Obituaries week of 8-13-09

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Tommy Earl

Thomas Maxwell “Tommy” Earl, 84, of Madison, formerly of Vevay, passed away at 8:54 p.m. Wednesday, August 5th, 2009, in King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born February 5th, 1925, in Carrollton, Kentucky, the son of John T. and Nannie B. (Hughes) Earl, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Carrollton where he graduated high school. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy on June 4th, 1943, rising to the rank of Seaman First Class. He served at the USNTS at Great Lakes, Illinois and aboard the USS Richmond, during World War II. He was honorably discharged on February 17th, 1946, at Great Lakes, receiving the American Area Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal with one Bronze Star and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was united in marriage on August 17th, 1946, in Carrollton, to Norma Lowe. Unto this union three sons arrived to bless their home. They enjoyed 63 years of marriage together until his death.

He was employed as a supervisor for the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay, retiring in 1987, after 37 years and 10 months of service. He was formerly employed at Joseph E. Seagram and Sons Distillery in Lawrenceburg. He was a member of Madison VFW Post 1969 and the Carrollton Christian Church. He attended Hanover Baptist Church. He will be remembered for his love of UK basketball.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Lowe Earl of Madison; his sons, Gary D. Earl and wife Debra of Lexington, Kentucky, Anthony T. Earl and wife Debra of Madison and Greg S. Earl of Vevay; his grandchildren, Jonathan, Krystal, Matthew, Stacey and Kara; his great-grandchildren, Cassidy, Lily Lynn and Zoey; his sister, Viola Higgins of Madison; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Wilbur “Pete” Lowe and wife Carolyn of Vevay, Gayle Lowe of Center Square, and Wilma Hamaney and husband Dave of Parma, Ohio; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Thomas.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend J.D. Traylor Saturday, August 8th, in Vevay Cemetery with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Burial followed under the direction of Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Joyce Hart

Joyce Elaine (Lucas) Hart, 58, of Dupont, passed away at 6:05 p.m. Friday, August 7th, 2009, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born January 7th, 1951, in Madison, the daughter of Willie C. and Ellen Virginia (Caswell) Lucas, who both survive of Madison. She was raised in Madison and was a 1968 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School.

She was united in marriage on June 16th, 1974, to Raymond Faye Hart, Sr., in New Washington. Unto this union two daughters and a son arrived to bless their home.

She had attended Macedonia Baptist Church and was baptized on January 30th, 2009, by Chaplain Bill Arnold. She began working with the mentally handicapped in 1987, and most recently as a home manager for Rescare. She oversaw group homes in Dupont, Madison and Scottsburg. She enjoyed gardening, reading, gospel music and caring for her family.

Survivors in addition to her parents include her husband, Raymond Faye Hart, Sr., of Dupont; her daughters, Carrie Hart of Madison and Jayme Hart of Louisville; her son, Raymond F. Hart, Jr., of Chicago, Illinois; her sister, Sharon Taylor and husband Meredith of Lexington, Indiana; her brother, Steve Lucas and wife Barbara of Lexington; her grandsons, Cory, Lucas and Andy Fisher; her stepdaughters, Bonnie Hart and Gina Jenkins, both of Madison, Tammy Cook of Des Moines, Iowa, Joy Melinda Brent of Campbellsburg, Kentucky; her step-grandchildren, Tyler Cook, Brittin and Luke Jenkins, Leigh Ann and Wade Brent; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Jeremy Sells Tuesday, August 11th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joyce Elaine Hart Memorial Fund to benefit the Mentally Handicapped. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Karen Kinnett

Karen (Rolf) Kinnett, 68, of Aurora, passed away at 6:42 p.m. Friday, August 7th, 2009, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born April 6th, 1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Robert Henry and Rebekah Jane (Hartzler) Rolf. She was a retired office manager for The Survey Company of Lawrenceburg where she also worked as a project manager.

In December, 1964, she married Larry Kinnett, who survives.

Other survivors include her daughter, Rebekah Kinnett of Aurora and her brother, Tom Rolf of Cincinnati.

Funeral services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family with Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to he ASPCA or the Cincinnati Humane Society.

Gladys Phillips

Gladys (Halcomb) Phillips, 73, of Lancaster, Indiana, passed away at 2:51 p.m. Friday, August 7th, 2009, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born November 18th, 1935, in Whitesburg, Kentucky, the daughter of Kelley and Alberta (Ison) Halcomb, who both preceded her in death. She resided in early life until the age of five in Whitesburg and the family moved to Versailles. She resided in North Vernon for four years, moving to Lancaster in 1957. She was a 1972 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School and attended the nursing program at Ivy Tech. She was raised in the Dupont Baptist Church and had attended Lancaster Baptist Church. She was a member of Bible Baptist Temple in Lancaster.

She was united in marriage on May 4th, 1957, in Scottsburg to Morris L. Phillips, who survives.

She worked early in life for Thompson Ford in North Vernon. She later worked at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. She worked for 12 years at Muscatatuck State Hospital as a nurse. She enjoyed helping her husband with the farm. She enjoyed working word puzzles, gardening, quilting, playing the piano and square dancing.

Survivors in addition to her husband include her sons, Larry Richard Pruitt of Albany, Indiana, Lowell Eugene Phillips and Kelley Morris Phillips, both of Lancaster; her stepson, Larry William Phillips and wife Debbie of Lancaster; her stepdaughter, Linda Sue Botkins and husband Jim of Versailles, Kentucky; her sisters, Alma Miller of Lexington, Indiana and Thursa Selig of Dupont; her brothers, Wallace Halcomb of North Vernon, Frank Halcomb of Chillicothe, Ohio, and Robert Wayne Halcomb of Santa Claus, Indiana; her grandchildren, Shannon Pruitt, Jonathan Morris Phillips, Tony Michael Pruitt, Natalie Ann Pruitt, Samuel Thomas Pruitt and Justin Richard Pruitt; her great-grandchildren, Dakkan Anthony Pruitt, Kelsey Weiss, Brody Pruitt and Emma Reese Phillips; her step-grandchildren, Kimberly Wise, Jimmy Botkins and Chad Phillips; her step-great-grandchild, Joshua Wise; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her stepmother, Ethel Halcomb; her son, Tony Pruitt in 1991; her brother, Willis Halcomb; and her sister, Alice Morgan.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Dennis Ferguson Wednesday, August 12th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Dupont Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.