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August 3, 2000 issue

Stephanie A. Claunch

Stephanie Ann Claunch, 13, of 1726 Main Street, Tyrone (Anderson County), formerly of Versailles, was found dead on Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at Lock Number 5 in the Kentucky River between Anderson and Woodford counties.

Stephanie's death has been attributed to drowning and remains under investigation by the Woodford County Coroner's Office.

Stephanie lived with her mother, Kimberly Claunch, and great-grandfather, Billy Walton. According to news reports, Walton told authorities that Stephanie left home around midnight Friday, saying a friend was coming to get her. The family reported her missing to Kentucky State Police on Sunday morning. Stephanie was last seen at about 3 a.m. Saturday at the Hilltop Shopping Center in Lawrenceburg by someone who lives near the center, Walton said. It was the last time he knows she was seen alive.

Stephanie had been a student at Simmons Elementary School in Versailles and was to begin attending Anderson County Middle School this fall.

She was born in Woodford County, and was a member of the Tyrone Baptist Church.

In addition to her mother and great-grandfather, she is survived by her father, John Claunch, Casey County; two brothers, Justin and Jacob Lewis; her maternal grandmother, Linda Sue Miller, Lexington; her paternal grandparents, William and Margaret Claunch, Harrodsburg; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Graveside services were conducted Saturday, July 29, in the Versailles Cemetery by the Rev. Mark Webb. Casket bearers were Brian Springate, Bobby Cunningham, Mike Bostic, Michael Bostic, Mike Lewis, and Gary Roberts. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.



Celia E. Corle

Celia Elizabeth Corle, 82, of Lexington, mother of Mrs. Tony (Hazel) Tilghman of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2000, at her residence.

Born in Dubois, Pa., she was a daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Resinger Harvey, and was a former employee of Manufacturing Industries in Dubois. She was a member of the Gilnet Memorial Church, Dubois.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by three sons, Thomas Corle, Falls Creek, Pa.; Robert Corle, Dubois, Pa., and George Corle, Rockton, Pa.; three brothers, Clair Harvey, Niagara Falls, N.Y., and George Harvey and Walter Harvey, Dubois; 15 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. A son, William Paul Corle, and a brother, Buster Harvey, are deceased.

Services will be conducted Friday, Aug. 4, in the Morningside Cemetery, Dubois. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of local arrangements. Memorials are suggested to Helping Hands, Alzheimer's Association, Lexington Bluegrass Chapter, 836 Euclid Avenue, Suite 100, Lexington 40502.



Marguerite W. Griffith

Marguerite Wells Griffith, 76, of Versailles, formerly of Jackson County, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, apparently of a stroke.

She was the wife of Robert Griffith.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 30, at the Lakes Funeral Home, McKee.



Howard Husband

Howard Clark Husband, 64, of Shelbyville, died Friday, July 28, 2000, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

A native of Anderson County, he was the son of the late Estill and Myrtle Catlett Husband. He was a retired Kentucky State Police special enforcement officer; had served in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Shelbyville.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Husband, Versailles, and Timothy Husband, Frankfort; a daughter, Lisa Husband, Frankfort; a sister, Martha Richardson, Liberty; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A brother, James Husband, is deceased.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the Mount Vernon Baptist Church. Burial was in the Mount Vernon Cemetery. Casket bearers were Anthony Austin, Michael Austin, Donald Ray Husband, Estill Richardson, Larry Richardson, Eddie Richardson, Bobby Catlett, Charles Catlett, and Jerry Catlett. The Harrod Brothers Funeral Home, Frankfort, was in charge of arrangements.



George Lathery Jr.

George Lathery Jr., 71, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at his home in Ormond, Fla.

He was the son of the late George and Virginia Roe Lathery Sr. of Woodford County.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta Lathery; two daughters, Georgetta and Melissa; a son, Greg Lathery, Johnstown, N. Y.; and several grandchildren. He had several aunts, including Annie Belle Roe, Versailles; Ruby Lathery Dearner, Jeffersontown, and Elizabeth Roe Bass, Panama City, Fla., and a number of cousins in Versailles and elsewhere in Kentucky. A sister, Louise Lathery Newberry, and two brothers, Bobby and Edwin Lathery, Panama City, are deceased.

