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December 1, 2011



Sylvania Davidson Biggs, 95, of Frankfort, widow of Clarence Biggs, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born in Manchester and a former resident of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Jonah Ella Childs Davidson.

Survivors include two daughters, Hallie Richardson and Helen Richardson, Lexington; two sons, Clayton Biggs and Gene Biggs, Frankfort; 25 grandchildren, and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. Two sons, Preston Biggs and Bobb Biggs, and five siblings are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 1, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Steve Ward. Burial will be in the Nonesuch Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Wayne Richardson, David Lee Richardson, David Allen Kirk, James Thomas Richardson, Bryan Biggs, William Northern, T. J. McCoy, and Johnny James.

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Alex Duane Estes, 45, of Frankfort, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of Lonnie and Verna M. Estes. He was a graduate of Woodford County High School, a chef, and a U. S. Army veteran.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Lisa (Richard) Pluimer, Madisonville; two brothers, Jason (Angie) Estes, Hazard, and Lonnie Wayne Estes, Frankfort; two nephews, Vincent Estes and B. J. Estes; five nieces, Heather Plumier, Brittany Plumier, Penni Plumier, Lillie Plumier, and Kelli Estes.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 28, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Allen Harrod. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Vinnie Estes, Tony Montgomery, Glenn Estes, Sandy Montgomery, Jansen Gray, and J. T. Clark.

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Joseph Rutoskey, 78, of Versailles, husband of Anna Rutoskey, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born in San Juan, Texas, he was the son the late John and Basilisa Cantu Rutoskey. A retired truck driver, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of the Teamsters Union, a member of the Lighthouse Church, and had been employed at Kmart.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by three sons, Craig (Tina) Rutoskey, Versailles, Douglas (Wendi Brock) Rutoskey, Indianapolis, Ind., and Patrick (Lana) Rutoskey, Versailles; 13 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and three sisters, Phyllis Arevalo and Mary Valdez, California, and Frances Roach, Texas. Two brothers, John Rutoskey and Mario Rutoskey, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Lighthouse Church in Versailles by Pastor Terry Gillum. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Craig Rutoskey, Patrick Rutoskey, Douglas Ruthoskey, Mike Rutoskey, Doug Rutoskey Jr., and William Rutoskey. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Carrie Lee Walker Smith, 82, of Frankfort, widow of Ed Smith, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011.

Born Oct. 19, 1929, in Overton, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Dillard and Lora Boswell Walker.

Survivors include three sons, David Walker, Edward P. Smith, and William Smith, all of Frankfort; four daughters, Carrie Marlene Edwards, Faye Lewis, Charlene Shryock, and Carlene Smith, all of Frankfort; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Olene Poe, Judy Gaines, and Louise Knox, all of Frankfort, and Josie Seibert, Ohio; and a brother, Bruce Walker, Versailles.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Harviland Methodist Church by Bro. Scott Bryant. Burial was in the Harviland Methodist Church Cemetery. Casket bearers were E.J. Smith, Joe Middleton, Robert Hobbs, Darrell Wayne Lewis, Eugene Ripey, and John Roberson. Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, was in charge of arrangements.

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Ronald Wayne Metcalfe, 64, of Versailles, husband of Mary Jo Metcalfe, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011.

Born March 3, 1947, in Totz, Ky., he was the son of the late Ambrose Metcalfe and Kathleen Reid Smith. He served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, was a former Kroger employee, and retired farm foreman for Lane’s End Farm.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lynne Metcalfe; two sons, Michael Metcalfe and Joey (Danielle) Metcalfe; and two granddaughters, Emma Hatfull and Sarah Metcalfe, all of Versailles.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill.

Donations may be made to VA Medical Center, Hospice Unit, Bldg 27-2, 1101 Veterans Dr., Lexington, KY 40502.

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Lonnie Lee Spaulding Sr., 72, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Donnie Lee Foley Spaulding, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jonnie (Frank) Horneman, Lawrenceburg; a son, Lonnie Lee (Mattie) Spaulding Jr,, Lawrenceburg; four grandchildren, Katelyn Danielle Hughes, Krista Grace Spaulding, Justin Spaulding (Kelcie) Hughes, Versailles, and Jesse Thomas Spaulding, Salvisa; a step-granddaughter, Kelly Cheak, Lawrenceburg; a great-grandson, Hunter Joseph Hughes, Versailles; and two step-great-grandchildren, Heather Cheak, Lawrenceburg, and Dylan Hollis, Georgetown.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg, by Bro. Robert Logue.

