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Obituaries March 1, 1999

William Edmiston, former local businessman dies 
William D. Edmiston
William David Edmiston, 88, of Lexington, formerly of Danville, died Saturday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
Born Sept. 1, 1910, in Crab Orchard, he was a son of the late William D. and Lou Ada McWhorter Edmiston. 
He was owner and operator of Boyle Lumber and Supply Co. for 35 years, attended University of Kentucky College of Commerce and was a member, former deacon and Sunday School teacher of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church. 
He was a past president of Danville Chamber of Commerce, past president of Kentucky Retail Lumber Dealers Association, and was a founding member or Boyle County Industrial Foundation.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Edmiston; a brother, Roy Edmiston of Danville; a sister, LaRene Edmiston of Danville; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Lewis Lenn.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.
Visitation is after 4 p.m. Tuesday at Stith Funeral Home. 

Bernice S. Gritton
Bernice Smithers Gritton, 83, of Danville, died today at Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation.
Born March 31, 1916, in Yamacraw, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Jack and Nannie Smith Smithers. She was a homemaker widow of Elmer S. Gritton.
Survivors include a son, Jack E. Gritton of Athens. Ga.; a daughter, Janice G. Cocanougher of Danville; a brother, R.D. Smithers of Forest Range, Ore.; two sisters, Beatrice Freeman of Rock Hill, S.C., Jackye Carey of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Stith Funeral Home. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.
Visitation after 5 p.m. Tuesday. 

Lera I. Carman
MIDDLEBURG - Lera Ivasia Carman, 54, of Yosemite, died Saturday at Hilltop Nursing Home. 
Born June 6, 1944, in Casey County, she was a daughter of the late Herbert and Beulah Hatter Carman. She was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church. 
Survivors include a sister, Emma Lanham of Bronston; four brothers, Glen and Creech Carman, both of Yosemite, Edwin Carman of McKinney and C.B. Carman of Middleburg. 
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bartle Funeral Home by the Rev. Gale Durham. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. today. 

Irvin Jeffries
MORELAND - Irvin ``Red'' Jeffries, 86, of Hustonville, died Sunday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
Born May 16, 1912, in Casey County, he was a son of the late Samuel and Mary Gooch Jeffries. He was a retired farmer and a member of Mount Salem Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Bertie Murphy Jeffries; a son, Glenn Jeffries of Hustonville; two grandchildren; and a step grandson.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home by the Revs. Mike Mullins and Tim Cochran. Burial will be in Middleburg Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Baird, Cloyd Durham, James Wilder, John Elliott, Otis Delk and Carl Wilder. 
Honorary pallbearers are Richard Simpson, B.C. Norris, Donald Wooldridge, Rick Lee, Claude Murphy and Jones Lawless.
Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today. 

Hugh A. Reynolds
NEW CASTLE - Hugh A. Reynolds, 89, of Campbellsburg, formerly of Lexington and Carrollton, died Friday, at the Homestead Nursing Center, New Castle.
Born Jan. 21, 1910, in Danville, he was the son of the late James J. and Margaret Ross Reynolds. He was a retired Horseman.
Survivors include his wife, Euphrasia Hessel Reynolds of Campbellsburg; and a sister, Colette Reynolds Quigley of Danville.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Prewitt Funeral Home, New Castle, by the Rev. Joseph Batcheldor. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Eugene Mahoney, Maurice Adams, Johnny Mahoney, Kenneth Neil Heilman, Jimmy Mahoney and Austin Maddox
Memorials may go to the Fund For Animals, Inc., 200 West 57th Street, New York, N.Y. (10102-0670) 

Clay Rodgers
LIBERTY - Clay Rodgers, 66, of Liberty, died Sunday at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. 
Born Feb. 25, 1933, in Casey County, he was a son of the late Clarence and Sidney Woodrum Rodgers. He was a retired mechanic.
Survivors include his wife, Janie Edwards Rodgers; four daughters, Rita Haste, Cindy Miller, Vickie Elmore and Jackie Matherly, all of Liberty; two sons, Greg and Jeff Rodgers, both of Liberty; two brothers, Lucian and Sam Rodgers, both of Liberty; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ricky L. Rodgers.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home by Bill Rose. Burial will be in Whited Cemetery.
Visitation is after 6 p.m. Tuesday. 

