Deborah Ross-Jones


Deborah Ross-Jones, 56, of Murray, Kentucky, died Friday, June 21, 2019,  at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

She was born March 11, 1963, in Portland, Oregon, to Robert and Eugenia Jones Ross.

She was employed by Murray Independent School System and was a member of Grace Baptist Church. She was the score keeper for Calloway County Laker Basketball for 15 years, a position which she loved.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Timothy Ross. 

Deborah is survived by a son, Roger Jones and wife Paige of Marshall, Missouri; three daughters, Krissy Bohannon and husband Tre of Murray, Kaitlyn Jones and husband Jeff of Paris, Tennessee, and Karra Halford and husband Matthew of Benton; two sisters, Debbie Karimi of Portland, Oregon, and Georgia Ingram of Vancouver, Washington; and 10 grandchildren, Stella Halford, Jay Allen, Teagan Jones, Cohen Jones, Kenna Brewer, Emma O’Neill, Connor Hernandez, Brenna Colley, Kenlynne Colley and Braden Colley.

A celebration of life will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at the Heritage Chapel of Imes Funeral Home with Sammy Cunningham and Scott Sivills officiating. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left at

The Heritage Chapel of Imes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Alan Houston


Alan Houston, 54, of Murray, Kentucky, died Thursday, June 20, 2019, at his home. 

He was born March 8, 1965, in Murray.

He was employed by Kendall Used Cars.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edgar Dwight Houston.

Mr. Kendall is survived by his wife, Debby Broach Houston of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; his mother, Martha Standridge and stepfather, Dexter Standridge of Gilbertsville; and a brother, Jimmy Dale Houston of Murray.

A celebration of life will at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at Kendell Used Cars at 200 Poplar St. in Murrray.

Online condolences may be left at

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


Jerry Fred Kirkland

Jerry Fred Kirkland, 76 of the Coldwater community of Calloway County, Kentucky, died peacefully in his sleep Friday, June 21, 2019, at his home.

He was born Jan. 15, 1943, in Calloway County, Kentucky, to Fred and Mary Arnett Kirkland. 

He was the owner of Kirkland Trucking and Farms and a member of the Angus Association. He was a member of the first graduating class of Calloway County High School in 1961.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Hendon Kirkland, and two sisters, Sue Gamble and Jean Bazzell.

Jerry is survived by two sons, Freddie Kirkland and Nickie Kirkland and wife Jan, all of Murray, and one sister, Evelyn Cole of Exton, Pennsylvania. 

A graveside service was at 2 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2019, in the Coldwater Church of Christ Cemetery with John Dale officiating. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2019, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Calloway County High School FFA Chapter, 2108 College Farm Road, Murray, KY 42071.

Online condolences may be left at

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


Mary Jean Muse Davis


Surrounded by her family, Mary Jean Muse Davis, 81, of Murray, Kentucky, died at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2019, after an extended illness.

She was born Feb. 5, 1938, in Florence, Alabama, to Paul and Lucille Gresham Muse and was the first of five daughters. 

Mrs. Davis spent most of her life involved in the educating of children and adults with special needs. The endeavor she was most proud of was to start a private special education school in a rural community near Athens, Alabama. In 1968, she and her good friend, fellow teacher and mentor, Birdie Thornton, decided to open an “Opportunity Center” in rural Limestone County to serve the educational, social, athletic and nutritional needs of a severely under-served special needs population that had been recently identified across three small communities. Two years later, this tuition-free school opened with five students after extensive, imaginative and intensive fundraising and lobbying efforts concocted and worked exclusively by these two women. Its name was simply Hay’s Mill School. When the school’s programs were absorbed into a larger county school district five years later, 30 students, ranging in age from six to 19, filled the three certified grade levels and multiple after school activities, as well as winning 24 gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze medals at the Alabama State Special Olympics over the last three years. Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Thornton, and two volunteer aides worked with these students academically from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. five days a week, 11 months per year, and athletically every Saturday morning for four hours, seven months per year. Such dedication was also apparent in her multiple church activities and devotion to the interests and needs of her husband, daughter and granddaughter. From teaching Bible classes and organizing Vacation Bible school programs alongside her husband at various congregations where he preached, to leading her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and serving as elementary school room mother for both her daughter and granddaughter, she worked tirelessly until, and after, her health began to decline.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her mother-in-law, Martha Jane Jones; her father-in-law, Richard E. Davis; her sister-in-law, Sandra Richey; and one niece, Jane Richey.

Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband of 63 years, Ed Davis, of Murray, whom she married June 8, 1956, in Valdosta, Alabama; her daughter, Kim Davis McFarlen of Murray; her granddaughter, Mary Muse “Emi” Marlin and husband Luke of Memphis, Tennessee; four sisters, Betty Muse Ruth and husband Larry Oliver of Athens, Alabama, Barbara Morgan and husband Chuck of Florence, Alabama, Paula Spears and husband Howard of Hohenwald, Tennessee, and Judy Thompson and husband Tim of Florence; five nephews and one niece whom she loved dearly, Thomas Ruth (Johanna) of Denver, Colorado, Kyle Ellis (Laurie Beth) of Oxford, Mississippi, Christopher Morgan (Jennifer), Dr. Zachary Thompson and Tyler Thompson, all of Florence; her niece, Mary Ellen Towns (Brandon) of Asheville, North Carolina; and great-nephews, Nicolas Ruth, Carson and Denton Ellis, and Gresham and Henry and Charlie Morgan; all of whom brought her great joy during her illness when their parents generously shared pictures and cards with her.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Glendale Road Church of Christ with John Dale officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the church. A private burial service will be conducted. Mrs. Davis’ nephews and brother-in-law, Tim Thompson, will be the active pallbearers. Micky Garrison, Chad Stubblefield, Charles Edwin Stubblefield, Kenneth Geurin, George Dowdy, Owen Moseley, Elwood Evans and Billy Kee will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Murray-Calloway County Hospital Foundation.

Online condolences may be left at

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

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