This page is reflective of our "Chain of Love."   It has been passed down for generations from members of the Rowan Family Tree.  When Our Father calls home, one of his own from this link, we give our support and prayers to the famiies in every way we can.   
We have descendants of the Rowan Family Reunion living in all areas of this country.  If you know of decendants, who have been involved with the Rowan Family Reunion and crossed over, please let us know.


     An Angel in good Hands        .We will see you again
An Angel in good Hands .We will see you again
Scroll of Life
Olga Josephine Talbott Rowan, 90 years young of Owensboro was called home to meet Jesus on, Saturday, January 14, 2023. Her heavenly Father had the best plan for her and prepared the perfect home for her in heaven. We say not in grief that she is gone but give thanks that she was ours for many years. 

Our mother was born on August 14, 1932, to the late Grant G. Sr. and Gertrude Talbott. She accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized in May of 1950 at Fourth Street Baptist Church,  where she remained a faithful, committed member for over 70 years, Her ministeries were president of the usher board, Sunday School secretary cofounder of Senior Day, church hospital liaison, choir member, and she was also in the culinary department.  

She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Whether she answered "Grandmama," "Grandmother," or "Grammy" all loved her wisdom, sensibility and her love, which was beyond measure. She loved her family; she and dad would travel to many destinations in support of the family. As a caregiver, many experienced her love, her baked spaghetti and pound cakes. As a friend , she was always there.

She graduated from Western High School in 1950 and attended Paducah Beauty School in Paducah, Ky. She was employed by Kentucky Electronics and was the supervisor, manager, and co-owner of Man-A-Night Cleaning Service for over 25 years. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Harold A, Rowan, her parents, three brothers -Grant, Jr., William  (Big Boy), and John; five sisters- Ethel, Mae, Gloria, Maxine, and Creasie; and her great-granddaughter -Nevaeh Floyd. 

She is survived by her six children, Valerie LaVerne Morton of Lexington, Ky; Olga Marillyn McKissic of Owensboro, Stephanie Renee (Wayne) Wimsatt of Greencastle, Ind.; Verne Augustus (Cathy) Rowan of Louisville, Ky; Jeanette Cristi (Marc) Rowan Jones of Bowling Green, Ky; John Edward (Rico) Rowan of St. Augustine, FL; special daughter, Pamela Smith-Wright of Owensboro; one sister, Salllene Lockett of St. Louis, Mo.; eight grandchildren: Lawrence Winstead Jr., Courtney Winstead, Anthony Floyd, Lesllie (Josh) Catlett, Angela Floyd, Harrison Morton, Erin Rowan, and Alexander (Avery) McKissic, 11 great-grandchildren: Terryn, Devon, Thomas, Josepphone, Nolan, Austin, Leillani, Adonis, Nehamiah, Rowan, and Shiloh. Four great grandchildren: Josiah, Italu, Elijah, and Dionbi and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

Fred Douglas Page Sr
Was born June 24, 1925 to Philip Peterson Page and Azzie Lee Bishop Page n Bainbridge, Georgia.  He was the youngest of three children that included Ruth and Thomas.  Fred was lovingly called Sonny when they moved to Winnfield, L.A. but his young mother died when he was two years old.  He was raised by a wonderful step-mother and his WW!-tailor, minister father.  His grandmother, Phillis Swafford Page, a washer wonman and missionary, helped.  Fred took an interest in art and began drawing and painting at a very young age.  He was a child prodigy that used old discarded advertisement boards as his canvas.  Fred was a WW!! vetran that served in the US Navy from Septenber 1943-1946.  He was assigned as a cook and petty officer. He was part of the invasion of France.  He remenbered sailing the Mediterranean Sea seeing Mount Vesuvius.

Fred Douglas Page Sr was proceeded in death by his parents, wife Susan Page, sister Ruth Page Mack, brother Thomas Page, and niece Claudette Mack, and one nephew Wendell Mack.

Fred Page Sr. is survived by his daughter, Phyllis P. M. Dowe, son, Frederick Jr, grandchildren, Ronald Miller, Na Shayne Miller (Houston TX), Ryan Page Sr., Nikita Page, Paige Dowe, and five great grandchildren, alone with a host of relatives and friends. 
Montez R McCrary-Holland
Homegoing celebration
March 13, 1985- December 15, 2020

Montez is the son of Montez McCrary-Holand, the grandson of Michael Ross McCrary, great grandson of Julia (Peggy) Shively McCrary, great great grandson of James H. Shively, and great, great, great grandson of Octavia Richardson.  They are cousins to the Rowan lineage. The Rowan Family Reunion started in Sutherland Station, KY in 1896.   For many years, the reunion was held at the school in Petit, then moved to New Hope Baptist Church for our traditional third Sunday service in August.  His Aunt Michele and Lynn are very active participants of the reunion as well as was his great grandmother and great uncles.  

Corinthians 1  15:51-54

But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret.  We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown.  For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever.  And we who are living will also be transformed.  For our dying bodies mst be transformed into bodies that will never die.  Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: "Death is swallowed up in victory".

To the Family of Richard Allen Thurman
We made this chain unbreakable.

We made this link unshakeable.

