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The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky
Obituaries & Death Notices January 21, 1942 TO March 22, 1995
Compiled By Roberta O. Taylor Jones

Note: I have typed these records as published to the best of my knowledge.
I have not corrected any errors that may appear in the Newspaper.
Not all weeks and years are listed.

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The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Wednesday, January, 21, 1942

Atty. R. L. Bryant, 41, died suddenly at his home in this city about ? o'clock last Wednesday night. Death was attributed to heart failure. He as up as usual Wednesday afternoon, visiting his parents who reside near town, and was also in town after supper. Shortly before his death he complained of not feeling well and is believed to have suffered an attack of his heart from which he appeared to rally, but Dr. C. B. Creech was summened from Middleburg and arrived about the time of the second attack, but his condition was beyond medical aid. Deceased had spent his entire life in Liberty. He was one of the young members of the local bar and was a very clever young man, having a host of friends who are saddened at his sudden passing. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ocla Sapp Bryant, a daughter, Mrs. Thomassina Bryant, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Bryant, a sister, Mrs. Ada Ellis, and a brother, Raymond Bryant, all of this city who have the deepest of sympathy in this sad hour. Funeral services were conducted at the First Christian church in this city on Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, by the rev. L. C. Young. Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Wednesday, January 21, 1942

Mr. C. P. Sapp, 68, of the Dunnville section, died at the McDowell Memorial Hospital, Danville, on Saturday morning of pneumonia. He was taken to the hospital some two or three weeks ago following injuries received when a tree fell on him injuring one of his legs so severely that it had to be amputated. His condition was believed to be improving when pneumonia set up. The remains were brought to the late home Saturday. Funeral services were conducted at the Green River Valley church, near his home, on Sunday with Rev. Willie Patton officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Beckie Lee Sapp, and one child who have the deepest sympathy in their bereavement.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Wednesday, March 22, 1944

William H. Durham, 68, well known citizen of the Humphrey section, died at his home on March 11th following an illness of more than a year. Deceased was the son of Milton H. and Pamelia Durham and born in Pike county, Indiana. He came to this county in early childhood where he spent the remainer of his bachelor life. After attending rural schools he attended the Janie Wash Institue at Middleburg, completing his education at the University of Kentucky at Lexington. While attending school in Lexington he was a reporter for the Lexington newspaper. Following his graduation at the University he taught, several years in this county and e'sewwhere before retiring to the private life of farming on the old home place in this county where he looked after his widowed mother until she passed away. In early manhood he united with the Mt. Olive Christian church where he was a teacher in the bible class for a number of years and as long at his health would permit was an active member of the church. He took an active interest in everything that was best for the interest of the county and the community in which he lived. It can be said of him that he was a friend to all, never refusing those less fortunate than he and always ready to assist in every worthy cause. He was a devoted friend of the veteran and took an active part in the "Old Soldiers' Reunions" held for many years at the Salyers and Brown graveyards in this community, as long as there were any of the old soldiers living. He led a very quiet life on the farm where he spent his last days. Some several months ago a brother, Joe Durham, came from Dallas, Texas, to be with him and this brother is to be commended for his act of kindness and the thoughtfulness in caring for his brother. Mr. "Willie", as he was famillarly known will be missed by his relatives as well as a wide circle of friends for it can be truthfully said of him that his friends were numbered by his acquaintances. He leaves to mourn his passing five brothers, J. H. and J. B. Durham of the Humphrey section, Johnnie Durham of Moreland, and Silas and George Durham of Dallas, Texas, also a sister, Mrs. Mattie Summers, of Dallas, Texas, as well as a host of other relatives. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Olive Christian church on Monday, March 13th, with the pastor, the Rev. L. C. Young, in charge, assisted by Rev. Robt. Lanham, of Liberty, also a cousin, Rev. Lester Summers of Dallas, Texas. The Pruitt Funeral Home of Moreland, Pruitt Funeral Home of Morelan was in charge of the burial.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Wednesday, March 22, 1944

