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February 24, 2005



Geneva Todd Baker, 83, of Frankfort, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born May 21, 1921, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Bales and Birdie Garrett Todd, and was a homemaker.

She is survived by her sister, Clara Todd, Frankfort.

Services were conducted Friday, Feb. 18, 2005 at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Chapel by the Rev. Danny Bishop. Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, was in charge of arrangements.



Hugh Johnston Cramer, 81, of Lexington, husband of Margaret Blandford Timmins Riley Cramer, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital East.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late Hugh R. and Gladys Gormley Cramer. He was a retired project manager and construction engineer with NAC Heavy Highway, Inc. He was a member of Cathedral of Christ the King, VFW, and he served with the U. S. Army during World War II.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters and two sons, Celia Cramer Miracle, Versailles, Hugh Johnston "John" Cramer II, Lexington, William S. Cramer, Beth Cramer Cantor, Margaret Ann Regenauer, and Melissa Cramer Jones, all of Charlotte, N.C.; two stepchildren; Marilyn Gardner and Joe Timmons, both of Lexington; two brothers, Philip R. Cramer, Dallas, Texas, and Judson P. Cramer, Lexington; 11 grandchildren, Lauren Cramer, Kate Cramer, Allan Miracle, Caitlin Miracle, Sara Ann Cramer, Michael Cramer, Cramer Regenauer, Emily Jones, Brooks Regenauer, Ann Jones, and Ashlyn Cramer; and a step-grandson, Jay Gardner. His first wife, Ann Newton Cramer; a brother, Harry S. Cramer; and a sister, Jane Cramer Patterson, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at the Cathedral of Christ the King by the Rev. Ted Keller. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Casket bearers were Allan Miracle, Daryl Regenauer, Manny Cantor, Wesley Jones, Luke Miracle, and James Patrick Cramer. W. R. Milward Mortuary-Southland was in charge of arrangements.



Dr. Charles R. “Charlie Bob” Ford, 72, a longtime Versailles chiropractor, husband of Peggy Bishop Ford, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at the V.A. Medical Center in Lexington.

A resident of Owenton, he was born March 13, 1932, in Somerset, and was the son of the late R.C. Ford Jr. and Grayce Ross Ford. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and received a Purple Heart. He had been a chiropractor in Versailles since 1958 and also practiced in Owenton. He was a past president of the Kentucky Board of Chiropractors and a member of the El Bethel Christian Church.

Survivors include five sons, Sterling Ford, Alexandria, Sidney Ford, Owenton, Quinn Ford, Galveston, Texas, Matthew David, Wheatley, and Michael David, New Liberty; two sisters, Lucy Sutherland, Ocala, Fla., and Betsy Ford, Owenton; and eight grandchildren. A daughter, Summer Blair Ford, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at McDonald & New Funeral Homes - Seminary Street, Owenton, by Jesse Bourne, Matt Dye, and Daven Watkins. Burial was in the Owenton Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the First Baptist Food Pantry, the Owen County Christian Preschool, or the Dallasburg Baptist Church.



Connie Murrell Hamilton, 69, and William Edward Hamilton Sr., 71, of Versailles, died at St. Joseph Hospital Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, and Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, respectively.

Born in Scott County, Mrs. Hamilton was the daughter of the late Joseph and Naomi Brooks Murrell. Mr. Hamilton was born in Fayette County, and was the son of the late Willie Mack and Henrietta Brooks Hamilton. The Hamiltons were married May 15, 1954, and were active members of the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Midway. Mr. Hamilton served as a deacon in his church and was retired from the Keeneland Association. Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton were the parents of seven children, Carmenita Anderson, Lexington, Tammie McDaniel, Louisville, Velicia Walker, Louisville, William Hamilton Jr., Lexington, Winston Hamilton, Indiana, Terry Hamilton, Versailles, and Leon Hamilton, Versailles. Mrs. Hamilton is survived by five sisters and a brother. Mr. Hamilton is survived by two sisters and a brother. Both are survived by their 26 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Joint funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at the Shiloh Baptist Church, 237 E. 5th Street, Lexington, by the Rev. Clyde Beverly, pastor of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Hamilton Memorial, 243 Zion Hill Lane, Midway, KY 40347.

