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March 20, 2015

Alumnus Passing - Mary Louise Riddell Moore, Class of 1950

Mary Louise Riddell Moore 83, of Indianapolis, passed away on March 11, 2015. On Friday, March 20, 2015 there will be visitation from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church with The Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 a.m. with interment at New Crown Cemetery. She is survived by her sons, Rev. Robert T. Moore, Sr. (Gloria), Deacon Frederick J. Moore, Sr. (Bernice), Archie L. Moore (Arlene), Anthony R. Moore, and Kevin R. Moore, Sr. (Natalie); daughter, Selena F. Stowers (Robert N. Stowers, II) 19 grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sister, Edna Deal; aunt, Margaret Jouett.

Attending Lincoln Institute, Mary was the 1950 "Miss Home-Coming" and upon graduation was selected to receive the C.C. Stoll Cup for Best All-Round Girl.

Final arrangements have been entrusted to Stuart Mortuary, Inc.
Expressions of condolence and sympathy should be directed to: www.stuartmortuary.


March 19, 2015

Alumnus Passing - Marjorie J. Shirley Hoskin, Class of 1955

April 27, 1937 – January 30, 2015

Marjorie Inez Shirley was born on April 27, 1937, the youngest of 12 children to parents James Corbitt Shirley and Clora Ellen Clark (Shirley) in Randolph, Kentucky. “Baby”, as her father “Pappy” and some siblings affectionately called her, left a lasting impression on everyone who came in contact with her. Her lacy of kind, thoughtful, God-fearing and loving ways drew everyone to love her.

Marjorie attended Metcalfe County Elementary School walking daily a multi-mile trek to a one room school house. Her fondness and aptitude for learning continued through high school. She attended Lincoln Institute of Kentucky where her sister and nieces attended at the same time. She worked off jobs, especially in the summer, to help contribute to the cost of her education.

Upon graduation, Marjorie moved to Chicago per the request of her mother to be near her sister, Mary, the only sibling in Chicago. She obtained work as a bookkeeper for a jeweler. One day, on a walk to the grocery store, she met Willis Hoskin, and on August 3, 1957, they married. To this union, three girls were born: Yolanda (deceased after birth), Denise and Janice. Marjorie and Willis were married until Willis’s passing in 2010.

A few years after retiring, Marjorie’s strength took center stage as she began her 24 year battle with cancer. Marjorie never tried to hide what she was going through. She believed being open and talking about it would help others. Many family members and friends would often talk to her when faced with their own cancer struggles and she was always there with her knowledge and encouragement.

She is preceded in death by her daughter Yolanda; husband Willis: parents J.C. and Clora Shirley; brothers Dennis, Cleo, and John; sisters, Zena Sartin, Odella Anderson and Lillian Staton. Marjorie is survived by her two daughters Denise and Janice; a granddaughter Chantel; three grandsons, Charles Daniel, Cameron and Keenan; one brother, George Shirley; four sisters, Zella Burris, Magnolia Hayes, Myrtle Russell and Mary Lou Love; three sisters-in-law, Gwendolyn (Alvin) Peer, Sally (George) Shirley and Louise Woods Hoskin; one aunt, Lurean Ersery, with whom she shared a special relationship; one uncle Thomas Franklin Vaughn; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

All who knew her were blessed by her presence in the world.


March 7, 2015

Alumnus Passing - Lylia Jones Barbour

On the afternoon of March 2, 2015, Lylia Mae Barbour peacefully drew her last breath and entered the kingdom of heaven to be with our Lord.

Lylia Mae Jones was born on December 22, 1932, and grew up in Campbellsburg, Kentucky. She was the second child and only daughter born to Emma Cecile Foxx Jones and George Oldham Jones, Sr.

Lylia accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior as a child at Campbellsburg Second Baptist Church in Campbellsburg, Kentucky. She later continued to respond to God’s call on her life by faithfully serving as a member of Brownsboro Baptist Church. There, she diligently served as Sr. Choir President, Sunday School Secretary, and Treasurer of the Missionary Society. Lylia also served on and chaired numerous church committees and programs, and earnestly served in any capacity that was needed. Her loving and caring spirit was a genuine asset, as she frequently visited those in convalescence to provide them with companionship, encouragement, support, and prayer.

Lylia attended the Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville, Kentucky, reigned as May Day Queen, and served as President of the Lincoln Institute Alumni Association. Lylia attended St. Helena University (now Sullivan University), and Kentucky State University.

She was employed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and retired after more than twenty five years from the Women’s Correctional Facility in Pewee Valley, Kentucky. Additionally, she received the honor of Kentucky Colonel, and was a member of the Household Ruth Sisters.


March 1, 2015


We now have “Digital Yearbooks” available. The first Lincoln Tower was for the year 1939 and the last one produced was for the last class in 1966. That’s right, we can send you a copy of any yearbook from 1939 -1966 on a DVD and you can view your yearbook on your computer.

It was cost prohibitive to have yearbooks reprinted so the “digital” version is a great compromise. To cover the cost of your first yearbook it will cost $20. This will cover reproduction cost, shipping and handling. We can add additional yearbooks for a cost of $5 each up to a total of four (4) on one DVD.

EXAMPLE – if you graduated in 1962 and wanted the 3 years leading up to your graduation, we can send you 1962 for $20 or all four years; 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1962 for $35 on one DVD.

Your checks should be mailed to my home address:

Gary W. Brown
5013 Lupreese Lane
Versailles, KY 40383

The reproduction is very high quality and we think you will be well pleased. Please make your checks payable to the National Lincoln Institute Alumni Association. All proceeds will be deposited by our national treasurer and will be applied to help fund the cost of the planned Lincoln Institute Alumni House adjacent to the Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial House on the campus.

Feel free to email me with any questions at or give me a call at 859-621-9342.

A special thank you goes out to all the individuals donating yearbooks and those who loaned us yearbooks we did not have in our inventory to complete this project.

Gary W. Brown


February 21, 2015

National Lincoln Institute Alumni Association Meeting

The Breck-Meade Chapter will host our first meeting in 2015. Chapter President William Mack has provided the following information regarding the meeting.

The meeting will be on Saturday, April 11, 2015 beginning at 10:00 EST. The meeting location will be at the Clair Memorial United Methodist Church, 319 North 2nd Street, Irvington, KY 40146. The church’s phone number is (270) 547-6868.


January 25, 2015

Alumni Passing - Mae Maupin Walker
(Late submission)

Mae Walker age 71 of Burkesville, Kentucky passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green, KY. Mae was born on April 16, 1943 in Cumberland County, Kentucky to the late Will Maupin and Beulah Alexander Maupin. She was a member of Burkesville Community Church, a member of the homemakers club, and a former employee of the Cumberland County Board of Education. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Mack Walker on December 07, 2005, three brothers, Charles Maupin, William Maupin, and Alexander Murray, and five sisters, Gertrude Hurd, Dora Murray, Minnie Wilburn, Dorothy Farris, and Virginia Turner.

