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March 14, 2013



Tami Joyce Garland Corn, 62, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Woodford County, widow of James P. Corn, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at her residence.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Mary Frances Lane Garland and Weldon Green Garland. She was a member of the Hilltop Church of God and a former pamphlet librarian supervisor at Frankfort Habilitation.

Survivors include two daughters, Melissa Ann Corn Dyer (Steven) and Sandy Bernice Corn Burgard (Jeffrey), both of Lawrenceburg; five grandchildren, Michael Davidson, Dustin, Derek, and Alissa Garland, and Brooklyn Burgard; four brothers and sisters, Elwood Garland (Virginia), Lexington, Atha Pearl Tracy (Dots), Frankfort, and Bobby Garland (Mary) and Betty Ann Sutherland (Charles), both of Lawrenceburg. A brother, Lester Garland, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 13, at the Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, by Bro. Don Carter. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were Michael Davidson, Dustin and Derek Garland, Logann Driskell, Bobby Rogers, James Allen, and Jamie Cairrell. Honorary bearers were Jason and Travis Sutherland.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6100 Dutchmans Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205-3284.



Chrystal Gail Cummins Durham, 37, of Frankfort, wife of Carl Durham, died Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Born March 24, 1975, in Versailles, she was the daughter of Mike and Teresa Cummins. She was the office manager for Bluegrass Cardiology and a praise and worship leader and member of the Lawrenceburg Church of God.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a daughter, Megan Chaney; two stepdaughters, Emily and Laura Durham; a brother, Mikie Cummins; and her maternal grandparents, Randall and Wanda Gay, all of Frankfort. Her paternal grandparents, Curtis and Gladys Cummins, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 15, at Thornhill Baptist Church, Frankfort, by P.K Spratt, the Rev. Robert Longmire, the Rev. Johnny Dunbar, and the Rev. Gene Chapman. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Chad Derossitt, Justin Derossitt, Zack Garland, Kevin Spratt, Alvin Cummins II, and Josh Cummins. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, March 14, at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrenceburg Church of God.

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Elsie Searcy Gaines, 95, of Versailles, widow of Dudley Gaines Sr., died Friday, March 8, 2013, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Carroll Searcy. Elsie graduated from Versailles High School and was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church. During World War II, she had worked on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, TN. She had been a telephone operator, a bookmobile driver, and hauled hundreds of Woodford County children as a school bus driver. She was an avid sports fan to generations of local children, and followed the Wildcats and Cincinnati Reds with fervent zeal. A colorful portrait of Elsie was portrayed in Jo Anna Holt Watson’s book "A Taste of the Sweet Apple" in 2004. Elsie, in her later years, had truly become a Versailles legend and continued to drive her truck to the Corner Drug for lunch and to McDonald’s until October 2012. She was a friend to several generations of Versailles residents, but was particularly close to Josephine Barrows and the late Dorothy Linville, who was much like a sister to her.

Survivors include three sons, Dudley Gaines Jr. and his wife, Carol, William "Billy" Gaines and his wife, Sue, of Versailles, and Frank C. Gaines and his wife, Missy, of Union, KY; five grandchildren, Deanna (Darian) Mason, Clay Lancaster, Lauren Gaines, Jake Gaines, and Mary Beth Gaines; two great-grandchildren, Connor Mason and Caden Mason; and a special caregiver, Debbie Nolan.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 11, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Marcus Lynn. Burial was at the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jerry Fitch, Jake Gaines, Clay Lancaster, Bill Barrows, Joe Barrows, and Sandy Gaines.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society, P.O. Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Geneva Halcomb, 89, widow of Richmond Halcomb, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at Mayfair Manor Nursing Home in Lexington.

Born at Wooton in Leslie County, she was the daughter of the late Alex and Maggie Wilson Shepherd. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.

Survivors include three daughters, Brenda (Larry) Gayheart, Versailles, Barbara Spencer, Lexington, and Maggie (Bonnell) Watts, Letcher County; a son, Donald (Joyce) Halcomb, Lexington; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, March 14, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Ken Lyle. Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Brad and Jay Gayheart, Steve and Scott Watts, and Bryan and Don Anthony Halcomb.

