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September 16, 2010



Louise Potts Barnett, 80, of Lexington, widow of Hulen Barnett, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at her daughterís home in Louisville.

Born in Lexington, she lived most of her life in Lexington and Nicholasville. She later moved to Louisville to be with her daughter.

Survivors include four children, Tammy (Cathy), Louisville, Connie (Bill) Neal, Humble, Texas, Gary (Maureen) Barnett, Lexington, and Mark (Sandy) Barnett, Versailles; a brother, Roger (Yarlett) Potts, Lexington; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several cousins.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 13.

Donations may be made to Hosparus (Hospice) of Louisville ( or the Woodford Humane Society, Versailles.



Phyllis M. Creech, 55, of Versailles, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010.

Arrangements were pending at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, when The Sun went to press.




Elizabeth "Betty" Dunlap, widow of William Alexander "Sunny" Dunlap, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at Lexington Country Place.

Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., she grew up in both Middlesboro, Ky., and Chillicothe, Ohio. She was a graduate of Miami University of Ohio with a degree in music. She returned to Kentucky to teach at Margaret Hall School in Versailles. While there, she met and married Joe Garrett of Garrettís Orchard and Farm Market. During their marriage, she raised three children. That marriage ended in 1975. She worked at the University of Kentucky School of Music and performed in the Lexington area. She married William "Sunny" Dunlap in 1985. They were members of Pisgah Presbyterian Church and were involved in the choir and numerous outreach programs.

Survivors include two sons, Gordon Garrett (Debra), Lexington, and Stuart Garrett, Lexington; a daughter, Ann Garrett Goodwin (Kim), Winchester; a stepdaughter, Jennie Mills, Lexington; two sisters, Sylvia Folk, Lexington, and Isabelle Hess, Overland Park, Kan.; and three grandchildren, Jessica Garrett-Zerrer, Bloomington, Ind., and David Wafford and Ashley Wafford, Lexington.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 16, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church, Pisgah Pike, Versailles. A brief memorial service will follow visitation.

Donations may be made to the University of Kentucky Parkinsonís Disease Research Center, Kentucky Neurosciences Institute, 740 South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40536-0284. Direct correspondence to Dr. John T. Slevin, director.



Jerry Bruce Florence, 55, of Versailles, husband of Teresa Noble Florence, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at his home.

The son of Eula Courtney Florence of Lexington and the late Edgar Lewis Florence, he was a former employee of Kuhlman Electric Corporation, was a 1973 graduate of Harrison County High School, and had attended the University of Kentucky.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter, Laura Florence; three sons, Jon Florence, David Florence, and Daniel Florence, all of Versailles; a sister, Sandra (Tony) Kincaid, Lexington; and a granddaughter, Elana Florence. A brother, Michael Florence, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 10, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Pastor Frank Layne. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jon Florence, David Florence, Daniel Florence, Jeffrey Canafax, Steven Delgado, and Larry Noble.

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Morris Bart "Moose" Garrison, 72, of Versailles, husband of Barbara Garrison, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at his residence.

Born in Harlan, he was the son of the late George Washington and Sarah King Garrison. He was a graduate of Corbin High School, where he was a member of the 1955-1956 state championship team and also inducted into the Corbin High School Hall of Fame. He received a full scholarship to the University of Kentucky, where he played football. He was a retired firefighter, having served 24-1/2 years for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is survived by a daughter, Debby Robey, Cynthiana; a son, Don Garrison, Georgetown; four grandchildren, Amy (Shawn) McFarland, Amber Robey, Heather (Mark) Bovyer, and Angela Garrison; and three great-grandchildren, Taylor McFarland, Collin and Riley Bovyer.

Services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 16, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by Pastor Bobby Lakes. Burial will follow in the Crestlawn Cemetery in Georgetown.



Carole Joy Geyer, 77, of Lexington, widow of Robert Geyer, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010.

She earned a bachelorís degree from Rhode Island School of Design and worked for IBM-Lexington. She was a member of Southland Christian Church and enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, and crafting.

Survivors include two children, Roger Geyer, Lexington, and Karen (Robert) Brock, Versailles; four grandchildren, Meagan, Heather, Bobby, and Tony; and a great-grandson, Braxton.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 11, at Milward, Southland, Lexington. Burial was in Evergreen Memory Garden.

Memorials may be made to the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center.



Juanita "Bush" VanPelt Gilmer, 80, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, wife of Norton Gilmer, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010.

The daughter of the late Elverine and Lewis VanPelt, she was a former secretary and choir member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church, a member of the Woodford County Womanís Club, a Woodford County Gray Lady, an assistant for Dr. Herman A. Blair, and a caregiver to several family members.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Larry Stratton (Agnes), Nicholasville; a brother, Billy VanPelt, Versailles; a niece; and seven nephews, and two stepdaughters, Barbara Tilghman, Lexington, and Mary Lee Gillis, Versailles. A sister, Virginia Spears, and a niece, are deceased.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in the Versailles Cemetery.



Dorothy Rebecca Moore, 73, of Pearland, Texas, wife of Charles Hays, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.

Born March 9, 1937, she was the daughter of Earl Griggs Moore and Enola B. Foley Moore of Versailles.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at the First United Methodist Church of Pearland, Texas. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 16, in the MFC Hall.



