Hillard Thorpe

Hillard D. Thorpe, 91, a resident of Bardstown, Kentucky, and formerly of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, died there at Flaget Memorial Hospital  at 8:12 a.m. Thursday, September 6, 2012 after a brief illness.

Memorial services will be 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Southside Church of Christ in Hopkinsville conducted by Walter Edwards.  Visitation with the family will be from 3:00 p.m. until the service time at the church.  Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Hopkinsville is in charge of arrangements.

A private burial with military honors will be at Riverside Cemetery in Hopkinsville. Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons Jack Turner, Will Turner, Rob Thorpe, Arthur Wood and Alex Wood along with his great-nephew Clint Joiner.

A native of Hornbeak, Tennessee born May 28, 1921, he was the son of the late Milton H. and Jewel Orr Thorpe.

His first wife and the mother of his children, Margaret “Peggy” Thorpe, died August 3, 1995.

Mr. Thorpe served his country proudly as a member of the United States Marine Corps where he achieved the rank of Captain. He was a veteran of WWII and participated in the occupation of Japan and the invasion of Pelilu.

He was a Special Agent for the F.B.I. for 30 years serving 15 of those years in Hopkinsville.  His cities of service with the F.B.I. included: St. Louis, MO, Seattle, WA, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC, Louisville, KY and Hopkinsville, KY.  While in Hopkinsville, he served as a firearms instructor and had been a Redcoat volunteer at Jennie Stuart Medical Center.

After his retirement from the F.B.I., he moved to Gulfport, MS where he worked as the Director of Security for Hancock Banks for 15 years.

He was a member of Southside Church of Christ in Hopkinsville.

He played football at MSU and was a fullback and linebacker for the 1941 SEC Championship team.

Survivors include his wife, Sara Lee Lacy Thorpe, Bardstown, Kentucky, one son, Dr. Bob Thorpe, Greeneville, Tennessee, two daughters; Katy Thorpe Wood, Cincinnati, Ohio and Meg Thorpe Turner, Nashville, Tennessee, three stepsons; English Lacy, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Mac Lacy, Bardstown, Kentucky and John Lacy, Henryville, Indiana, and one stepdaughter, Ann Tandy Lacy of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to Southside Church of Christ, 529 Country Club Ln., Hopkinsville, KY 42240.

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Mark Stailey

Mark Lee Stailey, 55, Creek View Drive, Hopkinsville, died Monday, September 3, 2012 at Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, Tennessee.

A native of Oolitic, Indiana born January 29, 1957, he was the son of Jerry Stailey of Bloomington, Indiana and the late Wilma Louise Hale Stailey.

Mark was a proud veteran of the U.S.M.C. and was a member of the Marine Corp. League.  He attended Crossroads Church in Cadiz and was a retired Program Analyst after serving 36 years of service as a civil service employee in the 160th Special Operations.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Hopkinsville. Burial will follow on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. EDT in the Cresthaven Memorial Cemetery in Bedford, Indiana with full military honors.  Visitation at the funeral home will be on Friday, September 7, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Survivors include his wife Lisha Flynn Stailey, his father and stepmother, Jerry and Nancy Stailey of Bloomington, Indiana, two sons; Joshua Caleb Stailey, Indianapolis, Indiana and Jesse Lee Stailey, Hopkinsville, one sister; Ronda Neely, Bedford, Indiana, nephew Matthew Cheek and niece Bethany Cheek.

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Calen Stone Grace

Calen Stone Grace, 14, of Crofton, died at 2:26 a.m. Sunday, September 2, 2012 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN as the result of an accident.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Crofton with the Rev. Thad Hopper, Rev. Wendell “Birdie” McCord, and Bobbiejo Nowak officiating.  Burial will follow in Dunning Cemetery on Firetower Road.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Crofton. 
 
A native of Hopkinsville, KY he was born July 16, 1998 the son of Shannon and Dawn Grace of Crofton.  He was an 8th grader at North Drive Middle School.  He attended Fruit Hill Baptist Church. 
 
Survivors in addition to his parents include his brother:  Jeremy Grace of Crofton; his paternal grandmother:  Janice Putty Grace of Crofton; his maternal grandparents:  Wayne and Bobbi Hesson of Crofton; and his niece:  Chloe Malia Grace of Crofton.

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Richard Lee “Dick” Campbell

Dick Campbell, 72, Billy Goat Hill Road, Hopkinsville, died at 2:12 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Jennie Stuart Medical Center after a long illness.

A native of Fredonia, Kentucky born June 8, 1940, he was the son of the late Lawton and Margarine Sullivan Campbell.

