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June 29, 2000 issue

Frankie C. Apple

Frankie C. Apple, 86, of Tallahassee, Fla., died Monday, June 19, 2000.

A native of Woodford County, she had lived in Tallahassee since 1975.

She is survived by a daughter, Connie A. Papacalodoucas of Tallahassee, and several nieces and nephews.

Her cremated remains were spread in a family cemetery in Versailles. Culley's Meadow Wood Funeral Home, Tallahassee, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1304 E. 6th Avenue, Tallahassee 32303.



Juanita P. Britton

Juanita Pulliam Britton, 75, formerly of Versailles, the widow of Edward F. "Doc" Britton, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Lexington Country Place.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Benton and Eula Mae Wilmore Pulliam, and was a member of the Versailles First Christian Church.

Mrs. Britton was an employee of the Barnes Brothers Men's Store for 21 years and retired from Corner Drug after seven years.

She is survived by a daughter, Anita Britton, Lexington.

Services were conducted at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Roy Mays. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington 40504.



Deward Buffin

Deward Buffin, 81, of Lexington, formerly of Woodford County, husband of Thelma Bannister Buffin, died Saturday, June 24, 2000, at his residence.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late John Robert and Nora Parker Buffin. He was a retired 35-year boiler operator for General Electric and was a member of the Clover Bottom Baptist Church, Woodford County.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by two daughters, Anita B. Collins, Lexington, and Janet Kay Buffin, Versailles; five granddaughters, a grandson; and 13 great-grandchildren. A son, Cecil Buffin, died in 1997.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Interment was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Casket bearers were Darrell Collins, Joshua Stockton, Matthew Stockton, Mark Miller, Douglas Buffin, and Ron Bannister. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.




Helen M. Crossfield

Helen "Smitty" McMurtry Crossfield, 77, of Lawrenceburg, widow of Willie Walker Crossfield, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at her residence.

Born in Hardin County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Samuel and Mable Kathleen Bell McMurtry. She retired in 1982 following 20 years of service as a teacher and librarian at Western-Anderson School. She was a member of the Lawrenceburg First Presbyterian Church where she was a former Sunday school teacher. She received a B.A. degree in physical education and English from the University of Kentucky and an M.A. degree in library science from UK. She was a member of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association, the Richard Clough Anderson Chapter of the D.A.R., the Kentucky and Anderson County historical societies, and was a Magna Charta Dane. She served on the Kentucky Board of Directors for the American Heart Association.

She is survived by three sons, John M. Crossfield, Versailles, and Robert W. and Steve W. Crossfield, both of Lawrenceburg; six grandchildren, Matthew P. Crossfield, Nicholasville; Sara C. Martin, Versailles; Elizabeth C. Jowers, Ft. Worth, Texas; Emily L. and Lesley A. Crossfield, both of Versailles, and Samuel M. Crossfield, Lawrenceburg; six great-grandchildren, Shelby N. and Cassandra B. Martin, Versailles, and James Mark Pike, Heather Pike, Tulley Atkins, and Katherine Grace Crossfield, all of Nicholasville.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Ritchie-Peach-Todd Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, by the Rev. Steve Aschmann. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were John, Bob and Jim McWilliams, Bill Zopff, J. J. Martin, and Matthew Crossfield. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Anderson Public Library, c/o Jeff Sauer, 114 North Main St., Lawrenceburg 40342.



Neville T. McHatton

Neville T. MeHatton, 86, of 108 Woodlawn Drive, Versailles, widower of Mattie Dozier McHatton, died Saturday morning, June 24, 2000, at the Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Mr. McHatton began his career at the Standard Oil station located on the corner of South Main and Rose Hill in Versailles, and became a partner in the business with Preston Davis.

A Woodford County native, he was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II, and was a longtime member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

He is survived by a son, Dan McHatton, Santa Rosa, Calif.; a grandson, Eric McHatton, Versailles; a sister, Ethel M. Allen, Littleton, Colo., and several nieces and nephews.

