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October 9, 2003



Anna Miller Dunlap, 85, of 265 Sugar Hill Lane, Woodford County, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at Lexington Country Place.

Born in Croton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late H. R. P. and Anna Brinkerhoff Miller, and was a member of the New Union Christian Church. She had been an active member, co-founder and supporter of the Woodford County Library, former board member, and honorary chairwoman during National Library Week in 1974. She was often seen working the card files at the library. Much of what is today the Woodford County Library is due to the tireless efforts of Mrs. Dunlap.

She was a member of the Woodford County Garden Club and past president, a charter member and past president of Ponomo Investment Club. Her other philanthropic interests included supporting the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, Association of the Blind, Midway College, and the Darlington School.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Ann Dunlap Means, Westchester, Ohio; a son, Tavner Branham Dunlap, Versailles; three grandchildren, Anne Means Carlsson, Chicago, Ill., Sarah Jordan Dunlap and Tavner Alexander Dunlap, both of Lexington.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Sally Boelter. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, 836 Euclid Avenue, Suite 100, Lexington, KY 40502, or the Woodford County Library.

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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” Fitzpatrick, Georgetown, Wendell Fitzpatrick, Lawrenceburg, and David Fitzpatrick, 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.



Helen Cartwright Gaines, 83, of Frankfort, widow of Marvin “Buck” Gaines, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003, at her residence after a long illness.

Born in Union County, she was the daughter of the late Bailey and Blanche Girten Cartwright. She was a retired state government employee and of the federal government USPFO Boone National Guard Center. She was a past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, an American Red Cross volunteer, and a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Snow Smith, Frankfort; two granddaughters, Sandra Smith Popp, and Paige Smith, both of Frankfort; a great granddaughter, Devin Marie Popp; four nephews, Mike Cartwright, Frankfort, Harold Peterson Jr. and Stephen Peterson, both of Versailles; and Edwin Peterson, Apopka, Fla.; three nieces, Pat Gorman, Frankfort, Sue Horn, Versailles, and Mary Parker, Louisville; and a number of other relatives. A brother, James Cartwright, and a sister, Mary Jane Cartwright Peterson, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at the Church of the Good Shepherd by Fr. John Moriarty. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Mike Cartwright, Harold Peterson Jr., Stephen Peterson, Dan Parker, Mike Whitaker, Letcher Horn, Ben Popp, and Charlie Palmer. Honorary bearers were Edwin Peterson, Nell Jackson, Doris Estep, Shirley Lewis, Agnes Howell, Prudence Cowan, Ruby Barnett, Joyce Wood, Wayne Howard, Tillie Mitchell, John Mitchell, Anna Marion Smither, and S.T. Smither. Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.



Major General John "Russell" Groves, 57, husband of Barbara Meyer Groves, formerly of Versailles, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, in a sport aviation accident in Bardstown.

He was the son of the late John Russell Groves and Lida Garred Groves of Lexington. He had a distinguished 36-year military career, which included being appointed adjutant general of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and was the recipient of numerous medals and other recognitions. He was also a registered architect, a licensed attorney, and holder of a Ph.D. in education, and served as assistant dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Kentucky. He was an accomplished private pilot, sailor, sport parachutist and outdoor enthusiast, and was the author of numerous articles published in professional architectural and military journals. He served on the boards of the Blue Grass Council of the Boy Scouts of America; Kentucky Partners Chapter of the Partners of the Americas; Lexington Fayette County Airport Board; Kentucky Heritage Council; University of Kentucky Alumni Association; Kentucky Historic Properties Commission; and served as both vestry member and senior warden at Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Lida Clark Groves; two sons, Capt. John Marshall Groves and Capt. Matthew Meyer Groves; and a daughter, Elise Elizabeth Groves.

Services were conducted at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd 533 East Main St., Lexington, KY 40508, the Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015, or the University of Kentucky School of Design 117 Pence Hall, Lexington, KY 40506.

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Michael Duane Harper, 51, of Roswell, Ga., husband of Nancy Harper, died suddenly of a heart attack in Napa Valley, Calif., while hiking.

Born Nov. 19, 1951, in Ashland, he was the son of Leo Duane and Margaret Prince Harper. He was an employee of the Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter Kristen Harper, Hiram, Ga.; a son, Elliott Harper, Roswell, Ga.; two stepsons, Mike Peters, Elburn, Ill., and David Peters, Boynton Beach, Fla.; mother Margaret Prince Harper of Catlettsburg, KY; sister Linda Rutherford of Versailles, KY; and 2 grandsons, Michael Joseph Peters and Daniel Alexander Peters. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 3, 2003 at 11:00 AM at Northside Chapel. Burial will follow at 2 PM at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Villa Rica, GA. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 - 9 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made in Michael’s name to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 672648 Marietta, GA 30006. Northside Chapel Funeral Directors Roswell, GA 770-645-1414. Guest book at



Alice Ford Mackie, 90, of Carpenter Pike, Versailles, widow of Hensley Mackie, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at Bourbon Heights Nursing Home, Paris.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late William B. and Elizabeth Bishop Ford, and was a member of the Troy Presbyterian Church, Woodford County. She graduated from the Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College (now EKU) in 1933 and taught school for over 35 years. Her first teaching assignment was at the old Nonesuch School and she later taught at Midway and Mortonsville schools. She was for many years the music director for the Troy Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her son, Glenn Mackie, Paris; two grandsons, Robert Mackie, Mt. Pleasant, N.C., and Mark Mackie, Paris; a great granddaughter, Taeryn Mackie; a cousin, Ruby Ford; and a nephew, John Stone.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. David Duggan. Interment was at the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Troy Presbyterian Church, 11021 Troy Pike, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Steve Marcum, 28, of Frankfort, husband of Angela Marcum, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003.

The son of Lee R. and Shirley Marcum of Frankfort, he was a Washington Penn Plastics Company employee.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by two daughters, Faith Marcum and Bella Grace Marcum; a sister, Kathy-Jo Devers, Lawrenceburg; his maternal grandmother, Betty Snow, Frankfort; and his paternal grandmother, Clara Marcum, Midway.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at Clark-Sunset Funeral Home by Pastor Doug Roth. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Kevin Hudson, Wayne Keeley, Jake Wise, Billy Preston, Gary Preston, and Travis Devers. Honorary bearers were Lee Barbee, Jerry Marcum, Don Hansel Jr., Bobby Hansel, Wayne Walls, Barry S. Devers, Ricky Odom, Shaun Jones, Dallas Odom, James Marcum, Jerry Marcum, Brian Hendren, and Jordan Devers.



Steven Paul McCrady, 49, of 4852 Midway Road, Waterford Farms manager, husband of Freda Anderson McCrady, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 9, and 7:30 a.m. Friday.


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