Katherine Woolums Henderson, 87, of Lexington, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born June 18, 1923, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Fannie Ritchey Woolums. She was a retired registered nurse at the Good Samaritan Hospital and a member of Versailles United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a brother, Cecil R. Woolums, Lexington; five sisters, Elizabeth Harlow, Jean Thurman, Faye Slugantz, and Joyce Slugantz, all of Versailles, and Tommie Hopper, Florida; and several nieces and nephews. Her stepmother, Lena Woolums; and four brothers, Estill G. Woolums, Harry Woolums Jr., Jack Woolums, and Kenny Woolums, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 16, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles, by the Rev. J.P. Vick. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Arthur Ray Woolums, Billy Woolums, Ernie Kelley, Joseph Pulliam, Blake Pulliam, and Jason Monroe. Honorary bearers will be Mark Gormley, Larry Sallee, and Doyle Embs.

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Robert Leonard Hudnall Jr., 66, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Jana Thurman Hudnall, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at his home after an illness.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of Robert Leonard Hudnall Sr. of Lawrenceburg and the late Ann L. Stratton Hudnall. He was retired from Rand McNally in Versailles and operator of Robertís Frames in Lawrenceburg. He was a member of the First Christian Church, the Christian Menís Fellowship, and a former member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He was a member of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, a former member of Wheels of Time Car Club, a 1962 graduate of Western High School, and served in the Army National Guard during the Vietnam Era.

In addition to his father and his wife of 45 years, he is survived by a son, Robert Jason Hudnall (Nancy Peach); two grandsons, Robert Chandler and Jason Maxwell Hudnall; a brother, Ron (Karen) Hudnall; a niece; a nephew; and several aunts and uncles.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the First Christian Church by the Rev. Jim Wheeler. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Relay For Life, c/o Derek Ruble, 106 Hamlin Way, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342, or First Christian Church, 300 South Main Street, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.



Clyde Joseph King, 78, of Hillsboro, Fla., died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at his home.

Born Oct. 5, 1931, he was the son of the late Austin and Verna King. He was a 1951 graduate of Wilmore High School and served in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and ocean cruises. He was a retired industrial electrician and a member of the Pinckard Baptist Church.

Survivors include his partner of 32 years, Arlene Grassi; a son, James Austin (Judy) King, Lawrenceburg; a daughter, Kathleen (Daryl) Lewis, Zebulon; a brother, Marvin (Susie) King, Winter Spring, Fla.; four sisters, Elsie (John) McClellan, Fort Worth, Texas, Nina (Johnny) Drury, Lexington, Jacqueline Purdy, Versailles, and Teresa Beasley, Versailles; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. A brother, Walter King, and a sister, Wilma King, are deceased.

Memorial services were conducted Thursday, Aug. 26, in Hillsboro, Fla.



Ottis Morton, 81, of Versailles, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at the UK/Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington.

Born May 24, 1929, in Letcher County, he was the son of the late Leonard and Loretta Adams Morton and was a Baptist. He was a retired mechanic and carpenter and a former Perry Lumber employee

Survivors include a sister, Bea Morton, Versailles; four brothers, Willis Morton and Arvel (Shirley) Morton, Versailles, and Wallace (Shirley) Morton and Bobby (Rose) Morton, Rineyville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Three sisters, Sadie Buffin, Mabel Newsome, and Ruby Morton; five brothers, Virgil Morton, Aster Morton, Noah Morton, Paul Morton, and Kenneth Morton, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Wallace Morton, Willis Morton, Arvel Morton, Bobby Morton, Roy Morton, and Shirley Morton.

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Dave Hartwell Sawyer, 85, of Lexington, husband of Joanne Katherine Warinner Sawyer, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010.

Born March 2, 1925, in Albany, he began his career as product development engineer with Solray Division of Allied Chemical and Dye Corp., New York, from 1951-52, then became research engineer with the Kentucky Highway Research Laboratory at the University of Kentucky from 1952-57. He then became a partner and vice-president of L.E. Gregg & Associates, where he remained until his retirement in 1986. He remained involved in his profession as an engineering consultant until the time of his death. During his career, he belonged to many professional organizations, was president of the Bluegrass Chapter, K.S.P.E., president of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, and served on the national board of N.S.P.E. He has received the Kentucky Outstanding Engineer in Private Practice, was awarded the UK Engineering Outstanding Alumnus, and was a University of Kentucky Fellow. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, David Hartwell Sawyer III and Stephen Shelby Warinner Sawyer; five grandchildren, Andon, Fonta, Hart, Van and Arbella Sawyer; and a brother, Charles William Sawyer. A sister, Mary Elizabeth Sawyer, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Crestwood Christian Church. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.



Betty Jean Walton Vazquez, 62, of Versailles, wife of Andres Vazquez, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late Ronda and Lou Ida Coleman Walton. She was a bus driver for Community Action (Senior Citizens), a former Woodford County school bus driver for 14 years, and was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four daughters, Rebecca Ramos, Tammy (Salvadore) Vieyra, Angelica Vazquez, and Andrea Vazquez, Versailles; two sons, Jeff (Delois) Fain and Jose Vazquez, Versailles; two sisters, Sheena Ramos, Lexington, and Mildred Lay, Versailles; three brothers, Tom Walton, Lexington, and Jackie Walton and Lewis Walton, both of Versailles; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 13, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Adam Norsworthy. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Josh Vieyra, Carols Vieyra, Jose Vazquez, Jeff Fain, Justin Ramirez, Scottie Penn, Jackie Walton, and Matthew Fain.

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