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PANSY COOPER

Pansy M. (Denton) Cooper, 95, of Somerset, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2022 at her residence.

She was born March 14, 1927 in Pulaski County; daughter of the late Charles Lincoln & Sophronia (Hall) Denton. She worked as a seamstress, a school teacher, and attended Beacon Hill Baptist Church. She loved collecting antiques and antique dolls.

She is survived by a daughter, Lana Noe; a granddaughter, Stephanie Barker & (Darian); and a great-grandson, Zachary Barker.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clyde Cooper; her brothers, Raymond, Lloyd, and Ted Denton; a sister, Margaret Brammer; and a son-in-law, Jerry Noe.

A Funeral Service will be held 1:00 PM Thursday, April 28, 2022 at the Chapel of Morris & Hislope Funeral Home with Dr. Robert Messer officiating.

Burial will be in Science Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 5:00 PM Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Morris & Hislope Funeral Home.

Morris & Hislope Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.morrisandhislope.com


ROGER WITHERS

Roger Dale Withers of Windsor, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2022, at Waynesburg Manor in Waynesburg, Kentucky. He was 68.

Born on August 21, 1953, in Casey County, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Almond Clyde “Shorty” and Vertis Wesley Withers. Roger worked in construction and sold mobile homes. He also formerly had rental property. He enjoyed fishing and farming. He was a member of South Fork Separate Baptist Church.

He is survived by two daughters, Kim (Leo) Johnson and Jenni (Andrew) Godbey, both of Windsor; six grandchildren, Luke Johnson, Gracie Johnson, Jake Weddle, Morgan Weddle, Landon Weddle, and Abigail Godbey; and his former wife, Cathy Estes Withers of Windsor.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, James Withers; and a sister, Alma Lou Sayers.

A memorial gathering will be held from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 1, 2022, in the fellowship hall at Walnut Hill Separate Baptist Church.

Arrangements for Mr. Roger Dale Withers are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.mckinneybrown.com.


THOMAS HINES

Thomas Marion "Tommy" Hines, 79, of Eubank, passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

He was born August 31, 1942 in Michigan; son of the late Ansel "Tom" and Eva (Dungan) Hines. He worked in concrete construction for Hinkle Construction.

He is survived by a daughter, Cynthia & (Jeff) Burkett of Science Hill; a step-daughter, Jeanette Withers of Somerset; a brother, Doug & (Ronda) Hines of Eubank; five grandchildren, Catie & (Andreas) Bilz of Villa Hills, Kentucky, Abigail & (Joshua) Johnson of Science Hill, Jana & (David) Guffey of Somerset, Johnny & (Michelle) Withers of Alabama, and Joshua Holt of Maryland; and 5 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty (Carter) Hines; and a sister, Ann Todd.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, April 16, 2022 at the Chapel of Morris & Hislope Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Freedom Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 11:00 AM Saturday, April 16, 2022

Morris & Hislope Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with arrangements.


OREN BARNHILL

Oren Wade Barnhill, age 73 of Somerset passed away on Tuesday April 12 at Select Specialty Hospital in Danville, Ky with his girls  by his side. 

He was born October 12, 1948 in Williamsburg, Ky to the late Samuel Henderson and Flora Irene Collier-Barnhill.  He was of the Church of God Faith and enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family especially the children and vegetable gardening.  He will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters; Geneva Powell and Brenda Rains , four brothers; Lee, Noble, Maurice and Joel  “Tommy” Barnhill.

Oren is survived by his wife; Linda Phelps Barnhill whom he married on September 27, 1975 in Williamsburg, KY  and Amy Lee Barnhill, loving mother of his only child. A daughter; Kitrina May Barnhill (Shane) of Williamsburg, KY,  Two granddaughters; Sierra Danielle Leighan Barnhill-Walters (Sean) of Corbin, KY and Makenzie Elizabeth May Barnhill of Williamsburg, KY; two great- grandchildren; Rowan Kaisen Lee Walters and Brysen Gregory Kole Walters; his only surviving brother; Ronnie Ray Collier Sr. (Mary) of Emlyn, KY and several relatives and friends to mourn his passing.   

