Obituary, October 18, 2021 | Obituary

Gwendolyn Jones Barber

Gwendolyn Jones Barber, 74, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Murray, Ky., Died Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston.

She was born on March 16, 1947, in Murray, to William Carlos Jones and Ruby Mae Jones.

She was a retired medical practice director and graduate of Murray High School.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Phillip “Phil” Owen Barber; one son, Edward “Ed” Owen Barber; one sister, Sara Jane Phillips; and one brother, William Mac Jones.

Mrs. Barber is survived by one son, William “Scott” Barber and his wife Lisa of Houston; one daughter-in-law, Sloan Barber of Sugar Land, Texas; five grandchildren, Eleanor Ann Barber, William Nathan Barber, Jacob Scott Barber, Chloe Elizabeth Barber and Nora Jane Barber; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery. Visitations will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are made by JH Churchill Funeral and Cremation Services.

Glenn hansen

Glenn Hansen, 86, of Hardin, Ky., Died Friday Oct. 15 of natural causes at the Ray & Kay Eckstein Hospice Center in Paducah, Ky.

He was born January 23, 1935 in Peoria, Illinois, to Theodore and Lois Livengood Hansen.

He retired from Caterpillar and loved his family, fishing and hunting.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Marian Hansen, and a son, Mark Hansen.

Mr. Hansen is survived by his wife, Dortha Hansen of Hardin; one son, Greg Hansen of Peoria; two daughters, Angelia Hansen of Huffman, Texas, and Christine Hansen of Murray; one sister, Joyce Mastronardi of Peoria; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life took place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Unity Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Hardin with Brad Braisen as officiant.

Todd County Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Edna Calhoun McKinney

Edna Calhoun McKinney, 90, died on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the Anna Mae Owen Hospice in Murray. Following a long illness, she is now at home with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

She was born on February 20, 1931 to Roy Calhoun and Mary Luton Calhoun Ahart at their family farm along the Cumberland River in Trigg County, Kentucky. Growing up “between the rivers”, she greatly appreciated her relationships with her family and friends who lived in this close-knit community.

Graduated from Trigg Count High School at the age of 16, Edna received a Bachelor of Science in Education. While still in college, she taught elementary school at Golden Pond, and after graduating from Murray State University in 1951, she taught at Paducah where she met her husband John D McKinney. Their love marriage was celebrated on June 28, 1952 at the First Baptist Church in Golden Pond.

Over the next 30 years of John’s engineering career in construction management, he and Edna lived in 14 different states and two foreign countries. They tried to be active members of every community they lived in. In each location, they made it a priority to join a local Baptist church where they worshiped and served God with other believers.

Edna attended graduate school at the University of Wyoming and took advantage of other teaching opportunities, but her goal was to create a home for John and their two daughters, Mary and Martha. She volunteered in their schools and contributed to their activities.

Edna was a truly “outgoing person” and loved to make new friends. Although she and her family moved often, she made an effort to stay in touch with colleagues, neighbors and members of their “church family” from the places where they had lived. She retained many of these relationships for the rest of her life.

After John’s untimely death in 1982, Edna returned to Murray to live near his family, including his grandsons, and to be involved in their lives. She also enjoyed the close contact with other relatives and friends and particularly enjoyed attending meetings and back-home activities “between the rivers”.

For almost 40 years she was a staunch member of the First Baptist Church of Murray and the Phoebian Sunday School class. Missionary work has kept her busy – taking missionary trips to the church, organizing local mission projects, and taking leadership roles in the Women’s Missionary Union (UMM) – both at the level of the ‘church through the Dorothy Group, the Blood River Baptist Association and as a member. of the Kentucky Baptist MMU Executive Council. She was also part of the Delta Department of Murray Woman’s Club.

Edna loved to travel. She and John visited all 50 states with their daughters. Later, she accompanied her grandsons on many road trips that crisscrossed the country. She also enjoyed traveling with tour groups and the elderly from the church.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her parents; her stepfather, Seldon Ahart; his brother, Kelsie Calhoun and his wife Doris; and a nephew, Tracy Calhoun.

Edna is survived by two daughters, Mary Fitch and her husband David of Franklin, Tennessee, and Martha Parker and her husband David of Murray; three grandsons, Andrew Parker (Callie) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stephen Parker (Lindsay) of Greenville, South Carolina, and Matthew Parker of Dallas, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Henry and Millie Parker of Greenville; and a nephew, Mike Calhoun of Murray.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021, from the First Baptist Church, Murray. Visitations will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021, at the church.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to First Baptist Church, 203 S. Fourth St., Murray, KY 42071, (World Missions Offering or Family Life Center Fund).

Online condolences can be made at

The JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Service will make the arrangements.

Sammy Bradshaw


Mr. Sammy Bradshaw, 78, of Murray, died on Wednesday October 13, 2021 at Murray Calloway County Hospital.

