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February 28, 2020

Alumnus Passing, Shirley Hall Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 25, 2021

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

Louisville - 77, died Thursday at Norton Audubon Hospital.

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

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

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January 21, 2021

Alumnus Passing - Naomi Elizabeth Bayne, Class of 1946

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

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

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

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

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

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January 5, 2021

Alumnus Passing - Mary Ann Patterson Booker, Class of 1955

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

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

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

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

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

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December 8, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Etta Murphy Coleman, Class of 1951

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

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

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

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

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

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

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December 6, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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November 20,2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers and to honor Dr. Bernard I. Minnis, Sr. donations to the ?Cecil Ray Scholarship Fund? E.L. Minnis Junior Academy of SDA. c/o Dr. George E. Thornton, Sr.
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October 31, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Loreda Marshall Carter, Class of 1950


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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 www.morton-beckley.com.

SERVICES

Wake

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

Alumnus Passing - Williams L. Collins, Class of 1961



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

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

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July 3, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Whitelaw Reginald Hicks, Class of 1958


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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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April 19, 2020

Former Faculty Member Passing - Virginia Rose Henderson



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

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

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

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

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

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

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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: jljkcham@att.net or give her a call at (502) 418-7744.

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April 9, 2020

Alumnus Passing - Josephine Goddard, Class of 1945


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

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



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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 wpportermortuary.com

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

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February 23, 2010

Alumnus Passing - Mary Bradley Mahin


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

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

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

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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 jw.org or Hospice Bluegrass Care Navigators, 643 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY. Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Legacy Center.

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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

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December 23, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Robert L. Tinsley, Class of 1959


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

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

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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 www.webbfuneralhome.com.

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

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December 19, 2019


Alumnus Passing - Katherine Lorine 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.

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December 16, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Alice Rebecca Becky Blackburn




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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.NewcomerKentuckiana.com.

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

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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.

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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. www.ralfunerals.com


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

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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. www.bluittandson.com

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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.

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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


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August 6, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Cora Elizabeth Todd Coleman



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. www.ralfunerals.com


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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.

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July 6, 2019

Alumnus Passing - Richard Carl Jones, Class of 1961


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 www.morton-beckley.com.


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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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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May 28, 2019

CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATE - TAYLOR ELAINE BROWN


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.

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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


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Mary Lou Shirley (Love) - Class of 1952

Lincoln Institute Alumni - Class of 1952

After graduating from Lincoln Institute, I moved to Chicago and attended Roosevelt University where I met my late husband, Adolph Henry Love.

This union brought us seven wonderful children, eight grandchildren (which includes two sets of fraternal twins) and three great-grandchildren. One grandson is deceased.

Two of my daughters are Engineers (Industrial and Mechanical), one is a Critical Care Nurse, and one is a retired Bank Vice President/Computer Analyst. Two of my sons are general contractors and one is a gourmet chef.

Three of my grandsons (one twin set and youngest grandson) are aspiring basketball players. One of the twins is scheduled to leave for Germany to play overseas in Fall 2010. The other plays for Robert Morris University and my youngest grandson attends and plays at University of Chicago Lab School.

My other male/female twin grandchildren have professional careers in Finance and Health Law, respectively.

My oldest granddaughter is an aspiring graphic artist and my next to youngest grandson is in college studying electronics.

All in all, God has been good to me and my family!


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