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October 13, 2005



  Charles E. Bowman, 68, of Frankfort, husband of Sue Jarboe Bowman, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2005, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.

A native of Boone County, he was the son of the late Clay and Hattie Disponette Bowman. He was a manager of the University Lodge, a member of VFW Post # 4075, and a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Versailles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Elbert Bowman and Terry Bowman, both of Frankfort; two daughters, Tina Bowman West and Tammy Bowman, both of Frankfort; two brothers, Ernie Bowman, Versailles, and Hugh Bowman, Frankfort; two sisters, Louise Quire and Edith Harrod, both of Frankfort; 13 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Charles William Bowman; two brothers; and four sisters are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Oct. 7, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Bill Marcum. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Peter Quire, James Quire, Jeff Culp, Jesse Quire Jr., Brandon Loman, Jonathan Loman, Sterling Devers, Eric Bowman, and Anthony Dunn. Honorary bearers were Calvin Harrod, Steve Reynolds, Bob Patel, Jerry Jarboe, Walter Jarboe, and Jimmy Purvis.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Children's Miracle Network, 4525 South 2300 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84117.



  Juanita Cook Columbia, 83, of 104 Woodlawn Drive, widow of Milton Columbia, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Lawrenceburg.

Born June 12, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Dennis Sr. and Lorena Rice Cook. She was a longtime member of the Versailles Baptist Church, where she had taught Sunday school for many years.

Survivors include her daughter, Sandy Columbia Kelty, Lawrenceburg; and a niece and nephew, Kathy Cook and Jeff Cook of Ocala, Fla. A brother, Dennis Cook Jr., is deceased.Ü

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Ronnie Hupp. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Wendell Harris, Ricky Bourne, Brady Bourne, Douglas George, and Jack Smith.

Memorials suggested to the Woodford Humane Society, P. O. Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383.



  Grace Etta Dwyer, 81, of Danville, formerly of Maysville, widow of James Robert Dwyer, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2005, at the Charleston Health Center, Danville.

Born June 24, 1924, at Minerva, she was the daughter of the late Harry Lee and Florence Mae Prather Boone. She was a member of the trinity United Methodist Church and was manager of Maysville Lunch Room for 40 years.

Survivors include three sisters, Bonnie Wilson of Danville, formerly of Versailles, Ruby Lee Green, West Union, Ohio, and Ruth Ann Saunders, Nashville, Tenn.; two brothers, Charles Lee Boone, Marion, Ind., and Harry Walter Boone, Lexington; and several nieces and nephews. Four brothers, Jack Boone, Taylor Boone, Jim "Red" Boone, and June Boone, are deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, Oct. 9, at Brell & Son Funeral Home, Maysville, by the Rev. Kevin Burney. Interment was in Rosemont Cemetery, Dover.



  Betty Evans, 84, of Stamping Ground, widow of Cleo Evans, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at her residence.

Born March 19, 1921, in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late John W. and Catherine Littrell Wilham. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include three daughters, Jean Evans, Stamping Ground, Sue Evans, Stamping Ground, and Phyllis McIntosh, Georgetown; four sons, Cleo Junior Evans, Nancy, Lloyd Evans, Frankfort, Billy Evans, Stamping Ground, and Dennis Evans, Stamping Ground; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Four infant children and a grandson, Chad Evans, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles, by Bro. Frankie Layne. Burial was in the Salem Methodist Church Cemetery in Rheber. Her grandsons served as casket bearers.

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James E. Olson, 93, a prominent Woodford County farmer and landowner, owner of Olson Bottled Gas Company for over 50 years, husband of Patty Cook Olson, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005, at his home.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Everett and Hessie Carpenter Olson. In a profile published in the Sept. 19, 1985 issue of The Sun, Olson told of how, at eight years old, he sold newspapers in the city and delivered them in a horse-drawn buggy. The driver smoked a pipe, and one windy day, sparks blown back from the pipe caught his papers on fire. He worked at the A&P store for 10 cents an hour, but the bright side was, ice cream cones only cost a nickel, he said.

Before getting into the propane gas business, he and his father were in the plumbing business, and a hardware store he owned was one of the largest employers in Versailles.

A man of strong opinions, Mr. Olson was also interested in politics, making several runs for mayor, and ran against Earl Clements for the U.S. Senate, getting about 5,000 votes. He also considered a run for the U.S. House of Representatives. He was critical of the oil business during the energy crisis of the early 1970s, saying they took advantage of the American people to make money.

Mr. Olson was an active member of First Christian Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Joyce Olson Currens, Shirley Marie Olson Eustice, and Anne Olson Young, all of Versailles; two stepdaughters, Kelly Glass, Georgetown, and Carolyn T. Hopper, Versailles; two stepsons, Pete Cline, Harrodsburg, and Mike Cline, Versailles, a special niece, Peggy Drew Splavins, Tennessee; a granddaughter; five grandsons; 12 step-grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. His first wife and mother of his children, Theodora Shotwell Olson; his only brother, Robert P. Olson; and a grandson, Matthew Young, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the First Christian Church by the Rev. Marcus Lynn. Interment was at the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were James Calvin Currens, Stephen Douglas Currens, Terry Lee Eustice, Larry James Eustice, Mark Olson Young, Benjamin James Currens, and William Eustice. Honorary bearers were Mr. Olsonís lifelong friend, Howard Montague, and his caregivers, Nancy Cheek, Faye Flora, Kimberly Loving, Judy McMaken, and Shirley Shuck. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church, 160 Lexington Street, Versailles, KY 40383.



  Donald Ray Pool, 51, of Lexington, husband of Rebecca Pool, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2005, from injuries sustained in an auto accident in Munfordville.

Born in Cairo, Ill., he was the son of Patsy Trusty and the late Virgil Pool. He was a self-employed carpenter.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by three sisters, Kim Cooper, Midway, Sandra Nelson, Corbin, and Sherry Reynolds, Lexington; a special nephew, Ryan Cooper, Lexington; two nephews; four nieces; a great-niece and a great-nephew.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

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  Margaret Reid, 93, of Taylor Manor Nursing Home, widow of Harry Reid Jr., died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005.

Born in Westchester County, New York, she was the daughter of the late Frederick M. and Catherine Robertson Farrar. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and retired as an inspector for Rand McNally after 20 years of service.

Survivors include a son, Geoffrey Reid, Versailles.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, Oct. 8, at St. John's Episcopal Church by Fr. Alan Sutherland. Inurnment will be at a later date. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Avenue, Versailles, KY 40383.

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  Georgia B. Slatten, 75, of Lexington, wife of Carl G. Slatten, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2005.

A native of Midway, she was the daughter of the late B.D. and Agnes Reed Sanderson. She was a member of Gardenside Baptist Church, and enjoyed being with her family, traveling, and flower gardening.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Carole Smith, Versailles, and Cathy Dunn, Lexington; a sister, Margaret Showalter, Versailles; three brothers, Dr. Raymond Sanderson, Wendell, N.C., Harold Marian Sanderson, Fairborn, Ohio, and Paul W. Sanderson, Marrero, La.; two grandchildren, Max Dunn and Morgan Dunn; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 10, at W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, by the Rev. James E. Heard. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Douglas Sanderson, David Sanderson, Darrell Sanderson, Walter Sanderson, Mason Showalter, Carl L. Showalter, and Max Dunn. Honorary bearers were the ladies in her Sunday school class, Gloria Younger, Lola Bettez, Freda Elam, Kathleen Sutherland, and Morgan Dunn.

Memorials may be made to Gardenside Baptist Church Building Fund or Hospice of the Bluegrass.


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