Eddyville, KY



Wednesday, February 08, 2017 - Updated: 1:04 AM

Barbara Ann Meredith, 65

Barbara Ann Meredith, 65, of Eddyville, passed away at her home on Monday, February 6.

Born and raised in Michigan, Barbara eventually ended up in western Kentucky where she worked her way through many different trades, from prison guard to daycare teacher, before finding her true calling at Lyon County Schools as a bus driver.

Ms. Barbara, as she was most commonly known, was an expert at showing "her" kids love while also gaining their respect. She also spent many years volunteering in her daughter's classrooms and briefly worked in the school cafeteria.

Her most treasured memories were of driving students to band competitions and the hilarity that ensued along with those trips.

She retired from bus-driving after her struggle with Scleroderma made her physically unable to do it any longer.

Despite the extreme pain her disease caused, she never let it affect her attitude or take away her passion for helping others.

Her reputation was that of a caring, generous, and enthusiastic person, with a great sense of humor, who was always willing to jump head-first into helping anyone who needed it.

She had a talent for finding the best in anyone she interacted with and gladly accepted anyone into her large circle of friends.

Barbara's proudest, and most important, profession, though, was that of grandmother. She took great pride in spoiling her "munchies," and the mere mention of their names lit up her face like nothing else. She wore the title of "Nanny" like a badge of honor.

She is now reunited in Heaven with her parents, James Thomas "J.T." and Esta Jones, her sister, Ann Marie Pollock, and her brother, Johnny Pollock.

She leaves behind many surviving loved ones, including her husband of 32 years, Travis Meredith, one daughter and son-in-law, Brittney Meredith-Miller and Ross Miller, of Marion, and two grandchildren, Owen James Miller and Fiona Alice Miller, of Marion.

She is also survived by two sisters, Sandra Carman of Princeton, and Mary Byard of Eddyville, and one brother, Jim Jones of Newburgh, IN, as well as many nieces and nephews, and many "adopted" nieces and nephews that she had accepted into the family as happily as those who were related by blood.

She was a member of Eddyville United Methodist Church, and faithfully took her spot in the second row of pews every Sunday she was physically able to do so.

Visitation will be held at Lakeland Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Eddyville on Thursday, February 9, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Friday, February 10, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Jack Larwa officiating. Burial will follow in Dycusburg Cemetery.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to: Scleroderma Foundation - National Office, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923 (scleroderma.org) a cause that was very near and dear to Barbara's heart.

You may light a candle or leave a message for the family at lakelandchapel.com

This is a paid obituary.

Elvis Franklin Fraliex, 69

Services for Elvis Franklin Fraliex, 69, of Madisonville, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Sean Dame officiating. Burial will follow at Fredonia Cemetery in Fredonia.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb., 7 at the funeral home.

Mr. Fraliex died Saturday, Feb. 4, at Cypress Grove in Newburgh, Ind. He was an Army veteran and member of the United Church of Jesus Christ of Madisonville. He had retired from General Electric in Madisonville.

His parents were Richard Franklin and Ella Bell Fraliex.

Survivors are: two daughters, Tammy Givens of Salem, and Sondra Fraliex of Marion; a son, Timothy Fraliex Neal; a step-daughter, Sarah Kappes of Calhoun; a step-son, Shane Chambers of Madisonville; a sister, Brenda Fraliex of Marion; two brothers, Jerry Fraliex of Princeton, and Roger Fraliex of Marion; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a niece; two nephews; two great-nieces; and a great-nephew.

James E. "Jim" Ludeman, 75

James E. "Jim" Ludeman, 75, of Kuttawa, KY, passed away February 2, 2017, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

He is survived by his wife, Ellie; a son, James R. (Karen) Ludeman of Columbus, IN; daughter, Kelly L. (Brian) Bastin of Geneva, IL; granddaughter, Noelle Maxwell Ludeman; two grandsons, Jacob A. and Aaron M. Bastin; and a brother, Ronald L. (Ann) Ludeman of Sugar Land, TX.

Jim was born in Joliet, IL to Fred J. Sr. and Jessie Gilbert Ludeman. He graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1959 and attended Lewis University. He served four years in the U. S. Navy, attaining the rank of Second Class Petty Officer. Jim began working for Illinois Bell Telephone Company in 1964 and retired from Ameritech Telephone Company in 1999.

He was a leader in the Boy Scouts of America, a speaker for the Illinois Bell Speakers Bureau, a member of American Legion Post 68, and a member of the Kuttawa United Methodist Church choir.

Jim loved life and being actively involved. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, traveling and reading about history.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Kuttawa United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Jim may be made to American Heart Association or to the Kuttawa United Methodist Church.

Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home in Columbus, IN is in charge of arrangements.

This is a paid obituary.

Tammy G. Travis, 44

Graveside services for Tammy G. Travis, 44, of Kuttawa, were held Sunday, Feb. 5, at Rolling Hills Cemetery in Eddyville with the Rev. Carl Nelson officiating.

Ms. Travis died Monday, Jan. 16, at her home in Lyon County.

She had been employed as a correctional officer at the West Kentucky Correctional Complex.

She was preceded in death by her father, Virgil Travis, and a brother, Jeff Travis.

Survivors are: her mother, Regina Peek Travis, of Kuttawa; a brother, Chris Travis of Salem, Ind.; and a niece.

(Since this obituary was written Ms. Travis' mother, Regina P. Travis died at Baptist Health Paducah.)

Dunn's Funeral Home in Eddyville was in charge of arrangements.

Regina P. Travis, 70

Graveside services for Regina P. Travis, 70, of Kuttawa, were held Sunday, Feb. 5, at Rolling Hills Cemetery in Eddyville with the Rev. Carl Nelson officiating.

Ms. Travis died Saturday, Feb. 4, at Baptist Health Paducah. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Eddyville.

Her parents were Claud and Lorraine Warfield Peek.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Travis; a son, Jeff Travis; and a sister, Rocele Cruce.

Survivors are: a son, Chris Travis of Salem, Ind.; and a granddaughter.

Joint graveside and memorial services were conducted for Ms. Travis and her daughter.

Dunn's Funeral Home in Eddyville was in charge of arrangements.

Patti Nelson, 60

Services for Patti Nelson, 60, of Caldwell County, were held Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Richie McKinney officiating. Burial followed in the Nelson Family Cemetery.

Mrs. Nelson died Friday, Feb. 3, at her home. She was a homemaker and member of Donaldson Baptist Church.

Her parents were Lawson and Dorothy Fraze Decker.

She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Alyssa Everly and Anna Everly; and two sisters, Benalee Reddish and Dottie Sherrill.

Survivors are: her husband, Steve Nelson; two daughters, Donna Everly of Madisonville, and Brandi Harris of Marion; a son, Robert Nelson of Princeton; 12 grandchildren; a great grandchild; five sisters: Marilyn Riger, Carolyn Cawhoun, Peggy Mason, all of Evansville, Ind., Julia Asher of Princeton, and Ora Jane Helm of Paducah; a brother, Jack Decker of Rockport; and several nieces and nephews.

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