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May 11, 2006





   Stuart L. Butler, 74, of Versailles, a longtime environmentalist and community activist, died Friday, May 5, 2006, at his residence.

Born in Middleboro, Mass., he was the son of the late Lyman and Enid Bigelow Butler. He moved to Woodford County in 1958, and retired from Texas Instruments in 1991 as an engineer after 35 years of service. He was a member of Versailles United Methodist Church.

Always concerned and passionate but never strident, Butler belonged to numerous organizations, including the Sierra Club, the Buckley Hills Audubon Society, the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, Habitat For Humanity, the Lake Cumberland Trust, and the American Red Cross. He headed the local Civil Defense (later Disaster and Emergency Services) organization from 1967 to 1997.

He was an avid runner, competing in three marathons -- including the Boston Marathon -- and more than 180 races, and enjoyed walking the roads of Woodford County, collecting trash as he went. He also enjoyed spelunking, and explored caves all over the state.

After high school, Butler worked for a time as a meat cutter in a grocery store. He studied electronics on his own, working for a company that repaired and installed television sets. Later, he joined Metals and Controls Corp. as a technician in the company’s thermostat lab. The company later became part of Texas Instruments.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Collier, Versailles, and Debbie Monbeck, Lexington; two sons, Donald Butler, Versailles, and Robert Butler, North Carolina; three brothers, Richard E. Butler, Massachusetts, David E. Butler, California, and Kenneth E. Butler, New York; and five grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 9, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Kent Conder. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Habitat for Humanity members.

Memorials are suggested to Buckley Hills Audubon Society, Friends of Raven Run, or Woodford County Habitat for Humanity.

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   Tommy Cox, 70, of Versailles, husband of Anna Lois Adams Cox, died Saturday, May 6, 2006.

The son of the late Tullie and Christine Cox, he was a self-employed businessman and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He previously served on the Woodford County Board of Education and was a Kentucky Colonel.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Steve Cox and Mark Cox, both of Versailles; two daughters, Denise Allen, Lexington, and Kim Brown, Florida; and 15 grandchildren. A son, Clinton Cox, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 10, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church by the Rev. Bobby Bicknell, the Rev. DeWayne Brewer, and the Rev. Carl Jones. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Brett Allen, Brian Allen, Daniel Cox, Dalton Cox, Eddy Brown, Eric Cox, Brian Cox, Mike Lacefield, Mickey McFall, and Benjamin Wehrle. Honorary bearers were Al Baker, John Buckler, Arza Byrd, Gary Curd, Buddy Hall, and Bill Robinson. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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   Lawrence T. Devers, 76, of Lexington, husband of Dorothy Devers, died Monday, May 1, 2006, at Clark Regional Medical Center.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late George and Luvina Rogers Devers. A Korean Conflict veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a retired correctional officer for the Federal Correctional Institute. He was a avid fisherman.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Linda McMichael, Richmond, and Serena Hampton and Verena Holleran, both of Lexington; a son, Robert L. Devers, Lexington; three grandchildren, Michael Adams, Jessie Hampton, and Tiffany Adams, all of Lexington; four brothers; a sister; and many other family members. A daughter, Arlena Langford, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, May 5, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Broadway Baptist Church, 2500 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY 40503.



    Robert Henry Mitchell Jr., 77, of Versailles, husband of Mary Lou Mitchell, died Sunday, May 7, 2006.

A native of Lexington, he was the son of the late Robert H. Mitchell and Vivian Welch. He was retired from IBM, and most recently an employee of Keeneland Race Track A supervisor and coach of youth baseball and football for many years in the Lexington area, he coached the 1966 IBM World Champion softball team and was National Coach of the Year. In 1990, he was inducted into the Kentucky Softball Hall of Honor. He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and was an original member of the Lexington Catholic Knights of the Round Table. He was also an Army veteran of the Korean War.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Michael Mitchell, Lexington, Matthew Deatherage Mitchell, Versailles, Dianne Glaser, Columbus, Ohio, and Martha Seiler, Denton, Texas; two sisters, Patty Jo Luther, Ocala, Fla., and Roxanne Ballard, Morrison, Colo.; nine grandchildren, John, Amy and Michael Glaser, Eric, Andrew, Taylor and Aubree Mitchell, and Jennifer and Kimberly Seiler; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 10, at St. Leo Catholic Church by the Rev. Dan Noll. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Casket bearers were Michael Mitchell, Matthew Mitchell, Eric Mitchell, Taylor Mitchell, Michael Paul Glaser, Joe Modica, and Robbie Luther. W.R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Leo Catholic Church or Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.



   Frances Mae Sherrow, 87, widow of Marion B. Sherrow, died Saturday, April 29, 2006, in Lake Wales, Fla.

Born in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Hettie Simpson Beatley. She was a retired employee of Texas Instruments. A member of the Versailles United Methodist Church, she was a longtime former member of the Mt. Edwin United Methodist Church, and had attended the Wayside Baptist Church in Lake Wales, Fla.

Survivors include a daughter, Wilberta “Bert” Centers, Versailles; a son, Marion “Buddy” Sherrow, Nicholasville; four grandchildren, Terri Troutman, Danville, Tracey Devney, Nicholasville, Nancy Wilson, and David Strange, both of Versailles; two step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, May 5, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Alex Hershey. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were John Devney, David Strange, Charles C. Strange, Joey Johnson, Kevin Wilson, Dan Troutman, Martin Sherrow, and Randy Duffey. Honorary bearers were Linda Robb, Donna Haydon, Danny Centers, Ralph Devine, Roscoe Stewart, Gerald Gregory, Kenneth Midkiff, and Dink Fannin.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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   Joan Mildred (Herrick) “Nanny Cat” Simpson, 80, formerly of Stamping Ground, widow of Joseph F. Simpson Jr., died Friday, March 31, 2006, at Middlesex Memorial Hospital, Middletown, Conn.

Born May 20, 1925, in Westfield, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Howard E Herrick and Ellene (Porter) Herrick. She was a member of Pisgah Presbyterian Church, Versailles.

Survivors include five sons, Joseph F. Simpson III, Stamping Ground, Eugene H. Simpson and James W. Simpson, both of Bristol Conn., Michael R. Simpson, Terryville, Conn., and Patrick J. Simpson, West Enfield, Maine; three daughters, Ellene A. Tedesco and Lorraine A. Flockhart, both of Terryville, Conn., and Margaret L. Leclerc, East Haddam, Conn.; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, John P. Herrick, Tennessee; a sister, Jetna A. Bowlin, California; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted at Biega’s Funeral Home, Middletown, Conn., followed by cremation.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1065 Dove Run, Suite 2, Lexington, KY, or a charity of the donor’s choice.



   William L. “Bill” True, 71, of Versailles, husband of Wanda O. True, died Tuesday, May 2, 2006, at his residence.

Born Oct. 29, 1934, in Woodford County, he was the son of Ethel Rucker of Versailles and the late William R. True. He was a retired Rand McNally employee and a member of the Glen’s Creek Baptist Church. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserve.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two sons, Tommy and Keith True, both of Versailles.

Graveside services were conducted Friday, May 5, at Rose Crest Cemetery in Versailles by the Rev. Tom Hinkle and the Rev. Ken Underwood. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements

Memorials are suggested to Caring Hearts, c/o Greta Miller, 459 Bold Court, Versailles, KY 40383.

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