Jackie Russell

Jackie Russell, 65, of Benton, Kentucky, died Sunday, June 16, 2019, at his home. 

He was born Feb. 2, 1954, in Murray, Kentucky, to James and Robbie Donelson Russell.

He was an avid hunter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Russell.

Mr. Russell is survived by two sons, Jason Russell and wife April of Benton and Harold Bess of Colorado; three daughters, Jessica Russell of Memphis, Tennessee, Deserie Russell of Calvert City, and Sherry Faulkner and husband Patrick of New Mexico; three brothers, Jimmy Russell, Jerry Russell and Jeff Russell; four grandchildren, Brittany Epps, Stephanie Searcino, Nolan Russell and Houston Russell; and three great-grandchildren. 

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Imes Funeral Home & Crematory, downtown Murray, with Robert McKinney officiating. Burial will follow in Fossett Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brandon Treas, Larry Dismore, Aaron Russell and Austin Russell. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to help with funeral expenses. 

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

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

w pic

Ramona Stephenson obituary

Image of Ramona Stephenson

Ramona Stephenson

Ramona Stephenson, 83, formerly of Dresden, Tennessee, died Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Spring Creek Healthcare in Murray, Kentucky.  

She was born Jan. 4, 1936, in Baxley, Georgia, to Lloyd Haynes and Tommie Carter Haynes.

She worked at MTD Products in Martin, Tennessee, until she retired.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Stephenson.

Ms. Ramona is survived by her daughters Leisa Hopkins and husband Roger of Murray and Lynda Ferguson and husband Leamon of Palmersville, Tennessee; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Sunset Cemetery with Sammy Cunningham officiating. Visitation was from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Bowlin Funeral Home of Dresden, Tennessee.

Bowlin Funeral Home of Dresden was in charge of arrangements.


Tammy Hargrove obituary

Image of Tammy Hargrove

Tammy Hargrove

Tammy Hargrove, 58, of Farmington, Kentucky, died Friday, June 14, 2019.

She was born March 8, 1961, in Murray, Kentucky, to Walter and Thelma Colson Hargrove.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Mark Anthony Hargrove, Donnie Hargrove, James Franklin Hargrove, Eddie Hargrove and a sister, Shirley Hargrove.

Ms. Hargrove is survived by two sons, Justin Myers of Alexandria, Kentucky, and Mark Hargrove of Farmington; a daughter, Jennifer Hansen and husband Brian of Helen, Georgia; four grandchildren, Landon Myers, Bentley Hansen, Harleigh Myers and Lillian Myers; and special friend, Ronnie Pea.

The funeral service will be at noon Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Imes Funeral Home & Crematory, downtown Murray, with Sammy Cunningham officiating. Pallbearers will be Justin Myers, Mark Hargrove, Brian Hansen, Landen Myers, Jimmy Hargrove and Bentley Hansen. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the funeral home. There will be a gathering of friends and family at Springhill Suites Tuesday, June 18, 2019, following the burial. Food and drinks will be provided.

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

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


Barbara Hinton 

Barbara Hinton, 68, of Murray, Kentucky, died at 8:32 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2019, at her residence.

She was born Feb. 9, 1951, in Cadiz, Kentucky, to Ewing Randolph and Lurline Wyatt Randolph.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Mary Quackenbush, and a brother, Robert Randolph.

Mrs. Hinton is survived by her husband, Frank Hinton; a daughter, Hannah Hinton of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sons, Danny Hinton and wife Jenny of Murray, Timothy Hinton and wife Terri of Olathe, Kansas, and Matthew Hinton and wife Natalie of Owensboro; siblings, Joyce Underhill and husband Randall, Nina Hathcock, William Randolph and wife Lorraine, Wayne Randolph and wife Tina, and Shirley Randolph Goins; and nine grandchildren, Tanner, Harleigh, Jaxon, Morgan, Hailey, Chase, Gabriel, Malachi and Addison.         

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Blalock-Coleman & York Funeral Home with Ricky Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow in Murray City Cemetery. Visitation will be after noon Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hardin Baptist Church Youth Mission Trip, P.O. Box 35, Hardin, KY 42048.

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

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


Johnie Eugene 'Gene' Wimberley obituary

Image of Johnie Eugene 'Gene' Wimberley

Johnie Eugene 'Gene' Wimberley

Johnie Eugene “Gene” Wimberley, 82, of Murray, Kentucky, died Saturday, June 15, 2019, at his home

He was born April 16, 1937, in Cottage Grove, Tennessee, to John Aden and Lillie Mae Jenkins Wimberley.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, Billy Dean Wimberley, and two brothers-in-law, Jerry Lynn Austin and James F. Hicks

Gene was a retired plant manager and former quality manager of Dean Foods Company, where he was recognized for honors the plant was awarded when he was manager including the cleanest plant and best return and assets. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in agriculture. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Murray First United Methodist Church where he was a member of the Adult Sunday School class. He served with the Appalachian Mission Team for 15 years, the Bereavement Committee, the Community Kitchen and was a trustee. He served the community through the Murray Lions Club and was named Lion of the Year in 2006, served at the Realty Store, Make a Difference Day and Candy Days. He was committed to serving the Kids Sight program for Kentucky.

