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August 7, 2014



Blake Whitney Dotson, 48, of Versailles, husband of Petra Dotson, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.

A native of Versailles, he was born Sept. 23, 1965, the son of Bobby and Sissy Dotson. He was a claims adjuster for Ashland Inc. and a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by two children, Taylor Dotson and Luke Dotson, Versailles; a sister, Janet (Mark) Hall, Lexington; a brother, Heath (Leigh Anne) Dotson, Georgetown; nieces and nephews, Gavin and Sarah Hall, and Reece and Olivia Dotson; his aunt and godmother, Patsy Tupts; his mother-in-law, Helen "Oma" Schleith; two sisters-in-law, Susan (Jeff) Schleith and Sonja Schleith; a brother-in-law, Ulli Schleith; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 7, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Danny Schwendeman and the Rev. Christopher Dotson. Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Jeff Blair, Jeff Serber, Len Ellis, Doug Abersol, Boo Kemper and Mike Turner.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Petra Dotson in honor of the Dotson Childrenís Fund in care of United Bank, 100 United Dr. Versailles, KY 40383.

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Nathan Allen Fitzpatrick, 35, of Nicholasville, formerly of Versailles and Lawrenceburg, a sales representative for Overhead Door Co., died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Lawrenceburg.

He is survived by his wife, Billie Jo Drury Fitzpatrick, Nicholasville; his mother, Linda Tharp Burnett, and stepfather, George Barnett, Lawrenceburg; two daughters, Danyelle and Deeairra Fitzpatrick, Lawrenceburg; a stepson, Jacob Drury; two sisters, Kim Wallace, Lawrenceburg, and Kristi (David) Dupree, Lawrenceburg; a stepbrother, Kenny (Susan) Barnett, Lexington; and a stepsister, Katrinca (Jan) Barnett, Lawrenceburg.

Following cremation, a visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, followed by a memorial service at 6.

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Mary Gay Lake, 63, of Frankfort, retired Internal Policy Analyst for the Cabinet for Health and Human Services, died peacefully surrounded by her son and her faithful friends on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Born in Midway, she was a daughter of the late Wilbur Stephens and Birdie Jones Hackney. Mary Gay was a faithful member and Elder of the First Christian Church of Versailles.

Survivors include her son, Erik Lee Lake of Cincinnati, OH; her brother, Randy Stephens of Jackson, TN; her cousin, Patricia Ann (Darryl) Martin of Louisville; her aunt, Lorell Stephens of Louisville; her stepsister, Judy Sallee of Texas; and her special family, Agnes Anne Hackney, John E. Hackney, and Thomas M. Hackney. Additional survivors include her special friends, Wanda Martinez, Deborah Henderson, Fr. James and Betty Manion, Cynthia Kay Brooks, Nancy Butler, Susan Smith, Darlene Hoover, Paula Woodworth, Michael and Cheryl Cheek, Linda Church, the members of the Young at Heart Sunday School Class along with her entire church family, and her Friends of Lois W. She was preceded in death by her parents, her stepmother, Marie Stephens, stepbrother, Ronald Phillips, and her special family member, Carlton Hackney.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, August 6, at the First Christian Church. Committal and burial was at the Versailles Cemetery.

Mary Gay requested no flowers, but encouraged donations in her memory to the Versailles First Christian Church Building Fund or the First Christian Church Community Dinner. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Karen Murrell Meekins, of Lexington, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

Born in Chapel Hill, N.C., she was the daughter of Sara and Ned Meekins of Versailles. She attended the University of Oregon and graduated from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City in 1979. Following graduation, she joined the University of Kentucky as a research biologist working in various departments throughout her entire career, doing graduate studies at UK as well. She was an accomplished musician, having played the bassoon with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. An avid conservationist, she was an active member of the Kentucky Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award in 1995.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, David (Karen McDaniel) Meekins, Versailles.

Services were conducted Monday, Aug. 4, at St. Johnís Episcopal Church in Versailles by the Rev. Nancy Farley. Inurnment was at the St. Johnís columbarium. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to Kentucky Chapter, The Nature Conservancy, 114 Woodland Ave., Lexington, KY 40502.

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Andrew Miller, 27, of Versailles, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at his home.

The son of Randall and Nelda Miller, he was a 2004 graduate of Woodford County High School, attended BCTC, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of Kingís Way Assembly of God Church.

His grandparents, M. T. and Blanche Wright of Versailles and George Jr. and Virgie Marie Miller of Mt. Sterling, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Kingís Way Assembly of God Church, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. conducted by the Rev. Jeff Johnson. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family requests no flowers, but contributions are suggested to the U.S.O. or the Kingís Way Assembly of God Church Music Ministry.

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Marilyn Monroe, 72, of Frankfort, wife of William Monroe Sr., died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born June 9, 1942, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late James and Katherine Redmon.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by 10 children William (Marie) Monroe Jr. , Tammy (Dan) Cook, Robert Monroe, James (Bonnie) Monroe, Herbert (Sarah) Monroe, Lisa (Mario) Perez, Larry (Shannon) Monroe, Johnny (Rhonda) Monroe, Danny (Diane) Monroe, all of Frankfort, and Pattie (Rod) McDowell, Indiana; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A son, Charlie (Cara) Monroe, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. David Smith. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery.

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James Alan Oeffinger, 74, of Versailles, formerly of Naperville, Ill., husband of Juliet Muro Oeffinger, died Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Oshkosh, Wis., of injuries suffered in a plane crash.

Born Aug. 4, 1939, he was the son of the late Bud and Frances Oeffinger. He was a member of St. Leoís Catholic Church in Versailles, a veteran in the United States Army and was retired from computer sales management. His passions in life were flying, cars and giving advice to his kids. In addition to his wife of 47 years, he is survived by three daughters, Christine (Jim) Jarecki, Grand Rapids, Mich., Donna (Jimmy) Childers, Lexington, and Teresa (Mike) Fourcher, Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Joan (Jim) Smith, Jeffersonville, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Addison, Kelsey and Carson Jarecki, Nicolas Fourcher, and Cameron, Braydon and Nathan Childers.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 7, at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church by Fr. Dan Noll. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to support a scholarship to the EAA Young Eagles Camp in Oshkosh, Wis. Send donations to EAA Chapter 461, c/o Arnold Zimmerman, 8456 Charles Court, Downers Grove, IL 60516, or consider a donation to the charity of oneís choice.



Flor Rodriguez Ramirez, 28, of Versailles, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at her home.

She was the daughter of Manuel Rodriguez and stepdaughter of Alisha Sames Rodriguez of Versailles, and the daughter of Lugarda Ramirez Vaca and stepdaughter of Silverio Avalos of Mexico. Also surviving are two stepsisters, Paige Curry and Coty Curry, Versailles.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, followed by a funeral service at 7. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Jack "Honey" White, 93, of Versailles, husband of Edna White, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.

Born July 4, 1921, in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Roy and Bessie Sipes White.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by six children, Jackie White, Versailles, Lynda Shriota, Louisville, Robert E. White, Versailles, Susie Metts, Louisville, Danny White, Midway, and Carol McDonald, Versailles; his adopted son, Vernon "Cotton" Chadwell, Midway; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. A daughter, Frankie Barnes, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Todd Lester. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 7.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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