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Carl Brent Sears, 61 Print E-mail

Carl Brent Sears, 61, of Nicholasville, formerly of Falmouth  passed away Friday, August 31, 2012.

Born to Garnet and the late Charles Carl Sears. He was a member and former deacon of the Edgewood Baptist Church, member of Hart Lodge #61, and Lancaster Lodge #104. Carl was a 1968 graduate of Pendleton County High School and retired employee of Allison Abrasive.

Surviving are, in addition to his mother, wife, Sharon Fain Sears; son, Shane (Michelle) Sears; daughter, Shelly (Jeremy) Miller; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Betts & West Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Sholar officiating.

Online guestbook at: www.bettsandwestfuneralhome.com

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First man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has passed away at 82 Print E-mail

The US astronaut Neil Armstrong secured his place in history on 20 July 1969, when, as commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, he was the first man to set foot on the moon, and made his famous statement: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong, who has died aged 82, was accompanied on that epic journey by Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, the pilot of the lunar landing module with the call sign Eagle, and Michael Collins, pilot of the command module with the call sign Columbia.

Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, and from a young age was fascinated with aviation, experimenting with model airplanes and a home-built wind tunnel. At 15 he began flying lessons in an Aeronca Champion, and by 16 acquired his student pilot's licence. In 1947, he enrolled at Purdue University on a Navy scholarship to pursue a degree in aeronautical engineering, but in 1949 the Navy called him to active duty in the Korean War. As a navy pilot, he flew 78 combat missions. He was shot down once and received three medals for his military service. In 1952 he returned to his studies and completed his BSc at Purdue and an MSc in aerospace engineering at the University of Southern California.

In 1955 he became a civilian research pilot at the Lewis research centre of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (Naca), the forerunner of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa). Later that year, he transferred to Naca's high-speed flight station (today, Nasa's Dryden flight research centre) at Edwards Air Force Base in California as an aeronautical research scientist, and then as a pilot. He was a test pilot on many pioneering high-speed aircraft, including the 4,000mph X-15. He flew over 200 different models of aircraft, including jets, rockets, helicopters and gliders.

The choice among competing techniques for achieving a moon landing still needed some intensive research and development. The method ultimately employed, of a lunar-orbit rendezvous, was influenced strongly by the experience with Gemini 8, and there was an element of poetic justice in Armstrong being at the helm again for the first manned lunar landing attempt.

On 16 July 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off for the moon. Four days later, at 4.18pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time), the Eagle lunar lander was guided to land on a plain near the southwesten edge of the Sea of Tranquility. At 10.56pm Armstrong stepped off the ladder of the Apollo 11 lunar module and became the first human being to set foot on the moon. Twenty minutes later Buzz Aldrin joined him for two hours of ceremonies and moon-rock collecting. They unveiled a plaque and read the text to a worldwide TV audience, "Here men from the planet earth first set foot on the moon July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind."

In 1985-86 he served on the National Commission on Space, a presidential committee to develop goals for a national space programme into the 21st century; and was also vice-chairman of the committee investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. During the early 1990s he presented an aviation documentary series for television entitled First Flights. Earlier this year he spoke at an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the orbiting of the Earth by the first American to do so, John Glenn.

Armstrong is survived by his second wife, Carol, and two sons from his first marriage, which ended in divorce.

Source: guardian.co.uk

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Melvin Cordray, 81 Print E-mail

Melvin Lee Cordray, 81,  of Ft. Thomas passed away  Monday, August 27, 2012.

He was a retired Revenue Agent of the KY Dept. of Revenue.

Surviving are wife, Dorothy (Lee) Staab Cordray; daughter,  Diana Lynn (Douglas) Schwab.

Funeral services were Friday, August 31, 2012 at the First Christian Church, Ft. Thomas. Serving the family was the Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home, Ft. Thomas.

Interment took place at the Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund 1031 Alexandria Pike, Ft. Thomas, KY 41075.

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Yueltia "Babe" Sponcil, 84 Print E-mail

Yueltia Fern “Babe” Barton Sponcil, 84, of DeMossville, passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Health Care in Edgewood.

She was born on September 3, 1927 in Pendleton County, to the late Charles and Eva Mullins Barton. She married Billie Sponcil, November 9, 1946 and her dear husband of 44 years preceded her in death on March 19, 1991.  She was a Butler High School graduate, a well-known homemaker and farmer, a member of the Unity Baptist Church, Pendleton County, and a member of the Young at Heart Group at Calvary Baptist Church in Latonia.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents and husband, were  sisters, Edna Bowen, Edith Eddy, and Mable Gilbert and brother, James Herbert Barton.

Surviving are children, Jerry (Janice) Sponcil, Crittenden,  Wayne (Carol) Sponcil, Dry Ridge, Freida Sponcil Turner, Butler, Trena Sponcil (Ed) Ackerman, Melbourne; grandchildren, Tona Sponcil (Todd) Smith, David Sponcil, Tisha Sponcil (Travis) Woodyard, Kyle Turner, Kelsey Turner, Cameron Turner, Brooke Ackerman, Keith Ackerman; special friends, Mike and Gretta Kidwell; and a host of extended family and friends, all of whom will miss her.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 1, 2012, at the Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth, with Bro. Bobby Barnes  officiating.

