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April 7, 2011



Dr. Paul R. Eggum, 76, of Lexington, husband of Deborah Wuerfel Eggum, died on Thursday, March 31, 2011.

Born May 2, 1934, in Harlan County, he was the son of the late Harry Laurence Eggum and Thelma Beatrice Pierce. He graduated from Benham High in 1952 as valedictorian. He was given the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship at the University of Kentucky from 1952 to 1956. At UK, he served as treasurer and president of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and was a member of honoraries Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. Upon graduation in l956, he was awarded the Sullivan Medallion at UK, presented yearly to the outstanding male and female graduate. At Northwestern University Medical School, he was awarded the James K. Stack Scholarship, graduated in l960, and then completed his internship and a three year residency in internal medicine at Northwestern’s Wesley Memorial Hospital. From l967 to 1968, as a captain in the U.S. Army, he served in the 67th Evacuation Hospital in Qui Nhon, Vietnam, and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. He specialized in internal and occupational medicine and practiced from 1964 to 1996 and was senior attending staff and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and Community Health and Preventative Medicine. From 1970 to 1996, he was corporate medical director for International Harvester (later Navistar) and was medical consultant to Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., Quaker Oaks, and the Jewel Company. He was awarded the Northwestern University Service Award in l986 and l995, was a life member and served as president of the Nathan Smith Davis Club. He was a member of the Medical Directors’ Forum, 30 physicians who were the medical directors of major corporations. He was a Fellow on the board of directors of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; president of Central States Occupational Medical Association; president of the Medical Directors Club of Chicago; and served on the board of governors for the Chicago Heart Association and the Chicago Lung Association.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, James Timothy Eggum, Versailles, and John (Janet Gail) Eggum, of Richmond; and two granddaughters, Julieann Elizabeth and Molly Ann. A son, Paul Pierce Eggum, is deceased.

A memorial service was conducted Wednesday, April 6, at the Wilmore Free Methodist Church in Wilmore. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to the Eggum Family Scholarship Fund, c/o University of Kentucky – Office of Development, William B. Sturgill Development Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0015.



Paul Todd Ferguson, 33, of Georgetown, husband of Mary Back Ferguson, died Friday, April 1, 2011 at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.

Born Sept 12, 1977, in Versailles, he was the son of Paul Ferguson of Georgetown and the late Teresa Moreland Ferguson. He was a 1996 Scott County High School graduate and worked for 15 years at Advance Auto Parts and was a general manager there. He was a member of the Parks and Recreation Outlaws softball team and coached the Landsharks girls’ softball team.

In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by three children, Kaylie Ferguson, Jordyn Ferguson, and Abbagail Ferguson; two sisters, Paula Marshall and Terri Southworth, both of Georgetown; and his grandfather, Robert "Bob" Eaves, Georgetown.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 5, at Tucker, Yocum, & Wilson Funeral Home by Pastor Rick Hamilton and the Rev. Glenn Redmon. Burial was in the Georgetown Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jason Gibson, George Padilla, Andy Jenkins, David Moser, Bill Carroll, Stacy Burrows, Ray Kriegel, and Ryan Thomas. Honorary bearers were Dewayne Jones, Roy Steven Ferguson, Jason Ferguson, Michael Shipley, and Walter Lee.

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Peggy R. Flora, 68, of Versailles, wife of Bill Flora, died Saturday, April 2, 2011, at her home.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Margaret Bobbitt Holland. She was a longtime member of the Glen’s Creek Baptist Church, was a 1960 graduate of the Versailles High School, and had worked for over 20 years at Texas Instruments.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Melinda (Danny) Parks and Patty (Steve) Wilder; a son, David Flora; two sisters, Helen McIntosh and Gay Etherington; five grandchildren, Scott Parks, Matt (Jessica) Parks, Dustin Caudill, Lyndsay Wilder, and Eric Wilder; and a great-grandson, Alex Meadows.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 5, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Mitchell Farthing and the Rev. Justin Rader. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Charles Flora, Lindsey Flora, Steve Wilder, Chris Semones, Donald Flora, Jeff Owens, and Bill Caldwell. Honorary bearers were Sam Flora and Arthur Flora.

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Bruce S. Goodlett, 57, a Kuhlman Electric employee for over 35 years, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at the Homestead Nursing Home in Lexington.

Bruce attended Woodford County High School, had attended the Clear Creek Baptist Church, and had been a volunteer firefighter with the Woodford County Fire Department. Bruce was a very content person, a family man, one who enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, working in his yard, his garden and fish pond, hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by one son, Stephen Goodlett of Lexington and his companion, Dayne Fisher; his parents, Kenneth and Goldie Renfro Goodlett of Versailles; a sister, Sharon (Jimmy) Sloan of Versailles; and a brother, Mike (Linda) Goodlett of Versailles. Also surviving is his companion of over 20 years, Connie Lewis.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, April 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Tom Hinkle. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Scott Goodlett, Dayne Fisher, Brandin Johnson, Darren Valentine, Michael Wainscott, and Wayne Ballard.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Barbara E. Greene, 81, of Woodford County, widow of Robert C. Greene, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at her home.

A former resident of Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late John and Agnes Graham Meneely. She had been a former Fayette School executive secretary to Superintendent Guy Potts and a James Lane Allen Elementary School secretary. She was an active member of the Ladies of the Nile (Olieka Shrine).

