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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

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Wake is open to the public. Masks are required. Masks are available at the funeral home for those arriving without one.

Funeral Service
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Funeral service is private for family only.
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Frankfort Cemetery
Glenns Creek Road
Frankfort, KY 40601

Interment will be private with family only.


August 8, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Williams L. Collins, Class of 1961

William L Collins

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

Whitelaw Reginald Hicks

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

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

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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 B 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 Arthur Tinsley

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 Brown Blaine

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 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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Published in The Courier-Journal from Oct. 10 to Oct. 13, 2019


October 1, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Theda Marie Vernon Overall

Obituary for Theda Marie Vernon Overall

A Louisville resident, Mrs. Theda Marie Overall, age 85, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at University of Louisville Hospital. She was born November 16, 1933 in Belize City, Belize to the late Edwin Patrick and Hilda Gray Vernon.

She was a retired social worker for the Jefferson County Board of Education, was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Camp Branch, attended Green Street Baptist Church, was Queen of the Bay in Belize, and was a marathon swimmer at a young age. Theda was a devoted wife, was a great and loving mom and was a mother to everyone that she came in contact with.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by an aunt who raised her Auntsie Leslie, as well as several brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles "Buster" Overall, 2 daughters, Eda Overall, Carolyn (Brian) Overall-Miller, both of Louisville, 3 sons, Charles Railey (Kecia) Overall Jr. of Atlanta, GA., Patrick (Amanda) Overall of Bardstown, Lynn Monrad (Tonia) Overall of Huston, TX., a brother-in-law who she raised like a son, Dwayne "Scott" Overall of Bardstown, 11 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews, and a host of extended family that she helped raise also survive.

Funeral services were held at 4:00 pm Friday, September 27, 2019 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Camp Branch.Bro. Eric Gilbert officiated. Interment was in Camp Branch Church Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Greenwell-Houghlin Funeral Home of Taylorsville.


September 13, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Rev. Dr. Thurman Coleman

Rev. Dr. Thurmond Coleman Sr. Louisville - 92, passed away September 8, 2019. He was Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown, having actively served there for 45 years.

Pastor Coleman received many honors for leadership in the Urban League, NAACP, KY Commission on Human Rights, Central District Baptist Association, other religious and civic organizations.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jane, his son, Thurmond Jr., and Cora, his wife for 72 years. He leaves to cherish his memory: his daughter, Thelma; sons Charles (Pam) and Don (Denise), daughter-in-law, Linda; sister, Blanche Bowen, 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Dr. Coleman will lie in state at the church, 10600 Watterson Trail, on Monday, September 16, from 6-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. and Interment at Cave Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts for Simmons College of Kentucky, 1000 S. 4th Street, Louisville KY, 40203.

Professional services by Rodgers-Awkard & Lyons Funeral Home.

Published in The Courier-Journal from Sept. 13 to Sept. 15, 2019


August 22, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Ray Barnett, Class of 1959

Ray Barnett
September 14, 1940 - August 20, 2019

Mr. Ray Garland Barnett, age 78 of Indianapolis passed away on August 20, 2019. Born in Greensburg, Kentucky, He had worked at RCA as an Electrical Engineer.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Margaret E. Bellamy Barnett and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Mr. Barnett was a member of New Era Church, 517 West 30th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208 where Homegoing Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 24th will calling from 10:00 am until time of service.

Arrangements are entrusted to Bluitt and Son Funeral Home.


August 22, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Donald Hudson Sr.

Donald Earl Hudson, Sr., 80, of Lawrenceburg, widower of Mary Yvonne McKee Hudson, died Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at his residence.

He was born on August 22, 1938 in Anderson Co. to the late George Saffell and Willie Mae Hudson. He attended Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville, KY; served in the US Army for two years; and retired from Universal Fasteners after 30 years where he worked in maintenance.

Mr. Hudson is survived by one son, Dale (Karen Beath) Hudson, of Lawrenceburg; two brothers, George Saffell Hudson, Jr., of Harrodsburg and Larry C. (Barbara) Hudson, Lawrenceburg; sister, Cheryl H. Guthrie, of Lawrenceburg; three grandchildren, Angel Dawn (Thomas) Bwalya, Frankfort, Daniel Elijah Hudson, Lawrenceburg and John Neil (Catherine) Beath, Frankfort; four great-grandchildren, Alayna Bwalya, Frankfort, Taylor Hudson, Makayla Hudson and Adam Hudson, all of Lawrenceburg; sister-in-law, Carolyn Hudson; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Alongg with his wife and parents he was preceded in death by a son, Donald "Nicki" Hudson, Jr.; two brothers; William Thomas "Tom" Hudson and Albert Michael "Mike" Hudson; and two sisters, Jane and Allie Hudson.

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Gash Memorial Chapel with Bro. Jerry Dedman officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Hills Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11-1 p.m. on Saturday prior to the service.

Casket bearers will be Ernest Guthrie, Jr., Jobey Harvey, Manuel Harvey, John Williams, John Beath, and Larry Hudson, Jr. Honorary bearers will be Brian Hudson, Edward McCann, Norris McKee, Terry Hicks, James Harvey and Randy Hudson.

The family wishes to thank everyone for the many acts of kindness shown during this time of bereavement.


August 21, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Lillie Mae Lynem Patterson, Former Faculty Member

On Wednesday, August 7, 2019, Lillie M. Lynem Patterson transitioned to her eternal rest at Avantara Evergreen Park in Evergreen Park, IL, at the age of 99. Born on July 29, 1920, Lillie Patterson is predeceased by her parents, Sheley Lynem III and Marie Hayes Lynem; husband, Quentin Patterson; siblings, Carl Lynem (Mary), Marie Lynem Johnson (David), and Sheley IV (Mary). She leaves to mourn her sister, Laura Lynem Rates (Norman, deceased); nieces and nephews, Barbara Curry, Anna M. Johnson, Sondra M. Rates, Shari Rates and Emile Lynem; great-nephews and nieces, Sean Curry, Alesia Johnson, Jordan Rates (Marcella), Natasha Walker; and a host of great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends from both the Lynem and Patterson Families.

Interment Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Nicholasville, KY.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to: The Lynem Family Scholarship Fund.

Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Aug. 13, 2019 Monday Aug 19, 2019 at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Mrs. Lillie Mae Lynem Patterson served as an English teacher and Dean of Women from 1944 - 1947 at Lincoln Institute.

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Aug. 18, 2019


August 6, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Cora Elizabeth Todd Coleman

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Cora Elizabeth Todd Coleman peacefully went home to her heavenly Father surrounded by family on August 5, 2019.

Cora was born in Shelbyville, KY, on February 11, 1931. She attended Lincoln Institute in (Lincoln Ridge) Simpsonville, KY, where she met and married Rev. Thurmond Coleman, Sr. Cora was a true Christian, devoted wife, caring mother and a faithful friend. She was a strong quiet presence that brought peace and joy to all that crossed her path. She adored serving as Chairperson for Dare-to-Care Jeffersontown Food Program, Secretary of the American Baptist Committee, Hospitality Chairperson from Humana Hospital, and Treasurer for the Baptist Ministers Wives Council.

Cora's love and kindness to the congregation she served as Pastor's wife for 45 years will be cherished by members far and wide. She will be remembered by the touch of her hand, the sincerity in every word she spoke, and her enduring love for her family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jane Carol Coleman and her son, Thurmond Coleman Jr.
She leaves to cherish her memory a loving and devoted husband of 72 years Rev. Thurmond Coleman, Sr.; a daughter, Thelma; sons, Charles (Pam), and Don (Denise), sister, Blanche Bowen; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday with funeral service Friday at noon both at First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown, 10600 Watterson Trail. Interment will be in Cave Hill Cemetery. Professional services by Rodgers-Awkard & Lyons, 951 S. Preston Street.


July 27, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Wakefield Martin, Class of 1962

Betty Lou Wakefield Martin passed peacefully on Friday, September 7, 2018 in Southfield, Michigan after a short illness. Her going home service was held on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

A service for her interment and her deceased son will be held on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 2 PM at the St Dominic/Holy Rosary Cemetery. Rosary Heights Road, Springfield, KY 40069. Dress will be casual.


July 6, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Richard Carl Jones, Class of 1961

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Richard Carl "R. C." Jones, Sr., Finchville, 76, died Sunday, June 30, 2019 suddenly at his home. A native of Spencer County, he was the son of the late Erman R. and Ada Belle Overall Jones.

He grew up in Shelby County and was a graduate of Lincoln Institute, Class of 1961. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. His career began at Long Motor Company, which later became Brinkhaus Buick Pontiac GMC. He became parts manager over a career that spanned more than 30 years. In his leisure time, he enjoyed U. of L. basketball, golf, fishing, working crossword and jigsaw puzzles, refinishing furniture and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was a dedicated member of Centennial Baptist Church, where he served as treasurer, trustee, choir member and church "handy man".
In addition to his parents, three sisters, Anna Belle Warner, Lillie Mae Miles and Patricia Ann Hightower and two brothers, Erman Jones, Jr. and Allen Mitchell "Butch" Jones, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his loving wife of 56 years, Wanda Beach Jones; one son, Richard Carl Jones, Jr. (Tonja) of Shelbyville; one daughter, Jessica Ruth Jones (Brant) of Louisville; four sisters, Emma "Baby Sis" Knight of Hopkinsville, Edith Brown, Eva Catherine Bradley (James) and Shirley Jean Shanklin, all of Louisville; three brothers, William Lee "Billy" Jones of Finchville, Everette Thomas "Tommy" Jones (Yolanda) of Waddy and Earl Scott Jones (Angie) of Corydon, IN; one sister-in-law, Ernestine Jones of Shelbyville; five grandchildren, Elijah Jones, Isaiah Jones, Alyssa Jones, Kameron Jones and Braeden Jones and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2019 at Clay Street Baptist Church with visitation 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at the church. Rev. Norris Beckley, Sr. will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Camp Branch Cemetery in Spencer County with military honors.
Expressions of sympathy should take the form of contributions to Centennial Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1221, Shelbyville, KY 40066-1221. Envelopes will be available at the church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors.

