Please be in prayer for David and Connie Jones in the passing of David's mother. The arrangements are listed below:
Lena Pearl Neikirk, 94, daughter of the late Grover and Lula Pearl Neikirk passed away in Danville on December 6, 2015. She was born on August 12, 1921 in the Possum Trot area of Pulaski County. She graduated from Somerset High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She later received an Associate Degree from Jefferson Community College. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Somerset where she taught the Adult Women Sunday School Class for several years. She was known throughout Pulaski County as the "Stanley Dealer" since she worked as a sales representative for Stanley Home Products during the 50's and 60's. She also worked for the Neikirk Insurance Agency for several years then moved to Louisville to be the secretary of her late brother-in-law, Willis Quiggens, Plumbing Company.
She is survived by three sons, David William Jones (Connie) of Frankfort, George Phillip Jones (Gayle), of Danville, Larry Kent Jones ( Janet) of Fairdale. Also surviving are three grand children Candi Whitmer (Blaine) of Bowling Green, Douglas Jones of Somerset, Brian Jones (Amy) of Little Rock, Arkansas and eight great grand children.
Visitation for Lena Pearl Neikirk-Jones will be held at the Pulaski Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 9th from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
A celebration honoring the life of Lena Pearl Neikirk-Jones will be held at the Chapel of Pulaski Funeral Home on Thursday, December 10th at 11:00 A.M.
Interment will follow at the Somerset Cemetery.
On November 20, 2015 the Kentucky Coroner's Association and the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office honored Forensic Pathologist Dr. Juhn Hunsaker for his many years of service to Kentucky Coroners and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Association President Mike Wilder present Dr. Hunsaker with an honorary plaque of appreciation. Thank You Dr. Hunsaker!!
2015 Lake Barkley class photo with Dr. Corey presenting "Child Death Investigations". Due to her upcoming retirement this will be her last DOCJT Coroner class. Thank You Dr. Corey!! [PHOTO ARCHIVED]
We regret to inform the Kentucky Coroner/Medical Examiner community of the passing of long-time Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney. He died at 8:13 A.M., Thursday, September 24, 2015 in Campbellsville at the age of 63 years.
He began employment at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in 1968 later purchasing the business in 1981, where he served as owner, operator and licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. He was elected Deputy Coroner of Taylor County in 1978 and then elected Coroner in 1982 where he continued to serve the citizens of Taylor County with competence and compassion.
He was a member of many civic and professional organizations on a Federal, State and Local level, including the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team/Weapons of Mass Destruction , Member of National Disaster Medical System; Kentucky Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Kentucky Coroners Association, International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Campbellsville Kiwanis Club, Pitman Masonic Lodge #124 F&AM, Campbellsville-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Medical Examiner Advisory Commission, Board of Directors Taylor County Board of Health, Board of Directors Lake Cumberland District Health Department, and Board of Directors Citizens Bank and Trust Company. He was owner and operator of Parrott-Turner-Dabney Cemetery, a Licensed Life Insurance Agent, Advisor to Board of Directors for Taylor County Chapter of the Dream Factory, Board Member of Taylor County Health Department and Advisor to the Kentucky Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Committee. He served as past president of the Kentucky State Coroner’s Association, and was awarded numerous awards and honors.
Besides his wife, Judy Dabney of Campbellsville, he is survived by one son and one daughter, Traver Dabney and wife, Kelli of Versailles and Tara Dabney of Chicago; three granddaughters: Catherine Isabel Dabney, Olivia Brooke Dabney and Scarlet Elizabeth Dabney; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Lynwood and Juanita Newton of Campbellsville, and many other relatives and friends..
VISITATION will be 3:00 - 9:00 P.M., Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home
FUNERAL SERVICE will be 2:00 P.M., Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville. BURIAL will be in Brookside Cemetery
FAMILY REQUESTS EXPRESSIONS OF SYMPATHY BE DONATIONS TO GIDEON BIBLES, COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS OR BROOKSIDE CEMETERY AND MAY BE MADE AT PARROTT & RAMSEY FUNERAL HOME
PLEASE NOTE THIS TRAINING SCHEDULE CHANGE!! The Child Death Investigations class scheduled for 11/03-11/04 at Lake Barkley SRP has been rescheduled to the same week but will begin one day later on Wednesday 11/04 and will conclude on Thursday 11/05.
