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Bertha Johnson

May 04, 1944 - Sep 27, 2023

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Dawson Springs, KY

Bertha Lee Johnson, age 79, of Dawson Springs, KY passed away on Monday, September 25, 2023 at her home. Ms. Johnson was born on May 4, 1944 in Madisonville, KY to the late Pearley Lee O'Bryan and Dolly Barton O'Bryan. She worked for eight years at the Dawson Springs Nursing Home where she was a Medicine Tech. Ms. Johnson is survived by a daughter, Melinda Johnson of Caldwell County near Dawson Springs, KY; two sons, George Edward "Eddie" Johnson, Jr. (Daphne) of Madisonville, KY and Randy Johns...Read More

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Kathy Sue Parsons

Feb 24, 1967 - Feb 28, 2024

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Dawson Springs, KY

Kathy Sue Parsons, age 57, of Dawson Springs, KY, passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2024 at her residence. Mrs. Parsons was born on February 24, 1967 in Philadelphia, PA.. She was a 1984 graduate of Dawson Springs High School and was an elementary and middle school teacher. Mrs. Parsons had a Masters degree in education and was a reading specialist. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Dawson Springs, KY. She is survived by her husband of 35 years ~ Scotty Ray Parsons of Dawson Springs, KY; two daughters ~ Miranda Parsons and Cynthia Parsons both of Dawson Springs, KY; her father ~ Virgil Kimmel of Dawson Springs, KY; a sister ~ Kala Kimmel of Dawson Springs, KY; two grandchildren ~ Kiron and Aurianne Browning. She was preceded in death by her mother, Susie Bell Kimmel. Visitation for Mrs. Kathy Sue Parsons will be Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM and on Tuesday, March 6, 2024 from 11:00 AM until the funeral hour of 2:00 PM at Beshear Funeral Home in Dawson Springs, KY. Dr. Milton West and Elder Jeff Winfrey will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Rosedale Cemetery in Dawson Springs, KY. Pallbearers will be Joey McCuiston, Carlton McCuiston, Steve Vaughn, Grant McCuiston, Nicholas Hildebrand and Ross Workman.

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James Glen Lewis

Oct 06, 1938 - Jan 31, 2024

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Dawson Springs, KY

James Glen Lewis, age 85, of Dawson Springs, KY passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at his residence. Mr. Lewis was born on October 6, 1938 in Harlan County, KY to the late Homer Lewis and Eva Morgan Lewis. He served his country in the United States Army as a 101st Airborne Air Trooper. Mr. Lewis was a heavy equipment operator and strip miner and was a member of the UMWA. He was a member at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Christian County, KY.Survivors include his wife of 65 years ~ Peggy Reece Lewis of Dawson Springs, KY; a daughter and son-in-law ~ Terri and Jeff Bryant of Madisonville, KY; a son and daughter-in-law ~ Randy and Kim Lewis of Dawson Springs, KY; a granddaughter ~ Amanda Lewis Dame and one great-grandson ~ Ryker Dame. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister ~ Helen Green and a brother ~ Phil Lewis.There will be a graveside service for James Glen Lewis on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Macedonia Cemetery in Christian County, KY at 1:00 P.M. Rev. Bill Crick will officiate the service.Active pallbearers will be: Randy Lewis, Jack Reece, Jimmy Dale Dillingham, Jeff Bryant, Patrick Russell and Jason McCraw. Ryker Dame will be an honorary pallbearer.

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Darla Suzette Holt

Feb 20, 1968 - Feb 15, 2024

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Dawson Springs, KY

Darla Suzette Holt, age 55, of Dawson Springs passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at her residence. Mrs. Holt was born on February 20, 1968 in Madisonville, KY to the late Herman Ferguson and Ruth Edna Marks. She was a member of Dawson Springs Baptist Temple in Dawson Springs and was a beloved wife and foster mother. She is survived by her husband ~ Jimmy Holt of Dawson Springs, KY; 2 daughters ~ Courtney Holt of Dawson Springs, KY and Stephanie Shaw of Eddyville, KY; sisters ~ Paula Aiken of Oregon, Tammy Newberry and Pam Ferguson both of Dawson Sprigs, KY; a brother ~ Mark Ferguson of Nortonville, KY; four grandchildren ~ Levi Holt, William Lowe, Jr., Sawyer Dillingham and Tommy Shaw, Jr.Mrs. Holt was preceded in death by her parents; a son ~ Matthew Ray Holt; a grandson ~ Shane Shaw; a sister ~ Claudette Hancock, and a brother ~ Michael Ferguson. Services for Mrs. Darla Suzette Holt will be private. Burial will be at McKnight Cemetery in Christian County at a later date.

