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March 4, 2004



 Janet Sue Mitchell Brown, 67, of Flemingsburg, wife of James Allen Brown, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2004 at the Markey Cancer Center in Lexington.

Born Sept. 2, 1936, in Nicholas County, she was the daughter of the late Harold A. and Irene Colliver Mitchell. She was a graduate of both the former Midway Pinkerton two-year high school and Nicholas County High School. In 1956 she graduated as class valedictorian from Midway Junior College and went on to receive a bachelors degree in education from the University of Kentucky in 1960 and later a Rank 1 certification in education at UK and additional degrees and certifications in chemistry and guidance counseling from Morehead State University. She taught for seven years in the Fayette County School system. In 1965, she became dean of women at Midway Junior College. She later taught at Denning High School in Robertson County and spent 16 years as a guidance counselor at Fleming County High School before retiring in 2001. She was a member in the Flemingsburg Christian Church and served on the church board. She was co-chair for Fleming County Relay for Life, and was a member of United Women's Club and a member of the Retired Teachers Association.

In addition to her husband she is survived by two children, Janet Kaye Kissick, Georgetown and Jim Ed Brown, Georgetown; four grandchildren, Chelsie Ryan Brumfield, Cade Douglas, Cole Allen, and Katherine Susann Brown, all of Georgetown; her stepmother, Geneva Vice Mitchell, Carlisle; two sisters, Mary Ann Storm, Carlisle, and Martha Jean Mitchell Cox, Carlisle; two aunts, Irene Mitchell Barber, Flemingsburg, and Jeanette Mitchell Atkinson, Flemingsburg; three cousins; and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Judy Mitchell Letcher; an aunt, Olga Colliver LaBlanc; and a cousin, John Mitchell Thomas, are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, at the Flemingsburg Christian Church. Denton-Workman Funeral Home in Flemingsburg was in charge of arrangements.

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Martha Potts Chastain, 69, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Lexington, widow of Jack Chastain, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004. Born in Louisville, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Mayme Potts. A retired pre-school teacher at Growing Together Pre-School, she enjoyed fishing, gardening and quilting.

Survivors include a son and two daughters, Roy Thomas Chastain, Mt. Sterling, Judith Lea Humes, Versailles, and Brenda Givens, Richmond; 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth Hatton, Jack Perkins, Emilee Givens, Sarah Givens, Adam Miller, Justin Miller, Baker Humes, Madison Humes, Austin Chastain and Tanner Chastain; four great grandchildren, Cidney, Casey, Corey, and Kourtney.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at W.R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway the by Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in Valley of Rest Cemetery, LaGrange. Mrs. Chastain's grandsons served as casket bearers.

Memorials may be made to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, 2050 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40504.



William Cook, 83, of Lexington, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at the V.A. Hospital on Leestown Road.

Born Sept. 9, 1920, in Jessamine County, he was the son of the late Julius C. and Meadie Lowry Cook. He was a veteran of World War II, during which he received five Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. His Ranger division was the first to land in Normandy.†He was a retired employee of the V.A. Hospital in Lexington, a member of the Ohio Rangers, Hart Lodge F&AM, Scottish Rite, Nicholasville Methodist Church, and was active in the Little League Baseball program in Lexington.

Survivors include a sister, Evelyn Warren, Versailles; four brothers, Charles Clark Cook, Lexington, Allen Neal Cook, Florida, Logan Gerald Cook, Tennessee, and Alben B. Cook, Lexington; and numerous nieces and nephews. Four sisters and one brother are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home by the Rev. Harold Dorsey. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Friends served as casket bearers.

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Charlotte Ford, 59, a native of Versailles, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

The daughter of the late Elizabeth Lee Ford and Benjamin Watson Ford, she was retired from Texas Instruments following 38 years of service in the tool room, engineering, and automation. She was a graduate of the Versailles High School, 1962, and received associate degrees from Kentucky State University and Central Kentucky Technical College. She was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church. She was an avid bowler for many years, and was a member of the 600 club. She was a Leisure Craft Camp participant for 23 years, and enjoyed fishing, softball, and swimming.

Survivors include a sister, Edwina Lee Proctor, Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, Edwin W. Ford, Paducah; three nieces, Tracey Ford, Daphne Holland, Beckey Proctor; and a nephew, Byron Ford.

