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September 4, 2008



Paul Appel, 83, husband of Margaret Appel, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, in McDonough, Ga.

He was retired from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by a daughter, Connie Jones, and her family, Florida; and a son, Max Appel, and his family, Versailles.

A private service was planned. Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, was in charge of arrangements.

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Dorothy Hillenmeyer Crutcher, 90, of Lexington, wife of Richard R. Crutcher, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, at the St. Joseph Hospital Hospice Care Center.

Born April 18, 1918, in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Louis Edward Hillenmeyer and Anna Lee Bain Hillenmeyer. She was a former chairman of Ashland Garden and past president of the Garden Club of Lexington and of the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation. She was a founding member of the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary; a past-president of the Lexington Junior League and a member of Idle Hour Country Club and Holy Spirit Parish at the Newman Center.

In addition to her husband of 60 years, she is survived by her children, Ann Evarts Greely (John "Bud"), Richard R. Crutcher III (Gair), David C. Crutcher (Amanda), Daniel L. Crutcher (Julie) and Dorothy M. Cordray; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Her first husband, John Richard Evans; two brothers, Robert H. Hillenmeyer and Louis Edward Hillenmeyer Jr.; and a sister Anna Bain Hillenmeyer Earls, are deceased.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Newman Center, 320 Rose Lane. Burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Friday at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 463 East Main Street.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Newman Center, the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, the Garden Club of Lexington for Ashland Garden or Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Sean Patrick Gearon, 45, of Hodgenville, husband of Paula Hornback Gearon, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, at the Memorial Hospital in Jasper, Ind.

The son of Dolores Gearon of North Carolina and the late Joseph Michael Gearon, he was a member of the Hodgenville United Methodist Church, a parent representative on the school based decision making council at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, a mortgage broker, and a Kentucky Colonel.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by three daughters, Megan Nichole Gearon and Mary Dolora Gearon, both of Hodgenville, and Rachel Morgan Gearon, Versailles; two sons, Michael Sean Gearon, North Carolina, and Joseph Paul Gearon, Hodgenville; two sisters, Maureen Bryan (Bill), St. Louis, Mo., and Lisa Parry (Scott), North Carolina; two brothers, Joseph "Joe" Gearon (Maria), St. Louis, Mo., and Steve Gearon, Paris; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home in Hodgenville by the Rev. Carlton Puryear and the Rev. Jim Meador. Cremation will follow. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Sean Gearon Memorial Fund, in care of Lincoln National Bank, P.O. Box 9, Hodgenville, KY 42748, or the LaRue County Schoolís Gifted and Talented Program, in care of Karen Brey, 33 Eagle Lane Hodgenville, KY 42748.

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Gary Montgomery, 69, of Versailles, husband of Shirley Bolin Montgomery, died Thursday Aug. 28, 2008, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born Nov. 11, 1938, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Oscar and Mildred Smith Montgomery. He was a member of the Woodford Community Christian Church, a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired from Toyota.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Capt. Gary Michael Montgomery, Lexington, Timothy Olen Montgomery, New York, CW04 Thomas Lee (Coanna) Montgomery, Savannah, Ga., and Daniel Ray (Candy) Montgomery, Versailles; a brother, Jack "Sandy" Montgomery; eight grandchildren, Amber, Shawn Michael, Mark Shepherd, Noel Victoria, Virginia Ariel, Ryan Bradley, Rachel Nicole, and Kasey Taylor. A son, Shawn Patrick Montgomery, and a brother, Don Montgomery, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Randy Nation. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Mike, Tommy, Timmy, Dan, Jack and Tony Montgomery. Honorary bearers were Rick Gilliam, Benny Isaacs, Doug Dunaway and Wayne Lynn.

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Christine Belk Martin, 88, widow of Samuel Patterson Martin, died Monday Aug. 25, 2008.

Born in Bowling Green, she was the daughter of the late Rufus and Virgie Galloway Belk. She was a homemaker and a member of Crestwood Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Joseph (Pam) Martin, Frankfort; three grandsons; and four great-granddaughters.

No services were planned.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass. Condolences may be made at



Dorothy Pauline Hedden Rowland, 59, of Frankfort, widow of Charles Rowland, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

A native of Frankfort, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Julia Cook Hedden. She was a retired employee with Webster Electric, a member of Farmdale Baptist Church, and a member of the Diabetic Coalition.

Survivors include a daughter, Julia Rowland Horsley, Frankfort; a son Bo (Raquita) Rowland, Frankfort; a twin brother, Donald (Thelma) Hedden, Frankfort; and a brother, Toby Hedden, Lexington; her stepfather, Paul Rearden, Frankfort; two stepsisters, Robin Hopper and Cathy Bennett, both of Frankfort; a stepbrother, Paul Allen Rearden, Frankfort; and seven grandchildren. A daughter, Michele Rowland, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Steve Weaver and the Rev. Frank Farley. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery.

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Shirley C. Shaw, of Lexington, widow of Norman L. Shaw, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at the Hospice Care Center at the St. Joseph Hospital.

She was the daughter of Fannie and C.O. Colclough of Durham, N.C. She was a member of Glenís Creek Baptist Church, an active member of Metropolitan Womanís Club and the Beaumont YMCA "Ballerina" water fitness class.

Survivors include three sons, Norman L. "Pete" Jr. (Susan), Tony L. (Marissa), and Greg O. (Mary); a daughter, Donna (Steve) Rardin; 10 grandchildren, Kortney and Eric Williams, Clay City, Meagan and Chad Lawson, Winchester, Rachael, Julie and Vince Shaw, Amanda, Tressa and Christina Shaw and Stephen Lee and Emily Rardin, all of Versailles; four great-grandchildren, Brennon Meadows and Christian Williams, Clay City, and Elizabeth Williams and Patrick Rardin, Versailles. A grandson, Patrick Norman Shaw, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 3, at W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, by Dr. Mike James. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Pete, Tony, Greg and Vince Shaw, Stephen L. Rardin, Eric William, Chad Lawson and Curtis Wall. Honorary bearers were Patrick Norman Shaw and Steve Rardin.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Glenís Creek Baptist Church, 4678 Steele Pike, Versailles, KY 40383.



Jesse Kennie "Nandy" Ward, 96, widower of Erma French Ward, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Allen Ward and Rhinda Davis Ward Jett. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Versailles Baptist Church, where he was the oldest living member. He was a retired butcher, working at the A&P grocery store for 35 years, and was a Kentucky Colonel.

Survivors include two daughters, Norma Ward (Earl) Belcher and Libby Ward (Billy) Routt, Versailles; a son, Kenneth Wesley (Kaye) Ward, Versailles; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Robbie Carr. Two sisters, Nannie B. Nichols and Hallie Hall, and two brothers, Roy and Raymond Ward, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 4, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. John Brandon. Interment will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Billy Routt, Earl Belcher, Joe Routt, Tommy Routt, Roddy Williams, Jaye Williams, James Kay II, and Blake Steele. Honorary bearers will be his grandchildren.

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