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WILLIAM WATERS

     William V. "Billy" Waters, 86, died Sunday June 25, 2017.

     Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, at the Carey and Son Funeral Home.

     Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday.

 

LILLIAN KIDWELL

     Lillian Abell Kidwell, age 92, of East Grundy Avenue, Springfield, passed away at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 25, 2017 at her home.

     A native of Washington County, she was born on June 3, 1925 to the late William Joseph “W.J.” and Nellie Rudd Smith.

     She was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church, she was a graduate of Presentation Academy in Louisville and in 1948-49 attended St. Joseph School of Medical Technology and Nazareth now Spalding University, a retired medical technologist having retired from the Taylor County Hospital and a farmer.

     Preceding her in death was her first husband, James Cyril Abell on November 15, 1970; her second husband, Julian P. Kidwell on September 20, 2003; a grandson, Jonathon Cyril Abell on January 10, 2011; a brother, Richard Smith; a sister, Patricia O’Bryan and a special aunt, Sr. Sarah Frances Rudd.

     Survivors include: three daughters, Carolyn Ray (Russell), Margaret Platt (Ray) and Mary Alice Smith (Wayne) all of Springfield; five sons, James Abell of Springfield, Michael Abell (Teresa) of Springfield; Dr. John Abell of Albany, GA, Billy Abell (Rose Marie) of Springfield and Patrick Abell (Laura) of Louisville; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-four great grandchildren; five sisters, Clarine Carrico, Rebecca Carrico (Jimmie), Regina Carrico (Leo) and Fay Smith (Roy) all of Springfield and Sarah Frances Jones (Joseph “Casey”) of Louisville and four brothers, Robert Smith (Beverly) of Campbellsville, Joe Murray Smith (Imelda) of Warner Robbins, GA, Albertus Smith (Linda) of Cox’s Creek and Bernard Smith (Rosemary) of Louisville.

     Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at held 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 28, at the St. Rose Catholic Church with Rev. John Sica, O.P., officiating.

     Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery.

     Serving as pallbearers will be grandchildren, David Platt, Jeremy Abell, Katie Simms, Anne Marie Payne, Adam Abell and Jennifer Short.

     The remaining grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

     Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Carey & Son Funeral Home where a prayer service will be held at 7 Tuesday evening.

 

JAMES SMITH

     James Bernard Smith, age 89, formerly of Washington County, died at 2:10 a.m. Monday, June 26 at Frederick Health & Rehab in Frederick, Maryland.

     He is survived by: three sons, Steve Smith of Springfield, Bernie Smith of Louisville and Tony Smith of New Orleans, LA; seven daughters, Mary Carey of Springfield, Barbara Ann Thompson and Donna Jean Reed both of Louisville, Judy Goodin of Lebanon, Kita Steinmetz of Jeffersonville, IN, Theresa Lanning of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Lou Jaworski of Frederick, Maryland; two brothers, Maurice Smith and Don Smith both of Springfield; two sisters, Janie Durbin of Bardstown and Carolyn Warlop of Indianapolis, IN; 41 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren also survive.

     Funeral mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 1 at the St. Rose Catholic Church with burial in St. Rose Cemetery.

     A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Hale-Polin-Robinson Funeral Home in Springfield who is in charge of arrangements and where friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday and again from 7 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Saturday.

 

JOHN GOATLEY

     John Henry Goatley age 79, of Bronx, New York, formerly of Washington County, died Wednesday, June 21 at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York City.

     He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 30 at First Baptist Church in Springfield with burial in Bethlehem Cemetery.

     Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday and again from 7 a.m. till 10:15 a.m. Friday at the Hale-Polin-Robinson Funeral Home in Springfield who is in charge of arrangements.

 

JOHN CONVERY

     John Raymond Convery, age 83, formerly of Harrodsburg Rd., Mackville, died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bardstown Health & Rehab.

     He is survived by: three sons, John Convery of Clinton Township, Michigan, Joseph Covery of Warren, Michigan and Daniel Convery of Mackville; three daughters, Ann Marie Convery of Mackville, Andrea Elias of Melvin, Michigan and Gloria Yates of Lebanon; one brother, Bob Convery of Phoenix, Arizona.

     There will be no local services with burial in Michigan.

     Hale-Polin-Robinson Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

 

EZRA CHESSER

Ezra Stephen Chesser, age 20, of Mackville, passed away at 4:20 p.m., Sunday, June 18, 2017 in Willisburg.

     He was born on February 1, 1997 in Lebanon, Kentucky.

     He was a 2015 graduate of Washington County High School and an employee of LB Manufacturing in Lebanon.

     Survivors include: his mother and step-father, Kevin and Lewellyn Chesser of Mackville; his father, Darren Chesser of Willisburg; a brother, Randall Chesser of Lebanon; three sisters, Francis Campbell of Willisburg, Kimberlee Campbell of Springfield and Tracy Chesser of Florence; and his paternal grandmother, Maeola Burkhead Chesser of Springfield.

     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 21, at the Carey & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Tina Standiford, officiating.

     Burial will be in the Ernest Thompson Memorial Cemetery at Willisburg.

     Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Carey & Son Funeral Home.  Serving as pallbearers will be Darren Chesser, Kevin Chesser, Cole Chesser, Chance Chesser, Waylon Grigsby and Johnny Martin.

 

SHERRILL BAKER

     Sherrill Wayne Baker, 78, of Louisville, passed away at 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Norton Audubon Hospital.

     A native of Washington County, he was born on Jan. 20, 1939, to the late Richard Daniel and Sarah Kathryn Royalty Baker.

     He was a 1957 graduate of Mackville High School, a member and deacon of Green Acres Baptist Church, a member of the Preston Masonic Lodge # 281 F. & A.M., a Shriner and an avid fisherman. He was the owner and operator of B & J Marine and a U.S. Army veteran.

