Adair County Obituaries & Death Certificates
The 'Russell County News'
March 12, 1942, page one
Newt Bryant Funeral Held Monday
Newton Bryant, formerly of Esto, this county, died at his home near
Providence church last Sunday morning, March 8, of a paralytic stroke.
The deceased was 76 years and is survived by his wife and three sons,
Adrian, who is serving in the U.S. Army, and Alvin and Edwin, who were
with their parents. He is also survived by a brother, Kent Bryant, of
Funeral services were held Monday with burial in Mt. Pleasant cemetery
[Russell County] near esto.
Transcriber's note: The KY death record abstracts give his name as
William N. Bryant, the place of residence and place of death as Adair
County, and his age as 75. Providence Church is located in Adair County,
almost literally within shouting distance of the Russell-Adair Co. line.
Arlen N. Cape
The 'Russell County News'
March 12, 1942, page eight
Melson Ridge Soldier Killed in Wreck
Arlen N. Cape, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cape of Melson Ridge, was
killed in an auto accident at camp Custer, Michigan, last Saturday. Cape
was a corporal in the U.S. Army.
Cape is survived by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Funeral
services were held March 10, conducted by Rev. Clury Grider, with burial
in the family cemetery.
Rev. C. F. Breeding
The 'Russell County News'
19 March 1942, page one
Rev. C.F. Breeding Victim of Paralysis in Adair County
Rev. C.F. [Charles] Breeding, 80 years old, well-known Baptist
minister, died at his home in the Roy section of Adair county, Monday
morning, March 16, a victim of paralysis.
Rev. Breeding was serving his fourth term as surveyor of Adair county,
and was a prominent Mason.
He is survived by one grand-daughter, Mrs. Nina Breeding Sullivan, and
three sisters, Mrs. Belle Coffey and Mrs. Etta Boling of Russell Springs
and Mrs. Katherine Foley of webbs Cross Roads.
Funeral services, conducted by Rev. S.B. Rowe, were held at Freedom
church, Tuesday at 10:00 A.M., with burial in Freedom cemetery.
The 'Russell County News'
19 March 1942, page 8
Martin Redmon Dies in Adair County
Martin Redmon, 90-odd years of age, and one of Adair county's oldest
citizens, died at his home near Garlin, Saturday, March 14, of
complications incident to old age.
He is survived by his wife and two sons, George redmon, of Columbia
and Luther Redmon, of Tarter.
Funeral services were held Sunday with burial in the family cemetery
near the home of the deceased.
The 'Russell County News'
Thursday, April 16, 1942, page one
Waller Holliday, 67 years old, well-known citizen of Adair county,
died at his home near White Oak [Adair County], Wednesday, April 1.
Besides his wife, he is survived by several children, two brothers and
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H.J. Conover with burial
following, Thursday, April 2.
Rippetoe funeral home was in charge of arrangements.
The 'Russell County News'
Thursday, April 23, 1942, page three
Chance Citizen Commits Suicide
(Reprinted from the 'Adair County News')
Wesley McIntire, 46, committed suicide at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon at
his home near Chance by shooting himself in the chest with a shotgun.
Ill health was given as the reason for the act.
An inquest was held by Coroner Arbie Sparks.
Mr. McIntire is survived by his wife, six children and his
step-mother, Mrs. Rena McIntire. Mrs. Luther Wheat of this city is a
half-sister of the deceased.
Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at Emery's
Chapel, conducted by Rev. W.H. Hale. Burial was in the McGinnis
Transcriber's note: The article incorrectly states Mrs. Luther Wheat was
a half-sister of the deceased. Arrena 'Rena' Melson first married Martin
Wheat, and they were the parents of Luther Wheat (who married Maude
Hale). Around 1903, Arrena and Martin divorced, and she later married
Mr. L.M. McIntire, Wesley's father. Therefore, Wesley McIntire and
Luther Wheat -- not Luther's wife -- were 'related' by marriage; i.e.,
they were step-brothers. The minister who conducted the funeral service, W.H. (William Henry Hale), was Maude (Mrs. Luther) Wheat's father.
