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August 19, 2010



Louis H. Arnold, 81, of Frankfort, widower of Imogene P. Arnold, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010.

Born March 21, 1929, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Claude and Ethel Hippe Arnold. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps, was a member of West Frankfort Church of God, and was a self-employed general contractor.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Arnold Johnson, Shelbyville; a son, Lloyd (Theresa) Arnold, Frankfort; six grandchildren, Dr. J.D. Quarles, Travis Johnson, Ruth Arnold, Joe Mattingly, and Wayne Mattingly, all of Frankfort, and Michelle Sandersen, Colorado; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Loualice Goodrich, Woodford County. A sister, Doris Caudle, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 19, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Wade M. Hughes. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Dr. J.D. Quarles, Travis Johnson, Joe Mattingly, Wayne Mattingly, Larry Hazelett, and Jason Watson. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Bobby Courtney, 70, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Versailles, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, in Lawrenceburg.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Herman and Sylvia Martin Courtney. He was a retired painter, farmer, and maintenance employee, and was a member of the Alton Christian Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Bobbie Mae (Keven) Johnson, Frankfort, and Samantha Rae Courtney, Frankfort; a stepdaughter, Lisa Richardson, South Carolina, two stepsons, Jeff Gibson, Virginia, and Todd Gibson, Ohio; his former wife, Judi Courtney, Frankfort; three sisters, Ruth Dotson, Versailles, and Faye Courtney and Kathy Mitchell, Lexington; three brothers, his twin, Billy Courtney, Georgetown, and Jimmy Courtney and Charlie Courtney, both of Versailles; five grandchildren, Tyler Courtney, Kaylee Courtney, Brian Wells, Robin Downing, and Nick Johnson; nine step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Austin, Ayden, and Abbey.

Services were conducted Friday, Aug. 13, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Noel Cotton. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bobbie Johnson, Samantha Courtney, Tyler Courtney, Kaylee Courtney, Brian Wells, Robin Downing, Keven Johnson, and Nick Johnson.

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Ronald Lee Downs, Jr. 44, of Versailles, husband of Frances Kay Rainer Downs, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010.

Born Sept. 8, 1966, in Fayette County, he was the son of Ronald Lee Sr. and Anna Hager Downs. He was a carpenter working at CastlePost in Versailles.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a son, Ronald Lee Downs III; a sister, Loretto Downs; a brother, Mike Downs; a granddaughter, Natalie Downs; two nieces; and two nephews, all of Versailles.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 17, at Rose Crest Cemetery. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

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Summer Raine Evans, 8, a student at Saffell St. Elementary School in Lawrenceburg, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Woodford County.

Born March 2, 2002, in Frankfort, she was the daughter of David Rich Evans of Lawrenceburg and Christy Lee Stevens of Versailles.

Other survivors include a brother, David Evans Jr.; two sisters, Autumn Stevens and Spring Evans; her grandparents, Lou Ann Stevens, Charlotte (Don) Southworth, and Ricky Reynolds Sr.

Services were conducted Thursday, Aug. 5, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Justin Radar and the Rev. Rick Ralston. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were Terry Cosby, Justin Reynolds, Steven Lay, Ron Cheatham, Frankie Stevens, David Stratton, and David Evans Jr.

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Mary W. Fields, 98, of Midway, widow of Thomas Fields, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at her home.

Born in Midway, she was the daughter of the late John and Hannah Webster Williams Young. She joined Pilgrim Baptist Church at an early age and had been church organist, secretary of the Sunday school, secretary of the church convention, a member of the Missionary and Sewing Circles, and was a member of the Eastern Star and the Woodford County Senior Citizens.

Survivors include a brother, John (Louise) Young, Jeffersonville, Ind.; three daughters, Johnetta "Jay" Monie, Frankfort, and Armenta Christy and Christine (Jake) Davis, both of Midway; nine grandchildren, Robert (Camille) Fields, William Monie, James Greene, Reggie Owsley, Donnie Christy, Darryl Christy, Terry Monie, Jackie Greene, and Dedrick Fields; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. A sister, Geneva Bentley, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Pilgrim Baptist Church by Elder William Chris Wright. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Her grandsons served as casket bearers. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Amanda Goodrich, 70, of Versailles, wife of Doug Goodrich, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010.

Born May 11, 1940, in Jessamine County, she was the daughter of the late Wilson and Ruby Gabbard Hager. She had been a homemaker.

In addition to her husband of 42 years, she is survived by five children, Marie Runyon, Lawrenceburg, Margie Nash, Lawrenceburg, Sharon Goodrich, Versailles, Lindsey Fields, California, and Stephanie Purvis, Versailles; five sisters, Joyce Triplett, Lexington, Vicky Bills, Stamping Ground, Ethel Fairchild, Florida, Anita Pell, Versailles, and Pam Hardin, Owenton; three brothers, Bill Hager, Nicholasville, Doug Hager, Louisiana, and Steve Hager, Lexington; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A son, Douglas Dean Goodrich, and a brother, Bobby Lane Hager, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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John William Semones II, 55, husband of Kathy Tingle Semones, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, in Knoxville, Tenn., while on vacation with his family.

Born Jan. 21, 1955, in Woodford County, he was the son of Margarette Hager Semones, Lawrenceburg, and the late John William Semones. He was a 1973 Woodford County High School graduate and former center for the Woodford County Yellow Jacket football team. He was the international operations manager for Hotwork, Inc. He acquired his undergraduate degree from Regis College in Colorado and completed a masterís in philosophy and sociology at North Carolina State University. He had been a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church and was a member of the Havelock United Methodist Church in Havelock, N.C., where he and his wife had lived for 18 years prior to returning to Versailles in 2003. He enjoyed fishing, golf, boating, hiking, camping, and his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Kelli Ann Semones and John William "Bill" Semones III, both of Versailles; and a sister, Donna Semones Seeberger, both of Lawrenceburg.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 16, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon and Pastor Rob Lee.

Memorials are suggested to the Center for Courageous Kids, 1501 Burnley Road, Scottsville, KY 42164.

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Kelly Denise Goetz Simmons, 32, loving and caring wife, daughter and sister, of Lexington, passed away Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at the Markey Cancer Center.

She was born July 10, 1978, in Owensboro, Ky. Kelly was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and she loved spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband, Burt Simmons; her father, Richard (Trena) Goetz; brother, Stefan (Julie) Shown; niece, Morgan Shown; sister, Kristin Goetz (JD) Reed; nephew, Tate Reed; stepsister, Jodi (Jeff) Ferrell; mother-in-law, Keith and Zelma James; stepson, Gage Simmons; sister-in-law, Tiffany Simmons; brother-in-law, Quentin Simmons; several aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of special friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Connie D. Belcher Goetz and her grandparents, Alvin T. Belcher, Joyce B. and William Akins and Robert I. and Peggy Goetz.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Kelly Denise Goetz Simmons Memorial Fund, c/o Whitaker Bank, P.O. Box 55439, Lexington, KY 40555-9940 or any Whitaker Bank location.

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