McMurtrey Funeral Home

McMurtrey Funeral Home

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

May Dell Whitlow

 May Dell Cummins Whitlow, age 84, passed away March 23 in her home with family.

      May Dell was the sixth child born to the late Morad Cecil and Grace Ellen Strode Cummins of the Randolph community. May Dell married her childhood sweetheart, Philip Curtis Whitlow, to whom she was a devoted wife and mother to their five children. Together they raised their family and farmed in the Randolph community until Philip passed away in April of 2017.

       Surviving her are their children, Ann (Peter) Acree, Jesse (Gale) Whitlow, Paul Whitlow, Sam Whitlow (Kimberly DeWeese) all of Randolph and David Whitlow (John Scheller) of Evansville, Indiana. There are fourteen grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, a special niece Sondra Nuckols and a host of nieces and nephews who also survive her.

     Along with her parents, and husband she was preceded in death by four sisters, Edna Marie Cummins, Ruby Hegseth, Patty Nell Williams and Lucille Cummins, four brothers, Clarence, Virgil, Tom and Alonzo Cummins, one sister-in-law Ruth Cummins, two brothers – in –laws Earling Hegseth, Lewis Williams and special lifelong friend Jean Blakeman Rhea.

    A private family funeral service will be held at 2 P.M. Saturday March 27, 2021 at McMurtrey Funeral Home in Summer Shade with Brother Gary Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Randolph.

     Visitation for the public will be Saturday March 27 from 10:00 A.M. till 2:00 P.M.

     Face masks are required, social distancing practiced and no food or drinks are allowed.

     The family wishes to take this opportunity to thank all her doctors who care for her during this journey with cancer: Dr. Pamela Smith, Dr. Craig Tyree, Dr. Ian Waheed, Dr. Richard Clouse, Hosparus Care of Kentucky, countless nurses and McMurtrey Funeral Home for their care and support.  

      In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her loving memory to the American Cancer Society and can be left at the funeral home.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Joe (Mr. Joe) W. Thompson


   Joe (Mr. Joe) Wallace Thompson, age 78, of Randolph passed away March 22, 2021 at Signature Health Care of Glasgow..

   Joe was born in Glasgow, Ky. He was the son of the late Howard and Ruth DeVore Thompson.

   Joe was a cosmetologist for 54 years and was a member of Pleasant Hill Church of Christ and a Mason.

   Joe is survived by his wife Joyce Akers Thompson, two sons Todd Thompson of Edmonton and Joe Akers (Jamie) of Louisville, one daughter Sarah Drury (Ken Joines) of Glasgow, and six grandchildren Blake Thompson, Kassidi Akers, Molly Akers, Salyssa Shoopman, Connor Spears and Peanut (Jaccy) Drury.

    Other than his parents he was preceeded in death by his first wife Betty Gentry Thompson.

    A walk through visitation will begin Thursday March 25, 2021 from 3:00 P.M. till 8:00 P.M. at McMurtrey Funeral Home with Masonic Rites conducted at 6:00 P.M. Visitation will continue on Friday March 26, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. till 1:00 P.M. at the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ.

   Funeral services will be Friday March 26, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ in Randolph with limited seating and burial to follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery

    Face masks are required, social distancing practiced, no food or drinks allowed

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Cora Gelene Thomas Smith




   Cora Gelene Thomas Smith, age 88, Glasgow, KY passed away Friday,  March 19, 2021, with her family present at her nieces home. Born May 14, 1932 in Burkesville, KY, she was a daughter of the late Sellie Bryant and Etta Mae Hurt Thomas, and the widow of Billy Smith.

   She was a housewife and caregiver and a long time member of the Glenview Christian Church.

   Survivors include four nieces, Cora (Richard) Duncan, Burkesville, Nora Brown, Burkesville, Pat (Larry) Vincent, Signal Mountain, TN and Suzanne Shaffer, IN; three nephews, Doug (Brenda) Keen, Louisville, Charlie (Linda) Keen, Burkesville and Tommy Thomas, Eighty Eight; and several cousins and friends.

   Preceding her death besides her parents and husband, were two brothers, Kenneth and S B Thomas and two sisters, Marion Keen and Betty Loraine Thomas.