Emmitt T. Sebastian
LANCASTER - Emmitt Thompson Sebastian, 87, of East Third Street, Perryville, died Saturday, at Danville Center for Health and Rehabilitation.
Born Oct. 6, 1911, in Garrard County, he was the son of the late Leslie and Josephine Anderson Sebastian. He was retired after being a Baptist minister for 54 years. He was ordained in 1939. He was a member of First Baptist Church in White Plains. Started his schooling at the former Nina School and attended the former Teatersville, Antioch and Buckeye Schools. He was the widower of Stella Witt Sebastian.
Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Middleton of Pensacola, Fla., and Betty Cummins of Perryille; a son, Charles Gibson Sebastian of Danville; two sisters, Christine Long of Lancaster and Virginia Chance of Perryville; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Ramsey Funeral Home by the Rev. Walter McCoy. Burial will be in the Lancaster Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Sebastian, Jeff Cummins, Gary Horton, David Gambrel, Benton and David Middleton.
Honorary pallbearers are Dean Anglin, Bill Chance, Darrell Young, Jeremy Emerson, Dr. Finley Hendrickson, James Cook Witt, Oneal Witt and Donald Witt.
Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today.
Memorials may go to Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville, Ky. 40422. 

Bertie M. Franklin
Services for Bertie M. Franklin, 76, of Old Goggin Road, were 11 a.m. today at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home. Burial was in Bellevue Cemetery by the Revs. Ernest Martin and Doug Wesley.
She died Friday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
Pallbearers will be Michael and Ron Wash, Steven and Dale Myers, Jason and Ryan Shannon.
Great-grandchildren will be honorary pallbearers.
Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Adeline G. Lyen
HARRODSBURG - Services for Adeline Gritton Lyen, 79, of Lexington, formerly of Harrodsburg, will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Ransdell Funeral Chapel by John Hockersmith. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
She died Friday in Lexington.
Born March 6, 1919, in Mercer County, she was a daughter of the late William M. and Etha Lillard Gritton. She was a homemaker and a member of Southern Methodist Church. She was the widow of Sprole Lillard Lyen.
Survivors include a son, Bill Lyen of Towson, Md.; a brother, William M. Gritton of Lawrenceburg; a sister, Lucille Sanders of Louisville; and a grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Michael Lyen, Joe Southworth, Billy Gritton, Carroll and Lawrence Sanford and Ricky Robinson.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. today.
Memorials may go to American Kidney Foundation. 

Obituaries March 2, 1999

Jan R. Schweinfurth
Jan Robert Schweinfurth, 72, of Rolling Hills, died Monday at St. Joseph Hospital.
Born Jan, 1, 1927, in Mount Vernon, Ill, he was a son of the late Raymond C. and Dorothy Walton Schweinfurth. He was an agent for New York Life Insurance Co., a member of The Presbyterian Church, and a member of Life Underwriters Association. He and his wife also managed the Glasgow and the Carrollton Airports.
Survivors include his wife, Joan DuPre Schweinfurth; three sons, Carl R. Schweinfurth of Manassas, Va., Jan R. Schweinfurth of Columbia, Mo., John V. Schweinfurth of Danville; and four grandchildren.
Services will be private. 

Christine S. Bradshaw
HARRODSBURG - Christine Rosetta Smith Bradshaw, 74, of Harrodsburg Health Care Manor, died there Sunday.
Born Feb. 25, 1925, in Harrodsburg, she was a daughter of the late John W. and Laura Jones Smith. She was a former housekeeper and provided custodial services for several Main Street businesses. She attended West Side School and was a member of St. Peter AME Church.
Survivors include a brother, John W. Smith Jr. of Lawrenceburg; a sister, Jennie Bartleson of Harrodsburg.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Peter AME Church by the Rev. Warren Dolphus. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Curry Dedman, Charles Griffin, Andy Harris, Jim Pittman, Benny Yeast, Cecil Bartleson and Robert Harris. 