Visitation will be from 12:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 16, 2022 in the Chapel of Somerset Undertaking Company & Crematory.  Funeral Service will be 2:00 pm in the Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Perkins officiating.  Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery. 

In  lieu of flowers donations are requested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105. 

The Arrangements for Mr. Oren Wade Barnhill are entrusted to Somerset Undertaking Company & Crematory.


LANA BRANSCUM

Lana Branscum, daughter of the late William and Mary Lou Hargett Willman, was born on Sunday, August 22, 1948 in Cincinnati, Ohio and she departed this life on Sunday, April 10, 2022 in Somerset, Kentucky having attained the age of 73 years.


She was united in marriage on July 11th, 1981 to Mr. Roger Branscum, he survives.
Other survivors include; one sister, Tysa (and "Dee") Lonacker of Interlachen, Florida; and a host of other relatives.


For many years, she was a clothing buyer for Belk SImpson. She later worked as the office manager for the Pulaski County Detention Center. She was a deacon and member of the Somerset First Christian Church. She enjoyed serving in a number of other roles at the church when she could.


She was a kind lady who will be deeply missed by all who knew her and she leaves a host of relatives and friends who mourn her passing.


A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 15th, 2022 at the Chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum of Lakeside Memorial Gardens.


The family of Lana Branscum will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 10:30 a.m. Friday until time for services. Pulaski Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.


DONNA MILLS

Donna K. Wilson Mills, of Dunnville, passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville. She was 63.

Born on January 3, 1959, in Liberty, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Walter H. Wilson, Jr. and Opal M. Hatter Wilson. Donna was a self-employed gate hauler. She was a Christian.

She is survived by her husband Grayln “Boo” Mills; nieces and nephews, Angie High, Roger Cochran, Jr., Jon Wilson, Jordan Coggins, Jaclyn Onyon, and Jillian Adams; great nieces and nephews, Whitley Hale, Hailey Hale, Paige Cochran, Byron Cochran, Alissa Cochran, Trenton Cochran, TJ Wethington, Jaylah Godbey, and Jordan Coggins; and a great-great niece, Myra Hale.

She is preceded in death by a sister, Patsy Cochran; and a brother, Jackie Wilson.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, April 18, 2022, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. David Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Contown Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Monday, April 18, 2022, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.

Arrangements for Mrs. Donna Mills are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.mckinneybrown.com.


THOMAS SROCZYNSKI

Thomas “Tom” Sroczynski, of Liberty, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at The Grandview Nursing and Rehab Facility in Campbellsville. He was 81.

Born on October 23, 1940, in Toledo, Ohio, he was a son of the late Joseph T. and Jeanett F. Oleksiak Sroczynski. 

Tom was a mechanical engineer. He was a member of Canaan Valley Separate Baptist Church. He enjoyed traveling and especially loved his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, Hazel Atwood Sallee Sroczynski; two children, Lori Graczyk and Paul Sroczynski; two stepchildren, Bill (Carolyn) Sallee and Connie Sallee; two grandchildren, Joe and Katelyn; six step-grandchildren, Kim (Josh) Wethington, Brandy (Jeremy) Carman, Caleb Sallee, Cody (Melissa) Burton, Hagan (Ashley) Scott, and Logan Scott; and four step-great-grandchildren, Jenna Wethington, Elijah Wethington, Braxton Scott, and Emmalynn Carman. Other survivors include a host of nieces and nephews; a special sister-in-law, Bernice (Gary) Preece; and a special feline companion, Baby Lou.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Freda Lloyd Sroczynski; a stepson, Joe Lloyd; two sisters, Eleanor Sroczynski and Leona Sankiewicz; and two brothers, Richard Sroczynski and James Sroczynski.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. David Hicks and Bro. Matt Lawhorn officiating. Burial will follow in Haven Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, April 15, 2022, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.

Arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.mckinneybrown.com.