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Adelaine Osborne McDaniel, 90, widow of John William McDaniel, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at her home in Midway in the room in which she had been born.

She was the daughter of the late Elijah Ambrose Osborne and Sally Courtney Osborne. She was a life-long member of Midway Christian Church.

Survivors include two sons, John William McDaniel III and James A. McDaniel, both of Midway; two granddaughters, Pamela Michelle McDaniel, Springfield, and Ann Connor McDaniel (Jo Parks), Harrodsburg; a niece, Dorothy Osborne Taylor, Mt. Washington; two nephews, William D. Osborne, Covington, Ohio, and Larry Osborne (Barbara), Ocala, Fla.; and numerous other nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 13, at the Midway Christian Church, followed by a brief graveside service in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Kenneth McDaniel, Kelly McDaniel, Phil Burchell, Doug Watson, Phil Dare and John Jason McDaniel. Honorary bearers were Buddy and Gertrude Johnson, Myra Mitchell, Sharon Turner, Ella Drake, June Mitchell, Wilda and Rick Caudill, Pat Settlemire, Tom Bozarth, Adele Dickerson, Dan Roller, Diana Ratliff, Michael Blowen, Martha Hill, and Holly LeCompte. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Midway Christian Church , P.O. Box 4845, Midway, KY 40347.



Mary Ann Nallia, 58, of Versailles, died Friday, March 8, 2013, at Signature Health Care in Georgetown.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of Anne C. Nallia of Versailles and the late Joseph H Nallia. A former employee of Kuhlman Electric Corporation, she was a 1972 graduate of Woodford County High School, had attended Eastern Kentucky University, and was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by two brothers, Dan (Penny) Jackson, Versailles, and Joe (Stephanie) Nallia, Lexington; four nephews, Dan (Jessica) Jackson II, Versailles, Neil (Stephany Nunnelley) Jackson, Georgetown, and Joseph H. Nallia III and Miles Harris Nallia, both of Lexington; and four great-nieces.

A memorial service was conducted Monday, March 11, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Glenn Redmon. Following cremation, burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Honorary bearers were Joseph H. Nallia III, Miles Harris Nallia, Daniel Eugene Jackson II, Neil Jackson, Holly Chapman, and Spurgeon Chapman.

Memorials are suggested to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lexington Chapter Office, P.O. Box 23697, Lexington, KY 40523, or to the Woodford Humane Society, P.O. Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383.

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A Celebration of Life memorial and tribute for Dr. Dennis R. Rader will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Frankfort Plant Board Clubhouse, 98 Tanglewood Drive, Frankfort.

Dennis passed away Feb. 14, 2013, at age 66. Dennis was an educator, a prolific writer, a philosopher, an entertaining storyteller and a passionate tennis player. Dennis was born in Knoxville, Tenn., on Aug. 6, 1946. He graduated from Rule High School in 1964. He received his BA from Oberlin College and his Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ray A. Rader; his mother, Ruby E. Tipton McNish; and his stepfather, Lee R. McNish. He is survived by his sister, Judy Rader Paxton; his nephew, Marty Paxton, both of Knoxville; his nephew, Scott Bowman (wife Carrie and daughters Erica and Sydney), of Franklin, Tenn.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Anyone wishing to make a brief tribute to Dennis is welcome to do so. A friend of Dennis’s, Steve Scarbrough of Knoxville, Tenn., will provide music. If you would like to participate in the proceedings, there will be a sign-up sheet at the clubhouse on the day of the tribute. We are asking everyone to bring food or drink, so please RSVP to Joyce Reid 502-321-5917 or Jeanne Triplett 502-352-7915.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that tax deductible donations be made to either or both of the following: The Frankfort Tennis Association’s Rader Scholarship Fund for a deserving student in the Frankfort school system (send a check payable to FTA – Rader Scholarship Fund, 468 McDowell Ave, Frankfort, KY 40601), or to an organization co-founded by Dennis and recognized by 2012 Kentucky House Resolution 29 (contact Ed Councill at, or send a check payable to Kids Grow Kentucky, 7265 Peaks Mill Road, Frankfort, KY 40601).

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