There is nothing left for us to do

But carry on and see it through.
Richard Allen Thurman, age 56, the youngest of two children, was born on December 3, 1963 in Indianaplis, IN.  He was the son of Lois & Joseph Thurman.  He passed into the Kingdom of the Lord on August 28, 2020.   Richard (Ricky) attended School 43 Elementary.  Westland Middle School and Broad Ripple High School.  While living in Indianapolis, Ricky worked construction and various jobs.
Ricky and a couple of his friends opened a successful upscale men's shoes & clothing store.  He later worked at HCMC Hospital where he met the love of his life.  Natalie Nordang, her children, Tyler, Joceyln and grandchildren.  He lived in Minineapolis for 26 years.
Ricky returned to Indianapolis temporarily to be with his family, who he missed and loved so much.  Ricky was plannng to return to Minneapolis in September, however God took him to his permanent home.  Ricky was a happy-go-lucky guy who was full of life and laughter.  All the kids nicknamed him "The Magic Man" whenever he came to town, as he enjoyed performing magic.  He loved the outdoors, especially fishing, boating and grilling.  His father proceeded him in death.  He is survived by his loving mother, Lois, son, Rick Jr, brothers, Joseph Thurman III, Donnell Thurman and Kenneth Thurman, sister, Angelic Thurman, 8 grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, a great-great neice, aunts, and uncle, and many cousins and friends.  He is also survived by his devoted significant other of 10 1/2 years, Natalie Nordang and best friend, German Shepard, K-9.

       Celebrating the Life   Thursday, December 5, 2019
Celebrating the Life Thursday, December 5, 2019
Celebrating the Life of Adrian (A.J.) Tyrone Smiley Jr.
February 20, 1976 - November 23, 2019

Adrian Tyrone Smiley Jr., commonly known as A.J., 43, of Fayettville, NOrth Carolina, died November 23, 2019, peacefullly in his home that he shared with his beloved son, Alexander (Alex) A.J. was orn on February 20, 1976 in Indianapolis, IN at Methodist Hospital to Adrian Sr. and Carolyn (Lackey) Smiley.  A.J. attended Washington Township Schools, graduating from North Central High School in 1994 and attending Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis.

A.J. began working at a very young age.  At the age of three, A.J. began modelling and taping commercials for the Helen Wells Modeling Agency.  His infamous televisiion commercial was the for Marsh Groceries airing during a Final Four Basketball Tourmnament. Once old and big enough, A.J. caddied at the Highland Country Club Golf Course.

At the age of 25 years, A.J. decided to serve his country by joining the U.S. Army, enlisting in April 2001.  Early in his service, A.J. received Airborne trainng to earn the Parachutist Badge and become a Network System and I.T. Specialist.  Shortly after September 11, 2001, the army deployed A.J. to Iraq for one year.  After reenlisting, A.J. also served two years in Korea. When in the U.S. he was stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C.  After 15 years of service and receiving many comerdation medals and awards, the U.S. Army honorably discharged Sergeant Smiley in May 2016.

A.J. was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Joseph Lackey Sr. (Indianapolis, IN) and his paternal grandparents, Rev. Richjard Gordon and Amanda Gordon (Murfreeboro, TN).  He leaves to cherish his memory, his son, Alexander Terrel Smiley; his parents, Adrian Sr. and Carloyn Smiley, his sister Leah (Smiley) Nirrengarten (Matthew); his nephew and niece Gavin and Georgia Nirrengarten; his grandmother, Lelia Lackey; and a host of aunts, uncles, counsins, and friends.


Pastor Richard Willis Gordon
Richard Willis Gordon was God's gift to his loving parents, James Richard and Virginia Willis Gordon of Owensboro Kentucky.  His earthly journey began on November 8, 1926, and continued until December 23, 2018, when he went home to his Heavenly Father. Richard was called to enlist in the United States Army in 1946 where he served until his honorable discharge at the end of World War II in 1947. Soon after Richard return, Edsel Thruston, a good high school friend, introduced Richard to his sister, Amanda Evelyn Thruston.  Initially, Amanda tried to ignore young Richard, but she was bitten by the love bug, and they began a courtship that led to their marriage on February 18, 1950.  Their union was blessed with two children, Adrian and Thaya.  He was faithful to the vows he took, " ... until death us do part", and sadly, he said goodbye to the love of his life on April 30, 2016, when she went home to be with the Lord. Reverend Gordon has left his footprints on the hearts of the congregation and the community. He was a man of great integraity and faith, a role model for Godly living, a humble servant, a mighty preacher of the Gospel, a counselor and confidant, a stylish dresser, and a lover of sweets  He will be remebered for his rich baritone bellowing out his favorite song:  If I Can Help Somebody.  Reverand Gordon was a faithful member of the Rowan Family Reunion and will be greatly missed.  We know he fought the good fight and has won his race.  Even though he is in the best hands possible, he will always be missed and loved.  Our Chain has been broken, but our memories of him and his wife will be everlasting.  
There are few people in this world that can have such a profound effect on so many people and are able to touch their hearts to inspire them to be the best they can be.

