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September 20, 2001


Nancy Combs

Nancy Deaton Combs, 68, of Jackson, retired school teacher with the Breathitt County School System and director of the Breathitt County Senior Citizens, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2001, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, after a brief illness.

Daughter of the late William "Bill" and Addie Stacy Deaton, she was a member of Quicksand Church of God.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Charles "Jake" Combs; a son, Charles Glenn Combs, Jackson; Two grandsons, Shawn Combs, Richmond, and Chris Combs, N.C.; two brothers, Edward Deaton, Forks, Md., and John Deaton, Snead, Fla.; three sisters, Mae Griffith, Indianapolis, Ind., Emma Maloney, Versailles, and Martha Turner, Bonneville; and many nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Roscoe Deaton and Lewis Deaton, and a sister, Ethel Cargle, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Jackson, by the Rev. Harry Kemper. Burial will follow in Combs Cemetery, Jackson.


Robert A. Cressman

Robert A. Cressman, 77, of Medina, Ohio, a retired commander in the U.S. Navy, husband of Nancy Huston Cressman, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2001, at the Hospice Care Center, Copley, Ohio.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of Wesner and Miriam Rennyson Cressman. A graduate of Duke University, he was a member of the Poe United Methodist Church, and was a civil engineer for a number of firms and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Services.

In addition to his wife, survivors include five daughters, Marcine Highland, Newark, Ohio, Cheryll Latham, Dublin, Ohio, Karen Harrington, Medina, Ohio, Maribeth Schmidt, Murray, and Rebecca Warren, Versailles; two sons, Robert A. Cressman Jr., Tucson, Ariz., and Andrew Rockwell, Garfield Heights, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Cressman, Hilliard, Ohio. A daughter, Barbara Cressman, and a great grandson, Logan Andrew Schmidt, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 14, 2001, at Waite & Son Funeral Homes Medina Chapel by the Rev. Richard Thewlis and the Rev. Jim Patterson. Burial was in Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina, Ohio.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, Ohio, 44333.


Justin Harlow

Justin Neil Harlow, 17, of Harrodsburg, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001, in Salvisa from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born Dec. 20, 1983, in Woodford County, and was an employee of Jay Brown Builders, Harrodsburg. He attended Anderson County High School and was a member of the Lawrenceburg First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his mother and step-father, Jan Cammack Brown and Jay Brown, Harrodsburg; his father, Mike Harlow, Lawrenceburg; a sister, Nicole Lynn Cammack, Lawrenceburg; maternal grandparents, Ralph and Roxie Bond Champion, Lawrenceburg; paternal grandparents, Marie and Albert Brumback, Versailles; maternal great grandmother, Geneva Cammack, Lawrenceburg; and step-grandparents, James A. and Sarah E. Brown, Harrodsburg. His maternal grandfather, Donald Ray Cammack, his paternal grandfather, Mike Harlow, his maternal great grandparents, Wright and Helen Mitchell Bond, his maternal great grandfather, Allen Cammack, and his paternal great grandparents, Jim and Betty Harlow and Cran and Zannie Kincaid, are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001, at Lawrenceburg First Baptist Church by Bro. Jeff Eaton. Burial was in Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were Josh Kays, Anthony Bast, Jordan Cornish, Russell Oliver, Patrick Billiter, Kirby Sutherland, Justin Lockard, Skyy Brown, Isrial Brown, Chris Muncey and Greg Stratton. Honorary bearers were Neal Young and the Class of 2002 at Anderson County High School.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 11700 Commonwealth Drive, Suite 500, Louisville, KY 40299.


Vina V. Hawkins

Vina V. Hawkins, 80, of Lexington, widow of Gordon Hawkins, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001, at Darby Square Nursing Home.

