Obituaries published Oct. 26, 2017

Published 1:10 pm Thursday, October 26, 2017

Jean D. Bell

May 26, 1925 – Sept. 5, 2017

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Jean Dale (Mayes) Bell, age 92, died Sept. 5, 2017 in Highlands Ranch, Colo. She was born in Bowling Green, Ky. on May 26, 1925 to Truman and Bonnie Jean (Triplett) Mayes.

She was graduated from Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Ky. and earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky. in 1947. In 1974, she received her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maine at Orono.

She married Paul R. Bell, Jr. on Dec. 27, 1950 in Lexington, Ky. Jean taught in public/private schools in Ky., Mass., Fla., Maine, and Bolivia, South America for five decades, ending her career as the Reference Librarian, a faculty position, at Asbury College, retiring in 1996. She was a member of the Wilmore United Methodist Church in Wilmore, Ky.

She is predeceased by her parents; former husband, Paul (1999); brothers Richard Truman Mayes (2003) and John Triplett Mayes (2004); a niece, Laura Gray Mayes (1995); and a great nephew, Thomas Martin Mayes (2010). She is survived by her children, Dr. Paul Ray Bell, III (Julie) of Allen, Texas; Robert Wesley Bell of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Amie Jean Eubanks (Steve) of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; grandchildren Elizabeth Dawn Sellinger (Eric), Suzanna Jean Thompson (Tyler), Amanda Leigh Bell, Philip Robert Wells and Zachary Grant Eubanks; great-grandchild David Ray Edelen; sister-in-law Emery Lou (Flanders) Mayes; nephews Col. (retired) William Martin Mayes (Neoma) and Richard Terrance Mayes (Yvonne) and great nieces Ashley Dee (Nix) Lesley and Enola Nell Mayes.

The matriarch of the Bell family, Jean loved her Lord, family, gospel music (particularly gospel quartets), crossword puzzles, Asbury University and the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team. She was a volunteer at the Francis Asbury Society for many years after her retirement. Great is Thy Faithfulness, written by fellow Kentuckian Thomas Chisholm, was her favorite hymn. Jean lived a courageous life of self-sacrificial love. Donations in honor of Jean may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (PO Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011) or at

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. in the Richard Allen Chapel of the Beeson Center of Asbury Theological Seminary (204 N. Lexington Ave., Wilmore, KY 40390) with the Rev. Dr. Diane Bell officiating. Burial will be at the Wilmore Cemetery in Wilmore, Ky.

“Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—Great is Thy faithfulness…”

June E. Johns

Nov. 28, 1951 – Oct. 15, 2017

June E. Johns, 65, husband of Julia S. J. “Sue” Johns passed peacefully Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at his home on Catnip Hill Road after a long illness. He was born in Lexington, Ky. on Nov. 28, 1951 to the late Stewart Johns and the late Willetta Chapman Hager.

June worked as a blaster for the Lexington Quarry. He was a devoted family man who was always kind and caring and loved spending time with his family. He had many friends all of whom he held dear.

In addition to his wife, he survived by five daughters, Annetta (Ray Wall) Johns, Jessica (Donald) Goforth, Pamela (Charles) King, Connie Hale and Maryann (Meril) Phillips; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a son, Frankie Peace; his brother, Stewart Johns Jr.; and future son-in-law, Tom Estes.

The family will be scheduling a Memorial Gathering in the near future. Betts & West Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Johns family. Online guestbook at

Charles Miller

May 3, 1944 – Oct. 18, 2017

Charles Miller, 73, of Lancaster, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at his home. He is survived by his loving wife, Janice.

Charles was born on May 3, 1944 in Lexington, Ky. to the late Bob and Winnie Sievewright Miller. He was a heavy equipment operator for many years. Charles enjoyed wood working and he loved to read, especially western books. He loved animals, especially his Jack Russell dog, Jackie.

Also surviving are two sons, Chuck Miller Jr. (Deena) of Preachersville, and Jeff Miller (Elisha) of Lancaster; two daughters, Janet Sue Munch(Steve) of Lexington, and Sheila Chris Miller (Dave) of New Hampshire; two step-sons, Michael Day and Stuart Day both of Lancaster; a brother, Bobby Miller of Lancaster; a sister, Barbara Dunn (Harold) of Lancaster; fifteen grandchildren; twenty six great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild. Charles was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Swift.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brad King officiating. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Donald V. Johnson Sr.

May 13, 1931 – Oct. 23, 2017

Donald Verne Johnson Sr., 86, husband of Beverly, passed, Monday. Graveside service Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Betts & West Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Attrue Sparks

Sept. 17, 2017 – Oct. 22, 2017

Attrue Sparks, 86, passed away on Oct. 22, 2017. Graveside Services at 1 p.m. on  Oct. 25 at Versailles Cemetery.

Bobby G. Stinnett

Feb. 22 1938 – Oct. 21, 2017

Funeral service 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home at 463 E. Main St. in Lexington. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.

Linda J. Lowe

Jan. 30, 1948 – Oct. 21, 2017

Linda Joyce Roberts Lowe, 69, widow of James, passed Saturday. Service at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Betts & West Funeral Home. Visitation Thursday from 5 until 8 p.m.

Murrel L. Girten

April 14, 1948 – Oct. 18, 2017

Murrel “Larry” Girten, husband of Lynda, passed Oct. 18. Per his request, no services will be held. Betts & West Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Shelley A. Vanderpool

Feb. 3, 1961 – Oct. 19, 2017

Shelley Ann Carter Vanderpool, 56, wife of Bobby, passed Oct. 19. Funeral was 2 p.m. Sunday at Betts & West Funeral Home. Visitation was Saturday.

David L. Tursany

Oct. 12, 1946 – Oct. 12, 2017

David Lee Tursany, husband of Lori, passed Oct. 12. Service 6:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 26 at Jessamine Christian Church. Visitation 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at church. Betts & West in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Smith

June 19, 1930 – Oct. 23, 2017

Hager & Cundiff is honored to serve the family of Thomas Smith. Visit 6-8 p.m. Monday, Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Tuesday, all at St.Luke Catholic Church.

Dianna Welch

Jan. 8, 1973 – Oct. 10, 2017

Hager & Cundiff is honored to serve the family of Dianna Maynard Welch, 44, daughter of Diane and the late Albert Maynard. Private family service.