Survivors Include:
One Son- Mitchell Walker of Bowling Green, KY
Two Daughters- Stephanie Walker of Burkesville, KY and Felicia Wells of Bowling Green, KY
2 Grandchildren- Olivia Walker, and Ian Wells and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Mae attended Lincoln Institute and is buried in the Burkesville Cemetery.


January 22, 2015

Alumni Death - Pearl Washington Allen, Class of 1957

LAWRENCEBURG, Pearl Bennett Washington Allen, 77, wife of Thomas W. Allen, passed Jan 21, 2015. Service 11am Sat at Southern Star Baptist Church, 2304 Algonquin Pkwy., Louisville, KY. Visit 5-8pm Fri at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, KY, and after 10am Sat at the church.

Time and place of interment: 11:00 A.M., January 26, 2015 Sunset Memorial Gardens, Frankfort, KY.

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Jan. 22, 2015


January 11, 2015

Alumni Death - Paul Jesse Bradford, Class of 1959

Paul Jesse "Scram" Bradford Jr.,75, passed away Monday, January 5, 2015.Paul was baptized at an early age and a lifetime member of Elk Creek Missionary Baptist Church. He was employed at Wakefield Scearce Galleries for 40 years.He is survived by his children, Mark A. Bradford, Sr. (Jerrice), Jacqueline Smith (Milton), Tamarra Roach (David), Erika Bradford, (Alex); siblings, Wyolene Eldora Jones, Leo Bradford (Brenda) and Robert A. Bradford (Betty); eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral was held Friday, January 9, 2015 Jeffersontown, KY.


December 16, 2014

Alumni Death - Pearl Triplett Baynard, Class of 1961

Pearl (Triplett) Baynard, 71, of New Albany, Indiana was called home on Saturday, December 13, 2014. She was born on November 25, 1943 in Finchville, Kentucky, to Claude and Julia Triplett. She worked at General Electric for over 30 years. Pearl was a lifetime member of the American Legion and Daughters of ISIS. Pearl enjoyed traveling, broadway plays, Cancer Center Survivor Holiday Parties, and loved to wear scarves and spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Walter James Baynard III; sisters, Julia Rose, Virginia, and Finese; brother, Howard.

She is survived by her children, Letitia Posey (Melvin), Walter James Baynard IV(Leisha), Darnell G. Baynard, and Cedric S. Baynard(Sue); grandchildren, Jasmine, Jalissa, Walter, Whitney, Melvin, and Joseph; great-grandchildren, Ray Lyn, Miles, Lila, Kingston, Ariyah, Ava, and Avery; sisters, Suzanne Triplett, Evelyn Mack, Yvonne Triplett, and Mary Singleton; and brothers, Joe, Trim, Wade, George, and Melvin Triplett.

Visitation will be on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany, IN) from 4 to 8 PM. Her Funeral Service will be on Friday, December 19, 2014 at the funeral home at 11AM with burial to follow at Mt. Tabor Cemetery in New Albany.

In lieu of flowers, memorial expressions can be made to American Cancer Society (701 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard, Louisville, KY 40203).


November 15, 2014

Alumnus Passing, Harvey S. O'Bannon, Class of 1959

Harvey S. O'Bannon, Jr.73, passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014.

He was a retired employee at the Brown & Williamson and a former employee at Rite Aid.

He is survived by his daughter, Lyssa Mixon (Wesley).

Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday November 15, 2014 at G.C. Williams; Visitation after 10 a.m.

Published in The Courier-Journal on Nov. 13, 2014


November 9,2014

Georgia Taylor, Meade County's First Minority Principal

Georgia Taylor, a Meade County native, has been named as principal for Flaherty Elementary School in Flaherty, Ky. Meade County School Superintendent John Millay briefly spoke on Taylor’s background in administration.“She is a positive, caring educator that is highly skilled in communication, leadership skills, instruction, and building relationships,” Millay explained. “Georgia is a native of Meade County. She grew up in the Flaherty area, attended Ekron Elementary, Stuart Pepper Middle School and graduated from Meade County High School. Georgia earned a Bachelor of Science in Business (accounting major through Murray State), then a Masters in Elementary Education at Indiana University Southeast.

Taylor has worked in the Jefferson County School District at Sara Belle Wellington Elementary since August 2004, and has been an assistant principal there since 2012. “In addition to all of her outstanding qualifications and accomplishments,” Millay explained. “We are also pleased and excited to announce that Georgia Taylor is also Meade County’s first minority administrator /principal.”

Taylor added, “Authentic and trusting relationships change lives. All students are entitled to a quality education. They deserve to learn in a caring environment and feel respected and valued as individuals. The positive, daily interactions that we have with each other are the kinds that make a difference in the lives of others. I hope to empower and motivate teachers and staff to promote success for our students and school. I was profoundly affected by my experiences while in the Meade County School System and I want to be a principal who will bring positive and supportive experiences to the students, families, and staff members at Flaherty Elementary School.

(Georgia Taylor is the daughter of Rev. Lewis Taylor and Mrs. Dorothy Taylor who attended Lincoln Institute in 1953 and is an active member of the Breck-Meade Chapter of the National Alumni Association, Inc.)


November 9,2014

National Lincoln Institute Alumni Meeting

The Lawrenceburg Chapter hosted the November meeting in Lawrenceburg. There was a great turn-out for the meeting with 45 alumni members in attendance. Many subjects were discussed and Rose Washington Cunningham was elected Corresponding Secretary to fill an open position. In addition, Barbara Snow President of the Louisville Alumni Chapter was elected to fill the position as alumni representative to the Lincoln Foundation Board.

The next alumni national meeting with be hosted by the Breck-Meade chapter.

2014 - 2016 Alumni Officers

Gary Brown-------------President
Daisy Jones------------Vice-President
Herbert Dorsey---------Treasurer
Thelzeda Moore---------Recording Secretary
Shirley Mumphrey-------Treasurer
Rose Cunningham--------Corresponding Secretary
John Cunningham--------Parliamentarian

November 2, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Mack Turner, Class of 1958

(August 5, 1940 - September 16, 2014)

Mack Turner, age 74 of Clarksville, TN passed away Tuesday, September 16,2014 at Jennie Stuart Medical Center. His funeral was held at 12 noon Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Greater Ebenezer AME Church. Burial Kentucky Veterans Cemetery.

He was born August 5,1940 in Burksville, KY to the late Godfrey and Mary McDowell Turner.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory wife, Jean Caldwell Turner; son Tray Turner, Nashville,TN; sister Lola Turner, Hopkinsville,KY and a host of family and friends. He was a 1958 graduate of Lincoln Institute.


October 7, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Arnold Woodie Wright, Class of 1957

ARNOLD W. "WOODIE" JR., age 74, on October 2, 2014.

