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December 18, 2008



Virginia Ann Hall Bloom, 90, of Versailles, formerly of Belle Center, Ohio, widow of James Andrew Bloom, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at Hospice of the Bluegrass in Frankfort.

Born Aug. 25, 1918, in Circleville, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Samuel E. "Sam" and Ruth Lois Smith Hall. A homemaker, she was involved with her husband and his brother, Karl, in their grocery store, Bloom’s Market, in Belle Center, Ohio. She was a life-long member of the Belle Center United Presbyterian Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include a son, Raymond (Sharon) Bloom, Versailles; two grandsons, Jamie (Angie) Bloom, Lexington, and Tom (Kelly) Bloom, Hebron; three great-grandsons, Hayden, Myles, and Cooper Bloom; and a brother, John (Phyllis) Hall, Goshen, Ind. Two sisters, Margaret (Chuck) Hammon and Jean (Scud) Agenbroad, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 15, at the Eichholtz Funeral Home in Belle Center, Ohio. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in Belle Center.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Kenneth Scott Cravens, 39, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008.

The son of Kenneth R. Cravens of Lancaster and the late Susan Scott Cravens, he had worked with Johnson and Cravens Construction and was a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his father, he is survived by two aunts, Phyllis and Pam Hartley, both of Versailles.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were David Henry, Tommy Hartley, Jimmy Hartley, Wesley Cravens, Tony Cravens and Wesley Cravens Jr.

Memorials are suggested to the Huntington’s Foundation 982 Eastern Pkwy. Louisville, KY 40217.

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Herbert B. Christy, 80, of Midway, husband of Vera Christy, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at the VA Hospital in Lexington.

He was the son of the late W. J. and Rachel C. Christy of Midway. He was a member and deacon of Historic Pleasant Green Baptist Church, Lexington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Herbert Christy Jr., Larry (Jan) Christy, Danville, Conn., and Darryl and Donnie Christy, Midway; a granddaughter, Sara Christy, Danville, Conn.; two sisters: Juanita Darneal, Midway, and Alfrena Bates, Jeffersonville, Ind.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 15, at Historic Pleasant Green Baptist by Dr. T. H. Peoples Jr. O. L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.



James L. "Jim" Gay, 70, a Versailles lawyer and sports enthusiast, husband of Peggy Craig Gay, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, of complications from cancer.

A member of a pioneer Woodford County family, he was the son of the late Elizabeth Gay Sutherland and James Gay and stepson of the late David A. Sutherland. He was a graduate of Versailles High School, Centre College and the University of Kentucky College of Law. He was credited with bringing racial diversity to the boys’ basketball team at Woodford County Junior High, where he taught and coached before he decided to go to law school. He practiced law in Versailles and Lexington for several decades, served as director for administrative law judges with the state attorney general’s office and was a Versailles city police judge and city attorney. He provided color commentary for Woodford County High School football and basketball games on WJMM radio for more than 30 years. He played a variety of sports, including football and basketball at Centre College, and coached boys’ basketball at Woodford County Junior High School as well as recreation youth football, basketball and baseball. As a golfer, he hit more than one hole-in-one and tried out with the Cincinnati Reds in baseball. He was a former member of the Woodford County Parks and Recreation board and was instrumental in getting the Woodford County High School football stadium built. He served as an elder at Versailles Presbyterian Church and was active in the local Rotary and Kiwanis clubs and Jaycees. He also was involved in politics on the state and local level and active in the Kentucky League of Cities.

In addition to his wife of 50 years, he is survived by four sons, Jamey Gay (Rickie), Jonathan Gay (Martha), Joe Gay, and Butch Burden (Randa); two sisters, Sallie Gibson (Bob) and Pat Sutherland Lackey (Maury); seven grandchildren, Jameson Gay, Jordan Gay, Jodi Gay, Robbie Gay, William Gay, Joseph Gay, and Joshua Gay; three nephews, Robert Gibson (Elizabeth), David Gibson (Jennifer), and J.P. Gibson (Marni); and a niece, Sara Gibson-West (Brad).

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 15, at the Versailles Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Shawn Barkley and the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Burial was in the Pisgah Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Centre College or Versailles Presbyterian Church.

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Robbie W. Hippe, 91, widower of Bonnie Lee Goodrich Hippe, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008.

Born Dec. 12, 1917, in Little Germany, near Millville, he was the son of the late James Franklin and Anna Dora Hackney Hippe. He farmed for many years on the Hippe Brothers Farm, and then went to work for Rand McNally in 1963, retiring in 1981. He enjoyed taking his children and grandchildren fishing, played on the Millville softball team, enjoyed UK basketball and football, and avidly worked crossword puzzles. He was an active member of Glen’s Creek Baptist Church for many years and then at Millville Baptist Church. A choir member at both churches, he also was a leader in church training.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Teater, Nicholasville, and Barbara (Virgil Parker) Ridings, Millville; a son, Dale (Sandy) Hippe, Millville; a brother, Raymond (Barbara) Hippe; six grandchildren, Denise (Norman) Cline, Philip (Janet Sue) Ridings, Karen (Tim) Sams, Alicia (Rick) Ostermeier, Lindsay (Tom) Barnes, and Luke Hippe; and 16 great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Irene, Mary Grace, and June; six brothers, Harry, Lane, Everett, Woodrow, James, B.R.; and a great-granddaughter, Hannah Lee Ridings, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 15, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Tommy Barnes, the Rev. Jeff Douglas, and the Rev. Mike Hamrick. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Luke Hippe, Philip Ridings, Tim Sams, Joel Sams, Ronnie Sams, Norman Cline, Rick Ostermeier, and David "Buster" Lloyd. Honorary bearers were Raymond Hippe, Clifford Shotwell, Virgil Parker Ridings, James Edward Sutherland, Doug Hippe, Jimmy Hippe, J. E. Goodrich, Silas Goodrich, and Harvey Goodrich.

