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November 21, 2001

 

Richard Forrest

Richard Forrest, 91, of Nicholasville, formerly of Versailles, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, at his home.

Born in Ashland, N.H., he was the son of the late William and Delia Marie Brazeau Forrest. He was married to the late Arah Arnold Forrest, who died in 1984, and is survived by his present wife, Ruth C. Forrest, Nicholasville. He retired from Kentucky Utilities, where he had been the Versailles District service foreman and local manager at Wilmore, after 23 years of service. He had been employed with RECC in Nicholasville for 12 years prior to joining K.U. He served in the U.S. Army prior to World War II, from 1930 to 1937, in the field artillery at Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church, Hart Masonic Lodge #61, Nicholasville, the former Webb Chapter and the Washington Council, Webb Commandery, and the Oleika Temple, Lexington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A brother, Roger Forrest, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at St. Leo Catholic Church, Versailles, by Fr. Frank Osburg. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Johnny Pitts, Will Stinnett, Paul McCarty, Raymond Tucker, and Don Evans. Honorary bearers will be Frank Grow, Roland Teater, and Willard Corman. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to St. Leo Catholic Church.

 

Grover Gravitt Sr.

Grover Turner Gravitt Sr., 69, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Elizabeth "Teedie" Clifton Gravitt, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.

Born Dec. 28, 1931, in Boone County, he was the son of the late Cassius and Nora Turner Gravitt, and was raised by his grandparents, G.C. and Nora Turner. He was a retired employee of Reliance Electric, Lawrenceburg, a farmer, and a former employee of Square D, Lexington. He attended Lawrenceburg Community Baptist Church, and was an avid woodworker, hunter, and fisherman.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Nora Jane Wise, Lawrenceburg; two sons, Grover Turner Gravitt Jr., Montpelier, Va., and Randal Cleveland "Randy" Gravitt, Lawrenceburg; seven grandchildren, Ashley and Lydia Gravitt, both of Frankfort, Julie and Jessi Wise, both of Lawrenceburg, Drew and Derek Gravitt, both of Lawrenceburg, and Josh Gravitt, Montpelier; and a sister, Margie Marlow, South Shores. A brother, Cassius Gravitt Jr., is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, at the Ritchie-Peach-Todd Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, by Bro. Steven Broughton. Burial was in Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were his children and grandchildren.

Contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association of Kentucky, Bluegrass Regional Office, 1636 Nicholasville Road, Suite One, Lexington, Ky. 40503.

 

Lena Hiatt

Lena Jean Hiatt, 88, of Lexington, widow of Russell Hiatt, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Carrie Blair McNeece.

Survivors include a daughter, Helen Bush, Lexington; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two sisters, Katherine Bailey and Hennrietta McMenema, both of Lexington.

Services were conducted Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, by the Rev. Don Frye. Burial was in Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Kyle Stinnett, Kevin Stinnett, Brandon Stinnett, Kenneth Pettit, Dwayne Pettit, and Eugene Portwood. Honorary bearers were Howard Bailey and Robert McMenema.

 

James Mason

James Henry Mason, 79, of Midway, widower of Lorene Adell Games Mason, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, in the same room in which he was born, after a long illness.

Born in Midway Sept. 14, 1922, he was the son of the late Daniel and Lillie Mae Williamson Mason. He was a retired farmer, and was also retired from Webster Electric, Frankfort. He was a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Survivors include four daughters, Henrietta Coomes, Lexington, Jeraldine Purvis, Lawrenceburg, Marilyn Driskell, Versailles, and Edna Marie Bowling, Shelbyville; a sister, Edna Mason Purvis, Frankfort; a brother, Dan Mason Jr., Lexington; 19 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; and a special granddaughter, Sydney Burton. A daughter, Caroline Mason Robinson; a grandson, James Ellis Coomes; a granddaughter, Rebecca Purvis; and a great grandson, J.C. Hill, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were his grandsons.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

Frederick McHargue

Dr. Frederick McHargue, 81, of Lexington, formerly of Corbin, widower of Janet McHargue, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, at Samaritan Hospital, Lexington.

