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April 17, 2003



Louise Portwood Ford, 90, of Midway, widow of William “Bill” Ford, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born Nov. 22, 1912, in Midway, she was the daughter of the late Charles Walker and Lillian Fisher Portwood. She attended Midway High School and was a member of the basketball team. She was a member of the Midway Baptist Church and the Woodburn Homemakers Club, and was retired from the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Lou Watkins, Midway; two grandchildren, Sharon R. Watkins, Midway, and Gary L. Watkins, Florence; three nieces, Mildred Johnston, Midway, Dorothy Lacefield, Harrodsburg, and Betty Woodrum, Versailles; five nephews, Bobby L. Riddle, Midway, Charles “Kayo” Mullin, Louisville, Armon Portwood, Midway, James Portwood, Lexington, and Alfred S. Portwood, Versailles; a cousin, Joe Fisher, Midway; and several great nieces and nephews. Five brothers, Eddie, Henry “Mose”, Alfred “Dick”, Charles, and Bill; and two sisters, Minnie Mullin and Pearl Hulette, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 14, 2003, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Mark Johnson. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bobby Riddle, Eddie Wayne Portwood, Richard Portwood, Jason Sparrow, Kenneth and Gary Watkins.

Memorials may be made to the Midway Nursing Home Task Force, P.O. Box 3964, Midway KY 40347.



Deanna Dinnis, 61, media specialist at Woodford County High School, died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at Rex Memorial Hospital in Raleigh, N.C.

Born June 19, 1941, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Laurence Donovan and Marian Beadle Dinnis. She grew up in the small towns of Hildreth and Minden, Nebraska and then attended the University of Colorado, where she graduated with a degree in English education. She later followed with a master’s degree in library science from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pa. She was married for 24 years to Gary D. Graham and together they had three children while living in Pittsburgh and Frankfort.

Survivors include two sons; Laurence Donovan Graham, Cary, N.C., and Stephen Graham, Durham, N.C.; a daughter, Laura Graham Kelly, Apex, N.C.; three grandchildren, Dylan Christopher and Dawson Dinnis Kelly, and Kashlynn Brooke Graham; a sister, Susan Reames, Grosse Pointe, Mich.; and a niece, Elizabeth Wood, Glenview, Ill.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003, at the Versailles Presbyterian Church.

Memorials are suggested to the Deanna Dinnis Scholarship Fund, Woodford County High School, 180 Frankfort Street, Versailles, KY 40383, attention Cheryl Hill, library.



Myrtle Neal Way Griffith, 88, of Lillards Ferry Road, Versailles, died Saturday, April 12, 2003, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born Feb. 18, 1915, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Bales and Verdie Todd. She was retired from the Barrett’s Sewing Factory in Midway and was a member of the South Elkhorn Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Willoughby, Carlisle; six sons, Charles Neal, Harrodsburg, David Neal, Georgetown, Eugene Neal, Lexington, Donald Neal, Florida, and James and Jerry Way, both of Versailles; three sisters, Lili Mae Johnson, Clara Todd, and Geneva Baker, all of Frankfort; a brother, James Todd, Lexington; 27 grandchildren; 58 great grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren. A son, Robert Neal, two grandsons, a great grandson, three brothers and three sisters are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 14, 2003, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Danny Bishop. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mrs. Griffith’s grandsons.



Lucille Y. Monroe, 85, of Lexington, widow of Floyd Jay Monroe Sr., died Saturday, April 12, 2003.

Born in Kenton County, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Lucy May Gardiner Youmans. She was a retired food handler for the Lafayette Hotel, The Kentuckian, and the Springs Inn. She was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church and the TOPS Club, was a longtime volunteer for St. Joseph Hospital, and was an election judge for Fayette County.

