky., at approximately 1 p.m. (CDT).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to AIM of Kentuckiana Inc. or a charity of one’s choice.

Roger Jewell Emmert

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Roger Jewell Emmert, 83, of Clarksville, Tenn., died on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at his residence.

He was born May 7, 1930, in Glasgow, to the late Gilbert Emmert and Hallie Shank Emmert. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, William Emmert and Roy Eugene Emmert.

Roger was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Korean Conflict. He was a Big Red 1 Blue Spader, member of Hilldale Church of Christ, Master Mason with Mason Lodge 511 Valley Station in Louisville, Kentucky Colonel and Former Post Commander with Eddie Roberts Jr. VFW Post 6291 in Murray.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Earlene Coons Emmert, of Clarksville, Tenn.; two daughters, Shelia (Fred) Loden, of Pearland, Texas, and Sheri (Russell) Murphy, of Clarksville, Tenn.; and four grandchildren, Christin Murphy, Wes Murphy, Allison Loden and Alexis Loden.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Funeral service will be Monday, May 13, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Chapel, with Brother Steve Kirby officiating. Burial will be in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-West in Hopkinsville. Visitation will be Sunday, May 12, 2013, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Monday, May 13, 2013, from 9 a.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Arrangements entrusted to Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, 1510 Madison Street, Clarksville, Tenn. 37040.

Jeffery Todd Puckett

MUNFORDVILLE – Jeffery Todd Puckett, 49, of Munfordville, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, at his home.

He was a son of the late Gerald Franklin Puckett and Mae Preynace Puckett. He was a deputy jailer, a U.S. Army veteran and a mason with the Green River Masonic Lodge #88 F&AM.

He is survived by his wife, Brittney Puckett; two sons, Jesse Puckett, of Munfordville, and Seth Long, of Larue County; two daughters, Rachel Puckett, of Missouri, and Jessica Benningfield, of Larue County; one brother, Dewayne Puckett, of Munfordville; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Mason Puckett.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Mount Beulah Cemetery, with Brother Rusty Brown officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Sego Funeral Home.

Clarine Miller Smith

GLASGOW – Clarine Miller Smith, 72, of Glasgow, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

She was born July 11, 1940, in Glasgow, the daughter of the late George and Dissie Walden Miller. She was a loving wife, mom, mother-in-law, grandma and great-grandma. “We were blessed to have her in our lives. She was loved by many.” Mrs. Smith was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Darrell Hill, of Glasgow; three granddaughters, Candace Hill and Nakita Saltsman, both of Glasgow, and Carmen McVane, of Wisconsin; two grandsons, Danny and Aaron Smith, of Wisconsin; 13 great-grandchildren, all of Wisconsin; two brothers, Jay Harold Miller and Ernest Miller, both of Glasgow; two uncles, Reverend Earl Miller, of Glasgow and Kenneth Miller, of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Aaron E. Smith; a stepson, Danny Smith; and two brothers, Johnny and James Miller.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home with burial in Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Friday.

Harold G. White

GLASGOW – Harold G. White, 75, of Glasgow, formerly of Monroe County, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at T.J. Samson Community Hospital.

Born Aug. 12, 1937, he was the son of the late Burl and Estella Emberton White. Mr. White was a veteran of the United States Army, retired from R.R. Donnelley and was owner-operator of Frames Plus Frame Shop. Harold was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his companion and caregiver, Velva Gentry White; two sons, Shannon White and wife Tonya and Shane White and wife Amanda; grandchildren, Danielle, Chelsey, Brennan and Mary Brantley White; a sister-in-law, Barbara Glenn; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Copas and Mabel Willoughby.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home with burial in Glasgow Municipal Cemetery with military honors provided by D.A.V. Chapter 20 of Glasgow. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday.


GLASGOW – Ephraim A. Berry, 91, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Glasgow Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Hatcher & Saddler Funeral Home in Glasgow with burial at Happy Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow. Alternate expressions of sympathy and support may be made in the form of donations to the American Heart Association.