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December  1, 2005



  Matt O. "M.O." Adams, 83, of Paris, husband of Jewell Marie Adams, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005, at his residence.

Born Dec. 29, 1921, in Clintonville, he was the son of the late J.E. "Doc" and Letha M. Adams. He was a retired power plant superintendent for Eastern State Hospital He was a highly decorated veteran of World War II, receiving the Bronze Star, Silver Star, and the Purple Heart.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Linda Myers, Winchester, Judy Kendall, Paris, Connie Knippenberg, Paris, and Peggy Tracy, Paris; two sons, Larry Adams, Paris, and Michael Adams, Georgetown; three brothers, Archie R. Adams, Versailles, Robert Adams, Winchester, and Roy Lee Adams; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, including two special nephews, Kelly Ken Adams and Don Douglas Adams, both of Paris. A brother, John Adams, is deceased.

Per his wishes, the family chose cremation with no visitation. Hinton-Turner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 506 E. Pike Street, Cynthiana, KY 41031, Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Jeff Rutledge, 214 Grimes Batterton Road, Paris, KY 40316, or Paris Church of the Nazarene, c/o Vernon Adams, 231 W. 7th St., Paris, KY 40361.

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  Nellie Bates, 92, of Versailles, widow of Homer E. Bates, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, at the Bradford Square Nursing Home in Frankfort.

Born Sept. 26, 1913, in Rector, Ark., she was the daughter of the late Sherman and Lucy Hahn Terrell. She was a retired Rand-McNally employee and member of the St. Leo Catholic Church.

Survivors include a son, Homer E. Bates, Versailles; a brother, Wayman Terrell, Poplar Bluff, Mo., three grandchildren, Sherri Couch and Tammy Hysell, both of Versailles, and Michael Bates, Alexandria; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Burial will be at a later date at Memorial Park in Sikeston, Mo. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to St. Leo Catholic Church.



  Teresa M. Embry Bowman, 50, of Nicholasville, wife of James L. Bowman, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005.

Born March 31, 1955, in Jessamine County, she was the daughter of Pearl Embry Newton and the late Harold Embry. She was a graduate of Tates Creek High School, a former employee of Rand McNally and Jordon Graphics, and attended Faith United Community Church.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by her stepmother, Louise Embry Hurt, Nicholasville; two children, Kim Knight, Lexington, and J. D. Knight, Garrard County; four brothers, Jake Embry, Gary Embry, Bobby Weber, and Terry Weber; two sisters, Donna Embry Hammond and Connie Weber; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A sister, Flora Hager, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home by the Rev. Don Tipton and Pastor Vic Reasoner. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery. Casket bearers were J. D. Knight, Jake Embry, Gary Embry, Terry Weber, Bobby Weber, and Chad Embry. Honorary bearers were Jake Tyler Embry, Jeff "Tubbs" Olstein, John Barnett, Calvin Embry, Jamie Johns, Lucian Davis, and Jeff Bowman.

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  Burley Creech, of Frankfort, husband of Mary Halcomb Creech, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005.

After a 20 year career in data processing at Texas Instruments in Versailles, he retired in 1980 to his farm on the Kentucky River in Franklin County. Born in Eastern Kentucky, his early formal education began in the one room school houses of Letcher and Harlan counties. He attended Berea College, where he earned a degree in English. He was a published poet and scholar of the literary arts, a U.S. soldier in World War II, an accomplished craftsman, builder and stonemason.

Survivors include five sons, Tom Creech, North Carolina, Mike Creech, Lexington, Mark and Eddie Creech, Franklin County, and John Creech, Woodford County.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 26, at Rogers Funeral Home. Burial was in his wife’s family cemetery in Letcher County.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association.

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  Jeanetta Mitchell Deatherage, 103, widow of Cecil Milton Deatherage, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles.

Born in Louisville, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Whitehurst Mitchell. She retired after 53 years of service with the Bank of Commerce, was a member of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, and was a Kentucky Colonel.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Bob Mitchell, Versailles, Mitchell Baumann, Versailles, Bill Ward, Danville, Bruce Mitchell, Shelbyville, Charlie L. Mitchell, California, Patty Jo Luther, Ocala, Fla., and Don Mitchell, Louisville; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Margaret Ward and Charlotte Mitchell; and two brothers, Robert Mitchell and Charles Mitchell, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 28, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, by the Rev. David Brannen. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Casket bearers were Mike Mitchell, Matthew Mitchell, Ryan Baumann, Fred Baumann, Chris Spedding, and Taylor Mitchell.

Contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Blue Grass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



  George T. Grimes, 63, of North Vernon, Ind., died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at the VA Northern Indiana Healthcare.

Born April 2, 1942, in Versailles, he was the son of the late Boyd Ecton Grimes and Mae Alice Mobley Grimes. He worked as a horse trainer and blacksmith in Lexington and at various horse racing tracks.

Survivors include three sons, Eugene T. Grimes, Frankfort, Elijah T. Grimes, Versailles, and John T. Grimes, North Vernon, Ind.; two daughters, Rose Marie Grimes and Julie Coleman, North Vernon, Ind.; a brother, Boyd E. Grimes, Campbellsburg; two sisters, Peggy Walker, Scipio, Ind., and Melody Rose Grimes Nolan, LaGrange; and his fiancÈe, Betty Smith. A son, William Boyd Grimes, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Pickett Funerla Home, 209 South State Street, North Vernon, Ind. 47265. Inurnment will be at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison, Ind., at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the family through the funeral home.



