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February 1, 2001 issue


Fr. Maurice J. Brinker

The Rev. Maurice J. Brinker, 79, of Versailles, a Roman Catholic priest who had held several posts in the Diocese of Lexington, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Fr. Brinker, a Covington native, who was ordained into the priesthood in 1954, was an assistant at Holy Family Church in Ashland, St. Henry Church in Erlanger, St. Boniface Church in Ludlow and Good Shepherd Church in Frankfort early in his career. He worked at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital and the Federal Correctional Institution in Ashland in the early 1960s. He also was an assistant at Mother of God Church and a member of the faculty at LaSalette Academy in Covington.

He was an associate pastor at Holy Spirit Parish/Newman Center and St. Peter Claver Church in Lexington in the mid- to late 1960s. Later he was chaplain at St. Margaret of Cortona and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington. He also was chaplain at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles.

Fr. Brinker studied at St. Mary College in Kentucky and St. John Seminary in Little Rock, Ark. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

Survivors include three brothers, the Rev. Paul J. Brinker of Fort Thomas, the Rev. Louis B. Brinker of Cynthiana, and Arnold Brinker of Fort Mitchell.

Services will be conducted at noon today, Feb. 1, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Fort Mitchell. Visitation will be from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. at the church. Contributions are suggested to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Avenue, Versailles 40383, or in the form of Masses. Linnemann Funeral Home in Erlanger is in charge of arrangements.


Grace C. DeBell

Grace Chloe DeBell, 88, of Versailles, widow of Robert E. DeBell, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001.

Born in New York, she was the daughter of the late Edward Frank and Chloe May Paige Decker. She was a member of the Millville Christian Church.

Mrs. DeBell is survived by a daughter, Marsha Glass, Versailles; two sons, Larry DeBell, Versailles, and Maury DeBell, Michigan; 10 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. A son, Robert DeBell, is deceased.

A memorial service was conducted at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at the Millville Christian Church by the Rev. Ray Holdren. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Millville Christian Church.


Alvis U. Derrickson

Alvis Urfer Derrickson, 98, widow of Brown M. Derrickson, formerly of Lexington, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.

Before retiring, she served as a secretary for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture, for 32 years. A Lexington native, she was the daughter of the late William and Jessie Robertson Urfer. She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Central Kentucky Women’s Club, and UK Faculty Club. She volunteered as a St. Joseph Hospital Pink Lady and for the Salvation Army.

Survivors include a son, Richard Derrickson, Lexington; a daughter, Betty D. Rucker, Chapin, S.C.; a sister, Sue Jeter, Lexington; five grandchildren, including Mary Shaw of Versailles; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary-Southland, Lexington, by the Rev. Chris Roseland. Interment was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Rick Derrickson, Jeff Derrickson, Derrick Langfels, Larry Langfels, Greg Shaw, and Lawrence Jeter. Memorial contributions are suggested to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Ave., Versailles 40383.


Bonnie S. Hannigan

Bonnie S. Hannigan, 68, of Rush, Ky., wife of Marvin "Archie" Hannigan, died Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 23, 2001, at King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, following a sudden illness.

She was born Jan. 21, 1933, in Boyd County, a daughter of the late Odis and Pearlie Moore Snyder.

Mrs. Hannigan was the founder and co-owner of her family businesses, Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques in Rush and Nonesuch, one of the south’s largest antique shops. She was also the founder and co-owner of the Glitz Restaurant in Nonesuch.

As well as being an antique dealer, Mrs. Hannigan was an interior designer, receiving numerous design awards, including the national design award in 1988 from Restaurants and Institutions Magazine for the design of the Glitz Restaurant. Relatives recall that when she was three years old, she announced that she was going to be a "business woman." Her business milestones include owning and operating Tots and Teens, a dress shop in Ashland, from 1958 to 1964. In 1972, she and her husband opened Irish Acres Riding Camp in Rush as a result of their daughters’ enthusiasm for the sport of horseback riding.

Mrs. Hannigan was president of the Ashland Junior Women’s Club in the late 1950s . She was a member of the Antique Appraisal Association of America.

Mrs. Hannigan literally carved out the family business, beginning on the dirt floor of their horse barn. She often reminded friends and family that "Where there is no vision the people will perish." Her deep love and dedication to Jesus was an encouragement to all who knew her.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Ann Toliver, Nashville, Tenn.; Jane DeLauter, Versailles, and Emilie McCauley, Nonesuch; and two granddaughters, Anna Kathryn McCauley and Olivia Toliver.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 26, at the Caniff Funeral Home Chapel, Ashland, by the Rev. David Sture of Toronto, Canada, and Pastor Joe Girdler of King’s Way Assembly of God, Versailles. Contributions are suggested to King’s Way Assembly of God, P.O. Box 109, Versailles 40383


Christine Anne Kupets

Christine Anne Kupets, an 8-month-old Versailles girl awaiting a heart transplant, died at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at ChildrenÕs Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati.

