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August 11, 2005

 

 Bowmar

Daniel Mayes Bowmar, 76, of Versailles, husband of Anne Tate Bowmar, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at the V.A. Medical Center, Cooper Drive, Lexington.

The son of the late Daniel Mayes and Mary Kehoe Bowmar, and the fourth in the family line to be named Daniel Mayes, he was the retired owner of Bowmar Thoroughbred Consultants and was a Korean War veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy.

Bowmar’s family had a long association with The Woodford Sun. His great-grandfather, Daniel M. Bowmar Sr., and others bought the newspaper, The Woodford Weekly, in about 1875, but the publication was sold a short time later to the Rev. Benjamin Deering and the elder Bowmar moved to Chicago. Deering consolidated The Woodford Weekly and The Midway Sun, forming The Woodford Sun. Bowmar returned to Versailles because of ill health in 1881 and took over the paper from then-owners Samuel Field and Willis Field. He was publisher and editor until 1885, when poor health forced him to retire. Bowmar’s young sons, Daniel M. Bowmar Jr. and Aitcheson A. Bowmar, edited and published The Woodford Sun until 1942 and, upon Daniel Jr.’s death, the paper was sold to A.B. “Happy” Chandler. In addition to his wife, Bowmar is survived by his children, Daniel Mayes Bowmar, Lexington, Katherine “Kitty” Zachery, Louisville, Thomas “Kip” Bowmar, Lexington, and James Kehoe Bowmar, Virginia; his stepchildren, Dr. Mike Faust, Florida, Kennetha Gayhart, Lexington, and Billy Faust, Versailles; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mary Bowmar Burley, is deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, Aug. 8, at the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Adam and Nicholas Bowmar, Benjamin Clien-mark, Tom Rodgers, Len Faust and Bobby Rumer. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

Carter

  Tony L., Carter, 53, of Lexington, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2005.

A Woodford County native, he was the son of the late Bennie Parrish and Juanita Caise, the grandson of Julia Beatty, and stepson of Paul Caise Sr.

Other survivors include his children, Toneka Anderson, Tevetra, Tobias, Thaddeus, Tolley, and Aishia Carter; seven grandchildren, TechellÈ, Tejah, Tobias Jr., Sophie, Takeia, Taviean, and "Lil" Tony; a sister, Kimberly Caise; four brothers, Glenn, Paul Jr., Ralph and Pierre Caise; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services were conducted Friday, Aug. 5, at New Vine Baptist Church. Smith & Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Guest book at Legacy.com.

 

Cunningham

  J.C. Cunningham of Lawrenceburg, husband of Lacey Bean Cunningham, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005, at his residence after a brief illness.

A native of Anderson County, he was the son of the late John C. and Etha Meaux Cunningham. He was a retired employee of GTE (now OSRAM) Sylvania with 20 years of service. He was a member of the Craig Chapel AME Church in Salvisa, where he served as treasurer and trustee. He was a 1945 graduate of the Lincoln Institute in Shelby County, a member of the Lincoln Institute Alumni Association, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sisters, Clifforda James, Lawrenceburg, Mattie Sommerville, Toledo, Ohio, and Josephine Minnis, Shelbyville. A sister, Watseka Cunningham; and three brothers, Horace, Orville, and Booker T. Cunningham, are deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Gash Memorial Chapel by Eugene Fuller. Burial was in Woodlawn Hills Cemetery. Casket bearers were Keith James, Chris Bean, John N. Cunningham, Jesse Thomas, Albert Minnis, and Merle Cunningham Jr. Honorary bearers were William E. McKee, Ernest Guthrie Jr., Gary Gilbert, Johnny Thurman, Wyatt Cunningham, and Franklin James.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Darnell

  Nina Wagoner Darnell, 74, of Frankfort, widow of Charles M. Darnell Jr., died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005, at Northpoint - Lexington Health Care Facility.

Born in Fleming County, she was the daughter of the late Sam Wagoner and Frances Staggs Wagoner and was the stepdaughter of the late Hazel Sturgill Wagoner. She was a retired employee of the American Wire Company in Frankfort and was a member of the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Fairview.

Survivors include a daughter, Alice Lynn Townsend, Frankfort; a son, Charles M. Darnell III, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; two grandchildren; and a great grandchild.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Donald T. Townsend. Graveside services were conducted at the Elizaville Cemetery, Fleming County. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Northpoint Health Care Residents Fund, 1500 Trent Blvd., Lexington, KY, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

 

Evans

  Calvin Franklin Evans, 80, of Liberty, widower of Mazie Irene Sallee Evans, died Wednesday, July 27, 2005, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

A native of Casey County, he was the son of the late Rowland Johnce Evans and Mallisa Jane Chanceler Evans. He was a farmer in Woodford County for several years.