Mrs. Rose Raley, Lockland, Ohio advises that she has received word from the War Department stating that her brother, Technician 5th Grade, Noah E. Long, was killed in Italy on February 5th. He was a member of the Army Air Corps Engineers. He was the son of the late Charlie and Perlina Long and was born and reared in the Caney Fork section. He entered the service about three years ago. He had been overseas for almost two years. After spending some time in England he participated in the initial invasion of Africa, the battle of Tunisia, also the invasion of Sicily and then on into Italy. He was about 24 years of age and the younger of the three Long boys in the service. The other two Long boys in the service are Charles, who is in Italy and believed to be only about 30 miles from where his brother was killed, and Cecil, who is stationed somewhere in England. The many Casey county friends and relatives of the young man will deeply regret to learn of his having past the supreme sacrifice. The surviving brothers and sisters and other relatives have the unbound sympathy of everyone in this day hour of sorrow.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Wednesday, December 13th, 1944

Mr. Jesse Welby Sweeney, aged 70 years, vice president of the Citizens National Bank of Lancaster, died Saturday morning at his home in that city. A number of years a-go Mr. Sweeney was connected with the Standard Oil Company as district manager and made frequent trips to Liberty and elsewhere in this county. He was well and favorably known through Central Kentucky and has an innumeracle host of friends that are saddened at his passing. His ancestors were natives of this county and he has many distant relatives in Casey county. He was prominent in Masonic circles, being a member of Lancaster Chapter No. 56, Ryan Commandery of Knight Templar Masons at Danville, and Kosair Shrine Temple, Louisville. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Lula Batson Sweeney, a sister, Mrs. Howard Hoeing Lancaster, and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Lancaster and burial followed in the Lancaster Cemetery.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Wednesday, December 13th, 1944

Mrs. Lera Mays Lanham, 53 years of age, was found dead at her home on the Houstonville pike, about 5½ miles from Liberty, about 3:30 or 4 o'clock last Tuesday afternoon. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Deceased was a daughter of Mrs. Cora Mays, of Kidds Store, and the late B. F. Mays, and had spent practically her entire life in this county. About 35 years ago she was united in marriage to W. W. Lanham, who preceded her to the grave about 20 years ago. Surviving her two sons, Mr. Roy Lanham, of Evansville, and Rev. Robert Lanham, who made his home with his mother. She also leaves her mother, Mrs. Cora Mays, Kidds Store, as well as two sisters, Mrs. Mose L. Moore, Liberty, and Mrs. George Sweeney, Evansville, as well as five brothers, Mr. Ethyle Mays, Mr. Elvin Mays and Mr. Bruce Mays, who reside on the Houstonville road, and Mr. Roy Mays, Lexington, and Mr. Bennie Mays, Knoxville, Tenn.; all of whom have the deepest sympathy in the sudden death of this good mother and lady. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in this city at 1:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Edward Haun, of Williamsburg and Rev. Robert L. Anderson, of Middleburg. Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Wednesday, November 21, 1945

Russell Taylor, 17 years of age, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Taylor of the Pellyton section, died in a Naval hospital in California the past week. Tuberculosis was given as cause of his death. The Taylor family formerly lived in the Foster section of this county. The remains were shipped here by the government and burial took place in the Creston cemetery on Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Wednesday, January 23, 1946

The remains of George Wilkinson, 56, were interred in the family lot in Glenwood Cemetery here on January 9th. Mr. Wilkinson was killed accidentally at his home in Plainfield, Ind., on January 5th when a shot gun he was cleaning was discharged in some manner. He was living alone at the time of the accident and his body was not found until the day following. His gun cleaning equipment was nearby and it was the belief of relatives that his death came about by accident. Deceased was a native of Liberty and the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Wilkinson. Since the death of his wife, the former Miss Ida Terry, a number of years ago, he had lived in Indiana and made his headquarters at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. K. Andrews. Funeral services were held at the home of the daughter in Plainfield on January 8th. Besides the daughter mentioned above and the parents, he is survived by two brothers, Mr. W. H. Wilkinson, Washington, D. C., and Sam Wilkinson, this city, also two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Grider, Liberty, and Mrs. Alma Spink, Ludlow. The deepest of  hympathy is extended the parents daughter, brothers and sisters in their deep sorrow. Accompanying the remains here were Mr. and Mrs. C. K. Andrews and little daughter Wanda Lou, Mr. and Mrs. Van Andrews, Mr. Robert Andrews and Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Andrews, all of Plainfield, also Mr. and Mrs. Esker Terry of Illinois.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, November 06, 1947

Thomas Jefferson Byrd, born May 20, 1885, died October 28, 1947. He married Matilda Emerson, November 17, 1908 and to them were born three children.