   Funeral services, with limited seating, will be Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 2:00 P.M. at Glenview Christian Church, with Wayne Hensley officiating. Burial will follow in the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery.  A walk through visitation will be Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 11:00 A.M.  until time of the service at 2:00 P.M at the church.

   Due to Covid restrictions social distancing is encouraged and face masks are required.



Friday, March 19, 2021

Glenda Kay McCoy Gearlds



   Glenda Kay McCoy Gearlds, 69, Tompkinsville, KY passed away Thursday, March 18, 2021, at The Medical Center.

   Born February 12, 1952 in Glasgow, she was the daughter of the late Charles W and Pernie Kingrey McCoy. On August 28, 1972 she married Jackie Ben Gearlds, who survives.

   Kay worked for Drs. Ross and Birge for 18 years and was a member of the Oak Hill Church of Christ.

   Survivors besides her husband, include one daughter, Melinda (David) Page, Summer Shade; one son, Kevin (Kellie) Gearlds, Glasgow; two brothers, Charles (Linda) McCoy, Louisville and Mike (Irene) McCoy, Glasgow;  eight grandchildren, Jackson and Jordan Page, Kyn’lee Swartz, Kylie Brown, Karoline, Katie, Karson and Katherine Gearlds.

  Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Randall McCoy.

   Funeral services will be Monday, March 22, 2021, 1:00 P.M, at the Oak Hill Church of Christ, with Lewis Blythe officiating. Burial will follow in Monroe County Memorial Lawn. A walk through visitation will be Sunday, March 21, 2021, 1:00-8:00 P.M. at McMurtrey Funeral Home and on Monday, March 22, 2021 after 10:00 A.M. at the Oak Hill Church of Christ until time of services at 1:00.

   Due to Covid regulations masks are required, social distancing encouraged, and no food or drinks.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Jennifer Reneau Cardwell



      Jennifer Reneau Cardwell, age 58, Glasgow, KY went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Born November 8, 1962 in Glasgow, she was a daughter of the late Billy Reneau and Peggy Kingery Cain, who survives. She was the widow of the late Joe E Cardwell.

   She worked as a social worker and was a 48 year member of Union #2 Baptist Church  where she had taught Sunday school. She was president of Ramblers Square Dancing Club, a member of Eastern Star and served her community.

  Survivors include one daughter, Desire’ (Kevin) Davis, Bowling Green; mother, Peggy (special friend, James Chenault) Kingery Cain; two step sons, Mike Cardwell, Madison, IN, and Joe Cardwell Jr, Bowling Green; one sister, Mary Lee (Willie) England, Glasgow; one brother, Robin Reneau, Summer Shade; one grandchild, Devin Davis;  three step grandchildren, Tyler, Jared, and Haylee Cardwell;  one step great grandchild, Charlotte Cardwell and several nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death besides her husband and father, by her step father Tim Lee Cain, and grandparents Stanley and Edna Reneau and Reverend Delbert and Vinnie Garrett Kingery.

   Funeral services will be Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at Union #2 Baptist Church, with Brother Ricky Holland officiating. Burial will follow in the Union #2 Cemetery. A walk through visitation will be Friday, March 19, 2021, 2:00-8:00 P.M. at McMurtrey Funeral Home and on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Union #2 church after 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 2:00.

   Social distancing is encouraged and mask are required.

   Memorials may be made to the Union #2 Cemetery.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Jack Wayne Gibbons


   Jack Wayne Gibbons, age 86, of Summer Shade, KY passed away Sunday, March 14, 2021 at the University of Louisville Hospital.

   Born April 23, 1934 in Edmonton, he was the son of the late Florence (McFarland) and Lonza Gibbons and the husband, of 51 years, of Martha Traylor Gibbons, who survives.

He attended Summer Shade Missionary Baptist Church and was a United States Army veteran.

   Survivors other than his wife include one niece, Carol (Charles) Jean Shirley, Colombia; sister in law Anna Wilson, Glasgow and her daughters, Debbie (Johnny) Ritter, and Sue Lewis, both of Glasgow.

   He was preceded in death besides his parents by one sister, Atrice Estes.

   Private funeral services will be held with burial to be in the Summer Shade Cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Summer Shade Fire Department.