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November 3, 2005



  Floyd Gaffney, 80, of Lancaster, husband of Stella Gibson Gaffney, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2005, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Danville.

A native of Garrard County, he was the son of the late Arthur and Nora Ethel Payne Gaffney. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a farmer, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, AARP, and the Hyattsville Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Brenda Hammons, Stanford, and Linda Hogan, Frankfort; two brothers, Lesley Gaffney and Arthur Gaffney Jr., both of Garrard County; four sisters, Elsie Davis, Lancaster, Joyce Hunt, Versailles, Allene Games, Lawrenceburg, and Catherine McIntire, Middletown, Ohio; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Grace Gibson, Elizabeth Wrenn, and Evangeline Burton; and a brother, Robert Gaffney, are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, Oct. 27, at Ramsey Funeral Home, Lancaster, by the Rev. Scott Ogle, the Rev. Everett Priddy, and the Rev. Louie Hammons. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers were Gary Gaffney, Jason Gaffney, Robert Gaffney, Art Gaffney, Barry Davis, John Thompson, Keith Brooks, and Art Gibson. Honorary bearers were Tracy Curtsinger, Lana Ogle, Christy Hammons, Lisa West, Sherry Logan, Russell Sebastian, Gordon Bourne, and Hugh Davis.



  James Orville Garnett, 75, of Lexington, widower of Margaret "Peggy" Garnett, died Monday, Oct. 31, 2005.

Born in Georgetown, he was the son of the late Oby and Nora Duncan Garnett. A graduate of the former Connersville High School in Harrison County, he was a former salesman with Wine & Shultz and owner of Sportsman Liquor Store. He was a sports enthusiast and an Army veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include three daughters, Beverly Raisor and Debra Garnett, both of Lexington, and Teresa Newman, Versailles; two sons, James O. Garnett, Jr., Harrodsburg, and Robert D. Garnett, Lexington; a brother, Ray Garnett, Florida; five grandchildren, Brandon Raisor, Glenn and Maggie Garnett and Tommy, Lauren, and Sarah Newman; a great-grandchild, Annabelle McKenna Raisor; and many nieces and nephews. Three brothers, Robert F. Garnett, Oby Garnett Jr., and Charles Garnett, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at W.R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway. Burial will follow at the Georgetown Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Rick Smedley, Joseph Modica, Bobby Garnett, Larry Garnett, Gary Farris, Alan Newby and Kip Watts. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 3, and 11 a.m. until service time on Friday.

Memorials may be made to Thomson Hood Veterans Center.



  Bettie Jean Hardin, 69, of Versailles, widow of Artis Hardin, died suddenly Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, at her home.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Lovell and Margaret Williams Brown Jr. She was a retired nurse at Taylor Manor Nursing Home and was most recently employed at the Adult Living Center, Versailles.

Survivors include a son, Michael Hardin, Versailles; two nephews; a niece; five great-nephews; a great-niece; her stepmother, Mary Beatrice Brown, Versailles; four grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 31, at the First Baptist Church, Versailles. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



  Virginia Catherine Bielman Kucway, 84, of Midway, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, at her residence.

Born June 19, 1921 in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Irene DeGrandchamp Bielman.

She is survived by four daughters, JoAnn Heigel, Michigan, Nancy Vanchick, Michigan, Suzanne Ohrt, Florida and Judith Benson, Midway; three sisters; 12 grandchildren, Christopher, Heidi, Keith, Kathryn and Kyle Heigel, Jennifer Rabel, Steven Ohrt, Cynthia Edie, Joy Hurley, Laurel and Miller Benson; four great-grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces; and other family members. A son, Roy Thomas Ratcliff, and a brother, Roy Bielman, are deceased.

Memorial services will be conducted at a later date in Michigan. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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  Jack C. Owens, 79, of Versailles, formerly of Fleming County, husband of Geneva Flora Owens, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at his residence.

Born Sept. 20, 1926, in Poplar Plains, he was the son of the late Adrian Howard and Anna Margaret Saunders Owens. He was retired from Fleming-Neon RECC after 45 years of service.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Lu Ann Hawkins, Lexington, and Jackie Lynn Aitkin, Versailles; a sister, Anna Laura Meadow, Dayton, Ohio; five grandchildren, Jan Michelle Rankin, Versailles, Todd Alan Hawkins, Lexington, Richard Browning Aitkin II, Richmond, and Charles Owen Aitkin and Kristen Jaclyn Aitkin, both of Versailles; and two great-grandchildren, Lauren Cassidy Rankin and Brandon Scott Rankin, both of Versailles. A sister, Lulu Margaret Ferguson; and two brothers, Davis Saunders Owens and Howard Wallingford Owens, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Boone-Nickell Funeral Home, Flemingsburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.



  William Walker "Coal Miner" Rose Jr., 76, of Midway, husband of Deloras Tackett Rose, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005.

A native of Pike County, he was a retired coal miner and retired employee of Bendix.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Mona Burke, Pat Newsome, Dianne Newsom, and Sheliah Long, all of Frankfort; four brothers, Don Rose, Winchester, Fred Rose, Harlan, Johnnie Rose, Gray, Tenn., and Jerry Rose, Cincinnati, Ohio; five sisters, Gertrude Skaggs, West Virginia, Edna Hardin, North Carolina, Ethel Moore, Virginia, Betty Calebs, Michigan, and Connie Tackett, Frankfort; 12 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 29, at North Frankfort Baptist Church. LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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  Bobbie Jean Walker, 66, of Georgetown, wife of Otis Walker, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, in Lexington.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Glen Walker, Versailles, Sidney Walker and Otis Walker, Georgetown, Jerry Walker, Midway, Chris Walker and Joseph Walker, Georgetown, and June Mason, Lexington; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held by the family. Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown, is in charge of arrangements.

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