Born in Rockcastle County, she was the daughter of the late William and Susan Hubbard Miller. She was a retired employee of the F.W. Means Company, and a member of the Trinity Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sisters, Daisy Kackley, Woodford County, Bea Fields, Bertie Huddleston, and Edna Jenkins, all of Lexington; a step-son, Gordon Hawkins, Lexington; two grandchildren; one great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. A son, Lonnie Hawkins, and four siblings are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home by Pastor Jay Robinson. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Floyd Kackley, Rusty Thorndale, Richard Bottoms, Larry Miller, Ian Miller, and James Sims.


Douglas B. Isley

Douglas B. Isley, 53, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Mildred “Nita” Moore Isley, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born Feb. 29, 1948, in Winston Salem, N.C., he was the son of Marion Blalock Moffett and her husband, Coleman Moffett DMD, Lexington, and the late Gene Isley. He was a retired engineering technician with Texas Instruments, Versailles, where he was employed for 32 years, and had served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Texan’s Bowling League, Lexington, and the TI Golf Team, Woodford Hills Country Club, Versailles.

Other survivors include a son, Timothy Douglas Isley, Lexington; a step-son, Eric Lee Harris, Lawrenceburg; a step-daughter, Vicki Elaine Allen, Lawrenceburg; three step-grandchildren, Jonathan and Zachary Overall and Tabitha Allen, all of Lawrenceburg; a brother, David Isley, Atlanta, Ga.; a nephew, Billy Isley, Atlanta; and a great nephew, Cole Isley, Atlanta.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 14, 2001, at Ritchie-Peach-Todd Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, by Bro. Don Wells. Burial was in Lawrenceburg Cemetery with military honors.

Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, c/o Shirley Hoskins, 103 Saffell Street, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342 or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.


Susie Jackson

Susie Russell Jackson, 98, of Versailles, widow of John R. Jackson, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001, at Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Hamilton Million. She had been an employee of Mrs. E.A. Davis, prior to retirement, and was noted for her cooking, particularly for her recipe for beaten biscuits and country ham. She was a lifelong member of Simpson United Methodist Church, and its oldest member prior to her death. She was a choir member, had been Sunday School superintendent, and was a past president and member of the United Methodist Women.

Survivors include two nieces, Mary Johnson and Mary Emma Hobbs, both of Versailles; a nephew, Dan Collins Sr., Versailles; and numerous great nieces and nephews. Two sisters and a brother are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 17, 2001, at the Simpson United Methodist Church by Pastor Thomas Muhomba and the Rev. Willis Polk. Interment was in Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers were Joe Richards Sr., Robert Brown, William Harris, Richard Carr Sr., Charles Devine, and George Scearce. Honorary bearers were Robert Higgins Sr., Robert Higgins Jr., William S. Buckner, Bradley Buckner, Willis Washington, and Thomas Brown.

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


Betty A. McKinstry

Betty Avent McKinstry, 83, of Versailles, wife of John Otis McKinstry, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

A native of Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Mrs. Lewis M. (Taft Ryley Avent) Heflin, Lexington, and the late Edward Powhatan Avent, Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Miss Daughert's School, Cincinnati, was a graduate of Fassifern School, Hendersonville, N.C., attended Hollins College, Hollins, Va., the Alliance Francaise, Paris, France, the University of Grenoble, France, and the University of Kentucky, where she was president of Chi Omega Sorority. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Versailles, and a former member of the Lexington Junior League. She was a great, great granddaughter of General James Francis McConnell, who was the son of William McConnell, on of the founders of Lexington.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Jon Douglas Rood (Taft Avent McKinstry); a son, John Otis McKinstry III; a grandson, Coleman Carnegie Johnston McKinstry; two granddaughters, Lucy Coleman McKinstry and Nancy Carnegie McKinstry, all of Lexington; a step-sister, Elizabeth Layne Webb Young, Atlantic Highlands, N.J.; two step-brothers, Lucien Layne, Denver, Colo., and Thomas Layne, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001, at the Versailles Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. John's Episcopal Church or to the Woodford County Library.

Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

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