George Wallace Baker, 91

George Wallace Baker, 91, of Louisville, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 in Louisville.  He was born at Rice Station, on Dec. 29, 1919 to George Washington Baker and Bertie Mathis Baker. He loved all sports, playing most of them with his brothers. He even repeated his senior year so he could play one more year of high school basketball. He graduated from Estill County High School in 1940. His love of sports continued all his life. He made his home in Louisville in 1964. In the late 1970’s he began studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses and was baptized on March 3, 1983. His favorite scripture was Revelation 21:4. He so looked forward to the time when “death will be no more.” He has served as an elder in the Kenwood Congregation since 1990.  He had a genuine love for the field ministry and enjoyed working around the Kingdom Hall especially doing yard work. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Bertie; a daughter Denzel Drew; three wives, Helen, Lorna, and Katie; also four brothers, Edward, Bill, Tommy, Robert; and a sister, Eliza Bell.

Survivors include his wife Anne; two sons, Bob and Chris; and a daughter Gerry; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Walter and James; two sisters Anna Thomas and Margaret Whitaker, and many nieces and nephews. He also had a large spiritual family with the Kenwood Congregation he dearly loved.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Kenwood Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Louisville.

Barbara Ann Barker White, 71

Barbara Ann Barker White, 71, of Tonkawa, Okla., died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, of a short illness. She was the daughter of Moss and Mossie Isaacs Barker. She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Tonkawa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel E. White; a grandson, J.R. White; a brother, Stanley Tracy Barker.

Survivors include two children, Joseph Hoy White and Danetta White, both of Tonkawa; three grandchildren, Angie Bliss of Briston, Okla., Daniel White of Louisana, Grayson White of Tonkawa; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Treva Winkler of Hamilton, Ohio, Betty Lou Hymer, Drucilla Muncie of Estill County; two brothers, Earl L. Barker of Tonkawa, Ronnie E. Barker of Richmond; several nieces and nephews.

A service was held on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 at The First Assembly of God in Tonkawa by Rev. Kelly Coffey officiating. Burial was at the Newkirk Cemetery under the direction of Anderson Funeral Home in Tonkawa.

Stanley Clem, 72

Stanley Clem, 72, of Henderson, Texas, died Jan. 8, 2011 at his residence. He was born Sept. 12, 1938, in Irvine. He was a hydraulic specialist for Oil Gear and he retired from the Unites States Air Force as a master sergeant. He graduated from Irvine High School in 1956. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Clem; a brother, Marvin Clem; and a sister, Ruby Walls.

Survivors include a son, Steve Clem and wife Laura of Los Lunas, N.M.; two grandchildren, Chelsea Clem and Connor Clem; three brothers, Donald Clem of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Linville Clem of Lexington and Lavon Clem of Nicholasville; four sisters, Edna Kelley of Baltimore, Md., Sue Neikirk of Lexington, Anne Fussell of Baltimore, Md., and Billie Robinson of Frankfort; and an uncle, Otis Curtis of Winchester.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home Chapel in Henderson, Texas, with Rev. John Voss officiating. Interment was at Laneville Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve Clem, Connor Clem, Greg Chapman, Curtis Chapman, Gene Burns and Paul Reed. Condolences may be made at

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Brandenburg Henry, 72

Lena Franklin Brandenburg Henry, 72, of Grindstone Road in Irvine died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at the Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was born Nov. 26, 1938 in Estill County and was the daughter of the late Fred Wesley and Willie Hume Richardson Brandenburg. She was a retired Estill County Circuit Court Clerk and was a member of the Pine Hill Baptist Church. She had lived in Estill County all of her life. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lillian Kirk and Joetta Brandenburg; and one brother, James Brandenburg.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Stepp and husband, Marty of Estill County, and Amie E. Henry of Estill County; one son, John Henry and wife, Tricia of Estill County; three sisters, Delma Lee Lakes of Estill County, Madonna Jenkins and husband, Boyd of Estill County and Evelyn Williams and husband, Don of Estill County; three brothers, Russell Brandenburg and wife, Angie of Elizabethtown, Fred Brandenburg Jr. and wife, Christine of Estill County and Harold Brandenburg and wife, Carol of Estill County; five grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Bro. Beverly Arvin with burial at the Henry Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Brandenburg, Byron Roberts, Zachary Henry, Kenton Roberts, Todd Puckett, and Brandon Witt.

Billy Kyle Charlton, 33

Billy Kyle Charlton, 33, of Bertha Wallace Drive in Irvine died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at the Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 9, 1977, in Madison County and was the of son the late Donald Eugene and Linda Lou Whitted Charlton. He was a mechanic and had lived in Estill County all of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Hardy Charlton; a grandmother, Paggie Harris of Estill County; a daughter, Allissa Paige Charlton of Estill County; a son, Terry Kyle Charlton of Powell County; a sister, Melinda Hardy of Estill County; and two brothers, O.B. Charlton and Tim Charlton both of Estill County; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Bro. Buford Powell, with burial at the South Irvine Cemetery. Pallbearers were, Tim Charlton, Dewayne Hawkins, Chris Sizemore, Kevin Gibson, Andrew Means and Travis Cox. Honorary pallbearers were Scott Hardy, Aaron Fouch, O.B. Charlton, Steve Roe and Randall Anglin.

Willard Rodney Sparks, 84

Willard Rodney Sparks, 84, of Mt. Sterling, died Jan. 7, 2011, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. He was born Dec. 26, 1926 in Estill County. He was the son of the late Daniel B. and Georgiana Lakes Sparks. He was a retired carpenter, a bluegrass musician and a member of the Howard’s Mill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Virgil, Charlie, E.J., Roy and Jr. Sparks; and three sisters, Katherine Mills, Eudell Bowles, and Ruby Parsons.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine R. Tipton Sparks of Mt. Sterling; a son, Andy (Karen) Sparks of Mt. Sterling; three daughters, Pam (Tom) Jones of Frankfort, Ramona (Steve) Hudson of Paris, and Debra (Richard) Dorton of Lexington; a sister, Geneva (Douglas) Huddleston of Woodberry, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at the Herald & Stewart Home for Funerals Chapel with Pastor Steve Weaver officiating. Burial was at Machpelah Cemetery. Pallbearers were his grandsons.