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June 9, 2011



Mike Dawahare, originally born Miguel Dauhajre, 75, of Versailles, husband of Mary Ann (Farmer) Dawahare, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at his residence.

Born in the Dominican Republic, he was the son of the late Fadlala and Nofa Dauhajre. A member of St. Leoís Catholic Church, he was the manager and buyer for Dawahares in Gardenside, Lexington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dr. Michael (Marianna Clay) Dawahare and John Daniel (Amanda) Dawahare; five grandchildren, Alexander Lawrence Dawahare, Eric Michael Dawahare, Sara Hadley Dawahare, Harper Grace Dawahare, and Spencer Charles Dawahare; six siblings, Fuad Dauhajre, Anuar Dauhajre, Juan Dauhajre, Emilia Nesrala, Helena Gonzalez, and Celina Dauhajre; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Wednesday, June 8, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, Frankfort Office, 643 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601.



Lesley Gaffney, 88, formerly of Lancaster, widower of Lula Mae Hatfield Gaffney, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at the Thomson Hood Veteran Center in Wilmore.

Born April 15, 1923, in Garrard County, he was the son of the late Arthur and Nora Payne Gaffney. He was a longtime farmer, had attended Lawson Chapel and Preachersville Methodist churches, and had served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include two sons, Art (Becky) Gaffney, Lancaster, and Bobby Lynn (Shelley) Gaffney, Versailles; a brother, Arthur (Janie) Gaffney Jr., Crab Orchard; three sisters, Elsie Davis, Lancaster, Allene (Jimmy) Games, Lawrenceburg, and Joyce (Harold Dean) Hunt, Versailles; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A son, Jim Gaffney, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, June 7, Ramsey Funeral Home, Lancaster, by Louie Hammons. Casket bearers were Eric Adams, Travis Taylor, Bobby Gaffney, Jonathan Gaffney, Michael Gaffney, and Kyle Gaffney. Burial took place Wednesday, June 8, at Paint Lick Cemetery with military honors by the Caswell Saufley Post #18 of the American Legion.

Contributions may be made to the Thompson Hood Veteran Center.

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H. Eugene (Gene) Green, 81, of Versailles, husband of Doris W. Green, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at the Central Baptist Hospital after a brief illness.

Born Oct. 14, 1929, he was the son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Mary Cook Green. A graduate of Versailles High School, he was a retired construction business owner and service station co-owner with Tommy Hendricks. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening and was an active member of the First Christian Church, where he had served as chairman of the administrative board, chairman of deacons, comptroller, and was a member of the Menís Bible Class.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by a son, Darrell (Janet) Green; three granddaughters, Gena (Justin) Sorenson, Stacie (R.L.) Trent, and Krista (Jeff) Hayes; a great-grandson, Wyatt Logan Trent; the mother of his granddaughters, Rita Green; a sister, LaVerne (Herman) Pittman; a brother, Bennie (Evelyn) Green; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Two sisters, Jewell Wilson and Gladys Smith, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, June 4, at First Christian Church by the Rev. Marcus Lynn, the Rev. Don Vanzant, and the Rev. Jeff Hayes. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Jeff Kell, Michael Eads, Dale Pierce, Deen Craig, Jason Eads, and Ray Duncan. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to First Christian Church Building Fund, 160 Lexington Street, Versailles, KY 40383, or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 301 E. Main Street, Suite #100, Louisville, KY 40202-1077.

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Maxine Tackett Highfield, 73, of Versailles, wife of Guy M. Highfield, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at the Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center in Mt. Vernon.

Born Jan. 1, 1938, at Rockhouse in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late Hatler and Maudie May Fleming Tackett.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Billy Caudill, Burnis Caudill, and Donald (Debbie) Caudill, all of Versailles; a sister, Dorothy Sparkman, Nicholasville; four brothers, Lacey (Connie) Tackett, Versailles, Gene (Barbara) Tackett, Walton, Ray (Nancy) Tackett, Lexington, and Frank (Tonda) Tackett, Frankfort; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Goldie Marie OíNeal and Vickie Fleming, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, June 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Connie Tackett. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Beth Caudill, Brent Caudill, Kevin Gibson, Matt Metzger, Tommy Highfield, and Michael Highfield.

