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Dale Alan Class of 1976 (Arthur)

I met Dale in the 1st grade at Garden Springs Elementary.  We were friends from the beginning and all thru school until graduating in 1976 (technically 1975). I always found Dale to be a kind, funny and thoughtful friend; he could always make me laugh. Even though I have not seen Dale in almost 30 years, his passing fills me with deep sadness.
Never saw him at any of the reunions; over the years I had wondered what he was doing, where life may have taken him. So it was good to hear that his life had been an interesting journey, that he lived a full and good life.
I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Thanks for the memories, even now you can still make me smile.

Benita Dean Mock, Class of 1976

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It's funny, Dale and I reconnected a few years before he passed away, he called me out of the blue one day and since that time we talked every few weeks or so.  Dale had been suffering from a cardiac condition and was not a candidate for a transplant for various reasons.  But he always was upbeat about things and he sent me goofy e-mails all the time.  The last one he sent ended with the statement "In your face reaper", making fun of his lot in life.    

    I know I'll miss him and is humor.

Jim Oldham
Class of 1976

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ARTHUR Dale Alan, 50, retired Air Force tech sergeant, died on July 26 at Round Rock Hospital, Round Rock, TX. He was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy in 2006 but did not qualify for a heart transplant because of other medical problems. Born in Lexington on Feb 10, 1958, Dale was graduated from Lafayette High School in 1975. He was employed in Titusville, FL, when he enlisted in the Air Force in 1979. His 20-year military career began at Lackland AF Base, San Antonio, TX, and included service at Goodfellow AF Base, San Angelo, TX; Offutt AF Base, NE; Homestead AF Base, FL, and Key West, FL. His first overseas tour was at Osan Air Base, South Korea. Dale was assigned to Misawa AF Base, Misawa, Japan, in 1989 as a signals intelligence analyst. He served in Saudi Arabia for five months during Operation Desert Storm. Dale and his family remained at the Misawa base until his Air Force retirement in 1999. As a civilian, Dale was employed by APC (now Ultra Electronics, ATS) in Round Rock until his disability retirement in 2006. In Dec 2001, he returned to Saudi Arabia for six months as a contractor working at Prince Sultan Air Base near Riyadh. He enjoyed playing his guitar, target shooting and paintball, but most of all, he delighted in his two children. Dale is survived by a daughter, Samantha, and a son, Daniel, both of Round Rock, TX; his mother, Betty H. (Robert) Haynes, Lexington; his father, Harold (Sonja) Arthur, Titusville, FL; a sister, Patricia A. Miller, Lexington; two aunts, Peggy (Ed) Wilson and Janis (J.B.) Wiseman, both of Irvine; two uncles, Ray Arthur, Madison County, and Glynn (Betty) Arthur, Englewood, OH; cousins in Kentucky and Ohio, and a family friend, Yvonne Whitehorse, Killeen, TX. He was a grandson of Robert (Lillian) Arthur, Madison County, and Al Y. (May) Hovermale, Irvine, all of whom predeceased him. Cremains will be interred in Sunset Memorial Garden, West Irvine. A private service is planned. Memorials may be sent to the Estill County Public Library, 246 Main Street, Irvine, KY 40336.
Published in the Lexington Herald-Leader on 7/29/2008

I met Dale in the 1st grade at Garden Springs Elementary.  We were friends from the beginning and all thru school until graduating in 1976 (technically 1975). I always found Dale to be a kind, funny and thoughtful friend; he could always make me laugh. Even though I have not seen Dale in almost 30 years, his passing fills me with deep sadness.
Never saw him at any of the reunions; over the years I had wondered what he was doing, where life may have taken him. So it was good to hear that his life had been an interesting journey, that he lived a full and good life.
I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Thanks for the memories, even now you can still make me smile.

Benita Dean Mock, Class of 1976

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It's funny, Dale and I reconnected a few years before he passed away, he called me out of the blue one day and since that time we talked every few weeks or so.  Dale had been suffering from a cardiac condition and was not a candidate for a transplant for various reasons.  But he always was upbeat about things and he sent me goofy e-mails all the time.  The last one he sent ended with the statement "In your face reaper", making fun of his lot in life.    

    I know I'll miss him and is humor.

Jim Oldham
Class of 1976

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From Jim Oldham on April 25th, 2012

It's funny, Dale and I reconnected a few years before he passed away, he called me out of the blue one day and since that time we talked every few weeks or so.  Dale had been suffering from a cardiac condition and was not a candidate for a transplant for various reasons.  But he always was upbeat about things and he sent me goofy e-mails all the time.  The last one he sent ended with the statement "In your face reaper", making fun of his lot in life.

 

    I know I'll miss him and is humor.

Jim Oldham
Class of 1976

 

Margaret Ann Collins Class of 1977 (Baker)


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BAKER Margaret Ann Collins, 50, wife of Rev. Kevin Lewis Baker, died Feb 23, 2009. She was born Jan 2, 1959 in Lexington, KY to the late William Curtis Collins and Lillian Mattingly Collins Harris. She was a member of Glendale United Methodist Church, a graduate of Lafayette High School and Lexington Community College. She worked at Second National Bank, Fort Hood National Bank, Bank of Commerce, Commerce National and while working at Fifth Third Bank she ran a daycare out of her home and attended nursing school. She started her nursing career at UK Markey Cancer Center, and was currently working as a R.N in the N.I.C.U at Central Baptist Hospital. Along with her husband she is survived daughter; Kayle Marie (Tech Sgt. Douglas) Palmisano of McGuire Air Force Base, NJ, son; Casey Aaron Baker of Richmond, KY, and brother; William Curtis (Bonnie) Collins of Northern KY. She was preceded in death by brothers Lee Clark, Charles, James, and John Collins. Funeral services will be 10am Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at First United Methodist Church in Georgetown with Dr. Michael Gibbons, Rev. Jeffery Lambert, Rev. Greg Gallaher and Rev. Coleman Howlett officiating. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery with casket bearers Nancy James, Donna Florence, Riva Walsh, Judith Hambrick, Missy Teal, Bonnie Brown, Mei Zhu, and Vanessa Worrell. Visitation will be 5-9pm Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at Tucker, Yocum, & Wilson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Kentucky United Methodist Children's Home, PO Box 749, Versailles, KY 40383. If unable to attend, please sign the guest book at www.tuckeryocumwilson.com


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Misha A. Class of 1977 (Baldwin)


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Mike Class of 1975 (Beckett)


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Brete Warren Class of 1976 (Bissmeyer)

Brete marched right beside me in the band my sophomore year; he played baritone and was always cracking jokes and making those of us around him laugh!  He was a very sweet guy who I will always remember for helping a rookie learn how to survive my first year in the band.  I'm sure that his family has missed him very much all these years.

Sheree Hood
Class of 1977
 

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Brete marched right beside me in the band my sophomore year; he played baritone and was always cracking jokes and making those of us around him laugh!  He was a very sweet guy who I will always remember for helping a rookie learn how to survive my first year in the band.  I'm sure that his family has missed him very much all these years.

Sheree Hood
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From Sheree Hood on November 19th, 2010
Brete marched right beside me in the band my sophomore year; he played baritone and was always cracking jokes and making those of us around him laugh!  He was a very sweet guy who I will always remember for helping a rookie learn how to survive my first year in the band.  I'm sure that his family has missed him very much all these years.

Sheree Hood
Class of 1977

 

Teresa Gail Class of 1977 (Bowlin)


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Philip D. Class of 1977 (Braun)

Phil’s parents, Thelma and Willys Braun, were longtime missionaries in Zaire (now Republic of Congo) and close friends of my family.  After college Phil joined his parents in Kinshasa.  It was on Easter Sunday of 1985 that we were informed of Phil’s untimely death.  Willys Braun wrote the following account of that day at Crocodile Beach on the Zaire river:
 
 “Along these dramatic beaches, shifting river currents created quiet, shallow backwaters here and there which were ideal for swimming.  They were, however, invaded from time to time by rushing water, which could sweep swimmers out into the riotous mainstream.  A missionary’s daughter was relaxing in such a backwater when a massive invasion of current swept her out from the shore.    Several boys were on the bank and saw this happen.  Phil shouted, ‘come on fellows, let’s help Cindy’.  He jumped in.  The others did not.  For about two miles the young people followed the two along the water’s edge.  At one point the current swept Cindy into another quiet backwater on the Zaire side and she was safe.  Phil was caught by another current and washed across the vast river to the Congo side and disappeared, never to be seen again.  A helicopter, a plane, and ground crews covered the area, to no avail.  A month later a memorial service was held, with Phil’s brothers present…We thank our God on every remembrance of him, for the years he lighted our lives.”
 
I’m glad to share this with the alumni.  Phil deserves to be remembered and honored for his heroism.
 
Nancy Way
Class of 1976

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Phil’s parents, Thelma and Willys Braun, were longtime missionaries in Zaire (now Republic of Congo) and close friends of my family.  After college Phil joined his parents in Kinshasa.  It was on Easter Sunday of 1985 that we were informed of Phil’s untimely death.  Willys Braun wrote the following account of that day at Crocodile Beach on the Zaire river:
 
 “Along these dramatic beaches, shifting river currents created quiet, shallow backwaters here and there which were ideal for swimming.  They were, however, invaded from time to time by rushing water, which could sweep swimmers out into the riotous mainstream.  A missionary’s daughter was relaxing in such a backwater when a massive invasion of current swept her out from the shore.    Several boys were on the bank and saw this happen.  Phil shouted, ‘come on fellows, let’s help Cindy’.  He jumped in.  The others did not.  For about two miles the young people followed the two along the water’s edge.  At one point the current swept Cindy into another quiet backwater on the Zaire side and she was safe.  Phil was caught by another current and washed across the vast river to the Congo side and disappeared, never to be seen again.  A helicopter, a plane, and ground crews covered the area, to no avail.  A month later a memorial service was held, with Phil’s brothers present…We thank our God on every remembrance of him, for the years he lighted our lives.”
 
I’m glad to share this with the alumni.  Phil deserves to be remembered and honored for his heroism.
 
Nancy Way
Class of 1976

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Clay Class of 1977 (Brown)

The best thing in life for Clay was his son, Brandon, who lives near Lexington around his mother.  He loved him very much.
 
In his death a lot of people have enjoyed life that he gave them through his organ donations.  His heart went to a girl in Kentucky; his eyes went to someone that can see money on the side of the road driving at 80 mph (lol … he had good eyesight.)
 
I miss that buddy of mine a lot.  He was coming home from Herrington Lake, sober I might add, when a truck crossed the line and they hit head on.  That crash took the lives of 4 fellow students of our school.
 
I go by him everyday to work and say hello; he is buried in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens on Harrodsburg Road.  Oh well, like I said a lot of people live good lives from his death, so I guess that was his donation to life.
 
Ronnie Royse
Class of 1977

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The best thing in life for Clay was his son, Brandon, who lives near Lexington around his mother.  He loved him very much.
 
In his death a lot of people have enjoyed life that he gave them through his organ donations.  His heart went to a girl in Kentucky; his eyes went to someone that can see money on the side of the road driving at 80 mph (lol … he had good eyesight.)
 
I miss that buddy of mine a lot.  He was coming home from Herrington Lake, sober I might add, when a truck crossed the line and they hit head on.  That crash took the lives of 4 fellow students of our school.
 
I go by him everyday to work and say hello; he is buried in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens on Harrodsburg Road.  Oh well, like I said a lot of people live good lives from his death, so I guess that was his donation to life.
 
