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February 8, 2001 issue

 

Hallie K. Block

Hallie K. Richardson Block, 97, of Elm St. Heights, Versailles, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001.

Born in Estill County on Oct. 26, 1903, she was the daughter of the late John P. and Margaret Jane Peters Richardson. She was retired from National Distillers and was a member of Versailles Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Robert Block, Versailles, and several nieces and nephews. Four sisters, Grace Ferguson, Annie P. Richardson, Ollie M. Bobbitt, and Stella Littrell, and three brothers, Clarence Richardson Sr., Vernon J. Richardson, and Horace Richardson, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles. Casket bearers were Lee Lovins, Harold Wayne Lee, Clarence Richardson Jr., Don Earl Treon II, Paul David Richardson, and Eric Richardson.

 

William A. Cleveland

William Allen Cleveland, 93, of 4733 Pinckard Pike, a well-known, retired Woodford County farmer, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at Sayre Christian Village, Lexington. He was the widower of Margaret Tuttle Cleveland.

Born in Woodford County, he was a son of the late William Skinner and Maria Crutcher Cleveland and was a member of the Versailles First Christian Church.

Mr. Cleveland is survived by a daughter, Mollie Kepel-Cleveland, of Nieuw Venner, The Netherlands; two brothers, Leslie 0. Cleveland, Quincy, Ill., and Robert H. Cleveland, Versailles, and numerous nieces and nephews. A sister, Martha Koch, and a brother, Jack C. Cleveland, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. John Weaver. Casket bearers were John W. Tuttle, Paul Garcia, William Koch Jr., Bob Mac Cleveland, John R. Thompson, and Rob Gardner. Honorary bearers were Laurence Blevins, Howard Montague, Al Craig, Robert H. Cleveland, Leslie 0. Cleveland, Richard Crutcher, Ben Wilson, Tommy Fannin, Joe Warner, Tom Koch, and Gary Flora. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church, 121 S. Locust St., Versailles 40383.

 

Nannie B. Covert

Nannie Beatrice Covert, 90, of Harrodsburg, widow of Will Scott Covert, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at Haggin Memorial Hospital, Harrodsburg.

Born March 4, 1910, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Emma Norton Black. Mrs. Covert was a member of Harrodsburg Baptist Church, where she worked as a hostess, and was a member of the W.M.U. and a Homemakers club.

Survivors include two sons, Nelson Cleo Sanders, Harrodsburg, and Don McCrosky, Lebanon; three daughters, Kathryn Sanders Peavler and Jean Sanders Wiley, both of Lexington, and Jo Anne Winston, Versailles; two sisters, Lucille Black Pinkston, Springfield, and Dottie Black Smith, Harrodsburg; 10 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to Mr. Covert, her first two husbands, Marshall Cook Sanders and Henry Thompson McCrosky; two brothers, Byford Black and Gilbert Black; two sisters, Doris Gammon and Merlin Million; and a grandson, Dan Marshall Sanders, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg, by Dr. Robert DeFoor and the Rev. Terry Morrison. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg. Grandsons served as casket bearers. Memorials are suggested to the Harrodsburg Baptist Foundation or Foreign Mission Fund.

 

Pearl L. Downs

Pearl Loretta Downs, 79, of Mackville, widow of Bud Downs, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, at the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg.

A native of Woodford County, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Josephine Drury. She was a member of the Mortonsville Assembly of God.

She is survived by two daughters, Gena Mae Houp, Wilmore, and Barbara Cross, Mackville; four sons, Ronald Downs of Versailles, and Bobby, Johnny and Roy Downs, all of Willisburg; two sisters, Geneva Scott and Edith Lowry, both of Lexington; three brothers, Elmer Drury, Ohio; Oscar Drury, Lexington, and Clyde Drury, Versailles; 28 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. A brother, Ernest Drury Jr., is deceased. Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Hager and Cundiff Funeral Home, Nicholasville, by the Rev. Terry Jenkins. Burial was be in the Wilmore Cemetery. Contributions may be made the Woodford County Senior Citizens.

 

Ruth P. Duddy

Ruth Parrish Duddy, 97, of Versailles, widow of John A. Duddy Sr., died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home In Versailles.

Born in Athens, Ala., on March 7, 1903, she was the daughter of the late Louis F. and Mollie Russell Parrish. Mrs. Duddy was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a son, John A. Duddy Jr., Versailles; six grandchildren, John A. Duddy III, Michael Duddy, and Ann Duddy, all of New York, N.Y.; Mary Callahan, Cincinnati, Ohio; Jane Duddy, Versailles, and Jennifer Gill, Denver, Colo.; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 8, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Ben Hahn. Burial will be in the Versailles Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time. Mrs. Duddy’s grandchildren will serve as casket bearers. Memorials are suggested to the Versailles United Methodist Church.

