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April 8, 2010



Deborah Curless of Hollywood, Fla., wife of John Curless, died Sunday, March 21, 2010.

She was the daughter of the late Heron Wesley Snapp and Barbara Bowman.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by five sisters, Hattie Keeling, Shirley White, Judy Godby, and Bonnie Downey, all of Versailles, and Gail Miller, Nicholasville; three brothers, Claude Bowman and Ricky and Donald Cheak, all of Versailles; two daughters, Natasha Petty and Lindsey Bowman; a niece, Carrie Dale "Corey" Montgomery; a nephew, Damon Miller "Bubby" Brooks; other nieces and nephews; her grandchildren; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. A brother, Heron Wesley Snapp Jr., is deceased.

No services were held.



Sarah Catherine Curry, 79, of Carlisle, widow of Thomas Curry, died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at Johnson-Mathers Nursing Home.

Born Sept. 4, 1930, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Morris Owens Eaves and Verna Payne Rogers Eaves. She was a retired employee of National Linen Service and attended the Carlisle Christian Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Margie (Roger) Willoughby, Carlisle, Carolyn Ziegler, Winchester, and Anna Mae (John L.) Shackleford, Harlan; a stepson, Danny Curry; a stepdaughter, Kathy Mazy; two sisters, Laura May Jennings and Mauricelene Creech, Versailles; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Patty Goins and Marjorie Eaves, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, April 6, at Mathers-Gaunce Funeral Home, Carlisle, by the Rev. Rocky Wallace. Burial was in the Carlisle Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Johnson-Mathers Nursing Home Activities Fund.

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Virginia Ernst Greer, 77, of Versailles, wife of Anthony Latta Greer, died Thursday, April 1, 2010.

Born Dec. 8, 1932, in Louisville, she was the daughter of the late Raymond William and Dorothy Rose McCall Ernst. She was a member of St. Leoís Catholic Church in Versailles and worked as a bookkeeper for Graviss McDonaldís Restaurants since 1970. She was a member of Lexington Lioness Club and enjoyed playing bridge.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Barbara Marie Greer Dieruf, Versailles, Nancy Rose (David) Lagrew, Irvine, Calif., and Thomas Latta (Wilma) Greer, Centreville, Va.; six grandchildren, Charles R. (Katie) Dieruf III, Hebron, Matthew L. (Courtney) Dieruf, Lexington, Paul Raymond Dieruf, Lexington, David Crutcher Lagrew, Irvine, Calif., ENS Jonathan Greer Lagrew, USS Bonhomme Richard, San Diego, Calif., and Ashley Rose Greer, Centreville, Va.; and three great-grandchildren, Charles R. Dieruf IV, Sophia Rose Dieruf, and Hannah Elizabeth Dieruf. A grandson, Cpl. Nicholas Dieruf, is deceased.

A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Tuesday, April 6, at St. Leoís Catholic Church, Versailles, by Fr. Dan Noll. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Lexington. W.R. Milward Funeral Home, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the St. Leo Building Fund, 295 Huntertown Road, Versailles, KY 40383 or the Corporal Nicholas Dieruf Memorial Fund, c/o Republic Bank, 651 Perimeter Drive, Lexington, KY 40517.



Millard C. "M.C." Hartley Jr., 83, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Joyce Braun Hartley, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at the V.A. Medical Center, Leestown Road, in Lexington.

Born May 8, 1926, in Keene, he was the son of the late Evelyn Rebecca Brown and Millard Cockerham Hartley Sr. He was a retired major with 25 years of service in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Germany and Hawaii. He later worked as personnel director for the Kentucky Highway Department, a sales manager for Gross Distributing Company, and raised cattle and farmed. He was a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in business and attended the masterís program at Oklahoma University. He was a member of Lawrenceburg First Presbyterian Church and served as adjutant with the American Legion Post #34.

In addition to his wife of 40 years, he is survived by two children, Tim (Kathy) Legal, Lawrenceburg, and Joyce (Howard) Law, Houston, TX; six grandchildren, Amanda and Kimberly Legal, Katie Phipps, David Law, Jennifer Sayne, and Kristina Hall; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Hartley (Frank) Carden, Las Cruces, New Mexico. Two sisters, Mary Rebecca Skinner and Lois Elgin Welch; and two brothers, William Lewis Hartley and James Lawrence Hartley, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 5, at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home by the Rev. Pete Jones. Burial with military honors was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church or Anderson County Humane Society.