Interment took place in the Gardnersville Cemetery, Pendleton County.

Memorials are suggested to the Unity Baptist Church, 1486 Jagg Road, DeMossville, KY 41033 or the Gardnersville Cemetery, c/o Sonny Caldwell, 4587 Highway 491, DeMossville, KY 41033.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.woodheadfuneralhome.com

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Julia Brown, 87 Print E-mail

Julia Josephine Brown, 87, of Foster, passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at the Bracken County Nursing and Rehab Center.

Surviving are daughters, Judy (Larry) Pratt, Alexandria,  Linda Doyle, Brooksville, Louise Brown, Foster; son-in-law, Eddie Gerhard, Brooksville.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 31, 2012 at Woodhead Funeral Home with Bro. David Kelley officiating.

Interment took place in the Lenoxburg Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.woodheadfuneralhome.com

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Military services held for Haley 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. Herbert Haley at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, Williamstown on August 24, 2012.

Mr. Haley served in the United States Army during World War II.

To Mr. Herbert Haley 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, Donald Steele, Jim Sharp, Charles Biddle, Baxter Courts, James Haley, Sam Hodge, Bob Gulick, Joe Klar, Omer Bentle and Shelby McDowell.

Taps was played by Sam Hodge.

Another veteran was laid to rest.

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Military services held for Arnold 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. Forrest Lane Arnold at the Battle Grove Cemetery, Cynthiana on August 28, 2012.

Mr. Haley served in the United Army.

To Mr. Forrest Lane Arnold 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 Ken Wrobleski, Donald Steele, Don Wells, Jim Morton, James Haley, Sam Hodge, Bob Gulick, Joe Klar and Shelby McDowell.

Taps was played by Sam Hodge.

Another veteran was laid to rest.

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Gladys Pugh, 84 Print E-mail

Gladys Pugh, 84, of Falmouth, passed away on Monday, August 20, 2012, at her home.

She was born on March 23, 1928 in Harrison County, to the late John Washington and Martha Jane Haley Price. She married Adrian Keith Pugh on December 16, 1944, who survives her passing.  She worked in the cafeteria at the former McKinneysburg School, the Pendleton County High School and the St. Luke Care Unit. She was a member of the New Hope Church of Christ, Pendleton County and loved spending time with her family, and taking care of her flowers and vegetable garden.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are children, Gary Wayne (Bonnie Sue) Pugh, Falmouth, Wanda Faye (Melvin) Leach, Alexandria, Billy Darell (Andrea) Pugh and Keith (Nancy Jane) Pugh, both of Falmouth;  brother, Norman Grant (Martha) Price, Cynthiana;  grandchildren, Christy Lynn (Jeff) Baumgartner, Darrin Wayne (Amy) Pugh, Jonathan Carroll (Lois) Pugh, Lori Renee Leach, Darell Glenn (Julie) Pugh, Dana Elaine (Kelly) Childers, Bradly Ross Pugh, Amberly Dawn Pugh, Brian Keith (Laura) Pugh, Anthony Shane Pugh and Tara Gaye (Dallas) Brocker; 20 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 23, 2012, at the Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth with Bro. Bill Wilson and Bro. Jason Anderson officiating. Special music was shared by Michael Cummins, Timmy Cummins, and Tara Gaye Brocker.

The pallbearers were her grandsons. The honorary pallbearers were Norman Grant Price, Jeff Pugh, Mike Pugh,  Kenneth Pugh Jr. and David Bell.

Interment took place at the Sunrise Cemetery, Harrison County.

Memorials are suggested to the Sunrise Cemetery, c/o Ben Clifford, 3459 KY Highway 1284E, Cynthiana, KY 41031.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.woodheadfuneralhome.com

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Erma Wagoner, 83 Print E-mail

Erma Kirkpatrick Wagoner, 83, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2012.

She was born on April 9, 1929 to the late Clarence and Ruth Lucille Smith Kirkpatrick. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Henderson and Order of Eastern Star Augusta.

Preceding her in death were  husband, Harold Thomas Wagoner whom she married March 7, 1947.

Surviving are children, Thomas Alan (Linda) Wagoner, Owensboro and Ruth Ann (Donald) McCord, Henderson; sister, Mona Putnam, Escondido, Calif.; grandchildren, Andy Wagoner, Stephanie Wagoner, Patricia Haynes, Eric McCord, and Dustin McCord; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were on August 8, 2012 at the Moore & Parker Funeral Home, Brooksville.

Interment took place at Neave Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Eastern Star Home in Kentucky or Neave Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to mooreandparkerfh.com

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Addie Sparks, 67 Print E-mail

Addie Louise Mullins Sparks, 67, of Berry passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at the Harrison Memorial Hospital,  Cynthiana.

Surviving are children, Billy Ray (Leanora) Sparks, Owenton, Tina Louise Sparks, Berry, Melvin Jr. (Marie) Sparks, Berry;  sisters, Dorothy Harney, Cynthiana, Sarah Mullins, Cincinnati and Marquita Moore, Cynthiana.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Woodhead Funeral Home, Berry with Rev. Don Fryman officiating.

Interment took place at the Jacksonville Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to www.woodheadfuneralhome.com

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