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Date: Tuesday, 7 December 2010, at 1:04 p.m.


Ruth Lee Cook, 82, of St. Francis, died at 5:55 a.m. Thursday, September 7, 2006, at her residence.

Born July 2, 1924, in Louisville, she operated "Dolls and Things" doll shop.

Survivors include: a daughter, Chris Goode of St. Francis; a son, Ronald Wayne Cook of St. Francis; three sisters, June Ireland of Louisville, Joann Brooks of Sonora and Elizabeth Dick, Kansas City, KS; a brother, Alger Bowen, Harrodsburg; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Howard E. "Bill" Cook; father, Crockett Morgan Riddell; mother, Delma Lee Siliman Riddell; and a brother, Lonnie Bowen.

Funeral services were held Sept. 11 at Mattingly Funeral Home, Loretto, with burial in Lebanon National Cemetery. Connie Raikes and Chuck Spalding officiated.

Pallbearers were grandsons-Richard, Jeremy and David Cook and Eddie, Doug and Mike Goode.

Honorary pallbearers were Greg and Dicky Goode, Bobby and Donna Franke, Bruce and Brian Mattingly, Perry Benningfield, Sylvia Hurst, David White, Kristie Brashear and Debbie Smith.

Memorial donations can be made to WHAS Crusade for Children, P.O. Box 1100, Louisville, KY 40201.

Mattingly Funeral Home, Loretto, was in charge of the arrangements.


Lee Duncan, 90, formerly of Aiken Road, Frankfort, husband of Anna Duncan, died Saturday, September 2, 2006, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Frankfort.

Born in Fayette County Kentucky on June 6, 1916, he was the son of the late Will and Lillie Pearl Briley Duncan.

He was a retired farmer and a member of Centerville Methodist Church.

He is survived by: six daughters, Sue McMahan, Frankfort, Teri Lewis, Versailles, Kathy Garrett, Mt Sterling, Nina Hartley Frankfort, Roseanna Carmickle,Versailles, and Patty Cox, Lexington; five sons Bob Duncan and Donnie Duncan, both of Versailles, Larry Duncan, Harrodsburg, Wade Duncan, Indiana, and Michael Wade Duncan, Florida. two sisters Dorothy Gunther, Versailles, and Mae Handy, Owen County; 22 grandchildren and 17 great grand children.

Funeral services wwere conducted Wednesday, September 6, at the Clark Funeral Home Rose Hill, Versailles, by Rev. Todd Lester. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers were Heath Duncan, Thomas Carmickle, Michael Becknell, Jon Rice, Michael Duncan, and Larry Duncan. Honorary bearers were Adrian Varner, John Varner, Gary Varner, Darrell Varner, Dale Varner, Billy Carpenter, Bobby Cariel, Joe Cariel and Clarence Beasley.


John Robert Eckler, Sr., 55, husband of Norma Pauline Miller Eckler, died Tuesday, September 5, 2006 in Georgia.

A Lexington native, he was the son of the late Ray Curtis and Gladys Dale Carter Curtis.

He was a driver for Lexington Cartage.

Survivors, other than his wife, include: three daughters, Teresa (James) Burge, Nicholasville, Tabitha (Evgeni) Nabokov, San Jose, CA, and Tracy (Johnny) Eckler-Adams; one son, John Robert Eckler, Jr., Lexington; three grandchildren, Wayne Tipton, Amber Adams, and Emily Nabokov; two brothers, Jimmy Eckler, Tampa, FL and Billy Eckler, Lexington; and two sisters, Charliene Norris, Salvisa, and Sherry Kiger, Lexington.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Monday, September 11, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. by Rev. Katherine Redmond.

Entombment will follow in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Saturday and 6-9 p.m. Sunday.

Tony Gray, 64, of Harrodsburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Survivors include: his wife, Marilyn Gray of Harrodsburg; one son, Shawn Gray of Lexington; his mother, Gertrude Gray of Harrodsburg, and two sisters, Linda Daugherty of Danville and Nancy Murphy of Harrodsburg.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home.

Betty L. Griffin, 65, of Lexington, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006 at her home.

Born in Rockcastle County, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Pauline Parsons Thacker, and was the wife of Leroy M. Griffin.

She was a member of the Athens Christian Church, the Red Hat Society and the Lexington Woman’s Club.

In addition to her husband, survivors include: one son, Dennis R. Griffin of Pulaski County; one daughter, Anita L. Mosqueda of Lexington; two sisters, Barbie (Paul) Preston of Salvisa and Geneva (J.T.) Bullen of Crab Orchard; two grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bert and Gene Thacker.

