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March 7, 2013



Ruby Jones Boian, of Irvine, widow of Harold Lee Boian, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Baptist Hospital Lexington after a brief illness.

Survivors include three sons, Jerry Boian (Reva), N. Ft. Myers, Fla., Allan Wayne Boian (Deborah), Lexington, and Ronald Boian (Victoria), Midway; two daughters, Phyllis Varo (Gregory) and Barbara Okeson (Jeffrey), both of Lexington; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 2, at Lewis Funeral Home, Irvine. Burial was private.

Contributions may be made to the Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40504, or Gumm Cemetery, 161 Red Lick Road, Irvine, KY 40336.



Lydia Reynolds Carpenter, 97, formerly of Midway, widow of Kelly Carpenter, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

She was a retired employee of Tococo Sewing Factory and a member of Midway Christian Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Lexie Barath, Colorado, and Nan (Bill) Green, Missouri; a son, Herbert Carpenter, Lexington; a brother, James Reynolds, Midway; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Florene Carpenter, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, March 4, at Clark Funeral Home by the Rev. Dwight Hensley. Family members served as casketbearers. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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Forrest "Rose" Combs, age 84, of Lexington, formerly of Hindman, widow of James Edward "J.E." Combs, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at her home.

Born Sept. 27, 1928, in Rock Fork, she was the daughter of the late William and Lilly Immon. She was a longtime resident of Hindman before moving to Lexington in 2005. While in Hindman, she was a member of the Ivis Bible Church.

Survivors include a son, William Edward (Charleen) Combs, Versailles; a daughter, Mary Celinda (Bryan) Hester, Lexington; four grandchildren, Garson Edward Combs, Indiana and Martin Coleman (Rachel) Combs, Jakob William Hester, and Jessika Rose Hester, all of Lexington; a sister, Betty Sue Prater, Hindman; and two brothers, Cletis John (Joanne) Inmon, Indiana, and Bobby (Lettie Lou) Davis, Mt Sterling. Two brothers, Eugene Inmon and Billy Davis, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 2, at the Hindman Funeral Services chapel by Dan Snow. Burial was in the Compton Cemetery at Elmrock.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2409 Members Way, Lexington, KY 40504.



Sam B. Downing III, 72, of Versailles, husband of Nancy Downing, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Frankfort.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late Sam and Katherine Downing Jr. He was a graduate of E.K.U., a member of Ducks Unlimited and the Bluegrass Sportsman Club, and was an avid sportsman.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Brian Downing (Vonda) and David Downing (Sunitha); three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and two sisters.

Graveside burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, at the Lexington Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.



Sonny Dunn, 71, formerly of Versailles, husband of Bo Dunn, died Friday, March 1, 2013.

Born June 18, 1941, in Lexington, he was the son of the late Earnest T. and Elizabeth Gunter Dunn. He was the owner of Sonny Dunn Body Shop and a member of Truth Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Patty Dunn Wright, Frankfort, and Bea Coke, Lawrenceburg; three sons, Scotty Dunn, Mike Dunn, and David Prather, all of Frankfort; a sister, Tevis Ann Hill, Frankfort; 11 grandchildren, Tyler Dunn, Kim Hammons, Jason Dunn, Brandon Dunn, Katie Prather, Jaylen Prather, Dylen Wright, Amanda Coke, Nathan Wright, Michelle Ruder, and Alicia Frink; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 6, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Sherman Warfield. Entombment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Scotty and Mike Dunn, David Prather, Ricky Coke, Mark Wright and Todd Beers. Honorary bearers were Lanny Rogers, Winston May, Arnold Clark, Buddy Hall, Wilie, Roger Wilhoite, and Otis Thompson.

Contributions may be made to Truth Baptist Church.

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Diane Lynn (Smith) Hatton, 65, of Lexington, wife of Keith Hatton, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at her home of cancer.

Born Dec. 31, 1947, in Chicago, Ill., she was a graduate of Durand High School in Durand, Ill. After a 25-year career in marketing, she retired and became a Realtor with Rector Hayden in Versailles, working with her husband.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, and grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, March 2, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society, 265 Thomas Lane, Versailles, KY 40383, or the American Cancer Society, 1504 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502.



Mitchell Lewis Johnston, 86, of Midway, husband of Mildred Portwood Johnston, died Tuesday, Feb, 26, 2013, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in St. Andrews, Fla., he was the son of the late Lewis P. and Nora Dibdan Johnston. He was an honorably discharged U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served on the aircraft carrier USS Randolph as a gunner. An electrician for over 50 years, he was a member of the Midway Presbyterian Church, the Midway Lions Club, was a Mason and Shriner, a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the I.B.E.W., and was active with the Woodford Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by a daughter, Gail Black, Florida; a sister, Pauline Williams, Florida; four grandchildren, Mitchell Belcher, Melanie Starnes, Jessica Belcher, and Karen Caywood. A daughter, Myra Belcher; a grandson, Brent Jones; two sisters, Maud Arnold and Margarita Davis; and two brothers, Bill Johnston and Jimmy Johnston, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, March 1, at Midway Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Mary Weese. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Joe Buckley, Star Byarlay, Tom McMillan, Doug Searcy, Aaron Hamblin, Charles Logan, and Ron Miller. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Woodford Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 73, Versailles, KY 40383, or to the Midway Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 3528, Midway, KY 40347.

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Rita Tucker Reed, 62, of Versailles, wife of Phillip Reed, died Monday, March 4, 2013.

Born Oct. 1, 1950, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Aliene Raider Tucker.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Angela (Derrick) Reeves, Versailles; a son, David (Amanda) Reed, Versailles; five sisters, Henrietta Carpenter, Versailles, Glenda Tucker, Michigan, Kay Tucker, Clay County, Cheryl Thompson, Versailles, and Susan Tucker, Versailles; a brother, Allan (Karen) Tucker, Lawrenceburg; and six grandchildren, Brice and Chelsea Reeves, Zack, Cody, and Kendra Reed, and Aly Harris.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, March 9, at Clark Legacy Center in Frankfort.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Martha Jane McGohon Lewis, 70, of Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Versailles, widow of James Bond Lewis, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in Nashville.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Luther and Robin Lucille Carter McGohon. She was a retired employee of OSRAM Sylvania Lamp Plant.

Survivors include a son, Johnny E. (Tracey) Southworth, Goodlettsville, Tenn.; a brother, Donnie L. (Mary Lou) McGohon, Florida; five grandchildren, Jessica Huff, Lindsay Southworth, Christopher Southworth, Joshua Southworth, Eryn Southworth; and three great-grandchildren. A son, Robert Lewis "Pug" Southworth; and two brothers, Robert McGohon and Charles "Tootie" McGohon, are deceased.

A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, prior to services.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

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