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December  29, 2005



  Robert Stephen Bell, 55, of Versailles, formerly of Mercer County, husband of Donna Brown Bell of Burgin, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, at the Saint Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born Oct. 10, 1950, in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of the late Aaron and Helen Louise Smigielski Bell. He was a concrete construction businessman.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Alisha Bell, Stamping Ground; a sister, Virginia Harris, Columbus, Ohio; two stepsons, Clay and Casie Westerfield; two nieces, Natalie Creasy, Michigan, and Christine Turines, Illinois; and 11 great-nieces and nephews. A son, Stephen Joshua Bell; a brother, Michael Quincy Bell; and a nephew, Richard “Bubba” Harris, are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, Dec. 22, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg, by Connie Carter and Sam Jarof.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the charity of one’s choice.

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   George W. "Cappie" Billings Jr., 81, of Stanford, husband of Annette Bowen Billings, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005.

Born Jan. 6, 1924, in Stanton, he was the son of the late George W. Billings Sr., and Celia McIntosh Billings. In 1949, he was elected as Powell County Tax Commissioner, and in 1953 was elected Powell County Court Clerk, where he served three consecutive terms. In 1964, he was appointed Stanton Postmaster. He was a veteran of World War II and served 18 months on a troop transport in the South Pacific in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Stanton Baptist Church, served as church treasurer for many years, and served as adjunct-treasurer of the Powell County DAV chapter. He served as Powell County news correspondent for the Lexington Herald-Leader for 20 years, and he and his wife edited the former Powell County Herald newspaper. In 1950, he started Billings Tax Service, which he owned and operated for 54 years. He also served on the board of directors of Pioneer Federal Savings Bank for many years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Steve Billings, Winchester; a daughter, Anne Billings Burgess, Midway; a grandson, Brian Billings, Stanton; a granddaughter, Sarah Billings, Clay City; and three great-grandchildren, Bo Russell, Brook Hannah, and Betsy Ann Billings, Stanton. A son, Rusty Billings, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Stanton Christian Church Family Life Center. Burial was in the Stanton Cemetery. Casket bearers were his nephews, Casey Billings, Mark, Gary, Randy, John, David, and Phillip Bowen. Honorary bearers were David McIntosh, Ralph Burton Conlee, John Cox, Bob Adams, Norman Watson, Ray Rogers, Paul Daniels, Dr. Sam Cecil, the deacons of Stanton Baptist Church, Kevin Bowen, Justin Wickline, Bill Cress, Bill Orme, Jack Gross, Scott Frazier, Talmadge Crabtree, Talmadge Smallwood, Billy Powell, Sharon Estes, Betty Hampton, and Floyd Clay Anderson. Hearne Funeral Home, Stanton, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice East, 106 West College Avenue, Stanton, KY 40380, or to Stanton Baptist Church, P.O. Box 777, Stanton, KY 40380.



  Mary Bush Graves, 71, of Paris, wife of Santford C. Graves Jr., died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, of cancer.

Born March 8, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Henry C. and Rebecca Jean Chandler Jones. She attended Bourbon County Schools, and was a member of Millersburg Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Paulette Hadden and Julie Adams, both of Paris; four grandchildren, Erich Baumeister, Morgan Baumeister, both of Florida, Travis Adams, Paris, and Nikki Adams, Louisville; a brother, Paul Jones, Mt. Sterling; and seven sisters, Mamie Clayton Faulkner, Falmouth, Nora Margaret Johnson, Versailles, Billie Ann Mattox, Paris, Rose Marie Elvove, Paris, Katherine D. Mitchell, Florida, Connie Foley, North Middletown, and Patricia Rainey, North Middletown. Two sisters, Pauline Williams and Betty Jean Masterson, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Dec. 23, at the Hinton-Turner Funeral Home by the Rev. Vernon Adams. Interment was in the Millersburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were David Jones, Steve Jones, Joe Pat Johnson, Scott Johnson, Michael Masterson, Charles Mattox Jr., Duane Mattox, Danny Minton, and Tim Garrison. Her nieces and nephews served as honorary bearers.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



  Whitson H. Henley, 94, of Bay Village, Ohio, formerly of Versailles, widower of Mary Margaret Temple Henley, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, in Ohio.

Born in Shelbyville, Tenn., he was the son of the late James W. and Algie Tucker Henley. He was a retired former plant manager of GM's manual transmission plant in Muncie, Ind. He began his career with Chevrolet in 1929 as a 50-cent an hour machine worker in Toledo. He became general foreman at the Toledo plant in 1936, general superintendent in 1945, and operations manager in 1956. In 1958, he was appointed plant manager at Muncie, a facility with more than 3,500 employees, where he remained for 14 years until his retirement in 1972. He was active in Muncie as a community leader and industrial executive, was active in the High Street Methodist Church, the Muncie Rotary Club, was a director of the Delaware Country Club, the Muncie Boys' Club, and was a member and former president of the Muncie Chamber of Commerce. He had been chairman of the GM Plant City Committee and the president of the General Motors Management Club of Indiana. He and his wife retired to Versailles in 1973. He was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church and was a member and past president of the Versailles Rotary Club.

Survivors include a son, James Temple Henley, Bay Village, Ohio; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A daughter, Helen Doris Henley; and a sister, Margaret Gaudin, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford County Senior Citizens Center, 112 N. Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383, or to the Cornerstones at Versailles United Methodist Church, 110 N. Court Street, Versailles, KY 40383.



  Doris J. O'Nan, 69, of Garrard County, formerly of Lexington, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005.

Born Sept. 26, 1936, in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Robert M. and Helen Bennett Egalite McFadden. She was a retired receptionist with Smith Kline Beecham Laboratory.

