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Powers, Command Sgt. Maj.Leslie D. - Deer Isle  
Command Sgt. Maj. Leslie D. Powers, 91, United States Army, retired, passed away quietly, with honor and dignity, on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle, Maine, after a lifetime of service to his country. He was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, on Aug. 10, 1923, the third and youngest son of Clifford and Margaret (Root) Powers. Along with his older brothers, Clifford and William, he spent his youth in the lean years of the Depression caring for his mother, after losing his father to pneumonia. He and his brothers took on the role of the "men" of the family at an early age. When Les was at the age of 18, our nation was faced with the prospect of yet another threat from afar. Hoping to be of service to his country, he enlisted in the United States Army immediately after graduation from Gary, Indiana's Tolleston High School. He did his basic training at Fort Knox and was assigned to an engineering company soon thereafter. He began his World War II overseas service in North Africa and subsequently was ordered into action in the invasions of Sicily and Anzio, Italy, as a member of the 120th Engineer Battalion. During the Italian campaign, his unit was in direct contact with the enemy for 119 days, which was a record at that time. His combat days were spent building pontoon bridges and dodging enemy bullets. Eventually, he was wounded and sent to hospital for rehabilitation. When Les returned to the front, the 120th was employed repairing bridges after D-Day from Southern France to the Rhine. He was one of the very first soldiers to enter the Dachau Concentration Camp outside of Munich and experienced first hand the horrific terror of Hitler's Nazi regime. During his posting in Europe, he met the love of his life, Anneliese Schemmel, and they were married as soon as the end of the war permitted. His military career spanned three decades of Cold War service with a stint in the "military action" in Korea. In 1970, he retired in Fort Knox, as command sergeant major with nearly 30 years of active service to his country in the United States Army. Sgt. Maj. Powers was the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Campaign Medal and many other awards. He continued a life of service in his retirement by volunteering for the American Red Cross at Fort Knox for many years. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers, his son, Lt. Edward C. Powers, USA, a decorated helicopter pilot and casualty of the Vietnam War; and son-in-law, Chief Master Sgt. John Mullins, USAF, retired. Leslie is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Anneliese; a daughter, Sandra Mullins of Gouldsboro, Maine; grandsons, Jason and wife, Jennifer, and Brian and wife, Amy; great-grandchildren, Ashton and Kaiya; and his sister, Frances. There will be a military ceremony at Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle at a future date.Interment will be arranged with full military honors in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff. Arrangements were made by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home in Ellsworth, Maine.
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Published in The News-Enterprise on Feb. 24, 2015
Reed, Edith F. - Horse Cave  
Edith F. Reed, 65, of Horse Cave, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at Hart County Health Care Center in Horse Cave. Survivors include one sister, Carolyn Smiley; one brother, the Rev. Carl "Dolly" Reed. The funeral is at 1 p.m. CST Saturday, Feb. 28, at Bearwallow Baptist Church in Horse Cave with the Rev. Glenn Woodard and the Rev. Chris Whtiney officiating. Interment follows in Bearwallow Cemetery in Horse Cave. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. CST Friday, Feb. 27, at Brooks Funeral home in Munfordville and continues from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. CST Saturday, Feb. 28, at the church.
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Published in The News-Enterprise on Feb. 27, 2015
Rudolph, John K. - Ireland  
John K. Rudolph, 73, of Ireland, Indiana, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at home. Survivors include three daughters, Barb Sisk, Audrey Kemker and Elaine Stone. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ireland, Indiana. Burial follows in Shiloh Cemetery in Ireland, Indiana. Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 26, at Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, Indiana. The IVFA District 18 will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
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Published in The News-Enterprise on Feb. 25, 2015
Russell, Edwin Jasper ‘Farmer’ - Elizabethtown  
Edwin Jasper "Farmer" Russell, 92, of Elizabethtown, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at his residence. Born in Springfield, Illinois, raised in Green County, Kentucky, he lived in Elizabethtown since 1961. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theatre. He later served with the U.S. civil service at Ireland Army Hospital at Fort Knox. He was a member of Cecilia Baptist Church and served for several years as a deacon . He was preceded in death by his wife, Maymebelle Russell; his parents, Daniel Edwin and Hallie Cook Russell; and his sisters, Ada Beatrice Thompson and Agnes Davenport. Survivors include four children, Judi King, Edwin D. "Butch" Russell, Brian Russell and Lane Scott Russell; four grandchildren, Eddie Russell, Eric Russell, Hannah Russell and Haylee Russell; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. The funeral is at noon Friday at Cecilia Baptist Church with the Rev. Eric Oliver officiating. Burial follows in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the church. Brown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.brownfuneral.com.