He was a retired maintenance supervisor after 20 years of service at Murray State University, Breathitt Veterinary Center.

He was a member of Dolson Creek Baptist Church in Farmersville, Kentucky and was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served our Country for four years.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Hopkinsville conducted by Rev. Roy Marquess, Jr. with burial to follow in Green Hill Memorial Gardens.  Active pallbearers are Kodie Campbell, Tyler Campbell, Dylan Campbell, Joey Weatherwax, Oksana Marquez, Thomas Coleman and Justin Smoothers.   Honorary pallbearers are Larry Carpenter, James Wilford, Steve Owen, Owen Strowder, Tommy Yates, Weldon Sullivan and David Stolfus. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at the funeral home.

Survivors includes his wife, Mary Lou Williams Campbell, two sons; Neal Campbell and his wife Kathy, Herndon, Kentucky and Steve Campbell and his wife Kelly of Crofton, Kentucky, two brothers; Marvin Campbell and Jerry Campbell, both of Hopkinsville, two sisters; Betty Smiley, Mayfield, Kentucky and Yvonne Smothers, Danville, Kentucky, seven grandchildren; Kodie Campbell, Tyler Campbell, Dylan Campbell, Donald Weatherwax, Joey Weatherwax, Oksana Marquez, and Thomas Coleman, six great-grandchildren; Jay Leigh Campbell, Jamison Weatherwax, Jace Weatherwax, Kylinn Weatherwax, Kendzie Weatherwax and Gauge Weatherwax.

Memorial contributions are suggested to K.O.D.A., Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, 830 Fairview Ave., Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101

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Natalie Ann Young

Natalie Ann Young, 45, of Southwind Drive died Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center following complications from surgery. 
 
Services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at Southside Church of Christ with Terry Alan Jones, Walter Edwards, and Phil Dunn officiating.  Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Hughart & Beard Funeral Home and from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral hour Wednesday at Southside Church of Christ.  Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Hopkinsville is in charge of the arrangements.
 
A native of Hopkinsville, KY she was born September 7, 1966 the daughter of James Ellis Young and Ann Young of Hopkinsville.  She was a 1985 graduate of Christian County High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University.   She was a cashier and worked at Wal-Mart for 15 years.  She was a member of Southside Church of Christ and enjoyed being a member of her church igroup.  She also enjoyed spending time with her little Yorkie, “Jazzie” for 13 years, whom she loved very much.  Her hobbies included reading, listening to music, and watching movies.
 
Survivors in addition to her parents include:  her brother:  Michael Young (Jonda) of Benton, KY and her sister:  Michelle Young Roberts (Jerry) of Bowling Green, KY.  She is also survived by her 5 nieces and nephews, Anna Grace, Jack, and Betsy Roberts; Ellison and Hayden Young.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Southside Church of Christ Building Fund.

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Glora West

Glora West, 80, of Russellville Road, died at 7:27 a.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at the Western State Nursing Facility following a long illness.
 
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 31, 2012 at Riverside Cemetery with the Rev. Dan Ferguson and Rev. Dr. Neil Salvaterra officiating.  There will be no visitation.  Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Hopkinsville is in charge of the arrangements.
 
A native of Christian County, KY she was born September 17, 1931 the daughter of the late Thomas H. Walt and Mary Katherine Monk Walt.  She was a homemaker and a member of Millbrooke Christian Church.
 
Survivors include her son:  Leslie West (Carla) of Smynra, TN; two daughters:  Carolyn Presley (Chris) of Corpus Christi, TX and Connie Quinlan (James) of Bradenton, FL; her sister:  Rose Thorpe (Terry) of Hopkinsville, KY; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International P.O. Box 566, Hopkinsville, KY 42241.

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Troy Sowell

Robert Troy Sowell, 76, Gail Lane, died at 1:15 p.m. Monday, August 27, 2012 at his residence after a long illness.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Living Hope Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Dennie Burchett and Rev. Larry Wilson with burial to follow in Flat Lick Church Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be Gary Lee Hightower, Wayne Sowell, Anthony Candler, Timothy Candler, Johnny Oates,Kevin Killebrew, Terry Calvin and Chris Farmer.  Honorary pallbearers will be deacons from Living Hope Baptist Church; Paul Hester, Bobby Hester, Sonny Evans, Bobby Sholar, Dallas Candler, Charles Brumfield, Jerry Watts and Herman Goodwin.

Visitation will be on Wednesday,  August 29, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

A native of Trigg County, Kentucky born April 10, 1936, he was the son of the late Robert Thomas Sowell and Dorothy Miles Killebrew.  He had worked for many years in the manufacture of clothing including the old Hopkinsville Clothing, Elk Brand and finally retiring from Flynn Enterprises.

