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March 6, 2008



Margaret Esela Geist, 85, of Lexington, wife of August W. Geist Jr., died Wednesday, Feb 27, 2008.

A native of Springfield, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Margaret McGinnis Esela. She was a member of Christ the King Cathedral, where she had been active in the womenís club.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Sharon Neal, Lexington, Barbara (Charles) Aldrich, Nicholasville, Beverly (Dean) Cornwell, Rotunda West, Fla., Nancy (Carl) Shacklock, Greenville, Pa., Calvin (Donna) Geist, Georgetown, Shirley (Randy) Denney, Versailles, Deborah Geist, Lexington; a brother, Francis A. Esela, Lexington; and 14 grandchildren. A son, Patrick Geist; a daughter, Kathleen Long; a grandchild, Natalie Neal; and a brother, Joseph Esela, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 1, at Christ the King Cathedral. Entombment was in Calvary Cemetery. Casket bearers were her grandsons. W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.



Harold Ray Gullette, 70, widower of Ida Mae Coyle Gullette, died Monday, March 3, 2008, at his residence in Nicholasville.

Born in Jessamine County, he was the son of the late Virgil and Anna Lee Aldridge Gullette. He was a retired finish carpenter.

Survivors include a son, Wayne Gullette, Nicholasville; a daughter, Darlene Rae (William) Lady, Nicholasville; nine sisters, Rosetta (Donald) Evans, Waco, Norma (Bill) Morgan, Hillsboro, Ohio, Mary (Calvin) Biliueu, Richmond, Barbara (John) Isaacs, Paint Lick, Carolyn (Kendall) Moore, Peeples, Ohio, Linda (Jack) Lamb, Nicholasville, Wanda (Namon) Gooch, Richmond, Charlotte Baker, Berea, and Teresa (Calvin) Marshall, Richmond; three brothers, Larry Gullette, Mt. Vernon, Paul (Barbara) Gullette, Richmond, and James (Karen) Gullette, Richmond; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, March 6, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Ray Norman. Interment will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be David Evans, Donnie Evans, Lawrence Gullette, Jason Isaacs, Chris Gullette, and Wendell Hymer.

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Paul E. McGann, 63, of Ottawa, Ill., husband of Marilyn Mobley McGann, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, in Lexington of cancer.

Born Feb. 26, 1944, in Ottawa, Ill., he was the son of the late Gregory and Irene (Gustat) McGann. He graduated from Marquette High School, Illinois Valley Community College, and served in the Vietnam War while in the Air Force during the 1960s. He owned and operated restaurants in Ottawa, and the last 10 years before his retirement he worked for CSX Railroad.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Kammy (Joe) Markey, Versailles, Melissa (Stephen) Haines, Lexington, and Shannon McGann, Billings, Mont.; a son, Darren (Suzanne), St. Paul, Minn.; eight grandchildren: Connor, Travis, and Nathan Markey, Pierce, Jenna and Grace Haines, and John and Margaret Rose McGann; a brother, Robert, of Honolulu, Hawaii; and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Kay McGann Walsh, is deceased.

Services and interment will be in Ottawa, Ill.



Ronald E. Pierce, 52, of Geneva, Ohio, formerly of Versailles, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, in Ohio.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Harvey H. and Dorothy Johnson Pierce. He was a U.S. Army veteran, loved to ride his Harley, enjoyed his family, and was an avid Kentucky Wildcats fan.

Survivors include three daughters, Crystal (Jason) Nelson, Christina Baxter, and Jessica Pierce; a son, Marvin Benson; six grandchildren; four brothers, Sherman, Martin, Harvey and Robert "Joe" Pierce; a sister, Charlotte Moore; and many nieces and nephews. A brother, Tony Pierce, and a sister, Stella Pierce, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, March 3, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Interment was in the Rose Crest Cemetery.

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Fannie Ann Carter Wachter, 90, widow of A. D. Wachter, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late John and Annie Hays Carter. She was a retired National Distillers employee.

Survivors include a son, David G. Wachter (Martha), Versailles; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A son, Danny D. Wachter; a great-grandson, Levi Sharp; five sisters, Gladys Lewis, Geneva Walsh, Louise Alcorn, Elizabeth Carter, and Annie Mae Sharp; and five brothers, William "Buck" Carter, Tommie Carter, Johnie Carter, Richard Carter, and Martin Carter, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Feb. 29, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Ricky Lewis, Terry Smith, Deborah Samuels, Jason Wachter, David "Bo" Edwards, Andrew Sharp, Adam Sharp, and Alex Sharp.

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Elizabeth Smith Welch, 91, of Harlan, widow of James M. Welch, died Sunday, March 2, 2008, at her daughterís home in Versailles.

The daughter of the late Mastin Green Smith of Harlan, she was a graduate of Harlan High School, Ohio Wesleyan University with Mortar Band Honors, and received her masterís degree in piano and organ from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1939. She taught piano in Harlan for over 25 years. She was a lifelong member of Harlan Methodist Church, DAR, the Harlan Womanís Club, and the Methodist Womenís Society. She also volunteered with the American Cancer Society state board.

Survivors include three children, Jo Ellen (Tony) Lovello, Nicholasville, Nancy (Albert) Pope, Versailles, and Charles M. Welch, Larkin Spheres; a brother, M.G. Smith, Harlan; four grandchildren, Lee (Clark) Gehefer, Merritt Island, Fla., Ashley Welch, Brentwood, Tenn., Chuck Welch, Winter Park, Fla., and Haley Welch, Nashville, Tenn; and two great-grandchildren, Jessica and Olivia Gehefer. A grandson, Michael Chadwell "Chad" Welch, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 5, at Rich Funeral Home, Harlan, by the Rev. Fred Griffie. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, March 6, at Resthaven Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as casket bearers.

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