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August 25, 2005



  Jack R. Bell, 75, of Lexington, formerly of Louisville, husband of Euginia Bell, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital.

A native of McCreary County, he was a retired district manager for the Merck Pharmaceutical Company, where he worked for 35 years, and attended Eastern Kentucky University. He was a former member of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, and a member of Hill 'N Dale Christian Church in Lexington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Jack Bell Jr., Denver, Colo., Martha Ann Bell, Louisville, Betsey G. Bell, Louisville, and Ellen Gibson, Kingsport, Tenn.; a stepson, Duane Wallace, Woodford County; three grandchildren, Hannah Kandle, Adam Kandle, and Jack Josef Bell; five step-grandchildren, Travis Wallace, Shanon Fleckenstein, Elex, Andy, and Matthew Roling; three step-great-grandchildren, Betsy Ann Fleckenstein, Houston, Texas, and Chancey and Reese Wallace; a sister, Evelyn Rowe; a brother, Patrick Bell; and several nieces and nephews. His first wife, Lucy Mae Smathers; three brothers, Conley, Doyle, and Robert Bell; and a sister, Alma Jo Sanders, are deceased.

A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 25, at Hill N' Dale Christian Church, 371 Hill 'N Dale Dr. in Lexington. A reception will follow at the church. Milward Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY, or the Parkinson Foundation 1501 NW 9th Ave. Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136.



  Florence Elizabeth Reynolds Clark, 77, of Midway, widow of James D. “Jabo” Clark, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2005, at her daughter’s home.

A native of Marion County, Ind., she was the daughter of Orville Jack and Ruth Eva Dicks Gilbert. She was a homemaker and attended Friends Quaker Church, Englestown, Ind.

Survivors include two daughters, Tina Reynolds Harrod, Midway, and Susan Reynolds Edwards, Frankfort; three sons, Paul Marion Clark, Frankfort, and Bruce Howard Clark and James Dennis Clark, both of Louisville; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 17, at LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home by the Rev. Don Karsner. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery. Casket bearers were Malvin “MJ” Jones Jr., Shawn Leach, Tyler Clark, Nathan Clark, David Thurman, and Raymond Austin. Honorary bearers were Paul Harrod, Darren Collom, Ricky Owens, Tony Stratton, James Inman, Robert Smith, Coe Norton, Angela Collom, Jeffrey Whisman, Jennifer Perkins, Michele Wash, Timothy Childers, Lindsay Clark, Willie Clark, Robbie Clark, Matthew Clark, and Johnathan Clark.



  Milton Davis Jr., of Tucson and Sonoita, Ariz., died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005, at the Sonlight Adult Care Home.

A native of central Kentucky, he graduated from Midway High School and medical school in Louisville, and completed his residency in Madison, Wis. During the early 1960s, he taught anesthesia at the Christian Medical College in Ludhiana (Punjab), India. He practiced anesthesia for many years at St. Mary's Hospital, Tucson, Ariz., and general medicine at the military base at Fort Huachuca.

Survivors include four children, Milton, Elizabeth, Janet, and Dorothy; six grandchildren; a sister, Jean; and a brother, Joe.

A memorial service was conducted Thursday, Aug. 11, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.



  Waldron Haymond, 82, of Warsaw, formerly of Versailles, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005.

He bought the Bess Shaw Hayden Department Store on Main Street in 1957, and ran Haymond’s Department Store. He left Versailles to go into the boat business.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 23. Carlton-Lowder Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



  Michael A. Howell 53 of Frankfort, husband of Linda Howell, died Thursday, Aug.18, 2005.

The son of Margaret Howell, Mantua, Ohio, and the late James D. Howell, he was a Vietnam War veteran, and a member of VFW Post #4075, Frankfort, a mason for Masonomics, Inc in Louisville, and an avid fisherman.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Erin Howell, Frankfort; two sons, Michael A Howell Jr., Aurora, Colo., and Zechariah Howell, Frankfort; three stepdaughters, Shannon Raymer, Midway, Dawn Vest, Frankfort, and Deven Vest, Louisville; a stepson, Robert Bowling Jr., Independence; two sisters, Jane Howell, Garrettsville, Ohio, and Patricia Swagger, Windham, Ohio; six brothers, James Howell, Burton, Ohio; Thomas Howell, Ravenna, Ohio; John Howell, Atwater, Ohio, William Howell, Mantua, Ohio, Christopher Howell, Aurora, Ohio, and Frank Howell, Newton Falls, Ohio; a special grandson Elijah Thornton, Frankfort; six other grandchildren; and nine step-grandchildren.