Ronnie Royse
Class of 1977

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Barry Class of 1979 (Burcham)

Barry was a very cool guy.  We would lift weights, ride motorcycles, and work on our cars.  I went to TC HS, so we took a class in summer school just for fun.  We rode there one day in his Dads 57 chevy. We used a rocking recliner and a lawn chair as seats, because they were not installed yet. Barry was driving, and every time we hit a bump, his chair would rock backwards, and the lawn chair that I was in would collapse. We then ate McDonalds pancakes and sausage in class.  I could tell 100 awesome stories about those times.  Wish he was still here we could hang out sometime!  BTW - his hair was really curly - looks like he TRIED to straighten it for this yearbook pic! LOL

Nick Garten
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Barry was a very cool guy.  We would lift weights, ride motorcycles, and work on our cars.  I went to TC HS, so we took a class in summer school just for fun.  We rode there one day in his Dads 57 chevy. We used a rocking recliner and a lawn chair as seats, because they were not installed yet. Barry was driving, and every time we hit a bump, his chair would rock backwards, and the lawn chair that I was in would collapse. We then ate McDonalds pancakes and sausage in class.  I could tell 100 awesome stories about those times.  Wish he was still here we could hang out sometime!  BTW - his hair was really curly - looks like he TRIED to straighten it for this yearbook pic! LOL

Nick Garten
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From Nick Garten on November 2nd, 2011
Image Barry was actually in the calss of 1979.  Barry was a very cool guy.  We would lift weights, ride motorcycles, and work on our cars.  I went to TC HS, so we took a class in summer school just for fun.  We rode there one day in his Dads 57 chevy. We used a rocking recliner and a lawn chair as seats, because they were not installed yet. Barry was driving, and every time we hit a bump, his chair would rock backwards, and the lawn chair that I was in would collapse. We then ate McDonalds pancakes and sausage in class.  I could tell 100 awesome stories about those times.  Wish he was still here we could hang out sometime!  BTW - his hair was really curly - looks like he TRIED to straighten it for this yearbook pic! LOL
 

Rob Class of 1978 (Butler)


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From Jana Gillespie-Lalewicz on November 26th, 2010
     How do I even begin? Rob was such a gentle soul & a deeply sensitive human being. He felt everything life had to offer; the good & bad; the ups & downs & he did it with a passion that was absolutely infectious! He had the most beautiful 'sky blue' eyes & when he looked at you, it seemed you could see down into his very soul; he took you 'with him', wherever he was in his thoughts(which were often deep, sometimes 'dark') when he looked at you. Those eyes ALWAYS gave away his vulnerability. He could hide nothing, nor did he think it necessary to do so. His feelings ran deep. It was both his charm & his curse; but what passion! And when you were lucky enough to be on the receiving end of one of his huge smiles that absolutely lit up his face like the sun....Oh MY! He could just radiate joy & happiness that you couldn't help but feel looking at the way his eyes would light up & shine:)     

     This boy was my first 'real love' & I will never forget the summers of '79 & '80. We laughed much & lived far too close to the 'edge' but created some pretty amazing, unforgettable times in the process & I wouldn't trade those years, the time spent together & how 'desperately' we seemed to be 'in love' with one another for anything in this world! When Rob Butler loved, like everything else, he loved HARD & he made me feel like I was the most beautiful girl & all that mattered in the universe to him:) I suppose that's why when I learned of the circumstances of his death, I probably wasn't really as shocked as I should have been by the way he chose to chart his own coarse into the next great adventure; to determine his own destiny in the most passionate & extreme way any person really can. That was Rob, it was who he was & simply illustrated how he experienced EVERY emotion, every experience to it's zenith & anyone around him couldn't help but be drawn to him. He intoxicated you, made you lose your balance & in the end it was no doubt what did us in. One can only 'feel' emotions on the level that HE experienced them for so long before you become exhausted, burned out, & overwhelmed &, in the end, just worn out & tired of it all. Life seemed to be harder on him than most, more painful, yet also it's most wonderful & exhilirating as well. Rob didn't DO anything 'half-way'. Thank you Robert Owen Butler for allowing me to stand in that glorious 'light' that was your smile, for taking me along on probably the most passionate 'living' that I've ever done, & for the time we were together-loving me with an intensity that I've not known since. You gave yourself over completely, you held back nothing(as usual), you shared all that you were with me for a brief time & I felt love like I never knew it could be.  To this day, I treasure what we had together, for as long as we had it & for the time that I had wonderful, amazing 'you' in my life. There's still barely a day that goes by that I don't think of him, what he would be doing now at almost 50, & wishing that I could go back almost 30 years & somehow have made that 'difference' in his life that would have kept him here with us.......just a 'little' longer. Your friends no doubt miss you Rob & although I've moved on with my life over these last 30 years, married, had 2 great kids, & continued to 'live'; there's still a special place inside of me, deep in my heart & in the part of my soul that you touched when we were just kids; it's a place I still keep my memories of you, of 'us', with more than just a little 'longing' for your physical presence here on earth....the place I keep what was once 'you & me' baby:)
 

Diane Marie Class of 1977 (Calvert)


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Marvin Daniel Class of 1976 (Canter)


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Judith (Judy) Ann Artrip (Carlson)

January 21st, 1954 - November 6th, 2003

I miss Judy everyday.  Her sweetness, her laugh and her cooking...she was an awesome cook.  Judy had a passion for the outdoors.  She had a strong love for the birds and flowers.  She feed the hummingbirds from first sight in the Spring until early fall and waited every year for them to return.  She married late in life and passed when her only daughter was 13 years old.  It has been 7 long years now...

Love, your sister, Karen

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I miss Judy everyday.  Her sweetness, her laugh and her cooking...she was an awesome cook.  Judy had a passion for the outdoors.  She had a strong love for the birds and flowers.  She feed the hummingbirds from first sight in the Spring until early fall and waited every year for them to return.  She married late in life and passed when her only daughter was 13 years old.  It has been 7 long years now...

Love, your sister, Karen

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Alexis Sexton Class of 1978 (Carter)


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CARTER Alexis Sexton, 49, wife of Anthony B. Carter, died Mon. Jan 4, 2010 at the Hospice Care Center. Born in Lexington, KY, she was the daughter of Keith Marks, Sr. and the late Fontaine Holstein Sexton and was raised by her father Hargus Sexton. Mrs. Carter was a 1978 Lafayette High School graduate and was a payroll administrator for Blue Grass Regional Mental Health where she had been employed 19 years. Additional survivors include a sister, Fawn Marks; a brother, Keith (Holly) Marks, Jr.; and a nephew, Bryce Marks. She was preceded in death by a sister, Melanie Marks. A memorial service will be held 7pm Thu at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. Visitation will be 2pm Thu until the time of the service. Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer, 1504 College Way, Lex., KY 40502, Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lex., KY 40504, the Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lex., KY 40504, or the ASPCA, Attn: Linda Tiramani, 520 8th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10018.


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From Martha Otte on December 29th, 2010
An amazing lady, an amazing friend....taken much too soon.
 

Steve Class of 1976 (Coleman)

Steve was born on November 10, 1957 in Lansing, Michigan.  We moved to Lexington in 1966.  He has 2 brothers, Robert and Joe (also deceased in 1990; class of 1981) and 1 sister, Kathy (me class of 1983).  I remember Steve as being easy going, funny and absent minded.
      Steve died in 1980 while a student at the University of Houston.  He had worked putting in flooring for a year to pay his own way through school.  After his death my parents received his grades and he was doing very well in school.  He had come home for winter break and spend 4 weeks with his family and friends.  I will always treasure that time we spent together.  He died 2 months after he left to go back to Houston.
     Steve died from a drug overdose and we believe it was intentional.  We will never know exactly what he was thinking at the time.  I was only 14 at the time of his death and adored him more than any person on earth.
     Two of his long time friends, Greg Wells and Mark May, came to his funeral in western Kentucky where my grandparents lived. That really meant a lot to me and my whole family that they made the trip to pay their respects to an old friend.  I will always remember them getting there at the last minute.   I am very grateful that there are other people who remember him and would love to hear stories that people have about him.

Kathy Coots (Steve's sister)
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Steve was born on November 10, 1957 in Lansing, Michigan.  We moved to Lexington in 1966.  He has 2 brothers, Robert and Joe (also deceased in 1990; class of 1981) and 1 sister, Kathy (me class of 1983).  I remember Steve as being easy going, funny and absent minded.
      Steve died in 1980 while a student at the University of Houston.  He had worked putting in flooring for a year to pay his own way through school.  After his death my parents received his grades and he was doing very well in school.  He had come home for winter break and spend 4 weeks with his family and friends.  I will always treasure that time we spent together.  He died 2 months after he left to go back to Houston.
     Steve died from a drug overdose and we believe it was intentional.  We will never know exactly what he was thinking at the time.  I was only 14 at the time of his death and adored him more than any person on earth.
     Two of his long time friends, Greg Wells and Mark May, came to his funeral in western Kentucky where my grandparents lived. That really meant a lot to me and my whole family that they made the trip to pay their respects to an old friend.  I will always remember them getting there at the last minute.   I am very grateful that there are other people who remember him and would love to hear stories that people have about him.

Kathy Coots (Steve's sister)
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James Nunley Class of 1977 (Connell)

Jamie and I met at Picadome elementary and became good friends in junior high at Jessie Clark. Over those years we became honorary members of each others homes, I can't count the number times I stayed with his family. They became my family. I'll always remember his great laugh and sharp wit. We certainly had a lot of those great laughs together. After we both "retired" from college, we had an apartment together. That time was one of the most free and amazing times of my life. Wow, did we have fun. Perhaps the fact that our Christmas tree had deer antlers on the top will help explain the story.

An automotive accident took his life when he was twenty. Time has a way of changing our perspective. Now fifty seems young, doesn't it? I've thought many times about where life might have taken Jamie had he had the chance over these many years. The only thing for certain is that his absence is obvious. I've missed him.
 
George Lovelace
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Jamie and I were just acquaintances through the high school years. After graduation, I became best friends with his girlfriend, Sue Aubrey. Through Sue I became friends with Jamie.  I’ll never forget Sue or Jamie and the great times we had driving around in the country listening to Bob Seger.  One December night in 1979, Sue and I went to Delta where Jamie worked, and picked him up (Sue had just got a new car for her birthday), after Sue and Jamie dropped me off at home, they wrecked two miles from my house. Jamie died on December 28, 1979 and Sue died 10 years later of complications from her injuries years earlier…….  
 
James Connell was born November 25, 1959
He was survived by his parents Jim and June Connell and his younger brother Randy.
 
Although Jamie and I spent 3 years in the same high school, we really didn’t know each other and then after high school became great friends if only for a short time – someone can touch your heart and leave an everlasting impression in only a moment….
 
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them……… 
 
Lena Richie Howard
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Jamie and I met at Picadome elementary and became good friends in junior high at Jessie Clark. Over those years we became honorary members of each others homes, I can't count the number times I stayed with his family. They became my family. I'll always remember his great laugh and sharp wit. We certainly had a lot of those great laughs together. After we both "retired" from college, we had an apartment together. That time was one of the most free and amazing times of my life. Wow, did we have fun. Perhaps the fact that our Christmas tree had deer antlers on the top will help explain the story.

An automotive accident took his life when he was twenty. Time has a way of changing our perspective. Now fifty seems young, doesn't it? I've thought many times about where life might have taken Jamie had he had the chance over these many years. The only thing for certain is that his absence is obvious. I've missed him.
 
George Lovelace
Class of 1977

 
 
Jamie and I were just acquaintances through the high school years. After graduation, I became best friends with his girlfriend, Sue Aubrey. Through Sue I became friends with Jamie.  I’ll never forget Sue or Jamie and the great times we had driving around in the country listening to Bob Seger.  One December night in 1979, Sue and I went to Delta where Jamie worked, and picked him up (Sue had just got a new car for her birthday), after Sue and Jamie dropped me off at home, they wrecked two miles from my house. Jamie died on December 28, 1979 and Sue died 10 years later of complications from her injuries years earlier…….  
 
James Connell was born November 25, 1959
He was survived by his parents Jim and June Connell and his younger brother Randy.
 
Although Jamie and I spent 3 years in the same high school, we really didn’t know each other and then after high school became great friends if only for a short time – someone can touch your heart and leave an everlasting impression in only a moment….
 
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them……… 
 
Lena Richie Howard
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Tamara Class of 1977 (Dailey)

Sept.26, 1959 — June 16, 1990
    Tam Dailey was a good friend, with whom I had many things in common. We were both the youngest of three, and her brothers were the same ages as my sisters. Our parents bought houses on the same street that were the only two built just alike. We were both raised as Southern Baptists. We both took piano lessons, but she continued her lessons long after I quit and she played beautifully.
    For all our similarities, Tam and I were also very different. She loved sports, and I thought they were…just okay—although we did end up playing softball together on a team sponsored by my employer. She was very good; I was terrible! I remember one game where I caught a pop fly in the outfield, but Tam screamed at me to “throw it in.” I didn’t even know I was supposed to do that! We shared many laughs about that over the years.
    We went separate ways after graduation. She went to EKU, where she received a degree in Criminal Justice, and she worked for FedEx for the last 7 years of her life. I went to Asbury College, married, and moved away from Lexington. But, though we went in different directions, we could always pick up the phone and call one another.
    Tam had three nieces and a nephew, and I know she would have been so proud of them. I remember one time seeing her pulling her twin nieces in a wagon past my parents’ house. She loved them all, and was a wonderful Aunt.
    Tam was an adventurous young lady. She rode motorcycles and had very cool cars—including a Corvette, a VW Bug, and a Mercury convertible. Tam loved the outdoors, and died in an accident during a canoe trip in 1990. She was a good friend and is missed by all who knew her.
 
