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April 20, 2000 issue

Howard Benson

Howard Benson, 67, of Lawrenceburg, died Friday, April 14, 2000, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born in Bourbon County, he was the son of the late James and Sarah Cole Benson. Mr. Benson worked with Benson Roofing and was a U.S. Army veteran with service during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Benson is survived by two sisters, Ann Hunter, Lawrenceburg, and Wanda Brown, Murray, and three brothers, James Benson, Cynthiana; Ray Benson and Roy Benson, both of Versailles.

Graveside services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 17, in Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles, by the Rev. John Brandon. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Danny Freeman

Danny Freeman, 49, of Nicholasville, formerly of Woodford County, father of Heather Leigh Freeman of Lexington, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Mack and Virginia Pettit Freeman. He was owner and operator of Danny Freeman Auto Body, Nicholasville.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by two brothers, Donald R. Freeman and Mack D. Freeman, both of Harrodsburg; a granddaughter, Autumn Blakeleigh Freeman; two nephews, and three nieces.

Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today, April 20, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Mike James. Burial will be in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Kevin Henry, Jim Wilson, Kent Robinson, Kenneth Kelley, Mark Pelfrey, Frank Patermostoro, Tee Garden, and Bobby Freeman.

 

Mary Head

Mary Anna "Ann" Head, 65, of Frankfort, wife of Atha C. Head, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at her home.

A native of Ottawa, Kan., she was the daughter of the late Andrew B. and Hazel Madge Smith Colt. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Frankfort.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Richard Andrew Head, Lexington, and Mack Atha Head, Versailles; a daughter, Arlita Rhea Hays, Lawrenceburg; a brother, Arthur B. Colt, Frankfort; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a stepgrandson; and two step-great-grandchildren. A sister, Lorena M. Fayne, is deceased.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at Boyd's Funeral Home, Salem. Burial was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery outside of Salem.

Memorial donations may be made to Franklin County Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

Alvin Hilton

Alvin Hilton, 46, of 205 Old Clifton, Versailles, an employee of Woodford Steel, died Friday, April 14, 2000, as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Born in Woodford County, he was raised at the Baptist Children's Home, Louisville. Mr. Hilton loved his motorcycle, fishing, and his home on the Kentucky River.

He is survived by his wife, Debby Hilton, and two sons, Aaron and Anthony Hilton, all of Woodford County.

A memorial service following cremation was held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 17, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles. In keeping with Mr. Hilton's request to be an organ donor, the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates reported that organ donation was successful for transplant.

 

Madlyne S. Hilton

Madlyne Stewart Hilton, 89, of Lawrenceburg, widow of James A. Hilton, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Beverly Health Care Center, Frankfort.

Born in Millville, Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late William Fantly and Ruby Colier Hilton. Mrs. Hilton had been a seamstress at Barrett Sewing Factory and was a member of the Glen's Creek Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Christine McMurray, Frankfort, and Clara "Sally" Wallace, Lawrenceburg; a son, Billy Hilton, Versailles; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County, by the Rev. Olson Wayne McMurray. Mrs. Hilton's grandsons and nephews were casket bearers. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Robert R. Hobbs

Robert R. Hobbs, 76, of 536 Beech Street, Versailles, a retired roofer and a decorated U. S. Army veteran of World War II, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at the VA Medical Center in Lexington. He was the widower of Mary Kratzer Hobbs.

Born in Richmond, he was the son of the late George F. and Mary Jones Hobbs. Mr. Hobbs was a member of the Church of Christ. He received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart for his service during WWII.

He is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Brooks and Mary Ann Dray, both of Lexington; a sister, Mattie Hobbs Barnett, Clay City; three brothers, James Hobbs, Lexington; William Hobbs, Wilmore, and Leroy Hobbs, Lexington; six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. today, April 20, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Donald Price. Burial will be in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Jessamine County.

 

Polly A. Holcomb

Polly Ann Holcomb, 73, of Nicholasville, widow of Orbin Halcomb, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center Hospital, Lexington.

Mrs. Holcomb was born in Perry County, the daughter of the late Enoch and Judy Shepard Smith. She was a homemaker and member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church.

Survivors include nine children, Hazel Gray, Bruce Halcomb, and Noah Halcomb, all Florida; Patsy Schneider and Nancy Morton, both of Nicholasville; Joseph Halcomb, Washington; Teresa Weise and Tracy Boyd, both of Lexington, and Paul Boyd, Versailles; a brother, Asble Smith, Lawrenceburg; and two sisters, Helen Halcomb, Lancaster, and Cannie Campbell, Ind.

Three children, Judy Boyd, Ralph Halcomb, and Paulette Tipton, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Betts & West Funeral Home, Nicholasville, by the Rev. Willie Laswell. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery. Family members served as casket bearers.

 

Jessie C. Long

Jessie Caudle Long, 89, of Midway, widow of Calvin Long, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

She was a native of Woodford County, the daughter of the late George and Lida Watts Caudle. She was a member of the Millville Christian Church.