He was instrumental in supporting and encouraging sports at the local baseball fields in our community and had spent his life ensuring that children in Hopkinsville would not only have a place to play baseball, but the equipment to play with and the means for transportation.  He was widely known and respected in not only Hopkinsville and Christian County, but all over this area. 

He was a deacon at Living Hope Baptist Church.   In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Katie Mae Candler in 2007.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Carolyn Killebrew Sowell, two sons; Troy Lynn Sowell and his wife Janet and Roger Kevin Sowell, all of Hopkinsville, one brother, Freddie Sowell, Hopkinsville, three sisters; Emmie Dee Oatts, Hopkinsville, Sarah Barnet, Nashville, Tennessee, and Judy Garnett, Hopkinsville, two grandchildren; Shirley Ann Martin and Nathan Ryan Sowell and two great-grandchildren; Whit Cayce Martin and London Raelyn Martin.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Living Hope Baptist Church, P.O. Box 581, Hopkinsville, KY 42241 or to Pennyroyal Hospice, 220 Burley Ave., Hopkinsville, KY 42240.

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Beth Ratliff Venable

Beth Ratliff Venable, 39, of Hopkinsville, KY died Friday, August 24, 2012 at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, TN following a brief illness. 

Services will be at 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 27, 2012 at Hillcrest Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Sipper and Rev. Paige S. Williams officiating.  Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. until the funeral hour at the Hillcrest Baptist Church.  Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Hopkinsville is in charge of the arrangements.  

A native of Salyersville, KY she was born May 31, 1973 the daughter of Dr. Jim and Shirley Ratliff of Pikeville, KY.  She was a homemaker and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.  

Survivors in addition to her parents include her husband:  Michael Venable; her sons:  Mikie Venable, Gabriel Venable, and Scarborough Venable all of the home; her daughter:  Katie Venable of the home; her brothers:  Dr. Jimmy Ratliff of Salyersville, KY and Michael Todd Ratliff of Louisville, KY; her sister:  Tammy Messer of Hazard, KY; and her best friend, nanny, care taker, and second mother: Louise Hampton of Salyersville, KY. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Ordinary Hero Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 1945, Brentwood, TN 37024.

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Gloria Jean Whitfield

Gloria Jean Fork Whitfield, 71, of Mannington, died at 3:48 p.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Regional Medical Center in Madisonville of natural causes.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 24, 2012 at Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Crofton conducted by Brother Joe Spears with burial to follow in Ridgetop Cemetery in Crofton.  Active pallbearers will be Chuck Johnson, Richard Armstrong, Mark Hunt, Jeff Ladd, Larry Brown, Charlie Whitfield and Jerry Whitfield.  Serving as honorary pallbearer will be David Whitfield.  Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

A native of Hopkins County, Kentucky born December 24, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Guy Carlton and Ruthelle Powell Fork.  She had been a homemaker and was a member of New Good Hope Church in Hopkins County.

She was the widow of Lonnie Louis Whitfield who died April 28, 1996.

Survivors include two sons; Jerry Whitfield and Charlie Whitfield, both of Mannington, two daughters; Belvia Armstrong of Madisonville and Ruth Kreger of Cleburne, Texas, five grandchildren; Richard Armstrong, Rachel Armstrong, Travis Brown, Mandy Kreger and Candice Armstrong, eight great-grandchildren; Kallie Armstrong, Brooke Armstrong, Maximus Phizacklea, Jaylin Johnson, Cierra Kreger, Bella Armstrong, Tate Armstrong and Cole Armstrong.

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Mildred “Millie” Humphreys

Mildred “Millie” Humphreys, 88, of the Village at Christian Care Communities died at 10:55 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2012 at her residence of natural causes.
 
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Hughart & Beard Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Rick Stevens officiating.  Burial will follow in East End Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Hughart & Beard Funeral Home in Hopkinsville is in charge of the arrangements. 
 
A native of Trigg County, KY she was born January 29, 1924 the daughter of the late Harl Clayton Futrell and Monte Erwin Wilson Futrell.  She had worked as a Secretary at Kentucky Farm Bureau, Christian County Middle School, and the Western Kentucky Presbytery.   She was a member of First Baptist Church.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russ Humphreys, who died in 1985.
 
Survivors include her son:  Mark R. Humphreys of Cadiz, KY; her daughter:  Susan Samuel of Torrance, CA; three grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church 1400 S. Main Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 or Pennyroyal Hospice 220 Burley Avenue, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.

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