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Obituary: Ellen Rosie Pyles, 85

Mrs. Pyles was an honored homemaker and the matriarch of a large, respected NE Adair County family. She leaves 123 leaving direct descendants.

Ellen Rosie Pyles, 85, a resident of the Fair Oaks Nursing Home in Jamestown, KY, (formerly of the Neat Hollow Road in Adair County), passed away Sunday, January 4, 2009, at 8:42pmCT at the Russell County Hospital after a long illness.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, January 7, 209, at 11:00amCT at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home with Bro. Junior Holmes and Bro. Earl Neat the officiating clergy. Interment will be in New Hope Cemetery, 11 miles east on KY 206. The family requests visitation after 3:30pmCT on Tuesday, January 6, 2008, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY.

She was born September 1, 1923, the daughter of the late Nealer and Susie Burton Sallee of Adair County, KY.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Pyles, on February 24, 1986, and by four sons, Donald ray Pyles, Johnnie Keith Pyles, J.D. Pyles, and Teddy Doyle Pyles; one daughter, Paulette Gabehart, and four grandchildren, one great grandchild, two sisters, and four brothers.

She is survived by the following:
  • Six sons: Travis Pyles and his wife Imogene, Knifley, KY; Randell Pyles and his wife Odean, Knifley, KY; Billy Pyles, Russell Springs, KY; Tommy Pyles and wife Pat, Pensacola, FL; Dean Pyles, Jamestown, KY; Gleason Pyles and wife Tina, Columbia, KY

  • Four daughters: Shirley Brown and husband Edward, Columbia, KY; Norma Miller and husband Dean, Knifley, KY; Joyce Giles and husband Charles, Knifley, KY; and Kaye Wethington, Horse Cave, KY

  • Thirty-eight grandchildren, six step grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren, four step grandchildren, and 26 great great grandchildren

  • Two sisters: Omia Bottoms, Liberty, KY; and Emma Hancotte of Pennysylvania
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  • And by several nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.
Mrs. Pyles was a homemaker.

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY, is in charge of arrangements.

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