Tuesday, June 29, 1965, McCreary County Record
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Lisa
ABBIE NEELY GODSEY

Mrs. ABBIE NEELY GODSEY, 78, widow of the late Perry Godsey, died Tuesday, June 22 in a Cleveland, Tenn., hospital after being admitted a few days previously for treatment. Mrs. Godsey had been in ill health for several months.
      The deceased was born in Wayne County. Kentucky February 14, 1887. After her marriage to Perry Godsey they moved to Cleveland, Tenn. and lived there for a few years before moving to Stearns. Stears was her home until six years ago when she returned to Cleveland, Tenn., to make her home with a daughter, Mrs. Mary Hardin. Mrs. Godsey was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church. She was a devoted companion, a kind neighbor and a kind and loving mother to her children.
      Survivors are five daughters, Mrs. Mary Hardin, Cleveland, Tenn Mrs. Minnie Neal, Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Ethel Strunk, Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Myrtle Ball, Pine Knot; Mrs. Ollie Mae Wright, Pensacola, Fla., and a son, Robert Godsey. Four children preceded their mother in death. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Cora Brown, Kidder, Ky., and Mrs. Rosa Jones, Ritner; twenty-two grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
      Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Hickory Grove Baptist church with Rev. Raymond Meadows of Williamsburge and Rev. Alfred Jones officiating. Burial was in Stearns Cemetery.
      Pall bearers were her grandsons, Merrell, Carnation and Perry Harden, Roger, Ray and Lindell Ball, Gene and Jack Strunk.
 

Tuesday, January 30, 1968, McCreary County Record
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Rev. Cornelius Godsey


Rev. Cornelius Godsey, 78, retired carpenter and Baptist preacher, of Revelo, died Sunday, January 21, 1968 in the Oak Ridge, Tenn. hospital. He had been ill for several weeks. Rev. Godsey was born May 17, 1889 in Wayne County, and was a son of the late Shade and Matilda Abbott Godsey. He came to Stearns as a young man and was a faithful employee of Stearns Coal and Lumber until ill health forced his retirement. He was an ordained Baptist preacher and, before ill health forced his retirement, filled the pulpit in many of the Baptist churches throughout McCreary and adjoining counties. He was a member of the First Hickory Grove Church, Revelo, a devout Christian who lived his religion in his everyday life. He was a devoted husband and father. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Amanda Godsey, Revelo; sons, Cline, Henry and James all of Cincinnati, Ohio; Arnold of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; daughters Mrs. Clyde Jones, Mrs. Marshall Stearns and Mrs. Edgar Burke, all of Cincinnati; and Mrs. Robert Gibson, Revelo. One son, Clarence, was killed in World War II. Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 24, at First Hickory Grove Church, Revelo, with Rev. Roy Blevins and Rev. Charlie Taylor officiating. Burial was in Stearns Cemetery. Hickman Funeral Home in charge. Serving as active pall bearers were Bethel West, William Shelly, Bernard Kidd, Theodore Childers, Dean King and Lloyd King. Honorary pall bearers were Ben King, Albert Martin, Melvin Bowman, Castello Slaven, Everett king, Luther Trammell and Clarence Cooper.
 

Tuesday, February 3, 1970, McCreary County Record
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Kelly (Garnett) Godsey


Kelly (Garnett) Godsey, was killed in a car wreck Thursday night on Ky Highway 92. He was resident of Hill Top.  The victim was killed when his car went out of control and struck a tree near the Hickman Cemetery. Godsey was traveling in the direction of Stearns, and was driving alone.  The victim was pronounced dead on arrival at Somerset City Hospital from a broken neck.  Godsey was born at Hill Top, Jan 23, 1942, the son of Walker and Ada White Godsey. He was a life long resident of McCreary County and worked as a common laborer.  Surviving are two brothers and five sisters, Ernest Godsey, Ft. Recovering, OH; Richard Godsey, Hill Top;  Mrs. Martha Jeffery and Mrs. Velma Cook, Sidney, OH; Mrs. Addie Bullock, Louellen, KY; Mrs. M. Worley, Revelo and Mrs. Ruth Hill, Hill Top. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 1 at 1:00 p.m. in the Hickman Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. T.J. Watters officiating. Burial was in  Hickman Cemetery at Hill Top. Hickman Funeral Home in Charge.