William T. Rafferty
HARRODSBURG - William T. Rafferty, 79, of Louisville, died Sunday at his home.
He was a retired journalist and former editor of the Voice-Tribune newspaper in Louisville. He was a former co-owner of the old Rapid Print Co. and was an Air Corps veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Taylor Rafferty; a daughter, Lyn Sloan of Crestwood; a sister, Christine Mills of Hopkinsville; and a grandson.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Pearson Funeral Home, Louisville. Burial will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may go to Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, 40207.
McClellan Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. 

William D. Edmiston
Services for William David Edmiston, 88, of Lexington, formerly of Danville, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church by the Rev. Joe Garnett. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.
He died Saturday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
Pallbearers will be Chuck Renfro, Bill Roberts, Jack Pattie, Morse Marcum, Roy Edmiston, Donald Holtzclaw, J.N. Frankel and Guy Best.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Charles Renfro, Harry Fitzpatrick, Herbert Acton, Vernon Knuckles, Roy Arnold, Arthur Boyd, Joe Frankel and Herbert Brown.
Visitation is after 4 p.m. today. 

Bernice S. Gritton
Services for Bernice Smithers Gritton, 83, of Danville, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Stith Funeral Home. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery by the Rev. Albert Gisler. She was a member of First Baptist Church.
She died Monday at Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation.
Pallbearers will be Robert and Jack E. Gritton II, William Carey Jr. and William Carey III, Ronnie and Donald Galloway.
Honorary pallbearers are William Carey, H.C. and Ralph Bastin, Richard Freeman, Walter Dykes, J.D. Ross and William Ransdell.
Visitation after 5 p.m. today. 

Etha M. Claunch
HARRODSBURG - Services for Etha Mae Claunch, 91, of Linden Avenue will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home by the Rev. Larry Redding. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
She died Monday at the Jewish Hospital in Shelbyville.
Born Aug. 22, 1907, in Mercer County, she was a daughter of the late John W. and Margaret Patterson Claunch. She was a homemaker, a member of Pioneer Baptist Church and the widow of Henry T. Claunch.
Survivors include a son, Marvin Claunch of Harrodsburg; two daughters, Lillie Catlett of Mercer County and Hattie McMurry of Harrodsburg; three half brothers, Marvin A. Clauch and J.B. Clauch, both of Mercer County, and Earl Claunch of Boyle County; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Jakie Claunch.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Short, Bruce Catlett, Marvin Raisor, Larry and Gerald Claunch, Stephen Coslow, Brad Ingram and Timothy Minton.
Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and after 7 a.m. Wednesday. 

Robert C. Perkins
HARRODSBURG - Services for Robert C. Perkins Sr., 64, of Bellows Mill Road, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ransdell Funeral Chapel by the Revs. Andrew Alexander, Terry Morrison and David Scalf. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
He died Monday at his home of natural causes.
Born May 29, 1934, in Shelby County, he was a son of the late Harry and Sylvia Pulliam Perkins. He was a former A&P Store employee and a correctional officer. He was an army veteran and a member of the Christian church.
Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Chandler Perkins; a son, Robert C. Perkins Jr. of Harrodsburg; a daughter, Janet Poland of Georgetown; a brother, William H. Perkins Sr. of Jeffersontown; and a grandson.
Pallbearers will be Paul Bolin Jr., Charlie Roach, Bill Fister, Clyde Little, James Stiles and James Cox.
Honorary pallbearers are Harold Davis, Bill Marks, Bobby Royalty, Vernon Deaton, Rusty Weitzel and Bill Wagoner.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today.
Memorials may go to Heritage Hospice or Woodlawn Christian Children's Campus. 