Edsel Thruston was one of those people

Edsel Artois Thruston, the youngest son of the late Samuel and Georgia (Crump) Thruston, ws born on May 15, 1927 in Owensboro, Kentucky, where he grew up with his brother, Felix (deceased) and sister, Amanda Evelyn (decease).  Edsel accepted Christ at an early age and attended Little Flock Baptist Church in Sorgho, Kentucky.  He attended and graduated from Western High School in 1945 along with his best friends, Eugene Deal, and his future brother-in-law, Richard Gordon.  He went on to Kentucky State College in Frankfort, Kentucky and in 1950, graduated with a BA degree in Agriculture.  It was at Kentucky State that, 69 years ago on the exact day he departed from this life, he became a life member of his beloved fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Edsel had a quiet demeanor until he had a strong opinion.  He was welll loved and adored by his daughters and grandchildren and often boasted about the rich legacy that he was going to leave through their accomplishments.

Edsel departed of this life on Sunday December 3, 2017 at the age of ninty years.  Edsel was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Maurice and leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife, Sallie; daughters, April Oldham, Dr. Wanda Thruston, and Gayle (Joseph) Fields; one nephew / son Adrian (Carolyn) Smiley, twelve grandchildren; five great grandchildren, an adopted Kenyan family that affectionately knew him as "Grandpa", an abundance of nieces and nephews who call him their "favorite uncle",  and a host of extended family and friends who knew him as their mentor and confidant.

To God, he was a good and faithful servant; to his wife, he was an adored treasure, and to his daughters, he was their first love.  He was a strong man of faith who brought wisdom to every life he touched.  He was a living testament to the splendor and peace that comes with living a Godly life throught and abundance of love for and service to others.  He will be greatly missed, but his spirit will live on within the many lives he touched.
Vernal O. "Booder" Hall 

Evansville - Vernal Oliver "Booder" Hall, 55, left his earthly home January 18, 2021 at 8:45 a.m. at Deaconess Hospital. He was the son of the late Vernal "Moose" Hall and Mary Louise Hall. 

Booder, as everyone knew him, graduated from Central High School as an outstanding basketball player. He also attended Indiana State in Terre Haute, IN and while there, he worked at Gilbault Boys School. He also worked at Hillcrest Washington Home and Deaconess Cross Pointe. He retired from the Indiana Department of Corrections as a Parole Office for 13 years. 

He was a member of Greater St. James Baptist Church where he drove the church van and was a member of the Senior Usher Board and the Nurses Guild. 

He is preceded in death by his father: Vernal Hall; brother: Daryl "Pops" Hall; and uncle and aunt: Charles and Jacqueline LaGrone. 

Cherishing his memories are his son: Vernal Oliver; mother: Mary Louise; brothers: Duaine Hall and Rev. Dean Hall; stepdaughters: Chasity Broden and Savannah Broden; nephew and niece: Mario Hall and Andrea Hall; great-niece: Aurianna Hall; great-nephew: Dominque Hall; cousins, a host of friends, and his companion, Shaq. 

Services will be on Wednesday, January 27 at 11:00 a.m. at R. Mason Brothers Memorial Chapel, Evansville, IN. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. until service time. 

Due to Covid-19, masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced. 

Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Deaconess ICU 2nd floor for their prayers and support and to DaVita Eagle Dialysis on Pearl Drive.
Celebrating The Life
Celebrating The Life
Celebrating The Life 
​George Brown Jr
George Brown Jr. was born on April 22, 1923 to the late George Brown and Lottie Carrol in Kingsport, TN.  He went to Douglas High School in Kingsport, TN.  After graduating high school George joined the Navy and served in World War II.  Once Geroge was home from war, he went on to further his education at Tennessee State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree.  While at Tennessee State, he played football and met his late wife Bobbye Jean Valentine Brown.

George Brown Jr is survived by his three children,
Marcia C. Brown, George V. Brown, and Dana C. Brown, three grandchildren, Nikki C. Brown, George P. Brown, and Stephen C. Brown, and one grandchild Evelyn H. Brown, and a host of relatives and friends.

George departed this place on November 29, 2017.  He was loved by many and will be missed.  Those who really knew George appreciated his thoughtfullness and love for family.  His impact on the students he taught and trained during his coaching days, are still being felt today.
Our thoughts and prayers are always with his family and loved ones.
         'The Good Samaritan'
"The Good Samaritan"
Mary Etta Hunter
September 07, 1927-October 12, 2017

Mary Etta Hunter was born Sept. 7, 1927 in Owensboro, Kentucky to the late James Wilbert and Mary Zelma Hayden.  Mary was baptized at Blessed Sacramet Catholic Church in Owensboro; she was also affiliated with St Thomas Aquinas and Holy Angeles Catholic Churches in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mary graduated from Western High School in Owensboro, Ky.  Mary was united in Holy Matrimony to Walter Leon Hunter Sr. on March 16th, 1946; to this union, five children were born.  Mary was employed at the Fort Bejamin Harrison Army Finance Center, retiring after 30 years of service.  When thinking of Mary one parable comes to mind "The Good Samaritan".  Mary always had an open-door policy at her home, everyone was welcome; if you were hungry she fed you, if you were tired she gave you a place to rest;  If you needed a little pocket change, no porblem she'd hand over that last dollar.  She had a tremendous love for children and a caring nature, to all the neighborhood kids she was affectionately known as Grandma.

