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August 18, 2005




  J. F. (John) Bishop, 56, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Versailles, husband of Lula Mae Foley Bishop, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005, at Blue Grass Community Hospital.

Born in Clay County, he was the son of Bessie Allen of Harrodsburg and the late Elmer Bishop. He had worked with horses.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Melissa Lynn Gillam, Somerset, Frankie Hemstra, Paducah William Elmer Hemstra, Eddyville, Ricky Dick, Ashland, and Danielle Eldridge, Owensboro.

A memorial service and visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Corinth Christian Church, Lawrenceburg. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



  Cline Chasteen, 87, of Lexington, husband of Gladys Mae "Birdie" Chasteen, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005, at his residence.

A Lexington native, he was the son of the late John and Katie Traugott Chasteen. He was a World War II veteran, serving as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was a retired employee of Roy Pelfrey & Associates and a member of Christ Centered Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Saundra McClease, Versailles; two grandchildren, Kevin Scott McClease and Cassaundra Mae McClease, both of Lexington; two great-grandchildren, Madison Grace McClease and Zachary Scott McClease; and two nephews, Billy Courtney and Johnny Courtney. A grandchild, Hope McClease; and a sister and a brother are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug 13, at Christ Centered Church by Pastor Tommy Howard and Deacon Howard Florence. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Tommy Waters, Bobby Wagner, Byron Wagner, Kenny Bailey, Gary Bailey, and Robert Dailey. Honorary bearers were Lonnie Stokely, Roy Pelfrey, James Moore, Robert Moore, and Ray Muddiman. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, was in charge of the arrangements.




  Robert L. Darnell, Sr., 84, of 5975 McCracken Pike, Millville, husband of Ruby Steverson Darnell, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2005, at Bradford Square.

Born June 29, 1921, in Woodford County, he was the son of Llewellyn and Mary Alice Roberts Darnell. He was a retired operating engineer, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of Hiram Lodge #4, the Frankfort Scottish Rite, American Legion Post #7, and Operating Engineers #181.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Dianne Yeary, Frankfort; a son, Robert L. Darnell Jr., Frankfort; four sisters, Mary Becknell and Grace Arnold, Lexington, Geneva Powell, Versailles, and Betty Murray, Florida; three brothers, Leon Darnell, Woodford County, David Darnell, Florida, and Roy Darnell, Alabama. Four sisters, Ruby Presley, Nell Cash, Katherine Kidwell, and Virginia Darnell; and three brothers, Ernest Darnell, Charles Darnell, and Wilbur Darnell, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Rogers Funeral Home by Dr. Ray Holdren. Burial was in the Sunset Memorial Gardens with VFW Post #4075 conducting military honors. Casket bearers were Wayne Powell, David A. Darnell, Lawrence Darnell, Dan T. Darnell, Phillip Long, and John Watts. Honorary bearers were elders and deacons of Millville Christian Church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice of the Bluegrass.



  Ruby Rose Dean, 83, of Harrodsburg, wife of Lois “Baldy” Dean, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2005, at Haggin Memorial Hospital.

Born March 1, 1922, in Boyle County, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Eddie Vermillion Baker. She was a supervisor at Cricketeer Manufacturing Company and a member of the Harrodsburg United Methodist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Ann Robinson, Danville; a son, Terry Campbell, Salvisa; a sister, Jean Oldman, Mitchellsburg; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Ransdell Funeral Chapel by Kenneth Preston and John David Lane. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Gordon Woodward, Larry Purvis, Bentley Lane, Jim Roney, Kenny Dean, and I.C. Phillips. Honorary bearers were Tim Robinson, Marty Robinson, Keith Robinson, Shane Campbell, Terry Campbell Jr., Stacy Conley, and Lori Egbert.

Memorials are suggested to the charity of one’s choice.



  Jody B. Hartley, 83, of McDonald Drive, husband of Nettie M. Hartley, died Thursday Aug. 11, 2005.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Jody B. and Rhoda Bell Hartley. He was a retired Woodford County deputy sheriff and former Woodford County jail employee, a member of the Clear Creek Baptist Church, a retired U. S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of the Knights of Pythias.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael Wayne Hartley; three daughters, Karen Rice, Joni Lee Forkner, Theresa L. Ramsdale; a brother, Harry Hartley; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A son, Steven Russell Hartley, and a brother, William Allen Hartley, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Ken Underwood. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Casket bearers were John Coyle, Wayne Wright, Ron Durbin, Barry Knight, Scott Forkner, and Steve Hysell. Honorary bearers were deputies and staff of the Woodford County Sheriff's Office and Loren Carl.

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  Hallie Coyle Jordan, 83, of Valley Hi, Ohio, widow of Willard A. Jordan, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at Heartland of Bellefontaine, Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Born Nov. 15, 1921, in Nonesuch, she was the daughter of Clarence C. and Sarah Margaret Utterback Coyle. She was a member of the Goshen Friends Church.

Survivors include seven sons, Michael A. Jordan, Valley Hi, Ohio, Paul S. Jordan, Richwood, Ohio, Phillip C. Jordan, Norton, Ohio, Lee A. Jordan, Valley Hi, Terry Jordan, Marion, Ohio, Roger E. Jordan, Buena Park, Calif., and John Jordan, Kansas City, Kan.; a sister, Maggie Lou Finnell, Lexington; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, many of Woodford County. Four sisters, Annabelle Patterson, Alene Harding, Eleanor Coyle, and Phoebe Howard; four brothers, Virgil Coyle, Wheeler Coyle, Clarence Caywood Coyle, and Vernon Caywood Coyle; and a grandson, Jeff Jordan, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Littleton & Rue Funeral Home and Crematory, Highland Chapel, West Liberty, Ohio. Burial was in Highland Memorial Cemetery.



