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April 24, 2008



Howard Turner Asher, 83, of Versailles, husband of Dorothy Lane Asher, died Wednesday, April 16, 2008. He was born December 7, 1924, in Pineville, KY to the late Howard B. and Bette Turner Asher. Besides his wife, Mr. Asher is survived by two daughters, Pat Asher (Russell) Foley and Judy Asher-Conners, both of Versailles; one son, Michael (Cathy) Asher of Lexington, one sister, Sandra Williams-Gustafson of Orlando, Florida; six grandchildren, Rebecca Jackson (Jermaine), Michelle Irvin (Jason), Austin Asher, Joshua Asher, Drew Conners, all of Lexington, and Adam Asher Conners of Cincinnati; three great-grandchildren, Caleb Joy, Isaiah Joy, and Cameron Irvin. He was preceded in death by his daughter Sandra O’Hara Asher.

Mr. Asher served with the U.S. Army in World War II as a corporal and fought in the European Theater Battle of the Bulge. He received an honorable discharge in 1946. He was also an employee of Ky. Utilities, as a superintendent of Tyrone Power Plant, for 34 years until his retirement in 1982. He enjoyed an early retirement with his family and grandchildren and spent time touring the U.S. and Canada on his motorcycle.

To honor Mr. Asher’s request, there will only be a private family ceremony. Clark Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Contributions may be made in his name to Alzheimer’s Research Center at UK, 800 South Limestone St. Lexington, Kentucky 40536.

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Kenneth Elwood Blackwell Sr., 76, of Frankfort, died Friday, April 18, 2008.

Born in Frankfort, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Edith L. Shearer Blackwell. He served with the U.S. Navy until 1948 and with the U.S. Army until his retirement in 1991 as a CW-4. He had also been an employee of AT&T Telephone Company and Kentucky state government. He was a member of Thornhill Baptist Church, American Legion Post #7, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and the Capital City Shine Club.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth E. (Angie) Blackwell Jr. and Jeffrey A. (Melissa) Blackwell, both of Frankfort; a daughter, Deborah Stephens, Lexington; his fiancée, Brenda Starr; two sisters, Beulah (Clarence) Gunther and Regina Robinson, both of Frankfort; and seven grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 22, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Billy Perkins. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Andrew Stephens, Michael Mahoney, Benny Robinson, Tony Brown, Jack Sapp, and Robert Baker. Honorary bearers were his grandchildren, Jacob Blackwell, Taylor Blackwell, Sarah Blackwell, Rebecca Blackwell, and Rachel Blackwell.

Contributions may be made to the Suzanne Elam Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Thornhill Baptist Church, 1142 Holmes Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.



Mary Leila Goddard, 84, of Frankfort, died Tuesday, April 22, 2008.

The daughter of the late Thomas E. and Florence Shackleton Tucker, she was a retired state government employee.

Survivors include four sons, Jerry Stumler and Lane Stumler, New Albany, Ind., and Mike Goddard and Tom Goddard, Frankfort.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m today, Thursday, April 24, at Sunset Memorial Gardens by Jerry Stumler. Casket bearers will be Sean Goddard, Taylor Goddard, Evan Goddard, Zach Goddard, and Andrew Goddard. Clark Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Franklin County Home Health and Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Lawton Hall, formerly of Midway, husband of Brenda Sullivan Hall, died Monday, April 7, 2008, at his home in Winchester.

A native of Cobb Hill, he was the son of Annie Ellen Gillespie Hall and the late Allie Hall. He was a retired plumber and a member of the Franklin Avenue Church of the Living God in Winchester.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, the Rev. Thomas L. Hall, Dennis G. Hall, and Erik S. Hall, all of Winchester; three daughters, Lisa Diane Foley, Midway, Sharon L. Hellard, Winchester, and Shelley M. Hibbard, Lexington; nine grandchildren, Matthew, Meagan, Lawton R.J., Larz Jacob, Shelby, Allie, Mason, Emmi and Kiana; a great-granddaughter, Keeley Hall, three brothers, Omer Clay Hall, Stanton, Allie Hall Jr., and Willam Raymond Hall, Cobb Hill; and two sisters, Cynthia J. Hollon, Lexington, and Alice L. Estes, Cobb Hill. A brother, Price Hall, is deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, April 10, at the Franklin Avenue Church of the Living God in Winchester. Burial was private.

Contributions can be made Hospice East, 407 Shoppers Drive, Winchester, KY 40391.

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Guessie Noel Kearns, 93, widow of Leslie G. Kearns, died Sunday, April 20, 2008, in North Carolina.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mattie Noel.

Survivors include two daughters, Connie (Finley) Wills, Lexington, and Gloria Wanita Barbour, Wadesboro, N.C.; two grandchildren, Gina (Joe) Turner, Lexington, and Eric Barbour, Wadesboro, N.C.; and four great - grandchildren. Her first husband, Howard Scott, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, April 24, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street. Burial will be in Athens Cemetery.



Taylor G. Moore Jr., 78, of Lexington, husband of Peggy Mixon Moore, died Tuesday, April 15, 2008, in Boynton Beach, Fla.

A resident of Nicholasville and Monticello, he served four years in the 11th Airborne Division. He was former owner of Kays Drug Store, Monticello and served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church, Monticello. He was a 50-year member of Charles H. McKenney Lodge and the Scottish Rite, and was a member of Anchor Baptist Church in Lexington.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by two sons, Taylor G. Moore III, Versailles, and David Moore, Georgetown; a daughter, Sharon Bertram (Charles), Lexington; a grandson, Michael Bertram, Lexington; a sister, Helen M. Scruggs (James L.), Knoxville, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were conducted Sunday, April 20, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Knoxville, Tenn. A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the First Baptist Church, Monticello.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oneida Baptist Institute, P.O. Box 67, Oneida, KY 40972-0067, or the First Baptist Church, 2124 E. Highway 90, Monticello, KY 42633.

