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April 18, 2013



Charles F. Craig, 75, of Versailles, husband of Joyce Craig, died Monday, April, 15, 2013.

Born July 28, 1937, in Crestwood, he was the son of the late William and Ernie Adele Brandenburg Craig. He was a retired store manager for G&L Liquor and a member of Versailles Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Carrie Adele (Stephen) Crissey, Texas, and Victoria Ann (Barry L.) Robinson, Lawrenceburg; a son, William Craig, Woodford County; a sister, Alma Ann (John B.) Mount, Versailles; a brother, Arthur W. (Pat) Craig, Versailles; and four grandchildren, Kenneth Spach, Jessey Craig, Kasey Craig, and Jeremiah F. Robinson.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, April 18, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Kenneth Spach, Jessey Craig, Craig Mount, Michael Coffey, Danny Deering, and David Deering. Honorary bearers will be Kasey Craig, Jeremiah Robinson, Wayne Brandenburg, and Clyde and Gretchen Eller.

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Hazel Jean Shields Centers, 75, of Nicholasville died Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

She was born in Versailles, Kentucky, to Raymond and Crystal D. Wise Shields Sr. Hazel and Venard celebrated 58 years of marriage together. Their lives touched many people through their caring nature and a front door that was always welcoming to friends and family.

She is survived by her sons, Michael (Patti) Centers and Gregg Davis (Tammie) Centers, both of Nicholasville; brothers John Wayne (Brenda) Shields, Ray (Georgia) Shields, and Bob (Susie) Shields; grandchildren, Jordan Davis Centers and Noah Poor. She was preceded in death by her husband, Venard Centers; brothers, Bill Shields and Buddy (Norma) Shields.

Funeral service were held Monday, April 15, 2013, at Chapel Hill Baptist Church in Nicholasville with Bro. Bobby Lakes officiating. Burial took place at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Frankfort, Kentucky.

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James C. Eaves, 86, of Versailles husband of Lou Eaves, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Born March 2, 1927, in Versailles, he was the son of the late Virgil and Minnie Tate Eaves and was a lifelong Woodford County resident. He was retired from Rand McNally. A member of the "Greatest Generation," he served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force during and after World War II.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Pam (Jim) Knight and Dawn (Freeman) Bailey; three grandsons, Jim (Kayla) Knight, Dan (Shannon) Knight, and Adam (Amy) Bailey; eight great-grandchildren, Morgan, Eden, Troy, Peyton, Clay, Luke, Lucia, and Harper; and a sister, Bess (Donald) Bain. His oldest daughter, Linda Myers, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, April 12, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Pam Knight, the Rev. Carol Steward, and Chaplain Rick McClung. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Freeman Bailey, Jim Knight, Dan Knight, Adam Bailey, Greg Donaho, and Jimmy Knight.

Memorial contributions be made to the Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Mary Ruth Picklesimer Hampton, 80, of Lexington, passed away at home on Saturday, April 13, 2013, surrounded by her loving husband and three devoted daughters.

She was the wife of Donald F. Hampton, to whom she was married for 60 years. She was the youngest daughter of 12 children born to the late Dorman and Rebecca Slone Picklesimer.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Jackie (Milt) Evans, Donna (Guy) Cornish, and Gena (David Kamerschen) Hampton; grandchildren Chad Muddiman, Jill (Meco) Richardson, Rebecca Evans, Betsy (Ryan) Laski, Bethany Evans, Kam and Caroline Kamerschen and Kim (David) Carmony; great-grandchildren Malik, Mary and Myleigh Richardson, Cameron Muddiman and Olivia Laski; a sister, Ola Jean Spears, a brother, Dorman Picklesimer Jr. and many loving nieces and nephews. She was a faithful member of South Elkhorn Baptist Church for 46 years, serving as a Sunday school teacher and touching many lives.

