Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 28, 2012

Obituaries: March 29, 2012

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Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Betty R. Alvey

CUB RUN – Betty R. Alvey, 71, of Cub Run, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her home.

She was the daughter of the late Thomp Rigdon and Marie Childress Rigdon.

Survivors include her husband, Hershell Alvey.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Sego Funeral Home with burial in Cub Run Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. and after 8 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Otha Billingsley

GLASGOW — Otha B. Billingsley, 89, of Glasgow, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Nashville, TN.  

He was born at Slick Rock, a son of the late Dewey Walter and Bertha Ann Word Billingsley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Johnson Billingsley.  

Mr. Billingsley was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He had been a life insurance salesman for many years and was associated with Lincoln Income Life Insurance Co. for 27 years. He was a member of South Green Street Church of Christ.

Survivors include a son, Dennis Billingsley and wife Debbie, of Louisville; two granddaughters, Shani Billingsley and husband Michael, of Glasgow, and Christine Reeves and husband Chris, of Leesburg, GA; five great–grandchildren, Ellie and Evan Hale and Christian, Cody and Chase Reeves; a sister–in–law, Lucille Johnson, of Glasgow, and his nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ivan and Marvin Billingsley and a sister, Irene Kidd.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2012, at A. F. Crow & Son Funeral Home with burial in Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Ancil Emberton

TOMPKINSVILLE — Ancil D. Emberton, 81, of Tompkinsville, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2012, while in the company of family members at Monroe County Medical Center in Tompkinsville.

Ancil was born in Tompkinsville on June 8, 1930, a son of the late Ova Ellen (Turner) and Haskel D. Emberton. On Oct. 28, 1952, he married Netta Thomas, who survives him.

He was in the U.S. Army and a veteran of the Korean War. He was an auto mechanic and a member of Mud Lick Church of Christ in Tompkinsville.

Ancil is survived by two daughters, Mitzie (Emberton) Lee and Marcia (Steve) Spear, both of Lebanon, Tenn.; one son, Mark (Shannon) Emberton, of Tompkinsville; two sisters, Jean Arterburn and Delma Turner, both of Indianapolis, Ind.; and one brother, Wendell Emberton, of Tompkinsville. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and 13 great–grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Karl and Lawrence Emberton; and two sisters, Ruth Ann Perdue and Eva Lois Turner.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Yokley Trible Funeral Home with Bradley Shaw and Gary Emberton officiating, with military graveside services performed by Glasgow DAV Chapter 20. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Retter Kinslow

GLASGOW — Retter Kinslow, 101, of Glasgow, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at NHC of Glasgow.  

A native of Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Gus and Mattie Smith Burgess. She was a homemaker, a member of Dover Baptist Church and a charter member of Etoile Eastern Star.

Survivors include one son, Dan Lewis Kinslow and his wife Virginia Atkinson Kinslow, and their children, Beth Harbison (David), and Kirby Dan Kinslow; two daughters, Virginia Ann Bruton and her husband, Bill Thomas Bruton, and their children, Sherri Compton (Mike), Eric Bruton (Emily), and Penni High (Greg); and Sandra Faye Alexander and her husband, Kenny, and their children, Tina Simmons (Bruce) and Tony Alexander; 16 great–grandchildren; three great–great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Petty Kinslow; one grandson, Thomas Michael Kinslow; one great–grandchild; two brothers and their wives, Hershell Burgess (Effie) and Austin Burgess (Jenny).

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Hatcher & Saddler Funeral Home with burial in Bethlehem Cemetery. Friends may call after 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Alternate expressions of sympathy may be donations to a favorite charity.

Frances Meek Ward

Frances Meek Ward, 89, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012. She was the daughter of Murrel Bush and Clarene Francis Bush, both deceased.

Frankie, as she was known in her youth, was raised in Michigan and Illinois by her father and grandmothers, Ida Thomerson Bush. Her family returned to Barren County during her teen years. She lived for much of her adult life in Barren County and worked at Glasgow in nursing at the T.B. hospital and at Howard’s Clinic in the emergency room and then as Dr. Justin MacCarthy’s office nurse. After moving to Hart County, she worked for many years as second shift nurse at Caverna’s E.R. and finally retired from nursing after several years in the office of Dr. James Crews, Cave City.

Ms. Ward was a member of Cedar Cliff Baptist Church. Pastor Barry Devine officiated at her service. She chose cremation and wanted a private service for family only. Although she loved her many friends, she reserved this final time for her family. Her ashes were buried, at her request, in the gravesite of her deceased husband, William “Billy” Meek in New Salem Methodist Church Cemetery in Barren County. Here Ms. Ward’s mortal remains will rest in the company of her many loved ones who are buried there.

She was the beloved mother of five children: one son, William Murrell Samson, who preceded her in death; one daughter, Janise Meek Phillips of Horse Cave, and three sons, John Meek (Kaye), Jim Meek and Joe Meek (Anita), all of Glasgow. She enjoyed seeing five grandchildren grow into wonderful adults: Candise Clemmons Curlee of Marietta, Ga., Amy Jo Meek Cantine of White House, Tenn., Janise Dawn Phillips Gardner of Horse Cave, Ann Marie Meek of Clarksville, Tenn., and James Devin Meek of Glasgow. Her four great–grandchildren called her Granny Mouse and will miss her smiling face and outstretched arms: Austin Reynolds, Alexis Reynolds and Addison Gardner, all of Horse Cave, and Matthew Curlee of Marietta, Ga.

A half–sister, Joyce Harris, preceded her in death and a half–brother, Joe Harris, California, survives.

Ms. Ward requested that in lieu of flowers, love donations be made to Cedar Cliff Church. They may be mailed to: Thelma Sturgeon, Cedar Cliff Church Treasurer; 110 W. Main Stree, Horse Cave, KY 42749.

As one of her great–grandson’s posted on his Facebook page: “Rest in Peace, Granny Mouse. Rest in peach.”

“I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.


Noble Murphy

LOUISVILLE — Noble Dean Murphy, 73, of Louisville and formerly of Monroe County, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, University of Louisville Hospital. He was the husband of Helen Ferguson Murphy of Louisville and the son of the late Odle Murphy and Mary Thompson Murphy.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Strode Funeral Home in Tompkinsville with Masonic service with burial to follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.