Obituaries for August 2

Mary Hope Adams Hardy, 94

Mary Hope Adams Hardy, 94, widow of Ray Hardy Sr., died Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at the UK Medical Center, after a short illness. She was a native of Estill County, born Nov. 17, 1917. She was a daughter of the late James H. and Nannie Kirby Adams. She was married to Ray, on Oct. 29, 1937. They were married for 46 years until his death. She and Ray; Ray’s brother, H.T. and his wife Doris started Hardy Brothers store, and ran it for many, many years. She was a member of Rice Station Christian Church and also attended Sandhill Christian Church. She found great satisfaction in feeding her family and friends with wonderful homemade cooking. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Dick, Willie, Hume, Tom and Dewey Adams; and five sisters, Katie Blackwell, Mabel Gould, Blanche Brooks, Ruth Tuttle and Anna Floyd.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Ann (Emerson) Jones, and Susan K. Hardy; a son, Ray Harold (Freda) Hardy Jr.; her grandchildren, George Emerson (Kris) Jones, Jeffery (Kellie) Jones, Timothy Ray Jones, Amy Hardy (Steve) Farmer, Tammy Lynn Hardy, Ray Harold Hardy III; great-grandchildren, Andrew Farmer, Rachel Jones, Amelia Farmer, Mary Pat Jones, Caroline Jones, Rebecca Jones, Jarod Jones, Justin Jones, and Kelsie Jones; great-great grandchild, Reagan Ross; nieces, Nancy Barnette and Amelia “Cookie” Adams.

Services were held Saturday, July 28, 2012, at the Rice Station Christian Church with Kirt Scott, Bill Welker, Leo Crowe and Ron Lutes officiating. Burial was at the West Irvine Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve Farmer, Andrew Farmer, Jimmy Bonny, Ray Harold Hardy III, Mike Chaney and Hyman Riddell. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Samples, Leon Dennis, George Richardson, Billy Tucker, Bob and Sandy Tipton, Mike Burgess, Jerry Gilbert, Pepper Hardy, Butch Hardy, Donald Hardy, Eugene Bush, David Zohnd, Wayne Smith, Jr. Case, Jason Smith, B.J. Clair, Gary Freeman, Bobby Willis, Wayne Woolery, Clarence Noland and Bill Eldridge. Lewis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Prewitt Stone Combs, 86

Margaret Prewitt Stone Combs, 86, of Clark County died Saturday, July 28, 2012, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington. She was born in Estill County, the daughter of the late Berry Lee and Dulah Barnett Stone and the widow of Elmer Y. Combs (married 57 years), all of Clark County. She graduated from Trapp High School and attended Fugazzi Business College. She assisted her husband in his sign business for over 40 years. She loved gardening and the outdoors. She enjoyed helping her family, neighbors and especially children. Her love of God and her belief in The Ten Commandments were the foundation for living a life of strong faith. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Mildred Stone Nugent.

Survivors include two daughters, Elma Rowena Combs (Benjamin Stephens) and Rovena Gail Combs; a sister, Phyllis Lo-Dine Stone Hampton (Eugene Hampton); several nieces and nephews; and a step-grandson, Kevin M. Stephens; and six step-great grandchildren, Traci, Lainie, Mason, Henry, Kayden and Kameron Stephens, all of Woodford County.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at Scobee Funeral Home, Winchester, with Rev. Eugene Hampton, her brother-in-law, officiating. Burial was at the Dulah Barnett and Berry Lee Stone Family Cemetery, Lilly’s Ferry Road. Pallbearers were Ben Stephens, Aaron Cruse, Lee Cruse III, Dale Raney, Elmer Gene Tolson and Ronnie Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Wendall and Karen Willoughby, Tim and Martha Osborne, Mike and Jean Snowden, Jerry and Bonnie Snowden, Paul Spicer, Bear Shifflett, Alvin Earl and Darlene Johnson, Opal Buckland, Lois Snowden, Lula Mae Puckett and her nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Eddie Wayne Sparks, 62

Eddie Wayne Sparks, 62, of Third Street in Ravenna, died Monday, July 23, 2012, at his home following a long illness. He was born July 16, 1950 in Madison County and was the son of the late Leonard and Jessie Pitman Sparks. He was a roofer and had lived in Estill County all of his life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Coyle Sparks; two sisters, Betty Jean Begley and Freida Reed; and three brothers, Tracy, Jim and Charles Reed.