Penny Ritchey Kenyon
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Sept.26, 1959 — June 16, 1990
    Tam Dailey was a good friend, with whom I had many things in common. We were both the youngest of three, and her brothers were the same ages as my sisters. Our parents bought houses on the same street that were the only two built just alike. We were both raised as Southern Baptists. We both took piano lessons, but she continued her lessons long after I quit and she played beautifully.
    For all our similarities, Tam and I were also very different. She loved sports, and I thought they were…just okay—although we did end up playing softball together on a team sponsored by my employer. She was very good; I was terrible! I remember one game where I caught a pop fly in the outfield, but Tam screamed at me to “throw it in.” I didn’t even know I was supposed to do that! We shared many laughs about that over the years.
    We went separate ways after graduation. She went to EKU, where she received a degree in Criminal Justice, and she worked for FedEx for the last 7 years of her life. I went to Asbury College, married, and moved away from Lexington. But, though we went in different directions, we could always pick up the phone and call one another.
    Tam had three nieces and a nephew, and I know she would have been so proud of them. I remember one time seeing her pulling her twin nieces in a wagon past my parents’ house. She loved them all, and was a wonderful Aunt.
    Tam was an adventurous young lady. She rode motorcycles and had very cool cars—including a Corvette, a VW Bug, and a Mercury convertible. Tam loved the outdoors, and died in an accident during a canoe trip in 1990. She was a good friend and is missed by all who knew her.
 
Penny Ritchey Kenyon
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Thomas Boyd Class of 1977 (Davenport)

Tom Davenport was killed in a car accident March 11, 1989.  It's hard to sum up what Tom meant to me, his family and his close friends, in a couple of paragraphs.  Tom was more than just a best friend, he was family.
   Anyone who knew Tom knew he had a great respect for family values, I know first hand because he took his responsibility as my daughter Brooke's God Father very seriously.
   He always loved the reunions, Christmas parties and spending good times with good friends and family.  There is not a day that goes by that I do not miss him. He was taken from us so young it has taken a long time for the sadness to go away.  I'm now left with a daily peaceful feeling because I know he's watching over us all, enjoying the good times we all still share together.

Lisa Phelps Keller (Class of 1977)


Tommy Davenport was one of my dearest friends.  My family and I thought the world of him.  He was like a son to my parents and a big brother to my sister and eldest niece.  He never ceased to amaze me at his thoughtfulness, generosity and kind mannerisms.  Although, our lives took different paths, our friendship remained constant.  We spoke often about the good old days. 

In March of 1989, I received the devastating news that he was killed in a car accident.  I was truly heartbroken.  I often wonder if he realized the impact he had on all the lives he touched, particularly ours. 

Tommy will always have a special place in my heart.  He will forever be missed by all of us who loved him so dearly. 


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Tammy Colliver  (Class of 1979)

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Tom Davenport was killed in a car accident March 11, 1989.  It's hard to sum up what Tom meant to me, his family and his close friends, in a couple of paragraphs.  Tom was more than just a best friend, he was family.
   Anyone who knew Tom knew he had a great respect for family values, I know first hand because he took his responsibility as my daughter Brooke's God Father very seriously.
   He always loved the reunions, Christmas parties and spending good times with good friends and family.  There is not a day that goes by that I do not miss him. He was taken from us so young it has taken a long time for the sadness to go away.  I'm now left with a daily peaceful feeling because I know he's watching over us all, enjoying the good times we all still share together.

Lisa Phelps Keller (Class of 1977)


Tommy Davenport was one of my dearest friends.  My family and I thought the world of him.  He was like a son to my parents and a big brother to my sister and eldest niece.  He never ceased to amaze me at his thoughtfulness, generosity and kind mannerisms.  Although, our lives took different paths, our friendship remained constant.  We spoke often about the good old days. 

In March of 1989, I received the devastating news that he was killed in a car accident.  I was truly heartbroken.  I often wonder if he realized the impact he had on all the lives he touched, particularly ours. 

Tommy will always have a special place in my heart.  He will forever be missed by all of us who loved him so dearly. 


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Tammy Colliver  (Class of 1979)

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Anthony Class of 1977 (Dawahare)


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Tony passed away on July 24, 2006.  He attended the University of Kentucky where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.  He graduated from New York University, where he received his degree in Business Administration. He resided in New York and enjoyed a career as a National Sales Manager for Mosaic Montage and also with Adriana Pappell. He was interested and active with the arts, specifically theatre and he also had a love of dogs.  He will be remembered by his generosity and loving heart and his passing will be immeasurably felt by all who loved him.


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From Nancy Pickard on January 4th, 2013
I was always happy to call Anthony a friend of mine. I loved very much. Very sad to see he has passed away. Much to his family. R.I.P. my dear friend.
Love, Nancy
 

Teresa L. Wheeler Class of 1975 (Downey)


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Julia Ann Barnett Class of 1977 (Duncan)


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Duncan, Julia Ann Barnett, 49, Lexington, KY, widow of Bill Duncan, died Tues., Feb. 24, 2009 at the UK Markey Cancer Center. Born May 10, 1959, she was the daughter of Helen Brisbay Barnett of Lexington, KY and the late Bob Barnett. Mrs. Duncan graduated from Transylvania University and received her Masters Degree from the University of Kentucky. Mrs. Duncan was the Director of Spinal Cord Injury Recreation and Athletics for Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. She was formerly employed for 15 years at Via Services, Inc. in Santa Clara, CA where she held numerous positions including Assistant Director of Recreation and Respite Services, Camp Director, Director of Recreation and Respite and Director of Program Services before returning to Lexington in 2001. In 2000, she was appointed to serve on the Santa Clara County Children and Families First Commission, and was subsequently appointed by the chair of the commission to serve as liaison to the State of California Commission. She served on the City of Santa Clara and City of San Jose Task Forces to implement ADA (American for Disabilities Act). Mrs. Duncan acted as a consultant on accessibility to an architectural design class at San Jose State University. She worked on numerous committees and task forces developing policies to improve the lives of people with disabilities. She was coach of both the Hill-on-Wheels Basketball team which won the Division III National Championship in 2008 and Cardinal Hill Miracle League. Mrs. Duncan served as a board member for various organizations including the Lexington Sports Authority, Lexington Miracle League, and the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Association. Her professional affiliations included the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, National Recreation and Park Association, National Therapeutic Recreation Society, American Camping Association, and the Infant Development Association. In 1989, Mrs. Duncan published Creative Camp which was a curriculum guide for camps serving persons with disabilities. She received many awards throughout her career including the Who’s Who Outstanding Young Women of America, Transylvania’s Distinguished Service Award, Transylvania Distinguished Achievement Award, and Cardinal Hill Hospital’s President’s Leadership Award in 2008. Survivors other than her mother include two sons, Stan (Amanda) Duncan of Lakeside, AZ and Steve (Rhonda) Duncan of El Cajon, CA; grandchildren, Tyler, Joshua, Alex, Sarah and Emily Duncan; two sisters, Rosemary Barnett Tutt and Bobbie Sue Barnett, both of Lexington, KY ; two brothers, Armando (Olivia) Urbina, Fresno, CA and Isidro “Ike” Urbina of Clovis, CA; niece, Melissa Lee Noel Tutt and fiancé, Justin Gash; nephew, John Harold (Melissa) Tutt; and mentors, Coach Don Lane and Dr. Richard Thompson. Beloved by her many friends and associates, Julie was known for her generosity, kindness, loyalty to friends, humor, unique talents in presentations, fundraising, etc., leadership, and above all, she cared deeply for people and their circumstances. Funeral services will be 2:30 pm Fri. at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. by Rev. Tammie Lanham. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Scott Ferguson, Joe Townsend, Steve Duncan, Stan Duncan, Alex Duncan, Armando Urbina, Isidro “Ike” Urbina, David Mills, Justin Gash, and Coach Paul Jackson. Honorary pallbearers will be Hill-on-Wheels Team, David Kiley, Dickie Bryant, Coach Don Lane, Dr. Richard Thompson, Alan Storter, Ron Borkowski, Jon Burford, Bill Kuerzi, Nick Livak, Phil Livak, Frank Lewis, Tom Vandevere, John Shouse, Curt Beamer, Gilles Briere, Ronnie Walker, Mike Hornsby, Mike Keup, Brian Conlisk, Scott Turner, Coach Brian Lane, Robert Tiffany and Dave Gerletti. Visitation will be 2-9 pm Thurs. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Hill-on-Wheels Team, c/o Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, 2050 Versailles Rd., Lex., KY 40504.


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Samuel C. Class of 1978 (Eden)

I remember Sam well. I ate lunch with him at school many times. I am so glad to have known him. He was a very bright student. It saddens me that he has passed, but I know he is happy now being free of his wheelchair. I am so sorry that I lost touch with him. He was a great guy.
Jackie Lowe

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Samuel C. Eden, Sam passed away unexpectedly on Jan 28, 2007. Sam was born on June 8, 1960 in Berea, KY. He spent most of his childhood and adolescence at Cardinal Hill Hospital in Lexington and served as the Easter Seals poster child for Kentucky in the early 1970's. In the mid 1970's, he was one of the first handicapped students mainstreamed into Fayette County schools. Sam was very interested in political science and earned the U.S. Senate Youth Program scholarship as a senior in high school. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School, the University of Kentucky and Asbury Theological Seminary, where he received a certificate in Christian Studies. He was the Extended Learning Student Chaplain at Asbury Theological Seminary and columnist for "This Week at Asbury". He was a member of Trinity Hill United Methodist Church. Sam was an avid reader, conversationalist and loved to travel.

I remember Sam well. I ate lunch with him at school many times. I am so glad to have known him. He was a very bright student. It saddens me that he has passed, but I know he is happy now being free of his wheelchair. I am so sorry that I lost touch with him. He was a great guy.
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From Jackie Lowe on June 2nd, 2012
I remember Sam well. I ate lunch with him at school many times. I am so glad to have known him. He was a very bright student. It saddens me that he has passed, but I know he is happy now being free of his wheelchair. I am so sorry that I lost touch with him. He was a great guy.
 

Catherine Carey Class of 1977 (Ellis)


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Carey was an accomplished television actress and beloved big sister and aunt, died Thu, Aug 9, 2007 at her residence.   She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1980 and received her Masters Degree in Public Administration from Kentucky State University in 1997.  She was a member of Christ Church Cathedral, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Screen Actors' Guild.  Services will be 1:30pm Wed, Aug 15, 2007 at Christ Church Cathedral.  Friends may call from 4-7pm Tue at the W. R. Milward Mortuary - Broadway. Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 11700 Commonwealth Dr, Ste 500, Louisville, KY, 40299; Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr, Lexington, KY, 40504; or American Heart Association, 2201 Regency Rd, Lexington, KY, 40503


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From Richard Saunier on February 19th, 2013
Carey Ellis wonderful person. Carey dated Greg Wells for a short time. Greg Wells, Mark May, Steve Coleman and myself were members of the Greater Lexington Aquatic Club. Carey was in several undergraduate classes with me at UK. I gratuated with Masters of Public Administration in 1988 UK. Carey was always kind to us at GLAC.
 
 

George M. Class of 1977 (Fogle)


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From Tonya Caise on June 20th, 2012
Image I seen this and it immediately brought a smile to my face the same exact way George always did! He was the funniest, most humorous guy ever! But when he was serious about something He spoke his mind, said what He meant and meant what He said!! I loved George very much! He dated my younger sister Glenda for many years and we share many, many days of enjoyment! He left behind two wonderful children whom I still and always will refer to as my niece and nephew!(Andrea and George Biggerstaff. I love them too! While Little George carries on George's good looks! Andrea is beautiful as well but she definetely possesses his wonderful spirit!!! I am thankful tgoo have shared the years I did with George and there was'nt a University of Kentucky game that He was'nt either in attendance or rooting them on!!!!!! Go Cats! You would be proud of them still my friend.
 

Mike Fortner (Class of 1976)

December 6th, 1957 - January 21st, 2010

Mike was one heck of an athlete of all sports. He talked me into transferring to Sayre, then he transferred to Lafayette?? He later told me why, and I respected his decision. Mike was a good friend, after graduation I lost track of him and his family. Have thought many times about them.  May He Rest in Peace.  

Wayne White
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What an all-star sportsman...even back in little league!  I adored Mike as a young kid and wish I could have reconnected with him later in life.  I pray for his family that must miss him so much.  Rest in peace my old friend.

Sheree Hood
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Mike was one heck of an athlete of all sports. He talked me into transferring to Sayre, then he transferred to Lafayette?? He later told me why, and I respected his decision. Mike was a good friend, after graduation I lost track of him and his family. Have thought many times about them.  May He Rest in Peace.  

Wayne White
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What an all-star sportsman...even back in little league!  I adored Mike as a young kid and wish I could have reconnected with him later in life.  I pray for his family that must miss him so much.  Rest in peace my old friend.

