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October 20, 2005




James E. ''Jim'' Boggess, 77, of Bal Harbour, Fla., formerly of Versailles, widower of Betty Wilson Boggess, died Sunday. Oct. 9, 2005, at Mount Sinai Medical Center following a long bout of myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disorder.

Born in Grayson, Ky., he graduated from the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. A Realtor, he served as a Bal Harbour councilman from 1987 to 2002. He served as chairman of the village's Resort Tax Committee, helping to promote Bal Harbour as a tourist attraction. In 1965, he married Betty Wilson from Louisville, whom he met while living in Versailles. They moved to Miami in 1973, and opened Boggess Realty, which they ran together. The couple also chaired the Miami Committee for the Lexington Ball and was involved in fundraising for Big Brothers-Big Sisters and the American Heart Association. In 1982, the March of Dimes named Boggess the Celebrity Chef of the Year at its fourth Gourmet Gala. Betty Boggess died of cancer in 1997.

Mr. Boggess is survived by two nieces, Linda Boggess and Jane Frazier; and a nephew, Lee Boggess.

A memorial service, including a Bal Harbour police honor guard, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at All Souls' Episcopal Church, 4025 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach, Fla.



Ruth P. Grider, 91, of Lexington, formerly of Frankfort, wife of Raymond Grider, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, at the Friendship Health Care Center in Lexington.

Born Sept. 9, 1914, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late David and Mattie Kurtz Phillips. She was a member of Broadway Baptist Church in Lexington and had worked at various tobacco companies in Lexington.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Raymond Grider Jr., Jackson, Miss., and Daniel Grider, Versailles; a sister, Lena Phillips Sims, Harrodsburg; three brothers, Stanley Phillips, Lawrenceburg, Carl Phillips, Lexington, and Raymond Phillips, Detroit, Mich.; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Mildred Grider Lewis; two sisters, Lela Phillips and Sarah Phillips Hall; three brothers, Dave, Albert, and Alvin Phillips; a grandson; and two great-grandchildren, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 15, at Clark Funeral Home, Frankfort, by the Rev. James Harley and Maj. Raymond Grider Jr. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Carl Phillips Jr., Todd Grider, Phillip Carpenter, Bobby Grider, Tony Lewis, and Timmy Grider.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

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Robert Burnett Howser, 79, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Donna Marlene Simpson Howser, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

A native of Shelby County, he was the son of the late Wilbert Burnett and Della Driskell Howser. He was a former security officer with the state government, a former Kentucky State Police trooper, a former 17-year employee of Lee McClain Men's Clothing in Shelbyville, a farmer, and a greeter at Wal-Mart. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of the Full Gospel Assembly of God Church in Lawrenceburg.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Kathy Nichols, Shelbyville; a son, Eddie Howser, Shelbyville; two stepsons, Jim Williams, Versailles, and Lee Williams, Frankfort; four stepdaughters, Sheri Wayne, Donna Deavers, Janie Johnson, and Angie Robinson, all of Lawrenceburg; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 17, at the Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home by Pastor Mark Studler and Pastor Kenny Robinson.



Nannie Ward Nichols, 85, of Taylor Manor Nursing Home, widow of James “Shorty” Nichols, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2005.

A former telephone operator for many years, she was a member of the South Elkhorn Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeanene Cocanougher, Maysville; a sister, Robbie Ward Carr, Versailles; a brother, Kennie Ward, Versailles; two granddaughters, Sara McClain, Georgetown, and Lela McFarland, Louisville; and two great-grandchildren, Julia McClain and Jovey McFarland. A sister, Hallie Hall, and two brothers, Raymond and Leroy Ward, are deceeased.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Bill Simmons. Interment will follow at the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Don Hampton, Don Closterman, Danny Dawson, Steve McClain, Joshua McFarland, and Glen Burnett. Honorary bearers will be Ickey Blackburn and Dr. Frank Watts. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday (today) at the funeral home.



Vladimir S. Zganyayko, 55, of Versailles, husband of Maria Zganyayko, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born March 28, 1950, in Ukraine, he was the son of the late Simon and Tanya July Zganyayko. He was a tool maker in the machine shop for Means & Gay Tool.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Alyona Zganyayko, Lexington; two sons: Vitaly and Vadim Zganyayko, both of Lexington; two sisters; and two brothers.

Services were conducted Thursday, Oct. 13, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery.

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