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June 8, 2006




   Jackson "Jack" Huston Birch, 60, of Lexington, died Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late William and Rebecca Birch. He was the owner/operator of J.H. Birch Heating and Air Conditioning and a member of the VFW Post #67, Versailles.

Survivors include a daughter, Melissa Boyken, Calhoun; two sons, Jason Birch, Versailles, and Darren Birch, Lexington; his former wife, Brenda Birch, Lexington; eight grandchildren, Tyler, Mary Beth, Coby, Victoria, Brittany, Isabella, Andrew and Morgan; two brothers, Gene Birch, Versailles, and Ronnie Birch, Lexington; and a sister, Helen Kneadler.

Services were conducted Saturday, June 3, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, by the Rev. Whit Criswell. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.



   Curt C. Hurle, 62, of Shelbyville, formerly of Versailles, husband of Linda D. Hurle, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at Jewish Hospital, Shelbyville.

Born in Louisville, he was the son of the late George Hurle and Dorismay Lang Hurle Floyd. A graduate of Bellarmine University, he was a retired administrative assistant and instructor in the officers candidate program of the Kentucky National Guard. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Shelbyville, Solomon Lodge #5 of Free and Accepted Masons, and a former member of the Shelbyville Jaycees.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Anthony Price, Jeffersonville, Ind.; a daughter, Stephanie Bailey, Shelbyville; and a half-brother, Richard Gilkey, New Orleans, La.

Services will be conducted a 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, June 8, at the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home, Shelbyville, by Dr. J. Howard Griffith. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Kosair Children’s Hospital.



   Joyce Helen Heaton, 48, of Versailles, died Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.

Born Dec. 6, 1957, in Greenville, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Willis and Althea Gosnell Heaton. She was an employee of Verizon.

Survivors include her fiance, David Triplett, Versailles; a daughter, Crystal Ryan, Nicholasville; two sons, Justin and Kelly Stewart, both of Nicholasville; 11 brothers and sisters; and two grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, June 5, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Charles Pinkston. Burial was in Cumberland Memorial Gardens in Corbin. Casket bearers were Jim Wilkerson, Bill Blackburn, Tom Botkins, Eric McFarland, Kip Kirchbum and Gerald Webb.

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   Mervin “Merv” Leckbee, 68, of Midway, husband of Roberta Nor Velle Leckbee, died Friday, June 2, 2006, at his residence.

Born Sept. 7, 1937, in Austin, Minn., he was the son of the late Joseph Dudley and Catherine Gallager Leckbee. He was a former jockey and thoroughbred breeder and was most recently employed by Three Chimneys Farm. He had been a member of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, the Jockeys Guild, the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and was a volunteer with the Woodford Humane Society. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Amy Womack, Minnesota, and Terrie Baze, Midway; a son, Mervin LeRoy “J.R” Leckbee Jr., Washington; two sisters, Sharon Tinker, California, and Linda Swanson, Washington; four brothers, Darrell, Terry, Russell, and Clifford Leckbee, all of California; and four grandchildren, Zac Baze, TrČ Leckbee, Josh Leckbee and Stephen Womack.

No formal services will be held. A memorial reception for family and friends will be held at the Leckbee residence, 3679 Old Frankfort Pike, on Saturday, June 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to “Old Friends,” c/o Michael Blowen, 411 Mill Road Place, Midway, KY 40347.

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   Evelyn Rose Wilford McGarvey, 90, of Lexington, widow of John B. McGarvey, died Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Ithaca, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late James Edward and Clara Mae Wilford. She was a homemaker and a member of Broadway Christian Church.

Survivors include four children, Jeanie O'Dell, Lexington, Carol Rae Redding, Versailles, Donna McGarvey, Lexington, and Trish Baxter, Lexington; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Martha Cecil. A son, Edward James McGarvey; two brothers, Frank and Vernon Wilford; and two sisters, Dorothea Duvall and Leah Cooper, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, June 3, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Her great-grandchildren served as casket bearers.

Contributions are suggested to the Sayre Christian Village Building Fund, 3840 Camelot Drive, Lexington, KY 40517, or to Broadway Christian Church, 187 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508.



   Howard “Brownie” Tipton, 76, of Versailles, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg.

Born May 5, 1930, in Estill County, he was the son of the late Jeptha and Bessie Gray Tipton. He was a farmer and a U.S. Army Veteran.

Survivors include four sisters, Thelma Berger, Lexington, Mary Samuels and Roda Tipton, both of Ohio, and Faye Amster, Florida; and two brothers, Eugene Tipton, Richmond, and Bud Tipton, Ohio.

Services were conducted Tuesday, June 6, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County by the Rev. Fred E. Richardson. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

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