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Betty Lou Thomas, 77 Print E-mail

Betty Lou Thomas, 77, of Falmouth passed away Thursday, December 12, 2013 at her home.

Surviving are sons, Jerry and Frank Thomas; and daughters, Theresa Gober and Bonnie Stephens.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. with funeral to immediately follow on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Forest Lawn Chapel, Erlanger.

Interment will take place at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erlanger. Peoples Funeral Home is caring for the family.

Eddy Joe Sowder Print E-mail

Eddy Joe Sowder of Falmouth, passed away on Friday, November 29, 2013, at his home.

Surviving are wife, Joyce Ramsey Sowder; daughter, Lisa (Hunter) Sanders, Orlando, Fla.; and sons, Brad (Helen) Kraus and Josh (Amberlyn) Kraus, both of Falmouth.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth, with Bro. Nick Errico officiating.

Interment took place at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Pendleton County.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.woodheadfuneralhome.com

Henrietta Clay Williams, 87 Print E-mail

Henrietta Clay Williams, 87 of Cynthiana passed away Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the Robertson Co. Health Care Facility in Mt. Olivet.

Surviving are sons, Larry (Diana) Owen, Versailles, Ralph (Joyce) Williams, Cynthiana, Steve Williams, Danville, Ala.;  and daughter, Grace Irene Lemons, Cynthiana.

Funeral services were Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Woodhead Funeral Home, Berry.

Online condolences at www.woodheadfuneralhome.com

Bonnie R. Lovelace, 65 Print E-mail

Bonnie R. Lovelace, 65, of Deland, Fla., formerly of Pendleton Co., passed away Friday, December 13, 2013.

Surviving are sons, Brad and Grayson Lovelace; and daughters, Rebecca (Matthew) Kemm, Allison (Joel) Root.

Visitation will be held from noon - 2 p.m. with funeral services to immediately follow,  Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at the Peoples Funeral Home in Falmouth.

Interment will take place at the Turner Ridge Cemetery in Falmouth.

James "Bryant" Brown, 39 Print E-mail

James “ Bryant” Brown, 39, of Falmouth passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at his  home after  a long illness.

He was born in Harrison County on September 13, 1974, to Brenda (Kenneth) Abercrombie and the late James Ellis Brown. A 1992 graduate of Pendleton High School, Bryant attended Morehead State University, graduated from Western Kentucky University, and earned his masters degree from the University of Kentucky. He was a district manager with Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals and a member of the Antioch Mills Christian Church. Bryant was loved by all who knew him, and he touched many lives in his 39 years.

Preceding him death, in addition to his father, were paternal grandparents, Raymond and Anna Brown, and his maternal grandfather, Walter Pete Angell.

Surviving, in addition to  mother, are step-father, Kenneth Abercrombie, Falmouth; sister and brother-in-law, Natalie and Ronald Golfman, Falmouth; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Angell, Grant County; nephew, Garret Marshall; niece, Madison Crawford; two step-sisters, Kimberly Short, Newport, Laura Maldonado, Baxley, Ga.; and a host of extended family and friends.

Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 with funeral services at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth.

Serving as pallbearers will be Scott Wilson, Brian Baldwin, Thomas Leach, Trent Brown, Derrick Brown, Duane Brown, Ronald Golfman, Donald Marshall, and Logan Bunch.

Interment will take place at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Pendleton County.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.woodheadfuneralhome.com

Ruby Baumgartner Simpson Print E-mail

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ruby Baumgartner Simpson was a perfect example of a life well lived.  Ruby was called home to be with our Lord on Friday, November 29, 2013.

Ruby was a cornerstone of not only her immediate community in the Turner Ridge area, but a vital member of the Pendleton County community as a whole and a longtime member of Falmouth Christian Church. Her sincere concern for each person she met was evident. One of the quietest pillars of strength wherever she was, she truly flourished in any environment of which she was a member.  The significant number of young lives she touched through her tireless work with the Pendleton County Homemakers’ Club; assisting wherever and however she could with countless Pendleton County Youth Fairs; assisting in and out of the classroom, kitchen and crafts associated with Bible Schools ensuring her children - all of those in the community, that is, were provided with the opportunity for spiritual growth and development, endless hours spent working with her church families being a living example of Christ and selfless love and compassion; and, her passion which was homemaking and providing a warm inviting home for everyone she knew. No one ever just walked into Ruby’s house, you were made a member of the family and welcomed home each and every time you stopped by.

