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2019 Obituaries
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Lucille Mahan, 101, a lifelong Livingston County resident, died at her home on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019.
 She was born at home near Hampton to Dixon and Carmen (Threlkeld) May on Sept. 16, 1917. She began teaching upon graduation from high school, travelling by horseback to her first teaching position at Pleasant Valley School and other one-room school houses.  She later taught first grade at Salem Elementary, retiring in 1974 after 32 years of teaching. She fondly remembered many Livingston County residents as her students. She was a graduate of Murray State University with a degree in education.
Surviving are her daughter Marcille (Jeff) Gordon of Dickson, Tenn.; her granddaughters, Katie (Paul) Zimmerman-Clayton of Goodlettsville, Tenn., Beth (Bryce) Eichelberger of Joy, Sarah (Pat) McKenzie of Nashville, Tenn.; her great-grandchildren, James, Penny, Eli, Sam, Brendan, Noah, Aidan and Randall; a niece, Judy Riley; and nephews, Neil (Vicky) Ramer and Billy (Linda) Ramer.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Maurice Mahan, with whom she farmed outside Joy, continuing the farm in his memory since 1984. She loved gardening, quilting and horseback riding and was devoted to her church, Bethel United Methodist Church. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Cornelia Riley; and brother, Frank May.
Services Friday, Jan. 11 at Boyd Funeral Directors. Burial was at Bethel Cemetery.
 Memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, 1416 Lola Road, Salem, KY 42078, or Livingston Hospital Foundation, 131 Hospital Drive, Salem, KY  42078, or any charity of choice.

Lois Vivian Hicks, 88, of Marion died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 at Crittenden County Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She attended Union Missionary Baptist Church.
Surviving are her daughter, Alice (Clayton) Mills of Princeton; sisters, Ruth Hunter of Marion and Jane Pollack of Evansville, Ind.; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Frances Turley; brothers William Dalton Hicks and Pete Hicks; and parents, Allie and Naomi Kirk Hicks.
Services were Sunday, Jan. 13 at Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services in Salem. Burial was at Union Cemetery.
Thelma Jean "Tootie" Rushing, 78, of Marion died Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 at her daughter's home in Frankfort.
She was a founding and charter member of Calvary Baptist Church. Rushing was active in her current church, Piney Fork Cumberland Presbyterian, and enjoyed singing in the choir.  She also enjoyed cooking.
She was retired from Tyco Electronics with 30 years of service.
Survivors include her son, Greg (Phyllis) Rushing of Marion; a daughter, Vicki (Joe) Sanderson of Frankfort; grandchildren, Corey Rushing of Marion, Courtney (Larry) Morse of Princeton, Shellye (Kenny) Conger of Marion and Josh (Amber) Jackson of Irvington, Ky.; six great-grandchildren; and siblings, Jimmy “Bub” Porter and Kenny Kirk of Marion, Tommy Kirk of Cave In Rock, Ill., Phyllis Joiner of Golconda, Ill., and Brice Kirk of Palm Springs, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 60 years, Billy Jo Rushing; and parents, Eugene Porter, Velda Kirk, Jody Hobbs and Emma Hobbs.
Services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion. Burial was at Crayne Cemetery.  
Memorials may be made to Crayne Cemetery.

Mary Genevieve Simpkins, 92, died Jan. 14, 2019.
She was preceded in death by husband, Billy Simpkins; parents, Ernest and Janette Brown; and 10 siblings. 
Surviving are her children, Terry  (Winifred) Simpkins of Yorktown, Va., and Kitty (Bill) Lowe of Nashville, Tenn.; and grandchildren, Mary Simpkins, Andrew Lowe and Jared Lowe.
A gathering of family and friends from 4-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18 at Hermitage Funeral Home in Old Hickory, Tenn.
Local visitation will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 with a funeral to follow at 11:30 a.m., at Frances  Community  Church in Frances. Burial will follow at Frances Community Church Cemetery.

Donald Eugene Forsythe, 82, of Grand Rivers, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 at Rivers Bend Retirement Center in Kuttawa. He was a native of Between-the-Rivers in Lyon County.
 He was a master plumber and general contractor for over 40 years in Livingston and surrounding counties.  Forsythe along with his wife, Mary, hosted a music jam each week at Lake City for 29 years.
He was married to Mary Elizabeth Peal Forsythe for 64 years.  They traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states and several countries including Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.
He was a 57-year member of Pisgah United Methodist Church and was currently a member of Kuttawa United Methodist Church since 2014. 
Survivors include his wife, Mary; two sons, Gary Forsythe (Donna) of Gilbertsville; David Forsythe (Julia) of Paducah; a daughter, Sheila Emerson (Robert) of Louisville; five grandchildren, Josh Forsythe (Katie) of Princeton, Jason Forsythe (Amanda) of Salem, Laura Overby (Addison) of Paducah, Kayla Adams (Andrew) of Anchorage, Alaska and Elizabeth Gradisek of Louisville; six great-grandchildren, Connar, Jaxon, Brady, Brystol, Raelynn Forsythe and Charlie Hardin; a sister, Pauline Schmidt (Paul) of Alton, Ill., and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Jackson Forsythe and Lydia Timmons Forsythe; an infant daughter, Donna Elizabeth Forsythe; his mother-in-law, Ida Peal; four brothers; and three sisters.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 at Lakeland Funeral Home in Eddyville with Rev. Chuck Ladd officiating. Burial will follow at Dixon Cemetery in Grand Rivers. Pall bearers will be Josh Forsythe, Jason Forsythe, Addison Overby, Andrew Adams, Justin Ross and Keith Branson.  Honorary pallbearers will be Don’s Shop Jammers.
Visitation will be at the funeral home 5-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18 and one hour before the service on Saturday.
Memorials may be made to: Paradise Cemetery Trust Fund, c/o Steve Sanders, 308 Delaware Road, Gilbertsville, KY 42044.