The KY death record abstracts give his death date as 3 April 1942.
Bettie Wheeler Yarberry
The 'Russell County News'
Thursday, June 4, 1942, page one
Mrs. Yarberry Dies at 90, Near Montpelier
Mrs. Bettie Wheeler Yarberry, 90 years old on May 8, 1942, died at her
home at Montpelier, Sunday, May 31, and was buried at Antioch church,
near Sparksville, Ky., June 2 at 2:00 P.M.
By request of the deceased more than 15 years ago, her grandson, the
Rev. Simpson B. Rowe, of Russell Springs, conducted the funeral.
Mrs. Yarberry professed faith in Christ at the age of 11 years and
united with the Big Creek Baptist church, which was organized by her
father, later moving her membership to to Harrods Fork Baptist church.
She was a faithful member until the end. A good woman has gone and the
world is made poorer by her passing.
The 'Russell County News'
Thursday, August 3, 1939, page four
Adair County Man Meets tragic Death
Mr. Charlie Herreford, about 45 years of age, of Crocus, Ky., was the
victim of a run-a-way team accident last week*. The team used by Mr.
Herreford in the hay field because [sic] frightened when Mr. Herreford
attempted to mount one of the animals and became entangled in one of the
chains and was unable to free himself the team running away, dragging
him about three-quarters of a mile. He was dead when the team was
stopped. Mr. Herredford was the son-in-law of Mr. B.S. Miller, of
Crocus, and was a splendid citizen. His death brings sadness to the
[* Although the article says the accident occurred 'last week', it
actually occurred on Friday, July 21.]
A. B. Collins
Russell County News
April 9, 1942, page three
from the Adair County News)
G.M. Stevenson Loses Brother and Sister
March 8th Mrs. G.M. Stevenson had a message stating that her brother, Mr. A.B.
Collins, had passed away at is home in Alamo, Texas following a stroke of
paralysis. He was 78 years old and a native of Russell County.
Collins is survived by his wife, Mrs. Amanda Perryman Collins, also a native of
Russell County; two sons, Dr. Ray Collins of Houston, Texas, and Carlos Collins,
and one daughter, Mrs. Beulah Williams, of New Mexico.
March 17, Mrs. Stevenson received a message bearing the sad news that her
sister, Mrs. J.B. ['Lizzie'] Wheat of Jamestown, Ky., had passed away after an
illness of only a few days.
Wheat was 81 years old last July.
Collins and Mrs. Wheat were both devout members of the Baptist church.
Wheat is survived by three children, two daughters, Mrs. James Cox, of Gravel
Switch, Ky., and Mrs. J.B. Grider of Los Angeles, Calif., and one son, Mr.
Luther Wheat of Washington, D.C.
Wheat and Mr. Collins are also survived by one brother, Mr. Uriah Collins, of
Alamo, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Susie Antle, of Montpelier, and Mrs. G.M.
Stevenson of Columbia.
Rev. A.P. White
'Russell County News', Thursday, July 30, 1942, page five.
Rev. A.P. White Dies At Columbia
Rev. Aaron P. White, 62 years old, president of Lindsey Wilson Junior
College, died at his home in Columbia, Wednesday, July 22. He had been
critically ill for several weeks.
Rev. White was a native of Texas, but had been a citizen of Columbia
since 1923. He became president of Lindsey Wilson in 1932, and the
school had prospered under his management...
Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Misses Mary
Elizabeth and Ruth White.
Funeral services were held at 3:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the
Methodist church in Columbia with burial in the Columbia cemetery.
'Russell County News', Thursday, October 22, 1942, page one
Will Diddle's Father Dies in Nashville
J.A. Diddle, father of Will Diddle, died in a Nashville hospital last
week. He was a native of Adair county, but for several years had resided
in Logan county. He was around 80 years old and was a splendid Christian
The funeral was held held at Mt. Zion church, west of Gradyville, with
burial in the church cemetery.
