Eddyville, KY


November Obituaries

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - Updated: 10:50 AM

Ralph Leonard Keeney, 78

Services for Ralph Leonard Keeney, 78, of Eddyville, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, (today) at St. Mark Catholic Church of Eddyville with the Rev. Shaiju Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at Kuttawa Cemetery.

Mr. Keeney died Saturday, Oct. 29, at Caldwell Medical Center in Princeton. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Eddyville, a U.S. Army veteran and a retired grocery store owner.

His parents were Roy and Mary Elizabeth Danaher Keeney.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, LaVerne Foerster and Sharon Stark.

Survivors are: his wife, Shirley Belli Keeney of Eddyville; two daughters, Lori Payne of Bowling Green, and Jennifer Schenk of Eddyville; three sons, Ron Keeney of Paducah, Michael Keeney of Burlington, and Brian Keeney of Bowling Green; a sister, Joan Sonderen of Alton, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to: American Diabetes Association, Saint Louis, Mo., Office, 10820 Sunset Office Dr., Suite 220, St. Louis, MO 63127.

Online condolences may be left at the website, www.lakelandchapel.com.


Gerald F. Baker, 72

Services for Gerald F. Baker, 72, of Eddyville, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Dunn’s Funeral Home in Eddyville with the Rev. Tim Perdue officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Princeton.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the funeral home.

Mr. Baker died Monday, Oct.31, at Caldwell Medical Center in Princeton. He was a member of Eddyville First Baptist Church.

His parents were Gerald F. Sr. and Katherine Terry Baker.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna O’Bryan Baker, a step son, Terry Campbell and a sister, Ellen Dorton.

Survivors are: a son, Stephen Baker of Madison, Ala.; a daughter, Christine Phelps of Deland, Fla.; a stepson, Tony Campbell of Fredonia; a stepdaughter, Vicki Campbell of Nebo; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


W. Douglas

Myers, 86

W. Douglas Myers, age 66, of Eddyville, Kentucky passed away Sunday, October 30, 2016 at Jennie Stuart Medical Center. Services will be Friday, November 4, 2016, at First Baptist Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky at 11 a.m. Visitation will be Thursday, November 3, 2016 at First Baptist Church in Hopkinsville from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Maddux-Fuqua Hinton Funeral Home in Hopkinsville is in charge of all arrangements.

Doug was born in Paducah, Kentucky on August 21, 1950. He graduated from Lone Oak High School in 1968. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Speech and Debate in 1971 and Master of Science in Economics in 1972 from his parents’ alma mater, Murray State University. Doug graduated from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 1974. He was sworn into the Kentucky Bar Association as an attorney by Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Marvin Sternberg, to whom he served as a law clerk.

Doug was President of the Kentucky Bar Association in 2013, and he also served on its Board of Governors from 2005-2010. He served on the Executive Committee of the Southern Conference of the Bar Presidents. Doug was selected to Kentucky Super Lawyers each year from 2007- 2016. He was named to the American Trial Lawyer Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers each year since 2008. He was selected to membership in the American Board of Trial Attorneys in 1990. He was named President of the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys in 1998 and Kentucky Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2015.

On May 20, 1972, Doug made his high school sweetheart, Janet Faye McKinney, his bride; they were married 44 years.

Doug’s legacy will continue in his three children, daughter Jennifer Lyn Myers and husband Brant Poling, son William Douglas Myers, Jr. and wife Kelly Myers, and daughter Dr. Jordan Myers Prendergast and husband Dr. Mark Prendergast; and in his seven grandchildren: Nathan, Jenna, Sarah, Alaina and Makayla Poling, and Jack and Ben Prendergast. Doug also leaves behind his brother, H. Dennis Myers, his law partners of 28 years, William G. Deatherage, Jr. and 24 years Jack N. Lackey, Jr., his legal assistant of 23 years, Debbie L. Steinfeld, and sister and brother in laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, colleagues, and friends.

Douglas was greeted in heaven by his parents, Ira William and Dorris Jean Myers and adoring grandmother, Mama Bessie, with whom he shared a birthday.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, The W. Douglas Myers Memorial Fund at the University of Louisville Brandeis Law School has been established for those wishing to contribute. Memorials can be sent to University of Louisville, 2323 South Brook Street, Room 103B, Louisville, Kentucky 40292. May his legacy live on in another small town lawyer who can help someone in need.

His wish for each of us is to spend time with our families, enjoy the lakes and mountains with our loved ones, and make a toast to enduring friendships lifelong and beyond. Rest in peace Daddy Doug.

This is a paid obituary.


Calvin Thomas, 70

Memorial services for Calvin Thomas, 70, of Kuttawa, were held on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Macedonia Cemetery in Lyon County.

