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March 25, 2010



Kenneth E. Flowers, 84, widower of Wilma Ruth Anderson Flowers, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at Thomson-Hood Veteran Center in Wilmore.

Born in Chestnut Grove, he was the son of the late James Dalton and Lucy Katherine King Flowers. He was a World War II Army veteran and a retired math teacher at Jessie M. Clark Middle School. He was a founding member of Stonewall Wesleyan Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Lou Flowers Long (Larry), Nicholasville; a son, David K. Flowers (Josie), Versailles; a grandson, Christopher David Long, Nicholasville; three brothers, James, Keith, and Randel Flowers; two sisters, Elise Tuggle and Stella Souleyrette; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A sister, Reeble Anderson, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, March 22, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, Quest Farm, 627 Glass Pike, Georgetown, KY 40324, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Kentucky/Indiana Chapter, 11700 Commonwealth Drive, Suite 500, Louisville, KY 40299.



Mildred "Booty" Lideen, 89, widow of Paul N. Lideen, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, in Vero Beach, Fla.

Born March 6,1921, in Wilson, N.C., she was daughter of the late Robert Cecil and Mildred Hutcherson. She attended Salem College, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Atlantic Christian College, Wilson, N.C. The Lideens lived in Rye, N.Y., before moving to Vero Beach, Fla., in 1983. She was a member of the Vero Beach First Presbyterian Church, Hawk’s Nest Golf Club, the Moorings Club and the Westchester Country Club, Rye, N.Y.

Survivors include a son, Robert Nelson Lideen, Hollywood, Fla.; two grandchildren, Valerie Ann and Robert; a sister, Julia Ann Hahn, Versailles; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Hal Curtis Hutcherson, is deceased.

Interment was in Maplewood Cemetery in Wilson, N.C. Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to the March of Dimes.



Paul N. Lideen, 91, husband of Mildred "Booty" Lideen, died July 31, 2006, in Vero Beach, Fla.

Born Jan. 11, 1915, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, he was a graduate of Northwestern University in 1936 and was naval officer on Admiral Nimitz’s staff during World War II. He was former vice-president of A.C. Neilson Company, vice-president of BBDO Advertising Agency, and vice-president of SAMI, a subsidiary of Time-Warner, New York City. The Lideens lived in Rye, N.Y., before retiring to Vero Beach, Fla., in 1983.

Private interment services for him and his wife, Mildred "Booty" Lideen, were held at Maplewood Cemetery, in Wilson, N.C.



Nancy Lee "Clark" Merryman, 88, of Versailles, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center.

She was born Feb. 14, 1922.

Survivors include three daughters, Patsy (Russell) Tipton, Fla., and Susie Chatin and Diane Goins, both of Lexington; a son, John (Vivian) Merryman, Versailles; four sisters; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 24, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Delbert Tipton, Michael Hobbs, Kevin Melvin, Jimmy Connor, Austin Crouch, and Trever Connor. Honorary bearer was Phillip Bannister.

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William Edgar "Ed" Napier, 63, of Versailles, husband of Janet Sparrow Napier, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center.

Born Oct. 17, 1946, in Clark County, he was the son of Ella Marie Maddox and the late Thee Edgar Napier. He was a retired detective for the Lexington Police Department and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in Korea during the Vietnam era. He also attended Versailles Presbyterian Church and was a graduate of Lafayette High School and the Eastern Kentucky University Criminal Justice Program. He was an owner, trainer, and driver for Standardbred horses for over 20 years, the president of the Kentucky Colt Association and executive secretary of the Kentucky Harness Horseman’s Association.

In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by three sons, Tim (Kristie) Napier, Louisville, Brian Napier, Frankfort, and Chris (Rhonda) Napier, Lawrenceburg; a sister, Fawn Reed, Ohio; a brother, Robert "Rusty" Burns, Nicholasville; and seven grandchildren, Mackenzie, Reagan, Dalton, Luke, Aaron, Emma, and Annie.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 24, at Clark Legacy Center in Brannon Crossing, Nicholasville, by the Rev. Melissa Sevier . Entombment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Randal Bohannon, Steve Boyd, Kent Queen, Terry Blankenship, Jerry Haws, and Robert Stewart.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass and the Woodford Humane Society.

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Harry Willoughby, 72, of Versailles, husband of Laura Willoughby, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at his home.

He was a retired Sallee van driver, a member of the Christian Church, was a Mason, and an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He had recently been a parttime driver for Driesbach Wholesale.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Cheryl (Keith) Slugantz, Kim (Buddy) Carmickle, and Dana (James Middleton) Willoughby, all of Versailles; a sister, Barbara (Cecil) McKinney, Georgetown; a brother, Thomas Willoughby, Georgetown; six grandchildren, Anna Carmickle, Josh Slugantz, Wes Slugantz, Leah Cloyd, Keli (Michael) Baker, and Savannah Willoughby; and a great-grandson, Wyatt Slugantz. A daughter, Elizabeth Willoughby, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 23, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Robert Warren. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were his grandchildren, and Keith Gillespie and Melissa Flora. Honorary bearers were his biker friends.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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