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August 26, 2004



Ron F. Bates, 62, of Bold Court, husband of Elizabeth O. Bates, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born in Marion County, Ind., he was the son of Wilma Jean Bates, Indianapolis, Ind. and the late Richard Frances Bates. He and his wife had lived in Versailles for 27 years. He was a former U. S. Marine. He was a professional baker and former manager for the Pace Warehouse. He had been employed by the Transportation Department in vehicle enforcement for several years.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a sister, Kathy Gale, Greenwood, Ind., a brother, Tom Bates, Green Castle, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at the Acton Cemetery, Acton (Indianapolis), Ind.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the McDowell Cancer Foundation (Markey Cancer Center), 800 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536-0093. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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William "Bill" Frakes, 56, of Quail Run Road, husband of Sandy Leach Frakes, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born March 30, 1948, in Lexington, he was the son of George Frakes of Lexington and the late Jane O'Neal Frakes. He was the owner of George Frakes Jewelry in Lexington and was a member of King’s Way Assembly of God Church in Versailles.

In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by two daughters, Laura and Abby Frakes, Versailles; and three brothers, George II, Mark, and Dan Frakes, all of Lexington.

Services were conducted Friday, Aug. 20, 2004, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Joseph S. Girdler. Burial was at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Lexington. Casket bearers were Ron Durbin, Ralph Durbin, Benjamin Durbin, Jack Durbin, John Durbin, and Charlie Durbin.

Memorials are suggested to King’s Way Assembly of God Church, 4175 Lexington Road, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Richmond Halcomb, 86, of 143 Dan Drive, husband of Geneva Shepherd Halcomb, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Lexington.†

Born March 6, 1918, in Perry County, he was the son of the late Arthur and Maggie Adams Halcomb. Active as a member of Carpenters Union Local #1650, he had retired as a carpenter, but had been a coal miner and an employee of Dawson Bridge Company. He was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy of Versailles and was a World War II veteran of the U. S. Army.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Brenda Gayheart, Versailles, Barbara Spencer, Lexington, and Maggie Watts, Letcher County; a son, Donald Halcomb, Lexington; three sisters, Maxie Mays, Dora Smith, and Lona Smith, all of Perry County; a brother, Fess Halcomb, Perry County; 10 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2004, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Ken Lyle. Interment was at Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Brad Gayheart, Jay Gayheart, Steve Watts, Scott Watts, Bryan Halcomb, and Don Anthony Halcomb. Honorary bearers were Arthur Honican, David Peters, Allen Wilkins, and Paul Wright.



Judy Ann Morgan, 53, of Versailles, died Sunday Aug. 22, 2004, at the St. Joseph Hospital East, Lexington.

A native of Woodford County, she was an adopted daughter of Blossom G. Morgan and the late Harold Morgan. She was a member of the New Vine Baptist Church, a graduate of Woodford County High School and the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science. She was employed for 17 years at Texas Instruments, and served four years on the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral†Directors.

Survivors include a daughter, Blossom Haroldetta Morgan; a sister, Paula Malcomb, Dayton, Ohio; two brothers, John Byrd and Charles Byrd, Dayton, Ohio; an aunt, Hattie Maupin, Dayton, Ohio; two uncles, Robert Gilmore, Lexington, and Isaac B. Gilmore, Piqua, Ohio; her biological mother, Mrs. Frances Byrd; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at the New Vine Baptist Church, Fort Springs, by the Rev. S.T. Peoples. Visitation will be today, Thursday, Aug. 26, from 7-9 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Fort Springs Cemetery. The Morgan Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.

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Linda Bates Sheets, 58, of Frankfort, wife of Ron Sheets, died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2004, of natural causes at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

A native of Frankfort, she was the daughter of Ralph and Louise Poe Bates of Frankfort. She was retired as a unit manager for the Kentucky Department of Revenue and was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, the Frankfort Women’s Club, the Random Homemakers Club, and the YMCA.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a son, Jeff Sheets, Lexington; a sister, Jan Frazee, Knoxville, Tenn.; a brother, Jim Bates, Versailles; and a granddaughter.

Services were conducted Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, at Immanuel Baptist Church by the Rev. Chuck Queen. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery. Casket bearers were Randy Smith, Laurel True, Art Montfort, Dennis Cannon, Stanley Gosney, and Gary Morris.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Infant Resource Center, Immanuel Baptist Church, 1075 Collins Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601.



Jim Trachsel, 63, of Danville, husband of Bonnie Goodpaster Trachsel, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, at his residence.

Born Feb. 9, 1941, in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of Shirley Fislar Trachsel of Waverly, Ohio, and the late Claire Bonn Trachsel. He was a principal at Versailles High School from 1971-73. He was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned his bachelor of science and master’s degrees. He started his teaching career at Somerset High School, where he was a teacher and football coach. He worked in the Danville Independent School System from 1973 to 2001. He was assistant principal at Danville High School and served 14 years as principal Jennie Rogers Elementary School. He worked for one year as a corrections officer at North Point Training Center. He was an avid fisherman and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He was a member of the First Christian Church.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two sons, Ryan Trachsel, Wemberley, Texas, and Tyler Trachsel, Los Angeles, Calif.; three sisters, Carol Trachsel, Florida, Louisa Jackson, Akron, Ohio, and Irene Schiele, Kent, Ohio; and a grandson, James Tyler Trachsel. A sister, Karen Downey, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at the First Christian Church, Danville. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 26.

Memorials may be made to the Danville School Scholarship Endowment Fund, attn. Patsy Clevenger, 152 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Danville, KY 40422.


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