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Names of 22 Kentucky storm victims

These 22 people died as a result of Friday's tornadoes and storms in Kentucky, according to state officials and county coroners.

Johnson County

Sean Shepherd, 16, and Gregory Perry, 20, were killed at Middle Fork. Perry's home "took a direct hit from the tornado and was blown off the foundation over a 25-foot embankment" into a rushing creek, Johnson Coroner J.R. Frisby said.

Winds "blew the house into some trees in the creek, and it just disintegrated," Frisby said.

Sean was from Prestonsburg in Floyd County. He apparently was visiting the Perry home, Frisby said.

Visitation for Sean begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Nelson Frazier Funeral Home at Martin in Floyd County. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Perry's visitation begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, and his funeral will be at noon Wednesday.

Kenton County

James Gregory Brooks, 48, of Dry Ridge was driving a dump truck on U.S. 25 near Crittenden when he died in a storm, Kenton Deputy Coroner Ron Cook said.

"Apparently, he was a victim of a tornado, because it took the truck and threw it off the roadway and down into a field," said Cook.

Mr. Brooks' visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home at Williamstown, where his funeral will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Donald L. Beemon, 78, and Linda Beemon, 73, were found at their Crittenden home that a storm destroyed, Cook said. Mr. Beemon was a retired mechanic from Roberts Tire Company and an Army veteran, and Mrs. Beemon was a homemaker.

Their visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Chambers and Grubbs Funeral Home in Florence. Committal services with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Floral Hill Cemetery at Covington.

Courtney Stephenson, 42, of Falmouth, died when high winds threw her car over six lanes of traffic on Interstate 75 in Northern Kentucky, according to Kenton Deputy Coroner Ronald Lubbe.

Lubbe said a resident taking photographs of storm damage Saturday morning discovered Mrs. Stephenson's vehicle in a wooded area near the interstate.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Woodhead Funeral Home at Falmouth. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Butler United Methodist Church at Butler.

Mrs. Stephenson had been in Indianapolis undergoing chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer and was returning home when she was caught in a tornado, said her brother Lindsey Pyron of Cincinnati.

Laurel County

The five people who died were Sherman Dewayne Allen, 49 and his wife, Debbie, also 49; Wilburn Pitman, 81, and his wife, Virginia, 73; and Ethel Pruitt, 64, all of East Bernstadt, Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling said.

Visitation for the Pittmans will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bowling Funeral Home at London. The funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Visitation for Ethel Pruitt will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bowling Funeral Home, and the funeral will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Visitation for the Allens will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at London Funeral Home, with services at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Lawrence County

Joyce Chaffins, 65, and her granddaughter Samantha Wood, 14, died when a tornado struck their home, Lawrence Coroner Michael Wilson said. Samantha was a ninth-grade student at Lawrence County High School, where she played in the band and was a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Joint visitation will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Wilson Funeral Home in Louisa. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Menifee County

Beverly Bowman, 47, Anita Smith, 53, and Vershal Brown, 79, were killed. Arrangements for Mrs. Bowman and Mr. Brown were incomplete at Menifee Home for Funerals. Information about arrangements for Anita Smith was not available.

Morgan County

Charles Endicott and his wife, Betty Sue, who were in their early 50s, and Charles Endicott's mother, Elizabeth Endicott, 72, died at their home at Blackwater.

Marita Moore, Charles Endicott's sister, said their mother had been recovering from a stroke and that the three had moved to the front hallway of their trailer when the tornado came through.

"There's not even a memory left down there," Moore said.

She said Mr. Endicott's son Eric Endicott, 18, survived and was in critical condition Monday night at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Moore said her brother, who was disabled, had many animals on his farm, but only a horse and a couple of dogs survived.

Visitation for all three will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday and 5 p.m. Thursday at Porter and Son Funeral Home at Campton, where the funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday.

Alex Clayton Dulin, 86, of Williams Creek, a mechanic, is survived by his wife, Inda Gambill Dulin. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Williams Creek Elk Fork Community Church. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the church. Herald & Stewart & Halsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Emma Dean Cecil and Wilmer Cecil of Woodsbend died in the storm. Potter Funeral Home in West Liberty is in charge of arrangements for the Cecils.

James West of West Liberty was initially included in the fatality count, but his death was not related to the storm, Coroner Raymond VanCleave said.

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