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September 7, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Wakefield Martin, Class of 1962

Betty Lou Wakefield Martin passed peacefully on Friday, September 7 in Southfield, Michigan after a short illness. Her going home service will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM.

Services will be handled by Kemp Funeral Home and Cremations Services located at 24585 Evergreen Road, Southfield, Michigan. A full obituary and other details will be provided when available.


September 2, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Nannie Ellen Ross Roston, Class of 1961

Nannie " Nan" Ellen Roston, 74, of Louisville, Kentucky passed away Sunday, September 2, 2018.

She was born on November 6, 1943 to the late Elzy Davis and Dorothy Elizabeth Ross in LaGrange, Kentucky.

Nannie was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church where her ministry to others started by serving on the C.A.R.E. Ministry where she always enjoyed cooking for the various church events. She also served on the board for the Central District Women's Missionary Ministry Association.

She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings; Elzy Ross Jr., L.T. Ross, James Davis Ross, Joe Lee Ross, Pauline Winn, and Dennis P. Ross.

Left to cherish the memory of Nannie are her children; Dana Roston and Ernie Roston, 2 grandchildren, siblings; Harry Ross, William Ross, Virginia Thomas (Billy), Mary Ross, Martha Johnson, and Donald "Pop" Ross and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family, friends, and church family; especially Rev Cleora Williams and Brenda Majors.

A Home Going Service will be held at Covenant United Methodist Church, 909 W. Jefferson St, LaGrange, Kentucky 40031, on Friday at Noon with burial to follow at Valley of Rest in LaGrange, Kentucky. Visitation will be from 10am until the start of the service at Noon.

Memorial donations can be made in Nan's memory to Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 3315 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, Kentucky 40216.


August 17, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Shirley Ann Briggs Treat, Class of 1963

Shirley A.Briggs Treat, passed on July 18, 2018 and was the birth daughter of the late Felix and Lillian Briggs. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and attended school at Lincoln Institute and was a 1963 graduate. She went on to marry William James Treat Jr., they were married for 12 years and shared five children. She retired from Pillsbury after 22 years of dedicated work. She went on to become a member of the Sisters of Souls Ministry, where they fellowshipped together and provided aid to those in need. She was a board member and the director of senior ministry. She was a member of Church on the Rock and enjoyed singing, ministering to others and leading others to Christ.

She leaves to cherish her memory 4 children: Anita Treat, Shelia Treat Madole (Adrian), William “Bill” Treat, Ronnie Treat (Beth). In addition to her children she leaves behind her 7 grandchildren: Myriah Treat, Charles Treat, Shantell Treat, Sydney Treat, Lyndsey Newson, Zainab Newson, Bailey Treat, Chole Treat and a host of grandchildren. She also leaves behind her siblings Jacqueline Briggs, Brenda Henderson, Valerie Briggs, Thelma Briggs, Angela Perry (Charles). She is preceded in death by her daughter Latonyia Treat, granddaughter Alexandria Johnson, brothers Manny, Billy, and Clarence Briggs, sisters Louise and Earline Briggs.

Interment at Fairview Cemetery, New Albany, IN.


July 7, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Dannie "Double D" Wooten, Class of 1963

Dannie “Double D” Wooten, Sr., 74, Finchville, died Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Baptist Health in Louisville. He was a native of Shelby County and the son of the late Austin Lee Wooten, Sr. and Lucille Evans Wooten. He was a graduate of Lincoln Institute. His career spanned 44 years as a press operator at Leggett & Platt in Simpsonville. He simultaneously worked as a waiter at the former Beef ‘N Boards Dinner Theater in Simpsonville and cared for the lawn and completed other chores for Mrs. Lloyd Pollard. Following his retirement from Leggett & Platt, he worked in the kitchen facilities at Eden Terrace in Louisville. In his leisure time, he was an avid U. of L. fan and enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was a devoted member of St. John United Methodist Church, where he served as trustee.

In addition to his parents, one brother, James M. Wooten, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of eight years, Paula Bowen Wooten; two daughters, Lisa Marie McNear (Jack) of Louisville and Danise Michele Harris (Jerome) of Shelbyville; his son, Danny W. Wooten, Jr. (Erica) of Louisville; his stepson, Nathan Scott Todd of Finchville; his stepdaughter, Faith Lynne Curry of Finchville; the mother of his children, Florencetine “Tina” Hurt of Shelbyville; one brother, Austin R. Wooten, Jr. (Sharon) of Louisville; his son-in-law, James A. Garrett of Louisville; 12 grandchildren, Tiffany Harris, Kelli Harris, Aliah Garrett, Alexis Garrett, Amaya Garrett, Trinity Wooten, Heaven Jennings, Brenton McNear (Lauren), Jacquee McNear, Brittney McNear, Kenyan Stone and Kiian Stone; three great-grandchildren, Jeriah Harris, MiKiya McNear and Brailyn McNear and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2018 at St. John United Methodist Church with visitation at the church after 10 a.m. Friday. Rev. Robert M. Marshall, Sr. will deliver the eulogy, and Rev. Robert Raglin will officiate. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery.

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

June 18, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Anna K. Kirtley, Class of 1945

Anna Katheryn Kirtley, 90, died Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. She was a native of Shelby County and the daughter of the late Charlie Seals and Frances Bell Taylor. She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute. Her career spanned over 30 years in Kentucky state government. She worked as a nurses’ aide for 16 years at Central State Hospital and then as secretary/receptionist for the Governor’s Office for Policy and Management within the Finance Cabinet.

She was a member of the New Covenant Church, where she was a member of the Crown Jewels Choir and served as a volunteer correspondent, maintaining the church’s prayer list and sending cards to the sick and homebound. She was the oldest neighbor in Martinsville, where she was loved by young and old alike. Her community of friends and neighbors knew her habits, looked after her and lovingly brought her meals and checked on her. She devoted her life to her family and was treated with respect.

In addition to her parents, three grandchildren, Morris L. “Mo” Stoner, Angenette Kirtley and Lindy Scott, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her children, Charles McAtee, Ph.D. of San Diego, CA, Cambridge E. “Skip” Kirtley III (Shirley) of Louisville and Jean Kirtley Stoner and Stephanie Kirtley-Humphrey (Rev. Joe Humphrey), both of Shelbyville; five grandchildren, Marchelle Stoner Brooks (Duane), Marsha Stoner Overall (Terry), Melissa Stoner, Joseph “Jody” Humphrey and Cecil Humphrey; eleven great-grandchildren, Dominique Howard, Joseph Strickland, Tinia Strickland, Christopher Kirtley, Sebrina Woodliff, Sequoyah Woodliff, Zacchaeus Humphrey, Tiffany Grundy, Lamont Grundy, Jason McAtee and Tara Jasmine McAtee and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at New Covenant Church with visitation at the church after 11 a.m. Rev. Joseph Humphrey, Jr. will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Webb Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at


June 18, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Rebecca J. Moore

Rebecca J. Moore, 84 of Shelbyville passed away June 9, 2018 at the Jewish Hospital in Shelbyville.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Moore.

She is survived by her daughters, Marsha Beach (Raymond), and Pamela Bell both of Shelbyville and stepson, Curtis Johnson of LaGrange.

The funeral service will be at noon June 13, 2018 at Shannon Funeral Home with Rev. Theodore Todd officiating.


May 19, 2018

National Lincoln Institute Alumni Scholarships Awarded

The National Alumni Scholarship Committee has selected the following individuals to receive scholarships in the amount of $2000 each. Congratulations to all the recipients and their families.

Cassandra Boler
Alexis Bradshaw
Dakota Douglas
Terrill Huggins
Kimberly Jefferson
Jenna Jones
Amari Mack
Lynetta Williams

Shelbyville Sentinel

Albert L. Minnis, III

December 13, 1932 ¬– May 13, 2018
By Ashley Sutter
Friday, May 18, 2018 at 3:00 am (Updated: May 18, 3:01 am)

Shelby County lost a community icon on Sunday with the passing of longtime resident Albert “Al” Minnis.
Born in New Jersey, Minnis relocated back to his father’s home state of Kentucky just a few years after his birth in 1932.
And he certainly left his mark on his community.
He was a Kentucky Colonel and U.S. Army Veteran. He retired from the Shelbyville Public Works Department as the Director of Public Works, and served as a teacher and baseball coach for more than 25 years at the Lincoln Institute, Ballard High School and Southern High School in Louisville.
His son, Albert L. "Chip" Minnis, said his father would be sorely missed.
“He was great as a dad. He always gave good advice and good guidance,” he said, noting he was never one to sugar coat it. “He let you know if you were right or if you were wrong.”
He added that his father was also very rooted in his religion, serving as an active member of the Shelbyville Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Chip Minnis said they spent a lot of time at the ball field.
“He coached a lot of baseball when he was teaching,” he said. “He was always at ballpark somewhere.”
Chip Minnis said he had a great childhood with many good memories.
His father often enjoyed retelling a story about an incident that was a bit humorous after the fact.
When Chip Minnis was about 4-years-old he and his father were taking a drive when Al Minnis took a sharp turn. Suddenly Chip Minnis fell out of the car door, sliding down the icy hill
“As he made the turn, I fell out of the car. The door wasn’t completely locked,” he said, noting the road was covered in snow and ice. “I just slid, slid, slid on down the drive.”
In a panic, his father immediately stopped the truck. But Chip Minnis quickly popped up out of the snow and jumped back into the passenger seat. “I wasn’t hurt or anything,” he said with a laugh, noting his father was later able to find humor in the situation. “It was just a little story he always told folks.”
Chip Minnis said no one is perfect, but overall his father was a good man.
“The overall character and cloth he was cut from was superb,” he said.
Even as an adult, Chip Minis would turn to his father for advice.
“I’m 57-years-old. I’m police chief of a city [Simpsonville]. I’ve been policing 35 years of my life. I still used to go to him for questions and guidance on situations that I had to make decisions on. It was always good to have a talk with him. He would tell you if you were on point or not,” he said, noting if you were off kilter with your thoughts, he would let you know.
“He didn’t hesitate on telling you and mentoring you and showing you where you might want to rethink something before you act on it.
“That’s a philosophy I’ve tried to hold true to myself that I always saw him do. If you have time to think about something, take that time. Don’t make irrational decisions based on your emotions.”
Chip Minnis said his father always seemed to make the right moves and give the right advice and many people would often turn to him for advice.
“He’s going to be missed by me sorely,” he said. “I hope I can remember all of the advice he gave me, to stay with me.”
Minnis, 85, passed away Sunday, May 13 in Louisville.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Maria Minnis, and son, Mark Minnis.


May 17, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Albert L. Minnis III, Class of 1951

Albert L. Minnis Simpsonville - 85, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sarah F. Minnis; sons, Albert L. "Chip" Minnis, Christopher "Sean" Minnis; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren, brother, Bernard Minnis.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday May 18, 2018 at Clay Street Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Pastor Johnston will be officiating. Visitation will be from 12-2 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Published in The Courier-Journal on May 17, 2018


May 16, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Jewell Logan, Class of 1960

Jewell F. Logan, 75 peacefully went home to be with the Lord Sunday, April 15, 2018 while at his residence in Portland, Oregon. He was born Sept. 25, 1942 in Lawrenceburg, son of the late William (Bob) and Lacey Logan.

Jewell gave his life to Christ at an early age by being baptized at Evergreen Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg. He graduated in 1960 from Lincoln Institute. During his senior year even though it was disputed, he shot the winning basketball shot that would have won the championship game against the Owensboro basketball team. In 1962 he enrolled in the Airforce for several terms while being stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. He served as a police and corrections officer for 4 years and was honorably discharged. He went on to graduate from Central State University in Dayton, Ohio and held a double Bachelors in Business and a Masters in Psychology.

After graduating he worked as a Regional Sales Manager for the General Motors Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. He later moved to Portland, Oregon where he became a very successful Real Estate Broker and Investment Property Owner. Jewell was a very spiritual man and he always gave good sound advice. He was a very generous man to many and he even purchased a new sign for the Woodland Hills Cemetery, in Lawrenceburg. Jewell was a very talkative man who loved to crack jokes and dance. He always brought the life to any party with his fun filled spirit.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories his two sons Ryan Johnson, of Danville, and Jeffery (Sherry) Bixler of Surgoinsville, Tennessee. Two brothers: George Hudson of Lawrenceburg, and Bobby (Cathy) Logan of Saratoga, New York, along with one sister Ann "Tootsie" Logan of Lawrenceburg. Grandchildren: Clarissa, Ashley, Erika, Cre, Kanitha, Mike, Little Jeff, Sierrah, Brittany, and Bethany. Great Grandchildren: Zoa, Amaya, Soraya, Brinley, Adam, Rylan, Aaliyah, and Little Jeff Jr., special friends Daniel Thomas, Harry Walker, Nancy Albrecht, Gloria Bergquist, Carol Mason, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loving family members and friends.