Mary enjoyed listening to music, crocheting, and baking, and don't forget driving around town catching up on all the news.  
Mary got her angel wings on October 12, 2017 at the youthful age of 90.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Leon Hunter Sr, sons Barry Lane and Jeffery Glen Hunter, grandson Walter L. Hunter III and her brother William G Hayden.  She leaves to cherish her memory, Sister Georgia Lee Thomas, Sister in Law Marjorie Morton, Daughters Sharon L Glaspie and Nancy A Bryant (William), Son Walter L. Hunter Jr, (Jacqueline) eight Grandchildren, fifteen great granchildren and a host of family and friends.
An Angel's Home Going 2016
An Angel's Home Going 2016
Amanda Evelyn Thruston-Gordon died on Saturday, April 30, 2016.  Her home-going celebration will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016, 6:30p.m. at First Baptist Church, 738 East Castle Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130.  Pastor James McCarroll will preside.  The body will lie in state from 3:00 p.m. until the service.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to New Generation Funeral Home, 2930 Murfreesboro Pike, Antioch, TN 37013
Final Tribute Saturday April 9, 2016
Final Tribute Saturday April 9, 2016
Harold Augustus Rowan, 84 of Owensboro, was called home to glory on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Heartford House of Hospice Western Kentuky in Owensboro.  He was born on November  13, 1931 to the late Henry and Daisy Rowan.  He was the grandon of Levi Rowan and the great-grandson of Harry and Catherine Rowan, with links to a strong family reunion for 121 years.  His link will be greatly missed.

He accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized on September 3, 1944 at New Hope Baptist Church in Pettit, Ky.  He was a faithful member of Fourth Street Baptist Church.  Harold enjoyed fishing, barbequing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

We Loved Her, But God Loved Her More.  She will be missed.
We Loved Her, But God Loved Her More. She will be missed.

Mrs. Bobbye Jean Valentine Brown 

August 13, 1930 - February 27, 2016 

Reverend Bobbye Jean Valentine Brown, age 85 of Indianapolis, IN peacefully passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016. She was born to the late George and Rose Ann Valentine on August 13, 1930 in Owensboro, KY. Bobbye was the eldest of 13 children.

After high school she went on to graduate from Tennessee State University with a B.S. degree in Social work. In April 1951 Bobbye married George Brown and they had three wonderful children. In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Bobbye worked as a social worker for Marion County Welfare Department. After 30 years of helping children she received her calling to ministry. Bobbye received a Master of Christian Education from Christian Theological Seminary.

Bobbye loved traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family. She was a lifetime member of the soroity Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Family: We mourn the loss of another link in our chain.

Richard Sutherland Sr
son of James & Katie Davidson Sutherland
grandson of Spencer & Fannie Rowan Suthrland
great grandson of Henry & Mary Munt Rowan
great great grandson of Harry & Catherine Rowan

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Richard Suttherland Sr., 80, of Owensboro departed this life Friday, March 21, 2014, at Owensboro Center Nursing Home.  He was a member of Fourth Street Baptist Church.  Richard retired from W.R. Grace Co. after many years of service.

He leaves to cherish his meories his wife, Etta Sutherland; two sons, Tracy Sutherland and Richard Sutherland Jr.; two daughters, Donna Gibson and Doris Sutherland; two stepdaughters, Judith Meriwether and Linda Long; one stepson, Alex Montgomery; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandcildren; three brothers, Freddie Carbon, William Carbon and Charles Carbon; three sisters, Clara Johnson, Jewell Williamson and Deborah Jones; one aunt, Marie Henderson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McFarland Funeral Home.  Condolences may be made at

It is once again I bring you the sad news of the passing of one of the links in our chain, Angelo "AJ' Rue, Jr. AJ is the son of Nicole L. Lee and Angelo Rue Sr, he is the grandson of Robin Woodard, great-grandson of Beverly Hayden Woodard (Randle).
I ask you to lift the family up in your thoughts and prayers.
 Funeral arrangements for Angelo "AJ" Rue Jr. 
Angelo "AJ" Rue, Jr made his peace with God on November 12, 2013, at 4:52 pm, in Woodbridge, VA. He was born August 12, 1998, in Libertyville IL, to Nicole Lynn Lee and Angelo Rue, Sr. AJ grew to be a loving son and brother. We will be remember as a intelligent, respectful, caring young man. A funny and mischievous boy. A beautiful red-hair baby.
AJ attended Woodbridge High School in Woodbridge, VA, where he lived with his father Angelo. He also attended  school in Greensboro, NC area where lived with his mother and sister, Amara Yvonne Lee. AJ was a member of the Woodbridge  "Warriors" track and field team.
He is survived by his mother Nicole Lynn Lee, father Angelo (Shannon) Rue, sister Amara Yvonne Lee, grandfather Robin Woodard, great-grandmother Beverly Hayden Woodard (Randle), Shirley Davis, grandmother Brenda Lee, uncles DayJohn and Roshad Woodard, Bruce Lee, aunt Amber. Great uncles Davey and Randy Woodard, great aunt Jacqueline Woodard-Smith. Very special aunt Heidi Pertell, Rae'Anna Wilson, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who will greatly miss him.
He was proceeded in death by great-grandfathers Davey L. Woodard Sr, Nelson Davis, great-grandmother Marie Davis. 
AJ will always be remembered as intelligent, serious teenager, the fun-loving little brother and "that red-headed baby". He will be missed

Michael Keith Hayden, Sr.

