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December 24, 2008



Robert Hollie Cornish, 75, of Lexington, husband of Mamie Markwell Cornish, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008.

He owned and operated Robert Cornish TV for 42 years.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by a daughter, Cathy Lynn Cornish, Louisville; a son, Keith Patrick Cornish (Doris), Louisville; two grandchildren, Christopher Alan Cornish and Kristen Marie Cornish; a brother, Kenneth (Phyllis); and a half-sister, Carolyn Altizer (Mark).

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 20, at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery Chapel in Frankfort. Arrangements by Care Cremation & Funeral Service.

Donations may be made to the Markey Cancer Center and the Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Cecil F. Fister, 90, of Versailles, widow of Julius Fister, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008.

Born in Mason County, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Lula Helphenstine Ashley Ford. She was a retired registered nurse and a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. She attended the University of Kentucky and the Good Samaritan School of Nursing. She was a member of the St. Leo Altar Society, was a charter member of the Woodford County Business and Professional Womanís Club, a volunteer for the Woodford County Food Pantry and the family resource center, was a member of the Double Nickel Club and the Marthaís Ministries Club, had walked for 13 years for the March of Dimes, and had been an election officer for many years.

Survivors include a son, Roddy F. Williams, Burgin; two grandchildren, Roddy (Kim) Williams II, Versailles, and Cyndi W. Gibson, Atlanta, Ga.; three great-grandchildren, Jaye Williams, Amber Stone, and William Stone; two sisters-in-law, Bertha Fister, Georgetown, and Rosa Lee Fister, Lexington; and two stepchildren, Julius Fister Jr. and Tom Fister. A sister, Vivian F. Miller, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 23, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Dan Noll. Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Nicholasville. Casket bearers were Steve Barnett, Bill Henson, Paul DesRosiers, Ken Ward, Jim Birch, Don McCleese, and Darrell Mason. Honorary bearers were Peggy Barnett, Sandra Henson, Catherine McPherson, Betty DesRosiers, Beth Peavler, Coralyn Peters, Mary Owens Jackson, and Wanda Johnson. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford County Food Pantry.

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Della Shepherd Hamilton, 82, of Frankfort, widow of Howard Eugene Hamilton, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008.

Born Nov. 6, 1926, in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late Henry Shepherd and Dona Stephens Shepherd.

Survivors include four children, Robert Eugene Hamilton, Rita Ann Hardin, Michael Ray Hamilton, and Cindy Lynn Hamilton; three grandsons, Larry Eugene Hardin, Michael Howard Hardin, and Jeffery Robert Hamilton; two granddaughters, Pamela Ann Mosbey and Crystal Lynn Hamilton; four great-grandsons, Wade Vallbona, Joseph Michael Eugene Hardin, Robert Alexander Hamilton, and Cayden Christopher Hamilton; five great-granddaughters, Haley Anay Hardin, Caitlyn Reann Hardin, Ashley Hardin, Erin Hamilton, Alayna Lynn Hamilton; two great-great-grandsons, Bradley Isaiah Hardin and Aiden Hardin; a great-great-granddaughter, Trinity Hardin; two sisters, Peggy Patton and Susan Richardson; and two brothers, Rome Shepherd and Rueben Shepherd.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 20, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Pastor Randolph Vaught. Casket bearers were Larry C. Hardin, Frank Whitney, and her grandchildren. Honorary bearers were Ancel Patton, Don Johnson, and Bobby Shepherd.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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Eva Singleton Lear, 84, of Lexington, widow of Charles J. Lear, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at the Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, and raised in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Eva and Percy Singleton. She earned a degree in education at the University of Kentucky where she was a band sponsor. Her career led her to New York City, where she modeled for Mademoiselle Magazine. She helped start the art department at Lafayette High School, where she taught. She also taught third grade at Glendover Elementary School. She won the title of Mrs. Kentucky in 1955 and went on to compete in the Mrs. America Pageant in Florida. Following the pageant, she made a TV commercial for Whirlpool. She was a longtime member of Immanuel Baptist Church, where she enjoyed singing with the Hallelujah Singers. She enjoyed the outdoors, boating and camping. She was a past member of the Lexington Garden Club.

