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.

Survivors include nieces and nephews.

Funeral services 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.

Martin Demetrius "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 Greenwell.

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.

Survivors include 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.

Funeral arrangements 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.

James Wilson 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 Buchanan Thomas.

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.

Survivors include 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.

Funeral services 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.

Frances Lofton, 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.

Survivors include one daughter Jo Anne Brown of Naples.

Private graveside services were held Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Morganfield Odd Fellow Cemetery.


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