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Sandra Dawn Brown

May 02, 1961 - Feb 18, 2024

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Dawson Springs, KY

Sandra Dawn Brown, age 62, of Dawson Springs, KY, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at her residence. Ms. Brown was born on May 2, 1961 in Madisonville, KY to the late Amos Lawrence Sizemore, Jr. and Maybelle McKnight Sizemore. She was a mother and homemaker and was a member of Ilsley Christian Church. She is survived by two daughters ~ Candis Perkins of St. Charles, KY and Brandy De Los Santos of Hopkinsville, KY; a son ~ Christopher Goodaker and his wife, Holly Goodaker, who is serving in the United States Army; a sister ~ Perneicia "Penny" Sizemore of Madisonville, KY; three brothers ~ James Norman Sizemore of Dawson Springs, KY, Bruce Sizemore of Murray, KY and Phillip Sizemore of Dawson Springs, KY; ten grandchildren ~ Abigail Goodaker, Isley Goodaker, Tyler Bivins, Benito De Los Santos, Kristopher De Los Santos, Isabella De Los Santos, Gracen Wilson, Shane Hopper, Cody Goodaker and Dakota Goodaker; one great-grandchild ~ Amara Hopper. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother ~ Roger Sizemore. Visitation for Ms. Sandra Dawn Brown will be Sunday, February 25, 2024 from 1:00 PM until the Memorial Service time of 3:00 PM at Beshear Funeral Home in Dawson Springs, KY. Bro. Dennis Mosby will officiate the service.