Funeral Service will be 11 A.M., Thursday, October 9, 2014, at Shiloh Baptist Church, 340 Rev. S. Howard Woodson Jr. Way, Trenton NJ. Calling hours will be 9 A.M. until time of Service at the Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to March of Dimes , 1019 W. 9th Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406.

Arrangements HUGHES FUNERAL HOME, Trenton NJ.
Further arrangements are by the Rogers Funeral Home in Frankfort KY.

Published on on Oct. 7, 2014 - See more at:


October 6 2014

Alumnus Passing - Ernestina Chambers Shouse, Class of 1965

Ernestina Chambers Shouse, 67, Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at her home following a long illness. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Willie Chambers and Ida Belle Jackson Chambers and the widow of Leo "Pete" Shouse. She was a Lincoln alumnus. Survivors include two sons, Allan (Tanesha) George Jr. of Louisville and Gregory (Lolita) George of Shelbyville; one daughter, Kina Miller of Louisville; one grandson, Allan George III, whom she raised; five sisters, Mary Willie Chambers of Simpsonville, Pauline (Paul) Evans of Simpsonville, Faye (Cline) Russell of Louisville and Barbara (John) Beach and Alice (Robert) Taylor, both of Shelbyville; three brothers, Lee Evans Jr. of Shelbyville, William C. (Jean) Evans of Versailles and Richard (Martha) Chambers of Louisville; five additional grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences at


September 2, 2014

Forrest and Dorothy Lee William's Celebrate 50 years

Forrest and Dorothy Lee William's celebrated 50 years of marriage on August 9, 2014 in Louisville, KY. A dinner was held for them at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Louisville.

Dorothy was a 1958 graduate of Lincoln Institute and was a member of the Lee family from Vine Grove, Kentucky.

We congratulate Dorothy and her husband Forrest on this significant achievement.


August 12, 2014

Alumni Passing - Lee Roy White, Class of 1950

Lee Roy White,84, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014.

He was a member of Watson Memorial Baptist Church, he retired from General Electric and was an Air Force veteran.

He is survived by his son, Terrance White Sr.; siblings, Mary Sheckles (Jay), Clara Burks (Henry), Luvenia Williams, William White (Cheryl), and Alice Anderson; grandchildren, Lee, Terrance Jr., Venus and LeeRoy White; sister-in-law, Eva M. White; and a host of family and friends.

Visitation: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Thursday, at his Church, 7217 Nachand Ln. with funeral service to follow at 1 pm. Burial: Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to A. D. Porter & Sons, 4501 Bardstown Road.


August 2, 2014

Lawrenceburg Alumni Chapter sponsors Community Picnic

The Lawrenceburg Chapter of the Lincoln Institute Alumni will host the Lawrenceburg Community Picnic, Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Anderson County Community Park, 1026 County Park Rd, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342. It will begin at 3 PM and run until 7 PM and will be held in the cool air of the Cooperative Extension Service Building at the park. Friends and families of Lincoln Institute Alumni are invited.

There will have a catered meal so you don’t have to bring anything except $8.00, the price of admission for adults, $6 for children under 12. You can’t eat on Saturday at McDonald’s any cheaper and look at all the fun you will have. We look forward to having a great time.

Tickets will be available from any of the Lawrenceburg Alumni Chapter members. Feel free to contact Pearl Allen @ 502-839-6229, Gary Brown @ 859-621-9342, Victor Brown @ 859-600-3477, or Rose Cunningham @ 502-839-4423.

On behalf of our chapter, thank you for your support. Proceeds benefit J.C. Cunningham Scholarship Fund. See you there!

Chapter President, Victor Brown


August 2, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Floyd Ritchie, Class of 1961

Floyd H. Ritchie, age 71, of Carrollton, KY, died on Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Hosparus Inpatient Care Center in Louisville, KY.

He was born November 2, 1942 in Smithfield, Henry County, KY, the son of the late Louis Benjamin Ritchie and Flora Lee Tinsley Ritchie. He was a graduate of the Lincoln Institute in Shelbyville, KY. He was retired from the former Ameriform Manufacturing Company in Milton, KY, as an Assembly Line Technician. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of LaGrange. In his spare time he enjoyed Golfing, Playing Tennis and Skiing.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Jean Brightwell Ritchie of Carrollton, KY, his son, Shannon Travaz Ritchie of Frankfort, KY, two daughters, Sherry Lavon Moore of Louisville, KY and Sierra Ritchie of Carrollton, KY, three brothers, Charles (Shirley) Ritchie of Marietta, GA, Authur Lewis (Ruth) Ritchie of Louisville, KY, Willie Lee (Valarie) Ritchie of Louisville, KY, three sisters, Mary Laverne (Ed) Brown of New Liberty, KY, Barbara Jean Ritchie Turner of Louisville, KY, and Betty Ann Ritchie of Nashville, TN, a step-brother, Frank (Margaree) Jordan of Louisville, KY, a step-sister, Etta Johnson of Cincinnati, OH, two grandchildren and five great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Services were held on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Family Worship Center in Carrollton, KY. Burial in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Carrollton.

Arrangements are entrusted with the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home.


August 2, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Mary Elizabeth Hall, Lincoln Institute Staff

Mary Elizabeth Hall 89, of Simpsonville, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Norton Suburban Hospital surrounded by her family. She worked in the culinary department at the former Lincoln Institute.

Her husband of 53 years, Willie Odell Hall, and one daughter, Tina Rochelle Hall, preceded her in death.

Survivors include eleven children, Melvin Hall, Sr. (Deloris), Barbara Trowell (Leon), Marvin Thomas Hall, Carolyn Hudson (Wilbert), Dorethea Richmond (Charles), Mary Lynn Floyd (Harry), Jacquelyn Hall, Darnell Hall, Teresa Kaye Hall-Cater (Terrell), Jeffery Hall and Paul Douglas Hall (Angela); two sisters, Gladys Wright and Billie Trowell (Alfonso); two brothers, Tommie Martin and Joseph Martin (Grinda); 30 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held July 28, 2014 at her church, Taylortown AME Zion Church, 10901 Ballardsville Rd., Louisville. Burial at Calvary Cemetery, Shelbyville.

Arrangements by Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences at


July 20, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Mary Josephine (Yocum) Edelen, Class of 1960

Mary Josephine (Yocum) Edelen, Class of 1960 passed July 19, 2014 in Bardstown. Her going home service was held in Springfield on July 24, 2014.


July 7, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Jesse Clyde Thomas, Class of 1958

Jesse Clyde Thomas, Jr., 74, husband of Fifty Three Years to Mae Evelyn Vaughn Thomas, died Monday, July 07, 2014 at the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital. Born December 4, 1939 in Lawrenceburg, he was the son of the late Jesse Clyde and Gillia Barber Thomas, Sr.. He was a retired Technician for IBM after twenty nine years and also retired from Lawrenceburg Transfer after ten years.

