Eugene Kirk obituary

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Eugene Kirk

Eugene Kirk, 83, of Murray, Kentucky, died Thursday, June 25, 2020, at Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Paducah, Kentucky.

He was born Jan. 4, 1937, in Murray, to Pinkley and Cordie Morrison Kirk. 

He worked as a funeral director for Max Churchill Funeral Home for many years.  Later  he retired as a custodian for Calloway County Middle School.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margie Sue Fulton.

Mr. Kirk is survived by two sons, Marshall Wayne Kirk and wife Sheree of Goodletsville, Tennessee, and Michael Eugene Kirk and wife Rhonda of Almo; a daughter, Gina Kirk Thorne of Murray; grandchildren, Ryan Kirk (Alicia Johnson), Michelle Bakehouse (Dylan), Suzanne Storey and Brittany Sutton (Jesse); and great-grandchildren, Maci Bakehouse, Hallie Bakehouse (Brock), Madilynn Bakehouse, Brendyn Byrd, Kenzi Sutton and Constance Sutton.

The funeral service was at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2020, at Ledbetter Baptist Church with Rick Yarbrough officiating. Burial followed in Ledbetter Cemetery. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Imes Funeral Home & Crematory, downtown Murray.

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

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


Robert E. Overby obiruary

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Robert E. Overby

Robert E. Overby, 82, of Murray, Kentucky, died Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center at Mercy Health in Paducah, Kentucky.

He was born April 27, 1938, in Benton, Kentucky, to  Curtis Overby and Kathleen Snow Overby. 

He was of the Church of Christ faith. He had a lifelong passion for motorcycles. He started selling and repairing Cushman Scooters in the 1950s at Eaton’s in Mayfield. In 1966, he became a regional service representative for American Honda Corporation, servicing as many as five states until 1976 when he bought the local Honda dealership. He owned and operated Overby Honda in Murray from 1976 until 1988. He also started a motorcycle audio business named “Overby’s Two Wheel Sound," in the 1980s, traveling to bike rally’s nationwide and also operating locally. He continued to operate this business until his death, choosing not to retire. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.

Mr. Overby is survived by his wife, Reda Brandon Overby of Murray, whom he married Feb. 5, 1959, in Calloway County, Kentucky; one daughter, Tammy Smith and husband Clay of Kirksey; two sons, Keith Overby and Darrell Overby and wife Marla, all of Murray; two sisters, Joanne Cavitt and husband Perry of Murray and Camilla Tarry and husband Jerry of Modesto, California; two grandchildren, Brittany Perkins and Ben Overby, both of Murray; and two great-grandchildren, Cammie Arnett and Cole Arnett, both of Murray.

A graveside service was at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2020, at the Murray City Cemetery with John Dale and Jim Stahler officiating. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2020, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services and from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2020, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to St Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38101.

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

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


Joan Rogers Carlson obituary

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Joan Rogers Carlson

Joan Rogers Carlson, 88, of Almo, Kentucky, died Thursday, June 25, 2020, at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House in Murray, Kentucky.

She was born July 26, 1931, in Goodland, Kansas, to Charles Aden and Naomi Rogers.

She was a graduate of Westminster College with a degree in elementary education. She taught elementary school in the mid-50s in Riverside, California. On Jan. 28, 1961, she married Gordon Carlson. His work lead them to Florida and then back to California, settling in Ventura, where they raised their two children, Jon and Gwenda. When both of her children enrolled in public education, she spent her time volunteering at the school helping wherever needed. Her love for children’s learning and her teaching skills were recognized, and she was hired as an instructional aide to help in the classrooms. Eventually, her love for books lead her to become the librarian for many years at Elmhurst Elementary School and other schools in the district. She loved encouraging children to learn, explore and grow through reading. She was an active and involved mom. As her children grew, she was an active PTA member, Girl Scout mom, soccer mom and spent many years as a council member for Job’s Daughters. She was also a more than 25-year member of the Order of the Easter Star Chapter in Ventura, and a charter member of the Friends of the Library in Murray. In 2005, she retired from the Ventura School System and moved to Almo to be closer to her grandchildren. She loved being a spectator at their soccer games and watching them grow. She thoroughly enjoyed traveling and visiting with her son in Washington State.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Gordon Carl Carlson.