Including his parents he is proceeded in death by his sister Peggy (Logan) Warren, and great grandson Ricardo "Lil Rico" Carter.
A celebration of life will be held in his memory on May 12, 2018 at 1 p.m. with the family to receive friends at 12 p.m. at Evergreen Baptist Church located at 508 Lincoln St, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.
Military honors will be held for Jewell at Camp Nelson National Cemetery 6980 Danville Rd, Nicholasville, KY 40356 on May 14, 2018 at 11 a.m.


April 16, 2018

Alumnus Passing - James William Henderson, Class of 1950

James William Henderson Jr. 6/28/1931 - 3/30/2018 Ann Arbor, Michigan James William Henderson Jr. was born on June 28, 1931, in New Castle, KY to Sadie and James Henderson Sr., who both preceded him in death. James married his wife Carma in Lexington, KY.

James was president of his Senior Class at Lincoln and graduated from Kentucky State University. He served in the U.S. Army after college and was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, and Anchorage, AK. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve after receiving an honorable discharge. He returned to Kentucky and enrolled at the University of Kentucky where he received a Master in Science and Public Health.

He moved to Philadelphia after he and Carma married where he worked at the Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health. They later moved to Washington, D.C., where he taught Public Health at Howard University. He then decided to go to college again and moved to Ann Arbor, MI where he received an Master in Public Health at the University of Michigan and later a Ph.D. in Education Administration from the University of Michigan. After working at the Dept. of Public Health in Ann Arbor for many years, he went to work in Lansing for the Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) and retired as a Government Liaison.

He enjoyed gardening and traveling with his family. He loved watching Michigan football and basketball. He died peacefully at home on March 30, 2018. He will be missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Carma, his three children; Steven (Mireya) of Davidsonville, MD, Karen and (Kenneth) Rochell of Ann Arbor, MI, and David, four grandchildren; Michael and Roya Rochell, Valaria and Alexa Henderson. He is also survived by one brother Charles (Ivy), Louisville, KY. Two brothers preceded him in death, Samuel and Bobby. He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A military committal service will take place Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI.

Published in Ann Arbor News on Apr. 8, 2018


March 25, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Barbara Jo McKee Hayden, Class of 1962

Barbara Jo McKee Hayden, age 74, of Louisville, died Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Norton’s Healthcare in Louisville.

Ms. Hayden was born in Lawrenceburg, KY to the late John William McKee and Alice Polk Gill. She was a member of Second Christian Church where she sang in the Young Adult Choir; and a former Assignment Clerk for Bell South. She graduated from Lincoln Ridge High School in Simpsonville, KY and went to business school in Lexington.

Barbara is survived by two daughters, Francesca Joiner, Louisville, and Tisa (Jeffrey) McReynolds, Lexington; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her significant other, Hugh Browder and his daughter, Tonenjona Browder, both of Louisville; two sisters, Jane Jones, Nicholasville, and Dawna (Jerald) Alford, Lexington; two brothers, Michael S. King, Nicholasville, and Douglas (Heidi) King, Waterloo, IA; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a brother, John Wesley King.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Second Christian Church in Lawrenceburg, KY, Pastor Jerald Alford, Pastor Richard and Charlotte Thompson, and officiating, Rev. Ramon Smith. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Hills Cemetery. Visitation 5-8 p.m. on Friday at Gash Memorial Chapel and starting at 12 pm on Saturday at the church.


March 16, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Barbara Jean Ritchie Turner

Barbara Jean Turner, age 71 of Louisville, departed this life on Monday, March 12, 2018. She was born in Henry County in Smithfield, Kentucky on October 15, 1946 to the late Louis and Flora Ritchie. Barbara confessed her faith in Christ at an early age and joined the First Baptist Church of LaGrange, Kentucky, where she worked faithfully there until moving to Louisville. She then joined First Baptist Church of Anchorage where she was a current member. Barbara is also preceded in death by her sisters, Lavern Brown and Etta Parks; brothers, Floyd Ritchie, Louis Ritchie, Jr. and Donnie Ritchie.

Barbara leaves to cherish her memory her brothers, Charles E. Ritchie (Shirley), Arthur L. Ritchie (Ruth) and Willie L. Ritchie (Valerie) and Frank Jordan (Margaret); sister, Betty Ann Ritchie; and a host of relatives and friends.

Visitation will be 4-8pm on Friday, March 23, 2018 at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals and Receptions, East Louisville Chapel, 235 Juneau Drive in Middletown, and 12pm -1pm on Saturday, March 24th at First Baptist Church of Anchorage, 11500 Lagrange Rd, Louisville, KY 40223. A celebration of Barbara’s life will be 1pm at the church, followed by burial in Berrytown Cemetery.


April 22, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Lucien H. Bean, Class of 1955

Lucien H. Bean Served 23 years in U.S. Air Force Lucien H. Bean, 82, of East Orange, N.J., formerly of Montclair, N.J., passed away Jan. 20, 2018, at home. His service was held Saturday, Jan. 27, at St. Paul Baptist Church, Montclair. Interment will be Monday, Jan. 29, at Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery. He retired from the U.S. Air force as a master sergeant, after 23 years of service. He later became a mail handler with the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, before retiring.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mavis. He leaves to cherish his memory: three children, Patricia Holmes (Jimmie), Rosemary, and Christine Bean, six grandchildren, Mae, Gayle, Sherrie, Keenay, Zhania, and Christofer, eight great- grandchildren, two siblings, Wallace Bean and Lacey Cunningham, and a host of other relatives and friends. He will be deeply missed.

Published in Star-Ledger on Jan. 28, 2018


January 24, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Doris Mahan Smoot Redmon, Class of 1945

Doris Mahan Smoot Redmond was born August 29, 1927 in Williamsburg, Kentucky To Charles Stuart and Florence (Dibrell) Smoot.

She attended Williamsburg public school through grade eight before attending and graduating from the Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville, Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Neva Marie Smoot, John H. Berry, James Eugene Smoot, Maude Cotton Bledsoe, Charles Stuart Smoot Jr., Elizabeth Mackey, and Geraldine Smoot Pate.

In June 1967 she married Matthew Redmond, Sr. at the Wedding Chapel of the Bells in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was formerly Employed as a teacher's aide at Arellanes School District. Doris was an avid traveler and had visited all 50 United States.

She served as Vote Center Coordinator of a precinct for over 10 years.

She is survived by children Peggy Brown (James), Neva Franklin (James), Thomas Redmond, Matthew Redmond Jr., Kenneth Redmond, and Maria Burleson. Doris leaves brother Nathan M. Smoot (Siri), a sister-in-law, Rose Berry, 4 grand-children, 3 great grand and 4 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Additionally, she is mourned locally by her many bowling, casino, pinochle, bridge, and bunco friends. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Santa Maria.


November 30, 2017

Alumnus Passing - Oscar H. Crawford, Class of 1948

Oscar Henry Crawford was born on July 19, 1930, in Fountain Run, Kentucky, to the late Clyde Harrison Crawford and Maude Lee Crawford. Oscar accepted Christ at an early age, and became a member of the Church of Christ. He received his formal education at Lincoln Institute Prep High School in Simpsonville, Kentucky and graduated on June 2, 1948. Oscar enlisted in the U.S. Naval Marine Corpsman training in Great Lakes, Illinois and Beaufort, South Carolina. He also served as a hospital corpsman in the Korean War. Oscar was honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States of American on September 2, 1952.

Oscar began his career at Carrier Manufacturing Company in Indianapolis. He was elected treasurer of the United Steel Workers of America Union, Local 4315. Oscar retired after 39 years of loyal and dedicated service on April 1, 1992.

Oscar loved gardening and planted a variety of crops in the summer, until he was no longer able to keep up with the demands of gardening. He was avid reader, and could converse with anyone on various issues, Oscar loved his dogs, which he adopted from the Indianapolis Humane Shelter (Abby, Bobo, Archie, Zeus, and Toby, a Pomeranian who was a gift from his dad).

Oscar leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted wife of 46 years, Gerlyne Crawford, Brothers, Clyde Harrison Crawford Jr., (Late Betty Jane Crawford). Charles E. Crawford, (Margaret Crawford), Sister, Emma Barfield, (Rufus Barfield), and several nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends


November 8, 2017

Alumnus Passing - Dorothy Jean Howard, Class of 1963

Doris Jean Howard73, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017.

She was a member of Greater Salem Baptist Church.

Mrs. Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Rev. Charles Davis Sr.

She is survived by her husband, Cornelius Howard; children, Wayne Howard (Katrissca), Angela Thompson (Jeff); 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandsons; 1 great granddaughter; siblings, Cecil Davis (Loretta), Karolyn Hodge (Van), Charles Davis Jr., (Marina), sister in law, Dorothy Carter, host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Burial in Resthaven Cemetery.

Arrangements: A. D. Porter & Sons, 1300 W. Chestnut St.

Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 24, 2017


October 21, 2017


Save the Date for REUNION 2018. The reunion will be held July 27 -29, 2018. Reunion headquarters at the Galt House in Louisville, KY. Look for reunion mailing in early January 2018.


October 18, 2017

Alumnus Passing - Roscoe Foster Jr., Class of 1963

Roscoe S. Foster Jr., age 73, died September 24, 2017 in Louisville, Ky.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe Sr., and Geneva Foster; and a sister, Genora Foster Wilson.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Shannon Funeral Home. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery.


October 18, 2017

Alumnus Passing - Barbara Sue Kirkpatrick Graves

Barbara Sue Kirkpatrick Graves, 73, of Tompkinsville, KY passed away Tuesday, October 3rd, while in the company of family members, at Monroe County Medical Center.

Barbara was born in Monroe County, KY on August 25, 1944, a daughter of the late O.D. Kirkpatrick and Alexander Hamilton.

She was the first Meter Maid in Tompkinsville, and worked at the nursing home for 28 years. She attended Milltown Baptist Church.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Tony Graves; two daughters, Priscilla Graves, of Bowling Green, KY;Hazel Graves, of Tompkinsville, KY; a son,Tony Benard Graves, of Tompkinsville, KY; 4 grandchildren, Tiffany Graves, Justin Dicken, Garrison Anthony Lee Graves, and Hailey Graves; 3 great grandchildren, Justin Dicken, Jr., Markel Evans, and Addyson Allen.

Barbara is also survived by four sisters, Anna Johnson, and husband, Lester, of Tompkinsville, KY; Eula Anderson, of Franklin, KY; Brenda Anderson, of Bowling Green, KY; Barbara Anderson, of Franklin, KY.
She is also preceded in death by three sisters, Cora Mae Evans, Thelma Brooks, and Florence Hazel Hamilton.

Funeral Services was held at Yokley Trible Funeral Home at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 7th, 2017, with Fontis Pipken officiating.

Burial is in Mt. Nebo Cemetery.


August 18,2017

Alumnus Passing - Marie Christine Overall Loving, Class of 1960

Marie Christine Overall Loving, 75, Shelbyville, died Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at her home.  A native of Spencer County, she was the daughter of the late Mary Josephine King Overall and Roscoe Coleman Overall, Sr.

She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute, Class of 1960.  She was retired from Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley, where she served as a case worker and later as warden.  She also served as a foster mother, giving many children a second chance at life.  In her leisure time, she enjoyed going out to eat and traveling.  She was currently a member of Pleasantview Baptist Church and a former member of Shiloh Baptist Church, where she served as church secretary and Sunday School teacher. 

In addition to her parents, three children, Dennis and Denise Loving (twins) and Danny Loving; four sisters, Sarah Ann Washington, Ora Lee Washington, Margaret Walker and Dalphine Todd and one brother, James Overall, preceded her in death.