Jesse was a member of the Salt River Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and loved teaching the Bible to others. He and his wife hosted and taught Bible study classes each week. Jesse was well known for teaching through his jail ministry in Woodford County and also at the Isaiah House in Willisburg.

Survivors besides his wife include one son Jesse Clyde (Janet A.) Thomas, III of Louisville, two daughters: Lala Michele Coleman Williams of Fairview Heights, IL, and Dr. Jessica Elizabeth (Erwin) Bryant, Sr. of Lexington. One brother Daniel Eugene (Eula) Thomas of Frankfort, four grandchildren: Jasmine Coleman, Shelby Thomas, Jessie C. Thomas, IV, and Erwin Bryant, Jr. Jesse is also survived by special friends Kimble and Tracey Jones, Anna Katherine Taylor, Judy Jones, and Odell Moss.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. Carl Bush officiating.

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July 1, 2014

Alumnus Passing - David L. Stone, Class of 1958

David L. Stone, Age: 75 has passed.

Survivors include two daughters, Vanessa (George III) Calhoun of Louisville and Cynthia (George III) Nichols of Potomac, MD.

Visitation: 6 until 9 pm Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Clay Street Baptist Church
Funeral Service: 1 pm Thursday, July 3, 2014 Clay Street Baptist Church 1940 Midland Trail Shelbyville, KY 40065
Interment: Calvary Cemetery Shelbyville, KY


June 6, 2014

National Lincoln Institute Alumni Scholarships Announced

Each year scholarships are awarded to deserving applicants applying for scholarships through our alumni scholarship fund. This year $1000 scholarships were awarded to 3 deserving individuals.

Bryant Jackson
Western High School
Simmons Bible College of Kentucky
Theology and Counseling

Sabrina Johnson
Shelby County High School
University of Louisville

William Woodard
Central High School
University of Louisville
Business Administration

Congratulations to our awardees and their families.


June 4, 2014
Alumnus Passing - Willie Mae Nolen, Class of 1946

WILLIE MAE NOLEN, 85, of Pewee Valley, KY, passed away Saturday May 31, 2014 at Baptist Health East.

She was member of Kenwood Northeast Baptist Church, Oldham Co. Homemakers, a RSVP volunteer and the president of the Senior Center Board.

She had been employed as a nurse at Henry Ford Hospital and Jefferson County Nutrition Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ike Nolen.

She is survived by her daughter, Lillie Crockett; son Kenneth E. Floyd; goddaughters, Ruth Ritchie and Robin Gordon; 22 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be noon Saturday June 7, 2014, Kenwood Northeast Baptist Church. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until time of service at church. Burial will follow in Louisville Memorial Gardens East.


May 22. 2014

Alumnus Passing - Eleanor (Johnson) Jefferson, Class of 1955

Eleanor (Johnson) Jefferson, 76, died May 17, 2014. Her service will be held at the Haughville Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2017 East 20 Street, Indianapolis, Indiana on May 23, 2014. The Wake will be held at 9 a.m. and the Funeral Service will be held at 12 noon. Ms. Jefferson graduated from Lincoln in 1955 and was a native of Frankfort, Kentucky.


May 18, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Charles Louis Burks, Class of 1958

Charles Louis Burkes, age 75, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at his home.

Services for Mr. Burkes will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 19, 2014, in the chapel at Sunset Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation.

Mr. Burkes was born in Lawrenceburg, KY on July 7, 1938, the son of the late Harry Louis Burkes and Mary B. Polk. He retired from Hanson Building where he was a truck driver. Mr. Burkes was a member of Evergreen Baptist Church, Lawrenceburg.

He is survived by two daughters, Patricia (Roderick) Houston, Wichita, KS and Eledria Gatewood, Kennesaw, GA; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; three sisters, Jackie Redd, Carolyn Hudson, Lexington, KY and Leona (J.D.) Smith; a cousin, Sheila Burks, Atlanta, GA; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Walter and sister, Jean Penny.

His nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home.


May 13, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Mary Etta Wooten, Class of 1946

Mary Etta "Esty" Wooten, 87, Shelbyville, died Sunday, May 4, 2014 at her home following an illness. She was the last surviving of fifteen children of the late James B. and Minnie Lee Warren Wooten. She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute. She was an excellent cook and caterer, having worked for King's Daughters Hospital for many years. She also cooked for Kiwanis and for the Pollard, Mitchell and Wooten Families.

She was a lifelong, faithful member of the Clay Street Baptist Church, where she had previously sang in the Pastor's Choir and Senior Choir and served on the Kitchen Committee. She enjoyed reading her Bible, calling on sick friends, working in her garden, fishing and working crossword puzzles and word searches in her leisure time.
In addition to her parents, one daughter, Gwendolyn White, one son, Ronald Gay, nine sisters, Anna E. Sullivan, Ethel C. Gullion, Archie P. Wooten, Mason L. Hayes, Lillie M. Wooten, Etta K. Wooten, Mildred F. Wooten, Cecile Hayes and one unnamed infant sister; five brothers, James W. Wooten, Leonard R. Wooten, Austin L. Wooten, George A. Wooten and William M. Wooten and one daughter-in-law, Vicky Lee Wooten, preceded her in death.

Survivors include one daughter, Rosalyn I. Wakefield; two sons, Wayne Wooten and Aubrey Wooten; two life-long, devoted friends, Mary Anna McNeal and Dr. Wanda Lott Collins, all of Shelbyville; 16 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Clay Street Baptist Church.


April 24, 2014

Alumnus Passing - William Zeke Thomas

William "Zeke" Thomas, 84, Shelbyville, died Sunday, April 20, 2014 at University of Louisville Hospital following an illness. A native of Cropper, he was the son of the late Rena Stone and Alex Thomas, Sr. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired from General Electric Company following 34 years of service. He was a custodian at The Sentinel-News and grass cutter for State Farm and many residences. He began his working career on the farm of Ben Allen Thomas. He was an avid UK fan. He was a member and former deacon of St. Luke Baptist Church in Eastwood.

In addition to his parents, one brother, Alex Thomas, Jr., one sister, Mary Catherine Beecham and her husband, Charles "Shed" Beecham, two nephews, James Thomas and Joseph Slaughter and two nieces, Aezline Thomas and Dorareetha Marshall, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Florientine Thomas of Shelbyville; two daughters, Sharon Thomas and Stephanie (Bruce) Martin, both of Louisville; one brother, Earnest Raymond (Dorothy Miller) Thomas of Louisville; one sister, Nancy Thomas of Shelbyville; one grandchild, Ma'Caleb Martin of Louisville; two step-grandchildren, Ra'Shann Martin of Louisville and Tyrone Williams of Atlanta, GA; one sister-in-law, Esther Thomas; six nephews, one niece and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at Clay Street Baptist Church. Thursday at the church.


