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April 6, 2006



   Matthew Joseph Amato Jr., 85, of Lexington, husband of Margaret A. Sallee Amato, died Monday, April 3, 2006, at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center of complications of Alzheimer's Disease.

Born Feb. 9, 1921, in Lexington, he was the son of the late Matthew Sr. and Kathleen Fitzpatrick Amato. He was a graduate of Lexington Latin School, attended the University of Kentucky, and was a graduate of the University of Hawaii. He was a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was stationed in Hawaii. From 1956 to 1988, he was employed by the Kentucky Department of Highways, Comprehensive Care, Inc., River Region Services, and the Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources, where he retired in 1988 as executive director of personnel. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church since 1951. He was a former 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Barbershop Quartet.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Carol Mills, Peggy Powell, Matthew J. Amato III, and Kathleen Fox, all of Lexington, Mary Lou Buckley, Midway, Janet Johnson, Georgetown, and Patrick Amato, Canton, Ga.; 15 grandchildren, Megan Powell, Annie Powell Sevilla, Neal Banta, Lauren Fox, Ryan Fox, Kate Fox, Erica Johnson Eaves, Tommy Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Christopher Amato, Allison Amato, Glenn Long, Marianne Long, Tyler Buckley and Molly Buckley; two great-grandsons, Michael Fox and Gibson Eaves; two sisters, Mary Ellen Amato and Louise Amato Jones; two brothers, Louis J. Amato and James G. Amato; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Five sisters, Vincena Amato, JoAnn Amato McKinney, Elisabeth Forman Rives, Kathleen Forman Warren, and Justina Forman Modica; and a brother, William Forman, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 7, at Cathedral of Christ the King by Fr. Larry Hehman. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Casket bearers will be his grandsons, Ryan Fox, Tommy Johnson, Christopher Amato, and Tyler Buckley; and his nephews, Greg Jones, David Amato, and Stephen Amato. Honorary bearers will be Tony Modica, Joe Warren, Bobby Warren, and Louis Rives. Visitation will be today, Thursday, April 6, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street.

Contributions may be made to Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, 100 Veterans Drive, Wilmore, KY 40390, or the Alzheimer's Association, 836 East Euclid Avenue, Suite 322, Lexington, KY 40502.



   Charles Thomas Beasley Jr., 76, of Lawrenceburg, widower of Margaret Alford Beasley, died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born March 28, 1930, hw was the son of the late Elizabeth Adams and Charles Thomas Beasley Sr. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and was an electrical foreman for Brown & Williamson for 37 years. He was a graduate of Kavanaugh High School.

Survivors include a brother, Donald Beasley, Lawrenceburg; a sister, Judy Wilson, Versailles; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews. A brother, Bobby Beasley, is deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, April 2, at Gash Memorial Chapel by Bro. Glenn Corn. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.



   Elbert E. “Gene” Clark, 78, of Lexington, widower of Dorothy Clark of Versailles, died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at St. Joseph Hospital following a short illness.   

He was retired from Island Creek Coal Company after 34 years of service. He was a 1945 graduate of Huntington High School and a 1953 graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.    He served in the U. S. Navy on the U.S.S. Valley Forge from 1945 to 1949.    A former president of the American Management Society from 1967-1968, he worked with the Campfire Girls and served the Huntington City Council as treasurer.    He was active in the First Presbyterian Church, Huntington, and served as a church deacon and Sunday school treasurer.   

Survivors include a brother, Donald Clark, Erie, Pa.; four children, Timothy Clark, Carrollton, Rebecca Kepner, Wilmington, N.C., Martha McNaghten, Lawrenceburg, and Andrew Clark, Germany; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.   

Services were conducted Friday, March 31, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Susan Warren.   Interment was in the Pisgah Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

Donations are requested to the God’s Pantry Food Bank, Lexington, or the Marshall University Alumni Association, Huntington, W.Va.

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   Joseph Richard Garnett, 65, of Lexington, died Sunday, April 2, 2006, at his residence.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late John Richard and Ora Elizabeth Garnett. He was a retired systems analyst at the Bluegrass Army Depot and a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, where he served as secretary and as a lay minister.

Survivors include two sons, Sean Foster Garnett, Versailles, and Ronald Edward Garnett, Lexington; and three grandchildren, Shannon, Sarah, and Matthew Garnett.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 5, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, by the Rev. Benjamin Hahn. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

Contributions are suggested to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1881 Eastland Parkway, Lexington, KY 40505.



   Earl Jackson Hilton, 68, of Lexington, husband of Carol Ann Luster Hilton, died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of the late Charles Albert and Mary Katherine Stewart Hilton. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a manager for UK stores purchasing. He was a past master of the Buford Lodge #494 F&AM in Midway.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Dawn Marie Hilton Reed, Versailles; a son, Brian Earl Hilton, Versailles; three stepchildren, Robert Gene Blankenship, Winchester, James Lee Blankenship, Prestonsburg, and Tammy Angeline Gibson, Lexington; three grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and two brothers, Charles Albert Hilton Jr., and Lowell Thomas Hilton, both of Versailles.

Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by Minister Ronnie Hupp. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Donnie Hilton, Tommy Hilton, Ernie McMurray, Adam McMurray, Edward Wallace, Dennis Cammack, Robert Weldo, and Steve Johnson. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today, Thursday, April 6, with a Masonic service at 6:30 p.m.



   Mary K. Long Hockensmith, 82, of Frankfort, widow of Frank Hockensmith, died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late William and Jeanette Long. She was a homemaker and a member of the North fork Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, David W. Hockensmith and Frankie A. Hockensmith, both of Frankfort; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Eight sisters and two brothers are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 4, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Jay Stratton. Burial was in the Switzer Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tom Butler, Roger Crittenden, Wayne Allan Hockensmith, Tommy Hughes, Steve Cunningham, and John Clements. Honorary bearers were Matthew Hockensmith, Jennifer Chagolla, Ramon Chagolla, Mackenzie Chagolla, Herman Neace, and Wayne Lewis.



   Bertram "Bert" Ray Horine Sr., 78, of Lexington, husband of Mary McConathy Horine, died Sunday, April 2, 2006, at Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Louisville, he was the son of the late Roy Raymond and Louise Hofstatter Horine. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Air Force and Army. He was a graduate of the University of Louisville, a member of Southern Hills United Methodist Church, the Bluegrass Sportsman League, and was a "proud Republican."

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Bert R. Horine Jr., Lexington, Janet Park Huffman, Versailles, and Bill Horine, Lexington; four grandchildren, Derek and Daniel Huffman, Heather Horine, and Kelli Horine; a sister, Emma Jean Bell; three stepchildren, Bryan McConathy, Melanie Gross, and Gayle Miller; and five step-grandchildren, Caleb Gross, Abigail Gross, Rebecca Gross, Ryan Miller, and Ian McConathy. His first wife, Betty Jo Park Horine; a brother, Elwyn Horine; and a stepson, Philip McConathy, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, April 5, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. Clyde David Burberry, Dr. George A. Strunk and Pastor Tim Turner. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40504, or the American Lung Association, 1636 Nicholasville Road, Suite 1, Lexington, KY 40503.



   Daisy M. Mason, 92, of Versailles, died Thursday, March 30, 2006.

Born in Woodford County, she was a retired homemaker and a longtime member and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of Versailles.

Survivors include a daughter, Geneva Moore, Lexington; nine grandchildren, Kenneth E. Moore, Thomas Blackford, Priscilla Blackford, and Wayne Moore, all of Frankfort, the Rev. Larry Blackford, Richard Blackford, and Rita Blackford, all of Versailles, and Linda Blackford and Tilijuana Blackford, both of Atlanta, Ga.; and numerous great-grandchildren. A daughter, Ethel Blackford, and a son, Henry Lee Chisley, a sister, Addie Mitchell; and two brothers, Taft and Henry Mitchell, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 3, at the First Baptist Church by the Rev. Floyd Greene, with a eulogy by the Rev. Larry Blackford. Interment was in the Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers were Kenneth Winkfield, Jimmy Gay, Brett Jones, Ed Stepp, Andrew Darwin, Glenn Wilson, and George Jones. Honorary bearers were the deacons and trustees of the First Baptist Church. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church Sunday school.

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   H. Patricia Smith, 76, of Frankfort, died Friday, March 31, 2006, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.

A native of of Wilkes Barre, Pa., she was the daughter of Hugh Patrick and Anna Butler Harron. She has been a resident of Eastern Kentucky for the past 20 years. She was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Salyersville.

Survivors include seven children, Eileen Recktenwald, Lawrenceburg, Marlene Smith, Front Royal, Va., Hugh Patrick Smith, Winchester, Va., Katie Isaac, Versailles, Keevin P. Smith, Silver Spring, Md., Shannon Smith, Knoxville, Md., and Sean Francis Smith, Boonville, N.C.; 18 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A son, R. Donald Smith Jr., and a granddaughter, Katherine Dawn Smith, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 3, at Leo P. Lehman Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery.

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   Russell L. VanHoose, 60, of Versailles, husband of Stephanie Snider VanHoose died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at the home of his father in Dayton, Ohio.

Born Aug. 4, 1945, in Paintsville, he was the son of Don and Belle (Long) VanHoose. He was a graduate of Carlisle High School class of 1963 and was on the school basketball team. He was a veteran, served as a fireman in arson investigations, and was an avid fisherman, golfer, and traveler. He retired from General Motors in 1998, working from the engine plant in quality control.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Matthew VanHoose, Waynesville, Ohio, and Jason VanHoose, Beavercreek, Ohio; a daughter, Amy Nemeth, Sugar Grove, Ohio; two sisters, Sue VanHoose, Dayton, Ohio, and Wilma Faerber, Davis, Ill.; six grandchildren, Austin, Quentin, Emily, and Carson VanHoose, and Lauren and Nathan Nemeth; his wife’s children, Shannon Jackson, Heather Bays, and Adam and Jerry Creech; and three grandchildren, Conner Jackson, and Alex and Noah Creech.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 1, at Anderson Funeral Home, Springboro, Ohio. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Hospice.

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