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February 28, 2002

Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Wiley Brown, 93, of Versailles, widow of Jesse Brown Sr., died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at her home.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Annie Page Wiley, and was a long time member of the Glen's Creek Baptist Church.

She is survived by three sons, Jesse Brown Jr., Jackie Brown, and Billy M. Brown, all of Woodford County; two brothers, Estill Wiley and Ben T. Wiley, both of Frankfort; 14 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. A daughter, Dorothy J. Parrish, and two brothers, Robert J. Wiley and Arlester Wiley, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Mickey Hyder. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Barry Parrish, Bryan Jefferson, Jeffrey Brown, Travis Brown, Chad Brown, and Lonnie Brown. Honorary bearers were Blake Sallee, Philip Sallee, Charles Parrish, Jacob Brodt, Johnny Brown, Jerry Brown, Kenneth Brown, Joe Brown, and Jesse Brown III.

Memorials are suggested to the June Brown Scholarship Fund, c/o Glen's Creek Church, P.O. Box 543, Versailles, KY. 40383.

 

Mary Buffin

Mary C. Buffin, 84, of Versailles, widow of John "Bill" Buffin, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Beverly Health Care Center, Frankfort.

Born in Powell County, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Georganne Johnson Barnes. She was a member of the Midway Church of the Nazarene, and had been an employee of Texas Instruments for 15 years prior to her retirement.

She is survived by a daughter, Clara Flora, Versailles; two sons, Charles Buffin, Lawrenceburg, and Eddie Buffin, Versailles; six sisters, Lucille Neal, Versailles, Sylvia Gabbard, Geraldine Douthitt, and Lois Howard, all of Frankfort, Agnes Douthitt, Florida, and Betty Ely, Middlesboro; two brothers, Russell Barnes, Cynthiana, and Junior Barnes, Frankfort; eight grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. Three brothers, John, J. T., and Hobert Barnes, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Byron Jessup. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Kenneth Flora, Tom Ely, Paul Barnes, David Barnes, Vernon Alcorn, Sonny Barnes, and Wayne Rice.

Memorials are suggested to the Parkinson's Foundation.

 

Kenneth Coyle

Kenneth W. “Grasshopper” Coyle, 91, of Versailles, husband of Emma Coyle, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born Jan. 26, 1911, he was the son of the late John and Martha Honaker Coyle. He was a retired employee for the City of Versailles, and was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Nettie Hartley, Versailles; a son, William Albert Coyle, Florida; Karen Rice, who Mr. Coyle raised; a half-brother, Frank Clark, Dayton, Ohio; six grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Kenneth Lyle and the Rev. Estill Everman. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Michael Hartley, Daniel White, Scotty Forkner, John Coyle, K.C. Coyle, Barry Slatten, and Paul Wright. Honorary bearers were J.T. Wright, Elwood Puckett, Don Estepp, Ronnie Rose, Harry Eaves, Lewis Walton, and Shaka Wilson.

 

Edna Finnell

Edna Anderson “Polly” Finnell, 82, of Versailles, widow of Gene “Monk” Finnell, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Lawrenceburg.

Born in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late George and Lovenia Collins Anderson. She was a member of the Clear Creek Baptist Church, and had been an employee of Woodford Manufacturing, and retired from Rand McNally in 1976.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Finnell Chilton, Versailles; a son, Gary W. Finnell, Versailles; two granddaughters, Gina Finnell, Louisville, and Carrie Finnell Spellman, Versailles; and a sister, Margaret Wayman, Lexington.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Tom Hinkle. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Lexington. Casket bearers will be Gary McClain, Randy Duke, Rocky Finley, Johnny Winchester, Danny Finnell, and Raymond Sharp. Honorary bearers will be the members of the Adult Women’s Sunday School Class of Clear Creek Baptist Church.

Memorials are suggested to the Clear Creek Baptist Church Building Fund.

 

Sr. Benedict Fritz

Sr. Benedict Joseph Fritz, 82, of Walton, a member of the order of St. Joseph the Worker, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Edgewood.

Born in Siberia, Ind., she was the daughter of the late John Joseph and Rose Schlachter Fritz. She had been a cook and housekeeper in Northern Kentucky, in the Louisville area, and at her last assignment at the Motherhouse of her order in Walton. She had made her profession on Dec. 8, 1948.

She is survived by two sisters, three brothers, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles, by Fr. Paul Krebs. Interment will follow at the St. Joseph Cemetery at Taylor Manor. Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. today at Taylor Manor. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Kenneth Hagan

Kenneth Roby Hagan, 69, of Versailles, formerly of Midway, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, in Bonita Springs, Fla. He was the husband of Joan Ohilgschlager Hagan of Versailles.

Services were conducted at Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002, at St. Leo Catholic Church. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association or to the Abbey of Gethsemani, 3642 Monks Road, Trappist, KY, 40051.

 

Robert Montgomery

Robert Keith Montgomery, 80, of 151 Broadway, husband of Jane Richard Montgomery, died Sunday, Feb. 24.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Robert P. and Ladye McBreyer Montgomery. He was an alumnus of the University of Kentucky, and a retired farmer at Troy.

