McMurtrey Funeral Home

McMurtrey Funeral Home

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Dennis Kirk McClendon

Dennis Kirk McClendon, 73, of Bowling Green, formerly of Burkesville passed away July 23, 2019 at his residence. Born September 15, 1945 in Glasgow, Ky. he was the son of the late Dennis Robert and Marshall Smith McClendon.
  He was a truck driver for 48 years and of the Church of Christ faith.
  Survivors include one daughter Christina Grace McClendon of Franklin; one son Dennis Todd (Jackie) McClendon of Bowling Green; one sister Margaret Katherine Anderson of Burkesville; two grandchildren Tristen Paige Jenkins and Doc Colton McClendon; two step grandchildren Hilary Carder and Michael Carder and one great grandchild Blakley Grace Perkins.
  In addition to his parents he was preceeded in death by one daughter Tonya Gail McClendon.
  There will be no immediate services as cremation was chosen.
  McMurtrey Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Dolly Burton

Dolly Carolyn Spear Burton, age 77, of Summer Shade, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 18, 2019 at home. Born Thursday, November 6, 1941 in Monroe County, she was the daughter of the late Jesse “Bill” Spear and Christine Hodges Spear. She was the widow of the late Freddie Burton. She was an avid Bingo player, an employee at Country Tyme Diner and a member of the Glasgow Faith Church.

  Survivors include four daughters, Debbie Spears of Burkesville, Brenda (Tim) Parrish of Beaumont, Lisa Carter of Willow Shade and Lorie (Marvin) Calhoun of Summer Shade; one stepson Mike (Lisa) Burton of Georgetown, KY ; one brother Bob Spear of Indianapolis, IN; one sister Wanda (Bob) Williamson of Louisville, KY; eight grandchildren, Johnathon (Amy) Carter, Jessica (Joe) Milam, Josh Parrish, Halee Smith, Noah (Samantha) Strode, Ethan Spears, Canyon Calhoun and Lily Calhoun; five step grandchildren, Melissa, Matthew, Jennifer, Robbie and Brandon and 14 great grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death besides her parents and husband by one daughter, Angela Burton; one son Fred Burton, Jr.; one stepdaughter Debbie Dykes; one brother, Jim Spear; three sisters, Francis Blankenship, Elizabeth Young and Sandy Adkins.

  Funeral services will be Sunday July 21, 2019 – 3:00 P.M. at the McMurtrey Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Poynter officiating. Burial to follow in the Bearwallow Cemetery in Columbia, Ky.

  Visitation will be Saturday July 20, 2019 from 2:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the McMurtrey Funeral Home and on Sunday from 8:00 A.M. till funeral time at 3:00 P.M.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019


   Hazel Nell Leamons, 92, formerly of Edmonton, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Fair Oak Health Systems, Jamestown, KY. Born April 2, 1927 in Beaumont, she was a daughter of the late Alice and Verdine Leamons.  She was the widow of the late Vernon [Buddy] Ketchem. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
   Survivors include one brother Jimmy D. Leamons, Louisville, KY and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
   Preceding her in death were her husband and two sons Kester and Steve Ketchem.
   Funeral services will be Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at McMurtrey Funeral Home with Brother Joe Wilcoxson officiating. Burial will follow in the Hiseville Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday, July 18, 2019, 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.
    In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hiseville Cemetery.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019


   Troy Vernon Welsh, 86, Summer Shade, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at his residence. Born November 16, 1932 in Cumberland County he was the son of the late Stonewall Lee and Dollie Frances Riddle Welsh.
   He was a retired auto mechanic and operated Welsh’s Garage for many years. He was an Army Veteran serving during the Korean War. He loved fishing and was a member of East Main United Methodist Church.
   Survivors include four sons Jeff (Teresa) Welsh, Temple Hill, Troy Eddie (Becky) Welsh, Center, Greg (Sandra) Welsh, Fordsville, KY, and Charles (Scotty) Welsh, Glasgow; two daughters Faye (Gary) Houchens, Glasgow and Sonya Welsh, Summer Shade; ten grandchildren Amanda Goodman, Jeffrey Adam Welsh, Erin (Brett) Miller, Nick (Marsha) Houchens, Jon (Candice) Houchens, Morgan (Alan) DeWeese, Tasha Glass, Trae Staten, Robert Coulter, and Ashley (Jansen) Locher; thirteen great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two brothers Legene and Lonnie (Charlotte) Welsh, both of Summer Shade; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Marie Thrasher; and sister-in-law Wanda Welsh.
   He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Pedigo Welsh; two brothers Myron and Reid Welsh; three sisters Neva Estes, Nelda Siddens and Nella Welsh; sisters in laws Daisy Jobe Welsh and Dorothy Bellamy Welsh; and brothers in laws Herman Estes and Lewis Siddens.
   Funeral services will be Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11:00 P.M. at McMurtrey Funeral Home with Bob Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in the Summer Shade Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 3:00-8:00 P.M. and on Thursday, July 11, 2019, 7:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00.
   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Summer Shade Cemetery.