Online condolences may be expressed at


July 5, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Cassia Hill, Class of 1958

Cassia W. "Ceedy" Hill, Louisville - 79, passed was away Friday, June 28, 2019.

He was a member and a Deacon at St. Stephen Church.

Cassia was preceded in death by his wife Peggy and son Gregory Hill.

He is survived by his children, Wendy Haines (Mike), Aaron Hill (Melody) and Michael Hill; siblings, James Hill, Donald Hill (Jean) and Dortha Beach; 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation: 10am -12pm Tuesday, July 9, 2019at St. Stephen Church, 1018 So. 15th St., with funeral service to follow at noon, burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Published in The Courier-Journal on July 7, 2019


June 24,2019

Congratulations Graduate - Kaliyah Trotter

Louisville Male High School class of 2019 high school senior, 17 year old, Kaliyah Trotter has maintained above a 3.5 during her four years at LMHS.

Kaliyah played the violin and earned distinguished awards along with her class each year at KMEA. Kaliyah is a member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club. She has been an active leader in the school's Women of Quality, a mentor to young men in the W.E.B Dubois Lions to Leaders, as well as peer tutor to her peers.

When she wasn't in school, Kaliyah was a team captain and competitive member on the State Championship Louisville Male Dance Team. Kaliyah will be attending the University of Louisville in the fall. She has been accepted into the School of Business and is one of the newest dance team members of the nationally ranked Ladybirds.

Congratulations Kaliyah and good luck as you start your studies in the fall!

Kaliyah is the daughter of Elizabeth Swain, the niece of Wanda Warren Brown.


June 8, 2019

Congratulations Graduate - Taylor Kristina Brown

Taylor Kristina Brown recently graduated from Anderson County High School in Lawrenceburg, KY. Taylor Graduated with a 4.0 GPA and Above: Summa Cum Laude. She was also a great athlete and made the 2019 Softball All-30th District Tournament Team and the All-8th Region Tournament Team.

As indicated in the picture above she is a Carter G. Woodson Scholar at Berea this fall. She is the daughter of Alice and Victor Brown, Lawrenceburg Alumni Chapter president.


June 8, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Ronnie Allen

Ronnie Allen, age 74 passed on May 7, 2019 and was reported in the Courier Journal May 16, 2019. No other details are available.

May 28, 2019


Congratulations to Taylor Elaine Brown, University of Hawai'i Manoa 2019 graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. We congratulate you on your graduation and best wishes for your next adventure!

Taylor is the grand-daughter of Wanda Warren Brown, Class of 1958 and is the daughter of the late Stephen Douglas Brown.


May 23, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Mary Cornett White, Class of 1949

Mary E. Cornett White was born on February 21, 1929, in Hazard, Kentucky, daughter of Janie and Charlie Cornett. She was the third of ten children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill White; sons, Tony and John; her parents; sisters, Sue, Pearl, and Myrtle, and brothers, Willie B, Jack, Charles and Warren.

Mary attended school at Town Mountain Elementary, (a one-room schoolhouse). She later attended and graduated from Lincoln Ridge Institute, a historically renowned and prominent boarding school for African American children. She held several offices in the Lincoln Institute Alumni Association, which today raises money for the current school's programs and scholarships.

At an early age, Mary accepted Christ and became a member of Town Mountain Baptist Church, where she later became an usher. After moving to Indianapolis, she became a member of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as a member of the Mothers' Board. She loved the Christian Women's Retreat and it was her joy to attend it yearly.

Mary joined Bill White in matrimony on October 17, 1949, in Hazard Kentucky. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage before his death. Mary and Bill relocated to Indianapolis in 1968 and raised 6 children.

Mary worked for Glass Container for 13 years until the factory closed in 1983. She also worked for the city during the same period. She was an educator for Indianapolis public schools for 26 years and retired in 1997. She was active in the community, volunteering at the homeless mission, and also served as a Girl Scout Leader with her close friend, Zeta Olinger, and other community efforts.

She was known for her big heart and giving nature. Selfless, and altruistic in nature, she loved her family, enjoyed traveling and never met a stranger. She always had an encouraging word, good food, a few dollars and a listening ear for everyone. Whatever anyone needed, all they had to do was ask. She was a great cook and especially known for her homemade rolls.

Mary E. Cornett White departed this earthly life on May 14, 2019.

Mary leaves to cherish her memory her daughters, Lou Anne, Billie and Bali, and her son, Tim, who kept her happy and healthy when she could no longer do for herself. She was loved and will be missed by many, especially her granddaughter, Shawna, and grandsons, Pat and Adrian; her sister, Anna, and brother, Joe; her great grandchildren, Cailin, Mykhail, DeAndre, Cassandra, Jasmine, Jada and Hunter; her sister, Pearl's girls, Dalphine, Jeannie, Wendy and Hope; her sister, Myrtle's daughter, Debbie; special friends, Carol Smith, Geraldine Lambert, Jerlene Combs, Maureen Barnett, Viola Williams, the Thompsons, Bobbia Banton and Sister Cousin Vivian Barbour; special sister, Angela Eubanks, and special son and daughter, Greg Robinson and Betty Gayle Combs.


May 14, 2019

National Lincoln Institute Alumni Association Scholarships 2019

The National Lincoln Institute Alumni Association has announced the following 9 individuals as scholarship recipients in the amount of $2000 each. Thanks to all of you that have made this possible through your support of the alumni endowment program. A special thank you goes out to Estelle Marshall and her scholarship committee that manage the selection process.

Keshawn Catlett ---------University of Cumberland's --------Psychology

Brandon Jewell -----------University of Kentucky ------------Physical Education

Amya Jones --------------Georgetown University -------------Biology

James Logan -------------Western Kentucky ------------------Civil Engineering

Jaalin Mack---------------University of Louisville -----------Sports Administration

Samuel Mason -----------Central Arizona College ------------Sports Management

JoJo Spio -----------------Washington University --------------Political Science

Keagan Stromberg -------Oglethorpe University --------------Business Administration

Azahria Woodard --------University of Louisville -----------Middle & Secondary Education


April 12, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Bettye June (Moore) Lawson, Class of 1962

Bettye June (Moore) Lawson, age 74 of Eminence, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Daughter of the late Edgar James and Mattie Rena (Burton) Moore, Bettye worked at the Brunswick Corporation and she was a member of Elk Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Bettye was preceded in death by a son, Marc Ryan Lawson; a granddaughter, Justice Lawson; Brothers, Clyde Moore, Robert Moore, Warren Moore, James Moore and Lonnie Moore; and sisters, Evelyn Murray and Willie Schaefer.

Survived By:
Husband of 48 years: Joe L. Lawson of Eminence
Daughter: Neshia Mays and husband, Bently of Lexington
Granddaughters: Kortnie (Kyle) Antoszewski, Lauren Allen and Kara Lawson
Grandsons: Jordan (Zhengyu) Allen, Shawn Allen Jr., Shane Allen, Traiten Lawson and Ryan Lawson
Great-Granddaughters: Grace Allen and Elizabeth Antoszewski
Host of Nieces and Nephews

Funeral Service: 12 PM Noon on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at First Baptist Church, Eminence, officiated by Rev. Robert J. Fields with Rev. Charles H. Duncan, Jr. assisting.

Interment: Eminence Cemetery

Active Pallbearers: Janssen Johnson, James Murray, Michael Murray, Shawn Allen, Jordan Allen and Shane Allen
Honorary Pallbearers: Jeffrey Moore, Traiten Lawson

Visitation: 10 AM until service time on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at First Baptist Church, Eminence.
Arrangements entrusted to Prewitt Eminence Funeral Home.


March 28, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Ethelene Gaines Haley, Class of 1961

Ethelene Gaines Haley entered Heaven's gates surrounded by loved ones on Monday, March 18, 2019 at the age of 77 years. She was born the daughter of Raymond and Arthetta Gaines, January 12, 1942 in Paducah, Kentucky.

Ethelene attended Paducah Public Schools and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1961. She was a graduate of West Kentucky Vocational School earning a degree in Business Administration.

In 1965, Ethelene moved to Saginaw, Michigan where she served as a Deputy Clerk at the County Court House. She was one of the first African American women to hold this position. She retired after 38 1/2 years of faithful service from General Motors, rarely missing a day of work. Her kind heart and 'quick wit' endeared her to all who knew and loved her.

She was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. She loved watching the food network and other cooking channels. Her true passion was bowling where she traveled extensively to various tournaments throughout the country. Her many awards and trophies reflects her accomplishments.

Mrs. Haley leaves to celebrate her life, two daughters, Elizabeth Bumphus, Paducah, KY and Denise Haley, Saginaw, MI; two sons, Patrick (Delois) Haley, Saginaw, MI and Johnnie (Julie) Haley, Jr., Panama City, FL; one god-daughter; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Don Gaines and Ralph Gaines; three sisters, Joyce (Leon Sr.,) Biles, Paulette Tyler, Paducah, KY and Charlotte (Roger, Sr.) Carter, Fort Lauderdale, FL; one aunt, Phyllis Anderson, Paducah, KY; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends including special friends, Dorothy Whiting, Katie (Frasier) Townsend, Virginia (Danny) Winbush, Diana Simpson, Early Riley all of Saginaw, MI and Ann Conner, Jeffersonville, IN.

Mrs. Haley was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Johnie Haley; parents, Raymond and Arthetta Gaines; three brothers, Raymond Gaines, Jr., Harold Gaines, and James Gaines; two sisters, Glenda Gaines Meredith and Dyvonette Gaines Jefferson.

The family would like to express special thanks to Dr. Ron Frierson and the members of New Covenant Christian Center Church for their love and support. We would also like to thank Summer Bates and staff of Covenant HealthCare for the care and kindness extended to our mother and family.

Funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019 at New Covenant Christian Center, 2395 South Outer Drive, Saginaw, Michigan 48601. Pastor Ron Frierson will officiate with interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery, 3210 South Washington Avenue, Saginaw, Michigan 48601. Friends may call at the Evans & Browne's Funeral Home, 441 North Jefferson Avenue, Saginaw, Michigan 48607 on Sunday from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. The family will be present from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. to greet friends.


