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April 3, 2003



Barbara G. Cox, 78, of Frankfort, died Sunday, March 23, 2003, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

A native of Marion, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Jack and Ruth Dicks Gilbert. She was a retired server for Columbia Steakhouse in Frankfort, and was a member of the St. John Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Ella Ruth Pardi, Donna Sue Sizemore, and M. Charlain Cox-Columbia, all of Frankfort; a sister, Florence Clark, Midway; five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. A brother, John Gilbert, and a sister, Gertrude Reed, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. David Hilton, Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery. Casket bearers were Chuck Anglin, Keith Pardi, Charles Columbia, Tim Columbia, Mark Gilbert, and Paul Clark. Honorary bearer was Ann Rice.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Charles Edward Gillis, 82, of Anderson County, husband of Margie Richardson Gillis, died Monday, March 24, 2003, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

A native of Anderson County, he was the son of the late George Edgar and Maggie Rena Gillis. He was a former mechanic with Sylvania Lamp Plant, Versailles, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of Sand Spring Baptist Church, a member and former president of the Freedom Sunday school class, and a member of Anderson County Senior Citizens.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Charles Edward Gillis Jr., Lawrenceburg; two daughters, Linda McElwain, Lawrenceburg, and Charlene Goodlett, Salvisa; and five grandchildren. Three sisters, Annie Russell, Thelma Poulter, and Nannie Belle Poff, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Sand Spring Baptist Church by Dr. Mike Hamrick and Bro. Bryan Sherwood. Burial was in the Sand Spring Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Sand Spring Baptist Church building fund, 1616 Harrodsburg Road, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.



Christine E. Gray, 65, of Versailles, died Sunday, March 23, 2003.

Born in Berlin, Germany, she was the daughter of the late August Gustave Joseph and Hedwig Clara Weise Strecha.

Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Callahan, Versailles, and Deborah Barber, Florida; a son; Harry Gray IV, Florida; a sister, Hilde Wahlmann; six grandchildren, Andrew Siegfried Callahan, William Andrew Barber, Joshua Charles Callahan, Michael Timothy Barber, Nicole Christine Barber and Alisha Marie Gray. Two sisters Margaretta Greta and Ingaborg Strecha, and a brother, Herbert Strecha, are deceased.

A private family visitation was held at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home on Monday, March 24, 2003. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 25, at the Suwanee Funeral Home, Live Oak, Fla. Interment was in the Live Oak Cemetery, Florida.



Linda Ann Conley McGaughey, 59, of Lexington, wife of Neal McGaughey, died Friday, March 28, 2003.

A native of Miami, Fla., she was the former North American representative for Tattersalls Ltd. She began her career with The Jockey Club in 1961, and in the following years worked with Fasig-Tipton Company. After 10 years, she helped form Kenington Sales Company at the Kentucky Horse Center, serving as vice president of sales. A professional bloodstock agent, she became the first woman representative for Tattersalls Ltd. She was a member of the Thoroughbred Club of Kentucky and the Keeneland Association.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four stepchildren, David N. McGaughey, Timmy McGaughey, and Angela Johnson, all of Lexington, and Daniel McGaughey, Versailles; 10 grandchildren, Patricia Lapp, David McGaughey Jr., Windy, Donnie, Tabitha, Justin, Amanda, Tiffany, and Chris McGaughey, and Alicia Johnson; and seven great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at W.R. Milward Mortuary - Broadway by Dr. Greg Waltermire.

Memorials may be made to The Jockey Club, 821 Corporate Drive, Lexington, KY 40503, or to The Shoemaker Foundation.

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Stanley H. Preston, 96, of 110 Gaybourne Way, Versailles, widower of Elizabeth Patterson Preston, died Friday, March 28, 2003, at Lexington Country Place.

Born in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Ollie and Etta Browning Preston. He was a retired building contractor, and a member of the Church of Christ and the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include two daughters, Thelma Preston Schmucker and Garnetta Preston Rhoads, both of Lexington; a son, Herbert Franklin Preston, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a brother, Thurman Preston, Harrodsburg; six grandchildren, Donald Schmucker, Alexandria, Va., Patricia Schmucker Ramsey, Salvisa, Gloria Schmucker Burd and Jeffrey Rhoads, both of Lexington, Steven Preston, Port St. Lucie, and Beverly Preston Kelly, Gastonia, N.C.; and eight great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary - Southland by Dr. C. Gilbert Tucker and the Rev. Pat Chamberlain. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Les Burd, Jay Ramsey, Don Schmucker, Jeff Rhoads, and Bob Shuts.

