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August 29, 2002



William A. “Bill” Alexander, 66, of Nicholasville, formerly of Lexington, husband of Mary Shelton Alexander, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, in San Bernadino County, Calif., from injuries received in a traffic accident.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of Margaret Faust Alexander, Lexington, and the late Wilmore Alexander. He was a member of the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church, was a retired project manager for IBM, and was most recently employed as a driver for Dasher Express.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Alexander, Lexington; a son, William Alan Alexander, Lexington; two grandchildren, Nicole Bates and Brock Alan Alexander; and two sisters, Patricia Sanders and Terry Carrington, both of Lexington.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at the Southland Christian Church by Bro. LaVerne Butler and David Baker. Burial will be in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Bobby Shelton, Ronnie Nash, William Springfield, Donald Cornish, J.T. Logan, Edward Mattingly, Terry Wilder, and Bruce Hodge. Honorary bearers will be James T. Alexander and Jack Gravitt.

Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.



Dorothy Ann Wright Blackburn, 77, of Nicholasville, widow of Albert Taylor Blackburn, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at her home.

She was a retired employee of Texas Instruments and attended the Mt. Vernon Church.

Survivors include two sons, Albert Eugene Blackburn and Richard David Blackburn, both of Nicholasville; a brother, Walter Lane, Orlando, Fla.; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter. A daughter, Shirley Florence Duff, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Aug. 23, 2002, by the Rev. Sidney Bates. Interment was in the Crestlawn Cemetery, Lexington.



James Logan (Jim) Colyer, 88, of Versailles, a prominent former Versailles business owner and community leader, husband of Iris Sweazy Colyer, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at the Hospice Care Center of St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Somerset, he was the son of the late Oscar W. and Zada Waddle Colyer. Mr. Colyer attended Georgetown College on a basketball and music scholarship, and was a member of Kappa Alpha order. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he served for three years in the European Theater and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. On his return to Versailles, he worked for Van Deren Hardware Company in Lexington, and later became the manager of Farmers Union Supply Company in Versailles prior to opening his own business, Colyer Hardware.

After selling his business, he worked in the Finance Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky in Frankfort.

Mr. Colyer was a long time member of the Versailles United Methodist Church, where he held many offices, including church lay leader, chairman of the board, chairman of the trustees, Sunday school superintendent, choir director, and was a member and chairman of the major renovation of the present facility. He served as the first president of the Lexington District of Methodist Men and is listed in Who's Who in Methodism. Mr. Colyer was instrumental in organizing Little League baseball in Versailles, and served as the first Little League commissioner. He was a member and past president of the Rotary Club and was an organizational member of Versailles S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. Barbershop Organization. He volunteered at the Methodist Home of Kentucky in 1940s and 1950s, and served as sports director and coach for football, baseball, and basketball teams.

In 1982, former Methodist Home residents gave a “roast” for Mr. Colyer as a tribute to his dedication to the facility. According to a story in the Dec. 23, 1982 issue of The Sun, a letter read at the event praised Mr. Colyer for his positive influence on the writer’s life. “Growing up is not easy,” the letter read. “You made it a little easier.” Roy Benson, a former Methodist Home resident, now a Versailles City Councilman, said then that Mr. Colyer was the biggest influence in his life. Another former resident, Henry Witten, who also went on to serve on the council, was quoted in the 1982 article as saying “It’s hard to roast Mr. Clean.” Of the roast, Mrs. Colyer told The Sun that her husband “puddled up a bit.”

Mr. Colyer was an athlete and avid sports fan, including a fan of U.K. sports. While in college he and a partner won the state doubles in tennis. He loved to golf, and was a charter member of the Woodford Hills Country Club, where he was a five-time club champion.