April 15, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Geneva Brown Mack Henderson , (Class of 1947)

Geneva Brown Mack Henderson, 85, Shelbyville, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Jewish Hospital, Shelbyville. She was a native of Shelbyville and the daughter of the late Gilbert Leonard and Lorena Dale Brown. She was a 1947 graduate of Lincoln Institute. She retired following 35 years of service at Logan's Uniform Service. She was a member of St. John Methodist Church, where she previously served as an usher.

In addition to her parents, two sisters, Augusta "Gus" Jackson and Zoretta Marshall, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, William "Bill" Henderson, Jr.; five daughters, Zenda (Larry) Jones, Carrie Graves, Jean Hayes, Lorraine (Larry) Moore and Carolyn Hayes; two sons, Gilbert Mack and Ralph (Josie) Mack, Jr., all of Shelbyville; five stepdaughters, Jackie Henderson, Ruth Henderson, Debra "Deedee" Henderson, Pamela Marshall and Vanessa (Larry) Hobson, all of Louisville; one stepson, William "Junie" Henderson III of Shelbyville; 19 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 1 p.m. at St. John Methodist Church. Rev. Robert M. Marshall, Sr. delivered the eulogy. Burial at Calvary Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at


April 2, 2014

Alumnus Passing - John Thomas Henry White, Class of 1955

JOHN THOMAS HENRY WHITE, passed away March 30, 2014. He was born September 7, 1937, in Anchorage, KY. He was the seventh of nine children born to James Henry and Cordelia (Bullitt) White. He was also a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

John graduated from Lincoln Institute in 1955. There, he excelled academically and played on the football team! After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1955 and he overcame great opposition to earn his right to serve his country.

Following his military service, he started his culinary journey at Pryor's Restaurant, where he worked with dedication and was promoted to manager. His career was later expanded to include district management positions with other well-known restaurants.

While working as a manager for Pryor's, John met the love of his life, Alice Faye French, whom he married on July 14, 1960. He was the father of four children, Brenda Roberts, Austin Lamont, whom passed at the tender age of 11 (21Mar61-20Apr72), Louisa Maria and Jacqueline Denise White. Services Visitation 12 Noon to 2 p.m. with services to follow at 2PM at G.C. Williams Funeral Home, 1935 W. Broadway.


Alumnus Passing - Hazel A. (Floyd) Thomas, Class of 1956

Hazel A. Thomas, 75, Michigan City, was quietly called home by the Lord on January 22, 2014.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Emery Varrie officiating. Burial will take place at Swan Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Mrs. Thomas was born April 6, 1938 from the union of the late John Floyd Sr. and Geneva (Gilbert) Floyd. She married Tommy “Maestro” Thomas Sr. on November 7, 1964 in Michigan City, Ind. He preceded her in death July 22, 2008.

Hazel received her education from Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville, Ky.; Sue Bennett Junior College, London, Ky.; and Ivy Tech School of Practical Nursing in Michigan City, Ind. She worked at Memorial Hospital for 34 years. She was a valued employee, a successful civic-minded person and a much-respected role model. This courageous, spirited woman may best be remembered for her resilient persistence to the commitment she had to service for her community through volunteer services and political inspirations.

Mrs. Thomas leaves to mourn her death two children, Brian Scott (Jennifa) Thomas, Trail Creek, Ind. and Leslie C. Thomas, Indianapolis; three stepchildren that she loved dearly, Donnie (Peggy) Thomas, Michigan City, Ind., Barry (Wanda) Thomas, Atlanta, and Tommy (Jenny) Thomas Jr., Michigan City, Ind.; one loving sister, Gladys Carol (Don) Smith, Indianapolis; and a beloved niece, who was much like a daughter, Glenis Townsend. Also mourning in her passing are her many treasured grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild, along with other countless friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her only brother, John Floyd Jr.


March 10, 2014

Alumnus Passing - William T. Carr

William T. "Buddy" Carr, 67, Louisville and formerly of Shelbyville, died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Norton Hospital following a long illness. A native of Shelbyville, he was the son of the late Thomas and Sarah Loving Carr. He was a contract truck driver, hauling piggyback Ford trucks. He was a member of the Elks Club, Turtle Club and New Covenant Congregational Church.

Survivors include two sons, Darrell Walker of Shelbyville and Troy (DeeDee Young) Carr of Louisville; one sister, Shirley (Skip) Kirtley of Louisville and one granddaughter, Detroya Carr of Louisville.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at New Covenant Congregational Church, 630 Mack Walters Road in Shelbyville with visitation at the church after 11 a.m. Rev. Joseph Humphrey, Jr. will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at


March 2, 2014

A Poignant Goodbye to Covington’s “Mr. Ted”

Written by Krista Ramsey, Cincinnati Enquirer

Three years ago, as Theodore Huley was ending his career at Allison & Rose Funeral Home in Covington and Taylor Mill, he handed his ring of keys to Gyles Bruin, its president.Bruin took two – the keys to the restroom and paper towel dispenser – and handed the rest back.He was telling Ted Huley he’d always be a part of Allison & Rose.

For 57 years, “Mr. Ted” was the funeral home’s most iconic presence – the lean, dignified African-American man at the front door, impeccably dressed in a white jacket, dark trousers and bow tie, often carrying a whisk broom. Hundreds of families – almost all of them white Northern Kentuckians – never forgot the comfort he showed them on the worst days of their lives.

In the rain, he sheltered them with an umbrella. In the cold, he tended to their coats, never needing a coat-check number because he remembered every face. He was the arm on which older mourners leaned, the calm voice that told grieving relatives the next thing they needed to do, the hands that pulled up a chair when they were overcome or pulled up their car when they were ready to leave. “Everybody in Covington and Kenton County knew him,” remembers former Kenton County Clerk Rodney Eldridge, a longtime friend. “Gentleness and kindness were his core values.”

In the midst of a family’s loss and turmoil, Huley was constancy and tradition. Through nine U.S. presidencies, beginning with Dwight D. Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt Huley “stood the door” at Allison & Rose in his porter’s uniform. It was an image some saw as a racial stereotype. But Huley took enormous pride in that image and, through the strength of his personal dignity, transformed it into a source of respect. He was promoted to funeral director, and finally wore a suit, at age 71. “He loved that job,” says his widow, Alice Butler Huley. “When he started wearing the suit, it made him feel so good.”
On the surface, Huley’s life was a simple one and his accomplishments admirable but modest. But at a deeper level, his personal evolution was very like that of his nation. At Allison & Rose, the church deacon who rode his bicycle to work at the funeral home was actually something of a trailblazer.

As a child growing up in Williams¬town, Huley was used to a world so segregated that when his mother needed something from the local drugstore, young Ted had to tap on the front window and then wait to be signaled in the back door.

As a young father raising a family in a racially changing Covington neighborhood, he had to teach his children how to handle ugly racial incidents, like having a group of white men toss a bucket of urine on the family as they sat on their porch.