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Ruby W. Poe

Oct 30, 1930 - Feb 24, 2024

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Dawson Springs, KY

Ruby W. Poe, age 93, passed peacefully at his home, on Saturday, February 24, 2024. He was born October 30, 1930, in Olney, Ky, to the late David Moody and Ollie Calvert Poe. Ruby was a 1948 graduate of Charleston High School and attended Western KY Teachers’ College, where he met the love of his life, Elaine Davis. He began teaching in a one room school house in Daniel Boone, KY, lodging with the Boodalum Blain family and then at St Charles School. He then entered the US Army, serving in Panama from 1952-1953. He had the privilege of riding the Battleship Valley Forge thru the Panama Canal. After his military service, He married the late Elaine Davis in January of 1954. Deciding that "teaching" was not for him, he went to work for the Illinois Central Railroad, on the recommendation of George Quiggins. His first work for the railroad was at the Dawson Springs Train Station, where he had to learn to telegraph using Morse code. He became a prolific telegrapher and worked his way up to a traveling train agent, where he gained great respect from his fellow railroaders. As an operator, he was elected as local chairman for the union. His education, attention to detail, fastidiousness; work ethic, and pleasant demeanor were noted by his supervisors. They soon made him Supervising Agent for the Kentucky Division. The railroad, in order to trim costs, closed several agencies and implemented a program installing mobile Customer Service Agents for a specified territory. The Company needed Ruby to train, audit, and guide the employees on this new endeavor. Shortly after this was completed, the Illinois Central wanted to bring in computers. This would change the way waybills and switch lists were prepared, and allow information to flow from one location to the next point. Once again, he was tagged to be on the ground level training, guiding, and supervising. He attended meeting in Chicago and the brass at headquarters were impressed by his ability and work ethic to get the job done. They offered him a better position at headquarters; however; his first duty was to serve the Lord; second to provide for his family; the Railroad was third. He never went to any other position that required moving. Several years passed and the company began selling properties to other entities which would operate as a short line. Ruby and other would work to make the transition as smooth as possible. Also, the railroad expanded his territory; at one time or other, he covered areas from Fulton to Champaign, Fulton to Woodstock, the line to Indianapolis, the line to Kansas City, and the line to Birmingham, AL. He was always auditing, training, and supervising from Monday through Friday, and usually in the office on Saturday. In 1986 two entrepreneurs bought the Kentucky Division and formed what is currently the Paducah and Louisville Railway. They made the announcement in February, and the operations began in August. Ruby loved getting involved with all the details and seeing this company get off the ground. During this time, he provided guidance to many who were hired in this new company. He was probable the most valuable because of his vast knowledge and willingness to help everyone who was putting forth effort. One Saturday he received a call from a yard clerk, asking the question about performing a certain task. He listened, then asked; "How long would it take you to do this?" The answer was about 20-25 minutes. Ruby’s response: "If you want 100% of the pay, do 100% of the work." You’ve been on the phone for 18 minutes, if you hadn’t called, you would have been finished in the next two minutes. Ruby decided in November 1986 that he needed to spend more time at home; he took an operator position at Princeton second shift, where he finished his Railroad life. We’ve heard it said that you catch a fish and have a meal, or you can teach a person to fish and have a lifetime skill. Ruby Woodburn Poe spent his career dedicated to the Illinois Central, Illinois Central Gulf and the Paducah and Louisville. He retired in January 1991, after 42 years of service, never missing a day of work due to illness. He gave everyone the utmost respect whether you were in a lowly or a very high position. He was diligent in training, guiding, and supervising those of involved in tariff interpretations, application of charges, waybill and witching preparations, car distribution and many other railroad functions. Physically he wasn’t a big man; however; this humble servant made giant contribution to those companies mentioned. One man said, "It was an absolute privilege and pleasure to know and work with him." After railroad retirement he went to work for the South Hopkins Water District, retiring after 25 years, with the same dedication he gave to the railroad. He knew "every" water line, the size of the pipe and where every connection and hydrant were. He was often kidded that his head stone would be a fire hydrant.Ruby was a lifelong member of Adriel Baptist Church, serving there in many positions during his life, including Deacon for over 75 years. He loved the Lord and the Church. He was loved and respected by many, and touched many lives.He is preceded in death by his wife, Elaine, on 11-14-2005, a beloved son-in -law, a great-great grandson, his parents and all of his siblings being 3 sisters and 2 brothers. He and Elaine had 4 children, whom he is survived by. Elaine Charisse Knight, Randy (Sandi) Poe, Margaret (Ray) Purdy and Kim (Steve) Gilliam. He is survived by 6 grandchildren, Jessica, Chris, Taylor, Angel, Chele and Olivia, 15 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. He was loved and adored by all, and was affectionally known as "Papaw Poe". He is also survived by a host of cousins, nieces and nephews, a brother-in-law and a multitude of friends.Services for Mr. Poe will be on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Beshear Funeral Home in Dawson Springs. Visitation starting at 11, with the funeral at 2 pm.Officiating the services will be his Pastor of the last 20 years, Bro. David Frisby.Pallbearers will be Chris Poe, Zack Skimehorn, Josh Franklin, Gauge Weatherwax, Jed Killough, and Patrick Bean. Honorary Pallbearers will be, Jon Blalock, Billy Parrish, Jim Holloway, Bob Tucker and Ron CoatsBuriel will follow at McNeely CemeteryIn lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Gideons’, Door of Hope, DAPS, Hopkins County Food Bank, or Hopkins County Humane Society

