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August 14, 2008



Robert M. Huffman, 78, of Versailles, retired Woodford County Extension agent, husband of Catherine "Kitty" Huffman, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles.

Born Feb. 14, 1930, in Garrard County, he was the son of the late Robert H. and Vergelia Ray Huffman. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of the Versailles Baptist Church. He was also a farmer.

He was a 1952 graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he received a bachelor of science degree in agriculture. He became assistant county agent in Fayette County in 1955 and, following his two-year tour of duty with the Air Force, he returned to UK and received his masterís degree in 1960. In 1959, he was named an associate agent in Clark County. He succeeded Holly R. Forkner Sr. as Woodford Countyís Extension agent for agriculture on Jan. 1, 1966, at age 35. In 1980, Mr. Huffman received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

He retired in February of 1990 after 24 years of service. More than 250 people attended a retirement dinner in his honor, held at Midway College. Attendees characterized Mr. Huffman as "involved," "dedicated," "special," "durable," "friend," "mediator," and "compromiser," according to an article in the Feb. 22, 1990, issue of The Sun.

During his career in Woodford County, Mr. Huffman introduced many programs to the local agricultural community, including machine harvesting of tomatoes, decreased manganese toxicity in tobacco, increased soil testing, and began the annual Woodford County Farm Tour. He promoted no-till corn and soybean production and initiated the tobacco baling concept to the county. He also participated closely with local 4-H activities.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Debbie Huffman Boone, Fredonia; two sons, Robert Huffman Jr., Versailles, and Steve Huffman, Lawrenceburg; two grandsons, Robert Brian and James Alan Boone; and a great-grandson.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Lancaster Cemetery. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

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

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Elnora Ison, 86, of Midway, widow of the Rev. Byrd Ison, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Frankfort.

A native of West Van Lear, born Nov. 15, 1921, she was the daughter of the late J.V. and Mayme Trimble. She was an active member of Midway Baptist Church through Bible study and her Sunday school classes. She was also very involved in the Womenís Club of Midway and the local and state WMU. She enjoyed cooking and baking and spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include three daughters, Marcia Endicott (Malcolm), Midway, Melanie Shoultz (Joe), Newburgh, Ind.; and Elizabeth Wilkerson (Gary), Signal Mt., Tenn.; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer and Scott Ferguson, Evansville, Ind., Sean and Erin Endicott, Midway, Beau and Leah Endicott, Midway, Cara Endicott, Lexington, Ashley Hillock, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Laura Beth and B.J. Wilkerson, Signal Mt., Tenn.; and four great-grandchildren, Tyler and Paige Ferguson and Will Endicott and Langston Endicott. A brother, James Trimble, and a sister, Anna Jean Cunningham, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 11, at Midway Baptist Church by the Rev. Tom Allen. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, and Midway Baptist Church, 121 S. Winter Street, Midway, KY 40347.

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Freida Lee Trent, 70, of Frankfort, wife of Earl Trent Sr., died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008.

Born in Wolfe County, she was the daughter of the late Dorothy Moore Fike. She was a member of North Ford Baptist Church in Switzer.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Carrie Burns, Irvine, and Rita Kay (Darrell) Engler and Sherry (Mark) Wilson, both of Frankfort; three sons Earl (Beckie) Trent Jr. and Norman (Judith) Trent, both of Versailles, and Kenny (Jenny) Trent, Lawrenceburg; a brother, A.G. (Maudie) Moore, Michigan; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Two sons, Jerry Alan and Michael Wayne Trent, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 9, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Jay Stratton. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were her grandsons, Darrell Engler Jr., Kenny Trent Jr., Norman Trent Jr., Phillip Wilson, Marc Wilson, and Jeff Burns. Honorary bearers were her granddaughters.

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Aliene Marie Tucker, 81, of Versailles, widow of Henry Tucker, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at her residence.

Born Jan. 11, 1927, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Nellie Prather Raider Jr. She was a retired farmer and was a member of the Mt. Edwin Methodist Church.

Survivors include six daughters, Rita (Phillip) Reed and Henrietta (Bobby) Carpenter, both of Versailles, Glenda Tucker, Lexington, and Kay Tucker, Cheryl Thompson, and Susan Tucker, all of Versailles; a son, Allan (Karen) Tucker, Lawrenceburg; two sisters, Gladys Covington and Charlotte Allen; a brother, Gerald Raider; 26 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Brenda Houp, a son, Keith Tucker, and a grandson, Zachare Allan Tucker, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 14, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Charles Covington. Burial will follow at the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be David Reed, Jamie Brown, Jason Tucker, Ryan Head, Travis Head, and Derrick Reeves. Mrs. Tuckerís granddaughters will serve as honorary bearers.

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