The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General is offering a one-day program in DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FATALITY REVIEW TRAINING.
Monday, September 14, 2015
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
National Corvette Museum
350 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42101
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Fayette County Courthouse
120 North Limestone, Lexington, KY 40507
Core Objectives will be:
* Identify systemic gaps and barriers to service
* Enhance the safety of domestic violence victims and accountability of batters
* Implement coordinated community response
* Influence public policy for prevention and intervention of domestic violence
Guest Speakers will be:
Dr. Neil Websdale- Director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University
Matthew Dale- Senior Consultant for the National Domestice Violence Review Initiative. Dale coordinates work around the state of Montana in the areas of consumer protection, sexual assault and domestic violence.
Chief Jerald Monahan- A 36 year public safety official, serving with 4 departments prior to March 2013, when he was appointed as the Chief of Police for the city of Prescott, Arizona.
REGISTRATION: Deadline for registration is Friday, September 4, 2015. Contact Sallie Razor at email@example.com or by calling 502-696-5312.
Former Logan County Coroner Jackie Doyle Dunlap, age 68, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Springfield, Tennessee. He served 3 terms as Logan County Coroner, was a former director of Logan County EMS, Russell County city councilman, was a U.S. Army veteran a member of Pine Oak Baptist Church, and was employed at Summers, Kirby, and Sanders Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife Doris Dunlap, a son- Bo Dunlap, a dughter- Jennifer Motsinger, 6 grandchildren and 1 greatgrandchild. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 19, 2015 from 11 am - 2 pm at Summers, Kirby, and Sanders Funeral Home in Russellville, Ky. Funeral services will also be Friday, June 19th at 2 pm. in the funeral home chapel.
Former Gallatin County Coroner Jacque "Jack" Andrew Hughes, 62, passed away Sunday June 14, 2015 at his home. Jack was retired from the City of Warsaw Water Dept., had served as Gallatin County Coroner and drove a truck for many years. He was an avid collector of old tractors. He served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife Susan Brown Hughes, his father Norman Hughes, step children, Andrew Barr, Izabel Wheeler, Tommy (Brenda) Dunn and Katelyn Dunn, his sister, Melanie (David) Stone, nephew, D.J. Stone, niece, Jessica (Jeff) Gamble, great nieces, Rylee and Hayden Gamble and great nephews, Dylan and Gavyn Gamble and a grandson R.J. Dunn. Visitation is Thursday June 18 from 4 to 8 and the funeral on Friday June 19 at 11 am at the Garnett-New-McDonald Funeral Home in Warsaw. Burial will be in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Memorials may be given to the Gallatin Co. F.F.A.
Keep in mind the upcoming 2015 Kentucky Coroner's Conference April 28-30, 2015. Registration is still going on and, as of this morning, rooms were still available at the hotel.
The Master Coroner List on the Front page has been updated, and includes the information obtained during the February Basic Medicolegal Death Investigator Course. We will come back and update the list again following the conclusion of the June Basic Course.
Here is the 2015 Kentucky Coroners Conference Agenda:
Monday, April 27th
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Early Registration Shelby/Trimble Room
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm KCA Board Meeeting Shelby/Trimble Room
Tuesday, April 28th
7:00 am Vendor – Set-up
8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration Crowne A
9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome Crowne A
Mitchell Lee, Marshall County Coroner
Kentucky Coroner’s Association
Consultant to the Kentucky Coroner’s
and Medical Examiners
Dr. Tracey S. Corey
KY Chief Medical Examiner
Justice & Public Safety Cabinet
“Coroner Training & Announcements”
Instructor/Coroner Training Coordinator
Department of Criminal Justice Training
9:15 am – 10:15 am “KY - EDRS” KY Electronic Death Registration System
Paul Royce, Asst. Director Epidemiology & Health Planning
Deena Jones, Health Policy Specialist
Christina Stewart, Admin. Branch Manager
Office of Vital Statistics
10:30 am – 11:30 am “Railroad Deaths”
Carl Agner, Investigator for CSX Railroad
11:30 am – 1:00 pm LUNCH
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm “BTK Serial Killer Investigation/ Task Force Operations”
Kelly M. Otis, Chief of Investigations,
Office of District Attorney, 18th Judicial District of Kansas
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm “Presentation continued….”
