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October 23, 2003



Latonia (Toni) Lynn Abshear, 45, of 3446 Cummins Ferry Road, Nonesuch, wife of Robert Abshear, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at her residence.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of Almedia Moore Buffin of Versailles and the late Gilbert Pacey. She was an active member of the Westview Baptist Church, Frankfort.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by four daughters, Crystal Martin, Woodford County, Teresa Ann Abshear, Karen Abshear, and Christy Abshear; two sons, Robert Abshear and Jeffery S. Abshear; a sister, Martha Sanderson, Lexington; two brothers, Roy Pacey, Sadieville, and Ray Pacey, Versailles; and two grandchildren, Corey Scott Martin and Cambryn Delaney Martin.

Services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at the Westview Baptist Church in Frankfort by the Rev. Tom Hall. Interment was at the Nonesuch Cemetery in Woodford County. Casket bearers were Donnie Bowman, Robert Abshear, Jeff Abshear, Ray Pacey, Roy Pacey, and John Morse. Honorary bearers were Harold Lamb, Henry Fannin, and Robert Russell.

The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



James Gordon Drury, 63, of Lebanon Junction, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at his residence.

A native of Woodford County, he served as sergeant first class for the Army National Guard in Lexington for eight years, was a retired field representative for the Kentucky State Department of Revenue and a former police officer for the city of Lebanon Junction. He was a member of the Lebanon Junction Volunteer Fire Department since 1979 and fire chief from 1984-1997. He was a former limousine driver for the Skaggs Limousine Service in Elizabethtown, and was a member of and minister of music at Elizabethtown Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Laquita Joy Conlin of Lebanon Junction; two sons, Brian Gordon Drury, Canton, N.Y., and Charles Lisle Drury, Crestwood; a brother, Thomas Ray Drury, Versailles; and four grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Kappel Funeral Home, Lebanon Junction, by Brian G. Drury and the Rev. J.D. Shipp. Burial was in Lebanon Junction City Cemetery.

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Hilma “Pat” Rowe of Clifton Road, Millville, widow of Jack Rowe, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at Keenestone Hospital in Woodstock, Ga., of a sudden illness.

She was the daughter of the late Clayton and Helen Heim Teufel.

Survivors include four daughters, Patty Rowe Day, Boulder Creek, Calif., Leslie Rowe Swiderski, Hopkinsville, Bobbie Rowe Condon, Austin, Texas, and Debi Rowe Breaux, Woodstock, Ga.; a son, John B. Rowe Jr., Batavia, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

No services are planned. Clark-Sunset Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.



Glenn Austin Smith, 68, of Georgetown, Texas, formerly of Graefenburg and Frankfort, husband of Evelyn Smith, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003.

A native of Graefenburg, he was the son of the late Leonard Anderson Smith and Lena Booth Riddle Smith. He was a retired electrical engineer from IBM with 31 years of service. He was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Mark Smith, Kansas City, Mo., and Ron Smith, Versailles; two daughters, Denise Wright, Friendswood, Texas, and Deborah Wingate, Frankfort; a brother, Virgil Smith, Frankfort; 14 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. A brother, Leonard Scott Smith, and a sister, Grace Verna Smith, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home, Frankfort, by Dr. Mike Hamrick, and Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at The Gabriels Funeral Home Chapel, Georgetown, Texas, by Dr. David Edwards, Barbara Brightwell, and Joe Caricker. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Bobby Hill, Terry Renfro, John Morrow, Robert Ball, Charles Ball, Ron Smith, Louis Hammonds, and Melvin Smith. Honorary bearers were Bob Bemiss, Bill Lewis, Odell Smith, Clyde Smith, Doug Riddle, and Bill Wingate.

Contributions may be made to the Youth Mission Scholarship, c/o Main Street Baptist Church, 1001 S. Main Street, Georgetown, TX 78626.



James Everett Vance, 87, of Chula Vista, Calif., died there on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late George Samuel and Letha Wise Vance, who operated a farm on the Tyrone Pike for many years during the first half of the 20th century. A graduate of the old Versailles High School, Mr. Vance entered the U.S. Navy in 1940, serving for 30 years. Upon retirement from the service, he settled in California and was engaged in the real estate business.

He is survived by a sister, Edna Earl Willis, Versailles; two stepsons; and a number of nieces and nephews, including, locally, Lynn Baker and Moss Vance of Versailles and Anita Vance Wash of Lexington. His wife, five brothers, and three sisters are deceased.

Mr. Vance’s body was cremated; his ashes repose in a military cemetery overlooking the Pacific Ocean.



Jess T. Young, 80, of Aurora, Colo., formerly of Woodford County, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, in Colorado of lung cancer.

Born March 8, 1923, in Jessamine County, he was the son of the late Rankin and Ella Lee Young. He attended school in Wilmore and Salvisa. He was employed by Reynolds Metals Company in Louisville, and continued until his retirement in Richmond, Va.

Survivors include a son, Guyn Todd Young, Centennial, Colo.; three grandchildren, Christopher and Sarah Kelsey, and Madison Eldridge; a great-grandson, Alexander Kelsey; a stepdaughter, Deborah Eldridge, Richmond, Va.; a sister, Carolyn Sims, Raleigh, N.C.; a niece; and several nephews. Three brothers Billy, Bob, Ray, and two sisters Isabella Hunt and Ann Retta Young, are deceased.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday Oct. 27, 2003, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jess’s name to the American Cancer Society, 160 Moore Drive, Suite 201, Lexington, KY 40503.


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