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April 8, 2004



Lois Austin, 90, formerly of Luckey, Ohio, and recently of Versailles, widow of Charles Austin, died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at Bluegrass Community Hospital, Versailles.

Born Jan. 14, 1914, in Haviland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Iva Hartsell Adams. She was a homemaker and a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Luckey, Ohio.

Survivors include three sons, Jack Austin, Woodland Hills, Calif., Robert Austin, Versailles, and Bill Austin, Norman, Okla.; two daughters, Joyce McDaniel, Boulder, Colo., and Patty Austin, Denver, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; three sisters, Boots Thompson, Wayne, Ohio, Annabelle Heckman, Troy, Ohio, and Hope Geithman, Toledo, Ohio; and a brother, Glenn Adams, Portage, Ohio. A brother, Paul Adams; a sister, Carmen Schaefer, and a grandson, Jacob Austin, are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, April 1, 2004, at the Marsh Funeral Home, Luckey, Ohio, by the Rev. Ted Maust. Burial was in the Troy Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Zion United Methodist Church, Luckey, Ohio.



 Allen L. Barnes, 70 of Huntertown Road, husband of Georgiann B. Barnes for 47 years, died Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at his residence.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late James Samuel Barnes and Bertie Smith Barnes Stewart. He was retired from IBM, was a farmer, a member of Versailles United Methodist Church, and Landmark Masonic Lodge #41.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Vivian Bradley, Frankfort, and Lorena Steverson, Salado, Texas; two aunts, Sydney Moore, Frankfort, and Juanita Hughes, Lewiston, Idaho; two nieces, Arlene Steverson Andrewartha, Plano, Texas, and Mary Ann Steverson Marshall, Rhode Island; three great nieces and a great nephew.

Services were conducted Friday, April 2, 2004, at Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Coleman Howlett and the Rev. Mike Harris. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Norman Green, Donald Green, Fred Lane, Michael Morrow, Fred Morrow, and Wm. Leslie Phelps. Honorary bearers were Hunter Stanley, Granville Bunch, Russell Waits and Fred Wayne Green.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Ave. Versailles, KY 40383.



Myrtle Ann McDavid Bender, 76, of Winchester, died Friday, April 2, 2004, at her home.

A native of Ashland and a former resident of Fort Wright, she was the daughter of James Allen and Henrietta Moore McDavid. She was a former schoolteacher, a graduate of Eastern State Teachers College, and was a member of the First Christian Church in Florence.

Survivors include a daughter, Carla Ann Kramer, Rising Sun, Ind.; three grandchildren, Matthew, Richard, and Lauren Kramer, all of Rising Sun; and two sisters, Josephine McDavid Hubbard, Winchester, and Mary Sue McDavid Stevens, Versailles.

Services were conducted Monday, April 5, 2004, at Scobee Funeral Home by Dr. Jim Mahoney. Casket bearers were Harold Mazurek, Grant Mazurek, James Hubbard, Patrick Hubbard, and Richard Curtis.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Hospice East, 407 Shoppers Drive, Winchester KY 40391.

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Ollie Lunsford Estes, 76, of Frankfort, widow of Edward Estes, died Monday, April 5, 2004, at her residence.

She was the daughter of the late Edward and Ira Brown Lunsford.

Survivors include a daughter, Jean Estes Neal, Versailles; three sons, Tommy, John, and Randy Estes, all of Frankfort; a sister, Eugetta Faye Brandenburg, Estill County; and a brother, Ernest Lunsford, Bardstown; eight grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. A brother, Horace Lunsford, is deceased.

Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. today, Thursday, April 8, 2004, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road. A private burial will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens.



Mead Boykin Ferris, 84, of Louisville, died Wednesday, March 31, 2004.

He retired in 1982 as vice president of personnel for the old South Central Bell Company, and was a former president of the Louisville Country Club, a former board member of Midway College and Scenic Kentucky, a former member of Rotary Club of Louisville and Wynn Stay Club, a former vestry member of St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, and a member of Denbar Club.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marguerite Tuttle; two daughters, Sara F. McCall and Austine F. Sanderlin; a son, Mead B. Ferris Jr.; and 11 grandchildren.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 3, 2004, at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church. Burial was in Cave Hill Cemetery. Pearson's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts may go to St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church.

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Patricia Ann Roark Hollingsworth, 52, of Frankfort, wife of Danny Hollingsworth, died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at her home.

A native of Ohio, she was the daughter of Margaret Murphy Roark, Cynthiana, and the late William Roark. She had worked for Texas Instruments in Versailles for 23 years. She was a graduate of Woodford County High School and a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church, Versailles.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by two daughters, Ashley Hollingsworth and Laura Napier, both of Frankfort; a son, Danny Hollingsworth, Frankfort; a sister, Billye Jo Bollin, Lawrenceburg; and four grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, April 2, 2004, at Rogers Funeral Home, Frankfort. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Richard Lyon, Steve Rarden, Ricky Johnson, Charlie Caskey, Larry VanHoose, Bill Napier, Walter Dotson, and Taylor Ray.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Earl Ison, 82, of Lexington, died Friday, April 2, 2004, at his home due to natural causes.

He was a 50 + year member of the Shriners and Masonic (Blue Lodge) in Fleming County.

Survivors include a son Earl Lynn Ison, Midway; a stepson, Todd Taylor, Lexington; a brother, Burgin Ison, Ohio; two grandchildren, Jamie Lafferty, Lexington, and Jon Ison, Nevada; a nephew, Steve Ison, Lexington; and many other family members.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, April 6, 2004, in the Lancaster Cemetery. Family and friends served as bearers. Betts & West Funeral Home in Nicholasville was in charge of the arrangements.

