Jim Davis is a native of Berea and attended the Berea Public Schools, Eastern
Kentucky University and the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science in Louisville. He
has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1974. Jim started his funeral
service career working at the Wray Funeral Home. He is the son of George and Merle
Davis and is married to the former Patty Calico, a teacher at Shannon Johnson Elementary School.
Jim served as President of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky in 1988
and currently serves as the association's Secretary-Treasurer as well as
Secretary-Treasurer of Kentucky Funeral Directors Burial Association, positions he has
held for over 10 years. Jim is a member and trustee of the Berea Christian Church and is a past
President of the Berea Rotary Club and a former member of the Berea Hospital Board
of Directors and is active in the Berea Chamber of Commerce and the Spoon Bread Festival.
Gregory G. Powell is a native of Berea and a graduate of Berea Community
High School, Eastern Kentucky University and the Mid-America College of Funeral
Service. Greg is active in the Berea community by serving on the Board of
Directors of The Berea Chamber of Commerce, a past President of the Berea Kiwanis
Club (2004/2005), Member of Berea Lodge #617 F. & A.M.
Greg married Gayle J. Theodore in 1986 and they have 2 children, Sadie Ann and Garrett
Samuel Theodore-Powell. Greg and his family are members of the First Baptist Church
in Richmond, KY. He has been on the Deacon Board and worked with the youth ministry
there, while Gayle teaches in the pre-school department.
John S. Walker, Jr., son of the late Sherman and Sally Martin Walker, is a Berea
native. A graduate of Berea High School, he attended Eastern Kentucky University. He is
also a graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service with a license in both funeral
directing and embalming. John has been a member of the funeral home staff for more than
a decade and is a member of Farristown Baptist Church where he serves as church treasurer
and trustee. John is married to Jacqueline White Walker and they have a daughter, Shannon.
In Memory Of
Robert S. Damrell Sr.
February 17, 1930 - May 23, 2006
Maurice Coyle has been associated with funeral service for many years.
He is married to the former Mable Benge and is the father of Mike (Linda) Coyle
and Linda Ray (Tommy) Reynolds, both of Berea. Maurice has 5 grandchildren and
3 great grandchild. He served in the Navy in World War II and is a member
of the American Legion and the First Christian Church of Berea.
Leonard Bratcher is the son of the late Arnold and Edna Mae Bratcher of Berea. He and his wife,
the former Kathy Elliott of Calloway, Ky. live in the Gabbard Town area of Berea. Leonard is a member
and deacon at the Silver Creek Baptist Church. He enjoys singing in church services and for nursing
home services. He has worked with Harold D. Johnson Cattle Co. of Berea for 40 years and is also a 31
year employee of Blue Grass Stockyards in Lexington. Leonard is the brother of Carolyn (Granville)
Isaacs and Kenny (Vonda) Bratcher of Berea.
Marian Abbott has been in the funeral business for 50 years, serving in many capacities. She is married to
Kenneth Abbott and they live in Berea. Marian serves as AfterCare Coordinator for Davis & Powell, a position
she held for over 20 years in VA. She has provided followup support through individual contacts and support groups.
She is a certified bereavement facilitator and has several bereavement certificates in different fields including
preterm and infant loss. Marian is also an accomplished musician and serves as staff musician (piano/organ) for
Davis & Powell. She is an active member of West Side Baptist Church, Berea.