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October 18, 2001


Kevin Briscoe

Kevin Lee Briscoe, 31, of Versailles, husband of Renee Briscoe, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001.

Born March 21, 1970, he was the son of Janice and Harold Embs of Versailles and James (Sonny) Briscoe of Lawrenceburg. He was a former employee of the Woodford County Board of Education and attended the Mortonsville Assembly of God Church.

In addition to his wife and parents, survivors include two daughters, Ashlee and Leslie Briscoe; two sons, Kevin William and Cody Briscoe, all of Versailles; a brother, Kelly Briscoe; maternal grandparents, Willie and Laura Robinson; paternal grandparents, Mae and John Freda and the late James O. Briscoe; two uncles, Kenny and Tim Robinson; an aunt, Dana Christian; and several other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. James Offutt, the Rev. Gerald Hogan, and the Rev. Kenny Robinson. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tim Robinson, Gary, James, and Steve Briscoe, Larry Noble, Keith Berger, Woody Dunn and Andy Beasley. Honorary bearers were Carl Smith, Jesse Hatfield, Ronald Berger, Paul Embs, Ernest Lee, Josh Robinson, Randy Christian, and Tommy Courtney.


Nyal W. Deems

Nyal W. Deems, 83, of Frankfort, formerly of North Carolina, husband of Octavia Roush Deems, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2001, at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born April 14, 1918, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Wilbur and Genevieve Schnitzer Deems. He was a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church, and was active in the Statesville, N.C., Kiwanis Club. He was retired from the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Civil Engineer Corps and the Seabees during World War II and the Korean Conflict.

Other survivors include three daughters, Kathleen Morinelli, Michigan, Debrah Bell, Raleigh, N.C., and Mary Nuckols, Midway; three sons, Dennis Deems, Florida, Nyal D. Deems, Michigan, and Douglas Deems, North Carolina; 13 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later date in Statesville, N.C. Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.


Chester Derringer

Chester Lee Derringer, 93, of Frankfort, widower of Etna Derringer, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at Bradford Square Nursing Home.

A native of Springfield, he was the son of the late James E. and Ellen Sutton Derringer, and a retired carpenter with National Distilleries.

Survivors include a daughter, Ruby Gormley, Frankfort; a son, Gene Derringer, Frankfort; a sister, Ruby Wilson, Louisville; two brothers, Joe Derringer, Florida, and Sam Derringer, Louisville; seven grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 15, 2001, at Clark-Sunset Funeral Home by the Rev. David Hilton. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Mr. Derringer's grandsons.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, Franklin County Chapter.


Katherine Glaze

Katherine M. Glaze, 83, of Versailles, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, at Pine Meadows Health Care, Lexington.

Born in Jessamine County, she was the daughter of the late Nathan and Hannah Messer Mack. She was a retired waitress and had been a personal sitter. She was a member of Pinckard Baptist Church.

Survivors include a brother, Louie Mack, Lexington; three sons, Jackie Lee Shearer, Lexington, Gary “Shorty” Shearer, Woodford County, and Charles Donald Shearer, Jessamine County; 16 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren. A son, Robert Combs Shearer, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 15, 2001, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by Pastor Doug Simpson. Interment was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Casket bearers were Timothy Mack, Charles Clemmons, Gary Wayne Shearer Jr., William Walter, Robert Shearer, and Tyler Shearer. Honorary bearers were Charles Nichols, Richard Walter, James Walter, and Ronnie Baugh.

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


Rollie C. Jennings Jr.

Rollie C. Jennings Jr., 73, of Lexington, widower of Mary Elizabeth, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, at his residence.

He was the son of the late Rollie and Verbal Jennings of Grand Rivers.