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Alexander Frazier McKane

Jan 08, 1946 - Feb 23, 2024

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Dawson Springs, KY

Alexander Frazier McKane, was the fourth child born to the late Iola and Julius McKane Sr. in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 8, 1946. On Friday, February 23, 2024 he died peaceably.Alexander joined St. Stephen Baptist Church at the early age of fourteen and attended faithfully with his parents and his three brothers and three sisters.Alexander attended Louisville Public Schools. He was a pianist and played for the Parkland Junior High School Glee Club and was a salesperson for the Louisville Defender and delivered Jet Magazines.Alexander was an avid bicyclist and was proud of his “21” inch Schwinn bicycle that he purchased with his earnings. One of his hobbies was tinkering in mechanics and electronics. He loved to read and one of his favorite magazines was “Popular Mechanics”, where he learned to build a short-wave radio in his teens and loved working on his bicycle. One of his teachers wrote in his school memoirs from 6th Grade at California Elementary, “Your ability to do mechanical work will be a great asset to you in life. Keep up the good work!” Mrs. AshHe took piano lessons on Saturdays and enjoyed being around his family along with his sisters and brothers.Alexander is predeceased by his parents, Iola and Julius McKane Sr; brothers, Julius McKane Jr. and Timothy A. McKane.He is survived by his sisters, Abigail Taylor, Katherine Haynes (Henry), Corydon, IN and Cynthia Ford, Jeffersonville, IN, one brother, Victor McKane (Carena) of Imor, South Carolina, several nieces and nephews and all the nurses, doctors and staff at the Tradewater Pointe Health & Rehabilitation Center in Dawson Springs, KY. Visitation Monday March 4, 2024, 11AM followed by service at 12PM at Hathaway & Clark Funeral Home Chapel, 2718 Virginia Avenue Louisville, KY 40211.

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Vada Duncan

Aug 06, 1930 - Feb 21, 2024

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Dawson Springs, KY

   Vada Duncan, 93 of Manitou, KY passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at Dawson Springs Health and Rehab.   Mrs. Duncan was born in Hopkins County, KY to the late Holeman Walker and Pauline Daves Walker. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ray Duncan; and two brothers, Robert Walker and Edward Walker.   Vada made her living as a homemaker and was a member of Concord General Baptist Church in Manitou. She was a member of a gospel quartette for many years and also played piano at church. She loved to spend time gardening with flowers and sewing handmade quilts.   She is survived by her sons, Dennis (Marsha) Duncan of Manitou and Darren (Linda) Duncan of Manitou; daughter, Debbie Duncan of Manitou; three half brothers, Craig Walker of Livermore, Dewayne Walker of Princeton, and Troy Walker of Madisonville; four grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.   Graveside services will be held privately for the family at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Madisonville. Burial will follow at the cemetery.   Memorial contributions may be made to the Olive Branch Church Building Fund at 400 Olive Branch Church Rd. Hanson KY 42413.