He was a retired Lexington physician, and a World War II veteran who received the Silver Star and Bronze Star.

Survivors include two daughters, Melanie Bowling, Midway, and Patricia McHargue, Lexington; two sons, Frederick McHargue, Maryville, Tenn., and Michael McHargue, Louisville; two grandchildren, Brooke and Zachary McHargue, Louisville; a sister, Athalene Watkins, London; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, all of London.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001 at the Worley Cemetery by the Rev. Bobby Joe Eaton. Hart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Bill Portwood

Bill Portwood, 86, of Gladwin, Mich., formerly of Midway, a retired electrician, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, in Rhodes, Mich.

A native of Midway, he was the son of the late Charles Walker and Lillian Fisher Portwood. He was a graduate of Frankfort High School, where he was a member of the football and basketball teams. He attended the University of Kentucky, where he played football, gaining all SEC honors. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Warren, Mich., American Legion Post and Moose Lodge, Kissimmee, Fla., and Local Union 183, IBEW, Lexington. He served in World War II as an Air Force gunnery instructor.

Survivors include a sister, Louise Portwood Ford, Midway; four nieces, Mary Lou Watkins and Mildred Johnston, Midway, Dorothy Lacefield, Harrodsburg, and Betty Woodrum, Versailles; five nephews, Charles "Kayo" Mullin, Louisville, Armon and Kenneth Portwood, Midway, James Portwood, Lexington, and Alfred S. Portwood, Versailles; and numerous great nieces and nephews. Four brothers, Eddie, Henry "Mose," Alfred "Dick," and Charles; and two sisters, Minnie Mullin and Pearl Hulette, are deceased.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Mark Johnson. Burial will be in Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Gary Watkins, Ron Napier, Chad Sturgill, Eddie Wayne Portwood, Richard Portwood, and Steve Eaves. Honorary bearers will be his great nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Midway Nursing Home Task Force, P.O. Box 3964, Midway, Ky., 40347.

 

Doris Prather

Doris Chapman Prather, 77, of Campbellsburg, wife of William T. Prather Jr., died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at Baptist East Hospital, Louisville.

A native of Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Virgil Lee and Louisa Williams Chapman. She was a member of the Campbellsburg First Baptist Church. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Lynda Gerding, Louisville; a son, William T. Prather III, Owenton; a sister, Mary Lyle Hartley, Versailles; a brother, William H. Chapman, Versailles; and a granddaughter, Whitney Lyle Prather, Owenton.

Services were conducted Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at Prewitt New Castle Funeral Home, New Castle, by the Rev. Russell Winn. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Graveside services were held Friday, Nov. 16, 2001.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Lucille Robinson

Lucille Young Robinson, 87, of Lexington, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at her residence.

A native of Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Risbon "Charlie" Benton and Pearl Mae Carrier Young. She was a member of the Broadway Christian Church, a retired head cashier for Kroger, and a member of Local #227 UFCW.

Survivors include a daughter, Janice Robinson, Lexington; two sisters, Thelma Young and Florence Rowe, both of Lexington; five grandchildren, Melonie Eubank, Russell Springs, Kris Million, Versailles, Delores Roberts, Versailles, Marie Byers, Georgetown, and Ellen Miller, Frenchburg; 15 great grandchildren, Daniel and Laura Eubank, Kim, Dara, and Medi Million Price, Zachary and Mary Roberts, Doug, Cassie, Chase, and Heather Byers, Robert and Jordan Miller, and Summer and Josh Sterner. A daughter, Ann Robins, and a granddaughter, Rhonda Ann, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, by Stuart Cove, minister of pastoral care, Broadway Christian Church, and Tim Richardson, Fayette Church of Christ. Burial was in Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ed Miller, Jeff Byers, Joey Roberts, Scott Eubank, Daniel Eubank, Robert Miller, Zachary Roberts, Doug Byers, and Jordan Miller. Honorary bearers were Brown Young, Harold Carrier, Jim Robinson, Jason Robinson, Eddie Ray Young, and Richard Botkin.

