img_1830LMU Longest Serving Trustee Passes

Samuel Alexander Mars, Jr.

Born August 24, 1928

Son of the late Sam A. Mars, Sr. and Ethel M. Mars.

He was born in Middlesboro; Graduated from Baylor Military Academy, Chattanooga, TN. He attended the University of Tennessee where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and Lincoln Memorial University where he held an honorary Doctorates Degree.

He married Suella (Sue) Ausmus on March 18, 1950. After attending college he worked briefly with his father in his wholesale dry goods business and in 1953 he purchased a small Gulf Oil distributorship which he owned and operated for 45 years building it into a large successful regional operation. While in the oil business, Sam also explored other business opportunities, several of which were with his close childhood friend, J. Roy Shoffner, who remained a close lifelong friend and business partner, and that family relationship continues still today.

After exiting the oil business in 1997 Sam ventured into several other business which his sons continue to manage continuing his legacy.

Throughout his life, Sam was a visionary as well as a community and civic leader. He served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the Kiwanis Club, and the Country Club. He was a member of the Methodist Church for 78 years. He also held numerous positions within his church and was instrumental in unifying of the Covenant Methodist Church. He served on the board of Commercial Bank and on the local board of Community Trust Bank. He was also active with the Boy Scouts and numerous other organizations during his life. Following in his father’s footsteps Sam joined the LMU Board of Trustees in 1973 and was elected as chairman of the executive committee from 1973 until 2014 when his failing health forced his resignation from that position. Probably his proudest achievement was his service there at LMU and his close friends and fellow trustees, Pete DeBusk and Gary Burchett, helped to guide the school to where it is today, a level 6 university. The trio became known as the “Three Amigos.” Sam was the longest serving trustee in the history of the school.

Sam was a devoted, loving husband, father and grandfather who loved and cared deeply for his family. In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by his daughter, Suzanne Mars Lambdin. He is survived by his wife, Sue of 67 years; Two sons, Sam and wife Debbie, and Steve; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Jane Perkins of Asheville, NC and several nieces and a nephew. Sam also leave behind special friends, Pete DeBusk, Gary Burchett, J.C. and Nadeen Meredith, Richard and GeorgeAnn Tamer, Don Childers, Dr. Meredith and Helen Evans, his professional staff Chidsey Grace, Preston Lake, Peggie Howard along with numerous former employees through the years and finally his faithful lab, Suzie. A special thanks to all the employees of the Middlesboro Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at the Covenant United Methodist Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky, with Rev. George Strunk officiating. Special comments will be made by Gary Burchett and Pete DeBusk. Music will be provided by the Covenant United Methodist Church Choir, Cindy Whitt and Barbara McCune. Entombment will follow in the Green Hills Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be Jason Lambdin, Chauncey Beeler, Brad Mars, Alex Mars, Andy Mars, Jordan Hill, Stuart McCullough. Honorary Pallbearers will be The LMU Board of Trustees, Pete DeBusk, Gary Burchett, J.C. Meredith.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Green Hills Funeral Home, in Middlesboro, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be made to Lincoln Memorial University. Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is in charge of all arrangements.


img_1789Mrs. Donna Marie Coots age 54 of Middlesboro, KY passed away surrounded by her loving family Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in the Middlesboro ARH Hospital. She was born November 22, 1961 the daughter of the late Herman Lincoln Hatfield and Betty Joyce Moore Hatfield whom survives.

Donna is a member of the Spirit and Truth Church.

She is preceded in death by her father and a sister Debra Kay Williams.

Donna is survived by: her mother Betty Hatfield; husband Michael Coots; daughter Lindsay Welch and two sons: Greg Coots and wife Brandi and Brian Coots and wife Elizabeth. One sister: Penny Welch and husband Tim and Four brothers: Wayne Hatfield, Randy Hatfield, Scott Hatfield and Arthur Hatfield. Nine grandchildren: Emma, Malaki, Braylon, Keylee, Kalyn, Landon, L.J., Adalynn and Avery. Special friend Kim Marlow in addition to a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Monday, September 26, 2016 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at Green Hills Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7:00pm with Brother Audey Miracle officiating. Music will be provided by Kenny Goodin.

Interment services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to help with funeral expenses to the funeral home.

Green Hills Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


imageMr. Earl David Brimm, 63, of Middlesboro, KY, passed away September 12, 2016 at Middlesboro ARH.

He was born January 16, 1953 the son of the late Clarence Clayton Brimm and Maggie Marie Brimm whom survives. Mr. Brimm was a member of the West Cumberland Avenue Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by the following members of his family, father Clarence Clayton Brimm, in-laws Charles and Opal Burchfield, and son-in-law Barry Boggs.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Brenda Burchfield Brimm, his daughters Vanessa Brimm Boggs(Jimmy Bowman, Jr.) of Clairfield, TN, Sabrina (David) Smith of Harrogate, TN, Angela Brimm(Clarence Yeary) of Middlesboro, KY, Tabitha (Charles) Brimm of Middlesboro, KY, Jamie (Johnny) Warren of Lexington, KY, son Brentton Matthew Brimm of Middlesboro, Ky, daughter Tessa Zachary of Middlesboro, Ky, mother Maggie Marie Brimm of Middlesboro, KY, brother Jimmy (Dorothy) Brimm of Middlesboro, KY, brother Jimmy Brimm of Tazewell, TN, sisters Peggy Frazier of Middlesboro, KY, Judy (Ronnie) Ely of Middlesboro, KY, and Brenda Kay (Carl) Burchfield of Middlesboro, KY.

He leaves behind a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews whom he loved.

The family will receive friends Friday, September 14, 2016 from 1:00pm until 3:00pm at the Green Hills Funeral Home. Memorial services will follow at 3:00pm in the Green Hills Funeral Home Chapel.

Green Hills Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


PHOTO LILYPADLisa Jeanine Burke Orr, 53 of Middlesboro, Kentucky passed away Sunday, September 4th 2016 at the U.T. Medical Center, Knoxville, Tennessee.

She was born September 10, 1963 in Anderson, Indiana, the daughter of the late Loretta Green Burke and Ancil Burke who survives. In addition to her mother, she is preceded in death by her brother Glenn Burke, and grandmother Gracie Green. Continue reading


IMG_0523Roger Wayne Rose, age 65, of Moraine, Ohio passed on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at the Kettering Medical Center. Roger was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky on April 23, 1951.

Roger was preceded in death by his father, James “Bud” Rose, his mother, Mary Katherine Rose, and his brothers Danny “Big Ed” Rose and Larry Daniels. Continue reading