Survivors include five children, Otto L. Loving, Jr. of Shelbyville, Timothy Wayne Edward (Carolyn) Loving of Houston, TX, Ann Marie Loving Lovely and Todd Douglas Loving, both of Shelbyville and Mahdee Muhammad of Louisville; two sisters, Phyllis King (Gilbert) Thomas of Shelbyville and Lina (Lonnie) Birdine of Louisville; one brother, Roscoe Overall, Jr. of Simpsonville; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Clay Street Baptist Church with visitation 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday at the church.  Rev. Michael Thomas 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


July 24,2017

Alumnus Passing - Martha E. Mason, Class of 1945

Martha E. Mason, 91, Shelbyville, died Monday, July 24, 2017 at Masonic Home of Shelbyville.  A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Taylor Todd and Laura Brown Todd.  She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute.  She was a teacher’s assistant at the Dorman Center prior to her retirement.  She enjoyed traveling, watching basketball and participating in senior citizen events.  She joined St. John United Methodist Church as a child and was currently a member of Shelby Congregational Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Charles E. Mason; one son, Ronnie Mitchell Mason, Sr.; three sisters, Alice Catherine Brown, Laura Louise Todd Jackson and Willie Mae “Bill” Todd Bradford; two brothers, Thomas E. Todd and Buddy Todd; one grandson, Jason O. Mason and one great-granddaughter, Ashley Ford, preceded her in death.
Survivors include three sons, Donnie E. Mason, Duncan T. Mason and William Keith (Yancy) Mason, all of Louisville; 22 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Monday, July 31, 2017 at St. John United Methodist Church with visitation 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Webb Funeral Home.  Pastor Ronald Walker will deliver the eulogy.  Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. 

Online condolences may be expressed at


July 23,2017

Alumnus Passing, Harry B. Anderson

Rev. Harry B. Anderson, Jr. 75, of Indianapolis, passed away on July 21, 2017. He was a member of New Bethel MBC and was the owner of Midwest Counseling Associates by Harry Anderson.

He leaves to cherish his memory, loving wife, Linda Anderson; 5 children; 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

The visitation is Saturday, July 29, 2017, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., with the Homegoing at 12 p.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. The entombment is in Crown Hill Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Williams & Bluitt Funeral Home.


July 8, 2017

Alumnus Passing - William Bobo

William Bobo who attended Lincoln passed in Indianapolis on June 27,2017. His burial will take place in Indianapolis. IN. Details will follow.


June 25, 2017

Alumnus Passing - Mary C Spurley

Mary Cecile Spurley, 70, Shelbyville, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 at her home following an illness. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Charles E. Moody and Mildred Frances Wooten. She retired following 27 years of service with Kentucky State Government as a Fiscal Clerk in Kentucky Emergency Management.

In her leisure time, she enjoyed shopping, music, dancing and dining out. She was a member of Clay Street Baptist Church, where she was a former trustee and member of the choir and sisterhood.

Survivors include her husband of 14 years, Minister John F. Spurley, Sr.; one daughter, Ramonda C. Yocum (John Walker); one stepson; two stepdaughters; two sisters, Martha Frances Williams and Claudia M. (Don) Burley; one brother, Rod (Diana) Crittendon; one granddaughter, Ta’Shara N. Simmons and one great-granddaughter, Kehlani R. Moore, all of Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Clay Street Baptist Church with visitation 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday at the church. Visitation will also be held 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday at Webb Funeral Home. Rev. Ronald L. Holder will deliver the eulogy and Rev. Don Burley will officiate. Cremation will follow the services in accordance with her wishes.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at


May 30, 2017

The National Lincoln Institute Alumni Association has announced the scholarship recipients for 2017-2018. We wish to extend our congratulations to each of them and their families. We also extend our thanks to our scholarship committee led by Estelle Marshall of our Shelbyville Chapter.

Deion Cochran ---------- Asbury University
Kimberly Jefferson------ Western Kentucky University
Yammah Johnson ------- Jefferson Community
Leah Newman ----------- Tuskegee University
Chelsea Smith ----------- University of Kentucky
Diamond Mitchell ------- Western Michigan University

April 21, 2017

Alumnus Passing - Martha Bruce Brown Brooks, Class of 1954

Martha Bruce Brown Brooks was born September 15, 1935 to the late William C. and Zenobia Brown in Lawrenceburg, KY and passed away in
Frankfort, KY on April 20, 2017.

She graduated from Lincoln Institute High School at Lincoln Ridge, KY and attended Kentucky State College for two years where she was voted "Most Beautiful" .

She later met and married David Brooks and from this union a daughter, Vicky, and two sons, Phillip Troy and the late Myron Demille were born.

Bruce, as she was affectionately known, accepted Christ as her savior at an early age. She was the sweetest lady you'd ever want to meet and was loved and adored by all. She never met a stranger, and
even today children that she taught at Bellepoint and Second Street Schools remember her.

Bruce loved children and she also loved her church, First Baptist, and was a Sunday School teacher for many years where she received an award for her service. Bruce had retired from the Library and Archives and had many friends there also.

She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Vicky Hall, and son, Troy Brooks; three grandchildren, Aaron Hall, Armand Hall, and Stacie Holloway; her two sisters, Lucy Mann of Denver, Co., Belle (Bill) Smith of Louisville, Ky.; five brothers, Gary (Wanda) Brown of Versailles, Ky., Victor (Alice) Brown of Lawrenceburg, Ky., Robert (Louise) Brown of Louisville, Ky., John (Jewelene) Brown of Lexington, Ky., and Andrew Brown of Frankfort, Ky.; as well as several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

A homegoing celebration was held at the First Baptist Church, at 1 :00 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2017 with the Pastor Robert Earl Houston officiating. Private interment will be in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Myron Moore, Kenton Bottoms, Jr., Mark Hall, Jerald Smith, Quinn Brown, and Jayson Mitchell.


Alumnus Passing - Ann E.(Mason)Morehead, Class of 1948

Ann E. (Mason) Morehead, age 87 of Eminence departed this earthly life on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Crestview Center in Shelbyville.  She was born March 4, 1930 to the late Mamie (Coleman) & William Henry Mason, Sr.  She was a faithful and active member of the First Baptist Church, Eminence, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and on the Altar Guild for many years.  Ann was a graduate of Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville.  She was a domestic worker and a teacher's aide for the Eminence Schools Head Start program for many years Ann was preceded in death by three brothers, James Mason, Sr., Charles Mason, and Ralph Mason; two sisters, Lucille and Carolyn Mason; and two sisters-in-law, Laura Virginia Mason and Sarah Goff Mason. 
Survived By:  
Daughters:       Marguerite Foree of Jeffersonville, IN
                        Karen (Barry) Fisher of Smithfield
                        Pamela Morehead (Janssen) Johnson of Eminence
Son:                 Bradley D. Morehead of Louisville
Brothers:          William Mason (Sarah) of Eminence
                        Julius Mason of Eminence
Sisters-in-laws:  Bertha Mason of Louisville
                           Martha Mason of Shelbyville
Grandchildren:  Michelle Foree (Awal Mohammed) of Jeffersonville, IN
                          Cory Morehead (Anna) of Shelbyville
                          Kelley Logan of Louisville
Great-Grandchildren:   Tre'Shaun and Caleb
A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends
Funeral Service: 11 AM Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at First Baptist Church, Eminence. Officiated by Rev. Charles Duncan and assisted by Rev. Robert Fields.

Interment:   Eminence Cemetery
Honorary Pallbearers:  
Tre' Shaun Stalnaker & Caleb Morehead
Visitation:   6 to 8 PM Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at First Baptist Church, Eminence.
Form of contributions may be given to the First Baptist Church.

Alumnus Passing, Alfonzo Dale, Class of 1955

Alfonzo "Al" Dale passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in Bethesda, MD following a brief illness. He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Johnnie Dale (Boyce); son, Terence Dale; daughter, Danielle Davis (Britt Davis); and grandchildren, Rachel Davis and Elizabeth Davis.

Born in Shelbyville, Kentucky on January 11, 1937, Al grew up with his mother, Mary Catherine Alexander (deceased December 2015), served in the U.S. Army and, following his time in the service, moved to Washington, DC in 1962. After working briefly with the U.S. Postal Service, Al began a career with the National Park Service. He started as a Public Events Specialist in 1968 and rose to the rank of Chief of Public Events for the National Capital Region in 1986. He retired in 1994.

During Al's time with the National Park Service, he developed programs to serve children and young people in the Capitol area as well as bringing some of the biggest names in entertainment to Washington for major events such as the 4th of July concert on the National Mall. He also worked closely with corporate and community leaders to establish the highly successful Fort DuPont Summer Theater Concert Series as well as for the Carter Barron Amphitheatre. Al also served as the Chairman of the Greater Washington Cherry Blossom Festival for many years. For his service to the people of Washington DC, former Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly declared Al Dale Day in 1992. He was also recognized as a Kentucky Colonel in 1990, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky. It is in recognition of an individual's noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service.

Friends will be received at PUMPHREY'S BETHESDA-CHEVY CHASE FUNERAL HOME, 7557 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD on Thursday, March 16 from 12 noon until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be private.


Alumnus Passing, Lillie Gardner Moore, Class of 1962

Visitation: 12 noon -2 p.m., Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Webb Funeral Home, 1144 W. Main St., Shelbyville, KY 40065
Funeral Service: 2 p.m., Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Webb Funeral Home
Interment: Calvary Cemetery, N. Seventh St., Shelbyville, KY 40065

Lillie C. Gardner Moore, 72, died Monday, March 6, 2017 at her home in Frankfort. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Allen and Isabelle Simms Beach. She attended the University of Kentucky, where she received an Associates of Arts in secretarial/office management. She retired from Bendix Corporation following 22 years of service as a machinist. In her leisure time, she enjoyed sewing and drawing. She was a very talented seamstress, with the skills to develop patterns from newspaper. She was a lifelong member of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Shelbyville.
She was the widow of Louis Gardner and Billy C. Moore, both of whom preceded her in death.
Survivors include two brothers, James B. Lewis and Jerry C. (Vicki) Beach, Sr., both of Louisville; one sister, Linda Beach Overall of New Albany, IN; three stepbrothers, Wilbur Beach, Willis Beach and Carl Beach, all of Shelbyville; seven nieces and nephews, Stevon M. Lewis, Jacqueline B. Lewis, Jerry C. Beach, Jr., James Beach Ashby, Lillie C. Ashby, Ryan Beach and Terri-Lynn Overall and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Webb Funeral Home with visitation after 12 noon. Rev. Robert M. Marshall, Sr. 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


Alumnus Passing - Clara Evans, Class of 1963

Visitation: 12 noon - 1 p.m., Friday, March 10, 2017 at Webb Funeral Home, 1144 W. Main St., Shelbyville, KY 40065

Funeral Service: 1 p.m., Friday, March 10, 2017 at Webb Funeral Home

Interment: Calvary Cemetery, N. Seventh St., Shelbyville, KY 40065

Clara Emma Evans, 72, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Masonic Home of Shelbyville following a long illness. A native of Shelby County, she was the daughter of the late James Evans, Sr. and Catherine Heady. She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute, Class of 1962. She previously worked at Shelby Manor as a CNA and continued her career at the Masonic Home until her retirement. She was very dedicated to her work and her patients. She was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, four sisters, Mattie Wooten, Mary Emma Lovell, Dorothy Mae Maxwell and Daisy Pauline Ford and two brothers, Paul Wilbert Evans and William Richard Evans, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sister, Helen Mixon of Shelbyville; her brother, James Robert Evans, Jr. of Louisville and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, March 10, 2017 at Webb Funeral Home with visitation after 12 noon. Rev. Robert M. Marshall, Sr. will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors.


Alumnus Passing - Elmo Thomas Sr. Class of 1961

He was retired from Wilhelm Tool and Thomas Lawn Care.
Survivors include his wife: Iris Thomas; children: Jennye "Bush" Thomas, Margie Thomas, Elmo Thomas Jr., Robert Lee Thomas (Nancy) and Joseph Ray Thomas; Brothers: Norman Thomas (Emily), William Thomas (Jenny) and David Thomas; sisters: Flora Lewis (James), Patricia Mosby (William) and Kathleen Gray (Hebert); 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be conducted at 12 PM on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Pleasant View Baptist Church(789 Clore Jackson Road, Shelbyville KY 40065) . Visitation from 12 Saturday until service Elmo Thomas Sr. 74, of LaGrange, passed away on March 4, 2017.
time at the church.

Published in The Oldham Era from Mar. 9 to Mar. 15, 2017


Alumnus Passing - Margaret Elizabeth Bailey

Margaret Bailey (1921- 2017)

Margaret passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

Margaret was a resident of Eminence, Kentucky at the time of her passing.She graduated from the Lincoln Institute.
Funeral Service: 1 PM Saturday, February 18, 2017 at First Baptist Church, Eminence, officiated by Dr. Charles Duncan, pastor.

