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December 27, 2007



Margaret Ann Cassity Botkin, of Lexington, widow of Robert Botkin, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2007.

Born in Versailles, she was a daughter of William and Grace Johns Cassity. A retired teacher, she had taught in Woodford, Fayette and Jefferson counties. She graduated from the University of Kentucky and was a member of Gardenside Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Edward F. Botkin, Lexington; a sister, Julia Anderson, Lexington; and several nieces and nephews.

Service were conducted Saturday, Dec. 22, at W.R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway. Interment was in the Floydsburg Cemetery, Crestwood. Members of the Willing Workers Sunday school class and the Joy Circle were honorary casket bearers.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Gardenside Christian Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Theodore Walter "Ted" Hahn, 77, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, husband of Dolores "Dee" Hahn, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007.

Born May 17, 1930, in Muscatine, Iowa, he was the son of the late Walter and Esther Hahn. He graduated from Muscatine High School in 1948 and from Cornell College (Iowa) in 1952, playing varsity basketball throughout. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954, after which he returned to Muscatine to start a family and a family concrete business. In 1959, he moved to Versailles, where he was an award-winning marketing engineer for Texas Instruments. For a while, he was a mortgage banker, and afterward partnered with Harold Mullis and Pat Williams in 1974 to form Southcreek Properties. The partnership constructed the St. Joseph Office Park and Southcreek Park on Harrodsburg Road, and West Hampton Corners, and rehabilitated The Myers Building downtown Lexington. Mr. Hahn helped develop seven residential subdivisions, two shopping centers in Versailles, Farmers Bank Square in Georgetown, the office building at Baptist Hospital in Louisville, and 20 subsidized housing complexes throughout Kentucky. He served in leadership roles at Versailles United Methodist Church and later at Southern Hills Methodist Church, with the United Way, Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington. He was a founding father of Wesley Village Senior Living Community which honored him as one of its 2006 "Heroes, Saints, and Legends." He enjoyed wine and good food, and was an active member of two wine and food clubs in Naples, Fla., Commanderie de Bordeaux and Chein de Rotisserie.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Lisa Acree, Carin Lovell, Susan English, and Meredith Willett; a sister, Nancy House; two stepdaughters, Tracy Turner and Meleah Powell; six grandchildren, Jordan, Marshall and Ellee English, Laura Laine Barnhill, Leuke Lovell, and Taylor Acree; and five step-grandchildren, Matt Acree, Ryan and Megan Foster, and Elizabeth and Robert Powell Jr.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, Dec. 22, at Southern Hills Methodist Church, Lexington. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to Wesley Village Senior Living Community, 1125 Lexington Road, Wilmore, KY 40390, or the National Brain Tumor Association, 22 Battery Street, Suite 612, San Francisco, CA 94111.



Joe H. Murphy, 71, of Lexington, widower of Margaret Estepp Murphy, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007.

He was the son of the late John and Hattie Murphy.

Survivors include three stepchildren, Sue Lowery, Darlene Peters, and Pete Griffith; three sisters, Pat Darr, Ruby Harlow, and Judy Crowe, all of Versailles; an several nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Bonnie Martin and Shirley Christian, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, by Pastor Kenny Watts. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Family members served as casket bearers.



Andrew Thomas Reynolds, 72 of Mt. Sterling, formerly of Versailles, a retired farmer, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Georgetown, he was the son of the late Andrew Thomas Sr. and Ramie Parker Reynolds.

Survivors include four sons, Tim Reynolds, Mt. Sterling, and William Reynolds, Andrew Reynolds III, and Mike Reynolds, all of Versailles; two sisters, Louise Farris, West Virginia, and JoAnn Mynes, Midway; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Three brothers, Connie, Henry, and Floyd Reynolds; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Walton; and a grandson, Brian Mynes, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Terry Gillum. Interment will follow in the Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Tommy Reynolds, Danny Reynolds, Michael Reynolds, Justin Reynolds, Earl Boyd, Brandon Sparks, and Wes Larison. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 27, at the funeral home.

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Willie Dee Robinson Jr., 79, a retired mechanic and former Irvine Industries employee, husband of Laura Bowman Robinson, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Janice Embs and Dana Christian, both of Versailles; two sons, Kenny Robinson, Lawrenceburg, and Tim Robinson, Versailles; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; an "adopted" grandson, Bob Sompol, Thailand; a stepsister, Louise Robertson; a stepbrother, Donald Bowman; two half-sisters, Milta Lanham and Linda Robinson; and a half-brother Michael Robinson.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 15, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Gerald Hogan and the Rev. Mark Studler. Interment was in the Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Joshua Robinson, Kevin Briscoe, David Christian, Cody Briscoe, Kelly Briscoe, and Michael Robinson. Honorary bearers were Charlie Goins, Ralph Waford, Eugene Gill, Johnny Bowman, Donnie Bowman, Tommy Robertson, and Marlin Lanham.

Memorials are suggested to Hour of Harvest, P. O. Box "Y", Beattyville, KY 41311, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Denny G. Wiley, 91, widower of Willie Mae Wiley, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at the Thomson Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Joseph and Katherine Casperi Wiley. He was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church. He was a retired shipping clerk and forklift operator for Rand McNally & Co. He had farmed for several years with his father on land that is now Sunset Memorial Gardens, where he will be buried. A 1942 graduate of the University of Kentucky, he served in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Harrod, Linda Recktenwald, and Terri Cunningham, all of Frankfort; a niece, Catherine Eliste, Nebraska; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, Dec. 21, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon.

Memorials are suggested to the Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504-3277, or to the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, 100 Veterans Drive, Wilmore, KY 40390.

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