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September 30, 2010



Jerry Wayne Columbia, 64, of Midway, husband of Linda Columbia, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2010.

Born Feb. 25, 1946, in Versailles, he was the son of Hazel Parker Columbia and the late Henry Lee Columbia. He was a retired carpenter at the Kentucky Horse Park, former Midway Fire Chief for 18 years, and a member of the American Legion Post #67.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter, Vicki Columbia (Brian) Dominick, Ga.; a sister, Carolyn Logan, Midway; a brother, Donald Lee Columbia, Lexington; and two grandchildren, Mallori Bella and Rilee Parker.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Jamie Broom. Casket bearers were John Robert Columbia, Donnie Columbia, Wayne Logan, Dale Logan, Wayne Yocum, Steve Moberly.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judeís Childrenís Hospital.

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Faye Blanche Covington, 76, wife of Benton S. Covington, Harrodsburg, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. She was the daughter of the late Beckham and Viola Shields Buffin.

In addition to her husband of 54 years, she is survived by three children, Rebecca Dawn Smith, Frankfort, Rachel Alicenia (Donald) Powers, Versailles, and Benton Keith (Linda) Covington, Georgetown; four grandchildren, Selena Kristine (Chris) Warren, Ariel Faye Powers, and Danielle Marie Powers, all of Versailles, and Cara Lee Covington; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold (Carolyn) Buffin; and two sisters, Reba Young and Juanita Kelly. Two brothers, Kenneth and Elwood Buffin, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted at Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Contributions are suggested to Heritage Hospice or cancer research.



Denyse Pendanx Cruguet, 80, one of the pioneering women in French racing and wife of Triple Crown-winning jockey Jean Cruguet, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at her home in Versailles. Her health had been in decline ever since suffering a debilitating stroke in 2003.

"She was my wife, best friend, big sister, and like a mother to me," said a sorrowful Cruguet of his partner of 47 years.

In the 1960s the French-born Denyse was among the earliest women to exercise horses on the racetrack in Europe, making headlines for her efforts. Eventually, she was one of the first women with her own training stable in France.

She met fledgling jockey Cruguet when he rode one of her troublesome horses to victory. "She thought I was a genius and thatís how we got together," said Cruguet. To further his riding, they left France for the United States in 1965 and married in Florida.

Cruguet, who won the Triple Crown aboard Seattle Slew in 1977, has always credited Denyse with guiding his career. She encouraged Cruguet to continue riding in the United States, which led to such champion mounts as Hoist the Flag, Arts and Letters, Travers winner Chompion, and Seattle Slew.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Leslie Corker, and a granddaughter, Charlotte, of Long Island, NY.

A memorial service will be held at Lexingtonís Keeneland Racecourse in the Clubhouse Room on Friday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. Speakers will include former jockey Pat Day. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy be made to the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund or to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY.



Coleman Roger Duncan Jr., 75, of Nicholasville, husband of Faye Osborne Duncan, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born May 12, 1935, in Nicholas County, he was the son of the late Coleman Roger and Mary Conway White Duncan. He was a retired IBM employee and a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Larry Douglas Duncan, Scott County; a daughter, Karen Annette Duncan, Woodford County; four grandchildren, Crystal Faye (Shaun) Compton, Las Vegas, Nev., Travis Wayne Evans, Versailles, Kayla Renee Duncan, Wilmore, and Brian M. Noel, Wilmore; three great-grandchildren, Madison Brook Evans, Keaton Ray Stevens, and Dakota Wayne Evans; a sister, Nancy (Roy) Tucker; and a brother, Harold Ray (Irene) Duncan. Three brothers, Jimmy, Herman, and Conway Duncan; and a sister, Hazel Duncan, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Hinton-Turner Funeral Home, Paris, by the Rev. Anthony Gubitz. Burial was in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Casket bearers were Phillip Kincaid, James H. White, Travis Evans, Marvin Barker, Robin Osborne, and Chad Duncan.