Survivors include two sons, Floyd J. Monroe Jr., Lexington, and Russell “Tommy” Thomas Monroe, Versailles; a stepdaughter, Joann Welch, Orlando, Fla.; four grandchildren, Melissa Fiegenbaum, Georgetown, Kimberly Rendulic, Little Elm, Texas, F.J. Monroe III, Lexington, and Amy Elizabeth Monroe, Versailles; two step-grandchildren, Andrew Welch, Orlando, Fla., and David Lloyd II, Lawrenceburg; a brother, Dr. William B. Youmans, Columbia, Mo.; a sister, Evelyn Ragland, Mt. Sterling; three great grandchildren, Zachary and Jacob Rendulic, and Sidney Fiegenbaum; and five step-great grandchildren, Taylor Nicole Welch, Brittany and Kaitlyn Lloyd, and Stephanie and Bethany Jeffries. A brother, Dr. Charles V. Youmans, and a sister, Elizabeth Sebree, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today, Thursday, April 17, 2003, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Main Street by Dr. Harold Dorsey. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. today. Casket bearers will be David Lloyd II, F.J. Monroe III, Troy Fiegenbaum, Andrew Welch, Lloyd Smith Jr., Douglas Ragland, and David Points.

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The Rev. Thomas Edward Raglin Sr., 71, of Versailles, husband of Jessie Mason Raglin, died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

A native of Sugar Hill, Woodford County, he was the son of the late Rev. John Henry and Susie S. Brooks Raglin. He was a graduate of Ed Davis High School, Georgetown, and attended Bishop College, Dallas, Texas. He also farmed and had been active in the Kentucky State University Black Farmers Outreach program. He was a former chef at St. Joseph and Good Samaritan hospitals and retired as a salesman at Sears after 25 years of service. He was licensed and ordained in 1965 by the Rev. R.E. Girten, and pastored the Nazarene Baptist Church, Leesburg, for 38 years, and Shady Nook Baptist Church, Harrison County, for 25 years. He was a former treasurer and moderator for the Consolidated Baptist District Association and Convention, and was a member of the National Baptist Convention Inc. and the General Association of the Kentucky Baptist. He and his wife were treated with a trip to the Holy Land by their children for their 50th wedding anniversary.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Carolyn R. Belmar, Louisville, Sharon E. Braboy and Laverne R. Carter, both of Versailles; three sons, Charles W. Raglin, Floyd F. Raglin, and Danny K. Raglin, all of Versailles; nine grandchildren, Thomas A. Stephenson, Glen Ellyn, Ill., Ryan Howard, Joshua, Lamar, Jonathan, and Corey Raglin, Jessica and Camille Carter, and Mathias Braboy, all of Versailles; five brothers, the Revs. James E. Raglin, Midway, Robert L. Raglin Sr., Earl B. Raglin, and Floyd B. Raglin, all of Zion Hill, and Bennie O. Raglin Sr., Lexington; an aunt, Maria Smith, Woodford County; a special nephew, Bennie O. Raglin Jr.; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins. A son, Thomas E. Raglin Jr.; a brother, John C. Raglin; and a sister, Argie Mae Shackleford, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2003, at the Shiloh Baptist Church by the Rev. Clyde Beverly, the Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Owens, the Rev. Dr. Felix Williams III, and the Rev. Tommy Allen. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Georgetown. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. today, Thursday, April 17, at the church. Martyn-Hurley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Willie Ruble. 66, of Lexington, husband of Shirley Hymer Ruble, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at his home.

Born May 26, 1936, in Madison County, he was the son of the late Chester Allen and Etta Lear Ruble. He was a retired employee of the University of Kentucky Department of Agriculture, where he served as an assistant to Ira Massey in the tobacco research program.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Mona Sharp, Lexington, Jenny Mitchell, Versailles, and Angela Faye Ruble, Midway; two brothers, Harold Gene Ruble and David C. Ruble, both of Dreyfus; three sisters, Betty Isaacs, Debbie Ruble, and Sandra K. Bailey, all of Dreyfus; a grandson, Bryan Allen Sharp; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 12, 2003, at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, Richmond, by the Rev. James Heard and the Rev. Bill Marcum. Burial was in the Dreyfus Cemetery. Casket bearers were John Hymer III, John D. Baker, Allen Bailey, Ivan Ruble, Bannon Harrison, and Terry Logan Lunsford. Honorary bearers were Rick Wallen, Terry Lunsford, Bob Oakley, Tommy Sutton, Ray Stevens, Roy Mckneese, and Charlie Combs.

