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Obituaries, October 18, 2021 | Obituaries

Gwendolyn Jones Barber Shop

Gwendolyn Jones Barber, 74, of Houston, Texas, formerly Murray, Kentucky, died on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston.

She was born on March 16, 1947 in Murray, the daughter of William Carlos Jones and Ruby Mae Jones.

She was a retired medical practice and a graduate of Murray High School.

In addition to her parents, her husband Phillip “Phil” preceded Owen Barber in death; one son, Edward “Ed” Owen Barber; a sister, Sara Jane Phillips; and one brother, William Mac Jones.

Mrs. Barber leaves behind a son, William “Scott” Barber and his wife Lisa from Houston; a daughter-in-law, Sloan Barber of Sugar Land, Texas; five grandchildren, Eleanor Ann Barber, William Nathan Barber, Jacob Scott Barber, Chloe Elizabeth Barber, and Nora Jane Barber; and many dear nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services. The burial takes place in the Salem cemetery. The visit will take place on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 from 2 p.m. in the funeral home.

Online condolences can be posted at

The JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services is responsible for the arrangements.

Glenn Hansen

Glenn Hansen, 86, of Hardin, Kentucky, died of natural causes at the Ray & Kay Eckstein Hospice Center in Paducah, Kentucky on Friday, October 15.

He was born on January 23, 1935 in Peoria, Illinois, to Theodore and Lois Livengood Hansen.

He retired from Caterpillar and loved his family, fishing and hunting.

In addition to his parents, his first wife Marian Hansen and a son, Mark Hansen, preceded him in death.

Mr. Hansen leaves his wife Dortha Hansen von Hardin behind; one son, Greg Hansen of Peoria; two daughters, Angelia Hansen from Huffman, Texas, and Christine Hansen from Murray; a sister, Joyce Mastronardi of Peoria; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life was held at Unity Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Hardin on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 2 p.m. with Brad Braisen officiating.

The Todd County Funeral Home was responsible for the preparations.

Edna Calhoun McKinney

Edna Calhoun McKinney, 90, died on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House in Murray. After a long illness she is now at home with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

She was born on February 20, 1931, to Roy Calhoun and Mary Luton Calhoun Ahart on their family farm on the Cumberland River in Trigg County, Kentucky. She grew up “between the rivers” and valued her relationships with family and friends who lived in this close community.

Edna graduated from Trigg Count High School at the age of 16 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. While still in college, she taught elementary school at Golden Pond, and after graduating from Murray State University in 1951, she taught in Paducah, where she met her husband, John D. McKinney. Their loving marriage was celebrated on June 28, 1952 in the First Baptist Church of Golden Pond.

During the next 30 years of John’s engineering career in construction management, he and Edna lived in 14 different states and two other countries. They tried to be active members of every community in which they lived. In each location, they made it a priority to join a local Baptist church where they would worship and serve God with other believers.

Edna graduated from the University of Wyoming with postgraduate courses and enjoyed other teaching opportunities, but her focus was on making homes for John and their two daughters, Mary and Martha. She volunteered in her schools and helped with their activities.

Edna was really a “person” and enjoyed making new friends. Although she and her family moved frequently, she tried to keep in touch with colleagues, neighbors, and members of her “church family” from where she lived. She retained many of these relationships for the rest of her life.

Following John’s untimely death in 1982, Edna returned to Murray to live close to and participate in their families, including their grandchildren. She also enjoyed close contact with other relatives and friends and particularly enjoyed participating in reunion and homecoming activities “between the rivers”.

For nearly 40 years she was a loyal member of the First Baptist Church of Murray and the Phoebian Sunday School class. She was engaged in missionary work – undertaking church mission trips, organizing local mission projects, and taking on leadership roles in the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) – both at the church level through the Dorothy Group, in the Blood River Baptist Association, and as a member of the board of the Kentucky Baptist WMU. She was also part of the delta division of the Murray Woman’s Club.

Edna liked to travel. She and John visited all 50 states with their daughters. Later she accompanied her grandchildren on many road trips across the country. She also enjoyed traveling with tour groups and the older adults of the Church.

Besides her husband, her parents preceded her in death; her stepfather Seldon Ahart; her brother Kelsie Calhoun and her wife Doris; and a nephew, Tracy Calhoun.

Edna leaves behind two daughters, Mary Fitch and husband David of Franklin, Tennessee, and Martha Parker and husband David of Murray; three grandchildren, Andrew Parker (Callie) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stephen Parker (Lindsay) from Greenville, South Carolina, and Matthew Parker from Dallas, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Henry and Millie Parker of Greenville; and a nephew, Mike Calhoun of Murray.

The funeral will take place on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Murray. The tour will take place on Monday, October 18th, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church.

Expressions of condolences may be directed to First Baptist Church, 203 S. Fourth St., Murray, KY 42071, (World Missions Offering or Family Life Center Fund).

Online condolences can be posted at

The JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Service is responsible for the arrangements.