His wife Matilda Emerson Byrd whom he married in November 1908 survives and also his three children, Fredd Byrd, Mrs. Nellie Luttrell of Windsor, and Ida Byrd. He also have ten grandchildren, one sister Mrs. Helen Shell of Evona, four brothers Henry and Willie of Evona, Jake of Harrodsburg and Ace of Indiana.

Mr. Byrd lived all his life in Casey County near Evona, and was respected by all. He had been in failing health for the past five years.

The funeral service was at the South Fork Church by Rev. Rosevelt Brown
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The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, November 22, 1951
Mrs. Lucinda Wilson Mintonville Native Dies

Mrs. Lucinda (Mrs. Sam) Wilson died last week at Webbs Cross Roads at the age of 72. She was a sister to W. V. Taylor of Clinton, Ill., and the late Trave Taylor and Mrs. S. T. Griffin.

Born in Pulaski County, she later moved to Mintonville, where she made her home for a number of years and was part of that well-known family. Her father was Archie Taylor, and she was one of 13 children.

Death came from a stroke last Tuesday at her home while her went to a tobacco market. She died soon after he found her.

Besides her husband she is survived by five children. Two children died.

Funeral services are to be held at the Poplar Grove Baptist Church in Russell County and burial was at the old Friendship cemetery near Font Hill.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, November 22, 1951

J. W. (Johnnie) Gilpin, 68, died at Gilpin, Casey County on Nov. 15th following paralysis two weeks previously. He was the son of James and Liddie Gilpin, deceased, and the husband to Bertha Wilson, deceased. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Alvin Owens, one brother, Luther Gilpin of Russell County, and one sister, Mrs. Lola Henderson of Elmwood Place.

The funeral was held Friday conducted by Rev. Roosevelt Brown of Liberty. The scripture reading was from Job. The songs, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, No Tears in Heaven, and Where We Never Grow Old were sung by the Trace Fork Choir.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, November 22, 1951

Isaac Thomas Langford, born in Spencer county, Ky. on Oct. 28, 1872 to Benjamin and Emmaline Thomas, died Nov. 11, 1951. He spent his boyhood at his birthplace and then at 16 years of age he went to Ohio to live with his only sister Mary.

On Nov. 10, 1910 he married Florence Hewitt of Liberty, Route 2, and lived there till he died. Surviving are his wife, four of their six sons, who live near by, one brother Roy Langford of Siani, Ky. one sister Mary Kennedy of Richmond, Ohio, one stepson, eighteen great grandchildren.

The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. A. T. Edwards at the Caney Fork Church.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, November 22, 1951
Mrs. Martha Bell Jones Dies in Glendale Ariz.

Mrs. Martha Belle Jones, a resident of Glendale, Arizona for thirty years passed away on Oct. 29 in a rest home following a long illness. She was born Oct. 1, 1886, at Bethelridge and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Middleburg.

Members of her immediate family surviving are three sons: Ed E. "Pop" of Glendale, Walter of Escondido, Calif and William of Hustonville, Ky.; three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Wilkinson of Glendale, Ariz., Mrs. Edna Sweeney of Liberty and Mrs. Gay Godby of College Station Texas; also two brothers, W. P. Wesley of Glendale, Ariz., and Dudley Wesley of Science Hill. There are 18 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

The funeral services were held on Nov. 1 at the Brazill Whitney Mortuary chapel with the Rev. Elmer Hedges pastor of the First Christian church officiating. The requiem, sung by Miss Loa Lamb, included "Abide With Me," "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," and "In the Garden." Friends serving as pallbearers were Charles Pitts, Dick Witter, Robert Simpson, Owen Allen, Herbert Roberts and Louis Cundiff. Interment was in Glendale Memorial Park.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, November 22, 1951

Bettie Horton Walls at the age of 50 died Nov. 14, 1951 in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jack Little, in Jackson County. She had been ill health for 10 years.

