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August 2, 2001


Joe Frank Banks 

Joe Frank Banks, Paris, formerly of Versailles, died Tuesday, July 17, 2001, at his residence. 

He attended Huntertown Elementary School for six years, and later attended the Kentucky School for the Deaf. 

Survivors include his mother, Barbara Robinson Kinne, Paris; his former step-father, Mickey Robinson, Versailles; paternal grandparents, Bill and Edna J. Robinson, Versailles; a brother, Adam Travis Banks, Paris; aunt and uncle, Rolland and Billie Jean Patton; and cousins, Emily and Rhonda Patton, all of Versailles. 

Burial was in Paris Cemetery, Paris. Memorials are suggested to the Meteer School, Paris. Hinton-Turner Funeral Home, Paris, was in charge of arrangements.


Elizabeth Columbia 

Elizabeth "Liz" Columbia, 75, of Midway, wife of Sherman Columbia, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at her residence. 

Born in Woodford County March 30, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Emory "Jack" and Eva McCray Jones. She was a member of the Midway Baptist Church and a retired federal government employee. 

In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Barbara Columbia, Midway, and Nancy Brooks, Frankfort; two granddaughters, Jennifer Godby, Frankfort, and Kristy Craig, Midway; two great grandchildren, Sherman Todd and Mattilynn Craig, both of Midway; a special daughter, Kay Heichelbech, Versailles; and two special great grandchildren, Jason and Niki Heichelbech, Versailles. A brother, Louis N. Jones, is deceased. 

Services were conducted Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, at Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Mark Johnson. Burial was in Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bobby Godby, Bill Heichelbech, Jason Heichelbech, Darrell Columbia, Deen Craig and Armond Portwood Jr. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, the Midway Baptist Church, or one's favorite charity.


Mildred B. Hatton 

Mildred Bain Hatton, 72, of Versailles, wife of Ray Hatton, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001 at her residence. 

A Woodford County native, she was the daughter of Dewey and Katherine Thompson Bain. She was a former homemaker and a member of New Hope Baptist Church. 

In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Karen Hatton Baker, Versailles; a son, Kenneth R. Hatton, Glasgow; three sisters, Evelyn Cammack, Frankfort, Marjorie O'Brien and Joyce Sims, both of Versailles; a brother, Donald Bain, Versailles; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A sister, Elsie Lear, and a brother, James T. Bain, are deceased. 

Services were conducted Friday, Aug. 3, 2001, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. James Allen and the Rev. Rick Ralston. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Clyde Shotwell, Tommy Turner, David Lloyd, Tom Taylor, Eugene Hatton and Eugene Reynolds. 

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.


James Hopper 

James M. "Jim" Hopper, 84, of Frankfort, husband of Christine Wise Hopper, died Monday, July 23, 2001, at his residence after a long illness. 

A native of Franklin County, he was the son of the late Walter and Daisy Cunningham Hopper. He was a retired engineer for the F&C Railroad and the Kentucky Department of Transportation, Division of Service and Supply. He was a member of North Fork Baptist Church. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Vonda Hopper Hardin, Shelby Hopper Adcock, and Mary Hopper Slaughter, all of Frankfort, and Kathy Hopper Patchel, Versailles; two sisters, Edna Conway and Georgia Conway, both of Frankfort; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. A son, Sherley Wallace Hopper, is deceased. 

Services were conducted Thursday, July 26, 2001, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel, Frankfort, by the Rev. Wallace Kent and the Rev. David Helton. Casket bearers were Roger Hardin, Jerry Adcock, Randy Patchel, Gary Slaughter, Otto Wainscott, and Frank Dile. Honorary bearers were Jeff Hardin, Tim Adcock, James E. Hopper, Brian Trent, Robert Slaughter, Christopher Slaughter, Jordan Slaughter, and Mike Wise. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, Franklin County Chapter.


Maude Martin

Maude Martin, 87, of Versailles, aunt of Susan Johnson, died Monday, July 30, 2001. 

Private services were planned, no visitation. Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Phillip Morris 

Phillip Morris, 61, of Versailles, a security guard for Logan's Security and a former mechanic, husband of Phyllis Withers Morris, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center. 

Born in Nicholas County, he was the son of the late Keller and Dorothy Herrington Morris, and had been an active member of the National Rifle Association. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Phillip K. Morris, Lexington; a step-son, Dr. Tim Withers, Arlington, Va.; two nieces, Gina Richardson and Tyler Withers; and a great niece, McKenzie Richardson, all of Versailles. His first wife, Emma Clem Morris, is deceased. 

Services were conducted Friday, July 27, 2001, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Ron Camblin. Interment was in Barterville Cemetery, Nicholas County. Casket bearers were Brad Brown, Joe Butts, Loren Carl, Keith Underwood, Bruce Manley, and Ronnie Yazell. Honorary bearers were Dr. William Graul, Paul Nelson, Wayne McKenzie, Tyler Withers, Amy Manley, Tracy Manley and Travis Manley.


