Obituaries for Sept. 2

September 02, 2003

John Hill Bailey Jr.

John Hill Bailey Jr., 89, died Sunday. He was a resident of Richland Place in Nashville, Tenn.

He was founder of the Danville-Boyle County Industrial Foundation and served as its president for many years. While serving the foundation, Bailey was influential in attracting numerous industries to the Danville community and surrounding areas.

He was known as "Mr. Industry" throughout Kentucky. In recognition of his leadership, the industrial park in Danville was named The John Hill Bailey Jr. Industrial Park and the daycare center in the industrial park also was named for him.

He had served as chairman of the local United Way and the Danville Red Cross and president of the Boyle County Chamber of Commerce, Danville Rotary Club and Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival.


Bailey graduated with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1934. He worked with Kentucky Utilities Co. in Danville for 44 years. He served as an elder and lay leader of The Presbyterian Church in Danville, and later, with The Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville.

Survivors include his wife, Roberta Atkins Bailey; a daughter, Frances Graves of Atlanta, Ga.; a son, John Bailey of Nashville; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville.

Visitation will follow the memorial service.

Memorials may go to The Presbyterian Church in Danville or Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3900 West End Ave., Nashville, Tenn. 37205.

Relma R. Bow

Relma Lee Ritchie Bow, 91, formerly of Danville, died Sunday at Liberty Care Center.

Born Sept. 12, 1911, in Nicholas County, she was the daughter of the late Newton P. and Robert Ray Routt Ritchie. She was a homemaker, member of Lexington Avenue Church of Christ and widow of John T. Bow.

Survivors include two sons, Gayle W. Bow of Lexington and Donald W. Bow of Reed City, Mich.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home by Steve Wolfgang. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Robin, Randy and Ryan Grider and Eric, Roger and Jonathan Bow.

Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorials may go to the activity fund at Liberty Care Center, P.O. Box 1435, Liberty 42539.

Mary K. Johnson

Mary Katherine Johnson, 63, of Orchard Drive died Saturday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Born Feb. 8, 1940, in Shelby City, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary F. Wilhite and the stepdaughter of Hazel Wilhite of Danville. She was an employee of American Greetings Co. and a member of Second Street Christian Church.

Other survivors include four sons, Leonard E. Fitzgerald, Steven D. Fitzgerald and Anthony L. Fitzgerald, all of Danville, and Robert P. Fitzgerald of Mantica, Calif.; a brother, George E. Wilhite of Danville; two sisters, Betty L. Patton of Junction City and Lenora J. Holman of White Plains, N.Y.; and five grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Second Street Christian Church by the Revs. Herbert Dunn and Everhart Walker. Burial will be in Hilldale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Richard Lewis, Mark Walker, Blain Tinsley, Maurice Bell, Travis Steele, J.B. Hinkle and Devon Linton. Honorary pallbearers are deacons of the church.

Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Smith-Jackson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Laura A. Browning

LEBANON - Laura Alice Browning, 78, of Lebanon died Monday at Norton Spring View Hospital.

Born April 13, 1925, in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Annie Young Warner. She was the widow of Marshall Browning.

Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Floyd of Lebanon; three sisters, Matilda Nance of Lebanon, Costella Hagoe of Springfield and Mattie Johnson of Perryville; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Tommy Calhoun. Burial will be in Goodloe Chapel Church Cemetery, Springfield.

Visitation is after 6 p.m. today at Bosley Funeral Home.

Ferand W. Dillingham

CRAB ORCHARD - Ferand William Dillingham, 19, of Pine Grove Road died Monday.

Born April 11, 1984, in Somerset, he was the son of Dennis W. and Edith JoAnn Blevins Dillingham of Crab Orchard. He was a carpet layer and worked in construction. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Other survivors include his wife, Apryl D. Clinger Dillingham; three sisters, Angela Creech, Rebecca A. Reyes and Gena Jo Jones, all of Crab Orchard; grandparents, Irene Dillingham of Mount Vernon and Jack Blevins of Crab Orchard.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at McKnight Funeral Home by Ron Meece. Burial will be in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Broughtontown.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Guinn, Dustin Brown, Shon Berryman, Brandon Elam, Zack McLemore and David York.

Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Elva Reynolds

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