Area Obituaries

Rhymon Claywell
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Rhymon “Shorty” Claywell, 79, of Russell Springs, died Monday, November 12, 2018 at 4:40 A.M. at the Russell County Hospital. He was born August 12, 1939, in Adair County, to the late Coy and Lucy Branham Claywell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gail Masi Claywell on March…

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Kathy Volpe
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Kathy Volpe, 74, of Columbia (the Jones Chapel community) died Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Medical Center in Bowling Green. She was born September 17, 1944, in Flushing, New York, to the late Lawrence and Helen Wild Lundgren. She attended 3Trees Church and was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Greg…

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Elmo Franklin
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Elmo Franklin, 71, of Columbia died Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at his residence.  Born in the Flatwoods community of Adair County, he was the son of the late Robert and Emma Spoon Franklin. Elmo was owner of Franklin Sanitation and a retired auto mechanic having worked for J. C. Montgomery and Tom Edwards. His survivors…

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Billy Karnes
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Billy Karnes, 56, of Columbia, died Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 8:12 A.M. at his home. Billy was born April 27, 1962 in Lincoln, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, Osby Karnes, Sr. & Dorothy Price Karnes; one sister, Rose Marie Karnes; and one brother-in-law, Larry “NuNu” Nally. He was a United…

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Betty Auterson
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Betty (Gosser) Auterson, 80, of Russell Spring passed away, Thursday November 08, 2018 at her residence. She was a homemaker and owner of Tanfastic Tanning Salon in Russell Springs and attended Russell Springs First Baptist Church. She was born on  Wednesday December 15, 1937 in Russell County to the late Eliza Thornton and Leonard W. Gosser.…

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Chester Franklin
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Chester Franklin, 87, of Franklin, formerly of Columbia, died Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 7:20 A.M. at the Franklin-Simpson Nursing & Rehab. He was born February 25, 1931 in Adair County to the late Dempsey and Lula Neat Franklin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Timothy Franklin. He…

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Edith Ann Roy
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Edith Ann Roy, 98, of Russell Springs, passed away Friday November 02, 2018 at her residence. She was homemaker and member of Pine Grove United Baptist Church. She was born on Saturday August 21, 1920 in Russell County to the late Ida Roy, Swanson, and Dan Henry Roy. She is survived by one daughter; Mavadene…

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Oris Murrell
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Oris Murrell, 86, of Columbia, died Monday, November 5, 2018 at 4:00 A.M. at the T.J. Samson Health Columbia Emergency Room. He was born February 23, 1932 in Adair County to the late Leonard and Jennie Propes Murrell. He was a farmer. His survivors include his wife, Millie Wheat Murrell of Columbia; one son, Oris…

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Willard Pritchard
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Willard Pritchard, 78 of the Glens Fork Community slipped into the Lord’s presence October 31, 2018 at 8:00 AM at his home after a short illness. Willard was an active member of the Columbia Christian Church. Along with his wife and family, he served the Lord faithfully as a missionary and member of Wycliffe Bible Translators…

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Luther Garvin Blakey
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Rev. Luther Garvin Blakey, 94, of Jamestown, died Friday, November 2, 2018 at his home. He was born December 11, 1923 in Russell County to the late Lawrence and Bertie Hadley Blakey. He was a Minister, a Veteran of US Army and a member of Jamestown Wesleyan Church. In addition to his parents, he was…

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Jamon Christopher Schmidt, Jr.
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Jamon Christopher Schmidt, Jr., 19, of Indianapolis, passed away October 24, 2018 as the result of an industrial accident. Jamon was born in Indianapolis September 29, 1999 the son of Becky (Shillings) Meador and Jamon C. Schmidt, Sr. He graduated this year from Ben Davis High School and was a Fork Truck Operator at Road…

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Brenda Grant
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Brenda Grant, 66, of Columbia died Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at her residence.  Born January 17, 1952 in Portsmouth, VA, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Dorothy Moreland Hughes and wife of the late Raymond Allen Grant. Mrs. Grant enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her dogs; she also enjoyed reading.…

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