Friday, July 5, 2019


   Gary Russell McMurtrey, 62, Summer Shade, passed away Friday, July 5, 2019 at his residence. Born October 19, 1956 in Glasgow he was a son of the late Charles McMurtrey and Arlene Morgan McMurtrey, who survives. On October 11, 1985 he married Sharon Harper McMurtrey, who survives.
   Gary retired as a rural mail carrier after 31 years; he was an avid sports fan, especially baseball. He was drafted by the New York Yankees after high school graduation. He coached his sons in baseball, basketball and football. He loved hunting, golf, his farm, and he was a third generation wood worker. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
   Survivors, besides his wife and mother, include two sons, Russ (Erika) McMurtrey, Nashville, TN and Ty (fiancĂ© Emma Wilson) McMurtrey, Summer Shade; one daughter, Emily McMurtrey, Nashville, TN; two grandsons Owen and Easton McMurtrey; two brothers, Tom (Freda) McMurtrey, Summer Shade and David (Phyllis) McMurtrey, Maysville, KY; three sisters, Jan (David) Page, Bowling Green, Laurie (Jimmy) Butler, Edmonton and Shana McMurtrey, Summer Shade; mother in law, Joyce Ann Harper, Summer Shade; several nieces and nephews and many, many friends.
   Funeral services will be Monday, July 8, 2019, 11:00 A.M. at McMurtrey Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Summer Shade Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, July 6, 4:00-8:00 P.M., Sunday, July 7, 2019, 8:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M. and on Monday July 8, 2019 after 7:00 A.M.  until time of services at 11:00.
   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Summer Shade Cemetery.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Bill Bushong

William Ralph “Bill” Bushong Jr., age 69, of Lexington, died July 4, 2019, at Saint Joseph Hospital Hospice Care in Lexington. Born in Louisville, he was the son of the late Dr. William Ralph and Sue (McCullough) Bushong of Tompkinsville. He was the husband of Becky (Murphy) Bushong, who survives.  They were married on Sept.21, 1975.
He was a retired commercial and residential building contractor, was a Kentucky Colonel and avid golfer and was able to live out his dream of playing The Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland in 2012.  He had served as a  Lexington Parks and Rec Girls Basketball Team Coach. A member of the Tompkinsville High School Class of 1968, he lettered in football, track and basketball.  He was the first THS student to win a Class A state championship in any sport (shot put in 1968). He received a football scholarship to University of Kentucky where he played defensive tackle for three years.  He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers.  He was inducted in the Monroe County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Molly Carr and her husband, Jonathan  “Bull”,  of Lexington,  and Becca Meadows and her husband, Ryan, of Arlington, Va.; one sister, Susan, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; three brothers, Johnny and his wife, Cheryl,  of Madisonville,  Bobby and his wife, Becky, of Glasgow, and  Paul,of  Bradenton, Fl., ; five grandchildren, Briggs, Hudson, and Ella Carr and Beau and Samantha Meadows.
Gravesides services were held on Friday morning, July 6, at the Mt. Gilead Cemetery with Rodney Dickerson and Danny Neal officiating.  Serving as pallbearers were Johnny and Bobby Bushong, Jonathan Carr, Yantez and Marty Murphy, Wes and Dan Dickerson, and Tyler Street. McMurtrey Funeral Home in Summer Shade was in charge of arrangements. 

Memorial donations may be made to  Buffalo Ridge - Wounded Soldiers Fund sponsored by Tennessee Wildlife Federation that takes wounded warriors on hunting trips, by clicking this link:  or to the  Special Olympics Program with the link:  A Celebration of Life is planned for a later date. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Debbie Jane Davis Brown

   Debbie Jane Davis Brown, 64, Dubre, passed away Monday, July 1, 2019 at Norton’s Hospital in Louisville, KY.
  Born October 5, 1954 in Dubre, KY she was a daughter of the late Gladys Onell Vibbert and Medford Davis and the wife of Glen Brown, who survives. She worked at Marrowbone Community Market and was a Christian.
   Survivors other than her husband include one daughter, Omega (Jacob) West, Pall Mall, TN; two sons Shelley (Ashley) Davis, Burkesville and Ryan (Pamala) Davis, Dubre; two brothers, Medford Wayne (Brenda) Davis, Glasgow and Cecil Joe Davis, Edmonton; nine grandchildren, Bryce, Nicholas, Haley, Gerrick, Kaden, Jacob, Colson, Sophie and Avery; and several nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death, besides her parents by one sister Barbara Wray and one brother Jackie [Hubba] Davis.
   Funeral services will be Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at McMurtrey Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Summer Shade Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 2:00-8:00 P.M. and on Thursday, July 4, after 7:00 A.M. until time of services,