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April 19, 2001 issue

 

Bill Barrett

Bill Barrett, 57, of 261 Macey Avenue, Versailles, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at his home.

He was a native of Owsley County, a son of the late Jim and Eva Gross Barrett, and was an employee of the City of Versailles at the waste water treatment facility.

He is survived by a friend, his former wife Patsy Barrett, Versailles; a daughter, Patricia Vieyra, Versailles; a son, Billy Barrett, Versailles; four sisters, Bessie Vest, Virgie Spivey, and Della Mae Metcalfe, all of Alexandria, and Lillie Lynch, Franklin; two brothers, James Barrett, Versailles, and Benton Barrett, Winchester; and three grandchildren, Christy, Matthew and Ceseli Vieyra.

Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by Juan Vieyra. Interment was in the Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles.

 

Garland Baxter

Garland Baxter, 76, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Betty Curtsinger Baxter, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

He was a native of Anderson County, the son of the late Amos and Ethel Phillips Baxter. He was a retired carpenter, a member of the Fox Creek Christian Church and the AFL-CIO Carpenters Union No. 277, had served on the board of directors of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Lawrenceburg Downtown Merchants Association, for which he served as chairman of the Christmas Decorating Committee. He was named Anderson County Citizen of the Year in 1994, was a former Anderson County District 3 magistrate, was owner of The Fashion Place for 17-1/2 years, and was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by a son, Larry Wayne Baxter, Lawrenceburg; two daughters, Debra Sue Baxter and Sandra Kay Baxter, both of Lawrenceburg; a brother, Bobby Baxter, Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Helen Gregory, Lexington, and Annell Adair, Versailles; and three grandchildren, Lanessia Caldwell, Kimberly Riddle, and Chelsie Baxter, all of Lawrenceburg. Two children, Patsy Carol Baxter and Jackie Lynn Baxter; a brother, Ralph Baxter, and his stepmother, Blanche Baxter, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg, by the Rev. Don Wells and the Rev. Bob C. Jones. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

 

Paul W. Craycraft

Paul Woodford Craycraft, 67, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Jane Barnes Craycraft, died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at his residence following a long illness.

He was born in Bourbon County, the son of the late Clarence and Ethel Johnson Craycraft. He was a retired heavy equipment operator with Local 181 in Henderson and was a member of the Corinth Christian Church, Lawrenceburg.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two stepsons, David Weber Jr., Lawrenceburg, and Jason Weber, Versailles; two step grandsons, Marshall Weber, Lawrenceburg, and Cameron Weber, Versailles; a granddaughter, Chasity Stratton, Lawrenceburg; two sisters, Virginia Davis, North Middletown, and Ruth Frederick, Augusta, Ga.; and two brothers, Clarence Craycraft Jr. and Doug Craycraft, both of Lexington. Two sisters, Mildred Lane and Alma Combs, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Ritchie-Peach-Todd Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, by the Rev. Bobby Proctor. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County. Expressions of sympathy are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele St., Frankfort 40601.

 

Donald F. Fields

Donald F. Fields, 45, of the Troy Pike, Versailles, a retired real estate broker, husband of Sharon H. Fields, died Friday, April 13, 2001, at his residence.

Mr. Fields was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God, Versailles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Clara S. Fields, Versailles; two daughters, Amanda Clarine Fields and Heather Fields, both of Hyden; two stepsons, Curtis Pack and Chris Pack, both of Versailles; a sister, Dorothy Hill, Lawrenceburg; two brothers, Ronnie Fields, Somerset, and Robert A. Fields, Versailles; a granddaughter, Katelyn Nicole Pack, Versailles, and several nephews and cousins. His father, Robert D. Fields, is deceased.

Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the Pentecostal Church of God by the Rev. Charles McKinley. Interment was in the Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles. Casket bearers were Chris Pack, Curtis Pack, Tony Fields, Robbie Fields, Charlie Tipton, and Mike Roberts. Honorary bearers were David Triplett, Bill McDaniel, Darrell Kester, and Junior Robins. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

Louis D. Jones

Louis D. Jones, 68, of Midway, husband of Mary Hogan Jones, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at his residence.

Born in Woodford County on Aug. 14, 1932, he was the son of Julia Jones of Midway and the late Roy Jones. He was a farmer and a member of the Midway United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by four daughters, Melinda Jones, Columbus, Ohio; Lois Catherine Baldwin, Midway; Jane Alexander, Frankfort, and Lynne Hughes, Frankfort; three sons, Louis "Sonny" Jones, Versailles; Tim Jones, Midway, and Richard Jones, Frankfort; a sister, Doris J. Leigh, Midway; and seven grandchildren. A sister, Hazel McDaniel, and a brother, Shirley "Bud" Jones, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Midway Cemetery by the Rev. Julian Simpson and the Rev. Mark Johnson. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

 

Henry B. Lay Sr.

Henry Bueford Lay Sr., 60, of Burkesville, formerly of Woodford County, widower of Betty Hood Lay, died Friday, April 13, 2001, at the Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green.