March 14, 2019

National Lincoln Institute Alumni Meeting, April 13, 2019

The Shelby County Chapter of the National Lincoln Institute Alumni Association will host our meeting in Shelbyville on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

The meeting will be held at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street
Shelbyville, KY 40065 beginning at 10 AM. We hope to see all members there.


February 24, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Norma Jean Brown Johnson, Class of 1963

Norma Jean Johnson, age 74 of Louisville, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019. Norma Jean Johnson was born on February 20th 1945 to Grace and Leon Brown. She was 1 of 7 children raised in Jtown. "Jeanie " was known to always have a smile on her face and put a smile on the face of everyone she came in contact with. She goes home to rest and be with her brothers Kenneth and Joseph brown and her sister Shirley Ann Turner.

She is survived by 2 sisters Janice Southern and Mary Watts, one brother Robert "Bobby" Brown. She leaves behind 3 grandchildren Darreon Johnson, Deionna Johnson and Robbie Lewis. She had her first child Deon E. Johnson on June 19th 1970. She married Albert Lee Maurice Johnson on May 12th 1972. They had one daughter Danae E. Johnson who just happen to be born on the same day as her beautiful mother. February 20th 1976. She was retired from Kmart and later on from Speedway.

She leaves behind a lot of memories for us to cherish. She would want us to mourn a little and laugh a lot. Momma it hurts to say goodbye. We were not ready. I have lost the best part of me. The best part of life. My mother. I hold on to thought of seeing you again when it's time for me to come home. WE LOVE YOU!

Visitation will be 11am until 1 pm on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals and Receptions, East Louisville Chapel, 235 Juneau Drive in Middletown. A celebration of Norma's life will be 1pm at the funeral home, followed by burial in Simpson Cemetery in Jeffersontown.


February 10, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Brenda Joyce Wilson

Brenda Joyce Wilson, age 72, of Frankfort, formerly of Shelbyville, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019.

She was born on July 13, 1946 to the late, Elmore A. Wilson, Sr. and Evelyn Helen Jackson Wilson. She was a childhood member of St. John United Methodist Church and attended Abundant Life Church and New Life Ministries in Frankfort. She attended one year at the old Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville and graduated from Shelbyville County High School in 1964. She retired as a Disability Determination Specialist from the state of Kentucky and returned to college to get her bachelor's degree in history. Brenda was a quiet natured person and had a passion for giving to others. She enjoyed reading, puzzles, and was an avid U of L sports fan. Her greatest passion was showering her family with her love. She will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Rev. Elmore A. Wilson, Jr. and her sisters, Emily A. Wilson, Lacy Ola Wilson, and Iona Hunter.

Brenda is survived by her sisters, Sylvia Marshall (Thomas, Jr.) of Shelbyville, Barbara L. Wilson of Louisville, Mary E. Benson (Edward L.) of Louisville, and Bernice Barnes (Bishop Eric) of Somerset; brothers, Sherman Wilson of Shelbyville, Greg Hunter (Marla) of Shelbyville, and Lucien Hunter (Kim) of Simpsonville; her sister-in-law, Danna Wilson of Louisville; her aunts, Margaret Mack and Pauline Jackson; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins and many friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, February 18, 2019 at the Clay Street Baptist Church in Shelbyville with Pastor Justin Barnes and Bishop Eric Barnes officiating. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Shannon Funeral Home is in charge the arrangements.


February 10, 2019

Alumnus Passing - John Wilson Shouse

John Wilson Shouse, Sr., 80, Shelbyville, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at Signature Health Care Center following a long illness. A native of Shelby County, he was the son of the late Jesse Shouse, Sr. and Mary Eliza Harris Shouse.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Arletta "Diane" Shouse, son, John W. Shouse, Jr., sister, Mary Johnson and brother, Leo "Pete" Shouse.

He was survived by his son, Orlando "Danny" Shouse (Debbie) of Louisville; sisters, Clara Lee Wilson and Ole Bell Marshall, both of Shelbyville and Willie Mae Shouse of Lexington.

Funeral services are 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Webb Funeral Home with visitation after 11 a.m. Rev. Robert M. Marshall, Sr. will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors.


January 23, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Millicent Patton Wade

Millicent Patton Wade, born Dec. 8, 1938, went to her heavenly home Thursday, Dec. 29, 2017, at the age of 79.
Her colleagues recall her as a leader in breaking the glass ceiling for women and African-Americans in the field of computer engineering. Ms. Wade received her master's degree in education at John Hopkins University and completed the pre-Ph.D. program. She received her engineering degree at UCLA Northridge.

Ms. Wade grew up in Shelbyville, Ky., with her grandparents, Oliver Garfield and Edna Smith. After majoring in education, she moved to Baltimore to teach math at Lake Clifton High School. She taught calculus, algebra, and trigonometry. She eventually became the chair of the math department and worked for the Maryland Department of Education.

Afterward, she used her analytical, creative and math skills as a senior systems engineer for Hughes Aircraft Corp. During her career there, she was contracted by the National Photographic Interpretation Center (NPIC), where she was part of the team that moved that organization from typewriters to distributed computing. As the team's senior systems engineer, she coordinated the migration with WANG Labs, Oracle Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Dell, and Apple.
When Ms. Wade retired to Pinehurst, she tutored math at Sandhills Community College and participated in community events in her Pinehurst Trace neighborhood.

Ms. Wade was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, in Baltimore. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, sewing, making jewelry from polymer clay, making hats, playing her piano, reading mysteries, working Sudoku puzzles, attending concerts by the Carolina Philharmonic, and caring for her cherished dogs.

She was predeceased by her mother, Maud "Queenie" Harvey; grandparents, Oliver and Edna Smith; her stepfather, William Harvey; and her beloved Skye terriers, Lindsey and McKenzie. Her friends will greatly miss her.

On Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m., a celebration of life for Millicent will be held at the Pinehurst Trace Clubhouse, 1 Mockingbird Way, Pinehurst, NC 28374.


January 14, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Hallie Belle Ross

Hallie Belle Ross passed on November 14, 2018 at the age of 82. She resided in Louisville and her arrangements were conducted by Rodgers-Awkard & Lyons. No other details are available at this time.


January 9, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Ellen Faye Million Laurie, Class of 1960

Ellen Faye Million Laurie, 77, of Columbus, Ohio, wife of Allie P. Laurie, Sr., passed on to her heavenly home, Saturday, January 5, 2019. Faye as she was lovingly known, was born November 3, 1941, in Frankfort, Kentucky to the late Alford Wm. Million, Jr. and Nannie Mae Mason. Her first love was her beloved Yeshua, whom she sought fervently throughout her life. Her second love was her family and she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren for dinners, cookouts and other family gatherings.

She attended and graduated from Lincoln Institute, and received an Associate Degree from Fugazzi College of Business. She married Allie P. Laurie, Sr. in 1960, who was serving the USAF. The Lauries moved to Fallon, Nevada; Springfield, Massachusetts and Misawa Air Force Base, Japan. She started working for the U.S. Government while in Japan in 1965 and after working for several government agencies, she retired from the Department of Defense in 1995.

Faye is preceded in death by siblings Nettie Mae, Alfred Wm., III (Bobo), Donald Lee (Donnie), James Samuel (Sammie/Bo) Million and in-laws Charles and Edna Laurie. Along with her husband of 59 years, she leaves to cherish precious memories her loving and devoted daughter, Letitia L. "Tish" (Charles, Jr.) Hale, Columbus, OH; loving son, Allie P. (Jim Jessop) Laurie, Jr., San Diego, CA.; grandchildren, Christina Laurie, Christopher Cain and Michaela Hale; great-grandchildren, Orenthal Strother and Kaliyah Perry, Carys, Christian Alexander, Zachariah and Zoe Cain, Columbus, OH; sisters, Camellia (Susie) Tinsley, Louisville, KY, Patricia (Kittie) Jacobs, Alice Pauline Taylor and Marcella (Marse) Jackson, Frankfort, KY and Brenda (BJ) Shuford, Battle Creek, MI.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Faye was buried after a private ceremony at Schoedinger Funeral Home on January 9, 2019, at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 5600 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH. A memorial service will be held February 17, 2019, from 2-3:30 p.m. at the chapel located on the Forest Lawn grounds. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ellen Faye Laurie's life.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 30, 2019


December 16, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Jacqueline Burley Fleming, Class of 1948

Jacqueline Burley Fleming, 88, passed away Friday, December 14, 2018.

She was a member of Bethel AME Church.

Mrs. Fleming is survived by her husband, Willie c. Fleming; children, Charles Marshall (Shirley), Denise Hayden, Monica Ferguson (JT) and Kimberly Carter (Bill); stepson, J. Yonzel Fleming (Lynn); 8grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Marie Butler (Thomas), and a host of family and friends.

Visitation: 10am-12pm Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Bethel AME Church, 414 Henry Clay St., Shelbyville, KY., with funeral to follow at noon, burial in Calvary Cemetery, North 7th Shelbyville, KY.

Arrangements entrusted A. D. Porter & Sons, 1300 W. Chestnut St.


December 10, 2018

Alumnus Passing, Andrew S. Brown, Class of 1952

Andrew S. Brown was born in Lawrenceburg Kentucky to the late William and Zenobia Brown. He passed on Sunday, December 9, 2018.

Andrew attended and graduated from Lincoln Institute; he was a successful football, basketball and baseball player. He was the drafted into the US Army. After doing his tour of duty, he attended Kentucky State University on a football scholarship. He graduated and married the late Rose Anna Ellis Brown. He went on to teach school at Paris Western High and Tates Creek High School. He then went on to teach in Detroit Michigan. When he returned to Kentucky, he worked for University of Kentucky until retirement.

Andrew loved his family, carpentry, gardening and UK Wildcats.
Andrew was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother William Brown; sisters Agnes Brown; Bruce Brooks and brother-In-Law Cassius MC Ellis MD.

