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April 13, 2006




   Theron L. "T.L." Beckham, 87, of Winchester, widower of Edith Marie Lyles Beckham, died Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at the Clark Regional Medical Center.

A native of Lancaster, S.C., he was the son of the late Samuel C. and Ada R. Beckham. He was raised in Darlington, S.C., where he was active in scouting for 11 years, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout with the Bronze Palm. He graduated from St. John's High School in 1935 and joined the Belk-Simpson Company in 1938. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was stationed in Scotland, England, Africa and Italy. He attained the rank of staff sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star. Following his discharge in 1945, he returned to work with Belk-Simpson and moved to Winchester in Feb. 1946, becoming manager and part owner of Belk's Winchester store. He retired Jan. 1, 1985, with approximately 47 years of service. He was involved in various civic organizations and activities, including serving as a past member of the chamber of commerce, Winchester Kiwanis Club, Winchester Lions Club and the Winchester Country Club. He served as chairman of commercial giving during the Clark County Hospital's fund-raising campaign. He also served on the boards of Clark Regional Medical Center and Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, and was a member of the school board for the former Winchester public school system. He was a member of Central Baptist Church for 60 years and served as Sunday school superintendent, a deacon, Sunday school teacher and a member of the choir.

Survivors include his twin brother, Leland W. Beckham of Darlington; two sons, Theron L. Jr., Pittsboro, Ind., and Stephen R. Beckham, Mt. Sterling; a daughter, Janice B. Frietag, Versailles; nine grandchildren, Beau S. and Laura Beckham, Louisville, Kyle S. and Ann Marye Beckham, Mt. Sterling, and Joshua P. McKay of Franklin, Ind., Allison B. and Art Kerschbaum, Lexington, Katherine M. McKay, Pittsboro, Ind., and Jessie S. McKay, Indianapolis, Ind., and two great-grandchildren, Hadley Marye Beckham and J. Harris Adams, Mt. Sterling.

Services were conducted Friday, April 7, at the Central Baptist Church by Dr. Art Beasley. Burial was in the Winchester Cemetery. Scobee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Central Baptist Church, 101 W. Lexington Ave., Winchester, KY 40391, or the Alzheimer's Foundation, 3703 Taylorsville Road, Suite 102, Louisville, KY 49220.

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   Juanita Adams Beihn, 80, of Lexington, formerly of Woodford County, wife of Cecil B. Beihn, died Saturday, April 8, 2006, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Scott County, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Dorman and Melvinea Humphrey Adams.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a sister, Beatrice Hager, Lexington; four nieces and nephews, Mike Skinner, LaGrange, Linda Christopher, Winchester, Pat Madding, Lexington, and Jeffery Adams. Two sisters, Cornelia Cornett and Ophelia Skinner; and a brother, Jesse Adams Jr., are deceased.

There was no visitation or service. Entombment was at the Lexington Cemetery Mausoleum on Tuesday, April 11. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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   Louis E. Brown, 78, of Versailles, husband of Geneva Peyton Brown, died Monday, April 10, 2006, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born Oct. 26, 1927 in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Willis Edward and Flora Garrett Brown. He was a retired employee for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and was a member and deacon of Glenís Creek Baptist Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge #41 F.&A.M.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Linda Wilson, Midway; a son, Michael A. Brown, Fredericksburg, Va.; two sisters, Ella Troxell, Frankfort, and Katherine Arthur, Lexington; and two grandsons, Lucas Edward Brown and Alan C. Brown. A sister, Alice Middleton, and a brother, Eugene Milton, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. today, Thursday, April 13, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Pastor William Marcum. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Gene Brown, Ronnie Brown, Sam Beck, Darrell Gaddis, Arnold Grubbs, and Carlos Grubbs. Condolences may be made at