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Kimberly Kay Goodrich Hoover, 46, wife of Dwight Hoover, Cynthiana, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at the home of her parents and caregivers, Roberta and Lawrence Bence, of Paris, of breast cancer.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her siblings, Terry Hopkins, Paris, Angela Jenkins, Lawrenceburg, Bruce Goodrich, London, Brett Goodrich, Frankfort, William Cline, Lexington, April Jackson, Owenton, and Billie Joe Cline, Frankfort; and two aunts, Deborah Todd and Dr. Angela Clifford, Versailles. Her father, William Cline Sr.; and her grandparents, Jim and Bessie Todd and Bruce and Dorothy Goodrich, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 15, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles, by Pastor Sam Harris. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested in hers honor to 241 Collins Rd. Paris Ky. 40361, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or one’s favorite charity.

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Mattie Graves Johnson, 80, of Georgetown, widow of Owen Lee Johnson, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008.

Born Aug. 26, 1928, in Scott County, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Florence Rice Graves. She was a member of Northside Christian Church and a retired farmer and homemaker.

Survivors include her children, Philip Graves Johnson, Jesse Kevin Johnson, and Pamela Doan, all of Georgetown; four grandchildren, Jason Kevin Johnson, Jeremy Scott Johnson, Tara Lin Doan, and Amanda Caywood; five great-grandchildren, Bailey Johnson, Aiden Johnson, Hailee Adams, Katie Johnson, and Chelsie Caywood; and two sisters, Juanita Smith, Versailles, and Pauline Marshall, Elizabethtown. A sister, Jane Tackett, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 15, at Tucker, Yocum, & Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown, by Pastor Scott Coburn. Casket bearers were Larry Tackett, Scott Reed, Gilbert Downey Jr. Danny Marshall, Hurschel Marshall, and Harry Graves. Honorary bearers were Rollie Graves, Marvin Graves, Jerry Johnson, Richard Divine, Billy Ray Tackett, and Perry Marshall.



Virginia Ann Tate Lupher, 66, widow of Carl Lupher, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born Jan. 8, 1942 in Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Hughie and Charlotte Purvis Tate. She was a member of North Benson Baptist Church and was a former Kmart and Kentucky state government employee.

Survivors include two daughters, Charlene Singleton, Frankfort, and Venus Lupher, Louisville; three sons, Carl P. Lupher, Frankfort, Donnie H. Lupher, Columbus, Ohio, and Duane K. Lupher, Frankfort; a sister, Patricia Tate Perry, Woodford County; a brother, Donald H. Tate, Frankfort; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A brother, Jimmy Tate, is deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, Dec. 15, at the Peaks Mill Cemetery. Her grandsons served as casket bearers.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the Alzheimer’s Association. Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, was in charge of arrangements.

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Virginia T. Shannon, 88, of Shelbyville, wife of William L. "Bill" Shannon, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at her home.

The daughter of the late Fred C. Tichenor Sr. and Mattye Lee Stout Tichenor, she worked as a secretary for a number of attorneys in Shelbyville and worked as a secretary and bookkeeper at the Shannon Funeral Service for many years, and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Shelbyville First Baptist Church, where she had sung in the Sanctuary Choir for many years. She enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, and formerly had sung with the Sweet Adelines women’s group. She also played the organ for the Shannon Funeral Service for many years.

In addition to her husband of 67 years, she is survived by five daughters, Peggy Soulsby (Gene), Burley, Ind., Jane Husband, Shelbyville, Nancy Stoner (Don), Ormond Beach, Fla., Mary McGillen (Geoffrey), Shelbyville, and Virginia Adkins (Greg), Versailles; two sons, Robert L. "Lee" Shannon III (Janit), Shelbyville and John Shannon (Lesley), Shelbyville; a sister, Helen T. Montgomery, Shelbyville; a brother, Fred C. Tichenor Jr. (Carol), Louisville; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Phyllis Thompson, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the Shelbyville First Baptist Church by Dr. Fred Moffatt and Dr. Stephen C. Rice. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Shannon Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Shelbyville First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Alzheimer’s Association.



Mary Margaret "Maggie" Welch, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late James and Margaret Welch. She was retired from the federal government in the diplomatic corps.

Survivors include a brother, Lawrence (Doodles) Welch; a niece, Mary Carol Sears; a nephew, James Joseph Welch Jr.; a great-niece, Mary Margaret Coffman; and four great-nephews, Leonard Wilson Sears III, Lt. Commander Joseph David Sears, Jay Stuart Sears, and James Matthew Sears.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 17, at St. Paul Catholic Church by Fr. Charles Miehaus. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, 40504 or the Humane Society of one’s choice.

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