Survivors include a daughter, Judi Logan Colyer Royalty, Versailles; a grandson, James Logan Royalty, Lexington; a granddaughter, Carey Royalty Pethick, Raleigh, N.C.; a great granddaughter, Caroline Logan Pethick, Raleigh, N.C.; a niece, Nancy Sweazy Mayer, Versailles; two great nephews, Adam Mayer of Versailles and D. Mayer of Columbus, Ohio, and a first cousin, Mrs. Howard Cash, Sellersburg, Ind.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, at the Versailles United Methodist Church by the Rev. Shawn Barkley, the Rev. Harold Henson, and the Rev. Coleman Howlett. Interment was at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Lexington. Casket bearers were Adam Mayer, D. Mayer, Gordie Shaw, Phil Nichols, Bob Figg, and Garry Williams. Honorary bearers were Ber Rasnick, Whitney Dunlap, Ben Chandler, Kelly Hutcherson, Mac Miller, Bob Kelly, Hampton Henton, Jim Staples and Jim Wilds.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive Lexington, KY 40504-3277.

The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Ronald Scott Estill, 37, of Frankfort, husband of Cheryl Estill, Hickory, N.C., died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002. Franklin County Coroner Mike Harrod ruled the death a suicide.

A native of Franklin County, he was the son of John Estill, Versailles, and Rosetta McIntosh Pearson, Hickory, N.C. He was employed by Jim’s Seafood and was a member of the Thornhill Baptist Church. In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a stepbrother, Scottie Adkins, Owensboro, and his paternal grandmother, Nettie Estill, Frankfort.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. William Hartung. Burial was in the Switzer Cemetery. Casket bearers were Wayne Blankenship, Duane Sobon, Daniel Estill, Mike Woodson, Billy Blackburn, Casey Estill, Tyler Estill, and Scott Adkins. Honorary bearers were Dave Wilson, Dennis King, Gary Blackburn, Billy Dunigan, Andy Calvert, Chris Camden, Danny Clark, and Mike Pacey.



Alma Tanner Fullmore, 70, of Louisville, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2002, at Jewish Hospital.

A native of Woodford County, she was a retired social worker.

Survivors include a son, Keith T. Jackson; a daughter, Dana Carol Jackson; and seven grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at the A.D. Porter & Sons Funeral Home Louisville. Entombment was in Resthaven Mausoleum.

Contributions are suggested to Kentucky African-Americans Against Cancer, c/o the Kentucky Cancer Program, 529 South Jackson Street, Louisville, KY 40292.



Frank Flynn Gormley, 75, of Frankfort, husband of Ruth Derringer Gormley, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born May 30, 1927, in Versailles, he was the son of the late William and Katy Flynn Gormley. He was a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was a retired 40-year state employee, having been a branch manager for the Department of Information Systems. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and an avid camper.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Tom Gormley, Nashville, Tenn., and Steve Gormley and David Gormley, both of Frankfort; three daughters, Cathy Gormley Chapman, Macon, Ga., and Anne Gormley Mosier and Amy Gormley Croghan, both of Bowling Green; two sisters, Bonnie Estill, Maysville, and Pat Morgan, Orlando, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; and 26 nieces and nephews. Three sisters, Mary E. Tilghman, Margaret Gilkison, and Katherine Delach, and a brother, William T. Gormley Jr., are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002, at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Frankfort, by Fr. Michael Ramler. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery. Casket bearers were Steve Barnett, Roy Jones, Gary Doyle, George Estill Jr., John Estill, and Don Tilghman. Honorary bearers were Mr. Gormley’s grandchildren. Clark Sunset Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 310 Wapping Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.



Mary Stany Major, 53, of Vienna, Va., formerly of Frankfort, wife of Michael S. Major, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, from injuries received in an auto accident.

A native of Peoria, Ill., she attended high school in Germany, where her father was stationed in the Army, and then was a notitiate for three years in the Dominican Order in Illinois. She worked for Playskool and later was customer relations manager for Toyota of Frankfort. Most recently, she was officer manager for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Reston, Va. She was a member of the Frankfort High School Alumni Association, the wedding committee at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Vienna, and Concerned Women for America. She was a former member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Frankfort.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Capt. Michael P. Stany M.D., Columbia, Va.; a daughter, U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Martha Stany, Fort Polk, La.; a stepson, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Patrick Major, Bamberg, Germany; a stepdaughter, Andrea Major, Fairfax, Va.; and three brothers, Bob Venn, Winchester, Bill Venn, Toledo, Ohio, and Mike Venn, Versailles.

Services were conducted Friday, Aug. 23, 2002, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fairfax.


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