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December 22, 2011



Clifford Beasley Sr., 59, of Lexington, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at his home.

He was a longtime employee of OSRAM Sylvania in Versailles.

Survivors include a son, C.J. (Debbie), Lexington; a daughter, Amy (Matthew) Pobuda, Lexington; and four grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Kerr Brothers, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.



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, Cheraw, S.C., Travis Quick, 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.



The Rev. Dr. Raymond W. Gibson, 83, husband of Alice Jean Ketterer Gibson, formerly of Lexington, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, in Wilmore.

A retired United Methodist minister, he was a native of Harlan, the son of the late Raymond and Alicia Allison Gibson. After graduating from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, he embarked on a 14-year career as a mining engineer for Inland Steel Coal Company in Wheelwright before being called into the ministry. He then served as an assistant pastor in Tucker, Ga., while earning his degree from Emory Universityís Chandler School of Theology, where he was class valedictorian. He also held advanced degrees from Chandler and Lexington Theological Seminary. He returned to Kentucky in 1967 to serve at Sunny Acres UMC in Covington and then served at Trinity UMC in Covington before becoming campus minister at Union College in Barbourville. He pastored Versailles UMC and Trinity UMC in Maysville. He also was appointed executive director of the Kentucky Conference Council on Ministries. After he retired from full-time ministry in 1992, he served as an assistant minister at Trinity Hill UMC in Lexington and as a chaplain at Heartland Hills Retirement Center. He served in many leadership positions in the United Methodist Church, including delegate to the World Methodist Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. His sermons were frequently published, and he was often a guest lecturer at colleges and seminaries. He was instrumental in building Aldersgate Camp in Ravenna, and Wesley Village where he served on its board until his death. Additionally he was on the Union College Board of Trustees. He was a Rotarian, Kiwanian and involved in scouting as a youth and as an adult.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Cynthia (John) Warren, Scottsville, Va., and Valerie (Charles) Smith, Frankfort; and three grandchildren, Ryan (Elizabeth) Berry, Rachel (Dustin) Besecher and Zachary Smith.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 17, at Trinity Hill United Methodist Church, Lexington.

Contributions are suggested to Aldersgate Camp, 125 Aldersgate Camp Road, Ravenna, KY 40472, or Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Opal Gravett, 77, widow of Thomas E. Gravett, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at her home.

Born Feb. 10, 1934, in Clark County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Henry and Mayme Wright Epperson. She was the organist for the First Presbyterian Church in Winchester for 47 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Toni (Andrew) Ryan, Lexington; two grandchildren, Wilson Ryan and Abby Ryan, Lexington; and a sister, Ruth (Robert) Hays, Versailles. A brother, Owen Epperson, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 19, at Scobee Funeral Home, Winchester, by Pastor Doug Beltzner. Burial was in the Winchester Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 130 Windridge Drive, Winchester, KY 40391.



Judith Ann Hill, 66, of Midway, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at her home.

Born on Dec. 18, 1944, in Indianapolis, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Georgia Flater. She graduated from Arlington High School in Indianapolis, Ind., in 1963, and received an associate of arts degree in nursing from Missouri Baptist Nursing School in St. Louis, Mo., in 1978. She began her nursing career on the mother-baby unit at St. Josephís Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and later worked in psychiatric and geriatric settings, as well as a hospice nurse.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Lagergren (Sinclair), Rocklin, Calif.; a son, Matthew Baker (Courtney), Oak Park, Ill.; a brother, Steven Flater, Indianapolis, Ind.; and a granddaughter, Alexandria Grace "Little Bit" Lagergren, Rocklin, Calif.

Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 29, at Midway Christian Church. Services will be conducted at 10:45 a.m. at the church by the Rev. Heather McColl. Following cremation, burial will be in Indianapolis, Ind. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers charitable donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.

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Cynthia L. Hughes, 50, of Versailles, wife of Jerry C Cooper Jr., died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.

Born in Harrington, Del., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Emma Parker Hughes. She resided in Harrington, where she was a business owner and was an accountant for George Luft & Associates., and recently moved to Versailles. She was most recently studying for her masterís degree as a CPA.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two stepsons, Kyle Cooper, Delaware, and Adam Cooper, Versailles; a brother, Ronald Hughes, Delaware; and a step-granddaughter, Haley Cooper. A sister, Jane Moore, is deceased.

A gathering of family and friends was held Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Burial will follow at a later date in Delaware.

Memorials suggested to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or the Woodford Humane Society.

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Arnold Lee Mitchell, 88, of Frankfort, widower of Joan Townsend Mitchell, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011.

