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August 7, 2008



Ina Esham Adams, 92, of Lexington, widow of William W. "Steve" Adams, died Sunday, July 27, 2008, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born Aug. 30, 1915, in Elliott County, she was the daughter of the late Will and Mollie Tackett Esham. After her birth, her family moved to Lewis County. She graduated from Midway High School in 1933 and graduated from St. Joseph Hospital nursesí training in Lexington as an R.N. in 1936 and retired as a nurse at Eastern State Hospital.

Survivors include two sons, William E. "Steve" (Phyllis L.) Adams, Bonita Springs, Fla., and Floyd Alan (Suzanne Tack) Adams, Salvisa; three sisters, Dorothy Cumberworth, Hazel Esham Frank, and Iva O. Esham; four grandchildren, William Keith Adams, Paducah, Steven Nicholas Adams, Brooksville, Fla., Bethany Faye Adams, Jacksonville, Fla., and Jennifer Paige Adams, Rockville, Md.; and six great-grandchildren, Andrew, Nicholas, Jarred, Patrick, Joshua, and Jacob.

Services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 2, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, by the Rev. Lee Cox. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.



Lucian Eaves, 80, of Frankfort, formerly of Woodford County, husband of Lillie Pittman Eaves, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, at his residence.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Ernest and Allie Utterback Eaves, and was a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. He was a retired farmer, having worked for the late John McCabe for over 16 years, and had been a builder.

Survivors include two daughters, Connie (Ronnie) Burton, Lexington, and Faye (Tim) Armstrong, Charlotte, N.C.; three sons, Ernie (Sherry) Eaves, Georgetown, Gary (Sheri) Eaves, Midway, and Mike (Janet) Eaves, Clarksville, Tenn.; two brothers, Melvin Eaves, Georgia, and Bobby Eaves, Georgetown; nine grandchildren, Adam Walker, Brian Eaves, Jarrod Eaves, Steve Eaves, Brandon Eaves, Amanda Armstrong, Ashley Armstrong, Amber Eaves, and Sarah Eaves; and four great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Ernestine Riddle and Elinor Lewis, and two brothers, John and Floyd Eaves, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Todd Lester. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Steve Moberly, Adrian Varner, John Varner, Gary Varner, Darrell Varner, and Dale Varner. Honorary bearers were Donnie Riddle, Tommy Riddle, Jim Dale Riddle, and David Clay Lewis.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Mary Taylor Hall, 95, of Shelbyville, mother of former Gov. Martha Layne Collins, widow of Everett L. Hall, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008.

A native of Spencer County, she was the daughter of the late James Pruitt and Alma Goodwin Taylor. She was a graduate of Bagdad High School and a co-founder of Hall-Taylor Funeral Home. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, where she was a former Sunday school teacher. She also taught Sunday school while a member of Christiansburg Baptist Church and at Bagdad Baptist Church, where she was also a BYPU leader, a member of the W.M.U., and she taught Vacation Bible School at three different churches. She was a member of the Marshall Phillips Circle, a Sunday school teacher at the Clear Creek Mission and a volunteer at Henderson House. During World War II and several years afterward, she worked in the Volunteer Nurseís Aide Service with the American Red Cross. She was a member and past president of the Shelbyville Business and Professional Womenís Club, a former member of the Shelbyville Chautauqua Club, and a member of the Shelby Chapter No. 170 of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was the first woman to serve on the board of directors of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and she served as a council member on the Kentucky Consumer Advisory Council. She was chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Executive Committee from 1979-1987 and was a member and past president of the Shelby County Democratic Womanís Club. She was a volunteer tutor in the Shelby County Reading Tutorial Program.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a grandson, Steve Collins (Diane), Shelbyville; a granddaughter, Marla Webb (Dudley), Lexington; two brothers, Robert W. Taylor, Shelbyville, and Rodney M. Taylor, Bagdad; a sister, Rogenia T. Wilson, Paola, Kan.; and five great-grandchildren, John Taylor Collins and Catherine Collins, Shelbyville, and Alex Webb, Will Webb, and Ellie Webb, Lexington. Two brothers, Howard Goodwin Taylor Sr., and James B. Taylor; and four sisters, Martha Ailene Knudson, Lois T. Arnold, Elizabeth T. Cook, and Mildred T. Frandsen, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 7, at First Baptist Church of Shelbyville by Dr. Thomas R. Kinman, Dr. Fred T. Moffatt, and the Rev. Jesse O. Baxter. Interment will follow in Bagdad Cemetery at Bagdad. Friends may call at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of funeral today. Hall-Taylor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kentucky Baptist Childrenís Homes, the Oneida Baptist Institute, or the charity of the donorís choice.



Nelson Miles Hoffman Jr., 88, of Versailles, husband of Marjorie Mendenhall Hoffman, a former Midway College president, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2008, at his home.

