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July 23,2021

National Lincoln Institute Alumni Association Meeting

Alumni Association President, Judith Cunningham has announced the August meeting will be on August 14, 2021. The meeting will be held at St. John Methodist Church beginning at 10:00 AM. The church is located at 212 Martin Luther King Jr St in Shelbyville, KY.

Normally this meeting would be held on the campus but the church will allow more social distance spacing for all those in attendance. It is recommended you consider wearing a mask as well for your safety as well as others.

After the meeting you are welcome to join your associates at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. Each member will be expected to chip in $10 and the National will pay for gratuities and any overage that is not covered by the monies taken up.


July 5, 2021

Alumnus Passing - Kay Alexander Higgins, Class of 1964

Kay Carolyn Alexander Higgins age 75 of Clarksville, Tennessee transitioned from this life of glory on 1 July 2021 with family members by her side. Kay was born on 26 November, 1945 in Cumberland County, Kentucky to the late Ralph Alexander and Arvana Owsley Alexander. Kay grew up in Burkesville where she attended and graduated Lincoln Institute Lincoln Ridge Kentucky May 1964. Kay was united in marriage to Willie F. Higgins on March 3, 1978. Kay was Burkesville devoted, loving, supporting spouse to Willie's 20year military career span. While doing so Kay nurtured two children, Willie Jr & Jennifer.

Kay worked in various areas of hospitality & retail throughout her career. Kay had a love for the outdoors, gardening, & family. She was always soft spoken, kind & encouraging to all who came in contact. Kay was preceded in death by two brothers Jimmy Alexander and Carlos Alexander.

Precious memories of her life will be cherished by her surviving children, Jennifer Dice of Killeen TX, Willie Jr (and Lupita) of Clarksville TN, spouse Willie Higgins of Clarksville TN, Her Siblings, Evelyn (and Arthur) Fields of Pricedale PA, Wanda (and Nathan) Pollard of Harrisburg PA, Marilyn Ladd of Louisville KY, Deborah Duvall, Fran Alexander, Ralph L. Alexander, and Kenneth Alexander all of Burkesville KY. Four grandchildren, sister-in-laws, Jeanette and Elizabeth Alexander and a host of nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Services will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home, 304 N. Main Street, Burkesville, KY with burial in Oddfellows Cemetery. Family requests visitation on Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 12 Noon until the service time at 1 P.M. at Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home


April 30, 2021

National Lincoln Institute Alumni Scholarships Announced

Judith Cunningham, President of the Lincoln Institute Alumni Association has announced the recipients of three 2021 scholarships in the amount of $2000 each. The three individuals are as follows:

Jailyn Logan
Richard Chandler ------------ Morehouse University
Augustine Tugve -------------- University of Louisville

Congratulations to all of the scholarship winners. The scholarship committee is led by Estelle Marshall, Shelbyville Chapter.


May 6, 2021

Alumnus Passing, James Moxley, Class of 1964

James Arthur Moxley, Jr. (Junior) was born April 23, 1947 to the late James Arthur Moxley and Fannie Allen in Shelbyville, Kentucky. He went to his eternal home on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at home after a short illness. He accepted Christ as a child at Clay Street Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Darryl Moxley, and his sister, Maurica Ellis.

He attended Kentucky State University where he received his bachelor?s degree. He loved riding his motorcycle, fishing, and playing his guitar. He loved his children and grandchildren. He was a good neighbor and loved helping others.

James was in the US Army for 21 years and served his country with honors. He received several Medals (National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and was to receive the Purple Heart Medal).
He worked for Kentucky State University for 15 years as a Pool Operator and HVAC Tech.

He leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 24 years, Emma Moxley of Frankfort; his sons, Jamie Moxley of Atlanta, GA; and Andre Moxley of Texas: his daughter, Angela (Noah) Mack of Shelbyville, KY; 4 step sons, Timothy Campbell of Frankfort, KY, James (Sandra) Campbell of Louisville, KY, George Campbell of Covington, KY, and Demetrius Moxley of Frankfort, KY; two sisters, Serita Slaughter, Bonnie (Mike) Jones of Shelbyville; two brothers, Ronald Allen of Louisville, KY, Shawn Allen of Shelbyville; one Aunt, Emma Moore, New Castle, KY; 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, 13 step grandchildren, and 7 step great grandchildren. Mother-in-law, Thelma Taul, Frankfort, KY. A host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

We will all miss him, but God needed him more. A servant to his country, selfless man. No more pain, no more suffering, he fought the good fight. We thank the Lord for lending us James and this is not goodbye, it is seeing you soon.

Visitation will be held from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at Morton-Beckley Funeral Home in Shelbyville on Monday, May 10, 2021. Funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Rd with Rev. Robert Marshall officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Serving as casketbearers will be Timothy Campbell, Cory Wideman, Thomas Clay, Ronald Allen, Jamal Ellis, and Shawn Hunter. James Campbell and George Taul will be serving as an honorary casketbearers. Visitation will be held from 11:00am until the time of service on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Rd.


April 16, 2021

Alumnus Passing, Hortense (Cunningham) Armstrong, Class of 1956

Hortense (Cunningham) Nana, Granny Armstrong, age 82 of Eminence, passed away at Jewish Hospital on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 2:24 PM. Born on May 26, 1938 in Lawrenceburg to the late Horace B. and Emma (Miller) Cunningham, she served as a teacher's aide at Eminence Independent Schools for over thirty years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Eminence, KY where she served as treasurer for over thirty years. She also served as a member of the Eminence City Council. She was a 1956 proud graduate of Lincoln Institute High School in Shelby County. Hortense was preceded in death by her daughter, Lyla Hortensia Malone, four grandchildren, one brother and three sisters.

Survived By: Husband of 62 years: George John Armstrong, Jr. of Eminence, Daughters - Vanessa Lynn (Craig) Stevenson of Louisville,
Charita Armstrong of Louisville, Tamara Aguilar of Pleasureville
Sons - George John (LeeAnn) Armstrong III of Eminence, Gerald (Joelle) Armstrong of Louisville, Brother - Horace (Sonny) (Sandra) Cunningham of Piscataway, NJ

Host of Grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral Service: 1 PM on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Eminence Independent School Gymnasium, officiated by Rev. Lloyd Watkins. Rev. Charles Duncan, Jr. will be assisting.