Survivors include two sons, Franklin Evans, Versailles, and Rowland Evans, Lancaster; four daughters, Anita Jean Campbell, Lexington, Mallisa Ann Walker, Lawrenceburg, Brenda Campbell, Clay City, and Glenda Cox, Versailles; a sister, Clara Evans, Liberty; a brother, James Evans, Versailles; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Charlotte Hood, Versailles. A brother, Kenneth Evans; two sisters, Rene Richardson and Christine Shell; two sons, Cleveland Ray Evans and James Delbert Evans; and two daughters, Bessie Marie Evans and Regina Sue Evans, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, July 30, at the McKinney-Brown Funeral Home, Liberty. Burial was in the Green River Valley Cemetery, Casey County. Casket bearers were his grandsons, Adam Evans, Rowland Evans, Toby Johnson, Robert Campbell, Josh Evans, J.D. Campbell, and J.R. Campbell. Honorary bearers were his granddaughters, Kim McGuire, Susan Johnson, Barbara Campbell, Glenda Brookshire, Beth Manly, Marlena Richards, Amy Richards, Kayla Evans, Stephanie Evans, and Tessa Evans.

 

Glass

  Marvin L. "Slim" Glass, 88, of Georgetown, husband of Virginia Taylor Glass, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at the V.A. Hospital, Lexington.

A native of Scott County, he was the son of the late Leslie and Jessie Gorham Glass and was a graduate of Georgetown College. He was a retired U.S. Public Health Service employee, a World War II Army veteran, a member of the Gano Baptist Church and the American Legion Scott Post No. 24.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Carol Brown, ;and three grandchildren, Sasha Williams, Orlando, Fla., and Chris and Nick Williams, both of Versailles.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Johnson's Funeral Home by the Rev. Darrell Cruse. Burial with military rites was in the Georgetown Cemetery. Casket bearers were Chris and Nick Williams, Dale, David B. and Dusty Glass, and James Bennett. Honorary bearers were the members of the Gano Baptist Church Adult Men's I Sunday school class.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Gano Baptist Church Building Fund, 212 Bevins Lane, Georgetown, KY 40324.

 

Griffith

  Allene Griffith, 91, widow of Cecil Griffith, mother of Joyce Cantrell of Versailles, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005 at the St. Joseph Hospital Hospice Care Center.

Born in Smithville, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late George and Effie Murdock. She was a member of the Southside Church of Christ in Lexington.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by three sisters, Dimple Allen, Marie Dyer, and Dorothy Baranich, all of Warren, Mich.; a brother, Ralph Murdock, Sparta, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Hugh John VanHooser and Heather Jean Nichols, East Pointe, Mich., Tim Cantrell, Leesburg, Fla., and Susan Hudson, Salem, S.C., six great-grandchildren, Shannon, Chloe, TrÈ and Tristen Hudson of Salem, S.C., and Breanna and Kaylyn Nichols; a stepdaughter, Joyce Cole; and a step-granddaughter, Glenda, all of East Pointe, Mich. Two sons, Ewin and Hugh VanHooser, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Michael Fann. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. today at the funeral home until service time.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

 

Newton

  James E. Newton, 72, of Lancaster, husband of Anna Webb Newton, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Irvine, he was the son of the late Ernest and Martha Jane Henry Newton. He was U.S. Army veteran and a foreman for Birchfield & Thomas General Contractors.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Steve Newton and Anthony Newton, both of Lexington, and Ricky Newton, Jessamine County; two stepsons, Chris Preston, Danville, and Charles Preston, Garrard County; two stepdaughters, Sue Riley, Woodford County, and Kay Haywood, Decatur, Ill.; three brothers, Dwight Newton, Lexington, and Ernie C. Newton and Danny Newton, both of Nicholasville; four sisters, Ada Tanner, Alice Johns, Lucille Beam, and Carolyn Feck, all of Nicholasville; numerous grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by Pastor Zach Terry. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Family members served as casket bearers.

Guest book at Legacy.com.

 

Smith

  Richard Matthew Smith, 40, of Frankfort, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center following a brief illness.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of Charles R. Smith, Frankfort, and the late Mary Elizabeth Watts Smith. He was a former employee of Capital City Tool.