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Mike Cherry

Feb 06, 1943 - Feb 21, 2024

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Dawson Springs, KY

It is with a warm remembrance and profound respect that we announce the passing of Mike Cherry, age 81 of Princeton, who left us on February 21, 2024 at Dawson Springs Health and Rehabilitation. Born in Princeton, Kentucky on February 6, 1943, to his late parents, Everett and Winnie Cherry. Mike embarked upon the path of higher education and attained a Bachelor of Science from Murray State University, a Master of Science from the University of Louisville, and further enhanced his academic portfolio with Master Equivalency from both the Naval War College and the National Defense University. His thirst for knowledge was evident in each aspect of his illustrious career and personal endeavors. Mike proudly served his nation as a Captain in the United States Navy, bringing honor to his family and country through his service in the Vietnam War. His service took him and his family from Guantanamo Bay and Honolulu to Italy. He served as the public affairs officer for the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, spokesman for the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, and ended his service in Norfolk, VA as Chief of Public Information for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic. After retiring from naval life, he channeled his entrepreneurial spirit into the rejuvenation of his beloved hometown. In the 1990s, he pioneered the downtown Princeton renaissance, renovating six business district storefronts, opening the Big Springs Antique Mall, and reviving the Capitol Theater, once again offering silver screen entertainment to the smallest county in Kentucky with a cinema. His political journey began in high school as President of the Kentucky Young Democrats and the youngest delegate for the 1960 Democratic Convention that nominated John F. Kennedy. In November 1998 he was elected as the former Kentucky State Representative (D), serving the 4th Legislative District of Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston and part of McCracken Counties until his retirement in 2012. Mike's tenure was characterized by dedication and groundbreaking achievements, such as being the first person from Caldwell County to be elected to the legislature in nearly 40 years and maintaining the honor of being one of the longest-serving members in recent history. Mike's legislative legacy included serving as Chairman of the State Government Committee, the Agriculture and Small Business Committee, the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Safety Committee, the Education Committee, and leadership as Vice Chair of the Appropriations & Resources Committee. He was instrumental in enacting over 40 bills, including the first reform bill of the State Pension System and Kentucky's inaugural Bullying Bill, earning him accolades such as the "Kids First Advocacy Award" and the "Heavy Hitter" Award. His impacts include securing millions of dollars for local infrastructure improvements and community projects, thus aid in transforming Caldwell County. Beyond his political ventures, Mike's community engagement was substantial. His passion for community advancement led to his roles including Elder and former Treasurer of Central Presbyterian Church, participation in the Caldwell County High School Site-Based Decision-Making Council, founding member of Caldwell County Free Clinic, member of the Princeton Tourism Commission, and the Kentucky School-to-Work Council. His profound ability to inspire change was echoed in County Judge Van Knight's compliment, attesting to the unprecedented level of state support Mike garnered for the area. Numerous awards celebrated Mike's contributions, including Citizen of the Year titles from organizations like Kiwanis and Woodmen of the World, and community distinctions such as the Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award for Outstanding Community Service. His pride shone brightly when he led as Grand Marshal in the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade and upon receiving the Key to the City from former Mayor Danny Beavers. Mike Cherry was an interesting, spirited, and endlessly funny man whose legacy is imprinted on the community he served with such commitment. His influence will resonate within the community and in the hearts of those who cherished him. Mike Cherry's life stands as a testament to the extraordinary impact one person can have on the world around them. Mike is lovingly survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Dixie Gale Cherry, his son, Davis Rudd Cherry of Brooklyn, New York, and his sister, Dinah Sue Marshall of Alexandria, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Winnie Davis Cherry. Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024 at Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Central Presbyterian Church in Princeton with Pastor Steve Fortenberry officiating. A reception will follow in the church Fellowship Hall.  Expressions of sympathy may be made in Mike's honor to Central Presbyterian Church, It is with a warm remembrance and profound respect that we announce the passing of Mike Cherry, age 81 of Princeton, who left us on February 21, 2024 at Dawson Springs Health and Rehabilitation. Born in Princeton, Kentucky on February 6, 1943, to his late parents, Everett and Winnie Cherry. Mike embarked upon the path of higher education and attained a Bachelor of Science from Murray State University, a Master of Science from the University of Louisville, and further enhanced his academic portfolio with Master Equivalency from both the Naval War College and the National Defense University. His thirst for knowledge was evident in each aspect of his illustrious career and personal endeavors. Mike proudly served his nation as a Captain in the United States Navy, bringing honor to his family and country through his service in the Vietnam War. His service took him and his family from Guantanamo Bay and Honolulu to Italy. He served as the public affairs officer for the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, spokesman for the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, and ended his service in Norfolk, VA as Chief of Public Information for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic. After retiring from naval life, he channeled his entrepreneurial spirit into the rejuvenation of his beloved hometown. In the 1990s, he pioneered the downtown Princeton renaissance, renovating six business district storefronts, opening the Big Springs Antique Mall, and reviving the Capitol Theater, once again offering silver screen entertainment to the smallest county in Kentucky with a cinema. His political journey began in high school as President of the Kentucky Young Democrats and the youngest delegate for the 1960 Democratic Convention that nominated John F. Kennedy. In November 1998 he was elected as the former Kentucky State Representative (D), serving the 4th Legislative District of Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston and part of McCracken Counties until his retirement in 2012. Mike's tenure was characterized by dedication and groundbreaking achievements, such as being the first person from Caldwell County to be elected to the legislature in nearly 40 years and maintaining the honor of being one of the longest-serving members in recent history. Mike's legislative legacy included serving as Chairman of the State Government Committee, the Agriculture and Small Business Committee, the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Safety