4-21 Obituaries

Pauline Stevens McGee, 73
Pauline Stevens McGee, 73, of Irvine, died unexpectedly Friday, April 15, 2011, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. She was a Leighton native born June 15, 1937, daughter of the late Birch Stevens, Sr., and Laura McKinney Stevens. She was a seamstress and metal processor before retirement and a member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Dunn and Faye Cox; and five brothers, Arther Stevens, Birch Stevens Jr., Charles Stevens, Lander Stevens, and Roy Stevens; and a granddaughter, Laura Kathleen McGee.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Tina McGee; a sister, Ruth Witt; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, April 17, 2011, at Reppert Funeral Home. Burial was at the Stevens Cemetery in Estill County.

Deffert Willis, 67
Deffert “Bear” Willis, 67, of Charlie Norris Road in Richmond, died Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at the Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was born March 13, 1944, in Estill County and was the son of the late Dewey and Linda Isaacs Willis. He was a retired farmer and had lived in Madison County most of his life. He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Timothy Willis; two sisters, Nellie and Shelia Willis; and a brother, Jennings Curtis Willis.
Survivors include a daughter, Regina Marie Willis of Madison County; a son, Marvin Willis of Waco; long-time companion, Anna Smith; seven sisters, Effie Mae Johnson of Richmond, Bessie Marie Johnson, Minda Rose, Lizzie Rose, Lorene Rose, Florence Flynn and Cornell Rose, all of Irvine; two brothers, Hympsel Willis and Deward Willis, both of Irvine; and five grandchildren, Christy Willis, Ashley Willis, Brian Best, Shawn Willis and Mandy Willis.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, April 15, 2011, at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Bro. Beverly Arvin. Burial was at the Tackett Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ray Fowler, J.R. Willis, Brian Best, Kevin Griffin, Joe Kelley and Billy Rhodus.

Elbie Murphy Jr., 73

Elbie “Mudduck” Murphy Jr., 73, of Smith Lane, Ravenna, died Sunday, April 10, 2011, at the UK Medical Center after a short illness. He was born Jan. 22, 1938, in Letcher County, the son of the late Elbie Sr. and Lona Walters Murphy. He was a retired carpenter and lived in Estill County most of his life. He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Christian Church. He was also a member of the Fitchburg Masonic Lodge. He was a past member of the Army National Guards and the Army Reserves. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Vida Murphy, Rebel Baker, and Alma Norman; and four brothers, Rex, Doc, Glendon, and Bobby Murphy.
Survivors include his wife, Elinor Wise Murphy; two daughters, Teresa Horn and husband, Travis of Estill County, and Tammy Griffin and husband, Ray of Stanford; a sister, Flossie Noland of Berea; three grandchildren, Ashley Arvin Riddell and husband, Philip, Jared Kiser and Kylea Kiser; and two great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Cade Riddell.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday, at the Mt. Carmel Christian Church by Bro. Arthur Marcum with burial at the Tipton Cemetery. A Masonic service was conducted at the graveside. Pallbearers were Travis Horn, Jared Kiser, Ray Griffin, Carlo Noland, Phillip Riddell and Micah Rose. Honorary pallbearers were Donald McIntosh, Jim Morris, Bud Walters, Jr. Newton, Mitch Plowman, James Adams, Jimmy Palmer, Rick Shasta and Don Collier.

Fred Moore, 86
Fred Moore, 86, husband of Christine Powell Moore, died Saturday, at Marcum-Wallace Memorial Hospital, after a long illness. He was a native of Owsley County,  born April 2,1925, a son of the late John D. and Melissa Addison Moore. He was a retired logger and farmer. He was preceded in death by his son Marcus, four brothers and five sisters.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Christine Powell Moore; six sons, Bill and wife Rita Seals, Harold and wife Angie Moore, John Moore, Russell and wife Linda Moore, Rick and wife Yvonne Moore, and Freddie and wife Barbara Moore; four grandsons, Johnny, Derrick, Dustin, and Steven Moore; seven granddaughters, Laura Hardy, LaVelle Tipton, Susan Cornett, Melissa Flynn, Crystal Reed, Melinda McCool, and Lorrie Moore; 10 great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
Services were Wednesday at Lewis Funeral Home with Bro. Bob Mills and Bro. Marvin Neal officiating. Burial was at the Sonny Powell Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dustin Moore, Steven Moore, John Douglas Moore, Rick Moore, John Moore, and Freddie Moore.

