Casey  County Obituaries


Casey County Obituaries

Contributed By: Rochelle Riordan

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Thursday, December 14, 1978



"William Delain Sanders, 44, a successful Casey County farmer, died December 8, 1978 at the U.K. Hospital.

"He was the husband of Betty Rose McDonald, who survives.

"Also surviving are his parents, Wolford and Grace Walters Sanders and his four daughters. They are Glenda Sanders Wade of Rt. 1, Dunnville; Wilma Sanders Thomas, Lexington; Carla Jo and Teresa Elaine, at home. There is one grandchild, Lori Dawn Wade.

"Five brothers and sisters are left to mourn his death. They are Marcia Lee Morrow, of Pulaski, Ky.; Paula Bailey, Sommerset; Teddy Lewis Sanders, Science Hill; Norbert E. Sanders and Fletcher P. Sanders, both of Illinois.

"A Masonic Service was held Saturday for the deceased, a member of Casey Lodge 424 F&AM.

"Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 10, at the Oak Grove Baptist Church where Mr. Sanders was a member.

"Officiating was Rev. Jesse Parker.

"McKinney-Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), May 15, 1980


"Callie Myrtle Shaw, born November 27, 1896 at Phil, Ky., died May 11, 1980 at the Casey County Hospital where she had been a patient for one week. She was 83.

"She was the daughter of Fred and Mary Catherine Shaw, both deceased.

"Surviving are several nieces and nephews, and one sister, Sarah B. Bowmer of Liberty, Rt. 6.

"The deceased was a member of Thomas Ridge Christian Church, and a housekeeper.

"Funeral services were held at the McKinney-Brown Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, with the Rev. Chester Bottoms officiating.

"Burial was at Antioch Cemetery."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Thursday, June 25, 1959


"Frank Simpson, 66, of Gilpin, died at the McDowell Hospital at Danville on Friday morning of last week. He had been suffering from a heart condition for three years. He was born in Knox County.

"He was well known in the county for his imitation of animals, trains, and such things.

"He was the son of the late Calloway and Sallie Baker Simpson.

"He was married to Carrie Bowmer and they became the parents of six children, four of whom survive. They are Tunis Simpson, Danville, Russell Simpson, Gilpin; Pfc. Otis Simpson, Ft. Riley, Kan.; and Mrs. Josephine Black, Cincinnati. There are six grandchildren.

"He was a member of the Athens Church of Christ. He enlisted in World War I at Lexington on June 4, 1917, and was discharged on April 19, 1919. He served with Co. D, 149th Inf. and Co. B, 176th Inf. and was slightly wounded in action.

"Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Kelly Ellis in the South Fork Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon. A veteran's funeral squad from the county conducted military services at the South Fork Cemetery.

"Gosser-McKinney Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Thursday, January 28, 1968


"Mrs. Versa A. Singleton, born 67 years ago to George and Martha Bell Baldock at Calvary Ridge, Casey County, died January 4 at the Somerset City Hospital. She lived at Kings Mountain and was a member of the Christian Church. The funeral service was held there and interment was in the Grove Ridge Cemetery.

"She was the mother of Mrs. Harold McLaren, Fort Thomas, Mrs. John Grey Elliott, McKinney, Winfred Singleton, Southgate, and Revelle Singleton, Kings Mountain; and the grandmother of twelve.

"She was the sister of Mrs. Sadie Wheeler, Hustonville; Mrs. Vada Statham, and Hershel Baldock, Yosemite; Mrs. Gladys Ellison, Chester Baldock and Aron Baldock, Cincinnati."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Thursday, December 13, 1974 edition

   "JAMES SPAW, 87

"James Spaw of Bethelridge died December 4, 1979. He was 87.

"He was born in Casey County on September 24, 1892 to F.M. and Sarah Spaw, both deceased. He was married to Lola Elmore on Sept. 17, 1924, who survives. He was a farmer and member of the Mintonville Methodist Church.

"Also surviving are one son, Wallace Spaw of Bethelridge; two daughters, Willadean Davidson of Hammersville, Ohio and Grace Jeanette Spaw of Bethelridge and one grandchild.

"Funeral services were held at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home on Thursday, December 6 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Johnny Spaw officiating. Burial was in Spaw Cemetery.

"McKinney-Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Thursday, February 18, 1982


"Lola Ellen Spaw of Bethelridge died Feb. 15, 1982 at the Garrard County Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for two weeks. She was 74 years old.

"Mrs. Spaw was born in Casey County on March 20, 1907 to Marion and Flora Roberts Elmore, both deceased. She was married to James Spaw, who is also deceased.

"Survivors include: one son, Wallace Spaw of Bethelridge; two daughters, Grace Jeannette Spaw of Bethelridge and Willadean Davidson of Hammersville, Ohio; three brothers, Charlie Elmore of Liberty, Ethridge Elmore of Kings Mt., Ky., and Edgar Elmore of Walton, Ky.; one sister, Lucy Vest, Liberty; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

"One sister, Rosa Cochran, preceded her in death.