MARSHALL CAUDILL

Marshall Caudill, of Liberty, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at his home. He was 89.

Born on May 3, 1932, in Casey County, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Azra and Sylvia Phillips Caudill. Marshall was a farmer. He attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing volleyball and croquet.

Marshall is survived by his loving wife, Helen McFarland Caudill, who he wed on November 1, 1969; three daughters, Diana Buck, Donna (Mark) Murphy, and Teresa (James) Burton; a son, John Gadberry; twelve grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, David (Elizabeth) Caudill.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four brothers, Eugene Caudill, Bobby Caudill, Larry Caudill, and Dean Caudill; four sisters, Juanita Thompson, Norma Cain, Jenavie Lane, and Clairlene Leigh; and a great-grandson, Kade Cooper.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, April 15, 2022, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Warner and Bro. BJ Huff officiating. Burial will follow in McFarland Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Friday, April 15, 2022, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Smith, TJ Gadberry, Brandon Cooper, Jackie Cooper, Dustin Foster, and Joey Sanders. Honorary pallbearers will be Jr. McFarland, Travis Burton, Micheal McFarland, Joe Cooper, Jimmy Allen, and Emery Maskie.

Arrangements for Mr. Marshall Caudill are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.mckinneybrown.com.


STEVE OVERSTREET

Steve “Cupcake” Overstreet, of Liberty, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at Baptist Health Lexington after a brief illness. He was 51.

Born on August 4, 1970, in Liberty, Steve was the youngest son of the late Ray L. and Nina Russell Overstreet. He was a graduate of Casey County High School and made his living as a truck driver. He had worked most recently as a bull hauler for Vincent Enterprises and Jolly Farms.

Steve had an infectious smile and a warm personality. He was known for his storytelling and often entertained his family with stories from his travels.

He is survived by three brothers, Michael (and Judy) Overstreet of Louisville, Jeff (and Rebecca) Overstreet of Stanford, and Craig (and Marvetta) Overstreet of Liberty; uncles, Larry Anderson of Liberty and Wayne Russell of Danville; nieces, Lacey Edwards, Allison Overstreet, and Andrea Ferriell; nephew, Casey Overstreet; many cousins; and a special friend, Amy Cochran.

Steve was preceded in death by a niece, Haley Catherine Overstreet.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Casey Davis officiating.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorial contributions may be made to the Kentucky Circuit Clerks’ Trust for Life at 982 Eastern Parkway, Box 13, Louisville, Kentucky 40217, or at donatelifeky.org.

Arrangements for Mr. Steve “Cupcake” Overstreet are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.mckinneybrown.com.


LOIS CARRENDER

Lois Ann Collins Carrender passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at her home at the age of 69.

She was born in Pulaski Co., August 9, 1952; daughter of the late Chester and Mattie Lyttle Collins.

She retired from the Pulaski County Detention Center as a Correction Officer. She loved Show Car's, and playing sports.

Lois was preceded in death by her father and mother, her husband, Junior Allen Carrender; sister, Evelyn Ruckle; brothers, Billy Collins, and Chester Collins, Jr.

She is survived by her brother, Douglas & (Nadeen) Collins; sisters, Omia Nell Ison, and Mable Reynolds' sisters-in-law, Linda Dungan, and Mabel Collins. She leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews.

She was greatly loved, and will be missed.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, April 2, 2022 at the chapel of Morris & Hislope Funeral Home with Sister Jessica Hall and Bro. David Green officiating.

Burial will be in Lakeside Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends after 11:00 AM Saturday, April 2, 2022 until time for services.

Pallbearers will be: A.C. Ison, Calab Walker, Mark Collins, Monty Ruckel, Jonathan Collins, Kenny Hall; Honorary Pallbearers, James Collins, Shawn Ison, Monte Monsanto.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to St. Jude's Childrens Hospital.

Morris & Hislope Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with arrangements. 