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From Sheree Hood on May 18th, 2012
What an all-star sportsman...even back in little league!  I adored Mike as a young kid and wish I could have reconnected with him later in life.  I pray for his family that must miss him so much.  Rest in peace my old friend.
 

Steven R. Class of 1977 (Friend)


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From Nancy Pickard on January 4th, 2013
One of my best friends from 3 grade though 12th. In 2002 I found out when I went to the reunion he past away. One of the saddest days of my life. I loved him so much. I am sorry I will never see his beautiful smile again. We shared so many good times and cared about each other. I love you Steve . R.I.P. My forever friend
 Love , Nancy 
 

Kathryn Elizabeth Class of 1976 (Fuggett)

Kathy died on September 8, 1983 from Scleroderma which is an autoimmune disease of the connective tissue.  Kathy was a wonderful person, and the best sister anyone could have. To this day I have not met another person as respectable, generous and caring as she was.
 
Kathy never missed a chance to do something nice for someone.  If she could think of a way to brighten your day she would.  Shortly after she passed away I found a dresser drawer full of gifts that she had bought ahead of time wrapped and ready to be given to her friends on their birthdays.  She was always thinking of other people.
 
In 1980 I had a little girl that only lived for one week.  The emotional pain of the loss was so overwhelming that I would have never survived if it had not been for my sister’s love.  Her strength kept me going at a time when I felt that everything had been taken from me.
 
As we were leaving the Hospital the night that Kathy passed away I realized that even though she would not physically be with me anymore, she now had become a part of me and would always help guide me through life’s rough times.  She was a true blessing to all that knew her, and I am proud to have been her sister.
 
Carol Fugett, Class of ‘79

 

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Kathy died on September 8, 1983 from Scleroderma which is an autoimmune disease of the connective tissue.  Kathy was a wonderful person, and the best sister anyone could have. To this day I have not met another person as respectable, generous and caring as she was.
 
Kathy never missed a chance to do something nice for someone.  If she could think of a way to brighten your day she would.  Shortly after she passed away I found a dresser drawer full of gifts that she had bought ahead of time wrapped and ready to be given to her friends on their birthdays.  She was always thinking of other people.
 
In 1980 I had a little girl that only lived for one week.  The emotional pain of the loss was so overwhelming that I would have never survived if it had not been for my sister’s love.  Her strength kept me going at a time when I felt that everything had been taken from me.
 
As we were leaving the Hospital the night that Kathy passed away I realized that even though she would not physically be with me anymore, she now had become a part of me and would always help guide me through life’s rough times.  She was a true blessing to all that knew her, and I am proud to have been her sister.
 
Carol Fugett, Class of ‘79

 

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Harry E. Class of 1975 (Geis, Jr.)


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Dear Bud, or "Harry," as you were known by your friends & classmates:
 
Though 15 years have passed since your death, your memory remains so vibrant.  You were SUCH a card, so humorous & carefree, yet you kept a very sensitive side hidden and masked by your clowning.  Your generosity always amazed me--you would offer anything you had if someone needed help, and you had a special place in your heart for animals, especially dogs. You cared little for material wealth, yet you would spare no expense to add to your beloved record and CD collection.  It gave you joy for 25 years.  How I envied your ability to memorize every word to every song, in addition to retaining the name of every singer, group, songwriter, label and record company for said song--I was no match for you in Trivial Pursuit--at least in the RPM category!!
 
I know your friends will remember you also as I do--funny, engaging, witty, cantankerous, yet caring & giving.  My daughters Lauren & Mackenzie loved their "Uncle Buddy" and still remember you well though they were only 7 and 11 when you died.
 
Know that your time here on earth was well spent, though brief.  I will always love and miss you, little brother.
 
Love,
Bev Geis Huston (Class of 1973)


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From Bev Geis Huston on April 4th, 2013
Dear Bud, or "Harry," as you were known by your friends & classmates:
 
Though 15 years have passed since your death, your memory remains so vibrant.  You were SUCH a card, so humorous & carefree, yet you kept a very sensitive side hidden and masked by your clowning.  Your generosity always amazed me--you would offer anything you had if someone needed help, and you had a special place in your heart for animals, especially dogs. You cared little for material wealth, yet you would spare no expense to add to your beloved record and CD collection.  It gave you joy for 25 years.  How I envied your ability to memorize every word to every song, in addition to retaining the name of every singer, group, songwriter, label and record company for said song--I was no match for you in Trivial Pursuit--at least in the RPM category!!
 
I know your friends will remember you also as I do--funny, engaging, witty, cantankerous, yet caring & giving.  My daughters Lauren & Mackenzie loved their "Uncle Buddy" and still remember you well though they were only 7 and 11 when you died.
 
Know that your time here on earth was well spent, though brief.  I will always love and miss you, little brother.
 
Love,
Bev Geis Huston (Class of 1973)
 

George Class of 1979 (Giles)


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William H. Class of 1978 (Hammond, Jr.)


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Karen Marie Class of 1975 (Hill)


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William "Matt" Class of 1978 (Isaacs, III)

William Matthew Isaacs III was among my best friends in Jr High & High School.  We lost touch through the years, last time I saw him being our 10 yr. Reunion.  Matt's short adult life was spent seeing both his parents through losing battles with cancer, the very cause of Matt's passing.  He was loved by those who knew him best, and is survived by a circle of friends including Joe & John Floyd, Bill & Jim Smith and David Neikirk, Shawn Monahan and others I didn't get to know.  Many childhood moments and fond memories of football games in Shawn's back yard (especially on snow days!) will keep a loving picture of Matt in my heart forever.
 
David Delaney, Class of '77

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William Matthew Isaacs III was among my best friends in Jr High & High School.  We lost touch through the years, last time I saw him being our 10 yr. Reunion.  Matt's short adult life was spent seeing both his parents through losing battles with cancer, the very cause of Matt's passing.  He was loved by those who knew him best, and is survived by a circle of friends including Joe & John Floyd, Bill & Jim Smith and David Neikirk, Shawn Monahan and others I didn't get to know.  Many childhood moments and fond memories of football games in Shawn's back yard (especially on snow days!) will keep a loving picture of Matt in my heart forever.
 
David Delaney, Class of '77

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Cynthia St. Clair May Class of 1976 (Keathly)


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Keathley, Cynthia St. Clair May, 50, wife of Randolph Keathley, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer, Sun, Jan 4, 2008. Born in Lexington, she was a daughter of the late J.W. and Sara Thomas May. An animal caretaker, she enjoyed the guitar, was passionate with her cross-stitching and also served as a storm-tracker for WLEX 18.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Crystal St. Clair McCubbin, Winchester; a sister and brothers, Amy Adair May, Mark Bennett May and Gordy (Audrey) May, all of Lexington; grandchildren, Alexia and Kyra McCubbin; dear family friend, Brenda Ferrari; her dog Sissy and cats, Sammy and Sara.

Services will be 10 AM Wed at Milward-Southland. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be 5-8 PM Tues. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice East of Winchester.


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Richard Class of 1976 (Keen)


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John Lee Class of 1976 (Keller)


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KELLER John Lee, 48, husband of Robin Keller, died Tue, Aug 7, 2007 at the Hospice Care Center. Born in Harlan County, KY, he was the son of Sandra Seale Keller and the late John Edwin Keller. Mr. Keller was a self-employed environmental consultant and of the Episcopal faith. Survivors other than his wife include one daughter, Payton Keller, of Lexington; and an aunt and uncle, Justice James Keller and his wife Elizabeth. A memorial service will be held 7pm Sat, Aug 11, 2007 at St. Raphael's Episcopal Church by The Rev. John D. Dews. Visitation will be 7-9pm Fri at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. Memorial contributions are suggested to Diabetes Youth Services, 4143 Monroe St, Suite 10, Toledo, OH 43606, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr, Lex., KY 40504.


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Marcie Dunn Class of 1979 (Lenox)

We first met in 2nd grade and were friends all thru school until graduating in 1979.  It was not until 1986 that our paths crossed again.  Marcie was a dedicated and passionate elementary school teacher when we started dating.  We were married a short time later in 1988.  During our married life Marcie continued teaching, started a jewelry business, became a talented artist, enjoyed our Dobermans and worked with a rescue mission for German Sheppard’s.   Anything Marcie pursued, she did with all her heart and soul.
 
In 1993 we were elated with the birth of our son, John.  Mid way thru her pregnancy Marcie was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, usually chronic with an unknown or obscure cause.  After a courageous fight to live, Marcie received a heart transplant in April of 1994.  During the next 12 years Marcie was unbelievable in her outlook and perseverance in life.  She overcame many obstacles with her health issues.  Her determination to be a great mom and wife was second to none.  Thru the years Marcie always wanted to return to teaching but was unable to do so after her transplant.   She filled her time with her jewelry, art and lots of family time enjoyed on our houseboat at Lake Cumberland.
 
Marcie was truly a gift to all that new her.  Her inner and outer beauty along with her personality, love for life and the Lord are remembered by all who loved her.  Though her years with us were not nearly long enough-she will never be forgotten.  She passed along her spirit, brains, talents, fight and love for life to our son.  He is truly a living legacy and the most precious gift she could have given me.  John is a living testimony to her spirit, gentle soul and kindness. John has his mother as a special guardian angel in heaven.   She guided him every second through his own diagnosis of cardiomyopathy at his young age of 12 and eventual heart transplant in May of 2006.  John continues to exhibit the courage and fight for life that Marcie possessed.  He is a daily blessing and constant reminder to me of his precious mother. 
 
Life is not measured by the amount of breaths we take, but yet by the moments that take our breath.  Marcie was breath taking in everyway.  Words can never express my love, dedication and devotion to Marcie.  She will live on in my heart as well as the hearts of all the lives she touched, just by being “Marc”…….
 
Steve Lenox
Class of 1979


You know classmates, I was not in Marcie's close circle of friends but, every time I saw her in school and spoke to her; just to say a quick hello, she smiled and said hello back. What an engaging personality! I know she is missed as a good friend, kind person and mother. I am sure I cannot imagine all her family has been through with the heart disease she suffered from and missing her so much, even today. I'm really sorry for their loss. I hope her family has found healing and strength in the beauty Marcie brought to their lives. Forever in our hearts as a fellow classmate.
 
Jane Childs Lewis, LHS class of 1978  


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We first met in 2nd grade and were friends all thru school until graduating in 1979.  It was not until 1986 that our paths crossed again.  Marcie was a dedicated and passionate elementary school teacher when we started dating.  We were married a short time later in 1988.  During our married life Marcie continued teaching, started a jewelry business, became a talented artist, enjoyed our Dobermans and worked with a rescue mission for German Sheppard’s.   Anything Marcie pursued, she did with all her heart and soul.
 
In 1993 we were elated with the birth of our son, John.  Mid way thru her pregnancy Marcie was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, usually chronic with an unknown or obscure cause.  After a courageous fight to live, Marcie received a heart transplant in April of 1994.  During the next 12 years Marcie was unbelievable in her outlook and perseverance in life.  She overcame many obstacles with her health issues.  Her determination to be a great mom and wife was second to none.  Thru the years Marcie always wanted to return to teaching but was unable to do so after her transplant.   She filled her time with her jewelry, art and lots of family time enjoyed on our houseboat at Lake Cumberland.
 
Marcie was truly a gift to all that new her.  Her inner and outer beauty along with her personality, love for life and the Lord are remembered by all who loved her.  Though her years with us were not nearly long enough-she will never be forgotten.  She passed along her spirit, brains, talents, fight and love for life to our son.  He is truly a living legacy and the most precious gift she could have given me.  John is a living testimony to her spirit, gentle soul and kindness. John has his mother as a special guardian angel in heaven.   She guided him every second through his own diagnosis of cardiomyopathy at his young age of 12 and eventual heart transplant in May of 2006.  John continues to exhibit the courage and fight for life that Marcie possessed.  He is a daily blessing and constant reminder to me of his precious mother. 
 
Life is not measured by the amount of breaths we take, but yet by the moments that take our breath.  Marcie was breath taking in everyway.  Words can never express my love, dedication and devotion to Marcie.  She will live on in my heart as well as the hearts of all the lives she touched, just by being “Marc”…….
 
Steve Lenox
Class of 1979


You know classmates, I was not in Marcie's close circle of friends but, every time I saw her in school and spoke to her; just to say a quick hello, she smiled and said hello back. What an engaging personality! I know she is missed as a good friend, kind person and mother. I am sure I cannot imagine all her family has been through with the heart disease she suffered from and missing her so much, even today. I'm really sorry for their loss. I hope her family has found healing and strength in the beauty Marcie brought to their lives. Forever in our hearts as a fellow classmate.
 
