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May 8, 2003

 

Azbill

Ethel Abrams Azbill, 99, of McKee, widow of Carlos Azbill, died Friday, May 2, 2003, at the Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center in Richmond.

A Jackson County native, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Susan Robinson Abrams. She was a homemaker and a member of Three Links Christian Church.

Survivors include six children, Opal Summers, Englewood, Ohio, Mildred Cole, Lexington, Raymond Azbill, Versailles, Chester Azbill, Mount Vernon, and William Azbill and Donald Azbill, both of McKee; nine grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Seven brothers and sisters and two grandchildren are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Berea by Pastor Jack Martin and Pastor Ron Lutes. Burial was in Kirby Knob Cemetery in Jackson County. Bearers were her grandchildren. Reppert Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Kirby Knob Cemetery maintenance fund.

 

Clasby

Jean Clasby, 59, of Versailles, widow of Thomas Clifton Clasby Jr., died Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Linden, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Irvine Shelton Sr. and Thelma McGee Shelton. She was a graduate of George Peabody at Vanderbilt University and was a librarian for Lexington Christian Academy. She was a member of Woodford Community Christian Church.

Survivors include two sons, Clifton Daniel Clasby, Versailles, and Stephen Douglas Clasby, Newport, N.C.; two grandsons, Thomas James Clasby and Riley Clifton Clasby, both of Newport, N.C.; a brother, Lexington, and her sister, Dean Rossa, Jonesboro, Ark. Services were conducted Friday, May 2, 2003, at Woodford Community Christian Church in Versailles by Minister Randy Nation, the Rev. Gary Black, and the Rev. Wallace Rendel. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Harrodsburg Road was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 160 Moore Drive, Suite 201, Lexington, KY 40503.

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Collins

Earnest Collins, 65, of Lexington, husband of Janet Bielefield Collins, died Friday, May 2, 2003, at his home after an extended illness.

Born April 27, 1938, in McDowell, he was the son of John and Ida Collins. He attended the University of Kentucky from 1963-1965, and graduated from Fugazzi Business College in 1966. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1957-1961 and had owned Slade & Collins Insurance Agency since 1978. He had previously worked for American Mutual and State Auto Mutual Insurance Companies. While with State Auto, he was named Field Representative of the Year. His hobbies were fishing and boating.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Joanna Lynn Lawson, Lexington, and Christy Joy McCoy, Versailles; three granddaughters, Breanna Lee and Brittany Lynn Lawson and Alli McCoy; three brothers, Dr. John Collins, Charles Lee Collins, and Roy Collins, all of Winchester; two sisters, Jerlene Fugate, Dayton, Ohio, and Pat Wilson, Winchester; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Harrodsburg Road by the Rev. Dennis Burrows. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were J.L. Collins, Charles Lee Collins, Roy Collins, Greg Lawson, Steven McCoy, and Keith Fugate.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Lake Herrington Conservation League, P.O. Box 404, Burgin, KY 40310, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

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Cox

E. Thomas Cox, 86, of Lexington, husband of Ann Traylor Cox, died Monday May 5, 2003, at Lexington Country Place.

Born Feb. 7, 1917, in southern Indiana, he was the son of the late Aaron and Sadie Green Cox. He was a decorated W.W. II Army Air Corps veteran, serving as 1st lieutenant navigator. He was shot down during his 7th mission over Berlin, taken prisoner and later escaped to France with his co-pilot. After the war, he was vice president of Cowden Manufacturing Co. for 24 years. He then established Tococo, Inc. in Wilmore and Midway, which produced clothing for Calvin Klein and several other labels. He operated the business until his retirement in 1988. He was a long time member of Park United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Martha Ann Neal; three grandsons, Kevin Neal, Shane Neal and Shaun Neal; five great grandchildren, Brandon, Bobby, Stormy, Conley and Candice Jane Neal; and a sister, Pauline Noblitt, Seymour, Ind. A daughter, Candice Camille Cox, is deceased.

There will be no visitation or services scheduled. Arrangements by W.R. Milward-Broadway. Memorial gifts may be directed to the Salvation Army or a charity of one's choice.

