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August 19, 2004



Mya Ann Marie Brown-Gaines, three days, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center neo-natal unit.

Born Aug. 8, 2004, she was the daughter of Rachel Brown and Gerald Gaines of Lexington. She was the great granddaughter of Betty A. Brown and the late Fred Brown of Versailles; the granddaughter of Dorothy Brown of New York City and Earlena Bates of Collegeville; the niece of Reagan Brown, Cimeron Brown, and Camelia Brown. Other uncles, aunts, cousins and relatives also survive.†

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at the Rose Crest Cemetery by Dorothy Johnson of the St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Lexington. Burial was next to her great grandfather, Fred Brown. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



William Joseph (Joe) Collins, 89, of Richmond, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at Bourbon Community Hospital.

Born May 20, 1915, in Madison County, he was the son of the late M. A. and Mary Frances Hisle Collins. He was raised on Waverly Farm near Richmond and formerly resided in Versailles and San Antonio, Texas. A 1933 graduate of Model High School in Richmond, he also attended Eastern Kentucky State Teacher’s College. During World War II he served for three years as a civil engineer on the construction of the Alcan Highway in Alaska and subsequently worked for many years as a stone mason. He was an avid outdoorsman.

Survivors include four children, Margaret Brown Collins Altom, Winchester, Jo Anne Lorensen, Ashville, N.C., Lisa Phelps Collins, Lexington, and Thomas Noland Collins, Paris; six grandchildren, Danny Wayne Altom, Covington, Valerie VanBooven, St. Louis, Mo., Margaret Frances Altom, Winchester, Ira Collins Duncan, Lexington, Hannah P. Collins, Ladson, S.C., and Sadie Rose Collins, Paris.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, 2004, at the Richmond Cemetery by Dr. Thom Gibson. Turpin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Bourbon County Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 159, Paris, KY 40362.

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Anna Frances Hall Harrod, 77, of Frankfort, wife of Edward H. Harrod, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004, at her residence after a long illness.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Hall and Willie Moreland Hall. She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Michael L. Harrod, Frankfort, and David L. Harrod, Chicago, Ill.; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Three brothers, Roy. L. Hall, Arthur Hall Jr., and Buck Hall; and a sister, Ella D’Ambrosio, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Wallace Kent. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Cory L. Harrod, Jason Harrod, Eric Newton, Chris Robbins, R.L. Hall, and Ricky Hall.



William Jay "Bud" Heathman, 85, of Lexington, widower of Billie Lou Heathman, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at Central Baptist Hospital.

Born Dec. 19, 1918, in Wise, Va., he was the son of the late William J. and Pearl Houpe Heathman. He was a retired meat cutter with Kroger. Prior to 1966, the Heathmans lived in Bourbon County, where he was president of the football boosters, band boosters, and the PTA. In 1966, the family moved to Burgin, where he was the football coach of the Burgin Independent School. He was also a member of the Harrodsburg Lions Club.

Survivors include two sons, William D. Heathman and Michael J. Heathman; a granddaughter, Billie Rae Douglas; five grandsons, Lee, Travis, Mike, Eric, and Bo Heathman; a great grandson, Adam Heathman; a great granddaughter, Rachel Douglas; a brother, Mike Heathman; and two sisters, Elizabeth Standiford and Alma Walker. A brother, Tom Heathman, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, at Whitehall Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Gerald Johns. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tommy Heathman, Steve Head, Phil Petit, Hunter Petit, Robert Cowan, and Jerry Beasley. Honorary bearers were Carlton Hackney, Doyle Walker, Ikey Blackburn, and Dee Dawahare.

Memorials are suggested to Providence Christian Church.

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Edwin E. King, 76, of Harrodsburg, husband of Mary Roberts King, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born Dec. 31, 1927, in Falmouth, he was the son of the late Audrey and Fannie McKinney King. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a 1950 graduate of the University of Kentucky. He was a retired soil conservationist, having served Mercer and Boyle counties. He was also a farmer. He attended the Bohon Christian Church and was a member of the Oakland Christian Church, Pendleton County.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Judith Peach, Versailles, and Susan Hunt, Danville; and five grandchildren. Five brothers, Homer, Langley, Melvin, Estill, and Herbert; and a sister, Elsie, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home by Bro. Leonard Price and Bro. Jim Terry. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Roger, Ricky, and Jerome King, Will Browning, Charlie Baker, and Jimmy Howard. Honorary bearers were James Ellis, John Tuggle, and Jimmy Keller.



Allen Barkley Metts, 83, of Versailles, widower of Mary Nichols Metts, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004, in Charlotte, N.C.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late William and Ollie Bain Metts. He was a retired locksmith for the U.S. government and the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Norfolk, Va., and was a World War II veteran.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara C. Evans, Colorado, and Esther Lee Britt, Texas; a son, Joseph A. Metts, Florida; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. A son, C.W. Metts, is deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at the Versailles Cemetery by Joe Claar. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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James Francis Miller, 80, widower of Vivian Coleman Miller, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004, at the family farm, Wyndehurst, in Woodford County.

Born March 10, 1924, in Pikeville, he was the son of John Scott and Ethel Francis Miller. He was educated at the Pikeville Academy, Centre College, and was a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. He was in private law practice in Lexington and Versailles before becoming a full-time farmer. For many years he was active in the Presbyterian and Orthodox churches. He was the past national vice president of the Sons of the American Revolution and a lifelong member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Survivors include three children, Evan Miller and Ann Richmond, Woodford County, and Mary Katherine Shaffer, Roanoke, Va.; and three grandchildren, Vivian Richmond, Katie Miller, and Alex Miller.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at St. Andrew's Orthodox Church, Lexington.

Memorial gifts are suggested to St. Andrew' s Orthodox Church, 1136 Higbee Mill Road, Lexington, KY 40503. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Allison Mitchell Niceley, 22, of Lexington, was pronounced dead Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, of injuries received in an automobile accident in Woodford County.

A native of Fayette County, she was the daughter of Thomas Henry Niceley, Richmond, and Patricia Settles Niceley, Frankfort. She was a hair stylist with Planet Salon in Lexington. She attended Quest Community Church, was a 2000 graduate of Franklin County High School and a 2002 graduate of Kaufman’s Beauty College, Lexington. She also attended Kentucky State University.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Thomas Donovan “Tommy” Niceley, Frankfort; her paternal grandparents, Lewis and Doris Niceley, Mount Vernon; her maternal grandparents, Jo Deaton, Versailles, and Lee Caudill, Hazard; two aunts; an uncle; and several cousins.

Services were conducted Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004, at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home, Frankfort, by the Rev. Larry Ray Travis. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.



Hermie Adams Townsend, 95, of Midway, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, at her home.

Born in Letcher County, she was the daughter of the late Elijah and Sarah Adams. She was a member of the Fintville Community Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Sarah Ruth Varner, Midway; nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren. A son, Finley Collins, and two grandchildren, Rita Collins and Finley Wayne Collins, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Estill Everman. Casket bearers were Adrian Varner, John Varner, Gary Varner, Darrell Varner, Dale Varner and Clayton Campbell. Honorary bearers were Lee Varner, John Lewis Varner, Eric Varner, Billy Carpenter and Levi Roland. A graveside committal service was conducted Tuesday, Aug. 17, at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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