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Elizabeth Mae Woolums Harlow, 88, of Versailles, widow of James Richard Harlow, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010.

Born Nov. 23, 1921, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Fannie Mae Ritchie Woolums. She was a homemaker and a member of Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Robert L. Harlow, Versailles; four sisters, Joyce Slugantz, Faye Slugantz, and Jean Thurman, all of Versailles, and Tommie Harper, Florida; a brother, Cecil Woolums, Lexington; three grandchildren, James, Brian, and Devine; six great-grandchildren; and a special sister-in-law, Madeline Woolums. A daughter, Marilyn Harlow; a son, Donald J. Harlow; a sister, Katherine Henderson; four brothers, Kenny Woolums, Harry "Mutt" Woolums, Jack Woolums, and Gene Woolums; and her step-mother, Lena Woolums, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Sherman Warfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of The Bluegrass.

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Gene Harris, 82, of Lexington, husband of Nora A. Harris, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at the VA Hospital on Cooper Drive.

Born in Cullman, Ala., he was the son of the late Ernest and Anise Harris. He was retired from Sysco Louisville Food Services. He was a member of Southside Church of Christ, and was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, serving on a submarine for four years.

In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is survived by two sons, Richard (Ruth) Harris, Versailles, and Jeffrey (Laura) Harris, Ft. Thomas; and two grandchildren, Shelbye and Parker Harris. A sister, Rose Harris, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 30, at Southside Church of Christ, Lexington. Burial will follow at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Milward Mortuary, Southland, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Lena Mae Hill, 89, of Frankfort, wife of Ezra Harrison Hill Sr., died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010.

Born June 14, 1921, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Horace B. and Hettie Willard. She was a former employee of Taylor Drug.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Ezra H. (Judy) Hill Jr., Versailles; two grandchildren, Steven (Mary) and Mike (Ginger) Hill; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Oneida Hammond, Colorado; and two brothers, A.C. Willard, Loretto, and Curtis Willard, Eminence. A brother, H.B. Willard, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 30, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Chaplain Roger Outler. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Steve Hill, Mark Hill, Jason Hill, Kevin Hill, Donnie Hill, and Lonnie Masters. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. today until the time of service.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Robert E. "Bob" Lane, a retired twenty-eight year veteran Standard Oil man has died in Melbourne, Florida at the age of 90. With his devoted daughters at his side, Mr. Lane died September 23, 2010.

Besides his long career as one of Standard Oilís marketing sales managers, his office being in the beautiful old Starks Building in downtown Louisville, Mr. Lane also retired from the United States Air Force at the conclusion of the Korean Conflict. But he is probably best remembered back in Central Kentucky as that promising young baseball pitcher and shortstop of major league caliber. In those days, as a mere youngster, Bob Lane had the distinction of being coached and tutored by two of baseballís great Hall of Fame pitchers, Dazzy Vance and Grover Cleveland Alexander. But World War II, and an incapacitating shoulder injury, ended his baseball dreams and plans. Lane enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Private in the fall of 1940 and served with the 38th Infantry Division, and then with the United States 8th Air Force through World War II, and again during the Korean Conflict, finally ending his service as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve.

Bob was the first of six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Albert Lane of Versailles, Kentucky. It was there on the farm where he grew up that he learned about hard work and perseverance. On weekends he walked the several miles into town to enter local dance contests for fun with the girls and a way to win some extra spending money. Later in life he fascinated his grandchildren, and their parents, with his many stories of a life lived fully and honorably. Bob Lane was known to everyone as the kindest man. A charismatic personality, Bobís demeanor could fairly be considered a cross between the actor Jimmy Stewart and the baseball great, Joe DiMaggio. His positive outlook on life and warm personality was obvious to anyone who knew him.