Services with military honors were conducted Tuesday, Aug 23, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Nicholasville. Casket bearers were Martin Raymer, Bryan Lowry, Josh Tyler, James Woltermann, Ben Jones, and Mickey Thompson.

Donations may be made to the VFW Post #4075 Honor Guard, P.O. Box 72, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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  Dale Woodrow McKinney, 87, of Lexington, widower of Maureen Roberts McKinney, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, in Concord, N.C.

Born March 8, 1918, in Estill County, he was the son of the late Robert and Addie Schull McKinney. He grew up in and lived all of his life in Lexington. He joined the U.S. Army in 1940 and served in New Guinea and Australia as a medic. He worked at Stewart's for 13 years before becoming self-employed as a maintenance man until he retired.

Survivors include a daughter; Marion McKinney Sherer, Concord, N.C.; three grandchildren; Cindy Sloan, Versailles, Marie McGrady, China Grove, N.C., and Donald Sherer, Concord, N.C.; 10 great-grandchildren, Tiffany and Torri Sloan, Versailles, Kourtney, Brison Dale, Hali, Danyal and Krystyna McGrady, China Grove, N.C., and Selena and William Sherer, Concord, N.C.; a brother; Robert J. McKinney, Lake Isabella, Calif.; a sister, Veronica Curry, an adopted daughter; Carol Amico, Plano, Texas, a special niece; Bonnie Ball of Dublin, Ohio; and several other nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 22, at Milward Mortuary, Broadway, by the Rev. Coleman Howlett. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.



  Felix Ramsey Reeves Sr., of Lexington, husband of Edna C. Logdon Reeves, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, at his residence.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late Henry and Frankie Reeves. He was retired from Ashland Oil Company, a member of Devondale Baptist Church, the Daughters of America #27, and was a Kentucky Colonel.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Joanne Newman, Midway, and Janis Aubrey, Burgin; three sons, Felix Reeves Jr., Cynthiana, William Lee Reeves, Harrodsburg, and David Rix Reeves, Burgin; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ioma Smith, Shepherdsville.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, by Harry Edward Rose and Steven Rose. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

Contributions are suggested to Heritage Hospice of Boyle County, 337 W. Broadway Street, Danville, KY 40423.

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  Ada M. Rice, 67, of Harrodsburg, wife of David J. Rice, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, at her home.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Justus and Evelyn Cox McKinney. She was a retired melting operator for Corning Glass.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Jamie L. Rice, Harrodsburg, Rebecca Oliver, Richmond, and Ruben Searcy, Harrodsburg; three sons, David Rice Jr., Versailles, Patrick Rice, Harrodsburg, and Justus H. Rice, Harrodsburg; a brother, Justus Goble McKinney; 27 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A daughter, Marquetta Hale, a sister, Shirley Smith, and a brother, Scotty McKinney, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Russell Jones. Interment was in the Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Rusty Rice, Blue Rice, Jonathan Douglas, Anthony Rice, William Riley, Gary Cox, Mitchell Searcy, and Joseph Sanders.



  Ollie James Schoo Jr., 85, a Versailles businessman and hot-air balloon and model railroad enthusiast, widower of Patricia Schimpff Schoo, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2005.

Born in Louisville, he was the son of the late Ollie James Sr. and Helen Kreps Schoo. He was the owner of Schoo Chevrolet Buick Company from the early 1950s until he retired and sold the dealership to Jeff Jones in late 1985. He attended St. Xavier High School and went on to attend Notre Dame College and the University of Louisville. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a B-24 bomber pilot in the European Theatre. He received three Oak Leaf Clusters and a Distinguished Flying Cross.

His interest in aviation continued after the service. He flew fixed wing aircraft, gliders, and hot-air balloons for pleasure. He was a founding member of The Balloon Society of Kentucky, a member of Balloon Federation of America, received the Bill Murtoff National Award from Balloon Federation of America, was a member of the Aviation Museum in Lexington, and enjoyed flying in events throughout the country. He was known as “Captain Zapp,” flying all over Kentucky in his hot-air balloon teaching school children about clean air. He was involved in the Kentucky Derby Balloon Festival for 28 years.