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Published in The News-Enterprise on Feb. 26, 2015
Thomas, Cynthia - Radcliff  
Cynthia Thomas, 36, of Radcliff, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at University Hospital in Louisville. .Survivors include her husband, Reginol Thomas; two daughters, Reanna Thomas and Saniyah Thomas; her mother, Shirley Scott; and her father, Woodrow Hood Jr. The funeral is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown with Dr. B.T. Bishop officiating. Burial follows in the Elizabethtown City Cemetery Visitation begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Percell & Sons Funeral Home in Elizabethtown.
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Published in The News-Enterprise on Feb. 27, 2015
Thurman, Colonel Jerry ‘J.W.’ - Elizabethtown  
Colonel Jerry "J.W." Thurman, 68, U.S. Army retired, of Elizabethtown, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. Colonel J.W. Thurman enlisted into the U.S. Army in March of 1966. He was commissioned a second lieutenant and attended the field artillery basic course in May of 1967. After flight school, Colonel Thurman was deployed to the Republic of South Vietnam where he was assigned to 2nd Squadron 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Colonel Thurman then branch transferred to Armor branch, serving tours in armored and cavalry assignments in Europe and in the United States. He commanded A Company 2-32 Armor, 3rd Armored Division at Kirchgoens, Germany in 1975. In 1983, he commanded the 3rd Squadron 12th Cavalry, 3rd Armored Division at Budingen, Germany. Colonel Thurman had several assignments at the Armor School and Fort Knox where he was the chief of tactics and director of the command and staff department. His most notable achievement was his establishment of the Armored Scout Platoon Leaders Course where he help shape young officers and non-commissioned officers in armored reconnaissance. Colonel Thurman's last duty assignment was as the G3 Operations Officer, 2nd U.S. Army at Fort Gillem, Georgia. Colonel Thurman's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, Legion of Merit 2 OCL, Distinguished Flying Cross 2 OCL, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart 2 OCL, Meritorious Service Medal 4 OCL, Air Medal 23 with V device, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal 2 OCL, Viet Nam Service Medal 4, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon 2 OCL, Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal, Republic of Viet Nam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Army Aviator Badge. He also was inducted into the Field Artillery OCS Hall of Fame at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Colonel Thurman retired from the Army after more than 27 years of distinguished and honorable service to the United States of America. J.W. was a member of American Legion Post 113 and V.F.W. Post 10281. Survivora include his wife, Donna Thurman of Elizabethtown; daughter and son-in-law, Jerri Christine and Christopher Berry of Palm Coast, Florida; son and daughter-in-law, Cmdr. James Patton and Beth Thurman of Fort Worth, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, retired Gen. James D. and Dee Thurman of Salato, Texas; four grandchildren, Justyn Christine Berry, Austyn Nicole Berry, William Porter Thurman and James Gray Thurman; two great-grandchildren; the mother of his children, Ellen Hack of Palm Coast, Florida; brother-in-law, Bruce Johnson of Elizabethtown; and two nieces, Jaime Brown of Fort Riley, Kansas, and Laura Johnson of Elizabethtown . The funeral is at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff with Chaplain Hugh Dukes officiating. Burial follows with full military honors will be in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff. Visitation is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday and continues at 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. There will be an American Legion service at 7 p.m. Thursday during the visitation time. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Warrior Transition Housing, make check to FKWTA, in memory of J.W. Thurman and mail to 100 Sandy Hill Court, Bardstown, KY 40004. Condolences may be expressed at www.nebfh.com.