Committee, the Education Committee, and leadership as Vice Chair of the Appropriations & Resources Committee. He was instrumental in enacting over 40 bills, including the first reform bill of the State Pension System and Kentucky's inaugural Bullying Bill, earning him accolades such as the "Kids First Advocacy Award" and the "Heavy Hitter" Award. His impacts include securing millions of dollars for local infrastructure improvements and community projects, thus aid in transforming Caldwell County. Beyond his political ventures, Mike's community engagement was substantial. His passion for community advancement led to his roles including Elder and former Treasurer of Central Presbyterian Church, participation in the Caldwell County High School Site-Based Decision-Making Council, founding member of Caldwell County Free Clinic, member of the Princeton Tourism Commission, and the Kentucky School-to-Work Council. His profound ability to inspire change was echoed in County Judge Van Knight's compliment, attesting to the unprecedented level of state support Mike garnered for the area. Numerous awards celebrated Mike's contributions, including Citizen of the Year titles from organizations like Kiwanis and Woodmen of the World, and community distinctions such as the Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award for Outstanding Community Service. His pride shone brightly when he led as Grand Marshal in the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade and upon receiving the Key to the City from former Mayor Danny Beavers. Mike Cherry was an interesting, spirited, and endlessly funny man whose legacy is imprinted on the community he served with such commitment. His influence will resonate within the community and in the hearts of those who cherished him. Mike Cherry's life stands as a testament to the extraordinary impact one person can have on the world around them. Mike is lovingly survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Dixie Gale Cherry, his son, Davis Rudd Cherry of Brooklyn, New York, and his sister, Dinah Sue Marshall of Alexandria, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Winnie Davis Cherry. Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024 at Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Central Presbyterian Church in Princeton with Pastor Steve Fortenberry officiating. A reception will follow in the church Fellowship Hall.  Expressions of sympathy may be made in Mike's honor to Central Presbyterian Church, It is with a warm remembrance and profound respect that we announce the passing of Mike Cherry, age 81 of Princeton, who left us on February 21, 2024 at Dawson Springs Health and Rehabilitation. Born in Princeton, Kentucky on February 6, 1943, to his late parents, Everett and Winnie Cherry. Mike embarked upon the path of higher education and attained a Bachelor of Science from Murray State University, a Master of Science from the University of Louisville, and further enhanced his academic portfolio with Master Equivalency from both the Naval War College and the National Defense University. His thirst for knowledge was evident in each aspect of his illustrious career and personal endeavors. Mike proudly served his nation as a Captain in the United States Navy, bringing honor to his family and country through his service in the Vietnam War. His service took him and his family from Guantanamo Bay and Honolulu to Italy. He served as the public affairs officer for the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, spokesman for the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, and ended his service in Norfolk, VA as Chief of Public Information for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic. After retiring from naval life, he channeled his entrepreneurial spirit into the rejuvenation of his beloved hometown. In the 1990s, he pioneered the downtown Princeton renaissance, renovating six business district storefronts, opening the Big Springs Antique Mall, and reviving the Capitol Theater, once again offering silver screen entertainment to the smallest county in Kentucky with a cinema. His political journey began in high school as President of the Kentucky Young Democrats and the youngest delegate for the 1960 Democratic Convention that nominated John F. Kennedy. In November 1998 he was elected as the former Kentucky State Representative (D), serving the 4th Legislative District of Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston and part of McCracken Counties until his retirement in 2012. Mike's tenure was characterized by dedication and groundbreaking achievements, such as being the first person from Caldwell County to be elected to the legislature in nearly 40 years and maintaining the honor of being one of the longest-serving members in recent history. Mike's legislative legacy included serving as Chairman of the State Government Committee, the Agriculture and Small Business Committee, the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Safety Committee, the Education Committee, and leadership as Vice Chair of the Appropriations & Resources Committee. He was instrumental in enacting over 40 bills, including the first reform bill of the State Pension System and Kentucky's inaugural Bullying Bill, earning him accolades such as the "Kids First Advocacy Award" and the "Heavy Hitter" Award. His impacts include securing millions of dollars for local infrastructure improvements and community projects, thus aid in transforming Caldwell County. Beyond his political ventures, Mike's community engagement was substantial. His passion for community advancement led to his roles including Elder and former Treasurer of Central Presbyterian Church, participation in the Caldwell County High School Site-Based Decision-Making Council, founding member of Caldwell County Free Clinic, member of the Princeton Tourism Commission, and the Kentucky School-to-Work Council. His profound ability to inspire change was echoed in County Judge Van Knight's compliment, attesting to the unprecedented level of state support Mike garnered for the area. Numerous awards celebrated Mike's contributions, including Citizen of the Year titles from organizations like Kiwanis and Woodmen of the World, and community distinctions such as the Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award for Outstanding Community Service. His pride shone brightly when he led as Grand Marshal in the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade and upon receiving the Key to the City from former Mayor Danny Beavers. Mike Cherry was an interesting, spirited, and endlessly funny man whose legacy is imprinted on the community he served with such commitment. His influence will resonate within the community and in the hearts of those who cherished him. Mike Cherry's life stands as a testament to the extraordinary impact one person can have on the world around them. Mike is lovingly survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Dixie Gale Cherry, his son, Davis Rudd Cherry of Brooklyn, New York, and his sister, Dinah Sue Marshall of Alexandria, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Winnie Davis Cherry. Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024 at Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Central Presbyterian Church in Princeton with Pastor Steve Fortenberry officiating. A reception will follow in the church Fellowship Hall.  Expressions of sympathy may be made in Mike's honor to Central Presbyterian Church, 206 West Main Street, Princeton, KY 42445You may light a candle or leave a message for the family at www.morgansfuneralhome.com <http://www.morgansfuneralhome.com/>. 