MARGARET HAFLEY

Margaret "Moogie" Sexton Prather Hafley , daughter of the late Samuel and Mae Doolin Sexton, was born at Ferguson, KY on October 30, 1936 and she departed this life on Tuesday, March 29th, 2022 having attained the age of 85 years. At her passing, she was surrounded by her loving family.
She was first united in marriage to Mr. Ardyth Ray Prather, Sr., he preceded her in death; two children blessed this union; one son, Ardyth Ray Prather, Jr. (and his wife JoAnn) of Science Hill, KY and ; one daughter, Debbie (and Tom) Knecht of Pewee Valley, KY. After the passing of her first husband, she was later united in marriage to Mr. Dallas Hafley. He survives. Other survivors include; four grandchildren, Brandi Prather, Ardyth Ray Prather III, Chastity Welsh (and her husband Adam), and Rachel Shomate; eight great grandchildren, Bennett Tucker, Bryce Tucker, Bradley Tucker, Austin Prather, Adison Welsh, Olivia Welsh, Lucas Shomate, and Reed Shomate; one great great grandchild; Adalyn Prather and two sisters-in-law, Barbara and Fayrene Sexton.
Other than her parents and first husband, she is also preceded in death by the following siblings; three brothers, James, Charles, and Pat Sexton; five sisters, Wanda Persell Marjorie Boone, Stella Holloway, Roberta Newell, and Arlene Schultian and one grandson-in-law, Daniel Shomate.
Margaret was a loving lady who enjoyed life and family, she enjoyed traveling, seeing new places and revisiting old favorites. She was a member of the Ferguson Baptist Church and she also attended the Duke Memorial Baptist Church for many years.
She will be deeply missed by all who knew her and she leaves a host of relatives and friends who mourn her passing.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 1st, 2022 at the Chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Rev. James Bartleston and Bro. Shelby Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in the Somerset Cemetery.
The family of Mrs. Margaret Hafley will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2022.
In lieu of flowers the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Ferguson Baptist Church Parking Lot Fund, P.O. Box 162, Somerset, KY 42502.
Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family of Mrs. Hafley.


JOSEPH DIAZ

Joseph "Joe" Gene Diaz, age 61, of Ferguson, KY passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at his home after a long illness.

Joseph was born on June 22, 1960 in Buffalo, New York to the late Jose DeJesus Diaz and Enola (Fisher) and stepfather Chester Bruser. Joe enjoyed hunting, family and friends. He was well known for his mechanical skills and loved to have fun and joke around, he was known as the "Clown" of the party. He will be greatly missed by many.

He is survived by his companion and caregiver of 26 years Diane V. Reynolds of Ferguson, KY,one son; Jeremy (Chantell) Diaz of Somerset, KY, one daughter; Heather Diaz of Buffalo, NY, step children; Troy (Samantha) Reynolds of Eubank, KY, Brynn Reynolds (James Mallaber) Gowanda, NY, Jesse (Corinna) Reynolds of Gowanda, NY,  two brothers; Brian (Norma Jean) Diaz Millville, WV, Mark (Kathy) Diaz of Delevance, NY, one sister; Susan (Donald) Chriss, of Killbuck, NY, grandchildren; Jayden Diaz, Somerset, KY, Adriana Fish, Dayton, NY, step grandchildren; Hunter and Sadie Reynolds of Eubank, KY, Hailey and Emma Haskins, Bryley and Colton Mallaber of Gowanda NY, Bradly Reynolds of Angola, NY, and several other family members; Reinhold "Ron" (Virginia) Rast of Nancy, KY, David (Erika)Davis of Eubank, KY, Donna Rast Brenda Overbey of London, KY as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous family and friends.

Along with his parents he is preceded in death by one son Craig Mathew Diaz.

A memorial will be held Sunday, April 3, 2022 from 6 to 8 PM. at the chapel of Pulaski Funeral Home with Bro. Dustin York officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Dr. Somerset, KY 42503.