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Herbert T. “Tommy” Johnson, 63, of Oregon Road, died Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at his residence.

Born Dec. 11. 1940, in Iowa, he was the son of Bill and Tish Johnson. He was a retired pipe fitter with Local 522 in Louisville, a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, and was a member of VFW Post 4075 and American Legion Post 7 of Frankfort. He was a member of the Mt. Edwin United Methodist Church, and was a Mason.

He is survived by his wife, Lynne Johnson, Nicholasville; three sons, Jeffery Johnson, Louisville, Wesley Johnson, San Antonio, Texas, and Dustin Johnson, Versailles; a daughter, Deborah Sherwin, Lake Mary, Fla.; two brothers, Wayne Johnson, Louisville, and John Johnson, Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Jayne Frederick and Helen Craig of Louisville; and eight grandchildren. A son, Tommy Johnson Jr.; two sisters, Mary Lou Palmer and Marvel Chesser; and a brother, Bill Johnson, are deceased.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 3, 2004, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Guy Moyer. Interment with military honors was at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Woodford County. Casket bearers were Billy Presley, Don Manning, Randy Johnson, J. R. Johnson, Tony Riddell, Mike Sherwin, Kenny Johnson, and Morris Smith.



Margaret Greenlee Salyer Miles, of Lexington, died Sunday, April 14, 2004, at Mayfair Manor.

Born Jan. 23, 1914, in Blytheville, Ark., she was the daughter of Marie Miller and Fred Greenlee. She was widowed in 1976 by Ralph Conley Salyer and in 2000 by Phil Miles. She was a graduate of Transylvania University, a member of Chi Omega sorority, PEO Chapter F, a charter member of Crestwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); and a teacher in the Fayette County Schools.

Survivors include her children, Marie Palmer, Midway, Ralph Conley Salyer Jr., Charleston, W.Va., Stephen Lee Salyer, Minneapolis, Minn.; her grandchildren, Tom Vimont, Santa Fe, N.M., Margaret Vimont, Chicago, Ill., Stephen Forster Salyer, Lexington, Sam Salyer, Duncan Salyer, and Clara Salyer, Minneapolis, Minn.; and great grandchildren, Barrett and Michael Vimont of Santa Fe, N.M.

A memorial service will be held later. She donated her body to the University of Kentucky Department of Anatomy.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY 40504, or Crestwood Christian Church, 1882 Bellefonte Dr., Lexington, KY 40503.



Pamela Miller, 43, of Jones Lane, wife of Jeff Miller, died Sunday, April 4, 2004, at her home.

She enjoyed watching her son play baseball, gardening and growing flowers, and working with her horses. She was a member of South Elkhorn Baptist Church and a graduate of Lafayette High School.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Adam Miller, Versailles; her parents, Vernon and Edith Coyle, Lexington; a sister, Kim Mink, Versailles; a brother, Doug Coyle, Erlanger; her maternal grandmother, Gracie Sandlin, Lexington; a niece, Kylie Mink; and a nephew, Ryan Mink. A son, Austin Miller, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Phil Schultz. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tommy and Steve Richie, Mo Chamness, Mike Smith, Todd Claunch and Keith Pike.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the American Cancer Society.

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Geneva Hisel Robinson, widow of Herschel Robinson, died Saturday, April 3, 2004.

Born Sept. 12, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Thomas G. and Emma Harris Hisel. She was a graduate of Athens High School and a retired receptionist and PBX operator for Brock McVey Company. She served in her position over 25 years. She had been a member of the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church for 62 years, where she taught Bible school in the junior and primary department, and completed 19 years as teacher of the Willing Worker adult Bible class. At the time of her death, she was a member of the Heritage Baptist Church. She was a member of the Central Baptist Hospital Auxiliary and put in many volunteer hours after retiring from Brock McVey.

Survivors include a son, Herschel Robinson III, Raleigh, N.C.; a daughter, Jane Powers, Versailles; two grandsons, John Powers, St. Louis, Mo., and Derek Robinson, San Diego, Calif.; a granddaughter, Stephanie Powers, Marietta, Ga., a step-granddaughter, Dayna Nicley; a great-grandson, John Powers III; two step-great grandchildren, Cyle and Cailyn; a sister, Marie Eades; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members. Three siblings, Martha H. Penrod, and Joe H. and Gene Hisel, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Main Street by Chaplain Mike Powers and Pastor Bobby Lakes. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were two grandsons, John and Derek; James D. Hawthorne, James Isaacs, Alan Hisel, and Bobby Roberts. Honorary Bearers were members of Jana Riley's Sunday school class.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY 40504.

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Shambrun Marie Russell, 18, of Versailles, died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at Bluegrass Community Hospital after an illness.

She was a native of Woodford County and attended Living Waters Church.

She is survived by her mother, Loretta Downs, Versailles; her father, Ronald Russell, Versailles; a sister, Natasha Russell, Versailles; two half-sisters, Misty and Angel Russell; a half-brother, Ronald Russell, all of Lexington; maternal grandparents, Ronald and Anna Downs, Versailles; paternal grandfather, Ronald Lee Russell, Wilmore; and paternal grandmother, Mary Fox, Lexington.

Services were conducted Friday, April 2, 2004, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Bro. Victor Slatten. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ronald Downs Jr., Ronald Downs III, Mike, Joshua and Christopher Downs, and Bobby Schafer. Guest book at


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