Charles “Bertie” Dodd Obituary

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Charles “Bertie” Dodd

Charles “Bertie” Dodd, 83, of Murray, Kentucky, died on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield.

He was born on Sept. 14, 1935 in Murray to Albert and Sanova (Shackleford) Dodd. He retired from Murray Paving as a backhoe and heavy equipment operator at the age of 82.  For 10 years, he traveled with the Glendale Road Church of Christ to construct church buildings in Mexico.  He was a member of the New Providence Church of Christ and was an Army veteran.  He had several hobbies that he enjoyed, including Legos, photography and flying drones.

In addition to his parents he was proceeded in death by one sister, Bea Warren, and three brothers, Butch, Gene and Buck Dodd.

He is survived by his wife, Glada; two daughters, Shari Sherwood and husband Tommy of Hazel, Terri Martin and husband Alan of New Providence, two grandchildren, Joshua Martin and wife Doreen of Beijing, China and Bethany Bowden and husband Ben of Huntsville, Alabama; one great-grandson, Sam Martin of Benton, as well as his BFF, his cat, Bucky.

Visitation will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home with a memorial service to follow at 3 with Alan Martin and Joshua Martin officiating.  

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Humane Society of Calloway County, P.O. Box 764, Murray, KY 42071 or to a charity of your choice.

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

Joe Pat Ward Obituary

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Joe Pat Ward

Joe Pat Ward, 95, passed from this life Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.

He was a lifelong resident of Murray and the fourth generation Ward and Houston families to live in Calloway County. He was born Aug. 17, 1923, to Lexie Ward and Fannie Houston Ward. 

He was a graduate of Murray High School, Class of 1941. In the years after the War, he attended Murray State College. In 1941, he married Euple Edwards and they were married 69 years until her death in 2011. In 1943, he left Murray for service in the U.S. Army and fought in three major battles of World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge. After the War, he remained a member of the 75th Army Division and attended reunions every year. He received several military honors, including the Man of the Year Award of the 75th Division and Veteran of the Year by the American Legion. 

Following WWII, he became an employee of the Bank of Murray, retiring as vice president in 1989 after 44 years of service. He encouraged his wife in her founding of the Murray Need Line and continued to work with her until her retirement. After his retirement from the bank, he and Mrs. Ward traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states and many countries on five continents. He passed his love of travel on to his children and grandchildren and encouraged them to see as much of the world as possible. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and motorcyclist, and competed for many years in tennis tournaments in the region. Throughout his life, he maintained his faith and devotion to his church and served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, and treasurer of First Baptist Church. Mr. Ward loved his hometown, his country and his family, and was a much-loved son, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend through his 95 years. 

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Lydia Ward, who died in 1956; and by his two brothers, R.L. Ward and James Ward. 

Mr. Ward is survived by one daughter, Judy Ward Grogan and husband Glen of Murray; one son, Joe D. Ward and wife Beth of Murray; five grandchildren, Leslee Grogan Rose of Nashville, Tennessee, Rick W. Grogan and wife Sheila of Murray, Mitch D. Grogan and wife Kim of Murray, Alison Ward-Brown and husband Todd Terry of Murray and Lexie A. Ward of Nashville; six great-grandchildren, Zack A. Grogan, Elizabeth L. Grogan, Savannah C. Grogan, Lydia K. Grogan, Elly K. Grogan, Ella Brown-Terry, all of Murray; two nieces, Annette Ward Alexander of Murray and  B.J. Ward Sanders of Lumberton, North Carolina; and one nephew, Bob Ward. 

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home with John Dale and Keith Inman officiating. Burial will follow in Murray City Cemetery with full military honors provided by the American Legion Post #73. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at the funeral home. 

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Murray-Calloway County Need Line Association Inc., 509 N. 8th St., Murray, KY 42071. 

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

Corine Johnson

Corine Johnson, 87, of Murray, Kentucky, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at her home.

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

Corine Johnson, 87, of Murray, Kentucky, died on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 at her home.

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

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