After his retirement from Standard Oil Company, he and his wife Marilyn continued to live in Louisville, spending winters in Florida, and taking trips to Michigan where Marilyn was a native. They spent many wonderful years in retirement traveling to visit their five daughters and sons-in-law, as well as thirteen grandchildren. In 1994, Bob and Marilyn moved to Indialantic, Florida. Bob could be seen there regularly walking the beach, riding his one-speed cruiser all over town, golfing with friends, spending time with his beloved Dodgers at their Spring Training camp in Vero Beach, Florida, and attending reunions with friends and acquaintances he had made during his long service to his country in the military.

Mr. Lane was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, and daughter Barbara. He is survived by four daughters and sons in law, thirteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren, five brothers and sisters from the Lexington/Versailles area, Christine McDonald, Anna Dearinger, Minnie Sue Nelson, Joseph A. Lane, Jr, and William A. Lane.

Visitation Thursday, September 30 at Concordia Lutheran Church, 1127 East Broadway, Louisville, KY 9:30 AM- 11:00 AM. Service immediately following, with burial at Cave Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Pooler, Georgia.

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John L. Marcum, 89, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., widower of Virginia L. Marcum, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010.

Born in Versailles in 1921, he moved to Jacksonville Beach in 1959. During World War II, he landed at Omaha Beach while serving in the U.S. Army. He retired from the City of Atlantic Beach in 1984.

Survivors include four children, John A. Marcum, Diana Doerr, Mike Marcum, and Randy Marcum; four grandchildren, Cathy Marcum, Wendy Warner, Taylor Marcum, and Amy Calvin; and three great-grandchildren, Matthew Marcum, Gabby Calvin and Liberty Calvin.

Services were conducted Thursday, Sept. 23, in the Chapel of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach, by the Rev. Paul Murphy. Interment was in Beaches Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research.



Rose Price Powers, 88, of Lexington, widow of Robert V. Powers, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010.

Born Aug. 24, 1922, in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Jessie Jane Gebhardt. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Versailles, and a member of Rebakah Lodge for over 56 years.

Survivors include three sons, John E. (Jane) Powers, Versailles, Chaplain Michael (Janice) Powers, Lexington, and Joe (Eileen) Powers, Lorain, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Two sons, Ronald and Thomas Powers, and two daughters, Mary Jane Powers Pinkerton and Dorothy Jean Powers, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington, by Chaplain Michael Powers and Bro. Bobby Lakes. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 30. Casket bearers will be her grandsons, Brad Pinkerton, Tom, Jim, William, Ryan and John Powers.

Memorials are suggested to a Special Wish Foundation, 4370 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, OH 44053.



Joan Gover Rankin, 78, of Danville, wife of Bob Rankin, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.

Born Dec. 29,1931, in Hustonville, she was the daughter of Joseph Perkins and Mildred Knoel Gover. She was a 1950 graduate of Danville High School. She was a member of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, where she was active in the Joy Sunday school class as a server, volunteer and on the bereavement committee. She had been a bookkeeper at the Caldwell Stone Company and the Cinderella Shop.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Gwen Rankin Montgomery, Danville, Jennifer Rankin Baker, Versailles and Bruce (Jane) Rankin, Erlanger; four sisters, Jean Mudd, Louisville, Pat Shackelford, Florida, Sarah Wiltsee, Danville, and Betty Ellnor, Somerset; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and her stepmother, Edith Kidd, Danville.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Lexington Avenue Baptist Church by the Rev. Tommy Valentine. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery. Stith Funeral Home, Danville, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Gideons International or the American Stroke Association.



Mildred Sanders Ruggles, 91, of Lexington, widow of John F. Ruggles Jr. (founder, Ruggles Sign Company, Versailles), daughter of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders and Josephine King Sanders, and died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010.