Mrs. Long is survived by three daughters, Hazel Ford, Columbus, Miss.; Irene Searcy, Lexington, and Syble Baker, Georgetown; three sisters, Mildred Jacobs, Goldie Caudle, and Evelyn McConnell, all of Frankfort; a brother, Shirley Caudle, Frankfort; eight grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at the Millville Christian Church by the Rev. Robert Baker, the Rev. Ray Holdren, and the Rev. Jim Hensley. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County. Casket bearers were Wally McConnell, Gene Jacobs, Roger Crittenden, Shirley B. Caudle, Billy Caudle, William J. Mitchell, Rick Caudle, and Frankie Hockensmith. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Marvin Lowry

Marvin Lowry, 82, of Danville, died Friday, April 14, 2000, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on March 31. He was the widower of Lorena Sargent Lowry, who also died as the result of the accident.

Born in Washington County, Mr. Lowry was the son of the late James William and Ollie Voorhies Lowry. He was a farmer and a member of the Salt River Baptist Church.

He is survived by five daughters, Ollie Mae Minor, Ohio; Sylvia Ann Norvell, Perryville; Dixie Lee Mullins, Versailles; Peggy Joyce Yankey, Gravel Switch, and Linda Faye Speakes, Paris; two sons, Marvin Lowry and Raymond Erbin Lowry, both of Perryville; 25 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Salt River Baptist Church. Burial in Hillcrest Cemetery in Perryville. The Wilder Funeral Home, Perryville, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Leora M. Stepp

Leora Marandolph Stepp, 89, of Versailles, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at the Homestead Nursing Center in Lexington.

Born in Woodford County on Jan. 31, 1911, she was the daughter of the late Robert and America Harvey Stepp, the eldest of eight children. She joined the First Baptist Church of Versailles at an early age. Her early education was received at Simmons High School, Versailles. Ms. Stepp, a hard and diligent worker, was employed at Margaret Hall School for many years until her retirement in the early 1980s, after which she became very active in the Senior Citizens Center of Versailles and traveled extensively with the members of that organization and her family.

Ms. Stepp is survived by a brother, Thomas R. Stepp Sr., Lexington; a sister, Anna H. Stepp, Silver Spring, Md., and numerous nieces and nephews. Three brothers and two sisters are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, April 20, at the First Baptist Church by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Interment will be in Steele Cemetery, Versailles. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. The Morgan Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Blanche Swanagan

Blanche Everman Swanagan, 87, of Eminence, widow of George T. Swanagan, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at the Crestview Health Care Center, Shelbyville.

A native of Carter County and formerly of Midway, she was the daughter of the late Samuel W. and Melissa Rice Wadsworth. She was a member of the Elkhorn Baptist Church, Woodford County.

Mrs. Swanagan is survived by a daughter, Ramona Wilson, Eminence; a son, Herman Swanagan, Lawrenceburg; four granddaughters, and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Prewitt Funeral Home, New Castle, by the Rev. Michael Duncan. Interment was in the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Woodford County. Casket bearers were Andy Wood, Ernest Wood, Bobby Johnson, and Don Fletcher. Contributions may be made to the Eminence Baptist Church.

 

Lillie Wiley

Lillie Shields Wiley, 87, of Frankfort, wife of Estill Wiley Sr., died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center, Frankfort.

A native of Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late James Lawrence and Margaret Elizabeth Hollar Shields She was a homemaker and member of Camp Pleasant Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Betty Wiley Hensley, Frankfort; a son, Estill Wiley Jr., Lawrenceburg; three grandchildren, Bonnie Wiley Antle, Versailles; Donnie Jividen, Frankfort, and Kathy Wiley Dickerson, Louisville; several great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A grandson, seven brothers, and three sisters are deceased.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel, Frankfort, by the Rev. Don Karsner. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Woodford County. Casket bearers were June Wiley, Harold Hensley, Dan Franks, Donnie Jividen, Gene Shields, and Venard Centers.

 

Robin Williams

Robin Cornelius Stepp Williams, 84, of Dayton, Ohio, a retired educator, widow of Lowell Douglas Williams Sr., died Friday, March 31, 2000.

Born in Woodford County on Nov. 7, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Robert and America Harvey Stepp.

She joined the First Baptist Church of Versailles at an early age and after moving to Dayton in 1941, she became a member of the Bethel Baptist Church there.

Her early education was received at Simmons High School, Versailles, where she later taught after graduating from Kentucky State University, Frankfort, in 1939. Shortly after moving to Dayton, she was employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Mrs. Williams was a highly respected educator in the Dayton Public School System. She began her career at Garfield High School and shortly thereafter she moved to Miami Chapel Elementary School, where she taught for 27 years until her retirement in 1984.

She is survived by a son, Lowell Douglas Williams Jr., Dayton; a brother, Thomas R. Stepp, Lexington; two sisters, Leora M. Stepp, Lexington, and Anna H. Stepp, Silver Springs, Md.; and numerous other relatives. Three brothers and a sister are deceased. A sister-in-law, Emma Williams, lives in Versailles.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 7, at the Bethel Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Charles S. Brown. Interment was in the Woodland Cemetery. Casket bearers were L. V. Bailey, Clarence Gage, Larry C. Jackson, Gary Pearson, Wendell Stepp, William G. Stepp, Wendell R. Stepp, Lowell Thomas Williams, and Tommy Young. Honorary bearers were Lowell D. Williams Jr., John Stanley Williams, Thomas R. Stepp, and Lawrence P. Williams. The Smith Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.