Billy Burton Elkins, 79
Billy Burton Elkins, 79, father of former Citizen Voice & Times Editor H. B. Elkins, died Wednesday, May 5 at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore. He was born Dec. 12, 1930 in Lee County to James Calloway Elkins and Allene Cart Elkins. He was a disabled veteran of the United States Army, having been awarded a purple heart for wounds suffered in Korea which resulted in him losing a leg. He was also a retired teacher for the Lee County Board of Education, having taught for 24 years at St. Helens Elementary School and, after St. Helens closed, Beattyville Elementary School. He was a graduate of Lee County High School and Berea College, having earned his bachelor’s degree upon returning to Kentucky after his discharge from the Army.
He is survived by two sons, H.B. Elkins and wife Melissa Thomas Elkins of Beattyville, and Sean Elkins and wife Charlotte Fields Elkins of Owenton; two sisters, Betty Elkins Howell of Elizabethtown and Dorene Elkins Lee of Shepherdsville; two brothers, Bobby Gene Elkins and wife Virginia, and James Loren Elkins and wife Laura, both of Shepherdsville; four nieces; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife, Wanda Louise Lewis Elkins.
A private graveside service for members of the immediate family was conducted on Friday, May 7, at Riverview Cemetery in Beattyville. Dr. John Lentz, husband of his niece Debra Lee Lentz, officiated. Newnam Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Ruth Horn, 64
Ruth Todd Muncie Horn, 64, Wagersville Road, Irvine, died Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Central Baptist Hospital after a short illness. She was born Sept. 2, 1945 in Estill Count, the daughter of the late Stone Todd and Hazel Williams Muncie. She was a bus aide with the Estill County School System, and was a Kentucky Colonel. She was a past president and current vice-president and genealogist and charter member of the Estill County Historical & Genealogical Society. She was also past Regent and present Registrar of the Elisha Witt Chapter of the DAR. She attended Valley View Baptist Church. She had lived in Estill County all of her life.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne Horn; two daughters, Kimberly Todd Horn of Lexington, and Adriana Michelle Miller and husband Toby of Richmond; a special brother, Stone Franklin Cooper and wife Louise of Estill County; and one grandson, Dawson Tyler Horn.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Bro. Ricky Powell with burial at West Irvine Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Larry Davis, Stevie Yancey, Dave Miller, Gerald Flynn, Matthew Howe and Tommy Warmouth.
Dorothy Mott, 85
Dorothy “Dottie” Powell Mott, 85, widow of John Mott, died Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Irvine Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Lexington, she was a daughter of the late John and Jenny Powell. She was an auxiliary member of American Legion Post 341 and V.F.W. Post 680.
Survivors are two daughters, Deborah Lou (Jim) Gaynor, Chambersburg, Penn., and Sharon Kay (George) McIntosh, Irvine; a son, James Ricky (Tessie) Mott, Lancaster; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marlene Rowe.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Land; and two brothers, Roy and Lynn Powell.
Funeral services were conducted at 12 p.m. Wednesday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street with burial at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.
Zella Shortridge, 86
Zella Berryman Shortridge, 86, Beattyville, died Monday, May 10, 2010. She was born in Estill County on Jan. 12, 1924 to Joseph and Retta Carmichael Berryman and she grew up in Ravenna with three sisters and three brothers. After completing her education, she moved to Winchester where she worked and this is where she was introduced to Earl Kenneth Shortridge who was home on leave from the Navy. They were married on Jan. 15, 1946 and resided in Winchester until the late 1940’s when they moved to Leeco for Earl to take a job at Petroleum Exploration. This is where they would raise their family of six children: Linda, Kenny, Sandy, Marcia, Rhonda and Delma. Zella operated a grocery store for several years there in Leeco, the heart of the oil fields, which served as the local meeting place for lunch for all of the Petroleum Exploration employees as well as a gathering place for good conversation in the small community. After the children were raised, the grocery store closed and Earl and Zella began to do the things they loved: traveling, camping, fishing, and spending time with friends and family. Earl passed away in March of 1987, after suffering from an unfortunate illness. Zella spent the next 23 years enjoying her children, 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She was a member of the unofficial “Golden Girls” that included best friends, Louise Woolery, Zereda Crowe and Elizabeth Fore. These four women traveled and spent many good years together. She was also a very active member of Ravenna Church of God, the church that her mother and father helped build and the church she attended most of her childhood and adult life. She was very passionate about her religious beliefs. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Earl Shortridge, her daughter, Janet Sue, and all of her siblings, Hubert, Roy, Louie Wayne, Eldora, Lorene, and Helen.
Survivors include her children, Linda Ann Rogers (Lanny) of Stanton; Earl Kenneth Shortridge Jr. of Orlando, Fla.; Sandra Lee Helm (Jim) of Ord, Neb.; Marcia Lynn Thomas (Mike) of Beattyville; Rhonda Gail Durbin of Beattyville; and Delma Rose Peercy of Richmond; grandchildren Tony Rogers (Shelly), Melissa Freeman, Daphanie Chapman (Dana), Kevin Rogers (Allyson), Dustin Hon (Brandi), Nicholas Hon, Megan Miller (Brett), Lyndsey Thomas, Corey Thomas, Joshua Stamper (Tara), Kris Durbin, Kenna Durbin, Keith Peercy, and Chad Peercy (Ashley); and great grandchildren Alissa, Kaleigh, Kolby, Kory, Lauren, Ross, Chandler, Dylan R., Wyatt, Lawson, Owen, Shane, Tyler, Dylan S., Kaelin, Tate and Cannon.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday, May 13 at 2 p.m. at the Ravenna Church of God with burial at Kennon Cemetery, Clay City.
Pallbearers were her grandsons Tony, Dustin, Keith, Josh, Kevin, Chad, Kris and Corey.
Stella Spicer, 71
Stella Keith Spicer, 71, of Church Street, wife of Delbert Spicer, died Wednesday, May 19 after a long illness. She was born Feb. 2, 1939 in Estill County, a daughter of the late Bonnie and Ersie Holaway Keith.
Graveside services where held at 11:30 am, Saturday at South Irvine Cemetery.
Lewis Funeral Home was in charge.