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March 23, 2006

  

   Furnish

   Carl Morton Furnish, 82, of Versailles, husband of Alma Toy Furnish, died Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at the St. Joseph Hospital Hospice Care Center.

Born March 1, 1924, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of the late Carl and Myrtle Clifton Furnish. He was a retired steel worker and a World War II Navy veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Gary Furnish, Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Roxanne Taylor, Youngstown, Ohio, and Allison Flores, Versailles; three brothers, Thomas Furnish, Frankfort, Joe Furnish, Owenton, and John Furnish, Nicholasville; a sister, Jayne Furnish, Versailles; four grandchildren, Holly, Amanda, Gary Jr. and Eric; and a great-grandson, Hayden. A sister, Sue Kemper, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 18, at McDonald and New Funeral Home, Seminary Street, by Bro. Craig Howard. Burial was in the Owenton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Guest register at www.mcdonaldandnew.com.

  

Grady

   Roberta Ruble Grady, 93, widow of Francis Grady, died Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at Wesley Village, Wilmore.

Born Oct. 9, 1912, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late George Franklin and Catherine Murphy Ruble.

A 1933 graduate of St. Anne's College of Nursing, Loyola University, Chicago, she lived in Lexington since 1937. She was a member of the Rock Hounds Rock Club and loved all things scientific, literary, and educational. She enjoyed books and birds, gardens and archaeology, languages and music. She never missed voting in an election, and strongly supported civil rights and education.

Survivors include a son, George F. Grady, M.D., Lexington, Mass.; and two daughters, Kathleen G. Huffman and Dr. Virginia G. Smith, Lexington; nine grandchildren, Elizabeth Grady, M.D., San Francisco, Calif., Catherine Grady, Antwerp Belgium, James Grady, Newport, Vt., Douglas Huffman and Donald Huffman, Lexington, David Huffman, Versailles, Karen Huffman Hogsten, Montgomery, Pa., Lionell T. Smith DVM, Louisville, and October Kolby, Virginia Beach, Va.; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the Central Kentucky Radio Eye, University of Kentucky, University Station Box 1030, Lexington, KY 40506, or to the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc.'s literacy programs, 206 E. Maxwell St., Lexington, KY 40508.

  

Lane

   Cleo Clark Frye Lane, 84, of Lexington, widow of William Void Frye and Raymond Lane, died Saturday, March 18, 2006, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born Nov. 10, 1921, in Manchester, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Laura Marcum Clark Hensley. She was a homemaker and a member of the Clays Mill Road Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Bennett, Lexington, and Joyce Creech, Eminence; seven stepchildren, Wayne Lane, Versailles, Fred Lane, Versailles, Don Lane, Lexington, Faye Shelton, Owenton, Kathy James, Lexington, and Cindy Shryock, Versailles; two brothers, Ishmael Clark and Bill Clark, Hamilton, Ohio; two sisters; Mamie Reed, Tyner, and Ruth Yeager, Merrifield, Minn.; six grandchildren, Gary Bennett, Kim Hickerson, Julie Clark, Cheryl Kersey, Scott Creech, and Sarah Embry; three great-grandchildren, Noah Hickerson, Kyle Kersey, and Chris Embry; several step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including niece Mable Smith. Two sisters, Mable Clark and Thelma Himes; and a brother, Robert Clark, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 21, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. Ellen Marmon. Burial was in the Winchester Cemetery. Casket bearers were Gary and Wallace Bennett, Scott and Leon Creech, Kim and Kelly Hickerson, Julie and Chip Clark, Cheryl and Steve Kersey, and Sarah and Mike Embry. Honorary bearers were the Lane children.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

  

Lowry

   Joseph Perry Lowry, 74, of Lexington, widower of Lula Lowry, died Tuesday, March 14, 2006.

Born Sept. 4, 1931, in Jessamine County, he was the son of the late Willie and Rosa Lowry. He was employed at the Springs Inn of Lexington for over 40 years.