Interment: Eminence Cemetery

Honorary Pallbearers: Elijah Armstrong, Presley Armstrong, Josiah Armstrong, Jalyn Chambers and Quincy Chambers

Active Pallbearers: Byron Armstrong, Lynn Rison, Jr., Torian Murphy, Sydney Armstrong, Shane Armstrong, Sean Armstrong & Shelby Armstrong

Form of contributions may be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Visitation: 11 AM until service time on Saturday at the Eminence School Gym.

Due to Covid, we chose the gymnasium so that mom's friends and loved ones can attend while still social distancing. Arrangements entrusted to Prewitt Funeral Home.

April 6, 2021

Alumnus Passing, Mary Lillian (Swinney) Parrish

Mary Lillian (Swinney) Parrish, age 77 of Louisville passed on March 31, 2021. She was a native of Lagrange, attended Lincoln but did not graduate. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Rogers-Awkard and Lyons are in charge of services.


February 28, 2021

Alumnus Passing, Shirley Hall Johnson

Shirley Hall-Johnson, 76, of Prospect, went home to glory to be with the Lord and received her heavenly wings on February 23, 2021.

She was retired customer service representative for Porter Paints and a member of St. Stephen Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her Father, William Preston Reed and her Mother, Catherine Reed, both of Carrollton.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her faithful and dedicated husband; Kenneth Johnson, Sr. of Prospect., daughter; Stephanie Hall, son and daughter-in-law; Brian and Julia Hall of Helendale, CA, sister; Bonnie Reed, brother; George Reed of Carrollton., niece; Traci(Richard) Spain, Step-Children; Kenneth Johnson, Jr. and Tamica Meredith, Eight grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, Brother-In-Laws and Sister-In-Laws.

Her Homegoing Service will be Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 11:00 am, at Pearson's 149 Breckenridge Lane with burial to follow in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 3, 2021, from 4pm to 7pm. Social distancing guidelines will be observed at all services. This will be a walk-through visitation for all friends and associates.

Memorials to Susan G. Komen for the cure Louisville, 2301 Hurstbourne Village Drive; Ste 700 Louisville, KY. 40299-1849 or James Graham Brown Cancer Research Center.


February 27, 2021

Alumnus Passing - Rudolph Alexander Schaefer Jr, Class of 1951

Rudolph Alexander Schaefer, Jr., 86, born August 25, 1934, boarded the Glory train bound for Heaven February 20, 2021. He was the son of the late Rudolph A. Schaefer, Sr. and Lillian Schaefer. He is preceded in death by his parents, son Brian Alexander Schaefer, and first wife Willie M. Schaefer.

Rudolph confessed his love for Jesus Christ at an early age. He was extremely involved in church even as a young boy by singing in the choir. He worked diligently in the church for years in various areas of need. He was a faithful member at First Baptist Church Anchorage for over 40 years, Kenwood Baptist Church for 7 years, and was currently a member at the Bethel Baptist Missionary Church of Anchorage, Kentucky. Rudolph loved working in the church as an organist, pianist, music director, grounds keeper, and any other job that involved using his hands to build or repair.

Rudolph completed his education at Forest School, Lincoln Institute, University of Louisville, and of Kentucky. Rudolph joined the United States Air Force and served his country for 4 years.

Rudolph held several jobs before he began his career at the Army Map Agency which later became the Defense Mapping Agency of the United States of America. Rudolph was an expert Cartographer. Rudolph worked from Louisville, Kentucky to Washington DC on various projects. One mapping project involved extensive mapping of the moon for Neil Armstrong. Rudolph was honored with many recognitions, awards, and developing accomplishments such as Employee of the Year, Sustained Superior Performance, Outstanding Production Specialist and Special Achievement Award. Rudolph?s unique intellectual ability and excellent work ethics propelled him to lead others and all assignments were well executed with initiative and enthusiasm. Rudolph commanded a high degree of efficiency while working under extreme conditions. Rudolph retired after 36 years of service.

Memories of Rudolph will be cherished by his current wife Betty L. Schaefer, daughters Sharon Lee and Kim Schaefer Jones (Ricky), sister Lavern Alexander, 6 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren all from Louisville, Kentucky, beloved church family, and a host of relatives and friends.

Rudolph?s Homegoing Service will be held March 6, 2021, viewing starting at 11:00-1:00, with funeral services starting immediately at 1:00 at Newcomer Funeral Home located at 235 Juneau Drive Middletown, Kentucky.


February 25, 2021

Alumnus Passing - Ernest "Mr. D" Dickerson,Jr., Class of 1961

Louisville - 77, died Thursday at Norton Audubon Hospital.

Visitation 11-12 Thursday at W.T. Shumake & Daughters Funeral Home 3815 Newburg Road. Private funeral to follow. Burial Petersburg-Newburg Cemetery.

Survivors children, Jeff, Ernest, & Jewell Dickerson; stepmother, Nancy Dickerson.


February 8, 2021

Alumnus Passing - Alice Catherine Taylor, Class of 1964

Alice Catherine Chambers Taylor, 74, Shelbyville, died Monday, February 8, 2021 at U. of L. Jewish Hospital in Louisville. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Ida Belle Jackson Chambers. She graduated from Lincoln Institute, Class of 1964. She worked for many years for Investors Heritage as a cook and was a dedicated homemaker. She also formerly worked for Logan's Laundry as a presser and for the City of Shelbyville Police Department as a custodian. She was a former member of the Order of Eastern Star, Bettie Morton Chapter 119. In her leisure time, she enjoyed reading. She was a devoted member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, where she served as a member of the Stewardess Board, The Lay Organization, Missionary and choir.
In addition to her parents, six siblings, Mary Willie Chambers, Annie Chambers, Lee Evans, Jr., Roy Evans, Ernestina Shouse and Martha Shirley, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her loving husband of 56 years, Robert E. Taylor, Sr. of Shelbyville; five children, Stacey Taylor, Robert E. Taylor, Jr. (Jerri), and Ida Marie Taylor, all of Shelbyville, Rev. Erika Taylor of Louisville and Jason Taylor (Beverly) of Shelbyville; five siblings, Pauline Evans of Lexington, Barbara Beach (John) of Shelbyville, Faye Russell (Cline) of Louisville, William Evans (Jean) of Versailles and Richard Chambers (Martha) of Louisville; two grandsons, Quentin A. Taylor (Annemarie) and Keshaun Hinton; two great-granddaughters, Clara Taylor and Adeline Taylor and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Webb Funeral Home with a wake 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. The funeral will be livestreamed via Facebook at Webb FH Live and may also be watched live or at any time following the service at the funeral home website.


