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Benny W. Bale, 82, of Elizabethtown, formerly of Hodgenville, passed away Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at his residence. Born Dec. 5, 193l, in Lobb, Green County, he was the son of the late Guy Bale and Cora Whitlow Bale. A 38-year member of B. R. Young Lodge #132 F&AM in Hodgenville, he was a lifelong Baptist. He was saved by faith and baptized at the age of 16 at Aetna Grove Baptist Church in Green County. He was a retired master sergeant for the United States Air Force, serving from 1952 until 1971. Following his time in the service he worked at the American Red Cross as a data processing manager. His parents; two brothers, Curtis Bale and Earl Bale; and his sister, Lillian Bale Johnson, preceded him in death. For 62 years, he was the beloved husband of Charmaine Bryant Bale formerly of Horse Cave, Kentucky. They were married on Dec. 24, 1952, in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He is also survived by three daughters, Teresa Korsgaard and her husband Dan of Richmond, Tammy Shoffner and her husband Bobby of Hodgenville, and Laura Vuleta and her husband Dan of Elizabethtown; a son, Michael Bale and his wife Mary Beth of Moline, Illinois; six grandchildren, Tiffany Shoffner Merriman (Travis), Melissa Gaddie, Bradley Shoffner (Eric Withers), Stefanie Vuleta, Emily Vuleta and Daniel Vuleta; and two great-grandchildren, Ryleigh and Cameron Merriman. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville with Bro. Shannon McCubbins officiating. Burial will follow in Aetna Grove Baptist Church Cemetery near Summersville. Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.bennett-bertram.com.
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Tracey Michelle Jaggers, 36, of Elizabethtown, formerly of Magnolia, passed away, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. She was a member of Center Point Missionary Baptist Church in White Mills, a 1996 graduate of LaRue County High School, and a former employee of The News-Enterprise. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Otis and Ethel Benningfield; and her paternal grandparents, James and Emma Jaggers. She is survived by a daughter, Madison Taylor Cartmill; a son, Hunter Levi Cartmill; her parents, Larry and Connie Benningfield Jaggers of Magnolia; a sister, Amanda (Bro. Robert) Jewell of Elizabethtown; her fiance, Mark Nichols of Elizabethtown; a niece, Hannah Jewell; and two nephews, Evan Jewell and Isaac Jewell. The funeral is 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at Center Point Missionary Baptist Church in White Mills with Bro. Robert Jewell officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Mount Sherman. Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Dixon-Rogers Funeral Home in Magnolia, and after 10 a.m. Friday at the church until time for service. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Madison Cartmill and Hunter Cartmill Education Fund, 2712 Roundtop Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.dixon-rogers.com.
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Celia Nan Creal McDonald was born July 12, 1938, in Louisville, Kentucky, and passed away Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. She was a graduate of Hodgenville High School, where she was salutatorian, editor of the annual and the school paper, and a choir soloist. She received a B.A. from Centre College in both Music and English, with awards in both at graduation. There she was a member of the Tudor Singers, Centre Choir, Obiter Scripta and Spanish Club, and was Sweetheart of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dalph Edward Creal and Nancy Jones Cole Creal, and her stepmother, Elsie Atherton Smith Creal, as well as her grandparents, Congressman Edward Wester Creal and Alice Crady Creal, and David Elber and Georgia Ermine Cole. Survivors include her husband, Robert I. McDonald, Jr.; children, Robert I. McDonald III (Sharon) of Columbus, Ohio, Jennifer Nan McDonald of Pippa Passes, Kentucky, and Heather Sue McDonald of Hodgenville; two grandchildren, Gwendolyn May McDonald and Robert I. McDonald IV, both of Columbus; and a host of friends and loving canine companions Buddy, Pumpkin, Boots and Jesse. She was the third member of her immediate family to be editor and publisher of The LaRue County Herald News and always considered journalism the major work of her life. She also was a special project manager for the Danville Advocate Messenger and editor and publisher of the Harlan Daily Enterprise. She enjoyed working at Harlan and Hodgenville with her husband, Bob. The two collaborated on many jobs and creative projects together over the years. She served as president of the Kentucky Press Association and on its board and remained a member of the Kentucky Journalism Foundation. She was named Most Valuable Member of KPA and for many years produced audio-visual shows for the awards competitions sponsored by that organization. She was president of the Louisville chapters of Women in Communications, Inc., and the International Association of Business Communicators. She played a leadership role in several environmental organizations in Louisville and of organizations dedicated to the advancement of women. She was very proud to have served on the Kentucky Humanities Council, from whom she had earlier received the Project of the Year Award for her book and audio-visual presentation on Hodgenville poet, Hal Z. Cox. She was named Gannett Fellow in Community Journalism at Colorado State University and spent several weeks there working with students. She also served as president of the LaRue County Arts Council and the LaRue County Democratic Women's Club, on the Boundary Oak Committee for Lincoln's Birthplace, and in other civic organizations in Hodgenville, Harlan and Louisville. She was a past president of the Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Louisville and a founding member of Wee Scots collector's club, now Cincinnati Scottie Friends. With her husband, she was a long-time member of the Motet Singers of Louisville and was close to many friends who shared that experience, as did her three children. She also was a member of the Louisville Orchestra's Masterworks Chorale. Her employment also included The Courier-Journal, Kentucky Central Life Insurance, the Kentucky Commission on Women, Manager of the Hodgenville Main Street/Renaissance and of the LaRue County Arts Council, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, communications director for the Lt. Governor of Kentucky, the Jefferson County Air Pollution Control Board and the Kentucky Lung Association. She grew up in First Baptist Church in Hodgenville, but spent most of her life as a Presbyterian, most recently in First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethtown. Those who knew her know the things she cared most about included dogs and animal welfare; music; books; writing poems; stories; features and other materials; the arts, and her family. The funeral is 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church in Elizabethtown with Rev. Skip Dunford officiating. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville, and after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church until time for services. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Louisville, Scottie Rescue or Best Friends Animal Society, or to the Kentucky Humanities Council, Centre College or the LaRue County Public Library. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.bennett-bertram.com.
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Dorothy Hazle Dixon Phillips, 90, of Forest, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at Virginia Baptist Hospital. For 66 years, she was the loving wife of the late Jack Phillips of Rockville Centre, New York. Born Nov. 21, 1923, in Magnolia, Kentucky, she was proud to be an "undertaker's daughter" of the late Robert Lee Dixon and Grace Lee Hazle Dixon. Raised in Hodgenville, Kentucky, her job at Fort Knox led to a blissful married life in Long Island, New York with her special Lieutenant, and an active role in the 746 Tank Battalion Army reunions. Dottie taught nursery school and kindergarten at St. Andrews Episcopal School in Oceanside, New York. She loved genealogy research and spent many years as a volunteer Girl Scout troop organizer. Her grand sense of humor and fiery personality touched the hearts of everyone around her. Dorothy is survived by her two daughters, Linda Newman and husband Leonard Newman, and Debbie Mays and her husband Larry Mays; a son, John D. Phillips III; grandchildren, John D. Phillips IV, Shawn Phillips, Christopher Weis, Josh Newman, Jason Newman, Amy Bethard, Jonathan Bethard, Lelia Mays; and great-grandchildren, Jazmin, Maya, Aidan, and Chase Phillips and Reece, Thomas, Jaylee and Alyson Newman. Memorial contributions may be made to Centra Hospice or Goode Rescue Squad. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Tharp Funeral Home in Bedford. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.tharpfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, Virginia (540) 586-3443.
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