In addition to his father, he is survived by a brother, Marshall R. Smith, Frankfort; three sisters, Lois Harper, Julie Allison, and Sharon Conway, all of Frankfort; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Thursday, Aug. 4, at Sunset Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Tom Douglas. Casket bearers were Ray Tomlin, Chip Barker, Danny Grimes, Brian Talley, Denny Sutton, and Troy Hayden. Honorary bearers were his nieces and nephews. Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

 

Sowder

  Emma Elizabeth Sowder,75, of Keene, wife of Kenneth Sowder, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005, after a long illness.

Born Sept. 1, 1929, in Wolfe County, she was the daughter of the late Rev. John R. and Lillie Taulbee Dalton. She was a retired real estate agent and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Keene.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Arnold Ralph Tyra, Wilmore, and Keith Sowder, Lexington; two daughters; Jeanette Tyra, Nicholasville, and Anna Bennett, Georgetown; a sister; Thelma Walters, Versailles; a brother John Ralph Dalton, Fort Wayne, Ind.; 10 grandchildren, Ryan, Mark, Jason, Erin, Rebecca, Kelsey, Kirby, Dasha, Nicholas, and Harrison. Five brothers and sisters are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Keene, by the Rev. Bobby Becknell and the Rev. Vern Mohr. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Bill Isaacs, Carter Palmer, Jason Tyra, J. B. Walters, Robert Mohr, Thomas Walters Jr., Ryan Pack, Mark Tyra, and John Williams. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 1108 Keene South Elkhorn, Nicholasville, KY 40356.

Guest book at Legacy.com.

 

Tindall

  Emmie Gaines Tindall, 73, of Lawrenceburg, wife of William Tindall Jr., died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at the James B. Haggin Hospital, Harrodsburg.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Ona Frances Gaines and Tom Gaines. She was a retired employee of Bendix in Frankfort and a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, James William Tindall, Lawrenceburg, and John Thomas Tindall, Frankfort; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A sister, Olena McCounn; and five brothers, Lloyd, Velma, Elza, Emmitt, and William Gaines, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home by Carl Jones. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Contributions may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church, c/o John Aldridge, 1140 Drury Road, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.

 

White

B. Eureath White, 95, a longtime Versailles resident, teacher, educator, and administrator, the first executive director of the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005.

Born in Winfield, Kan., she was the daughter of the late John and Effie Rea Alexander White. Due to polio, she had been unable to walk since the age of five without braces and crutches, although she never considered herself handicapped. She considered herself a pioneer in women’s interests and activities, and recently published her autobiography, Memoirs of a Quadruped: An Autobiography, in the preface of which she credited her parents for the determination she had not to let her disability prevent her from living life to the fullest.

“I would never have achieved what I did without the great faith, encouragement, courage, and forward-looking ‘stick-to-it-iveness’ my parents instilled in me from the time I was a small child until their deaths,” Ms. White wrote.

In a story in the March 10 issue of The Sun, Ms. White described how, as a young person, she was assisted in getting around by family and friends and her own dogged determination.

“My sister, Donna, and our friends would pull me around in a wagon or carry me places if necessary,” she said. “I attended school dances and slumber parties and even rode on horseback.”

She lived in Versailles for 50 years, first as an assistant to the administrator of the Margaret Hall School, where she encouraged the interaction of the school’s female students with the community. She later worked 14 years for the Department of Personnel for the state government in Frankfort.

Of her tenure as director of the chamber of commerce, former United Bank CEO J.C. Moraja said, “Ms. White turned us into a professional organization with an established purpose and goals.”

She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and was known in Versailles for years because of her small electric car, which she called “Buzzy,” and was known by many Versailles residents as Aunt ’Reath.

Survivors include her sister, Donna I. Blevins, Versailles; and a first cousin, Maribell White, Versailles. She had six Godchildren, Martha Huang, Carole Raybourn, Debbie Drew Howell, Julie Sellers, Miranda Marston, and Matthew Chandler. She maintained an affection for the women she considered her “daughters,” Mada Barnes, Janet Neat, Toss Chandler, Pat Drew, Barbara Graves, and Connie Spencer, as well as Arnetta “Peaches” Hill, who helped care for her in the final months of life.

A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at St. John’s Episcopal Church by Fr. Alan Sutherland. Following the service, a reception and, at her request, a party in her memory will be in the parish hall of the church. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Woodford Historical Society, 121 Rose Hill, Versailles, KY 40383, to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 210 N. Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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