Rev. J.C. Ashley
'Russell County News', Thursday, November 5, 1942, page 8
Pioneer Christian Minister Buried at Cane Valley
'Rev. J.C. Ashley, veteran Christian church minister, well-known in
[Russell] county, was buried Sunday afternoon in the Cane Valley, Adair
county, cemetery.' [The KY death record abstracts give his name as
Jackson C. Ashley, his age as 80, his residence and the place of death
as Taylor County, and the date of death as October 30.]
Judge T.A. Murrell
'Russell County News', Thursday, November 26, 1942, page one
Judge T.A. Murrell Dies in Louisville
Judge T.A. [Thomas A.] Murrell, 70 years old, prominent Columbia
citizen, died in Louisville, where he had gone on business Sunday night,
Nov. 16, of a heart attack.
Judge Murrell was well-known here [Jamestown, Russell County] where he
visited often, looking after his insurance business.
He served a term as county judge of Adair county and served as
assistant postmaster at Columbia and was deputy count court clerk for
He was a member of the Presbyterian church.
Funeral services were held at Columbia, Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 2:00
P.M. Burial was in the Columbia city cemetery.
Mrs. Mattie Bailey
'Russell County News', Thursday, November 19, 1942, page 6
In the West Russell Springs community newsletter:
The death angel visited in this section and claimed as its victim Mrs.
Mattie Bailey. She passed away peacefully at her home. She will be
missed in her community and by her friends and relatives. She was the
wife of C.H. Bailey and mother of G.O. Bailey, Tim Bailey, Mrs. Ted
Grahl and Laura Laura Williams.
Transcriber's note: The KY death record abstracts give her middle
initial as 'S.', her age as 72, her place of residence and the place of
death as Adair County, and the death date as November 3, 1942.
Mrs. Matilda Frances Flowers
'Russell County News', Thursday, August 13, 1942
Mrs. Flowers Dies at Home of Daughter Here
['This city' refers to Jamestown, Russell County, KY.]
Mrs. Matilda Frances Flowers, about 72 years old, died at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Veston Holt, and Mr. Holt in this city Sunday evening
about 8:00 following an illness which proved fatal in about 30 minutes.
Mrs. Flowers had been a member of the Baptist church for about 50
years, and was a true Christian, loved and esteemed by all who knew her.
She had been twice married, her first husband's family name was Bragg.
To this union three children were born: Mrs. Sallie McCandless of
Louisville, who died 5 years ago, Mrs. Maggie Hoy of McGregor, Texas,
and Mrs. Emma Holt of this city. Mrs. Walter McKinney of this city is a
stepdaughter. Twelve grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services were held at Gradyville Baptist church Tuesday at
10:00 a.m., conducted by Rev. J.E. Stotts, with burial in a cemetery six
miles west of Gradyville.
Pruitt funeral home of this city had charge of arrangements.
An article reprinted from the 'Adair County News', written by Mrs. W.S.
Baker, appeared in the August 27th issue of the 'Russell County News',
page six. This article refers to the deceased as 'Mrs. W.P. Flowers' and
states 'Her remains were laid to rest in the Moore Cemetery, near Big
Transcriber's note: There is a William Porter Flowers (1870-1939) buried
in the same cemetery.
Ona Mae Gentry
'Russell County News'
Thursday, January 7, 1943
Mrs. Gentry's Funeral Held January 1
Mrs. Ona Mae Gentry, 61 years old, wife of Charles E. Gentry, died at
the family home near Bethel church, December 31 , following a
Mrs. Gentry was a splendid Christian woman and had many friends in the
section where she resided.
She is survived by her husband and five children. Four children
preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 1, conducted by Rev. John
Miller at Bethel church. Burial was in the Bethel cemetery with Rippetoe
funeral home [of Russell Springs] in charge of the remains.