Survivors include five children, Darrell (Brenda) Lear, Dana (Randy) Lykes, Dale (Linda) Lear, Charles (Jennifer) Lear, and Carlton (Nadine) Lear; five grandchildren, George Montgomery, Darrell (Kim) Lear, Kevin (Jessica) Lear, Nicole (Kevin) Kohrs, and Zane Lear; two great-grandchildren, Madison Kohrs and Brayden Lear; a sister-in-law, Louise Lear; a nephew, nieces and close cousins.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 20, at Immanuel Baptist Church. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Casket bearers were George Montgomery, Darrell Lear, Ron McPeek, Kevin Kohrs, Billy Doyne, and Mike Eversole.



Kenneth Clark Midkiff, 85, of Versailles, husband of Betty Jane Fugate Midkiff, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at his home of prostate cancer.

Born July 23, 1923, in Ohio County, he was the son of the late Rush and Thelma Midkiff. He grew up on an Ohio County farm and was a Star Farmer in the Future Farmers of America. He graduated from Dundee (Ky.) High School. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marine Air Corps, where he navigated transport planes in the Pacific Theater, including Midway, Guam, Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Saipan, and Iwo Jima. He later trained navigators in Hawaii and California, achieving the rank of master sergeant. After the war he completed a bachelorís and later a masterís degree in education from the University of Kentucky. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He worked in human resource management for Kawneer Corporation in Lexington, Dura Corporation in Paris, and Rand McNally and Kuhlman Electric companies in Versailles. He was executive director of the Printing Industry Association of Dallas, Texas, and later represented Prentice-Hall, Inc., in the Kentucky and West Virginia region. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, was active in the Lions Club and the American Legion in Paris, serving as the commander of the Seventh District, and in Rotary International in Versailles. He served the Boy Scouts of America for many years, as scoutmaster of Troop 43 in Versailles and as a volunteer and trainer in other roles for the Bluegrass Council. He was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and a recipient of the BSA Silver Beaver Award. He was an avid gardener, woodworker, and outdoorsman and was a member of Versailles United Methodist Church, which he served as chairman of the board of trustees and chairman of the building committee.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, he is survived by three sons, Kenneth Clark Midkiff Jr., Ph.D., of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Samuel Pratt Midkiff, Ph.D., (Laura), West Lafayette, Ind., and Scott Fugate Midkiff, Ph.D., (Sofia), Falls Church, Va.; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Agnes Hunter, Dundee, and Linda Cloaninger, Macon, Ga., and a brother, L. C. Midkiff, Dundee. A sister, Inez, and a brother, William, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Versailles United Methodist Church by the Rev. Mike Lehman, the Rev. Randy Coy, and the Rev. Charles Pinkston. Burial will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Clark Midkiff, Sam Midkiff, Scott Midkiff, Daniel Midkiff, John Midkiff, Rush Midkiff, Edward Cloaninger, Charles Hall, and Bill Klier. Honorary bearers will be Thomas C. Nichols, James Ellis, J. Henry Duncan and Bill Dollenmayer. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or to the Bluegrass Council, Boy Scouts of America, 415 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508.

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Harvey Allen Rogers Jr., 80, of Lexington, husband of Marie Caslick Rogers, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at his home.

Born Aug. 3, 1928, in Lexington, he was the son of the late Harvey Allen Rogers Sr. and Margaret Ferguson Rogers. He was a retired farmer, a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, a graduate of Kemper Military School, attended the University of the South, and graduated from the University of Kentucky. He was a retired chemist for IBM, working in industrial hygiene and development of chemical safety, and he was a member of Christ Church Cathedral.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Harvey Allen (Suzy) Rogers III, Bourbon County; three daughters, Marie Toler, Durham, N.C., Jane Allen (Timothy) Lucas, Midway, and Margaret (Michael) Jacobs, Lexington; a sister, Lida Ferguson Rogers, Paris; six grandchildren, Matthew S. (Jenilee) Toler, Ashley Allen Lucas, Aaron M. Lucas, Heather (Matt) McCarty, Hanna E. Rogers, Kate Elizabeth Rogers; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, Dec. 19, at the Hinton-Turner Funeral Home by the Very Rev. Morris Thompson. Burial was in the Paris Cemetery. Casket bearers were Hal Rogers, Timothy Lucas, Michael Jacobs, Aaron Lucas, Matthew Toler, and Willie Little. Honorary bearers were Maner Ferguson, Joseph Maner, William B. Rogers, M. Cary Blaydes, MD, Herbert Geddes, and the Rev. William McDuffie.

