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November 9, 2006



Doyle Atwood, 87, of Versailles, husband of Atha M. Griffith Atwood, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at his home.

Born in Casey County, he was the son of the late David Jackson and Laura Marsee Atwood. He was a retired Veterans Affairs Medical Center employee, a U. S. Army veteran, and a member of the Midway United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by six sons, Garnett, David, Jerry, Larry, Cecil, and George Atwood; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Four sisters, eight brothers, and a son, Vallis Atwood, are deceased.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Atwood Chapel United Methodist Church in Casey County. His grandchildren will be casket bearers. Burial will be at Caney Fork Cemetery, Casey County. Visitation will be after 10:30 a.m. today at the church. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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George R. Brooks, 76, husband of Brenda Brooks, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2006.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Silas and Faye Brooks. He served in the in the U.S. Army as a sergeant in the Korean War and worked for the Internal Revenue Service for five years before moving to Huntsville, Ala., where he was employed by the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (NASA) as a systems accountant. He retired from NASA in 1980 and moved to Cocoa, Fla., where he owned and operated Brooks Accounting Service until 2002.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five sons, Wade, Jeffrey, Mark and Russell Brooks and Jonathan Greenleaf; a daughter, Rebecca Sharek; a sister, Betty Todd, Versailles; and six grandchildren, Terri Scott, Emily, and Andrew Brooks, and Emily and William Sharek. Two brothers, Lucian and Marion; and a sister, Mary, are deceased.

Private graveside services will be held Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Florida Memorial Gardens, Rockledge, Fla.



James Harvey Corman, 65, of Nicholasville, husband of Carolyn Cartwright Corman, died Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at his home.

Born July 25, 1941, in Jessamine County, he was the son of Andrew Matthew and Edna Mae Upton Corman. He was a member of Brookside Baptist Church and was a retired Trim Master employee.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Judy Tuttle, Versailles; three brothers, Jackie and Bill Corman, Nicholasville, and Andrew Corman, Van Cleave; and other family members.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 6, at Betts & West Funeral Home by the Rev. Jason Wheeler, the Rev. Lonnie Moore, and the Rev. Jason Glenn. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery. Casket bearers were Kevin Wheeler, David Durham, Michael Dieffenback, Anthony Whittaker, Marvin Cartwright, and Gary Lawson.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



David Epling, 75, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Versailles, husband of Anne Coachman, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, at Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Born in Henderson, he moved to Clearwater, Fla., in 1996 from Versailles. He was a real estate broker and a Marine Corps veteran. He was a member of Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, the Casado Club and Carlouel Yacht Club, all of Clearwater, Fla.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by two sons, David Jr., Lexington, and Kenton, Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Patti Jones, Allen, Texas, and Janie Miller, McKinney, Texas; a sister, Barbara Blankenship, Henderson; and five grandchildren, Will and Reid Jones, both of Allen, and Alex, Noah and Megan Miller, all of McKinney.

Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.



Joyce Akers Fitch, 75, of Lexington, widow of Willis Fitch, died Saturday, Nov.4, 2006.

Born April 18, 1931, in Fleming, she was the daughter of the late Ruby Burklow and Clarence Akers. A 1948 graduate of Fleming High School, she retired in 1992 from Ashland Inc., following 37 years in various human resources positions in Ashland and Lexington. She was a member of Porter Memorial Baptist Church, and was active with the Joy II Sunday School Class and Aldridge WOM. She was also a longtime volunteer Bible study assistant at North Point Health Care Center in Lexington.

Survivors include a sister, Una Carol Akers, Lexington; two brothers, Tom Akers, Bristol, Va., and Larry Akers, Lake Wales, Fla.; a special aunt and uncle, Ruth and Henry Lowe, Lexington; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, including great-niece Bethany Todd, Versailles, and Pascha Virgin, Lexington. A sister, Bobby Ruth Stapleton, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 7, at W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, by Dr. William D. Henard and Jess Tenpenny. Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park, Ashland.

Memorials may be made to Porter Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, 4300 Nicholasville Road, Lexington, KY 40515, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Walter “Doug” Howard Kinder Sr., 80, of Fords Mill Road, husband of Sylvia Ree McKinney Kinder, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital in Versailles.

Born July 26, 1926, in Mercer County, he was the son of Thomas Eli and Maudie Ray Harley Kinder. He was a retired farmer and an accomplished story teller.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Walter Howard Kinder Jr., Versailles; three daughters, Donna Kinder Gardner, Versailles, Barbra Kinder Devers, Midway, and Lisa Kinder Hall, Versailles; four sisters, Annie Doyle, Lake City, Fla., Elizabeth Tatum, Festis Gardens, Mo., Nellie Turner, Harrodsburg, and Jewell Satterly, Louisville; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Seven brothers, Ike, Hollie, James, Buggs, Thomas, Roy, and Dutch Kinder; and three sisters, Vera Connor, Katherine Smith, and Georgie Kinder, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home by Bro. Bobby Lakes. Interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Kevin Strange, Cody Strange, Jeff Hall, Troy Thompson, Mitch Keaton, and Vince Kinder. Honorary bearers were Walter Kinder III, Brent Satterly, and Donald Evans.



