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May 9, 2013



David Lawrence Cleveland, 88, of Burlington, N.C., husband of Ellen Lucile O’Bannon Cleveland, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Twin Lakes Community due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Franklinton, Ky., he was the son of the late Horace Stansifer Cleveland and Willie Belle Chilton Cleveland. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II and graduated from the University of Kentucky as a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He worked as the director of development with Atlantic Christian College, now Barton College, in Wilson, N.C. He was a former member of the Lions Club in Kentucky and North Carolina and a member of Front Street Christian Church in Burlington, N.C.

In addition to his wife of 66-˝ years, he is survived by a son, Larry Cleveland (Terri), Wilmington, N.C.; a daughter, Nancy Cleveland Fogleman, Greensboro, N.C.; a grandson, John Fogleman; and a brother, Robert Cleveland (Joan) of Winchester, Va.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Twin Lakes Foley Chapel by the Rev. Dace Lewis and Fr. Mark Menees. The family will receive friends following the service in the Foley Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Twin Lakes Community, 3701 Wade Coble Drive, Burlington, NC 27215, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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Mauricelene "Marcy" Marie Creech, 84, of Versailles, widow of A. Dewey Creech, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the Frankfort Regional Hospital.

Born Sept. 21, 1924, she was the daughter of Morris Owen Eaves and Verna Payne Rogers Eaves.

Survivors include a son, Jerry (Georgia)Creech, Georgetown; two daughters, Marie Wilson, Frankfort, and Kathy (Phil) Bland, Shelbyville; a sister, Laura May Edwards, Versailles; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. A son, Dewey Owen Creech; a granddaughter, Tiffany Nicole Creech; a great-grandson, Brandon Barkley; and three sisters, Marjorie Pearlene Eaves, Sarah Katherine Curry, and Patricia "Patty" Ann Goins, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 4, at Clark Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.



Charles Everett McElfresh, 82, of Lexington, husband of Frances Ann Eason McElfresh, died Sunday, May 5, 2013.

A native of Versailles, he was the son of the late Charles and Pauline McGoldrick McElfresh. A retired Lexington firefighter, he was owner of Fayette Vending and Southern Refrigeration Company in Lexington from 1969 to 1990. He was a graduate of Henry Clay High School class of 1950. He was involved with Right to Life of Central Kentucky and the Kentucky Republican Party in his retirement years.

Survivors include six children, Vickie (David) Gettler, Lexington, Pam (Andy) Rucker, Waco, Ky., Gary (Starla) McElfresh, Nicholasville, Alan (Diana) McElfresh, Lexington, Dee Dee (Larry) McCoy, Wilmore, and David (Shannon) McElfresh, Lexington; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. A sister, Mary Thomas, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, May 9, at Milward-Southland, Lexington. Interment will be in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass and Bluegrass Health and Rehabilitation.



George Thomas Moody was born on March 6, 1923, in Sacramento, Kentucky. After a long and happy life, he died in Louisville on May 6, 2013, just a few weeks after his 90th birthday. We celebrate his love of family, his devotion to Jesus, and his sense of humor.

Tom graduated from Daviess Country High School in1940, moved to Detroit, and went to work selling shoes, peddling brushes, polishing cars, and building tanks. During World War II, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and received an honorable discharge in 1945 as a second lieutenant.

Tom Moody graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in education. He taught for two years at Bellevue High School in Northern Kentucky. He earned a graduate degree in education from the University. Later, he served as registrar and instructor at the Lexington Baptist College. While a student at the University of Kentucky, the handsome soldier fell in love with the beautiful co-ed, Emma Reita Redden, from Hodgenville, KY. They married in March of 1948; they remained married until her death in 2008. Tom Moody loved Jesus and delighted in his association with Christian people, many of whom he had introduced to Jesus himself. Three gifts characterized his ministry for the next 40 years: pastoral visitation, Sunday school organization, and personal evangelism. He served three churches: Ashland Avenue Baptist in Lexington (1950-1960), First Baptist in Murray (1960-1966, and 1972-1992), and Florissant Valley Baptist in St. Louis (1966-1972). He was ordained to the gospel ministry by the Murray church in 1978. Tom toured Israel twice and also traveled to Taiwan. He went on many mission trips especially to Brazil, Montana, and Central America. These trips, and many other church social functions, transformed his G.T. initials into the affectionate nickname "Good Times" Moody. We recall Tom: watching the evening news on television; bringing university students to the house for Thanksgiving dinner; kneeling with the family for evening prayers, camping with the family in Florida, the Smoky Mountains, and Washington DC; taking bus loads of youth to Ridgecrest; playing Rook and Skipbo; and listening to Kentucky basketball on the radio.

G. T. Moody was preceded in death by his father, Harve Moody, and his mother, Maple Claire; also his brother Bill. He is survived by his sisters Barbara and Louise, and one brother, Bobby; also four children: David (Rana) of Edwardsville Illinois, Dwight (Jan) and Debbie (Bill Sapp) of Lexington, and Deena (Carl) Kuhl of Louisville; and 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, all of whom are above average.

The family will receive visitors from 10 to noon at Central Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, on Thursday, May 9. A service of worship led primarily by his grandchildren will begin at noon after which lunch will be served. He will be buried on Friday morning, May 10, in Camp Nelson National Military Cemetery just south of Lexington.

The family requests that generous memorial gifts be given to the Mission Fund at First Baptist Church of Murray, the Worship Fund at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, and the Mission Fund of Westside Christian Fellowship of Los Angeles. More than that, we urge all who knew him to honor his life by practicing kindness to everyone, telling someone about Jesus and his love, and organizing people for a good and godly purpose.

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