Kelly M. Otis
3:15 pm – 5:00 pm “Presentation continued….”
Kelly M. Otis
5:30 pm - ????? Hospitality Room
Sponsored by Kentucky Coroner Association
Wednesday, April 29th
8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration Crowne A
9:00 am – 10:15 am “AIT Laboratories”
Kevin Shanks, Toxicologist
10:30 am – 11:30 am “Kentucky Medical Examiner Update”
Dr. Tracey Corey, KY Chief Medical Examiner
Presented by Dr. Tracey Corey
11:30 am – 1:00 pm LUNCH
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm “ACT on Drugs”
President of ACT on Drugs, Colorado
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Continued – Lynn Remier
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Continued – Lynn Remier
5:00 pm Coroner Career Development Awards and
Presentation of the “David J. Wolfe Award”
Mitchell Lee – President KY State Coroner’s Assoc.
5:15 pm Kentucky State Coroner’s Association
Annual General Meeting
5:45 pm - ????? Hospitality Room
Thursday, April 30th
9:00 am – 10:00 am SB – 69
“Tracking Deaths in Custody/Law Enforcement Care”
Senator Reginald Thomas, Fayette County, KY
10:00 am – 11:30 am “Death Certification & Toxicology –
Why Getting it Right Matters”
Dr. Tracey Corey – KY Chief Medical Examiner
12:00 (noon) REVIEW
The Kentucky Coroner's Association has 2 open positions on its Board of Directors. Bonded and sworn Coroners and/or Deputy Coroners, who are certified and a member of the Kentucky Coroner's Association, interested in being considered for open positions on the Association Board of Directors should submit a letter stating their interest to Brian Ritchie, Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 730, Lawrenceburg, KY. 40342, or email toKY_Coroners_Assoc@yahoo.com . It can also be sent to President Mitchell Lee, P.O. Box 284, Benton, KY 42025 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or prior to April 22, 2014.
Also, the Kentucky Coroner's Association position of Executive Secretary/Treasurer will be elected by majority vote at the General Membership meeting on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Any active coroner/deputy coroner, associate member, or anyone with knowledge and understanding of the Kentucky Coroner's Association may apply for the position. The position is a yearly contracted position and applicants need to submit their nomination to the nominating committee through President Mitchell Lee, P.O. Box 284, Benton, KY. 42025 or email to email@example.com on or prior to April 22, 2014.
William V. "Spider" Garnett, age 84, of Owenton ,KY., passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in Owenton. Funeral was Monday, March 2, 2015 at McDonald and New Funeral Home in Owenton.
Mr. Garnett is the father of Owen County Coroner and Kentucky Coroner's Association Board Member Lannis Garnett. Please remember Lannis and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Russell E. Compton, age 95, former Boyd County Coroner for 22 years, passed away on February 26th in Cattletsburg, KY. He was a Past President of the Kentucky Coroner's Association and Past President of the International Coroners and Medical Examiners Association. He was involved in the formation of the Kentucky Coroner's Association in 1950 and helped establish the Kentucky Coroner's Conference and some of the first coroner training courses.He was a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and a Past President of the Eastern Kentucky Funeral Directors Association.
Mr. Compton was preceded in death by his wife Mary Agnes Compton; and is survived by a sister, several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 1st from 5-7 pm in the Steen Funeral Home-Thirteenth Street chapel in Ashland, KY. Funeral services will be Monday, March 2nd, in the chapel of the Funeral Home.
We regret to inform the Kentucky Coroner/Medical Examiner community of the death of Madison County Deputy Coroner Walter Lee Cornelison. He is the father of Madison County Coroner and Kentucky Coroner’s Association Board Member Jimmy Cornelison.