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Shirley Smith

Feb 23, 1936 - Jan 27, 2024

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Dawson Springs, KY

Shirley Smith, age 87, of Princeton, KY, passed away on Saturday January 27, 2024 at Tradewater Health and Rehab in Dawson Springs, KY.Shirley was born on February 23, 1936 in Caldwell County to the late Jewell and Viola Gray Goodaker Williams. Shirley enjoyed reading and traveling. She loved spending time to her family especially her grandchildren. Shirley was of the Pentecostal Faith. Survivors include one son, Tommy (Judy) Bogle of Caldwell County; two daughters, Sherrie (David) Darnell of Madisonville, KY and Leigh Johnson of Caldwell County; half brother, Gary Goodaker; five grandchildren, Shane (Missy) Bogle, Nikki Robison, Dylan Smith, Alison (Joey) Clayton and Lori Lovvorn; eight great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, Alfred "Hoppy" Smith; infant daughter, Donna Sue Bogle; two brothers, Monroe Goodaker and Kenneth Goodaker. No visitation is scheduled at this time.Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 29, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Sugar Creek Church Cemetery with Bro. Barry Cullen officiating. Morgan's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may light a candle or leave a message for the family at www.morgansfuneralhome.com

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Velma Mitchell

Jun 19, 1926 - Jan 01, 2024

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Dawson Springs, KY

Velma Mitchell, age 97, of Dawson Springs, KY, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 1, 2024 at Tradewater Health & Rehab in Dawson Springs. Ms. Mitchell was born on June 19, 1926 in Nebo, KY to the late Hubert Franklin and Nola Brown Franklin. She was a beloved Mother and Homemaker. She was a member of the Dawson Springs Baptist Temple. She loved the Lord, attending church and she loved her family.Ms. Mitchell is survived by her daughter, Linda Howton (Rev. Donnie Howton) of Dawson Springs, KY; sixteen grandchildren; many great-grandchildren, many great-great grandchildren, and several great-great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ruby Mitchell (departed 1968); two daughters, Patricia Frommel and Wanda Brown; three sons, Billy Mitchell, Garry Mitchell, and Kenneth Mitchell; two brothers, Alva Franklin and James Franklin; two sisters, Floella Lynn, and Wilma Mitchell. Visitation for Velma Mitchell will be Thursday, January 4, 2024 at the Dawson Springs Baptist Temple from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, and on Friday, January 5, 2024 at the Dawson Springs Baptist Temple from 11:00 AM until the funeral hour at 1:00 PM with Rev. Donnie Howton and Rev. Nathan Howton officiating. Active Pallbearers include Mike Frommel, Donald Brown, Christopher Brown, Kenneth Buckley, Jason Stuessel, Michael Johnson and Brian Mitchell. Honorary Pallbearers include Robbie Rodriguez, Jaxton Stuessel, Donaven Colson, Robert Pritt, and Malachi Howton.

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