His years at Allison & Rose weren’t without the shadow of racism. Americans generally die in even more racially separate ways than they’ve lived, with African-Americans and white Americans gravitating toward their own funeral homes and ways of grieving. At Allison & Rose, some whites asked that Huley not interact with their families. Then they watched his kindness and sincerity, the modest ways in which he made a service proceed smoothly. “After the funeral was over, they’d come back to apologize to him,” Gyles Bruin remembers. And Huley always forgave.

“I’d ask him, ‘Doesn’t that leave you bitter?’ ” says former Covington Assistant Police Chief Bill Dorsey, a friend of more than 40 years. “He told me, ‘I don’t have time in my heart for that.’ I guess that means his heart just wouldn’t let it in.” What his heart did let in were generations of Northern Kentuckians, rich and poor, young and old, black and white. When Ted Huley died Feb. 5, they flocked to his memorial service at Allison & Rose, spilling out the funeral home’s front door.

“He was a Covington icon,” longtime friend Michael Plummer said, “and this was the end of an era.” ■

(This very inspiring story was shared with us by former National Alumni President, Claude Livers.)


February 23, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Andrew Stewart Freese, Class of 1947

Andrew Stewart Freese 83 of Louisa, KY passed away Sunday Feb. 16, 2014 at Three Rivers Medical Center following a brief illness.
Andy was born Dec. 2, 1930 in Louisa, the son of the late Fred and Lucille Stewart Freese. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son Andrew Woods and a brother Louis Freese. Andy was a master mechanic.

Survivors include daughters Corinthia Hayes of Atlanta, GA, Mariea Dodd of Raleigh, NC, Tara Freese Almonte of Bronx, NY, Isabelle Mitchell of Central Islip, NY, Sharon Hargrove of Maplewood, NJ, Malissa Freese of Washington, DC and Alice Freese of Bronx, NY; a sister Alice Church of Atlanta, GA; 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday Feb. 20th at 2:00 pm at the Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Pinehill Cemetery at Louisa


February 20, 2014

Carl Clifford Talbert - Lincolnite Centenarian - Happy 100th Birthday

In 1999,Bryant Martin, 9, shows his great-grandfather, Carl Talbert, 85, who is blind, where the strawberry plants are growing in the garden of their home in Lexington, KY, on Monday, April 5, 1999. Bryant lives in the house with Talbert and his grandmother, Marlene Stevenson.

Carl Clifford Talbert celebrated his 100th birthday on Dec 22. He was born in Cadentown, a small community in Fayette County off Todds Road. He attended the Cadentown Rosenwald School and Lincoln Institute in Shelby County. Following school, he married Gladys Shackleford. Their marriage lasted 55 years and produced one daughter, Marlene, seven grandchildren, and several great- and great-great grandchildren (there were four generations present at his birthday celebration). He has served as trustee, custodian and choir member at Wesley United Methodist Church for more than 60 years. Talbert retired from the General Telephone Co. after three decades. Even though he lost his sight many years ago, he continues to raise a vegetable garden every summer.

Article published in Lexington Herald Leader February 18, 2014by Michelle Patterson


February 11, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Huley, Class of 1952

Theodore R. "Ted" Huley, age 83. Resident of Erlanger, KY formerly of Covington, KY. When home to be with his maker Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospice, Edgewood, KY. He was a funeral director with Allison & Rose Funeral Home, Inc.Covington, and TaylorMill, KY. Member and usher of Barnes Temple AME, Erlanger, KY. Member and lay speaker, Men's Prayer Breakfast Group, Ft. Mitchell Baptist Church, Ft. Mitchell, KY. SERVICE 6:00PM Tuesday, February 11th Allison & Rose Funeral Home, Robbins Street and Madison Avenue, Covington, KY. INTERMENT 10AM Wednesday, February 12th Highland Cemetery, Ft. Mitchell, KY. VISITATION 4 until 5:45PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preceded in death by his: first wife-Windfred Norris "Dottie" Huley (12-9-1993), daughter-Charlene Chapman (10-28-2013), parents-Ralph and Iula Lunden Huley. He is survived by his: wife-Alice King Butler Huley (married 2-1-2008); son- Danny L. Huley, Cleves, OH; daughters-Ernestine Green, Paramount, CA, Debra L. (Mel) Hunter, Latonia, KY, Felicia Ann Harris, New Orleans, LA, Yolanda Walton, Covington, KY; 5-grandchildren, 6- great grandchildren, many great g reat grandhildren; stepson-George Thomas Butler, Erlanger, KY; step daughters-Karen Murdock, Los Angeles, CA, Linda (Gerald) Friason, Springdale, OH; 9-stepgrandchildren, 11-step great grandchildren and 3-step great great grandchildren.


February 7, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Dorothy Jean Wiggington Marshall, Class of 1961

Dorothy Jean Wiggington Marshall, 70, Shelbyville, died Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Hosparus Inpatient Care Center in Louisville following a long illness. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Smith Wiggington and Lucille Wright Wiggington Spencer. She was a 1961 graduate of Lincoln Institute.

She was the owner and operator of Marshall's Catering Service, where her home cooking was in high demand. Many local residents have had a 'Dorothy Marshall Birthday Cake' nearly every year of their life. She was a dedicated pastor's wife, and she also worked as a sales associate at Shillitos for seven years. She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the United Methodist Women. She was a member of Pleasantview Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and served on the dining room committee.

In addition to her parents, one sister, Ellna Davis and one grandson, Jamal Marshall, preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Rev. Robert M. Marshall, Sr. of Shelbyville; one son, Robert M. Marshall, Jr. (Yolanda) of Shelbyville; two brothers, John S. Wiggington, Sr. (Mary Etta) and Kevin Wiggington (Erica), both of Louisville; one half-sister, Evelyn 'Sug' Cunningham of Louisville; her stepmother, Lina Wiggington of Louisville; one granddaughter, JaQuish S. Marshall of Shelbyville and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Clay Street Baptist Church with visitation 6-9 p.m., Monday at the church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at


February 4, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Samantha Hughes Sanders, Class of 1960

Samantha Hughes Sanders passed on December 20, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Samantha grew up with family in Kentucky and Michigan, but graduated from Lincoln Institute and all Black boarding school in Shelby County, Kentucky. After graduation, she attended junior college.

Settling in Michigan, Samantha worked until she married and gave birth to three daughters. Samantha stayed home and raised her children until the youngest was in school all day. She worked at the IRS Data Center and was very active in her union until her retirement in 2001.

Samantha was very independent and taught “her girls” to be the same way. She stressed the importance of having a good education. Samantha was an avid reader of the newspaper and watching the news, always aware of weather and current events, never hesitating to call or clip and article out of the newspaper that she found interesting or important.

To cherish her memory, Samantha leaves her three daughters: Serena, Erica, and Jennifer (Edward), four grandchildren: Brandon, Jordan, Noah, and Samantha, her cousin, Elizabeth, and as well as a host of relatives and friends.


