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March 30, 2006




   Donald Thomas Bozarth, 74, widower of Ann Weisenberger Bozarth, died Friday, March 24, 2006, at the Thomson Hood Veterans Center, Wilmore.

He was the first all-state football player at Lafayette High School and walked on as a member of the University of Kentucky Wildcat football team under Coach Bear Bryant during his freshman year. A U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, he returned from service to work with his father at the family business, Central Welding Supplies. He became an insurance agent and developed Bozarth Insurance Agency in Midway, and later worked for the Kentucky Department of Insurance. He was a member of Broadway Christian Church, a Mason, and member of the Oleika Shrine Temple, where he was Shrine Circus chairman for many years.

Survivors include a son, Tom Bozarth, Midway; a daughter, Susan Lenzen, St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Perry Bozarth, Lexington; and two grandchildren, Harry J. Lenzen III, and Sarah Lenzen.

Services were conducted Monday, March 27, at the Midway United Methodist Church by the Rev. Carl Townsend. Interment was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Brereton Jones, Al Schooler, Mac Weisenberger, Roy Walton, Jimmy Whelan, and Steve Meilinger. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Midway Nursing Home Task Force, P. O. Box 3964, Midway, KY 40347.

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   John Paul Curry, 87, of Cincinnati, Ohio, husband of Marion G. Curry, died Sunday, March 26, 2006, at his home.

The son of the late John Paul and Sada Hill Curry, he graduated from Wayland High School and the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, law honorary, and editor of the law journal. He was a partner in the law firm of Wood, Lamping, Slutz, and Reckman, and retired from the firm of Lanny Holbrook and Associates. He was a trustee and deacon at Knox Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Catherine C. Staib, Lexington; and a granddaughter, Anna Staib, Versailles. A granddaughter, Elizabeth Lee Staib; a sister, Gladys Elizabeth Curry; and a brother, James C. Curry, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 29, at T. P. White & Sons Funeral Home, Cincinnati. Interment will be in the Lexington Cemetery on Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, c/o Bethesda Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597 or the College of Law Library, University of KY, Library Administration, 1-85 Young Library, Lexington, KY 40506-0456.



   James Lindsey Devine, 60, of Danville, husband of Gayle Reed Devine, died Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born Sept. 14, 1945, he was the son of the late William Cecil and Mattie J. Click Devine. He retired as a first line supervisor for OSRAM Sylvania in Versailles after 30 years of service, and was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Tammy McGinnis, Harrodsburg; four sons, Eddie Devine, Harrodsburg, Thomas Peavler, Nicholasville, Tony Peavler, Horse Cave, and Brent Peavler, Harrodsburg; and 11 grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, March 24, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home by Bro. Harold Best and Chaplain Dale Denton. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Danny Jackson, Ron Davis, Ott Elliott, Matt Burkes, Jim Roney, Ezra Tatum Jr., Joe Noel, and Mike Vanover.



   Charles E. “Chuck” Fouser, 63, of Versailles, Central Kentucky businessman and environmentalist, president of Fouser Environmental Services in Versailles, husband of Nancy M. Fouser, died Friday, March 24, 2006, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.

Born May 18, 1942. in Charlotte, N.C., he was the son of the late Charles E. Fouser and Jean F. Sorrick. The Fousers moved to Atwater, Ohio, in 1944, where Mr. Fouser grew up. He attended Lindsey Wilson College, the University of Wisconsin, and received a BS degree from David Lipscomb University. During his senior year at David Lipscomb, he became interested in ecology and environmental issues. He was first employed with A.W.A.R.E. Inc in Nashville, Tenn. In 1976, he moved to Versailles and began work with T.M. Reagan Inc. in Lexington. In 1989, he established Fouser Environmental Services in Versailles. In 2004 the company expanded and built a new Versailles facility on Camden Avenue. The laboratory and consulting firm serves industries, municipalities, and other groups, providing testing services with water, waste water and soils throughout Central Kentucky. Mr. Fouser was in the 1st U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1966 to 1968. He served as a deacon at First Christian Church in Nashville, Tenn., as well as Woodford Christian and Southland Christian churches. He attended First Christian Church in Versailles. He was a member of the original stadium committee that was instrumental in planning and construction of the Community Stadium. He supported the Woodford County Theatrical Arts Association.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Ellen Gormley, Versailles; two sons, Ted Fouser and Ray Fouser, both of Lexington; a granddaughter, Callie Ann Gormley, Versailles; two sisters Mary Fouser, Boston, Mass., and Belva Baltzar, Palm Desert, Calif.; three brothers, Thomas Fouser, Monrovia, Calif., Dan Fouser, Akron, Ohio, and David Fouser, Gainesville, Ohio; two nephews; four nieces; and a great-niece.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 28, at Clark Funeral Home. Burial was in the Columbia Cemetery, Columbia, Ky. Family and friends served as casket bearers.

