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Jonathan Smith, 90 Print E-mail

Jonathan Ezra Smith, 90, of Cynthiana, formerly of Pendleton County, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at the Cedar Ridge Health Campus in Cynthiana.

He was born in Pendleton County on February 3, 1923, to the late Jacob Paul and Daisy Wilson Harper Smith. He married Garnetta Ward Scott Smith on August 28, 1999 and his dear wife survives his passing. Jonathan spent his life taking care of his family and serving his church, community, country and he loved farming. Formerly, he had also served as deputy sheriff of Pendleton County, a mail carrier with the United States Postal Service, a Pendleton County school bus driver, a Butternut Bread truck driver, an employee of the Newport Steel Mill and an accountant with the former Bob Roth Oil Company of Falmouth. He was a member of the Falmouth United Methodist Church, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a lay minister serving Pendleton, Harrison, Bracken, and Campbell counties, a Kentucky Colonel, a Past Gideon, a past commander and member of the Hardin- Browning Post #109, a member of the Orion Lodge #222 F & A M, a member of the Farm Bureau Board, and a member of the Soil Conservation Board.

Preceding him in death were  first wife of 54 years, Yuelta Fern Flynn Smith, on December 22, 1997; sisters,  Ruby Glass, Mabel Bruin, Hazel Kabler; and brothers, Raymond "Jack" Smith, Kenneth "Pete" Smith and Forrest "Bud" Smith.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Garnetta Scott Smith, are  children, Carol (David) Mains,  Falmouth, Glenda (Charles) Cummins, Ft. Mitchell, Jonathan Smith Jr., Lexington, James Rick (Patricia) Smith, Louisville; step-children, Linda (Kenny) Smiley, John Russell (Barbara) Scott, Jerry Lee Scott and Cindy (Ronnie) Earle, all of Cynthiana; sister, Virginia (Earl) Wills, Independence; brother, Lawrence Andrew (Vivian Holmes) Smith, North Vernon, Ind.; sister-in-law, Mabel Haley Smith, Rushville, Ind.;  many grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

The funeral services were held Monday, February 18, 2013, at the Falmouth United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jackson Brewer and Rev. Patricia Smith officiating. Special music was shared by Darryl Ammerman and Adarin Williams.  Woodhead Funeral Home served the family.

The pallbearers included Jacob Smith, Joey Heck, Jim Wilson, David Mains, Charles Cummins, Jeremiah Smith, Caleb Smith, and Todd McCall. The honorary pallbearers were Sam Porter, George Lach, and members of the Hardin-Browning Post #109.

Interment with full military honors by the Hardin-Browning Post #109 took place at the Sunrise Cemetery, Harrison County.

Memorials are suggested to the Hardin-Browning Post #109 or the Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.woodheadfuneralhome.com

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Jerry Conrad, 69 Print E-mail

Jerry Conrad, 69, of Plymouth, Fla., formerly of Falmouth, passed away on Monday, January 14, 2013.

He was preceded in death by parents Allen W. and Mary A. Conrad.

Jerry is survived by brother, Russ (Penny) Conrad and sisters, Pam (Carl) Beck of Georgetown, Ohio, and Jill (Paul) Hall of Williamsburg, Ohio.

A special memorial celebration was held, with his friends from Central Florida, in the Camellia Room at beautiful Leu Gardens in Orlando. A “Celebration of Jerry Conrad’s Life” will also be held in Falmouth later this spring for family and friends in this area.

Jerry followed much the same daily routine from the early 80s. He would tend to a portion of his nine acres of camellias and then check and document the weather. The folks at the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Fla. recognized something was wrong when Jerry didn’t call to report the daily weather readings at his station in his role as a cooperative observer.

“Since 2001 he called every single day,” said meteorologist-in-charge, Bart Hagemeyer of the weather service. “He didn’t call January 7, and the report didn’t come in again January 8. We called Erinon Nursery (Jerry’s nursery) and were told he was taken by ambulance to the emergency room the day before.” Jerry suffered multiple strokes before dying Monday, January 14. He was 69.

Born in Falmouth, Ky., Jerry attended Falmouth School and graduated from Pendleton Memorial High School. In 1965 he graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in education. He taught high school English and History in Northern KY and then moved to Central Florida in 1968. After teaching one more year Jerry began a nearly 25-year career with Disney World during and after its construction. Jerry worked at designing and setting up Disney stores. Though he liked the job, it served only as a means to support his dream of having his own camellia nursery.

