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Houston HoggOWENSBORO, KY., Houston Hogg Jr., 71, of Owensboro passed away Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital surrounded by his family. Houston was born on March 2, 1948 to Houston and Margaret L. (Smith) Hogg Sr. in Hazard Kentucky. Growing up in Hazard, Houston was such a standout athlete in all sports, that after his junior year of high school in Hazard, Daviess County High School enticed his family to move to Owensboro, Ky, in an effort to finally beat their rival OHS. And in his one and only year at Daviess County, sick and battling with a 103 temperature, and being used as a decoy, Daviess County was able to score the winning touchdown to defeat OHS 7-0.

This was only the beginning of Houston Hogg breaking cycles. From there he would receive a scholarship to attend the University of Kentucky, majoring in Special Education, and he would not only be one of the first black players to play football at UK, but in the entire South East Conference. And just as it was in the game against Owensboro High 4 years before, it wasn’t his game stats at UK that made the biggest impact, it was his presence that changed the College Football landscape. Leaving University of Kentucky, Houston moved back to Owensboro, and married Deborah, and as was his custom began making positive changes in his community by his presence.

Houston retired from AEP Rockport Power Plant. While he was an avid outdoorsman, that loved hunting, fishing, gardening, and continued playing sports of all kinds, his biggest impact was in the community. He was loved and known by everyone as Mr. Houston. He never met a stranger, always had time for everyone, and never failed to shake the hand of a child and make them feel special. He routinely handed out candy, money when needed, and would load up kids in the back of his truck and took them out to the country to ride his horses. In 1989, Houston rededicated his life back to the Lord, and as it was with everything he did, he pursued Lord with zeal. Going back to college, he received his BA in Bible, from Great Commission Bible College. Houston often hosted Bible study in his home and served as Deacon at Sweeny Street Baptist Church until his passing.

In 1991, he and his wife Deborah felt the Lord call them into Foster care. Unbeknownst to them, but as before, the Lord used Houston and Deborah to break cycles. Since 1991, they fostered over 200 children. Never turning away a child in need, doing all things with excellence and love, they were once recognized as National Foster Parents of the year. While Houston will be dearly missed by all who knew him, he would want everyone to know that he was more than prepared and eager to meet his Lord and Savior. He had run his race and was prepared to be offered up.

Houston is survived by his wife of 46 years Deborah (Kelly) Hogg, his brothers Richard Freeman, David L. (Gwen) Hogg, sister Rachel J. (Ricky) Jessup, his children April (Chris) Brown, Gary Kelly, Dante (Maria) Kelly, Ronald (Tina) Hogg, Hadji (Jennifer) Hardin, Alyce Hogg, over 200 Foster Children, his 19 grandchildren De'ante Kelly, Orlando Kelly, Chris (Lauren) Brown, Lataysha Kelly, Houston (Emily) Brown, Ron Hogg, Cameron (Morgan) Kelly, Ryan (Emily) Hogg, Danielle Hogg, Je'nee Hardin, Joshua Kelly, Taeron Hogg, Jordan Kelly, Faith Hogg, Natalia Payne, Harold Hogg, Mya Kelly, Micah Kelly, Isaiah Hardin, 10 Great-grandchildren, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews to whom he was known simply as ‘Uncle Bay’.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his brother Fred Hogg and sister Patricia Hogg.

Funeral services will be held at Good Shepherd Church 3031 Bittel Road Owensboro, KY 42301 on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 12noon. Burial in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Owensboro, KY.

Visitation from 5pm - 8pm on Friday, January 10, 2020 at Good Shepherd Church and Saturday 10AM until funeral time. Rev. Robert C. Kendrick, Officiant-Eulogist. Bibbs Funeral Home in Greenville, KY is in charge of arrangements.

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DANIEL L. BOYDHOPKINSVILLE, KY., — Daniel L. Boyd, 69, of Hopkinsville departed this life November l, 2019 at Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville, KY. He was born February 28, 1950 in Cleaton, Kentucky. He became a member of Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Cleaton at an early age and was an avid sports fan.

He leaves to cherish his memories special niece Alisha Boyd of Greenville, 1 sister in-law Phyllis Boyd of Greenville, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Cleaton, KY on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 1pm with visitation from 11am until time of service. Burial in West End Cemetery in Greenville, KY. Rev. Jerrell M. Clark, Jr., Officiating.

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

Ardell Hanley JrOWENSBORO, KY., — Ardell Hanley, Jr., 65, of Owensboro departed this life Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at The Heartford House Hospice of Western Kentucky. He was born July 12, 1954 in Owensboro, KY. He was a previous member of First Baptist Church of Maceo, KY until the church closed and currently is a member of the Center Street Missionary Baptist Church, Owensboro, KY. Mr. Ardell was employed by the Owensboro Sanitation Department for over 20 years. He enjoyed and became an avid UK Basketball and Football Fan in high school, this athlete became a cross country, track and field star. He enjoyed watching westerns on TV and playing bingo.

He is preceded in death by his parents Ardell Hanley Sr. and Mattie Hanley, wife Doraine Hanley and granddaughter Reealiti Hanley.

He leaves to cherish his memories his companion Eleanor of Owensboro, 1 son Brandon (Amy) Hanley of Calhoun, 1 daughter Tishna (Dwayne) Hanley of Owensboro, 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 5 step children, 4 sisters Linda (Perry) Washington, Malinda Hanley, Patricia (Richard) Long, Brenda Cowherd all of Owensboro, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and will be truly missed by all.

Funeral Services will be held at Zion Missionary Baptist Church Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 11am.

Visitation from 5pm – 7pm on Monday, October 21, 2019 and Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10am to 11am until funeral time. Burial in Rose Hill Elmwood Cemetery Owensboro, KY with Rev. Larry D. Lewis Officiating.

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

Kimberly Joy WellsDAYTONA BEACH, FL., — Kimberly Joy Wells, 49, of Daytona Beach departed this life Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach, Florida. She was born March 16, 1970 in Greenville, Kentucky.

She is preceded in death by her father Herman Wells, stepfather and mother John and Jacqueline Bard, sister Serphina Wells and a loving companion Terry White.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories 2 daughters Sydney White and Alexandria White both of Daytona Beach, FL., 3 brothers Lester (Melissa)  Wells, Madisonville, Sean and Andre Collins both of Greenville, 1 sister Monita Wells of Greenville, step-mother Joyce Wells, Greenville, step-sister Carolyn (Greg) Pillow Goodlettsville, TN., 1 uncle Wendell (Regina) Eaves and 1 aunt Izetta Tutt both of Greenville, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at Wesley Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 1pm. Burial in Old Unity Cemetery, Graham, KY.

Visitation from 11am to funeral time. Presiding Elder, BaTavi Combs, Officiating.

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

ASHTON DANIELLE BARDGreenville, KY., — Ashton Danielle Bard, 22, of Greenville departed this life Saturday, June 22, 2019 at her residence in Greenville, KY. She was born April 22, 1997 in Greenville, KY.

She was a loving child and cherished by all. 

She leaves behind to cherish her memories Mother Tyra Bard of Greenville, Father Aaron Bard of Greenville, 1 brother Aaron Bard, Jr., 1 sister Breana Dulin both of Greenville,  grandparents Mary ( Minister George) Baker,

Greenville, several aunts and uncles, 1 nephew Sander Dulin, Greenville, a host of cousins and friends.

Funeral Services are at 12noon Friday, June 28, 2019 at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, KY.

Visitation 11am – 12noon at the church.  Rev. Terrence Minor, Eulogist.

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