Mr. Bradshaw was born September 23, 1943 in Calloway County, the son of William Kimball Bradshaw and Ruby Jones. He proudly served his country in the United States Army, enlisting at the age of 17 and serving in Seoul, Korea. Sammy loved cars, motorcycles, and lake fishing. He also enjoyed participating in Cowboy Shoots where his nickname was “Prairie Dog Jake”. Prior to becoming the Security Chief of the Calloway County Sheriff‘s Office, Sammy served for many years as the Calloway County Animal Control Officer. He was a member of the FOP Lodge as well as a proud member of the Patriot Guard. He and his wife, Shellie, were members of the Christian Fellowship Church, but had long been participants in Calvary Temple in Murray. He will be sadly missed by many.

His parents, William Kimball Bradshaw and Ruby Jones, and his brothers, Danny Shankle and Bill Bradshaw precede him in death.

Those who have remained to cherish many wonderful memories include his beloved wife of nearly 57 years, Shellie Bradshaw of Murray; one son, Tim Bradshaw (Carolyn) of Murray; one daughter, Krista Gallimore (Tim) of Puryear; one brother, Nick Shankle (Sharon) of Channelview, TX; two sisters, Charlotte Williamson (Lyn) of Humble, TX, Linda Watson; a granddaughter, Chelsea Wells (Mark) of Murray and her sister-in-law, Gale Shankle of Spring, TX.

The funeral honoring the life of Mr. Sammy Bradshaw will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the Heritage Chapel of Imes Funeral Home, 1804 Highway 121 Bypass North, Murray. Darrell Young will officiate and burial with military honors will follow at Murray City Cemetery. The carriers are Mark Wells, Tim Bradshaw, Tim Gallimore, Chris Harper, Corey Reed, Kent Foy. Honorary bearers include Roger Crouse, Joe Pat Hudson, David Hanningan, Lyn Williamson, Joe Crutcher, Jerry Jones and Jim Tipton.

His family welcomes visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Heritage Chapel.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Calloway County Humane Society, 607 Poplar St # A, Murray, KY 42071.

Please join your family and friends in honoring the life of Mr. Sammy Bradshaw by visiting and posting your tributes and memories.

The Imes Funeral Home Heritage Chapel is responsible for the care of the family of Mr. Sammy Bradshaw.

(The Heritage Chapel of Imes Funeral Home & Crematory in downtown Murray is in charge of the arrangements and provided the editorial content in full for this obituary.)

Stephen cook sanders


Stephen Cook Sanders died Friday October 15, 2021 at his home.

He was born on January 26, 1941.

He was a retired lawyer serving the Murray community.

He was predeceased by his parents, Cook and Enid Sanders.

Stephen is survived by his wife, Mary Warren Swann Sanders; one son, William Cook Sanders and his wife Amy and their daughter, Claire Croiser; one sister, Ann Smith (Bill) of Madisonville; one brother, Tommy Sanders of Murray; two nephews, Brad Barber (Lucia) of Detroit, Michigan, and Stephen Barber (Tiffany) of Napa, California; and a niece, Allison Leonard (Ben) of Providence. He also leaves behind several special friends, Lee Holcomb, Buddy Farris, Jerry Matthews, Stuart Poston, Charles Walston, Howard Brandon, GT Brandon and his precious dog, DazMo.

No public service will be organized.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Anna Mae Owen Hospice, 803 Poplar St., Murray, KY 42071.

Online condolences can be made at

JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements.

Terry Duane’s Rule

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Terry Duane Rule, 59, from the community of Coldwater, passed away on Wednesday October 13, 2021.

He was born on February 1, 1962 in Murray, Kentucky.

He worked at Drywall Systems Plus.

His paternal grandparents, Rufus Rule and Nora Mae Rule, were predeceased; and maternal grandparents, Monroe Wilkerson and Clellon Wilkerson.

Mr. Rule is survived by his parents, Gerald and Shirley Wilkerson Rule of Coldwater; one son, Coady Duane Rule and Shayla Phillips of Farmington; one sister, Sherri Rule Brawner and her husband Chad of Gleason, Tennessee; one granddaughter, Rilynn Jean Rule of Farmington; one niece, Chasney Brawner; and a nephew, Chandler Brawner.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services with Luke Puckett as officiant. Visitations will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are made by JH Churchill Funeral and Cremation Services.

Nancy roberts thurman

Nancy Roberts Thurman, 79, of Murray, Ky., Died on Friday October 15, 2021 at the NHC Cool Springs in Franklin, Tennessee.

Arrangements are incomplete at JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

Ricky lee smith

Ricky Lee Smith, 50, of Mayfield, Ky., Died on Friday October 15, 2021 at his residence.

Arrangements are incomplete at Imes Funeral Home in downtown Murray.

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