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April 20, 2006



   Robert Dale Anderson, 76, of Xenia, Ohio, husband of Betty Howard Anderson, died Saturday, April 15, 2006, at his residence.

Born May 7, 1929, in Xenia, he was the son of the late Jesse and Viola Wyckoff Anderson. He graduated from Xenia High School in 1947, served in the Army in the Korean War, employed as a mechanic at Ellis Motor Sales and Ken Cole Ford, taught vocational auto mechanics at the Walter C. Stebbins High School for 23 years and retired in 1990. He worked for Visual Information after retirement. He was a 50-year member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, a member of the Greene County Chapter of Korean War Veterans, serving as vice president and president several times.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jayne H. Anderson, Xenia, Ohio; a sister, Mary Louise Guy, Dayton, Ohio; a brother, Walter Anderson, Monroe, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews; and several cousins in the Versailles area. A son, David Jay Anderson, and three brothers, Richard H. Anderson, George E. Anderson, and Earl N. Anderson, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2006, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 990 Old Springfield Pk., Xenia, Ohio, by the Rev. Brian Maguire. Burial will be in Valley View Memorial Gardens. Visitation will he held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Neeld Funeral Home, 1276 N. Detroit Street, Xenia, Ohio, and at the church from 10 a.m. Monday until service time.

Contributions may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church or Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420.



   Harry M. Appleman, 92, of Nicholasville, formerly of Versailles, died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Royal Manor Nursing Home in Nicholasville.

Born Dec. 20, 1914, in Centralia, Mo., he was the son of the late Virgil H. and May Mertz Appleman. He was a retired employee of Tool & Dye Manufacturing.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Hinderliter, Illinois, and Brenda Jordan, Nicholasville; a son, Harry M. Appleman Jr., Wisconsin; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. A daughter, Wanda Moore, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, April 14, at the Versailles Cemetery by Pastor Terry Tench. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

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   Mary Lynn Black, 84, of Lexington, died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Pine Meadows Healthcare.

Born in Georgetown, she was a retired thoroughbred horse breeder.

Survivors include two sons, Stephen Arnold Black, Lexington, and Charles F. Black, Versailles.

A graveside service was conducted Monday, April 17, at Georgetown Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, was in charge of arrangements.



   Hannah Nicole Boston, infant daughter of Sarah Ashcraft Watts and Joe Boston of Frankfort, died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Daniel Boston and Joey Boston; two sisters, Angel Rose Mitchell and Leslie Boston; and her grandparents, Thomas L. and Mary Ashcraft Watts, Frankfort, and Sandra L. Boston of Versailles. Her grandfather, Leslie E. Boston, is deceased.

A graveside service was conducted Saturday, April 15, at Elizabethtown City Cemetery by the Rev. Scott Kerr. Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown was in charge of arrangements.



Gary Dale Botts, 61, of Ashland, formerly of Morehead, husband of Katie Porter Botts, died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

Born May 2, 1944, in Menifee County, he was the son of the late Bruce and Irene Mynhier Botts. He spent his early childhood in "The Big Woods" section of Menifee County and moved with his family to Morehead during his grade school years. He graduated from Breckinridge Training School in 1962 and Morehead State University in 1969. He was employed by Tennessee Gas Pipeline/ El Paso Energy for over 35 years and also worked as a real estate broker and auctioneer. He was a member of the National Association of Realtors/Brokers and the National Association of Auctioneers. His hobbies included buying and renovating houses. He was a member of the South Ashland United Methodist Church and was a past deacon of the First Christian Church of Morehead.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Botts, Nashville, Tenn.; two grandsons, Barrington Wesley Rolin and Breckenridge Wade Rolin, Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, Larry Botts, Midway; a sister, Vanda Manahan, Mankato, Minn.; two nephews; and five nieces.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 15, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead. Burial was in the Hillsboro Cemetery in Fleming County.

Memorials are suggested to a community hospice program.



   Robert Fields, 59, of Versailles, husband of Geraldine Fields, died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Central Baptist Hospital.   

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of Clara Soard Fields of Versailles and the late Robert Dailey Fields. He was a 1964 graduate of Woodford County High School, was a 41-year employee of Quebecor World (Rand McNally), and had been a breeder of Boston terriers for over 15 years.   

Survivors include his children, Teresa Blot, Kelly Baker, and Robby Fields, all of Versailles; a sister, Dorothy Hill, Lawrenceburg; a brother, Ronnie Fields, Somerset; and four grandchildren, Ronny, Toni, Jacob, and Gracie.    A brother, Donald Fields, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 18, at the Pentecostal Church of God by the Rev. Charles McKinley. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tony Fields, Ronny Barnes, Mike Hicks, Brandon Hicks, Philip Lancaster, and Bryan Robert.    Honorary bearers were Bill Cofer, John Broughton, and Phillip Conner.   Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was charge of arrangements.



   Harold Lee Goodrich, 64, of Margaret Hall Manor, Versailles, husband of Virginia McDonald, died Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at St. Joseph Hospital.

The son of the late William Henry and Mary Elizabeth Massie Goodrich, he was a retired surveyor for Central Associate Engineers.

