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August 1, 2002

 

Buffin

Betty “Mom” Buffin, 82, of Frankfort, died Friday, July 26, 2002, at her residence.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late James Elmer and Ethel Jones Searcy Sr. She was a retired employee of National Distillery and a member of the Trinity Baptist Church. She was a longtime member of the VFW Post 4075 Auxiliary, and was an auxiliary member of American Legion Post #7. She was a volunteer for the Franklin County Senior Citizens and a caregiver for the elderly for many years.

Survivors include a son, Douglas Buffin, Frankfort; two sisters, Ethel Mae Lynn, Lexington, and Maxine Lunsford, Woodford County; a brother, James Elmer Searcy Jr., Lexington; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter. A son, James “Ted” Buffin, a brother, Jack T. Searcy Sr., and a grandson, Shawn Buffin, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, July 29, 2002, at Clark-Sunset Funeral Home by the Rev. Herman Bowers. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Jack Searcy, Wayne Lynn, Ben Scott, Benny Isaacs, Chris Searcy, Tucker Searcy, and J.W. Blackburn.

Contributions may be made to Franklin County Senior Citizens or Hospice of the Bluegrass, Franklin County chapter.

 

Davidson

Thomas Logan Davidson, 74, of Lexington, husband of Vivian Givans Davidson, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

Born July 28, 1927, in Versailles, he was the son of the late Lloyd and Grace Beatley Davidson. He was co-owner of Parkette Drive-In #2, Lexington, served in the U.S. Army, and was a member of VFW Post 680.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Judy Davidson and Grace Snow, both of Lexington; a grandchild, Logan Shane Porter; and a stepsister, Nellie Abate, Louisville.

Services were conducted Saturday, July 27, 2002, at the Whitehall Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Tony Story. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.

 

French

Norman S. French, 62, of Versailles, formerly of Lexington, husband of Martha Allison French, died Saturday, July 27, 2002, in Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Christine Lewis Perry and Hugh Stennis French. He was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church, was a graduate of William and Mary College, and had retired from the U. S. Army after 26 years of service.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Stennis W. French, Louisville, and Paul Edward French, Kingman, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Levi Stennis French and Perry Wayne French. His stepfather, Ralph Perry, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Interment was at the Carlisle Cemetery. Casket bearers were Don Allison, Jerry Allison, Luther Allison, Roy Earlywine, and Buzzy Owen.

 

Loman

Betty Loman, 61, of Frankfort died Monday, July 22, 2002, at her daughter’s residence following a long illness.

A native of Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Clay and Hattie Disponette Bowman. She was retired from Mom’s Laundry and was a member of the Choateville Christian Church.

Survivors include three sons, Stuart C. Loman, V. Scott Loman, and Derek A. Loman, all of Frankfort; three daughters, Rhonda Loman Mann, Geraldine Loman Bowman, and Stephanie R. Loman, all of Frankfort; three brothers, Ernie Bowman, Versailles, Charles Bowman and Hugh Bowman, both of Frankfort; three sisters, Allene Devers, Louise Quire, and Edith Harrod, all of Frankfort; 15 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Sam and Eugene Bowman, and two sisters, Audrey Reynolds and Lilly Woodson, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Mike Napier and the Rev. David Rayborn. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Jonathan Loman, Brandon Loman, Jeff Ritchy, George Mann, Barry Devers, and Artist Quire Jr. Honorary bearers were Ernie Bowman, Charles Bowman, Hugh Bowman, Allene Devers, Louise Quire, and Edith Harrod.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

Maggard

Chris Maggard, 23, of Lexington, son of Donna Lunsford, Versailles, and Larry Maggard, Lexington, died Sunday, July 28, 2002, of injuries received in a traffic accident.

He was a former restaurant worker.

Services will be conducted tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today.

 

Mullins

Clarence Gerald Mullins, 68, of Lexington, husband of Alberta Mullins, died Sunday, July 28, 2002, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

Born Feb. 18, 1934, in Pulaski County, he was the son of Clarence Eugene and Laura Adams Mullins. He was a longtime member of Parkway Baptist Church, and was retired from IBM, where he had been employed for 32 years as a quality control engineer. He was active in the Lexington Area Bowling Association, where he served as an officer and director, as well as being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Jeff Mullins, Versailles; a daughter, Paula Shelton, Lexington; and a grandson, Lucas Shelton.

Services were conducted Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at the Eubank Baptist Church. Burial was in the Eubank Cemetery. W.R. Milward Mortuary - Southland was in charge of arrangements.

 

Nichols

Charles Morgan Nichols, 73, of Lexington, husband of Wanda Nichols, died Thursday, July 25, 2002, at the Clark County Regional Medical Center.

Born in Midway, he was the son of the late Roy and Dorothy Nichols. He was a retired truck driver for Consolidated Freight and a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, William Nichols, Lexington; two daughters, Deanna Fain and Lisa Nichols, both of Lexington; a brother, Wayne Nichols, Lexington; and seven grandchildren, Jessica Webster, Justin Fain, Jordan Fain, Jeremy Fain, Jade Nichols, Landon Nichols, and Chance Nichols.

