Vickie Ellis Hargrove obituary

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Vickie Ellis Hargrove

Vickie Ellis Hargrove, 73, of Jacksonville, Florida, formerly of Murray, Kentucky, died peacefully surrounded by her family at her home on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, after an extended illness.

She was born July 4, 1947, in Madisonville, Kentucky, to Harvey and Nelle Ellis, who preceded her in death.

Vicki was a member of Broadway Methodist Church, but always considered South Pleasant Grove Methodist Church as her home congregation. She was also a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and an Alpha Tau Omega Little Sister at Murray State University.

Vicki was always full of energy and strove for excellence in everything she completed no matter how small or extensive the task, as exemplified by her successful career. Upon graduating from Murray High School, Vicki attended Murray State University where she received her B.S. and M.A. in business education and M.A.+30 in vocational administration. Her formal education was completed upon obtaining her Ph.D. in adult education from Ohio State University.

Vicki's career began as a distributive education teacher in Marshall County, then Murray Vocational School, and quickly followed as an assistant professor in the College of Industry and Technology at Murray State University. From there, her goals and quest for challenges took her worldwide in the fields of safety and training management, human resources and business consulting as she provided leadership at Airco Carbide, Ohio River Steel, North Star Steel and Cargill Incorporated. During her career, she traveled extensively, formed life-long relationships, and made her home with Clayton across the U.S., including Murray, Paducah, Wayzata, Minnesota, and Jacksonville. After retiring from Cargill with a continued interest in innovation and experience in consulting, she established Hargrove Business Consulting where she remained active until recently.

As an accomplished businesswoman, Vicki was bestowed with awards and honors including Kentucky Distributive Education Teacher of the Year; Paducah, Kentucky Woman of the Year; Spotlight Award from Recognition Professional International; Elite American; Top Female Executive; and a Kentucky Colonel.

Friends and family rarely ever found Vicki being still. She was always active whether volunteering in her community, substitute teaching at her grandchildren's school, golfing, hunting pheasants in South Dakota, organizing and hosting large family reunions, making photo books to share to preserve special memories, and her favorite, traveling worldwide with her beloved husband. During those travels, she enjoyed buying many gifts to share with loved ones. One of her many talents was writing which was demonstrated in a book she authored about the adventures of their adored dog, Scout. She will be remembered fondly by those whose lives she touched, especially for her genuine, kind expressions and hospitality extended to all.

Vicki is survived by her devoted husband of 37 years, Clayton; a son, Brian Shell and wife Francine, all of Jacksonville; a daughter, Hope Hargrove of Austin, Texas; two grandchildren, who affectionately called her "Gram," Parker and Campbell Shell; and many other extended family members.

Following cremation, visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services with David Allbritten officiating. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at South Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. An additional visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at the church. Due to the current pandemic of COVID–19, socially distancing and facial coverings will be required for visitation and the memorial service.

Memorial donations may be made to Soup for the Soul, 411 Maple St., Murray, KY 42071.

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

Pauline Jones Crump obituary

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Pauline Jones Crump

Pauline Jones Crump, 84, of Cadiz, Kentucky, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, at Shady Lawn Nursing and Rehabilitation in Cadiz.

A native of the Between the Rivers section of Trigg County, she was born Sept. 28, 1935, to Lanis and Leenora Higgins Jones.

She retired from Lake Barkley State Resort Park as group sales coordinator and was a longtime active member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rhybon Crump; her stepfather, Alvin Hale Crump; a brother, Donald Jones; and a niece, Lori Jones.

Mrs. Crump is survived by a son, Raybon Crump Jr. and wife Kim of Cadiz; a daughter, Paula Flood and husband James of Cadiz; a granddaughter, Brittney Stewart and husband Bradley; two great-grandchildren, Aniston Stewart and Malachi Stewart; a sister, Retta Balentine of Cadiz; a sister-in-law, Judy Cannon Jones of Almo; and a nephew, Lucas Jones of Almo.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Nick Clark officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 45 Floyd Sumner Road, Cadiz, KY 42211.  

Goodwin Funeral Home Inc. of Cadiz is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Allen Wiser obituary

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Edward Allen Wiser

Edward Allen Wiser, 91, of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, surrounded by his family.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1948, serving in the Korean War aboard the USS Eldorado. When he returned home, he attended Murray State University and obtained a bachelor of arts degree in education. He went on to study education administration at Murray State and graduated with an master's of education degree.

Ed met Wilma Johnson Wiser while attending Murray State and they married May 4, 1957, in Corinth, Mississippi. Together they raised five children.

He worked as a teacher and principal for nine years before becoming superintendent of Fairfield Public School District # 112 in Fairfield, Illinois, where he served for 17 years. He retired and moved to Wilma’s homeplace in Murray in 1985. Over the next several years, Ed kept busy working a variety of jobs from a night watchman to a building contractor. He spent many hours in his wood shop making things for his children, grandchildren and nearly everyone in town.  He never stopped helping people with projects. It was truly his pleasure to help.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elzie and Bessie Wiser; two sisters, Naomi Glenn and Valeria Wiser; a brother, Virgil "Pete" Wiser; and his son-in-law, Curt Ewing.