Survivors include a daughter, Yvonne Moore of Estill County; two sons, Edward Sparks and Jeff Sparks, both of Estill County; his fiance, Charlene Slone of Estill County; a sister, Catherine Reed of Richmond, Ind.; a brother, Langley Reed of Richmond, Ind.; and a grandchild, Jamie Lee Gerber.

Private services will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Warren F. Toler Funeral Home.

Bishop Edgar Rawlins, Jr., 61

Bishop Edgar Rawlins, Jr., 61, of Kokomo, Ind. passed away at 12:10 p.m., Monday, July, 30, 2012, at Saint Joseph Hospital. He was born March 21, 1951 in Irvine, Kentucky, to Edgar Rawlins, Sr. and Haley Ann (Dawes) Rawlins. On July 3, 1970, in Irvine, he married Phyllis Ann (Arvin) Rawlins, and she survives.

He was a drill sergeant in the United States Army. He was a senior pastor at Woodlawn Church of God for 18 years before retiring in 2009. He was chairman over the building and finance committees of Churches of God in the state of Indiana. He enjoyed fishing and doing woodwork. Edgar always said, “When I die, I want it to be said I was a Christian.”

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis, son Allen Rawlins and wife, Alecia, of Kokomo, son Shane Rawlins and wife, Jennifer, of Valrico, Fla., brother Terry Rawlins, Irvine, sister Virginia Wiseman, Irvine, sister Shirley and husband Roger Milby, Irvine, sister Kathy Rawlins, Irvine, grandchildren Hayden Rawlins and wife, Chelsea, of Kokomo, Jade Noelle Rawlins, Kokomo, Luke Rawlins and Hailee Rawlins, of Valrico, Fla., step-grandchildren Kyle Burdette and Nicole Burdette, of Kokomo. He is also survived by his dog, Angel.

He was preceeded in death by his parents.

Services will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 at Woodland Church of God, 3401 S. Webster St., Kokomo, with his sons Bishops Allen and Shane Rawlins officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from 3-5 p.m.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at Ravenna Church of God, 210 Third St, Ravenna, with longtime friend Rev. Randall Mays officiating.

Friends may visit with the family from noon to 2 p.m.

Burial will follow at South Irvine Cemetery, South Irvine, Kentucky.

Ellers Mortuary of Kokomo and Lewis Funeral Home of Irvine are assisting the family with arrangements.

Charles Daniel Willis, 58

Charles Daniel Willis, 58, of High Street in Irvine, died Thursday, July 26, 2012, at the Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 27, 1953, and was the son of Etta Marie Estes Willis and the late Charles E. Willis. He worked in lawn care and was a member of the Mt. Carmel Christian Church. He had lived in Estill county all of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Marie Fielder Willis; his mother, Etta Marie Estes Willis of Irvine; a son, Daniel O’dell Willis of Lexington; two step-sons, Robert Christopher Hunter and Michael Chad Hunter, both of Irvine; three grandchildren, Brianna McIntosh, Cody Wainwright and Henlee Hunter; three sisters, Bertha Sue Patrick of Owenton, Amanda Bessie McIntosh and Anita Jane Underwood, both of Irvine; a brother, Claude Nelson Willis and wife, Rhonda of Irvine; an adopted brother, Donald “Boosie” Tipton of Irvine; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, July 30 at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel by Bro. Butch Arvin. Burial was at the Oakdale Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robbie Hunter, Claude Willis, II, Jeffrey Scott Wilson, Todd Walters, Jonathan Walters, Travis French and William Rogers. Honorary pallbearers were Chad Hunter and Boosie Tipton.