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Ronald L. Sabel, 66, of Lexington, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at his residence.

Born in Georgetown, he was the son of the late Joe Edward and Ruby Stigers Sabel. He was employed by the Fayette County Board of Education, teaching science at Bryan Station High School for many years prior to his retirement. He was a former choir director for the First Christian Church, Paris, Carlisle Christian Church, and Beaumont Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Central Kentucky Concert Band and the Retired Teachers Association.

Survivors include two sons, Mark Sabel and Lee Sabel, both of Lexington; a granddaughter, Morgan Sabel, Lexington; two sisters, Joan S. Carr, Lexington, and Mary Ruth Hendricks, Cynthiana; two nieces and three nephews.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Harrodsburg Road by the Rev. Larry Bishop. Burial was on the Lexington Cemetery. Family members served as casket bearers.

Contributions are suggested to the Central Kentucky Concert Band, 300 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508.

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Roberta Richardson Lackey Thompson, 67, of Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Richmond, she was the daughter of the late Shirell and Bonnie E. Elam Richardson. She was past president of VFW Post 680, a volunteer for Kentucky Harvest and the Salvation Army, and was a member of the King’s Tabernacle Church.

Survivors include two sons, Shelby Mason Lackey and Carl E. Thompson Jr., both of Versailles; two daughters, Marilyn Bryant, Lexington, and Sandra Mahoney, Elizabethtown; a sister, Clara Sue Singleton, Versailles; a brother, the Rev. Wallace Richardson, Richmond; six grandchildren, Samantha Lackey, Dougie Bryant, Michael Thompson, Ian Mahoney, Christine Mahoney, and Jacob Bryant. Her first husband, Garnett Lackey; her second husband, Carl Eugene Thompson Sr.; a brother, Gordon Richardson; and a son, Ernie Daniel Lackey, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Byron Jessup. Interment was at the Richmond Cemetery. Casket bearers were Douglas Bryant, Jimmy Gulley, Kevin Singleton, Michael Richardson, Mason Rollins, Samuel Rollins, and Carl E. Thompson Jr. Honorary bearers were Dougie Bryant, Jacob Bryant, Ian Mahoney, Michael Thompson, and Steve Ward.

Memorials are suggested to the Kidney Foundation of Kentucky, 250 Liberty Street Suite 710, Louisville, KY 40202.

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James Warfield, 77, of Lexington, formerly of Midway, husband of Lottie Cline Warfield, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at his residence.

Born June 7, 1925, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Ben and Viola Warfield. He was a longtime employee of Nuckols Brothers Farm and was a member of the Midway Assembly of God.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Peggy Richardson, Lexington, and Libby Patterson, Midway; three sons, James Warfield Jr., Midway, David Warfield, Midway, and Robert Warfield, Versailles; a sister, Mary Alice Stamps, Elizabethtown; three brothers, Frank Warfield, Florida, Johnny Warfield, Florence, and Raymond Warfield, Lexington; eight grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. A grandson, Tony Routt, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 12, 2003, at the Clark-Sunset Funeral Home by the Rev. Byron Jessup. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Junior Allen, Woody Barnes, David Bugen, Fred Brauman, Jimmy Nuckols, and Otha Wethington. Honorary bearers were his grandsons and grandsons-in-law.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Cathreyn Driskell Young, 80, of Lawrenceburg, widow of T.C. Young, died Friday, April 11, 2003.

Born July 30, 1922, in Spencer County, she was the daughter of the late Charles L. and Fannie S. Driskell. She was a member of the Anderson Christian Church and the Retired Angels.

Survivors include two daughters, Diane Smith, Versailles, and Debbie Mitchell, Nicholasville; three sons, Thomas C. Young Jr., Canton, Ohio, Charles A. Young, Columbia, and Jeffrey L. Young, Lawrenceburg; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a sister, Virginia McBrayer, Lawrenceburg; a special nephew, Robert Howser; and many other nieces and nephews.

Her body has been donated to the University of Kentucky School of Medicine. A memorial service was held Monday, April 14, 2003, at the Anderson Christian Church.

Memorials may be made to the Anderson Christian Church, 1631 U.S. 127 Bypass South, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.

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