Interment: Eminence Cemetery

Honorary Pallbearers: John Lindsay, Stanley Williams, Harold Lindsay, Clarence Keaton, Eric Bachelor, Gary Lindsey & Bobby Lindsay (Deceased)

Active Pallbearers: Dedrick Young, Dwayne Roberts, Derwin Sleets,
Keith Mansfield, Lewis Mansfield, and Lamont Sleets

Visitation: 11 AM until service time on Saturday at First Baptist Church, Eminence.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Eminence First Baptist Church Building Fund


Alumnus Passing - Margaret Gales Wright, Class of 1949

Martha E. Gales,went home to be with her Heavenly Father on February 22, 2016. She graduated from Lincoln Institute, June 1, 1949.

Survivors include her husband, Milton Wright; daughters, Beverly Jones (Larry) Allison Radford (Chris, Sr.) and Milvenia Bridgewater (Thomas); siblings, Lillian Grace, Walter, James, Bruce and Kenneth Gales, Emma Clarkson, Addie Stoudmire and Jenny Whitsey; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation: 9am-11am Friday at St. Stephen Church, 1018 S. 15th Street with funeral services following. Burial: Green Meadows Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to G. C. Williams Funeral Home.

Published in The Courier-Journal on Feb. 25, 2016


Alumnus Passing - Barbara Jean "Bobbie" Miller, Class of 1959

Barbara Jean “Bobbie” Miller, age 74 of Louisville, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Bobbie was a 1959 graduate of the Lincoln Institute and graduated from Tucker Beauty and Barber College in 1962. She worked for the Kroger Corporate office for almost 20 years. In 2003, she was designated as a Black Achiever. Bobbie loved people and helping others, including her work with Dare to Care. She was a 56 year member of First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown and also a member of Burnett Avenue Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her son, Troy L. Miller; her parents, John and Elsie Mae Burks Owens; and her sister, Nora Fleming.

Bobbie is survived by her siblings, Alvin Owens (Janie), Mattie Haskins (Milton), Ronald Owens (Catherine), Lucille Owens and Patricia Owens; her special niece, Tricia Calvin-Jay (Scott); her special great-nephew who was like a grandchild to her, Adam Laroussi; grandchildren, Sebastian Miller and Veronica Miller; and a host of relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held 11am-1pm on Monday, February 6, 2017 followed by a celebration of Bobbie’s life at 1pm at Burnett Avenue Baptist Church 6800 S Hurstbourne Pkwy, Louisville, KY.

Memorials may be made to Burnett Avenue Baptist Church or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Oral History Interviews - Professor Andrew Baskin

Many of you know Professor Baskin from Berea College. For several years he has been performing Oral History interviews with various individuals who attended Lincoln Institute; students, faculty, workers and others. He has over one hundred interviews and they are now archived at Berea College and available to the public. He will be interviewing others over the next several months.

Oral history is the collection and study of historical information about individuals, families, important events, or everyday life using audiotapes, videotapes, or transcriptions of planned interviews. These interviews are conducted with people who participated in or observed past events and whose memories and perceptions of these are to be preserved as an aural record for future generations. Oral history strives to obtain information from different perspectives and most of these cannot be found.

If you or someone you know would like to participate, (if you haven't already been interviewed), please let me know and I will put him in contact with you. Thank you.

Gary Brown ( 859-621-9342


Alumnus Passing - Carrie Mae Wall, Class of 1957

Carrie Mae Wall, age 78, 283 Carson Lane, East Bernstadt, Kentucky passed away Sunday, December 25, 2016 at her home surrounded by loving family members after a brief illness. Born August 21, 1938 in Lynch, Kentucky she was the daughter of Theodore R (Velt) and Winnie Andrews Brown.

She attended school at Altamont Colored School, Harlan County and Lincoln Ridge. She was a member of the Altamont Baptist Church as a youth and then she returned home as an adult. She sang in the choir there and was affectionately known to most as Momma Carrie.
She was employed by Detroit Schools Department of Transportation for many years, 1979-2005. She was a member of E~stern Star, Eastern Kentucky Social Club, and a member of the
Lincoln Ridge Alumni Institute. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Thomas J. Wall, a sister Cecile (Gert) Herron, and a brother, Victor L. Brown. Shy leaves to mourn her passing these siblings; Veltra Jean Moran of Berea, Kentucky, Geraldine Lambert and husband Charles of Indianapolis,
Indiana, Margaret Best, and Beatrice "Netta" Williams and husband Willie all of East Bernstadt, Kentucky, William Edward Brown and wife Lori of St. Cloud, Florida, Belinda Gail Goggins and husband Keith of Lexington, Kentucky, and Leslie "Puch" Brown and wife Sherry of Hyattsville, Maryland.

She is also survived by her special step-daughter, Velma Wall Allen of Hedgeville, West Virginia.. She is also survived by a special cousin, Peggy Cown, known as Tina Turner and her adopted sons, Gary Adamson of East Bernstadt, Kentucky, Tom Gambrel of Corbin, Kentucky, and a host of nieces
and nephews, cousins, friends, and acquaintances. Carrie was loved by many.


December 5, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Augustina Johnson Phillips, Class of 1960

Augustina Johnson Phillips, 73, Frankfort, died Friday, December 2, 2016 at Frankfort Regional Medical Center. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Sylvester Johnson and Louise O'Bannon Davidson. She was a veteran of the U.S. Army. She graduated from Kentucky State University with a master's degree in criminal justice and business administration. She retired from Kentucky State University with more than 30 years of service. She was also a retired cosmetologist. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Louisville, a member of Kentucky State University Alumni and a member of Bethesda Temple Church of the Living God, where she had served as an usher. In her leisure time, she enjoyed her grandchildren and was very supportive of all their activities.

In addition to her parents, one daughter, Lovous Washington and one brother, Otis Folks, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Carlos V. Wooten, Sr. of Las Cruces, NM; one daughter, Nadja Dowell of Frankfort; six grandchildren, Najee Brown, Terrell Washington, Romondo Tatum, Carlos Wooten, Jr., Kassandra Wooten and Malik Hines; one great-grandchild, Nyiah Brown and one sister-in-law, Polly Folks of Glensdale, AZ.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 12 p.m. at Bethesda Temple Church of the Living God, 508 Glenns Creek Road in Frankfort with visitation after 11 a.m. Bishop Robert Manley will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow with military honors at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Frankfort. Serving as pallbearers will be Chuck Scott, Terrell Washington, Romando Tatum, Joshua Smith, Carlos Wooten, Sr., Troy Gaines and Kevin Bruce.

November 7, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Mary Willie Chambers

Visitation: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 414 Henry Clay St., Shelbyville, KY 40065

Funeral Service: 2 p.m., Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Bethel A.M.E. Church

Interment: Calvary Cemetery, N. Seventh St., Shelbyville, KY 40065

Mary Willie Chambers, 84, Frankfort, passed away Friday, November 4, 2016 at Frankfort Regional Medical Center following a long illness. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Willie Chambers and Mary Elizabeth Duncan Chambers.
She graduated from Kentucky State University with an Associates of Arts in home economics and furthered her education at UK and a college in Little Rock, AR. She retired from the home economics department at Kentucky State University in 1993. Following her retirement, she was a domestic engineer for many families. She was a lifelong member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, where she served as an usher, a member of the missionary society and headed up vacation bible school. She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority at Kentucky State University and a big supporter of 4-H, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the March of Dimes.

In addition to her parents, three sisters, Annie Mae Chambers, Martha Shirley and Ernestina Shouse, and one brother, Roy W. Evans, preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Antonio Chambers, Sr. (Aimee Bunton) of Frankfort; four sisters, Pauline 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; three grandchildren, Antonio Dequan Chambers, Jr., Quiera Darrion Chambers and Jacoby Blount Chambers and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Bethel A.M.E. Church with visitation after 11 a.m. Her sorority sisters will have a service at 1 p.m. Rev. Mac A. Pendleton will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.


November 5, 2016

National Lincoln Institute Alumni Scholarships Awarded

At the National Lincoln Institute Alumni Meeting held November 5, 2016 in Shelbyville, Estelle Marshall Scholarship Chairperson announced the awarding of four scholarships in the amount of $2000 each to the following individuals for the school year 2016-2017.

Malaysia Hardy, Eastern Kentucky University, Elementary Education

Jocelyn Shelton, Columbia College, Fashion Design / Journalism

Lynnetta Williams, Eastern Kentucky University, Nursing

Wiletta Williams, Eastern Kentucky University, Nursing

Congratulations to all of the recipients and we wish them all much success!

Any questions about our scholarship process can be directed to our Scholarship Chair - Estelle Marshall (502-633-6526) or Gary Brown (859-621-9342)


November 1, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Ira A. Sullivan, Class of 1960

Visitation: 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Webb Funeral Home, 1144 Main St., Shelbyville, KY 40065

Funeral Service: 1 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016 at New Covenant Church, 630 Mack Walters Rd., Shelbyville, KY 40065

Interment: Calvary Cemetery, N. Seventh St., Shelbyville, KY 40065

Ira Alvin Sullivan, Sr., 74, Shelbyville, died Friday, October 28, 2016 at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville. A native of Shelby County, he was the son of the late William Lawrence Sullivan, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Smith Sullivan. He was a graduate of Lincoln Institute, Class of 1960. He was retired as an accounting technician for the federal government. He joined Clay Street Baptist Church as a child. He later moved his membership to Springhill Baptist Church in Columbus, OH and most recently to Tabernacle of Praise Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. He was a member of the choir. In his leisure time, he enjoyed writing poetry, manuscripts and greeting card verses.

In addition to his parents, four brothers, William Lawrence "Sonny" Sullivan, Jr., Sidney Edward Sullivan, Allen Cecil Sullivan and Arthur Lee Sullivan, Sr., preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie Sullivan of Lancaster, TX; two sons, Ira Alvin (Tia) Sullivan, Jr. of Fullerton, CA and Troy Wilson of Frankfort; one daughter, Andrea S. (Earl) Williams of Columbus, OH; two sisters, Audrey Way of Louisville and Grace Mae (Carl) Jones of Los Angeles, CA; one brother, Donald Ray Sullivan of Shelbyville; two stepdaughters, Sherry (Charles) Williams and Monica Johnson, both of Lancaster, TX; one stepson, Jason (Sonya) Scott of Towchester, North Hamptonshire, UK; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016 at New Covenant Church with visitation 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Webb Funeral Home. Rev. Norris Beckley, Sr. will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.


October , 2016

Alumnus Passing - Alyne Bradford Jones, Class of 1953

Alyne Jones, age 81, of Louisville, passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2016. She was a member of the Elk Creek Baptist Church. Alyne was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Lillie Bradford; her sisters, Evelyn Burks and Lucille Bradford; and her grandchild, Craig Melvin.

Mrs. Jones is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Edgar; children, Edgar Jones, Jr. (Rhonda), Charles Jones (Gwendolyn) Timothy Jones (Wanda), Wanda Melvin and Mitchell Andre' Jones (Vara); 16 grandchildren; fur-grandchildren, Simon, Oliver and Wally; brother, Edward Bradford, Jr.; sisters, Natholee Harris and Fredia Cardwell; and a host of loving family and friends.

Visitation will be 1-6pm Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Newcomer Funeral Home, 235 Juneau Drive in Middletown. Graveside ceremony will be 1pm on Monday, October 24th at Middletown Historic Cemetery.


October 8, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Anna Lee Beach Elzy

Anna Lee Beach Elzy, 77, Shelbyville, died Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Masonic Home of Shelbyville following a long illness. A native of Henry County, she was the daughter of the late John Steven Beach and Clara Mae Tinsley. She attended Lincoln Institute, where she was a cheerleader. She did custodial work for Kentucky State University. She enjoyed cooking, grocery shopping and talking on the telephone in her leisure time. She was a member of the New Mt. Zion Baptist Church and, in her later years, was under the watch care of Rev. Ronald Walker of Shelby Congregational Church.

In addition to her parents, one daughter, Gwendolyn Beach, one son, Stefan Elzy, two brothers, Steven Earl Beach and William Harrison Beach and one great-grandson, D'mondre Elzy, preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Charlotte Elzy of Shelbyville and Clarissa Elzy of Kansas City, KS; one son, Michael Beach of Shelbyville; one sister, Brenda J. Thomas of Shelbyville; one aunt, Georgia E. Stone of Louisville; four stepsons, Johnnie Mitchell, Ronald Mitchell, Raymond Mitchell and Reginald Mitchell, all of Kansas City, KS; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at St. John Methodist Church with visitation after 11 a.m. Rev. Ronald Walker will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.


