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January 27, 2005



Sam B. Downing Jr., of Fayette County, widower of Anna Katherine Kelley Downing, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at his residence.

A native of Fayette County, he was the son of the late Sam B. Downing Sr. and Dora Veal Downing. He was vice president and general manager of Central Rock Company and Lexington Concrete Products from 1933-1976. He was one of the original investors and members of the Bluegrass Sportsmanís League, and an avid fisherman. In 1968, he was secretary of the Home Builders Association of Lexington, and was on the board of directors of Kentucky Crushed Stone Association from 1972-1976, and a member of Lexington Urban County Planning Commission from 1970-1977. He was a member of Crestwood Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Sam B. Downing Jr., Midway; two daughters, Ruth Anne Edwards, Lexington, and Dorothy D. Burton, Lexington; five grandchildren, Charles David Edwards, Kelley Anne Reynolds, James Downing Burton, Lexington, Brian Mitchell Downing, Frankfort, and David Hunter Downing, Austin, Texas; and six great-grandchildren, Samuel David Edwards, Benjamin Scott Downing, Brandon Mitchell Downing, Amir Surender Downing, James Edward Reynolds, and Charles Raymond Reynolds. A grandson, Clay Warren Burton, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home-Main Street by Clay Williams and Don Frye. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were his sons-in-law and grandsons. Honorary bearer was Albert Gilchrist.

Contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, 836 Euclid Avenue, Suite 322, Lexington, KY 40502.

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Gloria Barnette Garner Edwards, 76, of Perryville, widow of George W. Edwards, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at her residence.

Born Feb. 21, 1928, she was the daughter of Love Barnette Garner Abraham and A.T. Barnette and, later, the adopted daughter of Lorenzo "Tubby" Garner. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., where she received her degree of associate in arts in 1948, and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1950. She was elected and initiated by the Beta Chi Chapter as a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity in 1949. She worked as a social worker until she married in December of 1951, after which she became a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, was an avid reader and genealogist, active in the historical society and in the Democratic Party. She also enjoyed traveling, the theatre, and was an avid follower of the UK Wildcats.

Survivors include two daughters, Georgeanne Edwards, Perryville, and Judy Zenere, Athens, Ga.; three sons, Donald Garner Edwards, Richmond, Bill Edwards, Versailles, and David Edwards, Woodford County; five grandchildren, Jennifer Jones, St. Petersburg, Fla., Patrick Duncan, St. Petersburg, Fla., George Christian Bruyn, Athens, Ga., Tate Logan Edwards, Louisville and Woodford County, and William Taylor Edwards, Versailles; two first cousins, Jeff Chapman, Milton, W.Va., and John Chapman, Point Pleasant, W.Va.

She will be buried in the Perryville Cemetery in a private graveside service. Wilder Funeral Home in Perryville is in charge of arrangements. A gathering of family and friends was held at her home Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005.

Contributions may be made to The Mai Noi Van Arsdall Library Book Fund, c/o The Harrodsburg Historical Society, 220 Chiles Street, Harrodsburg KY 40330.

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Mary Catherine Hepp, 81, formerly of Louisville, widow of Louis H. Hepp, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles.

The daughter of Dallas and Mary Ferling Nance, she was a retired dispensary clerk at the University of Louisville Dental School, an avid bridge player, and a former member of Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Jill Osborne, Lexington, and Jan Ballard, Bardstown; two sons, Michael Hepp, Bowling Green, and Patrick Hepp, Louisville; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, at Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home, Louisville. Burial was in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Taylor Manor Nursing home, 300 Berry Avenue, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Tommy Jones, 38, son of Nannie and Albert Helms of Ryne Court, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, at the Beverly Health Care Center, Frankfort, of complications from cerebral palsy.

Born in Woodford County, he was an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, April M. Jones, Lexington; a brother, Timmy Helms, Versailles; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service was conducted Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Mike Brown.



Patricia L. Kepf, 74, of Versailles, formerly of Withamsville, Ohio, wife of Peter F. Kepf Sr., died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005.

Survivors include four sons, Peter F. Kepf. Jr., Stephen R. Kepf, Kenneth M. Kepf, and Mark J. Kepf; and seven grandchildren, Jeremy, Jonathan, Abby, Eric, Mark, Jillian, and Tricia.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at the E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, Amelia, Ohio. Interment was in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.



George Masters, 86, of Lawrenceburg, widower of Esther King Masters, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at his home following an illness.

Born Dec. 14, 1918, in Richmond, he was the son of the late Jim W. and Mandy Stinnett Masters. He was a member and former janitor of Lawrenceburg First Baptist Church and a former teacher of the young adult Sunday school class. He was a retired employee of Edwards Sausage Company and Wal-mart, and was a member of Anderson Masonic Lodge #90.

Survivors include four daughters, Wilma Willard, Franklin County, Jean Woolums, Geneva Riley and Sue Masters, all of Lawrenceburg; a sister, Josephine Beckham, Versailles; 12 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren. Three sisters, Doilie Shelton, Annabelle Richardson, and Eunice Shifflett; and two brothers, Johnny and Henry Masters, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at Gash Memorial Chapel by Jeff Eaton. Burial was in Hebron Cemetery in Anderson County



John Mathews, 64, of 810 Tyrone Pike, husband of Jean McQueen Mathews, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005.

Born in Nicholasville, he was the son of the late William Newton and Margie Katherine Hicks Mathews. He was a truck driver and U. S. Army veteran, and member of the Masonic lodges in Nicholasville and Lawrenceburg, and was a Shriner.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Phyllis Winfield, Austin, Texas; three stepsons, James Wilcox, Lawrenceburg, Anthony Wilcox, Versailles, and Chris Wilcox, Lexington; a nephew, Scott Anderson, Indiana; two stepbrothers, Harlan Walters, Versailles, and Mike Walters, Florida; and three step-grandchildren, Beth Wilcox, Tyler Wilcox, and Bridger Wilcox.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Truman McClain. Interment was at Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Jessamine County. Casket bearers were Scott Anderson, Chris Wilcox, Ron Hafley, Charles Beagle, Rodney Glancey, and Dennis Harper.

Memorials are suggested to the Shriners Childrenís Hospital, Lexington.

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