A brilliant light went out on Sunday, January 12, 2014, as David Bertram, born September 18, 1942, was called home.
He was one of eight children born to the late William V. and Laura Hurt Bertram.
A devoted family man, he was most at ease on the farm where he and his wife spent nearly 20 years. He enjoyed his garden, fishing, woodworking and being outdoors. A self-taught musician, he loved playing the guitar and banjo and had a beautiful singing voice. He was also a United States Army veteran having served in the Vietnam era as a paratrooper.
He leaves behind a hole in the heart of all who knew and respected him. He attended the Calvary Baptist Church in Richmond.
Mr. Bertram is survived by: his loving and devoted wife of 47 years, Carolyn Lawson Bertram; three daughters, Tonya Rogers (Paul), Renee Azbill and husband Rick, and Stacy Bertram, all of Richmond; two beautiful grandchildren, Kevin Azbill (Amanda) and Marina Rogers; two brothers, Ray Bertram and wife Anita, and Gary Bertram and wife Jan; three sisters, Ginny Rollins and husband Jim, Helen Atherton and husband James, and Alene Roberts and husband Hugh; two special sisters-in-law, Janet Bertram and Marilyn Bertram; his father-in-law, Eugene Lawson; a brother-in-law, Ken Lawson and wife Brenda; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Rev. Lynn Bertram and Larry Bertram.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, January 16, 2014, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Howard and Rev. Pat Prather officiating. Burial will follow in the Richmond Cemetery with full military honors.
Visitation is requested from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
His daughters and sons-in-law will serve as pallbearers.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Compassionate Care Center, 350 Isaacs Lane, Richmond, KY 40475.
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James Donald Willis, 76
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Raymond Maurice Reams, 91
Raymond Maurice Reams, 91, departed this life Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Telford Terrace, Richmond, Kentucky.
Dennis Paul Smith, 62
Dennis Paul Smith, 62, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at his home.
He is survived locally by a nephew, Paul (Angi) Smith, and a niece, Jennifer Howard, of Berea.
Raymond M. Reams, 91
Raymond M. Reams, 91, of Richmond, husband of Gladys Goodlett Reams, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
A complete obituary will be published in Friday’s Richmond Register.
Marion Deborah (Debbie) Lynn Wethington Kirkman, 55
Marion Deborah (Debbie) Lynn Wethington Kirkman, Bushnell, Fla., passed away March 1, 2014, at the The Villages Hospice House in Leesburg, Fla.
She was born in Lexington, Ky., September 30, 1958, to the late John Arnold Wethington and Rachel Elizabeth Watkins Hager.
Gloranna ‘Ann’ Wall Short, 91
Gloranna “Ann” Wall Short, of Madison County, passed away Monday, March 3, at Christian Care Center in Lancaster.
She was born May 22, 1922, to the late Carradine and Fannie Eades Wall. She was a well-known quilter who made over 100 quilts that she gave to family members and friends. She was of the Methodist faith.
Wesley Ray ‘Jack’ Masters Sr., 79
Wesley Ray “Jack” Masters Sr., 79, of Richmond, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014, at his home.
Mr. Masters was born September 20, 1934, in Madison County to Robert and Dolly Miller Masters. He never met a stranger and always enjoyed cutting up.
Walter Leo Liebengood, 57
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Charles W. Hill Sr., 61
Charles W. Hill Sr., 61, of Richmond, husband of Shirllean Merritt Hill, died March 1, 2014.
His funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 7, at St. Paul AME Church, 437 Francis Street, with visitation beginning at 11 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Keith P. Clark & Son, Winchester.
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