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Aubrey Eugene McAlister, 83, of Lexington, widower of Thelma Lambert McAlister, died Saturday, June 4, 2011.

Born in Georgetown, he was the son of the late Walden McAlister and Mary Hampton McAlister. He was a member of Durbin Memorial Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, James (Cindy) Lambert, Aberdeen, Wash., and David E. (Jo) McAlister, Morehead; a daughter, Mary (Harold) McAlister Simpson, Lexington; two sisters, Constance McAlister, Versailles, and Florence Thomas, Lexington; four grandchildren, Michael Vaughn Lambert, James Patrick Lambert, Timothy Wayne Simpson, and Robert Eugene Simpson; two step-grandchildren, Misty Hardin, and Penelope Gastineau; six great-grandchildren, Joshua Robert Simpson, Amber Nicole Simpson, Eden Webber, Shane Huddleston, Davis Moore, and Madyson Lowe; a great-great-grandchild, Holten Webber; and three step-great-grandchildren, George Bridges, Brandon Bridges, and Taylor Hardin. Two brothers, Vernon McAlister and Lee McAlister, and two sisters, Francis Logue and Edith Brown, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 12 p.m. today, Thursday, June 9, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on Main Street, Lexington. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memory Gardens.



Leroy Wesley "Lee" Rowland, 56, of Versailles, husband of Micaela Rowland, died Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at his home.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of Algernon Wesley and Elizabeth Anderson Rowland. A 1977 graduate of the University of Kentucky, he obtained his juris doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1980. His legal practice included serving as a public defender prior to entering private practice as a partner with Baldani, Rowland, and Richardson. He worked for the Justice Cabinet, for the Legislative Ethics Commission, and for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. He was an active member of St. Johnís Episcopal Church, the Woodford County 4-H Council, the Woodford Youth Soccer Association, and the UK Alumni Band. He enjoyed history, running, and gardening, but his most passionate hobby was Civil War re-enactment, where he was known as Gabriel in the 2nd Kentucky Regiment Infantry.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by two sons, Charlie Rowland and Sean Rowland, Versailles; a daughter, Beth Rowland, Versailles; a sister, Bettye Albin, Evansville, Ind.; two brothers, Jimmy Rowland, Greenville, and David Rowland, South Korea; and two nieces, Sarah Albin and Lacy Rowland.

A memorial service was conducted Sunday, June 5, at St. Johnís Episcopal Church by the Rev. David Perkins and Fr. Danny Schwendeman. A reception followed services. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford County Historical Society, St. Johnís Episcopal Church, or St. Leo Catholic Church.

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November Miles Shryock-Eckman, infant son of Mary "Allie" Shryock and Chad Eckman, died Friday, June 2, 2011, at the Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, Andrew and Cheryl Eckman, Versailles; and his maternal grandparents, Michael W. "Mike" Shryock, Versailles, and Michelle Thompson Barron, Richmond.

A private graveside service was conducted Monday, June 6, in the Lexington Cemetery by the Rev. Aaron Russon.

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Louis Woodrow Turner, 89, of Cynthiana, widower of Nellie Rea Henderson Turner, died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at his home.

Born March 15, 1922, in Bracken County, he was the son of the late Truitt and Erma Boykin Turner. He was a member of the Cynthiana Baptist Church and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a retired security guard for Kawneer and Cleveland Twist Drill.

Survivors include three sons, Robert Louis (Laverna Marie) Turner and Wayne Douglas (Susan Young) Turner, both of Versailles, and Donald Keith (Kimberly Tipton) Turner, Georgetown; two daughters, Charlotte Beasley, Lexington, and Brenda Joyce (Teddy Reese) Kendall, Cynthiana; a brother, Clyde Chester Turner, Cynthiana; a sister, Geneva Moore, Lexington; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. A daughter, Martha Jean Hatfield, a sister, Mary Manganello, and two brothers, Siemon Turner and Mac Turner, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, June 9, at the Drake-Whaley-McCarty Funeral Home, Cynthiana, by the Rev. Larry Lee Jones. Burial will be in Battle Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.


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