Died: Tue Jan 8, 2013


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed Jan 16, 2013

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Thu Jan 17, 2013
First Baptist Church North

Michael was the son of Aurella Dee Jr. & Clarice Hayden, the grandson of Aurella Dee Sr. & Gracie Hayden, great grandson of Julia Rowan Hayden, and the great-great grandson of Henry Rowan & Mary Munt Rowan. The Rowan Reunion started in her honor in Sutherland Station, KY in 1896. Michael was also the great-great-great grandson of Harry & Catherine Rowan, the head of our family tree who we all descended from. We know that the loss of Michael hurts and that the family portrait has changed but know that he is in a better place with no more sorrow and no more pain.



Gary Montez Thurman Sr.

October 17, 1946 - November 17, 2012


Gary Montez Thurman Sr. passed away November 17, 2012. He was born October 17, 1946, in Indianapolis. He attended Shortridge High School and Indiana University, Bloomington. He was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Zeta Epsilon Chapter. He served in the United States Navy 1964-1969 including a tour in Vietnam. He was a member of Second Christian Church. He was employed as a sounds engineer, and a computer, electrical technician.

He is survived by his former wife Cecelia Thurman, daughters: Monica Thurman-Burns, LaNette Thurman, and LaTresse Thurman-Reynolds, sons: Gary Thurman Jr (Nailet), LaMonte Thurman (Denise) and Chris Booth, sisters: Bobbye V. Brown (George), Etta Joan Ford, Saundra Custis (Dwight), Patricia Thurman, and Rose Tanner, brothers: Barry Bowles (Vivian) and Ike Bowles.


Funeral Information

Services will be held at Crown Hill Funeral Home, Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. with calling from 10:00 A.M. Omega Service from 12:15-12:45 P.M. Arrangements: Crown Hill Funeral Home.


Julia "Peggy" McCrary

McCRARY, JULIA "PEGGY," 82, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

She was a member of Westwood Presbyterian Church, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and a graduate of Central High School Class of 1947.

Survivors: children, Michele "Micki" McCrary, Lynn McCrary, and Michael McCrary (Renee); grandchildren, Diallo Brooks, Montez McCrary- Holland, and Maiya McCrary; brothers, William L. "Pete" Shively (Lucille), Paul L. Shively (Gloria), and George Shively; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday at her church, 4432 Greenwood Ave. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at A.D. Porter and Sons Funeral Home, 1300 W. Chestnut St.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. service will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Donations can be made to Harriett B. Porter Cancer Education & Research Endowment in care of the Brown Cancer Center, 529 S. Jackson St., Louisville, KY 40202.

Angela D. Dawson

DAWSON, ANGELA D., 51, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2011.

She was employed at Baptist East Hospital and a member of Christ the King Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard L. Dawson, Sr.

Survivors include her mother, Gloria Rowan Dawson; siblings, Marcia Dawson Ebbs (Peter William), Richard Lewis Dawson, Jr. (Kim), Kevin E. Dawson, Erica P. Dawson Naylor, Gregory A. Dawson (Opal); nephews, E. Blake Dawson, Irvin H. Naylor III, Isaac Naylor, Noah and Julian Dawson; nieces, Isabel Naylor, Lydia and Megdelawit Dawson.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday at her church, 718 S. 44th St. with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at A.D. Porter & Sons Funeral Home, 1300 W. Chestnut St.

Expressions of sympathy to
American Cancer Society .

William Hayden Bell 71, passed away September 21, 2010. He was employed for 30 years with Chrysler Corp. as a laborer. He leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Gloria L. Rowan Bell. Services will be held at 1 p.m. September 28, 2010 in Lavenia, Smith and Summers Home for Funerals, with visitation there from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. Final arrangements have been entrusted to Lavenia, Smith and Summers Home for Funerals. Family and friends may share an online condolence at:

Please keep Gloria and her family in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards and letters may be sent to Gloria and the family at
3620 N. Layman Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46218
William "Dollar Bill" Rowan, Sr., 65, of Owensboro, Kentucky died Friday, June 25, 2010, at Owensboro Medical Health System. He was born on May 26, 1945 in Owensboro. He was a Machine Operator for Johnson Control and a farmer. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Chapel. He enjoyed farming, the Kentucky Derby and his kids and grandkids.

He is survived by his wife, Alma Rowan; five sons, William "Chubby" Rowan of Phoenix, AZ, and William Rowan, Jr. (Krystal), Ken Rowan, Ricco Rowan and David LaRoche all of Owensboro; his parents, Ellis and Georgia Ann Rowan; two stepsons, Gary Shelton and Bryant Shelton both of Owensboro; many grandchildren; several great grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth Rowan of Owensboro and four sisters, Patricia Mays of Owensboro, Brenda Duneghy of Evansville, IN, Angie Rowan Webb of Illinois and Cynthia Duneghy of Madisonville, KY.

