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April 2, 2009



Clarine "Hockey" G. Mastin Hockensmith, 80, of Lexington, widow of Clifton Hockensmith, died Monday, March 23, 2009.

Born June 6, 1928, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Bartner and Parl Mae Johns Mastin. She worked at the St. Joseph Hospital as a nurse assistant for 22 years. She was a member of Southland Christian Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Megillgan, Danville, and Deborah Hockensmith, Lexington; two sisters, Toni Spaulding and Pearl Parido (Ray), both of Lexington; a brother, Jack Mastin (Margaret), Cincinnati, Ohio; four grandchildren, Sharon M. Mathews, Louisville, Paul Megillgan, Michaela Megillgan, and Eudora Sheppard, all of Danville; and a great-grandson, Tristan Mathews.

Services will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at Southland Christian Church.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the American Cancer Society.



Jerry A. Holt, 74, of Versailles, husband of Phyllis Holt, died unexpectedly Monday, March 30, 2009, at his home.

Born in Nelson County, he was the son of the late Louis and Pearl Hill Holt. He was retired from the City of Versailles, where he had been superintendent of the water plant. He was a member of the Chaplin Baptist Church in Chaplin, Ky., and had attended the Pinckard Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force and was a member of the American Legion Post #67. He was involved in sports and helped form the Parks and Recreation program, having served as the first assistant superintendent. He helped form the Tom Thumb baseball league, coached Little League, basketball, and football.

In addition to his wife of 50 years, he is survived by a daughter, Nona Holt, Versailles; a son, J. Allen (Gwen) Holt, Versailles; a sister, Hattie Harrison, Bardstown; a brother, James W. Holt, Louisville; four grandchildren, Shane Holt, Christopher Holt, Amanda Holt, and Katrina Holt; and two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Clay Holt. A sister, LaVerne Ruby, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, April 2, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Interment will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Billy Routt, Shane Holt, Christopher Holt, Jason Walton, Roger Wilson, and Tommy Kay. Honorary bearers will be Ernie Coulter, Hubert Shipp, Amanda Holt, Katrina Holt, Kyle Holt, and Clay Holt.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or to the Woodford Humane Society.

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Patricia Ann Crane Last, 66, of Mundys Landing Road, was pronounced dead on Thursday, March 26, 2009, after having been missing for several months.

She was a horse breeder, native of Tulsa, Okla., and daughter of the late Donald V. and Dorothy Crane.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Last, Red Wing, Minn.; two sons, Michael Shadrick Medlin, Seattle, Wash., and Herschel Stanford Medlin, Santa Fe, N.M. A brother, Michael Crane, is deceased.

There is no planned visitation or funeral. A brief service for friends was held at Lillards Ferry Road on Tuesday, March 31. Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Doris Marie French Lucas, 79 of Elizabethtown, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at her residence.

Survivors include a son, Ron (Brenda) Lucas, Versailles.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 28, at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown.



Clara "Frankie" Reese, 84, of Radcliff, wife of Ralph L. Reese, died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at her home.

The daughter of the late Henry and Litha Hendricks, she served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of World War II. She volunteered and retired with the American Red Cross, serving 53 years, overseas and in the U.S. She was a member of Stovall United Methodist Church, Radcliff Women’s Club, Radcliff Optimist Club, MOAA, DAV Chapter #156 Ladies Auxiliary and was a past member of the Order of Eastern Star in Versailles

In addition to her husband of 63 years, she is survived by three daughters, Renae L. Vaughn (Steve), Maitland, Fla., Rita L. Stoddard (Mike), Gardner, Maine, and Becky L. Reese, Radcliff; a son, Rodney L. Reese (Debbie Cowley-Reese), Radcliff; 12 grandchildren, Michael Vaughn, Kelly Vaughn-Kauffman, Jennifer Hurst, Julie Armstrong, Joey Reese, Lauren Brigman, Colin Stoddard, Jamie Warnick, Ryan Warnick, Austin Cowley, Josh Cowley, and Brooke Cowley Fell; 14 great-grandchildren, Jackson and Henry Vaughn, Madison and Mollie Hurst, Nicholas, Collin and Caroline Armstrong, Michael and Ashley Reese, Carson, Cole and Cooper Brigman, Reece Cowley and Presley Fell; a sister, Lucille Hunter (Billy), Versailles; and a brother, Robert Thomas Hendricks (Rita), Versailles.

A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, March 31, at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Radcliff by the Rev. Kenneth Jessee. Burial with military honors was in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff.

Contributions may be made to the Stovall United Methodist Church Building Fund, 949 Rogersville Road, Radcliff KY 40160, or Kosair Charities, P. O. Box 37370, Louisville KY 40233.

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Margaret Ellen Terry Sanders, 90, widow of Clarence Eston Sanders, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in Lexington.

Born in Mascot, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late William Charles and Ella Catherine Thomas Terry. She was a former Procter & Gamble employee and the retired business owner of Lake Monterey in Batavia, Ohio. She was a member of Eastern Star for over 50 years and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include six nieces and nephews, Brenda (Lynn) Ison, Midway, Chuck (Karen) Cornett, Lexington, Margaret (Bob) Feltner, Essie, Aleta Sue May, Massillon, Ohio, Kim (Sherry) Terry, Allen Park, Mich., and Monte (Susan) Whitefield, Granite Bay, Calif.; a "special" granddaughter, Janice (Dennis) Belcher, Peoria, Ariz.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Two sons, Terry and Buddy Sanders; two sisters, Betty Whitefield and Fran Cornett; and a brother, Ralph Terry, are deceased.

A graveside service and burial were conducted Saturday, March 28, at Anderson Memorial Gardens and Chapel in Clinton, Tenn. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

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



Shirley "Sug" Wayne Shifflett, 62, of Versailles, died Friday, March 27, 2009, at the VA Medical Center in Lexington.

Born Aug. 15, 1946, in Harrison County, he was the son of Tina Sears of Lexington and the late James W. Shifflett. He had been a mechanic and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two daughters, Tina (Tim) West and Tressa (Greg) Todd, both of Nicholasville; two sisters, Linda (Paul) Barnes, Versailles, and Donna (Tim) Stephenson, Lexington; a brother, Daniel S. Stinnett, Lexington; his former wife, Waveline Silvers, Lexington; and four grandsons. A son, Anthony Wayne Shifflett, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, March 30, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Mike Johnson. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Lexington. Casket bearers were Bryan Dykes, Greg Todd, Kelly Chowning III, Luke Chowning, Tim Stephenson, and David Barnes.

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