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April 15, 2004



Betty L. Beasley, 76, , of Lexington, died Saturday, April 10, 2004.

The daughter of the late Edward and Nettie Herald Beasley, her two passions in life were her family and quilting.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeannie Falin, Lexington; a special granddaughter, Christy Robinson, Lexington; two great grandchildren, Cassie and Trey Robinson, both of Lexington; three sisters, Dorothy Jones, Versailles, Mae Freda, Lexington, and Edna Jean Robinson, Versailles; and a brother, Andy Beasley, Versailles. Four brothers, Donnie Beasley Sr., William, Pete, and Melvin Beasley Sr., are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Bro. Harold Falin and Bro. Jim Jeffries. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Clifford Beasley, George Burton, Mason Campbell, Archie W. Falin, Tom Brown and Sonnie Briscoe. Honorary bearers were Andy Beasley, Ed Duvall, and Archie L. Fanning.

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Elizabeth Ruth Faust, 82, of Winchester, died Sunday, April 11, 2004, at her home.

Born Nov. 8, 1921, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Margaret Faust. She was a retired nurse, an Army veteran of World War II, and a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include two brothers, Marion C. Faust, Stamping Ground, and Henry Faust, Newark, Ohio; a niece, Susan Ecton, Lexington; and five nephews, Paul, David, Calvert, Steve and Ricky Faust.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Scobee Funeral Home by Dr. Jim Henery and the Rev. Don Burkhead. Burial was in the Lexington cemetery. Casket bearers were Don Ecton, Paul Faust, David Faust, Calvert Faust, Steve Faust and Ricky Faust.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the First Presbyterian Church, 130 Windridge Drive, Winchester, KY 40391 or Life for Pets Inc., c/o Barbara Falmlen, 16 Boone Avenue, Winchester, KY 40391.



Charles Kenneth Miller, 75, of Shelbyville, husband of Ruth Hudson Miller, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at his residence.

A native of Kenton County, he was the son of the late Joseph Charles and Edna Mae Sparks Miller. He was a retired U.S. Navy chief and veteran of World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, and the Bay of Pigs. He was a member of Mount Tabor Baptist Church in Paintlick and attended Beechridge Baptist Church. He was a 32nd degree member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., USA, and a member of Shelby F&AM Lodge 662, Chula Vista Lodge 626, Chula Vista, Calif., Capital City Shrine Club, Oleika Shriners Temple, Lexington and Louisville, and a lifetime member of the Navy Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 284.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Paula Hudson Cissell, Shelbyville; a son, Leslie Hudson, Versailles; and two grandchildren.

Services with military honors were conducted Saturday, April 10, 2004, at LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral home by the Rev. Marshall Phillips. Burial was in the Bagdad Cemetery. Casket bearers were Don Williams, Harry Rice, Gary Costilow, Edsel Moore, Charlie Dawkins, and Frank Buschkoetter. Honorary bearers were Sam Anderson, Laura Mattiussi, Jennifer Nation, Gabi Cissell, Richard Marks, Al Buschell, and members of Waddy Masonic Lodge, Capital City Shrine Club, and the Madison County Shrine Club. A Masonic service was held Friday, April 9, at the funeral home.



Roy Bruce Rogers, 54, of Versailles, widower of Anne Rogers, died Monday, April 12, 2004.

A retired employee of the Woodford County Road Department, he was a member of Knights of Pythias and the Versailles Lions Club.

Survivors include four stepsons, Stephen Howard, Louisville, Robert Lancaster, South Carolina, John Lancaster, Maine, and Tony Lancaster, Frankfort; a sister, Brenda Cox, Versailles; five grandchildren; three nephews; and two nieces. A stepson, Billy Eugene Howard, two brothers, James Franklin Rogers, and Bernice Edward Rogers, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Friday, April 16, 2004, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Rose Crest Cemetery. Friends may call from noon Friday until time of service. Casket bearers will be Bobby Rogers, David Rogers, Robbie Lancaster, Tony Lancaster, Steve Howard and Eddie Cox.

Memorials are suggested to the ALS Association, Kentucky Chapter, 375 Fortune Drive, Lexington, KY 40509.



Ophelia Allen Thurman, 66, of Shelbyville, died Sunday, April 11, 2004, at Bluegrass Community Hospital, Versailles, following an illness.

