Obituaries for Aug. 12

August 12, 2004

Robert L. Craig

Robert L. "Bob" Craig, 82, of O'Hara Drive, died Wednesday at his home. He was the husband of Hazel Craig. Arrangements are incomplete at Stith Funeral Home.

Margie M. Richey

Margie M. Richey, 74, of Junction City, died Wednesday in Stanford.

Born Dec. 6, 1929, in Junction City, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Flora Rousey McElfresh. She was a retired secretary and bookkeeper, having worked for W.L. Duncan Sales, Radio Shack and Danville Senior Citizens. She was a member of Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center auxiliary, Lancaster Road Homemakers Club and Moreland First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Willie Richey; a daughter, Rosanne Stocker of Danville; a son, Gary Richey of Stanford; a granddaughter; two stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.


Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home. Burial will be in Danville Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be 4-9 p.m. Friday.

Memorials may go to Heritage Hospice and WDFB Christian Radio.

Cecil D. Davis

WAYNESBURG - Cecil Doyle Davis, 73, of Stanford, formerly of Kings Mountain, died Wednesday at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home.


Ryland P. Byrd

Memorial services for Dr. Ryland Pratt Byrd, 81, of Louisville, a neuropathologist, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvin Presbyterian Church, Louisville. A private burial service will be held Friday at Bellevue Cemetery by the Rev. Richard Guerrant.

He died Tuesday at Episcopal Church Home, Louisville.

Born in Shelbyville, he was the son of the late Thomas H. and Elizabeth Pratt Byrd. He graduated from Shelbyville High School.

Dr. Byrd worked for 23 years as staff pathologist, specializing in neuropathology, at Norton Hospital in Louisville. He also served as clinical professor of pathology at University of Louisville School of Medicine for 33 years, teaching pathology, bacteriology, medical terminology and neuropathology. He became Emeritus Professor in 1993. Early in his career, he was in private practice in Glasgow and with the Army Medical Corps in Germany.

He attended The Citadel and University of Chicago, and graduated from University of Louisville School of Medicine.

He was a National Institute of Health Fellow in Neuropathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C., and held certifications with the American Board of Pathology and American Board of Neuropathology.

He was a charter member of Calvin Presbyterian Church, Louisville. He also was a member of the Kentucky Society of Pathologists and served as consultant with Kosair Children's Hospital and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Louisville for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Evelyn Guerrant Byrd; four sons, Dr. Richard G. Byrd of Spartanburg, S.C., Dr. Ryland P. Byrd Jr. of Johnson City, Tenn., William A. Byrd of Fisherville, and Dr. Robert W. Byrd of Bowling Green; a sister, Jean Ballard of Shelbyville; and 10 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Thomas H. Byrd.

Pallbearers will be John Ballard and Taylor, Nathan, Andrew, Mary Beth and Michael Byrd.

Memorials may go to Options Unlimited, 205 Castle Rock Drive, Shepherdsville, Ky. 40165, a nonprofit agency dedicated to the rehabilitation of mentally handicapped people; and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1044 AIta Vista Road, Louisville, Ky. 40205.

Stith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John D. Russell

Services for John Danny Russell, 61, of Aspen Drive, will be noon Friday at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home by the Rev. Dale Denton. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

He died Tuesday at his home.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Hounchell, John K. Wilson, Clint Tucker, Martin Burnette, Chad Sinkhorn and John N. Russell.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

Memorials may go to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center Chaplain Fund for Adult Day Care.

Cecil D. Sims

HARRODSBURG - Services for Cecil Dale Sims, 39, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., formerly of Harrodsburg, will be 11 a.m. Friday at Ransdell Funeral Chapel by the Rev. John Hockersmith.

Burial will be in Kirkwood Cemetery in Salvisa.

He died Monday at Hospice House South, Fort Myers, Fla.

Born April 3, 1965, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of Linda Bugg of Salvisa and the late William Cecil Sims, and the stepson of Bill Packard of Salvisa. He was a self-employed truck driver.

Other survivors include two sons, Stuart C. Sims and William C. Sims, both of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; and two brothers, John T. Sims of Salvisa and Steve C. Sims of Frankfort.

Pallbearers will be Dan and Charlie Royalty, John Thomas Sims, Jerome Y. and John T. Sims, and John Marklin.

Visitation is after 6 p.m. today and after 7:30 a.m. Friday.

Memorials may go to Heritage Hospice, P.O. Box 1213, Danville 40422.

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