Walter Cornelison passed away in Lexington on February 26, 2015 at the age of 86 years. He was a charter member of the Waco Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Madison County Rescue Squad, and an Emergency Medical Technician for the Madison County EMS. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy Cornelison, three children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Sunday, March 1st from 2-7 pm EST in the funeral home chapel. Funeral services will be Monday, March 2nd, at 11 am in the chapel of Combs, Parson, and Collins Funeral Home; 328 West Main Street, Richmond, KY.
The following training opportunity has also been added to the Coroner Training page:
The National Transportation Safety Board is offering a three-day course titled ”Transportation Disaster Response – Family Assistance.” This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of how organizations involved in a transportation accident response can most effectively support family assistance efforts. Participants will learn how their organization fits into the broader family assistance framework and how to improve interagency communication and coordination; strategies for communicating effectively with grieving family members; and techniques for conducting family briefings. Following the course, participants will be able to brief others in their organization about the transportation disaster response process and the role of the NTSB. The course is designed specifically for commercial transportation industry officials, representatives of federal, state, and local agencies that have a role in transportation disaster response, and representatives of non-governmental and/or private agencies that have a legitimate and recognized transportation disaster response role. The training will be offered on March 24-26, 2015, at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia, (near Washington, D.C.). Those interested in learning more should see the complete description of the training, registration information, and cost to attend at:http://www.ntsb.gov/Training_Center/Pages/TDA301_2015.aspx. This course has been approved for a maximum of 18.25 continuing education credits with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI).
Information about the NTSB Training Center is available at: http://www.ntsb.gov/Training_Center/Pages/TrainingCenter.aspx.
The Staff Directory page has been updated with new information regarding the 4 Medical Examiner Officies and each of their respective staff members. There had been quite a bit of change what with retirements, additions, transfers to other states, etc.
The complete 2015 Coroners Training Schedule has been uploaded onto the Coroner Training page. This years DOCJT-provided training includes the 40 hour Basic Medicolegal Death Investigator training class, 11 individual classes scattered across the state, the Annual Coroner's Conference, and the 2 hour Mandatory training program.
Information for a Non-DOCJT Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course at Saint Louis University and an Online Training Course have been uploaded as well.
Dr. Corey has made us aware of an online death investigation training course that may be beneficial to many of our coroners and deputy coroners.
A BASIC death investigation training course is available, FREE OF CHARGE, until September, 2016. This is entirely ON-LINE and may be taken in modular fashion. Three modules are currently available for ABMDI credit, CME credit and a variety of POST, EMS credits.
The current modules are:
1) Basics of Death Investigation: Reviews the basics “29 Principles” of Death Investigation. This is particularly targeted for rural and part-time investigators, although presents a fundamental review of the basics.
2) Cultural Competency in Death Investigation and First Responders
3) Mental Health First Aid for Death Investigators and First Responders
Soon to be added:
1) “Medical School 101” for the Death Investigator: Guide to basic terminology, disease and pathophysiology causing common natural deaths
2) Advanced Topics in Death Investigation, including Child death investigation
3) Forensic Pathology Basics for the Death Investigator.
These are all free until September, 2016 and offer CE credits. All are on-line and modular in format, allowing education at your own pace, any time.
More information and registration at:
With the November election there are now several new faces around the Kentucky Coroner Investigator community, and that means it is time to update the Master Coroner Database on the Front page of the website.
All new Coroners and Deputy Coroners attending the Basic Medicolegal Death Investigator course in Frankfort on Feb. 2-6, 2015 will be providing contact information for their Offices. As soon as we collect that new information an updated Master Database list will be uploaded.
The 2015 Kentucky Coroner's Association Annual Conference is fast approaching, being April 28-30, 2015. Information has been placed on the Frontpage of the website regarding Conference Registration and Room Reservations, as well as applications for membership in the Association.
Be sure to note deadlines for applications regarding Career Development and special rates for room reservations.
The 2014 Mandatory Training materials have been placed on the Forensic Library page. You must select and click on each section in order to observe and read the material. After reading all 5 sections complete Form 101 and fax to the DOCJT training section to receive credit.