Andrew leaves behind two sons Christopher and James Brown of Frankfort, KY. A daughter Lesley(Stan) Brown Barber of Louisville, KY. A grand-daughter Deja Brown of Chicago Ill. Two sisters, Lucy Mann of Denver, CO; Belle (Bill) Smith of Louisville, KY. Four brothers; John(Jewelene) Brown of Lexington, KY, Victor (Alice) Brown of Lawrenceburg, KY, Gary (Wanda) Brown of Versailles, KY, Robert(Louise) Brown of Louisville, KY. As well as several nieces, nephew and a host of cousins and church family.

His going home service is scheduled for Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM at First Corinthian Baptist Church, 214 Murray Street in Frankfort. Viewing service will run from 11 AM until start of service at 1:00 PM.


November 26, 2018

Mrs. Mattie G. Mack, A Faithful National Alumni Member has Passed

Mrs. Mattie Mae Glass Mack, age 81, of Brandenburg, KY passed away Friday, November 16, 2018 at Harrison Springs in Corydon, IN. Mrs. Mack raised 34 foster children; she was a member of the Farm Alliance with Willie Nelson and Bill Clinton; she raised tobacco, cattle and hogs for over 50 years and was an all around farm woman. Mattie was an active member of Clair Memorial United Methodist Church, Irvington, KY where she was head of the Usher Board; a choir member; loved to prepare food for funerals and homecoming and loved to hear the Men's Choir and Quartet.

Mrs. Mack is survived by her husband, William O. "Bill" Mack; four children, David O. (Cynthia) Mack, Sacramento, CA, Michael Wayne (Ivy Rollen) Mack, Sr., Lorenzo Johnson Mack, both of Louisville, KY, Michelle Renee McWilliams, Orlando, FL; seven grandchildren, Dasia J'Lon, Dariann J'Nae, Bryce William, Michael Wayne, Jr., David Lorenzo and Jagger Haynes; five sisters, Charlotte Morris, Memphis, TN, Shirley Freeman, Atlanta, GA, Barbara Stroud, Fayetteville, GA, Henrietta Hicks, Lithonia, GA, and Margaret Hogans, Jonesboro, GA; and two brothers, James Michael Glass, Lawrenceville, GA and Melvin Glass, Jr., Fayetteville, GA.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 Noon of Friday, November 30, 2018, at Clair Memorial United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ron and Sister Mucker officiating. Burial will be in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff, KY. Visitation will be held at Hager Funeral Home in Brandenburg, from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 29, 2018, and from 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM on Friday, November 30, 2018.


November 14, 2018

Former National Alumni Financial Secretary Passing - Shirley J. Mumphrey

Louisville - Shirley Jean Mumphrey, age 76 of Louisville, was called home to her heavenly father on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Shirley was born into the union of the late George W. Blade and Mamie Bell Wayne Blade on February 16, 1942 in Eminence, Kentucky. Shirley confessed her faith in Christ at an early age and was an active member of her home church, First Baptist Eminence, Kentucky, serving on the Alter Guild, VBS, teaching Sunday school and was the Assistant Church Clerk. When she moved to Louisville, Kentucky with her family, she never forgot her church home and continued to send her tithes there while attending other churches in Louisville, Kentucky. Shirley was a dedicated wife, mother, sister, daughter and aunt. She retired from State Government in 1995 to care for her husband. Her joy was in helping others become the best that they could be. Her second love was gardening. With great determination, she enrolled in the Master Gardener Program at the University of Kentucky and became a Certified Master Gardener. She became an Entrepreneur of her own Landscape and Flower Design business.

To cherish her memory she leaves a husband, Rudolph D. Mumphrey; daughter, Regina Ann Mumphrey; 2 stepsons, Gary Mumphrey (Lana) and Lonnie Mumphrey; sister-in-laws, Wilma Adams, Laura M. Harris and Patricia Kiphart; brother-in-law, William Kiphart; 2 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Home-going celebration for Shirley will start with visitation from 10 am to 12 pm at First Baptist Church of Eminence, 234 Henry Street Eminence, KY 40019, with services there at 12 pm. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Eminence. To leave a special message for the family, please visit

Published in The Courier-Journal on Nov. 14, 2018


November 13, 2018

Alumnus Passing, Wilbur L. Hackett, Sr., Class of 1948

Wibur L. Hackett Sr., Louisville - was born in Winchester, KY to the late Mary Amanda (Hayes) and Allen Hackett. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his son Keith Allen Hackett; brothers, Thomas, James and Emmanuel Hackett and foster son, Robert L. Brooks.

Wilbur was a member of Greater Salem Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II. Having worked in several positions at General Electric, he retired as an employment relations specialist after 33 years. Not long after retiring he served as interim Director of Grace Hope Presbyterian Center and later worked at A.D. Porter & Sons Funeral Home.

He served his community in many capacities: Served on Louisville Metro Parks Dept. Board, Recreation Director at Baxter Center, coaching Little League baseball in the Cotter Homes neighborhood, charter member and first president of the Joseph S. Cotter Elementary School PTA. Wilbur was inducted into the KFOA Hall of Fame and was a founding member of the Midwestern Athletic Association of Football Officials.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ollie Fleming Hackett and his children, Rhonda Evans (Ahmad Davari), Wilbur L. Hackett, Jr. (Brenda), Mollie Phelps (Garnett), Fredrick Hackett and Rodney Francis (Melissa); 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 5pm - 8pm Wed., Nov. 14, 2018 at Greater Salem Baptist Church, 1009 W. Chestnut St. Funeral services will be held 11am Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 at the church. Burial will be in Cave Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in honor of Wilbur Hackett may be made to the Building and Scholarship Funds at Greater Salem Baptist Church, 1009 W. Chestnut St., Louisville, KY 40203

A.D. Porter & Sons, 1300 W. Chestnut St. in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Nov. 13, 2018


November 6, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Evelyn Clemmons Evans, Class of 1965

Shelbyville - died Saturday, November 3, 2018. She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute. Her career began at Scearce Jewelry Store in Shelbyville and continued at Wakefield-Scearce Gallery, where she was still employed.

Survivors include two sisters, Valoise C. Owens and Charlesetta C. (Tommy) Hill and one brother, William A. (Deborah) Clemmons.

Funeral 1 p.m., Wednesday at St. John United Methodist Church with visitation 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Webb Funeral Home.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Nov. 6, 2018


October 23, 2018

National Lincoln Institute Alumni Meeting

The last National meeting of the year is scheduled to be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018. The meeting will be held on the former Lincoln Institute campus at the Lincoln Institute Alumni Center beginning at 10:00 AM. The Louisville Chapter led by Barbara Snow as President will co-host the National meeting.

The Labor Department has a no guns policy on the campus of the Job Corp. Even if you are licensed to conceal carry you still will not be allowed to bring guns on the campus. All individuals attending the meeting are subject to individual screening and their vehicles are subject to search. This is a very serious matter. If you pack and plan to attend the meeting please leave your weapons at home. Thank you!


September 7, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Wakefield Martin, Class of 1962

Betty Lou Wakefield Martin passed peacefully on Friday, September 7 in Southfield, Michigan after a short illness. Her going home service will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM.

Services will be handled by Kemp Funeral Home and Cremations Services located at 24585 Evergreen Road, Southfield, Michigan. A full obituary and other details will be provided when available.


September 2, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Nannie Ellen Ross Roston, Class of 1961

Nannie " Nan" Ellen Roston, 74, of Louisville, Kentucky passed away Sunday, September 2, 2018.

She was born on November 6, 1943 to the late Elzy Davis and Dorothy Elizabeth Ross in LaGrange, Kentucky.

Nannie was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church where her ministry to others started by serving on the C.A.R.E. Ministry where she always enjoyed cooking for the various church events. She also served on the board for the Central District Women's Missionary Ministry Association.

She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings; Elzy Ross Jr., L.T. Ross, James Davis Ross, Joe Lee Ross, Pauline Winn, and Dennis P. Ross.

Left to cherish the memory of Nannie are her children; Dana Roston and Ernie Roston, 2 grandchildren, siblings; Harry Ross, William Ross, Virginia Thomas (Billy), Mary Ross, Martha Johnson, and Donald "Pop" Ross and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family, friends, and church family; especially Rev Cleora Williams and Brenda Majors.

A Home Going Service will be held at Covenant United Methodist Church, 909 W. Jefferson St, LaGrange, Kentucky 40031, on Friday at Noon with burial to follow at Valley of Rest in LaGrange, Kentucky. Visitation will be from 10am until the start of the service at Noon.

Memorial donations can be made in Nan's memory to Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 3315 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, Kentucky 40216.


August 17, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Shirley Ann Briggs Treat, Class of 1963

Shirley A.Briggs Treat, passed on July 18, 2018 and was the birth daughter of the late Felix and Lillian Briggs. She grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and attended school at Lincoln Institute and was a 1963 graduate. She went on to marry William James Treat Jr., they were married for 12 years and shared five children. She retired from Pillsbury after 22 years of dedicated work. She went on to become a member of the Sisters of Souls Ministry, where they fellowshipped together and provided aid to those in need. She was a board member and the director of senior ministry. She was a member of Church on the Rock and enjoyed singing, ministering to others and leading others to Christ.

She leaves to cherish her memory 4 children: Anita Treat, Shelia Treat Madole (Adrian), William "Bill" Treat, Ronnie Treat (Beth). In addition to her children she leaves behind her 7 grandchildren: Myriah Treat, Charles Treat, Shantell Treat, Sydney Treat, Lyndsey Newson, Zainab Newson, Bailey Treat, Chole Treat and a host of grandchildren. She also leaves behind her siblings Jacqueline Briggs, Brenda Henderson, Valerie Briggs, Thelma Briggs, Angela Perry (Charles). She is preceded in death by her daughter Latonyia Treat, granddaughter Alexandria Johnson, brothers Manny, Billy, and Clarence Briggs, sisters Louise and Earline Briggs.

Interment at Fairview Cemetery, New Albany, IN.


July 7, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Dannie "Double D" Wooten, Class of 1963

Dannie "Double D" Wooten, Sr., 74, Finchville, died Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Baptist Health in Louisville. He was a native of Shelby County and the son of the late Austin Lee Wooten, Sr. and Lucille Evans Wooten. He was a graduate of Lincoln Institute. His career spanned 44 years as a press operator at Leggett & Platt in Simpsonville. He simultaneously worked as a waiter at the former Beef 'N Boards Dinner Theater in Simpsonville and cared for the lawn and completed other chores for Mrs. Lloyd Pollard. Following his retirement from Leggett & Platt, he worked in the kitchen facilities at Eden Terrace in Louisville. In his leisure time, he was an avid U. of L. fan and enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was a devoted member of St. John United Methodist Church, where he served as trustee.

