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February 25, 2010



Mary Loretto Canty, of Lexington, a retired 36-year IBM associate, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Patrick John and Margaret Daisey Canty. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and a volunteer at the Newman Center for many years.

Survivors include a brother, Edward Patrick Canty, Frankfort; three nephews, Michael, David and Paul; a niece, Chris; two cousins, Frances and Tom; and four great-nieces.

Services were conducted Monday, Feb. 22, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Lexington. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. W.R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway, was in charge of arrangements.



Myrtle Carl, 95, of Versailles, widow of Elzie Carl, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born Feb. 27, 1914, she was the mother of William E. (Patricia) Carl of Lexington and Bobby E. (Phyllis) Carl of Versailles. Also surviving are five sisters, Nellie Holland, Gladys (Jim) Sutherland, Florence Rice, Lora Bell (Amos) Rice, and Clara Lewis; a brother, Kenneth Slugantz; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was a long time member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Services were conducted Monday, Feb. 22, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Bill Marcum. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ted Nagel, Kent Laufenburger, Bobby Carl Jr., Thomas Mims, Josiah Durham, and Greg Fishman.

Memorials are suggested to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

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Paul E. Fugazzi, 81, of Lexington, husband of Joyce Hall Fugazzi, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2010.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of the late Constantine and Margaret Beasley Fugazzi. He was a retired real estate broker, a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, UK alumni, and was a Kentucky Colonel.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Anthony (Glenna), Joe, and John Fugazzi, all of Lexington, Teresa (Kieron) Fugazzi-Powell, Nicholasville, and Cherie Mills, Georgetown; seven grandchildren, Austin, Sarah and David Mills, Jonathan and Christopher Powell, and Britton and Jenna Fugazzi; a brother, Frank (Joy Karlene) Fugazzi; and a sister, Marie Fugazzi Manley.

A funeral Mass was conducted Tuesday, Feb. 23, at St. Peter Catholic Church, Lexington, by the Rev. John List. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, E. Main Street, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.



Anna Frances Carr "Bonnie/Barney" Kurtz, 85, of Lexington, wife of Reuben Kurtz, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010.

Born in Stamping Ground, she was the daughter of the late John and Pearl Carr. She was a member of Southland Christian Church.

In addition to her husband of 69 years, she is survived by three daughters, Brenda (Wayne) Friedly, Georgetown, Joan K. (James) Griffith, Lexington, and Janice Kurtz, Harrodsburg; a sister, Ruby Tilghman, Versailles; four grandchildren, Ann Marie (Alan) Blythe, Bowling Green, Reneé (Matt) Hunt, Paris, Donna (Kelvin) Combs, Georgetown, and Trey (Barb) Griffith, Lexington; and seven great-grandchildren, R.J. Combs, Austin Blythe, Connor Blythe, Dalton Blythe, Evan Blythe, Logan Griffith and Blake Hunt. Three siblings, Mildred Lane, Evelyn Eaves, and Jesse Carr, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Feb. 12, at W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were J.M. Lane, John Thomas Eaves, Trey Griffith, Alan Blythe, Kelvin Combs and Matt Hunt. Honorary bearers were Mike Sheatler, W.C. "Wimpy" Hughes and Wayne Friedly.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Southland Christian Church.



William H. "Bill" May, 66, of Frankfort, husband of Elizabeth May, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010.

Born March 27, 1943, in Franklin County, he was the son of Pauline May and the late Herman L. May. He was retired from G.E. and Certified Tool, and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter, Angela (Tim) McKinney; three sons, Gary (Jackie) May, Bill (Linda) May Jr., and James May, all of Frankfort; two sisters, Carolyn May and Shirley May, both of Frankfort; five brothers, Herman May Jr., and Floyd May, both of Frankfort; Scottie May and Steve May, both of Georgia, and Mike May, Albany; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Mike Napier and the Rev. Wade Hughes. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Billy May Jr., James May, Gary May, Gary William May, Tim McKinney, and Neville Rogers. Honorary bearers were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Gentry E. McCauley Jr., 81, of Versailles, husband of Joyce Kagin Jackson McCauley, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born Dec. 8, 1928, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Gentry E. Sr. and Mattie Cary McCauley. He graduated from the Darlington School in Rome, Ga., in 1946, and obtained a B.S. in commerce from the University of Kentucky in 1950, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He served in the ROTC at UK, and was in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Following his military service, he entered the University of Kentucky College of Law and graduated with his legal degree. He was a member of Phi Delta Phi and was admitted to the practice of law in September 1959. In 1963, Mr. McCauley was appointed to serve as assistant county attorney to the late David Thornton and was elected as Woodford County Attorney in November 1965. He served as county attorney from 1966 until he was appointed in August 1967 as commonwealth’s attorney for the 14th Judicial Circuit to fill the unexpired term of Robert Hall Smith. He was elected as commonwealth’s attorney in November 1968 and he held that position for 31 years until 1999. He was also engaged in the active practice of law from 1960 until 2009. At his death, he was the senior partner in the firm of McCauley and Mattingly. In 1997, he was awarded the Carroll Redford Award as Kentucky’s outstanding prosecutor by the Kentucky Commonwealth’s Attorney Association. At that presentation, he was the longest tenured commonwealth’s attorney in the state.

He served on the board of directors of the Woodford Bank and Trust Company (now Community Trust Bank, Inc.) and was a board member and former chairman of the Logan Helm Memorial Library. He was a longtime member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Martha Miller (MacKenzie) and Mary "Woo" Rasnick (Ber), both of Versailles; a daughter, Elizabeth LaMaster (John C.), London, England; a son, Carl Hughes Jackson (Jan), Plano, Texas; three grandchildren, Katherine LaMaster, Coleman LaMaster, and Sarah Jackson; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Versailles Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Presbyterian Church.

