Obituaries for Nov. 2

November 02, 2003

Rodolfo E. Ayoroa

Rodolfo "Rudy" E. Ayoroa, 76, of Greenview Drive, died Saturday. Arraignments are incomplete at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home.

Robert P. Springate

Robert Pearson "Bobby" Springate, 65, of Lexington Court, died Saturday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Born Oct. 12, 1938, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late William Pearson and Cordie Dean Springate. He was a retired manager for Kentucky Finance Company and a member of Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Yvonne Russell Springate; three daughters, Yvette Young, Stephanie Delk and Michelle Springate, all of Stanford; and three granddaughters.


Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery with military rites.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday.

Memorials may go to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.

Harold E. Swim

Harold Earle Swim, 77, of Danville, professor emeritus of microbiology at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical School, died Wednesday at a medical facility in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Born May 9, 1926, in Doaktown, New Brunswick, Canada, he was a son of the late William K. and Mildred Palmer Swim.

Swim received his secondary education at Mount Allison Academy in New Brunswick and was granted both a bachelor and master of science degree from the University of New Brunswick in Frederictown, New Brunswick Canada. Upon completing his doctorate at Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1952, he joined the faculty, rising to the rank of full professor by 1965. He was awarded a Cuyahoga County Cancer Research Fellowship (1957 to 1963) and received a U.S. Public Health Career Research Award (1963-1969). He served as professor and chairman of the University of Kentucky's Department of Cell Biology from 1969 to 1971. He continued as professor of medical microbiology and immunology until his retirement. His research interests, pursued during those years while training a number of graduate students, were primarily in the area of virology.

Survivors include a son, David W. Swim of Miami Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Anita Swim Creasman of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; a sister, Mary Lou Nicholson of Ontario, Canada; his former wife, Alice T. Swim of Lexington; longtime companion, Margaret Jean Gillum of Danville; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Saturday at First Christian Church in Danville. Heritage Funeral Chapel on Chattanooga, Tenn., was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may go Hospice or First Christian Church in Danville.

Roger E. Wilson Sr.

Roger Eugene Wilson Sr., 57, of Timberland Lane, died Friday at his home.

Born Feb. 3, 1946, in Shelby, Ohio, he was the son of Marion Frances Wilson of Mansfield, Ohio and the late Mary Elizabeth Wilson of Parksville. He was a carpenter and served in the Army during Vietnam. He was commander of VFW Post No. 3634 and member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred "Millie" Wilson of Junction City; three sons, Jason Wilson of Kenton, Ohio, Roger E. Wilson Jr. of Port Saint Joe, Fla., and Robert Muszynski of Davidson, Mich.; four daughters, Lisa Wilson and Angie Wilson, both of Kenton, Ohio, and Elizabeth Marchi and Linda Zajac, both of Bowling Green; six brothers, Kevin M. Wilson of Parksville, David A. Wilson of Kenton, Ohio, Ronald C. Wilson of Lakeland, Fla., Terry L. Wilson of Lexington, Robert E. Wilson of Dunkirk, Ohio, and John Wilson of Shelbyville, Tenn; and four grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Stith Funeral Home.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday.

Andrew M. Cannon

HARRODSBURG - Andrew Middleton Cannon, 70, of South College Street, Harrodsburg, died Friday at his home.

Born April 21, 1933, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Ernest and Bertie Leonard Cannon. He was a member of Bethel No. One Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a brother, Forrest Cannon of Harrodsburg; three sisters, Geneva Stakelin and Lorraine Kurtz, both of Lexington, and Hazel Arnold of Danville; and caregivers, Dorris Montgomery and family of Harrodsburg.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Alexander and Royalty Funeral Home by the Rev. James Byrd. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gerald M. Kurtz, Forrest L. Kurtz, Art B. Arnold, William Moore Sr., William Moore II and Robert L. Cannon.

Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. today and 7-11 a.m. Monday.

Floyd W. Godbey

HARRODSBURG - Floyd Winford Godbey, 77, of Falcon Court, Harrodsburg, died Friday at Veterans Administration Hospital in Lexington.

Born July 6, 1926, in Liberty, he was the son of the late Joseph Nim and Matrie Wesley Godbey. He was a self-employed farmer and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Baptist Church.

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