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Versailles, Ky.


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December 16, 2010



Jennie F. Byrd, 86, of Versailles, wife of Johnny Byrd, died in Hospice care at her home on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late George and Fannie Washington Slaughter and was a member of the First Baptist Church and sang in the choir. She had worked in the home of Gen. and Mrs. Field Harris, at Woodford Memorial Hospital, and at Margaret Hall Manor.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children, Sarah Byrd, Atlanta, Ga., Kattie B. Campbell, Louisville, John Edward (Faye) Byrd, Versailles, and Augustus (Maria) Byrd, Illinois; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Austin Slaughter and William Henry Slaughter, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Floyd Greene. Burial will follow in Steele Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 11 a.m. Saturday until time of service.

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Cook Cundiff, 77, of Versailles, husband of Sammy Hancock Cundiff, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Adair County, he was the son of the late R. C. and Flora Cundiff. Cook was a graduate of Thomas Moore College and did graduate work at the University of Kentucky. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1955 in Korea. He retired as an air traffic controller in 1977, was an avid gun collector and owned a gun shop in Versailles.

In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is survived by two daughters, Laura Lee Cundiff (Tom Herrick), Versailles, and Claire Cundiff (Phillip Undercuffler), Arlington, Wash.; two granddaughters, Zoe and Kathryn Undercuffler; and a sister, Fannie Dickens, Louisville. Two brothers, Cosby Cundiff and Noel Cundiff, are deceased.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at a date to be announced. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford County Library, 115 N. Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383

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Jon Bryan Fecke, 50, of Midway, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

A native of Fort Campbell, he was the son of the late Fern Tarter Fecke. He was a surgery technician and a property manager with Bergenson’s Property Management Company and a member of the Midway Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Brittany Ehrlich, Lexington, Melanie Ehrlich, Highland Heights, and Megan Ehrlich, Paris; and a brother, Jeff Fecke, Missouri.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, followed by a celebration of life service at 7 p.m. at Clark Legacy Center in Brannon Crossing, Nicholasville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggest to Special Olympics (

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Rheba Allen Bowling Rice, 90, of Lexington, widow of Ora Edison Rice, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010.

A native of Tinker, she was the daughter of the late Chester N. and Mattie Allen Bowling. She attended Berea College and was a former member of the Chevy Chase Baptist Church. She was a retired office manager for Cisco Road Children’s Home.

Survivors include three daughters, Alexis Rice (Robert) Tillett, Versailles, Sherrilyn Rice (Jim) Medley, Lexington, and Rosemary Rice Harney, Lexington; three brothers, Jason W. Bowling, Clyde Bowling, and Roy Bowling; two sisters, Mary Allen Hurst and Doris Mae Ray; five grandchildren, Patrick E. Parker, Georgetown, Jeffrey A. Parker, Lexington, Pamela S. Parker, Boston, Mass., Ericka L. Harney, Lexington, and Sasha L. Harney (Fred) Roneker, Cincinnati, Ohio; four great-grandchildren, Ryan Parker, Lexington, Garrett E. and Andrew L. Parker, Georgetown, and Gregory A. Parker, Lexington; and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 16, at Milward-Man O’ War, 1509 Trent Blvd, Lexington. Interment will be in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Berea College General Scholarship Fund, and Quest Farm, Georgetown.



William E. "Billy" Nelson, 86, of Lexington, husband of Minnie Sue Lane Nelson, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010.

Born April 14, 1924, in Lexington, he was the son of the late Ola and Robert "Bob" Feck and William Nelson. He was retired from the Army Reserve and also an electronic technician. He also retired from L&F Cigarette Service in 1980. He was a sergeant major in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II and also served in the Navy Seabees during Gitmo Bay uprising. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, a member of Post #8, and also a member at Victory Christian Church. He and his wife traveled all over the world after retiring. He especially enjoyed cruises.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, he is survived by two daughters, Mary Margaret Nelson, Nicholasville, and Pat (Dr. Kooros) Sajadi, Lexington; four sons, Mike Nelson, Jimmy Nelson, William Robert Nelson, and Richard Anthony Durrum, all of Lexington; a special aunt, Mary Margaret Johns, Lexington; a granddaughter, Kimberly Parvin Cooper (Tracey), Georgia; great-grandchildren Taylor and Ella Cooper; and several other grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Clark Legacy Center, Brannon Crossing, Nicholasville, by the Rev. Tom Lane. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Gary Haley, William Lane, Robert Giles, Mike Nelson and Tracey Cooper.



Geoffrey Daniel Scandore, 55, of Lexington, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2010, of a heart attack.

Born July 27, 1955 in Shorthills, N.J., he was the son of Joseph E. and Harriett Clemance Scandore.

Survivors include four children, Mallori Scandore, Brittany Scandore, and Austin Scandore, all of Lexington, and Sawyer Scandore, Versailles; his former wife and friend, Julie Scandore; three sisters, Pamela Scandore and Mimi White, both of New York, and Maria Scandore, Colorado; and two brothers, Joseph Scandore, Massachusetts, and John Scandore, California.

Services were conducted Sunday, Dec. 12, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles.

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Matthew William Taylor, 65, of Lexington, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born Feb. 20, 1945, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late John Henry and Gladys Kirkland Taylor.

Survivors include a sister, Barbara (Billy) Anglin, Lawrenceburg; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Robert Lee Taylor, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Kerr Brothers, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.


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