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Versailles, Ky.


 

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August 16, 2001

 

Elizabeth S. Adams

Elizabeth S. Gregory Adams, 95, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2001.

Born in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Julia Piatt Steele and the widow of her first husband, Dr. George H. Gregory, and her second husband, Roger W. Adams. She was a longtime member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church, where she was an elder emeritus, and had been the first female elder of the church. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, she at one time was a school teacher. She was a longstanding member of the Little Garden Club, Woodford County, The Study Club, and was a former member of the Woodford Memorial Hospital board of directors.

Survivors include a son, George South Gregory, Frankfort; a daughter, Julia Steele Gregory Mitchell, Lexington; a sister, Drewsilla S. Webb, Homewood, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Christopher S. Gregory, Lexington, and Dr. Lauren Gregory Cottingham, Duluth, Ga.

Services were conducted at Thursday, Aug. 16, 2001, at the Versailles Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Shawn Barkley. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Stuart Brown, James D. Rouse, Frank Stark, Whitney Dunlap, Horst Bolcas, and Eddie Sellers. Honorary bearers will be Greta T. Resinger, Martha Jane Hutcherson, Ruth Fishback, William F. Baker, Bill Davis Fishback, Anthony M. Wilhoit, Dr. Franklin Moosnick, George Lewis Semones, Elise Meyer, and Dr. Robert Gregory.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Presbyterian Church Building Fund.

Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Steven Wayne Baker

Steven Wayne Baker, 6, of Woodford County, son of Ronald and Stephanie Baker, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001.

Born in Lexington on May 11, 1995, Steven attended New Hope Baptist Church and would have been a first grade student at Southside Elementary School. He loved playing golf, and played tee-ball with the Diamondbacks for three years. He also played soccer with the Silverhawks and basketball with the Micro-Mites. He enjoyed riding his four-wheeler and was a fan of NASCAR.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, Wayne and Roberta Baker (nana and papa), Versailles; maternal grandparents, Steve and Terry Wallin (nanny and papol), Versailles; paternal great grandmother, Gladys N. Baker, Versailles; maternal great grandparents, Ed and Pauline Bayes, Lexington; his paternal great grandfather, Charles Wallin Jr., Lexington; and his aunt, Rhonda Lane. His paternal great grandfather, Lee S. Baker; his paternal great grandparents, Raymond and Hettie Disponette; and his maternal grandmother, Loretta Wallin, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001, at Southside Elementary School, Versailles, by the Rev. Rick Ralston, the Rev. Don Reed, and the Rev. Mike Rohach. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Steve Wallin, Wayne Baker, Tony Lane, and Ronald Baker. Honorary bearers were Eric Engel, Anthony Slatten, Jerry Carmickle, and Galen Young.

Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

William H. Cecil
William Herbert Cecil, 94, of Lexington, widower of Laura Frazier Cecil, formerly of Versailles, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 7, 1906, he was the son of Ollie W. and Mattie Jones Cecil. He practiced as an attorney from 1930 to 1953, became acting Postmaster of Lexington in 1953 and was later confirmed to the position, which he held until his retirement in 1974. He was a former chairman of the Mayor's Advisory Committee of Lexington, a member of Phi Alpha Delta honorary law fraternity, the Lexington Kiwanis Club, the Bluegrass Executives Club, the Military Order of World Wards, the Fayette and state bar associations, and was a past president of the Kentucky Chapter of the National Association of Postmasters. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, leaving active service at the rank of captain. He was a member of the Broadway Christian Church, served as a volunteer for the Service Corps of Retired Executives, was a member of Spindletop Hall, the Faculty Club of the University of Kentucky, and the James Ware Parrish Society of Midway College. He was twice appointed to the Order of Kentucky, was active in the Blue Grass Rock and Mineral Club, and was on the board of directors of the Blue Grass Community Foundation.

Survivors include his nieces, Mary Cecile Leedom, Princeton, N.J.; Laura Frazier and Lisa Turcotte, both of Lexington, and a nephew, Martin Frazer, Richmond.

Services were conducted Thursday, Aug. 16, 2001, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary, Lexington, by the Rev. Martin Frazer and the Rev. Jim Bird. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Martin Frazer III, Brian Frazer, William L. Davis, E.B. Sparks, Douglas Paine, Marvin Leedom, Ford Holcomb, and Sherwood Evans.

Memorials may be made to Broadway Christian Church, Hospice of the Bluegrass, or the Blue Grass Community Foundation.

