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April 1, 2010



Claude J. Bright, 75, of Versailles, died Thursday, March 25, 2010.

Born Sept. 26, 1933, in Lafollette, Tenn., he was the son of the late William H. Bright and Flossie White. He had worked as a mechanic for Mullis HVAC and Plumbing, and was a veteran of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include two daughters, Michelle (Donnie) Bryeans, Arkansas, and Judy (Steve) May, Frankfort; a brother, Raymond (Frances) Bright, Versailles; three grandchildren, Sasha Danielle Bright, Melissa Gardner, and Jerry Bryeans; and five great-grandchildren, Gabriel Kyle King, Landon William Bryeans, Jaidon Paul Bryeans, Mason Lee Bryeans and Ryleigh Diane Gardner. A son, Gregory Bright, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 5 p.m. today, Thursday, April 1, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Visitation will be today from 2 p.m. until the time of service.

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Deborah Curless of Hollywood, Fla., wife of John Curless, died Sunday, March 21, 2010.

She was the daughter of Heron Wesley Snapp and Barbara Bowman.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four sisters, Hattie Keeling, Shirley White, and Bonnie Downey, all of Versailles, and Gail Miller, Nicholasville; three brothers, Claude Bowman and Ricky and Donald Cheak, all of Versailles; two daughters, Natasha Petty and Lindsey Bowman; a niece, Carrie Dale "Corey" Montgomery; a nephew, Damon Miller "Bubby" Brooks; other nieces and nephews; her grandchildren; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. A brother, Heron Wesley Snapp Jr., is deceased.

No services were held.



Louise Wilburn Collins Hall, 87, of Olive Hill, widow of Callie Collins and Vernon Jack Hall, died Thursday, March 25, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born, Jan. 16, 1923, in Carter County, she was the daughter of the late Jonah and Norma Ellen Brammer Wilburn. She was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include four sons, Harold (Bonnie) Collins, Stout, Ohio, and Roger Collins, Bryan Collins, and Brian Ramage, all of Lexington; a daughter, Phyllis Sue (Don) Hill, Versailles; three grandchildren; Harold Collins II, Teresa Slone Sturgeon, and Elizabeth Carol Johnson; five great-grandchildren; Samuel and Johnson Collins, Brannon Sturgeon, and Merrick and Isaiah Johnson; and other family members. An infant daughter, Patricia Louise Collins; two brothers, Hascal Wilburn and Donald Wilburn; two sisters, Gladys Day, Althea "Peachie" Houston; and an infant sister, Margorie Wilburn, are deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, March 28, at Globe Funeral Chapel, Olive Hill, by Bro. Clyde Holbrook. Burial was in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Olive Hill. Casket bearers were Fred Collins, Russell Collins, James Carroll, Chris Reddick, Rick Sturgeon, and Pat Carroll. Honorary bearers were Donnie Carroll, Kenneth Carroll Jr., Richard McKinney, Harold Collins II, Teresa Slone Sturgeon, and Elizabeth Collins Johnson.



Wathalyne Carman Hendrick, 86, of Danville, widow of Brodie H. Carman and William H. Hendrick, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

Born June 28, 1923, in Mt. Vernon, she was the daughter of the late Marvin Fairchild and Dolora Fairchild Mullins and stepdaughter of Bentley Mullins. She attended Transylvania University and was a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She retired after a long career as a school teacher in Mt. Vernon, Hopkinsville, Lexington and Danville. She was member of the West End Church of Christ in Danville.

Survivors include two sons, William F. (Maureen) Carman, Versailles, and John L. (Elaine) Carman, Lexington; two stepdaughters, Barbie (Tom) Wilson, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Becky (Dave) Eggers, Dunedin, Fla.; four grandchildren, W. Daniel (Jenny) Carman, Leslie C. (Dan) Rueff, and Sarah D. Carman, all of Lexington, and W. Andrew Carman, Athens, Ga., two step-grandchildren, Emily and Ryan Stone; and two great-grandchildren, William T. Carman and Katherine E. Rueff.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 30, at the West End Church of Christ, Danville, by Eric Hicks, Mike Crowe, and Andy Baker. Stith Funeral Home, Danville, was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to the West End Church of Christ Building Fund in Danville.



Paul Marion Love, 80, of Versailles, husband of Joyce Franklin Love, died Friday, March 26, 2010, after a long illness.