September 5, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Jamar Davis, Class of 1963

Visitation: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Friday, September 9, 2016 at Green Castle Baptist Church, 4970 Murphy Ln., Louisville, KY 40245

Funeral Service: 1 p.m., Friday, September 9, 2016 at Green Castle Baptist Church

Interment: Louisville Memorial Gardens East, 11601 Ballardsville Rd., Louisville, KY 40241 with Military Honors

Jamar K. Davis, 71, Goshen, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at her home. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Jimmie Davis and Norma Calloway Guinn. She was a 1963 graduate of Lincoln Institute and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Era. She worked for the American Red Cross, where she ran the Bloodmobile. She then worked at the Ford Motor Company, where she was one of the first females to work on the assembly line at the Kentucky Truck Plant. After Ford, she worked as a mail sorter for the U.S. Postal Service until her retirement. She became a Christian at a very young age while attending Clay Street Baptist Church in Shelbyville. After relocating to Louisville, she joined Cable Missionary Baptist Church, where she served faithfully for many years. She later joined Green Castle Baptist Church, where she enjoyed her church, her Sunday School Class and teachers as well as her Wednesday night bible study taught by Rev. James R. Pitts. She also served in the children's ministry and taught at Vacation Bible School. Jamar was a student of the bible and lived her life as the bible teaches. She always put others before self even if it meant sacrificing herself. Jamar led by example and was an inspiration to anyone around her.

In addition to her parents, her sister, Day Ann Davis and her brother, David Allen Davis, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sister, Noreen (Anthony) Kennedy of Louisville; one uncle, Leroy Calloway of LaGrange; two nieces, Jona (Derrick) Jackson of Lawrenceville, GA and Kisses Ann Loving of Louisville; one nephew, Derrick D. Loving of Seattle, WA; one great-niece, Khalea Williams and one great-nephew, Deron Kennedy.


July 28, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Orlando B. "Dude" Lawson, Class of 1952

Orlando Burton Lawson, known by family and friends as "Dude" was born on January 11, 1933, in Eminence, Kentucky to the late William Edude Lawson and Florence McKane Lawson. Orlando departed this life on July 24, 2016.

He was the youngest of six children. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior at an early age. He was a faithful
member for over 30 years at Portland Memorial Baptist Church where he
served in several ministries. Orlando served as a Deacon and was the oldest Deacon of the church. His nickname was "Rabbi". Other ministries included the Van Ministry, Helping Hand Ministry, and the Men's Ministry.

Orlando was educated at Lincoln Institute in Shelbyville, Kentucky.
Upon his graduation in 1952, he continued his education at Kentucky State University. He enlisted in the United States Army and served honorably from 1953-1955, which included Auto School Training in Atlanta, Georgia. Orlando was awarded a Good Conduct Medal in that class.

Orlando retired from International Harvester Manufacturer Company after many years of dedicated service. He also worked for Kenway Services. After retirement he was self-employed running his own pallets business where he would fix and refurbish pallets for local businesses in Greater Louisville. "Everyone knew that blue and white truck" when he passed by in it on the streets.

Orlando loved his sports! He was an avid University of Louisville cardinal fan. Everyone knew that we couldn't call him during sports events, he would answer the phone and say, "WHAT DO YOU WANT, THE GAME IS ON !!!."

He loved his family and we all will truly miss him.
Orlando was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Cora Mahan, Anna Thomas, William Lawson; son, Markus Fields. Orlando leaves tocherish his memory his wife, Zelma Lawson; sons, Orlando "Bo" Lawson, J1"., Leon Lawson, Marcus Lawson, Russell Lawson
(Hattie), Antonio Lawson; daughters, Felicia Lawson-Beeler, Yulanda
Lawson-Douglas (Maurice), Dequeta Lawson; sister, Pearl Henderson;
brother, Earl Lawson; step-children, Connie Paige, Quinn Carey, Victor Carey, Lori Hill; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and church family.

A special thank you to Kevin, his caregiver, for two years of devotion and Mary Lawson for all the extended
love and support.


July 20, 2016

Reunion 2016

Our 2016 Lincoln Institute Reunion was a huge success, July 8-10. On Friday evening we had a Game Night on the campus and had over 100 people in attendance. On Saturday July 9, Reverend Thurmond Coleman was our keynote speaker. We had over 200 people in attendance for our memorial service and about 160 of them had a delicious lunch catered by the Whitney Young Job Corp, Culinary Arts students and staff. We memorialized 49 alumni who have passed.

On Saturday evening we had dinner at the Claudia Sanders Dinner House with 150 in attendance and the Honorable Martha Layne Collins was our keynote speaker. She was well received and challenged each of us to get involved in our local communities.

During the evening we honored three individuals with the “Lincoln Institute Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame” award. The three were:

Dorothy Smith Dowe (1949) – the first Black to be a Head Nurse at Central State Hospital in Louisville. First President of the Louisville Chapter and the National Alumni Association.

Attorney Willie Fleming (1947) – One of two first Black graduates from the University of Louisville Law School in 1955 and the first Black Licensed Attorney from U of L. He has been a practicing attorney for over 61 years.

Vivian Warren Overall (1960) – Vivian is the only known person to graduate from Lincoln Institute and our founding school Berea College. A community activist and recipient of the John G. Fee Award, Berea College.

On Sunday, July 10 we had our Farewell Brunch with about 100 in attendance. Raymond Burse, former Kentucky State University President was our speaker. He was very eloquent in his presentation and challenged us to help as many young people as possible with scholarships.

WE look forward to seeing all of you at the Reunion 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky.


July 13, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Rose Marie (Berry) Bowen

Rose Marie Berry Bowen, age 75, of Williamsburg, Kentucky departed this life on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was born on June 29, 1940 in Whitley County, Kentucky to the late John Henry Berry and Rosa (Smith) Berry. Rose Marie was a devout Christian. She was a 1957 graduate of Williamsburg High School and a 1979 graduate of Cumberland College. She attended the Lincoln Institute in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1954 and 1955 school years.

She is survived by her three sons, Kevin Bowen, Johnathan Bowen (Sheryl) and Darian Bowen (Sherry), of Williamsburg; eight grandchildren, Nicholas Chapman, Mya Elizabeth, Cameron Bowen, Rose Bowen, Naomi Lin, Sydney Bowen, Zachariah Bowen and Arianna Bowen; her mother, Rosa (Smith) Berry of Williamsburg; three brothers, John Berry Jr. (Patricia) of Dearborn, Michigan, Marcus Leon Berry (Peggy) of Finley, Ohio and Michael Berry (Ashley) of Owensboro, Kentucky; four sisters, Leila Bentley of Jacksonville, Florida, Maxine Kellogg (Bill) of Jellico, Tennessee, Mary Dugger (Ken) of Williamsburg and Helena Bowden (David) of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.

She was laid to rest following a private Family Graveside Service in the Croley Addition of Highland Park Cemetery.


July 13, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Jennie Hewitt Williams, Former Faculty Member

Jennie H. Hewitt was born in Moorefield, Kentucky to the union
of the late Rev. Abel Hewitt, Sr. and the former Martha Flournoy.
The union was blessed with seven boys, and one girl, Jennie. She
departed this life on July 11, 2016 following several months of
declining health. Her devotion to Christian values, family and a
desire to do the right thing would be a guiding force for her through-out her life.

Jennie graduated high school while the family was living in
Bowling Green, Kentucky. She received her Bachelor's Degree
from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas and her
Master's Degree from Indian University in Bloomington, Indiana
and extended her studies at the University of Louisville.
In 1947, she was united in holy matrimony to George M. Williams.
They lived harmoniously together for twenty-four years until his
untimely death. There were no children born to this union.
Her teaching career began at Lincoln Institution in Shelbyville,
Kentucky, where she taught English and French for fifteen years.
She then moved to Louisville where she taught English at Newburg
Junior High and Seneca High School. She later received her
Certificate of Librarianship from Spalding University and worked as
a librarian the last ten years of her educational career.

Over the years many of her former students have maintained contact
with her and credit their success to her encouragement, support
and enthusiasm for education. Following retirement Jennie traveled
extensively, visiting forty-nine states and countries in Europe,
Mexico, the Caribbean, and Africa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers,
John Hewitt, Sr. (Dora), Abel Hewitt, Jr. (Clethora), William Hewitt
(Agnes), James Hewitt (Elizabeth), Oliver Hewitt (Clara), and
Robert Hewitt (Ella Mae).

Jennie leaves to cherish her memories, brother, Finis Hewitt
(Sandra); godsons, Dr. Stephen Cosby of Akron, Ohio and Dr.
Edward Brown of Belize, Central America, now living in Miami,
Florida, and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.


July 7,2016

Lyman Russell Dale, 86, Frankfort, died at his home on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 under the care of Hospice of the Bluegrass. He was a native of Shelbyville and the son of the late Cornelius "Neal" and Juanita Cottrell Dale, and preceded in death by three sisters, Mamie Louise Dale O'Banion, Helen Dale Jackson and Earlina Dale.Survivors include his long-time, devoted companion, Jennifer Prewitt of Frankfort; children, Byron Frazier Dale, Anita Clarice Dane, both of Shelbyville, Cassandra Lynn Cooper of Marietta, GA and Corey Russell Dale of Albuquerque,

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 at Clay Street Baptist Church, 1940 Midland Trail, Shelbyville with visitation at the church after noon. There will be a Crossing to the Chapter Invisible Service at 1:30 p.m. by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery with full military honors. Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at


June 30,2016

Alumnus Passing - Jeffers Willie Hayden

Jeffers Willie Hayden passed on April 30, 2016 and was interred at Resthaven Memorial Park, Louisville, KY. He was 83 at the time of his passing.


June 30, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Mary Charlotte Smyly, Class of 1963

Mary Charlotte Smyly passed recently in Louisville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.


June 22, 2016

Alumnus Passing - John H. Railey, Class of 1962

John H. Railey, Jr., 72, Shelbyville, died Sunday, June 19, 2016 at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville following an illness. A native of Springfield, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Martha Key Ellery and John H. Railey, Sr. He was a graduate of Lincoln Institute, Class of 1962. Following graduation, he attended trade school and learned the trades of plumbing and electricity.

He entered the military, joining the U.S. Army National Guard of Kentucky. He retired from the National Guard as a staff drill sergeant after 24 years of service. He then worked for General Electric Company on the assembly line. He worked for Sam Cardwell Construction Company, pouring concrete. He was supervisor over the paint line at Shelby Industries and had most recently worked for the City Shelbyville in the Department of Public Works.

In his leisure time, he was first and foremost a very proud grandfather. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, singing and dancing. As a youngster, he and his brothers had a band where he was the lead singer. He also trained horses as a young man for Murray Armstrong and was well known as a fast tobacco cutter.

He was a lifelong member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Springfield.

In addition to his parents, one brother, Joseph P. Railey, preceded him in death. Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Barbara A. Railey; seven children, Velesia (Lee) Cardwell, Tonya (Arthur "Randy") Lancaster, Barbie Railey, John C. (Lyndsay) Railey, Michael Railey, Belinda Railey and Kevin "Petie" (Kym) Bailey; one sister, Mary Catherine (John) Campbell of Cincinnati, OH; two brothers, Kenneth D. Railey of Dallas, TX and Steve (Valerie) Railey of Springfield; two aunts, Ann Wells of Bardstown and Dorothy Livers of Louisville; two uncles, Alfonzo Railey and George Railey; 18 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Webb Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2016 at Clay Street Baptist Church. The wake will be 12 noon to 9 p.m. on Thursday at Webb Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Ragland will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Serving as active pallbearers will be Tommy Hayes, John Jackson, Tyronne Conn, John C. Railey, Michael Railey, Michael Stoner and Nelyon Robinson. Honorary pallbearers will be David Allen, Dennis Evans, Tom Railey, John R. Beach, Joseph Coleman, John Harris, James Garten, Jr. and the employees of the City of Shelbyville.


June 11,2016

Alumnus Passing - Minnie Maxcine (Best) Bald

Minnie Maxcine Bald, 80, of Louisville, Kentucky passed away on June 8, 2016. She retired from General Electric, attended Lincoln Institute and worked in the nursing field. She gave her life to Christ at a young age at Woodsonville Baptist Church in Hart County Kentucky later joining First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown.

Maxcine was born on April 19, 1936 in Hart County, Kentucky to the late John and Minnie (Thornton) Best. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Marsha McCoomer, former husband Johnnie Bald, brothers, Ray Best and Howard Best.

