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January 18, 2001 issue

 

David L. Blythe

David Lee Blythe, 72, of Lexington, husband of Thelma Watkins Blythe, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at his residence.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late Thurman David Blythe. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a retired employee of Hallway Feed.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Dunn, Lexington; two sons, Hershell Montgomery, Nicholasville, and Morris Montgomery, Lexington; eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. A son, Cecil Montgomery, is deceased. Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

 

Rodney A. Conner Jr.

Rodney A. Conner Jr., 68, of Vevay Ind., formerly of Versailles, husband of Mary McDaniel Conner, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, of cancer at his home.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late Rodney A. Conner Sr. and Evelyn Drury Conner of Rising Sun, Ind.

He resided in Versailles most of his life, moving to Switzerland County, Indiana, eight years ago. He worked early in life at the Aurora Casket Co. and later for IBM in Lexington as a coordinator for 30 years before retiring in 1986. He also worked for 27 years as the night dispatcher for the Versailles Police Department. He enjoyed communications and operated radios for 48 years. A U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a life member of Post 4075, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Frankfort. Mr. Conner attended the Switzerland County Community Church.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by three sons, Rodney A. Conner III, Lexington; Christopher Chadwell, Frankfort, and Stephen Chadwell, Vevay; four daughters, Patricia G. Long, Versailles; Mary H. Ashcraft, Frankfort, and Angel and Charity Myers, Vevay; three brothers, James F. Conner, Aurora, Ind.; Ronald K. Conner, Lexington, and Phillip W. Conner, Versailles; seven grandchildren, Larry Long, Crystal Banks, Lisa Long, Joshua Conner, Rebecca Conner, Jasmine Chadwell-Shannon, and Aryanna Withrow, and several nieces and nephews. His first wife, Peggy Jane Manley Conner; a sister, Helen Powell, and a brother, David Lee Conner, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 18, at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay, by the Rev. Charles Dayadharum. Burial will be tomorrow in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County, where visitation will begin in the chapel at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Switzerland County Community Church Building Fund.

 

Emmitt Dozier Jr.

Emmitt Dozier Jr., 78, a native of Versailles and longtime resident of Woodford County, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, at his home in Richmond, Va., after a long battle with cancer. He was the husband of Henrietta Geisler Dozier.

Mr. Dozier was the son of the late Emmitt William and Pearl Wiram Dozier. After receiving his high school diploma in Woodford County early at age 16, he earned a B.S. degree in agriculture from the University of Kentucky in 1942. As a technical sergeant during World War II, he served in the U. S. Army for over three years, including duty with General George Patton’s 3rd Army in Europe. He landed at Normandy on D-Day plus 4 and subsequently participated in the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Dozier received an M.S. degree in dairy science from Ohio State University in 1946 and embarked on a distinguished career in the dairy industry. He taught at the University of Kentucky and was plant manager for Velda Dairy in Florida. He led the establishment of the Richfood Dairy in 1965 and under his direction it became the largest dairy in Virginia, with operations in six states and the District of Columbia. After 23 years as vice president of dairy operations for Richfood, he retired in 1988. He served on the Virginia Milk Commission by appointment of then-Governor Charles Robb, and on the boards of directors of the American Dairy Association, the National Dairy Council, and numerous other dairy organizations.

He was a longtime member of the Richmond Northside Lions Club, a member of Derbyshire Baptist Church, and was a Kentucky Colonel.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by a sister, Pauline Dozier Brown, Versailles; two sons, Bruce Dozier, Wilmington, Del., and Glenn Dozier, Richmond, Va., and three grandchildren, Laura Jean Dozier and Diana Leigh Dozier, both of Richmond, and Douglas Scott Dozier of Wilmington.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Derbyshire Baptist Church, Richmond. Interment was in Westhampton Memorial Park, Richmond. Woody’s Funeral Home, Richmond, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 4240 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, Va. 23059.

 

Lena E. Garrett

Lena Ellen Brown Garrett, 94, of 143 Berry Avenue, Versailles, widow of Charlie Garrett, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, at home.

Born in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late George and Viola Foster Brown, and was retired with 38 years of service from Union Underwear Co.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan E. Manley and Lee Ann Kincaid, both of Versailles; two grandchildren, David Kincaid and Connie Thompson, Versailles; a great-grandson, Michael Thompson, Versailles; a brother, Wallace Brown, Liberty; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ten siblings, Ollie Clay Brown, Walter Brown, Harmon Brown, Lucy Brown, Janie Edwards, Willis Brown, Sherman Brown, Jesse Brown, William Brown, and Ann Brown, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Doug Simpson and Chaplain Craig Ryan. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Connie Thompson, David Kincaid, Carl Thompson, Michael Thompson, Hurshell Brown, and Earl Brown. Honorary bearers were Dr. Norman Fisher, Milton Brown, and Pete Harlow. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele St., Frankfort 40601.

