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December  15, 2005




  George R. Bailey, 87, of Bradenton, Fla., husband of Loretta Bailey, widower of Dorothy Mae Bailey, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, in Brandon.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of William and Mary Griffith Bailey. Hw was a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 680. He entered the service Sept. 19, 1939, and was an original member of the World War II American volunteer group, the Flying Tigers, under Gen. Claire Chenault. While in the service, he received the Soldier's Medal for actions in Belgium. During his career, he received a Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He also received a Presidential Unit Citation for his participation in the American volunteer group. He participated in the Berlin Airlift. He was a recipient of the American Aviation Award Hall of Fame and American Combat Airmen Hall of Fame. He was a Kentucky Colonel, and was president of Saraland, Ala., Little League baseball for four years.

Survivors include his children, Bobbie Jean Howard, Frankfort, Georgeann Ross, Lt. Col. Ricky Bailey, and Staff Sgt. Larry David Bailey; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and two sisters, Mary Belle Hartley, Versailles, and Christine Howard, Frankfort. A son, Darrell Keith; and three sisters, Minnie Flora, Margaret Turner, and Nellie Weber, are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, Dec. 1, at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home. Interment was in Hillsboro Memorial Gardens.

Donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.



  John Curtis Carter, 83, of Lexington, husband of Emma Harris Carter, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, at the Thomas Hood Veterans Center.

Born June 22, 1922, at Alton Station in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Charles and Christine Young Carter. He was a retired employee of the Lexington Army Depot. He graduated from Dunbar High School and Kentucky State College. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps with a tour of duty in Burma, India. He was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, church clerk, Sunday school teacher, and usher. He was also a 32nd degree Mason.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Margaret Jackson, Versailles, and Ruth Beatty, Fayette County; a brother, James Carter, Versailles; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A sister, Charles Anna Browning, and two brothers, William K. Carter and Cloyd R. Carter, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 12, at Main Street Baptist Church by Elder D.J. Ward. Burial was in the Steele Cemetery, Versailles. Casket bearers were the deacons of Main Street Baptist Church. Honorary bearers were his nephews. Smith and Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



  James R. Davis, 72, of Woodford County, husband of Flora Brackett Davis, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, at his residence.

Born in Mercer County, he was the son of the late James Harry and Beulah Gladys Sims Davis, and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. He was a former employee of Foster and Creighton Construction Company for 20-plus years, and most recently was a co-owner of Woodford Builders for 21 years.

Survivors include a son, James Ashley Davis, Versailles; two daughters, Teresa Johnson, Salem, Va., and Robin Wheeler, Roanoke, Va.; four grandchildren, Haley Davis, Sarah Johnson, Cristie Henley, and Shane Duncan; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, Dec. 9, by the Rev. James Allen and the Rev. Wesley Noss. Interment followed at Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Harold Cunningham, Jim Cawby, Marvin Taber, Ron Watts, Glenn Spurlock, Grady Allen, and George Owen. Honorary bearers were the employees of Woodford Builders. Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials were suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or the Markey Cancer Center, 800 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536.



  Beulah Soard Dunn, 84, of McCracken Pike, wife of Phillip R. Dunn, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Beck and Mary Updike Soard. She was a longtime member of the Pentecostal Church of God. She retired from Rand McNally and Company in 1983 after 20 years of service.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by six children, Patsy Johnson, South Lebanon, Ohio, Mary Ann Slatten, Martha Berger, and Elizabeth Dunn, all of Versailles, Philip Dunn, Morrow, Ohio, and Woody Dunn, Midway; a special granddaughter, Candi Lynn Dunn; several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Clara Fields, Frances Stratton, and Ruth Bowman, all of Versailles. Three sisters, seven brothers, a son, Claude Bowman, and a grandson, Scottie Berger, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Pentecostal Church of God, Depot Street, by the Rev. Don Dennis and the Rev. Jim Smith. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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



  Belva Hager, 92, of Nicholasville, widow of Vince Hager, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, at the St. Joseph Hospice Center.

Born April 4, 1913, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Edward Grant and Myrtle Patterson Wilson. She was a graduate of Nicholasville High School and attended Jessamine Christian Church. She was a farmer, who had a passion for growing vegetables in her garden.

Survivors include a sister, Willie Mae Johns, Wilmore; two brothers, Milton Wilson, Nicholasville, and Louis Wilson, Lexington; two grandchildren, Lisa Preston, Nicholasville, and Shawn Preston; two great-grandchildren Sarah and Leah Preston of Lexington; and numerous nieces and nephews. A stepson, Roy, Lee Hager, a stepdaughter Helen Hager Preston, and two sisters, Anna Wilson Thompson and Maxie Wilson Wells, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 14, at New Hope Fellowship by the Rev. Kenny King and the Rev. Ronald Riley. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery. Family and friends served as casket bearers. Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



  Fermin Malpica Silverio, 21, of Versailles, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born April 28, 1984, in Carrillo Puerto, Veracruz, Mexico.

Survivors include his father, Alejandro Malpica, Mexico; his mother, Guillermina Silverio, Mexico; a sister, Irene Malpica, Versailles; seven brothers, Ismael Malpica, Mexico, Pedro Malpica, Versailles, Julio Malpica, Mexico, Adan Malpica, Versailles, Noe Malpica, Mexico, David Malpica, Mexico, and Jose Carlos Malpica, Mexico; four nephews, Roberto Bernabe, Versailles, Jose Guadalupe Malpica, Ismael Malpica, and Julian Malpica, all of Mexico; and a niece, Angelica Bernabe, Versailles.

Services were conducted Sunday, Dec. 11, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Fr. Dan Noll. Burial will be in Veracruz, Mexico.

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  Mark Lathrop Turner, 43, of Lexington, son of Barbara Lathrop Turner and the late Earl T. Turner, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, at his residence.

Survivors include a daughter, Sara Rene Turner, Lexington; and three brothers, William C. Turner, David E. Turner, both of Versailles, and Thomas O. Turner, Texas.

A memorial service was conducted Monday, Dec. 12, at St. Johnís Episcopal Church by Fr. Alan Sutherland. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Hope Center, 360 W. Loudon Avenue, Lexington, KY 40508.

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