  Georgia Ann Vanover Newman, 64, of Versailles, wife of Harold G. Newman, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005, of a heart attack.

The daughter of George and Clara Vanover, she was a retired teacher with 32-1/2 years of service in the Floyd and Letcher county school systems.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Tyra Lynn Newman Evans, Versailles; two grandchildren, Brandon Chase Evans and Caleigh Brooke Evans, Versailles; four sisters, Bobbie Stewart, Cromona, Carol Lewis, Fleming-Neon, Sharon Stone, Cromona, and Rhonda Boggs, Prestonsburg; two brothers, Kermit Vanover, Lexington, and Buddy Vanover, Cromona; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 13, at Hall Funeral Home, Martin. A graveside service was held at Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles.



  Everette Charles “Colonel Newt” Newton, 90, of 109 South Hill Road, husband of Lorena Southworth Newton, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born Dec. 30, 1914, in Colton, Calif., he graduated from Colton Union High School in 1932, worked as a laborer for two years, graduated from CLA with a major in mathematics and a double minor, in physics and education. He later earned a master of science degree from the California Institute of Technology with a major in meteorology. In 1941, he entered military service and was assigned to the 53rd Infantry Division. He later transferred to the Army Air Corps and entered the Aviation Cadet Program. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. He spent the balance of World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations, being promoted to captain. He commanded a task force during the invasion of Okinawa and he was there when the war ended. He subsequently served in staff positions at Washington, D.C. and Tinker Air Base in Oklahoma. He served on the planning staff for the atomic bomb tests on Eniwetok Island and was the project officer representing the Air Weather Service for the building of the Thule Air Base in Greenland. He attended and later was an instructor at the Air Command and Staff College. He served in Turkey and France and on the completion of his overseas duty, he was assigned to Dartmouth College, where he served as commander of the AFROTC unit. After one year, he was assigned to MacDill Air Force Base to the newly-formed United States Strike Command. He retired from the USAF in 1966. After retirement, he taught mathematics in high school and then was employed as a technical writer for GTE. Retiring in 1980, he moved to Versailles in early 1992. He was a past master counselor, Chevalier, member of the Legion of Honor and holder of the Honor Advisor’s Key and the Cross of Honor from the Order of DeMolay. He was a 50-year member and past master the Masonic Lodge, and member of Landmark Lodge #41 in Versailles. He was also a member of the Lexington Consistory of the Scottish Rite and was both a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor and a 50-year member. As a Shriner, he was a clown for more than 20 years and a life member at the time of his death. His memberships also included the Legion of Honor at Oleika Shrine Center, the American Legion, Lexington, and was a Kentucky Colonel. He was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Thomas Charles Newton, Tampa, Fla.; a daughter, Patricia Ann Pladdys, Lake City, Fla.; a grandson, Geoffrey Charles Newton, serving in the U.S. Army; a granddaughter, Laura Margaret Newton, Tampa, Fla.; and a stepson, Larry Joseph Stephens, Canyon County, Calif.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Coleman Howlett. Interment with full military honors is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Contributions are suggested to the Building Fund of Landmark Lodge #41, North Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383.



  William C. Pacey, 95, of Versailles, formerly of Frankfort, widower of Mary Virginia Pacey, died Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospice Care Center.

Born May 6, 1910, in McKees Rock, Pa., he was the son of the late Lew and Goldie Mosier Pacey. He was an electrician for the Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corporation.

Survivors include a daughter, JoAnn Courtney, Versailles; a son, William Lew Pacey, Mississippi; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Ronnie Hupp. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Danny Courtney, Bruce Graves, Joey Graves, Jason Pacey, Bryan Pacey, and Richard Courtney.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



  Jean Clark Stevens, 85, of Highview Drive, widow of William (Speck) Stevens, died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Corbett and Susie Collins Clark. She was a long time employee of the former Wilson Drug Store and was a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Fannin, Versailles; two nieces, Betty Lou Tackett and Jo Ann McClanahan, both of Lexington; two grandchildren, James Fannin Jr., Versailles, and Tracy Neely, Winchester; and five great-grandchildren, Justin, Andrew, Jacob, Bradley, and Cameron. A son, David Stevens, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 15, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. William Marcum. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were James Fannin Jr., Arthur McClanahan Jr., Todd Neely, Bill Fannin, Matt Fannin, and Bobby Driskell.

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  Foreman Simpson Westray, 95, of Louisville, widow of Charles Lee Westray, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, at the Episcopal Church Home.

Born Sept. 8, 1909, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Simpson. After graduating from Millville High School, she attended Eastern Kentucky University. She was a member of Highland Baptist Church for 68 years, where she was active in many organizations. She and her husband served as foster parents for over 20 years. She was also a former member of Meadow Heights Women's Club and a troop leader for Brownies and Girl Scouts. She was an artist and a member of the China Painters' Guild.

Survivors include a son, Tom Westray; a daughter, Dona Heil; six grandchildren, Cheryl Smith, Susan DiCicco, Stacy Tackett, Audrey Candler, Lisa Bache, Brian Heil; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Beulah Hutchins, Frankfort; and a brother, John Simpson, Versailles.

Services were conducted Thursday, Aug. 11, at Highland Baptist Church, Louisville. Burial to follow at Cave Hill Cemetery. Pearson's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Highland Baptist Church.

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