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Obituaries

  • Mario Antonio Robles

    Mario Antonio Robles, 24, of Owenton, died June 21, 2009, at New Horizons Medical Center.

    He was born Jan. 19, 1985, in Casa Blanco, HGO Mexico. He was an employee of Elk Creek Winery where he was instrumental in daily operations. Mario was a member of the Catholic faith. 

  • Richard Dunavent Sr.

    Richard Layne “Rick” Dunavent Sr., 58, of Frankfort, died from pancreatic cancer June 11, 2009, at his home, attended by his wife, Billie M. Sebastian Dunavent, and mother, Marie Frances Dunavent, of Owenton.  He is also survived by two daughters, Jessica Leigh Lovins and spouse J.R.

  • Juanita Watkins

    Juanita Frances Humphrey Watkins, 81, died June 12, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Hospice Center.

    She was the daughter of the late Russell and Sue Ruggles Humphrey. She was the widow of William Ralph Watkins. She was a homemaker and a member of Sparta Baptist Church.

     She is survived by her two sons, James “Jim” Watkins of Lanesville, Ind., and Tom Watkins of Sparta; her daughter, Pat VonBokern of Sparta; one brother, Daniel Martin Hamilton of Iola, Kan.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

  • Buford Wainscott

    Buford “Boots” Wainscott, 93, of Williamstown, died June 11, 2009, at the Owenton Manor Health Care Facility in Owenton. Born in Owen County, he was the son of Willie B. and Adah Stamper Wainscott. He was a farmer and a member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Grant County.

    He is survived by two daughters, Ella Crosswaite of Williamstown and Rose Dunn of Berry; three sons, William Wainscott of Dry Ridge, Gene Wainscott of Williamstown, and Wayne Wainscott of Willliamstown; one brother, Jimmie Wainscott of Owenton; 15 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

  • Charles L. Mertz

    Charles L. Mertz, 65, of Owenton, formerly of New Castle, died June 4, 2009, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

    He was preceded in death by parents, Fred and Maudie (Frazier) Mertz; two grandchildren, Leslie Nicole and Tonya Renea Mertz; and a sister, Mary Lee Mertz.

  • Roy C. McCormick

    Roy C. McCormick, 76, of Owen County, died May 30, 2009, at Owenton Manor. Roy was the son of the late Ernest and Anna Bramblett McCormick. He was the husband of Sarah Florence Renfro McCormick. Roy was a farmer and a member of the Elk Lick Baptist Church. He was also a veteran.

  • Ruby Franklin Osborne

    Ruby Franklin Osborne, 72, of Owenton, died June 2, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center South in Edgewood.

    Born Oct. 18, 1936, in Grant County, she was the daughter of the late James and Romania Dunlap Cook and was preceded in death by her sister, Patsy.  Mrs. Osborne was a nurse’s aide for many years at the Owen County Memorial Hospital and Three Rivers Home Health Agency.  She was also a member of Williamstown Methodist Church.  

  • Rondal B. Osborne

    Rondal B. Osborne, 91, of Independence, died May 30, 2009, at Villa Spring Care Center in Erlanger.

    He was the owner/operator of Osborne’s Barber Shop in Covington for over 67 years, a member and former deacon of Ashland Avenue Baptist, former deacon, trustee, comptroller, and Sunday School Superintendent at Southside Baptist Church in Covington, and a Navy Veteran of WWII. 

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes Osborne, and a daughter, Sherry Compton. 

  • Eunice Katherine Rice

    Eunice Katherine Rice, 88, of Frankfort, died May 27, 2009, at her residence following a long illness. A native of Owen County, she retired from the Cabinet for Human Resources. She was a former teacher in the Owen County Schools and a Sunday school teacher and member of Thornhill Baptist Church.

    She is survived by a son, James David Rice of Sellersburg, Ind.; three sisters, Louise Jones and Anna Margaret Middleton of Clermont, Fla., and Irene Jones of Charlestown, Ind.; four grandchildren, Susan May, Jeffrey Rice, Tracy Schuld, and Nikki Rattliff; and nine great-grandchildren.

  • Elinor Mae Sampson

    Elinor Mae Sampson, 76, of Warsaw, died May 23, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Florence.

    Born in Carroll County on March 7, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Henry O’Donovan and Freida Fortner. She was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

    She was a retired employee of the Gallatain County Board of Education and a member of  Warsaw Christian Church.