James “Jay” Benjamin Richardson, 90
James “Jay” Benjamin Richardson, 90, a retired farmer, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. He was born Sept. 6, 1921, in Estill County, a son of the late Henry and Martha Rose Richardson. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wilson and Wade Monroe Richardson; eight sisters, Minnie Estes, Milda Estes, Geneva Freeman, Rhoda Stone, Nannie Richardson, Prysie Baker, and Flossie Bogie.
Survivors include a brother, Orville C. Richardson; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at Lewis Funeral Home with Bro. Ronald Lutes officiating. Burial was at the Amos Richardson Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dan Rose, Bill Freeman, Billy Freeman, Walt Morris, Bryan Abney, and Jesse Glenn Bogie.
Peggy A. Wiseman Watson, 50
Peggy A. Wiseman Watson, 50, wife of Roger David Watson for 26 years, died Sept. 7, 2011. She was a native of Estill County, a daughter of Cebert R. and Lucille Harrison Wiseman. She was a homemaker and attended the White Oak Church of God.
Survivors, other than her husband, include a son, Christopher Lee Watson; a daughter, Brittany Nicole Watson; a sister, Bethel Samples, and a brother, Rusty Wiseman.
Services weren’t planned at presstime.
Sara “Sally” Deming Ramsdell, 70, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, after losing her 2-year struggle with breast cancer. She was born at Salt Lake City, Utah, June 11, 1941, to the late Milo Henry and Margaret Corder Deming. She lived in Lexington for approximately 40 years until her retirement and moved to Estill County in 2004. She was the founder and president of construction industry organizations including the American Concrete Institute, of which she was elected a fellow in 1988. She was a charter member of the Bluegrass Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction. In 1994 she was named one of the “Top Women in Business in the Bluegrass” by The Lane Report. In her retirement, she continued to serve as an arbitrator and mediator for the Better Business Bureau, became a Cooperative Weather Observer for the National Weather Service and Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network, and pursued interest in herbs, nature study and photography.
Survivors include her husband of nearly 40 years, Richard Alden Ramsdell; two daughters, Linda K. Grimes, DVM, of Estill County, and Patricia L. Welch (Jeff) of Fairport, N.Y.; a son, Lee W. Grimes of Union; and a grandson, Spencer R. Grimes of Lexington.
In remembrance of her life, services will be held at Lewis Funeral Home at 224 Main Street, Irvine, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at 3 p.m. The family will greet friends and colleagues one hour prior thereto. Sally was a member of the Earthhealing team and asked that contributions be made in her memory at www.earthhealing.info or CoCoRaHS.org.
TJ Ballard, 73
TJ Ballard, 73, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. He was a native of Estill County, a son of the late Jim Ballard and Rosie Henry Ballard. He was a retired oil field worker, and a member of the High Street Church of God. He was preceded in death by a son, Virgil Ballard; a daughter, Joyce Ann Ballard; a sister Edith West; and two brothers, Art Ballard and O.W. Ballard.
Survivors include three daughters, Debbie Markland, Maxine Spicer, and Rosie Allan; two sons, Wayne Ballard and Michael Ballard; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Eva B. West, Emma Neal, Helen Barnes, and Martha Bush.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at 11 a.m., at the Ballard Cemetery on Ticky Fork. Lewis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Benny Floyd Puckett, 61, of White Oak Road in Irvine, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center after a long illness. He was born July 10, 1950 in Estill County, the son of Leoda Ginter Puckett and the late Floyd Puckett. He was a glass worker and had lived in Estill County all of his life. He was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a daughter, Amy Tuggle of Estill County; and two brothers, Billy Ray Puckett of Corbin, and Roger Puckett of Estill County.
Funeral services will be conducted, Sept. 17, 2011, at 1 p.m., at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Bro. Glendon Woosley with burial to follow at the Dunaway Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Roger Wayne Puckett, Todd Puckett, Jeff Henry, Randy Harrison, Steven Birchfield, and Danny Wiseman.
Paul N. Oldaker, 75
Paul N. Oldaker, husband of Patricia S. Lumpkin Oldaker, formerly of Williamsburg, Ohio, died Aug. 22, 2011. He was preceded in death by James and Vicki Oldaker.
Survivors include two daughters, Norma Boggs, and Sherri Stephenson; two sons, Wesley and Gary Oldaker; five stepchildren; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Wesley Oldaker.
Services were held at Evans Funeral Home, Milford, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. Burial was at Williamsburg Cemetery.
Harold M. Patrick, 91
Harold M. Patrick, 91, died Aug. 18, 2011, in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Harold was born in Hargett on Feb. 4, 1920. He was the son of Mary (Tuttle) and Owen Patrick. He spent most of his childhood and youth living on Main Street in Irvine. He graduated from Irvine High where he played basketball and football. Following graduation, he attended Eastern Kentucky University. He served his country in the Navy during World War II. He was deployed to the Pacific, where he engaged in combat in the Soloman Islands. After he was honorably discharged, he returned briefly to Irvine before immigrating to Cincinnati, where he lived for the next sixty years. He became proprietor of Million’s Cafe in Mt. Lookout, and later served as President of the Mt. Lookout Civic Club. He was a member of American Legion, Post 484 and Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church. He remained an avid fan of the Kentucky Wildcats, Cincinnati Reds, and the Kentucky Derby. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Asbury Patrick; a sister, Geneva Murphy; and a brother, Earl Patrick.
Survivors include four daughters, Jill (Sam) Wit, Holly (Bruce) Kern, Laurie (Jay) Clark, and Patricia (Neil) Chamberlin; six grandchildren, Karyn (Kevin) Carroll, Kristen (Cal) Whitehead, Laura (Jeremy) Peltonen, Sam Wit, Jason Clark and Erin Clark; two great-grandchildren, Casey and Kailyn; and a sister, Virginia Yeager.
Services were held at Rest Haven Memorial Park, Blue Ash, Ohio.
Lillie Mae Mullins, 75
Lillie Mae Mullins, 75, 1054 Lilly Ferry Road, Irvine, widower of Curtis Mullins, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. She was born July 10, 1936, in Clintonville, to the late Theodore Rosevelt and Elizabeth Risen Ganett. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son-in-law, Archie Hurley.
Survivors include eight sons, James K. Mullins of Irvine, Douglas Kurt Mullins of Rockcastle County, John Thomas Mullins of Indiana, Bobby Rex Mullins of Lakeland, Fla., Billy Ray Mullins of Irvine, Joey Scott Mullins of Clay City, Robert Mullins of Stanton, and Alfred J. Mullins of Winchester; three daughters, Linda Lou Hedger of Irvine, Phyllis Ann Campbell of Winchester, and Patsy Ann Hurley of Irvine; eight daughters-in-law, Donna Gillum, Melvie Mullins, Millie Mullins, Sherry Mullins, Shana Mullins, Ann Mullins, Cindy Hatton, and Beth Durbin; two sons-in-law, Robert Hedgers and Ronnie Campbell; a brother, Ernest Ganett of Louisville; a sister, Dorothy King of Morehead; 31 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Wells Clay City Chapel by Rev. Herbert Barnett and Rev. Gene Jones. Burial was at the Mullins Family Cemetery, Lilly Ferry Road, Irvine. Pallbearers were Ronnie Campbell, Bill Mullins, Alfred Mullins, Bengie Faye, Travis Hall, Robert Arnold, Robert Mullins, and Anthony Duff. Honorary pallbearer was Robert Hedger.