Jane Childs Lewis, LHS class of 1978  


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Kathleen L. Geist Class of 1979 (Long)

I just found out by reading this page that Kathy had passed away. I met Kathy in March of 1977. That is when my family moved in next door to hers. I lost track of her whole family after my parents moved from Lexington in June 1980. We froze together waiting for the bus on many winter mornings. I cannot remember her saying a mean thing about anyone. She was always happy, a great friend and neighbour.

D. Scott Smith
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I just found out by reading this page that Kathy had passed away. I met Kathy in March of 1977. That is when my family moved in next door to hers. I lost track of her whole family after my parents moved from Lexington in June 1980. We froze together waiting for the bus on many winter mornings. I cannot remember her saying a mean thing about anyone. She was always happy, a great friend and neighbour.

D. Scott Smith
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From D. Scott Smith on November 18th, 2010
I just found out by reading this page that Kathy had passed away. I met Kathy in March of 1977. That is when my family moved in next door to hers. I lost track of her whole family after my parents moved from Lexington in June 1980. We froze together waiting for the bus on many winter mornings. I cannot remember her saying a mean thing about anyone. She was always happy, a great friend and neighbour.

D. Scott Smith
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Richard Ragan Class of 1979 (Mason)


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MASON Richard Ragan, 49, died Nov 14, 2010. He leaves his beloved wife of nineteen years, Mary Way Mason (Ginny) and his parents, John and Dorothy Mason. Also surviving are two brothers, Ted (Regina) and Dan (Mary Beth). He leaves five nephews, Matt, Alex, Ben, Andrew and John Way IV, as well as two nieces, Meredith Mason and Erin Way Purvis. An uncle, Donald Mason (Pat) and an aunt Shirley Curry (Wayne) survive along with a brother-in-law, John H. Way, III (Claire) and sister-in-law, Debbie Way Litch (Mel), and many cousins and friends. Born March 12, 1961, Richard was a lifelong resident of Lexington. He graduated from Lafayette High School and also earned a two year Associates degree in Computer Science from Lexington Community College (now KCTCS) and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a major in Business Administration. He was a team associate at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Inc. and was self employed in real estate management. Richard was well known and respected as an ecumenical, loving, community minded person. He worked with Habitat for Humanity locally, and spent several Christmas holidays helping to rebuild homes in Biloxi, MS after Hurricane Katrina. He also was a mentor to young students at Harrison Elementary School, a fishing buddy to his nephews, and in general an all- round fun loving uncle and person. Richard's memorial service will be held at 5pm Sat, Nov 20 at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 3564 Clays Mill Road, Lexington, KY 40503, with a reception to follow in the church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers Richard requested donations be made to the Habitat for Humanity - Lexington, KY. chapter, or The American Cancer Society .

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Jolyn Class of 1978 (McClure)

Jolyn McClure was my best friend. What a blast we had in high school. Jolyn had a real zest for life. She enjoyed being with her friends, cheering for the Generals and making good grades. After high school we went to WKU. We roomed together through college and pledged the same sorority. After college Jolyn moved to Nashville and I was living and teaching in Bowling Green. We would meet in Nashville for dinner or she would come to BG. She started dating Donnie the same time I started dating Joe. They were to marry June 1986. Two weeks before the wedding Jolyn ran off I-65 in Bardstown. She was in a coma 9 years before dying in September 1995.There were many of us touched and devastated by the loss of Jolyn. We have many fond, wonderful memories of our times together. She would have loved going to the reunions.
 
Miss you Jolyn,
Love, Lisa Harper Hood, Class of 1978

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Jolyn McClure was my best friend. What a blast we had in high school. Jolyn had a real zest for life. She enjoyed being with her friends, cheering for the Generals and making good grades. After high school we went to WKU. We roomed together through college and pledged the same sorority. After college Jolyn moved to Nashville and I was living and teaching in Bowling Green. We would meet in Nashville for dinner or she would come to BG. She started dating Donnie the same time I started dating Joe. They were to marry June 1986. Two weeks before the wedding Jolyn ran off I-65 in Bardstown. She was in a coma 9 years before dying in September 1995.There were many of us touched and devastated by the loss of Jolyn. We have many fond, wonderful memories of our times together. She would have loved going to the reunions.
 
Miss you Jolyn,
Love, Lisa Harper Hood, Class of 1978

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Patrick Martin Class of 1978 (McSorley)


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Richard Class of 1977 (Metcalf)


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Sandy Class of 1975 (Mooney)


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Lesley Murphy

 BARR Lesley Murphy, 52, wife of Robert H. Barr, of Lexington, KY, passed away on Mon, Feb 20, 2012. Lesley was born in Campbellsville, KY on Aug 24, 1959, to the late Jerry and Connie Murphy. Lesley was the sister of Carla Murphy Harris and aunt to Olivia, Cole and Eli Harris and step-mother to Beth Barr Scott. Her life was an endless testimony to GOD'S mercy and grace. Her compassion, encouraging words, tender heart, friendly smile, and sweet spirit defined her life. We are all unspeakably saddened by her passing. Lesley deeply loved her home, family, friends, and yorkie. We thank all who played a special role in her life. She is survived by her loving husband, Robert H. Barr; sister, Carla (Doug); niece, Olivia; nephews, Cole and Eli; and step daughter, Beth Barr Scott (Michael); grandmother, Jewell Lanham; aunt, Mona Whitlock (Rex); uncles, Jerry Lanham (Joyce), Neil Lanham (Jackie) and Brad Lanham (Debbie). She also leaves many cousins from both the Barr, Murphy and Lanham families. Lesley will continue to be the "aroma of Christ" as we remember her and reflect on how her life impacted and influenced us. Special thanks to St. Joseph Hospital and the Ky. Organ Donor Assoc. Visitation will be held at Kerr Bros. Funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington, KY on Fri, Feb 24th from 5-8pm. Funeral services will be held at 12:30pm Sat, Feb 25th at the Bradfordsville United Methodist Church in Bradfordsville, KY, with visitation beginning at 10am at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to any US Bank to the "Lesley M. Barr Nursing Scholarship Fund", where 2 selected students at Lafayette High School in Lexington will be selected each year to pursue the same dream as Lesley in nursing. Donations may also be made to the Bradfordsville United Methodist Church Building Fund, in care of Nancy Dudley, P.O. Box 245, Bradfordsville, KY 40009, where her husband has been pastor for the past 14 years.

 

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BARR Lesley Murphy, 52, wife of Robert H. Barr, of Lexington, KY, passed away on Mon, Feb 20, 2012. Lesley was born in Campbellsville, KY on Aug 24, 1959, to the late Jerry and Connie Murphy. Lesley was the sister of Carla Murphy Harris and aunt to Olivia, Cole and Eli Harris and step-mother to Beth Barr Scott. Her life was an endless testimony to GOD'S mercy and grace. Her compassion, encouraging words, tender heart, friendly smile, and sweet spirit defined her life. We are all unspeakably saddened by her passing. Lesley deeply loved her home, family, friends, and yorkie. We thank all who played a special role in her life. She is survived by her loving husband, Robert H. Barr; sister, Carla (Doug); niece, Olivia; nephews, Cole and Eli; and step daughter, Beth Barr Scott (Michael); grandmother, Jewell Lanham; aunt, Mona Whitlock (Rex); uncles, Jerry Lanham (Joyce), Neil Lanham (Jackie) and Brad Lanham (Debbie). She also leaves many cousins from both the Barr, Murphy and Lanham families. Lesley will continue to be the "aroma of Christ" as we remember her and reflect on how her life impacted and influenced us. Special thanks to St. Joseph Hospital and the Ky. Organ Donor Assoc. Visitation will be held at Kerr Bros. Funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington, KY on Fri, Feb 24th from 5-8pm. Funeral services will be held at 12:30pm Sat, Feb 25th at the Bradfordsville United Methodist Church in Bradfordsville, KY, with visitation beginning at 10am at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to any US Bank to the "Lesley M. Barr Nursing Scholarship Fund", where 2 selected students at Lafayette High School in Lexington will be selected each year to pursue the same dream as Lesley in nursing. Donations may also be made to the Bradfordsville United Methodist Church Building Fund, in care of Nancy Dudley, P.O. Box 245, Bradfordsville, KY 40009, where her husband has been pastor for the past 14 years.

 BARR Lesley Murphy, 52, wife of Robert H. Barr, of Lexington, KY, passed away on Mon, Feb 20, 2012. Lesley was born in Campbellsville, KY on Aug 24, 1959, to the late Jerry and Connie Murphy. Lesley was the sister of Carla Murphy Harris and aunt to Olivia, Cole and Eli Harris and step-mother to Beth Barr Scott. Her life was an endless testimony to GOD'S mercy and grace. Her compassion, encouraging words, tender heart, friendly smile, and sweet spirit defined her life. We are all unspeakably saddened by her passing. Lesley deeply loved her home, family, friends, and yorkie. We thank all who played a special role in her life. She is survived by her loving husband, Robert H. Barr; sister, Carla (Doug); niece, Olivia; nephews, Cole and Eli; and step daughter, Beth Barr Scott (Michael); grandmother, Jewell Lanham; aunt, Mona Whitlock (Rex); uncles, Jerry Lanham (Joyce), Neil Lanham (Jackie) and Brad Lanham (Debbie). She also leaves many cousins from both the Barr, Murphy and Lanham families. Lesley will continue to be the "aroma of Christ" as we remember her and reflect on how her life impacted and influenced us. Special thanks to St. Joseph Hospital and the Ky. Organ Donor Assoc. Visitation will be held at Kerr Bros. Funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington, KY on Fri, Feb 24th from 5-8pm. Funeral services will be held at 12:30pm Sat, Feb 25th at the Bradfordsville United Methodist Church in Bradfordsville, KY, with visitation beginning at 10am at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to any US Bank to the "Lesley M. Barr Nursing Scholarship Fund", where 2 selected students at Lafayette High School in Lexington will be selected each year to pursue the same dream as Lesley in nursing. Donations may also be made to the Bradfordsville United Methodist Church Building Fund, in care of Nancy Dudley, P.O. Box 245, Bradfordsville, KY 40009, where her husband has been pastor for the past 14 years.

 

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Michael Wayne Class of 1975 (Murphy)

What can I say about my father?  So many things I can’t count.  I would like to start by saying that he was married to my mother Billie Murphy for almost 20 years who was his high school sweet heart, unfortunately they were divorced.  He was my hero and friend as a child, I adored him and I think he adored my sister and me.
       He owned his own business; he was a residential brick layer and built some of the finest homes in Lexington.  He was also a wonderful artist.  My father was one of the funniest people I've ever known,  he could always make me laugh, he also loved history and what our past was all about, I'm like him a lot in that way.
       I wont pretend things were always perfect in our lives, as a child our lives were so wonderful and he was very much what any little girl would want in a father, but things change as I have learned as I have become an adult myself.  My parents were divorced when I was 16 and my father and I had a very rough relationship.  I blamed a lot of things on him, but I have learned since I have become a mother that marriage and work and being a parent is hard and we do the best we can, he always loved my sister and I just had a very hard time showing it.
         In 1999, a little after my sister had his first granddaughter, my father was diagnosed with cancer at 42, I still remember where I was that day, my world feel apart just like the day he left us when my parents divorced, but with his illness came a different bond, though not completely perfect it was a start.  I spent more time with my father and I believe he loved every minute of it.  He also adored his granddaughter.  I could see it in his eyes every time he was with her; I believe that made his last days wonderful.
             My father passed away on March 30, 2000, he left behind a brother Stephen Murphy and my sister Kristin her daughter autumn and me.  There is not one day that goes by that I do not think of him, sometimes I might need something or want an answer that no one can give me and I think of him, I wonder what he would look like and hope that we would have mended so many broken places in our lives.  I think my father would have wanted everyone to know that he would have had 5 beautiful granddaughters and just this year his first grandson who I named Michael Wayne after the man who was so very important to me.
 
Jamie Curtis (daughter of Michael Wayne Murphy)

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What can I say about my father?  So many things I can’t count.  I would like to start by saying that he was married to my mother Billie Murphy for almost 20 years who was his high school sweet heart, unfortunately they were divorced.  He was my hero and friend as a child, I adored him and I think he adored my sister and me.
       He owned his own business; he was a residential brick layer and built some of the finest homes in Lexington.  He was also a wonderful artist.  My father was one of the funniest people I've ever known,  he could always make me laugh, he also loved history and what our past was all about, I'm like him a lot in that way.
       I wont pretend things were always perfect in our lives, as a child our lives were so wonderful and he was very much what any little girl would want in a father, but things change as I have learned as I have become an adult myself.  My parents were divorced when I was 16 and my father and I had a very rough relationship.  I blamed a lot of things on him, but I have learned since I have become a mother that marriage and work and being a parent is hard and we do the best we can, he always loved my sister and I just had a very hard time showing it.
         In 1999, a little after my sister had his first granddaughter, my father was diagnosed with cancer at 42, I still remember where I was that day, my world feel apart just like the day he left us when my parents divorced, but with his illness came a different bond, though not completely perfect it was a start.  I spent more time with my father and I believe he loved every minute of it.  He also adored his granddaughter.  I could see it in his eyes every time he was with her; I believe that made his last days wonderful.
             My father passed away on March 30, 2000, he left behind a brother Stephen Murphy and my sister Kristin her daughter autumn and me.  There is not one day that goes by that I do not think of him, sometimes I might need something or want an answer that no one can give me and I think of him, I wonder what he would look like and hope that we would have mended so many broken places in our lives.  I think my father would have wanted everyone to know that he would have had 5 beautiful granddaughters and just this year his first grandson who I named Michael Wayne after the man who was so very important to me.
 
