September 24, 2003
Nelson Farthing, 83, of Sturgis, died at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, September
21, 2003 at the Morganfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Farthing served
in the South Pacific Theater in World War II. He retired from Civil Service
in 1970. He lived in Lexington for several years, then moved to Owensboro and
lived there for 16 years before moving back to Sturgis.
Mr. Farthing was
a musician since the age of four and was well-known for his piano and organ
playing. He played with several groups throughout the years and regularly played
at the nursing homes in the county until his health started failing.
He was a member
of Grangertown Baptist Church.
He was preceded
in death by two sisters and six brothers.
nieces and nephews.
will be held today, Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. at Whitsell Funeral Home
in Sturgis with Rev. John Baker. Burial will be in the Pythian Ridge Cemetery.
Friends may call
from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
"Dee" Greenwell, 85, formerly of Union County, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003
at 4:27 p.m. in Mt. Vernon Hospital, Alexandria, Va.
Mr. Greenwell was
born October 6, 1917 in Morganfield to William Joshua Greenwell and Rose Wolf
He played football
with his brother William Wolf Greenwell at Morganfield High School, where he
was elected to the National Honor Society.
At age 17 he entered
the University of California at Berkley, where he received a degree in criminology.
He entered the U.S. Navy in September 1941 and was a pilot during World War
II in the Pacific Theater.
Dee remained in
the Navy for 33 years and attained the rank of Captain. Some of his assignments
include: Commander of Operation Deep Freeze, a squadron of 500 men flying support
to Antarctica, there is a large glacier named for him there; Flight Deck Commander
of the aircraft carrier USS Boxer during the Korean War; War Plans Officer for
the Office of Naval Operations at the Pentagon; representative to NATO Atlantic
Forces headquartered in Iceland for the Navy; and Dean of the Armed Forces Staff
College, Norfolk, Virginia.
He received the
following Navy medals: American Defense medal, Pacific/Asiatic medal, World
War II Victory medal, European Occupation medal, China Service medal, Korean
Service Medal (5 stars), United Nations Service medal, Antarctica Service medal,
Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and Navy Commendation medal (2 awards).
He was the administrator
of the Consumer Protection Agency for the city of Norfolk, Va. for 17 years.
Dee loved to fish
and hunt wild ducks and geese. He built his first boat in Norfolk, Va. In 1999
he moved to "The Fairfax" a military retirement community in Fort Belvoir, Va.
He loved to play bridge and poker, was a wonderful host and liked to discuss
growing up in Kentucky and his Navy adventures.
He was preceded
in death by his wife of 50 years, Louise, in 1993.
four nieces, Marilyn Greenwell Connell Frayer, of Evansville, Ind., Margaret
J. (Peggy) Drury, of Potomac, Md., Mary D. Drury Miceli, of Silver Spring, Md.,
and Anna Louisa Winter Matejka, of Houston, Texas; and two nephews Bill Sam
Greenwell, of Marion, Ky. and George l. Drury, of Morganfield; two great-nieces;
five great-nephews; two great-great-nephews; and two sisters-in-law, Ruth Hughes
Greenwell of Evansville, Ind., and Martha Trevino Winter of San Antonia, Texas.
He will be buried
with full military honors, at Arlington National Cemetery Nov. 19 after a 1
p.m. Roman Catholic Mass at St. Mary's Church in Alexandria, Va. All friends
and family are invited to attend this and the reception to be held afterwards
In remembrance of his life. RSVP to 301-299-2409 for the reception.
are being made by Demaime Funeral Home, Washington St. Alexandria, Va. In lieu
of flowers, donations may be made to Union County St. Anthony's Hospice or to
the charity of your choice.
Thomas, 89, of Santa Clara, Calif., died September 10, 2003.
Jim was born in
Union County, August 31, 1914, the son of Hamilton Lee Thomas and Sarah Ann
He graduated from
Morganfield High School in 1934, where he played football and basketball for
four years and was twice selected to the district all-star football team. He
attended Western Kentucky College for three years, where he captained the undefeated
freshman football team and played two years of varsity football.
Jim married Jean
Moberly of Mount Sterling, Ky., in 1937. He worked nine years as an engineer
for the Kentucky Highway Dept., Atmospheric Nitrogen Co., and Missouri Valley
Bridge and Iron Co., and over 40 years as salesman and sales manager for Truitt
and Richards Ford and Davis Ford in Morganfield.
He served as president
of the Lions Club and MHS Band Boosters Club, and was a member of the United
Methodist Church of Morganfield.
Jim and Jean moved
to Santa Clara, Calif., in 1999.
his wife of 66 years Jean; one son, James Wilson Thomas Jr.; one sister Anna
Conway of Louisville; four grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28 at Whitsell Funeral Home in Morganfield
with burial in the Morganfield Odd Fellow Cemetery.
Friends may call
from 1 till 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27 at the funeral home.
88, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Morganfield, died Friday, September 12, 2003
at Heritage Healthcare in Naples.
Mrs. Lofton was
preceded in death by her husband Arlyn Lofton in 1984.
one daughter Jo Anne Brown of Naples.
services were held Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Morganfield Odd Fellow Cemetery.