February 3, 2021

Alumnus Passing - Maureen Bullitt Ashby, Class of 1948

Maureen Bullitt Ashby, 90, formerly of Shelbyville, died Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Magnolia Springs East in Louisville. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Fannie Skinner Bullitt and Ernest Bullitt, Sr. She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute, Class of 1948 and obtained her Associates Degree in nursing from Jefferson Community College. She was an LPN for the former King?s Daughters and Sons Hospital in Shelbyville for 38 years and taught nursing at Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center. She was very involved in her church and her community. She was a 1948 graduate of Lincoln Institute. She was a member of the Shelbyville Chapter and National Lincoln Alumni Association, Amanda Smith Circle and NAACP. She was the former vice president of the Dogwood Trace Homeowners Association. She received the BPW Women?s Achievement Award and Excellence Award from Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center. She was a member of Community Tapestry, working with a part of local black history. She was also an election poll worker for many years. She joined church at Montclair near Simpsonville as a child. She moved to Clay Street Baptist Church as an adult where she taught Sunday School, was a member of the Women?s Bible Class, served as president of the Usher Board, served with the Education Society, church historian for many years, a member of the Finance Committee and President of the Baptist Women?s Education Society.
In addition to her parents, her husband, James Robert ?Bobby? Ashby; one brother, Ernest Bullitt, Jr. and one sister, Mary Catherine Ellis, preceded her in death.
Survivors include two daughters, Robbie A. Coleman of Crestwood and Pamela T. Wade (Clifton) of Penhook, VA; a nephew raised as a son, Rev. Charles Ashby (Debra) of Shelbyville; one brother, Robert Bullitt of Chicago, IL; six grandchildren, Stephen V. Coleman, Jr., Angela Denise Coleman, Bryan Ashby Whitlow (Jennifer), Christopher West Whitlow, Eric Justin Wade and Cary Dupree Wade; ten great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Private funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Monday, February 8, 2021 at Clay Street Baptist Church. While private, the funeral will be livestreamed via Facebook at Webb FH Live. A public walk-through visitation will be held 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday at the church. Rev. Charles Ashby will deliver the eulogy, and Rev. Larry Sykes will officiate. A private family burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery. The funeral will be available for viewing later at the funeral home website.


January 21, 2021

Alumnus Passing - Naomi Elizabeth Bayne, Class of 1946

Louisville - Naomi Elizabeth (Taylor) Bayne peacefully departed this life on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the age of 92. Naomi was born the eldest of eight children to Ernest and Emma Taylor on September 12, 1928.

Naomi was a lifelong, faithful member of First Baptist Church of Anchorage where she remained active until her health impeded her participation in church activities. Ever devoted to helping others, she dedicated years to volunteer service. She was an active volunteer with many community agencies including the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, Eastern Area Community Ministries, the Community Action Agency, and Baptist Hospital East. Naomi also served as a volunteer mentor for Jefferson County Public Schools.

Naomi attended the Forest School in Berrytown, Kentucky, Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville, Kentucky, Louisville Municipal College, and Jefferson Community College. She was employed at Central State Hospital where she served as a mental health social worker until her retirement in 1988.

Naomi is preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Boley" Bayne Sr.; eldest son, Robert "Boley" Bayne Jr.; and daughter, Elise D. Bayne. She is also preceded in death by brothers, Raymond Taylor and James Taylor, as well as sisters, Rena Mae Hemphill and Mary Lee Biggers. Naomi will be missed, but left to cherish her memories are her son, Lamont Bayne; sisters, Ernestine Williams, Marlene Muir (Russell), and Gwendolyn Scott (Jerome); grandchildren Calvin "Tim" Bayne and Normeshia Harbin; great-granddaughter, Jonteshia Ellington; great-great-grandson, Kainen Sanderlyn; along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until 12:45 PM on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Anchorage located at 11500 LaGrange Road, Louisville, Kentucky. The funeral service will immediately follow visitation at 1:00 PM. The funeral service will be streamed at'sview.


January 5, 2021

Alumnus Passing - Mary Ann Patterson Booker, Class of 1955

Mary Ann Patterson Booker, 83, Shelbyville, died Monday, January 4, 2021 at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Edward Theodore Patterson, Sr. and Anna Catherine Newton Patterson. She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute. She was retired as a teaching assistant for Southside Elementary School. She was a continually active member of the Clay Street Baptist Church, where she participated in the Noon Bible Study Group, the Spiritual Women ministry group and sang with the choir and as a featured soloist for many years. In her leisure time, she enjoyed bowling on leagues for many years. She also loved to travel. She had visited the Holy Land, Hawaii and the Smokey Mountains many times, taking her grandchildren for annual trips there, and she also enjoyed many cruises over the years.

In addition to her parents, one daughter, Terry Lee Booker, and one brother, Eddie Patterson, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her loving husband of 65 years, James Edward Booker, Sr. of Shelbyville; two sons, Rev. James E. Booker, Jr. (Marsha) of Louisville and Minister Calvin E. "Chuck" Booker (Lavonne) of Atlanta, GA; one sister, Crevella Bell (Rev. Calvin) of Shelbyville; three brothers, Sammy Patterson (Linda) and Larry Patterson, both of Shelbyville and Albert Patterson of Bardstown; four grandchildren, James E. Booker III, Isaac Booker, Joshua Booker and Eric Booker; six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Clay Street Baptist Church with visitation after 11 a.m. Rev. James E. Booker, Jr. will deliver the eulogy, and Rev. Robert M. Marshall, Sr. will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, where Rev. Larry Sykes will officiate.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at


December 7, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Mary Helen Mumphrey

Mary Helen Mumphrey, 95, Shelbyville, died Monday, December 7, 2020 at Hosparus In-Patient Care Center in Louisville following a long illness. A native of Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late James Polk and Mary Henderson Mumphrey. She attended Lincoln Institute. She was a domestic worker for many years, working for former Mayor Jesse Puckett, Bob and Carolyn Walters and Lewis and Jan Mathis, among others. She was a member of The Boy John Rebekah Lodge No. 137 and Amanda Smith Circle of the King?s Daughters and Sons. A very caring individual, she was noted for calling to check on those who were ill and homebound. She was a former member of the Betty DeHaven Baptist Church in Pleasureville, where she was continually active. She was currently a member of New Covenant Church, where she had served as a missionary until her health precluded this activity.
In addition to her parents, one daughter, Rita Mumphrey; four siblings, Prentice Mumphrey, Dorothy Ferguson, Fannie Brown and Hazel Felton; one grandson, Stephen ?Squato? Hunter, Jr. and one great-grandson, Ivan Armstrong-Hunter, preceded her in death.
Survivors include two daughters, Cathleen Hunter and Sheila Crockett, both of Shelbyville; four grandchildren, Stephanie Thomas, Serita Wilson, Leo Ellis and Kim Martinez; nine great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Private funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Webb Funeral Home. Rev. Herbert Johnson will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Attendance is limited to 25 individuals designated by the family. The services will be livestreamed on Facebook at Webb FH Live and on the funeral home website, where it may be viewed live or at any time after the service.