 

Crutchfield

Wilbur R. Crutchfield, 79, of Frankfort, formerly of Versailles, died Monday, May 5, 2003, at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation of Frankfort.

A native of Fayette County, he was the son of the late Grant and Annie Armstrong Crutchfield. He was a farmer and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Survivors include a daughter, Anna Hubbard, Frankfort; three sons, Glenn Crutchfield and Barry Crutchfield, Frankfort, and Mark Crutchfield, Versailles; a sister, Mildred Gregory, Scott County; seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. A son, Russell Crutchfield, and a daughter, Ginny Crutchfield Montgomery, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at the Versailles Cemetery.

Clark-Sunset Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Curd

Preston Clayton Curd, 86, formerly of Military Pike, widower of Mattie Ann Anderson Curd, died Friday, May 2, 2003, at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center.

Born Dec. 12, 1916, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Andrew Jesse and Ida May Thomas Curd. He served in the United States Army during World War II, was the retired farm manager for Jonabell Farm, and a member of South Elkhorn Christian Church, where he was a former deacon and elder. He volunteered his many skills in carpentry, plumbing and all around handyman expertise to his family, friends and church.

Survivors include two sons, David Robert Curd and Johnathan Curd, both of Michigan; three stepsons, Glen Roger Anderson, Lexington, Gary Briscoe Anderson, Georgetown, and Barry Wayne Anderson, Louisville; four stepdaughters, Roberta Jean Sweeney, Louisville, Wanda Vic Newell, Nicholasville, Doris Faye Weber, Versailles, and Peggy Williams, Versailles; 20 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Four brothers, Clifton, Eugene, Kenneth and Alan Curd, and a stepson, D. Ben Anderson, are. deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at W.R. Milward Mortuary-Southland Drive by Dr. Gerald Shepherd. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Bobby Williams, David Weber, Mike, Alan, Derek and Brain Anderson.

Memorial contributions may be directed to South Elkhorn Christian Church.

 

Donohoe

 Laurence A. "Larry" Donohoe, 71, of Catlettsburg, died Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland.

Born Aug. 20, 1931, in Huntington, W. Va., he was the son of the late James M. and Mary Ethel Nash Donohoe Sr. He was a retired stores and supplies superintendent with Armco Steel Corporation with 37 years of service. He was a lieutenant with the U.S. Army. Mr. Donohoe was a member of Knights of Columbus, Rotary of Louisa, Holy Family Catholic Church, chairman of Lawrence County Democrats, chairman of the board of EastPark Development, economic director for Lawrence County, and a board member for the state agricultural commission.

Survivors include his wife Reba Mae Dumbauld Donohoe, Ashland; one son, C. Michael Donohoe, Ashland; two daughters, Mary Beth Moore, Versailles, and Laura Anne Donohoe, Bolingbrook, Ill.; five brothers, James M. Donohoe Jr., Huntington, W. Va., Vincent J. Donohoe, Milwaukee, Wis., Paul†J. Donohoe, Belleair, Fla., Thomas J. Donohoe, Huntington, W. Va., and Jerome E. Donohoe, Charleston, W. Va.; three sisters, Mary Ellen Diggins, Spring Hill, Fla., Anne Alderman, Spring†Hill, Fla., and Elizabeth Thompson, Fountain Valley, Calif.

Services were conducted Saturday May 3, 2003, at Holy Family Church, Ashland. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery, Huntington, W. Va. Casket bearers were members of the Knights of Columbus.

Contributions may be made to Holy Family Church, 900 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101, or Community Hospice, 1538 Central Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101. Lazear Funeral Home, Ashland, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Drew

Mary Stuart Drew, 57 of Fairfield, Iowa, died Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Born June 20, 1945, in St. Louis, Mo, she was the daughter of John L. and Mary Stuart (Fishback) Drew, and granddaughter of the late Randolph Railey and Cyrene Fishback of Versailles. She was a graduate of Margaret Hall School and later received her bachelor of arts degree from Centre College in Danville. She founded the first Transcendental Meditation center in St. Louis in the 1970s, and has owned and operated a number of businesses throughout her life, including Celestial Silks and The Guest House in Fairfield. She also maintained a business site on E-bay, and was a professional photographer.