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

 

John Southworth

John W. Southworth III, 50, of Versailles, husband of Susan Burch Southworth, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, after a long illness.

A native of Scott County, he was the son of Rosella Keller Southworth and the late J.W. Southworth Jr. He was a sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserves, a retired electronics technician for the VA Hospital, a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, Versailles, and a former member of St. John Catholic Church, Georgetown.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter, Natalina Fava Southworth, Lexington; a son, John W. Southworth IV, Versailles; two sisters, Patty Case, Georgetown, and Donna McDonald, Cincinnati; a brother, William Daryl Southworth, Lexington; and nieces and nephews Julie and Fred Steffey, Lexington, Allen and Ashley Case, Georgetown, Jimmy McDonald, Ohio, Rick and Kelly McDonald, Florence, E.J. McDonald, Cincinnati, Jennifer and Matt Denbester, Redmond, Wash., and Karie Burch, Brookline, Mass.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at Johnson's Funeral Home, Georgetown, by the Rev. John E. List. Burial was in Georgetown Cemetery. Honorary bearers were his nephews, and Kelly Bowman and Greg Keegan.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Leo Catholic Church, Versailles, or St. John Catholic Church, Georgetown.

 

Tula Spillman

Tula S. Spillman, 74, of Lexington, wife of Donald Spillman, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001.

She was the daughter of the late Dr. C.A. and Mrs. Tula R. Stebbins, and attended the old Henry Clay High School and the University of Kentucky. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Paris.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Dr. Diana Spillman, Oxford, Ohio; two sons, Charles Spillman, Versailles, and Mark Spillman, Dry Ridge; a grandson, Charles Lee Spillman II, Versailles; and a cousin, June Moore, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, by the Rev. Jeff Bell. Burial was in Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Earl Crisp, Kevin Garrison, Ruby Lenox, Charles Tingle, R.J. Nixon, and Julian Hazelrigg. Honorary bearers were members of the June Stanley Circle of First Christian Church, Paris.

 

James Stivers

James Ted Stivers, 76, of Versailles, husband of Katherine Brock Stivers, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Lexington.

Born in Clay County, he was the son of the late James and Elizabeth Colson Stivers. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict. He obtained a teacher's certificate at Union College, Barbourville, and taught for several years before becoming an employee of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Lexington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Susie Riley, Versailles, Kay Hopwood, Decatur, Ill., and Deborah Kay Stivers, Corbin; six sons, Steve Newton, Anthony Newton, and Rick Newton, all of Lexington, David Stivers, Roy Stivers, and Jimmy Stivers, all of Corbin; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Jimmy Harrison and the Rev. Rodney Hopwood. Interment, with military honors, was at Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Jessamine County. Casket bearers were Jamie Peavler, Randy Peavler, Jerimie Peavler, Jerry Riley, and Jay Riley.

 

Ruth Vittitow

Ruth Ramsey Vittitow, 84, formerly of Lexington, widow of Marvin E. Vittitow, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at Christian Health Center, Louisville Campus.

Born in Clark County March 22, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Effie Stockdale Ramsey. She was a licensed practical nurse at Shriners Hospital for over 20 years. She was a member of Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, and later, the Lansdowne Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a son, Elliott Vittitow, Versailles; a daughter, Dana Cantrell, Louisville; and four grandchildren, Holly Thompson, Atlanta, Ga., Dean Vittitow, Versailles, and Ruthann and Allen Cantrell, Louisville.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, at Whitehall Funeral Chapel, Lexington, by the Rev. Jim Diamond. Burial was in Winchester Cemetery. Smith Family Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Shriners Hospital, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, Ky., 40502.

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