Dr. Timothy Alan Philpot

Dr. Timothy Alan Philpot, 59, an associate professor in the department of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri, died unexpectedly from a stroke on Jan. 25, 2017.  

Tim was born Nov. 25, 1957, in Lexington, Kentucky. He was the only child of Lou Ann Lickliter Philpot and Lawrence Samuel Philpot. 

He grew up in Murray, where he played varsity golf and trombone in the Murray High School Tiger marching and jazz bands. Tim was a National Merit scholar and salutatorian of the Class of 1975. He went on to attend the University of Kentucky, following in his father’s footsteps, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1979.

Tim met his lifelong love in Murray in 1972 when Jeanette Belle “Ginger” Gilliam, a fellow band member and trumpeter, invited him to a Sadie Hawkins dance. Tim and Ginger quickly became a couple and married on Dec. 23, 1978, the sixth anniversary of their first kiss. 

After graduating from UK, Tim and Ginger moved to Ithaca, New York, where Tim was offered a full scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in civil engineering at Cornell University. After earning his master of  engineering in civil engineering in 1980, Tim spent six years as a structural engineer in the offshore construction industry in New Orleans, Louisiana, London, England, Houston, Texas and Singapore. Tim and Ginger later returned to Murray, where Tim earned tenure as an associate professor at Murray State University after completing his Ph.D. in civil engineering at Purdue University. During these early years, Tim and Ginger started their family with the birth of Madeleine Anabelle in 1984 and Lawrence Samuel “Larkin” Philpot II in 1987. The family moved to Rolla, Missouri, in 1999.

Tim was known as an excellent professor who specialized in engineering mechanics. The author of a best-selling textbook, “Mechanics of Materials,” and developer of award-winning multimedia educational software packages, “MDSolids” and “MecMovies,” Tim was respected by students for his ability to make his subject of mechanics of materials accessible. In fact, though he made an “A” in the course as an undergraduate, he realized as a young engineer, his weakness in understanding key concepts impeded his work in design situations. Thus, the textbook and software programs became his life’s work, and he strove to teach “to the mind’s eye,” which can facilitate the mental visualization so integral to understanding and solving engineering problems.

Tim was a registered professional engineer in Missouri and Kentucky. He was the author of many papers in peer-reviewed publications and funded research grants, and received several awards for teaching excellence including the Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Professor Award. He was proud to be the faculty sponsor of the MS&T Steel Bridge Team.

Tim was known by his family and friends for his discipline, integrity, industriousness, focus, steady and unflappable personality, and selfless service. A quintessential engineer, Tim’s introverted nature belied a quick sense of humor. A master of one liners, Tim loved to make others laugh, but perhaps most enjoyed laughing at his own jokes.  

Tim was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence. 

Tim is survived by his wife, Ginger, of Rolla; his mother Lou Ann of Murray; daughter and son-in-law Dr. Madeleine Philpot and Dustin Dunstedter of Rolla; and son and daughter-in-law Larkin and Emily Philpot of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

Tim was an organ donor whose selflessness will save the lives of others, a fitting expression of his lifelong generosity and commitment to service

No service is planned at this time, but the family will host a celebration of life later in the spring. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rolla Area Animal Shelter Building Campaign (S.A.V.E.), Attn: Tim Philpot Memorial Account, City of Rolla Finance Department, 901 N. Elm St., PO Box 979, Rolla, MO 65402. Inquiries may be made at saverollanimals.org or save@rollacity.org., or memorial donations may also be made to the Humane Society of Calloway County, 607 Poplar St., Murray, KY 42071.


Willis Edward Cheaney

Willis Edward Cheaney, 90, of Murray, Kentucky, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

He was born March 30, 1926, in Henderson, Kentucky, to Levi and Sudie Brooks Cheaney, who preceded him in death.

Mr. Cheaney is survived by his children, Phyllis Robinson of Havelock, North Carolina, Joyce Small of Birmingham, Alabama, Jacques Coleman of Evansville, Indiana, Christopher Cheaney of Russellville and Willis Cheaney II of Bloomington, Indiana; his siblings, Brenda Cheaney of Denver, Colorado, Chester Cheaney and Donald Cheaney, both of Evansville.