 

William I. Lucas

William "Bill" I. Lucas, 81, of Wilmore, formerly of Lexington, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at Central Baptist Hospital.

He was a native of Lee County, a son of the late Sam P. and Minnie Price Lucas. A U. S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a staff sergeant and anti-aircraft gun crewman. He was a retired captain in the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Fire Department and a member of Lake Ellerslie Fishing Club, American Legion Post 313, and VFW.

He is survived by two sons, William I. Lucas Jr., Lexington, and David Glenn Lucas, Midway; a daughter, Debra Gail Mason, Harrodsburg; a stepson, George Ray Shipp; four grandsons and two granddaughters.

Services were conducted at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, by Dr. Harold Dorsey. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Casket bearers were George Holcomb, Oscar Bowman, Marvin Ross, Richard Reeves, William Humphrey, and Otis Latliff. Honorary bearers were Henry Holman, Glenn Ray Castle, James Dudderar and James Whitlock. Memorials are suggest to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington 40504.

 

Kathryn May

Kathryn May, 84, of Versailles, widow of Wilbert May, died Thursday Jan. 11, 2001, at the Pimlico Manor Nursing Home in Lexington.

Born in Jessamine County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Drew Ward Burton. Mrs. May was a member of the Versailles First Christian Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia M. Lane, Versailles; two sisters, Lucille Hughes and Alberta Hager, both of Nicholasville; and two granddaughters, Dana L. Lane, Versailles, and Kathryn Ann Lane, Lexington.

Services were conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Frankie Layne officiating. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Mrs. May’s nephews served as casket bearers.

 

Gustav F. Nehring

Gustav F. Nehring, 77, of Versailles, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Lexington.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of the late Gustav F. Nehring and the late Marie Hoehner Nehring.

He was a graduate of Beaumont High School in St. Louis, Mo., and was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was also a salesman, a retired boilermaker, and a school bus driver.

He is survived by two sons, Andrew Nehring, Milwaukee, Wis., and Dan Nehring, Versailles; two sisters, Marguerite Simpson and Marie Spellmeyer, both of St. Louis, and three grandchildren, Alana Nehring and Stephen Nehring, both of Milwaukee, and Ben Nehring, Versailles.

The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Robert T. Nichols

Robert Thomas Nichols, of Nicholasville, widower of Edna Mae McDaniel Nichols, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001.

He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and a former deacon of Brookside Baptist and Nicholasville Baptist Church.

Survivors are a daughter, Martha Lee Nichols Burke, Nicholasville; a son, William Thomas "Tommy" Nichols, Nicholasville; a brother, Charles J. Nichols, Nicholasville; a sister, Rosie Mae Nichols, Versailles; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and 17 nieces and nephews. Five siblings, Benjamin "Pete" and Clarence "Bud" Nichols, Daisy Saunders, Emma Curry, and Frances Rice, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Betts & West Funeral Home, Nicholasville, by the Rev. Dewayne Brewer and Dr. Gerard Howell. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery. Bearers were Robert "Buster" Land, Jimmy Snapp, B. F. Adams, Roy Vahle, Bill Fayne, and Waylon Banks. Honorary bearers were Dick Baker, James Maupin, Rick DeVries, Mike Fairchild, Martin Saunders, and Jason McCoy.

 

Evelyn A. Rarden

Evelyn Alidene Rarden, 74, of 200 High St., Versailles, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, at her residence.

She was the daughter of the late Jerry and Evelena Rarden and was a member of the Millville Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Terry Scott, of Florence; a sister, Marilyn Hadi, Louisville; a brother, Norman Scott Rarden, Millville, and three grandchildren, Kristy Scott, Trevor Scott, and Teri Scott.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. John Brandon. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County. Casket bearers were Gary Hockensmith, Donald Hockensmith, Tim Rarden, Timmy Rarden II, Dean Settle, and John Hackney.

 

Ruth R. Richards

Ruth Raider Richards, 65, of 512 Regent Court, Versailles, widow of Lindsey Richards, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Hazard, she was the daughter of the late Delbert T. and Florence Brandenburg Raider Sr. She was retired from the Thornwell Home and School for Children, Clinton, S.C., and was a member of the Troy Presbyterian Church and Troy Homemakers.

She is survived by three daughters, Teresa Richards Tuck, Louisville, Lisa Richards Pound, Henderson, N.Y., and Melissa Richards, Versailles; three sisters, Ann Shryock and Joyce Benedict, both of Versailles, and Mildred Eckman, Lawrenceburg; a brother, Delbert T. Raider Jr., Versailles; and three grandchildren, Joshua Jenkins, Lindsey Robert Pound, and Danielle Brandenburg Pound. Two sisters and a brother are deceased.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Randy Nation. Burial was in the Nonesuch Cemetery. Casket bearers were Randy Pound, Ken Tuck, Josh Jenkins, Tony Raider, Joe Raider, and John Eckman. Honorary bearers were Charlie McMillian, Steven Eckman, Paul Thomas Beasley, and Donnie Parrott.