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Louise B. Newby, 92, of Versailles, widow of Delbert Newby, died Friday, April 18, 2008, at her residence.

Born May 28, 1915, in Hart County, she was the daughter of the late R.H. and Anna Crump Baumgardner. She was a member of the Mt. Edwin Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Martha Holt Newby, Versailles; a sister, Aileen Newland, Louisville; three nephews; and a niece.

Graveside services were conducted Sunday, April 20, at the Versailles Cemetery by Gilbert Sargent and Ronn Pelfrey. Casket bearers were William Morgan Downey Jr., Shawn Downey, David Downey, Donald Newland, David Baumgardner, and Wade Patterson. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Edwin Methodist Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Alyce C. Robinson, 63, of Johnson City, Tenn., died Thursday,, April 17, 2008, in Durham, N.C. due to complications from lung cancer.

Born May 4, 1944, in Versailles, she was the daughter of Russell Kelly, Lexington, and the late Ruth Kelly. She graduated from Henry Clay High School in Lexington and received her bachelor’s degree in nursing home administration from Southern College in Collegedale, Tenn. Her career in nursing home administration took her to Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina and Tennessee, where she retired. She was a lifelong member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. She was a leader in the Children’s Sabbath School, church board and singles ministry. She was a Rotarian, a Kentucky Colonel, and member of the Business & Professional Women’s Club. She was a volunteer with Contact Ministries for many years, as well as with animal shelters, hospice, Duke University Hospital and the Red Cross. She enjoyed traveling, especially in National Parks.

In addition to her father, she is survived by two daughters, Julie (Hai) Quan, Durham, N.C., and Elizabeth Ferguson, Fayetteville, N.C.; a grandson, William, Durham, N.C.; a brother, Ronald Kelly, Johnson City, Tenn.; an aunt, Dorothy Botkin, Nicholasville; and many cousins.

Services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Lexington Seventh Day Adventist Church, 980 Lane Allen Road, Lexington, KY 40504.



Romie Otis Russell, 67, of Versailles, husband of Lou Hall, died Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Condit Blue and Alice Johnson Russell. He was a retired construction worker, and a Baptist.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Cindy Stephens, Nicholasville, and Patty Lovings, Richmond; two sons, Joey Russell, Nicholasville, and Tim Russell, Versailles; two stepdaughters, Donna Martin and May Belle Blevins; two stepsons, Doug Martin and Ray Martin; four sisters, Phyllis Turner, Burgin, Helen Turner, Wilmore, Mary Allen Drury, Harrodsburg, and Wanda Christine Watkins, Versailles; six brothers, Billy Russell, Leonard Russell, and Ronnie Russell, all of Wilmore, Roy Russell, Nonesuch, Robert Russell and Freddy Russell, Nicholasville; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; and numerous step-great-grandchildren. A brother, Wallace Russell; a stepson, David Martin; and a step-grandson, Timmy Blevins, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Nonesuch Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Cecil Francis, Timmy Russell, Mark Russell, Chris Russell, Brian Stephens, and Michael Martin. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, April 24, at the funeral home.

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Leona Sanders, 89, of Millville, widow of Ezra Sanders, died Wednesday, April 16, 2008.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Polly Jett Barnes. She had been an employee at National Distillers.

Survivors include two sons, Ross (Sue) Sanders and Brit Sanders; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; A sister, Clarabelle (Virgil) Matthews, Versailles; and a brother, Willie Lorraine (Alvah) Barnes, Frankfort. A son, Dean Sanders, and six siblings, Myrtle Barnett, John Harrison Barnes, Russell Edward Barnes, Dora Dean Bowman, Bessie Mae Wineinger, and Janie Jerrell, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 19, at Sunset Memorial Gardens Chapel by the Rev. Wallace Kent. Clark Funeral Home, Frankfort, was in charge of the arrangements.

Donations may be made to The Gideons International Memorial Bible Program, P.O. Box 196, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Donald L. Sidebottom, 70, husband of Carol Hildebrand Sidebottom, died Saturday, April 19, 2008, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Louisville, he was the son of the late Louis and Mary Viola Gardner Sidebottom. Following retirement from the bread and bakery industry, he moved to Versailles from Hudson, Ohio, where he had lived for 31 years. He was a member of the Hudson United Church of Christ and had been attending the Versailles Presbyterian Church, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Nancy C. (Jeffery) Isaack, Cincinnati, Ohio; three sons, Craig L. Sidebottom, Ravenna, Ohio, Jeff L. (Marci) Sidebottom, Lexington, and Neil B. Sidebottom, Avon, Ohio; a brother, Wayne (Barbara) Sidebottom, Monument, Colo.; two grandchildren, Ellee Sidebottom and Brad Beard; and a great-granddaughter, Abby Ann Beard.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 23, at the Versailles Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Melissa Sevier and the Rev. H. Richard Bucey. Casket bearers were Craig Sidebottom, Neil Sidebottom, Jeff Sidebottom, Wayne Sidebottom, Jeff Issack, and Brad Beard. Entombment was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Louisville.

Memorials are suggested to the Hudson Congregational Church, Parsons Purse, 47 Aurora Rd., Hudson, OH 44236.

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