Member Obituaries

Psalm 73:26 

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.


Tommy E. Barnhill

Tommy E. Barnhill, of Paris, departed this life on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at his home, with family by his side, having attained the age of 76 years. He was born in Georgetown, Kentucky, on August 8, 1944, the son of the late J.T. and Geneva Sharon Barnhill, was a high school graduate, a truck driver for Northside R.V., and a lifetime member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, having loved motorcycles. He never met a stranger as he loved talking and joking around with everyone he met, loved watching old television shows, and John Prine. He was a member of the Hutchison United Methodist Church.

Surviving is his wife, Margaret Fogle Barnhill; children, Jimmy (Andrea) Barnhill, Patty (Jeff) Sallee; five grandchildren, Ashley (Joseph) Brashear, Heather (Todd) Phillips, Josh (Allie) Sallee, Jeremy (Katie) Sallee, and Stephanie Barnhill. Also surviving are seven great grandchildren, Easton, Elliana, Ava, Anniston, Amelia, Owen, and Evelyn; as well as three special great grandchildren, Bryson, Karlee, and Kaley.

The funeral service of Tommy E. Barnhill will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at Hinton-Turner Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Greer and Rev. Fred Cunningham officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memory Gardens with casket bearers being Josh Sallee, Jeremy Sallee, Wayne Gillispie, Scotty Power, William E. Dawson, and Randy Power. Honorary bearers are Gary Power and Ron Wright. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Hinton-Turner Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Flora Ann Holliday Wright

Flora Ann Holliday Wright, wife of Ronald Wright, departed this life on Sunday, March 7, 2021, at her home, with family by her side, having attained the age of 76 years. She was born on December 19, 1944, in Pleasant Plain, Ohio, the daughter of Larkin and Olga Gayheart Holliday, was a graduate of M.C. Napier High School in Hazard, Kentucky, as well as Cosmetology School from the University of the Cumberlands, and a member of Hutchison United Methodist Church.


In addition to her husband, Ronald, she is survived by two daughters, Sheri (Charles) Glover, and Sean (Dr. Rodney) McMillin. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Morgan Broyles, Mason Broyles, Lauren Young, Olivia Young; two nieces, Malinda Combs, Sharon Neace; and a nephew, Johnny Begley. Flora was preceded in death by her sisters, Irene Begley, twin sister Florence Jean Combs; and nephews, Chester “Chet” Combs and Shannon Larkin “Moose” Combs. There will be a private funeral service held for Flora Ann Holliday Wright at Hutchison United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Groves and Rev. Fred Cunningham officiating, with interment in Evergreen Memory Gardens. A drive by visitation will be on Thursday, March 11, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. until 12 Noon at Hutchison United Methodist Church.


John Warren Gorrell Sr.

John Warren Gorrell, husband of Virginia Lee Gorrell, father of Warren and Jim Gorrell and Tracy and Paul Sipes and a long-time resident of Lexington and Paris, KY, passed away on November 10, 2019 after a brief illness. He was 88. Born on July 21, 1931 in Barberton, Ohio to Oscar M. Gorrell and Elsie V. Gorrell, John was raised primarily in East Tennessee and Western Kentucky. He graduated from Owensboro High School in 1949 and the University of Kentucky with a BS in Engineering in 1954.

John worked as a civil engineer with CJ Fuller Engineers, ultimately becoming the President and majority owner. While with Fuller, he worked primarily on highway design and construction and oversaw the design of portions of several major highways, including the Western Kentucky Parkway, the Mountain Parkway and Interstate 64 in Virginia. Following his career as an engineer, he was a single-family home builder in Bourbon and Fayette Counties. He retired in 2016. Following his retirement, he loved to spend time with Jenny and his children, grandchildren, and his friends and he loved being outside working in his garden and mowing his yard (which he did up until last month). He also was active in Hutchison United Methodist Church, a trustee of Lindsey Wilson College, a member of the Bourbon County Joint Planning Commission, and a past President of the Kentucky-Tennessee District Kiwanis Foundation.


John is survived by his wife Jenny, his four sons, Warren Gorrell and his wife Cathy (McLean, VA), Jim Gorrell and his wife Lou (Lexington), Tracy Sipes and his wife Karen (Paris), and Paul Sipes and his wife Chrissie (Paris); by his ten grandchildren, Sarah Kulkarni and her husband Akshay (New York, NY), Courtney Anderson and her husband Troy (Arlington, VA), Michael Gorrell and his wife Lauren (Salt Lake City, UT), Dr. Elizabeth Gorrell (Conway, SC), Catherine Gorrell (Lexington), Tyler Sipes and his wife Morgan (Frankfort), Shelby Sipes (Paris), Garrett Sipes (Paris), Ryan Sipes (Lexington), and Camryn Sipes (Paris); and by his four great grandchildren, Tara and Karina Kulkarni (New York, NY), Jaycee Wallin (Bowling Green), and Carson Sipes (Paris).


