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September 7, 2000 issue

Geneva B. Downey

Geneva Brown English Downey, 85, of 242 Boston Drive, Versailles, widow of Ben H. Downey Jr., died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital East, Lexington.

She was born on April 17, 1915, in Richmond, a daughter of the late Thomas P. and Nannie Carmack English. Mrs. Downey was a retired nurse at Woodford Memorial Hospital and was a member of the Hillsboro Baptist Church, Woodford County.

She is survived a daughter, Patsy D. Barnes, Cape Coral, Fla.; two sons, Paul Downey, Versailles, and Sam M. Downey, Cape Coral; three sisters, Katherine E. Mason, Versailles, and Edith Wash and Betty Devers, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, William Michael Barnes, Benjamin T. Barnes, Laura B. Williams, Mason A. Barnes, Sarah D. Barnes, David A. Downey, Glenn D. Downey, Mark-Thomas McKeehan, and Shelley Downey; a great-granddaughter, and three great-grandsons.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Don White. Burial will be in the Versailles Cemetery. Mrs. Downey's grandsons will serve as casket bearers.



James A. Goins

James Allen Goins, 89, of Lexington, husband of Louise Osborne Goins, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at his residence.

Born in Franklin County, he was the son of the late Henry Allen and Carrie Flynn Goins. A retired optician, he had worked with Pal Optical. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Frankfort and was a U. S. Army veteran.

Besides his wife, he is survived by three sisters, Elizabeth Coyle and Carolyn Holder, both of Frankfort, and Lillian Phillips, Louisville. He was also related to several Midway residents.

Graveside services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, in the Midway Cemetery by the Rev. William H. McDonald. Casket bearers were John McDaniel, Jim McDaniel, Tom Hayward, Ted Nutter, Doug Smith, and Joe Barnes. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr. Lexington 40504. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.



Edith E. Penwell

Edith Earl Scott Penwell, 79, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Versailles, widow of Lawrence Penwell, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2000, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

A native of Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Joe Earl and Mary White Scott and was a graduate of the Versailles High School.

Survivors include two sons, Dwight Scott Penwell and Larry Joe Penwell, both of Lawrenceburg; a sister, Marjorie Scott Wise, Lexington; six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Don Wells. The body was cremated.



Everette Prather

Everette Prather, 92, of Ryne Court, Versailles, widower of Edith Garrett Prather, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late Rollie B. and Allie Rudder Prather. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Clover Bottom Baptist Church.

Mr. Prather is survived by two sons, Bill Prather, Versailles, and Michael Prather, Stamping Ground; five daughters, Betty Hackney and Helen Gilkerson, both of Lexington; Linda Thomas, Harrodsburg; Phyllis Richardson, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Bonnie Richardson, Frankfort; a sister, Beula Beckly, Nicholasville; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Four brothers, Robert, Earnest, Willard, and Edward; four sisters, Stella, Nellie, Mary, and Margaret, and a granddaughter, Cindy, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at the Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home, Nicholasville, by the Rev. Steve Alford. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Casket bearers were Steve Breiner, Scott Breiner, Gregory Gilkerson, Chad Prather, Will MacFarlin, and Doug Jones. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Kidney Foundation, 2417 Regency Rd., Suite B, Lexington 40503.



John N. Smith Sr.

John Noel Smith Sr., 86, of 53 Harmony Lane, Midway, widower of Goldie Latonia Moore Smith, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at the Lexington Centre for Health and Rehabilitation.

He was a native of Duckers in Woodford County, a son of the late Jefferson Davis "Bud" Smith and Nora Smith. He was retired from P. Lorillard. A member of Versailles Baptist Church from 1958 to 1998, he then became a member of Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church, Woodford County.

He is survived by a son, John Noel Smith Jr., Hamilton, Ohio; a stepson, Cecil Greenup, Liberty Township, Ohio; a daughter, Melanie Sunbeam Smith, Midway; a sister, Mariah Louise "Dollie" Smith Gosser, Louisville; five grandchildren, Jerry Greenup, Gene Greenup, Steve Greenup, Victoria A. Smith Haker, and Teresa Marie Smith DeBrosse; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Jerry Moore Smith; four brothers, and a sister, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Rogers Funeral Home, Frankfort, by the Rev. Todd Lester. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County. Casket bearers were Steve Haker, Kevin DeBrosse, Jerry Greenup, Gene Greenup, Nicholas DeBrosse, and Rick Bourne. Honorary bearers were Arvin Webster, Jack Lucas Smith, George "Bobby" Smith, Jeff Smith, Jack Smith, Conrad Gutermuth, John Popp, Clarence Beasley, Danny Smith, Ronnie Clark, Joe Clark, Mark Gormley, Sam Hedden, Dr. Ben Roach, and Dr. Norman Fisher. Memorials are suggested to either Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church, 495 Duckers Rd., Midway, 40347; Hospice, or Diabetic Society.




Gladys P. White

Gladys Price White, 86, of Frankfort, widow of Neville "Ned" White, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at her residence.

A native of Peaks Mill, she was the daughter of the late Grover and Ada Rambo Price. She was a member of the Thornhill Baptist Church, Frankfort, and the Peaks Mill Homemakers.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol White Stivers, Frankfort; three sons, Charles White, Crestwood; Neville White, Frankfort, and Tommy Price, Fort Myers, Fla.; a sister, Carolyn Ryan, Versailles; a brother, Robert Price, Lexington; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at Rogers Funeral Home, Frankfort, by the Rev. Charles White and the Rev. Donald White. Casket bearers were Charles E. White, James R. White, Jonathan White, Marty Wilhoite, John Bennett, and Tim McIntosh. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice of the Bluegrass-Franklin County.