Survivors include three children, Paul Greene and Sharon Bailey, Colorado, and Gail Whitaker, Versailles; and three grandchildren, Jacob Bailey, Nolan Whitaker, and Kathryn Whitaker.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, April 4, in the Lexington Cemetery by Chaplain Rick McClung. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or to Oleika Shriners.

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Thomas Hillard, 72, of Midway, husband of Sharon Blevins Hillard, widower of Dora Pittman Hillard, died Monday, April 4, 2011.

Born April 26, 1938, he was the son of the late Green Arthur and Sarilda Hillard. He retired as a security guard at Midway College after 17 years and was a veteran of the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daugher, Becky (Trace) Lowe, Nonesuch; three sons, Rex Hillard, Jack (Nicole) Blevins, and Hunter Blevins, all of Midway; five sisters, Lois Gravette, Ruth Ann Kisscaiden, Donna Gail Florence, Judy Prather, and Vicky Cox; two brothers, Lilton and G.A. Hillard; seven grandchildren, Jean Anne, Destiny, Billy, Brad and Chad Hillard, Madison and Dylan Blevins; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Ray Hillard; a daughter-in-law, Jackie Hillard; a brother, Johnny Hillard, and a sister, Phyllis Griffith, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday April 7, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Donald Riggs. Burial will follow in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Jack Blevins, Rex Hillard, Hunter Blevins, Mark Steele, Trace Lowe, and Jimmy Coubert. Honorary bearers will be Dylan Blevins, Phillip Prather, Hershel Prather, and Robert Florence.

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Pauline Proffitt Hellard, 74, of Lexington, wife of Stanley Lee Hellard Jr., died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at the Hospice Care Center after a long illness.

The daughter of the late Obert and Alice Cromer Proffitt, she was a homemaker, a retired floral designer, and a member of Grace Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Stephen Lee (Charlotte) Hellard, Lexington, David Keith (Ann Hayes) Hellard, Versailles, and James Harold (Julie) Mulcahy, Shelbyville; two daughters, Pamela Hellard Denny, Lexington, and Angela Hellard (Joseph) Gruber, Bernardsville, N.J.; a brother, Gobel (Bonnie) Proffitt, Lexington; four sisters, Faye (Paul) Grubbs, Anita (Gregg) Elam, and Janice (Mitchell) Davis, all of Lexington, and Alma Tackett of Georgetown; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a numerous nieces and nephews. Two brothers, James and Raymond Proffitt, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 4, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington. Burial as in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Stephen Hellard, James Mulcahy, David Hellard, Joseph Gruber, Josh Hellard, and Jacob Gruber. Honorary bearers were Ronald Hellard, Jimmy Hellard and Gobel Proffitt.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



John Wallace Smith, 20, of Lexington, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011.

Born May 11, 1990, he was the son of Marjorie Ward Corral and Robert L. Smith, both of Lexington.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Floyd S. Smith and Shaun L. Smith, both of Lexington; an an aunt, Lisa A. Ward, Lexington; his maternal grandparents, Leslie Noell, Frankfort, and John L. (Carol) Ward, Midway, and Dorine Roulette, Canada; an uncle, Charlie F. Smith, Lexington; his girlfriend, Jessica L. Cole, Lexington; three special cousins, Theresa Leverenz and Tia and Tonya McBride, Evansville, Ind.; and other family members in Canada.

A funeral service will take place in Canada. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington, was in charge of local arrangements.



Jane Florine Robinson White, 92 , of Lebanon, widow of Thomas Ray White Sr., died Friday, April 1, 2011, at the Lexington Country Place in Lexington.

Born Nov. 20, 1918, she was the daughter of William Spalding and Lallie Thomas Robinson of Marion County. She was a lifelong Catholic.

Survivors include eight sons, Thomas Ray Jr. and James David, Lexington, Joseph Spalding, Nicholasville, William Lawrence, Mt. Washington, Charles, Lebanon, Patrick, Las Vegas, Gerard, Versailles, and Michael, Charlotte, N.C.; eight daughters, Martha Hughes, Lexington, Mary Fages, Cincinnati, Phyllis Johnson and Dolorita Johnson, Versailles, Lucy Young, Lebanon, Catherine Murphy, Pullman, Wash., Theresa Higdon, Louisville, and Madonna Coffman, Manalapan, Fla. Three sisters, Lucy O’Daniel, Susan Hagan, and Sr. Dolorita Robinson; and three brothers, William, James, and Spalding Robinson, are deceased.

A mass of Christian burial was conducted Monday, April 4, at St. Augustine Catholic Church , Lebanon. Burial was in the St. Charles Cemetery in St. Mary, Ky. Bosley Funeral Home, Lebanon, was in charge of arrangements.



Anthony Lee Wilson, 45, of Frankfort, husband of Lynda C. Wilson, died Tuesday March 30, 2011.

Born May 8, 1965, in Frankfort, he was the son of Donnie Wilson and Connie Collins.

Survivors include three daughters, Amanda, Crystal, and Ashley; three sons, Eric, Josh, and Daniel; a sister, Terri Cook; a stepsister, Ashley Brumback; two brothers, Dwayne and Jeff Wilson; his stepmother, Zelma Wilson; and several grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, April 1, at Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church, Midway, by the Rev. Todd Lester. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Bill Gayle, Gary Harlow, Dwayne Wilson, Dean Lavy, Tim Wethington, and Scott Thompson. Honorary bearers were Spencer Hughes and Brett Harrison.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Hospital.

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