Mr. Thomas died Thursday, Oct. 27, at Caldwell Medical Center in Princeton.  He was a retired pipefitter for Westlake Chemical and a member of Dycusburg Masonic Lodge No. 232. 

His parents were William Stanley Thomas and Leona Guess Thomas.

Survivors are: his wife, Brenda Smith Thomas of Kuttawa; a daughter, Cheryl Soloman, of Edwardsville, Ill.; a son, Brenton Thomas of Kuttawa; a stepdaughter, Stacey Jones of Marion; a stepson, Wesley Jones of Marion; two sisters, Martha Yates of Kuttawa, and Sara Bouland of Bushnell, Fla.; a granddaughter; a great granddaughter; a step granddaughter; and a step great-grandson.

Lakeland Funeral Home of Eddyville was in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made from the website:  lakelandchapel.com


John E. Campbell, 51

John E. Campbell, 51, of Eddyville, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, at his home in Lyon County.

He was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Eddyville.

His parents were Harold and Edna Hamby Campbell.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Peters.

Survivors are: two brothers, David Campbell of Kuttawa and Danny Campbell of Calvert City.

There will be no visitation or services.

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


Hale H. Ramey, 89

Services for Hale H. Ramey, 89, formerly of Eddyville, were held Sunday, Oct. 30, at Dunn’s Funeral Home in Eddyville with the Revs. Tim Perdue and Jerrell White officiating. Burial followed in Rolling Hills Cemetery.

Visitation was held prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Ramey died Thursday, Oct. 27, at Athens Health and Rehabilitation Center in Athens, Ala., surrounded by family. He was born in Lyon County, July 8, 1927, to Clinton and Thelma Ramey, in a family that would include siblings, Virginia Belle Ramey, A.C. Ramey, Ethel Ramey, Mary Ramey, Ann Ramey, Linda Ramey, Tony Ramey and H. C. Beck.

He attended school in Eddyville and enlisted in the U.S. Army in the late 1940s and was a nine-year veteran where he served two tours of duty in Korea in the 1950s.

After his military service, he was a chemical operator at Pennwalt Chemical Company in Calvert City. Upon retirement, he was a full-time school bus driver for Lyon County Schools, helped organize the ambulance service for Eddyville and Lyon County, was captain of the Lyon County Rescue Squad and was chief of Eddyville’s Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years, was on the Rolling Hills Cemetery Board when it was formed, served on the Lyon County Port Authority Board and a former member of the Lions Club in Lyon County. In 1974 Mr. Ramey was honored as Eddyville’s Citizen of the year and was honored as a Kentucky Colonel in 2002.

He was a longtime member of the Eddyville First Baptist Church. His joy and passion was his family, fishing, watching NASCAR, and driving the school bus where he enjoyed helping the children.

He was instrumental in the moving of Eddyville to “New” Eddyville in the 1960’s. His family was the third family to move into New Eddyville and the first family with children to move into the new town.

His parents were Clinton and Thelma Ramey.

He was preceded in death by by a brother, A. C. Ramey and two sisters, Virginia Bell Glass and Mary Smith.

Survivors are: his wife of 65 years Shirley Crisp Ramey of Athens, Ala.; two sons, Paul (Helen) Ramey of Sweeney, Texas, and Mark (Saundra) Ramey of Little Rock, Ark.; a daughter, Cynthia (Frank) Patton of Athens, Ala.; five grandchildren, Joy (Ryan) Cagle, Jared (Amber) Ramey, Brett (Illana) Ramey, Jennifer (Wes) Cumbest and Clint Ramey; four great grandchildren, Cole Cagle, Ben Cagle, Meg Cagle and Easton Ramey; two brothers, Tony Ramey of Eddyville, and H. C. Beck of Princeton; three sisters, Ethel Faulkner and Ann Dunning, both of Eddyville, and Linda Williamson of Princeton.

Memorials may be made to the Brenda Barnett Scholarship Fund at BB&T Bank in Eddyville.

This is a paid obituary.


Ruby Nell Cummins Smith, 90

Services for Ruby Nell Cummins Smith, 90, were held Friday, Oct. 21, at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home in Frankfort with the Rev. Robert F. Browning officiating. Burial followed at Ramey Cemetery in Confederate in Lyon County.

Mrs. Smith died Oct 16. She was born in Confederate, was a member of the class of 1944 at Eddyville High School, was a registered nurse and a member of OASIS, Older Adults Still in Service. She a member of First Baptist Church at the Singing Bridge and a former member of Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville.

Her parents were Shellie and Georgia Pearl Thomas Cummins.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Maxine Cummins Martel.

Survivors are: her husband, Calvin P. Smith of Frankfort; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to: the First Baptist Church Missions Fund, 201 Saint Clair Street, Frankfort, KY 40601

Online condolences may be made at the website, www.harrodbrothers.com


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