Services were conducted Monday, March 1, 2004, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Casket bearers were Chuck Carl, Henry Carl Jr., Loren “Squirrel” Carl, Steve Schenck, Jerry Carl, and Carl Ford. Honorary bearers were co-workers from Texas Instruments.

Memorials are suggested to a charity of one’s choice.



Brenda Jo “B. J.” Jacobs, 52, of 110 Shaw Avenue, died Monday, March 1, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Knott County, she was a member of the Mt. Olive Old Regular Baptist Church at Pippa Passes in Knott County. She had attended several schools including Alice Lloyd College, Union College in Barbourville, and schools in Indiana and Boston. She held a master’s degree in social work and was a former social worker with Community Based Services in Versailles (formerly the Cabinet for Families and Children).

Survivors include her parents, Willie and Lizzie Jacobs, Pippa Passes; three sisters, Drifty L. Chupp, Indiana, Marcy Newsome, Versailles, and Sylvia Flick, Lexington; four brothers, Clinas Jacobs, Mallie, Jesse Jacobs, Indiana, and Randall Jacobs and Milburn Jacobs, Pippa Passes; 17 nieces and nephews; and nine great nieces and nephews. A nephew, Ricky Jacobs, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2004, at the Mt. Olive Old Regular Baptist Church at Pippa Passes. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Casket bearers will be family members. Visitation will be after 6:30 p.m. today, Thursday, March 4, at the church. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Edith Mae Clark Jones, 86, of Frankfort, widow of Paul Jones, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington, after an illness.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Dennie Clark and Mary Katherine Barber Clark. She was a homemaker and a member of Frankfort Senior Citizens and the Senior Friends of Emanuel Baptist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Jessie Lee Jones, Frankfort.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Malcomb Lunceford and the Rev. Chuck Queen. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Billy Courtney, Christopher Broaddus, Wayne Courtney, Johnny Clark, Thad West, and Rusty Bell. Honorary bearers were Boyd Lawson, Douglas Broaddus, Jon Sutphin, Eugene Robinson, Jim Davis, Gentry Lee, Steve Mims, L.T. West, Henry League, and Harry Effron.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Clifford B. "Click" Lucas, 82, of Elizabethtown, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004.

He was a retired carpenter, a 50-year-plus member of the Carpenters’ Union, and a member and deacon of Youngers Creek Baptist Church, Hardin County.

Survivors include a son, Ron Lucas, Versailles; and three grandchildren, Jeremy Lucas, Lexington, Candice Lucas, Versailles, and Sara Lucas, Versailles.

Services were conducted Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at Youngers Creek Baptist Church. Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Shirley McGaughey, 61, of Waddy, widow of Leonard McGaughey, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, at Jewish Hospital, Shelbyville.

Born Sept. 6, 1942, in Alton, she was the daughter of the late Raymond Cheak and Nora Howard Rodgers. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Life Baptist Church, Waddy.

Survivors include a son, William O’Kelly, Frankfort; a grandson, Stephen Andrew O’Kelly, Shelbyville; a brother, Kenneth Cheak, Versailles; and a sister, Bessie Eads, Inverness, Fla.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, March 1, 2004, at the Bagdad Cemetery by the Rev. Bill Brumley. Shannon Funeral Home, Shelbyville, was in charge of arrangements.



Gari Stewart Nowlin, 39, of Lexington, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, at his residence.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of William Harlan Nowlin Sr. and the late Ginger Nowlin Maybrier. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School, where he played baseball and basketball, and was a member of the wrestling team. He worked at the General Electric Lamp Plant.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his stepmother, Elizabeth “Libby” Ann Nowlin; three brothers, William Harlan Nowlin II, Lexington, Michael Troy Nowlin, Lexington, and Keith Allison Nowlin, Lawrenceburg; a sister, Christi Renee Adams, Nicholasville; three nephews, Robbie Harlow, William Harlan Nowlin III, and Travis Pratt; five nieces, Erica Laine Nowlin, Allison Dawn Nowlin, Miranda Kylie Nowlin, Kelsey Beaman, and Kayla Renee Adams; a great nephew, Daniel Allen Nowlin; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service was held Monday, March 1, 2004, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home-Harrodsburg Road by the Rev. Jim Wheeler and Chaplain John Welsh.

Contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church Building Fund, 300 South Main Street, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342, and the American Legion, Anderson Post 34, attn. Bobby Thornberry, 1451 Harrodsburg Road, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.

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Betty Darlene Craycraft “Dee Dee” Pervez, 50, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, wife of Mohammed Pervez, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2004.

Born in Lexington, she was a 1972 graduate of Oldham County High School and former resident of LaGrange. She was a nursing assistant at Select Specialty at Samaritan Hospital in Lexington and a member of the House of Mercy Church, Lexington.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Adam Corey Pence and Brent Fatemi, both of Lexington; her mother, Vera Craycraft, Versailles; three sisters, Peggy Hedges, Carruthersville, Ind., Sue Minton, Scottsburg, Ind., and Debbie Curtsinger, Ashland City, Tenn.; three brothers, Ernest “Buzz” Craycraft Jr., Versailles, David Craycraft, Buckner, and Pete Craycraft, Lexington. Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Pastor Robert Lloyd Simmons. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Jim Springate, Jeff Minton, Scott Minton, James Hedges, David Hedges, Ernie Varner, Chris Curtsinger, and Kevin Craycraft.



Margaret ‘Sissy’ Carmichael Woolums, 68, of Lexington, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004.

Born Aug. 8, 1935, in Charleston, W. Va., she was the daughter of H. St. G. T. Carmichael Jr. and Margaret Lyle MacCorkle. She attended University of Kentucky after graduating from Margaret Hall, an Episcopal girls’ school in Versailles. Her first job was with The Blood Horse magazine, where she worked until the early sixties. She became involved in sales cataloguing for thoroughbred horses while working with Dan M. Bowmar III, first at the Blood Horse, then at the new Jockey Club Statistical Bureau. At the statistical bureau she was involved in the early efforts at computerizing thoroughbred racing and breeding in order to produce information for sales catalogues. In 1970 she opened her own cataloguing business, Pedigree Associates, with her husband, Bill Woolums, and produced a number of thoroughbred sales catalogues. Pedigree Associates is still functioning as Pedigree Productions, Inc. She worked with and traveled widely representing the original International Sales Cataloguing Standards committee. She also published The South American Thoroughbred magazine, with an Argentine partner, which reported racing and breeding throughout South America. Other endeavors included a position at the Kentucky Racing Commission during former Gov. Brereton Jones’ administration; a brief time at the Kentucky Public Service commission; and six years as with The Jockey Club as coordinator of international information, a position she held until her retirement in 2001.

She is survived by two daughters, Margaret Alexander Lyle, Lexington, and Anna Woolums Carney, Versailles; four grandchildren, Alexandra Lyle Carney, James William Carney, Elizabeth Carmichael Carney, and Margaret Ellen Carney; a brother, Col. Harry St. George Tucker Carmichael III, Lexington, Va.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, March 4, 2004, at St. John’s Episcopal Church by Fr. Phillip Haug. Internment will be at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in Lexington, Va. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Blue Horse Charities, 2400 Newtown Pike, P. O. Box 13610, Lexington, KY 40583-3610, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive Lexington, KY 40504.



Edna Seay Yunt, 91, of Versailles, formerly of Frankfort, widow of Addison J. Yunt, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004.

Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Henry Nelson and Liddle Jane Beatley Broce.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Watson, Versailles; a half sister, Zelma Drury, Danville; her grandchildren Bruce Watson Jr., Douglas Watson, Jeffrey Watson, Debra Mitchell, Tom Yunt, Cathy Bryan, David Yunt, Michael Yunt, and Shaun Yunt; and 15 great grandchildren. A son, Chester T. Yont, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, March 1, 2004, at LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home in Frankfort by Dr. Ken Underwood. Interment was in the Bagdad Cemetery, Shelby County. Casket bearers were Bruce Watson Jr., Jeffrey Watson, Tom Yunt, David Yunt, Michael Yunt, and Shaun Yunt. Honorary bearers were Raymond Courtney, Robert Harrod, Froman Burge, and Frederick Lee. Visitation was Sunday at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.


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