Graveside services with military honors were conducted Monday, July 29, 2002, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery by the Rev. Don Frye. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Oram

John Keller Oram, 72, of Lexington, widower of Jo Ellen Oram, died Saturday, July 27, 2002, at the St. Joseph Hospital Hospice Unit of a brain tumor.

The son of the late Albert E. and Louise Keller Oram, he was retired and former owner of Oram Chevy Chase Florist, where he worked for 50 over years. He attended Transylvania University, and was a member of the Kentucky National Guard.

Survivors include John K. Oram II, Lawrenceburg, Bill Oram, Lexington, Kathy Klapheke, Lexington, Linda Rose, Midway; nine grandchildren, Jonathan, Allison, and Christopher Rose; and a great grandson. A brother, Albert E. Oram Jr., and Mary Louise Marsh, are deceased.

Oram donated his body to the University of Kentucky Bequeathal Program. A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Lexington.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.

 

Porter

Anthony Shawn Porter, 36, of Owingsville, died Saturday, July 27, 2002, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center of a heart condition.

Born Feb. 22, 1966, in Ashland, he was an industrial technical instructor at Central Kentucky Technical College, Lexington, a former employee of L&N United Glass, Versailles, and a member of the First Baptist Church, Raceland.

Survivors include his wife, Jana Denney Porter; two daughters, Lindsey Ruth Porter and Hadley Alison Porter, Owingsville; his parents, Talmadge and Doris Hensley Porter, Wurtland; two brothers, Michael Wayne Porter, Denver, Colo., and Christopher Allen Porter, Louisville; and his paternal grandparents, James R. and Ethel Porter, Sandy Hook. His maternal grandparents, James Edward and Fanny Hensley, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg, by Bro. Mark Webb and Bro. Charles Murphy, and at graveside at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens, Flatwoods, by Bro. Charles Wayne Blevins.

 

Rippetoe

Frank Bertram Rippetoe, 62, of Edgewater, Fla., formerly of Danville and Versailles, widower of Phyllis Weissinger Rippetoe, died Thursday, July 25, 2002, at New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

He was a former federal criminal investigator for the Office of the Inspector General at NASA headquarters, Washington, D.C. and a 1963 graduate of the University of Kentucky. In Edgewater, he started his own private investigation agency and worked for Advanced Intelligence Group of Port Orange and OMNISEC International Investigations Inc. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Shawn Goodlett, Houston, Texas; and a brother, Henry N. “Hank” Rippetoe, Tampa, Fla.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at Bellevue Cemetery by Fr. Linh Nguyen. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at Stith Funeral Home.

 

Sams

Clayton Sams, 79, of Frankfort, formerly of Versailles, husband of Nancy Sams, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at his residence.

A native of Madison County, he was the son of the late Couley and Anice Durbin Sams. He was a retired maintenance employee, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a Purple Heart recipient. He was a member of the Purple Heart Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Franklin County Senior Citizens, and the West Frankfort Church of God.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Stacy Sams, Frankfort; six sons, Allen Sams and Tony Sams, both of Frankfort, Jerry Sams, Florida, Bernie Sams, Winchester, Wendell Sams, LaGrange, and Daniel Sams, Harrodsburg; two sisters, Anna Jean Clem, Nicholasville, and Evelyn Rhodus, Winchester; a brother, Wendell Hayden Sams, Lexington; 17 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Saturday, July 27, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Wade Hughes. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery. Casket bearers were Allen Sams, Jerry Sams, Bernie Sams, Wendell Sams, Tony Sams, Daniel Sams, and Joshua Sams.

 

Smith

Jacqueline Smith, 55, of Versailles, widow of John Joseph Smith, died Monday, July 29, 2002, in Lexington.

Born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Joseph A. and Flora Davidson DiNunzio, and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Pennington, Versailles; two sisters, Cheryl Kraus, Versailles, and Susan Mahoney, New York; two sons, Vincent DiNunzio and John DiNunzio, both of New York; and two grandchildren, Steven R. Pennington and Jessica A. Pennington, both of Versailles.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, by Fr. Raymond Stratman officiating. Casket bearers will be Dallas Pennington, John Kraus, Randy Pennington, Christopher Kraus, Patrick Shulze, and Vincent DiNunzio. Honorary bearers will be Mrs. Smith's grandchildren. Interment will follow in the Rose Crest Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

White

Robert H. White, 80, of Midway, husband of Thelma Yeary White, died Saturday, July 27, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital East, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County Jan. 12, 1922, he was the son of the late Henry Edward and Eva Mae Craig White. He was a retired farmer, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a Kentucky Colonel, and was a recipient of the Master Conservationist Award given in Woodford County.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Hockensmith, Frankfort; four sons, Tommy White, London, Terry White, Versailles, George White, Stamping Ground, and Ryan White, Midway; two sisters, Nancy Flora, Nicholasville, and Lilly Mae, Ohio; two brothers, Fred White, Frankfort, and James R. White, Florida; 15 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. A son, Glen Taylor White, is deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, July 29, 2002, at the Midway Cemetery by Fr. Frank Osburg.

Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

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