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James Edward Rawlings II, 57, formerly of Lexington, husband of Phyllis Rawlings, died Sunday, March 16, 2003, in Ocala, Fla., after a short illness.

Born Oct. 12, 1945, in Woodford County, he was the son of Virginia P. Rawlings, Lexington, and the late James Edward Rawlings. He was a real estate property manager.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a son, James Edward Rawlings III; a daughter, Christa Ullah; two grandsons, Aaron and Jordan Ullah; a sister, Carol Rawlings; two brothers, Bruce Rawlings and Scott Rawlings; three nephews, Nicholas, Aaron, and Stephen Rawlings; and two nieces, Rachel and Katie Rawlings.

Cremation arrangements were made by Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial services were held March 20, 2003, at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, Ocala, Fla.

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Timothy Daryell Stephens, 41, of Lexington, husband of Teresa Gail Sims Stephens, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born Aug. 17, 1961, in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of Donald and Wanda Stephens, Lancaster. He was a line adjuster for OSRAM Sylvania, Versailles, a member of the Bluegrass Sportsman League, Wilmore, and a member of the Lafayette High School Football Boosters. He was a former baseball coach for SLYB and a former soccer coach for LYSA. He was a member of the Southland Christian Church.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by two sons, Travis Daryell Stephens and Trent Daniel Stephens, both of Lexington; two brothers, Donald Stephens, Harrodsburg, and Barry Stephens, Lexington; and several nephews. A sister, Rhonda Stephens, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 29, 2003, at the Southland Christian Church by Jon Weece. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Paul Abney, Paul Adams, Dax Carmickle, Jeff Carmickle, Joshua Cobb, Bob Derringer, Bill Hayhurst, Chris Lovely, Leo Mucci, Steve Kendrick, Gerald Patrick, and Robert Taylor. The Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Stephens Boys’ Fund, c/o National City Bank, any location in Lexington or Danville, Southland Christian Church, or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Mary Bricken Stewart, 87, of Perryville, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.

Born May 21, 1915, in Perryville, she was the daughter of the late Robert E. Lee Bricken and Mae Edwards Bricken. She was retired from Hub Frankel’s in Danville, and was a member of the Boyle County Homemakers.

Survivors include two daughters, Helen S. Doss, Perryville, and Barbara Ann Gormley, Versailles; eight grandchildren, Mitzi Gormley Bruck, Michael Gormley, and Susan Gormley Tipton, all of Versailles, Patrick Gormley, Tampa, Fla., Robert Sims, Nicholasville, Rodney Sims, Crab Orchard, and Greg Sims and Rhonda Doss Roution, Perryville; eight great grandchildren, Stevie, Sarah, Rachel, Dylan, Dalton, Justin, Alexandra, and Corey; and a step-great grandson, Scott Roution.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 29, 2003, at the Wilder Funeral Home, Perryville, by the Rev. Jimmy Owens and the Rev. Gerald Gaddis. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Robert Sims, Greg Sims, Michael Gormley, March Bruck, Tom Tipton, Patrick Gormley, and Paul Roution.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Perryville United Methodist Church.



Marguerite Spillman Thompson, 92, of Frankfort, widow of T.O. Thompson, died Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Bluegrass Community Hospital, Versailles.

An educator for many years, she taught home economics in Ohio and Hart counties, and taught sixth grade at the Elkhorn School, Franklin County, for the last 20 years of her career. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Frankfort, where she taught Sunday school for several years. She was also a member of King’s Daughters service group, ADK, and DAR.

Survivors include two daughters, Judith Krippel, Kingwood, Texas, and Joan Crowe, Versailles; a son, Dr. John Marshall Thompson, Lexington; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2003, at LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home, Frankfort. Casket bearers will be Alan Marshall Thompson, Timothy O’Day Thompson, Joseph William Krippel III, John Walter Krippel, Adam Harrison, Charles Clay Kinkead, and Neil Ward Crowe.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, April 3, at the funeral home.


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