A sister-in-law, Margaret (Mrs. Chester) Wilson, lives in Versailles and a brother-in-law, Ed M. Dozier, formerly of Versailles, lives in Hagerstown, Md.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, June 26, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. John Brandon. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bill Dawson, Noel Hall, John Hall, Bobby Lippert, Kent Queen, Jason DeBold, Jim Cosby, Arnold "Pete" McDaniel, Jerry Bowden, and John Kinder.



Phillip 'Duke' Owen

Phillip Elias "Duke" Owen, a former Georgetown College star football player who went on to coach several high school football teams and serve as an assistant coach at three universities, died Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. He was 69.

Mr. Owen coached the Woodford County High School Yellow Jackets for two seasons in the late 1970s, compiling a 9-3 record in 1977 and an 11-4 record in 1978. He coached the 1978 team to the finals of the Class AAA playoffs, in which the Jackets lost to Russell, 17-7. The Jackets had advanced to the finals with a 24-15 victory over Franklin-Simpson.

Mr. Owen, a Lebanon native, retired in 1996 from Elizabethtown High School, where he had been a mathematics teacher, assistant principal, principal, head football coach and athletic director after leaving Woodford County in 1979. He also coached the Elizabeth High School team to the state finals.

Mr. Owen was inducted into the Dawahare's Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1996.

He coached at Mount Sterling High School early in his career - from 1955 to 1964. University of Kentucky head football coach Charlie Bradshaw hired Mr. Owen as an assistant UK football coach in 1964. He left UK in 1969 to become an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati. Later he was an assistant coach at Clemson University.

Mr. Owen returned to high school coaching when he came to Woodford County in 1977.

He was a graduate of Lebanon High School and Georgetown College, where he was an outstanding halfback. He was captain of the team in both his junior and senior years at Georgetown. He also studied at Morehead State University, Tulane University and Western Kentucky University.

Mr. Owen was an Army veteran and had been on the parish council at St. Michael Orthodox Church in Louisville.

Surviving are his wife, Florence Deeb Owen; two sons, David A. Owen of Lexington and Mitchell B. Owen of Raleigh, N.C.; nine brothers; a sister; and three grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 23, at St. Michael Orthodox Church in Louisville. The Brown Funeral Home, Eliza-bethtown, was in charge of arrangements.



Henry L. Shuck

Henry Lapsley Shuck, 64, of Junction City, husband of Mary Lancaster Shuck, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Danville.

Born in McAfee, he was the son of the late John and Edna Huffman Shuck. He was a retired security guard for the Timberland Corporation and was a veteran of the Korean War.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Teresa Shuck, Junction City; a son, Keith Shuck, Junction City; a sister, Agnes Stockdale, Kokomo, Ind.; and seven brothers, Thomas Shuck, Danville; Bill Shuck, Razz Shuck, and Frankie Shuck, all of Versailles; Eddie Shuck and Bobby Shuck, both of Michigan, and Jimmy Shuck, Nicholasville.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, June 26, at the Shuck family farm and burial was in the Shuck family cemetery, Junction City. The Wilder Funeral Home, Perryville, was in charge of arrangements.



Scott Shumate

Scott Shumate, 33, of Lawrenceburg, son of Faye Shumate Roach of Tennessee and the late Lonnie B. Shumate, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at the University of Kentucky A. B. Chandler Medical Center in Lexington from injuries sustained in an automobile accident that occurred about 6:46 p.m. that day in Anderson County.

Mr. Shumate was born in Cookville, Tenn. He was a Wal-Mart service manager.

Besides his mother, he is survived by his stepfather, Bishop Roach, Tennessee; his fiancÚ, Alisa A. Hammonds, Frankfort; a brother, Lonnie B. Shumate, Midway; and his maternal grandmother, Ida K. Pittman, Midway. Services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Mark Johnson. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County. Casket bearers were Roger Tinnell, Gene Hammonds, Tim Pittman, Daniel Hollis, Lonnie Shumate, and Alan Catlett.