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April 29, 2010



John Martin "Marty" Bowman II, 57, of Versailles, died Friday, April 23, 2010, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Friday, April 23.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of John M. Sr. and Patricia Shearer Bowman. He was a mechanic.

Survivors include three sons, Matt (Michelle) Bowman, Kettering, Ohio, Luke (Kim) Bowman, Dayton, Ohio, and Michael (Amber) Bowman, New Lebanon, Ohio; a stepdaughter, Stephanie (Ryan) Sirois, Lexington; two sisters, Shirley (Freddie) Bond, Versailles, and Jerri Bowman, Smiths Grove; and seven grandchildren. A grandson, Dylan Bowman, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 27, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Kenny Robinson and the Rev. Ken Lyle. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Kelly Bowman, Larry Bowman, Gene Roberts, Jerry Roberts, Tim Robinson, and Denny Riddle.

Memorials are suggested to Gideons International.

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Gregory Coffey, 57, of Lexington, died Monday, April 19, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center Hospital.

A native of Lexington, he was the son of Katherine A. Coffey and the late Roy F. Coffey Sr. He spent most of his life in New York.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by six brothers, Roy Jr. (Val), New York, the Rev. Richard (Dorothy), Orange Park, Fla., Gary (Kim), Versailles, and Thomas, Donnie (Donna) and Keith (Rosie) Coffey, both of Lexington; four sisters, Pam (Michael) Carter, Smyrna, Ga., Janice Coffey, Orange Park, Fla., and Kathleen and Teresa Coffey, both of Lexington; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special cousins Beverly Carter and Larry Burbridge.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 24, at the First Baptist Church, Bracktown, by the Rev. Richard Coffey and Pastor C.B. Akins. O. L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.



Pamela Louise Cooper, 51, of Versailles, died Friday, April 23, 2010.

Born on Jan. 20, 1959, in Morehead, she was the daughter of Blain and June Cooper. She attended Midway College following high school in pursuant of a nursing degree. She was involved in a car accident in July of 1978 and sustained severe head injuries and was unable to pursue her life’s goals. She was a born again Christian.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Jeff Cooper (Debbie); a sister, Regina Fish (Carl); five nieces and nephews, David Thomas, Belinda Adams, Jessica Adams, Amy Thomas, and Nathan Cooper (Rebecca); four great-nephews and nieces, James and Jaylan Washington, Jordan Adams, and Addison Cooper. A sister, Vicki Thomas, and a niece, Amanda Cooper, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 27, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Donald W. Evans, 72, of Versailles, widower of Ada Sidwell Evans, died Tuesday, April 27, 2010.

Born April 23, 1938, in Horse Cave, he was the son of the late Marie Jones McDonald and Don Evans. He was a retired employee of Kentucky Utilities. He was also a former volunteer firefighter for the City of Versailles and a former Little League coach.

Survivors include a son, Cole (Tiffany) Evans, Versailles; a brother, Eric (Pam) Evans, Louisville; and two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Caleb Evans.

Memorial services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, April 29, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Scott Logdon. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. today until time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Woodford Christian School.

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Joyce Emma Laughrey Holland, 81, widow of Robert Ward Holland, died Friday, April 23, 2010, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles.

Born Dec. 25, 1928, in Conneaut, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Fanny Laughrey and was raised in Erie, Pa. She was a long-time employee of Pioneer Press Newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. She enjoyed music, poetry, and gardening, was a member of the Order of the Daughters of the King at Good Shepherd Church, a master gardener, and a member of the DAR for over 50 years.

Survivors include two children, Ward (Lynne) Holland, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Christina (Mark) Simpson, Lexington; and four grandchildren Andrew and Carolyn Holland and Theodore and Emma Simpson. A sister, Eveleanor, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 27, at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Lexington.

Contributions are suggested to the Tamassee DAR School, P.O. Box 8, Tamassee, SC 29686.



Bonnie R. Moore, 90, of Versailles, widow of Herbert Moore, died Sunday, April 25, 2010.

Born Oct. 23, 1919, in Jellico, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Drew and Mattie Moore Roberts. She was retired from Standard Products.

Survivors include a son, Joe B. Hale, Versailles; a sister, Myrtle Ford, Michigan; a granddaughter, Sandra K. Hale Lippert, Versailles; three great-grandchildren, Tiffany Elaine Lippert Qualls, Jacob Alexander Lippert, and Maxton Chandler Lippert; and a great-great-granddaughter, Callie Jo Qualls.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, April 29, at Sunset Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Doug Simpson.

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Gladys L. Robinson, 93, of Versailles, widow of Emmett Robinson died Friday, April 23, 2010.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Lula Brophy Robinson. She retired from Texas Instruments, was a member of the Woodford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered in the gift shop. She made her home in Versailles for many years and was also a member of Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sisters, Jo Anne (Logan) Finnell, Lexington, Martha Davis, LaGrange, Betty Nash, Texas; and Allie (William) Gotherman, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. A sister, Marian Eldridge, and two brothers, Roy and Ernest Robinson, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 27, at Clark Legacy Center in Brannon Crossing, Nicholasville, by the Rev. David Smith. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens.