A native of Shelbyville, she was the daughter of the late Lucille Watts and Eugene Allen Sr. She was a systems operator at Texas Instruments, Versailles, and after her retirement, she worked at Wal-Mart in Shelbyville. She attended Shelby Community Church.

She is survived by a brother, Charles H. Allen, Shelbyville. Two brothers, Eugene Allen Jr. and James William "Brother" Allen, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2004, at Shelby Community Church by the Rev. Louis Coleman. The body will be cremated. There will be a private inurnment at a later date at Calvary Cemetery, Shelbyville. Morton-Beckley Funeral Home, Shelbyville, is in charge of arrangements.



Elizabeth Marie Tracy, 26, of Frankfort, died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, of natural causes at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

A native of Versailles, she attended Faith Baptist Church.

Survivors include her mother, Linda Faye Tracy, Frankfort; her father and stepmother, Leon Tracy Jr. and Rita Tracy, Pleasureville; three brothers, Daniel Tracy, Louisville, Rusty Tracy, Bardstown, and Jamie Tingle, Pleasureville; two sisters, Jennifer Lynn Boler and Brooke Mathis, both of Frankfort; her maternal grandmother, Eloise Manley, Frankfort; and her paternal grandmother, Hilda Louise Tracy, Frankfort.

Services were conducted Friday, April 9, 2004, at LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home by the Rev. Everett Hawkins. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Daniel Tracy, Jamie Tingle, Larry Downey, Jackie Renfro, Bobby Gentry, and Ricky Burke. Honorary bearers were Pete and Rusty Tracy, Lane and Tim Tracy, Gary Gentry, and Keith Shuck.



Jenna Kay Walling, 17, of Versailles, died Saturday, April 10, 2004, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

She was member of the Troy Presbyterian Church, a junior at Woodford County High School, and an employee of Sweet Potatoes restaurant in Versailles.

She is survived by her parents Ben and Linda Walling; two sisters, Melody Traugott and Trisha Ratcliff; her maternal grandmother, Ethel Corman; her paternal grandparents, Ben and Mary Walling; two nieces, Kali Anne Ratcliff and Valerie Brooke Ratcliff; two nephews, Zachary Brian Traugott and Kaiden Michael Traugott; two aunts, Rena Kay Traugott and Peggy Tipton; an uncle, Danny Walling; five cousins, Rebecca Owens, Chrissy Tipton, Amy Tipton, Thomas Tipton, and Amanda Traugott. Her paternal grandfather, A.J. Corman, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. David Duggan. Interment was at the Nonesuch Cemetery. Casket bearers were Matthew Coyle, John Paul Coyle, Daniel Schoenberg, Bill Bailey, Owen Roberts, and Ryan Hopkins. Honorary bearers were Sarah Burton, Amanda Lenhart, Jac Fey, Jake Lewis, and Beth McDonald.

Memorials are suggested to the Troy Presbyterian Church, 11021 Troy Pike, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Robert Lawrence Vanaman, 57, of Lexington, husband of Patricia Krieger Vanaman, died Sunday, April 11, 2004, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Louisville, he was the son of the late Joseph Waller and Ann Harpring Vanaman. He attended St. Xavier High School in Louisville and the University of Kentucky, was employed by Gainsborough Farm, L.L.C. in Woodford County, was an active member of the Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club, and enjoyed playing golf. He and his wife volunteered in support of "Growing Together Preschool," a non-profit organization assisting infants and children with disabilities.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Virginia Vanaman Davis, Louisville, and Kathryn Vanaman Kohn, Potomac, Md.; seven nieces and nephews, Amy Read Vanaman, Thomas Rudolph Vanaman and Karen Marie Vanaman, Columbus, Ohio, Kathryn Vanaman Davis and Christina Smith Davis, Louisville, and Rose Ann Kohn and Stephen P. Kohn, Potomac, Md.; a grand-niece, Abrial Meffer; and a grand-nephew, Isiah Meffer, Columbus, Ohio. A brother, Stephen Joseph Vanaman, is deceased.

A requiem mass will be conducted at 3:15 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2004, at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 299 Colony Blvd., Lexington, by the Rev. Patrick Fitzsimons. A reception for friends and family will immediately follow in Hehman Hall, located at the cathedral. The W. R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Growing Together Preschool, 599 Lima Drive, Lexington, KY 40511.


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