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Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 5:00 pm

Charles Tidwell

Charles Tidwell, 78, of Arbor Place of Puryear, Tenn., died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at 5:30 a.m.

Arrangements are incomplete at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com.

Jessie Key

Jessie Key, 88, of Murray, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com.

Palmer Lee Paschall

Palmer Lee “Pam” Paschall, 84, of Murray, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com.

James A. Dixon

James A. Dixon, 84, of Murray, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at his home after an extended illness.

Arrangements are incomplete at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com.

Richard Gordon Hoffman

Richard Gordon Hoffman of Murray, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at his home on Farmer Avenue.

Born May 11, 1925 in Parkridge, Ill., his family moved to Saugatuck, Mich. during the Great Depression. A lifelong member of the Christian Science Church, he served in the Merchant Marines in World War II, graduating from Michigan State University following his service. He was Mayor of Saugatuck for eight years, where he ran Anchor Park, an amusement park, with his wife, Debbie and their children from 1950-75. A Coast Guard licensed River Boat Captain, he built and operated three sternwheeler paddle boats in Michigan. His last boat, the Princess, a side-wheeler, was operated at Kenlake State Park Marina from 1977-80.  He was a regular fixture working alongside his son Tom for more than 20 years growing nursery stock at Hoffman’s Nursery. While in Murray he served on the Board at the Playhouse in the Park, worked as a Campus Chaplain and with the Thai Student Organization at Murray State University. He was also an active Need Line volunteer.

Preceded in death by his brother, Gregory Hoffman, he is survived by one son, Thomas Hoffman and wife, Allyson; two daughters, Anneliese Kilburn and Katherine Hoffman; one grandchild, Mackenzie Hoffman; two step-grandchildren, Alyssa and Morgan Green; one brother, Bob Hoffman and wife, Betty of Phoenix, Ariz.; one sister, Janet Schroeder of Arlington, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and reception will be held Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, from 1-3 p.m. at the Christian Science Church, 1634 Main St., Murray, from 1-3 p.m.

Online condolences may be left at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are handled by the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home.

Rev. John Ahart

Rev. John Ahart, 84, of Cadiz, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at 12:05 a.m. at his residence in Trigg County after a battle with Leukemia.

Born Jan. 25, 1926, in Golden Pond, he was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II and the Korean Conflict and was a member of Woodmen of the World. He retired as a minister serving churches in Trigg, Lyon, Calloway, Hickman, Livingston and Graves Counties.

In addition to his parents, William and Myrtle Bratton Ahart, he was preceded in death by a son, Johnnie Steven Ahart; brothers, Maylon Ahart and Hubert Ahart; and sisters, Edna Vinson, Bessie Womack, Dorothy Fennell and Mavalene Ahart.

Ahart is survived by his wife, Gladys Murl Noel Ahart of Cadiz; daughters, Lavana Underhill and husband, Larry, and Beverly Underhill and husband, David, all of Cadiz; brother, Conley Ahart of Peoria, Ill.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Cadiz Baptist Church with Revs. Norman Cotton and Kevin Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Ahart Cemetery in Trigg County with military honors. Visitation will be Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, from 4-8 p.m. at Goodwin Funeral Home in Cadiz.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Pennyroyal Hospice, 220 Burley Drive, Hopkinsville, KY 42240. 

Jimmy Dale ‘Big Red’ Brann

Jimmy Dale “Big Red” Brann, 58, of Fulton, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at 10:21 a.m. at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

Born July 4, 1952, in Fulton, he was a self employed plumber and electrician for more than 40 years.

In addition to his parents, Virginia Lee (Newhouse) Brann and James Levyn Brann, he was preceded in death by a brother.

Brann is survived by two daughters, Dorothy Michelle “Missy” Brann of Tampa, Fla., and Kimberly “Kim” Lorene Brann of Clinton; two sisters, Kathy Swift of Cadiz, and Donna Westbrooks of Atlanta, Ga.; and a brother, Charles Brann of Fulton.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Hornbeak Funeral Chapel in Fulton. Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. until funeral hour at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Jimmy Brann Fund, c/o Citizens Bank, 201 Nolan Ave., Fulton, KY 42041.

Online condolences may be left at www.hornbeakfuneralchapel.com. Arrangements are handled by the Hornbeak Funeral Chapel. 