Born in Woodford County on Oct. 20, 1940, he was the son of the late Logan and Ida Hicks Lay. Mr. Lay was a retired farmer.

He is survived by seven daughters, Lee Dyer, Waco; Joyce Reed and Paige Sparks, both of Irvine; Susan Lay, Mary Ann Douglas, and Ida Espinosa, all of Versailles, and Darlene Kincaid; eight sons, Henry Bueford Lay Jr., Burkesville; Frank Soard and Junior Roberts, both of Frankfort; Mike Soard and Gary Roberts, both of Versailles; Matthew Roberts, Clay City; Walter Soard, and Glen Soard, Texas; two sisters, Shirley Hamilton and Hazel McKinney, both of Versailles; two brothers, Freddie Lay and Coy Lay, both of Versailles; 41 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Victor Slatten. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery.

 

Donald R. Powers

Donald Ray "Smiley" Powers Sr., 60, of Mildred Street, Versailles, husband of Marjorie Patterson Powers, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Vencor Hospital in Louisville.

Born in Woodford County on Sept. 6, 1940, he was the son of the late Garrett and Lula O’Dell Powers. Mr. Powers was a retired farmer and a member of the Clover Bottom Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Patricia Faye Reed, Versailles; a son, Donald Ray Powers Jr., Versailles; a sister, Elsie Waller, Stamping Ground; a brother, Robert Powers, Nicholasville; and four grandchildren, Ariel and Danielle Powers and Nikki and Lori Powell. A sister, Lorene Runyon, and two brothers, Jack and Elbert Powers, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Don Flanagan. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County. Casket bearers were Sonny Spaulding, Steve Cox, Bobby Patterson, Joey Spaulding, Stephen Patterson, Jay Nichols, Bill Lilley, and Doug Waller. Honorary bearers were Pete Welch, Arza Byrd, Tommy Cox, Howard Gravett, Roy Parrott, John Buckler, Charlie Haydon, Pat Massey, Clarence Brooks, and Norma White. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, 1941 Bishop Lane, Suite 110, Louisville, Ky. 40218.

 

Virginia M. Spears

Virginia Mae Van Pelt Spears, 72, of Louisville, died Friday, April 13, 2001, at the home of her daughter in Louisville.

She was a native of Versailles, was a homemaker, and was a member of the Beth Haven Baptist Church.

She is survived by four sons, Danny C., Gary C., Michael P., and Lewis C. Spears; a daughter, Diane Hay; a brother, William Van Pelt; a sister, Juanita Gilmer; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted at noon Tuesday, April 17, at the Owen Funeral Home, Louisville. Burial was in the Beth Haven Cemetery.

 

Macey B. Taylor

Macey Blackburn Taylor, 67, of Tucson, Ariz., died Wednesday, March 7, 2001.

Born in Versailles on Sept. 6, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Macey Blackburn. She graduated from Margaret Hall School in 1951 and from Brown University in 1958 with a degree in linguistics.

Her achievements included mention in Who’s Who in Education in 1963 and 1985; the Semester Project in Environmental Education in Ocompo, Cohuila, Mexico, in 1974; the MEXTESOL Award for Distinguished Service in 1983; and pioneering and continuing contributions to computer-assisted language learning from 1984 until her death.

A noted international speaker and author, she wrote "Something To Do On Mondays" with her daughter, Laura McKee Perez. She was active in the Girl Scouts, church functions, local political campaigns, and was a driving force in establishing on-line book sales for the Friends of the Tucson-Pima Public Library.

Survivors include her husband, Dan G. Taylor; two daughters, Katie McKee and Sarah McKee; two sisters, Fan Wooldridge Beery, Lexington, and Crit Luallen, Frankfort; four brothers, Sam Blackburn, Robert Blackburn, Jake Blackburn, and Edmond Blackburn, all of Frankfort; and four grandchildren, Genna Yordani and Jesse, Daniel and Brenda McKee-Perez.

Memorials are suggested to the ALS Society or the Friends of the Tucson-Pima Public Library Building Fund, P. O. Box 43671, Tucson, Ariz. 85733.

 

Terressa A. Turner

Terressa Ann Banks Turner, 42, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Midway, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, in St. Petersburg. She was the wife of Richard Turner.

Mrs. Turner was born in Lexington, the daughter of the late Walter and Anna Banks. She moved to St. Petersburg in 1986.

A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, she was a consultant with Coordinated Child Care. She was a member of the House of God Pillar of God in Truth Church, where she served as an associate minister with the missionaries and the Young Peoples Union. She was also a junior minister and church secretary at the Tampa House of God.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Brittany Turner, St. Petersburg; two sons, Richard Turner Jr. and Joshua Brown, both of St. Petersburg; three brothers, Theodore Johnson, Dover, Del.; Ralph Johnson, Versailles, and William Banks, St. Petersburg; two sisters, Terry Hamilton, Midway, and Gail Lewis, St. Petersburg; her grandparents, George and Mildred Ingram, St. Petersburg, and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Tuesday, April 3, at All Nations Church of God by Faith in St. Petersburg.

 

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