Services are at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at Blessed Sacrament Chapel, 602 Sycamore St. in Owensboro. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery in Owensboro. Visitation is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday at James H. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory in Owensboro and from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on Tuesday at Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Prayers will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Online messages of condolence may be made at
Its with deepest regret and sadness to inform you that Kendall Lamont Russell; passed away early this morning. He was, and will remain, the beloved son of Donald and Shirley Russell; the brother of Kevin Russell; husband of Anna and father of Angel, Paolo and Mateo...
There will be a memorial service at 2 pm Sunday June 6th, 2010 at Christians United Church at Soldiers' Memorial Chapel (Ft. Harrison)
5626 E. Lawton Loop Dr. Indidnapolis, IN 46216.
Please keep Donald, Shirley, Anna and the boys in your prayers.
Richard L Rowan

Memorial for Richard L Rowan

Born in Owensboro on Oct. 16, 1951
Departed on Feb. 13, 2010 and resided in Owensboro, KY.
Visitation: Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 & Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010
Service: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010
Cemetery: Resurrection Cemetery

Richard L. Rowan, 58 of Owensboro, KY passed away February 13, 2010 at Regional Medical Center. Born October 16, 1951 to Eillis & Georgia Hayden Rowan, in Owensboro, KY. Formerly worked for Glenmore Distillery & was a Veteran of the US Army, Vietnam War. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Chapel. He enjoyed working on cars & tinkering.

Was preceded in death by a brother; Ellis Rowan Jr. & sisters Katherine (Kit) Rowan, Anna Marie Rowan, & Thelma Bernice Rowan.

Surviving are his children Jason & his wife Kristin Rowan, of Lewisport, KY, & Holly Rowan of Maceo, KY, parents; Ellis & Georgia Hayden Rowan, 5 grandchildren, siblings; William Rowan & Kenneth Rowan, & Ms. Patricia Mays, all of Owensboro, KY, Ms. Brenda Duneghy of Evansville, IN, Mrs. Angela Webb of Bellville, MO, and Mrs. Cynthia Jean Duneghy of Madisonville, KY, and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be 10:30am Wednesday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Chapel, 602 Sycamore St. Visitation will be Tuesday 5:00pm- 8:00pm and Wednesday 8:30am-10:00am at Haley-McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home. Prayers will be at 6:00pm Tuesday. Father Josh McCarty will officiate.

Burial will follow the services at Resurrection Cemetery. Military honors will be presented by VFW POST #696 Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be left at

December 13, 2009

Kenyatta D. "Fat Boy" Forrest 34, Indianapolis, passed away on Dec. 7, 2009. He is survived by his parents, Erskine Forrest, Cheryl Thomas Thompson, daughters, Cherrish and Da'nyia Forrest, sons, Kemani Forrest and Deasmon McNeal, sisters Gwendolyn R. Forrest, Melanie R. Thomas, niece, Kaylin Warren, nephew, Bryce Thomas and grandmothers, Georgia L. Thomas, Gwendolyn Williams. Services will be held on Monday, December 14, 2009, 1 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church, 609 East 29th Street. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 14, 2009 from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Arrangements entrusted to Williams & Bluitt Funeral Home. Online condolences at:

July 30, 2009
Mildred E. Watson Wimsatt 79, Indianapolis, Indiana, died July 23, 2009. She was a payroll clerk 42 years at Fort Benjamin Harrison. Mrs. Wimsatt was a member of Mt. Paran Missionary Baptist Church. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2009 in the Chapel of Peace at Lavenia, Smith and Summers Home for Funerals, with calling there from 11 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. She leaves to cherish her memory, her sons, John T. Wimsatt, Wayne Wimsatt; brother, John W. Watson; grandchildren; great-grandchild; other relatives and friends. Final arrangements have been entrusted to Lavenia, Smith and Summers Home for Funerals. Family and friends may sign the guestbook at: 

Dr. Andrew White Morton

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Saturday, June 06, 2009 Graveside Memorial Services for Dr. Andrew White Morton, 87, of Paducah, Ky., will be at Maplelawn Cemetery on Monday, June 8, 2009, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Rita Story officiating.

Dr. Morton died at 7:50 a.m. Thursday, June 4, 2009, at Western Baptist Hospital.

He was born in Madisonville, Ky., on Aug. 24, 1921, to the late Clifford M.H. Morton Sr. and Myrtle White Morton. He graduated from Central High School in Louisville, Ky., the University of Louisville, Louisville Municipal College (which was a division of the University of Louisville), Louisville, Ky., and in 1945 received his D.D.S. at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tenn.

Dr. Morton served in the U.S. Army Dental Corps from 1943 to 1945. He was instructor at Meharry Medical School from 1945-1946. He first established private dental practice in Paducah from 1946-1949. In 1949-1951 he served as captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps at Ft. Riley, Kan., and was later sent to Pusan, Korea. Upon his return to Paducah in 1951, he established his practice and retired after 50 years of service on Dec. 31, 1995.

While at Meharry Medical College, he met and married the love of his life and life partner of sixty-three years. They had two lovely children who preceded them in death: Lucia Diane Moorman and Clifford Morton.

He was a member of Burks Chapel A.M.E. Church, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; served on the Board of Regents at Kentucky State University and on numerous boards and organizations. He was a great sportsman and golfer.

He is survived by his wife, Florence B. Morton; two grandchildren, Jessica Diane Moorman of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Clifford Harrison Morton III of Lexington, Ky.; and two sisters, Lois Williams and Gloria F. Stewart of Chicago, Ill.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Mundy Funeral Home.