The funeral service was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at Blalock-Coleman & York Funeral Home with burial to follow in Murray Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left at www.yorkfuneralhome.com.

Blalock-Coleman & York Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Janice Lee Perkins Farris

Janice Lee Perkins Farris, 78, of Murray, Kentucky, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House in Murray. 

She was born on Jan. 29, 1939, in Murray, Kentucky, to John Harvey Perkins and Auberna Marr Perkins. She retired from Jakel in Murray. She was a member of Coles Campground United Methodist Church, a member of the Adult Sunday school class and a member of the United Methodist Women. She served as the church pianist and was a member of the church choir. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lois Dee Farris, who died Sept. 16, 2016.

Mrs. Farris is survived by two daughters, Debbie Daniel and husband Mike of Murray and Deanna Askin and husband Keith of Louisville; one sister, Martha Perkins Farris of Murray; five grandchildren, Kelsey Daniel, Allie Pollock and husband Justen and Sydney Daniel, all of Murray and Ryan Askin and Luke Askin, both of Louisville.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home with Stephen Howe officiating. Burial will follow in Coles Campground United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the funeral home. 

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Murray Calloway County Endowment for Healthcare, Residential Hospice House, 803 Poplar Street, Murray, KY 42071.

Online condolences may be left at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com.

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


Regina Sue Thornton Patterson

Regina Sue Thornton Patterson, 56, of Murray, Kentucky, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at Spring Creek Health Care after an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 17, 1960, in Murray, Kentucky, to Joe Pat Thornton and Linda Sue Marshall Thornton, who preceded her in death.

 She was a member of North Pleasant Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church. 

Ms. Patterson is survived by one daughter, Keila Sue McKnight and husband Adam of La Vernia, Texas; one sister, Cindy Hester of Murray; one brother, Tommy Thornton of Murray; four grandchildren, Dillon Housden, Collin Housden, Ethan McKnight and Jaxon McKnight; and several nieces and nephews.  

The funeral service was at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home with Kerry Lambert officiating. Burial followed in Murray Memorial Gardens. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at the funeral home. Serving as acting pallbearers were Jackie Marshall, Ryan Sinclair, Collin Housden, Dillon Housden, Stephen Hester and Michael Wright. The honorary pallbearers were Ethan McKnight, Jaxon McKnight, Brooklynn Mathis, Ethan Hopkins and Brianna Hopkins.

Online condolences may be left at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com.

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


Rob L. Dick

Rob L. Dick, 78 of Benton, Kentucky, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at his residence.

He was born June 21, 1938, in New Concord, Kentucky, to Ellis Dick and Veopal Dick Glover. 

He farmed and worked at various plants including Tappen of Murray. He was a former member of Cherry Corner Baptist Church and was a long-time member of New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church.

His family will remember him as a loyal and devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, L.C. Dick and Elzie Dick and a sister June Taylor. 

Mr. Dick is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carolyn Thompson Dick of Benton; a daughter, Robyn Littlejohn and husband Jeremy of Benton; two grandchildren, Emily and Andrew Littlejohn; a sister, Eva Hale Gream and husband Jim of Farmington; brothers Willie Dick and wife Audie of Murray and Dewey M. Dick and wife Jerlyine of Hardin; a sister-in-law, Dortha Dick of Murray, and 13 nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in the chapel of the Collier Funeral Home with Van Russell officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hillcrest Cemetery Fund, c/o Gary Smith, 86 New Harmony Road, Benton, KY 42025, or to the American Cancer Society, c/o Brenda McClaran, 510 West 9th Street, Benton, KY 42025.

Collier Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of arrangements.


Otis Lee Selvage Jr.

Otis Lee Selvage Jr., 28, of Paris, Tennessee, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in an automobile accident in Calloway County, Kentucky.

Arrangements are incomplete at Blalock, Coleman & York Funeral Home.


Billy Joe Steele

Billy Joe Steele, 69, of Palatka, Florida, formerly of Murray, Kentucky, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Palatka. 

Arrangements are incomplete at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home.

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