Survivors include a son, Dan Lowry; a stepson, Albert James; a stepdaughter, Nannie James, all of Lexington; two brothers, Willie Lowry, Versailles, and Virgil W. Lowry, Nicholasville; two sisters, Christine Brock, Temperance, Mich., and Mary Marcus, Lexington; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Eugene Lowry, and two stepsons, Willard and Billy Joe James, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, March 17, at the Lafayette Church of the Nazarene.

  

Manley

   Dorothy Ruth Kelly Manley, 93, widow of Farmer Manley, died Saturday, March 18, 2006, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Born Oct. 1, 1912, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late D.R. and Mae Emma Coyle Kelly. She was a member of the Pisgah Presbyterian Church, a longtime farmer, active in senior citizens, and a homemaker.

Survivors include four sons, Gerald T. Manley, Charles D. Manley, Leslie L. Manley, and Eugene F. Manley; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a brother, John M. Kelly, Winchester; and numerous extended family members. Two sisters, Anne Loviner and Joyce Eades; and three brothers, Dudley, Charles, and Paul Kelly, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 22, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by Pastor Jon Martin of Pisgah Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were her grandchildren, Jerry Jr., Eric, John, Steve, Mike, Scott, Doug, Leslie Karen, and Leigh Manley, Michelle Clark, Jennifer Figg, Mary Dudley Meininger, and Kelly Chesney.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, Pisgah Presbyterian Church, 710 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, or Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Avenue, Versailles, KY 40383.

 

Means

   Lynwood Means, 66, of Doncaster Drive, owner of Means & Gay Tool and Dye Co., widower of Margie Robinson Means, died Monday, March 20, 2006, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, he was a son of Mila Brandenburg Means and the late Cebert Means. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, golfer, and owner/pilot of ultra light aircraft, a parachutist, and a gourmet cook.

Survivors include a daughter, Susan Serwan, Houston, Texas; two sons, Greg Means, Versailles, and Zack Means, Lexington; a sister, Shirley Van Hoose, Somerset; two brothers, Preston Means, Lakeland, Fla., and Danny Means, Versailles; the mother of his children and friend, Charline Wethington, Versailles; two granddaughters, Kari Means and McKenna Means; and a step-granddaughter, Lauren. A daughter, Jennifer; and three brothers, Dewey, Charles, and Larry Means, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, March 23, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Guest book at wwwBlackburnandWard.com.

  

Shuler

   Brian Shuler, 50, of Versailles, husband of Jill Austin Shuler, died Tuesday, March, 14, 2006, at his residence.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of David Schuler and Shirley Bonomoni Keller. He was an owner of Dodd's Cyclery in Lexington and a member of First Christian Church in Versailles.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a children, daughter, Kelsey Shuler; a son, Nathan Shuler; a sister, Ruth Anne Justice, West Virginia; two brothers, David Shuler, Corinth, and Vincent Shuler, Ohio; and his grandmother, Yolanda Bonomoni, Ohio.

Services were conducted Friday, March 17, at First Christian Church by the Rev. Marcus Lynn. Cremation followed the services. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church music ministry, 160 Lexington Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

Guest book at www.Blackburnandward.com.

  

Smith

   Maria Ann Smith, 84, of Versailles, widow of Robert L. Smith, died Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter to the late Charles Raglin and Maria Keys Raglin. She was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Midway.

Survivors include five children, Carmen Mason, Nicholasville, Beverly Smith and Christine Smith, Lexington, Patricia “Butch” Murrell, Versailles, and Robert Smith, Virginia. A son, Eugene, and a daughter, Shirley, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 18, at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Midway by the Rev. Clyde Beverly III. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery.

Guest book at www.Blackburnandward.com.

  

True

   Nora Richie True, 93, of Corinth, died Saturday, March 18, 2006.

Survivors include three sons, Arthur Lee Richie, Versailles, Thomas S. Richie, Willisburg, and David T. Richie, Berry; three daughters, Mary Elizabeth Wilson, Harrison County, Ann Connor, Forest City, N.C., and Janet Sue Dickerson, Nicholasville; a stepson, Donald True, Lexington; 30 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; and 24 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, March 23, at the Corinth Baptist Church. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Ware Funeral Home, Cynthiana, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Corinth Baptist Church or Gideons International.