December 8, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Etta Murphy Coleman, Class of 1951

Etta Crittendon ?Mama Etta? Murphy Coleman, 87, Louisville, died Friday, December 4, 2020 at Hosparus In-Patient Care Center following an illness. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late George Louis Crittendon and Ethel Mae Dirks Crittendon. She graduated from Lincoln Institute and attended Kentucky State University. She was an educator of special needs children. She was the director of the Dorman Training Center in its infancy, a career that would span 30 years. She was a member of the Board of Directors and Corresponding Secretary for the Shelby County Alumni Chapter of the National Lincoln Institute of Kentucky Alumni Association, Inc., she was the Secretary of the Amanda Smith Circle of the International Order of Kings? Daughters and Sons, a member of the NAACP and the backbone of the former Shelbyville Community Center. She was a long-time associate of both Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors and Webb Funeral Home. Service was her purpose, and she helped many, many individuals throughout her lifetime. She was a devoted member of Canaan Christian Church, where she volunteered in the bookstore and participated in the monthly book club.

In addition to her parents, her husband of 22 years, Rev. Louis H. Coleman, Jr., two sisters, Anna D. Crittendon and Linda Lee Crittenden and one grandson, Will Murphy, preceded her in death.
Survivors include four sons, Stephen Murphy and Don Murphy of Louisville, Michael Murphy (Teresa Barnes) of Shelbyville and Louis Odell Coleman of Louisville; two daughters, Andrea Coleman White and Rachael Curry (Stephen) of Louisville; one brother, Claude E. Crittendon of Shelbyville; ten grandchildren, Reinaldo Murphy, Jamar Mack, Lauren Murphy, Kayla Murphy, Sheree Busby, Tara Tinsley, Letitia Armstrong, Jon Michael Murphy, Torian Murphy and Kendra Brown; six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Private funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, December 11, 2020 at Canaan Christian Church in Louisville. Dr. Walter Malone, Jr. will deliver the eulogy. Private burial at Calvary Cemetery, Shelbyville will follow later. A public Celebration of Life Service will be held later when conditions permit.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Dorman Training Center, P.O. Box 853, Shelbyville, KY 40066-0853. Envelopes will be available at the church or funeral home.

Attendance at the service will be limited to 25 individuals designated by the family. The service may be watched live on Facebook and live or at any later time through a link on the funeral home website.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors and Webb Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at


December 6, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Mary Lue (Bradford) Cole, Class of 1947

Mary Lue (Bradford) Cole passed away peacefully at home Thursday,
Thanksgiving morning, November 26, 2020. She was 93 years old.
She was born May 18, 1927 to Isaac and Nora Buford Bradford in Taylorsville, Kentucky and was the last living of 13 siblings: Bessie Corine, Whitaker, Paul Jesse, May Beatrice, Carrie May, Carol Catherine, Freeman Daniel, William Buford, Estelle, Gladys, Verna and E. T. .

She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute and attended Louisville Municipal College where she met the love of her life, Lattimore W. Cole. They raised eight children together and had been married 66 years when he passed November 23, 2014.

Mary Lue was a retiree of GE (Building 1), a devout member and Deaconess of Broadway Temple AME Zion Church, a natural born nurturer and care taker and being raised on a farm was a skilled down home cook of the first order. She is survived by her children, Aaron W. Cole (Hettie), Carolyn Cole Pettus, Allan L. Cole (Ada), Nora M. Cole, Mera E. Cole, Cathy Cole Smith, Talma Cole Collins and Bryan W. Cole (Marland); 21 grandchildren, 16 great grand children and two great great grandchildren.

A public viewing will be held Monday, December 7th from 11:00 a.m.?12:30 p.m. and a private service for the family at 1:00pm at Burnett Avenue Baptist Church, 6800 S Hurstbourne Parkway. Covid mandates will be strictly observed. The service will also be live streamed. A. D. Porter & Sons are entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to Hosparus Health of Louisville or the American Cancer Society.


November 20,2020

Alumnus Passing - Dr. Bernard I. Minnis, Class of 1960

Dr. Bernard Irvin Minnis, Sr. Ed.D. was born in Louisville, KY September 25, 1941 to Albert L. Minnis, II and Ruby Handy Minnis. He spent his formative years on the campus of Lincoln Institute, where his father was a teacher. Dr. Minnis received his B.S. degree from Kentucky State University, his M.A. degree from Western Kentucky University and his doctorate from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Bernard I. Minnis passed away Friday, November 13, 2020 at his home peacefully with his family present. Dr. Minnis lived his life as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, education professional and artist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Eaves Minnis and brother, Albert L. Minnis, III. He is survived by wife, Woody Jayne and children Danielle Minnis White (Christopher), Bernard I. Minnis, Jr. (Sarah) and Bryant A. Minnis, grandchildren Bernard I. Minnis, III; Micah Christopher, Adeleigh Elizabeth, Cohen Daniel; stepchildren, Dawn Johnson, (Bryan King, Luke Johnson and Del Johnson); Elson (Joshua, Aaron); David Benedict (Sonja and son Degen) and many nieces and nephews.

Professional Life:
Dr. Minnis had more than forty years of experience in the field of education, including experiences in teaching, he taught in the Louisville school system. Dr. Minnis started out in Paducah and came back to Louisville and taught in the Louisville district. He became a co-op coordinator for programs for disadvantaged youth and that program -- the people in Frankfort asked him to come to Frankfort, to be the director of the program. Dr. Minnis became the division director of vocational education. It was in vocational education department in the state Department of Education. Dr. Minnis came back to Louisville for a fellowship program that was going to give him a doctorate and met the superintendent of Jefferson County. Jefferson County and Louisville were separate districts at that time. Dr. Minnis was asked to be the assistant superintendent or associate superintendent for Human and Community Relations and the districts were merged and desegregated. After retiring from JCPS, Dr. Minnis was an assistant professor from the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education, Bellarmine University. He taught Ph.D. courses in Learning, Poverty and Social Justice Program and the Principal Preparation/Leadership Programs.