Dr. Andrew Morton is the father-in-law of  Ms. Valerie Rowan Morton.  Please offer your prayers and condolances on her lost and heavans gain.

Willie Mae Wimsatt, 81, departed for glory peacefully on May 16, 2009. She was born July 20, 1927, to the late William "Sonny" and Ernestine Crowe Watson.
She was a member of Tenth Street Baptist Church for many years. She was a tough cookie and overcame numerous bouts with her ailments. May 16, she stopped fighting to rest. Willie Mae enjoyed life. Her children and grandchildren contributed great joy to her later years. She was loved beyond expression by her family.
She leaves to cherish her memories three sons, Charles (Paulette) Howell, John (Gloria) Winstead and Ronnie Johnson, all of Owensboro; a daughter Sharon (Carl) Thomas, Shelbyville; grandchildren, Andrea "Shun" (Brian) Berry, John (DaBonna) Winstead Jr., Latasha (Jerry) Fletcher, Shawna (Chico) Hanley, James Winstead, Camesha Jackson, Sanchez Johnson, Lynette Bailey, Carl Hudson, Tiffany Riley, Antonia Carbon, LaQuinya (William) Johnson, LaRon Johnson, Robert Smith, RuNisha and Ariana Winstead; great-grandchildren, Xaviana, Iesha, Jayon, Darrien, KeShaun, NaKalah, Willie, JaJuan, Noriah, Chico Jr., Caprice, Cameron, Jamen, Bra'san, Tra'san, Xavier, Cain, Jazlyn and Kaden; a sister, Mildred Wimsatt; and a brother, John (Elizabeth) Watson both of Indianapolis. A special cousin, Jean Ann Webb, Winnetka, Calif.; and two fantastic friends, Ms. Mary Louise November and Mary Glory Williams; six nieces; 13 nephews and a host of cousins and friends.
Praise and blessing from the family to Jackie Wimsatt and Gloria Winstead for going above and beyond. Special thanks to the Newburgh Healthcare staff.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Glenn Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronald Holmes officiating. Visitation from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at
John E. Hatchett
John E. Hatchett
Published: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
John E. Hatchett, 82, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at Golden Living Center-Brentwood in Evansville, IN.  John was born Nov. 16, 1926, in Owensboro. He was the son of Edward and Mary Frances Hatchett. He was an Army and Air Force veteran and loved sharing his military stories. He received the Victory Medal in World War II and the Korean War, and other honors.

John is survived by a daughter, Carol Hatchett; a stepdaughter, Monique Moorman; granddaughters Diane Yvonne Hatchett and Yvette Tarver (Alonzo); grandsons Trent and Brent Hatchett; 10 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and caregivers Geneva Baltzell and James "Tag" Kemp.

Services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday at
Mason Brothers Memorial Chapel, 
1001 Lincoln Ave
Evansville, IN 47714
with the Rev. Kent Hite officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, with military rites conducted. Visitation is after noon Wednesday at the funeral home. Special thanks to the Veteran's Clinic, Dr. Digavalli, Donna and Carver Day Care Staff.

Yvonne Hatchett has asked that we pray for their family during this time of sorrow.  We are a family that believes in prayer and  know that "Our Father" will provide comfort to them as He has promised in His word. 

Lee Chester Mae Crump



Lee Chester Mae Crump, 95, of Owensboro passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at home. She was born in Owensboro to the late Taylor and Laura Howell Dixon. She was a member of Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as a member of the Senior Choir, Mothers Board and Willing Workers. She was a former member of the Green River District Association of Kentucky. Her husband, James Robert Crump; and two sons, Samuel Lee and William Ray Winstead, preceded her in death.

Survivors include five sons, James Winstead of Macon, Ga., Walter (Jaunita) Winstead of Owensboro, Wilbur (Sally) Winstead of Owensboro, Bruce Winstead of Owensboro and Lawrence Winstead of Las Vegas; three daughters, Bettye Burns, Gloria Horne and Sara (Charles) Grundy, all of Owensboro; 51 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; six stepsons, James Crump Jr., Lee Crump, the Rev. Harold Crump, Bruce Crump, the Rev. Barry Crump and Dale Crump; a stepdaughter, Azalene Madison; several stepgrandchildren; and two faithful and dedicated caregivers, Teresa Hall and Anthony Howard.

Mrs. Crump  was the oldest member of Zion Missionary Baptist Church.  She was a true worker ... a servant of the Lord.  Her efforts helped the chruch grow and expand as a result of her labor and financial contributions.  She was loved by many and will be missed dearly.  A loving person who will be remembered for her faith in God and belief that He still answers prayers.  Those who know her and believe in Christ will see her again .... what a glorius day that will be. 
Thomas "Mike" Costley
June 05, 1956 - January 31, 2009

Full Name: Thomas "Mike" Costley
Date of Birth: June 05, 1956
Date of Death: January 31, 2009
Country of Birth: United States
Place of Birth: Indianapolis, IN
Place of Death: Tampa, FL

Thomas M. Costley , the son of Lucille Shively, was born and schooled in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He began his professional work experience for the FBI in Washington, D.C.  While working in Washington and living in Alexandria, Virginia he attended Northern Virginia Community College. 


