Obituaries for March 17

March 17, 2004

Gladys Coyle, former Perryville leader, dies

PERRYVILLE - Gladys Worley Coyle, 92, of Danville Road, died Tuesday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Born July 30, 1911, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Minnie Houp Worley. She was the widow of Arthur B. Coyle.

Along with her husband, she owned and operated Coyle Funeral Home in Perryville, now Wilder Funeral Home. She was one of the first female licensed funeral directors in the state, having received her license in the 1940's. She was the first female delegate to the National Funeral Directors Convention from Kentucky. She also was one of the original owners of Elmwood Inn.

Coyle finished out the unexpired term as mayor of Perryville after the death in 1969 of her husband, Arthur Coyle, a longtime mayor. She was instrumental in development of Perryville Battlefield State Park and along with the late Frank Rankin developed the annual Boy Scout Trek at the battlefield.


She served on the Kentucky State Heritage Commission under four governors. She was a founding member of Merchants Row Development Corp. and an honorary member of the Louisville Civil War Roundtable. She served on various boards, including the Salvation Army, Cancer Society and Red Cross. She was a member of Perryville Baptist Church and Perryville Homemakers Club.

Survivors include her daughter, Lexie Hicks of Owensboro; a foster son, Jim Gentry, of Danville, whom she reared; two granddaughters; nieces and nephews.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Perryville Baptist Church by Chris Brummett.

Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Wilder Funeral Home and after noon Friday at the church.

Committal services will be private.

Memorials may go to the Gladys Coyle Memorial Fountain Fund, c/o Farmers National Bank, 309 E. Second St., Perryville, or Heritage Hospice.

Liberty funeral director Bobby McKinney dies

LIBERTY - Bobby McKinney, a partner in McKinney-Brown Funeral Home, died this morning at Casey County Hospital. He was 74 years old and lived on Campbellsville Street.

Friends of McKinney said he was a friend to everyone and was always willing to help when there was a need.

"He was a good fellow ... one of the best," said Boyd Brown, McKinney's partner since 1974. "If anyone needed anything, Bobby was always there to help. He's been good to me over the years."

"His death has caused a tremendous loss to the community," said local attorney Raymond Overstreet, who was his hunting and fishing buddy.

"He had a world of friends. In all the years I've known Bobby, I've never heard him say the first negative thing about anyone. He always looked at the positive side," said Overstreet. "He will be greatly missed." Overstreet said McKinney gave away more in his life than he gained. "There was never anyone who asked for his help that he'd didn't give."

McKinney came to Casey County in 1958 and bought into Smith-Gosser Funeral Home. It became Gosser-McKinney Funeral Home and later was called McKinney-Burton Funeral Home. In 1973, Boyd Brown became a partner and the business became known as McKinney-Brown.

Born and reared in Adair County, McKinney served as Casey County coroner for eight years and was active in the Masonic Lodge and Shriners.

He is survived by his wife, Nell Long McKinney, and a son, David McKinney, both of Liberty.

Arrangements are incomplete at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.

Memorials may go to Shriners Hospital in Lexington or Gideons International Bible Fund.

Sherman Sires Jr.

HARRODSBURG - Sherman Sires Jr., 77, of Boone Street, died Saturday at James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 2, 1927, at Alton Station in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Sherman and Zula Elza Cox Sires. He was a retired security guard for Hallmack Inc., an Army veteran of World War II, a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and the widower of Bessie Mae Lunsford Sires.

Survivors include two stepsons, Charles Yocum of Muncie, Ind., and Sidney Yocum of Harrodsburg; two stepdaughters, Nancy Yocum of Harrodsburg and Eugenia Rogers of Anderson County; and three grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Ransdell Funeral Chapel by James Harley. Burial will be in Ebenezer Church of Christ Cemetery with military rites.

Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Thursday.

Rebecca O. Gilbert

LANCASTER - Rebecca Oakes Gilbert, 92, of Kentucky Court, died Wednesday at Garrard County Long Term Care Facility.

Born March 9, 1912, in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late William M. and Alberta Lansford Oakes. She was a homemaker and attended Lancaster Church of the Nazarene. She was the widow of Donald Gilbert.

Survivors include two brothers, Billy Oakes of Lancaster and Walter Oakes of Tucson, Ariz.; and a sister, Allene Grover of Houston, Texas.

Services will be private.

Ramsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


George A. Coontz

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