Obituaries for Dec. 4

December 04, 2003

Martha Driesler

VIENNA, Va - Martha Jane Towles Driesler, 60, of Vienna, Va., a native of Danville, died Sunday.

Born Aug. 11, 1943, in Danville, she was the daughter of the late Sterling and Virginia Towles. Sterling Towles was a former managing editor for The Advocate-Messenger, and Virginia Towles was founder of Danville School of Practical Nursing.

She was a former chief of staff to two U.S. Congressmen, including U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky, a former employee of Pacific Institute, a member of House Republican Chiefs of Staff, a volunteer for Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy Support and Education.

Survivors include her husband, Stephen D. Driesler; three daughters, Dana Bennsky of Alexandria, Va., Dia Barth of Richmond, Va., and Amy Driesler of New York, N.Y.; a son, Stephen Driesler II of Louisville; a brother, Donald Towles of Louisville; and four grandchildren.


A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Emmaus United Church of Christ, 900 Maple Ave., Vienna, Va. Memorials may go to ALCASE, P.O. Box 4800, Portland, Ore. 97208.

Mary Mills

LANCASTER - Mary Mills, 72, of Arvin Road, died Wednesday at Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford.

Born Sept. 22, 1931, in Estill County, she was the daughter of the late Taylor and Callie Wiseman Ballard. She was a retired homemaker and member of Lancaster United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, the Rev. Paul Edward Mills of Edmonton; five brothers, James Ballard of Kissimmee, Fla., David Ballard of Waco, and Artie, Fred and Morris Ballard, all of Richmond; and a grandchild.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Spurlin Funeral Home by the Revs. Don Hatton and Bob Coppings. Burial will be at Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Liberty.

Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today.

Edna Keck

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Edna Lee Keck, 80, of Knoxville, Tenn., died Wednesday.

Born July 7, 1923, she was the widow of Carl C. Keck. She was a member of West Lonsdale Baptist Church and recently attended Island Home Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sons, Donald Keck of Danville and Roger, David and Robert Keck, all of Knoxville; a brother, Herman E. Cox; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be 8 a.m. Friday at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel by the Rev. Bruce Robinson. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Joyce Nelson

A memorial service for Joyce S. Nelson, 71, of Danville, will be Saturday at Christian Life Center, 1441 Perryville Road.

She died Nov. 11.

Born March 5, 1932, in Alexandria, Minn., she was the daughter of the late Albert and Clara Swanson. She was the wife of Kenn Nelson. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church and a volunteer with Heritage Hospice, Hope Circle and I Can Cope Cancer support groups.

Survivors include four daughters, Melodi Nelson of Wisconsin, Tara Nelson of Minnesota, Lisa Benson of Lancaster and Vicki Ness of Minnesota; and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Nelson.

Memorials may go to Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville 40423 or Centenary United Methodist Church Building Fund, 119 S. Third St., Danville 40422.

Lloyd W. Baldridge

Services for Lloyd Wayne Baldridge, 68, of Johnstown, Pa., will be noon Friday at Stith Funeral Home by the Rev. Tony Hancock. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

He died Monday at James M. VanSant Medical Center in Altoona, Pa.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. today.

Earl Lowry

HARRODSBURG - Services for Earl Lowry, 79, of Nicholasville, will be 2 p.m. Friday at Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home by Willie Laswell and Kenneth Morris. Burial will be in Burgin Memorial Gardens.

He died Tuesday at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington.

Born Aug. 2, 1924, in Garrard County, he was the son of the late James A. and Emma Graham Lowry. He was a retired farmer and a member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mable Vickers Lowry; two sons, Sammy and Tony Lowry, both of Nicholasville; a stepson, Donald Vickers of Nicholasville; a brother, Carl Lowry of Harrodsburg; two sisters, Catherine Carroll of Harrodsburg and Elizabeth Elliott of Lexington; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jackie, Bobby, Milton and Scott Hammons, Gary Lowry and Jimmie Gibson.

Honorary pallbearers are Roger, David, Billy, Kenneth, Tim and John Morris.

Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today and after 7 a.m. Friday.

Ruth Smith

STANFORD - Services for Janie Ruth Coffey Smith, 73, of Stanford, will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Stanford Baptist Church by the Rev. Max Hester.

Burial will be in Buffalo Springs Cemetery.

She died Tuesday at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Born Nov. 27, 1930, in Rockcastle County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Sallie Levisay Coffey. She was a member of Stanford Baptist Church, a past member of Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln County Fair Board.

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