The Woodford Sun

Versailles, Ky.


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November 30, 2000 issue


Willie B. Harris

Willie Bee Harris, 91, of Woodford County, widow of Tigue Harris, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000, at her home. She was born in Lexington, the daughter of the late Will and Mary Hayes. She was a member of Polk Memorial Baptist Church in Mortonsville, which she attended faithfully as long as her health permitted.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Louise Coles, Cincinnati, Ohio; three grandchildren, Tina Coles, Teresa Derden, and Darryl Coles; six great-grandchildren, Marion, Brandon, Tinia, Kellea, Tinia, and Brelan; a brother, Thomas Moore, and a several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at the Polk Memorial Baptist Church by the Rev. Donald Townsend. Interment was in the Steele Cemetery, Versailles. Casket bearers were Wayne Bradley, Carl Morton, Russell Higgins, Jeff Derden, David Carter, and David Rawlings. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.


James Bond Lewis Jr.

James Bond Lewis Jr. , 54, formerly of Versailles, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at Town and Country Hospital, Tampa, Fla.

A native of Woodford County, he retired from Lexmark after being diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Jane Lewis, Odessa, Fla.; a daughter, Jessica Lynn Eary, Lexington; three sons, James Todd Lewis, Lexington, John Edward Southworth, Lawrenceburg, and Robert Lewis Southworth, Paris; seven grandchildren, Jordan Eary, Megan Eary, Jessica Lee Southworth, Sydney Erin Grace Southworth, Joshua Whitner Lewis Southworth, Christopher Alan Southworth, and Lindsay Nicole Southworth; and a brother, Donnie McGohon, Odessa.

Mr. Lewis was well-known for his fascination with history and nature; for his love of coaching ball, golfing and fishing, and especially his woodwork; for putting his best into everything he did, and for his strong will to live life to the fullest.

There was no service. His remains were cremated and interment will be at a later date in the Versailles Cemetery. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2311 Fortune Dr., Lexington 40509, or Multiple Sclerosis Association, 1169 Eastern Parkway, Suite 2266, Louisville 40217.


Vivian J. Lyman

Vivian Jean Downs Lyman, 56, of Georgetown, formerly of Midway, died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, Mrs. Lyman was the daughter of Mary Louise Lambert Downs, Frankfort, and the late Harshell Downs Sr.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by three daughters, Tammy Ramos and Corey Hollin, both of Georgetown, and Angela Lyman, Frankfort; a son, Nicky Lyman, Georgetown; a sister, Sue Dragoo, Lawrenceburg; three brothers, Calvin Downs, Harshell Downs Jr., and Jimmy Downs, all of Frankfort, and 11 grandchildren. A brother, Garland Downs, is deceased.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Thomas Downs, Michael Downs, John Paul Downs, Samuel Ramos, Lalo Ramos, and Jody Lambert.



Shirley J. Stout

Shirley Jane Stout, 78, of Lexington, widow of Raymond C. Stout, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000, in Homewood Place.

She was born in Ithaca, N.Y., the daughter of the late R. J. and Lottie Gibbs Wilcox. She served as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of the Fayette Woman’s Golf Association.

Surviving are three daughters, Martha A. "Marti" Congleton, Versailles; Karen R. Hynson, Denton, Md., and Sue E. Bragg, South Wales, N.Y.; a son, Raymond J. "R. J." Stout, Lexington, and four grandchildren, Elizabeth Bragg, Buffalo, N.Y.; R. J. Bragg, South Wales, and Sarah Beth Congleton and Tanner Congleton, both of Versailles.

Memorial services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway, Lexington, by Dr. Don Vanzant. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Myers, N.Y., during the summer of 2001. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington 40504, or to the University of Kentucky, Woman’s Golf Endowment Fund, Memorial Coliseum, Lexington 40506-0019.


Fulton C. Withrow

Fulton Cecil Withrow, 53, of McCracken Pike, Woodford County, husband of Dorothy McCoy Withrow, died at 12:55 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, at his residence.

A native of Franklin County, he was the son of the late Marvin Cecil Withrow and Hazel Brooks Withrow. He owned and operated Stone Castle Distillery, Millville; was a U. S. Navy veteran of service during the Vietnam War; was president of the KTO Bass Club, Frankfort, and was a member of the Guist Creek Bass Masters and the Millville Christian Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael Withrow, Frankfort; a sister, Irene Vaughn, Frankfort, and a grandchild.

Services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel, Frankfort, by the Rev. Carolton Winters. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County, where the VFW Post 4075 conducted military rites. Active casket bearers were Tommy Fint, Gary Fint, Jimmy Fint, Jerry Gardner, Jimmie Lewis, and Bob Robinson. Honorary bearers were Taylor Michelle Withrow, Robert Sims, John Banks, Donnie McCoy, Lon Whitson, R. L. Marshall, Curt Curtis, and M. D. Wells.