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Published in The News-Enterprise on Feb. 26, 2015
Tilford, Gloria Russell - West Paducah  
Gloria Russell Tilford, 62, of West Paducah, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at her residence. She was a member of Bethel Christian Church. Gloria was instrumental in the organization, planning of activities and retreats of the community youth group known as the Electric Youth. Gloria served on the West Area Disciples of Christ board. She was the registrar for the Purchase area Walk of Emmaus, she was a volunteer Chaplain for Baptist Health Paducah and was a graduate of Heath High School. Gloria enjoyed being a minister's wife, a mother to her children and a grandmother to her wonderful grandchildren. Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Keith Tilford of West Paducah; her parents, Harold Russell and Jackie Carroll Russell of West Paducah; three daughters, Kajeana Thomas and husband, Bo of Elizabethtown, Molly Whitson and husband, Matt of Kevil and Emily Kelley and husband, Dr. John Kelley of West Paducah; a son, Russ Tilford and wife, Kristen of Kevil; two sisters, Glenda Bittner and husband, Paul of West Paducah, Greta Qualls and husband, David of Kevil; a special aunt, Manda Blackwell and husband, Willie of West Paducah; seven grandchildren, Brittany Thomas of Birksville, Connor Tilford of Kevil, Jack Thomas of Elizabethtown, Cason Tilford of Kevil, Grace Thomas of Elizabethtown, Hadley Kelley of West Paducah and Baylor Whitson of Kevil; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service will be at 7:30 p.m Friday, Feb. 27, at Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah with the Rev. Danny Holt officiating. Private graveside service will be held in Bethel Christian Church Cemetery in Kevil. Visitation is from 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Bethel Christian Church Building Fund, 12245 Woodville Road, Kevil, KY 42053 or West McCracken Rescue Department, 9340 Ogden Landing Road, West Paducah, KY 42086 or Gideons International, P.O. Box 10, Kevil, KY 42053.
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Published in The News-Enterprise on Feb. 27, 2015
Warren, Jimmy Ray - Elizabethtown  
Jimmy Ray Warren, 65, of Elizabethtown passed away at home Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, surrounded by his wife and children. He was a native of Hardin County and was and amazing and talented painter. He was a devoted husband and father. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Hadley Warren and Juanita Estilene Glasscock; a brother William Warren; and a sister Ivy Nipper. Survivors include his wife, Judy Warren of Elizabethtown; two sons, Jonathan Warren (Ericka) of Boston, Kentucky, and Travis Warren (Ashley) of Shively; a daughter Sarah Warren (Chris) of Elizabethtown; Jimmy had four beautiful grandchildren, Malachi (11), Titus (9), Ava (4) and Memphis (4); three brothers, Charles Warren (Shirley) of Elizabethtown, John Warren (Brenda) of Rineyville, and Richard Warren (Linda) of Radcliff; three sisters, Jenny Schrimsher (Ralph) of Elizabethtown, Patsy Gore (Billy) of Louisville and Janet Warren of Radcliff; a very special sister in law, Brenda Sims (Greg) of Clarkson; and dozens of nieces and nephews. The funeral is at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Dixon-Atwood & Trowbridge Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with Elder Roy G. Mullins officiating. Burial follows in Hardin Memorial Park. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. To express a condolence and light a memory candle, visit www.dixonatwood.com. Dixon-Atwood & Trowbridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The News-Enterprise on Feb. 25, 2015
Wilkins, Marjorie Kathleen - Elizabethtown  
Marjorie Kathleen Wilkins, 92, of Elizabethtown, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Hodgenville. She was active with the Woman's Club of Elizabethtown and Alta Mira Woman's Club in San Leandro, California. She was formerly active in California with Girl Scouts, PTA and San Leandro Boat Club She was preceded in death by her husband, Iven Wilkins; parents, Harry James and Ruth Ann Bridge Lewis; a brother, Bernard Lewis; and two sisters, Jean Maas and Eva Lewis. Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Wilkins. The funeral is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday from the chapel of Dixon-Atwood & Trowbridge Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with Chaplain Tim Shockly and Homer Wilkins officiating. Visitation is from 11 a.m. Saturday until time of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the charity of your choice. To express a condolence and light a memory candle, visit www.dixonatwood.com. Dixon-Atwood & Trowbridge Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The News-Enterprise on Feb. 27, 2015
Williams, Harlan L. - Cecilia  
Harlan L. Williams, 84, of Cecilia died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at Hardin Memorial Hospital. He was a native of Hodgenville and retired as an insurance agent with Northwestern Mutual Insurance. He was a member of First Christian Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Joy Kakac Williams; parents, James Heber and Stella Kastor Williams; and two siblings Bobby Williams and Kay Wilmoth. Survivors include his daughters, Cyndi S. (John) Osborne of Rineyville, Gale (Yancey) Williams and Judy A. (Willie) Hart, all of Elizabethtown; a son, James Nelson (Amanda) Williams of Elizabethtown; a brother, Dean Williams of Hodgenville; a sister, Charlotte Williams of Louisville; and seven grandchildren, Ryan Hart, Mandy Hart, Taylor Williams, Loryn Williams, Addison Williams, Jake Williams and Anna Williams. The funeral is at 2 p.m. Friday at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with Brother Doug Mitchell officiating. Burial follows in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and continues at noon Friday at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to First Christian Church Building Fund or White Mills Christian Camp. Condolences may be expressed at www.brownfuneral.com.
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Published in The News-Enterprise on Feb. 24, 2015
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