Diane V. Reynolds sends "Big" thank you to all family and friends. a special thank you
to my sister, Erika L. Davis and my brother-in-law David L. Davis for helping with everything. David you have been my guardian angel through all of this.
Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family of Mr. Joseph "Joe" Gene Diaz.


REBECCA RANDALL

Rebecca Lynn VanSickle Randall, age 57, departed this life on Saturday, March 26th, surrounded by family at UK Hospital.

Rebecca was born in Louisa, Kentucky to Dan & Ruth Ann VanSickle on April 14th, 1964. She met the love of her life, Jack, in a tobacco field and married him on May 26th, 1984. Together they had three daughters who were the light of their life. Rebecca has a smile to light up a room, a voice that would carry, and welcoming arms when times got tough. She was a member of Fellowship United Methodist Church, where her love of music shown through each Sunday morning. She was a woman of strong faith with a love of sports, music, family, and strays, whether it be a chipmunk in a box or someone needing a loving home.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jack Randall.

She is survived by three daughters, all of Somerset; Ruth Ellen Mofield & (Brian), Hannah Glover & (Derrick), and Jacklynn Randall; four grandsons who were her pride and joy, Eli Thomas Ping, Mason Alan Glover, Cameron Jack Ping, and Aiden Jay Glover; her loving parents, Dan and Ruth Ann VanSickle of Louisa, Kentucky, along with three siblings, Danita Elliott & (Terry) of Ashland, KY, Jody VanSickle & (Marla) of Campton, KY, and Jennifer VanSickle & (Susan) of Indianapolis, IN. In addition to many loving nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends who were like family to her.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Fellowship United Methodist Church in Shopville with Bro. Jody VanSickle and Bro. Joshua Hampton officiating.

Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery.

The family will receive friends after 6 PM Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at the chapel of Pulaski Funeral Home and after 12:00 PM Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Fellowship United Methodist Church until time for services.

Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with arrangements.


LINDA PRUITT

Linda Sue Ellis Pruitt, 63 of Somerset passed from this life  on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at the Jean Waddle Hospice Care Center after a brief illness.

She was born on November 9, 1958 in Cincinnati, Ohio, daughter of the late Arthur Ellis and Marybelle Goehler Ellis.  Linda was of the Christian and of the Baptist Faith.  She enjoyed cooking, especially at Thanksgiving time.  Linda was a loving, kindhearted and giving person. In her leisure-time, she could be found collecting memorabilia  and playing “dress up”.  She will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by a son: Luther Dane “Cisco” Pruitt.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband; Luther V. Pruitt, a daughter; Theresa Stripling and a step-daughter; Angel Genoe both of Somerset, two sons; Luther Vember Garlandios and Andrew (Becky) Garlandios all of Somerset, three brothers; Kenny Ellis and Donald Ellis of Okeechobee, Florida and Jimmy Ellis of Illinois, her grandchildren; Shane Stripling, Hailey Stripling, Rachel Garlandios, Britney Garlandios, Cain Troxell, Ricki Troxell, Christopher Garlandios and Allyssa Coffman, several nieces and nephews and a special niece; Tiffany Isabel as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

In accordance with her wishes Cremation has been chosen and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Linda Sue Pruitt Memorial Fund in care of Somerset Undertaking Company and Crematory, 113 North Main Street, Somerset, Kentucky  or Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, Kentucky  42503


THOMAS MCGEEHAN JR.

Thomas Regis McGeehan Jr., 83 of Wilmore, KY formerly of Somerset KY died Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Lexington, KY. He was born June 4th, 1938 in Montclair, NJ. He is survived by his wife, Sally Waddle McGeehan whom he married August 1981 in San Diego, CA; two daughters , Robin McGeehan Glavaz (Driftwood) of St Louis, MO and Mary McGeehan Beasley (Timothy) of Wilmore, KY. Three grandchildren Harper Noelle Beasley, Thomas Abel Beasley and Timothy Bear Beasley.  Other survivors include a brother, Ralph McGeehan of Tinton Falls, NJ and Julie McGeehan of Lake Como, NJ.  A veteran of the US Marin Corps, he served in Camp Lejeune, NC and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA in 1963, with a major in marketing.