Her husband, Estill Wall, whom she married in 1918 died six years ago. Seven of their eight children survive: Ray Wall of Ohio, Novis, Eugene and Lema of Indiana, Mrs. Jack Little, Anna and Barbara Wall of Jackson County. Also surviving are one grandchild, Wilma Ray Walls, and four brothers, Addie Austin of Indiana, Everett of Stanford Rt. 3, Elmer Austin and John Horton of Kings Mt. Rt. 3.

Funeral service was held on Nov. 16 by Rev. Essom at the Duncan Baptist Church. Interment was at the KP Cemetery.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, December 18, 1952
Mrs. Annie Lois Dalton Dies Suddenly Thursday

Mrs. Annie Lois Dalton died suddenly from what was believed to have been a blood clot at her home last Thursday morning. She was recovering from an operation of her leg and had just begun to move about the house.

Attempting to do some Minor household duties she came from the kitchen, sat en a chair in the front room and quietly passed away in the presence of her eight year old son. Her husband and others were nearby stripping tobacco, but did not arrive in time to be of assistance. The family lives about 300 yards from the Willow Springs store and school house.

She was born April 27, 1915, at Ansel, Ky., making her 37 at the time of death.

Surviving are her husband, Elvin Dalton and five children, Mrs. Ray Putteet, Ralph, Joyce, Judy and ray; her mother, Mrs. Serena Parton; and grandchild, Virginia Mae Petteet; two sisters, Mrs. Claud Buise of Poplar Hill and Priscilla Nagula of Lodi, New Jersey; and three brothers Clarence, Hershel and Jesse Parton of Willow Springs.

She was a member of the Willow Springs Methodist church, having transferred from the Poplar Hill Christian church in 1943.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, December 18, 1952
Lucy Bell Haggard Dies

Mrs. Lucy Bell Haggard, born in1886 to Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Bell in this county was buried December 11, at the Antioch Christian church cemetery. Rev. L. C. officiated and the Bartle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by seven of eight children; Otis Haggard, Magdolene Allen, Juanita Bell, and Billye Derringer of Liberty, Jessie Lynn and Edna Mae Phillips of Fort Knox, and Wendell Haggard of Muncie, Ind.; twenty-grandchildren; two brothers and four sisters; Porter Bell of Lexington, Dock Bell of Indiana, Mrs. Ben Lawhorn, and Mrs. Turner Grant of Liberty, Mrs. Myrtie Huff and Mrs. Bertha Earls of Indianapolis.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, December 18, 1952
Rites for Lucy Emerson

Mrs. Lucy Floyd Emerson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rueben Floyd of Herrington, died Dec-11, 1952, at her home near Eubank.

She is survived by her husband, Jesse Emerson, six children, many grandchildren, her father, Rueben Floyd, three brothers, German, Everett and Willie Floyd, and two sisters, Mrs. Eva Buis and Mrs. May Black.

For a number of years she and her husband ran a store at Maple Grove and then at Waynesburg.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. W. G. Montgomery at the Mt. Olive church on Sunday afternoon. Jimmie Reynolds of Waynesburg had charge of interment in the Humphrey cemetery.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, December 31, 1953
Leo Brown Died Saturday

Jason Leo Brown, born August 6, 1897 to Lizzie Vandaver and Rando Brown of Liberty, Ky., died Dec. 26, 1953 at the Casey County Hospital. The funeral service was held at the liberty Methodist Church on Monday with Rev. Leo Lacy officiating. Interment was in the Glenwood Cemetery with the Bartle Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Brown is survived by his first wife, Beulah Burns of Liberty and their son E. C. Brown of Taylorsville and two grandsons, George and Bruce Brown; his wife Bersha Dermody, a stepson Junior Dermody of Louisville, two nieces Mrs. Jack Senn and Mrs. Virginia Becker, and two nephews Charles and Harry Jones of Louisville.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, December 31, 1953
Rites for Lish Farris

Lish Farris, son of Nathan and Molliose Farris, died Dec. 19, 1953 at the age of 45. The funeral service was held at the Chestnut Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. H. C. Moxley officiating. Interment was in the Peavy Cemetery with the Bartle Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Farris is survived by his wife, Rosa, one daughter, Carol, a half-sister, Sarah Bland, and two half brothers Willie Farris and Addie Grant.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, December 31, 1953
Rites for Alex Wesley

Alex Wesley died at his home in Bethelridge on Dec. 11, 1953 after a stroke the day before from which he never regained conscious. He died at the age of 68 and was a son of Greenie and Sarah Wesley, deceased.