The bereaved family has the heartfelt sympathy of the entire
The KY death record abstracts note that Mrs. Gentry lived in Adair
County, and that her death occurred there as well. Both her death record
abstract and the birth record abstracts of several of her children
indicate her first name was Ora, rather than Ona as given in the
Bethel church and cemetery, usually referred to as Bethlehem, are
located in Russell County on Highway 80, quite literally within shouting
distance of the Russell-Adair County line.
U.L. [Uriah] Antle
'Russell County News', Thursday, March 4, 1943, page one
U.L. Antle Dies in Louisville Hospital
U.L. [Uriah] Antle, prominent citizen of Columbia, died in St. Joseph
hospital in Louisville last Saturday morning following a lingering
illness. Mr. Antle was a splendid Christian gentleman and an active
member of the Baptist church. He is survived by several children, Mrs.
Edgar Lacy of [Jamestown], being one of the number.
Funeral services were held in Columbia March 1, with burial in the
Columbia cemetery at 11 o'clock.
(The KY death record abstracts give his age as 71 and the death date as
27 February 1943. Uriah was the son of George and Rachel Antle and grandson of Henry Antle Jr.)
'Russell County News', Thursday, May 6, 1943.
G.R. Reed, Insurance Man, Dies at Columbia
G.R. Reed, prominent insurance man and well-known [in Jamestown], died
of a heart ailment at his home in Columbia at 5:30 P.M., Friday, April
29. He was 54 years old and had been in ill health since last July.
He was a member of the insurance firm of Reed Bros., and until a few
years ago, did quite a lot of business in [Russell] County.
In addition to his insurance business, he engaged in the lumber and
sawmill business and also owned a farm near Columbia. He was also a
director of the Bank of Columbia.
[The KY death record abstracts give his name as George R. Reed and the
death date as 30 April 1943.]
Rev. Virgil Tapscott
'Russell County News', Thursday, April 11, 1940
Rev. Virgil Tapscott Died March 28th
Rev. Virgil Tapscott, 43, minister of the Church of God died Thursday
afternoon, March 28, at his home in Adair county, near George Bailey's
store... He was a very able preacher and had many friends. He was a
victim of cancer of the stomach. Besides his wife, he is survived by
eight children, four sons and four daughters.
Funeral services conducted by Rev. G.L. Cravens, were held at Freedom
Church Friday afternoon, March 29th at 2:00 with burial following in the
'Russell County News', Thursday, June 6, 1940
Matilda Huckaby Passed Away June 1
Mrs. Matilda Jane Huckaby, 61 years, 10 months and 15 days old, widow
of George W. Huckaby, passed away at her home in Adair County, near
Bethel* Church, Saturday, June 1. She was a victim of acute cardiac
asthma. She was a member of the Separate Baptist Church at Bethel and a
splendid Christian woman.
She is survived by five sons and five daughters, the sons acting as
Funeral service which was largely attended was held at Bethel Church
Sunday afternoon June 2, conducted by Rev. H.C. Moxley, of Casey County,
with burial in following in the Bethel Cemetery.
The H.E. Pruitt Funeral Home of this city had charge of the remains.
* This apparently refers to Bethlehem Church, which is located quite
literally within shouting distance of the Adair-Russell County line.
Rev. N.R. Roach
The 'Russell County News', Thursday, August 15, 1940
Rev. N.R. Roach Died Tuesday
Rev. N.R. Roach, well-known Baptist minister, of Adair county, died
Tuesday morning of this week in Columbia. He was 85 years old and had
been in declining health for the past two years. Rev. Roach was pastor
of Baptist Churches in Russell county for several years and had many
friends here who wil be sorry to hear of his passing. [The KY death
record abstracts give his name as Nim R. Roach.]
