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December 31, 2002

 

Cantwell

Marvin Sanford Cantwell 72, of Versailles, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, of smoke inhalation as a result of a house fire.

Born May 23, 1930, in Bunston, Mo., he was a son of the late Marion Sanford and Annetta Maroitt Cantwell. He retired from Gleneagles Farm n 1995, after which he founded Marvin Tree and Lawn Service. As a young man he was taught to be an arborist and this was his vocation for much of his life.

Survivors include his children, Teri Smith, Independence, Mo., Debbie Long, Freeman, Mo., "Sandy" Marvin Cantwell, Belton, Mo., "Little" Marvin Cantwell, Makawao, Maui, Hawaii, Bettie Seaton, Texas City, Texas, and Nele Cantwell Rogers, Ada, Okla.; many grandchildren; a great grandchild; two sisters, Lee Etta Adams. of Kansas City, Kan., and Evaleen Hibdon, Jefferson City, Mo.; and three brothers, Jim Cantwell, Versailles, Mo., Jerry Cantwell, Kansas City, Mo., and David Cantwell, of Peculiar, Mo. His parents, a sister, and a brother are deceased.

A memorial service following cremation was held Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Donations are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society, P. O. Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383.

 

Carr

Tinnie Gibson Carr, 74, of Lexington, husband of Barbara Padgett Carr, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, at his residence.

Born Oct. 8, 1928, in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Thomas Jefferson and Mary Wilgus Harp Carr. He was a farmer and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Old Union Christian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder, served on the ASCS committee, was a member of the Southern States board of directors, and played and coached baseball and softball.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Annie Watkins, Bourbon County; a son, Allen “Gip” Carr, Fayette County; two sisters, Betty Rose, Fayette County, and Nola Reed, Woodford County; six grandchildren; and a great grandchild.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at the Hinton-Turner Funeral Home, Paris, by the Rev. Bill Bales, the Rev. Scott Winkler, and Jimmy Carr. Interment will be in the Old Union Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Jason Carr, Butch Padgett, Tom Rose, Jerrod Stewart, Tim Padgett, Jeff Carr, Rickey Reed, and David Biddle Jr. Honorary bearers will be Mickey Reed, Jimmy Carr, Logan Carr, Rhodes Carr, Bobby Carr, Randy Carr, Tim Carr, John Carr, Gayle Tipton, Mike Carr, Donnie Colliver, Herb Padgett, Stony Padgett, Bryon Carr, Gary Carr, Steve Jones, Marvin Watkins, Bill Kent, Everett Calvert, Bobby Scott, J.C. Fuller, Brown Sharp, David Biddle Sr., Frank Penn, Lola Reed, Robin Gilskin, Judy Owens, Tabitha Philpot, elders and deacons of the Old Union Christian Church, Dr. Barry Purdom, Dr. John Cronin, Dr. Montgomery, Dr. Pezzi, Dr. Sobajcah, and the staff of the fourth floor east, St. Joseph Hospital.

 

Cassidy

Ruth Reid Cassidy, 85, of Carlisle, widow of James Cassidy, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at Four Courts Senior Center, Louisville.

Born in Nicholas County, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Lillie Mae Vice Reid. She was a member of the Carlisle Christian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Carole Shomer, Louisville; four sisters, Josie Ratliff, Emogene Clinkenbeard, Nancy Lyons, and Barbara Tolliver, all of Carlisle; two grandsons, James T. Owen, Atlanta, Ga., and David M. Owen, Versailles; and five great grandchildren, Nicholas, Jack, Sydney, Thomas, and Mitchell Owen. Her stepmother, Catherine Reid, and two brothers, Maurice and James Elgin Reid, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at the Carlisle Christian Church by the Rev. Steve Smith. Burial was in Longview Cemetery, Bethel. Casket bearers were Ewell Lyons, Joe Ratliff, Greg Reid, Stanley and Billy Rose, and Bill Tolliver. Honorary bearers were Charles Clark, Ewell Clinkenbeard, and Jewell Vice.

Contributions are suggested to the University of Kentucky Alzheimer’s Research Center or the Carlisle Christian Church.

Mathers-Gaunce Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Dickerson

Carolyn Jo Frakes Dickerson, 78, of Lexington, wife of William F. Dickerson, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late George and Ellen Eads Frakes. She was a sales clerk for Wenneker’s Shoes for 25 years, and was a member of the Central Baptist Church, a former member and past president of the Lexington Lioness Club, and was an avid bowler.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Thomas W. Dickerson, Lexington; a daughter, Karen Ann Dickerson, Lexington; a brother, George Frakes, Lexington; two grandchildren, Stacey Blake, Versailles, and Robyn Evans, Charlotte, N.C.; and two great grandchildren, Joshua Frasure and Madeline Blake, both of Versailles.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, in Hillcrest Memorial Park by the Rev. Walter K. Price. W.R. Milward Mortuary - Broadway is in charge of arrangements.