Tuesday, June 11, 1974 McCreary County Record
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Rev. Goldman Godsey
, 67, (57) died June 3, at his home in Stearns following a lingering illness./  The deceased gave much of his life to preaching in rural Baptist churches. He was a member of the Mt. View Baptist Church./  Rev. Godsey was the son of Zeblon and Dolly Thompson Godsey, born in Wayne County May 12, 1917. He was married to Lillie Coffey who survives to mourn his loss. They had nine children. Melvin Godsey, Mrs. Melva Ross, Ronald Godsey and Arnold Godsey, all of Stearns, Mrs. Leona Stephens and Mrs. Linda Stephens, both of Whitley City, Mrs. Velva Dean Clark of Winchester, Ind., Edward Godsey of Muncie, Ind., Mrs. Della Roberts of Wiborg; and 15 grandchildren, four of whom are deceased./  Other family survivors include: a brother, Robert Godsey, Stearns; and three sisters, Mrs. Ida Tucker of Stearns, Mrs Clara Tucker (Troxell) of Whitley City, and Mrs. Mae Perry, of Sidney, Ohio. Parker and Wilburn Godsey, brothers, are deceased./  The funeral was held June 5 at Mt. View Baptist Church with burial in Jones Cemetery. Ministers in the service were Rev. Everett King, Rev. Herbert Perry and Rev. Henry Cox./  Pallbearers were Jessie Troxell, Blaine and Wayne Phillips, Ronzo Worley, Scott Bell, Curtis and Geary Coffey, Leamon Godsey and Jerry Kidd./  The McCreary county Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  

 

Tuesday, July 23, 1968, McCreary County Record
Submitted by: Lisa
Mae Keith Godsey

Mae Keith Godsey
(Mrs.), 86, Stearns, died Monday, July 15, at Scott County Hospital, Oneida, after an illness of only one week.  The deceased was born March 28, 1882 at Delta in Wayne County, and was a daughter of the late Tate Keith and Elsa Nevels Keith. She was married June 14, 1898 to Reuben Godsey who preceded her in death. She came to Stearns from Wayne County in 1953. She was a member of the Freedom Baptist Church in Wayne County.  Mrs. Godsey is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Alta Roberts, Stearns and Mrs. Hattie McCullah, a resident of the state of Florida; and three sons, Ottis Godsey and Gradie Godsey of Cincinnati and Clarence Godsey, a resident of New Jersey. four sons and two daughters preceded her in death.  Funeral services were held Thursday, June 18 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hickman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ardell Shelton officiating. Burial was in the Foster Cemetery in Wayne County with Hickman Funeral Home in charge. Her grandsons served as active pall bearers. 

Tuesday, April 13, 1976, McCreary County Record
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Mrs. Marie Godsey
, 67, of Stearns died April 4 at Scott County Hospital where she had suffered from a lingering illness./   Mrs. Godsey was born August 31, 1908, the daughter of the late Jimmy and Angelina Coffey. She was a lifetime resident of McCreary County and the wife of the late Wilburn Godsey./  Survivors are four sisters, Ollie and Frona Worley, India Coffey and Lillie Godsey, all of Stearns./  Funeral services were held at the Mountain View Baptist Church of which she was a member, on Monday at 2  p.m. Rev. Herbert "Bud" Perry officiated./  Burial was at the Godsey Family Cemetery. The McCreary County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  
 

Tuesday, April 7, 1959, McCreary County Record
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MILLIE JANE GODSEY


MILLIE JANE GODSEY, 79, died March 26, at Scott County Hospital. Mrs. Godsey was a resident of the Hill Top community and a member of the Mountain View Church.
     She is survived by four sons, Parker, Wilburn, Golman and Robert Godsey, 3 daughters, Ida Tucker, Clara Troxell and Mary Whited, all of the Hill Top area, one brother Willie Thompson of Stearns, Rt. 1.
     Funeral services were held Saturday, March 28 from Mountain View Church with Rev. Chester Stephens and Rev. Luther Phillips in charge. Burial was in Coffey Cemetery.
 