 

Joseph E. Meehan

Joseph Edward Meehan, 69, of Versailles, widower of Betty Ann Glass Meehan, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at his residence.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he was a son of the late John Patrick and Edna Mae Riddell Meehan. He was a member of the Palomar Baptist Church, Lexington. Mr. Meehan was a graduate of Bohmer Flight School and a private pilot for the horse industry in Lexington. He was a Kentucky State policeman for five years and a Lexington policeman also for five years. He was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal with Star, the United Nations Ribbon, and two Purple Hearts.

Survivors include a son, Michael Edward Meehan; a granddaughter, Megan Meehan, and two grandsons, Miles Meehan and Joshua Linwood Carey, all of Lexington.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at the Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, by the Rev. James Herd. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery. Casket bearers were Al Jenkins, Ed McManaway, Billy Springfield, Bob Clark, Clyde Reeves, Ken Brothers, Charles Hill, Mike Venn, and Jack Gravitt. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington 40504.

 

Mary P. Norment

Mary Powell Elliott Phelps Norment, 89, of Lexington, formerly of Woodford County, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001.

She was born May 27, 1911, in Lexington, the first child of Mary Louise Powell and James Nathan Elliott. She attended the elementary and preparatory schools of Hamilton College in Lexington, Sweet Briar College, and graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences. She married William Baldwin Phelps of Cloverport, a UK College of Engineering graduate. Their first child, Mary Marshall "Molly," was born when they were living in Gary, Ind., and their second child, David Brainard, was born after they had moved to Woodford County.

In 1957 after the death of her husband, she moved to Lexington and earned a master's degree in library science from UK. She was the director of the UK Agricultural Dept. Library and in 1964 was head of acquisitions for the library of the newly established State University of New York at Stonybrook. Mrs. Norment became director of the Lexington Public Library in 1968, where she remained until her retirement in 1977. She was instrumental in establishing branches for the library on Southland Drive and in Lansdowne.

After her retirement, Mrs. Norment lived in Hanover Towers until an illness on April 29, 1999, at which time she moved to a nursing home. She also lived in Palm Beach, Fla., after her marriage to Hugh Farmer Norment of that city.

She is survived by her sister, Lucy Prichard, Woodford County; two grandchildren, Lucinda Lomas, London, England, and Matthew Lomas, Bourbon County; a niece, five nephews, and numerous cousins. Her parents, her children, and her brother, J. Nathan Elliott Jr., are deceased.

Services were conducted at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway, Lexington, by the Rev. Dr. Paul Evans Holbrook. Memorial tributes may be sent to the Lexington Public Library, 140 E. Main St., Lexington 40507 or Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, 253 Market St., Lexington 40507.

 

Jeanette E. Owsley

Jeanette Euphenia Anthony Owsley, 86, of Lexington, formerly of Midway, widow of Herman D. Owsley Jr., died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at the Homestead Nursing Center, Lexington.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Ora and Corine Anthony. She was a member of the East Second Street Christian Church, Lexington, and a former member of the Second Christian Church, Midway, before moving to Lexington.

She is survived by four daughters, Agnes Owsley, Vina Owsley Tucker, Corine Jones, and Jeanette "Jenny" Owsley, of Lexington; two sons, Herman D. Owsley III and Owen Owsley; two brothers, Charles Anthony, Louisville, and Richard Anthony; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Second Christian Church, Midway, by the Rev. Donald Gillett. Burial was in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Jessamine County. The O. L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Marjorie M. Wilson

Marjorie M. Wilson, 95, a resident of Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles, formerly of Frankfort, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001.

Born in Terre Haute, Ind., she was a daughter of the late Wilton Albert and Martha Brown Wilson. She held a master’s degree in social science from Smith College, Northampton, Mass. For many years, she was the director of Travelers Aid for the USO in Mississippi prior to moving to Frankfort, where she was director of the Child Welfare Program for the state of Kentucky for 16 years. She was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two nephews, William Morrison, Louisville and Allen Morrison, New York, N.Y. A brother, Gilbert B. Wilson, is deceased.

Graveside services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in the Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles, by the Rev. Ben Hahn. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Catherine Woolridge

Catherine Woolridge, 87, of Lexington, widow of Robert Woolridge, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001. A native of Green County, she was the daughter of the late J. T. and Emma Barnett. She had been a member of Jacob Grove Baptist Church, Summerville, prior to moving to Lexington in 1966, when she united with the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Margaret Mitchell, Lexington, and Martha Reed, Versailles; two sons, Paul Woolridge and Billy Woolridge, Lexington; two brothers, Raleigh Barnett and Essie Barnett, Elizabethtown; three sisters, Betty Barnett, Chicago, Ill.; Geneva Jackson, Radcliff, and Frances Williams, Lexington; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Her special caregiver was Frances Yocum. Two sons, Charles and James Woolridge, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday. Feb. 5, at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was in Cove Haven Cemetery. The Smith & Smith Funeral Home, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.