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August 23, 2007



William A. "Bill" Barnes, 69, of Umatilla, Fla., husband of Patsy D. Barnes, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, at home after a long illness.

Born in Woodford County, he lived here most of his life. In 1990 he relocated to Cape Coral, Fla., and in 2003 moved to Umatilla, Fla. He began his career in the industrial air conditioning business early on with I.B.M. for 19 years. Throughout his career he worked with Carrier Corp. and Mechanical Services in Kentucky. He attended many technical schools as well as Duke University. He was an instructor in the vocational school in Lexington, teaching plumbing and mechanical courses for many years. Upon relocating to Florida, he worked in Naples and Fort Myers in management for the last 15 years. He was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Sharing in the Regional and International Building Program allowed him to be an integral part of building more than 60 Kingdom Halls in Kentucky and Florida. He traveled to Peru, Jamaica, Montserrat, and the Panama Canal with their building projects.

In addition to his wife of 51 years, he is survived by two daughters, Laura Barnes and Sarah Pollock, Fort Myers, Fla.; three sons, Mike, Lawrenceburg, Ben, Frankfort, and Mason, Lexington; a granddaughter, Angela Barnes; three grandsons, Zachary and Jacob Barnes and Benjamin Denman; a great-granddaughter, Tina Barnes; and a great-grandson, Zander Denman.

Services will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Umatilla, Fla.



Stacie Dawn Coomer, 30 of Bellbrook, Ohio, formerly of Ashland and Lexington, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, of a sudden illness at her home.

She was the daughter of Thomas and Barbara Coomer of Ashland. She graduated with honors from Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland and continued her education at the University of Kentucky, receiving her undergraduate degree and master’s degrees in library science. She was employed at the Lexington Public Library and joined the Greene County Public Library in Xenia, Ohio. While living in Lexington, she attended Southland Christian Church and Hill ‘N’ Dale Christian Church. She was a published volunteer reviewer for various fictional religious books.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Kristen Coomer Ross, Versailles.

Services were conducted Friday, Aug. 17, at Caniff Funeral Home in Westwood by Minister Danny Evans and Minister Dean Jackson. A graveside service followed at Coomer-Stacey Cemetery in Jabez.

Contributions may be made to Howell’s Mill Christian Assembly, Rt. 2 Box 118, Ona, W.Va 25545.



Clarence Edward "Shine" Crowell, 81, husband of Emma Lou Vaughan Crowell, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center after a short illness.

Born Dec. 9, 1925, in Ashland, he was the son of the late Clarence E. and Charlotte Keifer Crowell. He was raised at Bellwood Home for Children in Louisville. He was an employee of Ashland Oil for 40 years, a World War II Marine Corps veteran, a member of Gideons International and Hampton Masonic Lodge #235, where he was a 32nd degree Mason. He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Danville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, David Crowell, Versailles; a daughter, Cheryl Crowell Seneff, Nashville, Tenn.; and six grandchildren, Robert and Kaia Crowell, Alex and Shawna Boyer, Adam Boyer, Gregory Seneff Jr., Joel Seneff, and Rachael Crowell. A son, Clarence "Pete" Crowell; a daughter, Ann Boyer; and a brother, Henry N. Crowell, are deceased.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Grace Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Michael Rice and the Rev. John Estorgh. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the church. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Stith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Gideons International, Grace Presbyterian Church, or Bellwood Home for Children.

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Daisy W. Higgins, 75, widow of George Edward Higgins Sr., died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at Bradford Square Nursing Home in Frankfort.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Wilson H. and Addie Frances Davis Higgins. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, a graduate of Simmons High School, and had retired from Rand McNally & Co.

Survivors include five children, Karen Higgins Burton, Louisville, George E. Higgins Jr., Versailles, Garland W. Higgins, Frankfort, James R. Higgins, Lexington, and Joseph L. Higgins, Spring Lake, N.C.; and three grandchildren, Dr. George E. Higgins III, Louisville, Charles Edward Burton Jr., Champaign, Ill., and Monica Denise Higgins, Frankfort. Two brothers, Wilson H. Williams Jr. and John C. Williams, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 23, at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Floyd Greene, the Rev. T. H. Peoples, and the Rev. Charles Burton. Interment will follow at the Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers will be George E. Higgins Jr., George E. Higgins III, Garland W. Higgins, James R. Higgins, Joseph L. Higgins, and Charles Edward Burton Jr. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Marie Lynem Johnson, widow of David W. Johnson, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007.

The daughter of the late Rev. Sheley Lynem and Marie Hayes Lynem, she was a member of St. Matthew AME Church, Midway.

Survivors include a daughter, Anna M. Johnson; a son, Emile E. Lynem; two granddaughters, Alesia Johnson Matthew and Natasha Lynem; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lillie Patterson and Laura Rates; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Two brothers, Carl I. Lynem and Sheley F. Lynem, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 23, at St. Matthew AME Church, Midway, by the Rev. Sherry J. Miller. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Fender Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.



Vivian Ford Miller, 96, of Nicholasville, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007.

