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December 23, 2010



Della Adams, 86, of Nicholasville, widow of James W. Bruner Sr. died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at the home of her daughter in Wilmore.

Born Jan. 7, 1924, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Elizabeth Adams. She had been an employee of Irving Air Chute and Vogue Rattan for many years.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Osten (Earl); three sons, Lloyd Bruner (Patricia), J. W. Bruner Jr. (Katrina), and Wayne Bruner (Gail); four grandchildren, Jennifer Lapasnick, Stephanie Smith, Laura Reynolds, and Phillip Handley; six great-grandchildren, Faith and Jadon Lapasnick, Olivia Smith, Emily Reynolds, Phillip Jordan, and Dylan Handley, and a brother, Howard Adams (Hannah). A sister, Jenny Powers, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home, Nicholasville, by the Rev. Steve Sholar. Burial was in the Nonesuch Cemetery. Casket bearers were Chris Reynolds, Kevin Adams, Nate Hollon, Eugene Edwards, Will Pettit, and Tim Canter. Honorary bearers were Ralph Canter, Jim Bob Adams, Bob Bruner, Jim Cook, and Ernest Lancaster.

Donations may be made to the Asthma and Allergy Research Foundation.

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Betty Jean Ingram Biddle, 73, of Midway, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at her home.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of Frances Kelly Fisher of Midway and the late Finley Ingram of Estill County, and was the stepdaughter of Joseph Taylor Fisher of Midway. She graduated from Midway High School and Lexington Barber College. She retired from Central Baptist Hospital, where she worked for 17 years as a bookkeeper and auditor.

In addition to her mother and stepfather, she is survived by a sister, Donna Jo Fisher Forman (David), Midway; a brother, Samuel Kelly Fisher (Becky), Canfield, Ohio; seven children, Jean Carol Lathrem, LaGrange, Fran Lane-Lawrence (David), Niles, Mich., Kasandra Jean Robins, Summerville, S.C., Russell Edgar Lane Jr., Richmond, Traci Renee Lane Maxey (Jamie), London, Donna Raií Lane Ruttan, Sharon, Pa., and Deana Gayle Salozzo Garcia (David), El Paso, Texas; 17 grandchildren, Daniel and Kevin Mullins, Phillip, Jonathan, Donna and Sallie Gardner, Ross Lawrence, Henry Nettles III, Tabatha, Brittany, Emily and Amanda Robins, Alaina and Chandler Lane, Kylee and McKenna Maxey, and Gabriel Garcia; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 21, at the Midway Baptist Church by the Rev. Wallace Williams. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were David Forman, Henry Nettles lll, Phillip, Jonathan, and Donna and Sallie Gardner.

Contributions are suggested to the Midway Baptist Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Jon H. "Jack" Durkin, 90, of Lexington, widower of Mary Margaret "Peggy" Durkin, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born April 14, 1920, in McRoberts, Ky., he was the son of the late Joseph Hartley and Lillie Brown Durkin. He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a master sergeant stationed mainly in Italy. He was a founding father of the American Board of Opticianary, and dedicated several decades of his life to certification and education for all opticians. He started his career at Tinder Krauss Tinder Opticians and spent well over 50 years there, eventually becoming president and majority stockholder of the company. He also owned and operated Blue Grass Optical, a wholesale optical lab. He served as chairman of the National Contact Lens Examiners, president of the Opticianís Association of America, president of the Contact Lens Society of America, president of the International Guild of Dispensing Opticians, president of the Dispensing Opticians of Kentucky, and chairman of the Kentucky Licensing Board. In 1994, he was named "Guild Optician of the Year." He served as president of the Meadowthorpe Optimist Club and as the KY/WVA Governor for Optimist International. He coached Little League baseball for several years and also taught Sunday school and served on the board at Broadway Christian Church. He was an NCAA college football referee for over 32 years and an NCAA college basketball referee for 16 years. He also served as president of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Survivors include two daughters, Janis (Ken) Dougherty, Lexington, and Joyce Baker, Versailles; a son, Jon E. (Vicky) Durkin, Lexington; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Bowles, Snellville, Ga., Andrea (Wally) Calderon, Sevierville, Tenn., Edward Dougherty, Ypsilanti, Mich., Holly Durkin, Lexington, Mary Rose Durkin, Tucson, Ariz., Dawn (Jimmy) Rhodus, Versailles, and Heather (Todd) Barrick, Lawrenceburg; two great-grandchildren, Sydney Rhodus and Hadley Bunton; and a sister, Leila Barnes, Lexington. A son, James Russell Durkin; a sister Gloria Looney; and four brothers, Joseph, Harry, Maurice, and William Durkin, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 20, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.



William Carlos Fish, 79, of Versailles, widower of Louise Rhodus Fish, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.

Survivors include a son, William Carl Fish (Regina); a daughter, Kathy Jane Spencer (Don); four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 23, at Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, Richmond. Visit 5-9pm on Wed.

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Kathryn "Kathy" Phares Garriott, 56, of Midway, wife of William "Bill" R. Garriott, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at her home of cancer.

A native of Georgetown, she was the daughter of Nancy Nunnelley Phares, Georgetown, and the late Ben Phares. She graduated from Georgetown High School Class of 1972 and the Midway College of Nursing, and received her BSN from the University of Florida. She had a career in nursing and medical administration for over 25 years. In 2003, she and her husband moved back to the Georgetown area where she, along with her mother, started Phares Consulting.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by a daughter, Kate Garriott (Shane) Sablotsky, Charleston, S.C.; two grandsons, Samuel Garriott Sablotsky and Levi William Sablotsky; a brother, Ford (Sharon) Phares, Georgetown; and two nephews, Nathan and Richie Phares.

Memorial services will be announced and held at a later date. Johnsonís Funeral Home, Georgetown, is in charge of arrangements

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, 9884 Main Street, Damascus, MD. 20872, or the Woodford Humane Society, PO Box 44, Versailles, Ky. 40383.



Donald Herbert Kattus, 78, of Nicholasville, husband of Glenda Sue Bates Kattus, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Survivors include a son, Donald H. Kattus Jr. (Trena), Versailles; four grandchildren, Angela and Ben Pittenger and Tania and Jonathan Kattus; a stepdaughter, Sherrie S. Bates, Versailles; and a sister, Jeanne Kelly, Cincinnati Ohio.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions in preference to flowers are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Rebekah Gayle Richie, 44, of Versailles, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at her home.

Born in New Orleans, La., she was the daughter of Arthur Lee and Sue Richie of Versailles. She was a student at Bluegrass Community Technical College and a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a daughter, Claudia Grace Richie, Versailles; three sisters, Romona Richie, Versailles, Joanna (John) Tweet, Washington, and Pam (Alex) Marshall, Lexington; a brother, Nathan (Mary) Richie, Versailles; a niece, Noelle Richie, and a nephew, Drew Richie, both of Versailles; and numerous other nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 23, at New Hope Baptist Church by the Rev. Wesley Noss. Burial will follow in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

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