Sammy Bradshaw


Mr. Sammy Bradshaw, 78, of Murray died on Wednesday October 13, 2021 at Murray Calloway County Hospital.

Mr. Bradshaw was born in Calloway County on September 23, 1943, to William Kimball Bradshaw and Ruby Jones. He proudly served his country in the US Army, enlisting at the age of 17 and serving in Seoul, Korea. Sammy loved cars, motorcycles, and lake fishing. He also enjoyed participating in cowboy shoots where his nickname was “Prairie Dog Jake”. Prior to becoming chief security officer for the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office, Sammy served for many years as the Animal Control Officer in Calloway County. He was a member of the FOP Lodge and a proud member of the Patriot Guard. He and his wife Shellie were members of the Christian Fellowship Church, but long visits to the Calvary Temple in Murray. Many will miss him very much.

He was preceded by his parents, William Kimball Bradshaw and Ruby Jones and the brothers Danny Shankle and Bill Bradshaw.

Those who still have wonderful memories include his loving wife, Shellie Bradshaw, of Murray, who is almost 57 years old; one son, Tim Bradshaw (Carolyn) of Murray; one daughter, Krista Gallimore (Tim) from Puryear; a brother, Nick Shankle (Sharon) from Channelview, TX; two sisters, Charlotte Williamson (Lyn) of Humble, TX, Linda Watson; a granddaughter, Chelsea Wells (Mark) of Murray; and sister-in-law, Gale Shankle of Spring, TX.

The memorial service in honor of the life of Mr. Sammy Bradshaw is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Heritage Chapel des Imes Funeral Home, 1804 Highway 121 Bypass North, Murray. Darrell Young will officiate at Murray City Cemetery and will be buried with military honors. Pallbearers are Mark Wells, Tim Bradshaw, Tim Gallimore, Chris Harper, Corey Reed, Kent Foy. Notable pallbearers include Roger Crouse, Joe Pat Hudson, David Hanningan, Lyn Williamson, Joe Crutcher, Jerry Jones, and Jim Tipton.

His family welcomes visitors to the Heritage Chapel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Expressions of condolences may take the form of donations to the Calloway County Humane Society, 607 Poplar St # A, Murray, KY 42071.

Please join family and friends in honoring the life of Mr. Sammy Bradshaw by visiting and posting your obeisances and memories.

The Heritage Chapel of Imes Funeral Home is entrusted with the care of Mr. Sammy Bradshaw’s family.

(The Heritage Chapel of Imes Funeral Home & Crematory in downtown Murray is responsible for the preparations and has provided all editorial content for this obituary.)

Stephen Cook Sanders


Stephen Cook Sanders died at his home on Friday, October 15, 2021.

He was born on January 26, 1941.

He was a retired attorney serving the Murray Ward.

His parents, Cook and Enid Sanders, preceded him in death.

Stephen leaves behind his wife, Mary Warren Swann Sanders; a son, William Cook Sanders and wife Amy and their daughter Claire Croiser; a sister, Ann Smith (Bill) of Madisonville; a brother, Tommy Sanders of Murray; two nephews, Brad Barber (Lucia) from Detroit, Michigan and Stephen Barber (Tiffany) from Napa, California; and a niece, Allison Leonard (Ben) from Providence. He also leaves some special friends, Lee Holcomb, Buddy Farris, Jerry Matthews, Stuart Poston, Charles Walston, Howard Brandon, GT Brandon and his precious dog DazMo.

There are no public services.

Expressions of condolences can be addressed to Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House, 803 Poplar St., Murray, KY 42071.

Online condolences can be posted at

JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services is responsible for the arrangements.

Terry Duane Rule


Terry Duane Rule, 59, of Coldwater Ward, died on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

He was born on February 1, 1962 in Murray, Kentucky.

He was employed at Drywall Systems Plus.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Rufus Rule and Nora Mae Rule; and maternal grandparents, Monroe Wilkerson and Clellon Wilkerson.

Mr. Rule is survived by his parents, Gerald and Shirley Wilkerson Rule of Coldwater; a son, Coady Duane Rule and Shayla Phillips of Farmington; a sister, Sherri Rule Brawner and husband Chad of Gleason, Tennessee; a granddaughter, Rilynn Jean Rule of Farmington; a niece, Chasney Brawner; and a nephew, Chandler Brawner.

The memorial service will take place on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services under the direction of Luke Puckett. The visit will take place on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the funeral home.

Online condolences can be posted at

The JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services is responsible for the arrangements.

Nancy Roberts Thurman

Nancy Roberts Thurman, 79, of Murray, Kentucky, died at NHC Cool Springs in Franklin, Tennessee on Friday, October 15, 2021.

The arrangements at JH Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services are incomplete.

Ricky Lee Smith

Ricky Lee Smith, 50, of Mayfield, Kentucky, died at his residence on Friday, October 15, 2021.

At the Imes Funeral Home in downtown Murray, the arrangements are incomplete.

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