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November 10, 2004



Dr. Leonard Franklin Greathouse, DVM, of Midway, widower of Elayne Rosenleaf Greathouse, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, after a short illness.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late William Wesley and Sara Richardson Greathouse. He was a veterinarian and a farmer. He was a graduate of Bryan Station High School, earned a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from University of Kentucky, and a doctor of veterinary medicine from Kansas State University. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at University of Kentucky and president of this fraternity at Kansas State University. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Fraternity and was a University of Kentucky Fellow. He was a Kentucky Colonel, a life member of the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, and was recognized as Woodford County Farm Bureau Pioneer Farmer. He was a thoroughbred horse owner, breeder, and former member of the Thoroughbred Club of America.

Survivors include three sons, Leonard F. Greathouse Jr., Steven R. Greathouse, and Thomas B. Greathouse; a daughter, Sara G. Sutton; 11 grandchildren, Thomas B. Greathouse Jr., Joseph I. Greathouse, Lauren S. Greathouse, Michael R. Greathouse, Meg G. Hughes, Katherine G. Boldizsar, Matthew R. Greathouse, Steven Richard Greathouse Jr., Natalie N. Greathouse, Margaret Tandy Sutton, Ellen H, Sutton; and five great-grandchildren, Aubrey Madison Bales, Andrew Bruno and Jeremiah Greathouse, Benjamin Leonard Hughes, and Benjamin Carter Greathouse.

A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004, at the Lexington Cemetery by Dr. Robert G. Baker. Casket bearers were Thomas B. Greathouse Jr., Joseph I. Greathouse, Matthew R. Greathouse, Steven Richard Greathouse Jr., Michael R. Greathouse, and Bill E. Day. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Main Street was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

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Robert J. Mosby Sr., 81, of Anniston, Ala., husband of Carrie T. Mosby, died Monday, Oct. 11, 2004, at his home.

Born June 14, 1923, in Versailles, he was the son of the late Willie Mae Miles and C.B. Mosby. He was a member of the Simpson United Methodist Church at an early age, and graduated from Simmons High School. He served in the U.S. Navy, received a bachelor of science degree from Tennessee State University, and a master of arts degree from Columbia University. He taught and coached at Escambia County Training High School, Atmore, Ala., and was athletic director and head football coach at Cobb Avenue High School in Anniston, Ala., where his teams had 175 wins, played in five state playoff games, a Northwest Alabama High School championship, and eight Northwest Alabama Interscholastic Athletic Association championships. He was named coach opf the year seven times, received the All Star Football Coaches Award, and in 1995 was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was also named Anniston Teacher of the Year and District IV Teacher of the Year, and was nominated for Alabama Teacher of the Year in 1986. He served as assistant principal at the school when it became a junior high school and was a member of the administrative staff at Anniston Middle School prior to his retirement in 1992. He was a member of the Alabama Education Association, the Alabama High School Association, the American Legion, was a committee chair for the Boy Scouts of America, and served as a board member of the Community Enabler Developer Inc., the Calhoun County Foundation, and the local parks, recreation, and beautification board. He was a member of the Haven United Methodist Church, where he served on the administrative board, taught adult Sunday school, was a member of the United Methodist Men, and sang in the men’s choir.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, LaJoy Yvette and Robert Jr., a twin brother, George Stewart; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004, at Haven United Methodist Church by the Rev. Watt Washington. Interment was in the Edgemont Cemetery, Anniston, Ala. Casket bearers were members of Omega Phi Psi Fraternity. Honorary bearers were former members of the Cobb Avenue High School teams.

Anniston Funeral Services, Anniston, Ala., was in charge of arrangements.



John William “Big Daddy” Semones, 83, of Versailles, husband of Margarette Hager Semones, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

A Woodford County native, he was the son of the late William and Estelle Jelf Semones. He was a graduate of the Versailles High School and served in the U. S. Navy during World War II, stationed in both China and India. He was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church, former Sunday school superintendent, former Sunday school teacher, a member of the United Methodist Men, and served on various boards. He was a retired plumbing, heating and electrical contractor.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Donna Seeberger, Lawrenceburg; a son, John W. Semones, Versailles; and two grandchildren, John W. II (Bill) and Kelli Ann Semones, both of Versailles.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Coleman Howlett and the Rev. Wayne Sparks. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were George Cole, Bill Semones, Andy Hager, Barry Burton, Jeff Semones, and Philip Semones. Honorary bearers were Tillie Dunn, Stephen Hogg, and Ronnie Rose.

Memorials are suggested to Taylor Manor Nursing Home or to the Versailles United Methodist Church Building Fund.



Leo N. Smock, 88, of Versailles, widower of Mona Louise Drake Smock, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg.

Born Nov. 4, 1916, in Schyler, Mo., he was the son of the late George L. and Mary Byrne Smock. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Versailles and was a horseman, having worked with Johnny Jones Stables and Donna Moore Stables.

Survivors include a daughter, Connie Brann, Versailles; a son, George Smock, Versailles, three granddaughters, Stephany Nunneley, Audrey Craig, and Olivia Smock; a grandson, Justin Nunneley; and two great-grandchildren, Bennett and Zachary Craig. A son, Charles Smock, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, by the Rev. Bobby Lakes. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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Doyle O. Walker, 81, of Lexington, husband of Alma H. Walker, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004.

He was a former partner and general manager of the Springs Motel.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Cindra Walker, Midway, and Debra Cooper, Solomons Island, Md.; a sister; two grandchildren, Walker Cooper and Briana Auxier; and two great-grandchildren, Sydney and Madelyn Auxier.

A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at W.R. Milward Mortuary-Southland.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Raymond Jackson Wiley, 87, of Frankfort, widower of Alice Lee Barber Wiley, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles.

Born March 21, 1917, in Scott County, he was the son of the late Lewis and Claudine Hudson Wiley. He was a retired superintendent of 35 years for the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member and deacon of Thornhill Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sisters: Alene Wiley Popp, Frankfort, Susie Mae Wiley Marshall, Lexington, and Ruth Wiley Gentry, Lexington; and several nieces and nephews. His sisters, Katherine Wiley Johnson and Edna Rose Wiley Scholtz; and his brothers, Simon, Albert, James B., John C., Robert Lewis, Ford, and Roy Wiley, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, by the Rev. Steve Payne. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery. Casket bearers were Danny Wiley, Griff Howard, Freddie Goins, Jimmy Dent, Johnny Sherrard and Tim Wiley. Honorary bearers were Bud Waldner, Ellis Carter, Jim Durell, Frank McGrath and James McElmurray.

Contributions may be made to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Avenue, Versailles, KY 40383.

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