Born June 10, 1920, in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of Nelson Miles Hoffman Sr. and Sara Suiter Hoffman. He earned a B.A. in history from Asbury College in 1942.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as lieutenant and executive officer of the USSPC1167, a submarine chaser in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Following his honorable discharge in 1946 he taught school in Ozawkie, Kan., obtained his M.A. in history from the University of Kansas, then attended the Kennedy School of Missions in Hartford, Conn. From 1949 through 1957 he served as an educational missionary of the Methodist Church in South India at Hyderabad, Tandur, and Kodaikanal. Upon his return from India he served as a pastor of the Methodist Church in Williamsburg, Kan. He then taught in the history departments of the University of Kansas, Emory-at-Oxford, Georgia, and Florida Southern College. He obtained his Ph.D. in history from the University of Kansas in 1964 and went on to serve as dean of  academic affairs, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Fla. (1965-1968); vice president of academic affairs, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, W.Va. (1968-1970); headmaster, The Pennington School, Pennington, N.J. (1970-1978); president, Midway College (1978-1985). He served the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church as interim headmaster of the Robinson School, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1986) and interim assistant general secretary, Division of Higher Education, Nashville, Tenn. (1987). For the remaining 20 years of his life he served as vice president of Capital Formation Counselors, Inc., Belleair Bluffs, Fla.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, he is survived by their five children, Nelson III, Los Alamos, N.M., Michael (Kathy), Lexington, Elizabeth Ross (Michael), Winfield ,W.Va., George (Debra), Westerville, Ohio, and Joseph, Versailles; 11 grandchildren, Miguel, Sarah, Wendy, Stephanie, Michelle, Lauren, Michael II, George Nelson, Meghan, Katherine, and Eric Miles; a great-grandchild, Thomas; a sister, Jane Ewing (the Rev. John), Kissimmee, Fla., a niece, Nancy; and a nephew, John. A daughter-in-law, Gale Clark Hoffman, is deceased.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in Estes Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kodaikanal International School Foundation, Kodai Friends International (KFI), PO Box 6121, Bloomington, IN 47404-6121; Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504; or a charity of oneís choice.

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Toni James, 62, of Lawrenceburg, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2008.

She was the daughter of Robert F. and Clifforda C. James of Lawrenceburg and the sister of Keith (Zelma) James of Versailles. A brother, Robert F. "Bobby" James Jr., is deceased.

Graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Woodlawn Hills Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 7, at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg.



Annette "Net" Byrd Jackson, 89, widow of Samuel Jackson Sr., died Friday, Aug. 1, 2008, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born March 7, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Amanda Williams Byrd of Fort Springs. She was a longtime active member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Frances Johnson, Versailles, and Virginia Howard, Columbus, Ohio; a son, Sam Jackson Jr. (Maggie), Versailles; a sister, Sarah Girten, Richmond, Ind.; four sisters-in-law, Lena Byrd of Lexington, Margaret Jackson, Margie McCullough, and Agnes Jackson, all of Versailles; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives. A sister, Nellie Smith, and a brother, Robert Byrd, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 7, at First Baptist Church in Versailles. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. today until time of service. Burial will be in the Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers will be her nephew, Lee Bradley, and her grandsons.

Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

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Harold E. Ritter, of Georgetown, widower of Sally Ritter, died Sunday, July 27, 2008, of complications following a stroke.

The son of Marion Dean and Thomas Edward Ritter of Norfolk, Va., he was a member of the Cadet Corps at Virginia Tech, where he majored in civil engineering and graduated in 1942, he went on to train pilots in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked for his father, who founded the T. E. Ritter Corporation. After his father retired, he ran the company with his brother, Kenneth Thomas Ritter. He enjoyed woodworking, and was an avid hunter, fisherman, and breeder and trainer of hunting dogs. In his retirement, he purchased a farm in Nellysford, Va., and enjoyed farming and gardening, attended courses at the Institute for Living in Retirement, was active in Kiwanis and the local Republican Breakfast, supported the establishment of the Atlantic Wildfowl Museum, was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, and was a member of Virginia Beach Community Chapel.

Survivors include four children, Konette Ritter, Midway, Harold E. Ritter Jr., Georgetown, Marion Ritter Cook, Georgetown, and Dean B. Ritter, Cameron, Mo.; as well as nieces and nephews; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services and burial were conducted Thursday, July 31, in Virginia Beach, Va. Johnsonís Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



John McCauley Simpson, 90, husband of Henrietta Mitchell Simpson, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2008.

Born Aug. 17, 1917, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clark Simpson. He was a lifelong farmer, a deacon at the Millville Baptist Church, and a member of the Woodford County Fire Board.

In addition to his wife of 69 years, he is survived by son, John Wayne (Karen) Simpson; a granddaughter, Aletta Ann Simpson (Wayne) Absher; a grandson, Jay (Tara) Simpson; two great-grandsons, Travis Wayne Absher and Cody Douglas Simpson; and a great-granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Absher. Three brothers, Leslie Simpson, Melvin Simpson, and Clark Simpson, and five sisters, Bessie Goodrich, Fritz Hearn, Foreman Westray, Nora Bell Poole, and Beulah Hutchins, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 7, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Honorary casket bearers will be the deacons of the Millville Baptist Church and the Woodford County Fire Board.

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Barbara Sue Troxell, 67, of Lexington, wife of Marvin D. Troxell, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2008, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of Sylvia B. Wiley and the late Leslie Warren Wiley Sr. She was a self-employed private duty sitter and a graduate of Lafayette High School.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Tim (Judy) Hudson, Frederick, Md., and Rick (Kim) Hudson, Lexington; a stepson, Tim (Chris) Troxell, Lexington; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A brother, Leslie Wiley Jr., and a sister, Peggy Jo JanKowski, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street. Burial was in the Wilmore Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

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