Barsha Walton, 90
Barsha Walton, 90, widow of Thomas Walton, died Saturday. She was a native of Estill County, born Aug. 17, 1920, to the late Edgar and Maggie Roberts Metcalf. She was a member of the Hanover Baptist Church,  and loved spending time with her family. Her favorite hobby was quilting, she enjoyed travel, watching WLJC and listening to country and gospel music, especially Ricky Skaggs. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by six brothers, James Lloyd, Eugene, Thurman, Joe, Robert, and Tracy; two sisters, Iona Belkelhymer, and Addrean Combs, and a great grandson Jeffery Kring.
Survivors include a son, Jim and his wife Shirley Walton, of Lexington; a daughter, Dora Mae and husband Andrew Rogers of Irvine; a sister, Nannie Tolley of Richmond; ten grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren, and thirty-four great-great grandchildren.
Services were Tuesday at 12 p.m., at Lewis Funeral Home, with Bro. Glendon Mays and Bro. Rick Kirby officiating. Burial was at the Turpin Cemetery. Grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Shirley Combs, Janice Troutman, Kitty Newlin, Faye Roberts, Pat Bicknell, Linda March Banks, Jennifer Tolley, and Andrew Rogers.
The family requests donations to Hospice Care Plus, in lieu of flowers.

Caswell Tate, 82

Gordon Caswell Tate, 82, Richmond Road, widower of Lillie Ballard Tate, died at his home Wednesday, April 13, 2011. He was born March 29, 1929 in Madison County, a son of the late Gordon and Audrey Mollett Tate. He was a retired employee of the Westinghouse Company, a deacon and Sunday School Superintendent at Cow Creek Baptist, a sports writer for the Estill Herald, and a coach for the Kiwanis Little League, he was also a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Korean War. Besides his wife of 54 years, Lillie, he was preceded in death  by a brother, Richard Tate, and two sisters, Janet Smith and Joyce Hollcum.
Survivors include two sons, Jeff and wife, Terrie Tate, and Michael and wife, Trulena Tate; two grandchildren, Micah Tate and Jordon Tate; four brothers, Harold Dean and wife, Bonny Tate of Ashland, Donald Ray and wife Deloris, Tate of Indiana, Raymond and wife, Brenda Tate of Waco, and Maxie and wife Debra, Tate of Richmond; four sisters, Dorothy Wall of Richmond, Wilma and husband, Russell Thomas of Louisville, Maxine Patton of Richmond, and Gladys Spillman of Richmond; special caregivers, Jackie Coffey, Trina Goosey, Crystal Collett, Miranda Lewis, Hilda and Billy Wilson, Tabitha Stepp, Kinea Thompson, Maxine Dawes, Sue Gross, Nannie Hunt, Donna Marcum, Bonnie Brake, Stephanie McKinney, Crystal Coffey, MEPCO Home Health, and Hospice Care Plus.
Services were Saturday, at Lewis Funeral Home, with Howard Clay Farris, Donald Tate, Arthur Ray and Joe Lahrmer officiating. Burial was at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers were Micah Tate, Harold Dean Tate, Donald Tate, Raymond Tate, Maxie Tate, Darrell Tate and Curtis Tate. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Wall, Dewayne Tate, Kenneth Tate, Russell Thomas, James Patton, Larry Hunt, Jason Spillman, Shawn Wilson, Bobby Russell, Ivan Ballard, Wayne Ballard, Fred Ginter, Howard Farris, David Newton, John Abney, Straude Shouse, and all former Little League (Senators) players.

Shelby Spicer, 85
Shelby Spicer, 85, died Wednesday evening April 13, 2011 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born July, 1925 in Lee County. He is the son of the late James Wesley Sr. and Sarah Cassie Spicer. He was retired from Phillips Lighting, a member of the Waco Baptist Church and the Waco Masonic Lodge No.338.His life was filled with love and happiness. He spent his retirement years on the farm and with his “best friend”, Moyer. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Maxine Spicer.
Survivors include a son, Jerry (Pat) Spicer of Waco; a daughter, April (David) Brock of Berea; four grandchildren, Kelly (Paul) Adkins, Vanessa (Tyler) Hurt, Christopher (Karen) Brock and Amanda Spicer; five great-grandchildren, Shelby Lynn Selvey, Justin Blake Selvey, Ethan Brock, Trysten Hurt, and Hayley Brock.
Funeral Services were Saturday, April 16, 2011, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Rev. David Woosley officiating. Burial was at the Madison Memorial Gardens.
Masonic Rites were performed at the funeral home Friday.
Pallbearers were Pete Cain, Bill Goosey, Mike Tipton, Jimmy Blanton, Brian Witt and Steve Kelly. Honorary pallbearers were Kim Isaacs, Lucille MaLear, Dorothy Whitaker, Mary Hurt, Jerri Pitman, Shirley Roberts, and Brenda Cole.