Memorials are suggested to one's favorite environmental group, the Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, or the World Wildlife Federation. Additional contributions may be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund, Versailles, KY.

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   Anna Garbuzyuk, 78, of Lexington, wife of Ivan Garbuzyuk, died Saturday March 25, 2006, at Samaritan Hospital in Lexington.

Born June 24, 1927, in Ukraine, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Irina Fitst Priymachuk. She had been a farmer and was a member of the Versailles Ukrainian Pentecostal Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Maria Hodokovska, Ukraine, Galina Chubaruk, Lexington, and Tanya Garbuzyuk, Ukraine; three sons, Stephan Garbuzyuk, Sacramento, Calif., and Volodya and Vasilly Garbuzyuk, Ukraine; 21 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday March 27, at the Versailles Ukrainian Pentecostal Church by Pastor Yaroslav Boyechko. Burial followed at Rose Crest Cemetery. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.




   Suzanne Whorley Haggin, of Lexington, widow of Lewis Kay Haggin Jr., died Friday, March 24, 2006.

Born in Harrisburg, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Marshall M. and Anne Jordan Whorley. She was a member of Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include four sons, John McMeekin Haggin, Lexington, Richard Cameron Haggin, Midway, David Jordan Haggin, Lexington, and Thompson Briggs Haggin, Nicholasville; two daughters, Artemisia Anderson, Newaygo, Mich., and Julia Bonkowski, Manistee, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Kimberly, Artemisia, and Richard Anderson, Mark and David Bonkowski, Thompson Briggs Haggin Jr., and Rachel Light Haggin; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 28, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or Hospice of the Bluegrass.



   Barbara Lewis, 68, of 504 Poplar Street, sister of Mildred Rose Lewis of Versailles, died Monday, March 27, 2006, at her residence.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late James B. and Allis Clark Lewis. She was a retired employee at the farm of the late Dan Turner.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, March 28, at the Rose Crest Cemetery by Scott Logdon. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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   John L. Molla, 86, of Lexington, husband of Dorothy Borman Molla, died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at his home.

He was born Feb. 17, 1920, in New York City and graduated from Pace University in New York. He served in the U.S. Army as a medic in England, North Africa, Sicily and Italy during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service and six Battle Stars. He was a life member of the V.F.W. He was employed by IBM in Lexington and Princeton, N.J., retiring after 29 years of service. He was a Kentucky Colonel and a member of Versailles Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Anne Molla, Lexington; two sons, John L. Molla Jr., Durham, N.C., and Mark M. Molla, Versailles; four grandchildren, Katherine Lunsford, Andrew A. McChord, Melissa Molla, and Jordan Molla; and two great-grandchildren, Hannah Hopewell and Lindsay Lunsford. A grandchild, Amy Molla, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 1, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. Dr. Melissa Sevier. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or Versailles Presbyterian Church, 130 N. Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383.



   Lida B. Smith, 78, of Versailles, widow of Jim Ed Smith, died Thursday, March 23, 2006, at her residence.

Born Aug. 28, 1927 in Bourbon County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Minnie Jones Fuller. She was a retired employee of Rand McNally and was a member of Pinckard Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Lietzke, Florida; three sons, Charlie Smith, Lawrenceburg, James Donald Smith, Florida, and Michael Smith, Versailles; a sister, Garnetta Letcher, Carlisle; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A son, Garnett Smith, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, March 27, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Edsel Wainscott, Butch Carl, Johnny Redwine, Ted Voils, Harold Canter, and Bruce Richmond. Honorary bearers were Roger Cox and Richard Woodside.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

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   George Staley, 78, of Versailles, father of Glen Staley of Lawrenceburg, died Saturday, March 25, 2006.

No services or visitation planned.

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