She is survived by her children, Johnnie R. Bald (Paulette), Cynthia Ann Summers, Gwendolyn B. Jones (Charles), Gregory Louis Bald, Calvin D. Bald (Renee), Yvonne E. Bald-Jones (Joey), sisters Emmer Kinnard, Urldine Best, and brother John Best. She is also survived by a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2016 at First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown 10600 Watterson Trail Louisville, KY 40299. Her funeral ceremony will be held Monday, June 13, 2016 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown with burial to follow at Middletown Historic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown.


June 10, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Clyde William Moore

Clyde William Moore 90, of Louisville. passed away May 17, 2016. He was a member of Forest Baptist Church, a retired truck driver, and an Air Force veteran of WWII. He was preceded in death by his wife Eugenia A. Moore. Survivors include his children, Steven J. Moore)Johna),Sondra Talbert(Larry), Wanda Best, Nailah Jumoke, Yolanda Jackson, and Mark A. Whalen Sr; numerous grandchildren. Interment was in at Evergreen Cemetery in Louisville, KY.


June 10, 2016

Alumnus Passing - James Ernest "Bumpy" Overall, Class of 1963

James Ernest "Bumpy" Overall passed on June 8, 2016 in Louisville, KY. He was 70 years old.


April 5, 2016

National Lincoln Institute Alumni Meeting - April 2, 2016

The National Lincoln Institute Alumni Meeting was held on Saturday, April 2nd on the campus at the Whitney M. Young Memorial House.

The election of officers was held and the following individuals will serve for the next two years.

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


March 13, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Gladys Hayes Moses, Class of 1946

Gladys (Hayes) Moses passed away in her sleep on Sunday, February 28, 2016 in her home in Trotwood, Ohio. She was 87. Her husband Irving, a Tuskegee Airmen preceded her in death. She and her husband both were longtime educators in the Dayton Public School System.

Mrs. Moses graduated from Lincoln Institute in 1946 and later graduated from Kentucky State College where she was a member of the track team. She had a lifelong love for sports. After she retired from the Dayton Public Schools, Gladys made her mark in a variety of other ways.

She was the first woman trustee at Bethel Baptist Church in Dayton and the first deaconess in the history of the church. Along with her three sons Moses, Irving Jr. and Vincent, she is survived by her sister Nettie and three grandchildren, Erin, Darren and Julius.

Her funeral arrangements are not finalized. Several years ago she made the decision to donate her body to the anatomy department at Wright State’s Boonshoft School of Medicine, where she volunteered. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

(Special Note: One of Mrs. Moses sons is legendary Track and Field star Edwin Moses. He was a Gold Medal winner at the Olympics in 1976 and 1984. ESPN has named him one of the 50 greatest sports figures of the 20th century.)


March 12, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Head Coach Walter Gilliard

Walter Gilliard, age 90 entered into the presence of the Lord on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in Potomac, Maryland. Walter, the eldest child of Lover Smith Gilliard and Samuel Quincy Gilliard was born June 24, 1925 in Anderson, South Carolina. Raised primarily in Covington, Kentucky by his father and stepmother Carolyn Gilliard, Walter graduated from William Grant High School prior to serving in the United States Coast Guard during WWII.

Following his honorable discharge from the military, Walter matriculated at Kentucky State (College) University where he was a star football player, All-America quarterback and officer of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Walter graduated from Kentucky State with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and six years later, a Master’s degree in Physical Education and Health from the University of Kentucky.

In 1954 Walter became the athletic director, and; in 1957, the head basketball coach at the Lincoln Institute in Shelby County, KY. In 1960 he led the first African-American high school in Kentucky (Lincoln Institute’s Tigers) to compete for the state basketball championship. Walter continued his education earning his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Counseling and Personnel Education from Kent State University in 1973. Walter served administratively at Kent State University, Western Illinois University, Central State University and for 12 years as the Associate Dean of Students at the University of Dayton until his retirement in 1992.

Walter was a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a Freemason, 32nd degree. He was a devoted member of Tabernacle Baptist Church where he served on the Deacon Board, Christian Education, the Brotherhood, the Mass Choir and the Male Chorus. He also served on the Greene County Board of Health from 1991-2014. In 1993 he was inducted into the Kentucky State University Hall of Fame. In 1997 Walter was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, the highest honor awarded to individuals by the governor of Kentucky for their public service and work for the advancement of the community, state or the nation. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Viola Williams, and his beloved wife of 51 years Patsye McFall Gilliard. His memory will be cherished by his daughters, Renee Griffin (Eric) of Greensboro, NC; Michelle Sheehan (Robert, Jr.) of Silver Spring, MD; Carolyn Williams (Eddie) of Florence, KY; Beverly Harris of Covington, KY; his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his beloved nieces and nephews (Gloria Andrews, Walter Williams, Hartzell (Mike) Williams, Nathan Williams, Gerard Williams, and Shelly McNichols), and a host of other relatives, friends and students. Visitation: Thursday, March 17, 6:00-8:00 pm Newcomer Funeral Home, 3380 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek, OH. Funeral Service: Friday, March 18, 12:00 noon, Tabernacle Baptist Church, 380 S. Broadway, Dayton. OH. Internment: Dayton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: “In Memory of Walter Gilliard” to: Tabernacle Baptist Church, 380 S. Broadway, Dayton. OH 45402 OR to: Scotland AME Zion Church, 10902 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, MD 20854.


February 19, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Gladys (Shirley) Smith, Class of 1957

GLASGOW – Gladys L. Smith, 75, of Glasgow, died on Feb.14, 2016, at her residence.

Mrs. Smith was a native of Metcalfe County and the daughter of the late James and Louise Shirley.In addition to her parents, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by a son, Victor Lee Shirley.

Survivors include one son, Calvin Smith (Roxanna), of Scottsville; two daughters, Elaine Forte and Terri Smith, both of Bowling Green.
Visitation was held Friday at First Baptist Church in Glasgow.

Funeral was held on Saturday February 19, 2016 at the church.

Watts & Percell Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.


February 7, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Wyolene Eldora Jones, Class of 1948

Wyolene E.Jones,85, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016. She was a lifetime member at Elk Creek Missionary Baptist Church and a founding member of the Lincoln Institute of Kentucky Alumni Assoc. She was a retired employee from Brown & Williamson. She is survived by her two daughters, Daisy and Althea Jones; two brothers, Leo (Brenda) and Robert (Betty) Bradford; three grandchildren, Nikki Perez, Mikal Forbush and Terra Mundy (Milton); eight great-grandchilden; two great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and loved ones.Visitation: 5-6 pm Monday with Memorial Service to follow at 6 pm. at A.D. Porter & Sons, 1300 W. Chestnut St.,Louisville, KY.


January 29, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Patrick Thomas, Class of 1959

Patrick Andrew "Pat",74, of Louisville, Kentucky passed away on November 4, 2015. He retired from American Standard and was a member of Green Castle Baptist Church.

Patrick was born on July 5, 1941, Chicago, Illinois to the late Tisha Elizabeth Smith. He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter, Ashley Thomas.

Patrick is survived by his children, Patrick Thomas, Jr. (Jessica), Sharronda Thomas, Andre Thomas, Monica Stroud (Ronald); sisters, Darlene Taylor and Linda Booker (Terry); brother, Guy Hill; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Newcomer Funeral Home (235 Juneau Drive, Louisville) with Funeral immediately following. Burial at Berrytown Cemetery.

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Alumnus Passing - Sam Hipsher, Class of 1950

Mr. Sam Hipsher, age 84 of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Clay County, departed this life on Monday, January 18, 2016, at the Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati.

He was born on Saturday, June 20, 1931, in Clay County, Kentucky to the union of John and Ethel Pennington Hipsher. He was a veteran of the Korean War where he worked as an engineer, and also worked at Norwood Manufacturing.

He leaves to mourn his passing his daughter: Karen D. Hipsher, his sons: Anthony and Sam, 3 grandchildren: Ryan, Jordyn, and Channing. Also his special niece Mechelle Fair of Manchester, KY.

He is preceded in death by his parents: John and Ethel Hipsher, his wife: Katie Hipsher, and these brothers and sisters: Lawrence Pennington, Theowille Hipsher, Leila Hipsher, Mildred Hipsher, Thelma Hipsher, Nelle Hipsher, Joyce Fullwood, Bruce Hipsher, Jack Hipsher, and Barbara Ann Hipsher Fair.

Graveside Services for Mr. Sam Hipsher will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at 12 PM at the Hipsher Cemetery in Manchester.


January 19, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Anna Deloris Crittendon, Class of 1956

Visitation: 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Webb Funeral Home, 1144 W. Main St., Shelbyville, KY 40065
Funeral Service: 1 p.m., Thursday, January 21, 2016 at St. John United Methodist Church, 212 Martin Luther King Jr. St., Shelbyville, KY 40065
Interment: Calvary Cemetery, N. Seventh St., Shelbyville, KY 40065

Anna Deloris Crittendon, 77, Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital following a brief illness. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late George Louis Crittendon and Ethel Mae Dirks.

She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute, Class of 1956. She was still employed at Jewish Hospital, where she was supervisor of environmental services. She was a member of Lincoln Alumni in both the national and local chapters. She was a lifelong member of St. John United Methodist Church, where she served as church secretary and also secretary of the Women's Auxiliary Board.

In addition to her parents, one sister, Linda Lee Crittendon, preceded her in death.

Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Lynette Patterson of Shelbyville; three sons, Kevin Louis Crittendon and Terry Dean Crittendon, both of Shelbyville and Dwayne Scott Crittendon of Louisville; one sister, Etta Murphy-Coleman of Louisville; one brother, Claude E. Crittendon of Shelbyville; four grandchildren, Tyrese Patterson, Alex Crittendon, Scotlyn Crittendon and Kya Crittendon and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at St. John United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert M. Marshall, Sr. delivering the eulogy. Rev. David Burton, her former supervisor at Jewish Hospital, will officiate. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Webb Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.


January 8, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Mary Lee Brown Williams

Mrs. Mary Lee Brown Williams, age 88, of Bowling Green, Kentucky and a native of Biscoe, Arkansas, died Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at the Medical Center of Bowling Green. Mary was a member of State Street Baptist Church and was a retired employee of Fruit of the Loom. Mary was a graduate of Lincoln Institute in Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky. Mary loved to read, work crossword puzzles, and talk on the phone. Mary always had a sweet tooth for “butter pecan” and banana split ice cream.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Patton and John C. (Nancy) Brown; husband, George Williams, Sr.; son, George Edward Williams; dear friend, Linda Basil.

Mary is survived by her aunt, Delores Pennington; niece, Lois Bellamy; Godson, Edward; her girls, Donna, Deborah B, Mary, Juliet, Niecey, Sharon, Debra; friends, Joe A, and Thelma; a host of many other friends.


January 2, 2016

Alumnus Passing - Hortense Fields Sutton, Class of 1947

Hortense Jacqueline Fields Sutton was born on Thursday, May 1, 1930 in Lexington, KY to Thelma Fields during the great American depression and racial segregation period. Despite America’s greatest economic downturn and social injustice, Thelma Fields and her parents William and Rosetta Lytle Fields together raised Hortense with knowledge of self, love and the educational tools to overcome social obstacles.

After receiving her High School diploma from the Lincoln Institute, class of 1947, an African-American boarding high school in Shelby County, Kentucky, Hortense traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina to pursue her education at Bennett College, a historically African American liberal arts college for women, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Library Science, Class of 1952. With degree in hand, Hortense received her first job as a media specialist or librarian working for the Somerset County, Maryland public school system. Hortense worked four years (1952-56) with Somerset County, which lead to her finding the love of her life Edward Dale Sutton. Hortense and Edward D. Sutton married in Crisfield, Maryland, Thursday, June 7, 1956, as she transitioned to a new job that same year in Bowie, Maryland. Hortense and Edward were married for forty-three years before his passing in 1999.

From 1956 to 1959, Hortense worked as the assistant librarian at the Maryland State Teachers College (MSTC), located in Bowie, Maryland, now called Bowie State University. Hortense enjoyed her time at MSTC because the educational programs trained African-American teachers for junior high schools, secondary education and liberal arts after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the “separate but equal” doctrine that formed the basis for state-sanctioned discrimination. Hortense later transferred to Bel Alton High School, the first public school for African-American students in Charles County, Maryland, to become the head librarian from 1959 – 65. Moreover, during this timeframe Hortense would have a child named Chad Sutton, and obtain her master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

In 1965, Hortense accepted a librarian position with the Montgomery County, Maryland Public School System, where she worked one year at Blair High School located in Silver Spring, Maryland, before transitioning to the head librarian position at Takoma Park Junior-Middle School where she retired in 1988. Known for her smile, generosity and hardy laugh, Hortense formed lifetime relationships with students at Takoma Park, through coaching and mentoring programs she instituted in the library. To this day, former students send her family photos and letters of accomplishments.