A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 16, at 1:00pm at Hutchison United Methodist Church, 251 Hutchison Road, Paris. The family will receive friends from 12:00pm until the service and will host a reception at the church following the service and burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Hutchison United Methodist Church, 251 Hutchison Road, Paris, KY 40361.


John will be missed by his family and friends.

The funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home, 1120 Main St., Paris, KY 40361. 



Jean Henson Sosby


Jean Henson Sosby, 82, wife of Earl Bryant Sosby, Jr. for over 62 years, passed away at her home on Sunday, July 14, 2019. She was born March 27, 1937 to Edward Clay Henson and Martha Henson in Clark County, Kentucky. She was a longtime devoted member of Hutchison United Methodist Church. Jean was an office worker for several years, enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles and for many years enjoyed golfing trips and boating with their friends from Lake Cumberland.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a sister, Alma Henson (Bill) Redmon of Bourbon County, two brothers: Henry (Betty) Henson of Lexington and William Mark (Gwenkie) Henson of North Middletown. Two sisters-in-law: Mrs. Janice Hill (John, deceased) Sosby, Paris and Mrs. Judy (Mike) Juett, Winchester. Three brothers-in-law: Howard (Ada) Sosby, and Glenn (Nellie Sosby, deceased) Jenkins, Winchester and David (Linda) Sosby, Nicholasville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Sara Henson (Jerry) Price. She is survived by four loving nieces: Martha Price (Gary) McFarland, Cindy Price (Will) Southerland, Sally Price (Doug) Witt, all of Bourbon County and DeAnna (Chris) Blackwell of Whitesburg, Georgia. Also survived by lots of other nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the Hinton-Turner Funeral Home, in Paris, KY., conducted by Reverend James Groves with burial to follow in the Paris Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 pm on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers: Gary McFarland, Will Southerland, Doug Witt, Chris Blackwell, Tony Sosby, and Bryan Smith. Honorary Pallbearers: Jim and Kaye Dearing, Denzil and Myra Vanderpool, George Luckey, Tim Sosby, Eddie Sosby, Jay Turner, MG (R) Bill Barron, Gary Curry, Glenn Jenkins, Ronnie Wright, Janice Sosby, Sandy Jacoby and Edda Estes. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Hutchison United Methodist Church, 251 Hutchison Road, Paris, KY 40361, the United Methodist Home for Children, 1115 Ashgrove Road, Nicholasville, KY 40356 or a charity of one’s choice.

Grateful Appreciation to the many caregivers of the Bluegrass Care Navigators and, especially, Mrs. Debbie Caldwell, RN.


Elizabeth Ann Moreland Osbourne Barker 

Elizabeth Ann Moreland Osborne Barker, 89, widow of the late Robert W. Osborne, the father of her children and the late Marvin Barker, died Saturday June 1, 2019 at Baptist Health, Lexington, KY. 

A native of Bourbon County, KY, she was the daughter of the late Emery and Gladys Watkins Moreland. She was a retired employee of Rand – McNally and was a member of Hutchison United Methodist Church. 

She is survived by one son, Robin L. (Katie) Osborne; four grandchildren, Scott Osborne, John Osborne, Karlyle Osborne and Patricia (Chris) Owens; three great grandchildren, Kyle Owens, Tyler Osborne and Rylie Osborne; sister –in-law, Jane Moreland and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

In addition to her husbands and parents, she was also preceded in death by one son, Ricky Osborne; one brother, Bobby Moreland; one half brother, Frank Moreland and three half sisters, Martha Johnson, Laura Smits and Grace Wilson. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 PM Thursday June 6, 2019 at the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home, 1120 Main St., Paris, KY by Rev. James Groves. Burial will be in the Evergreen Memory Gardens, Paris, KY. 


Visitation will be from 10:00 AM Thursday June 6, 2019 until the hour of service at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Scott Osborne, John Osborne, Dan Easley, Dave McCann, Jarrod Dungan and Robbie Moreland. Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Hutchison United Methodist Church, 251 Hutchison Rd., Paris, KY 40361. 

The funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home, 1120 Main St. Paris, KY.


Lucille Margaret VanCoppenolle Jacoby


 Lucille Margaret VanCoppenolle Jacoby, 92, widow of Houston Jacoby, died Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Bourbon Community Hospital. She was born August 2, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, daughter of the late Frank and Celina Debalke VanCoppenolle and was a member of Hutchison United Methodist Church.


Lucille is survived by two sons, George (Sandy) Jacoby, Lexington, Jay (Susan) Jacoby, Paris; five grandchildren, Jennifer Pietsch, Michigan, Jessica (Sean) Daniels, Michigan, Allyson (Jon) Clinkenbeard, Paris, Jayson (Ashley) Jacoby, Paris, John (Taylor) Jacoby, Nashville, Tennessee, Katie Jacoby, Louisville; and seven great grandchildren. A brother, Joseph VanCoppenolle, preceded her in death.


Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 10, at Hinton-Turner Funeral Home with burial in Paris Cemetery. Casket bearers will be William Snell, Sean Daniels, David Garey, Tracy Sipes, Larry Terrell, and Steve Long. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.



Shuck Wilson Tucker Sr.


Shuck Wilson Tucker, Sr., 90, Paris, husband of Emilie Margaret Moore Tucker, passed away July 29, 2018. Born to the late Harry Burgess Tucker, Sr. and Margaret Johnson Tucker on April 19, 1928 in Lexington, he was an active member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church and Hutchison United Methodist Church in Bourbon County. During his younger days, he attended Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church. He was a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran. He was a farmer during his working years, and also supplemented the family’s income by trucking water, cattle, and newspapers for the Herald-Leader and working at the tobacco warehouse. He was a social person who was a great helper in the community. 


In addition to his loving wife of 63 years, he is survived by his four children: Shuck Wilson (Jacqueline) Tucker, Jr., Margaret Jane Eldridge, Anna Louise (David) Montgomery, and Melinda Jo Tucker; six grandchildren, Shuck Wilson (Heather) Tucker, III, William Tucker, and Dakota Tucker, Amanda Lynn Eldridge and Whitney Morgen Eldridge, Zachary Tyler Tucker, and Elliot Smith; six great-grandchildren, Katelynn Edwards and Isabella Tucker, and Brandon Tucker and Ryan Tucker, Alexandria Bills and Joshua Green; and five nieces, Judy Hensley, Mary Ginter, Phyllis Johnson, Sarah Hilliard, and Marjorie Lynch; and sister-in-law Kathy (Charlie) Wilson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his six siblings, Elizabeth Grover Hensley, Blanche Scott Hensley, Margaret Reed Tucker, Harry Burgess Tucker, Jr., Graham Johnson Tucker, and David Ray Tucker; a niece Peggy Lamb and 2 nephews, Harry Tucker and Harry Hensley.


The visitation will take place Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 5:00 pm until 9:00pm at Milward-Broadway. The funeral will occur Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 1:00pm at Milward-Broadway. Burial will follow at Lexington Cemetery. The pallbearers will be Bobby Tucker, Johnny Tucker, Jimmy Tucker, Wes Hensley, David Tucker, and Tommy Turner. The honorary pallbearers will be Judy Woosley, Ann Hollingsworth, Fra Vaughn, David Clarkson, Harold Bates, Davita of Paris, Sara Durham, Ronnie Chanslor, Greg and Judy Wade, Don and Carolyn Shields, Steve and Phyllis Belchelder, Donald and Wanda Thompson.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building funds at Hopewell Presbyterian Church or Hutchison United Methodist Church, both in Bourbon County. 


Marvin P. Barker

 Marvin P. Barker, 79, passed away Monday, July 10, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital. He was born March 13, 1938 to the late Oliver Ray and Beatrice Willoughby Barker. He was a member of the Hutchinson United Methodist Church.


He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth M. Barker; one step son, Robin Osborne (Katie) of Lexington, KY; one brother, Ronald Barker (Louise) of Winchester, KY; four grandchildren; and one great grandchild. 


In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one step son, Ricky Osborne.

 Funeral services will be held 1 PM, Friday, July 14, 2017 at Taul Funeral Home with Rev. James Groves and Rev. Fred Cunningham officiating with burial following at Machpelah Cemetery. Friends may visit 11 AM-1 PM, Friday, July 14, 2017. Pallbearers will be Dennis Taulbee, Richard Rainey, Robert Willoughby, David Willoughby, Dan Easley and Robert Moreland.


