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Bertha Lee Blakeman, 84, the widow of A.J. "Art" Blakeman, passed away Tuesday afternoon, May 2, 2017, at The Compassionate Care Center in Richmond.
Mrs. Blakeman was born on June 9, 1932, in Casey County, the daughter of the late James Levi Harden Coyle and Pearlie Irene Hafley Coyle. She was a member of The Community Church of God and The Rybolt Homemakers Club. Earlier, she had served as President of the Jr. ROTC Parents Association. It was said the she had a green thumb, and because of that, she loved to garden. She also loved to crochet and make beautiful bedspreads.
Survivors include: two sons, Arthur Wayne (Alice) Blakeman of Bradenton, Fla., and Timothy (Marlene) Blakeman, of Nashville, Tenn.; four daughters, Phyllis (Wesley) Morgan of London, Ky.,  Brenda Blakeman of Richmond, Elizabeth (Terry-Deceased) Angle of Richmond and Deborah (Marcus) Hisle of Mt. Sterling; one brother, James Thomas (Joyce ) Coyle; a sister-in-law, Pauline Coyle; 10 grandchildren, Brenda Carol Tomerlin, Dale Morgan, Adam Angle, Misty Black, Meghan Blakeman, Crystal Aulds, Bethany Hisle, Austin Blakeman, Angie Greer and Tiffany Brown; 15 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Hardin Coyle.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home with Rev. James Southerland officiating. Burial will follow at Madison Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9  p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be: Austin Blakeman, Lesley Aulds, John Becker, Chris Tomerlin, Dale Morgan and Daniel Maxey.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, Ky 40403.
Published on May 3, 2017
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