Services were held Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 at the W.R. Milward Mortuary-Southland in Lexington with the Rev. Don Frye and Chris Mellor officiating. Burial was in Berea Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gary Griffin, Josh Griffin, Steve Griffin, Chris Griffin, Eddie Preston, Larry Dale Bullen, Myron Griffin and Fred Thacker.

Honorary pallbearer was Joey Sherrard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gardens of Ashland Terrace, 475 South Ashland Avenue, Lexington, KY 40502.

James Altman Jones, 73, of Louisville Road, Salvisa, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

Born Jan. 11, 1933 in Atlanta, GA, he was the son of the late Robert Lee Jones and Daisy Wages Walters, and was the husband of Elisabeth Klara Hackbarth Jones.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and retired as an electrician for Square D in Lexington after 23 years.

In addition to his wife, survivors include: four daughters, Ellen Emeott of Springhill, TN, Jo Ann Bouris of Columbia, TN, and Klara (Louie D.) Barnes and Barbara Sepko, both of Lawrenceburg; one son, Robert William (Sheri) Jones of Lawrenceburg; one brother, Chuck Jones of Texas; one step-brother, Henry Walters of Pennsylvania; 10 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Gash Memorial Chapel in Lawrenceburg with Bro. Vernon Ray Carpenter officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Linda Lou McCoy, 64, of Harrodsburg, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2006 at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

Born Oct. 6, 1941 in Dayton, OH, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Luella Michael Mattis, and was the wife of Harry McCoy.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Harrodsburg Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, survivors include: one son, Robert McCoy of Marengo, IN; three sisters, Ann Johnson of Nevada, and Virginia Johnson and Darleen Pena, both of California; three brothers, Alan, Ray and Ralph Mattis, all of California, and two grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Sept. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Camp Nelson National Cemetery with Dr. Robert DeFoor officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Diabetes Association.


Charles Lee "Slick" Richie, 62, of Lexington, formerly of Millersburg, died Saturday, September 9, 2006 at his residence.

He was born Sunday, January 23, 1944 in Bourbon County, to the late William Kenneth and Virginia Lucille Ritchie.

He was a retired engineer for the Veterans Administration, a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the American Legion Post #257. He was an avid UK fan, who loved to play poker and attend race meets at Keeneland.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Mitchell Richie, Lexington; a son, Charles Allen (Michele) Richie, Lexington; three daughters, Regina (Mark) Carroll, Versailles, Katrina (Bob) Hollingsworth, Burgin and Chaslee Richie, Lexington; two step-sons, James (Doniella) Mattox and Matthew (Chera) Mattox, both of Lexington; two brothers, James Earl and William Thomas Ritchie; two sisters, Anna May (Jesus Rangel) Castello and Janice (Jimmy) Gaunce; nine grandchildren, Shelton and Brent Mastin, Sarah Prater, Alicia Wilson, , William, Peyton and Gabriel Richie, Dixie and Dalia Mattox; he is survived also by a friend, Jimmy Lee "Red" Watkins, several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. , Wednesday, September 13, at the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home with burial in the Millersburg Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday. The service will be officiated by Pastor Ernie Perry.

Pallbearers will be James and Matt Mattox, Shelton and Brent Mastin, Dale Ritchie and Bob Hollingsworth.

Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Welcher, James Mitchell, Jimmy Lee "Red" Watkins, Dwayne and Tilford Baker, Robert "Big O" Overly and Josh Davidson.

Memorial gifts may go to P.A.W.S., Paris Animal Welfare Society, PO Box 222, Paris, KY 40362-0222.

Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home, Paris, KY, is in charge of arrangements.


Calvin Lee Wiley Jr., 79, of Bonta Drive, Harrodsburg, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006 at his home.

Born Oct. 15, 1926 in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late Calvin L. Sr. and Golda Dennis Wiley, and was the widower of Lurleen Morris Wiley.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was former post master at Burgin, Stanford and Harrodsburg, and was twice elected state president of the Kentucky Post Masters Association. He was a member of the Harrodsburg Christian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder for many years and served as chairman of the Church Board for three years. He was active in the Harrodsburg Lions Club, having served as president two terms and received the Lions’ highest honor, the Melvin Jones Fellowship. He was chairman of the Eyeglass Committee for many years. He was also a member of the Mercer Masonic Lodge #777 F&AM and the Oleika Shrine Temple. He served on the Mercer County Fair Board for 15 years, served as manager of the Harrodsburg Tobacco Board of Trade for five years, and worked tirelessly on the Enhanced 911 Program for Mercer County.

Survivors include: one son, Calvin Lee Wiley III of Harrodsburg; one sister, Nancy (Don) Catlett of Puyallup, WA; one brother, Louis “Van” (Carolyn) Wiley of Louisville, and one sister-in-law, Jean C. Wiley of Lexington.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Evalie Ray, and two brothers, Paul Franklin and Harold C. Wiley.