Survivors include two brothers, John L. Drew III of St. Louis, Mo., and Robert H. Drew of London, England; and four nieces and nephews, Kirkwood Drew, Mary Randolph Danforth, Sarah Anderson Drew, and John L. Drew IV.

Memorial services were conducted Sunday, May 4, 2003, at the St. Gabriel and All Angels Liberal Catholic Church in Fairfield. Burial will be at a later date in Versailles.

Memorial donations may be made to the Fairfield Public Library, 104 West Adams Street, Fairfield, Iowa 52556, the Beatbox teen center, 108 N. Court Street, Fairfield, Iowa 52556, or the charity of one’s choice. Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service of Iowa City was in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.gayandciha.com.

 

Florence

Edger L. Florence, 81, of Lexington, formerly of Harrison County, husband of Eula Courtney Florence, died Friday, May 2, 2003, at his home.

Born in Harrison County Aug. 19, 1921, he was the son of the late Reese and Clydie Fowler Florence. He was a retired Kawneer and Trane Company employee and a World War II Army veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Michael L. Florence, Austin, Texas, and Jerry Bruce Florence, Versailles; a daughter, Sandra F. Kincaid, Lexington; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A brother, Albert Florence, and a sister, Katherine Ashley, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at Ware Funeral Home by Bro. Rodney Courtney. Burial was in Battle Grove Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Lockridge

Gay Lockridge, 47, of Georgetown, died Sunday, May 4, 2003, at her home.

Born in Altus, Okla., she was the daughter of Dr. William Walker Lockridge and the late Amy Mcgivleray Lockridge. She was a horse owner and trainer.

In addition to her father, survivors include by her children, Amy Elizabeth Lockridge and Kyle Lee Lockridge, both of Midway; a sister, Anna Lockridge Bates, Louisville; and two brothers, William Walker Lockridge, Paris, and Samuel Terry Lockridge, Lexington.

A memorial service was conducted Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at the Midway Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Nancy Williams-Berry.

The Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Montgomery

Ginny Crutchfield Montgomery, 56, of Frankfort, wife of the Rev. Jerry Montgomery, died Monday, May 5, 2003, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of Lucille Routt Crutchfield and the late Wilbur R. Crutchfield. She was the administrative assistant for the state Transportation Cabinet and a member of the Graefenburg United Methodist Church.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by a daughter, Julia Montgomery Hughes, Bagdad; a son, Scott Montgomery, Frankfort; a sister, Anna Hubbard, Frankfort; three brothers, Glenn Crutchfield and Barry Crutchfield, both of Frankfort, and Mark Crutchfield, Versailles; and four grandchildren, Evan, Maggie, Emily, and Catie.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, May 8, 2003, at Clark-Sunset Funeral Home by Elgin Emmons. Burial will be in the Graefenburg Community Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Raymond Montgomery, Bobby Gene Montgomery, Kenneth Montgomery, Joe Hughes, Wayne Hubbard, and Lowell Lynn. Honorary bearers will be members of the Graefenburg United Methodist Church.

Donations may be made to the Methodist Home of Kentucky, P.O. Box 749, Versailles, KY 40383-9982.

 

Pyles

 Rose Devone Pyles, 48, of Lexington, wife of Danny Pyles, died Thursday, May 1, 2003 at the St. Joseph Hospital following a short illness.

A native of Clark County, she was the daughter of the late James and Wynokia Lewis Walters. She was a homemaker and a member of Faith Assembly of God.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Shannon and Daniel Kee Pyles; two daughters, Christy Helton and Cassie Pyles all of Lexington; two brothers, Michael Walters, Lutz, Fla., and Harlan Walters, Versailles; and five grandchildren, Shannon Whitney Pyles, Tyler Pyles, Michael Pyles, Alysa Pyles and Macy Helton.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 3, 2003, at Hearne Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Gerald Finch. Burial was in Walters Cemetery.