Tuesday, January 5, 1954, McCreary County Record
Submitted by: Lisa
PERRY GODSEY

    PERRY GODSEY
, 73, died of a heart attack at his home 2 miles west of Stearns, December 23. Mr. Godsey had been in very poor health for the past year and a half.
    Mr. Godsey was the son of Shade and Tilda Abbott Godsey. He was born April 17, 1880 in Wayne County. After his marriage to Abbie Neely, he moved to McCreary County and reared a family of six children. He was a farmer and night-watched for the Stearns Company for 32 years. Mr. Godsey was a member of West Appletree Baptist Church. He belonged to the Modern Woodmen and also to the Junior order. Mr. Godsey was a quiet, friendly man and a respected citizen in his community.
    Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Abbie Godsey, and daughters, Mrs. Mary Hardin, Tennessee; Mrs. Minnie Neal, Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Ethel Strunk, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Myrtle Ball, Bethel; Mrs. Ollie Mae Wright, Florida and a son Robert, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Other survivors are a sister, Mrs. Arch Angle and a brother, Cornelius Godsey, both of Stearns.
    Funeral services were held at West Appletree Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Christmas day with Rev. George King and Rev. Kaywood Whalen in charge of services. Burial was in the Stearns Cemetery.
 
 

Obituary, Tuesday, March 25, 1969, McCreary county Record
Submitted by: Lisa
Walker Godsey

Walker Godsey
, 71, of Ft. Recovery, Ohio died suddenly there Monday, March 17,. The body was returned to Hickman Funeral Home in Whitley City for burial. The deceased was born February 2, 1898, in Stearns, the son of the late Richard Godsey and sally Davis Godsey. His wife, Ada Godsey, also preceded him in death. He was a member of the Wilson Ridge Baptist Church. Survivors are three sons, Ernest Godsey, Ft. Recovery, Ohio; Richard Godsey and Kelly Godsey, Hill Top; five daughters, Mrs. Martha Jeffery and Mrs. Velma Jean Cook, Sidney, Ohio; Mrs. Dorothy Worley, Revelo; Mrs. Ruth Hill, Smithtown, Mrs. Addie Bullock, Louellen, Ky.; three sisters, Mrs. Haley Wilson, Revelo; Mrs. Eva Slaven, Muncie, Mrs.Rosie Maxwell, Ky and a brother, Shelton Godsey of Revelo. Funeral services were held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in the Second Baptist Church. Whitley City with Rev. Robert Silvers of Tatesville, Ky. officiating. Burial was in Cooper Cemetery.
 

Tuesday, October 19, 1971, McCreary County Record
Submitted by: Lisa
Wilburn Godsey

Wilburn Godsey
, 56, died Sunday, October 11, at his home on Route 1, Stearns. His wife, Mrs. Marie Godsey, survives.  A native of McCreary County, he was born February 19, 1915, and was the son Of the late Zeblon Godsey and Dolly Thompson Godsey. He was a life long resident of McCreary County and was employed as a coal miner.  Survivors, besides his widow, and two brothers, Golman Godsey and Robert Godsey, both of Route 1, Stearns; three sisters, Mrs. Ida Tucker and Mrs. Mae Whitehead, Route 1, Stearns, and Mrs. Clara Troxell, Route 1, Whitley City.  The Rev. Luther Phillips conducted the funeral service. Wednesday, October 13, at 2:30 p.m. in the Godsey home.  Burial was in the Family Cemetery. Hickman Funeral Home in charge.