Survivors include a sister, Edna Knox, Millville; two brothers, Billy and David Goodrich, Millville; four nieces; and two nephews.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, April 20, at Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m.

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   Ricardo Martinez, 45, husband of Mary Martinez, died Wednesday April 12, 2006, at his residence.

He was formerly of Mexico and the son of Miguel Martinez and Rosala Cortez.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by three daughters, Eva, Erica, and Donna Martinez. A son, Eric Martinez, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 18, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Doug Wachs. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Clarence Hicks, Oscar Martinez, Alex Martinez, Victor Creech, and Bobby Stewart.



Willie Mae Parker, 70, of Tyrone Pike, a well known former employee of the Corner Drug Store (now Cornerstone Pharmacy) for many years, widow of Noah “Junior” Parker, died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Spencer County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Ollie Mae Cotton Simpson.

Survivors include a sister, Kathy Jordan, Fairfield; a brother, Frank Simpson, Shelbyville; and numerous nieces and nephews. A sister, Linda Temple, and three brothers, Jerry, Winfred, and Harold Simpson, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 17, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Marcus Lynn. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Carl Ellis, Roy Benson, Tillie Dunn, Tommy Smith, Frank Marcum, and Albert Brumback. Honorary bearers were James F. Carter and Chester Wilson.

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   Sarah Margaret Cotton Phelps, 95, widow of Arvil Phelps, died Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at the home of her daughter in Georgetown.

Born in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late Sherman and Rebecca Atwood Cotton. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God.

Survivors include her children, Christine Sharp and Geraldine White, both of Georgetown, Rose Walton, Arvil Phelps Jr., and Robert Phelps, all of Versailles, Julie Ballard, Dayton, Ohio, Ray Phelps, Oklahoma, and James Phelps, Harrodsburg; 35 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and several fifth-generation grandchildren. A sister, Olia Cotton; a daughter, Evelyn Taylor; and a son, Phillip Phelps, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. James Smith. Interment will follow at the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Ricky Phelps, Ricky Canafax, Tommy Walton, Robert Taylor, David Phelps, and Robert Whayne. Honorary bearer will be James Phelps. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, April 20, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

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   Christina Lynn "Christy" Salyers, 29, of Midway, died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, in a car accident in Georgetown.

Born Nov. 27, 1976, in Ironton, Ohio, she was the daughter of Leonard and Betty Lou Short Salyers. She graduated from Boyd County High School in 1995 and was employed by Lowe's in Georgetown.

Survivors include two brothers, Darrell Salyers, Ashland, and David Salyers, Grayson; two sisters, Teresa Schaum, Cynthiana, Donna McCorkle, Ashland; seven nephews, Michael Combs, Karl Jason Schaum, Clint, Seth and Zac Wilson, Matthew Salyers, and Andrew Salyers; and three nieces, Amanda Salyers, Alycia and Alura Schaum; and her aunts and uncles. Her maternal grandparents, Orville and Clara Keeton Short, and paternal grandparents, Jason and Esther Johnson Salyers, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Sunday, April 16, at Rude Cemetery in Flatwoods by Bro. Tom Jones. Lazear Funeral Home in Ashland was in charge of arrangements.



   Margaret Santiago, 84, of Lexington, widow of Bill Hom and Jose Santiago, died Wednesday, April 12, 2006.

A native of Burdine, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Bowling. She was a hostess at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Lexington.

Survivors include a daughter, Billie Hom, Lexington; a grandson, Jason Hom; three sisters, Billie Lee Columbia, Eudean Craig, and Helen Schy; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, James Bowling; and two sisters, Iris Fern Whisman and Jo Ann Bowling, are deceased.

Whitehall Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to the Breast Cancer Association, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454.



   Daisy Dever Schuermeyer, 99, a former resident of Louisville, widow of Harry W. Schuermeyer, died Monday, April 17, 2006, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born April 9, 1907, in Marion County, she was the daughter of the late Mike Owsley and Ursula Harris Dever. She grew up in Gravel Switch and Lebanon, and attended high school at what is now Berea College. During the peak of the great depression, she relocated to Louisville from Gravel Switch and found work in the restaurant and millinery businesses.    She was a member of the St. Ives Homemakers, the Elks Auxiliary, and the Broadway Baptist Church, where she was a long time member. She enjoyed working in her yard and garden and working on craft projects.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol Penn Cheney, Washington, Ga., and Honey Schuermeyer Hager, West Linn, Ore.; four grandchildren, Brad Buky, Colleyville, Texas, Stan Buky, Boynton Beach, Fla., and Todd Hager and Scott Hager, both of West Linn, Ore.; two great-grandchildren, Lance and Chad Buky; a sister, Helen D. Sweazy, Versailles; a niece, Nancy Sweazy Mayer, Versailles; and several nieces and nephews. Four sisters, Frances Rawlings, Theodosia Morris, Kelly Abell, and Cassie Kirkland, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Irvin Cheney. Interment will follow at the Hill Crest Cemetery, Perryville. Casket bearers will be Brad Buky, Stan Buky, Todd Hager, Scott Hager, Lance Buky, and Chad Buky. Friends may call after noon Saturday, prior to services at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Avenue, Versailles, KY 40383, or to a favorite charity.



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