James Raymond Angel, M.D.

Posted by on Sep 18, 2020

James Raymond Angel, M.D. 69 of Lebanon, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on September 17, 2020. 

James was born in Lebanon, Kentucky and was the younger child of the late John and Jane Angel.  He was preceded in death by his beloved sister Elizabeth Smith of Harrodsburg, Kentucky.  James was educated in the farms and fields of Marion County in his youth, but also graduated valedictorian of Lebanon High School class of 1968.  He attended the University of Kentucky where he obtained the remarkable 99th percentile score on the national annual chemistry placement exam, but chose to leave college early in 1971 to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor.  He graduated at the top of his class from the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1975 and completed his Urology residency training through Tulane University at Charity Hospital in New Orleans in 1980.  His list of academic accomplishments included being named to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, winning the Tulane Medical School Owl Club Teaching Award, and he was the National Kidney Foundation and American Urologic Association Scholar in 1977.

James left New Orleans and returned home to central Kentucky and founded his private practice in Campbellsville, Kentucky in 1980.  He served the communities of central Kentucky tirelessly as a practicing physician and Urologic surgeon for 38 years before retiring in 2018.  He performed hundreds of thousands of surgeries, and was a passionate member of the medical staff of Taylor County Hospital (now Taylor Regional Hospital) as well as the Chief of Surgery for decades.  He was instrumental in the creation of The Cancer Center at Taylor Regional Hospital and founder of Taylor Regional Urology which continues his legacy of medical service in central Kentucky.

An intrepid adventurer and traveler, James explored the world but always was drawn back to Kentucky.  A lifelong farmer, he was also an avid outdoorsman and conservationist and served as an appointed Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Wildlife for Kentucky’s Fourth District for 13 years.  He volunteered much of his free time to the protection of Kentucky’s fish and wildlife, and cultivation of the next generation of adventurers through his time as a Commissioner and also as an Assistant Scoutmaster with local Boy Scout Troop 616.  His varied interests and fields of practical expertise included agriculture, hunting, fishing, chemistry and astronomy and he was a lifelong booster of University of Kentucky sports.

His interests may have revolved around the farm and the outdoors, but his true passion has always been his family.  He met his soulmate, a young nurse at Taylor County Hospital named Sherri Sapp who became his wife in 1982.  Over the course of 38 years of marriage and love they were blessed with a large family.  James is survived by his wife Sherri  Angel and their three children, Ben Angel, M.D. (Carolyn), John Angel (Sarah), and Meredith Angel, M.D. (Ryan); grandchildren Athena Angel, Vesper Angel, and Gwendolyn Angel; siblings-in-law, Michael Sapp, Debbie Sapp, and Vance Smith; beloved nieces and nephews, Jordan Smith, Christy Sapp, M.D., Jason Sapp, Dawn Thompson, Dana Sapp, Jeffrey Sapp, and Kevin Sapp. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Jane Angel, his sister Elizabeth Smith; father and mother-in-law Thomas and Edith Sapp, and his brothers-in-law Terry Sapp and Thomas Sapp, Jr. and nephew Keith Sapp.

Visitation service will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at Parrott and Ramsey Funeral Home.  Funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 21, 2020 also at Parrott and Ramsey Funeral Home with a private family burial to follow. 

In keeping with James’s wishes, memorial contributions may be made to the Make Today Count support group at The Cancer Center at Taylor Regional Hospital. 

His family would like to thank his many colleagues, the entire staff of Taylor Regional Hospital and Spring View Hospital, valued managers Susan Kelly and Josh Purdom, his treasured friends and his many devoted patients. 

Read More

Flora Groves, 90

Posted by on Sep 16, 2020


 Mrs. Flora Etta Groves, daughter of the late Tom H. and Louise (Anderson) Groves, was born in Green County, KY on December 10, 1929. Early Friday morning, September 11, 2020, God saw fit to call her home from the Norton Inpatient Care Center in Louisville, being 90 years, 9 months, and 1 day of age. She had made a profession of hope in Christ at an early age and began her Christian walk at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She would later move her membership to the Bethel AME Church. Mrs. Groves enjoyed life, especially when she was able to cook and clean for her family. Her favorite times were family get-togethers, and she loved having reunions at her home. She always kept an open door for those she loved.
She leaves to cherish her memory:
  Four children: Mary Louise “Boo” Barnett and husband Prunice of Campbellsville, Tajna Vinegar and husband Phillip of Louisville, Henry Allen Graves and wife Violet of Columbia, and Gary Graves and wife Margie of Texas,
  Seventeen grandchildren,
  Twenty-seven great-grandchildren,
  Four great-great grandchildren,
  A sister-in-law: Jane Groves of Greensburg,
  A son-in-law: William Key of Lebanon,
  Her stepsister: Annette Branch of Chicago, Illinois,
  A stepbrother: Forest Johnson and wife Wyannetta of Chicago, Illinois,
  Two aunts: Ruth Anderson of Campbellsville, and Christine Mitchell of Greensburg,
  And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends.
  She was also preceded in death by three children: Benny Groves, Betty Groves, and Lisa Key; two sisters: Geneva Dixon and Ernestine Motley; three brothers: J.T. Groves, Willie Groves, and Harlon Groves; a stepbrother: O.D. Johnson; and her stepmother: Bessie Smith Groves.
  There will be a funeral service to honor the life of Mrs. Groves on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of the L.R. Petty Funeral Home, 1765 New Columbia Rd, Campbellsville, KY. Rev. Michael Caldwell will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Crown Hill Cemetery.
   Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, Sept. 18, from 10:00 AM until time for the service.
  The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to her sitters, Ms. Gladys Smith and Ms. Gwen Mitchell for their tender care and compassion, and for the joy they brought into her home. They also wish to express their gratitude to all for the many prayers, words of comfort, and countless kindnesses during the time of their bereavement.
   Current social distancing guidelines will be in effect. In consideration of the health of others, masks will be required.
Read More

Darrell Cox, 66

Posted by on Sep 11, 2020


Mr. Darrell Wayne Cox of the Mannsville community was born on July 5, 1960 to the late Berry and Christine (Bottoms) Cox. He departed this life on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 in Lexington at the University of Kentucky Bluegrass Hospice Care Center, being 60 years,  2 months, and 3 days of age. He had made a profession of faith in Christ and was of the Methodist faith. He was an employee of Nally & Haydon and a logger. Darrell was an outdoorsman; he loved to fish and hunt, especially rabbit, deer, and turkey, and usually kept a good pair of running beagles. He was an avid UK fan and enjoyed listening to bluegrass and gospel music; he often raised a garden bigger than he needed just so he could give it all away.
He leaves to cherish his memory:
   His wife of 31 years: Jill (Squires) Cox,
   A daughter: Amanda Beard of Campbellsville,
   Three sisters: Laura Cox and husband Keith, Dorlene Perkins, and Mary Gray, all of Elk Horn,
   Three grandchildren: Chase Adams, Kyler Beard, and Madison Beard,
   His mother-in-law: Garnieta Squires,
   And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
   He was also preceded in death by a son: Anthony Wayne Cox; and three brothers: Earl Allen Cox, Shelby Thomas Cox, and Dannie Berry Cox.
   There will be a funeral service to honor the life of Mr. Cox on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of the L.R. Petty Funeral Home, 1765 New Columbia Rd, Campbellsville, KY. Bro. Larry Loy will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Jones Chapel Cemetery.
   The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10:30 AM until time for the service.
Read More