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Oct. 2, 2003



Opal Ree Fitzpatrick, 75, of Georgetown, formerly of Versailles, widow of David Clayton Fitzpatrick, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at the Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born March 16, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Boyd and Allie B. Brandenburg Newman.

Survivors include five daughters, Bonnie Roy, North Middletown, Janice Fitzpatrick, Louisville, Brenda Harper, Lexington, Vickie Akers, Georgetown, and Sandy Steward, Nicholasville; four sons, Roger Fitzpatrick, Lawrenceburg, Larry “Peanut” Rogers, Georgetown, Wendell Rogers, Lawrenceburg, and David Rogers, Versailles; two brothers, Eugene Newman, Georgetown, and Tracy Newman, Hazel Green; 23 grandchildren; and 21 great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Byron Jessup. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Eddie Montague, Gary Lee Newman, Arnold Collins, Pete Newman, Jimmy Griffin Jr., Billy Wilson, and Daniel Soard.



Cynthia L. Howard, 63, of Versailles, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, of cancer at Pine Meadows Health Care in Lexington.

A native of Lancaster, Mass., she was a homemaker and bookkeeper.†She most recently worked as a receptionist and bookkeeper for Tops Unlimited in Lexington. She had a longtime love for cats and was well-known for her large collection of cat-themed decorative items, clothing, accessories, and Christmas ornaments.

Survivors include two sisters, Janice Howard, Rochester, N. Y., and Gail Kendrick, Townsend, Mass.; two daughters, Kim Crabb, Lexington, and Laura Opincar, Indianapolis, Ind.; and a grandson, Andrew Opincar.

A memorial celebration will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 4 p.m. at Versailles Presbyterian Church, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. at Bella Notte in Lexington.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society or any other local humane society.



Richard D. "Dick" Lawson, 80, of Lexington husband of Marie Folger Lawson, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003.

Born in Boyle County, he was the son of the late Otha Lee and Margie Etta Edwards Lawson. He was the retired owner of Lawson Refrigeration Company, was a member of Pleasant Grove Christian Church in Garrard County, and had served with the U.S. Army during World War II.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Richard Alan "Ricky" Lawson, Lexington; two daughters, Debbie Chapman, Nicholasville, and Patricia "Patty" White, Versailles; a brother, Donald T. Lawson, Lexington; a sister, Virginia Bernice Cosper, California; five grandchildren, James C. White, III, Lexington, Justin Lynn Darland, Nicholasville, Jamie Ray Darland, Rachael Kristine Lawson and Kristian Alan Lawson all of Lexington; and two great grandchildren, Bret White and Bradley White. Two sisters, Evelyn Fain and Edna O'Brien, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary-Southland by the Rev. Mike James. Burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Jimmy White, James Darland, Justin Darland and Ken Chapman.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 160 Moore Drive Suite 201, Lexington, KY 40503, or to the American Heart Association, Greater Lexington Region, 2201 Regency Road Suite 401, Lexington, KY 40503.



Maxine Searcy Lunsford, 87, of 2291 Mundys Landing Road, Versailles, wife of Merel Lunsford for over 70 years, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at Sayre Christian Village Nursing Home.

A piano teacher for many years, she was a member of the Clover Bottom Baptist Church where she had begun playing the piano at age 15. She had also played piano at Mt. Freedom Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late James E. and Ethel Jones Searcy.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Scott, Woodford County, and Georgie Bowman, Nicholasville; a sister, Ethel Lynn, Lexington; a brother, James E. Searcy, Lexington; three grandchildren, Keith Bowman, Gina Scott Lynaugh, and Merel Bowman; and three great grandchildren. A sister, Betty Buffin, and a brother, Jack T. Searcy, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Don Reed. Interment was at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Casket bearers were Doug Buffin, Wayne Lynn, Jack Searcy, James David Searcy, Mike Searcy, and Horst Bolcas.

Memorials are suggested to the Clover Bottom Baptist Church.



George Clinton Mills, 36, of Midway, husband of Rebecca Anne Herpick Mills, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at his residence.

Born in Georgetown, he was the son of the late George and Ann Mills. He was the owner of Urban Tree Care and a member of Shambhala Meditation Center.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother, Duncan Edward Mills, Georgetown; a sister, Diane Mills Tevis, Georgetown; and two nieces, Jessi Ann Tanner Compton and Marlee Maxwell Tevis.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Main Street, Lexington.



Emery Sherman Tomes, age 86, husband of Vera Guffey Tomes and widower of Dorothy Huff Tomes, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at his home in Big Reedy Community.

Born March 31, 1917, he was the son of Alvey and Nora Durbin Tomes. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church for 59 years, where he was a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent and song leader for several years. For 52 years, he was the treasurer and caretaker of the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In 1938 he taught school in Grayson County. He was a past member of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce, and the president of Kentucky Farm Bureau and board of directors from 1976-1993. He was secretary of Big Reedy watershed, Grayson County, and on the board of directors with Nolin PCA in Elizabethtown for many years. In 1978, he retired from W. R. Grace Company where he worked in sales. He was also a retired farmer.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Donnie Tomes, Caneyville, and Dwight Tomes, Van Meter, Iowa; two daughters, Letha Tomes, Midway, and Jackie Dowling, Caneyville; seven grandchildren, Courtney Clark, Bowling Green, Leah Geary, Hardinsburg, Andy Tomes, Des Moines, Iowa, Krysta White, Des Moines, Iowa, Kimberly Tomes, New York, N.Y., Rachel Riley, Lexington, and Samantha Dowling, Caneyville; six great grandchildren, Noah, Isaac and Abigail Geary, Veronica Moraone, Anthia White, and Bryce Riley; and many nieces and nephews. Five brothers, Durward, John, Ray, Pirtle and Jess Tomes; four sisters, Delphia Minton, Trulia Raymer, Helen Minton and Elizabeth Tomes, are deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at the Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Don Bruington. Burial was in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The Dermitt Funeral Home in Caneyville was in charge of arrangements. Casket bearers were Joseph Daugherty, Bruce Dowling, Bert Minton, Bryon Minton, Harold Raymer, and Andy Tomes. Honorary bearers were Nolan White, John Geary, Curt Clark, Brad Riley and Andy Tomes.

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Emma Wagner, 82, of Lexington, widow of Eugene Wagner, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital East.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late James and Flora Bundy. She was a retired seamstress.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Foley, Versailles; two daughters, Carolyn Deeringer and Vicki Robinson, both of Lexington; a grandson, Steven Foley; eight granddaughters, Stephanie Henry, Kim Fowler, Gail Foley, Deborah Wright, Terri Coomer, Jennifer Casey, Dawn Gentry and Crystal Robinson; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home-Main Street by the Rev. Dwight Elam. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were David Gentry, Scot Casey, James Wright, Aubrey Fryman, Steven Foley and Keith Stone. Honorary bearers were Ron Wells and George Coomer.

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