In addition to his parents, one brother, James M. Wooten, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of eight years, Paula Bowen Wooten; two daughters, Lisa Marie McNear (Jack) of Louisville and Danise Michele Harris (Jerome) of Shelbyville; his son, Danny W. Wooten, Jr. (Erica) of Louisville; his stepson, Nathan Scott Todd of Finchville; his stepdaughter, Faith Lynne Curry of Finchville; the mother of his children, Florencetine "Tina" Hurt of Shelbyville; one brother, Austin R. Wooten, Jr. (Sharon) of Louisville; his son-in-law, James A. Garrett of Louisville; 12 grandchildren, Tiffany Harris, Kelli Harris, Aliah Garrett, Alexis Garrett, Amaya Garrett, Trinity Wooten, Heaven Jennings, Brenton McNear (Lauren), Jacquee McNear, Brittney McNear, Kenyan Stone and Kiian Stone; three great-grandchildren, Jeriah Harris, MiKiya McNear and Brailyn McNear and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2018 at St. John United Methodist Church with visitation at the church after 10 a.m. Friday. Rev. Robert M. Marshall, Sr. will deliver the eulogy, and Rev. Robert Raglin will officiate. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery.

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

June 18, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Anna K. Kirtley, Class of 1945

Anna Katheryn Kirtley, 90, died Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. She was a native of Shelby County and the daughter of the late Charlie Seals and Frances Bell Taylor. She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute. Her career spanned over 30 years in Kentucky state government. She worked as a nurses' aide for 16 years at Central State Hospital and then as secretary/receptionist for the Governor's Office for Policy and Management within the Finance Cabinet.

She was a member of the New Covenant Church, where she was a member of the Crown Jewels Choir and served as a volunteer correspondent, maintaining the church's prayer list and sending cards to the sick and homebound. She was the oldest neighbor in Martinsville, where she was loved by young and old alike. Her community of friends and neighbors knew her habits, looked after her and lovingly brought her meals and checked on her. She devoted her life to her family and was treated with respect.

In addition to her parents, three grandchildren, Morris L. "Mo" Stoner, Angenette Kirtley and Lindy Scott, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her children, Charles McAtee, Ph.D. of San Diego, CA, Cambridge E. "Skip" Kirtley III (Shirley) of Louisville and Jean Kirtley Stoner and Stephanie Kirtley-Humphrey (Rev. Joe Humphrey), both of Shelbyville; five grandchildren, Marchelle Stoner Brooks (Duane), Marsha Stoner Overall (Terry), Melissa Stoner, Joseph "Jody" Humphrey and Cecil Humphrey; eleven great-grandchildren, Dominique Howard, Joseph Strickland, Tinia Strickland, Christopher Kirtley, Sebrina Woodliff, Sequoyah Woodliff, Zacchaeus Humphrey, Tiffany Grundy, Lamont Grundy, Jason McAtee and Tara Jasmine McAtee and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at New Covenant Church with visitation at the church after 11 a.m. Rev. Joseph Humphrey, Jr. will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

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


June 18, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Rebecca J. Moore

Rebecca J. Moore, 84 of Shelbyville passed away June 9, 2018 at the Jewish Hospital in Shelbyville.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Moore.

She is survived by her daughters, Marsha Beach (Raymond), and Pamela Bell both of Shelbyville and stepson, Curtis Johnson of LaGrange.

The funeral service will be at noon June 13, 2018 at Shannon Funeral Home with Rev. Theodore Todd officiating.


May 19, 2018

National Lincoln Institute Alumni Scholarships Awarded

The National Alumni Scholarship Committee has selected the following individuals to receive scholarships in the amount of $2000 each. Congratulations to all the recipients and their families.

Cassandra Boler
Alexis Bradshaw
Dakota Douglas
Terrill Huggins
Kimberly Jefferson
Jenna Jones
Amari Mack
Lynetta Williams

Shelbyville Sentinel

Albert L. Minnis, III

December 13, 1932 *- May 13, 2018
By Ashley Sutter
Friday, May 18, 2018 at 3:00 am (Updated: May 18, 3:01 am)

Shelby County lost a community icon on Sunday with the passing of longtime resident Albert "Al" Minnis.
Born in New Jersey, Minnis relocated back to his father's home state of Kentucky just a few years after his birth in 1932.
And he certainly left his mark on his community.
He was a Kentucky Colonel and U.S. Army Veteran. He retired from the Shelbyville Public Works Department as the Director of Public Works, and served as a teacher and baseball coach for more than 25 years at the Lincoln Institute, Ballard High School and Southern High School in Louisville.
His son, Albert L. "Chip" Minnis, said his father would be sorely missed.
"He was great as a dad. He always gave good advice and good guidance," he said, noting he was never one to sugar coat it. "He let you know if you were right or if you were wrong."
He added that his father was also very rooted in his religion, serving as an active member of the Shelbyville Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Chip Minnis said they spent a lot of time at the ball field.
"He coached a lot of baseball when he was teaching," he said. "He was always at ballpark somewhere."
Chip Minnis said he had a great childhood with many good memories.
His father often enjoyed retelling a story about an incident that was a bit humorous after the fact.
When Chip Minnis was about 4-years-old he and his father were taking a drive when Al Minnis took a sharp turn. Suddenly Chip Minnis fell out of the car door, sliding down the icy hill
"As he made the turn, I fell out of the car. The door wasn't completely locked," he said, noting the road was covered in snow and ice. "I just slid, slid, slid on down the drive."
In a panic, his father immediately stopped the truck. But Chip Minnis quickly popped up out of the snow and jumped back into the passenger seat. "I wasn't hurt or anything," he said with a laugh, noting his father was later able to find humor in the situation. "It was just a little story he always told folks."
Chip Minnis said no one is perfect, but overall his father was a good man.
"The overall character and cloth he was cut from was superb," he said.
Even as an adult, Chip Minis would turn to his father for advice.
"I'm 57-years-old. I'm police chief of a city [Simpsonville]. I've been policing 35 years of my life. I still used to go to him for questions and guidance on situations that I had to make decisions on. It was always good to have a talk with him. He would tell you if you were on point or not," he said, noting if you were off kilter with your thoughts, he would let you know.
"He didn't hesitate on telling you and mentoring you and showing you where you might want to rethink something before you act on it.
"That's a philosophy I've tried to hold true to myself that I always saw him do. If you have time to think about something, take that time. Don't make irrational decisions based on your emotions."
Chip Minnis said his father always seemed to make the right moves and give the right advice and many people would often turn to him for advice.
"He's going to be missed by me sorely," he said. "I hope I can remember all of the advice he gave me, to stay with me."
Minnis, 85, passed away Sunday, May 13 in Louisville.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Maria Minnis, and son, Mark Minnis.


May 17, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Albert L. Minnis III, Class of 1951

Albert L. Minnis Simpsonville - 85, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sarah F. Minnis; sons, Albert L. "Chip" Minnis, Christopher "Sean" Minnis; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren, brother, Bernard Minnis.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday May 18, 2018 at Clay Street Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Pastor Johnston will be officiating. Visitation will be from 12-2 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Published in The Courier-Journal on May 17, 2018


May 16, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Jewell Logan, Class of 1960

Jewell F. Logan, 75 peacefully went home to be with the Lord Sunday, April 15, 2018 while at his residence in Portland, Oregon. He was born Sept. 25, 1942 in Lawrenceburg, son of the late William (Bob) and Lacey Logan.

Jewell gave his life to Christ at an early age by being baptized at Evergreen Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg. He graduated in 1960 from Lincoln Institute. During his senior year even though it was disputed, he shot the winning basketball shot that would have won the championship game against the Owensboro basketball team. In 1962 he enrolled in the Airforce for several terms while being stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. He served as a police and corrections officer for 4 years and was honorably discharged. He went on to graduate from Central State University in Dayton, Ohio and held a double Bachelors in Business and a Masters in Psychology.

After graduating he worked as a Regional Sales Manager for the General Motors Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. He later moved to Portland, Oregon where he became a very successful Real Estate Broker and Investment Property Owner. Jewell was a very spiritual man and he always gave good sound advice. He was a very generous man to many and he even purchased a new sign for the Woodland Hills Cemetery, in Lawrenceburg. Jewell was a very talkative man who loved to crack jokes and dance. He always brought the life to any party with his fun filled spirit.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories his two sons Ryan Johnson, of Danville, and Jeffery (Sherry) Bixler of Surgoinsville, Tennessee. Two brothers: George Hudson of Lawrenceburg, and Bobby (Cathy) Logan of Saratoga, New York, along with one sister Ann "Tootsie" Logan of Lawrenceburg. Grandchildren: Clarissa, Ashley, Erika, Cre, Kanitha, Mike, Little Jeff, Sierrah, Brittany, and Bethany. Great Grandchildren: Zoa, Amaya, Soraya, Brinley, Adam, Rylan, Aaliyah, and Little Jeff Jr., special friends Daniel Thomas, Harry Walker, Nancy Albrecht, Gloria Bergquist, Carol Mason, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loving family members and friends.

Including his parents he is proceeded in death by his sister Peggy (Logan) Warren, and great grandson Ricardo "Lil Rico" Carter.
A celebration of life will be held in his memory on May 12, 2018 at 1 p.m. with the family to receive friends at 12 p.m. at Evergreen Baptist Church located at 508 Lincoln St, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.
Military honors will be held for Jewell at Camp Nelson National Cemetery 6980 Danville Rd, Nicholasville, KY 40356 on May 14, 2018 at 11 a.m.


April 16, 2018

Alumnus Passing - James William Henderson, Class of 1950

James William Henderson Jr. 6/28/1931 - 3/30/2018 Ann Arbor, Michigan James William Henderson Jr. was born on June 28, 1931, in New Castle, KY to Sadie and James Henderson Sr., who both preceded him in death. James married his wife Carma in Lexington, KY.

