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December 20, 2007



Edna Rarden Ballinger, 89, of Frankfort, formerly of Versailles, widow of Arthur Ballinger, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Lawrenceburg, following an illness.

Born March 12, 1918, in Bell County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Alice Gamble Mills. She was the retired owner of E&A Market and a member of New Life Worship Center.

Survivors include three sons, Clifford Fultz, Lawrenceburg, Clyde Fultz Jr., Frankfort, and Ronnie Rarden, Woodford County; a daughter, Alice Johnston, Frankfort; two brothers, Amond Mills, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Frank Mills Jr., Eddy, Texas; three sisters, Gladys Garrison, Harrison, Ohio, Myrtle Hollingsworth, Harrison, Ohio, and Dee Winterod, Moscow, Ohio; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A daughter, Arlene McKinley; a brother, Lenord Mills; and two sisters, Pearl Lovell and Juanita Brock, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Gene Roberts. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Family members and friends served as casket bearers.



Mary Beatrice Brown, of Lexington, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2007.

Born Aug. 28, 1925, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of John T. Devine and Mary Grace Mack Devine. She was a member of First Baptist Church and a longtime Keeneland employee.

Survivors include seven children, Pearl Moran, Richmond, Edward C. Morton, Viann Smith, Versailles, Martha Collins, Rolla, Mo., Donald Morton and Sandra Hardin, Versailles, and Charles S. Morton, Lexington; 21 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, John W. Devine, Midway, and George Thompson, Lexington; and many nieces and nephews. A sister, Emma Coleman, is deceased

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the First Baptist Church, Versailles.



Marion Grant Curry, 89, of Lexington, widow of John Paul Curry, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, at her residence of cancer.

Born in St. Paul, Minn., she was the daughter of the late A. Forest and Grace Andrist Grant. She attended the University of Minnesota, received her undergraduate degree from the St. Paul College of Law, and her law degree from Chase College of Law. She retired as a technical editor from the Environmental Protection Agency and did freelance editing thereafter. She pursued many interests, including woodworking, making many pieces of furniture. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include a daughter, Catherine Curry Staib, Lexington; and a granddaughter, Anna Staib Peterson, Versailles. A granddaughter, Elizabeth Lee Staib, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 19, at T. P. White & Sons Funeral Home, Cincinnati, Ohio. Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L. Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037, or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave. 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.



Paul Harold Cuzick, 73, of Versailles, husband to Barbara Jean Spurgeon Cuzick, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 at his home.

Born June 25, 1935, in Jessamine County, he was the son of the late Luther and Hallie Tuggle Cuzick. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, coon hunting, raising chickens, gardening and working with his horses. He was employed by Calumet, Pin Oak and Gainsborough Farms.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by four children, Vickie Purvis, Gail Thompson, Paul Cuzick Jr., and Janice Cuzick; three grandchildren, Brian Thompson, Laura Lyle and Ashley Watts; four great-grandchildren, MacKensie and Grace Thompson and Hunter and Abigail Lyle; two sisters, Jewel Dean Barnes and Della Rhea Miller; and two brothers, Dale and William Cuzick. A grandson, Stephen Purvis; two sisters, Pamela Morris and Virginia Cuzick; and three brothers, Ruford Cuzick, Luther Glenn Cuzick, and Bob Cuzick, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 15, at Betts & West Funeral Home by Rodney Murphy and Terry Cuzick. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Terry Cuzick, Mike Cuzick, Willie Jones, Larry Thom, Brian Thompson, and Bob East. Honorary bearers were Davey Cuzick, Tuck Owens, Carl Crowe, Joe Wagoner, James Morris, and Tommy Cuzick.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Marie Lyman Elvidge, 94, of Burlingame, Calif., formerly of Farmersville, Ill., widow of James David Elvidge, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at her daughter’s home in Burlingame.

Born Oct. 29, 1913, in Farmersville, she was the daughter of the late Clara and O.E. Lyman. She was a 1933 graduate of the St. John’s School of Nursing. She was a World War II veteran, serving for the duration of the war with the U.S. Army Air Corps, where she attained the rank of first lieutenant. She married her husband at the end of their service with the Army Air Corps, and they returned to the family farm. She obtained her certificate in nursing anesthesia and worked in the surgery departments of St. Francis, Hillsboro, and several other area hospitals until her retirement in 1982. Upon her retirement, she moved to California to live with her daughter and family. She was a member of the Eastern Star and St. John’s Anglican Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Wanda Alfaro, Burlingame, Calif.; two sons, Larry Elvidge, Farmersville, and Kevin Elvidge, Versailles; nine grandchildren, Ben Elvidge, Monty Elvidge, and Kendal Elvidge, all of Farmersville, Mindy Bunselmeyer, Decatur, Ill., Jason Elvidge, Auburn, Ill., Mason Elvidge, Oregon, Vernee Alfaro, Burlingame, Karina Alfaro, San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Keegan Elvidge, Versailles; and three great-grand children, Parker Elvidge, Gehrig Bunselmeyer, and Jonah Elvidge. A son, Ollen James Elvidge, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the United Methodist Church in Farmersville. Burial was in Morrisonville Cemetery. Her grandchildren served as casket bearers. Hough Funeral Home in Farmersville was in charge of arrangements. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Versailles Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. in care of WWII Processing Center, P.O. Box 305, Calverton, NY 11933.