William J. Mailfald, 63, of Nicholasville, husband of Carole Nation Mailfald, died Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at the St. Joseph Hospital after a long illness.

Born Nov. 22, 1942, in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late John and Marion Mailfald. He moved to Kentucky in 1960 to attend the University of Kentucky and graduated in 1967. He was a resident of Woodford County for 36 years. He was an avid UK fan and enjoyed wilderness travel to many different countries and cultures. He was a principal architect with Associated Designers.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Susan Thomas, Crest Hill, Ill., and Jeanne Collins, Downers Grove, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews. A daughter, Allyson Rebecca, is deceased.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, Nov. 11, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles, by the Rev. Jerry Smith. His cremated remains will be buried at the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Nature Conservancy, 642 W. Main Street, Lexington, KY 40508-2018, or Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 1869, Merrifield, VA 22116-9644.

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Michael Preston Parrish, 45, of Frankfort, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006, at the V.A. Medical Center, Memphis, Tenn., following a long illness.

Born April 8, 1961, in Franklin County, he was the son of Wayne Fenton Parrish, Versailles, and Rachel Mitchell Parrish, Frankfort, and stepson of Leesa Vaughn Parrish, Versailles. He was an electrician for Cunningham Electric Company. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of WFO. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed fishing, riding four-wheelers, and riding his custom chopper. He was a member of Bridgeport Christian Church.

In addition to his parents and stepmother, he is survived by a son, Michael Robert “Robby” Parrish, Frankfort; a daughter, Brittany Nicole Parrish Ledit, Frankfort; a sister, Zita Parrish Hardin, Frankfort; two stepsisters, Tonya Engel, Frankfort, and Victoria Benningfield, Lexington; and two grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, Nov. 3, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by Dr. David Henson. Burial was in the Peaksmill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Wayne Johnson, Chris Sutherland, Charlie Quire, Jerry Stigers, Kenny Cunigan, and Frank Sharp. Honorary bearers were his granddaughters, Brianna Ledit and Alexis Ledit.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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Russell Taylor Pigg, 20, of Lexington, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of Sammie E. Pigg Jr, and Rebecca Jean Blair, both of Lexington.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Blair Marie Pigg, Lexington; a stepsister, Sharon Mitchell, Lexington; a stepbrother, Billy Jackson, Versailles; his maternal grandmother, Mary Elva Blair, Lexington; his paternal grandmother, Betty R. Pigg, Lexington; his stepmother, Judy Pigg, Lexington; three aunts, Elaine Sprinkle, Lexington, Betty Cheryl Sitze, Glen Carbon, Ill., and Lisa Gahwyler, Louisville; three uncles, Frank Blair, Lexington, Steve Pigg, Lexington, and James Robert Pigg, Pikeville. His maternal grandfather, Franklin E. Blair Sr., and his paternal grandfather, Sammie E. Pigg Sr., are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 6, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, by the Rev. Sam Harris. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Casket bearers were James R. Pigg, Steve Pigg, Frank Blair, Tim Sprinkle, Brian Gahwyler, Billy Jackson, Josh Ramsey, and Terry Sitze. Honorary bearers were Houston Adams, Chase Jackson, and George Johns.



Edwin Lee “Eddie" Thompson Jr., 36, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Melissa Humphries Thompson, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of Edwin Lee Thompson of Versailles and the late Marie Todd Thompson. He was an employee of Montaplast and former employee of General Cable, and a 1989 graduate of Woodford County High School.

In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by three children, Brock O’Neil Thompson, Set Owen Thompson, and Thea Wright; a sister, Rebecca “Becky” Ann Routt, a special uncle, Johnny Todd Sr.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 6, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Janiell Owens and Bro. Frank Layne. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Johnny Todd Jr., Neil Jackson, David Venus, Chris Thompson, Billy Humphries, and Steve Thompson. Honorary bearers were Johnny Todd Sr., Trish Norton, Eric Routt, Joe Routt, Mark Burgess, Nick Humphries, Jimmy Spicer, Justin Combs, Dustin Combs, Steven Humphries, and Jerry Turner.†

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Edwin “Eddie” Thompson Jr. Memorial Fund, c/o Kentucky Bank, Marsailles Road, Versailles, KY 40383.

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George Dale Wilson, 63, of Versailles, husband of Thelma Tudor Wilson, died at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center after suffering an apparent heart attack.

He was a Vietnam veteran and former manager of Pin Oak Farm.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, George Wilson; two sisters, Shirley Mulfinger and Joyce Lowe; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, J.D. Wilson, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 4, at Betts & West Funeral Home, Nicholasville, by Bro. Robbie Stollger.

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