     Survivors include his wife Judy Long Baker; two daughters, Dana Robertson (Brian) and Charla Pohl (Danny) and three grandchildren, Kameron Robertson, Ben Pohl and Hannah Pohl, all of Louisville.

     Funeral services were held at noon, Saturday, June 17, at Carey & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff McCarty, pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church, officiating.

     Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Willisburg.

     Serving as pallbearers were Kameron Robertson, Ben Pohl, Tommy Williams, Dale Lankford, Greg Crum and Chris Cornish.

     Carey & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

(SS Wed Jun 21, 2017)

 

JAMES BARBER, JR.

     James Robert Barber Jr., 62, formerly of Springfield, peacefully departed this life on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the VA Hospital in San Diego, Calif.

     He was born Aug., 7, 1954, in Lebanon, Bob Barber Sr. and Elizabeth Ann Mudd.

     He spent his childhood in Springfield. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May 1975. During his service, he earned numerous medals and awards.

     While stationed on the USS Midway, he met his wife of 37 years, Dolly Cabrera. They married Aug. 2, 1980. He retired from the Navy as CWO5 in May 2007 after 32 years of honorable service. He then worked for nearly 10 years as an Aerospace Engineer for Northrop Grumman.

     He is survived by his wife, Dolly Barber of San Diego; one daughter, Courtney Ann Barber of San Diego; one son, Bobby Barber III (Jessica) of Edinboro, Pennsylvania; his father, Bob Barber Sr. and stepmother, Shirley Barber, both of Springfield; three sisters, Betty, Rochelle, and Jackie; two brothers, Paul and Herman; two granddaughters, Madison Lynn Barber and Ellice Ann Barber and several cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.

     The funeral Mass was held Monday, June 26, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, in San Diego, California.   .

(SS Wed Jun 21, 2017)

 

THOMAS CARRICO

     Thomas Bertrand "Bert" Carrico, 78, of Mackville Road, Springfield, died at 11 a.m., Friday, June 16, 2017 at Flaget Hospital.

     He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Fenwick Carrico; three sons, Mike Carrico of Mackville, Randall Carrico of Fredericktown and David Carrico of Taylorsville, and a daughter, Lisa Holt of Springfield.

     Cremation was chosen and memorial mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017, at St. Rose Catholic Church with Rev. Kevin McGrath, O.P. officiating.

     Visitation at St. Rose Catholic Church will be from 9:30 a.m. till time of service on Thursday.

     Hale-Polin-Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(SS Wed Jun 21, 2017)

 

EUGENE GRAVES

     Eugene C. Graves, 74, of Mackville Road, Springfield, died at 4:02 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Spring View Hospital emergency room in Lebanon.

     Born Nov. 6, 1942, in Washington County, he was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Kent and Etta Alice Crouch Graves; a brother, Robert Edward Graves, Oct. 13, 2015; and a sister, Mary Alice Graves, Feb. 22, 2013.

     He was a lifelong farmer in Washington County and was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church.

     He is survived by his wife, Peggy Ann Parrott Graves; two sons, Kenny Graves and Michael (Crystal) Graves all of Springfield; a daughter, Lori (Marc) Tucker of Springfield, a brother, Melvin (Carolyn) Graves of Springfield; a sister, Sue Anna Graves of Springfield and four grandchildren, Sara and Kendrick Tucker and Celeste and Conner Graves.

     Funeral mass for Eugene C. Graves was conducted at 11 a.m. Monday June 19, 2017, at St. Dominic Catholic Church with Rev. Culpepper Elliott and Most Reverend Mark Spalding officiating. Burial was in St. Dominic-Holy Rosary Cemetery.

     Pallbearers were Scott and Steve Parrott, Jonathon Warren, Adam Mann, Mark Barnett, Joey Stumph, Oscar Saucedo and Tim Graves.

     Hale-Polin-Robinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

(SS Wed Jun 21, 2017)

 

JOHNNIE HARDIN

     Johnnie R. Hardin, 78, of Maplewood Avenue, Springfield, passed away at 4:05 a.m., Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Bluegrass Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

     A native of Washington County, he was born on Aug. 29, 1938, to the Theo R. and Veneta Kays Hardin.

     He was a member of the Springfield Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher, a member of the Springfield Masonic Lodge # 50 F. & A.M., a 1957 graduate of Springfield High School and formerly served on Springfield City Council for several terms. Johnnie's entire working career was in the grocery business in Springfield beginning in 1957 with Ward & McCubbin, Ward's IGA, Downtown Supermarket and Parkview IGA.

     Survivors include his wife, Anna Lee Sims Hardin; two sons, Glenn Hardin (Karen) of Lexington and Steve Hardin (Lisa) Greenwood, Indiana; five grandchildren, Joshua Glenn Hardin, John Matthew Hardin, Victoria Elizabeth Hardin, Jacqueline Danielle Hardin and Nathaniel Steven Hardin; three sisters, Lois Thompson (Chester) and Glenda Wilson of Louisville and Lynn Lewis (Rick) of Springfield and four brothers, Bill Hardin (Fran) and Jerry Hardin (Darnie) of Springfield, Donnie Hardin (Susan) of Bardstown and Rick Hardin (Marian) of Louisville.

     Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 17, at Springfield Baptist Church with Rev. J.W. Hatfield, officiating. Rev. Bryan Wittekind assisted him.

     Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Willisburg.

     Serving as pallbearers were Joshua Glenn Hardin, John Matthew Hardin, Nathanial Steven Hardin, Troy Chesser, Timmy McIlvoy, Charlie McIlvoy and Richard Lewis.

     In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association.

     Carey & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

(SS Wed Jun 21, 2017)