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Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 5:00 pm

Zula Sykes

Zula Sykes, 91, of Murray, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at 3:27 p.m. at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Blalock-Coleman & York Funeral Home.

Rosa Nell Hicks

Rosa Nell Hicks, 66, of Murray, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at her home. She was retired from the Kentucky State Parks Systems as a cook. She was also a member of the Jenny Ridge Pentecostal Church.

Graveside services were held Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Matheny Cemetery with the Rev. Elijah Balentine officiating. Burial followed.

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements were handled by the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home.

Betty Jean Swift

Betty Jean Swift, 78, of Benton, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah.

Born in the Oak Grove community of Marshall County on June 14, 1932, she was a mother and homemaker. She was also a member of the Oak Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents, Wilford “Bill” Rose and Sula “Sis” (Humphrey) Rose, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Nelson “Buddy” Swift; one grandchild, Shelly McMillen; one sister, Lounettie “Nettie” Smith; five infant brothers and two infant sisters.

She is survived by three daughters, Connie McMillen and Beverly English, both of Benton, and Patricia Johnston of Caseyville, Ill.; three sons; Danny R. Swift and Ricky D. Swift, both of Benton, and Roy F. Swift of Paducah; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Johnston Embrich of Collinsville, Ill., LeAnn Johnston Blanton of Caseyville, Billy McMillen of Owensboro, Matthew Swift of Murray, Angie English Norwood of Hardin, Nikki McMillen Crouch, Katelyn E. Swift, Raye Anne Swift and Jessica B. Swift, all of Benton; one nephew, Joey “Neal Bradley” Smith of Murray; and 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held today, Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of the Collier Funeral Home in Benton with the Revs. Randy Lowe and Mike Littrell officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Kirksey.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the York Cemetery Fund, C/O CFSB, P.O. Box 467 Benton, KY 42025.

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are handled by Collier Funeral Home.

Sara Moore Bagwell

Sara Moore Bagwell died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at 11:07 a.m. at her daughter’s home.

Born in Mayfield on June 10, 1931, she was the youngest daughter of Albert and Jessie Rogers Moore. She married Joe Bagwell on Dec. 26, 1951. Together, they ministered at several Southern Baptist Churches throughout western Kentucky and west Tennessee, including Pleasant Grove, Sugar Creek, New Liberty, Oak Grove, Burkley and Moscow.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sisters, Nancy Magness and May Lyon.

She is survived by three children, Susan Hardison and husband, David of Benton, Joe Bagwell and wife, Euchie and Diane Dalton and husband, Russell of Paducah; grandchildren, Laura Sheridan, Jonathan Hardison and Eli Chester; and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held at 11 a.m., today, Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Byrn Funeral Home with the Revs. Keith Allred and Rick Hatley officiating. Burial was in Farmington Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Byrn Funeral Home in Mayfield.

Abby Finley

Mr. Abby Finley, 87, of Murray, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at 7:26 p.m. at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital. Mr. Finley was born in Logan, W. Va., on Sept. 7, 1923 to the late Jay Finley and Mary Napier Finley. Mr. Finley retired as an iron worker and he was a member of the Westside Baptist Church in Murray. He was also an Army Veteran of World War II.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Finley was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Tabor and Yvonne Mead; and five brothers, Byrd Finley, Charley Finley, Jay Finley, Jr., Frank Finley, Sr. and Jake Finley.

Mr. Finley is survived by his wife, Ida Finely, whom he married Sept. 6, 1947 in Ottumwa, Iowa; one daughter, Janeen Sutton of Murray; two sisters, Joan Bayan of Flowery Branch, Ga., and Martha Sue Jones of Montpelier, Ind.; one granddaughter, Audree Franklin and husband, Ed of Sandwich, Ill.; four great-grandchildren, Hunter K. Franklin, Paige A. Franklin, Zoe E. Franklin and Devin V. Franklin; also several nieces and nephews survive.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb.1, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the J.H Churchill Funeral Home. Visitation will also be held Tuesday, Feb.1, 2011, from 10 a.m. until funeral hour at the funeral home. Burial will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Cadillac Memorial Gardens East in Mount Clemens, Mich.

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

This is a paid obituary.

James E. Garrison

Mr. James E. Garrison, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Mr. Garrison was born on July 5, 1924, in Pontotoc, Miss., but moved to Murray in 1956 and spent the remainder of his life as a Calloway County resident.

His wife, Edith Archer Garrison; a grandson, William Houston Garrison; and his sister, Peggy Garrison Hester, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his daughters, Beth Johnson (Dr. Mike) of Owensboro and Nancy Garrison of Natchez, Miss.; a son, David (Sylvia) of Murray; five grandchildren, J. Andrew Johnson (Libby) and Dr. Matt Johnson, both of Owensboro, Walter Garrison (Cecelia) of Henderson, Rachel Corinne Garrison and Sarah Kathryn Garrison, both of Louisville, and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Garrison served in the 379th Bomb Squadron of the 425th Bomb Group at Kimbolton England during World War II. He then attended Mississippi State University and graduated in 1949 with a degree in dairy engineering. He moved to Murray in 1956 with his family and was associated with what was then Ryan Milk Company.

He served as the President of the Murray Airport Board, Murray Industrial Foundation, Murray Rotary Club, Murray Calloway County Hospital Board, First United Methodist Church Administrative Board, and Chamber of Commerce. He also chaired the Mayor’s Murray Cable Commission and the Industrial Track Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, and was selected Murray’s Man of the Year in 1960.

He assumed the leadership of Ryan Milk Company and grew this to a large nationally recognized enterprise. Under his leadership, the company became affiliated with the National All-Jersey organization. Mr. Garrison served on the National All-Jersey Organization Board for many years. Later, as the market changed, Mr. Garrison led the transition of the dairy into General Dairy Service, which produced an Ultra High Temperature pasteurized or extended shelf life product as well as the distribution of cottage cheese, sour cream, and later coffee creamers to all 50 states. Ryan was awarded the U.S. Senate’s Productivity and Creativity Award for their pioneer efforts in this industry in 1989. This enterprise was eventually sold to Dean Foods at Mr. Garrison’s retirement.

As an alumnus of Mississippi State University, he was honored for his contributions when in 1990 he was named an Alumni Fellow of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and in 1997 was chosen the National Alumnus of the Year. The James E. Garrison Sensory Evaluation Laboratory at Mississippi State’s Department of Food Science and Technology is named in his honor. He was also very supportive of Murray State University, his ‘adopted’ college and received an Honorary Degree there in 2000. He established the James E. Garrison Scholarship at Murray State to support student education and has been a strong Murray State supporter since moving to Murray.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bob Saywell and Jim Stahler will officiate. Burial will follow in the Murray City Cemetery.

Visitation will be held tonight, Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, from 5-8 p.m. at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home and also from 9-10 a.m. at the church on Tuesday.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to: Murray State University, Office of Development, Jim Garrison Scholarship, 106 Development Center, Murray, KY 42071; Mississippi State University Foundation, James E. Garrison Dairy Scholarship, P.O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762; or First United Methodist Church, 503 Maple Street, Murray, KY 42071.

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

This is a paid obituary.

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