Tuesday, January 17, 1978, McCreary County Record
Submitted by: Lisa

Coolidge Gregory
, 53, Rt. 1, Stearns, Ky., died Jan. 8, 1978, at the Lake Cumberland Medical Center following a lingering illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Hobart Vaughn officiating. Burial was in the Gregory Cemetery./  He was born March 22, 1924, in McCreary County to Bud Gregory and Emma Vaughn Gregory, who preceded him in death. He was a timber worker and a member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church./  Survivors are his wife, Gussie Gregory; his children, George Lowell, Dean, Anna Ruth, Betty and Mack Gregory of Stearns, Ky., 12 grandchildren; three brothers, Guy, Strunk, Ky., Schyler and Edison Gregory of Stearns, Ky. One sister, Laura Gregory, of Stearns< Ky. Four grandchildren, three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death./  McCreary County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, March 27, 1973, McCreary County Record
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Earlie Gregory
, 47, died at his home in Stearns, March 20. His wife, the former Elaney Waters, survives./  He was born June 6, 1925, at Slavens and was a son of John Gregory and Pearly Jones Gregory, both deceased. He was a disabled coal miner and a member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church./  Surviving besides his wife are five sons, Charles E. Gregory, Earl T. Gregory, Gary David Gregory, Larry Gregory and Donald Jeffery Gregory, all of Stearns; three daughters, Mrs. Charlene Abbott of Parkers Lake, Mrs. Betty Watters of Whitley City and Janice C. Gregory of Stearns; one sister, Mrs. Zona Phillips of Slavens; two brothers, Wilburn Gregory of Monticello and Edgar Gregory of Stearns, and two half-brothers, Frankie and Sherman Lee Gregory, both residents of Monticello./  The Rev. Robert Jones conducted funeral services at Hickman Funeral Home Chapel March 23./  Pallbearers were Ernest Abbott, Burt Waters, Sammy Vaughn, Howard Phillips, Stanley Worley and Mike Kidd./  Burial was in Angel Cemetery of Stearns.

Tuesday, September 24. 1974, McCreary County Record
Submitted by: Lisa

Mrs. Elaney Watters Gregory
, 50, Parkers Lake, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 1974, in Somerset City Hospital after suffering a heart attack at her home earlier in the day. Her husband, Earlie Gregory, preceded her in death./  The daughter of the late Henry Watters and Lillie Jane Troxell Watters, she was born in McCreary County May 7, 1924, and lived all of her lifetime in the county./  Surviving are eight sons and daughters, Charles Gregory, Charlene Abbott, Earl, Gary, Janice, Larry and Jeff Gregory, all of Parkers Lake, and Betty Watters, Whitley City; three brothers, Curtis and Glenford Watters, Muncie, Ind., Dillard Watters, Attica, Ind., and three sisters, Dicie Roysden, Attica, Ind., Truie Vaughn, Stearns and Hattie Reel, Muncie, Indiana./  Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 18, at 2 p.m. in Hickman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Hobart Vaughn and Rev. Robert Jones officiating./  Burial was in Angel Cemetery, Stearns./  Hickman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  

 

Tuesday, February 23, 1971, McCreary County Record
Submitted by: Lisa
Homer Gregory

Homer Gregory, 18, Slavens, Ky., died Saturday, February 13, 1971, in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Lafayette, Ind., from injuries sustained in a automobile accident in Attica, Indiana. He was employed with Harrison Steel Factory in Attica. The body was returned to McCreary County for burial.  The son of Odell Gregory, Slavens, Ky., and the late Leonard Gregory, he was born July 27, 1952, in Slavens. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He had been working in Indiana since April 1970.  Surviving is his mother, Mrs. Odell Gregory, Slavens; one sister, Lois Gregory, Attica, Ind.; Five brothers, Elbert, Roy Dean, Eugene and Junior Roberts, all living in Attica, and Ernest Gregory, Slavens.  The Rev. Hobart Vaughn conducted funeral services Tuesday, February 16, at 2 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Burial was in the Gregory Cemetery with Hickman Funeral Home in charge.