Born Aug. 15, 1919, in Jeffersonville, Ind., she attended Saint Camillus Academy in Corbin. She met her husband, John F. Ruggles Jr., at the first inauguration of Governor A.B. "Happy" Chandler and the two married on her 18th birthday in 1937. After World War II, she served as a Grey Lady at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lexington and assisted her husband in the start-up of Ruggles Sign Company. She traveled extensively with her father during the early days of Kentucky Fried Chicken to help train new franchisees. She attended conventions and events to promote Kentucky Fried Chicken throughout the United States and abroad. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, a Daughter of the American Revolution, a Daughter of the Nile, a Girl Scout leader, a member of the Bob-O-Link Homemakers, a member of the World Sign Association, a board member of the Mountain Laurel Festival, and a long-time member of Central Christian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Marlona Ruggles Ice (Daniel), Bardstown; a son, John F. Ruggles III (Vivian), Davie, Fla.; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Ruggles Pitchford (Murl), Salvisa, Anna Ice Cambron (Tim), Versailles, John T. Ice (Andrea), Malawi, Africa, Lee Ice, Lexington, and Kathy Ice Wedding (Chad), Lexington; and six great-grandchildren, Carly, Lauren and Seth Cambron, Providence and Liberty Ice, and Grace Pitchford. A brother, Harland Sanders Jr., and a sister, Margaret Sanders, are deceased.

Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Central Christian Church, 205 East Short Street, Lexington, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. The family will hold a private burial.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, or Shriners Hospital.



Clara P. Brown Taylor, 80, of Lexington, widow of Hollis Moore Taylor, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at the Bluegrass Care and Rehab in Lexington.

Born in Red House, she was the daughter of the late General and Virgie Sparks Brown. She was a retired retail bookkeeper and member of Silas Baptist Church in Bourbon County.

Survivors include a son, Gary A. Taylor, Lexington; a brother, Ernest Brown, Versailles; and two sisters, Phyllis Warth and Linda Spohn, both of Lexington.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 30, at Athens Cemetery. No visitation is planned. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Shirley A. Walker, 70, of Millville, wife of Bruce Walker, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late William Paul and Frances Opal Smith Fredrick. She was a member of the Open Bible Church in Lawrenceburg and had been a member of the 1st Assembly of God, Frankfort.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Melissa (Paul) Rice, Frankfort; a son, Paul (Sheila) Walker, Millville; four grandchildren, Joshua Paul Rice, Kayla Rice, Cody Walker, and Hunter Walker; and a great-grandson, Aiden Rice.

Services were conducted Friday, Sept. 24, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Jeff Douglass, the Rev. Jeff Johnson, and Pastor Patsy Dennis. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Josh Rice, Cody Walker, Hunter Walker, David Penn, Gilbert Chadwell Jr., Brandon Hulette, and Brian Crawford.

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Eva Margaret Rice Workman, 80, of Lexington, wife of Charles Clifford Workman, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010.

Born Feb. 2, 1930, in Catlettsburg, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Nellie H. Rice. She graduated from Boyd County High School in 1947 and attended Georgetown College and Tulane University. She graduated from the Mathers School of Nursing of the Southern Baptist Hospital of New Orleans, La., in 1951. She worked at the V.A. Hospital in West Virginia. She retired from the Bluegrass Army Depot at Avon in 1990 and worked at the NIMH Clinical Research Center.

In addition to her husband of 55 years, she is survived by four children, Kathy Lynn Evans, Lexington, David Matthew (Sara) Workman, Versailles, Mary Jean (Laurent) Jouet, Lexington, and Jason Earl Workman, Los Angeles, Calif.; a brother, Samuel Rice, Ashland; and six grandchildren, Hilary L. Evans, David Charles Workman, Courtney Lynn Evans, John Brooks Workman, Jean-Paul Jouet, and Marguerite Jouet.

Services were conducted Monday, Sept. 27, at Broadway Baptist Church. Burial was in the Catlettsburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were David, Jason, John and David Charles Workman, Hilary and Courtney Evans, Laurent Jouet, and Tim Rice. Honorary bearers were from the Becky Mackey Sunday School Class. W.R. Milward, Southland, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Broadway Baptist Church.


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