Obituaries March 3, 1999

Esther L. VanArsdall
HARRODSBURG - Esther Louise VanArsdall, 82, of Hillcrest, died Tuesday at Haggin Memorial Hospital. 
Born July 9, 1916, in Augusta, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Nettie Mae Widdig McNamer. She was an employee of McNamers Bakery for many years and the widow of George A. VanArdall. She was a member of Harrodsburg United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Yates-Spilman Sunday School class, and was communion stewart for many years. She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and James B. Haggin Hospital Auxiliary.
Survivors include a brother, Jack NcNamer of Beverly Hills, Mich.; two sisters, Bee Gibson of Paris, and Betty Davidson of Lafayette, La.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, William R. VanArsdall.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Ransdell Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Mark Girard. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ed Brice, Van Underwood, Terry White, Brennon Royalty, Howard Howells and Howard Nichols.
Honorary pallbearer are members of the VFW Auxiliary.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may go to Harrodsburg United Methodist Church. 

Louise K. Wilson
HARRODSBURG - Louise K. Wilson, 94, of Somerset, died Sunday at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home.
Born April 3, 1904, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late James and Lizzie Wilson. She was a nurse and a member of Maple Street First Baptist Church.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Hazel W. Wilson of Lexington.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Pulaski Funeral Home by the Rev. James Barleston. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of services Thursday.
Memorials may go to Maple Street First Baptist Church.
Parks Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. 

Obituaries March 4, 1999

Albert R. Johnson
Albert Ray Johnson, 76, of West Lexington Avenue, died Wednesday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
Born July 15, 1922, in Parksville, he was a son of the late Hiram N. and Ida Mae Burger Johnson. He was a farmer, a retired employee of Jackson of Danville, and a Boyle County Middle School custodian. He was a member of Parksville Knob Independent Baptist Church and was a foster parent.
Survivors include his wife, Nellie Montgomery Johnson; a son, Jerome Johnson of Parksville and a daughter, Rebecca A. Wilson of Parksville; a brother, James S. ``Buddy'' Johnson of Parksville; three sisters, Doris Ayres of Lennington, Ga., Betty Lee of Edgewood, and Shirley Verax of Florence; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, William R. Johnson.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Parksville Knob Independent Baptist Church by the Rev. Harley Humfleet. Burial will be in Chestnut Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Saturday at Stith Funeral Home. 

John McKitric
John McKitric, 95, of Cincinnati, formerly of Danville, died Saturday in Cincinnati.
He was the brother of Katie Haynes and Eliza Marshall, both Danville.
Services were held noon today at Jordan Funeral Home, Cincinnati.
Information courtesy of Smith-Jackson Funeral Home. 

Desie L. Brown
LIBERTY - Desie L. Brown, 86, of Bowling Green, died Wednesday at Britthaven Nursing Home.
Born Dec. 9, 1912, in Casey County, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Dora Gaines Stafford. She was a homemaker and a member of Liberty Untied Methodist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Jerry Borders of Lebanon; two brothers, Estill Stafford of Edinburg, Ind., and Bill Stafford of Lexington; two sisters, Dorothy Phillips of Lexington and Stella Vaught of Martinsville, Ind.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jo Miller.
Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Bartle Funeral Home by the Rev. Darren Gillespie. Burial will be in Caney Fork Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Bob and Brad Borders, Joe Miller, and Herbert, Earthel and Jay Stafford.
Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Saturday. 

Harold J. Gastineau
SCIENCE HILL - Harold J. Gastineau, 85, of Eubank, died Tuesday at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.
Born Oct. 27, 1913, in Bloomington, Ill., he was a son of the late Steven and Eliza Sears Gastineau. He was a retired farmer and a member of Senior Friends at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and Etna Church of Christ, Eubank.
Survivors include his wife, Martha V. Alexander Gastineau; five sons, Ronald Gastineau of Nicholasville, Coy Gastineau and Phillip Gastineau, both of Eubank, Steven Gastineau of Lexington and Michael Gastineau of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Lois Croll of Eastpoint, Mich., and Ruth Absher of Somerset; a sister, Beulah Johnson of Hardinsburg; 22 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Harold J. Gastineau Jr., and a daughter, Rena F. Gastineau.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Morris and Hislope Funeral Home by Ferlin Price. Burial will be in Union Cemetery.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. Friday. 

Elmer F. Murphy
LIBERTY - Elmer Floyd Murphy, 89, of Indianapolis, Ind., died Wednesday at his home.
Born July 1, 1909, in Liberty, he was a son of the late Harrison and Printie Johnson Murphy. He was a retired employee of Lilly Industry and Coating Co., and a member of Lighthouse Community Church.
Survivors include a son, Charles R. Murphy of Indianapolis; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Bartle Funeral Home by Don Smith. Burial will be in Peyton Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Sunday. 