Organizations/Charity Work:
Dr. Minnis was a member of several professional organizations and sat on numerous boards, including being a member of Sigma Pi Phi Psi Boule Fraternity. He is a member of Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors (Lincoln Heritage Council); Louisville Urban League Campaign for African American Achievement Steering Committee; African-American Heritage Council Advising Committee; Louisville Branch of NAACP; Lincoln Foundation Board of Directors; Coalition for the Homeless Board of Directors; National Alliance of Black School Educators.

Leadership Louisville (second class); Leadership South Carolina; Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America; Louisville Metro?s 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Award by Mayor Abramson; Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression?s Certificate of Recognition.
The Minnis family expresses their deepest gratitude, acknowledges all expressions of sympathy and acts of kindness extended to them during this time of bereavement.
Special thank you to:
David and Tiffany and Mary Sue and Tommy Armour
Dr. George E. Thornton, Sr.
A.D. Porters and Sons Funeral Home
Magazine Street Seventh Day Adventist Church

In lieu of flowers and to honor Dr. Bernard I. Minnis, Sr. donations to the ?Cecil Ray Scholarship Fund? E.L. Minnis Junior Academy of SDA. c/o Dr. George E. Thornton, Sr.

October 31, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Loreda Marshall Carter, Class of 1950

Loreda M. Carter, 87, passed away Friday, October 30, 2020.
She was a retired employee of the Jefferson Co. Clerk Office.
She was preceded in death by her son, Don Marshall Carter and sister, Clara O'Bannon.

She is survived by her children, Louis Jene Carter, Harry Lee Carter, Scobie C. Newman and Roger Carter; siblings, Thomas E. Marshall, Jr., Donald F. Marshall and Judy Bowen; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10am - 11:30am Friday, November 6, 2020 at A.D. Porter & Sons-Southeast, 4501 Bardstown Rd. Funeral will follow at 11:30am. Entombment will be in Resthaven Mausoleum.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions all services at our facility are limited to 50 people.


September 24, 2020
Alumnus Passing - Betty D. Perkins Bartlett, Class of 1960

Betty D. Bartlett, Louisville - 78, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020. Mrs. Bartlett was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Marie Perkins; brother, James E. Perkins.

She is survived by her husband, George E. Bartlett; children, Jacqueline D., Sharon R., Anthony D. Bartlett, Ernest Moppins; siblings, Barbara P. Scott, Norma P. Jones; grandchildren, Natasia M. Spencer, Tarik A. Robinson, Ayanna R. Stroud; great-grandson, Jayden R. Wilson; nephew, Kevin Jones (Valerie).

Visitation: 10am-12pm Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Bethel Baptist Church, 3540 Garland Ave., with funeral service to follow at 12 noon. Burial: Green Meadows Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to A.D. Porter & Sons Southeast.


September 18, 2020

Alumnus Passing - James (Jimmy) H. Dow, Class of 1952

James H. "Jimmy" Dow, Sr., 86, passed away Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020.

He was a retired employee at General Electric Co.

He is survived by his children, James H. Dow, Jr., Cathy D. Dow, Cynthia Dow-Weaver, Ellen D. Dow, Michael H. Dow (Janet), Brenda E. Dow, Ronald S. Dow (DeBonna), Gregory A. Dow ( Tonda), Lloyd A. White, Keithtoni Kelly, Peggy Best; siblings, Robert Dow, Warren D. Dow, Mary Jones, Virgina Smith and Diana Dow along with a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Burial: Highland Memory Gardens, Mt. Washington, KY. All services are private.


September 18, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Sallye B. Marshall, Class of 1956

Sallye B. Marshall Louisville - 82, passed away September 4, 2020. She is survived by her children, Abe Marshall, III, Angela Jolley and Sherwood Marshall.

Visitation: 10-12 p.m. Saturday with funeral to follow at 12 p.m. at Baptized Pentecostal Church, 1606 W. Chestnut Street; Arrangements by G.C. Williams Funeral Home


September 5, 2020

National Lincoln Institute Alumni 2020 Scholarship Recipents

National Lincoln Institute Alumni President, Judith T. Cunningham has announced the recipients of the National Lincoln Institute Alumni Associations 2020 scholarships. The scholarships in the amount of $2000 each were selected by the Scholarship Committee led by Estelle Marshall and her committee of volunteers.

1. Darian Bell University of Louisville
2. Brandon Jones Indiana Technical College
3. Alan Liggin University of Louisville
4. Efrain Rosales University of Louisville
5. Lynan Russell University of the Cumberland's
6. Augusta Tugbe University of Louisville
7. Mark Walter Jefferson Community Technical College

In this challenging year of dealing with the pandemic, let us salute all the scholarship recipients of this prestigious scholarship and pray for their continued success.


August 11, 2020

Alumnus Passing, Freddie L. Skinner, Class of 1960

Harry Lee Skinner, 77, Frankfort, died Saturday, August 8, 2020 at U. of L. Jewish Hospital in Louisville following a long illness. A native of Louisville, he was the oldest son of the late Scott Skinner and Henrietta Roberts Skinner, born on Tuesday, November 10, 1942.

Harry was a very independent young man, who left home at age 18 and settled in Frankfort, Kentucky. He began his working life as a cafeteria worker at Kentucky State College.

He later became a lab assistant at the Department of Lab Services. He was in charge of examining animals, especially bats for rabies. Harry moved from that position to a general chemistry lab assistant. His last position was as a chemist for Radiation Section. There, he analyzed samples from Maxey Flats and the gaseous diffusion plant in Paducah. Harry retired from this position as a chemist in 1996 following 36 years of service with the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

In 1970, Harry married Zenobia Middleton of Indianapolis, Indiana. This union was blessed with a son, Sharrif Diyon and a daughter, Aiesha Cantrice. He enjoyed taking the children fishing and attending athletic games, supporting the children.
Harry was baptized in Jesus' name and filled with the Holy Ghost in December 1979 at Zion Tabernacle of the Apostolic Faith under the pastorate of Elder Richard H. Owens. He became a faithful deacon and teacher. Under the pastorate of then Elder Robert Manley, Jr., he headed up the Van Ministry for Greater Zion Tabernacle of the Apostolic Faith, faithfully picking up children and adults for services. Whatever Deacon Skinner could do to support and promote the ministry, he did quietly and without fanfare.