Memorials are suggested to the Cane Ridge Meeting House, PO Box 26, Paris, KY 40362, Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency, 1530 Nicholasville Road, Lexington, KY 40503, or Christ Church Cathedral, 166 N. Market Street, Lexington, KY 40507.



Ada B. House Rose, 74, of Owingsville, widow of Burrit C. Rose, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 20. Burial was in the Longview Cemetery.



Catherine Newkirk Tucker, 85, widow of Harry B. Tucker Jr. died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Clinton and Jesse Newkirk. She was a retired cafeteria manager of the Fayette County Board of Education and a member of Athens Christian Church.

Survivors include her children, Mary (Jim) Ginter, Marjorie (Bob) Lynch and Harry B. Tucker III, all of Lexington, Phyllis (Wade) Johnson, Versailles, and Sarah (Ronnie) Hillard, Nicholasville; eight grandchildren, Renee (David) Mathis, James (Dona) Ginter, Elden (Angie) Cox, Steve Ginter, Susan (Jason) Morton, Melissa (Jason) Worrell, Ashley (Paul) Gray and Shelbie A. Hillard; two step-grandsons, Will and Ben Johnson; 12 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Daisy (Connie) Colliver, Lexington, and Hazel Martin, Cynthiana. A twin sister, Frances Stone, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 20, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, by Brother Don Frye. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were her grandsons and grandsons-in-law.

Contributions are suggested to Athens Christian Church, 6295 Athens-Boonesboro Road, Lexington, KY 40509 or Hospice Care Center, One St. Joseph Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Dollie S. Wilson, 90, of Frankfort, widow of Dorsey Wilson, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008.

Born June 11, 1918, in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Howard P. and Emma Crawford Smith and was raised by Martin P. and Nannie Coleman Smith of Frankfort. She retired from the Legislative Research Commission after 35 years of service. She was a member of the Democratic Womenís Club, the Thursday Late Swingers Golf League and was a charter member of the Woodford Hills Country Club. She was an avid golfer and was instrumental in promoting ladiesí golf in Woodford and Franklin counties.

Survivors include a daughter, Jane (Ronnie) Grant, Columbia; two sons, Eugene P. (Judith) Wilson, Versailles, and John L. (Terry) Wilson, Frankfort; a brother, Max (Joyce) Smith, Frankfort; five grandchildren, Ross Grant, Holly, Noah, Johnny and Autumn Wilson; and a great-granddaughter. A son, Jimmy (J.B.) Wilson, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Dr. Tim Murtaugh. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Ross, Noah and Johnny Wilson, David Johnson, David Darnell, and Tom Hampton.

Contributions are suggested to the Franklin County Humane Society or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Frank Wilson, 84, of Wilmore, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008.

Born Aug. 2, 1924, in Jessamine County, he was the son of the late Claude "Taught" and Ozena Bradley Wilson. He was a retired truck driver, a member of South Elkhorn Baptist Church, Teamsters Union 651, and was an Army staff sergeant serving in World War II.

Survivors include four children, Phil B. (Kathy) Wilson, Mt. Sterling, Linda C. (Rusty) Rodgers, High Bridge, Brenda G. Walker, Frankfort, and Olena A. (Sandy) Redmon, Nonesuch; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson, and other family members.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Betts & West Funeral Home by the Rev. Lloyd Latimer and the Rev. David Duggan. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Harold Walker II, Richard Rodgers, Jonathan and Kenny Vanover, Jeff Biles, and Eric Sexton.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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