Never was he known to have a green thumb, most thought Jerry would become a scientist or a doctor. Jerry's brother, Russ said, “When people asked what Jerry was up to, I would tell them he was doing everything you never thought he would do.” We all thought Jerry would become a laboratory research scientist and would never have dirty fingernails.

He did become a scientist – and one with dirty fingernails. A scientist with camellias – a title well earned, as Jerry was said to have the best camellias in Central Florida. His name is mentioned in many online forums and sites about the popular decorative lawn plant. He had no secrets, especially his use of organic gardening methods to bring about such nice products. His family has been told by lots of people that he was a mentor, providing tips that even the dirt was not the same when it came to camellias. But as often as he would reveal his secrets to growing the best and brightest camellias, he was very competitive when it came to flower shows, at which he often received top honors.

“People said he would win so many flower shows that he would frequently return the trophy telling them to use it for next year," said his brother. “He was competitive but modest.”

After his Disney career, Jerry dedicated all his time to growing camellias, continually changing production methods to produce improved plants and flowers. He sold camellias as far away as Louisiana, Georgia and the Carolinas.

When Jerry’s knees became arthritic and he could not walk to tend the plants, he used a golf cart to get around the nursery.

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James Michael "Mike" Hesler, 63 Print E-mail

James Michael “Mike” Hesler, 63, of Clearwater, Fla., and Morehead, formerly of Falmouth, passed away Tuesday, February  12, 2013, at his home.

Mike was born in Covington on November 7, 1949, to the late Matt and Dorothy (Delaney) Hesler. Mike served honorably in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971 receiving a purple heart for wounds incurred while serving in Vietnam. He was a 1967 graduate of the Falmouth City School, following that he attended classes at Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State Universities. After years in the construction business, Mike retired from the maintenance department (painter) at Morehead State University. Mike enjoyed spending time with family and friends hunting, fishing and playing golf.

Surviving are wife of 25 years, Pamela Sue (Lafferty) Hesler, Clearwater, Fla.; step-daughter, Sheila (Mike) Wright, Falmouth; son, John Thomas Chafin II,  Toronto, Ontario; siblings, Carolyn Jean Hesler, Falmouth, William Franklin “Billy” (Margret) Hesler, Falmouth; brothers-in-law, Woodrow (Faye) Lafferty, Ellijay, Ga., Robert Leslie Lafferty, Mancelona, Mich., James Roger Lafferty, Wellington,  Ralph Fletcher “Dusty” Lafferty and friend Nancy, Fife Lake, Mich.; and step-grandchildren, Adam, Austin and Michaela Wright, Falmouth.

Funeral services were Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Peoples Funeral Home.

Pallbearers included Mike, Adam and Austin Wright, Brian Pugh, Jamie and Chris Hesler and Ben, Bobby Scott and Bobby Lafferty. Honorary pallbearers will be Woodrow, Robert, James, Ralph “Dusty” Lafferty, Donnie Wolf, Tony Messmer and Kenny LaFollette.

Interment took place at the Riverside Cemetery under full military honors by the American Legion Post No. 109 of Falmouth.

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Military services held for Hall Print E-mail

American Legion Post 109 and V.F.W. Post 1978 and D.A.V. Post members held full military services for Mr. Edwin Hall at the Riverside Cemetery on February 5, 2013.

Mr. Hall served in the United States Air Corp. during World War II.

To Mr. Edwin Hall we honor and salute you.

To the family we offer sympathy.

American Legion Post 109 and V.F.W. Post 1978 and D.A.V. Post members present were Bruce Westbrook, Ken Wrobleski, Jim Sharp, Charles Biddle, Baxter Courts, Jerry Fields, James Haley, Sam Hodge, Bob Gulick, Dennis Connor, Don Wells, Omer Bentle, Joe Klar, Ronnie Bay, Richard Colvin, Bill Ashcraft, Dan Woodhead and Shelby McDowell.

Taps was played by Sam Hodge.

Another veteran was laid to rest.

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William Klaber, 77 Print E-mail

William Lewis Klaber, 77, of Falmouth, passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at his home.