Later, after the ministry moved from 340 Warsaw Street and became Bethesda Temple Church of the Living God under the pastorate of Bishop Robert Manley, Jr., Deacon Skinner faithfully continued executing his duties. He was always a man of great strength, wisdom and gentleness. He will be missed by all who knew him.In addition to his parents, one brother, Bobby Skinner, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Zenobia Middleton Skinner of Frankfort; his son, Sharrif Diyon Skinner (Fatimah Salat, significant other) of Frankfort; his daughter, Aiesha Cantrice Skinner (Sammy Curtis, significant other) of Chicago, IL; three brothers, Michael Skinner, George Skinner (Geraldine) and Gary Skinner, all of Louisville; his sister, Doris Skinner of Louisville; his brother-in-law, Harvey Middleton, Jr. (Peggy) of Lutz, FL; his sister-in-law, Brenda Sawyer (Rod) of Chicago, IL and a host of nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services will be Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Bethesda Temple Church of the Living God in Frankfort. Bishop Robert Manley, Jr. will deliver the eulogy, and Elder James Wood will officiate. The wake, open to the public, will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Webb Funeral Home, 1144 Main Street, Shelbyville. Private burial follows at Frankfort Cemetery.

Flowers are welcome and expressions of sympathy may be made to Bethesda Temple Church of the Living God, P.O. Box 1006, Frankfort, KY 40602 or the Alzheimer's Association.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at



Friday, August 14, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Webb Funeral Home
1144 W. Main St.
Shelbyville, KY 40065

August 8, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Williams L. Collins, Class of 1961

William Lloyd Collins was born on April 22, 1943 in Chaplin, Kentucky and passed away on August 8, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is under the care of Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home. He was a great athlete at Lincoln as a student. He was residing in Midwest City, Oklahoma at the time of death. He was retired from the USAF, SMSgt Retired from the United States Air Force.

Memorial Service will be held on August 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm at Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home, 5005 SE 29th Street, Del City, OK.


July 3, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Whitelaw Reginald Hicks, Class of 1958

Mr. Whitelaw Reginald Hicks, 81, died on June 23, 2020 at Regis Woods in Louisville.

Mr. Hicks was a native of Learned, MS, in Hinds County and the son of the late Whitelaw Reid and Ludie Mae (Harden) Hicks. He graduated from Lincoln Institute, Simpsonville, KY, where he excelled in sports, notably football where he was the co-captain of the team. He was an Honor Guard in the U. S. Army and former employee of General Motors.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Thurlow L. Hicks, Garner Roosevelt Hicks, and Charles Hicks; sisters Victoria Richardson and Phyllis Stith.

Reginald leaves to cherish his life and memory: one son, Michael R. Hicks (Paula) of Louisville, KY; two daughters, Regina Hicks and Rosalind Hicks both of Louisville, KY; one brother, Chester Hicks (Denise) of Milford, OH; three sisters, Icyphine Singleton of Elizabethtown, KY, Angie L. Barnes and Guin Kuetemeier both of Indianapolis, IN; two grandchildren, Mikayla and Michael Isaiah; a host of loving nieces and nephews; and numerous family both by law and the ties that bind beyond blood.

Funeral services were at noon on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Percell & Sons Funeral Home, Elizabethtown, KY. Visitation was from 11 a.m. until time of service. Burial with military honors followed in Kentucky Veterans Central, Radcliff, KY.

June 2, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Paul Edward Moore, Class of 1957

Paul Edward Moore, Sr. obituary

Louisville - 82, died Thursday at Norton Pallative Care Unit.

Survivors his children, Paul Moore, Jr., and Dana R. Moore; 2 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 1 brother, 1 sister; companion & best friend, Nancy Stivers.

Funeral and burial are private. W.T. Shumake & Daughters in charge.


May 26, 2020

Alumni Passing - Susie Mae Todd Higgins

Susie Mae Todd Higgins, 92, Simpsonville, died Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Hosparus In-Patient Care Center, Louisville. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late George Leonard and Susie Lewis Bray Todd. She attended Lincoln Institute. She worked in Environmental Services at South Central Bell Telephone in Jeffersontown. In her leisure time, she loved to dance, listen to blues and gospel music and cook. She was a member of New Beginning Pentecostal Church under the pastorate of Elder William D. Beasley, Sr.

In addition to her parents, two daughters, Hattie Taylor and Rosie Mae Egekwu; one son, Earl F. Todd; two sisters, Maymie Todd and Joyce Ann Todd and three brothers, William "Jimbo", Merrill and Orval Todd, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children, Alonzo L. Higgins, Sr., Isaiah Higgins, Jr., Billy J. Higgins and Patricia A. Black, all of Louisville and Sue Carol Higgins of Simpsonville; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Webb Funeral Home with visitation after 11 a.m. Saturday. Elder William D. Beasley, Sr. will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery.


May 25, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Edward Alphonso Foster, Class of 1961

We are sad to announce that on May 16, 2020, at the age of 77, Edward Foster (Florissant, Missouri) passed away. Family and friends can send flowers and condolences in memory of the loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Edward Foster to pay them a last tribute.

Visitation was held on Saturday, May 23rd 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Layne Renaissance Chapel (7302 W Florissant Ave, St. Louis, MO 63136). A celebration of life was held on Saturday, May 23rd 2020 at 4:00 PM at the same location. A burial will be held on Wednesday, May 27th 2020 at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (2900 Sheridan Rd, St. Louis, MO 63125).


April 19, 2020

Former Faculty Member Passing - Virginia Rose Henderson

Virginia Rose Henderson Louisville - 89, passed away Monday, April 13, 2020.

She was a member of Canaan Christian Church and a retired teacher from JCPS. She also taught English at Lincoln Institute from 1960 through 1963.

Mrs. Henderson was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel B. Henderson; son, Gregory Henderson; "Mama D", Sally M. Duncan, aunt who raised her; parents, William McMakin and Tina Beeler and 6 siblings.

She is survived by her children, Gary M. Henderson (Deborah), Geoffrey Henderson (Angela Holley) and Gina Stone (Darron Sr.); daughter in law, Pam Henderson; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

Due to COVID-19 funeral and burial will be private.

Arrangements entrusted A. D. Porter & Sons, 1300 W. Chestnut St.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Apr. 17 to Apr. 19, 2020.


April 14, 2020

Lincoln Institute Reunion 2020 Cancellation

Judith Cunningham, our National Lincoln Institute Alumni President has announced the reunion scheduled for this year in July has been cancelled due to the uncertainty of the impact of the corona virus.

Work with get underway to plan a reunion for 2021.