Funeral services led by Rev. Kevin Buntain were conducted Wednesday, April 17, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home – Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, with burial in the Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery in Staffordsville, Ky.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass – Frankfort, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601. The family wishes to thank nurse Jennifer Lawrence for her loving care and support.

(Paid obituary)


Andrew Jennings, 53, of Versailles, husband of Mary Jennings, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Born July 2, 1959, in Paducah, he was the son of the late Rollie Jennings and Mary Kolb Jennings.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Leslie (Jimmy) Sexton, Holly Jennings, and Rebecca Jennings; five sisters, Buff (Jim) Schwab, Terri (Dave) Thomas, Karen (Tim) Krimm, Becky Weatherford, and Marcia Jennings; three brothers, Rollie (Judy) Jennings III, Steve (Myra) Jennings, and Scott Jennings; a sister-in-law, Ellen Jennings; and four grandchildren, Hannah and Lily Gourley and Lincoln and Harper Sexton. A brother, Matt Jennings, is deceased.

A Mass was conducted Saturday, April 13, at St. Leo Church by Fr. Danny Schwendeman.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Marie Louise McCown "Bit" Lacazette, formerly a longtime Woodford County resident, widow of Alfred J. Lacazette, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at the Fair Oaks Nursing Facility in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Born in Richmond, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Chenault McCown and Marie Louise Kellogg McCown, and granddaughter of the late Marsh Clark and Louise Bright Kellogg and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCown, all of Richmond. Her girlhood was spent on Creekside Farm on McCracken Pike in Versailles. She was a graduate of Margaret Hall School, the University of Kentucky, and the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York, N.Y. During her later years, she and her husband lived in Upper Montclair, N.J., and Houston, Texas, before retiring to Versailles. She had been a resident of Pittsburgh for several years.

Survivors include a son, Alfred J. Lacazette Jr., Longwood, Colo.; two grandchildren, Mirabai de Monchy (Joris) and Nikolas Lacazette; three great-grandchildren, Xatzil de Monchy, Domino de Monchy, and Loula de Monchy, all of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and several cousins. Her older sister, Anne Douglas McCown, died in an automobile accident at a young age.

A memorial service will be conducted in Versailles later this summer.



Shannon Devers Lambert, 36, of Midway, widow of Howard Lambert, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

Born Dec. 26, 1976, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Devers and Wanda Parker Devers. She was employed by Darlin’ Jean’s Restaurant.

Survivors include a son, Charles Lambert, Midway; and a brother, Allen Ray (Judy) Devers, Versailles.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, at 113 Main Street in Midway by Bro. Phillip Devers. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service on Friday.



Jack "Best" Thomas, 78, of Versailles, husband of Geraldine Woolums Thomas, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Midway, he was the son of the late Charles E. and Nellie Newnam Thomas. He was a 1952 graduate of Midway High School and a former Rand McNally & Co. employee. He was a member of the Midway Baptist Church and attended the Versailles Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Gayle Waits, Versailles; a son, Larry Thomas, Versailles; a sister, Janice Cox, Lexington; a brother, Barry Thomas, Lexington; three grandchildren, Amanda Waits, Ashley Thomas Blackwell, and Matthew Waits; and a great-grandchild, Aleah Blackwell. A brother, Wayne Thomas, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 17, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tommy Thomas, Michael Thomas, Mark Thomas, Wm. "Bill" Hurrigan, Cletus Turner, and Wm. "Bill" LeMonds.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Baptist Church Building Fund, 125 E. Green Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Douglas Thompson, 60, of Port Orange, Fla., died Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Born Oct. 2, 1952, in Frankfort, he was the son of Emma Moore and the late Raymond Thompson.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Jason (Karie) Thompson; a daughter, Ashli (Charles) Evans; two grandsons, Blake and Jacob Evans; and a granddaughter, Olivia Thompson, all of Versailles; and three brothers, Richard, Gary, and Barry Thompson.

A celebration of life for family and friends will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Versailles Baptist Church. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens at a later date. Clark Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of local arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Versailles Baptist Church.


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