March 13 Obituaries

March 12, 2019


Monette (Barham) Blackford, a resident of Murray, died March 7at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House in Murray. She was 82.

Funeral services were held March 12 at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home, in Murray, with Bro. Rob Ison officiating. Entombment followed in the Murray Memorial Gardens. J.H. Churchill Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three step-daughters and step-sons-in-law, Rebecca and Dan Wright, of Murray, Lisa and Billy Cox, of Murray, and Robyn and Chad Looper, of Mayfield; a step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Wayne and Susan Blackford, of Murray; a sister, Carolyn Faulkner, of South Fulton; 12 step-grandchildren and their spouses, Aaron and Jen Noffsinger, Ashley Noffsinger, Samantha and Aaron Bowland, Lyndsey Looper, Will and Kristy Blackford, Elizabeth and Matt Morse, Joe Ben Hendrick, Matt Hendrick, Margaret Hendrick, Gabe Clark, Quentin Cox and Cheri Beth Molloy; and eight step-great-grandchildren, Hannah Hendrick, Faith Hendrick, Caleb Noffsinger, Emily Noffsinger, Hank Morse, Fitz Blackford, Brianna Molloy and Bailey Molloy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wille Morris Barham, Sr. and Allie Mai (Taylor) Barham; her husband, Joseph A. Blackford; a sister, Mary Bondurant; two brothers, James Thomas Barham and Willie Maurice Barham, Jr.; a step-daughter, Sherry Harmon; and a step-granddaughter, Emily Blackford.
Born June 20, 1936 in Fulton County, she retired from Bellsouth Telephone Company. She was a member of the Poplar Springs Baptist Church and a member of the AT&T Telephone Pioneers. She had a love of crocheting, as well as teaching others the craft.

Memorials may be made to the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House, 803 Poplar Street, Murray, Ky. 42071.

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Gerald Mitchell Stone, a resident of South Fulton, died March 9 at his residence. He was 67.

A memorial service was held March 12 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, near Fulgham, with Bro. Max Anderson and Bro. Mickey Fowler officiating. Hornbeak Funeral Chapel, of Fulton, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Shelia Gail Cope Stone, of South Fulton; a sister, Wanda Joyce Stone, of Fulgham; and a brother, Elbert Gene Stone, of Los Animos, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Zellia Omega Quinn Stone and Elbert Rupert Stone.

Born April 17, 1951 in Union City, Tenn., he was a member of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and was a member of the SIU Union – Seafarers International Union.

He was a retired boat pilot for Hannah Marine in Chicago, Ill., where he retired in 2009.
He had lived in South Fulton most of his life.

Memorials may be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-9959.

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