Born July 29, 1923, in Arlington, he was the son of the late William and Prudence Mitchell. After graduating from Arlington High School in the class of 1940, he took a job as bookkeeper for Standard Oil. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps cadet program. He was a bombardier with the 351st bomb group of the 8th Air Force and flew 35 missions over Germany and parts of Europe. On one mission, he and his crew members were shot down over Belgium. After the war, he continued his Army service overseeing German POWs and the dismantling of aircraft. Upon completion of his Army service, he enrolled in Purdue University, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in forestry in 1949 and secured employment with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife in Bourbon County. He was transferred to Ballard County, where he spearheaded the creation of the Ballard County Wildlife Management Area, where a lake is named in his honor. In 1956, he was promoted to director of game management and moved to Frankfort. In 1971, he was promoted to commissioner of the Department of Fish and Wildlife and focused on creating a permanent place for the Fish and Wildlife Department at the Salato Wildlife Center in Frankfort. He retired from public service in 1978 to take a position with Ducks Unlimited as regional coordinator, and served as a charter member of the Weatherby chapter in Frankfort. In 1980, he retired from Ducks Unlimited to pursue his avid interest in the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and yard work. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Nicholas County Masonic lodge. Additionally, he was a member of the Shriners Oleika Temple in Lexington and a member of the First Baptist Church of Frankfort.

He is survived by three daughters, Pam Sturgeon (Donald), Frankfort, Barbara Saylor (Ike), Sebring, Fla., and Janet Tuttle (Crugar), Cincinnati, Ohio; three grandchildren, Krista Sturgeon, Frankfort, Ryan Sturgeon, Louisville, and Blayne Borden (Stacy), Lexington; and a great-grandson, Quinton Borden, Lexington. A brother, Keith Mitchell, and a nephew, Marque Mitchell, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Dec. 16, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort by the Rev. Truitt Cocanougher. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Stacy Borden, Noel Clayton, Ike Saylor, Don Sturgeon, Ryan Sturgeon and Crugar Tuttle. Honorary bearers were Blayne Borden, Quinton Borden, and Krista Sturgeon.

Donations may be made to the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation at KFWF, #1 Sportsmanís Lane, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Richard Allen Wells Sr., 70, of Wilmore, husband of Carolyn Johns Worthington Wells, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at his home.

Born Jan. 20, 1941, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Eugene F. and Virginia Mae Bottoms Wells. He was in the first graduating class of Jessamine County High School, was a retired employee of Delta Natural Gas, having worked there for 40 years, and was a member of Wilmore Christian Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Rick Wells (Kristin); a daughter, Chari Reynolds (Steve); a stepdaughter, Robin McClure (Mark); four grandchildren, Doug and Mike Reynolds and Jake and Jeb Wells; two step-grandchildren, Michelle and Anthony Pyle; two nieces, Kelly Mulcahy and Sandy Ferguson; and a nephew, John Benedict. A sister, Wilma Jean Benedict, his first wife, Joyce Wells, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Dec. 16, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home, Nicholasville, by the Rev. Nathan Elliott and the Rev. Johnny Davis. Burial was in the Wilmore Cemetery. Casket bearers were Steve Reynolds, Douglas Reynolds, Mike Reynolds, Bradley Johns, Rick Wells, Jake and Jeb Wells, Marty Grossman, and Anthony Pyle. Honorary bearers were Lawrence Riley, Bill Gardner, Barry and Steve Ogden, David Hogue, Brad Bowman, John Benedict, Jan Houp, Joan, Christy, and Glenn Grossman.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Estill "June" Wiley Jr., 82, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Susie B. Drury Wiley, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Estill Wiley Sr. and Lillie Shields Wiley. He was a member of St. Johnís Baptist Church in Frankfort, and was a former employee of Kuhlman Electric in Versailles and Kentucky Stone Company in Lawrenceburg.

In addition to his wife of 33 years, he is survived by four daughters, Bonnie (Mark) Florian, Versailles, Kathy Dickerson, Louisville, Sherwin (Billy Joe) Hume, Lawrenceburg, and Wanda (Mark) Gritton, Dallas, Texas; a son, Barry (Lisa) Drury, Lexington; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A son, Russell Wayne Wiley, and a sister, Betty Hensley, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg. Burial will be at a later date in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Honorary bearers will be Danny Bowman, David Bogie, Eunice Satterly, Betty Grubbs, Vicki Purvis, Jamie Cummins, and Gene Shields.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the Anderson County Humane Society.



Rae Wanda Wilkirson, 91, of Custer, formerly of Versailles, widow of John Wilkirson, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Breckinridge Memorial Hospital in Hardinsburg.

Born March 14, 1920, in Breckinridge County, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Rhea Board Brown. She retired from civil service and was a member of Custer United Methodist Church. While living in Versailles, she was active at Versailles Presbyterian Church and Meals on Wheels.

Survivors include two nieces, Karen Dowell (Bobby), Hardinsburg, and Sherrie Brown (Larry Venus), Custer; a great-niece: Allison Hall (David), Hardinsburg; a great-great-niece Olivia and two great-great-nephews, Nolan and Colton. A brother, Wilbur, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Trent-Dowell Funeral Home, Hardinsburg, by the Rev. Alisa Carman. Burial was in the Custer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are requested to Custer United Methodist Church.


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