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April 11, 2002

Betty Butzer

Betty J. Butzer, 72, of Wooster, Ohio, wife of Robert G. Butzer, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at Wooster Community Hospital..

Born Nov. 19, 1929, in Kidron, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Luella Gerber Lehman. She was a homemaker and served as secretary for the family business of Robert Butzer and Sons Inc. for many years. She attended the Christian and Missionary Allegiance Church in Orrville, Ohio.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Robert L. Butzer, Orrville, William J. Butzer, Marshallville, Ohio, and Barry Butzer, Versailles; a daughter, Brenda Stutler, Massillon, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a sister, Kathleen Keating, Orrville.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 6, 2002, at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church by the Rev. Ray Pfahler. Burial was in the St. Michaelís Cemetery near Marshallville.

Memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1075 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, Colo., 80204, or to the charity of oneís choice.

Auble Funeral Home, Orrville, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Glenda Carpenter

Glenda Mitchell Carpenter, 56, of Lexington, wife of Will Carpenter, died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at the Hospice Care Center.

A native of Georgetown, she was the daughter of John T. Mitchell III, Georgetown, and the late Louise Mullin Mitchell. She was a University of Kentucky purchasing officer.

In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by a son, John Burkhead, Georgetown; a stepson, Steven Carpenter, Lexington; three stepdaughters, Sandra Beihn, Renay Carpenter, and Stacey Carpenter, all of Lexington; 10 grandchildren; and a sister, Sondra Stakelin, Midway. A grandson, Shane Glass, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at Johnsonís Funeral Home, Georgetown, by Bro. Billy Fayne. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were David Bowman, Bobby Barrick, Dale Glass, Brian Stakelin, Bully Mullin Jr., Tony Childers, Jeff Doty, and George Riebel. Honorary bearers were Jimmy Saylor, Tim, Mike, and Jim Gillen, and Dewayne, Joe, Danny, and Ernie Carpenter.

Expressions of sympathy ma be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

Hazel Cobb

Hazel Warner Cobb, 82, of Nicholasville, widow of Spencer L. Cobb, died Sunday, March 31, 2002, at the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.

A native of Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Lindsey and Laura Warren Warner. She was the first woman elected to the Kentucky state senate in 1962 to fill the 22nd District seat left vacant by the death of her husband. She represented Jessamine, Madison, Mercer, and Woodford counties. She was also employed by Kentucky Utilities in the public relations department for 22 years, was a charter member and past worthy matron of the Order of Eastern Star in Nicholasville, and was a Kentucky Colonel.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Blackford, Nicholasville, and Joann Giles, Lexington; five grandchildren, Lisa Borders, Versailles, Susan Blackford and Patrick Geoffray, both of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Douglas Spencer Giles, Kingsport, Tenn., and David Giles, Deland, Fla.; three great grandchildren, Katherine Elizabeth Ostrouchov, Christopher Richolas Ostrouchov, both of Oak Ridge, and Alyssa Nichole Giles, Kingsport, Tenn.; a niece, Betty Montrosse, Albemcule, N.C.; two nephews, Bobby English, Nicholasville, and Alan Warner, Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; and an aunt, Gertrude Mulcahy, Nicholasville. A sister, Valeria Hood, and a brother, Carl Warner, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at the Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home by the Rev. William Luttrell and the Rev. Hugh Delaney. Burial was in the Cobb Cemetery. Family members served as casket bearers.

Contributions are suggested to the Methodist Childrenís Home, 2050 Lexington Road, Versailles, KY 40383.

 

Maurice Currens

Maurice Guy Currens, 73, of Versailles, husband of Joyce Olson Currens, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at his residence.

Born in Woodford County Sept. 19, 1928, he was the son of the late Guy and Ethel Crowder Currens. He was a retired, 31-year employee of IBM and a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include two sons, James Calvin Currens, Lexington, and Stephen D. Currens, Versailles; two grandchildren, Samantha Currens Brooks and Benjamin Currens; two nephews and a niece, who he raised, Christopher W. Currens and James Richard Currens, both of Lexington, and Cindy Currens Carrier, Nicholasville; and two sisters, Doris Currens Hodgetts, Cordova, Tenn., and Mary Ethel Currens Dunlap, Batesburg, S.C. His brothers and sisters, Calvin Kenneth, Vernon W., Vivian C., and Adrian B. Currens, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 8, 2002, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary - Southland by the Rev. Mike Harris. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Honorary casket bearers were his nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to the Methodist Childrenís Home of Kentucky, Versailles, or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

Mary Davis

Mary Maxwell Sugg Davis, 87, of Versailles, formerly of Frankfort, widow of Harry G. Davis, died Sunday, April 7, 2002.