He was born at home in Pendleton County, on November 9, 1935, to the late Charles J. and Ruth Cushman Klaber. A 1954 graduate of Bracken County High School he attended the University of Kentucky.  He married Mary Ellen Rule Klaber, on May 12, 1956, his dear wife survives his passing. In the 1960’s,  he was the Herdsman for Ashbourne Farms in LaGrange, and the Herdsman for Reed Crushed Stone Farms in Grand River.  Most recently, he owned and operated Wilmar Farm with registered shorthorn cattle in Pendleton County. As everyone knows, “Bill” was truly happiest being on the farm. When Bill returned to Pendleton County, he was very active in the community and youth activities and was a member of the Falmouth United Methodist Church.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was sister, Ruth Klaber Turner.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 56 years, are children,   William Lewis Jr. (Cindy), Falmouth,  James Rule (Carolyn),  Falmouth, Ellen Jane, Dry Ridge, Jonathan Nicholas (Rebecca),  Florence; brother, Charles A. (Carol), Falmouth; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.

The funeral services were held Monday, February 11, 2013, at the Falmouth United Methodist Church, with Rev. Brian Wilson officiating. Music was shared by Darryl Ammerman. Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth served the family.

Serving as pallbearers were Matthew Wallace, Todd Klaber, Kevin Klaber,  Steve Wallace, Bob Gulick and Richard Colvin and  honorary pallbearers were the Klaber cousins: Ralph Klaber, Ronnie Redden, Carl Holloch, Jim Klaber and Mike Redden.

Interment took place in the Riverside Cemetery, Falmouth.

Memorials are suggested to the Falmouth United Methodist Church, 230 W. Shelby Street,  Falmouth, KY 41040 or the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.woodheadfuneralhome.com

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Huston Haley, 86 Print E-mail

Huston Runyan Haley, 86, of Falmouth, passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at the V.A. Care Center in Ft. Thomas.

He was born in Berlin, Ky. on April 24, 1926, to the late Claudie and Florine French Haley. Huston  married Ann Whalen Haley, who preceded him in death. He retired as a roof bolter with Carmeuse  Lime after 20 years of service and  served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Hardin Browning Post #109.

Surviving are sons, Mark (Trina) Haley, Foster, Mike (Melanie) Haley, California, Ky.; sister, Joanna (Ken) Fowler, Mt. Clemons, Mich.; grandchildren,  Michael (Johnna) Haley, Christopher (Candice) Haley, Katie Ann Haley; and great-grandchild, Alexis Haley.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday and funeral services at 11 a.m., Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth.

Interment with full military honors by the Hardin Browning Post #109, will take place in the Riverside Cemetery, Falmouth.

Memorials are suggested to the V.A. Care Center, the Hardin- Browning Post #109, or the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.woodheadfuneralhome.com

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Tracie Downard Varner, 40 Print E-mail

Tracie Lynn Downard Varner, 40, of Crestview, KY, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2013, at the St. Elizabeth Health Care of Ft. Thomas.

Survivng are mother, Viola "Vi" Downard; daughter, Morgan Varner; and step-daughter, Katlyn Varner.

Funeral services were held  Saturday, February 9, 2013, at the Main Street Baptist Church with Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth serving the family.

Interment took place in the Downard Family Cemetery, Bracken County.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.woodheadfuneralhome.com

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Genevieve "Jennie" Smith, 67 Print E-mail

Genevieve “Jennie” Lee Aulick Oldham Smith, 67, of Falmouth passed away  on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Hospice of St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood.

Surviving are sons, Shannon “Catfish” Lee Aulick, Falmouth and  Richard “Dickie”  Eugene Aulick of Germantown.

The funeral services were held Thursday, February  7, 2013, at the Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth.

Interment took place in the Lenoxburg Cemetery, Bracken County.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.woodheadfuneralhome.com

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Willard Mayes, 75 Print E-mail

Willard Mayes, 75, of Newport passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013 at his home. He was a member of the New Macedonia Baptist Church and a veteran of the United States Army.

Surviving are wife, Janet Herald Mayes, Newport; and son, Brian Keith Mayes, Newport.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Newport with funeral services at 11 a.m.,  Wednesday, February 13, also at the church, under the direction of Peoples Funeral Home.

Interment will take place at the Oakland Cemetery, Grants Lick.

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Imogene Feltner, 76 Print E-mail

Imogene Feltner, 76, of Peach Grove passed away on Friday, February 8, 2013 at the St. Elizabeth Hospice in Ft. Thomas.

Surviving are husband, John Feltner, Peach Grove; son, Jimmy (Sheila) Feltner, Wilder; and daughters, Joyce (Rick) Doyle, Morgan, Joan (Dennis) Orme, California, Ky.

Funeral services were held   Monday, February 11, 2013 at the Peoples Funeral Home, Butler.

Interment took place at the Grandview Cemetery, Campbell Co.

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