Ed is survived by children, Terry Wiser and wife Mary of Murray, Tammy Ewing of Paducah, Tim Wiser and wife Sarah of Mount Carmel, Illinois, Tonya Venters and husband John of Mount Juliet and Todd Wiser and wife Gina of Mount Juliet; a stepdaughter, Laura Raber and husband Bruce of Crestview, Florida; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Julia Vaughn of Manchester, Tennessee; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at the West Fork Cemetery with his nephew, Larry England, officiating. Due to the current pandemic of COVID-19, all attendees are required to practice social distancing and wear a facial covering.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203 or at

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

Pamela Hughes iobituary

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Pamela Hughes

Pamela Hughes, 72, of Murray, Kentucky, formerly of Paducah, Kentucky, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at Baptist Health in Paducah.  

Born Friday, April 30, 1948, in Paducah, to Jewell Hughes and Mary Gregory Hughes. 

She was a former employee of Briggs & Stratton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Michael Hughes.

Ms. Hughes is survived by her daughters, April Green Seay and husband Dale of Sedalia, and Kimberly Lynn Green and Robin Renee Green, both of Murray; a sister, Janice Jacobs of Paducah; seven grandchildren, Michael Shawn VonSchoech, Devon Thomas, Ryan Litchfield, Logan Thomas, Addyson Bebber, Romy Seay and Ryland Seay; and two great-grandsons.

A graveside service will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens of Paducah with Joel Frizzell officiating. 

Collier Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of arrangements.

Terryl Ross Smith obituary

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Terryl Ross Smith

Terryl Ross Smith, 76, of New Concord, Kentucky, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at 12:09 a.m. at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

He was a member of the Church in Paris of Paris, Tennessee. He attended Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, Indiana, and was a retiree of Cummins Engines where he was employed as an electrical analyst.  He was a member of the Cummins Retiree Group.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Smith and Juanita Hall Smith; one son, Jimmy Smith; and one daughter, Michelle Smith.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Rhonda McCorry Smith of New Concord; four daughters, Kim Smith of Lexington,  Eritrea Cooper of West Paducah and Brianna Hill and Jessica McCorry, both of Paducah;one son, Rhoden McCorry of Murray; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be livestreamed on Pettus-Rowland Funeral Home, LLC Facebook page at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, with Leon White officiating. A second memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at Ceraland Park in Columbus, Indiana.

Pettus-Rowland Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.

Walter K. Bradtke obituary

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Walter K. Bradtke

Walter K. Bradtke, 85, of Murray, Kentucky, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center in Paducah, Kentucky.

He was born Oct. 24, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, to Walter King Bradtke and Estella Rimkavich Bradtke.

He graduated from both Notre Dame and Michigan State University, and worked as a mental health clinician at St. Claire County Community Mental Health until retirement. He and his wife, Marion, are members of St. John Episcopal Church in Murray. They spent lots of time traveling the world, volunteering with activities at Spring Creek Healthcare and enjoying their time at the Murray-Calloway County Senior Citizens Center.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Darin Kindred.

Mr. Bradtke is survived by his wife, Marion Bradtke of Murray, whom he married Sept. 15, 1985; four sons, Mark Bradtke of Michigan, Stephen Bradtke, Kevin Bradtke and Gregory Kindred of Colorado; three daughters, Mary Karen Bradtke, Shawn Elizabeth Oppliger (Douglas) of Michigan and Heather LaChance (Jack) of Canada; a sister, Veronique Harlow of Illinois; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 1620 Main St., Murray, KY 42071, or the Murray-Calloway County Senior Citizens Center, 607 Poplar St., Murray, KY 42071.

Online condolences may be left at

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

Claudia Mae Holland Berry

Claudia Mae Holland Berry, 87, of Murray, Kentucky, formerly of Clinton, Kentucky, died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at her residence on Kentucky Lake. 

She was born Nov. 14, 1932, in Oakton, Kentucky. 

She was a member of Clinton First United Methodist Church, a homemaker, and an active leader in the blood bank and the Girl Scouts. She loved living at the lake and enjoyed crappie fishing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Jimmy” Berry Sr; her parents, Claude and Pearl Deweese Holland; a brother, Billy “Bubba” Holland; and a sister-in-law, Mary Holland.

Claudia is survived by her three children, Laura Suzanne Berry of Clinton, Elizabeth Ann Corbin and husband Keith of Fayetteville, Georgia, and James “Jimbo” Berry Jr. and wife Jeana of Clinton; seven grandchildren, Emily Barclay Ellington, Betsy (Kyle) Hopwood, Nick (Jessica) Barclay, Holly (Jeremy) Short, Abby (Troy) Brown, Becky (Tyler) Morrow and Kady (Wade) Adams; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at the Brown Funeral Home in Clinton with Greg Waldrop and John Varden officiating. Burial will follow in Clinton Cemetery. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Calloway County Fire-Rescue, 101 East Sycamore St., Murray, KY 42071; the Hickman County Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 29, Clinton, KY 42031, or 4UQ, c/o Andrea Williford, 165 Berry Road, Clinton, KY 42031.

Brown Funeral Home of Clinton is in charge of arrangements.


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