McMurtrey Funeral Home

McMurtrey Funeral Home

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Freddie Paul Copas


Freddie Paul Copas, 84 of Summer Shade passed away Tuesday May 30, 2023 at the TriStar Centennial Medical Center. He was born April 12, 1939 to the late Joe Copas and Marie Vibbert Copas.


He is survived by two daughters Lois (Phillip) Norris of Summer Shade and Tina Muse of Tompkinsville; one son Joe Paul Copas of Summer Shade; honorary son Austin Copas; two sisters Joyce Pedigo and Barbara Sue Stewart; eight grandchildren Tamara, Krista, Tessa, Malenda, Melonie,  Makendra, Alexius and Corbin; twelve great- grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.


In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Martha Ann Lynn Copas. Five brothers Charlie, Roy, Virgil, Frosty and John David Copas; three sisters Glathey Strode, Stella Price and Betty Copas Pennington.


Funeral services will be held Friday, June 2, 2023 2:00 P.M. at the McMurtrey Funeral Home, with burial in the Skaggs Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, June 1, 2023 from 3:00-8:00 P.M. and on Friday morning after 8:00 A.M. until time of the service.


In lieu of flowers donations can be made toward the funeral expense. Theses can be made at the office of McMurtrey Funeral Home.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Gary Cecil Ferrell


Gary Cecil Ferrell, age 65, of the Randolph community passed away Sunday May 21, 2023 at Greenwood Nursing and Rehab. He was born February 6, 1958 in Glasgow to the late Kenneth Ferrell and Louis Glass Vaughn.


He is survived by two daughters Merrissa Ferrell of Wooster, OH and Marquise Miller (Bradley) of Mulberry, IN; one son Gary Cecil Ferrell II of Frankfort, IN; three brothers Tony Ferrell of Brooklyn, NY; Rick Vaughn and Ronnie Vaughn both of Frankfort, IN; six grandchildren Genavieve, Nicholas, Tyson, Claudia, Adelyn, Emelia; special cousin Runell Clemmons (Doug) of Randolph; aunt Wanda Martin of Franfort, IN and uncle Darrell Glass of Edmonton; he is also survived by several cousins.


In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by is grandmother who raised him Pearl Glass and brother Chris Ferrell.


Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 26,2023 at 1:00 P.M. here at McMurtrey Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday from 9 AM until time of the service. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Billie Jo Smith


Bille Jo Smith, age 74, of Glasgow passed away Saturday, May, 20, 2023 at the TJ Samson Community Hospital. She was born June 23, 1948 in Brazil, Indiana to the late Benjamin Johnson and Mary Jaynes Johnson.


She is survived by her husband of 32 years Merle Smith of Glasgow; five daughters Lisa Hicks, Shirley Smith, Laura Wilder, Linda Whittle and Jackie Buchanan (Dave), two sons Donny Wright (Shellie) and Daniel Smith (Holly), one sister Rebecca Hawkins, and a sister in law Marilyn Johnson, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, David Johnson and Augustus Johnson.


Cremation was chosen by the family and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

 My wife and I would like to announce the sale of McMurtrey Funeral Home. When we bought the funeral home from my family we wanted to make some improvements to be able to serve our community better. We enlarged the chapel and  installed handicap restrooms. We are proud of our improvements.

     Circumstances beyond our control forced us to sell the funeral home. We had several people interested in buying and after several talks we felt Jeff Jessie with Stotts-Phelps-  McQueary  in Columbia would keep the funeral home similar to what you have known these past 95 years.

    We want to thank everyone for letting us serve you in your time of need. I am not retiring until later. Please continue to let McMurtrey Funeral Home serve you as Jeff and I and his staff will continue to give you the best care we can

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Margaret Strode

Margaret Ann Strode, age 83, of Edmonton passed away Sunday, May 7,2023 at her home.

Born February 24,1940 in Pennington Gap, VA she was the daughter of the late Eura Lee Ferguson and Beulah Lena Delong-Ferguson and the wife of James Strode Sr. of 53 years.

She was a member of Assembly Church of God. She loved gardening, making crafts and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters Dianna (Randell) Glass of Edmonton, Gail (Wendell) Barrett of Georgia. two sons Jimmy (Carla) Strode, Scotty (Donna) Strode both of Summer Shade, two sisters Patsy Hart and Brenda Smith of Decatur, IL, one brother Jimmy (Vicki) of St. Louis. MO. 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren with another one on the way.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and husband was her two brothers Jerry Ferguson and  JoJo Ferguson, sister Carol Strode, grandchild Cody Strode and brother in laws Charlie Strode and Allen Smith.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 9,2023 4:00-7:00 here at the funeral home with burial to follow in the Graceland Fairlawn in Decatur, IL at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the funeral home for funeral expense.

Monday, May 1, 2023

Michael Franklin Rich




   Michael Franklin Rich, age 72, of Summer Shade, passed away Monday, May 1, 2023 at T J Samson Hospital.

   Born December 14, 1950,  in Glasgow, Ky he was a son of the late Jacob Rich and Jean Norris Rich and the husband of Margarett [Sis] Rich. They were married 48 years.

   He was a 17 year veteran of the Army, serving in Vietnam and retired from the Great Onyx Job Corp. He was a Christian.

   Survivors other than his wife  include one sister, Hilda  ( Lyndal) Rutledge, Glasgow; four brothers in laws, Wayne (Barbara) Miller, Tompkinsville, Leak (Sue) Miller, Tompkinsville, Ralph (Michelle) Miller, Summer Shade and Joe (Sharon) Miller, Summer Shade; and several nieces and nephews.

   Preceding him in death besides his parents was his grandfather Herman Norri sand mother and father in law Bill and Cleo Miller

  Funeral services will Thursday, May 4, 2023: 11:00 A.M. at McMurtrey Funeral Home, burial will follow in the White Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 3, 2023, 4:00-8:00 P.M and on Thursday morning after 8:00 A.M.until time of services at 11:00.

   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the White Cemetery or Glasgow DAV.