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May 29, 2008



Olivia Lee Anglin, 87, of Frankfort, died Sunday, May 25, 2008.

Born in Frankfort, Kentucky and was the daughter of the late Edward and Grace Taylor Sheets.

Survivors include her children, Noah L. Anglin, California, Barbara Mendleson, Frankfort, Brenda Talley, Frankfort, and Danny Anglin, Lexington; seven grandchildren, Steven (Patty) Anglin, Julie Anglin, Laura (John) McClellan, Carla Mendleson, Patrick Talley, Todd Talley, and Gwen Copas (Shannon) McCaughey; eight great-grandchildren, Michael Anglin, Emma McClellan, Noah McClellan, Melissa Talley, Amanda Talley, Craig Copas, Ashley Copas and Grace McGaughey; and a great-great-grandson, Ethan Durham.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, May 29, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. R. Randolph Vaught. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time for services today. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Patrick Talley, Todd Talley, Shannon McGaughey, Craig Copas, and Gwen Copas McGaughey.



Herbert Courtney, 87, of Cynthiana, husband of Louise Eads Courtney, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at Harrison Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 20, 1920, in Harrison County, he was the son of the late Leslie B. and Rosa Chipley Courtney. He was a retired Cleveland Twist Drill employee, a member of Unity Christian Church and a World War II Army veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Linda (Charlie) Jones, Harrison County; three grandchildren, Faron (Christy) Collins, Versailles, Jennifer (Travis) Gaunce, Harrison County, and Clinton (Nicki) Jones, Berry; and five great-grandchildren. A daughter, Carolyn Rogers; a brother, Ernest Courtney; two sisters, Banie McNeese and Ruby Fightmaster; a grandson, Christopher Jones; and a great-granddaughter, Caroline Jones, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Saturday, May 24, at Battle Grove Cemetery by Bro. Jack Bowman. Ware Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 295, Cynthiana, KY 41031.



Lawrence D. Lowe, 93, died Thursday, May 22, 2008, at the Thomson Hood Veterans Center.

Born in Arkansas, he was the son of the late Edwin and Florence Gahetty Lowe. He retired from Bricklin Press, where he was an offset press manager.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda (Jim) Fattibene, Virginia; two sons, Larry (Linda) Lowe, Louisville, and Bryan (Debbie) Lowe, New Jersey; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, May 23, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Chaplain John Rudd. Interment will follow at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to Alzheimerís Association, Blue Grass Chapter, Chevy Chase Plaza, 836 Euclid Avenue, Suite 100, Lexington, KY 40502.

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Rebecca Laine Midkiff, 51, of Lexington, wife of Waldron Midkiff, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of Robert Moore and the late Emma Moore.

In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by two daughters, Ashley and Amanda Midkiff, both of Lexington; two grandchildren, Haley Midkiff and R.J. Deering, both of Lexington; and a sister, Bobbie Tussey, Lexington.

Services were conducted Friday, May 23, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, by the Rev. Claudio Toro. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.



John W. Walker Sr., 80, of Versailles, husband of Marlene Frankenfield Walker, died Thursday, May 22, 2008, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born in Newark, N.J., he was the son of the late John and Mable Weldon Walker. He lived on the Jersey Shore for most of his life before moving to Versailles in 1993. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and subsequently the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was a graduate of Lehigh University with a bachelor of science degree in geology. He also received a masterís degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate through the U.S. Army and the University of Maryland. He started his career as a surface geologist for Continental Oil in 1953; in 1954 he was employed as a senior geologist by Transcontinental Gas Pipeline. In 1962 he joined the Institute for Exploratory Research at Fort Monmouth, N.J., as a senior research scientist. He worked on a variety of studies related to the geophysics of the earth, publishing more than 100 papers and studies. In the mid 1960s he took over management of the U.S. Army Arctic Research Program at Fort Monmouth. During this time his team developed the first computerized airborne ice depth measurement system of which advanced versions are being used today monitoring global warming. He also designed several antenna systems vital to early nuclear alert system. In 1975, he volunteered for service as a foreign intelligence officer. He worked closely with the U.S. Customs, the FBI, and Secret service, along with U.S. Army Intelligence. He retired in 1990 from the Department of Defense and focused his interest on his art. He achieved recognition in several shows, but became entirely devoted to his wood carving of wildlife, ducks, birds, and fish, and finally focusing primarily on hundreds of characters. He was once featured on the John Sullivanís traveling show. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, and a member of Pisgah Presbyterian Church. He was a member of Landmark Lodge #41 F&AM, a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Chi Fraternity, and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by a son, John Weldon Walker Jr. (Jeannie), Versailles; a son in law, Charles Craycraft, Versailles; and three grandchildren, Emily Jewell Craycraft, Robert Walker Craycraft, and Rebecca Catherine Walker. A daughter, Dr. Catherine Walker Craycraft, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 27, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Jon Martin. Interment was in the Pisgah Cemetery. Casket bearers were Martin Fister, Preston Martin, Kenneth Scott, Ralph Glass, Chris Kolakowski, and Freeman Bailey. Honorary bearers were members of Landmark #41 F&AM. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or Pisgah Presbyterian Church, Capital Improvement Fund, 710 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY 40383.

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