Kate Curtis Walker
Russell County News, Thursday, May 25, 1939
Doc Walker Died At Columbia May 19
Mrs. Kate Curtis Walker, age 43, wife of Doc Walker, Columbia, Ky, died
suddenly Friday morning at 11:00 o'clock, May 19, while at her desk in Russell
& Co. store. Mrs. Walker had a very likable disposition and had many
friends. She is survived by her mother, three sisters and two brothers of
Funeral services were conducted at the Presbyterian church, Columbia, Ky., Sunday afternoon at 2:30. A large number attended the funeral and the floral offering was immense. Burial was in the city cemetery at Columbia.
Mrs. Cretia Prock
Russell County News, Thursday, April 13, 1939
J.O. Prock Passed Away Wednesday
Mrs. Cretia Prock, wife of James O. Prock, who formerly lived at
Jamestown, but who now resides in Adair County, was reported to be in serious
condition and not expected to live.
Later: Since the above was put in type, word came to this office that
Mrs. Prock died Wednesday.
Schuyler C. Neat
Russell County News, Thursday, February 9, 1939
Neat Called by Death
Mr. Schuyler C. Neat, who was well-known in this county, died at his home in Columbia last Monday following a lingering illness. For many years Mr. Neat made this territory as a grocery salesman, later he was elected County Court Clerk of Adair County and was Master Commissioner of the Adair Circuit Court.
Hon. W.A. Coffey
Russell County News, Thursday, February 2, 1939
Coffey Died At Columbia Tuesday
Hon. W.A. Coffey, Commonwealth's Attorney of this district, died at his home in Columbia Tuesday, following a lingering illness. Mr. Coffey's many friends throughout this section will be sorry to hear of his passing.
'Russell County News', March 11, 1943
Infant of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Conover Dies
The death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Conover on
March 6 and claimed for its vicitm their infant daughter, who was only a
few hours old. The burial took place at Bethlehem cemetery March 7, with
Bro. M.O. Wilson in charge of the service.
... -- Contibuted
Transcriber's note: The KY death record abstracts give the infant's name
as Janett L. Conover, and her residence and the place of death as Adair
County. The KY birth record abstracts indicate that Janett was born in
Adair County, and that Mrs. Conover's maiden name was Eva Grider.
Bethlehem church and cemetery are in Russell County, just inside the
Adair-Russell County line.
Female, white, married
Date & place of birth: 30 December 1849 KY
Date & place of death: 31 March 1926 Dirigo (Elroy voting pct.), Adair Co. KY
Age: 77 years, three months, one day
Father's name & birth place: Warfiled Estes, KY
Mother's maiden name & birth place: [first name not given] McKinney, KY
Informant: V.W. Campbell, Dirigo, KY
Cause of death: 'paralysis (died almost sudden)'
Attending physician: 'no physician'
Date & place of burial: 1 April 1926, McGlasson cemetery
Undertaker: Stotts and Williams, Dirigo, KY
Other: Adair County marriage records indicate Warfield Estes m. Mary Ann McKinney, 1840.
The 'Russell County News', April 29, 1943, in the Sano community
Our community was shocked Thursday, April 15, 1943, when the death
angel visited the home of Quince Coffey and claimed for its own his
beloved wife, Mary E., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Hadley, born April
7, 1890 [sic], making her 42 years and 8 days old... She leaves a
husband, father and mother, four brothers, Mont, Claud, Bell, Icsum
Hadley, three sisters, Mrs. Lula Coffey, New Berlin, Ill., Mrs. Martha
Carr, Rantoul, Ill., and Miss Nannie Lee Hadley, Russell Springs. The
funeral was held at Free Union church where she was a member. Rev. Carl
Loy preached the funeral and the remains were laid to rest in the church
cemetery. I wish to express sympathy to all, especially her aged parents
who were not able to attend the funeral. Grissom funeral director [of
Columbia] was in charge.
Transcriber's note: The KY death record abstracts also give Mrs.
Coffey's age as 42. Her gravemarker at Free Union cemetery, Adair
County, gives her birthdate as 7 April 1901.