Mr. Wimberley is survived by his wife, Carol Austin Wimberley of Murray, whom he married Dec. 26, 1960, at the First United Methodist Church in Martin, Tennessee: two sons, David Eugene Wimberley and wife Lori of Collierville, Tennessee, and Randall Keith Wimberley and wife Dee of Millington, Tennessee; one sister, Sue W. Hicks of Jackson, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Chaurette Wimberley, Logan Wimberley, Drake Wimberley and A.J. Wimberley.,

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the Murray First United Methodist Church with Jim Stahler and Gene’s beloved grandchildren officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill East Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Visitation will be from noon until the service hour at the church Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Murray First United Methodist Church, 503 Maple Street, Murray, KY 42071.

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

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


Dr. Robert H. McGaughey III obituary

Image of Dr. Robert H. McGaughey III

Dr. Robert H. McGaughey III

Dr. Robert H. McGaughey III, 76, of Murray, Kentucky, died Friday, June 14, 2019, at the University of Louisville Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born Feb. 18, 1943, to Robert H. McGaughey II and Frances W. McGaughey in Anniston, Alabama, where his father was serving in the U.S. Army. The family returned to Hopkinsville, Kentucky, after World War II. Bob attended local schools and graduated in 1961 from Hopkinsville High School, where he was an outstanding athlete and student leader.

Dr. McGaughey was professor emeritus and retired chairman of the Murray State University’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communications. As a student at Murray State, he was a member of the Murray State ROTC, a student athlete, and an active member of the staff of the “Murray State News”. After graduation, he began his master’s degree studies in journalism and became the first master’s graduate of the journalism program. He received his doctorate in mass communications from Ohio University. 

An honor graduate of the Murray State University ROTC program, he served two years on active duty, including a tour in Vietnam and 18 years with Kentucky’s 100th Army Reserve Division, from which he retired in 1985 with the rank of major. His nine ribbons and medals include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal and the Vietnamese Service Ribbon. He received the Minaret Award for the publication “The News of the Century” (100th division), as one of the top newspapers in the Fifth Army area.

In 1969 he joined the faculty at Murray State University as adviser to the MSU News and as instructor in journalism. He became chairman of the department in 1974, succeeding the late Dr. L.J. Hortin. He had more than 40 publications or presentations, including the national conferences of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, the Broadcast Education Association, College Media Advisors of the Associated Collegiate Press Association and Public Relations Society of America. During his years as chair, the department grew from 45 majors to more than 400, and received accreditation from the ACEJMC. The department provided 16 percent of all seniors selected to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities at Murray State. He was co-head of MSU’s Elizabeth Residential College from 2000 to 2002, but continued to serve on the faculty of Elizabeth College and presented his last program there in March 2019.

McGaughey received several recognitions and awards for his work at Murray State. In 1984 he was named Max Carmen Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Student Government Association. He was named Distinguished Professor of the Year by the Murray State Alumni Association in 1990. He was selected eight times to attend the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) faculty-industry seminar in New York City. In 1987, he was named the Frank Stanton Fellow of the IRTS as the distinguished broadcast educator in the U.S.

Active as an adviser to student organizations and media organizations, he received several recognitions from groups such as Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, including the Pi Kappa Alpha Distinguished Alum in 1977, the Omicron Delta Kappa Advisor of the Year, and the Kentucky Press Association Distinguished Service Award in 1989. He served for 10 years as Executive Director of the West Kentucky Press Association, and two terms as education representative on the KPA Board of Directors. In 2012, he was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

He was named the Boss of the Year by the Murray Chapter of the Professional Secretaries Internationals in 1989. He retired as chair in 1997, but continued to teach, write and speak, often with his long-time associate professor Robert Valentine. Together they were known as “The Communicators” or, to their fans, “Dr. Trey and Dr. Vee.”

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dr. McGaughey is survived by cousins Virginia Buchanan and Don Adair, both of Hopkinsville, Claudia Ricci of Deland, Florida, Rosalee Anderson of Frankfort, and Ed Owens of Naples, Florida; and special friends, Don and Mary Moore of Hopkinsville, Phil and Sarah Bryan and family of Murray, and Robert Valentine and wife, Vicki Jo Stevens-Valentine, of Paris, Tennessee.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Lovett Auditorium, on the campus of Murray State University. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Riverside Cemetery in Hopkinsville. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers will be, representing Pi Kappa Alpha, Eddie Hunt, Jerry Penner and Tab Brockman, and the Romeo Club and the G.G.G. Golf Group.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Robert McGaughey Scholarship Fund, Murray State University, Office of Development, 200 Heritage Hall, Murray, KY 42071. 

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

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


Arnold C. Johnson

Arnold C. Johnson, 66, of Murray, Kentucky, died Monday, June 17, 2019, at Baptist Health in Paducah, Kentucky. 

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

Recommended for you