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April 29, 2004



Joseph Daniel "Dan" Chandler, 70, of Camden Avenue, Versailles, died Tuesday , April 27, 2004, at his residence of congestive heart failure.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of the late Albert Benjamin "Happy" and Mildred Watkins Chandler. A well-known cason executive in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, he was graduate of the University of Kentucky and member of K.A. fraternity, St. John's Episcopal Church, Del Mar Country Club, a member of the 1953 national championship basketball team under Coach Adolph Rupp, and served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by a daughter, Erin Chandler Gilboy, Los Angeles, Calif.; a daughter, Happy McGinnis, Florida; a brother, Albert Benjamin Chandler Jr., Versailles; two sisters, Marcella Miller, Wilson, N.C., and Mimi C. Lewis, Versailles; a grandchild, Tanner McGinnis; a number of nieces and nephews; and former wife, Lynne Chandler Knipping, Southern Pines, N.C. A son, Joseph Daniel "Chan" Chandler Jr., is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, April 30, 2004, at St. John's Episcopal Church by the Rev. Alan Sutherland and the Rev. Philip Haug. Burial was in Pisgah Cemetery. Casket bearers were Richard P. Crane, George Davis Sr., George Davis Jr., Jim Gray, Joe Markham, Jeff Moffett, Leonard K. Nave, Mike Pegram, Rick Pitino, Brent Rice, Fred Siegelman, and Talbott Todd. Honorary bearers were Haywood Alves, Dan Ayala Sr., Voss Boreta, Kent Donathan, Bradley Bryant, Earl Bryant, Glen Frey, Curtis Green, Bryan Greenspan, Larry Ivy, Jim Masters, Joel Stevenson and Humzey Yessin. W.R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway was in charge of arrangements.



Laurence O. Blevins, 95, of Fox Chase Court, husband of Donna I. Blevins, died Thursday, April 22, 2004, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

A prominent Woodford County farmer, he was born in Montgomery County and was the son of the late Arthur McCorkle and Ollie Fogg Blevins. He was a longtime member of the First Christian Church of Versailles, where he had been honored as an elder emeritus. He was a Master Conservationist and a founding member of the Soil Conservation Service in Woodford County. He was a charter member of the Versailles Kiwanis Club, a former member of the Versailles Rotary Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Bettye Anne Williams, Versailles, and Patsy Blevins, Frankfort; five grandchildren, Pamela Anne Butler, Marcus Patton Williams, Laurence Kent Williams, all of Versailles, Brian Mitchell Downing, Frankfort, and David Hunter Downing, Texas; and 10 great grandchildren. His first wife, Nancy Mitchell Blevins, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 26, 2004, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Marcus Lynn. Interment was at the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Eddie Sellers, Will Butler, Marc Williams, Larry Williams, Brian Downing, and David Downing.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles First Christian Church, to Woodford Habitat for Humanity, or to a favorite charity.



Charley Hatton, 82, of Laval Heights, husband of Margaret L. Hatton, died Friday, April 23, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital.

A native of Lee County he was the son of the late Johnnie and Savannah Creech Hatton. He was a retired farmer, a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II, was a member of the American Legion Post #67, and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Susan Long; a grandson, Travis Long; a sister, Naomi Johnson; and a brother, Ray Hatton, all of Versailles. A sister, Ruby Underwood, and a brother, Noah Hatton, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 26, 2004, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Larry, Gary and Kenny Hatton, Gary Lynn, Robert Block, and Forest Whitledge.

Contributions are suggested to one's favorite charity.

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Mary Louise Jones Kelly, 85, of Lexington, wife of William E. Kelly, died Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at her home.