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Armon Portwood, 89, of Midway, widower of Virginia Portwood, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born Feb. 26, 1920, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Eddie and Lida Mae Mullins Portwood. He was the farm manager of Parrish Hill Farm and a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II. He was also a member of Midway Baptist Church and the 1937 Midway Blue Jays State Championship basketball team.

Survivors include a son, Eddie Wayne (Connie) Portwood, Midway; three sisters, Mildred (Mitchell) Johnston, Midway, Dottie (Kenneth) Lacefield, Mercer County, and Betty (James) Woodrum, Nicholasville; a brother, Jimmy Portwood, Frankfort; four grandchildren, Kim (Gary) Rose, Armon (Chris) Portwood, Kelly (Mike) Turner, and Carole Portwood; eight great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Katie and Chelsea Rose, Josie, Riley, and Jacob Turner, Hayleigh Portwood, and Christopher (Pamela) Lay; two great-great-grandsons, Colby and Dylan Lay; and several nieces and nephews. A daughter-in-law, Patsy Portwood; a brother, Kenneth "Poogie" Portwood; and 2 great-grandchildren, Michael Portwood and Ryan Turner, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Versailles Baptist Church by the Rev. Mark Johnson and Ken Alexander. Burial will follow in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Mike Perry, John Gaines, Adrian, John, Darrell, Gary, and Dale Varner, and Billy Carpenter. Honorary bearers will be Ken Alexander, Kenneth Watkins, and Norman Fisher, M.D. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

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Earl A. Roberts, 84, husband of Bonnie Roberts, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

A Versailles native, he was the only child of the late William A. and Nell Prather Roberts and was a member of the First Christian Church. A Versailles High School graduate, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and graduated from Transylvania University in 1948. He was a Kentucky Colonel and Certified Life Underwriter and had retired from State Farm Insurance in Frederick, Md., where he was deputy regional vice president.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Bonnie "Boo" Primozich (Frank), Salem, Ore.; a son, John W. Roberts (Maggie),of Springfield, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Nicole Roberts, John Tyler Roberts, Tony Primozich, and Wendy Primozich. A daughter, Carolyn Roberts High, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Marcus Lynn. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.

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Anna Mary "Mae" Swope, 93, of Lexington, wife of George Swope Sr., died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010.

Born April 28, 1916, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Carrie Jackson Smith and Samuel Parker Sr. She was a member of Consolidated Baptist Church for 50-plus years and served on the culinary committee for feeding the homeless, flower ministry, and missionary. She was a graduate of Versailles High School. She volunteered with Community Action and supervised voter registration in her precinct for many years. She participated as a model for the Hunter’s Hatters fashion shows.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Zaine (Tina) Boyd, George Swope Jr., and Ronald (Rejai) Swope; three daughters, Dr. Marian Swope, Georgetta Poyntz, and Jennifer Swope-McCracken; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other relatives. A sister, Ella Parker Sanders; two brothers, Sam Parker Jr. and John Smith; and a son, Donald Swope, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Consolidated Baptist Church, Lexington. O. L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.



Emmit Hadley Tilghman, 90, of Versailles, widower of Louise Slatten Tilghman and Margaret Tutt Tilghman, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010.

The son of the late Daniel Lee and Mary Cloyd Tilghman, he was a retired farmer, local business owner, and member of Pisgah Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Cornelia (Dickie) Ethington, Midway; two stepdaughters, Melissa (Randal) Russell, Frankfort, and Lacy Green, Phoenix, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Page (Steve) Foster, Jamie Ethington, John Russell, Lesley Russell, Laura Nichols, and Jack Green; and a great-grandson, Cole Ethington. Six brothers, Dave, Willard, Huey, John Willie, Howard, and Jack Tilghman; and two sisters, Ruth Richardson and Mary Lee Tilghman, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 20, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Vic Priebe and the Rev. Tom Allen. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Randal Russell, John Russell, Jamie Ethington, Steve Foster, Donnie Richardson, and George "Pal" Hellard.

Donations are suggested to Woodford County Senior Citizens, the Woodford Humane Society, or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Edward Clay Wilson, better known as "Babe," left Lexington on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at 9:10 p.m. to plant a new heavenly garden and reunite with his daughter, Laura Clay. Babe is deeply missed by everyone who had the honor and pleasure of knowing him as he touched so many peoples’ lives. His loving family is deeply saddened by their loss: 7 children, Lynn Kelley, Graham Wilson, Gregory Wilson, Phillip Wilson, Kevin Wilson, Amy Shelton and Erin Adcock; as well as his 11 grandchildren, Michael, Meghan, Leelan, Chase, Skylar, Jesse, Ramsey, Chaz, Bryce, Victoria and Olivia. We are forever grateful for our true legacy: a man who rightly modeled what it means to be generous, honest, kind, trustworthy, thoughtful, fair, and to persevere against all odds to make things happen. Babe had numerous accomplishments in every facet of his life, such as, playing football for Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky, playing baseball for the Boston Braves, owning a successful tobacco warehouse partnership (Central District), and being awarded the most generous neighbor for giving away so many of his magnificent vegetables from his beautiful garden. Babe is known best for his delectable and fruitful garden and by how he weighed and judged every situation by asking himself, "What is the right thing to do? Did I bow my neck?" Babe is happily working in his grand, heavenly garden with his daughter, Laura.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Milward-Southland, Lexington.


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