Tuesday, August 26, 1963, McCreary County Record
Submitted by: Lisa
Infant Gregory

     Funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m. at Parson Mortuary for the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Shellie D. Gregory, 3203 S. Grant, Muncie, Ind., still born Wednesday afternoon, August 7th at Ball Hospital. Rev. Stephens Sewell was the officiating minister. burial was in Elm Ridge Cemetery.      Besides the parents, survivors are a sister Lori Lee, the grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. Francis Van Natter and Mr. Mrs. Arlie Gregory, all of Muncie. The paternal grandparents are former residents of McCreary County.  

 

Tuesday, April 19, 1966, McCreary County Record
Submitted by: Lisa
LEONARD GREGORY

LEONARD GREGORY
, 51, a resident of the Slavens community, died at Scott County Hospital Monday, April 11.  He had been ill for several months prior to his death.
       The deceased was born September 13, 1914, at Slavens, and was a life-long resident of the same community. He was a son of the late Bud Gregory and Emma Vaughn Gregory. He followed the occupation of coal mining and farming.
      The deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Odell Gregory, six children, Elbert, roy, Eugene and Earnest Gregory, all of Attica, Ind.; Homer and Lois Gregory, Slavens; a step-son, Elmer Roberts, Slavens; four brothers Skyler, Eddison and Coolidge Gregory of Slavens and Guy Gregory of Stearns; and three sisters, Mrs. Dova Roberts, Laura and Versa Gregory, all of Slavens.
       Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2p.m. in Cedar Grove Baptist Church, of which church he was a member with Rev. Hobert Vaughn of Stearns and Rev. Dewey Spradlin of Pine Knot officiating. Burial was in the Gregory Cemetery at Slavens.

Tuesday, October 9, 1979, McCreary County Record
Submitted by: Lisa

Schyler Gregory
, 62, of Slavens, died Sept. 29 at Sun Rise Manor Nursing Home following an illness of months. funeral services were conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at Cedar Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Jones officiating. Burial was in Bud Gregory Cemetery./  Born May 9, 1917, in Slavens to the late Bud Gregory and Emma Vaughn, he was a timber cutter and a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church./  Survivors are nine children, Cash, Minnie, James, Ella Mae, Carl, Bill, Wilma Gregory and Barbara Whitehead of Slavens, Jack Gregory, Frankfort, Ind.; 25 grandchildren; two brothers, Guy Gregory of Revelo and Edison Gregory of Slavens; one sister Laura Gregory of Slavens, His wife Dovie Vaughn Gregory preceded him in death (May 4, 1979)./ Hickman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.  

Tuesday, February 22, 1977, McCreary County Record
Submitted by: Lisa

William O. Gregory
, 73, Route 1, Crossville, Tenn., died suddenly of a heart attack January 14, 1977, at his home. His wife, Maggie M. Troxell Gregory, preceded him in death./  The deceased was born April 16, 1903, in Wayne county, Ky., the son of William Harrison Gregory and Mincie Bell Gregory. He was a member of the Baptist Church and worked as a bookkeeper for the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company for thirty years before moving to Kellog, Iowa, then retiring to Crossville, Tenn./  Surviving include three daughters, Wanda Parker, Lexington, Ky., Elouise Blom and Marcella Logan, both of Newton, Iowa; four sons, William T. Gregory, Dayton, Ohio, Debloise Gregory, Muncie, Ind., Weldon Gregory and Delynn Gregory, both of Newton, Iowa; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren./ Funeral services were held January 17, 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Bilbrey with Rev. Leland Thomas officiating. Burial was in Green Acres Memorial Garden./  Bilbrey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


 

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