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February 12, 2009



Romanno "R.W." Crawford, 70, of Lexington, husband of Mary E. Crawford, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late Romanno R. and Martha Scearce Crawford. He was a member of First Baptist of Versailles, where he served as a trustee, a 1957 graduate of Simmons High School, worked for 25 years for H. E. (Tex) Sutton Forwarding Company, and worked to raise funds to support a Tex Sutton scholarship for young people.

In addition to his wife of 44 years, he is survived by two sons, Dr. Gerald (Teresa) Smith, Lexington, and Lynn (Eileen) Jackson, New York; three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Martesha, and Sarah; a sister, Marcella (Taylor) Long; three aunts, Clara Johnson, Elizabeth Washington, and Nancy Combs; two uncles, George and James Scearce; and, several generations of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services were conducted Friday, Feb. 6, at Consolidated Baptist Church by the Rev. Floyd Greene and the Rev. Richard Gaines. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.



Calvin Ray Douglas, 61, of Largo, Fla., formerly of Frankfort, husband of Sheila Rose Corman Douglas, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at his residence.

Born July 20, 1947, in Danville, he was the son of the late Ansel V. and Edith L. Worthington Douglas. He was a member of New Life Worship Center in Frankfort and was former owner/operator of Douglas Tire in Frankfort.

In addition to his wife of 32 years, he is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Douglas Rojas, Frankfort, and Jennifer BeAnn (Jimmy) Douglas Roberts, Largo, Fla.; two sons, Thomas Ray (Sheila Gwen) Douglas and Christopher Lee (Natalie) Douglas, both of Frankfort; two sisters, the Rev. Betty Douglas Lampkin and Glenda Douglas Goins, both of Frankfort; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A sister, Joyce Douglas Tracy, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 7, at New Life Worship Center, Frankfort, by Bishop Gene Roberts. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. His grandchildren served as casket bearers. Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Betty Ann Lampkin Ministries, P.O. Box 914, Frankfort, KY 40602.

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Ottolyn I. Tissing Evely, 76, formerly of Clearwater, Fla., and Washington, Mich., wife of Paul Evely, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home after an extended illness.

She was the daughter of Irma R. Tissing. She had served as secretary at the Romeo and Powell junior high schools for nine years.

In addition to her husband of 57 years, she is survived by three children, Bob Evely (Jill), Dale Evely, (Susan), and Marsha Wells (Dan); nine grandchildren, Cris Evely (Jen), Dusty Evely (Sharon), Chad Evely (Molly), Kari Evely, Scott Evely, Shelly Tucker (Chad), Denise Evely, Ben Wells, and Marcia Wells; and a great-grandchild, Henry Tucker.

A memorial service was conducted Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Alzheimer’s Association.



Herman K. Goodpaster, of Lexington, breeder and trainer of thoroughbred horses, including White Beauty, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday morning, Feb. 7, 2009.

Mr. Goodpaster was a farm manager for Patchen Wilkes Farm and owner of Racers Rest Farm for many years. He was the owner and breeder of White Beauty, a horse that brought him international fame. Prior to her being registered by the Jockey Club, the classification of "white" didn’t exist for thoroughbred horses. Through DNA testing by the University of California, which was unheard of in the era of White Beauty, and Mr. Goodpaster’s diligent efforts, that was changed and the Jockey Club registered her and now still include "white" as a color. Upon his retirement, he passed on his white mares to Warren Rosenthal, owner of Patchen Wilkes Farm, where white foals are still being bred to this day. Mr. Goodpaster had many other stakes winner. Kentucky Colonel, White Beauty’s sire, was also an accomplished runner, at one time holding the record for the fastest 1 ¼ mile run on an American track. Miss Rebound was a stakes winning mare of much acclaim. Mr. Goodpaster could always be seen at Keeneland with a smile in his face, a story or two and a quick wit for all those that knew and respected him. Many fellow trainers and owners would come to him for advice on anything from running a farm to prepping for a race or just to talk about another of his favorite things, the Kentucky Wildcats. Mr. Goodpaster was also a member of the Versailles Church of God.

Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Goodpaster; a daughter, Betty Clem; two stepdaughters, Joyce (Robert) Brock and Brenda Martin; 10 grandchildren, Jeff Walton, Michael (Angie) Clem, Kim (Trent) Jesse, Tim (Becky) Walton, Steven (Elainea) Clem, Gary "Butch" Walton, Vernon Halcomb, Katrina (Jerry) Privett, Ronnie (Lindsey) Brock, and Bonnie Brock; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Mary Walsinger. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lucy Henderson Goodpaster; a daughter, Peggy Walton; a sister, Roa Mae Lansdale; and two brothers, Herbert and Earl Goodpaster.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home – Harrodsburg Road by Bro. Frank Layne and Bro. Ronald Harpe. Burial was in the Paris Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jeff Walton, Michael Clem, Tim Walton, Steven Clem, Gary Walton, Trent Jesse, Jerry Privett and Stan Walton. Honorary bearers were his 23 great-grandchildren and Curvin Smith.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504 or the Versailles Church of God, 282 Douglas Ave., Versailles, KY 40383.

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Marion Wallace "Wally" Goodrich, 69, of Lexington, husband of Glenda Lou Goodrich, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington.

Born in Woodford Co., he was the son of the late Marion Wallace Sr. and Goldie Shelton Goodrich. He was a Versailles High School graduate, a U. S. Navy veteran, and a member of the Millville Christian Church. He was an industrial electrician and former owner of JNJ Upholstery.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children, Nicole (Russell) Chambers, John (Donna) Goodrich, James (Becky) Goodrich, Lexington, Kita (Bryan) Stephenson, Wallette Goodrich, and Wally Goodrich III, Florida; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 12, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the funeral home by Bro. Brian Monroe. Interment will be in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be John Goodrich, James Goodrich, Jimmie Marcum, Shawn Green, Russell Chambers, and Ray Goodrich. Honorary bearers will be Michael Stephenson and Joshua Goodrich.

Memorials are suggested to the Hope Center, 360 W. Loudon Avenue, Lexington, KY 40508.

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Ruby Todd Richardson, 76, of Versailles, wife of Clarence Richardson Jr., died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born Sept. 10, 1932, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late John C. and Nellma Ritchey Todd. She was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church, where she was very active in many programs and groups. She was also a member of the Mortonsville Homemakers and the Bluegrass Community Hospital Auxiliary.

In addition to her husband of 58 years, she is survived by two daughters, Donna (Bullet) Couch and Jonelle (Bob) Sidebotham, Versailles; a special cousin, Patricia (Larry) Stahlman, Versailles; five grandchildren, Laura (David) Brown, Sarah (Mark) Conner, Chris Couch, and Corey and Ashton Courtney; five great-grandchildren, Gillian and Philip Brown and Patrick, Mollie, and Henry Mac Conner. A daughter, Charleen (Stephan) McKenzie, and a brother, Wilbur Joe Todd, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 12, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. John Brandon and the Rev. Randy Nation. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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James E. Searcy Jr., 89, of Lexington, widower of Bessie Searcy, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009.

A native of Versailles, he was the son of the late James E. and Ethel Jones Searcy. He was a member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Union and a member of Parkway Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, James (Ruth Ann) Searcy; and a daughter, Joyce Gregory.

Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland. Interment will be in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13.



Shirlee Schlesinger, 84, widow of Stanley Schlesinger, mother of Marcy Schlesinger of Versailles, Stephan Schlesinger of California, and Jeffrey Schlesinger of Florida, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Lillian Bernstein.

In addition to her children, she is survived by a sister, June Victor, California; and seven grandchildren, including Lillian and Ben Tuttle of Versailles.

Services were conducted Sunday, Feb. 8, at Star of David Memorial Chapel, North Lauderdale, Fla., followed by burial in Florida. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home handled local arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 11700 Commonwealth Dr., Suite 500, Louisville, KY 40299.

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Annette Wright Tharp, 48, of Versailles, wife of Jesse Tharp, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at her residence.