January 22, 2014

Alumnus Passing - "Sonny" Fletcher Lott, Class of 1960

Sonny Lott,71, a Iowa City Musician, and local legend ,peacefully left this earth on Thursday December 12,2013 from a long battle with cancer.

Sonny, whose real name is Fletcher Henderson Lott, came to Iowa City over forty years ago, and played drums with many of the best bands in the area. He was known mainly known as a rock steady drummer. Sonny was also a fantastic vocalist, famous for his renditions of “Mustang Sally”, “Stormy Monday” and the other classics. Perhaps his greatest gift was his ability to befriend practically everyone he met.

Survivors include: three daughters; Vikki Lott-Hoke, Rubi and Kim Lott; his former wife Gertrude Chambers, and his adopted family,The Hayward’s, and countless friends and fans. He was preceded in death by his son Tony.

Online condolences may be directed to


January 22, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Florian Meeks Jr.

FLORIAN MEEKS JR., peacefully passed at home surrounded by family on January 13, 2014. Raised and educated in Owen County, he graduated from Lincoln Ridge Institute (High School) and Tuskegee Institute (University). Dad served his country as a Montford Point Marine during World War II and as first lieutenant in the US Army during the Korean War. He and surviving Montford Point Marines were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Obama and he received other accolades for his military services and was Honorably Discharged. He owned a small business and retired from the US Postal Service. Dad avidly studied the Bible, wrote constantly and was a student of African American History. Our father was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two half-brothers, his first son, and a grandchild; and leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 65 years, Eloise Kline Meeks; his children: Renelda Meeks Higgins Walker (Benjamin), Florian Meeks III (Carolyn), Reginald Meeks, Michael Meeks (Michelle), and Kenneth Meeks (Glenna); his sister, Laura "Doll" Kirtley, half-sister Phyllis Jean Kirtley, half brothers Frederick and Donald Kirtley; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, friends, neighbors and brothers and sisters in Christ. All services will be at the Church of God Sanctified, 1114 S. 15th St., Louisville, KY. Wake: Monday, January 20, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. Funeral service: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 10 a.m.-noon, with internment at Veterans Memorial Military Cemetery in Radcliff, KY at 1 p.m.


January 22, 2014

Alumnus Passing - Rose Amy Covington Allen

Rose Amy Covington Allen, 84, Shelbyville, died Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Jewish Hospital following an illness. A native of Richmond, she was the daughter of the late Joe Sy and Mentie Cobb Covington. She was the widow of John Allen, Jr. She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute and a nursing assistant for many years at Shelby Manor. She was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, where she had served as an usher, stewardess, deaconess, missionary and choir member. In addition to her husband and parents, two sons, Bernard F. Allen and Lindsey F. Allen, Sr. and four siblings, Daniel Scott Covington, Sr., Noah Covington, Lydia Davis and Paul Covington, preceded her in death. Survivors include one daughter, Janelda A. Dawkins of Shelbyville; one son, David F. Allen of Shelbyville; four sisters, Sue Ellis of Shelbyville and Frances Thompson, Fannie Covington and Margaret Woolfolk, all of Lexington; one brother, Joe Covington of Louisville; one daughter-in-law, Vivian Allen of Shelbyville; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, January 10, 2014 at Bethel A.M.E. Church with visitation at the church 6-9 p.m. on Thursday. Rev. MacArthur Pendleton will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at



January 14, 2014

Subject: Reagan Roy; grandson of Patricia and Lynn Beckham receives honor from Louisville Chapter of the American Red Cross

Youth Prudential Spirit of Community Honoree

The chapter is pleased to announce Reagan Roy as our nominee for the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Created in 1995, the awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program for volunteer community service. Reagan has volunteered with the chapter since 2012 and has consistently upheld the values and mission of the American Red Cross.

Reagan volunteers as an individual as well as with the Chapter Club Council which he was recently elected to lead as President. His service with the Red Cross includes acting as a community educator for Whales Tales, the Pillowcase Project and Restoring Family Links. He has received training in International Humanitarian Law, CPR and First Aid and Mock Shelter operation.

Reagan’s community involvement goes far beyond the Red Cross. He runs a radio show with his sister Madison on WLOU every Saturday from 2:30-3 p.m. The pair have written and published several books about Leukemia and Sickle Cell Anemia. They volunteer a considerable amount of time fighting to increase awareness of these diseases.

We are amazed at Reagan’s ability to give of himself and his time. He never misses an opportunity to give to his community and always does so with a positive and energetic attitude. We believe he embodies the spirit of service to a T. We are proud to showcase his efforts and glad to have him on the Red Cross team!

Reagan’s recognition as a local Prudential Spirit Award Honoree qualifies him to be chosen as the 2014 Kentucky honoree. State honorees are announced in early February. State honorees receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C.

Let's applaud his accomplishment and send our well wishes as he competes for the state award as the 2014 Kentucky honoree.


January 4, 2014

Alumnus Passing - William Francis Spaulding, Class of 1961


William Francis Spaulding Aug. 17, 1943 - Oct. 14, 2013 Mr. William Francis Spaulding formerly of 2042 Temple Street was born August 17, 1943 in Springfield, Kentucky, to Thomas Joseph Spaulding and Mary Hazel Coleman-Nichols. He passed away Monday, October 14, 2013. Mr. Spaulding was preceded in death by his father; wife, Karen Arnett Spaulding; and step-father, Alfred Nichols. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Russell Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bobbie A. Jones, officiating. Interment was held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Lebanon National Cemetery, 20 Highway 208, Lebanon, KY 40033.

(Thank you to Emma (Chambers) Arnold, Class of 1961 for bringing this death to my attention.)

June 4, 2013


There are a lot of former students doing great things around our nation. Don't keep the stories to yourself, share them with all of us. Many of you are now retired but still working in your communities trying to make them better places to live. Your stories can be of great encouragement to all of us and in particular the younger generation. Tell us about your experiences at Lincoln that you would never want Dr. Young to know about. (you won't get sent home now)

If you're not making news, tell us about your kids, your grand kids. Don't be shy, hit me with an email at or give me a call at 859-621-9342.



May 22, 2013

NOW AVAILABLE - A Black History Moment - The Powerbroker

The Powerbroker tells the story of Whitney Young Jr., who biographer Nancy Weiss Malkiel called “the inside man of the black revolution.” By challenging America's business and political communities directly, Young was able to make in-roads where other civil rights leader could not. His efforts to open the doors of equal opportunity were often attacked by the very people he was trying to help. The Powerbroker chronicles the public and private trials of a man navigating a divided society in an explosive time.

Years in the making, The Powerbroker, reveals a story that has been overlooked by history. Whitney Young’s niece, Emmy-award winning journalist Bonnie Boswell Hamilton, and her team have gathered never-before-seen archival footage, home movies, family photos, audio tapes of Young, as well as interviews with activists and scholars such as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Vernon Jordan, Dorothy Height, Ossie Davis and John Hope Franklin.