   Lester A. Darling, 56, of 212 Berry Avenue, husband of Millie Darling, died Monday, April 10, 2006, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Fulton, N.Y., he was a security guard for Murray Security of Lexington. He was a member of the Kingís Way Assembly of God Church and had formerly taught the Royal Rangers. He was a U. S. Marine Corps veteran, an active member of American Legion Post #67, a graduate of the Versailles Police Academy, and a Woodford County C.E.R.T graduate.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Ginger Skinner, Lexington, and Emmy Dupuis, Versailles; three grandchildren, Jeremiah Adkins, Malinda Adkins, and Blaine Dupuis; and eight sisters and brothers, Alice Greenleaf, Irene Warden, Beatrice Jones, Danny Darling, Richard Darling, and William Warden, all of New York, Bob Healy, Georgia, and Ruth Bryent, Virginia.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, April 14, at the Kingís Way Assembly of God Church by the Rev. Tommy Covington and the Rev. Mike Krupa. Interment with military honors will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Sam Williams, Jim Johnson, Danny Skinner, Jeremiah Adkins, Michael David Krupa, and Jeff Johnson. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, April 13, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Kingís Way Assembly of God Church.

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   Anna Mae Florence, 91, of Berry, widow of Richard C. Florence, died Monday, April 10, 2006, at the Pine Meadows HealthCare Center, Lexington.

Born Feb. 19, 1915, in Harrison County, she was the daughter of the late George Washington and Addie Brown Williams. She and her husband owned and operated the Berry Skating Rink. Later she worked as an Avon Products representative for 35 years, retiring in 2000. She was a member of the Berry Christian Church for 62 years, where she sang alto in the choir. For many years she worked on the annual Berry Festival. For years, she was the community news correspondent for the Cynthiana Democrat.

Survivors include a son, Richard Florence, Versailles; two grandchildren, Melinda Jo Glenn, Stony Point, N.C., and Melissa Kay Thompson, Berry; and three great-grandchildren, Richard T. Thompson, Jessica Grace Glenn, and Malorie Anne Glenn. A grandson, Richard Elwood Florence; her brothers, Lansing Williams, Lawrence Williams, and Ray Williams; and her sisters, Dorothy DeMoss and Katherine Williams, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, April 13, at the Woodhead Funeral Home, Berry, by Bro. Larry Jones and Bro. Marvin Keane. Interment will take place in the Pythian Grove Cemetery, Berry.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter, 836 Euclid Avenue, Suite 322, Lexington, KY 40502.



   Bertha B. Hall, 88, of Lexington, widow of Walker B. Hall, died Friday, April 7, 2006, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Irvine, she was the daughter of the late Arch and Nora Brandenburg. She was retired from Irving Industries.

Survivors include her children, Marcella S. Burton, Nicholasville, Charles E. Hall, Danville, Jerry E. Hall, Lexington, Maudie Allison, Lexington, Julia Sublett, Lexington, Bennie C. Hall, Versailles, and Debbie Jackson, Lexington; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two sisters, Anna Kidd and Orena Dunne; and a brother, Langley Brandenburg.

Services were conducted Monday, April 10, at Kerr Bros. Funeral Home, Main Street, by the Rev. Don Frye. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were her grandsons.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



   Betty Jean Hutchison Howard, 76, of Lexington, widow of Robert E. Howard Sr., died Thursday, April 6, 2006.

Born Aug. 22, 1929, she was the daughter of the late William E. and Rachel Crossfield Hutchison.

Survivors include two sons, Robert E. Howard Jr., Versailles, and Michael D. Howard, Lexington; 12 grandchildren, Joe Howard, Rachel Howard, Ashley Howard, Melvin Howard, Lisa Cantrell, Becky Livesay, Calvin Howard, Clint Howard, Jamie Johnson, Greg Hays, Donna Wright and Donnie Propts; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Wickham, Oxford, Ohio; a stepbrother, Dr. Doug Sutterlin, Frankfort; and an aunt, Euith Crossfield, Lawrenceburg. A son, William Calvin Howard, is deceased.

A graveside service was conducted Monday, April 10, at the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Whitehall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.



   Dorothy Allen Neal, 84, widow of Morris C. Neal, died Thursday, April 6, 2006, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg.