During his career, he was associate editor of a national weekly auto racing newspaper in Ridgewood, NJ, a race car fabricator in Wichita, Kansas, and a marketing manager for Halibrand Engineering, a race car parts manufacturer in El Cajon, CA. He was creative marketing manager at Maritz Corporation in St. Louis for 15 years before moving to San Diego.  Eventually settling in Somerset, Kentucky to become a modern renaissance man.

He took pride in his long distance running and the completion of 26 marathons. An avid cyclist and was well known around Somerset for his biking adventures. He was a born-again Christian and A perpetual seeker of knowledge and truth. He took great pride in his family and country.

Visitation will take place at Somerset Undertaking Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 11-1 followed by a service at 1pm  officiated by David Reilly. Burial will be at the Somerset Cemetery following the service.

The Family would like to invite family and friends to The John Sherman Cooper Community Arts Center (formerly The Carnegie) after the burial for food and celebration. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to K9’s for warriors, you can contribute online or send to this address https://k9sforwarriors.org  and K9s For Warriors  114 Camp K9 Road Ponte Vedra, Florida 32081


JOHNNY MOUNCE

Johnny Presley Mounce, age 82, of Somerset, KY passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at his residence.

Johnny was born on February 23, 1940 in Somerset, KY to the late Ottis and Alma Stewart Mounce. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. Johnny loved the Lord, his wife, and his family. He was a Kentucky Wildcats fan. He enjoyed fishing, boating, camping, and making peach cobbler.

He is survived by one son, Danny Allen Mounce of Somerset; one daughter, Robin Mounce (Phillip) Harris of Somerset; one brother, Howard Mounce of Cincinnati, OH; two sisters, Bernita Meece of Somerset and Lucille Hargis of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Johnny was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Louise Mounce of who he married on July 29, 1958 in Somerset and she preceded him on November 28, 2016; and his parents, Ottis and Alma Mounce.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at Immanuel Baptist Church.

His funeral service will be held on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 10:00am at Immanuel Baptist Church with Bro. Ron Shepherd officiating. Burial will be at Mill Springs National Cemetery. Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post# 38 Honor Guard.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to God’s Food Pantry in c/o Lake Cumberland Funeral Home P.O. Box 1441 Somerset, KY 42502.


LOUISE COOPER

Louise Cooper, age 92, of Ferguson, KY passed away on Monday, March 28, 2022 at Rockcastle Regional Hospital.

Louise was born on October 15, 1929 in Pulaski County to the late Reggie and Mattie Smith Childers. She was a faithful member of Ferguson Baptist Church and was retired from Tecumseh Products of Somerset. Louise enjoyed baking, making crafts, sewing and spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter.

She is survived by two sons, Frankie (Eva) Cooper of Ferguson and Larry Paul (Cindy) Cooper of Somerset and one granddaughter, Addison Cooper, and many nieces and nephews who will mourn her passing.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frankie Cooper who preceded her on August 15, 2017; an infant brother, Samuel Childers; three brothers, James Childers, John Childers, and Willie Childers; and five sisters, Lois Wilson, Emma Shepherd, Sadie Roberts, Isabell Stringer, and Bessie Shepherd.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.

Her funeral service will be held on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 11:00am at the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Dunn and Bro. Steven Bates officiating. Burial will be at Lakeside Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flower donations, the family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the parking lot fund for Ferguson Baptist Church in c/o Lake Cumberland Funeral Home P.O. Box 1441 Somerset, KY 42502.


ANN VANHOOK

Ann “Annie” Marie Girdler-Vanhook, age 17, of Somerset, KY passed away on Monday, March 28, 2022.

Annie was born on August 2, 2004 in Somerset, KY. She attended First Apostolic Church of Somerset. She was a member of the National Honor’s Society. Annie was a brilliant artist and loved animals.

