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February 19, 2004



Travis Bush, 90, of Frankfort, husband of Hazel Alexander Bush, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, morning at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles.

Born in Trigg County in 1913, he was the son of Alonzo and Mary Charlotte Bush. He was retired highway contractor. During World War II, he spent three years in Costa Rica building the Pan American Highway. Moving to Frankfort in 1948, he built highways across the state and was a coal operator in Pike County. He served as president of the Kentucky Highway Contractors Association, was a member of the board of directors of the Salvation Army in Frankfort, and was a lifetime member of the board of directors of Frankfort Habilitation, which he helped establish over 25 years ago. He also served as administrator of the Ralph E. Mills Foundation.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Harold Bush, Versailles; two daughters, Jane Bush, Frankfort, and Shirley Drescher, Nashville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; four brothers, Carloss and Kenneth, Cadiz, Cecil, McKinney, Texas, and Charles, Frankfort.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at the First United Methodist Church in Frankfort. Following the service. he will return to Cadiz where visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. at Goodwin Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Goodwin Funeral Home. Burial will be at East End Cemetery in Cadiz.

Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Frankfort, Frankfort Habilitation, or the Bethesda Methodist Church in Cadiz.

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James Meredith Daniel, 84, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, widower of Reaka Daniel, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, in Shelbyville.

Born in Jenkins, he was the son of the late John and Hallie Daniel. He was a retired civil engineer, and was a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel in World War II. He lived in Woodford County in the 1960s, when he resided at the old Moss Hill Farm on McCowans Ferry Road.

Survivors include three children, Mililani Basberg, Shelbyville, James Meredith Daniel Jr., and John Franklin Daniel II, both of Eddyville; two sisters, Jane Allen and Frances Pennebaker, both of Lexington; a brother, Richard Daniel, Winter Haven, Fla.; and five grandchildren, Guy Frederick Ormsby III, James Meredith Daniel III, Matthew Bade Daniel, Mililani Brittany Basberg and John Franklin Daniel III.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at the Lexington Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home-Main Street was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to the Boy Scouts of America, 415 N. Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508.

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Sheila Kim Gibbs, 44, of Lexington, died unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 9, 2004.

Survivors include her children, Carrie Campos, Indiana, and Gary Gibbs, Lexington; her father, Robert Slusher, Lexington; her mother, Anna Smith and stepfather, Don Smith, of Lexington; three sisters, Nancy Duff, Berea, Sherry Watts, Florida, and Donna Hatfield, Richmond; two brothers, Raymond Slusher, Versailles, and Joey Smith, Lexington; seven grandchildren, Taylor, Joshua, Peyton, Grant, Yasmine, Meghan and Isaiah; the father of her children, Lester Gibbs, Indiana; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. A brother, Tony Slusher, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home-Main Street by Brother Byron Jessup. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Gary Gibbs, Josh Campos, Danny Jennings, Geno Bentley, Calvin Smith, Mike Duff, Paul Slusher and Bill Marcum. Honorary bearers were Robert Marcum, David Marcum and Keith Hatfield.

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James O. "Jack" Johnson, 81, of Louisville, formerly of Lexington, husband of Betty Bosworth Johnson, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, in Louisville.

Born in Nonesuch, he lived in Lexington, worked at Purcell's and Van Deren Hardware and served as a deacon at Central Christian Church before moving to Louisville in 1957. He also served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a City of Lyndon Councilman and a member and deacon of Beargrass Christian Church. He was a retired district sales manager for Rubbermaid, Inc.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, James Winn Johnson, Lawrenceville, Ga., Lynne Johnson, Sacramento, Calif., Emily Johnson Phillips, Springfield, Va., and Bruce Johnson, Lawrenceville, Ga.; and four grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004, at Pearson's Funeral Home, 149 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville. Burial will follow at Winchester Cemetery in Winchester, Ky.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Wayside Christian Mission, Hospice & Palliative Care of Louisville, or to the donor's charity of choice.

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Nedra Ann Lenney, 62, of Lexington, wife of Joseph Lenney, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of Maggie Coyle Finnell of Lexington and the late Uriel Finnell. She was a deputy clerk for the Fayette Circuit Court and was founder and owner of Bluegrass Drafting Company in Lexington. She was an avid Kentucky Wildcat fan.

In addition to her husband and mother, survivors include a daughter, Nedra Mechelle Cloyd, Lexington; three sons, Brad Cloyd, Keith Cloyd, and John Cloyd, all of Lexington; three grandsons, all of Lexington; two brothers, Tom Finnell, Shelbyville, and Dan Finnell, Lawrenceburg; and three sisters, Margaret Lewis, Versailles, Gay Spikes, Georgetown, Texas, and Clem Robinson, Lexington.

Services were conducted Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road by the Rev. Randy Nation.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40510.

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Buford D. Sanderson Jr. 77, of 801 Mildred Street, husband of Mary Jane Montgomery Sanderson, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

A retired employee of Kuhlman Electric, he was born in Nicholas County and was the son of the late Buford Douglas and Agnes Reed Sanderson. He was a member of the Glenís Creek Baptist Church and U. S. Marine Air Corps veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Patsy Jewell; two sisters, Georgia Belle Slatten, Lexington, and Margaret Showalter, Versailles; three brothers, Harold Sanderson, Ohio, Paul Sanderson, Lexington, and the Rev. Raymond Sanderson, South Carolina; and three grandchildren, Bryan, Kimberly, and Jinny Jewell.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at the Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be his nephews and grandson Bryan Jewell.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 19, at the funeral home.



Raymond Franklin Sellers, 67, of Winchester, formerly of Lexington, husband of Billie Winburn Sellers, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late Robert Franklin and Hazel Cochran Sellers. He was a retired electrician with Indiana Glass.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Yvonne Sellers, Dunkirk, Ind., and Samantha Sellers Blumenhorst, Montpelier, Ind.; two stepsons, Darrell Sullivan, Versailles, and Jesse Sullivan, Lawrenceburg; a brother, James Wilkerson Sellers, Cynthiana; three sisters, Betty Pierce, Lily, Linda Crowe, Paris, and Marilyn Smith, Lexington; nine grandchildren; and a special niece, Betty Rader, Winchester. A brother, Allen Robert Sellers, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, at the Lexington Cemetery by the Rev. Byron Jessup. Casket bearers were Charlie Short, Cotton Short, Leroy Short, Bo Short, Rick Blumenhorst, Darrel Sullivan and Jesse Sullivan. W.R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Home Health.


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