Nora L. Johnson, 83, of Salem died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019 at Salem Springlake Health and Rehabilitation Center in Salem.
She was retired from Moore Business Forms, and was a member of Salem Baptist Church.
Surviving are four nephews, David Sunderland of Marion, Darrell Sunderland of Marion, Lynn Sunderland of Salem and Michael Sunderland of Leitchfield; three nieces, Starla Sunderland of Ledbetter, Terri Pryor of Paducah and Jennifer Sunderland of Marion; several great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilford Johnson; a brother, William Sunderland, Paul Sunderland, Charlie “Wahoo” Sunderland and Deon Sunderland; and her parents, Leslie Osburne and Dollie Mae Rushing Sunderland.
Services are at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17 in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services with Rev. Josh Bumpus officiating.  Burial will follow in Salem Cemetery.
Friends may visit from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17 in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services.

George R. “Red” Benton, 74, of Marion died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at Crittenden Hospital. 
He was a member of the Rotary Club, was instrumental in getting the Marion-Crittenden County Park built, was a youth baseball, basketball and football coach for 40 years and a veteran of the United States Army.
Survivors include his daughter, Chantel Millikan of Marion; and grandchildren, Seth, Teague and Raylle Millikan, all of Marion. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Benton; brothers, Alfred and Jay Benton; sisters, Loretta Coleman, Anna Rushing, Doye Powell and Marie Benton; and parents, George S. and Annie Benton.
Services are at 11 a.m., Friday at Gilbert Funeral Home in Marion. Burial will be at Sugar Grove Cemetery.  The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.

Military rites will be held at the cemetery Friday.

Mary Rose Gilland, 63, of Marion died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 at Crittenden Hospital.
Survivors include her children, Sandy Gilland Tabor of Paducah and Susan Gilland, Stuart Gilland and Nikki Atwell all of Marion; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four brothers; and a sister.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Gilland.
Private services will be held at a later date.

Shirley Ann Champion, 78, of Hampton died Jan. 5, 2019 at the Ray and Kay Eckstein Care Center in Paducah.
She was retired as a 41½-year employee of Air Products. She was a graduate of Draughon’s Business College and a member of North Livingston Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 25 years, Marble Champion of Hampton; daughter, Teresa (Robin) Meadows of Paducah; sisters, Gloria Madison of Salem and Ramona (Robert) Butler of Hampton; a grandchild, Jamie Meadows; and several nieces and nephews.
 She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Chambers; a brother, Jimmy Ramage; and parents, Hadley and Irene Stokes Ramage.
Graveside servcies were Jan. 7 at Hampton Cemetery. Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremations Services was in charge of arrangements.

Grace D. Riley, 97, of Salem died Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Salem Springlake Health and Rehabilitation Center in Salem.
She was born Jan. 7, 1921 in New York City, where she married her husband, David Riley Sr. in August of 1945. She worked for AT&T and Bellsouth Telephone for 38 years in both New York City and Paducah.  The couple moved to Salem in 1950 where they worked and lived out their days. They were of the Catholic faith.
Surviving are two sons, David Riley Jr. of Murray and James (Shannon) Riley of Salem; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David Riley Sr.; a sister; and two brothers.
Services were Sunday, Jan. 6 in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services. 
Burial was at Salem Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Father Flanagan’s Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010.

Roy Joseph Brown
Roy Joseph "Joe" Brown, 75, of Buffalo, W.V., passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 at his home. 
Born July 28,1943, in Marion, he was the son of the late Roy A. Brown and Lennie M. "Hunt" Brown. 
He was preceded in death by his brother, William Tildon Brown. 
Joe was an over the road truck driver and a member of the Teamster's Local #505. He was formally employed with Praxair, Marmet W.V., when he retired. He served his country during Vietnam with the United States Navy. Joe enjoyed his family and grandchildren, as well as yardwork and his antique tractors. 
Surviving are his wife, Debra Brown; sons, Michael (Nicolette) of Nashville, Tenn., Chayse (Desiree) of Oak Hill, W.V.; grandchildren, Gage, Ryan, Myka, Kynsleigh and Maverick; sisters, Shirley Fritts (Doyle) and Betty Bond (Carlos), all of Marion; a niece, Debbie Harper (Steve); special friend, Sheldon Bailey; long-time friends whom he considered brothers, Ozzie Finley and John Thornton, as well as his furry baby girl, TillyRoo, whom he loved very much.
A celebration of Joe's life will be held in the spring.
Joe's wife, Debra, would like to thank the family, many friends and their wonderful neighbors for the outpouring support and love throughout his illness. Also, a special thank you to Hospice Care, Charleston, W.V.,  for its dedication and compassion shown to him and the family.  
He left us with many wonderful memories of a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. I'm proud of the fighter he was, whether it was for his country, his family, or his fight until the end. He was our hero and will remain with us forever.