Obituaries for May 21

May 21, 2004

Louise Coffman

STANFORD — Louise Coffman, 81, of Hustonville, died Wednesday at Stanford House Nursing Home.

Born May 12, 1923, in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late William Eggart and Minnie Wilson Eggart. She was a housewife and member of Geneva Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include her husband, George Coffman; five sons, Danny, Bobby, Mickey and Ronnie Coffman, all of Hustonville, and Joey W. Coffman of Stanford; two daughters, Regina Stanley of Hustonville and Paulette Lopez of Stanford; two sisters, Sarah Peck of Hustonville and Pauline Carmen of McKinney; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel by Timothy Brown. Burial will be in McKinney Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Christopher, Keith, Scott and Michael Coffman and Shane and Shawn Lopez.

Visitation is 5-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Matthew R. Lair Jr.

Matthew Richard Lair Jr., 79, of McDowell Place, died Thursday at his home.


Born May 25, 1924, in Paris, he was the son of the late Matthew R. and Hazel Lair.

He was a graduate of University of Kentucky and played football under Coach "Bear" Bryant. During World War II, he was a tail gunner in the European Theater. He coached football at Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, Ala., Louisville Manual High School and Texas A&M University and was assistant coach at UK.

He also was a scout for the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals.

After retiring, he lived in Danville and was a member of First Christian Church. He was the widower of Helen F. Lair.

Survivors include his sister, Dorothy Lair Clay of Paris.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at First Christian Church by the Rev. Wayne Smith. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are George Boone, Bill Arnsparger, Bill Mosley, George Sengel, Dave Parrish and Jeff Harlan.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home and after 10 a.m. Monday at the church.

Memorials may go to Boyle County Humane Society, Sanders Brown Center On Aging at UK, and Alzheimer's Association.

Robert M. Wilkinson

Robert Mitchell Wilkinson, 54, of Blue Lick Road, Stanford, died Tuesday at his home.

Born May 13, 1950, in Lincoln County, he was the son of Alene Wilkinson of Stanford and the late Jody Louis Wilkinson. He was employed by Matsushita.

Survivors include his wife, Viola Wilkinson; three daughters, Michael L. Wilkinson, Chelisa Hocker and Ladon Hocker, all of Stanford; a son, Robert M. Wilkinson; five brothers, Henry Wilkinson of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Gregory Wilkinson of Grandview, Mo., Victor Wilkinson, James Wilkinson and and Marlin Wilkinson, all of Stanford; three sisters, Mary Routt, Elishia Wilkinson and Jeanne Wilkinson, all of Stanford; and three grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church by the Rev. Jerry Wilkinson. Burial will be in Goode Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Maurice Napier, Robert Coulter, Dicky Ledford, Jerry Davis, John O. Routt and Bradley Helm.

Honorary pallbearers are William Crawford, Rodney Welch, Bobby Wilkinson, James Warren, Ollie Simpson and Frankie Gooch.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the church.

Smith-Jackson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty B. Austin

STANFORD - Betty Butt Austin, 84, of Somerset, died Thursday at Lake Cumberland Regional Medical Center in Somerset. She was the wife of Glen Austin. Arrangements are incomplete at Fox Funeral Home.

Opal Baker

MORELAND - Opal Baker, 87, of Wickenburg, Ariz., formerly of Moreland, died Wednesday at her home.

Born March 19, 1917, in Scott County, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late John and Emmie Cox Price. She was a retired employee of Corning Glass, where she worked from 1953-1979, and a member of Moreland Christian Church. She was the widow of James Baker Sr.

Survivors include a son, James Baker Jr. of Wickenburg; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home by the Rev. David Smith. Burial will be in Hustonville Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bill Myers, Jim Kelly, Elwood Brown, Jimmy Chelf, Bobby Gover and Vaudie Griffin.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday.

Memorials may go to Sun Health Foundation, Hospice Care, PO Box 2015, Sun City, Ariz., 85372.

Beatrice Benedict

MORELAND - Beatrice "Bea" Benedict, 74, of Maxey Valley, died Thursday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Born March 19, 1930, in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Sarah Turpin Crowe. She was a homemaker and a member of Ellisburg Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, George L. Benedict; two sons, David Benedict of Danville and Freddy Benedict of Maxey Valley; a daughter, Phyllisha Stuckey of San Antonio, Texas; four brothers, Eugene Crowe of Liberty, J.T. Crowe of Danville and Donnie and Glen Crowe, both of Maxey Valley; a sister, Nancy Griffin of Maxey Valley; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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