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December 15, 2011



Colley W. Bell Jr., 88, of Versailles, former headmaster of Margaret Hall School and a retired Episcopal priest, husband of Charline S. Bell, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born March 8, 1923, in New York City, he was the son of the late Colley W. Sr. and Marie Frances Saunders Bell. He was educated at the Kent School in Kent, Conn., and graduated from Princeton University in 1947. He obtained his degree in theology from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1955. A U.S. Army veteran, he served during World War II in the European Theatre. His career included serving as curate of St. Peterís Church in Morristown, N.J., for four years, as rector of St. Johnís Church in Cornwall, N.Y., for seven years, as rector and headmaster in Versailles at Margaret Hall School from 1966 to 1979, as curate of Bethesda By The Sea Church in Palm Beach, Fla., for one year, as headmaster at St. John Baptist School in Mendham, N.J., for two years and as rector of Church of Our Savior in Lebanon Springs, N.Y., until his retirement in 1991. Upon retirement, he and his wife settled in Versailles, where he served St. Johnís Episcopal Church in the capacity of interim supply.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Catherine D. Bell, Versailles; a son, Colley W. Bell III (Edwina), Suffolk, Va.; a grandson, Colley W. Bell IV, Suffolk, Va., and a granddaughter, Katharine Elisabeth Sweeney, Reading, Mass.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at St. Johnís Episcopal Church by the Rev. Philip C. Linder.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Johnís Episcopal Church, 210 N. Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Maxie "Max" Lee Clark Jr., 64, of Versailles, husband of Janice Harrington Clark, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011.

Born in Cheraw, S.C., he was the son of Maxie Lee Clark Sr. and Sallie Pope Quick Clark. He was a design engineer for Visumatic Industrial Products of Lexington. He was also a local artist and a regular volunteer at the Jack Jouett House Historic Site in Versailles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John Webster Clark (Monica Kaye McKinney Clark), and Maxie Lee Clark III, (Donna Elaine Forester), Pageland, S.C.; a daughter, Cynthia Clark Rogers Hammond (James Gregory Hammond), Pageland, S.C.; four grandchildren, Clayton Alexander Rogers, Amber Michelle Rogers, Kessla Elaine Clark, and Maxie Lee Clark IV; two step-grandchildren, Alexis Bailey Hammond and Makenzie Pierce Hammond; three brothers, Bobby Lee Clark of Cheraw, S.C., Travis Quick, of Cheraw, S.C., and Jesse Quick, Biloxi, Miss.; seven nephews; and two nieces. An infant sister, Bettie Jean Quick Clark, is deceased.

A gathering of family and friends was held Sunday, Dec. 11, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles. Care Cremation and Funeral Service of Lexington was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Jack Jouett House Historic Site of Versailles.



Len David Faust, 40, of Versailles, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011.

A native of Versailles, he was born on March 30, 1971, the son of Mike and Rickie Faust. He was a former employee of Quebecor and a member of Woodford Community Christian Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by three daughters, Lensey Rachel Faust, Versailles, Casey Layne Faust, Versailles, and Gracie Isabel Watkins, Salvisa; two sisters, Kim (Scott) Thomas, Alabama, and Micah (Bobby) Rumer, Lexington; his twin brother, Lee (Jonnie) Faust, Indiana; his paternal grandmother, Anne Bowar, Versailles; his maternal grandmother, Joyce Case, Lawrenceburg; and his companion, Stephanie Watkins, Salvisa.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 12, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Gary Black and the Rev. Randy Nation. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were Larry Bush, Tony Rice, Robbie Rice, Josh Hays, Brian Morgan, Ernie Duncil, and Andrew Hays.

Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

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Howard D. Gravett, 83, of Versailles, husband of Eveline Best Gravett, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.

Born July 20, 1928, in Winchester, he was the son of the late Mary and Jess Gravett. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a communication technician, serving in the Korean War. After his discharge, he was employed by IBM, retiring in 1990. He enjoyed playing music and was the fiddle player for the Good Ole Boys. He was a member of Gardenside Christian Church in Lexington.

In addition to his wife of 46 years, he is survived by a daughter, Beth, Versailles; and two sisters, Mildred Keith, Frankfort, and Thelma Poole, Huntsville, Ala.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Gardenside Christian Church. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, Frankfort.

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Ruby Harlow, 69, wife of Pete Harlow, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.

Born April 10, 1942, in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late John and Hattie Murphy. She was a member of Versailles United Methodist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Patty Newby, Midway, and Sandy Stratton, Harrodsburg; a son, Mike Harlow, Versailles; a sister, Pat Darr, Versailles; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Two daughters, Jessie and Mary Sue Harlow, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 13, in Rose Crest Cemetery by the Rev. Mike Lehman. Casket bearers were Gary Harlow, Randy Christian, Kenneth Christian, Jimmy Adkins, Mark Nichols, and Mark Lay. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and St. Judeís.

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David Redmon Noble, 90, of Lexington, widower of Lillian Conyers Noble, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Born March 8, 1921, in Lexington, he was the son of the late George Washington and Martha Deaton Noble. He was a 1938 graduate of Bryan Station High School and attended Transylvania College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific Theatre during War World II. A 46 year employee of General Telephone of Kentucky, he served as district manager in Morehead, Ashley plant superintendent, and as a supervisor in Lexington. He was an active member of the Morehead and Ashland Kiwanis Clubs and a founding member of the General Telephone of Kentucky Pioneers Club. He was a member of the Ashland Toastmasters and was a regional speech winner. He was also active in establishing the Morehead and Russell Little Leagues. He was a member of Southland Christian Church and a resident of the Lafayette.

Survivors include a son, David L. Noble (Beth), Versailles; a daughter, Ellen Noble Creech (Tom), Lexington; five grandchildren, Rachel Tsvetanov (Petar), Dana Waldroup (Andy), Nathan Noble, Christopher Creech (Julie), and Rebecca Noble; and two great-grandchildren, Joshua Waldroup and David Redmon Creech. Ten siblings, Pearl Fulton Noble, Alpha Kiger, Omega Griffing, Dora Langley, Seldon Noble, John Noble, Jane Noble Wise, Elsie Noble, Earl Noble, and Ethel Moninger, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 12, at Milward-Broadway, Lexington, by the Rev. Jerry Montgomery. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Noble Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 15, Versailles, KY 40383.

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James E. "Jay" Staples, 54, of Lexington, husband of Jama McElroy Staples, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Taylor Staples; a son, Jes Staples; his mother, Donnie Staples; a brother, Scott Staples; a granddaughter, Madisyn Keesee; and a nephew, Ryan Staples. His father, James Earl Staples, is deceased.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 15, at Milward-Southland, Lexington. Interment will be in Rose Crest Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation, American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Mary Agnes Welch, 72, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.

Born in Overton, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Ruben and Maudie Hargis.

Survivors include three children, Michael Money, Alabama, Janet(Dwayne) Holman, Versailles, and Jane Ann Welch, Tennessee; three sisters, Ann (Mert) Vaden, Tennessee, Jane (Dorace) Durham, Livermore, and Donna (Larry) England, Tennessee; a brother, Carl (Claudine) Hargis, Madisonville; two grandchildren, Lauren Holman, Lexington, and Alec Holman, Versailles.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 15, at George M. Phillips Cemetery, Hanging Limb, Tenn. Goff Funeral Home, Monterey, Tenn., is in charge of arrangements. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles, is handling local arrangements.

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