In retirement, Hortense enjoyed traveling to various states such as Alaska, Hawaii, California, Florida, North Carolina and her favorite Las Vegas, Nevada. She became an avid bridge player with her Theta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority sisters, and a dedicated fan of professional football and basketball. Hortense became active in her the community by becoming a neighborhood block captain, attending community social events, cultivating community support on her street and helping to create academic assistance programs. Her continued community activism won her a community service award and acknowledgment from the Maryland General Assembly, 24th Legislative District.

Hortense had a heart of gold and a smile that would light up the room. She loved taking care of family, spending time with close friends, and putting the needs of others first. Her genuine smile and laughter would brighten your day, and remind you that family and friends are important. Some of her favorite pastimes included working out with friends, dancing, travel, football Sunday, professional basketball, and attending events at her church, Reid A.M.E. Temple. You could always count on Hortense providing an encouraging word in times of crisis and an ear for listening.

Hortense left for God’s Kingdom on September 11, 2015. She leaves to cherish her memory her son Chad Sutton, cousins Lytle Davis, Leslie Groom, Tonya Lowe, nieces and nephews Myron Brown, Michael Brown Sr., Marsha Brown, Zelda Brown, Sylvia and Charmaine Sutton and a host of other relatives and friends


October 28, 2015

Alumnus Passing - Mary Laverne Brown, Class of 1959

Mary "Laverne" Brown, age 75, of Sparta, passed away Friday, October 23, 2015 at the Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born June 30, 1940 in Smithfield, KY, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Flora Tinsley Ritchie and was preceded in death by her siblings, Floyd Ritchie, Louis Ritchie, Jr., Donnie Ritchie and Dorothy Ritchie. Laverne was a member of the Park Ridge Baptist Church and worked in production for many years at General Electric.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Ed Brown; her sisters, Barbara Turner, Betty Ann Ritchie and Etta Parks; her brothers, Charles (Shirley) Ritchie, Arthur Lewis (Ruth) Ritchie, Willie Lee (Valerie) Ritchie and Frank (Margaret) Jordan. Laverne also leaves behind a host of extended family and friends.

McDonald & New Funeral Homes are in charge of arrangements. Family will receive friends at the Family Worship Center in Carrollton on Monday, October 26, 2015 from 5-9pm. Funeral services will be held at 1pm Tuesday at the Family Worship Center with Rev. Terrance Moore and Rev. W.M McElvaney presiding. Burial will be in the Carrollton Cemetery and memorial contributions may be made to Park Ridge Baptist Church.


October 14, 2015

1955 Lincoln Institute State Basketball and Football Champions to be Honored

On Friday, October 16, 2015 the Lincoln Institute Tigers 1955 Basketball and Football State Championship Teams will be honored at Martha Lane Collins High School at 801 Discovery Blvd., Shelbyville, KY 40065. The recognition will be sponsored by the 12th Man Booster Club. At 7:00 PM all team members present will be invited to the field for recognition.

All Lincoln alumni are invited to participate. Former players will receive free admittance; all others will need to pay a small admission fee. Wear a Lincoln T-Shirt, cap or whatever you have with Lincoln on it and wear it with pride.

If you know anyone that was on this team please inform them about this event.

Come and join us and celebrate with someone who is celebrating us! Gates open at 6:00PM


October 1, 2015 (Delayed submission)

Alumnus Passing - Robert Earl Jackson Logan, Class of 1957

Robert Earl Jackson Logan 77, passed away peacefully at Norton Audubon Hospital surrounded by his family on Friday, June 12, 2015.

Robert was a retired U.S. Air Force and Vietnam Veteran. While attending Lincoln Institute he was a quarterback on the 1955 State Championship team. He was also a member of Westwood Presbyterian Church.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 54 years, Kathleen; his children, Robert Logan, Jr., Alfred Perkins (Dorothy), Kathleen Allen (Michael) and Marsha Green (Eldridge); eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 18, 2015 at A.D. Porter & Sons-Southeast, 4501 Bardstown Rd. with interment on Friday, June 19, 2015 at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, Radcliff, KY.


September 7, 2015

Former Faculty Passing - Judge George Walter Bunyan, Jr.

The Honorable Judge George Walter Bunyan, Jr. 1922-2015

The Honorable Judge George Walter Bunyan, Jr. was born on June 7, 1922 in Augusta, GA. He was the fifth of nine children born to the union of Reverend George Walter and Eva Harris Bunyan, Sr. When Judge Bunyan was three (3) months old his parents relocated to Covington, KY.

At an early age he received Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at First Baptist Church under the pastorship of Reverend Frank Carter Locust. Judge Bunyan later joined his father's church, Mt Calvary Baptist Church where he facilitated in many of the church's organizations. He later united with Southern Baptist Church where he served faithfully in the Male Chorus until his illness took over rendering him unable to attend.

Judge Bunyan was joined in holy matrimony to the late Dr. Mary Jane Hollis, PhD and to this union one son was born, Bruce Williams Bunyan. He later was united in marriage to Dr. Ruth Moore. They were together 20 years and remained close friends until the end.

As a young man, Judge Bunyan pursued an education and began matriculating through Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. His studies were interrupted to fulfill his duties with the U.S. Army. He served in the Pacific Ocean Theater during World War II. However, when the war was over, he was able to complete his studies at Morehouse in August 1947. He then went on to attend and graduate from Boston University Law School, Boston, MA.

After graduating from Boston University, Judge Bunyan took and successfully passed the New York State Bar but decided to return to Cincinnati where he successfully passed the Ohio State Bar Exam. He taught for a short while at the Lincoln Institute in Shelbyville, KY and then accepted a position with the Federal Government in their Ordnance Procurement Division. Judge Bunyan was in this department for 20 years and successfully progresses up within the ranks to become the department's top ranking civilian employee.

It was then, in January, 1970 that Governor James Rhodes appointed Attorney Bunyan to the Hamilton County Municipal Court. And in August, 1973, Governor John Gilligan appointed him to serve another term with the Hamilton County Municipal Court.

In 1973 Judge Bunyan, Dwight Tillery, Leslie I. Gaines and Clifford Fennell co-founded the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati, OH. Judge Bunyan served as the first president for this new organization. Judge Bunyan was a member in good standing with the Supreme Court of Ohio, he was also a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Ohio Association and the National Bar Association. After his time in Hamilton County Municipal Court, Judge Bunyan re-entered private practice.

Judge Bunyan was an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Gamma Lambda chapter until his health prevented his continued involvement.

Judge Bunyan departed this life on Friday afternoon, August 28, 2015. He had stayed the course which God prepared for him before the beginning of time. And, because of his example, five members of his immediate family are now practicing attorneys. Yes, he completed his assignment, helping others whenever possible, he encouraged, mentored, taught, paved the way, and left a light shining for others who are yet to come.

Judge George Walter Bunyan was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend and Mrs. George Walter Bunyan, Sr, his brothers Thomas, James, and Warren Lee and his sisters Eva Clark , Eula Hopkins, and Martha Ann. He leaves to mourn his passing, his son, Bruce Williams Bunyan, his step-daughter, Attorney Lisa Elaine Hemphill, two grandchildren, Travis and Trent, his two sisters Margurite Giles and Sadye Dean, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives, friends, and colleagues.


August 31, 2015

Alumnus Passing - James Emmett Gray, Class of 1956

James Emmett Gray, age 77, of Lawrenceburg, KY, died Friday, August 28, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

He was born in Lawrenceburg, KY to the late Mary Bradley Gray McKee. He was a member of Second Christian Church; 1956 graduate of Lincoln Institute; and a former employee of Wild Turkey Boulevard Distillery where he retired as a warehouse supervisor.

He is survived by one son, Joey Penny, Lawrenceburg; daughters, Kimberly Ann Gray and Stephanie Penny, both of Lawrenceburg, and Susan Penny, Versailles; brother, Ronnie McKee; three sisters, Lois McKee (Earl) Harris, Connie McKee, and Mary Sue McKee; six grandchildren, Blake Penny, Amanda Greene, C.J. Penny, Cobe Penny, and Kayla Gray, all of Lawrenceburg and Amber (Stuart) Furlow, of Georgia; three great-grandchildren, Lexi and Aiden Greene and Caiden Spencer; special friend, Madeline Darnell, all of Lawrenceburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Gray is preceded in death by one brother, Billy McKee.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Gash Memorial Chapel with Bro. Ramon Smith and Rev. Johnny Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Casketbearers will be Steven James, William McKee, Alonzo Gill, Ernie Guthrie, Paul Coffey, and William McKee. Honorary bearers will be Keith James, Raymond Murphy, Travers Vance, Connie Anderson, Scott Carpenter, Garland Harvey, Eugene Corley, Herman and Sherman Harvey.


August 16, 2015

Alumnus Passing - Llewellyn Rucker Payne

Llewellyn Rucker Payne, 91, of Shelbyville, KY, passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at Masonic Home of Shelbyville after a long illness. He passed from this earth surrounded by the love of his family. Absent from the BODY; present with the LORD (2 Corinthians 5:8). A native of Shelbyville, he was the son of William H. Payne and Blanche Rucker Payne. "Lew", as he was affectionately called, was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend. He was an artist, fisherman, gardener, card shark, and food connoisseur. He restored the beauty of many homes in Shelbyville lending his talents as a painter, wallpaper hanger, and furniture finisher.

His passion for refurbishing antiques is beautifully displayed in the homes of his family and prominent "old families" in his hometown and surrounding areas. Llewellyn enjoyed reciting poetry. He was a short story writer. He often wrote about his life experiences and his personal relationship with the Lord. Llewellyn was a graduate of the historical Lincoln Institute (Lincoln Ridge, Ky.) He attended Kentucky State College before serving his country in the U.S. Army. He was retired from the General Electric Company where he worked as a line production worker for 30 years and was a member of IUE Local-761.

He was a life-long and faithful member of St. John United Methodist Church (Shelbyville) where over the years he served as an usher, Sunday School teacher and a member of the Trustee Board. Llewellyn was an U.S. Army Veteran and a member of the American Legion Post #7, Frankfort, Ky. Llewellyn was an extraordinary caregiver while caring for his parents and eight siblings (Robert Allen, Margaret, John Henry, Florence, Emma, Amy, Eunice Marie and William "Billy" Payne) during their final years. A son, Charles E. "Sonny" Payne; and a great-granddaughter, Simone Brammer preceded him in death.

He will be loved and remembered by his loving wife of 66 years, Hattie Mae Cottrell Payne; children, Dr. Mitchell H. Payne and Eunice I. Payne of Louisville; four grandchildren, Dr. Charlotte Payne Bjerg-Brammer (Jacob) and Marc Llewellyn Payne of Roskilde, Denmark, Dr. Janell M. Payne and William M. Payne of Atlanta, GA; four great-grandchildren, Hayden Brammer, Noah Brammer and Mikkeline Payne all of Roskilde, Denmark, and Joshua Anderson of Atlanta, GA; sister-in-law, Ethel Payne of Cincinnati, OH; and brother-in-law, Floyd Robinson of Shelbyville. Llewellyn will be sorely missed by his nieces, nephews, family and friends. Services to celebrate the life of Llewellyn R. Payne will be held at Shannon Funeral Home (1124 Main Street, Shelbyville, KY.) on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 3 p.m. with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the funeral home.

August 16, 2015

Alumnus Passing - Oscar DePriest Bray

Oscar DePriest,85, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Roy Jr, and Paul Bray, sister, Mary Anthony and sons, Curtis and Michael Bray.

He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Gloria "Deana" Bray; sisters. Ruth Rawlings and Sally Johnson; children, Vincent Bray (Robin), Kevin Bray and Donna Pearson(Rozier), grandchildren, Crystal Joshua, and Victoria Bray, Brooke and Morgan Pearson, Tina Hunt, Paige Borders, Khiry Falls; seven great-grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.

Visitation: 2-4 and 7-9pm Monday at A. D. Porter & Sons, 1300 W. Chestnut St., with funeral service at 11am Tuesday at the funeral home.


August 16, 2015

Alumnus Passing - Joanne Beach Evans

Joanne Beach Evans, 76, was born to the late Tom Beach and
Sallie Belle Young on September 26, 1938 in Pleasureville,
Kentucky. She was married to the late Roy William Evans, February
20, 1956 in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Five children were born in this
union Mitchell Evans, Anthony (Mary) Evans, and Karen Evans. She
was preceded in death by her sons, Roy Wayne Evans, Keith
Lamont Evans, and her husband Roy Evans.