Born in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Elizabeth Wheeler Allen. She was retired from National Distillers and a member of Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Morris Allen Neal, Versailles; three sisters, Lucille Stewart, Gertrude McGurk and Lois Hippe, all of Versailles; two grandchildren, Mark Allen Neal and Marcella Jean Neal; four great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 8, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Bro. John Brandon. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Louis Sutherland, Lynn Hippe, Lee Lake, Tim Pittman, Randy Estes, and Randell Estes.




   Martha Adams Oliver, 99, of Georgetown, widow of Charles Lewis Oliver, died Saturday, April 8, 2006, at Georgetown Community Hospital.

A native of Versailles, she was the daughter of the late John and Lillie Bain Adams. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include a son, Lewis Layton Oliver, Georgetown; two daughters, Doris Courtney, Georgetown, and Juanita Moore, Stamping Ground; four grandchildren, Teresa Ann West, Georgetown, Felicia Joy Barnes, Lexington, Jeff Jones, Frankfort, and Tommy Jones, Georgetown; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 11, at the First Church of the Nazarene by the Rev. Donald Dixon, Pastor Huey J. Davis, the Rev. Walter Strong, and the Rev. Keith Hatter. Burial was in Crestlawn Cemetery. Casket bearers were David Adams, Wayne Courtney, Brandon Foster, Elwood Sharon, Jesse Simmons, and Tommy Jones. Honorary bearers were Lewis Simmons, Bobby Gregory, Donnie Wells, Guy Bartlett, Matt Adams Jr., and Winfred Dunn. Johnson's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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



   Martha Jean Pulley, 85, of Lexington, wife of Charles Henson "Chuck" Pulley, died Mon., April 10, 2006, after a short illness.

Born June 14, 1920, in Columbus, Ohio, she was the daughter of Herbert and Leilya Law. She attended Northwestern University and University of Illinois before graduating with a degree in dramatic arts from University of Iowa in 1941, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and Theta Alpha Phi drama honorary. In her early years in Lexington she acted frequently in theatre productions with The Studio Players. She became the owner of Lexington Travel Center in 1970, opening branches in Frankfort and Ashland, and organized the first visit by private citizens to the People's Republic of China in 1978. During her more than 30 years in the industry she traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, India, the Far East and throughout North America, managed annual regional conventions of medical groups and was a member of the Lexington Business and Professional Women's Association.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a brother, Robert Law, Lafayette, Calif.; five children, Lee Ann Knight, Prospect, Jill Christine Mulholland, Lexington, Robyn Beth Roach, Midway, Kevin Bruce Pulley, Cumming, Ga., and Laurel Leslie Cravens, Winnetka, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Kerry Darwish, Wilder, Geoffrey Knight and Steven Knight, both of Louisville, Lauren Meredith Hosie, Cleveland, Tenn.; Tavis Boyd, Los Angeles, Calif., Amanda Roach and Hallie Roach, Midway, Martha Mulholland, Chicago, Ill., and Justin and Brooke Cravens, Winnetka, Ill.; and five great-grandchildren, Grant and Kathryn Knight, Derek and Jared Darwish, and Lloyd Davis Hosie.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, April 13, in the chapel at Christ Church Cathedral. Private interment will be at the Lexington Cemetery columbarium.

Donations are suggested to Habitat for Humanity.



   Bessie Berger Wilson, 80, of Punta Gorda, Fla., formerly of Versailles, died Sunday, April 9, 2006, at the home of her daughter in Lancaster.

Born in Estill County, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Lena Chaney Berger. She was a retired employee of Coulter Electronics in Miami, Fla.

Survivors include five children, Faye VanMeter and Ray Wilson, both of Lancaster, Brenda Dunsmore, South Charleston, Ohio, Edith Burton and Ernie Wilson, both of Punta Gorda, Fla.; a sister, Geneva Harris, Versailles; two brothers, Rexford Berger, Dayton, Ohio, and Shelby Berger, Versailles; 12 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 12, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Chaplain Gary Story.

Memorials are suggested to Heritage Hospice, 337 W. Broadway, Danville, KY 40422.

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