Obituaries for Jan. 21

January 21, 2004

Laura N. Harness

CRAB ORCHARD - Laura Nicholas Harness, 99, of Harness Road, died Tuesday at Fort Logan Hospital.

Born April 13, 1904, in Milton, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Margaret A. Braley Nicholas. She was a former employee of Cowden Manufacturing, a member of Bethel Church of Christ and the widow of William C. Harness.

Survivors include two sons, William H. Harness and James E. Harness, both of Crab Orchard; two daughters, Dorothy Stigall of Eubank and Betty Holtzclaw of Stanford; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at McKnight Funeral Home by Curt Herrington. Burial will be in Bethel Church of Christ Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Troy and Alan Stigall, Bryan, Jason and Bill Harness Jr., Glenn Hardin, Greg Murphy and Joe Otte.

Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Thursday.

Earl K. Sowder

LANCASTER - Earl Kenneth "Ken" Sowder, 73, of Boone's Creek Road, died Tuesday at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lexington. He was the husband of Katherine Sowder. Arrangements are incomplete at Spurlin Funeral Home.

Nellie E. Watts

HARRODSBURG - Nellie Ella Watts, 88, of Allah Avenue, died Tuesday at James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 17, 1915, in Harrodsburg, she was the daughter of the late Strother and Laura Lyons Watts. She was a homemaker, a member of Bohon Baptist Church and the widow of Raymond Watts Sr.

Survivors include two sons, Raymond Watts Jr. of Harrodsburg, and Kenneth D. Watts of Georgetown; four daughters, Ruby Chambers, Viola Baker, Mary Baker and Beverly Griffin, all of Harrodsburg; a brother, William T. Watts of Harrodsburg; a sister, Jane Watts of Harrodsburg; 21 grandchildren; and several great-and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Iva and Ronald Watts; and four daughters, Thelma Stephens, Sue Watts, Georgia Weldon and Juanita Byrd.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Ransdell Funeral Chapel by Ken Calia. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Harold and Charlie Baker, Tommy King, Steve Weldon, James Davis and Harold Mullins.

Honorary pallbearers are grandchildren.

Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today and after 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

Jewell Watson

CRAB ORCHARD - Jewell Watson, 78, of Hwy. 618, died today at her home. She was the wife of Leslie Watson. Arrangements are incomplete at McKnight Funeral Home.

Jerome Williams

LANCASTER - Jerome "Romie" Williams, 84, of Lexington, formerly of Lancaster, died Tuesday at Central Baptist Hospital. He was the husband of Ocie Montgomery Williams. Arrangements are incomplete at Ramsey Funeral Home.


Glynda Andrews

LIBERTY - Services for Glynda "Gail" Andrews, 59, of Brock Drive, will be 2 p.m. Thursday at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home by Jim Kingry. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Contown.

She died Sunday in Lexington.

Survivors include four sons, Anthony C. Andrews, Randall Andrews and Landon Andrews, all of Liberty, and Michael Andrews of Russell Springs; a daughter, Regina Long of Liberty; six brothers, Arvin, Lloyd, Eddie, John, Curtis and Bechel Crew, all of Liberty; a sister, Fredia McCormick of Liberty; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Bill Cundiff, Tom Harrison, Ricky Torres, David Parton, Birney Crew, Greg Hansford, Chuck Durham and Tony Wilham.

Visitation will be after 6 p.m. today.

George Lay

FLORENCE - Services for George Lay, 87, of Stanford, will be 1 p.m. Friday at Stith Funeral Home in Florence. Burial will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Taylor Mill.

He died Tuesday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

He was the son of William F. and Annie Lay. He was an inspector with General Motors Corp., a veteran of World War II, a member of Erlanger Baptist Church and the widower of Pauline Lay.

Survivors include his daughter, Doris Betty of Stanford; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.

Gaines Whitaker

STANFORD - Graveside services for Willis Gaines Whitaker, 96, of Stanford, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens, Nicholasville.

He died Tuesday at Fort Logan Hospital.

Born Sept. 29, 1907, in Norton, Va., he was the son of the late Rufus S. Whitaker and Bess Cantrell. He was a retired coal mine heavy equipment repairman and the widower of Victoria Minniard Whitaker.

Survivors include a daughter, Bess Wilson of Stanford; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

There is no visitation.

Fox Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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