That love of God, community and extended family allowed a significant number of youth especially, to be given an extra set of parents which Ruby and Earl became to many in the county over the years.  To have had no biological children of their own, the many children reared by Ruby and Earl are all the better in their lives and endeavors for having been provided such compassionate, loving examples of how a daily walk with Christ provides the foundation upon which to develop sound character and strong faith to overcome life’s hurdles.  While well into her 90s, Ruby found such joy in taking homemade candy at Thanksgiving and Christmas to the “elderly” in her community.  Those folks were all the way up in their 80s after all.

As you remember Ruby, please recall not just the beautiful cakes for weddings, baby showers, and birthdays that could not be charged for because they were friends and you just do not do that; the baskets of vegetables finding their way to neighbors because she just did not have the time to put up all those vegetables in addition to the ones already in the pantry from that summer and hoped you could make use of them; the kind smile she gave you every year when she saw you at the fair and asked how your family was (naming them all by name specifically); or that time she stopped by just for a second with a meal fit for a king when you had lost a loved one or had been ill since she wanted to make sure you did not have to bother with cooking, no, instead, please recall the heart of a queen and the spirit of one of Christ’s angels sent to earth to live among us.

A life well lived was the legacy Mrs. Ruby Simpson has provided all of us who had the incredible privilege to know and love, and more importantly be loved by one of the kindest ladies of Pendleton County.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Earl Simpson.

Surviving are sister, Wilma Hart, Taylor Mill; nephew, Gary Hart, also of Taylor Mill; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well.

The family would like to thank the selfless dedication of Wilma and Gary as they served as Ruby’s primary caregivers the last few years. Services  were officiated by People’s Funeral Home, Falmouth.

Interment took place at Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Evelyn Louise Miles, 80 Print E-mail

Evelyn  Louise Miles, 80, of Newport, formerly of Pendleton County, passed away at the Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport on Sunday, December 1, 2013.

Surviving are husband, Harold Miles; daughters, Jennifer Miles, Covington and Amy Miles of Indiana.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 7, 2013, at Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth with Bro. Jim Flaugher officiating.

Interment took place in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Pendleton County.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.woodheadfuneralhome.com

Joanna Emery Philpot, 51 Print E-mail

JoAnna Emery Philpot, 51,  of Cynthiana, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Harrison Memorial Hospital.

Surviving are husband, Gary Philpot; sons, Jeremy (Laurie) Philpot, Shaun Wallin, Brandon Wallin, all of Harrison County; and daughter, Tabitha (Jason) Carr, Harrison County.

Funeral services were Monday, December 9, 2013 at Ware Funeral Home with Bro. Bradley Caudill and Bro. Albert Simmons officiating.

Interment took place Monday at Battle Grove Cemetery.

View and sign guestbook at www.warefuneralhome.com

Michael Howard Downie, 67 Print E-mail

Michael Howard Downie, 67, of Berlin, passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the VA Nursing Home in Ft. Thomas.

He was a US Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Surviving are, Christopher Downie, Los Gatos, Calif., Joseph Downie, Denver, Colo. and  Joshua Downie, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Woodhead Funeral Home in Falmouth is serving the family.

Military services held for Martin Print E-mail

American Legion Post 109 and V.F.W. Post 1978 and D.A.V. Post members held full military services for Mr. Bascon Martin at the Battle Grove Cemetery on December 2, 2013.

Mr. Martin served in the United States Army during WWII.

To Mr. Bascon Martin we honor and salute you.

To the family we offer sympathy.

American Legion Post 109 and V.F.W. Post 1978 and D.A.V. Post members present were Bruce Westbrook, Ken Wrobleski, Donald Steele, Baxter Courts, Phil Hedges, Joe Klar, Ernie Collin, Larry Fields, Bob Gulick, Omer Bentle, Jim Morton, Richand Colvin and Ronnie Bay.

Taps was played by Baxter Courts.

Another veteran was laid to rest.


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