Helen Delores Maness ‘Elkins’

Funeral services for Helen Delores Maness “Elkins”, 71, of Benton, formerly of Murray, were held today, Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. at Imes-Miller Funeral Home with Bro. Ricky Cunningham officiating. Interment followed in Coles Campground Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Brent Underhill, George Ray Taylor, Teddy Dwight Elkins, Lee Elkins, Kenny Thorn and Johnny Mason. Tyler Cooper served as honorary pallbearer.

She died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at Jackson Purchase Medical Center.

She was a cook for Igert Towing, Kinsler Marine, Marquette Towing, several area restaurants, and she also worked for Ashby Chair Factory.

In addition to her parents, Rex Mason and Jessie Miller Mason, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Steve Mason, Robert Mason and Ronald Wyatt.

She is survived by a son, Frankie Elkins and wife, Kenna of Benton; two daughters, Jan Cooper and husband, Jeff of Murray, and Cathy Freeman of Mayfield; two brothers, Roy Mason and wife, Grace, and Wayne Wyatt and wife, Peggy, both of Dexter; eight grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Britthaven Nursing Home, c/o Alice Day, 2607 Main St., Benton, KY 42025.

Online condolences may be left at www.imesmiller.com. Arrangements were handled by Imes-Miller Funeral Home.

Johny Brown Russell

Johny Brown Russell, PhD, 85, of Murray, passed away Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital. Dr. Russell was born in Isley, on Dec. 4, 1924, to the late Ottaway Beckham Russell and Constance Ann Brown Russell.

Dr. Russell retired from Boeing Aircraft Co. based in Seattle, Wash., as a nuclear physicist. While with Boeing, Dr. Russell worked on many classified government projects, including the B1 bomber and for NASA, the Lunar Land Rover (LRV) which the Apollo 15 astronauts used to travel on the moon. Dr. Russell was an Army veteran of WWII and a member of the First Methodist Church in Murray. Dr. Russell, a 1948 graduate in physics and math from Murray State University, and went on to receive his Master’s of Arts in 1950, also while at Murray State University. Dr. Russell was presented an Honorary Doctorate by Murray State University in 2007. In 2008 the Engineering Standards Laboratory at Murray State University was named in honor of Dr. Johny B. Russell in which now is The Johny B. Russell Engineering Standards Laboratory. Also in 2008 he was honored with the Outstanding Alumnus of Kentucky (OAK) Award. Dr. Russell has generously donated over $1.2 million (gift annuity) to Murray State University and has planned a gift from his estate in the amount of $900,000 to be left with Murray State University. These gifts will be used for the purpose of promoting the education of students at Murray State University through the establishment of the following: - Excellence in Engineering Physics Endowment to assist with needed equipment and programs in this department, as well as to assist with the “Moon Buggy” competition. - Johny B. Russell Endowed Scholarship to be awarded first to students in the Department of Engineering Physics and secondarily to students in the CSET. –Excellence in Telecommunications Systems Management Endowment to assist with the needed equipment and programs in this department, as well as to assist with the CyberCave learning laboratory. –Charlotte E. Russell Endowed Scholarship to be awarded to students in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services. –An unrestricted Murray Fund for Excellence Endowment. –A display area in the Wrather Museum for the Johny B. Russell Collection.  In addition to his parents, Dr. Russell was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Elizabeth McNeely Russell, who died in 2007; three still-born sons; one sister; Emma Jane Russell Trzcinski; and one brother, Harry Louis Russell.

Dr. Russell is survived by three nieces, Patsy Russell of Murray, Brenda Russell of Texas and Theresa Trzcinski of Chicago; one nephew, Michael Russell of Murray; Dr. Russell’s caregivers, Denise Boaz of Murray, Belinda Kyznar of Paris Landing, Tenn., Heather McPhearson of Symsonia, and Angela Williams of Murray.

Graveside services will be held Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Wesley Cemetery in Fulton, with Bro. Jim Stahler officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home.  Expressions can be made to the Johny B. Russell Endowed Scholarship, Murray State University, Office of Development, 106 Development Center, Murray, KY 42071 -3313.

Online condolences may be left at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com.

This is a paid obituary.

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