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September 6, 2007

 

Crigger

Ralph E. Crigger, 72, of Versailles, husband of Shirley Boyd Crigger, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born March 25, 1935, in Bell County, he was the son of the late Walter and Ruby Whited Crigger. He was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church, was a 32-year employee of IBM, and had been a courier for Citizens Commerce National Bank in Versailles. He was also a United States Marine Corps veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Janet Alexander, Teresa Hatton, and Loretta Cox, all of Versailles.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Joseph Girdler. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Kip Gillespie, Tommy Gillespie, Sam Williams, David Hartley, Gary Hatton and Ken Cox. Honorary bearers were Ethan Gillespie, Jimmy Alexander and the staff of Citizens Commerce National Bank.

Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

Drake

William B. "Bill" Drake Sr., 85, husband of Marjorie Curtis Bell Drake, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at Thomson-Hood VA Center in Wilmore.

Born Feb. 27, 1922, in Monticello, he was the son of U.Y. Drake and Ella May Bartleson Drake. He graduated from Somerset High School and attended Transylvania University. In 1942 he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army Air Force, attained the rank of captain, and commanded a B-17 Flying Fortress with the Eighth Air Force 384th Bombardment Group. In Nov 1944, while piloting a B-17G, he was downed by hostile fire near Frankfurt, Germany, and held as a prisoner of war by the German Air Force and Army until April 1945. He endured a 300 mile forced march through Germany during mid-winter. His prisoner of war camp was liberated by Gen. George S. Patton. After the service, he entered the University of Kentucky and received a BS and MS in civil engineering. He served in the Kentucky Department of Highways as research engineer and project director (1946 to 1957), director of research (1957 to 1963), and assistant state highway engineer in planning and research (1963 to 1973, 1974 to 1981). He also served as transportation planning coordinator in the Executive Department of Finance and Administration (1973 to 1974) and from 1981 until his retirement he was the associate director of the Transportation Research Program at the UK College of Engineering. His research interest was pavement design and highway materials and he published numerous scholarly articles. For more than 40 years, he lectured in the civil engineering department at UK. He was a registered professional engineer and an active member of the Kentucky Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, Transportation Research Board, Kentucky Association of Transportation Engineers, American Public Works Association, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was honored with many awards and citations, including the UK College of Engineering Outstanding Alumnus Award (1993) and the UK Civil Engineering Career Achievement Award (2000). He was a lifelong member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and an active member of South Elkhorn Christian Church.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, he is survived by a daughter, Margie Drake Thorup, Lancaster; a son, Dr. William B. Drake Jr., Midway; and a granddaughter, Lara Clay Drake, South Hadley, Mass.; two brothers, Eugene B. Drake, Frankfort, and James Drake, Chattanooga, Tenn., and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Robert G. Drake, and a sister, Lou Ann Drake, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 4, at South Elkhorn Christian Church, Lexington, by Dr. William B. Drake Jr., Dr. William G. Brown, and Dr. Mickey Anders. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Greg Smith, James Havens, Gene Clark, Paul Sears, Chris Thorup, George Helm, and Jon Davis. Honorary bearers were Elizabeth Wells Duff, Robert H. Buntin, Edward Seiler, Brandon Helm, Stewart Gatewood, the Rev. Harold Tackett, General W. R. Buntin Jr., Wendell Chafin, Jim Searle, Stanton Summay, Calvin Grayson, Addison Hammond, the Rev. George Pirtle, and his nieces and nephews. W.R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway, was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Midway College, 512 East Stephens Street, Midway, KY 40347, or the Herrington Lake Conservation League, P.O Box 404, Burgin KY 40310.

 

English

Betty Corman English, 70, of Nicholasville, wife of Bobby English, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center Hospital.

Born July 6, 1937, in Jessamine County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Hattie Benge Corman. She was a graduate of Wilmore High School and a former employee of Barrett Midway Sewing Factory and Duncan Machinery.

In addition to her husband of 52 years, she is survived by a sister, Mildred Hammond; two special nieces, Shirley Lanter and Joyce Morris; and many other nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Ruby Peel and Katheryn Holman; and two brothers, Jerry Corman and Fred Corman Jr., are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Aug. 31, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home by the Rev. Jim Harrison. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to one’s favorite charity.