He is survived by four of his children, Mrs. Simon Wesley of Indiana, Vernon Wesley of Yosemite, Mrs. Eugene Lyons of Bethelridge and Edmond Wesley of Pulaski, ten grandchildren, one great grandchild, four sisters and three brothers.

Bro. Couchman preached the funeral sermon. Interment was in the Bethelridge Cemetery.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, December 31, 1953
Rites for William Brown

William Nathan Brown, better known as "Bill" was born to James A. Brown and Amanda Brown Dec. 24, 1888, and died Dec. 21, 1953 in Cincinnati. He had been in declining health for four years.

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Zettie Overstreet, two children, William Noble Brown and Mrs. Avery Wilson of Cincinnati, four grandchildren, two brothers John Brown of Cincinnati and Rev. Oatley Brown of Albany, Ky.

The funeral services were held at the Salem church and cemetery with Bartle Funeral Home in charge.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, December 31, 1953
Rev. Fr. Fred W. Dudine Dies of Heart Attack

The Rev. Father Fred W. Dudine, 60, former pastor of Clementsville's St. Bernard's Church died of a heart attack at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday of this week. He waspastor of the St. Charles Church at St. Mary, in Marion County.

Fr. Dudine service at the Clementsville church went beyond his immediate pastorage. He was popular throughout the county, and retained an active interest in Casey through the years. He subscribed to the Casey News to keep up with his former friends, an exceptional interest for pastors of all sects.

He suffered a heart attack on the steps of his church as he was talking with friends after officiating at a wedding Mass, and was carried a few steps to his residence by priests who had assisted him in the wedding. He died 15 minutes later. he had been under treatment for a heart condition.

Ordained in Louisville
A native of Dubois, Ind., Father Dudine attended St. Mary College near Lebanon and received his theological training at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis.

He was ordained to the priesthood May 25, 1926, in Louisville, by Archbishop John A. Floersh. He served as assistant at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Louisville and St. Francis de Sales Church in Paducah before becoming pastor of St. Bernard's Church in Cleemtnsville, Ky., in 1927.

Since 1935 he had been pastor of St. Charles Church. This year he completed a new grade school at St. Charles.

Leaves 2 Brothers, Sister
Surviving are two brothers, the Rev Charles Dudine, O.S.B., Fulda, Ind., and Monsignor John N. Dudine, pastor of St. Elizabeth Church in Louisville, and a twin sister, Sister M. Frederica, principal  of St. Ferdinand High School, Ferdinand, Ind.

The body will be at Bosley Funeral Home in Lebanon until 9 a.m. tomorrow, when it will be taken to St. Charles Church, where a Mass will be held. The office of the dead will be recited at 9 a.m. Thursday and at 10 a.m. Thursday a pontifical Requiem Mass will be held with Bishop Floersh as celebrant.

At 10 a.m. Saturday a Mass will be held in St. Elizabeth's Church in Louisville. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery here.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, December 31, 1953

Mae Beard Rich, wife of Harris Rich of Louisville, Ky., died in St. Anthony Hospital at 3:15 a.m. on December 29 after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Sherry Faye, 5; Brenda Sue, 4, of Louisville, Ky.; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clem Beard of Greensburg, Ky.; 4 sisters and 5 brothers.

Funeral will be Thursday, Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. at Parrot Funeral Home in Greensburg, Ky.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, October 13, 1955
Walter Godbey Takes Own Life on Tuesday

Walter Lee Godbey, 72, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Tuesday morning of this week.

According to information given at the coroner's inquest Mr. Godbey left the house somewhat depressed while his wife was ironing on the front porch. She heard a shot at the barn sometime later, but thought he was killing rats. She finally went out to see when a dog which followed him closely continued barking.

He was found in the tobacco barn shot in the chest with a 12 gauge shotgun with a 22-inch barrel. It was a single barrel gun. The charge undoubtedly killed him instantly.

According to Mrs. Godbey he had a stomach ailment for the last year which he personally believed was cancer and mentioned it several times. Mrs. Godbey said he had lapses of memory for short periods, but that she had no way of anticipating the action he took.