Etta C. Rutherford
SCIENCE HILL - Etta Mae Casada Rutherford, 51, of Eubank, died Tuesday at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.
Born July 25, 1947, in Wayne County, she was a daughter of Starland Casada of Kidder and the late Dessie Morrow Casada. She was an employee of Vaught Brothers Manufacturing. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, Kidder.
Survivors include her husband, Ford Rutherford; two sons, Michael Rutherford of Eubank and Robert Rutherford of Science Hill; a daughter, Margaret Nichols of Stanford; seven brothers, Grover Casada of Indianapolis, Ind., Chester Casada of Loraine, Ohio, Elmer Casada of Crab Orchard, Robert Casada of Monticello, Mark Casada of Bronston, Dallas Casada of Gregory and James Casada of Quenton; three sisters, Cindy Rose of Loraine, Ohio, Ruby Gibson of Hazard and Phyllis Neeley of Kidder; and three grandchildren.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Morris and Hislope Funeral Home by the Rev. Sammy Adkins. Burial will be in Freedom Cemetery, Eubank.
Visitation is after 6 p.m. today. 

Ruth M. Short
MIDDLEBURG - Ruth Marie Short, 89, of Middleburg, died Wednesday at Casey County Hospital.
Born June 23, 1909, in Middleburg, she was a daughter of the late U.S. and Minnie Miller Tapscott. She was a homemaker and a member of Middleburg Baptist Church. She was the widow of Harold M. Short.
Survivors include a daughter, Ada A. Thompson of Middleburg; a granddaughter; and two great-grandsons.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Bartle Funeral Home By the Rev. Tim Roberts. Burial will be in Middleburg Cemetery.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Bartle Funeral Home. 

Ellis G. Yocum
MORELAND - Ellis Gene Yocum, 52, of Stanford, died Wednesday at his home.
Born Oct. 3, 1946, in Lincoln County, he was a son of Lizzie Reynolds Yocum of Stanford and the late Edward Yocum. He was a Pentecostal Church of God minister.
Other survivors include two brothers, Tommy Yocum of Crab Orchard and Jesse Yocum of Stanford; two sisters, Rose Y. Scharborough of Versailles and Elvena Y. Smith of Waynesburg.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home by the Revs. Dorotha Grider and Vernon Smith. Burial will be in Buffalo Springs Cemetery, Stanford.
Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today. 

Henry F. Edgington
LANCASTER - Services for Henry F. Edgington, 85, of Mount Hebron Road, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Spurlin Funeral Home by Tom Crawford. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery.
He died Tuesday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
Born July 13, 1913, in Garrard County, he was a son of the late Henry F. and Rilda Montgomery Edgington. He was a retired farmer, a member of the Bryantsville Missionary Baptist Church and the widow of Edna B. Sebastian Edgington.
Survivors include three daughters, Marlene Long, Norma Rankin and Sandy Vanderpool, all of Lancaster; a brother, James H. Edgington of Lancaster, a sister, Anna B. Barker of Lancaster; and five grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Barry and Danny Rankin, Tad Long, Johnny Johnson, Darrick Gilbert and Derek Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers are Joe Huffman, Ray Hammonds, Jim, Charles and Ed Edgington, E.C. Barker and Carl Lane.
Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today. 

Haldon L. Taylor
HARRODSBURG - Services for Haldon Lee Taylor, 55, of Salvisa, will be 2 p.m. Friday at Ransdell Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Jason Moats. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.
He died Tuesday in Lexington of natural causes.
Born June 7, 1943, in Salvisa, he was a son of the late Haldon and Edna Preston Taylor. He was a farmer and a member of Salvisa Christian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Ann Bechtel Taylor.
Pallbearers will be Chad Horn, Steve Bechtel, Stanley and Scottie Patton, David Carpenter and Allen Burke.
Visitation is after 5 p.m. today.
Memorials may go to Salvation Army.


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