James was president of his Senior Class at Lincoln and graduated from Kentucky State University. He served in the U.S. Army after college and was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, and Anchorage, AK. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve after receiving an honorable discharge. He returned to Kentucky and enrolled at the University of Kentucky where he received a Master in Science and Public Health.

He moved to Philadelphia after he and Carma married where he worked at the Philadelphia Dept. of Public Health. They later moved to Washington, D.C., where he taught Public Health at Howard University. He then decided to go to college again and moved to Ann Arbor, MI where he received an Master in Public Health at the University of Michigan and later a Ph.D. in Education Administration from the University of Michigan. After working at the Dept. of Public Health in Ann Arbor for many years, he went to work in Lansing for the Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) and retired as a Government Liaison.

He enjoyed gardening and traveling with his family. He loved watching Michigan football and basketball. He died peacefully at home on March 30, 2018. He will be missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Carma, his three children; Steven (Mireya) of Davidsonville, MD, Karen and (Kenneth) Rochell of Ann Arbor, MI, and David, four grandchildren; Michael and Roya Rochell, Valaria and Alexa Henderson. He is also survived by one brother Charles (Ivy), Louisville, KY. Two brothers preceded him in death, Samuel and Bobby. He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A military committal service will take place Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI.

Published in Ann Arbor News on Apr. 8, 2018


March 25, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Barbara Jo McKee Hayden, Class of 1962

Barbara Jo McKee Hayden, age 74, of Louisville, died Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Norton's Healthcare in Louisville.

Ms. Hayden was born in Lawrenceburg, KY to the late John William McKee and Alice Polk Gill. She was a member of Second Christian Church where she sang in the Young Adult Choir; and a former Assignment Clerk for Bell South. She graduated from Lincoln Ridge High School in Simpsonville, KY and went to business school in Lexington.

Barbara is survived by two daughters, Francesca Joiner, Louisville, and Tisa (Jeffrey) McReynolds, Lexington; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her significant other, Hugh Browder and his daughter, Tonenjona Browder, both of Louisville; two sisters, Jane Jones, Nicholasville, and Dawna (Jerald) Alford, Lexington; two brothers, Michael S. King, Nicholasville, and Douglas (Heidi) King, Waterloo, IA; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a brother, John Wesley King.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Second Christian Church in Lawrenceburg, KY, Pastor Jerald Alford, Pastor Richard and Charlotte Thompson, and officiating, Rev. Ramon Smith. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Hills Cemetery. Visitation 5-8 p.m. on Friday at Gash Memorial Chapel and starting at 12 pm on Saturday at the church.


March 16, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Barbara Jean Ritchie Turner

Barbara Jean Turner, age 71 of Louisville, departed this life on Monday, March 12, 2018. She was born in Henry County in Smithfield, Kentucky on October 15, 1946 to the late Louis and Flora Ritchie. Barbara confessed her faith in Christ at an early age and joined the First Baptist Church of LaGrange, Kentucky, where she worked faithfully there until moving to Louisville. She then joined First Baptist Church of Anchorage where she was a current member. Barbara is also preceded in death by her sisters, Lavern Brown and Etta Parks; brothers, Floyd Ritchie, Louis Ritchie, Jr. and Donnie Ritchie.

Barbara leaves to cherish her memory her brothers, Charles E. Ritchie (Shirley), Arthur L. Ritchie (Ruth) and Willie L. Ritchie (Valerie) and Frank Jordan (Margaret); sister, Betty Ann Ritchie; and a host of relatives and friends.

Visitation will be 4-8pm on Friday, March 23, 2018 at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals and Receptions, East Louisville Chapel, 235 Juneau Drive in Middletown, and 12pm -1pm on Saturday, March 24th at First Baptist Church of Anchorage, 11500 Lagrange Rd, Louisville, KY 40223. A celebration of Barbara's life will be 1pm at the church, followed by burial in Berrytown Cemetery.


April 22, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Lucien H. Bean, Class of 1955

Lucien H. Bean Served 23 years in U.S. Air Force Lucien H. Bean, 82, of East Orange, N.J., formerly of Montclair, N.J., passed away Jan. 20, 2018, at home. His service was held Saturday, Jan. 27, at St. Paul Baptist Church, Montclair. Interment will be Monday, Jan. 29, at Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery. He retired from the U.S. Air force as a master sergeant, after 23 years of service. He later became a mail handler with the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, before retiring.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mavis. He leaves to cherish his memory: three children, Patricia Holmes (Jimmie), Rosemary, and Christine Bean, six grandchildren, Mae, Gayle, Sherrie, Keenay, Zhania, and Christofer, eight great- grandchildren, two siblings, Wallace Bean and Lacey Cunningham, and a host of other relatives and friends. He will be deeply missed.

Published in Star-Ledger on Jan. 28, 2018


January 24, 2018

Alumnus Passing - Doris Mahan Smoot Redmon, Class of 1945

Doris Mahan Smoot Redmond was born August 29, 1927 in Williamsburg, Kentucky To Charles Stuart and Florence (Dibrell) Smoot.

She attended Williamsburg public school through grade eight before attending and graduating from the Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville, Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Neva Marie Smoot, John H. Berry, James Eugene Smoot, Maude Cotton Bledsoe, Charles Stuart Smoot Jr., Elizabeth Mackey, and Geraldine Smoot Pate.

In June 1967 she married Matthew Redmond, Sr. at the Wedding Chapel of the Bells in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was formerly Employed as a teacher's aide at Arellanes School District. Doris was an avid traveler and had visited all 50 United States.

She served as Vote Center Coordinator of a precinct for over 10 years.

She is survived by children Peggy Brown (James), Neva Franklin (James), Thomas Redmond, Matthew Redmond Jr., Kenneth Redmond, and Maria Burleson. Doris leaves brother Nathan M. Smoot (Siri), a sister-in-law, Rose Berry, 4 grand-children, 3 great grand and 4 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Additionally, she is mourned locally by her many bowling, casino, pinochle, bridge, and bunco friends. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Santa Maria.


November 30, 2017

Alumnus Passing - Oscar H. Crawford, Class of 1948

Oscar Henry Crawford was born on July 19, 1930, in Fountain Run, Kentucky, to the late Clyde Harrison Crawford and Maude Lee Crawford. Oscar accepted Christ at an early age, and became a member of the Church of Christ. He received his formal education at Lincoln Institute Prep High School in Simpsonville, Kentucky and graduated on June 2, 1948. Oscar enlisted in the U.S. Naval Marine Corpsman training in Great Lakes, Illinois and Beaufort, South Carolina. He also served as a hospital corpsman in the Korean War. Oscar was honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States of American on September 2, 1952.

Oscar began his career at Carrier Manufacturing Company in Indianapolis. He was elected treasurer of the United Steel Workers of America Union, Local 4315. Oscar retired after 39 years of loyal and dedicated service on April 1, 1992.

Oscar loved gardening and planted a variety of crops in the summer, until he was no longer able to keep up with the demands of gardening. He was avid reader, and could converse with anyone on various issues, Oscar loved his dogs, which he adopted from the Indianapolis Humane Shelter (Abby, Bobo, Archie, Zeus, and Toby, a Pomeranian who was a gift from his dad).

Oscar leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted wife of 46 years, Gerlyne Crawford, Brothers, Clyde Harrison Crawford Jr., (Late Betty Jane Crawford). Charles E. Crawford, (Margaret Crawford), Sister, Emma Barfield, (Rufus Barfield), and several nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends


November 8, 2017

Alumnus Passing - Dorothy Jean Howard, Class of 1963

Doris Jean Howard73, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017.

She was a member of Greater Salem Baptist Church.

Mrs. Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Rev. Charles Davis Sr.

She is survived by her husband, Cornelius Howard; children, Wayne Howard (Katrissca), Angela Thompson (Jeff); 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandsons; 1 great granddaughter; siblings, Cecil Davis (Loretta), Karolyn Hodge (Van), Charles Davis Jr., (Marina), sister in law, Dorothy Carter, host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Burial in Resthaven Cemetery.

Arrangements: A. D. Porter & Sons, 1300 W. Chestnut St.

Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 24, 2017


October 18, 2017

Alumnus Passing - Roscoe Foster Jr., Class of 1963

Roscoe S. Foster Jr., age 73, died September 24, 2017 in Louisville, Ky.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe Sr., and Geneva Foster; and a sister, Genora Foster Wilson.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Shannon Funeral Home. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery.


October 18, 2017

Alumnus Passing - Barbara Sue Kirkpatrick Graves

Barbara Sue Kirkpatrick Graves, 73, of Tompkinsville, KY passed away Tuesday, October 3rd, while in the company of family members, at Monroe County Medical Center.

Barbara was born in Monroe County, KY on August 25, 1944, a daughter of the late O.D. Kirkpatrick and Alexander Hamilton.

She was the first Meter Maid in Tompkinsville, and worked at the nursing home for 28 years. She attended Milltown Baptist Church.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Tony Graves; two daughters, Priscilla Graves, of Bowling Green, KY;Hazel Graves, of Tompkinsville, KY; a son,Tony Benard Graves, of Tompkinsville, KY; 4 grandchildren, Tiffany Graves, Justin Dicken, Garrison Anthony Lee Graves, and Hailey Graves; 3 great grandchildren, Justin Dicken, Jr., Markel Evans, and Addyson Allen.

Barbara is also survived by four sisters, Anna Johnson, and husband, Lester, of Tompkinsville, KY; Eula Anderson, of Franklin, KY; Brenda Anderson, of Bowling Green, KY; Barbara Anderson, of Franklin, KY.
She is also preceded in death by three sisters, Cora Mae Evans, Thelma Brooks, and Florence Hazel Hamilton.

Funeral Services was held at Yokley Trible Funeral Home at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 7th, 2017, with Fontis Pipken officiating.

Burial is in Mt. Nebo Cemetery.


September 8, 2017

Alumnus Passing - Horace Clinton Dickerson, Class of 1948


Horace Clinton Dickerson was born on May 13, 1930 to the late Walker and Bessie Dickerson, on Beckley Station Road near Eastwood, Kentucky. He was the twelfth of twelve children, as he loved to say he was 'Bessie Dickerson's baby boy."