Memorial contributions may be made to Relay For Life, c/o Derek Ruble, 106 Hamlin Way, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.



Marie Milam Whitus, 80, of Versailles, wife of Ernest "Tip" Whitus, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011.

Born June 3, 1931, in Christian County, she was the daughter of the late Roy M. and Mary Taylor Milam. She was a former Kentucky Community Education director and received numerous local, state and national awards for community education and was a member of Woodford Community Christian Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Ernest T. (Barbara) Whitus Jr., Virginia, Thomas Milam (Laura) Whitus, Indiana, and Stephen Mitchell (Lisa) Whitus, Louisville; a granddaughter, Kristen Marie Strout, Ohio; and two great-grandchildren. Two brothers, William Taylor Milam and Roy Mitchell Milam Jr., are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Nov. 25, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Randy Nation. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were John Merryman, Don Robinson, Joe Clark, Jerry Tabor, Paul West, and Gene Birch.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or to a favorite charity.

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Stanley B. Wiley, 98, of Lexington, widower of Hettie Britton Wiley, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Warren and Anna Belle Eaves Wiley. He was retired as farm manager of Wilson Farms after 65 years of service. He was honored as Pioneer Farmer in Scott County in 1998. He was a Farm Bureau member and a member of the local and state beef associations. He was a member of David’s Fork Baptist Church for 46 years, where he served as a deacon, treasurer, and trustee. He was a charter member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Lexington, and the oldest member of the church. He enjoyed traveling and fishing.

Survivors include a daughter, Lou Ann Wiley Sorrell (Jim), Georgetown; three grandchildren, John Wiley Brown (Linda), Frankfort, Kevin Paul Brown (Melonie), Lexington, and Stanley Dodd Sorrell (Lisa), Winchester; and five great-grandchildren, Patrick Brown, Amelia Brown McCormick (Keith), Natalie Brown, Jacob Dodd Sorrell, and Matthew Blake Sorrell. A daughter, Patricia Lavoughn Wiley Brown; a grandson, Todd Wilson Sorrell; a brother, Leslie Wiley; three sisters, Mildred Wiley Brown, Ruby Wiley Philpot, and Opal Wiley Shackleford, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Milward-Man O’ War, Lexington, by Dr. Robert Vickers, Alan Dodson and John Wiley Brown. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were his grandsons, John Wiley Brown, Kevin Paul Brown, Stanley Dodd Sorrell; his nephews Don Philpot and Tommy Littrell; and Don Calhoun and Tracy Highlander. Honorary bearers were Homer Forman, Jerry Maze, Don Abbott, Stanley Shackleford, Jim Bricken, John Douglas Maze and Bill Conn.

Contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 153 Thierman Lane, Louisville, KY 40207.



Mary Elizabeth Worstell, 51, partner of Wendy Sue Wahl, born April 27, 1960, in New Brighton PA, transitioned on 11/22/11 in her home surrounded by Loved Ones and Angels. Mary Beth resided in Zelienople, PA, graduating from Seneca High in 1978. Her journey took her to several states before she finally found her home in Midway, KY. She cherished life and the beauty of nature, music, people and food. Her enthusiasm impacted others deeply and profoundly. Wherever Mary lived community was formed. Her dogs, Sam, Luca, and Stella were her joy. In lieu of cut flowers please plant a tree, or other vegetation to support the earth and beautify your environment or give to your local SPCA. Mary was the daughter of Dr. Gaillard and June Worstell of Zelienople, PA. She was predeceased by her Father in 1996. Besides her mother June, Mary is also survived by her sister Suellen (Eugene) Dornbrook of Corrientes, Argentina; brother John (Kate) Worstell of Almond, NC; nephews Zane Dornbrook and Rahmat (Vicky) Dornbrook of Zelienople, PA; great-nieces Shannon Dornbrook and Isis Dornbrook; extended family in the Pittsburgh, PA area; loving companion, Margie Wojciak of Hollidaysburg, PA; daughter Sara Young of Delphi, IN and countless friends from all over the world. A Life Celebration will be from 3 to 8 pm, Saturday, Dec. 3, at her residence in Midway. Online guestbook available at

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