  Mary Katherine Willhoite Jackson, 76, of Lexington, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005, at Samaritan Hospital.

Born Sept. 29, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Russell Sleet and Rose Katey Weber Willhoite. She was a retired University of Kentucky employee and attended New Hope Fellowship Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn James, Lexington, Mary Alice Tucker, Lawrenceburg, and Charolette Rose Woodrum, Deltona, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Mark James, Lexington, Cindy Tucker, Versailles, Shane and Shanda Woodrum, Wilmore, John and Tonya Tucker, Lawrenceburg, and Kendra Durham, Ft. Hood, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Trey Thompson, Wilmore, Carley Dailey, Versailles, and Ethan Durham, Ft. Hood, Texas; a brother, Benny Willhoit, Wilmore; two sisters, Margaret Pelfrey-Eaton, Ohio, and Clyde West Willhoite, Wilmore; an aunt, Leona House, Pollard, and other family members.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 28, at Betts & West Funeral Home by the Rev. Ronald Riley. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Shane and Kenneth Woodrum, Mark James, John Tucker, Jason Durham, and Andrew Stone. Honorary bearers were Benny Willhoite, Trey Thompson, Ethan Durham, Matt Acra, and Brian Mc Hone.

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  Sandra “Sandy” Lathrem, 64, of Versailles, wife of Doug Lathrem, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, at her residence.

Born Sept. 18, 1941, in Anniston, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Jeanette Goodman Stripling. She is a retired Kentucky state employee, having worked at the Department of Information Systems. She was also a member of the Versailles Baptist Church and Order of Eastern Star #426.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Jeannie Lathrem, LaGrange; three sons, Ben Lathrem, Frankfort, Joey Lathrem, Versailles, and Michael Lathrem, Indiana; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 1, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial will follow at the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be, Stephen Lathrem, Bryan Lathrem, Scott Stripling, Chuck Stripling, Jessica Lathrem, and Kelly Lathrem.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



  Dennis Todd Roberts, 45, of Georgetown, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005, at the Hospice Care Center.

A native of Georgetown, he was the son of Willard T. Roberts, Georgetown, and the late Sebelia "Bea" O'Banion Roberts Gillispie. He was the former owner of the Dairy Queen in Versailles, and was a member of the Georgetown Baptist Church.

In addition to his father, he is survived by a son, Todd Roberts; a brother, Steve Roberts, Georgetown; two sisters, Teresa Haggard, Georgetown, and Sarah Arlene Roberts, Louisville; his maternal grandmother, Naomi O'Banion, Frankfort; and nieces and nephews Ward and Foster Roberts, Abby Childers and Laura Haggard, all of Georgetown.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 28, at Johnson's Funeral Home by the Rev. Richard A. Weekley. Burial was in the Georgetown Cemetery. Casket bearers were David Whitley, Randy and Billy Sinkhorn, Jack Childers, Tommy Moss and Mike Dewes.

Expressions of Sympathy may be made to "Meals on Wheels," First United Methodist Church, 1280 Lexington Road, Georgetown, KY 40324, or Hospice of the Bluegrass.



  Carl G. Slatten, 84, of Lexington, widower of Georgia Sanderson Slatten, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, at Central Baptist Hospital.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late James B. Slatten and Lucy Jelf Slatten. He was a retired self employed insurance agent, a United States Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity at Georgetown College, a Kentucky Colonel, a member of Gardenside Baptist Church, and an avid farmer.

Survivors include two daughters, Carole Smith, Versailles, and Cathy Dunn, Lexington; and two grandchildren, Max and Morgan Dunn. A brother, Calvin Slatten; a sister, Louise S. Tilghman; and a granddaughter, Alexandra, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, by the Rev. James E. Heard. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were David Sanderson, Carl Lee Showalter, Vic Slatten, Carl Sword, Roger Kincer, and Ken Marshall. Honorary bearers were Max Dunn and deacons of Gardenside Baptist Church.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Gardenside Baptist Church Building Fund, 1667 Alexandria Drive Lexington, KY 40504, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



  Peggy Rose Yazell, 72, of Lexington, formerly of Paris, wife of Leonard Norman Yazell, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Born July 8, 1933, in Paris, she was the daughter of the late Hallie and Lola Rankin Hudnall Sr. She attended Paris High School.

In adition to her husband, she is survived by five daughters, Debbie Helton, Kathy Yazell, and Donna Yazell, all of Lexington, Karen Stevens, Isonville, and Teresa Yazell, Versailles; three sons, Norman Yazell, Jimmy Yazell, and Johnny Yazell, all of Lexington; two sisters, Martha Poe and Patty Carpenter, both of Paris; two brothers, William Hudnall, Leesburg, Fla., and Bobby Hudnall, Winchester; 23 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Mildred Finn and Elizabeth Dryden; and two brothers, Hallie Hudnall Jr. and Wayne Thomas Hudnall, are deceased.

Services were private. Hinton-Turner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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