The Manchester Enterprise: Obituaries

Elsie Bowling Marcum


Elsie Bowling Marcum, widow of Johnnie Marcum, of Marcum Hill Road, and a lifelong resident of Clay County, died on April 7, 2011.  Elsie was retired from the agency of the Cabinet of Families and Children and spent her career assisting the men, women, and children of Clay County through social services.

Elsie was born February 5, 1923, to Taylor and Lucy Webb Bowling of Big Creek. She excelled in school and is still remembered by her peers as the smartest girl in class.  As a teenager, she left Clay County to work at the Bluegrass Army Depot outside of Berea, Kentucky.  She and her sister Jean lived in Berea and often rode the bus home to Big Creek on weekends.  After WWII, she returned home to marry Johnnie at Bear Branch.  Their marriage lasted until his death in 1998.  During those years, they raised their hunting dogs, spent many weekends at their fish camp in Tennessee and enjoyed hosting fish fries for family and friends.  According to Elsie’s nieces, an overnight visit to their house was considered nearly as special as Christmas itself.

Elsie will long be remembered for her sweet, spirit and her generosity to all.  As long as she was able, she befriended her sisters through their illnesses and their sorrows.  No sacrifice was too great for loved ones.  She possessed a gentle nature that revealed itself in her kind words and compassionate character.  She was a role model for her family and exhibited the qualities which the Bible describes as those of a virtuous woman.  Her abiding faith in the Lord and her comfort in the knowledge of his plan of her life inspired all who knew her.  As the psalmist says, “Goodness and Mercy have followed her, and she is now dwelling in the House of the Lord.”

Elsie is survived by her devoted sisters, Mae Bowling Roberts of Manchester and Jean Bowling Cain of Berea, Kentucky.

Also mourning her loss are her nieces and nephews, who delighted in her company and will long remember her concern and love for them and their children.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters Alma Bowling Sizemore, Oma Bowling Hoskins, and Helen Bowling Eagle; and her brother Stanley Bowling.

Pallbearers will be her Bowling and Marcum nephews.  Honorary pallbearers will be her nieces.

Services will be conducted at noon on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at Rominger Funeral Home Chapel in Manchester with Brother Steve May of Big Creek Baptist Church officiating.  Visitation will be at 6:00 PM on Friday at the Rominger Funeral Home Chapel.

The family is grateful to Mossie Smith, Nettie Rawlings, and Patsy Henson, who were not only her caretakers but also her friends.  Their tenders care allowed her to look forward to their fellowship to live comfortable in her own home.


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Troy Kemp

Mr. Troy Kemp, age 90, of Manchester passed away Saturday, April 9th, 2011 at the Manchester Memorial Hospital.  Funeral services for Mr. Troy Kemp will be Friday, April 15th, 2011 at 2 PM at the Rominger Funeral Home Chapel.  Rev. Donnie McKissic and Rev. Jessie Kemp will be officiating.  Burial will be in the Manchester Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be Friday, April 15th, after 12:30 PM at the Rominger Funeral Home Chapel.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2011 13:37


Ola Ruth

Ola Ruth, 82, of Manchester, passed away Saturday at her home.  She was a member of the East Manchester Church of God.  She is survived by the following children:  Ernest Wayne Ruth, Indianapolis, IND., Stephen Ruth Big Creek, Alice Hacker, Oneida, Carolyn Sue Sizemore, Burning Springs, Betty Lou Depew, Franklin, IND., Diana Ruth, Lyttleton, Deborah Kay Botkins & Darlene Ruth, Manchester, & Sheila Faye Bowling, Beech Creek.  She is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren & these brothers & sisters:  Clay Gibson, Lyttleton, Ernest Gibson, Burning Springs, Katie Saylor, Horse Creek, Kizzie Collins, Stamping Ground, Ky., Rachel Hacker, Oneida & Mary Caldwell, Lyttleton.  Funeral services for Ola Ruth will be held Wednesday at 1:00 PM at the Britton Funeral Home Chapel with Curtis Wagers, Joey Burns, George Davidson, Cecil Benge & Eli Johnson officiating.  Burial will follow at the Harts Branch Cemetery.  Visitation will be after 6:00 PM Tuesday at the Britton Funeral Home.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2011 13:36


Martha Bowling

We, the family of Martha Bowling, would like to thank everyone who supported us during the illness and death of our beloved mother.  We thank everyone who prayed for us, visited with us, sent food, flowers, and other gifts.  A special thanks goes out to Irene Napier and the Red Bird Mission Respite Care team for her loving care of Mommy over the years.  We also thank Marie and Kim and the other staff at Clay County Home Health for their care.  The staff at the Manchester Memorial Hospital treated us exceptionally well.  Thanks also to Brittons Funeral Home, Flat Creek Church of the Brethern, Pastors Dwayne Yost, Cleve Bowling, Steve May, Ernest Smith and Carl R. Woodyard.  We also appreciated the beautiful singing of Ernest Smith and the singers from the Mill Creek United Methodist Church, Steve May, Michael Bowling and his family, and Shirley Collins.  We also thank Aaron Rojem for the CD filled with beautiful songs.  Her passing has left a huge hole in our hearts and we would appreciate your continued prayers.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2011 13:36


Lucy Collins

Lucy Collins, 74, of Elk Creek, passed away Friday at the Memorial Hospital.  Funeral services for Lucy Collins were held Tuesday at 11:00 AM at the Britton Funeral Home Chapel with Lyle Sizemore, Don Hubbard & Sill Lee officiating.  Burial followed at the Gibson & Sizemore Cemetery at Bear Branch.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2011 13:35


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