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April 14, 2011



TaiShawn Davis, infant son of Sarah Davis and Allen White, born at 6:14 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center, died that Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a half-sister, Shianna White; his paternal grandmother, Vernita Mack; his maternal grandmother, Toni Davis; his maternal grandfather, Kenneth Davis; all of Versailles.

Services were conducted Thursday, April 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Paul Barrick. Burial was in the Rose Crest Cemetery.

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Lela Faye Osborne Duncan, 71, of Nicholasville, formerly of Paris, widow of Coleman Roger Duncan Jr., died Saturday, April 9, 2011, at her home.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen Annette (Phillip) Duncan, Versailles; a son, Larry Douglas Duncan, Georgetown; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, April 14, at the Hinton-Turner Funeral Home, Paris. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Ruth Lee Helmburg, 78, of Versailles, widow of James Wesley Helmburg, died Monday, April 4, 2011.

A native of Woodford County, she was born Dec. 24, 1932, the daughter of the late Wallace Tharp and Clara Elizabeth O’Nan Freeman. She worked in the finance department for the Kentucky state government, was a member of Woodford Christian Church, a member of the Song of the Bluegrass Chapter Sweet Adelines, the treasurer of the Quartet Champions Club for 47 years, Beta Club, Rebeccas and the Daughters of the Bluegrass.

Survivors include a daughter, Sue (David) Murphy, Lawrenceburg; a son, James (Peggy) Helmburg, Versailles; six grandchildren, Patricia Lee (Kevin) Eades, Mary Anne (Craig) Tillett, Tiffany (Troy) Houp, Virgil Lunsford, Brian (Michelle) Lunsford, and Troy Murphy; and 16 great-grandchildren, Joey, Destiny, Emma, Carrie, Kala, Adrianna, Landon, Dylan, Sean, Daniel, Heather, Gabrielle, Matthew, Stacy, Brian II, and Ryan. Two sisters, Rose Nell Freeman and Dorothy Croucher, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 11, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Terry Leap. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bill Bridges, Danny Shearer, Jamie Link, Bill Slone, Don Jeffers, and Joe Meyer.

Memorial contributions may be made to Song of the Bluegrass.

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Maudella Murphy, 73, of Versailles, widow of Zach Murphy, died Friday, April 8, 2011.

Born March 17, 1938, in Ewing, she was the daughter of the late Elkin and Laura Browning Mitchell.

Survivors include two daughters, Jackie Yeary and Lois Crowe; two sisters, June Stivers and Cindy (Ronnie) Abrams; two brothers, Ronald Mitchell and Elkin (Joanie) Mitchell Jr.; three grandchildren, Lori Boone, Angela (Dwayne) Sparks, and William E. Crowe; and three great-grandchildren, Justin M. Fenwick, Dylan K. and Caleb H. Boone. A sister, Janet Sutherland; two brothers, Robert and Rodney Mitchell; and a great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn M. Yeary, are deceased.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, April 14, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort.

Donations may be made to the Woodford Humane Society, Hospice of the Bluegrass, and St. Jude’s Hospital.

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Gladys Pettyjohn, 69, of Versailles, widow of Clarence Pettyjohn, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late John and Carrie Lane Pennington. She had attended the Church of God of Prophecy.

Survivors include three daughters, Connie Voils, Stanton, Wanda Voils, Lexington, and Lisa Pettyjohn, Versailles; three sons, Alex Voils and Jeff Pettyjohn, Versailles, and Mark Voils, Hazel Green; a sister, Flora Bell Smith, Versailles; and eight grandchildren. Three sisters, Mary Wright, Louise Wethington, and Lucille Patrick; three brothers, Kenneth Pennington, Cecil Pennington, and Riley Pennington; two sons, Danny Voils and Ralph Voils; and a granddaughter, Darlene Rains, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, April 8, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Ray Ammons. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jeff Pettyjohn, Alex Voils, Mark Voils, Randy Pennington, Earl Boyd, and Denzil Roe.

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Eric Charles Gray Sharp, 66, of Woodford County, husband of Barbara Mann Sharp, died Saturday, April 9, 2011, at his home of cancer.

Born in Madison County, he was the son of the late Robert and Anna Sharp. Raised in Somerset, he had lived in Woodford County since 1972. He attended the University of Kentucky. He was an active member of Arlington Christian Church, where he served as a deacon. He was retired from IBM and more recently worked at the Picadome Gay Brewer Golf Pro Shop. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of American Legion Man-O-War Post 8, where he served as second and first vice-commander, house committee chair and for several terms on the executive committee. He was an active supporter and participant in the Post 8 Honor Guard.

In addition to his wife of 45 years, he is survived by three children, Michele (David) Ross, Eric Sharp II, and Heather Sharp; and four grandchildren, Eric Sharp III, Ashley and Tanner Ross, and Ethan Sander; a brother, Donnie (Pat) Sharp; a sister, Mary Bethe (Paul) Bryant; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 13, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington, by Pastor Kris Bentley. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Paul Bryant, George Hulbert, David and Tanner Ross, Ethan Sander, Donnie Sharp, Eric Sharp II, and Eric Sharp III. Honorary bearers were the Thursday Golf Group, American Legionnaires, and extended family members.


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