A decorated veteran of the U. S. Army, he served his country during World War II as a training center officer and as a parachute infantry unit commander. He served in both the Asiatic Pacific and European theatres. In a profile published in the June 28, 1984 issue of The Sun, Montgomery told of parachuting into Nazi-occupied France in 1944 to meet with members of the French resistance and offer both weapons and demolition operations against railroads and other strategic targets. Montgomery was a member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the CIA.

According to the profile, “Montgomery was in a cafÈ one day when he noticed German soldiers eyeing him suspiciously. His interpreter told them he was Polish an could not speak French. They noted the combat boots (Montgomery wore) and the interpreter explained that his feet were too big for regular shoes.”

His next assignment was in China; again, supplying arms to resistance fighters and carrying out demolition operations.

Montgomery attended Troy School and the Kentucky Military Institute, where he was commander of the cadet corps. He and Jane married in 1943, just prior to his leaving for England for training. They did not communicate with each other again for eight months. In 1984, the couple traveled to France to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the OSS action in France.

As a farmer, Montgomery raised cattle and tobacco.

He served two years as state representative beginning in 1954, and was a deputy commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources.

Montgomery was a member of the Troy Presbyterian Church, where he had served as superintendent of the Sunday school. He also had served as president of the Woodford County Farm Bureau.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Jane Montgomery Long and her husband, Dr. William R. Long of Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Robert Keith Montgomery II and his wife, Miriam, of Mechanicsville, Va.; a sister, Mattie M. (Mrs. Robert ) McCammack of Harrodsburg; and five grandchildren, Matthew K. Long, John R. Long, Emily Elizabeth Long, James Eric Montgomery, and Brian Keith Montgomery.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. David Duggan. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were his grandchildren, Dr. Bill Long, and Miriam Montgomery.

Memorials are suggested to the Troy Presbyterian Church, 11021 Troy Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, or to a charity of one’s choice.

 

Hazel Stokley

Hazel Dean Stokley, 68, of Clay City, widow of Bill Stokley, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at Stanton Nursing Center.

She was a member of Clay City First Church of God.

Survivors include three sons, Larry Lyle and Jimmy Lyle, both of Clay City, and Brian Lyle, Winchester; six daughters, Sandra Reed, Bonnie Bolduc, Donna Roberts, and Joanie Hale, all of Clay City, Alma Dunn, Mt. Sterling, and Glenda Walls, Lexington; two brothers, Donald Crowe, Versailles, and Robert Crowe, Clay City; five sisters, Gladys Hanks, Stanton, Mary Alice Gayhart, Nicholasville, Edith Freeman, Erlanger, Esther Miller, Garden City, Mich., and Barbara Stamper, Clay City; 30 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren. Two sons, Jackie Lyle and Donnie Stokley; two grandsons, Chris and Kevin Lyle; three sisters; and three brothers are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at Clay City First Church of God by the Rev. Larry Mullins and the Rev. Keith Joseph. Burial was in the Stokley Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jimmy Allen, Ray Rogers, Bob Mays, Tim Marcum, Derick Merion, and Gary Shuler. There were also numerous honorary bearers.

 

Gilbert True

Gilbert L. True, 77, of Versailles, husband of Christine M. True, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Jesse and Maggie Wright True. He was a retired employee of the Leestown Road V.A. Medical Center, Lexington, and was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Gerri Phelps, Versailles; and a granddaughter, Leslie Bentley, Lexington.

Graveside services were conducted Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at the Versailles Cemetery by the Rev. John Brandon. Casket bearers were Bill Phelps, Michael Bentley, Eddie Slone, Chris Moore, and Tommy Moore. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the American Cancer Society.

 

Benjamin Warfield Jr.

Benjamin Raleigh Warfield Jr., 74, of Lexington, widower of Neil Lyman Warfield, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital after a long illness.

Born in Midway, he was the son of the late Ben and Viola Warfield. He was a retired IBM employee and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include a daughter, Theresa Erickson, Wisconsin; a stepdaughter, Pat Lyman, Lexington; a sister, Mary Alice Stamps, Elizabethtown; four brothers, James Warfield, formerly of Midway, Raymond Warfield, Lexington, John Warfield, Florence, and Frank Warfield, Florida; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Three brothers, William Warfield, Joe Warfield, and Sherman Warfield; and two sisters, Nannie Warfield and Bertha Mae Warfield, are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, by the Rev. Byron Jessup. A burial with military honors followed at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were James Warfield Jr., Robert Warfield, David Warfield, Phillip Richardson, Eric Erickson, and Larry Trievette.

 

Edna Yeary

Edna Yeary, 82, of Midway, widow of Elmer Lee “Dell” Yeary, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Escher and Ethel Wise Jones. She was a member of the Midway United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Ward, Midway; a son, Danny Yeary, Versailles; a brother, Clyde Jones, Florida; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a step-great granddaughter. Two brothers, James and Leo Jones, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, March 1, 2002, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Julian Simpson. Burial will follow in the Midway Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral chapel. Casket bearers will be Gary Jones, Lloyd Jones, Johnny Jones, Richard Jones, Lynn Baker, Charles Leigh, Eugene Logan, John Hackney, and Blake Sallee.

Memorials are suggested to the Midway United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 353, Midway, KY 40347.

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