Masonic rites were held Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel.

Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Harrodsburg Christian Church with the Revs. Don Chase and Dann Masden officiating. Burial with military honors was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rusty Ray, Brent Wiley, Sonny Wiley, H.C. Morris, Bill Morris, Sammy Morris and Chris Morris.

Honorary pallbearers were Jim Wise, Jon Cox, Jim Duncan, Gray McCall and fellow Masons.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harrodsburg Christian Church Restoration Fund, 305 South Main Street, Harrodsburg, KY 40330, or to Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville, KY 40422.


Onita Carey, 80, of Lexington, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2006 at her home.

Born May 14, 1926 in Harrodsburg, she was the daughter of the late Edward Vaulter and Willie Durr Graham, and was the widow of Morris Andrew Carey.

She was a homemaker and member of the Parkway Baptist Church.

Survivors include: two daughters, Rosa C. Hicks and Jenny Cay Carey, both of Lexington; two sisters, Virginia G. Carey of Harrodsburg and Joyce G. Humkey of Columbia; two granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter.

Services were held Monday, Sept. 18 at Spring Hill Cemetery with the Rev. James Harley officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Thomas Edward Freeman, 59, of Cane Run Camp Road, Harrodsburg, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington.

Born Nov. 17, 1946 in Danville, he was the son of the late Thomas Willard and Evelyn Smith Freeman.

He served in the U. S. Army during the Viet Nam era. He owned and operated Freeman’s Camp on Lake Herrington and was a member of the Burgin Baptist Church.

Survivors include: one daughter, Tierre Freeman of Kansas City, MO; one son: T. W. Freeman of Harrodsburg; one sister, Delores (G. T.) Shannon of Burgin, and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Phyllis Freeman.

Services will be held Thursday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel with Mike Hamby officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Robert Taylor, Glen Taylor, Hunter Coleman, Tim Shannon, Bill Freeman and Art Freeman.

Visitation at the funeral chapel Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. and Thursday prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion or to a charity of one’s choice.

Allene S. Gabbert, 92, of Cornishville, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 at The James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital Extended Care.

Born April 5, 1914 in Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Virgil and Ida Mae Satterly Sanders, and was the widow of Marvin Warner and Hubert Gabbert.

She was salutatorian of the of the class of 1932 of Willisburg High School. During World War II she served her country by working as “Rosie the Riveter” in an airplane factory in Dekalb, IL. She and her husband, Marvin, ran a grocery store in Cornishville for many years. She was an avid gardener and an accomplished homemaker. She was a member of Mt. Freedom Baptist Church for more than 50 years.

Survivors include: one son, Jimmy (Bonnie) Warner of Bloomfield; one daughter-in-law, Doris Haydon Warner of Lexington; two brothers, Hollis Sanders of Willisburg and Wallace Sanders of Lawrenceburg; one sister, Virginia Dennis of Fairview; four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Rodney Warner; two sisters, Vanetta Isham and Mary Dorsey; one brother, William Sanders, and one great-grandson, Kevin Garrity.

Services will be held Thursday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home with Bro. John McDaniel officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Willisburg.

Pallbearers will be Edward Redmon, Bobby Perkins, Hughes Coslow, Jimmie Dale Hawthorne, Gordon Teachey and Brent Steele.

Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Senior Ladies Sunday school class of Mt. Freedom Baptist Church.

Visitation at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-9 p.m. and Thursday after 7 a.m.

Tony Lee Gray, 64, of Berry Drive, Harrodsburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born Sept. 30, 1941 in Harrodsburg, he was the son of Gertrude Bailey Gray of Harrodsburg and the late Lonnie Lee Gray, and was the husband of Marilyn Graham Gray.

He was retired from Corning, Inc. after 37 years of service. He most recently worked as a tour guide at Woodford Reserve in Woodford County. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was a member of Douglas Laws Post #52 and the American Legion. He was a Baptist, an avid golfer, and he enjoyed thoroughbred racing.

In addition to his wife and mother, survivors include, one son: Shawn Patrick Gray of Lexington; two sisters, Nancy Murphy of Harrodsburg and Glenda (Kenneth) Daugherty of Danville, and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home with Dr. David Williams, Larry Short and Harold Rainwater officiating. Burial with military rites was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Steele, Larry Short, Kenneth Daugherty Sr., Ted Loughner, Edward Sleet, Ronnie M. Smith and Joe Gill.

Honorary pallbearers were Phil Pruitt, Sherman Dozier, Marnie Walters, Kathy Wilson, Doug Murphy, Kenneth Daugherty and Kim Smith.

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