Born in Perry County, she was the daughter of Carolyn (Howard) Willard of Winchester and Lentena (Georgene) Wright of Floyd County. She was a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Nicholasville.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Tanaya (Brad) Stidham, Hazard; a son, Jason Fox, Versailles; two sisters, Donna (Jeff) Hoover, Lexington, and Teresa (Mark) Nichols, Tennessee; five stepbrothers; three grandchildren, Christian Michael, Hunter Ray McCoy Stidham, and Jadyn Fox; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Jay Walthour. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Nathan Fitzpatrick, Mike Emerson, Chris Hoover, Dustin Hoover, Kenny Barnett, and Stephen Tharp.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Helen Dever Sweazy, 96, widow of L.D. Sweazy, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born Jan. 17, 1913, in Marion County, she was the daughter of the late Mike O. Dever and Ursula Harris Dever. She was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and Daily Gray Circle. She was active in many community organizations including an over 50 year membership in the Woodford County Woman’s Club, where she served as chairman of the Welfare Department. She was a member of the Woodford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was a past president of the Glasscock Elementary School PTA, a member of Marion County Homemaker clubs, and was active in the Trustees Wives of Union College. She played golf into her 80s and enjoyed UK basketball.

Survivors iinlcude a daughter, Nancy Helen Mayer (Peter); a grandson, Adam Mayer (Cathy); and a great-granddaughter, Analisa Mayer, all of Versailles; a grandson, Peter D. Mayer, Columbus, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. Five sisters, Frances Rawlings, Daisy Schuermeyer, Cassie Kirkland, Theodosia Morris, and Kelly Abell, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Versailles United Methodist Church by the Rev. Rebecca Peterson and the Rev. Mike Lehman. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Lexington. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Ave., Versailles, KY 40383, to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or a charity of one’s choice.

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Jim Thomey passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, in his home. Jim never wanted to go – yet he had a strange way of showing it since so much of his life was spent flirting with disaster. He was known to do all kinds of things which, while unimaginably fun, always went hand-in-hand with some form of danger.

Born in Kenosha, WI, on Sept. 10, 1950, Jim was the second son to Walter and Deloris Thomey, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Shirley Ann (Englert); daughter Gerri Lane Willis with her husband, Bill; granddaughter, Bren Rose; his brother, Dan Thomey, his three sisters, Becky Morris, Sue Ciba, and Jane Thomey; three sisters-in-law, Estelle Dedman, Pat Parks and Ruth Anne Routh. He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Marie Englert.

Jim grew up in the Northeast, graduating from Avonworth High in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1968. He attended Gannon College in Erie, PA. Jim began his career as the best car-salesman in Louisville working for Montgomery Chevrolet and VV Cook before opening his own business. Jim had a special set of skills most people couldn’t dream of having: Passion, tenacity and a mind highly in tune with people. He took his natural gifts and built The Sunroof Shop in Versailles in 1995, one of the most successful automotive businesses in Kentucky. He spent many years as number one in Kentucky until he retired in 2007.

Jim was the kind of man who enjoyed the sound crystal made when thumped with a finger; he had no understanding of the word "grudge." While he laughed at life in general he reveled in a good story and his favorite thing to laugh at was himself. In the end Jim’s life might be best described as that of a passionate man who enjoyed living. His was a kind of bigger-than-life true story based on fiction, a tale filled with words crazy enough to keep us laughing and true enough to touch us. Jim inspired loyalty in friends and family, the sort of loyalty which is impossible without history and reciprocation. He will be missed by his many friends, his loving wife and his family. He will be especially missed by his longtime friend Jim Hartmann, who shared many memories and fun times with him and who gave him strength when he needed it most. Maggie and Bosco, his two Bosties will be lost without him.

We imagine that the first thing Jim will do when he gets to Heaven is find a great golf course and pony up with his friends at the 19th hole.

His funeral mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 12, at St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church, with burial to follow in the Calvary Cemetery. The Pearson-Ratterman Funeral Home 12900 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, is in charge of arrangements.

Please make donations to the American Cancer Society, Mass of the Air or Kentucky Boston Terrier Rescue.

The family wishes to express appreciation and thanks to Dr. C Ross Morrison, Dr. Don Stevens and the staff at Louisville Oncology.

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