Thomas then moved back to Indiana and completed the State Police Academy.  The next 8 years he worked out of the Indianapolis Post, and was soon elevated to the rank of Sergeant. 


“Mike” then changed employment paths and decided to pursue a career in the hospitality industry.  He began working as Laundry Manager in Louisville, Kentucky.  Upon transferring from Hyatt Louisville, Thomas worked at Hyatt hotels in various cities such as St. Louis, Missouri; New York City, New York; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Rochester, New York.  Thomas Costley retired from his hospitality management career as the Director of Employee Benefits for over 40,000 employees at the corporate office with Hyatt Hotels in Chicago, Illinois.


After a successful career Thomas Costley began service with Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL.  In 2004 he was ordained as a Deacon. 


In 2007, Thomas moved to Tampa, Florida to be closer to his daughter, grandchildren, cousin, and other family.  

Please keep Lucille, Pete and the family in your thoughts and prayers.     


Reynolds, Kirsten E.

October 12, 2008
Kirsten Elaine Reynolds 20, Indianapolis died Wednesday October 8, 2008. Survivors include her son, Jalen Robert Reynolds; her parents, Michael Dwayne Reynolds and MonDona Latresse (Thurman) Reynolds; and her sisters, Courtney Rey Reynolds and Camille Latresse Reynolds.  Kirsten is the  granddaughter of Montez Thurman. Lift up the family and keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2008, at Allen Chapel AME Church 627 East 11th Street, with interment at Crown Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at the church. Arrangements entrusted to Crown Hill Funeral Home, condolences at


Paul Alvin Randle


September 09, 2008 10:50 am

Paul Alvin Randle, 95, of Danville, completed his earthly journey at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008, at his residence. He was born Aug. 23, 1913, in Paris, Tenn., the son of Fulton and Eula Wilkins Randle. He was formerly married to Daisy Laster, Evelena Jackson and Arletta Smith. They preceded him in death. Paul later married B. Rose Hayden (Beverly Hayden Woodard). He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of Danville. Two daughters: Carolyn (Millege) Williams and Janet Randle, both of Danville. Four stepsons” Charles Brooks Jr. of Florida, Davey Woodard Jr. of Pomona Calif., Robin Woodard of Indianapolis and Randy Woodard of Champaign. Two stepdaughters: Dorothy Carter and Jacqueline Woodard-Smith, both of Danville. A sister: Opal (Amos) Williams of Danville. 28 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren and two great-great-great-grandchildren. Special nephew: Larry McGee and special niece: Myra Washington, both of San Francisco, Calif. A host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He was preceded by his parents, two brothers, two sisters and a grandchild.
Paul attended school in Henry County Training School in Paris, Tenn. He later moved to Danville and attended Danville public schools. He was raised by Laura Lee in the main house of the colored children home until he was 18. He went to work for A.D. Hayes delivering groceries. Paul later worked as a chef at Lakeview Hospital. He retired from General Motors. He was a member of Rowan Family reunion and Hayden Phelps reunion. He was a member of UAW Local 579. Paul was a lifetime member of Allen Chapel AME Church. He enjoyed reading the Bible. He was a pastor’s Steward for more than 50 years and then later Stewart Emeritus. Paul enjoyed shopping (known as Danville’s best dressed man), cooking, and an avid Chicago Cubs fan from its inception and a L.A. Lakers fan. During his latter years, Paul traveled extensively. He visited the Holy Land. He cruised the Caribbean passing through the Panama Canal. He flew to New Zealand and he cruised to Ensenada Mexico, via way of Bora-Bora, French Society Island and Hawaii. He cruised to Alaska, highlighted with a “dog sled ride.” He took a helicopter ride deep into the Grand Canyon. Ending his travel with a flight to Istanbul Turkey. Cruising the Riviera to Barcelona. Spain, continuing through Gibraltar and crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Miami for his last cruise. He rode a camel and visited the wilderness.
Home going celebration will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at Allen Chapel AME Church, 503 N. Jackson. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Officiating: Pastor Arthur Cortez. Entombment will be at Sunset Memorial Park. Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 E. Williams St., is in charge of arrangements.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014 12:00 am


Samuel E. Kendall, 61, of Granger, Indiana, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014, at Elkhart General Hospital. He was born in Owensboro to the late Joseph N. and Mary Lee Kendall. He retired from Owensboro City Hall as a courier. He was a member of New Horizon Outreach Ministries in South Bend, Indiana. Samuel was a graduate of Owensboro High School, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team. He graduated from Paducah Technical College. He also was preceded in death by one sister, Marilyn Kendall; and two brothers, Herbert D. Kendall and Joseph V. Kendall.


He leaves to cherish his memories and mourn his loss, his wife, Janice Kendall; one daughter, April Leak; four grandchildren; one brother, Charles E. Kendall; two sisters, Retha F. Leak and Theresia L. Smith; two stepsons, DeWayne Shemwell and Quan Shemwell; two stepdaughters, Tammy Taylor and Erica Taylor; and four stepgrandchildren.

Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Asbury United Methodist Church. Burial is in Rosehill-Elmwood Cemetery, Owensboro. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. at the church. McFarland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at

 Samuel E. Kendall
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