As a child, he was baptized at the St. Luke Baptist Church, and later relocated to Newburg, where he joined Community Missionary Baptist Church, and later began worshipping at various churches.

Horace was a devoted Christian, and teacher of the Word. He was never found without a spiritual quote to whomever he encountered. Horace attended Lincoln Institute in Lincoln Ridge, KY. He loved to attend the class reunions. After graduation, he served in the US Army during the Korean War.

Horace was united in Holy Matrimony to Merrelene Cotton Ballard for over forty-seven years. During their marriage, they traveled to numerous places. Merrelene passed away in 2005.

He owned and operated his own trucking business, until retirement in recent years. Many people recognized his little red truck, his sense of humor, and his constant Word of the Lord, even when walking at Jefferson Mall, or exercising and dancing at LA Fitness. There he earned his very own ''.suspenders-wearing fan club!" He even had a certain song that he would dance to, while entertaining the ladies! Nevertheless, Horace always reminded us that he was ready to go home to Jesus. During the time of his illness, someone asked to pray for him, he said "please don't pray for anything physical- only spiritual." Horace was ready to receive his place in glory. On Friday, September 8, 2017, God called His son from labor to rest.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Merrelene; his parents; his siblings, and his only son Rupert. Horace C. Dickerson leaves to cherish his memory his stepsons, Hayden Ballard (Carletta), Bobby Ballard; nephew and niece caregivers, Ed Leonard Calbert ,Latacha Brewer; 2 grandchildren, and a host of extended family and friends ..


August 18,2017

Alumnus Passing - Marie Christine Overall Loving, Class of 1960

Marie Christine Overall Loving, 75, Shelbyville, died Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at her home.  A native of Spencer County, she was the daughter of the late Mary Josephine King Overall and Roscoe Coleman Overall, Sr.

She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute, Class of 1960.  She was retired from Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley, where she served as a case worker and later as warden.  She also served as a foster mother, giving many children a second chance at life.  In her leisure time, she enjoyed going out to eat and traveling.  She was currently a member of Pleasantview Baptist Church and a former member of Shiloh Baptist Church, where she served as church secretary and Sunday School teacher. 

In addition to her parents, three children, Dennis and Denise Loving (twins) and Danny Loving; four sisters, Sarah Ann Washington, Ora Lee Washington, Margaret Walker and Dalphine Todd and one brother, James Overall, preceded her in death.

Survivors include five children, Otto L. Loving, Jr. of Shelbyville, Timothy Wayne Edward (Carolyn) Loving of Houston, TX, Ann Marie Loving Lovely and Todd Douglas Loving, both of Shelbyville and Mahdee Muhammad of Louisville; two sisters, Phyllis King (Gilbert) Thomas of Shelbyville and Lina (Lonnie) Birdine of Louisville; one brother, Roscoe Overall, Jr. of Simpsonville; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Clay Street Baptist Church with visitation 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday at the church.  Rev. Michael Thomas will deliver the eulogy.   Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

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


July 24,2017

Alumnus Passing - Martha E. Mason, Class of 1945

Martha E. Mason, 91, Shelbyville, died Monday, July 24, 2017 at Masonic Home of Shelbyville.  A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Taylor Todd and Laura Brown Todd.  She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute.  She was a teacher's assistant at the Dorman Center prior to her retirement.  She enjoyed traveling, watching basketball and participating in senior citizen events.  She joined St. John United Methodist Church as a child and was currently a member of Shelby Congregational Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Charles E. Mason; one son, Ronnie Mitchell Mason, Sr.; three sisters, Alice Catherine Brown, Laura Louise Todd Jackson and Willie Mae "Bill" Todd Bradford; two brothers, Thomas E. Todd and Buddy Todd; one grandson, Jason O. Mason and one great-granddaughter, Ashley Ford, preceded her in death.
Survivors include three sons, Donnie E. Mason, Duncan T. Mason and William Keith (Yancy) Mason, all of Louisville; 22 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Monday, July 31, 2017 at St. John United Methodist Church with visitation 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Webb Funeral Home.  Pastor Ronald Walker will deliver the eulogy.  Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. 

Online condolences may be expressed at


July 23,2017

Alumnus Passing, Harry B. Anderson

Rev. Harry B. Anderson, Jr. 75, of Indianapolis, passed away on July 21, 2017. He was a member of New Bethel MBC and was the owner of Midwest Counseling Associates by Harry Anderson.

He leaves to cherish his memory, loving wife, Linda Anderson; 5 children; 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

The visitation is Saturday, July 29, 2017, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., with the Homegoing at 12 p.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. The entombment is in Crown Hill Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Williams & Bluitt Funeral Home.


July 8, 2017

Alumnus Passing - William Bobo

William Bobo who attended Lincoln passed in Indianapolis on June 27,2017. His burial will take place in Indianapolis. IN. Details will follow.


June 25, 2017

Alumnus Passing - Mary C Spurley

Mary Cecile Spurley, 70, Shelbyville, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 at her home following an illness. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Charles E. Moody and Mildred Frances Wooten. She retired following 27 years of service with Kentucky State Government as a Fiscal Clerk in Kentucky Emergency Management.

In her leisure time, she enjoyed shopping, music, dancing and dining out. She was a member of Clay Street Baptist Church, where she was a former trustee and member of the choir and sisterhood.

Survivors include her husband of 14 years, Minister John F. Spurley, Sr.; one daughter, Ramonda C. Yocum (John Walker); one stepson; two stepdaughters; two sisters, Martha Frances Williams and Claudia M. (Don) Burley; one brother, Rod (Diana) Crittendon; one granddaughter, Ta'Shara N. Simmons and one great-granddaughter, Kehlani R. Moore, all of Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Clay Street Baptist Church with visitation 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday at the church. Visitation will also be held 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday at Webb Funeral Home. Rev. Ronald L. Holder will deliver the eulogy and Rev. Don Burley will officiate. Cremation will follow the services in accordance with her wishes.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at


May 30, 2017

The National Lincoln Institute Alumni Association has announced the scholarship recipients for 2017-2018. We wish to extend our congratulations to each of them and their families. We also extend our thanks to our scholarship committee led by Estelle Marshall of our Shelbyville Chapter.

Deion Cochran ---------- Asbury University
Kimberly Jefferson------ Western Kentucky University
Yammah Johnson ------- Jefferson Community
Leah Newman ----------- Tuskegee University
Chelsea Smith ----------- University of Kentucky
Diamond Mitchell ------- Western Michigan University

April 21, 2017

Alumnus Passing - Martha Bruce Brown Brooks, Class of 1954

Martha Bruce Brown Brooks was born September 15, 1935 to the late William C. and Zenobia Brown in Lawrenceburg, KY and passed away in
Frankfort, KY on April 20, 2017.

She graduated from Lincoln Institute High School at Lincoln Ridge, KY and attended Kentucky State College for two years where she was voted "Most Beautiful" .

She later met and married David Brooks and from this union a daughter, Vicky, and two sons, Phillip Troy and the late Myron Demille were born.

Bruce, as she was affectionately known, accepted Christ as her savior at an early age. She was the sweetest lady you'd ever want to meet and was loved and adored by all. She never met a stranger, and
even today children that she taught at Bellepoint and Second Street Schools remember her.

Bruce loved children and she also loved her church, First Baptist, and was a Sunday School teacher for many years where she received an award for her service. Bruce had retired from the Library and Archives and had many friends there also.

She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Vicky Hall, and son, Troy Brooks; three grandchildren, Aaron Hall, Armand Hall, and Stacie Holloway; her two sisters, Lucy Mann of Denver, Co., Belle (Bill) Smith of Louisville, Ky.; five brothers, Gary (Wanda) Brown of Versailles, Ky., Victor (Alice) Brown of Lawrenceburg, Ky., Robert (Louise) Brown of Louisville, Ky., John (Jewelene) Brown of Lexington, Ky., and Andrew Brown of Frankfort, Ky.; as well as several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

A homegoing celebration was held at the First Baptist Church, at 1 :00 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2017 with the Pastor Robert Earl Houston officiating. Private interment will be in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Myron Moore, Kenton Bottoms, Jr., Mark Hall, Jerald Smith, Quinn Brown, and Jayson Mitchell.


Alumnus Passing - Ann E.(Mason)Morehead, Class of 1948

Ann E. (Mason) Morehead, age 87 of Eminence departed this earthly life on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Crestview Center in Shelbyville.  She was born March 4, 1930 to the late Mamie (Coleman) & William Henry Mason, Sr.  She was a faithful and active member of the First Baptist Church, Eminence, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and on the Altar Guild for many years.  Ann was a graduate of Lincoln Institute in Simpsonville.  She was a domestic worker and a teacher's aide for the Eminence Schools Head Start program for many years Ann was preceded in death by three brothers, James Mason, Sr., Charles Mason, and Ralph Mason; two sisters, Lucille and Carolyn Mason; and two sisters-in-law, Laura Virginia Mason and Sarah Goff Mason. 
Survived By:  
Daughters:       Marguerite Foree of Jeffersonville, IN
                        Karen (Barry) Fisher of Smithfield
                        Pamela Morehead (Janssen) Johnson of Eminence
Son:                 Bradley D. Morehead of Louisville
Brothers:          William Mason (Sarah) of Eminence
                        Julius Mason of Eminence
Sisters-in-laws:  Bertha Mason of Louisville
                           Martha Mason of Shelbyville
Grandchildren:  Michelle Foree (Awal Mohammed) of Jeffersonville, IN
                          Cory Morehead (Anna) of Shelbyville
                          Kelley Logan of Louisville
Great-Grandchildren:   Tre'Shaun and Caleb
A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends
Funeral Service: 11 AM Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at First Baptist Church, Eminence. Officiated by Rev. Charles Duncan and assisted by Rev. Robert Fields.

Interment:   Eminence Cemetery
Honorary Pallbearers:  
Tre' Shaun Stalnaker & Caleb Morehead
Visitation:   6 to 8 PM Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at First Baptist Church, Eminence.
Form of contributions may be given to the First Baptist Church.