"Funeral services were held at the McKinney-Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. Bro. Johnny Spaw officiated. Burial was in the Spaw Cemetery."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Thursday, September 23, 1965


"Auda Statham, 67, for 35 years a Yosemite auto mechanic and service station owner, died of a heart attack early Tuesday evening at the Memorial Hospital at Danville. The attack came at 9:30 that morning. He had had mild attacks before, but was in good health for several years.

"Services will be Friday afternoon at 2:00 at the Green River Christian Church. Dr. L.C. Young and Rev. Tom Hart will officiate. Burial will be in the Middleburg Cemetery.

"He was born on December 26, 1897 in the Yosemite area, the son of Frank and Delia Durham Statham.

"He was married to Vada Baldock, who survives.

"He was the father of Capt. Laurel Statham, North Carolina; Mrs. Viola Hogue, Cincinnati; and Mrs. Vivian Patterson, Independence, Mo.

"Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY)

 "Vada Mae Statham, 73, Yosemite, died November 4 at Ephraim McDowell Hospital in Danville.

 "She was born at Yosemite on June 21, 1903, a daughter of George Baldock and the former Martha Bell Black, both deceased.

"She was married to Audie L. Statham on December 9, 1920 in Liberty and he preceded her in death on September 21, 1965.

"Survivors include two daughters, Viola Hogue of Cincinnati and Vivian Patterson, Harrodsburg; one son, Laurel L. Statham, Great Falls, Montana; one sister, Gladys Ellison, Cincinnati; three brothers, Chester and Aaron Baldock, both of Cincinnati, and Herschel Baldock, Yosemite.

"Funeral services were conducted at Green River Christian Church with Bro, Bob Underwood officiating. Burial was in Middleburg Cemetery.

"Miller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), July 1, 1987


"Alice Thomas of Liberty died Thursday, June 25, 1987 at the Summitt Manor Nursing Home in Columbia. She was 95 years old.

"Born in Casey County on Oct. 3, 1891, she was the daughter of Frank Wolford and Elnora Austin McDonald.

"She was a housewife and a member of the Dunnville Christian Church.

"Survivors include three sons, Therlow and C.J. Thomas, both of Liberty and Ralph Thomas of Inglewood, Calif.; four daughters, Margie LaFavers and Agnes White, both of Liberty, Elizabeth Terry of Dunnville and Opal McKeen of South Carolina; 20 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Bess Keith of Cincinnati.

"Funeral services were June 28 at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Murphy officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery.

"Pallbearers were Greg Neat, Gary Terry, Randy Thomas, Kendall Thomas, Ronald White and Todd Wilson."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY)


"Arvel Thomas, 61, died at the Somerset Hospital Saturday evening of last week. On Friday morning he had a stroke at his home at Windsor while attempting to tie his shoe.

"Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Cedar Springs Baptist Church. The Rev. Lonnie Meece officiated.

"He was born in Missouri after his parents migrated from Dunnville. His birthday was July 4, 1901. He was the son of Lilburn and Voda McFarland Thomas. The mother died of the flu after World War I. Mr. Thomas survives.

"The death of Arvel Thomas is the first among 13 children and only two deaths among 60 grandchildren and 60 great-grandchildren, as last reported. Mr. Lilburn Thomas, at 83, is now in Wilson Rest Home at Somerset and is ill.

"He is also survived by his wife, Erie Meece Thomas, and these children: Virginia, Georgia, Norris, Lowell, Jereldine, Juanita, and Mary.

"Also these brothers and sisters: Louie Thomas, Rantoul, Ill.; Beecher Thomas, Somerset; Roy Thomas, Loveland, Ohio; Noble Thomas, Font Hill; these sisters: Mrs. Mamie Garreau, San Francisco; Mrs. Ersie Riggins, Windsor.

"These four half brothers and sisters: Mrs. Louise Foreman, Somerset; Othello Thomas, Windsor; James Thomas, Cincinnati; and Mrs. Lynell Roberts, San Francisco. And a half step-brother, Ibis Withers, Phoenix, Ariz.

"There is one grandson.

"Burial was at Cedar Springs Cemetery."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Wednesday, September 12, 1984


"Blanch Maxine Thomas, Hustonville Street, Liberty, died Monday, Sept. 10, 1984 in Columbia. She was 65 years old.

"She was born in Casey County on July 9, 1919, the daughter of H.J. Thomas, deceased, and Alice McDonald Thomas, who survives in Liberty. She was a member of Dunnville Christian Church.

"Other survivors include three brothers, Therlow and C.J. Thomas, both of Liberty, and Ralph Thomas of Los Angeles, Calif.; four sisters, Margie LaFavers, Agnes White and Elizabeth Terry, all of Liberty, and Opal McKeen of Columbia, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

"The funeral will be today (Sept. 12) at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Bro. John Jones will officiate. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery.