Jamie Curtis (daughter of Michael Wayne Murphy)

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Michelle Class of 1978 (Noel)


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John A. Class of 1978 (Nosow)


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Charlie Class of 1977 (Owens)


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Charlie lived down the street from me growing up.  Everyone knows a guy like Charlie.  He was a pretty quite guy who was easy going and got along with everyone.  He didn't stand out in a crowd and never really wanted to.  Just an all around good guy who seemed to got along with everyone.  Not many people knew he was actually "The Good Samaritan" that went to the aid of a woman who's car had hydroplaned out Winchester Road on a morning during a nasty rain storms in the early spring of this year.  He was heading into work from Mt. Sterling when he saw a car go off the road, he pulled over and got out of his vehicle to check on driver and was hit by another car in the process.  It was covered by the local news and he was always mentioned as the "Good Samaritan."  His obituary was brief and didn't really mention much about Charlie as a person.  Well, I am here to tell ya... I always knew he was an angel and wish I would have kept in contact with him in our adult years!  Such a good guy, I just wish I could have told him this in person!
 
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Kimberly Ann Class of 1978 (Palmer)

We remember Kim’s first day at school at Jessie Clark.  Kim’s family had moved from New York to Lexington over the summer. We wanted to make sure she felt welcome, but Kim wasn’t shy at all.  She seemed to jump right in and make friends very quickly. Kim was a big flirt with the guys, but also just liked to hang around them and be buddies with them.
 
We all spent a lot of time together and many of our activities were surrounded by music.  Kim played saxophone in the Lafayette Band.  We all belonged to the same church where we were involved in a Christian music group named Selah.  This was a contemporary Christian musical group directed by Doug and Robyn Oatley. Selah was a band with vocals. Kim played her sax in the band.  Saxophone wasn’t the only instrument that Kim played.  She was also a very accomplished piano player.
 
We also remember being in Kim’s wedding to Joe Donaldson. Kim got married before the rest of us and it seems that our lives drifted apart. Kim and Joe divorced and Kim remarried.  She had a beautiful little girl named Lauren who is now in college. Kim died in July, 1997 at the age of 37.
 
We will always remember her smile.  It is hard for us to think of our junior high and high school days without thinking of Kim. She was a good friend.
 
Mary Beth Taylor Cline/Lisa Ricketts Williams
Class of 1978



Kim was one of my best friends in the band; she and I spent many happy afternoons at Sir Pizza talking about boys and other girl stuff!  She was the most beautiful person inside and out that I ever met.  She died of Celiac Disease (she was allergic to wheat glutten)...it breaks my heart to not have her with us now.  All of her friends miss her so much; she was loved by everyone.

Sheree Hood
Class of 1977


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We remember Kim’s first day at school at Jessie Clark.  Kim’s family had moved from New York to Lexington over the summer. We wanted to make sure she felt welcome, but Kim wasn’t shy at all.  She seemed to jump right in and make friends very quickly. Kim was a big flirt with the guys, but also just liked to hang around them and be buddies with them.
 
We all spent a lot of time together and many of our activities were surrounded by music.  Kim played saxophone in the Lafayette Band.  We all belonged to the same church where we were involved in a Christian music group named Selah.  This was a contemporary Christian musical group directed by Doug and Robyn Oatley. Selah was a band with vocals. Kim played her sax in the band.  Saxophone wasn’t the only instrument that Kim played.  She was also a very accomplished piano player.
 
We also remember being in Kim’s wedding to Joe Donaldson. Kim got married before the rest of us and it seems that our lives drifted apart. Kim and Joe divorced and Kim remarried.  She had a beautiful little girl named Lauren who is now in college. Kim died in July, 1997 at the age of 37.
 
We will always remember her smile.  It is hard for us to think of our junior high and high school days without thinking of Kim. She was a good friend.
 
Mary Beth Taylor Cline/Lisa Ricketts Williams
Class of 1978



Kim was one of my best friends in the band; she and I spent many happy afternoons at Sir Pizza talking about boys and other girl stuff!  She was the most beautiful person inside and out that I ever met.  She died of Celiac Disease (she was allergic to wheat glutten)...it breaks my heart to not have her with us now.  All of her friends miss her so much; she was loved by everyone.

Sheree Hood
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From Sheree Hood on November 19th, 2010
Kim was one of my best friends in the band; she and I spent many happy afternoons at Sir Pizza talking about boys and other girl stuff!  She was the most beautiful person inside and out that I ever met.  She died of Celiac Disease (she was allergic to wheat glutten)...it breaks my heart to not have her with us now.  All of her friends miss her so much; she was loved by everyone.

Sheree Hood
Class of 1977
 

Garry Lee Perkins

November 10th, 1953 - May 13th, 1996

 

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From Rinda Griffin on December 29th, 2012
I remember Gary.  He was a good friend that became a trusted electrician I could call on when needed - like the time lightning struck my house and blew everything! It was sad the way he left us.
 

Gary L. Class of 1979 (Peyton)


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Arthur G. Class of 1976 (Pope, Jr.)

Art Pope was my soul mate.  We first met at church when we were both 14.  A year later we were dating, then eventually married.  I can remember everything about that first meeting from the things we said, to that contagious smile of his.  I feel so incredibly lucky to have met and married Art.  We were fortunate to have a beautiful daughter, Lauren Ashley.  I am blessed with her being the spitting image of her father.  She has his exact same mannerisms, gorgeous looks, and that tremendous love of life!  Art did not have any enemies, not one.  He only had good friends.  That speaks volumes of his character and personality.  Everyone who knew Art loved him.  He was a wonderful friend, father, son, and husband, that left this life much too early. He is truly missed by all of us who loved him.  He will never be forgotten.
 
Cathy Pope Pleasants

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Art Pope was my soul mate.  We first met at church when we were both 14.  A year later we were dating, then eventually married.  I can remember everything about that first meeting from the things we said, to that contagious smile of his.  I feel so incredibly lucky to have met and married Art.  We were fortunate to have a beautiful daughter, Lauren Ashley.  I am blessed with her being the spitting image of her father.  She has his exact same mannerisms, gorgeous looks, and that tremendous love of life!  Art did not have any enemies, not one.  He only had good friends.  That speaks volumes of his character and personality.  Everyone who knew Art loved him.  He was a wonderful friend, father, son, and husband, that left this life much too early. He is truly missed by all of us who loved him.  He will never be forgotten.
 
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Angela Marlene Class of 1975 (Powell)


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Ronald Layne Class of 1975 (Pugh)


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PUGH Ronald Layne, 52, husband of Linda Lowry Pugh, died Sat, Aug 7, 2010. Mr. Pugh was born in Pikeville, KY, to Eural and Hazel Justice Pugh. He is the sole proprietor of Ron Pugh Plumbing Inc. He also served as VP of the Lexington Area Bowling Association. Mr. Pugh is also survived by his daughter Amanda Grace Pugh, son Jared Lowry Pugh, sister Marian (Mike) York, brothers Rodney (Karen) Pugh, Brian Pugh, and Kenneth (Lainie) Pugh, sisters-in-law Angela Schweighardt and Susan (Joseph) Lamb, and several special nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 6-8pm, Mon, Aug 9 at Clark Legacy Center in Brannon Crossing. Service will follow at 8pm with Reverend Charles Delaney officiating. Burial will be 10am, Tue, Aug 10 in Lexington Cemetery. Casketbearers will be Jared Lowry Pugh, Rodney Pugh, Brian Pugh, Kenneth Pugh, Joseph Lamb and Henry Ryan. Donations can be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504. www.clarklegacycenter.com


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J. Randall Class of 1976 (Rogers)

    I first met Rand at my 3rd birthday party in a small town in Louisiana where my aunt and his mom had been close friends in high school.  But I didn't know that when I saw him again at Lafayette.  All I knew on the first day of senior year was that the most beautiful boy I had ever seen walked into study hall.  He was my first true love.  And we spent the next few years helping usher each other into adulthood.   
    Rand had all the best qualities in a man.  He was smart and funny, real easy on the eyes, and was extremely close to his mom.  And though our dreams led us down different roads, we were connected in some inexorable way.  There is no question that having known him and loved him helped make me the woman I am today.  There isn't a week that passes that I don't think of him or feel him.  Though the human body dies, the love we all have for those around us, never does.
 
Katie Mitchell
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    I first met Rand at my 3rd birthday party in a small town in Louisiana where my aunt and his mom had been close friends in high school.  But I didn't know that when I saw him again at Lafayette.  All I knew on the first day of senior year was that the most beautiful boy I had ever seen walked into study hall.  He was my first true love.  And we spent the next few years helping usher each other into adulthood.   
    Rand had all the best qualities in a man.  He was smart and funny, real easy on the eyes, and was extremely close to his mom.  And though our dreams led us down different roads, we were connected in some inexorable way.  There is no question that having known him and loved him helped make me the woman I am today.  There isn't a week that passes that I don't think of him or feel him.  Though the human body dies, the love we all have for those around us, never does.
 
Katie Mitchell
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From Andrea Atwood on April 30th, 2013
I met Rand when he was 14. He became my stepbrother a few years later. Rand was charasmatic and fun to have in the household. He had a warm, powerful personality & was well-liked by others. His way with people enabled him to achieve success in life. He was a good older brother and I have many special memories from our youth. He is remembered by all the family with love! His grandchild has a similar personality. Andrea Atwood
 

William "Bill" H. Class of 1976 (Sanders)

My brother Bill died on April 17, 2006 after a battle with hepatitis. You all probably remember Bill for his charisma, temper, charm, gregarious nature, and that amazing physical prowess. About 7 years after graduation there was a fiery car wreck on Versailles Road, trapping three girls inside.

Bill stopped, ripped the car door from its hinges, tore the seatbelts from their anchors, and pulled all three girls to safety. He got in his car and left, too embarrassed to have his own cuts and burns treated. His public bravado was a mask for a tenderness, a vulnerability that he rarely showed.

For example, we went to the Barnum and Bailey Circus. When the lions and tigers came out with their trainers' whips cracking the air, Bill burst into tears and fled to the car, unable to watch the animals being hurt. He had a magical way with animals and a love for children. He left behind a daughter, Leslie, 25, who lives in Hartford, CT. Bill dearly loved my wife and our children, though our paths rarely crossed in the last 15 years of his life. He was heavy, he was my brother, and I do miss him. 

Kenny Sanders, Class of 1977




Needless to say I was totally shocked and saddened when I was informed that Bill had died.

When I first met Bill, I was a shy and meek 4th grader at Garden Springs Elementary.  Bill was the biggest, strongest, and toughest of all the guys in our grade (and maybe the whole school!)  But I soon realized that behind that guise of fierceness, was a loving, caring, and steadfast friend. A friend in loyalty that gave and never asked in return.
 
Over the years, we shared moments together as champions on the gridiron, laborers under the hot sun on the farm, and buddies on the creek bank fishing for bluegill.
 
My only regret is that I could have been closer to Bill later in life as he struggled.  Maybe I could have done something to help him.
 
Although Bill is gone, I'll always cherish the good times and fun memories we had during that short time.  Simply put....God has added an angel to protect the shy and meek.
 
Steve Peddicord, Class of '76

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My brother Bill died on April 17, 2006 after a battle with hepatitis. You all probably remember Bill for his charisma, temper, charm, gregarious nature, and that amazing physical prowess. About 7 years after graduation there was a fiery car wreck on Versailles Road, trapping three girls inside.

Bill stopped, ripped the car door from its hinges, tore the seatbelts from their anchors, and pulled all three girls to safety. He got in his car and left, too embarrassed to have his own cuts and burns treated. His public bravado was a mask for a tenderness, a vulnerability that he rarely showed.

For example, we went to the Barnum and Bailey Circus. When the lions and tigers came out with their trainers' whips cracking the air, Bill burst into tears and fled to the car, unable to watch the animals being hurt. He had a magical way with animals and a love for children. He left behind a daughter, Leslie, 25, who lives in Hartford, CT. Bill dearly loved my wife and our children, though our paths rarely crossed in the last 15 years of his life. He was heavy, he was my brother, and I do miss him. 