She is survived by her parents, Tim Sr. and Leisa VanHook of Somerset; five brothers, Tim VanHook of Somerset; Chad Worley of Somerset; Jason (Johnna) VanHook of Burnside; James Girdler of Somerset; and Mason Girdler of Somerset; three sisters, Cristy (Jr.) Haynes, Stephanie Girdler; and Paige Girdler all of Somerset; her uncles, Jackie (Linda) McGowan; Junior (Marlene) McGowan, and Jeff (Harriet) McGowan; her aunts, Kay Cummins and Becky Jones; a special niece, Madison Haynes, and a special nephew, Jamison VanHook.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jimmy McGowan, Ann McGowan, Raymond and Wilda VanHook; great-grandparents, Woodrow and Geathel McGowan; and an uncle, Stephen New.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 4, 2022 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.

Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 11:00am at the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Cox officiating. Burial will be at Piney Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jordan Jones, Harrison Lowe, Chad Worley, Jr. Haynes, Chris McGowan, and Cole Allen.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Lane family who was very special to Annie.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the Annie Marie
Girdler-VanHook memorial fund.


CAROLYN GODBY

Carolyn Sue Russell Godby, age 71, of Somerset, KY passed away on Monday, March 28, 2022 at Hospice of Lake Cumberland Jean Waddle Care Center.

Carolyn was born on October 31, 1950 in Somerset, KY to the late Carl and Grace Hood Russell. She attended Tabernacle Pentecostal Ministries. She loved her two Chihuahuas and spending time with her family.

She is survived by one daughter, Carol (William) Huckelby; three grandchildren, Kelly Huckelby, Sommer Schoch, and Jessica (Bryan) Miller; four great-grandchildren, Emily Miller, Mia Miller, Bowen Miller, and Julien Huckelby; two sisters, Wilma Galloway and Patricia (Billy) Puckett; and her nieces and nephews, Erica Jones, Eric Kabe, Shawn Galloway, Ron Galloway, Kevin Russell, and Rick Russell.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Grace Hood Russell and Carl and Georgia Hood Russell; paternal grandparents, Willie and Zona Russell; her maternal grandparents, Lonza and Alma Hood; three brothers, William Gerald Russell, Michael Carl Russell, and Kenneth Wayne Russell; one brother-in-law, Mike Galloway; and one sister-in-law, Brenda Russell.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 1, 2022 from 12:00pm until 2:00pm at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.

Her funeral service will follow on Friday at 2:00pm at the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Dunbar officiating. Burial will be at Russell Family Cemetery.


VERNARD LAFAVERS

Vernard B. LaFavers, age 74, of Somerset, KY, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at Hospice of Lake Cumberland Jean Waddle Care Center.

Vernard was born on November 17, 1947 in Jabez, KY to the late Oval LaFavers and Maxine Polston LaFavers.  He was a graduate of Nancy High School and Eastern KY University where he had a double major in Philosophy and Political Science.  Vernard loved socializing and politics.  He was of the Baptist faith.  Vernard especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. 

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn “Sue” Thomas LaFavers of Somerset of who he married on October 14, 2000 in Jabez, KY; one daughter, Elizabeth (Brian) Warren of Somerset; two step daughters, Traci (Ron) Goff of Somerset and Amber (James) Passmore of Somerset; one step son, Jonathan Barnett of Somerset; one brother, Delvin “Perry” (Debbie) LaFavers of Russell Springs; two grandchildren, Michael (Ashley) Stonecipher of Somerset and Kylie Warren of Somerset; three step grandchildren, MacKenzie Shelton of Somerset, Grace Goff of Somerset and Alexie (Jordan) Flyn of Monticello; one great grandchild, Elliot Stonecipher of Somerset; one step great grandchild, Leo Oliver Keller of Somerset; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and his former wife and mother of his daughter, Shirley LaFavers of Somerset.

He was preceded in death by his parents Oval and Maxine LaFavers.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Lake Cumberland for all of their kindness and support shown to the family.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland in c/o Lake Cumberland Funeral Home P.O. Box 1441 Somerset, KY 42502.