A native of Scott County, she was the daughter of the late Silas S. and Mattie Carrie Moore Jones. She was a homemaker and a member of the Great Crossings Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son Jimmie Lee Sargent, Sadieville; three daughters: Carolyn Hinton, Virginia Beach, Va., Patricia Lewis, Versailles, and Juanita Welch, Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. A grandson, Chris Sargent, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 24, 2004, at Johnsonís Funeral Home, Georgetown, by the Rev. Jeff Stanley. Burial was in the Crestlawn Cemetery. Casket bearers were Don C. Lewis III, Edward Lee Hinton Jr., Brian Keith Sargent, Darrell Sharp, Stevie and Chad Coffman and C. Paul Smith III. Honorary bearers were Ralph and Raymond Jones, Leroy Jones Jr., Joyce Mitchell, and Burnie and Evelyn Campbell.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Marjorie Jean Neal, 67, of Harrodsburg, died Tuesday, April 20, 2004, at Harrodsburg Health Care Center.

Born July 1, 1936, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Wilkins. She was a retired housekeeper at the Harrodsburg Health Care Center.

Survivors include a son, Charles Edward Neal, Lexington; two daughters, Nancy Huff, Lexington, and Tommie Gilvin, Salvisa; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, April 23, 2004, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel by Jack Geurin. Burial was in Springhill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Wesley Gilvin, Chad Gilvin, Dustin Keeling, Jason Devine, Matt Horn, and Josh Gilvin.

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Herbert "Troye" Owens Sr., 81, of Lexington, husband of Viola Whatley Owens, died Thursday, April 22, 2004, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington, after a lengthy illness.

Born March 15, 1923, in Pikeville, he was the son of the late Roxie and John Owens. He was trained as a "Buffalo Soldier" and received two Bronze Stars, a good conduct medal and a World War II victory medal. He served in both the European African Middle Eastern Theater and the Asiatic Pacific American Theater. He was a member of Historic Pleasant Green Baptist Church. He retired from the Citizen's Bank of Pikeville after 34 years of service.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Rosemary Owens, Lexington, Shelia Bland, Versailles, and the Rev. Herbert Troye Owens Jr., Lexington; four grandchildren, Keisha K., Louisville, Mychal William Troye Bland, Atlanta, Ga., Derek W. Band, Versailles, and Herbert "Troye" Owens III, Lexington; a sister, Hester Owens Layne, Pikeville; three special nieces, Hazel Armour, Wheelwright, Ina B. Rollins, Pikeville, and Helen Chinn, Indianapolis, Ind.; and numerous other nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Six sisters and four brothers, Kenis, Ada, Myrtle, Lydia, Annie, Amanda, Granville "Tack," George Franklin (Frank), John Jefferson "Dobbin," and William Toye Storye, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, Lexington, by Dr. T.H. Peoples Jr. Interment was at Bluegrass Memorial Garden. Arrangements by Smith & Smith Funeral Home, Lexington.

Contributions may be sent to the following: Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, Lexington Clinic Cancer Center, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, Lexington.

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Charlyn Rae Schuller, 63, of Lexington, wife of William M. "Bill" Schuller, died Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at her home.

Born July 28, 1940, in New Lenox, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Robert M. and Charlotte Gillette. She retired from Sears after 16 years of service. She was a member of Kingís Way Assembly of God Church, Versailles. She enjoyed camping, traveling, and cooking.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son William Bryce Schuller, Lexington; two grandchildren, Brenna Rose and William Luke, Lexington; a daughter, Kerri Dyan Jenkins, Somerset; a brother, Robert Gillette, Plantation, Fla.; two nieces, Melissa Gillette, Atlanta, Ga., and Shannon Wheeler; two nephews, Robert Gillette, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and John Sunny; two great nephews, Tanner and Blake, Lexington; a grand niece, Bailey; and a grand nephew Zachary, Lexington.

Services were conducted Friday, April 23, 2004, at W.R. Milward Mortuary - Southland by Pastor Joseph Girdler. Burial was at the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were John Sunny, Pete Wheeler, Rob Gillette, Steve Rehmel, Don Rehmel and Timothy Young.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.


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