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December 12, 2002



Harold “Jack” Chastain, 69, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Martha Potts Chastain, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at his home.

Born June 26, 1933, in Louisville, he was the son of the late Thomas and Bessie Golf Chastain. He was an iron worker.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Roy Thomas Chastain, Mt. Sterling, Judith Lea Humes, Versailles, and Brenda Kay Givens, Richmond; two brothers, Ellis Chastain, Louisville, and William Chastain, New Albany, Ind.; a sister, Velma Witten, Louisville; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary - Broadway by Pastor Gary Henry. Burial was in The Valley of Rest Cemetery, LaGrange. Casket bearers were Jack Alen Perkins, Adam, Justin, and Paul Miller, Austin Chastain, and David Humes.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504. Condolences may be expressed by visiting



Paul Hurst Davis, 60, of Lexington, husband of Phyllis Schweister Davis, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at his residence.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of Lucille Shryock Davis, Versailles, and the late Newton D. Davis. He retired after teaching social studies at Henry Clay High School for 31 years, where he also served as head soccer coach. After his retirement from Henry Clay, he was a staff member at Jessie Clark Middle School. He traveled for 15 years leading students in the American Institute for Foreign Study. He was a member and former deacon of the First Christian Church, Lexington.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter, Hannah Megan Davis, Lexington; a sister, Marilyn G. Cook, Lexington; four nephews and four nieces, Gayla M. Cook and Chris M. Cook, both of Lexington, Jennifer Schweister, Flagstaff, Ariz., Karen Schweister, Austin, Texas, Matthew Knueven and Kelly Knueven, both of Cincinnati, Jeffrey, Eustis, Fla., and Troy Hall, Raleigh, N.C.; and a great nephew, Andrew Knueven, Cincinnati.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary - Broadway by the Rev. William Miller. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Roger Cook, Frank Watson, Wayne Fahs, Chris Cook, Joe Esenbock Jr., Joe Clement, Nickie Shryock, and Russell Young.

Contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church, 1305 Audubon Avenue, Lexington, KY 40503.



Henry Howard “Bull Dog” Duncan Jr., 77, of Fort Wayne, Ind., husband of Hazel I. Duncan, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at his home.

A native of Midway, he retired in 1991 from Rose Exterminators as a technician. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five daughters, Karen Duncan, Indianapolis, Ind., Dawn Kaiser, Donna Martin, and Gwen Veljkovic, all of Fort Wayne, and Brenda Bowser, Auburn, Ind.; two sons, Dale Duncan, Euless, Texas, and Ronald Duncan, Batavia, Ill.; four sisters, Hazel McGaughey, Lawrenceburg, Viola Flora, Frankfort, Lida Spencer, Midway, and Betty Hall, Lexington; three brothers, Leslie Duncan, Midway, and Joseph and Emmett Duncan, both of Lexington; and nine grandchildren. A sister is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home. Burial was in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials are suggested to the family.



Herbert “Bert” Ambrose Gilkison, 61, of Harrodsburg, husband of Carlie Gilkison, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, at University Of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born April 28, 1941, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Herbert Guy and Margaret “Pogy” Gormley Gilkison. He was a farmer and a member of Bluegrass Horse Pullers Association, Young Farmers of Woodford County, and was a Master Conservation Farmer. He was active in Mercer County Little League and Mercer County High School athletics for a number of years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Bo Gilkison, Louisville, Todd Gilkison, Lawrenceburg, and Matt Gilkison, Harrodsburg; a daughter, Terri Gritton, Versailles; a brother, Pat Gilkison, Versailles; four sisters, Peggy Barnett, Versailles, Kay Sargent, Lexington, Pam Jones, Versailles, and Jenny Doyle, Versailles; seven granddaughters; two grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Resurrection was conducted Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002, at the St. Andrew Catholic Church, Harrodsburg, by Father Joseph Muench. Burial was in the Burgin Memorial Garden. Casket bearers were Bo Gilkison, Todd Gilkison, Matt Gilkison, Joey Gritton, Will Jones, Michael Gilkison, and Bill Storey. Honorary bearers were Gerald Drury, Victor Legacher, Jim Bob Adams, Wilbur Wagler, Don Raider, and Jim Sharpe. Ransdell Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at



Raymond S. Metzger Jr., 83, of Versailles, husband of Eleanor Rakestraw Metzger, formerly of Hot Springs Village, Ark., died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, he was the son of Raymond S. Metzger Sr. and Ruth Schroeder Metzger. He was a retired attorney from private practice. He was a graduate of the University of Toledo Law School, a 50-year member of Kiwanis, and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Other survivors include four sons, Raymond S. Metzger III, Camden, N.C., David A. Metzger, Chatham, Ill., Richard T. Metzger, Versailles, and Robert D. Metzger, Sylvania, Ohio; a daughter, Deborah L. Lombard, Merritt Island, Fla.; a sister, Ruth Thompson, Pinehurst, N.C.; and 14 grandchildren.

Services will be conducted in Hot Springs, Ark., at a later date.

W.R. Milward Mortuary - Broadway, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.



Edith Elizabeth Moody Rhorer, 80, of Nicholasville, widow of Crum Rhorer, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, after a long illness.

She was a retired employee of St. Joseph Hospital and a member of Mt. Freedom Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Samuel (Sam) B. Rhorer, Lexington, William (Billy) Rhorer, Jessamine County, and Mark D. Rhorer, Jessamine County; a daughter, Rosemary Rockefeller, Missouri; a sister, Lola Schellenberger, Versailles; three grandchildren, Jeffrey D. Rockefeller, William Gregory Rockefeller, and Amanda E. Brislin; three great grandchildren, Benjamin Rockefeller, William Grant Rockefeller, and William Caleb Brislin; and a special niece, Karen Jo Carroll.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at Betts & West Funeral Home by the Rev. Don Reed and the Rev. Craig Ryan. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Daniel Corman, Ed Fuller, Raymond D. Moody, Robert N. Moody, Bill Brislin, and Elmo Spurlock. Honorary bearers were Lyman Cox, Lynn Settles, Lee Arnold Spurlock, Danny Ray Gay, and the Sunday school class at Mt. Freedom Baptist Church.

Donations are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Mt. Freedom Baptist Church.



George Lewis Semones, 88, of Versailles, widower of Rosalyn Carter Semones, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born at Mortonsville in Woodford County, he was a son of the late William and Estelle Jelf Semones and was a graduate of the old Troy High School. He was retired with 34 years of service as a guard at National Distillery. He was an active member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church and had been named an elder emeritus. He was a member of the I.O.O.F., Versailles, and the Landmark #41 Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Sue Whittaker, Versailles; a brother John Semones, Versailles; three grandchildren, Lisa Lynne Whittaker, Frankfort, Mona Anne Phelps, Versailles, and Kenneth Wade Whittaker, Versailles; two great grandchildren, Marissa Anne Phelps, and David Whittaker Phelps; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Billy Carter Semones, and a sister, Geneva Bobbitt, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at the Versailles Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Shawn Barkley. Casket bearers were Ralph Centers, Gene Ratliff, Mike Blackburn, Bill Williams, Bill Flora, Lynn Baker, and Johnny Semones. Honorary bearers were members of the I.O.O.F., Mike Heathman, Jim Alexander, Charles Wilson, Dr. William S. Foley, Bob Overstreet, Ezra Hill, Raymond Tucker, and Tony Wilhoit. There was a Masonic Service Monday.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 529, Versailles, KY 40383.


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