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Aug. 21, 2003



Yvette Michelle Beasley, 35, of Lawrenceburg, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, at 76 Falls on Lake Cumberland in Clinton County.

Born March 21, 1968, she was a graduate of Woodford County High School and Central Kentucky Technical College. She was a member of the Fox Creek Christian Church and was a former loan processor for Century Bank in Lawrenceburg.

Survivors include her parents, Jackie and Carol Holt Sutherland and Norman and Rita Beasley, Lawrenceburg; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Rose Holt, Lawrenceburg; four sisters, Tammy Massie, Vickie White, Megan Beasley, and Shavon Akins, all of Lawrenceburg; two brothers, Luke Beasley and Curtis Sutherland, both of Lawrenceburg; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at the Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home by Bro. Don Wells. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were Dave Holt, Luke Beasley, Bob Holt, David Holt, Danny Giles, and Ricky Garnett. Honorary bearer was Joey Beasley.

Memorials are suggested to the Fox Creek Christian Church, 2020 Fox Creek Road, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.



O. E. "Gene" Beckley, 82, of Lexington, husband of Helen Jean Day Beckley, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at his residence.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late Marvin and Susie Moore Beckley. He attended Washington University and was a painting contractor and upholsterer.

In addition to his wife, survivors include three daughters, Jeanette Jones, Lexington, Jonene Baugh, Waterloo, Iowa, and Jana Ransdell, Versailles; a son; Sonny Beckley, Lexington; 10 granddaughters, LeAnne Witt, Lynn Jones, Karen Ruber, Sharon and Shelley Baugh, Brittney, Courtney and Delaney Beckley, and Laura and Kendal Curtis; three great grandchildren, Will, Chas, and Alexa Witt; five nieces, Pam Fister, Peggy and Patty Young, Linda Hudson, and Mary Jane White; and a nephew, Craig Young.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 11, 2003, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Main Street by the Rev. Preston Jones. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Casket bearers were Craig Young, Kevin Fister, Rob Young, Jack Svetich, Jay Fister, and Walter Marcum.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY 40504.

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Elizabeth Hoflich "Tiny" Blankenship, 87, of 269 Paddock Drive, Versailles, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at Samaritan Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Welch Hoflich. She was a graduate of St. Catherine's Academy, Lexington, a retired saleslady at the old Stewart's Dry Goods in Lexington and employee of Terry's 5&10 in Versailles. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and member of the Altar Society.

Survivors include a daughter, Susanne Blankenship, Versailles; a son, Bob Blankenship, Versailles; two granddaughters, Anne Blankenship and Ginny Blankenship, both of Versailles; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Tommy Carpenter, three sisters, Lucille Creech, Bernice Espin, Louise Nichols, and two brothers, Joe Hoflich, and Jack Hoflich, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Frank Osburg. Interment was at the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Dale Creech, Terry Smith, Bobby Dotson, Carl Espin, Buddy Moreland, and Bill Heichelbach. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to St. Leo Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society.

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Travis Dean Rawlings, 81, of 311 South Winter Street, Midway, husband of Gloria "Jo" Rawlings, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at his residence.

Born in Bath County, he was the son of the late Boone and Dora Dean Manley Rawlings, and was a member and former deacon of the Midway Christian Church. He received his undergraduate degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1947 and his Ph.D. in psychology from UK in 1956. He served as director of guidance, academic dean and professor of psychology at Midway Junior College and Pinkerton High School from 1953 to 1965. He was a professor at Transylvania University from 1965 to 1990 where he developed and taught courses in experimental and child psychology. He and his wife Jo owned an antique business for almost 40 years. He specialized in the restoration of early American furniture, and pieces he restored have been featured in Antiques Magazine. Other pieces are currently on display in the Liberty Hall and Locust Grove museums in Kentucky as well as in various museums in North Carolina and Ohio.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jane Perry, North Carolina, and Julie Watson, Midway; two sons, Paul Rawlings, Midway, and Gregory Rawlings, New Mexico; eight grandchildren, Zachery Rawlings, Travis Rawlings, Gregory Rawlings, Douglas Perry, Anna Perry, Franklin Watson, Gregory Watson, Marcus Watson; three brothers, Malcolm Rawlings, Texas, Edsel Rawlings, Lexington, and Kenneth Rawlings, Bath County.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 11, 2003, at the Midway Christian Church by the Rev. David Brown. Interment was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Zachery Rawlings, Douglas Perry, Larry Rawlings, Douglas Watson, Robert Perry, Travis Lee Rawlings, William Kincaid, and King Richeson. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Midway College, or Transylvania University.

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William J. Walsh 85, of 211 Chestnut Lane, widower of Mildred Sharp Walsh, died Friday Aug. 8, 2003, at the Homestead Nursing Center.

Born in Ansonia, Conn., June 28, 1918, he was the son of John and Victoria Bjurland Walsh. He was retired from the National Distillery and was a WW II Army veteran and attended the Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Douglas, Versailles; a son John Walsh, Woodford County; a sister, Ethel Dattillo, Florida; two brothers, Harry Walsh, Lexington, and Charles Walsh, Versailles; three grandchildren, Brandon and Doug Douglas, and Tanner Walsh; two great grandchildren; and three step-great grandchildren. A grandson, Donnie Douglas, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial followed in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Brandon and Doug Douglas, Jimmy Tate, Travis Magruder, Leon Denney and Theodore Sharp. Honorary bearers were Harry and Charles Walsh.



Sylvia Mae Wright, 89, of Williamstown, formerly of Lexington, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at Grant Manor Nursing Home in Williamstown.

She was a retired house mother and supervisor of the infirmary department at Midway College. She was an artist and formerly worked for the Narcotics Hospital in Lexington. She was a member of the Southland Evangelical Methodist Church in Lexington.

Survivors include two daughters, Trava Nicholas, Destin, Fla., and Janet Prewitt, Versailles; a son, Russell Craig Jones, Shalamar, Fla.; two sisters; Ruth Lee, Williamstown, and Thelma Glass, Lexington; 16 grandchildren; and 24 great grandchildren. Two daughters, Freda Elaine Jones and Connie Walters, and a brother; Kerney Breen, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday Aug. 11, 2003, at the McDaniel Funeral Home, Corinth. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Lexington. Casket bearers were Bill Prewitt, Greg Prewitt, Chris Prewitt, Dr. Victor Nicholas, Dr. Victor Nicholas II, and Lamar Prewitt.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

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