Kenny Sanders, Class of 1977




Needless to say I was totally shocked and saddened when I was informed that Bill had died.

When I first met Bill, I was a shy and meek 4th grader at Garden Springs Elementary.  Bill was the biggest, strongest, and toughest of all the guys in our grade (and maybe the whole school!)  But I soon realized that behind that guise of fierceness, was a loving, caring, and steadfast friend. A friend in loyalty that gave and never asked in return.
 
Over the years, we shared moments together as champions on the gridiron, laborers under the hot sun on the farm, and buddies on the creek bank fishing for bluegill.
 
My only regret is that I could have been closer to Bill later in life as he struggled.  Maybe I could have done something to help him.
 
Although Bill is gone, I'll always cherish the good times and fun memories we had during that short time.  Simply put....God has added an angel to protect the shy and meek.
 
Steve Peddicord, Class of '76

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Ricky Class of 1978 (Scheer)


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Lois E. Martin Class of 1975 (Shelton)

Lois and I were best friends from the time we were 15 years old until she was killed at the age of 26 by a drunk driver in Dallas TX.
Following is an excerpt from “Letter to Lois” which was published in Chicken Soup for the Girlfriend’s Soul (2004):
 
To this day when I hear “Tin Man” by America, I can feel that great summer of 1974, between our junior and senior years, when we decided that fun was more important than money so we quit our jobs! Remember? We had great tans, little bitty blue jean cutoffs, halter tops, spoon rings and a ’67 Mustang; everything we needed! Everything, that is, except money! I don’t think one Whopper with pickle and onion on one side and ketchup on the other was what Burger King had in mind when they said, “Have it your way.” We lived that summer on the kindness of others, and date when we got really hungry. Sometimes I listen to Eric Clapton’s “I Shot the Sheriff” just to feel that sixteen-year-old rush again. It was the best of times to begin a friendship that would last a lifetime.
 
I have a picture of you and I that was taken in Dallas right after Ryan was born, it stands beside the memory box you gave me for my birthday one year. I find it ironic that you made me a memory box. A “box” could never contain my memories of you, they burst the seams of my heart and flood my soul with the bittersweet memories of growing up and innocence lost.
 
Sometimes I wonder what our conversations would be like today. I suppose we would be a little wiser and bit more mature. I am sure you would still be the beautiful, self confident one helping me to find my way. The one thing I know without a moments hesitation is we would still be the tell-your deepest feelings to-laugh until we cry, never-give-up-on-each-other best friends that we had always been. I also know without a doubt that I am a better person for having known you.
 
Lois left behind a son, Ryan Christopher Shelton. Ryan is 25 years old and served in the United States Air Force; he is now attending college in Pensacola, Florida. Ryan was 11 months old when Lois was killed. Her spirit is forever reflected in his eyes.

Beth Crum Sherrow, Class of 1975

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Lois and I were best friends from the time we were 15 years old until she was killed at the age of 26 by a drunk driver in Dallas TX.
Following is an excerpt from “Letter to Lois” which was published in Chicken Soup for the Girlfriend’s Soul (2004):
 
To this day when I hear “Tin Man” by America, I can feel that great summer of 1974, between our junior and senior years, when we decided that fun was more important than money so we quit our jobs! Remember? We had great tans, little bitty blue jean cutoffs, halter tops, spoon rings and a ’67 Mustang; everything we needed! Everything, that is, except money! I don’t think one Whopper with pickle and onion on one side and ketchup on the other was what Burger King had in mind when they said, “Have it your way.” We lived that summer on the kindness of others, and date when we got really hungry. Sometimes I listen to Eric Clapton’s “I Shot the Sheriff” just to feel that sixteen-year-old rush again. It was the best of times to begin a friendship that would last a lifetime.
 
I have a picture of you and I that was taken in Dallas right after Ryan was born, it stands beside the memory box you gave me for my birthday one year. I find it ironic that you made me a memory box. A “box” could never contain my memories of you, they burst the seams of my heart and flood my soul with the bittersweet memories of growing up and innocence lost.
 
Sometimes I wonder what our conversations would be like today. I suppose we would be a little wiser and bit more mature. I am sure you would still be the beautiful, self confident one helping me to find my way. The one thing I know without a moments hesitation is we would still be the tell-your deepest feelings to-laugh until we cry, never-give-up-on-each-other best friends that we had always been. I also know without a doubt that I am a better person for having known you.
 
Lois left behind a son, Ryan Christopher Shelton. Ryan is 25 years old and served in the United States Air Force; he is now attending college in Pensacola, Florida. Ryan was 11 months old when Lois was killed. Her spirit is forever reflected in his eyes.

Beth Crum Sherrow, Class of 1975

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Tommie Lou Class of 1975 (Shuck)

In Memory of Tommie Lou Shuck
August 9, 1957-April 14, 1994

 
I hardly remember the moment we knew something had gone terribly wrong for Tommie Lou.  She had grown up to be this pretty, petite, kind and talented young girl.  She never saw herself as others did, she hated her height and like most young girls never felt she fit in.  Others saw a sweet innocence in her, a shy little girl who laughed a lot….the girl with the beautiful, blonde hair.
 
Somehow in her teens, she got lost.  She went seeking for the things that were missing in her home…stability, peace, and wholeness.  Years later, we discovered she started doing drugs and alcohol in Junior High School.  As the drinking progressed, she lost her ability to work (she was a licensed nurse), relate to others and finally, to think.
 
In the end, no matter how hard we (our family and the man she loved, Bill Barkley) fought to bring her back from the edge of the pit, we couldn’t.  She died on April 14, 1994 at 37 years old. In the midst of the insanity of her life, we knew she was still a “Believer”.  A believer in family (no matter how fractured), old friends, love and goodness in others, but mostly in Christ!   I found a document after she died showing that she had been baptized unto Jesus a year or so before her death.
 
She is no longer lost.  She is once again, the girl with the sweet innocence, and the beautiful, shiny hair and all of Heaven hears her laughter!
 
With much love for my little sister,
Terry Shuck (Haydon) Guion



   It was after that giant, scary but exciting leap from elementary school to Beaumont Jr. High School, that I met my dear friend, Tommie Lou.  The sleepovers, talking non-stop about our latest crushes and if anyone was having a party that weekend.  Wondering which of us was goofier and laughing ‘till we could laugh no more.  Summer days spent poolside at her family’s apt. pool….or going to Hill N’ Dale park to see our summer friends.
   We often wondered what life might bring to us, as we watched her beautiful older sisters, Terry and Vicki.
   Tommie Lou and I shared so many happy times….getting our ears pierced at Turfland Mall,  being asked out on a double date for the first time (our parents said no !)…and I believe she was the first person I picked up when I got my drivers license!
   But as we all know, life is full of twists and turns and our paths took us in different directions.  Luckily, I had my Tommie Lou, if even for a short time, to share in my pre-wedding celebration.  I got to enjoy that contagious smile and see the twinkle in her eye again. I loved her dearly.
   And when we lose someone so dear, though it’s hard to understand or even accept, we have just to remember….all the rich and plentiful memories we keep with us always.
   I miss you my friend….keep smiling!

Anne Carollo Decker, Class of ‘75


                Tommie Lou Shuck was the first person I met when I moved to Lexington from New Orleans in the summer of '73.  Her apartment was directly across from ours and we became instant friends.  She had a sweet golden light about her and that infectious laugh.  She taught me how to sneak out of my room at night, and we would have these crazy adventures in the wee hours, or sometimes we'd just hang out and talk, trying to figure out the world and our place in it.   It was a pure and innocent time.  Whenever I think back on my short stint in Kentucky, Tommie Lou is by far one of the brightest spots.
 
Katie Mitchell, Class of '76

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In Memory of Tommie Lou Shuck
August 9, 1957-April 14, 1994

 
I hardly remember the moment we knew something had gone terribly wrong for Tommie Lou.  She had grown up to be this pretty, petite, kind and talented young girl.  She never saw herself as others did, she hated her height and like most young girls never felt she fit in.  Others saw a sweet innocence in her, a shy little girl who laughed a lot….the girl with the beautiful, blonde hair.
 
Somehow in her teens, she got lost.  She went seeking for the things that were missing in her home…stability, peace, and wholeness.  Years later, we discovered she started doing drugs and alcohol in Junior High School.  As the drinking progressed, she lost her ability to work (she was a licensed nurse), relate to others and finally, to think.
 
In the end, no matter how hard we (our family and the man she loved, Bill Barkley) fought to bring her back from the edge of the pit, we couldn’t.  She died on April 14, 1994 at 37 years old. In the midst of the insanity of her life, we knew she was still a “Believer”.  A believer in family (no matter how fractured), old friends, love and goodness in others, but mostly in Christ!   I found a document after she died showing that she had been baptized unto Jesus a year or so before her death.
 
She is no longer lost.  She is once again, the girl with the sweet innocence, and the beautiful, shiny hair and all of Heaven hears her laughter!
 
With much love for my little sister,
Terry Shuck (Haydon) Guion



   It was after that giant, scary but exciting leap from elementary school to Beaumont Jr. High School, that I met my dear friend, Tommie Lou.  The sleepovers, talking non-stop about our latest crushes and if anyone was having a party that weekend.  Wondering which of us was goofier and laughing ‘till we could laugh no more.  Summer days spent poolside at her family’s apt. pool….or going to Hill N’ Dale park to see our summer friends.
   We often wondered what life might bring to us, as we watched her beautiful older sisters, Terry and Vicki.
   Tommie Lou and I shared so many happy times….getting our ears pierced at Turfland Mall,  being asked out on a double date for the first time (our parents said no !)…and I believe she was the first person I picked up when I got my drivers license!
   But as we all know, life is full of twists and turns and our paths took us in different directions.  Luckily, I had my Tommie Lou, if even for a short time, to share in my pre-wedding celebration.  I got to enjoy that contagious smile and see the twinkle in her eye again. I loved her dearly.
   And when we lose someone so dear, though it’s hard to understand or even accept, we have just to remember….all the rich and plentiful memories we keep with us always.
   I miss you my friend….keep smiling!

Anne Carollo Decker, Class of ‘75


                Tommie Lou Shuck was the first person I met when I moved to Lexington from New Orleans in the summer of '73.  Her apartment was directly across from ours and we became instant friends.  She had a sweet golden light about her and that infectious laugh.  She taught me how to sneak out of my room at night, and we would have these crazy adventures in the wee hours, or sometimes we'd just hang out and talk, trying to figure out the world and our place in it.   It was a pure and innocent time.  Whenever I think back on my short stint in Kentucky, Tommie Lou is by far one of the brightest spots.
 
Katie Mitchell, Class of '76

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Lisa Lynn Class of 1979 (Smith)

 I have always felt like I knew Lisa Smith all my life. We were friends from the moment we met and began talking at Lafayette. I found Lisa to be funny, thoughtful and kind especially when she though no one was paying attention. She was always there for me; listening, joking, offering advise, talking everything over, wondering who really liked who!! You know, high school stuff.
    Now, I wonder what if... What if she had never become diabetic? What if she had a greater chance of taking better care of her diabetes? What if she never lost her eyesight or had so much numbness in her lower limbs that a burn to her feet did not even cause her to blink. I have never known anyone else who hated being diabetic more than she did; and I've known a lot of patients in my nursing career.
    I tried to help her as much as I could when I lived in KY and her family was always there for her too. We spent time together just talking. We were best friends.
    I just hate that she is gone. I don't have the heart to erase her phone number from my refrigerator door; not that I don't have it memorized or anything. I just know she will be looking down from heaven as the reunion carries on in October, smiling.
    I'll see you again, my dear friend Lisa Lynn when I am gone from this earth.
    Until then, I'll think of you each day as I have for a long time.
    Sure do miss you!
 
Jane Childs Lewis, LSH class 1978

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 I have always felt like I knew Lisa Smith all my life. We were friends from the moment we met and began talking at Lafayette. I found Lisa to be funny, thoughtful and kind especially when she though no one was paying attention. She was always there for me; listening, joking, offering advise, talking everything over, wondering who really liked who!! You know, high school stuff.
    Now, I wonder what if... What if she had never become diabetic? What if she had a greater chance of taking better care of her diabetes? What if she never lost her eyesight or had so much numbness in her lower limbs that a burn to her feet did not even cause her to blink. I have never known anyone else who hated being diabetic more than she did; and I've known a lot of patients in my nursing career.
    I tried to help her as much as I could when I lived in KY and her family was always there for her too. We spent time together just talking. We were best friends.
    I just hate that she is gone. I don't have the heart to erase her phone number from my refrigerator door; not that I don't have it memorized or anything. I just know she will be looking down from heaven as the reunion carries on in October, smiling.
    I'll see you again, my dear friend Lisa Lynn when I am gone from this earth.
    Until then, I'll think of you each day as I have for a long time.
    Sure do miss you!
 