  

Turner

   Barbara Lathrop Turner, 76, of Janet Street, widow of Earl Thomas Turner, died Thursday, March 16, 2006, after a brief illness.

Born in Ohio, she was the daughter of the late RenÈ and Lucille Chipley Lathrop. She was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, and enjoyed being a mother and housewife.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas O. Turner, El Paso, Texas, and William Cletis Turner and David Earl Turner, Versailles; three grandchildren Sara RenÈ Turner, Josie Turner, and Riley Turner; and two great-grandchildren. Two sons, Michael Stafford Turner and Mark Lathrop Turner, are deceased.

A memorial service was conducted Monday, March 20, at St. John’s Episcopal Church by Fr. Alan Sutherland. Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials suggested to the church.

  

Wachtel

   Polly G. Wachtel, 91, widow of Ervin Dale Wachtel, died Tuesday March 14, 2006, at the Kenton Health Care Center in Lexington.

Born May 25, 1914, in Donnaha, N.C., she was the daughter of the late John R. and Lillian Payne Goolsby. She was a former employee of the Springs Motel in Lexington and was a member of the Millville Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Brown, Versailles; two sons, William Southern, Illinois, and John Willard Southern, Lexington; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, March 17, at the Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Mike Hamrick. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jess Bowlin, Kenny Roberts, Eric Varner, Dale Varner, Malcomb Collins, and Jerry Lee Combs.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Kenton Health Care.

Visit www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

Witten

Henry G. Witten, 75, of Versailles, who served for 18 years as a Versailles City Councilman, husband of Edna Mann Witten, died Sunday March 19, 2006, at his residence.

Born Oct. 27, 1930, in Millerstown, he was the son of the late Hugh and Clara Smith Witten. In an article published in the Nov. 5, 1981, issue of The Sun, Witten told of his mother’s death in 1936 and how, three years later, his father abandoned him and his brother and sister. The three were brought to and raised at the Methodist Home in Versailles.

“At the time, I felt sorry for myself,” he recalled, but “I had an extremely pleasant childhood” and “never regretted being there … I had a lot of brothers and sisters.”

During his junior and senior years at Versailles High School, Mr. Witten was among a number of Methodist Home residents to excel at sports. He played quarterback on the football team, guard on the basketball team, and shortstop and pitcher on the baseball team.

Mr. Witten joined the Navy in 1950 and, after a rousing going-away party, he traveled to the induction center, only to be rejected due to a lung problem.

Mr. Witten was a retired Kroger Company employee, beginning work for the company’s Versailles Main Street store in 1949 as a bag boy and working his way up to become manager of the store, located then in the Woodford Plaza, in 1971. In the interim, he served as co-manager of a store in Frankfort and manager of a store in Harrodsburg for a year. He described his employees at the Versailles Kroger store as “a big family.”

He became interested in local politics through his contacts with former councilman — and later mayor — Paul Noel. He was concerned that efforts to stifle growth in Woodford County would have negative consequences.

“Too much growth too fast is bad,” he said, “but stagnation is worse.”

Mr. Witten was an avid and talented golfer, and was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Marsha Rose, Versailles; two sons, Kenny Witten, Versailles, and Dennis Witten, Lexington; a sister, Elaine Teller, Chicago; four grandchildren, Wayne, Justin and Steven Rose, and Trevor Smoot.

No services are planned. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

  

Woods

   Joe Woods Jr., 71, husband of Amanda “Pat” Woods, died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at his residence.

Born Sept. 20, 1934, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Joe and Lilly Hacker Woods Sr. He was a farmer and a Korean War Veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Patricia Border, Utah; a son, Richard A. Woods, Versailles; a stepdaughter, Ruth McWilliams, Versailles; a stepson, Frank Anderson, Clay County; a sister, Daisy Rose, Illinois; two brothers, Bernie Woods, Versailles, and Bill Woods, of Tennessee; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted Saturday, March 18, at the Versailles Cemetery by the Rev. Burt Paden. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Visit www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

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