Lucy Kenney Thomas Snell

Lucy Kenney Thomas Snell, 91, died on July 28, 2016.  She was born on September 5, 1924 in Bourbon County, Kentucky where she resided most of her life.  She was a 1942 graduate of Clintonville High School and a proud 1947 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Journalism.  During her college years she worked on staff at the Ohio County News in Hartford, Kentucky and was also employed in Johnson City, Tennessee for a company building materials for World War II.

After college she worked in fashion advertising for several major Lexington retailers and for the Lexington Herald Leader. She also served as a church secretary for Rhodes Thompson at Paris Christian Church and was a teacher for the Paris City School and Sayre School in Lexington.  She married her best friend and next-door neighbor, Marion Snell on August 20, 1950 at Antioch Christian Church.


While she was employed in several different capacities, her true passion was with the land. She was always so proud to tell everyone, “I am a farmer”. She worked beside her parents, William Kenney and Myra Thomas and her husband, Marion, on their family farms on the Paris-Lexington Road. She took over the farming operation after Marion died in 1974, primarily raising cattle and tobacco.  Even into her 80s, she loved walking the farm daily to observe God’s beautiful creation and writing poetry about Kentucky’s Magic Bluegrass and The Giant Sycamore.


Like her college professor, Dr. Thomas Clark, she loved history, especially of her local community, Hutchison, and was so proud of her family heritage consisting of the Jacobys, McLeods, Kenneys, and Thomases. 


As a life-long learner, she returned to the University of Kentucky in the 1980s and 1990s to take agriculture and art classes as part of the UK Donovan Program. This opportunity led to art study trips out west and abroad to Ireland, Spain, and France. She studied art under Joseph Fitzpatrick and Robert Foose and admired the art of Monet and Paul Sawyer.


For several decades she followed her mother as the pianist/organist at the Hutchison Methodist Church where she was a life-long member and led the women’s Sunday School class. She was also a member of the Jemima Johnson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for more than 50 years and was inducted into the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture.


The family wishes to express sincere thanks to the great care for Ms. Lucy at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Richmond Place (Brookdale) and Bourbon Heights. A special thanks for her dear friends at Richmond Place, John Beard, Pete Hinkle, Debbie Brackett, Pauline Mack, Grace Clark, Sonja Dudley and many others.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Hutchison United Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Marion Daily Snell and a brother, Houston Kenney Thomas. She is survived by her sons Kenney (Cathy) McLeod Snell and William (Amy) Marion Snell, and her three granddaughters Ellen, Lucy Ann, and Caroline. 


Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2016, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hinton-Turner Funeral Home in Paris and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Hutchison United Methodist Church, 251 Hutchison Road, on Monday, August 1, 2016. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. at Hutchison United Methodist Church on August 1st followed by burial in the Paris Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Will Snell, Kenney Snell, David Henry Snell, John Snell, George Jacoby, Jay Jacoby, Lloyd Stafford, and John Gorrell. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and staff at Richmond Place.



Bobby June Moreland


Bobby June Moreland, 83, retired farmer, U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War serving aboard the USS Merrick, husband of Jane Marsh Moreland, died Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Saint Joseph East in Lexington. He was born September 19, 1932 in Bourbon County, son of the late Emery and Gladys Watkins Moreland. Bobby attended Bourbon County schools, a member and past president of Bourbon County Farm Bureau, past board member of Southern States Cooperative, a Kentucky Colonel, and a member and board chairman of Hutchison United Methodist.


In addition to his wife, Bobby is also survived by a son, Robert (Charlotte) Moreland; daughter, Pamela (Dan) Easley; daughter-in-law, Mary Moreland; sister, Elizabeth Ann (Marvin) Barker; six grandchildren, Jarrod (Maggie) Dungan, Kennon Berry, Alaina (John) McClanahan, Derek (Sarah) Moreland, Shannon (D.J.) Hill, Kelley (Nico) Navarro; and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Moreland; a brother, Frank Moreland; and three sisters, Laura Smits, Grace Wilson, and Martha Johnson.


Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 26, at Hinton-Turner Funeral Home by Rev. Garry Stith with burial in Paris Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Marvin Barker, O.B. Reynolds, Gene Barber, Larry Barber, Melvin Marsh, and Paul McCauley. Honorary bearers will be Dr. Mohamad Al-Abed, Paris-Bourbon County EMS, WEDCO Health Services employees, and Divita Dialysis employees. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday.


Memorials are suggested to Hutchison United Methodist Church.