Born in Carlisle, she was the daughter of the late Ida T. and John F. Sugg. She was a member of the Catholic Church, including Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Frankfort, the Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington, and St. Leo Catholic Church, Versailles. She was a member of the Garden Club of Frankfort, the Frankfort Chapter of the DAR, the Ladies Auxiliary of Good Shepherd Church, and the Kentucky Democratic Party. She served on the board of Frankfort Habilitation Industries and the United Way of Frankfort, and was a University of Kentucky Fellow.

Survivors include seven daughters, Mary D. Jeppsen, New York, N.Y., Anne A. Davis, Red Bank, N.J., Betty Davis, Frankfort, Jean Davis, Columbus, Ohio, Cathy Davis, Salvisa, Ginny Ramsen, Lexington, and Sarah Davis, Frankfort; seven grandchildren, Ken Tramontin, Greg Tramontin, Mary Deborah Tramontin, Paul Burke, Harry Davis Burke, Jena Ramsey, and Meg Davis Bowling; six great grandchildren, Brian and Elizabeth Tramontin, Lindsey Tramontin, Darien and Abel Kinder, and Maxwell Grey Baumgartner; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Harry Davis Jr.; a sister, Anna T. Sugg; a brother, Sam T, Sugg; and grandchildren Sara Jeppsen, Brian Tramontin, and Jimmy Ramsey, are deceased.

A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 9 a.m. today, Thursday, April 11, 2002, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Frankfort, by Fr. Lou Lipps, S.J., and Fr. Michael Ramler. Casket bearers will be her grandchildren, and Michael Sams and Richard Hawkins.

Memorials are suggested to the Catholic Action Center, 400 East 5th Street, Lexington, KY 40508, or the St. Vincent dePaul Society, c/o Good Shepherd Church, 310 Wapping Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

 

William Gilchrist

William Gilchrist, 82, of Lexington, formerly of Woodford County, husband of Novella Carter Gilchrist, died Monday, April 8, 2002, at the VA Medical Center, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County Dec. 6, 1919, he was a farmer and a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served as a military policeman.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, William Gilchrist Jr., Pompano Beach, Fla.; two stepsons, Warren Carter Jr. and James Carter, both of Woodford County; a sister, Martha Hensley, South Gate; and three grandchildren, Heather Gilchrist, William Gilchrist III, and Shannon Tomchin.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, April 11, 2002, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Harold Hunter. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be William R. Gilchrist III, Jim Walls, Don Walls, Warren Carter Jr., Glenn Walls, and Jim Gilchrist. Honorary bearers will be David Back, Sammy Hedden, Mickey Brown, and Joe LaPeere.

 

Amos Greer

Amos E. Greer, 73, of Wilmore, husband of Martha Merriman Greer, died Monday, April 8, 2002, after a brief illness.

He was retired from the University of Kentucky, worked for Donald Day and Sons Construction, and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by seven children, Connie Greer, Wilmore, Jimmy Greer, Nicholasville, Lois Riley, High Bridge, Gary Greer, Nicholasville, Peggy Callico, Nicholasville, Sharon Brown, Lexington, and Wilma Noe, Versailles; 10 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; three sisters, Midge Holton and Hazel Falconbury, Hustonville, and Opal Sebastian, Stanford; and a brother, Merrell Greer, Nicholasville. A brother, Darrell Greer, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, April 11, 2002, at Betts & West Funeral Home by the Rev. David Duggan. Burial will follow in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Donald Day II, Tony Day, Danny West, Dave Wilson, John Noe, Mike Antrobus, Denver Cheek, and Pat McIntyre. Honorary bearers will be Charles Bowman, Arza Byrd, Gene Callico, John Lanham, C.B. Brown, and Donald and Wanda Day.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Jessamine County Hospice.

 

Rosa Johnson

Rosa B. Sturgill Johnson, 91, of Versailles, formerly of London, widow of James "Bud" Johnson, died Friday April 5, 2002, at her home.

Born in Keokee, Va., she was the daughter of the late James Newton and Rebecca Jane Daughtery Sturgill.