Jane Childs Lewis, LSH class 1978

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From Bonnie Brumfield on October 22nd, 2012
I knew Lisa from James Lane Allen, Beaumont and Lafayette. I late worked for her brother, Mark. She was a remarkable friend and so strong. She joked about her blindness and never let it hold her back from anything she wanted to do. It was never a dull moment when she went with us anywhere. Little jokes we pulled on each other made her so special. I miss running into her, I miss her humor. I am so proud to call her my friend.
 

Tina Class of 1977 (Soard)


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SOARD Tina Michelle, 51, went to be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior on Sun, Oct 31, 2010. Tina was the daughter of Bobbye Soard and Wallace Soard (Carol), and survived by brother, Eric Soard (Laura); sister, Paige Bales (Mike); beloved nieces and nephews, Hannah, Jacob, Lucas Soard, and Kaitlin and Cameron Bales; as well as numerous aunts, cousins, friends; and her two favorite cats, Lucy and Desi. Tina worked at Fayette County District Court for 16 years and greatly appreciated all the love, support and understanding her friends there showed her, and she considered them part of her extended family. Tina graduated from Lafayette High School in 1977, as well as graduating from Sullivan University with a paralegal degree. Visitation will be held 5-7pm Wed at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. with the memorial service following at 7pm with Rev. Wayne Smith officiating.


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Cindy Covington Class of 1978 (Staggs)

Cindy and I had known each other since we were toddlers and lived on the same block until adulthood.  We did birthdays, holidays, snow days, played Cinderella on her patio (with Cindy in the title role, of course!), rode bikes, spent entire summers at the pool slathered in baby oil and with lemon juice in our hair!  We called boys, cursed boys (ha!), and later even married boys all the while nurturing a lifelong friendship.  We laughed, cried, laughed some more, then cried some more through the slings & arrows life sent our way.  Cindy faced her recurrent illnesses with faith and determination tempered by her sense of humor and unstoppable laugh.  (She even named her IV pole "Fred"!)   Since losing her on December 4, 2006, Earth still seems somewhat off its axis.  I miss you, Cinderella!
 
Friends forever,
Claudia DiMeo Elliott, Class of 1977

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Cindy and I had known each other since we were toddlers and lived on the same block until adulthood.  We did birthdays, holidays, snow days, played Cinderella on her patio (with Cindy in the title role, of course!), rode bikes, spent entire summers at the pool slathered in baby oil and with lemon juice in our hair!  We called boys, cursed boys (ha!), and later even married boys all the while nurturing a lifelong friendship.  We laughed, cried, laughed some more, then cried some more through the slings & arrows life sent our way.  Cindy faced her recurrent illnesses with faith and determination tempered by her sense of humor and unstoppable laugh.  (She even named her IV pole "Fred"!)   Since losing her on December 4, 2006, Earth still seems somewhat off its axis.  I miss you, Cinderella!
 
Friends forever,
Claudia DiMeo Elliott, Class of 1977

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Neal Willard Class of 1977 (Stice)

Neal Stice was the big brother of my best friend, Joan Stice. I remember him all my life as being one of the kindest boys I ever knew. He befriended those who had no friends. His life was a tribute to God, as was his whole family's. Neal never teased us, as big brothers sometimes do. He taught me a little bit of how to play guitar, when I would sit still long enough. I went to Michigan the summer after I graduated high school to visit the Stice family. Neal was still the most wonderful MAN (at that point) that I have ever had the privilege to know. In 1988, he was killed in Germany
while serving our country. It has been almost 20 years now, and I still miss him every day. At his funeral, I was amazed at the calm of his family, but they explained their peace by saying, "It's okay, Neal is with Jesus now."

Brenda Peterson Shell (Class of 1979)

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We were best friends in high school and  college roommates, and my Best man at my wedding. He was a great guy who would have given you the shirt off his back. He was a great Christian.  It's true the good die young.  He went into the Air Force, and was in Germany when he was killed in a car crash.

Larry Milburn
Class of 1977

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Neal Stice was the big brother of my best friend, Joan Stice. I remember him all my life as being one of the kindest boys I ever knew. He befriended those who had no friends. His life was a tribute to God, as was his whole family's. Neal never teased us, as big brothers sometimes do. He taught me a little bit of how to play guitar, when I would sit still long enough. I went to Michigan the summer after I graduated high school to visit the Stice family. Neal was still the most wonderful MAN (at that point) that I have ever had the privilege to know. In 1988, he was killed in Germany
while serving our country. It has been almost 20 years now, and I still miss him every day. At his funeral, I was amazed at the calm of his family, but they explained their peace by saying, "It's okay, Neal is with Jesus now."

Brenda Peterson Shell (Class of 1979)

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We were best friends in high school and  college roommates, and my Best man at my wedding. He was a great guy who would have given you the shirt off his back. He was a great Christian.  It's true the good die young.  He went into the Air Force, and was in Germany when he was killed in a car crash.

Larry Milburn
Class of 1977

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From Larry Milburn on May 11th, 2012

We were best friends in high school and  college roommates , and  my Best man at my wedding. He was a great guy who would have given you the shirt off his back. He was a great christain .Its true the good die young.  He went into the Air Force, and was in Germany when he was killed in a car crash .

 

David L. Class of 1975 (Sutherland)


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James Clyde Class of 1977 (Taylor)

My brother died October 13, 1983 from leukemia at the age of 24.  It is hard for me realize that I have now lived longer without him than with him here on earth.  Jim loved his family and friends. He loved life and he loved to laugh.  Although I cannot hear his voice, I am reminded of his wonderful laugh through my 6 year old son.
 
Jim was a wonderful brother and friend. He was one of the kindest and caring guys I have ever known. His encouragement and belief in me is what kept me going as I trained to be a physical therapist at UK.  He taught me to never give up on any dream.  He always said life was too short and you have to make the most of it.
 
Jim loved music and he especially enjoyed playing his trumpet at church and at school. Some of his favorite memories were of the Lafayette Band and the friendships he developed there.  The Lafayette Band holds a banquet each year to honor its members. One of the awards given out each year was renamed in Jim’s memory.  To this day, they continue to give out The Jim Taylor Spirit Award.
 
Mary Beth Taylor Cline, Class of 1978

 

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My brother died October 13, 1983 from leukemia at the age of 24.  It is hard for me realize that I have now lived longer without him than with him here on earth.  Jim loved his family and friends. He loved life and he loved to laugh.  Although I cannot hear his voice, I am reminded of his wonderful laugh through my 6 year old son.
 
Jim was a wonderful brother and friend. He was one of the kindest and caring guys I have ever known. His encouragement and belief in me is what kept me going as I trained to be a physical therapist at UK.  He taught me to never give up on any dream.  He always said life was too short and you have to make the most of it.
 
Jim loved music and he especially enjoyed playing his trumpet at church and at school. Some of his favorite memories were of the Lafayette Band and the friendships he developed there.  The Lafayette Band holds a banquet each year to honor its members. One of the awards given out each year was renamed in Jim’s memory.  To this day, they continue to give out The Jim Taylor Spirit Award.
 
Mary Beth Taylor Cline, Class of 1978

 

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Philip J. Class of 1978 (Wackerman)

Philip J. Wackerman  was my very dear friend who had moved to Lexington from Poughkeepsie, New York during high school.  Tragically, on October 15, 1979, while home on leave from the Marines visiting his mother, Joyce, he and another classmate were killed when a drunk driver ran a stop light and smashed into them on Old Frankfort Pike.  Philip's oldest brother, John Wackerman, was in the Navy.  His other older brother, Damian Wackerman, graduated from West Point Academy and was sent to Weisbaden, Germany in the Army, shortly after Philip's death.  I know his family misses him dearly.
 
Philip and I had chemistry class together...he could always make everyone laugh with his tough New York accent and hilarious stories!  He had a beautiful smile and gentle blue eyes that could melt a girls heart.  We spent many happy days together riding around on country roads and stopping to feed the horses.  Philip was very kind-hearted, full of joy and had many friends who enjoyed his antics!  He was a proud member of the Lafayette football team; I remember how excited he got during the games!  He lived his life with gusto, and always had an approving wink for everyone he met.  He was a proud Marine.
 
I learned a very valuable lesson at his funeral as I was sobbing about his young death "not being fair!"  His mother looked sternly at me across his body and touted, "Who EVER told you life was FAIR?"  I will never forget that moment, that lesson learned, or Philip.  I loved him very much and though it's been 28 years since his passing, I still miss him, everyday.
 
Sheree Y. Hood (Class of 1977)

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Philip J. Wackerman  was my very dear friend who had moved to Lexington from Poughkeepsie, New York during high school.  Tragically, on October 15, 1979, while home on leave from the Marines visiting his mother, Joyce, he and another classmate were killed when a drunk driver ran a stop light and smashed into them on Old Frankfort Pike.  Philip's oldest brother, John Wackerman, was in the Navy.  His other older brother, Damian Wackerman, graduated from West Point Academy and was sent to Weisbaden, Germany in the Army, shortly after Philip's death.  I know his family misses him dearly.
 
Philip and I had chemistry class together...he could always make everyone laugh with his tough New York accent and hilarious stories!  He had a beautiful smile and gentle blue eyes that could melt a girls heart.  We spent many happy days together riding around on country roads and stopping to feed the horses.  Philip was very kind-hearted, full of joy and had many friends who enjoyed his antics!  He was a proud member of the Lafayette football team; I remember how excited he got during the games!  He lived his life with gusto, and always had an approving wink for everyone he met.  He was a proud Marine.
 
I learned a very valuable lesson at his funeral as I was sobbing about his young death "not being fair!"  His mother looked sternly at me across his body and touted, "Who EVER told you life was FAIR?"  I will never forget that moment, that lesson learned, or Philip.  I loved him very much and though it's been 28 years since his passing, I still miss him, everyday.
 
Sheree Y. Hood (Class of 1977)

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Karen Gaye Class of 1976 (Williams)

Karen “Williams” Keinath was one of my dearest friends.  Karen chose nursing as a career because of her caring nature.  Her favorite place to work was “with the babies”!  She loved to hold them as if they were her own.  Karen married her high school sweetheart, Steve Keinath and was a devoted wife to him for 20 plus years.  Karen had two children, Stephen, now 25 and a physical education teacher at James Lane Allen Elementary School and Mallory, a senior in high school (Mallory plans to follow her mother’s footsteps and pursue nursing).  When Karen’s children attended Garden Springs Elementary School (where I am a teacher), she was a very active member of the PTA.  She served as president of that organization more than once and served on various committees, she would do whatever needed to be done.  The teachers at Garden Springs remember Karen for bringing “Magee’s” cookies to us!!  She was very special to many and appreciated by all.
 
As many of you know, Karen suffered with Diabetes.  Over the years, the diabetes destroyed her body.  First her eyesight, then kidneys and then her heart.  She spent her last September in the hospital; she referred to this as “sleeping through September”!  Soon afterwards, her heart failed for the last time.
 
Karen will always be remembered in my heart.  She was always there for me!  She knew how to make me laugh and would say “just the right thing”.
 
Karen’s memory will live on.  We know that she is in a better place!
 
Kathy Yeary, best friend
Class of 1976

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Karen “Williams” Keinath was one of my dearest friends.  Karen chose nursing as a career because of her caring nature.  Her favorite place to work was “with the babies”!  She loved to hold them as if they were her own.  Karen married her high school sweetheart, Steve Keinath and was a devoted wife to him for 20 plus years.  Karen had two children, Stephen, now 25 and a physical education teacher at James Lane Allen Elementary School and Mallory, a senior in high school (Mallory plans to follow her mother’s footsteps and pursue nursing).  When Karen’s children attended Garden Springs Elementary School (where I am a teacher), she was a very active member of the PTA.  She served as president of that organization more than once and served on various committees, she would do whatever needed to be done.  The teachers at Garden Springs remember Karen for bringing “Magee’s” cookies to us!!  She was very special to many and appreciated by all.
 
As many of you know, Karen suffered with Diabetes.  Over the years, the diabetes destroyed her body.  First her eyesight, then kidneys and then her heart.  She spent her last September in the hospital; she referred to this as “sleeping through September”!  Soon afterwards, her heart failed for the last time.
 
Karen will always be remembered in my heart.  She was always there for me!  She knew how to make me laugh and would say “just the right thing”.
 
Karen’s memory will live on.  We know that she is in a better place!
 
Kathy Yeary, best friend
Class of 1976

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