Joanne leaves to cherish her memories three sisters, Willie Mae
Blackburn of Shelbyville, Kentucky; Margaret Cobble of Louisville,
Kentucky; and Martha Marshall of Louisville, Kentucky; 10 grand-
children; 12 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews
and cousins.

In 1971 Joanne was baptized into Christ under the leadership of
William Baker at Newburg Church of Christ. She was a good worker
in the church and a great servant of God. Joanne was a retiree of
the Derby Done Factory and Card Factory.


August 16, 2015

Alumnus Passing - Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor, age 83 of Louisville, passed away Saturday, August 1, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn; his son, Ralph Taylor; his daughter, Diane Taylor; his mother, Katie Graves Jackson; siblings, JoAnn Jackson, Elvin Jackson and Emma Jackson.

Mr. Taylor is survived by his sister, Shirley Reed (Charles); brother, Charles “Sunny” Jackson; grandson, Corey Taylor; best friend, Kenneth Hayden; and a host of nieces, nephews and family and friends. The family would like special recognition to go to his sister Shirley and his niece Stacey, both for their continued care and support of Richard.

The family would like for friends and family of Mr. Taylor to keep them in their thoughts and prayers. There are no services planned.


July 29,2015

Alumnus Passing - Lynn Fred Overall, Class of 1963

Lynn Fred Overall, 70, passed away July 24, 2015.

He was a Vietnam Veteran, and a member of Camp Branch Mt. Zion Baptist Church. A 1965 graduate of Lincoln Institute of Kentucky.

He is survived by his loving wife, Emma; three sons, Lynn (Alicia), Izaak (Janet), David (Laura); 6 grandkids; 3 brothers, Charles (Theda), Edward (Karen), Scott (Jennifer); 1 sister, Wanda (Theodore); and a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mabel Overall.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 31 at Newcomer Funeral Home (235 Juneau Drive Louisville, KY 40243) from 5-8 PM. A Funeral Ceremony will be on Saturday, August 1, at the 2nd Baptist Church (401 Jefferson St. Taylorsville, KY) at 12:00 Noon with visitation from 10-12 prior to the Service.

Burial will be at the Camp Branch Cemetery located at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church (4056 Bloomfield Road Taylorsville, KY.


July 29,2015

Alumnus Passing - Robert Allen Ellis, Sr.


Robert Allen Ellis, Sr., 68, died Friday, July 3, 2015 in Shelbyville. He was a native of Shelbyville and had been employed with the Kentucky Department of Transportation doing road maintenance for over 25 years. He is an alumnus of Lincoln Institute of Kentucky. He was a member at Clay Street Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nellie Tinsley Ellis of Shelbyville; his son, Robert Allen Ellis, Jr. (Toyla) of Shelbyville; his grandson, Clay Allen Ellis; his brother, Leon Ellis (Faye) of Louisville; his sister, Cathy Davis of Shelbyville; his nieces, Lauren Davis of Shelbyville and Audra Roberson of Milwaukee, WI; his nephews, Nathaniel Ellis of Louisville, Leo Ellis of Shelbyville and Mitchell Wooten (Kim) of Shelbyville; and a host of other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral: 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Clay Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronald Holder officiating. Visitation: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial: Calvary Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy: American Diabetes Association.

Shannon Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.


June 6, 2015

Alumnus Passing - Lura Roland Jr., Class of 1960

Lura Roland, Jr., 73 of Shelbyville died Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in Norton's Hospital.
He was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Lincoln Institute, a state barber inspector for many years, restaurateur, entrepreneur, owner and developer of Lynne Acres Apartments, political enthusiast, avid sports fan, and most of all loved his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lura Roland, Sr. and Emma Payne Roland and his first wife, Anna L. Beckley Roland.
He is survived by his wife, Lillie W. Roland, Shelbyville; daughter, Lynne Roland, Shelbyville; sons, Glenn Roland (Josetta), Dayton, OH; Darryl Roland (Sandy), Louisville; son, Lura Vincent Roland, Jeffersonville, IN; step son, Terrance Wooten (Loretta), Louisville; mother-in-law, Mary Frances Beckley; sister-in-laws, Marcella Sullivan, Josie Mack, Cora Beckley, Annie Tinsley, Doris Mason, Jane Jones, Minnie Wesley, Geraldine Huelett, and Glenda Beckham; brother-in-law, George Beckley; 3 grandchildren, Brandon DuPlantier, Anna Maree Roland, and Michiah Cook, 3 step grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and 1 step great grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the Shannon Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5-8 P. M. Monday, June 8th at the funeral home. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to American Cancer Society, 701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY 40203.


May 19, 2015

Alumnus Passing - Shirley Ann (Sartin) Woods, Class of 1956

In Loving Memory of
Shirley Ann Woods
April 9, 1938 - April 12, 2015

Shirley A. Woods departed this life April 12, 2015, at St. Vincent Hospital. She was born in Metcalfe County to the late Pendie and Zenna Sartin.

Shirley was a 1956 graduate of Lincoln Institute in Lincoln Ridge Kentucky. She then went to Glasgow School of Nursing and graduated in 1958.
After graduation she moved to Louisville where she started her nursing career.. She relocated to South Bend, Indiana and started working at St. Joseph Hospital.

While working in the Emergency room, she was informed by the members of the South Bend Police Department that they were accepting women on the police force.

She enjoyed her job at the hospital but decided to pursue new career and on November 1, 1970, Shirley joined the South Bend Police Department. She was the first Black female policewoman on the SBPD. She retired on February 20,1991.

Shirley loved crocheting, reading, cooking and collecting old first edition cookbooks.

Shirley leaves to cherish her memories, two children, Deborah Woods and Anthony Woods, two grandchildren, Ashton and Shontalae, a sister Bobbie (Dan) Lewis, a brother Roger (Dorothy) Sartin, aunts; Zella Burris, Myrtle Russell, Magnolia Hayes, Mary Love and one uncle, George (Sally) Shirley and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by one brother Charles Sartin.
She will truly be missed.


April 30, 2015

2015 National Lincoln Institute Alumni Scholarships Awarded

The National Lincoln Institute Alumni Scholarship Committee led by Ms. Estelle Marshall is pleased to announce the six winners of $1000 scholarships to enable them to support their educational pursuits. Thanks to our alumni for supporting our programs and especially the reunions which allows us to perpetuate our legacy.

The recipients and their college of choice and major are as follows:

Xaria Bryant - Bellarmine University, Sociology and Criminal Justice

Deion Cochran - University of Kentucky or Berea College, Physical Therapy

Si’Elo Coleman - Spelman College, Psychology

Sierra Hill - Columbia College, Music Production and Audio Engineering

Nhenequellie Johnson - Jefferson Community and Technical College, Elementary Education

Michael Mack - Western Kentucky University, Meterology

Thanks again to our Scholarship Committee and Congratulations to all of our recipients and their families. If you are acquainted with any of our recipients, please pass on your personal congratulations.


April 13, 2015

Alumnus Passing - Mary Belle McAtee

Mary Belle McAtee, 87, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015.She was a member of Taylortown AME Zion Church. Mary was a dedicated wife and mother. She supported and guided her children to follow Jesus, their dreams and their hearts desires. She loved people and was not only a mother to her children but every child she met. She lead, guided and directed many people with great wisdom and advice. She loved watching Louisville Cardinals and was always seen cheering on the Cards. She was a ordained deaconess in her church. She worked for Oldham Co. Board of Education and also Suburban Hospital.

Mary was a fun loving, caring, energetic soul who loved jazz, Gospel, cooking, family, children, and gardening. Her favorite saying was "Oh Lord."She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Andrew McAtee; son, Michael McAtee, and grandson Charles "Chucky" Wilson Jr. She is survived by her children. Gerry, Deborah, Steven and Tima (Marvin) McAtee, Marcia Wright (Kevin), Linda Wilson (Charles Sr.) and Damita Dickerson (Claude); 12 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends.


April 5, 2015

Alumnus Passing - Mary Emma Sheckles, Class of 1951

Mary Emma Sheckles,,83, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015.She was a member of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, and retired from General Electric. She is survived by her husband James Sheckles; children, Maurice (Charlotte) and Thomas (Omega) Stallard, Mary Jane Jones- Sheckles, Jacqueline Ashford, Cordelia (Cornelius) Ford, Viola and Tiara Sheckles; sisters, Luvenia Williams, Clara (Henry) Burks, Alice Anderson; brother Billy (Cheryl) White; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; aunt, Viola Bullitt, and a host of other family and friends. Funeral was held Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, 801 S. 28th Street, with burial in Highland Memory Gardens.


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 20, 2015

Alumnus Passing - Frankie Louise McAtee Robinson, Class of 1947

Frankie Louise Robinson was born on February 23, 1930 to Ben and Aline McAtee. She received Christ at a young age, and at the time of her death, was a member of Bates Memorial Baptist Church.

She attended and graduated from Lincoln Institute in Lincoln Ridge Kentucky, thus starting a lifelong passion for learning. Later in life she attended Sullivan Junior College of Business in Louisville, Kentucky, earning an Associate Degree of Secretarial Science, and at the same time being an inspiration to her children.

She met and married Willie Sam Robinson, who preceded her in death and this union encompassed five children. From this union there was an extended family of five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Frankie had a passion for life, and was always lending a helping hand to others. Her love for others was shown in her cooking ministry, which gave her great pleasure to cook for those in their time of crisis, in need, or just to bring a smile to a friend's face, to make their journey a little easier. Frankie was always looking for the next recipe or cookbook to add to her collection for future reference, to share food and create lifelong bonds of friendship from her kitchen table. Later, these traits led her to start a cake catering business, which helped make many a child's birthday wish come true, and sealed the deal for countless brides and grooms.
Frankie was preceded in death by her husband Willie Robinson; son Ward McAtee; Son in Law Medford Lee, and Daughter in Law Janita McAtee; sisters, Dorothy Hughes and Clemontine Bradley. Frankie departed this life under the care of Hosparus at Norton Health Pavilion, Louisville, KY, on January 18, 2015. Frankie's life has come full circle, her journey is complete.

She leaves to cherish her memory four sisters Julia Thompson, Alberta Jones, Shirley Taylor and Lutitia Richardson; two brothers Charles and Henry McAtee; three sons, Frederick McAtee, Dexter McAtee and Phineas Robinson{Bianca); one daughter Yvonne Lee; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.


January 15 2015

Alumnus Passing - Robert M. Luney, Sr., Class of 1948

Robert M. Luney, Sr., 86, Irvington, was called to rest on Sunday,
Januuary 11, 2015, at University of Louisville Hospital. He was born on November 28, 1928 to the late Jess Lee and Nannie Pyles Luney.

Mr. Luney graduated High School from Lincoln Institute in Shelbyville, KY. Bro. Robert was a dedicated member of Clair Memorial UMC, serving many leadership positions. He retired as a foreman at the Kosmos Cement Plant in Kosmosdale, KY, where he worked for 39 years. Mr. Luney was involved in many aspects of his community: he owned trucks which he used to haul coal and gravel to help his neighbors; he was owner/operator of a Western Auto Store from 1975 to 1984; he started the first garbage route in Irvington; he became involved in the Civil Rights Movement and joined the Irvington Branch of the NAACP which serves both Meade and Breckinridge Counties and served as treasurer for 39 years; he served 8 years as a member of the Irvington Council; and as a building contractor helped build houses and Churches.

He was preceded in death by a son, Marvin Shivers;. two sisters:
Evelyn Watson, Jean Cardine. Mr. Luney is survived by his loving
wife, Fannie Luney; children: James Lawrence Luney of Louisville;
Joyce (Arthur) Luney-Cortez of Jeffersonville, IN; Mable (Raymond)
Luney-Banks of Guston; Fayetta (Luis) Miranda-Bermudez of
Louisville, KY; Alan (Mary) Luney of Leitchfield, KY; Robert M.
Luney, Jr. of Greensboro, NC; Five sisters: Gladys Smith, Jessie
(William) Howard, Alma Wilson, Nadyne Fletcher, and Jane Watson,
all of Louisville, KY.; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren,
and great great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


January 11, 2015

Alumnus Passing - 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.

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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

Allen Capps Class of 1971, born September 17th
Ann Dawson (Conner) Class of 1961, born September 17th
Elizabeth Yocum (Pendleton) Class of 1961, born September 18th
Lula Elzy (Wesley) Class of 1957, born September 17th
Clara White (Burks) Class of 1955, born September 21st
FJ Kaywood Other, born September 18th

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