Survivors include seven daughters and two sons, Geraldine Williams, Lake Butler, Fla., Sylvia Evans and Thelma Evans, both of Versailles, Stella Johnson, Miranda Kirby, Shirley Lyttle, John Johnson, and James "Bud" Johnson Jr., all of London, and Betty Kohen of Missouri; one brother, Grant Sturgill; eight stepchildren, Hazel Robinson, Tennessee, Leona Robinson, Middlesboro, May Allen and Ollie Renner, Hamilton, Ohio, Ruby Humfleet and Sam Johnson of London, Wilma Fields, Cincinnati, and Jean Morgan, Indiana; 57 grandchildren; 42 step grandchildren; and numerous great and great-great grandchildren. Two children, Earl Vanover and Joyce Messenger; three step children, Garland Vanover, Bernard Johnson, and Earl Johnson are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 8, 2002, at the London Funeral Home. Interment was at the Cumberland Memorial Gardens Cemetery, London. Grandsons served as casket bearers. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

 

Christine Perry

Christine L. Perry, 89, of Versailles, widow of Ralph T. Perry, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home. She was also the widow of her first husband, Hugh Stennis French, who died in 1944 during the second World War.

Born in Woodford County, May 29, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Safronia Lewis. She was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Norman Stennis French; two grandsons, Stennis W. French, Louisville, and Paul E. French, Arizona; two great grandsons, Perry W. French and Levi Stennis French; and two sisters, Goldie Quinn and Mabel Worman, both of Garrett, Ind.

Services were conducted Monday, April 8, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Mike Wolfzorn. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were George Perry, Robert Perry, Sam Dennison, Buzzy Owens, Pat Littleton, and Stennis French.

 

Robert Sharp

Robert E. Sharp, 78, of Lexington, widower of Anna Margaret Sharp, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

A native of Redhouse in Madison County, he was the son of the late Robert G. and Grace Rowlette Sharp. He was a retired salesman for the Jewel Tea Company and a member of the Crestwood Christian Church and the Central Kentucky Rock Club.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Sharp, Versailles, and Don Sharp, Wilmore; a daughter, Mary Bethe Bryant, Enid, Okla.; Seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a sister, Helen Jane Woodmansee, Melbourne Village, Fla.; and nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Monday, April 8, 2002, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home by the Rev. Mike Armstrong. Burial was in Flatwoods Christian Church Cemetery. Casket bearers were Phillip Sharp, Paul Bryant, Eric Sharp, and David Ross. Honorary bearers were Michelle Ross, Heather, Jami, Stacey, and Katie Sharp.

 

David Stanley

David Eugene Stanley, 69, of Lexington, died Friday, April 5, 2002.

Born in Milesburg, Pa., he was the son of the late George and Katherine Rowe Stanley. He was a retired professor of reproductive physiology at the University of Minnesota. He received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in animal science and his master of science degree in veterinary science from Penn State University, and his Ph.D. in animal physiology from Rutgers University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict in the security agency. His career in education included positions at Penn State, Rutgers, and New York State University, and as standard bred instructor at the Kentucky Horse Park. After his retirement from the University of Minnesota, he served as farrier professor at Midway College, and as track farrier at the Red Mile.

Survivors include three sons, Steve Stanley, Versailles, Scott Stanley, Davis, Calif., and Christopher Stanley, Lexington; a sister, Faye Hummell, Philipsburg, Pa.; and four grandchildren, George, Alexandra, Amelia, and Madeline.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 6, 2002, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary - Southland by the Rev. Stuart Turner.

Memorial contributions are being accepted by family members for a memorial at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Baptist Church Building Fund.

 

Sherlon White

Sherlon Renay White, 34, of Versailles, died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at the Markey Cancer Center, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of Alice White Ross and Charles W. Byrd. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Versailles.

Survivors include a son, Dominic White; two sisters, Linda Ross and Angie White; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery.

 

Kenneth Woolums

Kenneth L. Woolums, 61, of Versailles, husband of Ramona C. Woolums, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at the Jewish Hospital, Louisville.

Born Jan. 18, 1941 in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Harry and Lena Fox Woolums. He was an electrical engineer for Artís Electric, and a longtime employee of Rand McNally (now Quebecor World).

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Linda Woolums McDaniel, Versailles; six sisters, Jean Thurman, Faye Slugantz, Joyce Woolums Slugantz, and Elizabeth Harlow, all of Versailles, Katherine Henderson, Lexington, and Tommie Hopper, Florida; two brothers, Cecil Woolums, Georgia, and Gene Woolums, Frankfort; and two granddaughters, Katie and Karah McDaniel. Two brothers, Harry L. Woolums and Albert Jack Woolums, are deceased.

No services were conducted.

 

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