Services were conducted on Monday, July 31, at Kent Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Panama City.



Eric Ricardo Martinez

Eric Ricardo Martinez, 17 months, son of Ricardo and Mary Jane Flynn Martinez, died Friday, July 28, 2000, at his residence, 2835 McCowan's Ferry Road, Versailles, following complications as a result of congenital problems from birth. He was born at Woodford Hospital on Feb. 11, 1999.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, 3-year-old Eva Marie Martinez; his maternal grandparents, Clifton and Caroline Flynn, Falmouth, and his paternal grandfather, Miguel Martinez, of Mexico.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, July 31, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by Hospice Chaplain Craig Ryan. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were his uncle, Lee Cortes, and his grandfather, Clifton Flynn.



Flora B. Page

Flora Belle Page, 76, of Lexington, a retired Lexington Blue Grass Army Depot employee, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at her home.

She was the daughter of the late Jack Page and Martha Belle Walker, and was a member of Imani Baptist Church, Lexington.

She is survived by several cousins, including Armenta Chase and Alice White of Versailles.

Services were conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the Highlands Baptist Church, Lexington, by the Rev. Willis G. Polk. Burial was in Cove Haven Cemetery at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The O. L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.



Robert F. Pennie Sr.

Robert Franklin Pennie Sr., 97, of 316 Gratz Street, Midway, widower of Mary Morton Pennie, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, in Midway.

Born in Woodford County on May 2, 1903, he was the son of the late Ben T. Pennie and Daisy Pennie Coleman. Mr. Pennie was a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church, Midway, where he served as deacon, treasurer, trustee, and Sunday school teacher.

He is survived by two daughters, Joyce L. Thomas and Mary Shelbourne, both of Midway; a son, Ben T. Pennie, Lexington; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins. A son, Robert Franklin Pennie Jr.; a daughter, Gloria Jean Pennie, and three grandsons are deceased.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at the Pilgrim Baptist Church by the Rev. Eric Johnson. Burial was in Rose Tabernacle No. 2, Midway. Casket bearers were Michael Pennie Jr., Ray Coleman, Stanley Pennie, Michael Pennie, Tommy Cruse II, Ben Pennie Jr., Jerrod Scott, and Albert Davis. Honorary bearers were deacons of the Pilgrim Baptist Church. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements. Contributions are suggested to the Pilgrim Baptist Church Building Fund.



Frankie E. Reed

Frankie Elaine Reed, 41, of Old Frankfort Pike, Woodford County, formerly of Jessamine County, daughter of Ray and Pat Whitaker, Nicholasville, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Thursday, July 27, 2000, according to Woodford County Coroner Steve Ward.

She is also survived by two sons, Jason Scott and Josh Reed, Nicholasville; a daughter, Anita Scott, Lexington; a granddaughter, Heather Whitaker, Nicholasville; three brothers, Steve, Shane, and Jony Whitaker, all of Nicholasville; and numerous other family members. Her natural parents, Franklin Delno and Dorothy Jane Hammonds Preston, and a sister, Debbie Preston, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, July 31, at the Betts & West Funeral Home, Nicholasville, by Pastor Carl King. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County.



Charles C. Wilder

Charles C. Wilder, 74, of 329 Dogwood Court, Versailles, a retired state highway engineer, died Monday, July 31, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington. He was the husband of Anna Johnson Wilder.

Born in Boyle County, he was the son of the late Lee and Mollie Wilson Wilder, and was a member of the Brookside Baptist Church, Nicholasville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lisa Taylor, Lexington; two grandchildren, Bethany Brook Taylor and Wayne Hart; and two great-granddaughters, Carmen and Caitlin Hart. A daughter, Barbara Hart, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 3, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Bobby Lakes. Interment will be in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers will be John Hyde, Charles Perkins, Mike Wolfzorn, Darrell Taylor, Jimmy Davis, Wayne Hart, and Billy Randolph. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association, 2201 Regency Road, Suite 401, Lexington 40503.