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April 5, 2007


William F. Lilley, 70, of Sadieville, widower of Betty J. Lilley, died Saturday, March 31, 2007, at his residence.
Born March 3, 1937 in Connellsville, Pa., he was the son of the late Walter and Eloneer Conners Lilley. He was a 20-year retired U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War, and was a retired Link Belt employee.
Survivors include three sons, Jackie Wayne Powers, Sadieville, John Lilley, Lexington, and Luther Lilley, Georgetown; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were conducted Tuesday, April 3, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles, by the Rev. Sam Harris. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County. Casket bearers were Lee Bailey, Robert Bass, Luther Lilley Jr., Donald Covington, Shannon Mattingly, and Shane Eckler.
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Joel Riddle, 89, of Midway, and formerly of Mayfield, husband of Mary Elizabeth Bridges Riddle, died Sunday April 1, 2007, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center following a long illness.
Born Feb. 16, 1918, in Carlisle County, he was the son of the late John and Essie Rowland Riddle. He was a mechanic and worked in construction for many years and finally retired from Tackett Lamp & Shade. He was a member of the Northside Baptist Church in Mayfield and was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Carolyn Lee Rodgers, Midway, Louis Edward Riddle, Frankfort, and Mary Jean Frizzell, Hartford; six grandchildren, Stacy Gordon, Tosha Hargus, Joel Craig, Caleb Riddle, Charity Frizzell, and Eden Chipman; 10 great-grandchildren, Kelsey Hogue, Collin Hargus, MacKenzie Gordon, Sydney Craig, James Hargus, Evan Hargus, Riley Gordon, Austin Gordon, Noah Chipman, and Phoenix Craig; and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers, George and Lyndon; and a sister, Erma Bugg, are deceased.
Services were conducted Wednesday April 4, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Pastor Gary Frizzell. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Joel Craig, Caleb Riddle, Tommy Frizzell, Todd Hargus, Robin Gordon, and Doug Chipman.
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Jessie Louise Shelton, 71, of Lexington, died Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at the St. Joseph Hospital.
Born in Nicholasville, she was the daughter of the late Elbert and Elizabeth May. She was a retired beautician and a member of New Beginnings Apostolic Church.
Survivors include a sister, Linda Langfels, Versailles; a brother, Luther A. May, Lexington; two nieces, Patty Stafford and Tammy Keitz; a nephew, Scottie Langfels; and four great-nieces and great-nephews.
Services were conducted Saturday, March 31, at New Beginnings Apostolic Church. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions are suggested to New Beginnings Apostolic Church, 1528 Glover Avenue, Lexington, KY 40504.

Gertie M. Walton, 69, of 224 Douglas Avenue, wife of Robert Walton, died Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at her home.
Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late J. B. and Jane Ella Manley Sutherland. She was retired with 35 years of service at Woodford Memorial Hospital, where she worked in the cafeteria.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Sandra Sutherland, Versailles; a brother, Kenneth Sutherland, Versailles; four grandchildren, Melissa Garcia, Lexington, Rebecca Lathrem, Renee Workman, and Coty Sumpter, all of Versailles; six stepchildren, Chris, Scott, Marvin, Brian, and Paula Walton, all of Indiana, and Debbie Walton, Colorado; and numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Lula Hellard and Lois Sutherland; and two brothers, John and Bill Sutherland, are deceased.
Services were conducted Saturday, March 31, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Hospice Chaplain Rick McClung. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Brian Walton, Chris Walton, Scott Walton, Marvin Walton, Leonard Lathrem, Coty Sumpter, and Bobby Lee Sutherland. Honorary bearers were Lewis Carol, Renee Workman, Hilario Perez, and Elias Orantez.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.
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Albert N. Ward, 92, of Springfield, husband of Mayme Lee Hays Ward, died Monday, April 2, 2007, at the St. Joseph Hospital Hospice Unit in Lexington.
Born March 1, 1915, in Washington County, he was the son of the late Richard N. Ward Sr. and Sarah Susan Hatchett Ward. He was a retired burley tobacco and cattle farmer. He was a member of the Springfield Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for several years, and more recently he attended Anchor Baptist Church in Lexington. He was an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan and kept up with the University of Louisville Cardinals.
In addition to his wife of 73 years, he is survived by two sons, Robert C. Ward and Thomas G. Ward, both of Lexington; two daughters, Betty W. Clarkson and Barbara W. Harmon, both of Lexington; 13 grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, Deborah W. Rushton, Indianapolis, Ind., Dwight N. Ward, Mobile, Ala., Cynthia W. Council, Chapel Hill, N.C., T. Gerald Ward, Lexington, D. Christopher Ward, Appleton, Wis., Julia W. Myron, Fairfield, Ohio, Jennifer C. Fitch, Lexington, Mary C. Piper, Lexington, Michael T. Clarkson, Lexington, Troy M. Harmon, Philadelphia, Pa., T. Todd Harmon, Dry Ridge, Tammy H. Taylor, Versailles, R. Trent Harmon, Denver, Colo., J. Andrew Newton, Lexington, and Keith C. Newton, Orlando, Fla.; 29 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dick Ward Jr., Springfield; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, April 5, at Springfield Baptist Church by the Rev. Paul Sisk and the Rev. Bland Mason. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Casket bearers will be his grandsons, Dwight Ward, Gerald Ward, Chris Ward, Michael Clarkson, Troy Harmon, Todd Harmon, and Trent Harmon. Honorary bearers will be Glenn Devine, John Edward Keeling, Leo Keeling, Buddy O’Bryan, Harvey Arnold, Lee Parrott, Rick Ward, Jimmie Ward, Bill Sutton, Bobby Hodgens, John Parker Wharton, Johnnie Hardin, Jimmie Hatchett, and Kenny Hays. Carey & Son Funeral Home, Springfield, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Anchor Baptist Church, 3601 Winthrop Drive, Lexington, KY 40513, Broadway Baptist Church, 2500 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY 40503, or Immanuel Baptist Church, 3100 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, KY 40502.

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