Guest book at hagerandcundifffunerals.com.

 

Harrod

Ron Harrod, 65, husband of Edna Ruth Harrod, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

A native of Frankfort, he was the son of Maxine Harrod and the late James Elmer Harrod. He was a retired lithographer for Rand McNally, and a member and deacon of Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two sons, Kevin Harrod, New Mexico, and Jeff Harrod, Lawrenceburg; two stepdaughters, Dawn Dawson, Lexington, and Marcie Driver, Georgetown; two brothers, Jerry Harrod, Finchville, and Steve Harrod, Frankfort; and six grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Todd Lester. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Anthony Stephens, Jamie Yount, Tim Hurley, George Southworth, Stephen Harrod, and Tommy Lippert. Honorary bearers were Richard Woodside and the deacons of Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church.

Contributions are suggested to Forks of Elkhorn Building Fund.

Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

Moore

Mary Jo Moore, 70, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born and raised in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late C. E. and Grace McCoun Moore. She was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church and a retired IBM employee. She was a 1954 graduate of Versailles High School. An avid University of Kentucky athletics fan, she was a volunteer for over 10 years and later an employee of the UK Athletics Department.

Survivors include three sisters, Christine True, Versailles, Jenny Smith, Frankfort, and Clara Ann Dozier, Versailles; two brothers, Earl Baxter Moore, Lexington, and Raymond Cox, Versailles; 12 nieces and nephews; and 15 great-nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Billie Moore and Herbert Moore, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Gregory Bone, Philip Moore, Chris Moore, John Moore, Tommy Moore, and William Leslie Phelps.

Memorials are suggested to the Hospice Care Center, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504-3277.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

Staggs

Richard "Dick" Staggs, 75, of Morehead, formerly of Versailles, husband of Leanna Mastin Staggs died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007, at his residence.

Born Nov. 18, 1931, in Mt. Sterling, he was the son of the late Hilton Armstrong Staggs and Edna Sparks Staggs and the stepson of the late Mildred Moore Staggs. He was a graduate of Breckinridge Training School and attended the University of Kentucky. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He was an engineer with the City of Lexington Public Works Department from 1958 to 1968 and worked with the U.S. Forest Service in Morehead from 1968 to 1973. He founded Staggs General Survey in 1973 and was owner and primary surveyor until 1998. He served on the Morehead City Council from 1978 to 1979 and again from 1986 to 1989. He was also elected Rowan County Surveyor. He was a Kentucky Colonel, past member of Masonic Lodge No. 1, Lexington, and an avid U.K. fan.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Rick Spencer Staggs, Lexington; a daughter, Mary Byrd, Fleming County; four grandchildren, Caleb Hilton Staggs, Makenna Rose Staggs, Jonathan Wade Norris, and Jessica Dawn Wilson; a great-grandchild, Nevaeh Dawn Wilson; a stepbrother, Joe Gormley, Versailles; and a stepdaughter, Martha Thompson, Hillsboro. One grandchild, Jesse Joe Caudill, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 1, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel, Morehead, by the Rev. Joe Cline. Elwood Caudill was a special speaker. Burial was in Lee Cemetery with full military rites conducted by Morehead American Legion Post No. 126. Casket bearers were Caleb Staggs, Mark Johnson, Brian Johnson, Luke Victor, Elwood Caudill, and Barry Thompson. Honorary bearers were John Paul Kegley, Billy Calvert, Billy McClain, Billy Poage, Joe Gormley, Haywood Alves, and Earl Henson.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Claire Hospice, 222 Medical Circle, Morehead, KY 40351.

 

Wiley

Willie Mae Wiley, 77, wife of Denny Wiley, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Julia Bell Lowry Lloyd and was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church. She had been a nurse at the old Woodford Memorial Hospital, had worked 10 years for Texas Instruments, and had worked in the cafeteria at Woodford County High School.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Harrod, Linda Recktenwald, and Terri Cunningham, all of Frankfort; two sisters, Margaret Douglas, Frankfort, and Anna Bell Sharp, Lexington; two brothers, Johnny Lloyd, Versailles, and Hamp Lloyd, Florida; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 6, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504-3277.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.



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