Born Oct. 6, 1910, in Wedonia, she was the daughter of the late Ben W. Ford and Lula Barnes Helphenstine Ford. She was retired from the Kentucky Baptist Hospital Association and was a member of Bethel Christian Church.

Survivors include two sons, William D. Cox, Nicholasville, and D. Chris Keen, Louisville; two stepsons, Bert Miller, Mississippi, and Ted Miller, Arizona, a stepdaughter, Nina Letanosky, Clinton; six grandchildren, Debbie Williams, Becky Cox and Edith Orange, all of Nicholasville, Allyson Keen, Florida, John William Cox, Nicholasville, and John Wiley Keen, Tennessee; eight great-grandchildren, Rebecca Cox, Chad Cox, Amelia, Colby and Jacob Cox, all of Nicholasville, Peyton and Abigail Keen, Tennessee, and Phillip Wiliams, Nicholasville; three great-great-grandchildren, Whitley Mitchell and Oakley Cox, Nicholasville; and a sister, Cecil M. Fister, Versailles. Two brothers, Ben William Ford Jr. and Charles Allen Ford; and a sister, Thelma Graves, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 20, at Betts & West Funeral Home by the Rev. Bill Bales and the Rev. William Holiday. Burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery. Casket bearers were John William Cox, John Wiley Keen, Chad Cox, Steven Poor, Robert Williams, Phillip Williams, and Roger Rearden. Honorary bearers were Lisa Mann, Arthur Mann, Hallie Cox and the Expect a Miracle prayer group.

Memorials are suggested to the Bethel Christian Church Building Fund, 1126 Bethel Road, Nicholasville, KY 40356.

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Mary Kay Smith, 90, Lebanon, widow of Judge Henry Lee Smith, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at the Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles.

Born May 15, 1917, in Marion County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Twyman and Ester Marshall Sapp Allen. She was a member of the Lebanon Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher of the 4- and 5-year-olds for many years, and a member of the choir for many years. She was a member of the Powell Chapter O.E.S. #266 Eastern Star.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Kay Smith Osbourne, Louisville; three sons, John L. "Jack" Smith, Anchorage, Sammy Smith, Versailles, and Danny Ray Smith, Midway; two sisters, Sarah Gertrude White, Louisville, and Norma Rae Allen, Lewisport; three brothers, William Earl Allen, Texas, Jimmy Allen, Denver, Colo., and Ronnie Allen, Owensboro; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Charles Allen and Robert Allen, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 18, at Bosley Funeral Home, Lebanon, by Dr. David Whitlock. Interment was in Ryder Cemetery. Casket bearers were her grandchildren, Sam T. Osbourne, Brooke Smith, Jerilyn Hartley, Trevor A. Smith, Mark Osbourne, Jamison Smith, Kristi Grubbs, Amy Althouse, and Kelli Mitchell. Honorary bearers were her great-grandchildren, Taylor and Hunter Osbourne, Logan Mitchell, Emily Althouse, Mia Grubbs, Cory and Casey Cooley and Easton, Jack Henry, Hannah, Jaxon and Graham Smith.



Brenda Kay Sott, 60, wife of Joseph Sott, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late Tommy and Helen Griffith Hayes. She was a graduate of Midway College, was a registered nurse, and had worked for several years at Cardinal Hill Hospital until multiple sclerosis caused her to retire. She became a child care worker and was a substitute teacher and teacher’s aide for the Woodford County Schools. She was a member of the Mortonsville United Methodist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Ann Hensley, Versailles; a son, Trent Sott, Perryville; two sisters, Terri Honaker, Versailles, and Debbie Darnell, Feds Creek; four brothers, Ricky David Hayes, Cynthiana, Ronnie Hayes and Jerry Hayes, both of Feds Creek, and Danny Hayes, Lexington; two grandsons, Benjamin Sott and Matthew Eller, both of Versailles; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Mortonsville United Methodist Church by the Rev. Amy Barkman and the Rev. Ronnie Hayes. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Benjamin Sott, Matthew Eller, Ronnie Hayes, Danny Hayes, Trent Sott, and Austin Hensley. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Multiple Sclerosis Society or a favorite charity.

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Louise Wethington, 76, of Versailles, widow of Bill Wethington, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born Nov. 11, 1930, she was the daughter of the late John and Carrie Pennington. She had been a 20-year Texas Instruments employee and was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Versailles.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Ashbrook and Janet Lay, both of Versailles; three sisters, Lucille Patrick, Mt. Sterling, and Gladys Pettyjohn and Flora Smith, both of Versailles; three grandchildren, Billy Lay Jr., Jimmy Lay, and Sherri Ping; and six great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Anna Cotton and Mary Ellen Wright; and two brothers, Cecil and Kenneth Pennington, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Church of God of Prophecy by the Rev. Ken Lyle. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Billy Lay Jr., Jimmy Lay, Paul Wright, Shon Ping, J.T. Wright, and Charles Miracle. Honorary bearers were Richie Miracle, Ted Voils, Buck Wethington, Ralph Myers, Billy Lay, Wayne Courtney, and Jerry Ashbrook. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

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