Please pass on the news to fellow Lincolnites. Further details will be forthcoming.

If you would like to participate or have suggestions for Reunion 2021 please email her at: or give her a call at (502) 418-7744.


April 9, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Josephine Goddard, Class of 1945

Today we learned of the passing of Josephine Goddard, Class of 1945 from her daughter, Dorethea Santiago. She was a native of Pineville, KY and made her home in Shaker Heights, OH a suburb of Cleveland.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic her obituary is not currently available. We will update this information when a memorial service is planned. Our condolences are extended to the family.


March 14, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Addie Belle Smith, Class of 1950

Addie Belle Smith, 88, of Louisville died Thursday March12, 2020 at her home. She was a native of Lawrenceburg, KY, a retired employee of the old Bruce Press and a Christian by faith. She was preceded in death by her daughter Janice W. Porter.

She is survived by her husband William H. Smith; her daughter Kathy S. Thomas; a sister Lucy B. Mann; four brothers John M. Brown (Jewelene); Victor L. Brown (Alice); Gary W. Brown (Wanda) and Robert M. Brown (Louise); four grandsons Walter P. Porter II (Jon); Dr. William A. Porter (Dr. Jennifer); Justin M. Thomas and Jordan A. Thomas and four great grandchildren.

Her funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday March 18, 2020 at St. W.P. Porter Mortuary 2611 Virginia Ave, with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.

Arrangements are by W. P. Porter Mortuary. Online Condolences

Published in The Courier-Journal from Mar. 13 to Mar. 15, 2020


February 23, 2010

Alumnus Passing - Mary Bradley Mahin

Mary Bradley Mahin Louisville - 73, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2020. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Louisville Urban League, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Deacon Wives & Widowed Council. She is survived by her husband, Jerome Mahin; son Jonathan Mahin ((Sirlivia); grandchildren, Kingston and Kherington Mahin; brother, Charles Bradley Sr. (Joan), and a host of family and friends.

Visitation: 6pm-9pm Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 3815 W. Broadway. Funeral 11am Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the church, burial in Resthaven Cemetery.

Published in The Courier-Journal from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2020.


February 8, 2020

Alumnus Passing - George Morris, Class of 1963

George Morris died at home on Monday, February 3, 2020 at the age of 75. He was born in Louisville, KY to the late Martha Manual Morris and James Morris.

He was retired after 44 years with the Department of Finance, Division of Printing. He was one of Jehovah's Witnesses and served faithfully for 47 years. He spent his entire life helping others.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years Barbara Thornton Morris, daughters Kay Morris-Ryan (Greg) Frankfort, Monica Morris, Frankfort, son Shaun Morris, Charlotte, NC, grandson Ethan Rhys Morris, Charlotte, NC, brothers Artie Morris, (Diane) Atlanta Georgia, Kenny Morris, (Viera) Rome Georgia, John "Butch" Morris, (Martha "Jo") Louisville, KY, sisters Faye Bruce (Joel) Charlotte, NC, Beverly Hinkle (Wayne) Frankfort, KY, Rita Morris, Ellenwood, Georgia, Frances Irene (Luis) Milford, Virginia, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother James "Junie" Morris Jr.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020, 2:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall 1834 Louisville Road, Frankfort, KY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide Work at or Hospice Bluegrass Care Navigators, 643 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY. Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Legacy Center.


December 27, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Norma Martin Jones

Nancy Martin Jones
October 19, 1941 - December 27, 2019

Nancy Martin Jones , 78 of Louisville formerly of Shelbyville passed away Friday December 27, 2019 in Shelbyville.

She was a member of First Harmony Worship Center in Shelbyville. She was a sweet loving, virtuous woman who loved everyone.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James V. Jones and brother Wade Martin.

She is survived by her daughters, Mattie Falealii (Craig) Columbus, GA, Lettie Green (Tommy), Shelbyville, KY, Janet Dow (Michael, Shelbyville, KY, Nani Barnes (Anthony), Hampton, VA, stepson, Tony R. Jones, Lexington, KY; 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Friday January 3, 2020 at Shannon Funeral Home with Rev. Don Burley and Rev. Robert Marshall officiating. Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation will be at Shannon Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. Friday January 3, 2020 until the time of service. Expressions of sympathy may be made to: First Harmony Worship Center 2035 Midland Trail Unit # 3 Shelbyville, KY 40065 or Hosparus PO Box 35425 Louisville, KY 40232-9892


December 23, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Robert L. Tinsley, Class of 1959

Robert L. Tinsley 78, of Indianapolis, passed Thursday, December 12th, 2019. Homegoing services will be Monday, December 23rd, 2019 at Clay Street Baptist Church, 1940 Midland Trail, Shelbyville, KY 40065. Viewing is 11:00 to 1:00pm with services starting at 1:00pm. Mr. Tinsley is survived by his companion Rosie L. Funderburg; his sisters Scharlene Moore (Lewis), Delores Martin (Donald), Mary A. Moore, Nellie Ellis, Rena Stone, Betty Yocum (Raymond), and Wanda Burley; his aunt Bessie Tinsley; his sister-in-law Pearl Tinsley; his Indianapolis motorcycle family; and a host of other family members and friends.

Published in the Shelbyville Sentinel 19 and 20 of December 2019.


December 23, 2019

Alumnus Passing, Rev. Charles B. Marshall

Charles B. Marshall, 80, Shelbyville, died Monday, October 28, 2019 at Jewish Hospital Louisville following an illness. A native of Shelbyville, he was the son of the late Willie Lee Miller and Abe Marshall, Sr. He graduated from Simmons Bible College with a Bachelor's in Theology. He was licensed into the ministry in December 1968 at New Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Waddy. He was later ordained into the ministry in July 1984. He served as assistant pastor at both New Mt. Zion Baptist Church and at Pleasantview Baptist Church for many years. He returned to his home church, First Baptist Church in Simpsonville, were he served as associate pastor until his health precluded further service. He was retired from Phillip Morris USA following 31 years of service and worked part-time in security at Purnell Sausage Company for 11 years.