 

Hoble G. Cottrell

Hoble G. Cottrell, 80, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, retired farmer, widower of Minnie Cottrell, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late George and Mary Liza Jane Coyle Cottrell.

He is survived by a nephew, Robbie Cottrell, Lexington. A sister, Ruby Cottrell Poulter, and a brother, Robert Cottrell, are deceased.
Services were conducted Friday, Aug. 17, 2001, by the Rev. Joseph Keeling. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. 

Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Alyce Kemper

Alyce "Ikey" Kemper, 74, of Owenton, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2001, at Owenton Manor.

A native of Owen County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Loula B. Kemper. She was a former employee of Owen Electric and was a member of Owenton First Christian Church.

Survivors include three brothers, Harold Kemper and Buddy Kemper, both of Lexington, and R.F. Kemper, Versailles; and two sisters, Lillian Curtis Martin and Peggy Thomas, both of Owenton.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2001, at McDonald Funeral Home, Owenton, by the Rev. Jesse Bourne. Burial was in Owenton I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Donations may be made to one's favorite charity.

 

Arthur E. Kowalke

Arthur E. Kowalke, 83, of Versailles, husband of Carol Kowalke, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2001, in Lexington.

Born in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late Arthur Henry and Elsie Otte Kowalke. He was a retired employee of Rand McNally & Co. and a member of the Presbyterian Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in France, Germany, and the Pacific, competing his military career at the rank of captain.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Arthur Edward Kowalke Jr., Chicago, Scott John Kowalke, Cleveland, Ohio, John Dietz Kowalke, Indianapolis, Ind., and Wilbur F. Kowalke, Versailles; and five grandchildren, Greg, Scott, Peter, Adam, and Jacqueline.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Shawn Barkley. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were his four sons and four grandsons. 

Contributions are suggested to one's favorite charity.

 

Rosemary Lemons

Rosemary Bush Lemons, 77, of Jamestown, formerly of Versailles, widow of Cecil Anderson Lemons, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001. 

A native of Ecourse, Mich., she was the daughter of Claude and Mildred Ryan Bush.

Survivors include four sons, Robert "Bob" Bruce Kingsland, Stewart, Fla., Charles "Chick" Elmer Kingsland, Flemington, N.J., George Earl Lemons and Steven Anderson Lemons, both of Versailles; a daughter, Beth Ann Morgan, Jamestown; two sisters, Ardale Scott and Donna Clark, Michigan; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Richard "Dick" Kingsland, and a sister, Arlene Whalen, are deceased.

 

Bruce A. Lilly

Bruce Allan Lilly, 46, of Versailles and Lexington, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2001. He was a tile setter for Robert McMillan Co.

Born Jan. 29, 1956, in Lexington, he was the son of Nelson T. Lilly, Florida, and the late Juanita McMillan.

Survivors include an aunt, Mary Bishop, Versailles; an uncle, Robert McMillan, Lexington; a sister, Michele De Filippo Hammack, Lexington; and cousins Marie K. Bishop, Jeffrey and David M. Bishop.

Services were conducted at Thursday, Aug. 16, 2001, at W.R. Milward Mortuary - Broadway, Lexington. Casket bearers were David Bishop, Christopher Bishop, David M. Bishop, and Robert McMillan. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. 

 

Orlene Whitaker

Orlene Whitaker, 66, of Versailles, retired cartographer for Rand McNally & Co., died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Union City, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Ray and Imo Studebaker Ford. She was a member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church, a caregiver, and an avid gardener.

Survivors include two sons, James W. Whitaker and John B. Whitaker, both of Versailles; three grandchildren, John Matthew Whitaker, James Nolan Whitaker, and Kathryn Elizabeth Whitaker; four sisters, Norma Prater and Margaret Hile, Greenville, Ohio, Oleta Bruner, Kettering, Ohio, and Janene Barone, Baltimore, Ohio; a brother, Ralph Ford, Kokomo, Ind.; several nieces and nephews; and Jack B. Whitaker, Versailles.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 13, 2001, at the Versailles Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Shawn Barkley. Interment was in Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jim Cox, Justice Bruner, Pride Bruner, Greg Grimes, Clayton Manley, and Steve Carpenter. Honorary bearers were Wilbur Moffett, Fred Reece, Terry Smith, Paul Noel, John Wayne Simpson, and Dennis Adams.

Contributions are suggested to Shriner's Hospital For Children, Lexington.
Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

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