Survivors include his 10 children, Rollie Jennings III, Lexington, Elizabeth Schwab, Morganton, N.C., Stephen Jennings, Frankfort, Teresa Thomas, Winchester, Scott Jennings, Georgetown, Andrew Jennings, Versailles, Karen Krimm, Lancaster, Rebecca Weatherford, Lexington, Matthew Jennings, Lexington, and Sister Marcia Jennings, Versailles; two sisters, Alma Lou Sauders, Brookport, Ill., and Violet Lee Rogers, Jeffersonville, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Lexington, by Fr. John Vaughn. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

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

W.R. Milward Mortuary - Broadway, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.


Glenn H. Newby

Glenn H. Newby, 43, of Chicago, Ill., died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, at the Edgewater Medical Center.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of Sarah E. Newby, Versailles, and Fredrick A. Newby, Louisville. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, Keene, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. He was an attorney with the law offices of the Cook County Public Defender, Chicago.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Sharon Newby, Frankfort, and Vida Brown, Lexington; two brothers, Charles Newby and Gregory Newby, both of Lexington; two aunts, Estella and Annie Maxberry; two uncles, James Maxberry and the Rev. L.A. Newby, both of Lexington; five nephews, Gregory Newby Jr., Cedric and Kenneth Brown, and Gerrard and Dennis Newby, all of Lexington.

Services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at Macedonia Baptist Church, Keene, by the Rev. T.L. Jones. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery, Keene.

O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Fred R. Raider

Fred Ray Raider, 75, of Florida, formerly of Lexington, widower of Helen Raider, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, at the North Broward Medical Center, Pompano Beach, Fla.

Born in Woodford County Dec. 14, 1925, he was the son of the late Harry and Geneva Flannery Raider. He was a retired truck driver.

Survivors include two sons, Danny Wayne Raider, Colorado, and Shelby Ray Raider, Florida; three step-children, Mary Jo Winkelman and Jennifer Houdyshell, both of Illinois, and Randall Robinson, Oklahoma; two half-sisters, Mary Hernandez, New York, and Betty R. Polsgrove, Frankfort; a half-brother, Richard Raider; and several grandchildren and step-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by Pastor Jim Hitt. Burial was in Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Derek Raider, Michael Bowles, Marvin Polsgrove, Bill Frye, Jim Frye, and Paul Gill. Honorary bearers were A.P. Schneider and Dr. Charles Ford.


Joseph Woolfork Jr.

Joseph H. Woolfork Jr., 66, of Lexington, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of Leanna Woolfork and the late Joe H. Woolfork Sr. He was a member of the New Vine Baptist Church, Ft. Springs..

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Roger Benton; two grandchildren; two sisters, Clara Wilson and LaVerne Turner; a brother, Marion T. Woolfork; six nieces; seven nephews; two uncles, Wilmore Brown and James Woolfork; and a number of other relatives.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001, at O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary, Lexington, by the Rev. O.L Hughes.


Chester Yunt

Chester Yunt, 69, of Frankfort, husband of Lucile, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, at his residence following an illness.

A native of Bagdad, he was the son of Edna Broce Yunt the late Addison J. Yunt. He was a retired U.S. Postal Service employee and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Choateville Christian Church.

In addition to his wife and mother, survivors include a daughter, Cathy Bryan, Frankfort; four sons, Tom Yunt, Dubuque, Iowa, David Yunt, Lawrenceburg, Michael Yunt, and Shaun Yunt, both of Frankfort; a sister, Patricia Lee Watson, Versailles; and nine grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, at Rogers Funeral Home, Frankfort, by the Rev. Michael Ramler. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, with V.F.W. Post #4075 conducting military honors. Casket bearers were Ben Yunt, David Bryan, Walter B. Watson Jr., Doug Watson, Jeff Watson, John Semones, John Hockensmith Jr., and Duane Ellis. Honorary bearers were Llewwllyn B. Marshall III, Joe Taylor, J.H. “Bunk” Sullivan Jr., Jack Bell, and Les Neisemier.

Contributions may be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd or Hospice of the Bluegrass -- Franklin County.

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