The coroner's jury was composed of Sam Black, Delbert Morgan, Delbert Ellison, Thelmer Ellison, Pierce Lawson, and Chester Patterson. Deputy Coroner Fred Burkhard held the inquest.

The action came as a surprise to his wide aquaintances and friends. He was perhaps one of the most faithful members of the Mt. Olive Christian church, and in earlier years the Bethelridge church. He is said to have been able to offer one of the most beautiful prayers heard in any congregation. He is described by a close friend as being friendly, likeable, and completely honest, and gifted with a remarkable personality.

He was born and reared near his present home on March 22, 1783, the son of William and Sarah Elizabeth Elliott Godbey.

He was married three times. His first wife was Effie Hamilton who bore him three children who survive. William Henry "Jack" Godbey lives near Shelbyville; Mrs. Julia Durham lives near the Godbey home at Mt. Olive; and Mrs. Nellie Rose lives at Eminence.

His second wife was Lina Durham. They had one child which died at childbirth.

He was married the third time to Opal Elliott and they have four children Georgie Smith lives at Shelbyville, Mrs. Eva Rose atBethlehem in Henry County, Mrs. Wilma Coleman and Paul Godbey live at Norwood, Ohio.

He is also survived by one brother, Jacob C. Godbey of Mt. Olive.

Funeral services will be at the Mt. Olive church on Thursday morning at 10 o'clock with burial at Middleburg. Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, October 13, 1955
W. J. Sharp is Dead

Mr. W. J. Sharp, born July 4th, 1893 to R.M. and Mary H. Sharp in the vicinity of Yosemite, Ky., died Sept. 30th in Fairview hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.

He spent his boyhood in Casey County, a spot he loved dearly as long as he lived, and in 1917 joinedd the staff of Clevelan Trust Co. where he rose to the office of vice president and continued to serve until his death.

He was a veteran of World War I and was in the first group of officers sent overseas to France where he served two years. He was also a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the American Legion, and many other clubs in Cleveland. He joined the Green River Christian Church as a young man and was active in civic affairs of his adopted city.

Survivors are his wife, a sister, Mrs. Anna Coleman, and a brother, Mack Sharp, also four nieces and a nephew.

The esteem in which he was held in Cleveland was manifested by the hundreds that called at the residence and the funeral home.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, October 20, 1955
Margaret Lay Rites Are Held at Caney Fork

Margaret Bell Lay, born Sept. 9, 1889 in Missouri to John and Elizabeth Hughett, died Oct. 16, 1955. She was a resident of Casey County for 65 years.

Mrs. Lay is survived by her husband, Richard Lay, two of their three children, Vernal Lay of Midway and Elizabeth Emerson of Liberty, two sisters, Florence Langford and Ida Derringer of Liberty, two brothers, Linzie Hughett of Liberty and Gene Hughett of Indianapolis, 12 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

The funeral services were held at the Caney Fork Baptist Church and at the church cemetery with Bro. Elmer Stevens officiating. The Bartle Funeral Home had charge of all arrangements.

The Casey County News Liberty, Kentucky, Thursday, October 20, 1955
Addie Ellis Funeral Held At Green River Villey

Addie Welby Ellis, born July 1, 1884 to Mr. and Mrs. Joel H. Ellis, died Oct. 13, 1955 at his home in Dunnville.

He is survived from his first  marriage by his children, Mrs. Margie Smith, Mrs. Virginia Harper and Carl Ellis of Ohio; and from his second marriage by his wife, Bannie Hughes Ellis, and their children, Eugene Ellis, Mrs. Margaret Sowder, Mrs. Edna Faye Shouse, and Mrs. Louise Williams of Ohio, Mrs. Sallie Epler of Pennsylvania, and Charles Thurman of Dunnville; 13 grandchildren, one great grandchild; one sister, Mrs. C. D. Miller, 3 half-sisters, Mrs. Hallie Lemon, Mrs. Jossie Climber, Mrs. Anna Simpson; 3 half-brothers, Edgar, Jess and Alton Ellis of Kentucky.

The funeral services were held at the Green River Valley Church with Bro. L. C. Young, Bro. Woodrow Damron and Bro. Wilmer Ellis officiating. The Bartle Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

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