Young’s journey took him from rural Kentucky to the segregated U.S. Army, where he learned his first lessons in negotiating race relations. Back in the States, Young reached out to local businesses, encouraging them to give their African-American neighbors a chance for a job. When he reached national prominence as Executive Director of the National Urban League, he used the same strategy on grander scale.

The Powerbroker follows Young as he shuttles between the streets of Harlem and the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, tying the needs of Main Street to the interests of Wall Street. In the Oval Office, Young advised Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, and guided each along a path toward historic change. And through his story, all the pivotal events of the civil rights era – Brown v Board of Education, the March on Washington and the Vietnam War – are seen through the eyes of a man striving to change the established powers the way no one else did could…from within.

(More about this film project can be found at

The film can be ordered from PBS at this link:


March 19, 2013

Lawrenceburg Alumni Chapter Offers Bounty

JOHN CUNNINGHAM AT 502-839-6336 OR 859-312- 8871.


March 14, 2013

Did you know? Historic Kidney Transplant- Jet Magazine August 14, 1958

Leon and Leonard Masden of Lincoln Institute and known as, the “Possum Twins” Kidney Transplant one of the first successful kidney transplants almost did not take place, because doctors worried that the donor, who consented enthusiastically, was not capable of understanding all the ramifications of his decision.

Kidney transplantation was pioneered in Boston, at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. The first transplants were performed only on identical twins because immunosuppression treatment, the mainstay of current transplant technology, had not yet been discovered. The donor and the recipient had to be literally identical in order for the transplant to have any chance of success.

For the recipients, it was a case of serious bad luck, mitigated by extraordinary good luck. Bad luck that you had a fatal kidney disease. Good luck that you had an identical twin able to give you a spare. In the case of the Marsden brothers, it was a case of bad luck, good luck, bad luck. Leon Marsden, 19 in 1957, had the bad luck to have a fatal case of glomerulonephritis. He had the good luck to have an identical twin, Leonard, who was eager to donate one of his kidneys. But, more bad luck, Leonard, at the age of 19, did not meet the legal age of majority in Massachusetts, and, worse luck, it was becoming increasingly apparent that Leon would not be able to hang on until they turned 21 and Leonard could legally give consent.
This was more than an issue of bad timing. It went to the heart of a central ethical problem in transplantation. Harvesting a donor organ is the only form of surgery undertaken with no medical benefit for the person undergoing the surgery. Not only does it have no medical benefit, it has substantial medical risks. Now, harvesting a kidney can be done through a small incision using a laparoscope. Until relatively recently, though, harvesting a kidney was a major surgical procedure requiring a large, painful incision.

The risks are not limited to surgery and the immediate aftermath. Some may not become apparent until much later. Although one kidney is more than enough for a healthy young person, serious medical problems may develop in the donor decades later when age and illness have compromised kidney function.

Because Leonard was not old enough to give legal consent, and because he desperately wanted to donate his kidney to his brother, his parents petitioned the courts for help. In Marsden v. Harrison, the court sided with Leonard in his desire to donate. The transplant was successful and both brothers did well. The case highlights the stringent standards that were used in the 1950’s to be sure that donors were not being pressured into giving kidneys against their own desires.

Note:This historic surgery was brought to my attention by Jean Bradford of Chicago, IL



September 26, 2012


On Monday October 1, 2012 it will be 100 years since Lincoln Institute of Kentucky opened its doors.

In 1910, the Lincoln Foundation was established to oversee and manage the assets of the Lincoln Institute located in Lincoln Ridge. On October 1, 1912,Lincoln Institute opened its doors to eighty-five students. The first President was Dr. A. Eugene Thomson.

Below is an excerpt of an October 1912 ad in the Lincoln Institute Worker.


THE BIRTH STATE OF LINCOLN; the great emancipator


• Not ONE First-class Colored Normal School
• Not A PLACE where the Negro might learn a Trade
• Not A PLACE where he might learn Modern Agriculture


Lincoln Institute of Kentucky


Endowment - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $250,000.00

Land - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 441.81 acres

Buildings - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - --- 15

Systems - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Power, Heat, Water, Sewer

Student Capacity, 150 ----------- Ought to be 250


August 16, 2012

Whitney M Young Sr - 2012 Reunion "Distinguished Alumni"

At the recent reunion Dr. Young was honored posthumously with the first "Distinguuished Alumni Award." In his honor I wanted to share some of his words of wisdom from the President's Message to the Class of 1963.


“The wisest thing I would suppose
That a man could do for this land
Is the job that lies under his nose
With the tools that lie under his hand.”

Within this bit of poetry lies the true path of fame and fortune. From the dawn of civilization, man has vainly attempted to carve a place for his name in the hall of fame by using the other fellow’s tools or seeking the other fellow’s job. Carpenters have struggled to be sculptor’s; farmers have dreamed of becoming lawyer’s; housewives have longed to be social climbers; plumbers craved to be orators; cooks, maids, and butlers wanted to be millionaires; everyone knew he was born to be a teacher. All the while, the world was crying for good carpenters, good farmers, good plumbers, and a million other performers who rated as first-class in their chosen fields.

No man is without his tools, and there is a place for every man who is willing to use the tools God has given him. If you cannot sing, then sew; if you cannot sew, you may sell some useful products, be a clerk, a technician, beautician, a nurse, or a barber. What you are, so long as it is useful or serviceable to mankind, is not half as important as the fact that you are using the tools that lie under your hands.

As you leave Lincoln to take your place in the world, remember to do your work with a sense of pride that dignifies it. Make no apologies for tasks you perform, so long as it must be done. Strong men are in demand. Your job and tools are near at hand, and the world will greet you with open arms on the day you become a master in your art.

Whitney M Young

(Dr. Young will always carry a special place in the hearts of all Lincolnites)


January 3, 2012


Working with Mr. Larry McDonald, President of the Lincoln Foundation we are having some success finding some artifacts that came up missing during the transition from a high school to the Job Corp. If you know the whereabouts of any trophies or other items which may belong in our archives we would appreciate hearing from you.

If you have photos that you would like to share copies with us, they would be appreciated. Any other items of Lincoln Institute interest would also be helpful in preserving our history. The items will be secured and made available for viewing at the Whitney M. Young House on the campus. Donors will be credited for any items made available.

Contact - Gary Brown (859) 621-9342 or email


*<Words of Wisdom - Dr. Whitney M.Young Sr.

"People who are good for excuses are good for nothing."

" It is better to be prepared for something better than not have it. Than to have it and not be prepared for it."

"Study to show thou self approved unto God,a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth."


Birthdays This Week

Marvin Robertson Class of 1974, born March 23rd
Katherine Owens (Wilson) Class of 1966, born March 22nd
Yolanda Glover (Deal) Class of 1962, born March 24th
Victor Brown Class of 1959, born March 28th
Vic Brown Class of 1959, born March 28th
Debra Robinson (Meadows) Other, born March 24th

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