Jack Rodney Hecker, 68, of Lexington died Saturday, March 27, 2010.

Born Dec. 1, 1941, he was the son of the late Herschel and Frances Imbody Hecker. He was a graduate of Georgetown College, a former teacher and coach at the Woodford County High School, as well as a veteran of the Marine Corps Reserve. He was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Survivors include two daughters, Tammy (John) Hutcherson, Versailles, and Kathy (Ray) Sparks, Cincinnati, Ohio; two sons, Jason (Angela) Hecker, Las Vegas, Nev., and Matt (Emily) Hecker, Zionsville, Ind.; and six grandchildren, Allison and Paul Roth Morris, Will Sparks, and Nicholas, Jonathan and Hudson Hecker.

Services were conducted Friday, April 2, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lexington. Burial was at the Versailles Cemetery.

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Donald Charles Hogg, 54, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at the Christopher East Health Care Center in Louisville.

The son of the late Charles Henry and Joan Dymond Hogg, he was raised in Versailles. In August 1977, he was involved in a car accident in Woodford County and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Following surgery, rehabilitation at Cardinal Hill Hospital, and living on his own in an apartment, he moved to California for seven years. At that point, he was confined permanently to a wheelchair. He returned to Lexington around 1988, where he lived independently until 2003. In 2003, he moved to Christopher East Health Care facility in Louisville, which had an acquired-brain-injury unit, where he spent many of the past seven years, with occasional temporary placement at other facilities. He was a member of St. Johnís Episcopal Church in Versailles.

Survivors include an aunt, Jackie Dymond; and his cousins, Ian and John, all of England. He is also survived by the families of the late J Stephen Hogg and Ed Hogg, of Versailles.

A memorial service will be conducted at noon Friday, April 9, at St. Johnís Episcopal Church by the Rev. Donna Barr. Visitation will be after 10:30 a.m. Friday until time of services. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky, 7410 New LaGrange Road, Suite 100, Louisville, KY 40222 or online at

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Reva Ingram Kerfoot, 85, of Radcliff, formerly of Woodford County, widow of Herman Barnett Kerfoot, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at the North Hardin Health & Rehabilitation Center.

The daughter of the late Bradley and Emma Ingram, she was a graduate of Versailles High School and the University of Kentucky. She was a home economics teacher at North Hardin High School where she taught for over 29 years, had received the Kentucky Home Economics Teacher of the Year and after she retired she still volunteered her time to the school. She was a member of Valley View Baptist Church, Vine Grove, where she was a Sunday school teacher.

Survivors include a son, Joey Bishop (Beverly), Elizabethtown; two daughters, Judy Bishop, Radcliff, and Jeanne Richman (Steven), Plainsboro, N.J.; four grandchildren, Justin, Kerry, Alison, and Hannah; two brothers, Boyd Ingram (Norma), Edgewater, Md., and Jim Ingram (Eileen), Jackson; and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Lawrence Ingram and Mark Ingram, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, April 8, at the chapel of Coffey & Chism Funeral Home, Vine Grove, by the Rev. Mike Bell. Burial will follow in the Blue Ball Cemetery. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Valley View Baptist Church Building Fund, 501 Valley View Drive, Vine Grove, KY 40175, or the Blue Ball Baptist Church Perpetual Care Fund, 1482 Blue Ball Church Road, Cecilia, KY 42724.



James Harold Kitchen, 92, widower of Margaret V. Kitchen, died Saturday, April 3, 2010.

Born Dec. 6, 1917, in Woodford County, he was the son of John L. Kitchen and Marie Horton Kitchen. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky, having received his degree in animal husbandry. After serving the country in the India, Burma and China Offensive of World War II, he was employed as a county Extension agent for the University of Kentucky. Subsequently, he served for many years as general manager of the Kentucky division for King Ranch, Inc. Upon retirement, he continued to enjoy an active life on his Woodford County farm and traveling with his daughter.