Alumnus Passing, Alfonzo Dale, Class of 1955

Alfonzo "Al" Dale passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in Bethesda, MD following a brief illness. He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Johnnie Dale (Boyce); son, Terence Dale; daughter, Danielle Davis (Britt Davis); and grandchildren, Rachel Davis and Elizabeth Davis.

Born in Shelbyville, Kentucky on January 11, 1937, Al grew up with his mother, Mary Catherine Alexander (deceased December 2015), served in the U.S. Army and, following his time in the service, moved to Washington, DC in 1962. After working briefly with the U.S. Postal Service, Al began a career with the National Park Service. He started as a Public Events Specialist in 1968 and rose to the rank of Chief of Public Events for the National Capital Region in 1986. He retired in 1994.

During Al's time with the National Park Service, he developed programs to serve children and young people in the Capitol area as well as bringing some of the biggest names in entertainment to Washington for major events such as the 4th of July concert on the National Mall. He also worked closely with corporate and community leaders to establish the highly successful Fort DuPont Summer Theater Concert Series as well as for the Carter Barron Amphitheatre. Al also served as the Chairman of the Greater Washington Cherry Blossom Festival for many years. For his service to the people of Washington DC, former Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly declared Al Dale Day in 1992. He was also recognized as a Kentucky Colonel in 1990, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky. It is in recognition of an individual's noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service.

Friends will be received at PUMPHREY'S BETHESDA-CHEVY CHASE FUNERAL HOME, 7557 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD on Thursday, March 16 from 12 noon until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be private.


Alumnus Passing, Lillie Gardner Moore, Class of 1962

Visitation: 12 noon -2 p.m., Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Webb Funeral Home, 1144 W. Main St., Shelbyville, KY 40065
Funeral Service: 2 p.m., Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Webb Funeral Home
Interment: Calvary Cemetery, N. Seventh St., Shelbyville, KY 40065

Lillie C. Gardner Moore, 72, died Monday, March 6, 2017 at her home in Frankfort. A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Allen and Isabelle Simms Beach. She attended the University of Kentucky, where she received an Associates of Arts in secretarial/office management. She retired from Bendix Corporation following 22 years of service as a machinist. In her leisure time, she enjoyed sewing and drawing. She was a very talented seamstress, with the skills to develop patterns from newspaper. She was a lifelong member of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Shelbyville.
She was the widow of Louis Gardner and Billy C. Moore, both of whom preceded her in death.
Survivors include two brothers, James B. Lewis and Jerry C. (Vicki) Beach, Sr., both of Louisville; one sister, Linda Beach Overall of New Albany, IN; three stepbrothers, Wilbur Beach, Willis Beach and Carl Beach, all of Shelbyville; seven nieces and nephews, Stevon M. Lewis, Jacqueline B. Lewis, Jerry C. Beach, Jr., James Beach Ashby, Lillie C. Ashby, Ryan Beach and Terri-Lynn Overall and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Webb Funeral Home with visitation after 12 noon. Rev. Robert M. Marshall, Sr. will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors. Online condolences may be expressed at


Alumnus Passing - Clara Evans, Class of 1963

Visitation: 12 noon - 1 p.m., Friday, March 10, 2017 at Webb Funeral Home, 1144 W. Main St., Shelbyville, KY 40065

Funeral Service: 1 p.m., Friday, March 10, 2017 at Webb Funeral Home

Interment: Calvary Cemetery, N. Seventh St., Shelbyville, KY 40065

Clara Emma Evans, 72, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Masonic Home of Shelbyville following a long illness. A native of Shelby County, she was the daughter of the late James Evans, Sr. and Catherine Heady. She was a graduate of Lincoln Institute, Class of 1962. She previously worked at Shelby Manor as a CNA and continued her career at the Masonic Home until her retirement. She was very dedicated to her work and her patients. She was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, four sisters, Mattie Wooten, Mary Emma Lovell, Dorothy Mae Maxwell and Daisy Pauline Ford and two brothers, Paul Wilbert Evans and William Richard Evans, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sister, Helen Mixon of Shelbyville; her brother, James Robert Evans, Jr. of Louisville and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, March 10, 2017 at Webb Funeral Home with visitation after 12 noon. Rev. Robert M. Marshall, Sr. will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors.


Alumnus Passing - Elmo Thomas Sr. Class of 1961

He was retired from Wilhelm Tool and Thomas Lawn Care.
Survivors include his wife: Iris Thomas; children: Jennye "Bush" Thomas, Margie Thomas, Elmo Thomas Jr., Robert Lee Thomas (Nancy) and Joseph Ray Thomas; Brothers: Norman Thomas (Emily), William Thomas (Jenny) and David Thomas; sisters: Flora Lewis (James), Patricia Mosby (William) and Kathleen Gray (Hebert); 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be conducted at 12 PM on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Pleasant View Baptist Church(789 Clore Jackson Road, Shelbyville KY 40065) . Visitation from 12 Saturday until service Elmo Thomas Sr. 74, of LaGrange, passed away on March 4, 2017.
time at the church.

Published in The Oldham Era from Mar. 9 to Mar. 15, 2017


Alumnus Passing - Margaret Elizabeth Bailey

Margaret Bailey (1921- 2017)

Margaret passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

Margaret was a resident of Eminence, Kentucky at the time of her passing.She graduated from the Lincoln Institute.
Funeral Service: 1 PM Saturday, February 18, 2017 at First Baptist Church, Eminence, officiated by Dr. Charles Duncan, pastor.

Interment: Eminence Cemetery

Honorary Pallbearers: John Lindsay, Stanley Williams, Harold Lindsay, Clarence Keaton, Eric Bachelor, Gary Lindsey & Bobby Lindsay (Deceased)

Active Pallbearers: Dedrick Young, Dwayne Roberts, Derwin Sleets,
Keith Mansfield, Lewis Mansfield, and Lamont Sleets

Visitation: 11 AM until service time on Saturday at First Baptist Church, Eminence.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Eminence First Baptist Church Building Fund



Alumnus Passing - Dr. Bernard Irvin Minnis, Sr., Ed.D, Class of 1960

Dr. Bernard Minnis, Sr., Louisville - (79) passed 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 is survived by wife, Woody Jayne and children Danielle Minnis White (Christopher), Bernard I. Minnis, Jr. (Sarah) and Bryant A. Minnis, grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Visitation will be held, Friday, November 20 from 10am-12pm, a private service for the family to follow at 12 at A.D. Porters and Sons Funeral Home 4501 Bardstown Rd. 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.


September 26, 2012


On Monday October 1, 2012 it will be 100 years since Lincoln Institute of Kentucky opened its doors.

In 1910, the Lincoln Foundation was established to oversee and manage the assets of the Lincoln Institute located in Lincoln Ridge. On October 1, 1912,Lincoln Institute opened its doors to eighty-five students. The first President was Dr. A. Eugene Thomson.

Below is an excerpt of an October 1912 ad in the Lincoln Institute Worker.


THE BIRTH STATE OF LINCOLN; the great emancipator


* Not ONE First-class Colored Normal School
* Not A PLACE where the Negro might learn a Trade
* Not A PLACE where he might learn Modern Agriculture


Lincoln Institute of Kentucky


Endowment - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $250,000.00

Land - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 441.81 acres

Buildings - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - --- 15

Systems - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Power, Heat, Water, Sewer

Student Capacity, 150 ----------- Ought to be 250


August 16, 2012

Whitney M Young Sr - 2012 Reunion "Distinguished Alumni"

At the recent reunion Dr. Young was honored posthumously with the first "Distinguuished Alumni Award." In his honor I wanted to share some of his words of wisdom from the President's Message to the Class of 1963.


"The wisest thing I would suppose
That a man could do for this land
Is the job that lies under his nose
With the tools that lie under his hand."

Within this bit of poetry lies the true path of fame and fortune. From the dawn of civilization, man has vainly attempted to carve a place for his name in the hall of fame by using the other fellow's tools or seeking the other fellow's job. Carpenters have struggled to be sculptor's; farmers have dreamed of becoming lawyer's; housewives have longed to be social climbers; plumbers craved to be orators; cooks, maids, and butlers wanted to be millionaires; everyone knew he was born to be a teacher. All the while, the world was crying for good carpenters, good farmers, good plumbers, and a million other performers who rated as first-class in their chosen fields.

No man is without his tools, and there is a place for every man who is willing to use the tools God has given him. If you cannot sing, then sew; if you cannot sew, you may sell some useful products, be a clerk, a technician, beautician, a nurse, or a barber. What you are, so long as it is useful or serviceable to mankind, is not half as important as the fact that you are using the tools that lie under your hands.

As you leave Lincoln to take your place in the world, remember to do your work with a sense of pride that dignifies it. Make no apologies for tasks you perform, so long as it must be done. Strong men are in demand. Your job and tools are near at hand, and the world will greet you with open arms on the day you become a master in your art.

Whitney M Young

(Dr. Young will always carry a special place in the hearts of all Lincolnites)


January 3, 2012


Working with Mr. Larry McDonald, President of the Lincoln Foundation we are having some success finding some artifacts that came up missing during the transition from a high school to the Job Corp. If you know the whereabouts of any trophies or other items which may belong in our archives we would appreciate hearing from you.

If you have photos that you would like to share copies with us, they would be appreciated. Any other items of Lincoln Institute interest would also be helpful in preserving our history. The items will be secured and made available for viewing at the Whitney M. Young House on the campus. Donors will be credited for any items made available.

Contact - Gary Brown (859) 621-9342 or email


*<Words of Wisdom - Dr. Whitney M.Young Sr.

"People who are good for excuses are good for nothing."

" It is better to be prepared for something better than not have it. Than to have it and not be prepared for it."

"Study to show thou self approved unto God,a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth."


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Featured Alumni Profile

Carrie Bennett (Stewart) - Class of 1946

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
Williams. I spoke of the fact that many of us
use only 10% of our brain power. Six decades
later it's just wonderful to look back and enjoy
this website with other Lincolnites who are survivors.

I went to Kentucky State College, came back to
Lincoln as a faculty member. Many of my former
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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