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September 16, 2004



Ruby Beatrice Morgan Chowning, 72, of Versailles, formerly of Lexington, wife of Bill Chowning, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at her residence.

Born July 20, 1932, in Bourbon County, she was the daughter of the late Gobel and Irene Polland Morgan. She was a member of the Versailles Church of God and a retired Sylvania Glass Plant employee. She was the former owner/operator of the Eat Shop in Lexington.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by five daughters, Carole Tobler, Lexington, Donna Miller, Frankfort, Sheryl Wilson, Erlanger, Tish Jenkins, Frankfort, and Karen Issacs, Loretto; a son, Mike Kelly, Versailles; two sisters, Carol Sharp, Versailles, and Della Hendricks, Paris; 20 grandchildren; and a great grandchild.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Frank Layne. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Lonnie "Toby" Tobler, Phil Vogel, Larry Dennis, Eddie Miller, Mike Kelly, Bo Horn, and Ollie Dale.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Church of God, 282 Douglas Avenue, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Russell Blair "R.B." Graves Sr., 61, of Stamping Ground, husband of Jeannie Shipley Graves, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004.

Born Oct. 14, 1942 and raised in Stamping Ground, he was the son of Lucille Bruin Graves and Lonnie Oliver Graves. He had worked for the Kroger store in Georgetown for 15 years, Commonwealth Insurance for 15 years, was a tobacco farmer all his life, and trained and owned thoroughbred horses. He was a member of Long Lick Baptist Church and was a member of the Scott Lodge 702, free and accepted Masons.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Russell Blair Graves Jr., Michael Drexel Graves, and Michael Douglas Graves; three daughters, Lisa J. Wright, Amy S. Walker, and Jennifer Blair Graves Perry; two brothers, Lloyd Graves, Versailles, and James "Jimmy" Graves; two sisters, Martha King and Gayla Burton, all of Stamping Ground; 10 grandchildren, Bobby Joe Cook, Thomas Wright, Carlie Wright, Shelby Graves, Jake Graves, Jesse Graves, Tyler Graves, Cheyenne Graves, Victoria Perry, and Will Perry; and numerous nieces and nephews. A brother, Paul Graves, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home in Stamping Ground.

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Betty Jean Downey Jones of Lexington, widow of Nowlin Jones, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at her home.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late John M. and Elizabeth H. Downey. She was retired from Ernest McWilliams Insurance Agency of Versailles.

Survivors include two stepsons, John M. Jones and Paul L. Jones, both of Florida; two cousins, Nancy Robinson, Lexington, and Charlie Downey, Versailles. A stepdaughter, Kathryn Ann Jones, is deceased. Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Internment was in the Versailles Cemetery.

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Sonia Novak Moosnick, 71, of Lexington, widow of Dr. Monroe Moosnick, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at her residence.

Born in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Belle Soroka Novak. She was a member of Ohavay Zion Synagogue, Hadassah, past president of Ohavay Zion Sisterhood, past president of the board of Ashland Terrace Home, a member of the Transylvania Women's Club, the Central Kentucky Women's Club and she was a lifelong Democrat. She and her husband were very much involved in the lives of Transylvania University students, inviting them to their house often for dinners and fellowship.

Survivors include two daughters, Nora Rose Moosnick, Lexington, and Dr. Miriam Moosnick, Orlando, Fla.; two grandchildren, Louis Marek Schatzki and Helena Margit Schatzki, both of Lexington. A son, Les Moosnick D.M.D., is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, in the Lexington Cemetery by Rabbi Sharon Cohen. W.R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, Kentucky 40504, or to the Woodford Humane Society 890 Tyrone Pike, Versailles, Kentucky 40383, or to St. Jude's Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105.



Lillie Reed Phillips, 82, of Greenville, widow of Wendell Phillips, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at Muhlenberg Community Hospital.

Born in Fayette County she was the daughter of the late Bart Reed and Lora Hamm Slugantz. She was a member of Green's Chapel Church and a retired employee of Ford Motor Company.

Survivors include three grandchildren, Christian, Victoria and Taylor Coffman; a stepdaughter, Evelyn Buss, Greenville; a stepson, Ron Phillips, Bowling Green; six sisters, Gladys Sutherland and Clara Lewis, both of Versailles, Florence Rice, Lexington, Lora Belle Rice, Cynthiana, and Nellie Holland and Myrtle Carl, both of Versailles; and three brothers, Tom Slugantz, Johnny Slugantz and Kenneth Slugantz, all of Versailles. A son, Jack E. Coffman, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of service. Casket bearers will be Larry and Johnny Sutherland, Paul and Mike Rice, Keith and Steve Slugantz, Jai Lewis, and Bobby Carl. Honorary bearers will be Ronnie Phillips and Lou Buss.

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Stephen Carlton Purvis, 17, of Lawrenceburg, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, from injuries received in a traffic accident in Logan County.

Born Aug. 17, 1987, he was the son of Vickie C. Purvis and the late Stephen P. Purvis. He was a junior at Anderson County High School, where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America; a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Anderson County, and active in Pleasant Union Baptist Church in Lewisburg.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his stepfather, Otis Watts; a sister, Ashley Watts; maternal grandparents, Paul and Barbara Cuzick, Versailles; paternal grandmother, Wilma Purvis; a brother, Christopher Purvis; an uncle, Paul Cuzick Jr., Versailles; and an aunt, Janice Cuzick, Versailles.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at Gash Memorial Chapel by Bro. George Dye and Bro. Kris Freeman. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were Steve Higgins, Denis Ayres, Josh Perry, Brian Thompson, Don Lewis, and Charles Fisher. Honorary bearers were Chris Whitaker, John “Baby John” Gay, Robin Ogelsby, Dustin Drury, Luke Beasley, Bro. Kris Freeman, Matt Spears, Mike “Big Bird” Gay, Tim Perry, Jamie Morris, James Morris, Aster Watts, and Clay and Marshall Gibbons.



Maggie Brown Wilder, 93, of Highview Drive, widow of Morris F. Wilder, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at her home.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Isaac H. and Lyda Spurgeon Brown. She was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church and had attended the Glen's Creek Baptist Church. She was a member of the Daughters of the Nile and had been an active supporter of her husband in Masonic activities.

Survivors include a son, Don N. Wilder; five grandchildren, Frank Wilder, Steve Wilder, Kim Davis, Ruth Joest, and Charles Wilder; nine great grandchildren, Lyndsay, Jessica, Adam, Eric, Austin, Shelby, Jeremy, Seth, and Haley; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. David Fee and Chaplain Ray Coats. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Frank Wilder, Steve Wilder, Charles Wilder, Ashley Davis, David Joest, Adam Joest, Eric Wilder, and Austin Wilder.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele St., Frankfort, KY 40601.

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