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

 

Gabbard

Rose Marie Fry Gabbard, 74, of Beattyville, wife of Robert P. Gabbard, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at her residence.

Born June 18, 1928, in Tuskegee, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Cecil McColly Fry and Gertrude Kincaid Fry. She was a 68-year member of the Beattyville Christian Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, president of the Willing Workers, and helped start a hand bell choir. She was retired after 38 years with the Lee County School System. She was a member of the Lee County Retired Teachers Association, past president of the Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a CKEA board member, past president of the EKU Alumni Association, a library science teacher at EKU, past president of the Kentucky Library Association, the 1994 Outstanding School Media Librarian, and librarian at the Lee Adjustment Center. She was an avid fan of the Kentucky Wildcats and the Atlanta Braves.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, John Paul Gabbard, Versailles; a grandson, Ryan Paul Gabbard, Lexington; a granddaughter, Brittany Gabbard, Versailles; a sister, Margaret Fry Austin, Austin, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at the Beattyville Christian Church by Jerry Ginnan and Jeff Porter. Burial was in the Riverview Cemetery, Beattyville.

Contributions may be made to the Beattyville Christian Church, Box C, Beattyville, KY 41311.

 

Givens

William Ester “Pike” Givens, 67, of Lexington, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2002.

The son of the late Burton W. Givens and Lucille Herron, he was a member of the Greater Liberty Baptist Church and a retired employee of the University of Kentucky.

Survivors include his stepfather, Floyd Herron; his stepmother, Freida W. Givens; nine sisters, Deloise Stevenson, Bernissa Lee, Helen Herron, Prudella Givens, Janeice Givens, all of Lexington, Marlene McCann, North Carolina, Barbara Brown, Stanford, Maria Routte, Stanford, and Selena Wilkinson, Danville; five brothers, Charles W. Givens, Jessie Forbes, Robert Lee Forbes, all of Lexington, James Givens, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Terry Givens, Versailles; a granddaughter, Tish Shelby; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at the Greater Liberty Baptist Church. Smith & Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Lay

Ernest Harold Lay Jr., 52, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Versailles, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, at Bluegrass Community Hospital of a heart attack.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of Harold Lay Sr. and Mildred McKinney Lay, Lawrenceburg. He was a retired carpenter.

Survivors include a son, Stephen Lay, Versailles; a sister, Jean Reinhardt, West Virginia; two brothers, Wayne “Musky” Lay, Versailles, and Jerry Dale Lay, Lexington; and a grandchild, Madison Hope Lay. A brother, Alvin Lay, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Dennis Wyrick. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Tim Collins, Jeff Collins, Ralph Lay, Matt Lay, Tony Fields, and Michael Owens.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association, 2201 Regency Road, Lexington, KY 40503, or the American Cancer Society, 160 Moore Drive Suite 201, Lexington, KY 40503.

 

Lefler

Virgil Lefler, 76, of Frankfort, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at the Beverly Health Center following a long illness.

A native of Spencer County, he was the son of the late Harry B. Lefler and Ethel Runner Lefler. He was retired from National Distillery, a veteran of World War II, a member of VFW Post 4075, and a former member of the Switzer Ruritan Club.

Survivors include three sons, Virgil F. Lefler Jr., Stamping Ground, Douglas B. Lefler, Versailles, and Arthur D. Lefler, Virginia Beach, Va.; two daughters, Doris J. Wright and Brenda J. McMurray, both of Georgetown; a sister, Dorothy Clark, Shelbyville; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel, Frankfort, by the Rev. Lowell Coots. Casket bearers were John Lefler, Frankie Lefler, Billy Adams, Paul Ruark, Frankie Hockensmith, and David Jarvis. Contributions may be made to the University of Kentucky Alzheimer’s Disease Research Fund, Sturgill Development Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0015.

 

Miller

Charles Miller of Lexington, husband of Dorothy S. Clemons Miller, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, at his home after a long illness.

