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IMG 1347OWENSBORO, KY., — Etta L. Sutherland, 89 of Owensboro passed away Friday, October 5, 2018 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital in Owensboro. She was born November 27, 1928 in Owensboro, KY. Mrs. Sutherland was a member of the Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church, Owensboro, KY where she served faithfully on the Usher Board. She worked at W.R. Grace in Owensboro, KY for several years.

She was preceded in death by her former husband’s Carl Starling and Richard Sutherland.                 

She leaves behind to cherish her memories 1 son Alex Montgomery of Owensboro, 2 daughters Judith Meriwether of Owensboro, and Linda Long of Norcross, GA., 3 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 1 sister Emma Parker of IL., several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services are at 10am Saturday, October 13, 2018 at The Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church Owensboro, KY. 

Visitation 5pm – 7pm at the church on Friday, October 12, 2018 and Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 9am – 10am.  Burial in Rose Hill Elmwood Cemetery, Owensboro with Rev. Mario Pearson, Eulogist. 

Bibbs Funeral Home in Greenville, KY is in charge of arrangements.

JONAH RICHARD CHRISTIAN JRCENTRAL CITY, KY., — Jonah Richard Christian Jr, 82 of Central City passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Ridgewood Terrence in Madisonville. He was born December 8, 1935 in Greenville to the late Jonah and Mary Christian. Mr. Christian was a member of Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Greenville. He worked as an over- the- road truck driver for Logistics Transportation, various other trucking companies and served in the Korean War while serving our country in the United States Marines.                                         

He loved his family, friends, and a very close lifetime friend Mr. George Phillips who has passed on to be with the Lord.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by 2 sisters Emma Jean Williams and Margaret Ann Bean.                            

He leaves behind to cherish his memories 2 brothers Robert Edward (Ceil) Christian of Queens, New York and Harold (Youlanda) Christian of Evansville, IN., 2 sisters Blanche Hawkins of Central City, and Rosie Lee Mitchell of Glendale, AZ., several nieces, nephews, cousins, distant relatives and friends.

Funeral Services are at 1pm Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Bibbs Funeral Home Greenville, KY.

Visitation 11am – 1pm at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 with Burial in West End Cemetery Greenville with Rev. George Phillips, Eulogist and Rev. Lauretta Bard Officiating.

Bibbs Funeral Home in Greenville, KY is in charge of arrangements.

Vitula Mae RifeDRAKESBORO, KY., — Vitula Mae Rife, 82 of Drakesboro passed away Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Concordia Maple in Greenville, KY. She was born March 22, 1936 in Beaver Dam, KY to the late Charles Martin and Anna Wade Martin.

Mrs. Rife was a member of the Bethel Baptist Missionary Baptist Church, Drakesboro and served in the following capacities, a member of the Mother’s Board, President of the Usher Board, Women’s Missionary Society, Kitchen Committee, Green River Valley District Assoc. and Commissioned a Kentucky Colonel on May 5, 1998. Her employment consisted of Sparks Nursing Home, Muhlenberg Community Hospital, and the remainder of her career was at Belle Meade Nursing Home.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James Rife, 1 son Rodney Rife, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories 2 sons Darrell Rife Antioch, TN., Tyrone (Carmon) Rife, Greenville, 3 daughters Beverly (Howard) Morehead, Drakesboro, Nartasha Bacon, Goodlettesville, TN., and Sharon (Paul) Parker, Cleaton, 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 1 sister Thelma Montgomery, Beaver Dam, 2 sisters-in-law Mae Chambers, Browder, and Carolyn (Ronnie) Reed of Drakesboro, several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, distant relatives and 2 special friends Ada Wimbley, Drakesboro, and Linda Staples of Beechmont.

Funeral Services are at 1pm Saturday, September 8, 2018 at The Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Drakesboro.

Visitation 11am – 1pm at the church on Saturday. Burial in West End Cemetery, Greenville with Rev. Ricky Hill, Eulogist and Rev. Reginal Elliott, Officiating.

Bibbs Funeral Home in Greenville, KY is in charge of arrangements.

IMG 1180CENTRAL CITY, KY., — Phyllis Ann Mitchell, 70 of Central City passed away Saturday, July 7, 2018 at her residence in Central City. She was born August 22, 1947 in Greenville to the late Eugene Milton (Bean) Phelps and the late Mary Elizabeth Hamilton. Mrs. Mitchell was a member of the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church Central City and served in the following capacities Culinary Dept. actively involved with the Sunday School Dept. BTU and Vacation Bible School.                                              

Her employment consisted of Approx. 15 years with the Muhlenberg. Co. Board of Education, TVA and P& M Mines. She loved to carry on conversations and meeting people for she never met a stranger.                      

She leaves behind to cherish her memories  a loving husband of 45 years Robert Mitchell of Central City, 3 sons Courtney (Jacqueline) Phelps of Arlington, TX Rico Lamont (Toni) Mitchell of Fort Worth, TX and Marcus (Ginger) Mitchell of Central City, 7 grandchildren Syomna, Kadeija, Keara, Danara, Erica, Dondre and Little Rico, 3 great grandchildren Kaliyah, Lizzy and Dontae, 7 brothers William ( Louise) Hamilton, Michael Eugene Phelps, Jerry Phelps, Ricky Phelps, Lendell Phelps, Melvin Phelps and Perry Phelps, 5 sisters Gloria J. Phelps, Elaine Phelps, Janie Phelps, Patricia Phelps and Annetta Phelps, special cousin Donald McGruder, Sr., several nieces, nephews, cousins, distant relatives and  friends.

Funeral Services are at 11am July 13, 2018 at The Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church Central City. Visitation 9am – 11am at the church on Friday. Burial in West End Cemetery, Greenville, KY.  Rev. Otis Cunningham, Eulogist.

Bibbs Funeral Home in Greenville is in charge of arrangements.

IMG 1100GREENVILLE, KY., — George Thomas Phillips, 82, of Greenville passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital in Greenville.

He was born September 10, 1935 in Greenville to the late Robert Lincoln Phillips and the late Margaret Bard Phillips.

Mr. Phillips worked at the Ken Surface Mines in Rockport, KY for Approx. 29 years.

He loved spending his past time having conversations at the IGA.

He  leaves behind to cherish his memories, a loving wife Margaret Lester Phillips, Greenville, 3 sons Clifford ( LaGertha) Phillips, Columbus, Ohio, James Phillips and Keith Phillips both of Greenville, 2 daughters Tracey ( Johnny) Owens of Greenville, and Patricia Hawkins of Greenville, 10 grandchildren, 1 brother Robert ( Helen) Phillips, Sr., Greenville, 1 sister Mary Ann ( James)  Bell, Russellville, KY several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Funeral Services are Wednesday at 1pm April 18, 2018 at The Pentecostal Church of God In Christ, in Greenville.

Visitation 11am – 1pm at the church on Wednesday. Burial in West End Cemetery, Greenville.  Elder Archie Grimmett, Eulogist.

Bibbs Funeral Home in Greenville, KY is in charge of arrangements.