In a profile in the Feb. 25, 1993, issue of The Sun, Schoo told of one occasion when he was aloft in his balloon and was hailed on the CB radio by a trucker below him on the highway. The trucker asked where he was going, to which Schoo replied that depended on the vagaries of the winds and he had no idea where he would land. The truck replied, “Do you have room for my mother-in-law?” Schoo also hosted weddings from his balloon.

He also had a lifelong interest in model trains. He was a member of the Bluegrass Model Railroad Club and spent many hours after his retirement working and setting up train displays. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the V.F.W., and the American Legion.

Survivors include two daughters, Carole Schoo and Jan Schoo, Versailles; and a sister, Martha Reed, Jeffersonville, Ind. A sister, Jane Shields, and a brother Robert Schoo, are deceased.

A funeral Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 25, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Dan Noll. Interment will follow at the Calvary Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Frank Stevenson, Ber Rasnick, Tommy Downey, Charles Hurst, Mike Wade, Jerry Copas, Terry Metzger, and Jeff Jones. Honorary bearers will be Don Neal, Clay Brandenburg, Bill Baker, Gabe Zoeller, Larry DeBell, Mike Ehrler, Zane Young, John Freeman, Brad Lafoe and Ed LaFontaine. Friends may call from 10 a.m. today until time of services.

Memorials are suggested to St. Leo Catholic Church or the Woodford Humane Society.



  Irene Flack Thomas, 99, of Greenwood, S.C., formerly of Henry County and Versailles, widow of Lotteef Thomas, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2005

Survivors include a son Gerry Thomas, Greenwood, S.C.; three granddaughters, Karen Irene Thomas, Greenville, S.C., and Jennifer Thomas, St. Augustine, Fla.; a grandson, Brian Lamping, Lakewood, Colo.; two brothers; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. A son, Robert “Bobby” Thomas, a grandson, Philip Thomas, and a great-grandson, Clark Thomas Lamping, are deceased.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 25, at Prewitt Funeral Home, New Castle, by the Rev. Harold Dorsey. Burial will follow in the Pleasureville Cemetery.

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  Alma Louise Courtney Tilton, 68, of Lexington, widow of Donald Tilton, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2005, at her residence.

She was the daughter of the late Vernon and Betty Courtney.

Survivors include three daughters, Donna Winn, Carolyn Foster, and Sandra Cato; five sisters, Vera Mae Craycraft, Betty Tillett, Jean Nichols, Pauline Weber, and Phyllis Kyle; a brother, Oliver Wayne Courtney, Versailles; 11 grandchildren, Beth, Tina, Jenny, Amy, Sarah, Hannah, Cristal, Courtney, George, Ben, and Katlyn; and two great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Libby. Four sisters and two brothers are deceased.

Services will be conducted at noon Saturday, Aug. 27, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Gary Maynard. Interment will follow at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Bill Tillett, Bill Tillett Jr., Ricky Tillett, Doug Day, Pete Craycraft, and Tony Pelphry. Friends may call Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.



  Marguerite Fern Campbell White, 90, of Lawrenceburg, widow of John W. White, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2005, at the Heritage Hall Care Center.

A native of Nova Scotia, Canada, she was the daughter of the late William R. and Welthea Peck Campbell. She was a registered nurse; a graduate of the New England Hospital for Women and Children; a member of the Old South Church, Boston, Mass.; and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane White, Midway; a sister, Abby Carlton, Marshfield, Mass.; three brothers, John Campbell, Portsmith, N.H., Norman J. Campbell, Albuquerque, N.M., and William R. Campbell Jr., Aberdeen, Wash.; and a grandson. Two sisters, Mary Tsolas and Jean Smith, and a brother, Donald Campbell, are deceased.

No services are currently scheduled. Burial will be later at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Marshfield, Mass. Gash Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement, 411 Mill Road, Midway, KY 40347.



  Shirley Jenkins Young, of Bellview Drive, wife of Kinsel Young, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2005, at Northpoint Health Care Center.

Born in Midway, she was the daughter of the late Earnel and Vernon Gaddis Jenkins. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Methodist Church in Midway.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Galen Young; a grandson, Graham Young, Versailles; a brother, Bennie Jenkins, Versailles; two nieces, Cheryl Walters, Frankfort, and Alice Dee Lawson, Versailles.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Carl Townsend. Honorary casket bearers were Howard Blades, Joe Blades, Cherly Walters, John Walters, Alice Vee Lawson, Bill Lawson, and Ronnie Gaddis. A private interment will follow at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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