In addition to his parents, six siblings, Abe Marshall, Jr., William Marshall, Mary Willie Marshall, Doris Jean Dunlop, Annabelle Stone and Vivian White, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Barbara Lane Todd Marshall; four children, Charlotte Moore, Belinda Stone, Charles Ray Marshall (Tonya) and Stacey Hinkle (Jeffrey); two sisters, Delores Mitchell and Linda Marshall; one brother, Jerry Marshall, Sr.; two brothers-in-law, William White, Sr. and John Harris; 19grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Clay Street Baptist Church with visitation 5-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Rev. Dr. Kilen Gray will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Webb Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Published in The Sentinel-News from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, 2019


December 19, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Katherine Lorine Brown

Katherine "Kat" Lorene Brown 67, was born to Ethel Mae Brown (later Goodwin) and Maryland "Red" Goodwin on May 7th, 1952, in Harlan, Kentucky. Katherine passed away Thursday, November 28, 2019.

A very bright Student, Kat would go on to attend the prestigious Lincoln School(on the former campus of Lincoln Institute founded by Berea College) in Simpsonville, Kentucky. She was a member of the school's final graduating class in 1970. The school was established for gifted, but under privileged students across Kentucky. She would continue her academic career at the University of Louisville, obtaining degrees in business and accounting. She later chose to enter the field of nursing, eventually retiring from Eastern State Hospital after 21 years there as a licensed Practical Nurse.

Katherine leaves behind 6 children: Denise Brown, Lexington; Mika McClain (Haven), Louisville; Michael Brown (Priscilla), Harlan; John Blaine (Sarah), Lexington; Jessica Blaine, Lexington; Kelli Brown, Lexington. Katherine was especially proud of her 24 grand-children and 3 great grandchildren.

Services will be held in Lexington on Saturday, December 7th, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home located at 3421 Harrodsburg Road. Visitation will begin at 12:30, followed by the memorial service at 2:30.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2019.


December 16, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Alice Rebecca Becky Blackburn

Alice Rebecca Blackburn was born on Sunday, May 21, 1950 to the late Hattie Mae Ford and James Robert Evans in Shelbyville, Kentucky. She departed this life in the late afternoon hours on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Jewish Hospital Louisville following an illness.

She was a member of New Greater First Baptist Church in Simpsonville. She was united in holy matrimony to Eugene Wesley Blackburn. This union was blessed with four children. Becky, as she was affectionately known by family and friends, attended Lincoln Institute and Shelby County High School. She worked over 20 years in the Shelby County Public School System as a lunchroom monitor for West Middle School and
Simpsonville Elementary. She played softball, particularly first base, as a young lady. She also enjoyed fishing in her leisure time.

In addition to her parents, one brother, James Robert "Dogman" Evans III, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Eugene W. Blackburn of Simpsonville; three sons, Wesley 1. Blackburn (Sonya) of Shelbyville, Charles T. Blackburn (Kimberly) of LaGrange and Eugene M. Blackburn (Amanda) of Louisville; one daughter, Jackie Michelle Blackburn of Shelbyville; five sisters, Mary K. Evans of Frankfort, Barbara Ann Bland-Clay of Richmond, Angela Lewis (Michael) of Louisville and Lina Mumphrey (Gary) and Jackie Murphy, both of Shelbyville; five brothers, William Patrick Evans of LaGrange, Michael Deson and Billy Deson, both
of Henry County and David Lee Evans and James Robert Foree Evans, both of Louisville; ten grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


December 4,2019

Alumnus Passing - Wanda Jean Jones, Class of 1964

Wanda Jean Beach Jones was born on Wednesday, June 19, 1946 in Shelbyville, Kentucky. One of ten children, she was the daughter of Ruth Anna Thomas Beach and the late Raymond Lee "Goat" Beach, Sr. She
departed for her eternal life at Norton's Women's and Children's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky following a long illness in the early evening hours on Wednesday, November 6,2019.

She was a devoted member and staunch supporter of Centennial Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and served as an usher.
She was united in holy matrimony to the love of her life; Richard Carl "R.C." Jones, Sr., for 56 years prior to his passing on June 30, 2019. This union was blessed with two children.

She was a graduate and salutatorian of the Lincoln
Institute, Class of 1964.

She retired following over 40 years of service with MSC Industrial Supply Company, where she was a package handler and worked into a
supervisory position. She was an avid U. of 1. fan. In her leisure time, she enjoyed her grandchildren. She loved to watch them in all their many activities. She also enjoyed playing cornhole, Uno, working crossword puzzles and the daily Jumble in the Courier-Journal and watching The Young and the Restless, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.
In addition to her father and her beloved husband, one sister, Dorothea Perry and two brothers, AI Newton Beach and Cal Stanley "Stan" Beach, preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Richard C. Jones, Jr. (Tonja) of Shelbyville; one daughter, Jessica R. Jones (Brant) of Louisville; six siblings, Raymond Lee "Rock" Beach, Jr. (Marsha), Etta Beach and Laticia Evans (Dennis), all of Shelbyville, Doriscella Beach
Lee (Raymond) of Chicago, IL and Willis "Caca" Beach (Paula) and Bruce Beach, both of Shelbyville; her mother, Ruth Beach of Simpsonville; five grandchildren, Elijah Jones, Isaiah Jones, Alyssa Jones, Kameron Jones and Braeden Jones and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


October 10, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Lillian Taylor Gales, Class of 1963

Lillian Taylor Gales 73, of Pewee Valley, KY passed away on October 10, 2019.

Lillian was born on December 17, 1945 in Pewee Valley, KY to the late James Gales, Sr. and Mildred Taylor Gales. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Joe Gales and James Gales, Jr.; sisters, Hannah Durham, Martha Wright and Margaret Gales.

Lillian is survived by her siblings, Walter Gales, Addie Stoudmire, Emma Clarkson, all of Louisville, KY; James Gales, Grace Gales, Jenny Whitsey, Bruce Gales and Kenny Gales, all of Pittsburgh, PA.; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Visitation will be from 9:30 am to 11:00 am on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Pewee Valley (7104 Old Floydsburg Rd, Pewee Valley, KY 40056), with a service to honor the life of Lillian to follow at 11:00 am at church. Burial will follow at Louisville Memorial Gardens, East.

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I entered Lincoln Institute in September, 1942.
My hometown was Williamsburg, KY where I had just
graduated with honors from the Williamsburg Colored Academy.

My class of 1946 made history. My salutatory
speech was written with the help of Ms. Jennie
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I went to Kentucky State College, came back to
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students have made us all proud and remain active
in the Alumni Association.

My graduate degree from the University of Michigan
was granted the summer of 1954. Coach Watkins
was in grad school one of those 4 summers that I
was in Ann Arbor. Mr. Young told me they could
not pay me what I was worth. My next job was in
Grambling, Louisiana. The Grambling College did
remind me of Old Lincoln back in those days. I
married in 1956 and became a New Yorker.

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