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October 26, 2006



John R. Book Sr., 76, of Lexington, husband of Donna T. Book, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006.

He founded Economy Home Improvement of Lexington Inc. in 1966 and retired due to illness in 1995. He since had been actively involved in ministry work. He was a member of the Versailles congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, where he served as an elder. He served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict and was discharged while stationed in San Diego.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Kim Graves, John Book Jr., and Scott Book; and his grandchildren, Daniel and Cynthia Graves, and Logan, Nicole, and Hudson Book.

Services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Lexington.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Anna Laura Garnett Boulos, 98, of Lexington, widow of Dr. George Boulos, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, at Sayre Christian Village.

Born in Prestonsburg, she was the daughter of the late James Edward and Cynthia Martha Davidson Garnett. She was a member of Southern Hills Methodist Church and a member of the choir. She was employed as a record consultant for the Kentucky State Health Department and was over tuberculosis control.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Maranville, Lexington; two grandchildren, Rob Maranville, Lexington, and George Maranville, Versailles; four great-grandchildren, Lee, Anna Laura, Vince, and Georgia Maranville; a nephew, James Edward Garnett; two nieces, Diana Sue Bowling and Martha Ann Lamb; and several cousins and other relatives. Two brothers, Sam and James E. Garnett, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road.

Expressions of sympathy are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 3212 Alexander Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or Southern Hills Methodist Church Unit of Feed the Children.



Earline Cook Crecelius, 74, of Frankfort, widow of George Walter Crecelius, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, in Versailles.

Born Jan. 12, 1932, in Glasgow, she was the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Rhoda Smith Cook. She was a retired employee of the Legislative Research Commission.

Survivors include a son Walter E. Crecelius, Versailles; two daughters, Mary Evelyn Mathews and Sharon Gail Preston, both of Frankfort; a sister; five grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.

There were no services. Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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John Arthur Dearinger, 84, of Versailles, husband of Anna Louise Lane, died Friday, October 20, 2006, in Lexington of congestive heart failure.

He was the son of June L. Dearinger and Grace W. Jack of Lexington and a descendent of many pioneer Kentuckians. His grandfather, William Arthur Jack, owned and managed Lexington’s Majestic Theatre. After graduating from Henry Clay High School in 1939, Mr. Dearinger enrolled in the University of Kentucky. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, attended Officer Candidate’s School and served for two years in Europe during World War II, rising to the rank of captain. Serving with distinction in the Army Corps of Engineers, he saw active service in France and was present at the Battle of the Bulge. Following the war, he received BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky and married in Lexington to Anna Lane, his wife for almost 60 years.

Known all his life as Jack, he was employed as chief engineer by the Kentucky Department of State Parks from 1948 to 1954 and was responsible for construction of many of the roads and other infrastructure at a number of Kentucky’s state parks. In 1954, he joined the faculty of the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He served on the Woodford County Planning and Zoning Board and was active in the formation of the Woodford County Human Rights Commission. He was also a member of the Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, the Kentucky Historical Society and was a Fellow of the Newman Center Foundation and a longtime member of St. Leo Church, Versailles. At the University of Kentucky, he was honored as a distinguished teacher and retired as professor emeritus in 1991. In 1997, he was named a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

He resided with his family in a home of his own design on Huntertown Road in Woodford County since 1960. Following in the footsteps of many of his ancestors, he was also a carpenter and was buried in the family plot in Lexington Cemetery in a coffin he made from the wood of walnut trees that grew on his property in Woodford County.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children, Pam Hutton, Anderson County, David B. Dearinger, New York City and Boston, and Kevin Lane Dearinger, New York City; a granddaughter, Christy Bicknell, Lawrenceburg; two step-grandchildren, Sara Lindsey, Danville, and Shawn Hutton; two great-grandchildren, Lane A. and Jenna B. Bicknell, Lawrenceburg; a step-great-grandchild, Makayla Lindsey; three sisters, E. Susan Tucker and Ruth Ann Snyder, both of Lexington, and Loralie Howe, Pasadena, Calif.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A brother, Eugene L. Dearinger of Lexington, and several nieces and nephews, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 23., by Fr. Dan Noll. Eulogies were delivered by David and Kevin Dearinger. Burial was at the Lexington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky.



Mattye Belle Taylor “Sis” Olsen, 102, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Lawrenceburg.

Born Feb. 14, 1904, at Guthrie in Todd County, she was the daughter of the late John Wiley and Fannie Bland Taylor. She was a former payroll supervisor for Delta Truck Lines in San Francisco, Calif., and was a member of the Christian Church. She had moved to Versailles about 12 years ago and had lived on Macey Boulevard.

Survivors include two nieces, Marie Whitus, Versailles, and Betty Garland, Sun City Center, Fla.; two nephews, Robert Taylor, Springfield, Tenn., and Jack Taylor, Springfield, Utah; and a number of great-nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Taylor Cemetery at Guthrie. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Salvation Army or to the Humane Society. Guest book at



Edward Spicer, 59, of Versailles, formerly of Louisa, husband of Wilma Spicer, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, at the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, after a long illness.

The son of the late Granville and Florence Alda Spicer, he was affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and was most recently a member of Versailles Baptist Church. He was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Louisa. He worked as 4-H agent in Lawrence County, and had a 16-year career at Marrowbone Coal Company. He also taught at Breathitt County High School, Lawrence County High School, Franklin County, Woodford County, and the Methodist Children's Home in Versailles. He also was a substitute bus driver for Bluegrass Tours. He had been active in various civic organizations, including the Jaycees of Jackson, the Rotary Club of Louisa, and Gideons International, and was a member of the Three Rivers Hospital board of trustees in Louisa. He served with the Kentucky National Guard, was a Kentucky Wildcat fan, and followed high school sports very closely, attending more than 30 consecutive Boys' Sweet Sixteen state tournaments.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Kevin, Lexington; a sister, Lila Jean Smith, Union; two brothers, Jeffrey, Northern Kentucky, and Donnie, Union; aunts and uncles Amy and James Fugate, Canoe, Laura and Oscar Derickson, Florida, Alma Turner, Canoe, Mary Lou Sebastian, Somerset, Claude and Rosie Sebastian, South Carolina, and James and Margaret Sebastian, Cincinnati, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. A brother, Robert Spicer, is deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Watts Funeral Home Chapel, Jackson, by Bro. Ric Frazier. Burial was in the Ned Spicer Cemetery at Canoe. Family members served as casket bearers.


Van Damme

Edward “Edd” Van Damme Jr., 63, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Denise Van Damme, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006, of cancer.

Born Dec. 20, 1942, in Canandaigua, N.Y., he was the son of the late Edward Van Damme Sr. and his mother Francis Marie Van Damme. He had lived in Anderson County for 10 years and five years in Woodford County. He was previously employed by T.S.A. as a security screener. From 1976 until March of 1991, he lived in California and worked at Hughes Aircraft before coming to Kentucky. He served in the U.S. Air Force, including duty in Vietnam.

In addition to his wife of 23 years, he is survived by three daughters, Lindsey and Paige Van Damme and Christina Marie LaRue Van Damme Falkner, California; a son, David Van Damme, Chicago, Ill.; five brothers, Bob Van Damme, Vranson, Miss., Jerry Van Damme, Summerville, S.C., and Jim, Dave and Billy Van Damme, all of Canandaigua N.Y.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, Oct. 14, at Sand Spring Baptist Church.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Spayed by Angels, in care of ALL About Animals.

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