Survivors include his daughter, Sally V. Kitchen, of New York, N. Y. Two brothers, Wilbur Edgar Kitchen and John L. Kitchen Jr., are deceased.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Versailles United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to Hughston Orthopedic Clinic, P. O. Box 9517, Columbus, GA 31908, or The Markey Cancer Foundation, 800 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536.



Helen M. Sparks, 97, of Lexington, widow of David Malcolm Sparks, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010.

Born Jan. 14, 1913, in Morganfield, she was the daughter of the late John and Kate Mason.

She graduated from Morganfield High School and attended Georgetown College and Bowling Green Business University. She was employed by the Fayette County Board of Education and the UK College of Nursing. She was also a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Bethany Bible Class.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn (Dr. Michael) Gentry, Versailles; two grandchildren, Kathryn Curnutte, Lexington, and Mike (Allison) Gentry Jr., Versailles; and four great-grandchildren, Cy and Rachael Curnutte, and Trey and Grady Gentry. Two brothers and two sisters are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, April 5, at Clark Legacy Center in Brannon Crossing, Nicholasville, by the Rev. William K. Simmons.

Memorial gifts can be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or oneís favorite charity. Condolences may be made at



Eliud Forrest Turner Sr., 92, husband of Alice Bain Turner, died Sunday, April 4, 2010, at Homestead Nursing Home in Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, he was a son of the late Reuben and Myrtle McAlister Turner. He was a retired farmer and was a member and elder at the Versailles Presbyterian Church. For several years, he and his wife lived in Phoenix, Ariz., where they managed and maintained rental properties.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Forrest "Pete" (Patsy) Turner Jr., Versailles, Ronald (Nancy) Turner, Frankfort, and Charles Turner, Los Angeles, Calif.; two daughters, Anita Baker, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jean (Ray) Hatfield, Ellenton, Fla.; two brothers, Reuben (Virginia) Turner, Paris, and William Turner, Ormond Beach, Fla.; a sister, Marie (Mac) Hunter, Versailles; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A sister, Thelma Clifton, and a brother, Elmer Turner, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, April 8, at Versailles Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Michael Turner, Sam Turner, Trevor Hatfield, Wayne Smurr, John Merryman, and Mark Drury. Visitation will be after 11:30 a.m. Thursday until service time at the church. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Flowers are welcome while donations are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Oather Mitchell Turner, 88, of Glasgow, husband of Elizabeth Wilson Turner, died Monday, April 5, 2010.

Born in Monroe County, he was the son of the late Tompkin and Minnie Turner. He was a medic in U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was retired from Bailey& Gribson Buick after many years. He attended the Glasgow Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife of 70 years, he is survived by a daughter, Sarah (James) Glass, Versailles; a granddaughter, Judith (Lindsay) Buchanan; a great-granddaughter, Eleanor Buchanan, West Chester Ohio; and a brother, Clay (Earline) Turner, Glasgow.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, April 8, at Hatcher Saddler Funeral Home, Glasgow. Burial will be in the Glasgow Cemetery.



John Patton "Pat" Williams, 81, husband of Bettye Anne "B" Williams, died Sunday, March 28, 2010, at his home in Ft. Myers, Fla.

He and his wife lived in Versailles until 2007, when they moved to Farmville, Va., to be near their children.

Born Jan. 31, 1929, in Paintsville, he was the son of the late Georgianna and Oscar Williams. He graduated from Paintsville High School and the University of Kentucky, and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and retired as a captain. He worked as a salesman for Procter & Gamble, and then as a business manager for McLoney & Tune Architects. His greatest career satisfaction came from his partnership with Harold Mullis and Ted Hahn in Southcreek Properties, a real estate development firm in Lexington. He enjoyed people, music, playing golf, and reading. He was active in the Versailles community, including service as chair of the Woodford County Zoning Board. As a member of the Versailles Baptist Church, he was a long-time Sunday school teacher and served on several committees. In Farmville, he was a member of the Farmville United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by a daughter, Pam, Farmville, Va.; two sons, Marc (Nancy), Alexandria, Va., and Larry (Margo), Alexandria, Va.; seven grandchildren, Anne Cabell and Mitchell Butler, Jack, Ford and Bridget Williams, and Lea and Anne Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Versailles Baptist Church, with a reception following the service at Holly Hill Inn in Midway.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Oneida Baptist Institute, a Christian boarding and day school, at Box 67, Oneida, KY 40972.



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