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Robinson

Lela W. Robinson, 102of Cynthiana, widow of Earl Robinson, died Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at the Edgemont Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Woodford County Jan. 16, 1901, she was the daughter of the late T. Garnett and Nona Ming Wiglesworth. She was a retired schoolteacher, an avid golfer and attended the Cynthiana Presbyterian Church. She was a 1919 graduate of Cynthiana High School and received a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Kentucky. She helped establish the Cynthiana Country Club, where she was co-creator and first president of the Ladies Golf Association. She also assisted in the start of the Burley Belles Tournament at the country club and was active in the Twilight League.

Survivors include a nephew, Kenneth W. Brumback Jr., Cynthiana; a niece, Nona B. Macias, Guadalajara, Mexico; four great nieces, Kathrine J. Brumback, Virginia Beach, Va., Lilia Macias, Anderson, S.C., Marisa de LaCerda, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Dr. Christina Justice, Baltimore, Md.; and a great nephew, Kenneth L. Brumback, Arlington, Va. Two brothers, Thomas Garnett Wiglesworth Jr., and Major Leon Ming Wiglesworth; and two sisters, Frances B. Lail and Lilly Brumback, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, May 5, 2003, at Ware Funeral Home by Rev. Larry Bowald. Burial was in Battle Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Cynthiana Presbyterian Church.

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Sprague

 John S. Sprague, M.D., 92, prominent Lexington surgeon, husband of Nan Beanland Sprague, died Sunday, April 27, 2003, at his winter home in Sanibel, Fla.

Born on March 20, 1911, at Old High Oaks, he was the son of the late Dr. George Percy and Marion Brooke Sprague. He his childhood education at Massie School for Boys in Versailles, received his B.S. in industrial chemistry (with honors) from the University of Kentucky in 1931, and his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University in Boston, Mass., in 1936. He was in the private practice of general surgery in Lexington from 1946-1967, during which time he also served as surgeon and chief of surgery at the University Health Service. After retiring from his practice, he was full-time at UK until 1976 and continued in a post-retirement status until 1981. In 1982, he joined the staff of Appalachian Regional Hospitals as a consultant and was elected to the board of Trustees of ARH in 1984. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 1942-46. He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. He served as president of the Fayette County Medical Society and the Kentucky Surgical Society, and was a member of the Kentucky and American Medical Associations. An active member of Second Presbyterian Church, Dr. Sprague served as an elder.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, William G., Sacramento, Calif., and Robert A., Columbus, Ind.; four grandchildren, Kelly Sprague, Falls Church, Va., Leslie Withrow, Louisville, John Sprague, of Springfield, Va., and Jennifer Sprague, Blackwater, Mo.; two stepdaughters, Nancy Beanland, Lexington, and LeAnn Beanland, Tom’s Brook, Va.; and two step-grandchildren, Jessica and LeAnn Richardson, Lexington. His first wife, Louise, and his eldest son, John P., are deceased.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, May 3, 2003, at Second Presbyterian Church, Lexington.

Contributions may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, Lexington, Hospice of the Bluegrass, or Hope Hospice of Ft. Myers, Fla.

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Todd

James Carl (Boo) Todd, 83, of Lexington, husband of Cordelia D. Todd, died Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late Bales Todd and Birdie G. Garrett. He was a retired horseman for Narrow Lane Farm.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Phyllis Brashear, Corinth, Tammy Todd, Lexington, and Carolyn Horton, Lexington; four sons, Carl Todd, Cynthiana, Lucian Todd, Moscow, Ohio, James Todd, Lexington, and George Todd, North Middletown; three sisters, Lillie Johnson, Geneva Baker, and Clara Todd, all of Frankfort; 18 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren. A son, Danny Wayne Todd, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 3, 2003, at Clark-Sunset Funeral Home by the Rev. Gene Shields. Burial was in Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Carl Todd, George Todd, Lucian Todd, James Todd, Joe Todd, and Derwood Brashear.

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