A native of Taylorsville, he was born June 7, 1929, the son of the late Samuel M. and Bertie Gibson Love. A 1950 graduate of the University of Kentucky, he served in the Kentucky National Guard and in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1953 during the Korean War as an MP stationed in Japan. He worked for 35 years as a soil scientist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, mapping soils in almost every county in Kentucky, working extensively in Mayfield, Marion, Hazard, Morehead and the Barbourville region. He also mapped in the state of Vermont. In his retirement, he enjoyed hiking, travel, square dancing with the "Dudes and Dolls of Corbin," and following UK Wildcat games. A member of First Baptist Church of Taylorsville, his memberships also included the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and lifetime membership in the V.F.W.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother, Harold Love (Louise), Lexington; two nephews, Michael Love (Kathy), Lexington, and Alan Love (Diana), College Station, Texas; a special cousin, Kaye Prevallet Peak, Lawrenceburg; and three great-nephews, Samuel Love, Miles Love, and Isaac Love.

Services were conducted Monday, March 29, at Hall-Taylor Funeral Home, Taylorsville, by the Rev. Gary Mills. Interment was in Valley Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the charity of the donorís choice.



Bonnie F. Ingram, 75, of Lexington, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Moses Ingram. She was head chef for Columbia Steak House and was a member of New Beginnings Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Diana Giles; two sons, Jeff (Jenny) Giles and Joe Columbia; four grandchildren, Josh and Blake Giles and Jake and Jarod Columbia; and other family members. A daughter, Debbie Schafer, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 30, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by Pastor Michael Newland. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were three of her grandsons and Cody Lowry, Josh, and Chris Burton.

Contributions are suggested to the Markey Cancer Foundation, 500 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508.



William Alford "Billy" McDaniel III, 28, of Lawrenceburg, died Sunday, March 28, 2010, in Woodford County.

He was the son of Billy Mac McDaniel, Midway, and the late Sheri Williams McDaniel Wayne.

In addition to his father, he is survived by a daughter, Isabella Golzer, Lexington; a son, William Haidyn Giles, Lawrenceburg; three brothers, Aaron Joseph McDaniel, Chris McDaniel, and Caleb Wayne; his paternal grandparents, Marilyn and Bill McDaniel; his maternal grandparents, Marlene and Keoke Nakagawa, all of Lawrenceburg; three nieces and nephews; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. His maternal grandfather, Clarence Williams, is deceased.

A memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, April 1, at Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg, by Bro. Kenny Robinson. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

Memorial contributions may be made "In Memory of Billy McDaniel," Citizens Commerce Bank, 534 Marsailles Road, Versailles, KY 40383.



David Michael McFarland, 58, of Paris, husband of Cindy Owens McFarland, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at his home of brain cancer.

A native of Lexington, he was the son of the late Otho McFarland and the late Marcella Cullins McFarland Sturgill. He was a former employee of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Georgetown, and OSRAM Sylvania Glass, Versailles, was a partner of MVH Industrial and was in the Army Reserves.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael (Heather) McFarland, Nicholasville; two daughters, Mandi (Aaron) Seals, Nicholasville, and Gayle Nadorff, Bloomington, Ind.; two grandchildren, Bekah McFarland and Sydney Hurst; a sister, Carolyn (Martin) Sheridan, Chicago, Ill.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services were conducted Tuesday March 30, at Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home, Paris. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tony Owens, Mark Owens, Jim Wilson, Laura Barton, Stan Holat, Polly Dame, Nathan Marks, and Aron Seals.



Charles R. "Charlie" Reed, 80, a well known Versailles resident and civic leader, husband of Audrey Jones Reed, died Sunday, March 28, 2010, at his home. 

Mr. Reed was a former Mayor of Versailles, a longtime member of the Versailles City Council, and a basketball official for 34 years. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Will G. Reed, born in Fayette County and raised in Versailles. He graduated from Versailles High School in 1948, attended the University of Kentucky, and began his career farming in Woodford County. In 1951, he entered the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict, serving for two years before being discharged as a disabled American Veteran. From 1955 to 1961, he served as the assistant director of the Kentucky Alcohol Beverage Control Board. In 1961, he took a position with Protection Services, Inc., where he sold highway construction safety equipment for 35 years. He was active in civic affairs and public service, beginning with his election as president of the Woodford County Young Democrats in 1955. In 1980, Mr. Reed was elected to the first of six two-year terms as a member of the Versailles City Council. In 1989, he was elected Mayor of Versailles, a position he held until 1998. In 2000, he was re-elected to the Versailles City Council and continued to serve until his death. He was known for his fiscal responsibility and stewardship, returning the city to a balanced budget and surplus of more than $5 million after taking office at a time when the city was having trouble meeting payroll. He was proud of the numerous projects initiated under his leadership, including the award winning Governorís Park, a project dedicated to the seven former Kentucky Governors from Woodford County. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Versailles, serving as a member of the churchís board of trustees. He was a member of the Versailles Lions Club and was a Kentucky Colonel. 