A native of Jessamine County, he was the son of the late Perry and Fannie Plyman Miller Sr. He was a retired employee of Engle Construction Company and a member of the Order of Moose, Lexington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three stepsons, Bud Clemons, Paris, Richard Clemons, Lancaster, and John W. Clemons, Lexington; two daughters, Norma Hansel and Regina Todd, both of Versailles; two stepdaughters, Ann Clemons, Lexington, and Patsy Webb, Midway; four brothers, Leonard Miller, Lexington, Carl Miller, Frankfort, Robert Miller, Owenton, and Ronnie Miller, Owenton; six sisters, Barbara Conway and Frances Holdeman, both of Lexington, Margie Smith and Linda Rose, both of Frankfort, Beverly Tackett, Stamping Ground, and Rita House, Corinth; a grandchild; two great grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; and 12 step-great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home, Stamping Ground, by the Rev. David Smith. Burial was in the Stamping Ground Masonic Cemetery. Casket bearers were Carl Miller, Robert Miller, Ronnie Miller, Jason Webb, Bud Clemons, Richard Clemons, and Leonard Miller.

 

Southworth

Christine Brumback Southworth, 97, of Stamping Ground, widow of Jerry W. Southworth, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, at her home.

A native of Scott County, she was the daughter of the late Allie Thomas and Lear Ellen Chowning Brumback. She was a member of the Long Lick Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Lucile S. Clark, Scott County; three sons, Ernest T. Southworth, Stamping Ground, Thurman N. Southworth, Georgetown, and Shirley W. Southworth, Frankfort; 17 grandchildren, including Christina Southworth Routt and Bruce Southworth, Versailles; 36 great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; and more than 100 nieces and nephews. A son, Owen T. Southworth; two granddaughters, Denise Seabolt and Phyllis Brockman; a brother, Luther Brumback; and two sisters, Leloa B. Sorrell and Allie Brumback, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at Johnson’s Funeral Home, Georgetown, by Glenn Redmon. Burial was in the Georgetown Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bruce, Christopher, Ronald, Jerry P., Darrell, and Dale Southworth, Matthew Routt, and Hershel Jackson. Honorary bearers were Jerry, Chester, and Joe Southworth, Jackie Thompson, and Ronnie and Bobby Brumback.

 

Swails

Brenda Jean Swails, 59, of Versailles, wife of Jim Swails, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Tifton, Ga., she was a daughter of the late James Monroe and Jo Lee Hemphill Bridwell. She was an active member of the Sand Springs Baptist Church in Anderson County.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Tammy Morrison and Julie Swails, both of Versailles, and Mike Swails, Lawrenceburg; two sisters, Betty Gerald, Georgia, and Bennetta Oliver, Idaho; a brother, Bobby Bridwell, Georgia; and six grandchildren, Courtney Morrison, Jessica Morrison, Nicole Morrison, Kasey Swails, Mikey Swails, and Barrett Hill.

Services were conducted Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at the Sand Springs Baptist Church by the Rev. Mike Hamrick. Interment was in the Sand Springs Cemetery. Casket bearers were Uncle Joe Swails, Mike Swails, Felton Woods, Tommy Bobo, Kelly Lawson, and John Hill.

Memorials are suggested to the Sand Springs Baptist Church. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Vertuca

Salvatore Angelo Thomas Vertuca, Ph.D., 81, of Lexington, husband of Lohoma C. Vertuca, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2002.

Born Sept. 13, 1921, in Fleming-Neon, he was the son of the late Vincenzo and Maria Roberti Vertuca. He was a retired clinical psychologist for the Veterans Administration. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa, Canada, after serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the American Psychological Association, associate professor at the University of Kentucky, and a member of the Cathedral of Christ the King.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Tina Bethel, Trish Featherston, and Barb Straley, all of Lexington; two sons, Bernard Vertuca, Midway, and Philip Vertuca, Nicholasville; seven grandchildren, Angela, Ryan, Adam, and Kaitlin Bethel, Jonathan and Laura Straley, and Nathan Vertuca; two sisters, Leda Wojtowicz, Cleveland, Ohio, and Stella Johnson, Decatur, Ill.; two brothers, Tony Vertuca, Lima, Ohio, and Frank Vertuca, California; and several nieces and nephews. Three brothers and three sisters are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Dec. 27, 2002, at the Cathedral of Christ the King by the Rev. Ted Keller. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery. Casket bearers were Keith Bethel, Steve Featherston III, John Straley, Ryan Bethel, Adam Bethel, Jonathan Straley, Nathan Vertuca, John David Hale, and Carroll Hale. Honorary bearers were Jim Brown, Neil Ganulin, and Louis George. W.R. Milward Mortuary - Broadway was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes (Juvenile) Foundation and the Kentucky Special Olympics. Expressions of condolences to the family may be made at www.milwardfuneral.com.

 

Wilson

Lucile Wilson, 100, of Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles, formerly of London, retired teacher, mother of Anna Frances Hooks, Versailles, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at House-Rawlings Funeral Home, London.

Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church of London building fund.

 

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