Mary Pelfrey 

Mary Ann Watkins Pelfrey, 56, of Versailles, formerly of Breathitt County, homemaker, daughter of Hazel Watkins, died Friday, July 27, 2001. 

Services were conducted Monday, July 30, 2001, at Watts Funeral Home Chapel.


Marjorie Peyton 

Marjorie Peyton, 79, Versailles, formerly of Lexington, widow of Hobert F. Peyton, died Friday, July 27, 2001. 

Born in Scott County on April 28, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Wesley and Emma Sams, and was a member of Woodford Christian Church. 

Survivors include a son, Donald Peyton, Lexington; four daughters, Joan Furlong, Lexington, Pamela Shoot, Denise Tucker and Angela Walters, all of Versailles; eight grandchildren, Amy Smith, Donna O'Neil, Troy Furlong, Erin Shoot, Gretchen Shoot, Autumn Slone, Megan Tucker and Clark Tucker; and eight great grandchildren, Brandon Bowling, Brady Bowling, Macy Smith, Chelsea Jackson, Cameron Furlong, Hailee Slone, Logan Slone, and Jyoti O'Neil. 

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. 

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation, 836 Euclid Avenue, Lexington KY 40502.


Charles Simms

 Charles "C.L." Simms, 57, Versailles, husband of Candy Prather Simms, died Sunday, July 29, 2001, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington. 

Born in Louisville on July 23, 1944, he was the son of Anna C. Hotlzknecht, Val Rico, Fla., and the late Charles R. Simms. He was a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Lexington, and was an internal policy analyst for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He also was president of the Retail Service Group Consulting Company for the past eight years. He was a graduate of Western Kentucky University and a former house director of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and played football. He was also active in Habitat For Humanity. 

In addition to his wife and mother, survivors include five daughters, Emily Simms Voyles, La Grange, Erika Simms Ross, Louisville, Jennifer Simms, Louisville, Kathryn Guyette Lewis, Versailles, and Liesl Guyette Newton, Schererville, Ind.; a son, James Guyette, Paducah; a sister, Deborah K. Simms, Val Rico, Fla.; two brothers, Gregory S. Simms and Randall M. Simms, both of Louisville; nine grandchildren; two nephews; and one niece. 

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Lexington, by the Rev. Arthur E. Kentopp. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles. Casket bearers were Jason Simms, Charlie Simms, Douglas Ross, Sean Voyles, Luke Lewis, and Alex Newton. Honorary bearers were members of the Alpha Bible Study group. Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements. 

Memorials are suggested to the Epilepsy Foundation, 4351 Garden City Drive, Landover MD 20785.


Marjorie M. Straub 

Marjorie Mix Straub, 87, of Russell Springs, formerly of Louisville, widow of William F. Straub, died Thursday, July 26, 2001, at the Taylor County Hospital, Campbellsville. 

Born in Louisville, she earned a master's degree in Childhood Education from the University of Louisville, and completed her undergraduate degree at Spaulding College. She taught in the Jefferson County school system, where she was the supervisor of art education under Richard Van Hoose. She wrote the art curriculum for grades 1-12. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Delta Kappa Gamma, and was active with the Indian Hills Homemakers in Russell Springs. 

Survivors include two sons, Vinson Straub, Versailles, and Frank Straub, Pekin, Ind.; and five grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church by Deacon Tom Snyder and the Rev. Shawn Barkley. Interment of her cremated remains, and those of her husband, who died in 1988, will be in the Pisgah Church Cemetery following the services. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements. 

Memorials are suggested to the Pisgah Scholarship Fund or Woodford Habitat For Humanity.


Nettie W. Tate 

Nettie Woolums Tate, 92, of Versailles, widow of J.M. Tate, died Thursday, July 19, 2001. 

Born on Oct. 18, 1908, she was the daughter of Martha Kidwell Woolums and William Howard Woolums Sr. She was a member of Glens Creek Baptist Church. 

Survivors include two daughters, Anne Bowmar, Lexington, and Jane Dean, Versailles; a brother, the Rev. Jeptha B. Woolums, Pennsylvania; four grandchildren, Mike Faust, Kennetha Gayhart, Billy Faust, and Sylvia Ratcliff; six great grandchildren, Kim Thomas, Lee Faust, Len Faust, Micah Faust, Tom Rodgers and Taylor Ratcliff; six step-grandchildren and eight step-great grandchildren. A son, Arthur Harold Tate; two sisters, Maggie Davis and Mary Crews; two brothers, William "Buck" Carl Woolums and Howard Woolums Jr.; and a granddaughter, Mildred Anne Dean, are deceased. 

Services were conducted Sunday, July 22, 2001, at Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel by Mike Faust, Dr. Min. Burial was in Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Lee and Len Faust, Rick Gayhart, Mike Ratcliff, Tom Rodger, Scott Thomas and Carl Woolums. Contributions are suggested to one's favorite charity.


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