Vickie Lynn Kenney, 30, of Lexington, wife of John David Kenney, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of Jankie Johnson of Georgetown and Donna Southworth Jackson of Lexington. She was a homemaker and a member of Sadieville Christian Church.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by her children, Joshua and Morgan Kenney; and two brothers, Charles Jackson, Lexington, and Keith Jackson, Georgetown.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 15, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.



Ethel Mae Searcy Lynn, 88, of Lexington, widow of Henry Lynn, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007.

The daughter of James E. Searcy Sr. and Ethel Jones Searcy, she was a member of Broadway Baptist Church for 46 years

Survivors include a son, Sherman Wayne Lynn, Lexington; two daughters, Brenda Isaacs, Lexington, and Linda Jenkins, Versailles; her twin brother, James E. Searcy, Lexington; 10 grandchildren, Vicky Isaacs Sims, Nancy Lynn Goins, Amy Muller, Dana Jenkins Hendrickson, Julie Cornelius, Debbie Isaacs Crawford, D.J. Jenkins, J.W. Lynn, Daphne Jenkins and Jacob Stringer; and 23 great-grandchildren, Ben Wallace, Bonny and Grace Cornelius, Lainey, Jodie, and Jack Muller, Allen and Angela Goins, Maybelle, Henry and Lydia Lynn, Dusty Ray, Jordan and Catie Sims, Breanne, Anthony, Lucas and Matthew Crawford, Dakota, Faith and Trey Jenkins and Dawson and Jasmine Hendrickson. A brother, Jack Searcy; two sisters, Maxine Lunsford and Betty Buffin; a grandson, Bengie Isaacs; and a granddaughter, Christina Lynn, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 20, at Broadway Baptist Church by the Rev. Shannon Back. Interment will be in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be her grandsons, J.W. Lynn, D.J.Jenkins, Timmy Goins, Jacob Stringer, Sean Hendrickson, Mark Crawford and Joe Sims. W. R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



William "Billy" Morgan Mullin, 78, of Fishers Mill Road, Midway, husband of Mary Wynn Mullin, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, at his home.

A native of Scott County, he was the son of the late Walter and Nancy Graves Mullin. He was a retired farmer and Trane Company employee and was a member of the White Sulphur Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Brenda Childers; a son, Billy Mullin Jr.; and three grandchildren, Morgan, Madison, and Merideth Mullin. A granddaughter, Niki Childers, and a sister, Louise Mitchell, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 20, at Johnson’s Funeral Home by Bro. John D. Cravens. Burial will be in the Midway Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to White Sulphur Baptist Church Building Fund or Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Daniel Albert O’Canna, 54, of Lexington, husband of Maryanne Holmes-Jensen O’Canna, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center Hospital.

Born in Denver, Colo., he was the son of Shirley E. O’Canna of Versailles and the late J.E. "Smokey" O’Canna. A graduate of the animal science program at the University of Kentucky, he did post graduate research in equine reproduction. While in college, he drove for Sallee Horse Vans and later worked as a laboratory technician for the entomology department at UK. He had been employed at Twin Eagles Farm and also had been an assistant starter for the Kentucky Derby. He also held a position as an information data specialist for the Center for Applied Energy Research through the University of Kentucky. He was an avid outdoorsman and photographer. He was active with the Boy Scouts of America, where he served as Cub Master for Pack #95 and Scout Master for Troop #13, a Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow, Venture Crew Advisor for Crew 130, and was a Southern Region Venture Crew Advisor. He was vice president for programs on the executive board of the Bluegrass Council of BSA, Wood Badge course director for SR-461, staff member on National Jamboree in 1993, 1997, and 2001, and a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He earned his PADI Scuba Instructor Certification in July 2007 and was also employed by New Horizons Diving Center. He was a member of the Bluegrass Dive Club, the Bluegrass Sportsmen’s League, staff member for the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) program, and a past-president of the ABDA neighborhood association. He was an accomplished musician and an honorary Kentucky Colonel.

In addition to his wife of 29 years and mother, he is survived by two brothers, Ted P. O’Canna, Versailles, and Joe E. O’Canna Jr., Hurst, Texas; and four nieces and nephews, Ian C., Evan, Emilee, and Jon O’Canna. A son, Kevin Richard O’Canna, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 17, at Maxwell St. Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Woody Berry. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Boy Scouts of America Bluegrass Council, 415 N. Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508, PADI Project Aware, c/o New Horizons Diving Center S-562, 2577 Regency Road, Lexington, KY 40503, the Whale Shark Research Institute, P.O. Box 40, Princeton, NJ 08540, or the Save The Manatee Club, 500 N. Maitland Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751.



Tunis Williamson, of Versailles, husband of Josephine Smith Williamson, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at his residence.

Born in Canada, Ky., he was the son of the late Ottis and Vicey Williams Williamson. He was a World War II Army veteran, a retired superintendent for Mid-State Steel, and a member of Devondale Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Cathy Guy Williamson; a son, Roger Williamson; and five grandchildren, Shelly and Kristi Rowe, Carly Guy Pisano, and Ian and Kiara Williamson. Seven sisters and five brothers are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Dec. 14, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by Pastor Bobby Aldridge. Entombment was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Eugene Guy, Frankie Smith, Gary Fox, Harold Jackson, Larry Demeritte, Danny Jones, and Harvey Harris. Honorary bearers were John T. Thompson, Billy, Bobby, Tunis, and Kenneth Smith, Bill and Danny Ferrell, John Richardson, Lester Herron, Everette McClure, and Edward Spears.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Devondale Baptist Church, 124 Tiverton Way, Lexington, KY 40517, or Hospice of the Franklin County, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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