Survivors include three sons, John O'Nan, Lancaster, Mike O'Nan, Lexington, and Dean O'Nan, Lawrenceburg; a daughter, Melanie Griffith, Versailles; three brothers, Bobby McFadden, Ronnie McFadden, and Billy McFadden; four sisters, Carolyn Correll, Helen Finnell, Charlotte Walters, and Beverly May; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Kenny McFadden and Thommy McFadden, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005, at Calvary Cemetery. W.R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of the Blue Grass 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



James W. Sames, 84, of Versailles, whose avid interest in history and mapmaking led to the publication of a number of books and oral history recordings, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2005, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born April 11, 1921, near Nugent’s Crossroads in Woodford County, he was the son of the late James Walter and Hallie Wise Sames. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering and attended art school in Sarasota, Fla. He was a retired employee for the Kentucky Department of Highways, where he was a photogrammetrist, a person who makes maps from aerial photographs. His skills as a mapmaker led to the publication of one of his many books -- a comprehensive history of the boundary between Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia, published in 1971.

“It was the first boundary of a state surveyed in America,” Sames said in a profile published in the July 12, 1979, issue of The Sun, “and it has been used as the authority in settling boundary disputes in court, particularly between Kentucky and Tennessee.

He also owned some of the oldest maps of Woodford County and had a photograph collection of some of the county’s oldest homes, many of which no longer exist. From the 1940s on, he collected hundreds of oral history recordings. Many of the early recordings were done on wire machines and, unfortunately, rusted before he could transfer them to tape. Still, he was left with a vast storehouse of recorded oral history, a collection that prompted the state to initiate an extensive oral history program and library.

He did illustrations and photographs for his books, and for years was a official photographer for the Kentucky Derby. His many avocations included being a curator, antiques collector, furniture maker, tool maker, and painter.

He was a United States Army Air Corps veteran, having served in World War II. He was a member of Midway Baptist Church and a member of the Woodford County Historical Society.

He is survived by two sisters, Betty Allison, Midway, and Dorothy Mullikan, Georgetown; and a brother, Joe Sames, Midway. Four brothers: William, Paul, Raymond and Edward Sames, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Jeffrey Sames.

Contributions may be made to the Woodford County Historical Society or to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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  Lyona T. McAlister True, 95, of Georgetown, widow of Henry D. "Jack" True died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at Georgetown Community Hospital.

A native of Scott County, she was the daughter of the late Millard Filmore and Addie Lee Jones McAlister. She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Daughters of America, Council # 73, Woodford County, and a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #24.

Survivors include her grandchildren, Charlene T. and Bobby L. Hackworth and Phyllis J. True, Georgetown; a great-granddaughter, Kelley Hackworth, Georgetown; two nieces, Lot Florence and Patsy Hankla; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. A son, Charles M. "Corky" True, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 29, at Johnson's Funeral Home by the Rev. Scott Cox. Burial will be in the Georgetown Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Bolton Bevins, Theo Chenault, Mohey Mahmoud, Charles Richard Harper, Dennis Harper, Chuck Johnson, Shelley Mullins and Allen Preston Florence Jr. Honorary bearers will be Robin Stivers, Dr. Gus Bynum, Finley Morrison, Bill Henry and Lorell Votaw.



  Ethel Peterson Walsh, 82, of Lexington, mother of Paula Black of Versailles, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005.

Additional survivors include a son, Eric Peterson, Framingham; two daughters, Sandy Legere, Satellite Beach, Fla., and Nancy Kerrigan, Haines City, Fla.; and seven grandchildren, Cheryl D'Addario, Stacey Franks, Dawn Wilson, Melissa Drennan, Chris Black, Sebrina Particelli and E. J. Peterson.

Services will be private.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



  Vivian T. Welch, 94, widow of Joseph J. Welch, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005.

Born in Scott County, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Stella Ashcraft Tucker. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and had also attended St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Versailles. She enjoyed horses and bingo.

Survivors include a son, Robert H. Mitchell, Versailles; two daughters, Patty J. Luther, Ocala, Fla., and Roxanne S. Ballard, Morrison, Colo.; two stepchildren, Joseph Welch Jr. and Mary Carol Sears, both of Lexington; nine grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. Her husbands, Robert H. Mitchell Sr. and Jack S. Minor; three sisters, Frankie Gudie, Lester Carter, and Larye White; and a stepson, Andrew Welch, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 28, at St. Leo’s Catholic Church by the Rev. Dan Noll. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Casket bearers were Michael Mitchell, Matthew Mitchell, Taylor Mitchell, Jonathan Ballard, Phillip Minor, Jay Sears, and Matthew Sears. W.R. Milward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Pine Meadows Health Care Activities Department.



  David Michael Wells, 53, of New Orleans, La., died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, in Laurel, Miss.

The son of Bert and Sarah Wells, he was a 1970 graduate of Tates Creek High School and attended the University of Kentucky. He served as a senior sergeant, U.S. Army, in the educational systems division at Fort Knox and a senior logistics management technician in New Jersey.

Survivors include a daughter, Kim Whetstine; two grandsons, Bryan and Andrew, Dacula, Ga.; four brothers, Charles T. Wells, Richwood; Bert Wells, Virginia Beach, Va.; John Wells, Versailles, and Larry Wells, Lexington; and seven sisters, Barbara Mowery, Wurtland, Norma Compton, Ironton, Ohio, Nelda Derrick, Florence, Charlotte Downing, Orchard Park, N.Y., Sharon Morgan, Denver, Colo., and Martha Reynolds and Christy Lucas, Lexington. Two brothers, Nathan Paul and Louis Steven Wells, are deceased.

A memorial service will be conducted at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery on Jan. 7.



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