The baby was born with cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes enlarged and loses its ability to pump blood.

Christine was the daughter of Thomas C. and Constance J. Kupets.

Born on May 1, 2000, Christine’s condition became apparent just seven weeks later. She was treated first at Lexington’s Central Baptist Hospital, then transferred to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. Doctors there stabilized her condition so she could be transferred to the pediatric heart center at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. She returned home in July, but her heart function dropped off again and she was taken back to the UK Hospital at Thanksgiving. The UK doctors stabilized her condition, then sent her back to the pediatric heart center in Cincinnati. On Dec. 7, Christine was placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing waiting list. Christine’s plight was the subject of a feature story in The Woodford Sun on Dec. 28 in which her parents described how their church, friends, relatives and employers helped them cope with their ordeal.

Shortly after Christine’s death, her maternal grandmother, Barbara Semler of Richmond, told the Lexington Herald-Leader, "Yesterday, she took a very bad turn for the worse. She suddenly just crashed and they brought her back." But, ultimately, doctors were not able to save Christine.

Christine is also survived by her maternal grandfather, Philip Semler of Richmond, and paternal grandparents, Jim and Shirley Kupets of Rolla, Mo.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Lexington. Edgington, Mullins & Taylor Funeral Home in Winchester was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center heart transplant program.


Lela M. Lynn

Lela Mitchell Lynn, 93, of Lexington, widow of Claude Lynn, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, of complications from leukemia.

She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Lexington, and the Eastern Star, and was retired from the VA Hospital.

She is survived by two daughters, Ruby E. Lynn and Betty L. Banahan, both of Lexington; three sisters, Ethel Irvin, Versailles, and Fannie Margaret Johnston and Dorothy Wallace, Georgetown; three grandchildren; a great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Kathleen Childs, and two brothers, Carl Mitchell and Frank Mitchell, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway, Lexington, by the Rev. Glen Cummins. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ronald Johnston, Carl Mitchell, Robert Staklin, Julius Turner, Durbin Wallace, and Chad Wallace. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington 40504.


Robert I. Withers

Robert I. "Bob" Withers, 77, of Versailles, widower of Margaret Elizabeth Wilburn Withers, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2001, at the V.A. Hospital in Lexington.

Mr. Withers was born in Clay City, the son of the late Henry Frank and Emma Lou Hall Withers. He was retired from his career as an optician. Mr. Withers served in the United States Army in World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in action. He was a member of VFW Post 680 and a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church in Versailles.

Survivors include a son, Mike Withers; two sisters, Libby League and Lou Mills; two grandchildren, Michele Lynn Brewer and Kelly Clay Withers; and four great-grandchildren, Brittney Brewer, Heather Brewer, Tara Withers, and Shelby Withers.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at Whitehall Funeral Chapel, Lexington, by the Rev. Thomas Hinkle. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County, with military honors. Casket bearers were members of VFW Post 680.


Connie S. Wray

Connie Sue Graves Wray, 45, of Frankfort, formerly of Midway, wife of James Larry Wray, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at her residence.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Granville T. and Thelma Devers Graves.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Nancy Atkins and Daphna Riddle, both of Frankfort, and Charlotte Masters, Midway; a son, Timothy Riddle, Frankfort; two stepsons, Evan Wray and Jamie Wray, both of Frankfort; two sisters, Charlotte Estes, Lawrenceburg, and Brenda Reynolds, Salvisa; and seven grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. David Calvert.


Omer Wright

Omer Wright, 73, of Versailles, husband of Mary Ellen Pennington Wright, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at St. Joseph, Lexington.

Born in Casey County, he was the son of the late James and Fannie Carman Wright.

Mr. Wright was a retired mechanic with Kentucky Stone; a member of Church of God of Prophecy, Versailles, where was a deacon, and was a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Barbara Miracle, Lexington; two sons, Paul Wright and J. T. Wright, both of Versailles; two sisters, Dorothy Blackburn, Nicholasville, and Ruby Coffee, Liberty; a brother, Walter Lane, Florida; five grandchildren, Richie Miracle, Allison Williams, Bradley Wright, Blake Wright, and Chris Wright; and three great-grandchildren, AnnMarie, Kadie, and Caroline Miracle.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Feb. 1, at the Church of God Prophecy, Versailles, by the Rev. Ken Lyle and the Rev. C. E. Jones. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County. Casket bearers will be Wes Thompson, Ted Voils, Gilbert Thompson, Cleveland Young, Billy Lay, and Kenneth Pennington. Honorary bearers will be Richmond Halcomb, Randall Berger, Clarence Miracle, Kenneth Coyle, Don Estep, Dr. C. Dale Goodin, Jerry Ashbrook, and Jerry Gardner. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.