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Linda Gayle Robinson, 55, of Versailles, died Tuesday, April 27, 2010, from injuries sustained in a fall.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Willie Dee Sr. and Annetta Bowman Robinson. She was a member of Southland Christian Church, was employed by Macy’s Department Store, and was a member of the Family Selection Committee for the Lexington Habitat for Humanity. She had been a residential building contractor for many years.

Survivors include a daughter, Leah Tenorio, Lexington; two sons, Lucas Tenorio and Nicholas Tenorio, both of Lexington; two sisters, Louise (Tommy) Robertson, Midway, and Milta (Marlin) Lanham, Versailles; and two brothers, Donald (Martha) Bowman and Michael (Christine) Robinson, both of Versailles.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

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Janice Elaine Sasser Osborne, 73 departed this life in the loving comfort of her family to live in all eternity with our Lord on the evening of April 24, 2010. Janice is survived by her beloved husband, Happy Osborne of Georgetown, Ky.; her children, Happy Jr. and his wife, Bobbi, of Georgetown, Ky.; John and his wife, Caroline, of Washington, D.C.; and Jill and her husband, Eric Edwards, of London, Ky.; and her grandchildren; Madison, Meryn, Eric Gray, Alex, Cole and Lila. Her surviving family also include a brother, Dr. Gerald Sasser, Louisville; two sisters, Carole Sasser, Lexington and Ruth Sasser Dillon, Montgomery, Ohio; her nieces and nephews, Laura Sasser Netherton, Teresa Sasser Wethington, Dr. Robert Sasser, Mark Sasser, Jerry Sasser, and Dr. Douglas Dillon; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Janice is predeceased by two brothers, Marshal Sasser Jr. and Harold Glenn Sasser, and two sisters, Veda Joyce Sasser Powell and Ruby Sasser Riddle.

Born in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late Marshall and Esther Lewis Sasser. She spent her early years in Liberty and graduated from Georgetown College (where she fell in love with and married Happy). She taught school in Falmouth, Gallatin County, Pine Knot, Bell County, Williamstown, Woodford County, Lynch, Evarts and in Marion County, where she retired from teaching for more than 35 years. A Celebration of Janice’s life will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown, Ky., conducted by the Rev. Thomas Sweat. Visitation begins at 1:30 p.m. and the service begins at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Janice and Happy Osborne Scholarship Fund, c/o John Osborne 3454 Newark Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20016. Johnson’s Funeral Home, Georgetown, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Mary Ruth Reed Smith, 76, of Nicholasville, widow of William Porter "Billy" Smith, died Sunday, April 25, 2010.

She was a member of the Pax Christi Catholic Church and Right to Life of Central Kentucky and was a former employee of Rand McNally.

Survivors include five children, Diana (Ramon) Maldonado, Paula and Nancy Smith, all of Lexington, Danny P. (Barbara) Smith, Nicholasville, and Arnold C. (Denise) Smith, Richmond; seven grandsons; five granddaughters; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond L. Reed; and a sister, Ann Issac. A grandson and a great-grandson are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 30, at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Lexington. Burial will follow in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today, Thursday, April 29, at Betts & West Funeral Home, Nicholasville, with a prayer service to be held at 8:30 p.m.

Donations are suggested to Right to Life of Central Kentucky, 1600 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY, 40503.

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Davis Watts, 65, of Zephyrhills, Florida, formerly of Versailles, passed away April 22, 2010, after a courageous battle with Leukemia. Davis was born October 23, 1944, to Frances A. and the late Harvey S. Watts Jr. He was a 1963 graduate of Versailles High School, where he was a member of the 1962 Versailles High School state Champions football team. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and went on to serve as an Army Captain in the Vietnam War, receiving both the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star. Davis retired from Tenet Healthcare, where he served as the Vice President of finance. He was also employed by PNC Bank, Pittsburgh, Pa., where he was Vice President. Davis had a passion for travel that took him to 73 countries and all of the continents. In addition to travel, he enjoyed golf, playing cards, and reading.

He is survived by his wife, Lonna Forbes Watts; 5 children, Davis Watts, Elizabeth Colon, Brian Watts, Michelle Forbes, and Glen Forbes Jr.; 10 grandchildren, Madelyn Watts, Ethan Watts, Anthony Colon, Alexander Colon, Chloe Watts, Ian Sisk, Zachariah Bates, Seth Bates, Glen Forbes III, and Conner Forbes; his mother, Frances A. Watts; a sister, Kaye (Ken) Ward; a brother, Irv (Mary) Watts; an aunt, Katherine (Harold) Wallace; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father, Harvey S. Watts Jr.

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