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Leona Howard, 77, of Owenton, wife of John Howard, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at the New Horizons Medical Center following a long illness.

She was a retired beautician and the former owner of the grocery store in New Columbus. She was a member of the New Columbus Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Danny Sparrow, Versailles, and Mike Sparrow, New Columbus; two daughters, Reva Bowlin, Lexington, and Jackie Evans, New Columbus; a brother, Delbert Thompson, Muncie, Ind.; and four grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at the McDonald and New Funeral Home. Burial was in the New Columbus Cemetery.


Jocelyn Iryne Johnson-Borders, daughter of Celeste Johnson and Ricky Borders of South Main Street, was stillborn Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Her maternal grandparents are J. Dale and Linda Johnson of Anna, Ill.. Her paternal grandparents are Steve and Betsy Borders of Munfordville.

Memorial services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Gary Baker.



Roland Donald Leathers, 69, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Jennie Kinder Leathers, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at his home after an illness.

Born June 18, 1935, in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Walter and Mattie Walls Leathers. He was a retired bus driver for the Anderson County Board of Education, and was also retired from Kraft Foods after 35 years of service. He was a member of Community Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jennie Margo Buffin, Versailles; a son, Donald R. Leathers, Lawrenceburg; a sister, Teresa Barnett, Bardstown; two grandchildren, Jenilyn Fint, Lawrenceburg, and Amanda Grace Buffin, Versailles. A brother, Randall Leathers; and two sisters, Evelyn Waldridge and Leavie Drury, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at Gash Memorial Chapel by Bro. Steven Broughton and Bro. George Dye. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casketbearers were Kenneth Leathers, Harrison Leroy Spaulding, Dennie Blizzard, Ricky Spaulding, Kevin Satterly, Bobby Mefford.  Honorary bearers were Larry Giles, Harry Morris, Donnie Fint, Tim Sebastian, Carl Bush, Delmas Schell, and David Watts.

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William R. Rice, 81, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Versailles, husband of Virginia Lee Rice, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at his residence.

Born in Stamping Ground, he was the son of the late Amos and Edna Reeves Rice. He was a retired thoroughbred horseman, a pioneer horseman in Marion County, Fla., had managed several farms including Dario Farm, Diamond G Farm, Oaks Farm, Triple E Farm, and owned and operated Winners Nest Farm. He was a member of the Ocala Breeders Association since 1961 and was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother, Amos S. Rice, Cynthiana; a sister, Mildred M. Smith, Indianapolis, Ind.; several grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, at Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Randy Nation. Interment will follow at the Rose Crest Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m., today, Thursday, Feb. 24, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Joseph Blackburn Wise, 90, lifelong resident of Fair View Farm in Midway, died†Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at his residence.

He was the son of the late Teresa Blackburn Lane (Owen) Rouse and Harry LaRue Wise and was educated in Midway and the University of Kentucky. Before World War II, he was with Carbide and Carbon Chemical Co. and with DuPont Chemicals in Charleston, W.Va. He worked on the atomic bomb in Ohio and Washington State. He served in both the European and Pacific theaters during World War II and was discharged with the rank of first lieutenant. For a time after the war, he was associated with the transportation department of Standard Oil of Kentucky in Louisville. He returned to his farm, which he owned and operated with his brother in Woodford County at Spring Station, where he lived a good part of his life. He was a former member of Bruton Parish, Williamsburg, Va., and Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington.

Survivors include a sister, Vella Karrick Wise Scott, Lexington; three nieces, Karrick Scott Collins and Elizabeth Rouse Fielder, both of Lexington, and Judith Rouse Grady, St. Helena Island, S.C.; a nephew, Owen Rouse, III, Santa Fe, N.M., and several great-nieces and nephews. A brother, Owen Rouse Jr.; and a nephew, the Rt. Rev. Harry B. Scott III, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, in the Frankfort Cemetery on the†lot of his great grandfather, Sen. Joseph C.S. Blackburn, by the Rev. Robert Horine. W.R. Milward Mortuary - Broadway was on charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass-Frankfort, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504. Visit

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