Mrs. Carlson is survived by her son, Jon Roger Carlson of Everett, Washington; a daughter and son-in-law, Gwenda Carla and Steven Wilhelm;, and grandsons, Justin Aden Wilhelm of Madison, Alabama, Brian Charles Wilhelm of Murray and Adam John Wilhelm of Almo.

Graveside services will be held at Crystal Lake Cemetery in Minneapolis Minnesota, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, expression of sympathy may be made to the Friends of the Murray Calloway County Library, 710 Main St., Murray, KY 42071, or Playhouse in the Park, 701 Gil Hopson Drive, Murray, KY 42071.

Online condolences may be left at www.imesfh.com

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


Donna Breslau Phillips obituary

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Donna Breslau Phillips

Donna Breslau Phillips, 81, of Murray, Kentucky, died Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital in Murray.

She was born Jan. 28, 1939, in Worthington, Indiana, to Fred Sanders and Eva Algia Arthur Bays.  

She pursued her dream of living in Israel during the time of the Gulf War, though eventually returned to Southern California where she worked as a counselor for the Salvation Army, counseling battered and abused women and women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. She was of the Evangelical faith, believing that salvation is by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hobert Coy Phillips of Murray, and three sisters, Irene Avonell Garcia, Cora Lee Dryer and Mary Marcella Thatcher.

Mrs. Phillips is survived by one daughter, Bobbie LaDonna Dunn Quintanilla and husband Dr. Jorge Quintanilla-Cortez of Murray; two sons, Gerald Alan Dunn and wife Elaine of Covina, California, and Mark Daniel Dunn of Lancaster, California; one sister, Dr. Nina Kathryn Bissett of Montgomery, Illinois; one brother, Fred James Bays of Jasonville, Indiana; four grandchildren, Tiffanie Nicole Dunn, Jason Alan Dunn and Michael Eric Dunn of Covina, California, and Amanda Algia Potipitak and husband Rachon of Palmdale, California.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at the Murray City Cemetery.  

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 4300, Chicago, IL 60602, or flowers sent to The J.H. Churchill Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com

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


Isaiah Darrian Marquis Cherry

Isaiah Darrian Marquis Cherry, 7 days, of Murray, Kentucky died at 2:22 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2020, at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Blalock-Coleman & York Funeral Home. 


Carmen Jo Lovett obituary

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Carmen Jo Lovett

Carmen Jo Lovett, 84, of Murray, Kentucky, died Sunday, June 28, 2020, at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House in Murray, Kentucky.

She was born April 7, 1936, in Guntown, Mississippi, to Clarence Issac Horton and Carmen Jones Horton. 

She worked for 30 years as director of pre-student teaching at Murray State University, and was a lifelong active member of Goshen United Methodist Church. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Purdom M. Lovett; a sister, Frances Adams; and three brothers, J.W. Horton, Clarence Horton and Charles Wayne Horton.

Mrs. Lovett is survived by her daughter, Carma Lisa Boren and husband Larry of Saltillo, Mississippi; two sons, David Wayne Lovett and wife Lin of Murray and Michael Rae Lovett and wife Patricia of Owensboro; one sister, Effie Kemp of Murray; one brother, Nick Horton and wife Frankie of Murray; six grandchildren, Andy Boren and wife Ashley M., Elliot Lovett and wife Taylor, Ashley Jo Boren and fiancé Josh Lindsey, Curt Thurman, Skylar Lovett and Sydney Lovett; and two great-grandchildren, Freya Delaney Lovett and Willa Drew Boren. 

Private family services were held Monday, June 29, 2020, at Coles Campground United Methodist Church Cemetery with April Arnold officiating. 

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Goshen United Methodist Church Building Fund, 4726 KY 121 North, Murray, KY 42071.

Online condolences may be left at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com

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

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