"Pallbearers will be Mickey LaFavers, Todd Wilson, Kendall Thomas, Gary Terry, Randy Thomas and Ronald White."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Thursday, April 2, 1959


"Funeral services for Hannibal "Ham" Jones Thomas of Dunnville were still incomplete on Wednesday morning of this week.

"Mr. Thomas passed away at his home in Dunnville on Tuesday evening at 5:30 after an illness of about 15 months.

"Mr. Thomas lived his entire life in the county. He was born on Goose Creek on June 16, 1885, the son of James and Mary Ruberts Thomas.

"He was married to the former Alice McDonald, who survives, and they became the parents of 10 children. The children are: Mrs. Agnes White, Ralph Thomas, and Mrs. Opal McKeen, all of California; Mrs. Olan LaFavers, Liberty, Blanch and Mrs. Wilburn Neat, Dunnville; Mrs. Orville Terry, C.J. Thomas, and Thurlow Thomas, Liberty.

"The funeral will be held at the Dunnville Christian Church with the Revs. L.C. Young and Woodrow Damron officiating. Pall bearers will be Green Davis, Leland Ruberts, Paul Foster, Howard Tartar, Homer Terry, and Gene Smith.

"Other details may be had from Gosser Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY)(Undated clipping)


"Isaiah Jefferson Thomas died at the Casey County Hospital Wednesday night of last week from a heart condition and probable pneumonia. He suffered a stroke in March of 1962, and had been bedfast since that time.

"He was born Nov. 23, 1888, the son of John Wesley and Martha Wilkinson Thomas, and died February 20, 1963. Had he lived until November, he would have been 80 years old.

"When he was a young man, he obeyed the gospel and became a Christian. He spent his entire life in Casey County, on or near Goose Creek. He was a man well liked and respected by all who knew him. In his younger days, he was a successful farmer and timber man.

"On his 21st birthday, he was married to Miss Laura Meeks, of Pumpkin Chapel. They reared five sons and 3 daughters, and had a happy married life. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the old home place in 1954.

"Seven of their eight children are living, only Everett is dead. Those who survive are: Addis, Gary, Indiana; Ersie Walters, Pumpkin Chapel; Elsie Thomas, Teddy; Hardin, Lansing and Artie Beasley, of Cincinnati; and Olbin, Goose Creek. There are 16 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

"Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ building at Liberty, with Herbert Russell as minister.

"Burial was in the Thomas Ridge Cemetery, with McKinney Burton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY), Wednesday, September 25, 1985


"Laura Ann Thomas, Route 1, Dunnville, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 1985 at the Humana Lake Cumberland Hospital in Somerset. She was 98 years old.

"Born in Casey County on June 24, 1887, she was the daughter of the late Christopher and Isabelle McDonald Meeks Thomas. She was a homemaker and the widow of Isaiah Jefferson Thomas. She was also a member of Patterson Chapel Church of Christ.

"Survivors include six children, Elsie Thomas of Liberty, Ersie Walters and Olbin Thomas, both of Dunnville, Attice Thomas of Gary, Ind., and Hardin Thomas and Artie Beasley, both of Cincinnati; two brothers, Leslie Meeks of Cincinnati and Mulvie Meeks of Russell Springs; a sister, Hester Russell of Liberty; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

"Two children, Everette and Lansing Thomas, preceded her in death.

"The funeral will be today (Sept. 22) at 2 p.m. at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Herbert Russell officiating. Burial will be in the Thomas Ridge Cemetery."

"Casey County News" (Liberty, KY)


"Lilburn Thomas, 83, Windsor farmer, died at the Somerset Hospital on May 15.

"Funeral services were held at Cedar Springs Baptist Church on Friday of last week. Revs. Lonnie Meece and Sewell officiated.

"He was born on July 28, 1879, the son of James Land and Ann Luttrell Thomas.

"He was married to Voda McFarland, who died in 1918. To this union were born nine children; they are Beecher Thomas, Somerset; Louise Thomas, Ludlow, Ill.; Roy Thomas, Cincinnati; Willie Thomas, Windsor; Noble Thomas, Font Hill; Everett Thomas, Orlando, Fla.; Mrs. Mayme Garreau, San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. Ersie Riggins, Windsor. Another son, Arvel Thomas, died a few weeks ago.

"He was later married to Susie Withers, who died in 1960. To this marriage four children were born. They are Mrs. Louis Foreman, Somerset; Mrs. Lynell Roberts, Merced, Calif.; James Thomas, Cincinnati; and Othello Thomas, Windsor.

"Also surviving are 55 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; a brother, Squire Thomas, Westline, Mo.; and four sisters, Mrs. Dollie Thomas, Westline, Mo.; Mrs. Montie Patterson, Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Sallie Rush, California; and Mrs. Lou Luttrell, Indiana.

"He was a charter member and served as a deacon of the Cedar Springs church, which was established in 1934.

"Burial was at Cedar Springs. Bearers were his grandsons, Gerald, David P., Norris, Jack, Earl and Ardie Thomas, L.T. Roy, and Jerry Riggins.

"Rippetoe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."