Mr. Reed was a longtime high school and collegiate basketball official. He began officiating high school basketball games in 1952, culminating as an official at the 1973 Kentucky State High School Boys basketball tournament (Sweet Sixteen). In 1973, he began officiating college basketball games, serving as an official in the Ohio Valley, Atlantic Coast, Southwest, and Southeastern conferences for more than two decades.  Memorable games he officiated included in 1972 NCAA division II National Championship, the first round contest of the 1975 NCAA division I tournament between Indiana and Texas El Paso, and the 1977 NCAA Midwest Regional Final involving the eventual national champion, Marquette. 

In addition to his wife of 50 years, he is survived by two daughters, Michelle (Mike) Meurer, Mission Hills, Kan., and Malicia (John) Kromer, Alexandria, Va.; a son, Mike (Andrea) Reed, Lexington; a sister, Patty (Bert) Eyster, Wetumpka, Ala.; a brother, Kenny (Brenda) Reed, Versailles; three granddaughters, Sara Meurer and Katherine and Lucy Kromer; and a nephew, Casper Reed. A brother, William Reed, is deceased. 

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, April 1, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Bert Eyster, the Rev. Don Vanzant, and the Rev. Marcus Lynn. Interment will be in the Versailles Cemetery. 

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

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Clarence Daniel Rice, 103, widower of Hazel Virginia Elliott Rice, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late John Thomas and Lillie B. Shryock Rice. He served with the U.S. Army during World War I, and was a retired farmer and a Baptist.

Survivors include a daughter, Janie Marie (Larry) Perkins, Frankfort; nine grandchildren, Everett S. Perkins, Frankfort, Janet Lynn Doss, Salvisa, Shonda Perkins, Pineville, Joseph Lee Perkins, Stuttgart, Germany, Michael Allen Sayre, Frankfort, Christina Sparrow, Frankfort, Steven Perkins, Lawrenceburg, Martin Perkins, Lawrenceburg, and Rebecca Sams, Frankfort; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 30, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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William E. Rutherford, 56, of Versailles, husband of Linda Rutherford, died Monday, March 29, 2010.

A native of Ashland, he was the son of the late Blaine and Martha Rutherford. He was a graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School and the University of Kentucky, and was a retired rehabilitation specialist for Intracorp.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Forrest; two brothers, Robert and David; a sister, Rebecca; and three nieces, Lisa, Pauline and Megan.

Visitation will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. today, April 1, at Clark Funeral Home. No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Woodford Humane Society, 265 Thomas Lane, Versailles.



Carolyn Vanover Sams, of Lexington, wife of Richard Lee Sams, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at her residence.

Born in Hyden, she was the daughter of the late Clayton and Della Pennington Vanover. She received her bachelorís degree from EKU and her masterís degree from the University of Kentucky. She worked as a medical technologist at Central Baptist Hospital for 30 years, the University of Kentucky for five years, and Bluegrass Community and Technical College for 10 years.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Leslie Caudill, Versailles; and a brother, John Vanover.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 30, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Ray C. Sharpe, 79, of Georgetown, husband of Rita Jones, died Thursday, March 25, 2010, at his home.

Born Sept. 7, 1930, in Scott County, he was the son of the late Beckham and Nannie Gatewood Sharpe. He graduated from Oxford in 1949 and attended the University of Kentucky, where he served as the beef cattle herdsman. He was a beef cattleman, served as the superintendent of beef cattle shows for the Kentucky State Fair Board, and served multiple national breed associations. He taught agriculture in 24 developing countries for the Agency for International Development.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, James Ray (Martha) Sharpe, Jan Duncan Sharpe, John Gatewood (Shawna) Sharpe, and Jeanine Taylor Sharpe (Alfred B.) Glass; the mother of his children, Joann Taylor Duncan Sharpe; two stepchildren, Jennifer (Doug) Harvey and Justin (Alison) Jones; a sister, Doris Covington; a brother, Donald L. Sharpe; nine grandchildren, Sage Sharpe (Leon) McDowell, Jessica Rae, Jennifer Reed, Joshua Duncan Wilbers, Jacob and John Beckham Sharpe, and Jennifer, Joe B. and Jett Taylor Glass; five step-grandchildren, Wesley, Ashley, Anna, Emma, and Chelsea Harvey; six great-grandchildren, Ian Taylor and Journey Madison Cummings, and Janna, Josey, and Jayda Carol Wilbers; six nephews; and special niece, Carlotta Wilson. A son, Joseph Waitts Sharpe, is deceased.

Visitation was held Monday, March 29, at Tucker, Yocum, &Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 1317 US HWY 62E, Cynthiana, KY 41031.


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