Mildred J. Allen McClain obituary

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Mildred J. Allen McClain

Mildred J. Allen McClain, 75 of Murray, Kentucky, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House in Murray.

She was born Aug. 12, 1944, in Shreveport, Louisiana, and grew up on a farm in the Shady Grove community of Henry County, Tennessee.

She was a 1962 graduate of Puryear High School in Puryear, Tennessee. She retired from Fisher Price Toys / Mattel in Murray and was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Paris, Tennessee. 

She was preceded in death by her father, William Ray Allen, and one brother, William David Allen Sr.

Ms. McClain is survived by her mother, Bessie Jane Dowden Allen of Murray; a son, Brad Allen McClain of Nashville, Tennessee; a daughter, Melanie M. Nix and husband John Warren of Almo; a brother, Jerry R. Allen and wife Diana of Florida; and four grandchildren, Hannah Nix of Almo, Reed McClain of Nashville, Benjamin Nix of Almo, and Riley McClain of Nashville.

The funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in the chapel of Collier Funeral Home in Benton with Glynn Orr and Carolyn Outland officiating. Entombment will follow in Murray City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shady Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Carolyn Nored, 975 Jim Merrell Rd., Paris, TN 38242, or a charity of choice.

Collier Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of arrangements.

The Rev. Dr. David Carl Roos

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The Rev. Dr. David Carl Roos

The Rev. Dr. David Carl Roos, 85, of Murray, Kentucky, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at Murray-Calloway County Hospital, surrounded by family and friends.

He was the eldest of 11 children, born May 18, 1934, to Carl and Grace Ryerson Roos in Wimberley, Texas. 

David served as pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Murray from June 1971 through June 1995. During this time, he was passionately involved in Sunday school programs, the Emmaus Walk, the Bethel Bible Series, the Youth Club program, Boy Scouts Troop #77, and multiple mission trips to build churches in Mexico with the Christian Churches of Western Kentucky. 

David worked tirelessly as a public servant for Murray and Calloway County. He was the catalyst that made the dream of the late Euple Ward become possible with the creation of Need Line in Murray in 1973. Later, in 1988, he and the late Dr. Nowell Bingham of First United Methodist Church, organized the Murray-Calloway County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, which has now completed the construction of 15 homes for local families. He became a member of the Murray Rotary Club in 1973, where he served as president from 1985-1986, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He received the Rotary Club Humanitarian of the Year award in 1992. David was involved in the Lincoln Heritage Council Boy Scouts of America, which supports youth in scouting for western Kentucky. He passionately led the Concerned Citizens of Calloway County, and participated with the Republican Party.

He graduated from Arp High School in 1950 at 16, and received a bachelor of art’s degree in theology from Southwestern Assembly of God College at Waxahachie, Texas in May 1954. He then received his bachelor of divinity degree from Texas Christian University at Fort Worth. He graduated from the Chaplain School of the United States Army at Fort Slocum, New York in 1958. In 1973, he received his doctor of divinity degree at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee.

David also served as pastor at First Christian Church in Fabens, Texas; First Christian Church in San Benito, Texas; First Christian Church in El Paso, Texas; Pembroke Christian Church in Pembroke; and Liberty Christian Church in Hopkinsville. While at Fabens First Christian Church, he was named the Town and Country Minister of the Year for the Christian Churches of Texas in 1963. While pastoring in San Benito, he served as chaplain for the Army Reserve Unit based in Harlingen, Texas, from 1963 to1967. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Adina Roos Stacy and Elizabeth Roos McKnight; and his brothers, John Roos, Paul Roos, James Roos and Philip Roos.

David is survived by the love of his life, Glenda Louise Philen Roos, whom he married Dec. 25, 1962, in Woodville, Texas; three daughters, Melanie Roos Dawson and husband Roger, Amy Rebecca Roos and Debbie Roos Cunningham and husband Sammy; six grandchildren, Kayla Cunningham, Elizabeth Dawson Howard and husband Zach, Alyssa Cunningham Henson and husband Jerrod, Bradley Dawson, Emily Dawson and Mariah Cunningham; one great-grandson, Sawyer James Henson, all of Murray; sisters, Carleen Roos Modisette and Lois Roos Gunn, and brothers Joseph Roos and Peter Roos, all of Texas; many nieces and nephews; and close family friends, Lillian Olazabal Gierhart and daughter Angela, and Carruth Kitrell.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at the First Christian Church in Murray with the Rev. Dr. Ruth Ragovin officiating. Burial will follow in Murray City Cemetery. Palllbearers will be Bradley Dawson, Roger Dawson, Jerrod Henson, Zach Howard, Andy Roos and Paul David Roos. Honorary pallbearers will be members of David’s Sunday School class, members of Disciples Men Fellowship, and members of the Murray Rotary Club.Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, and preceding the funeral service from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at First Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to First Christian Church of Murray, Need Line of Murray, or the Murray-Calloway County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

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Imes Funeral Home & Crematory, downtown Murray, is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Ruth Wilkerson obituary

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Shirley Ruth Wilkerson

Shirley Ruth Wilkerson, 60, of Murray, Kentucky, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

She was born March 20, 1959, in Calloway County, Kentucky, to John Holbert McCuan and Margaret Ruth Cobb McCuan, who proceeded her in death. 

She was employed as an IT at River Valley AgCredit in Mayfield and was of Methodist faith.  

Mrs. Wilkerson is survived by her husband, Rick Wilkerson of Murray, whom she married Sept. 26, 1986; two sons, Russell Hargrove of Farmington and Bobby Wilkerson and wife Cheyenne of Murray; four sisters, Judith Walker of Murray, Martha Kough, Jennifer Duncan and husband Mike and Johnna Smith and husband John A., all of Farmington; five grandchildren, Makaela Hargrove, Elijah Thomas Hargrove, Callie Hargrove, Ryder Wilkerson and Emerson Wilkerson; and one great-grandchild, Riley Gabriel Pierce. 

A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at Burnetts Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Burnetts Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Bobby Galloway, 217 Eagle Road, Sedalia, KY 42079.

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The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home is in charge of  arrangements.


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