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December 30, 2010

 

Braskey

Margaret Leach Braskey, 89, of Versailles, wife of Joseph J. Braskey, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center.

Born Feb. 28, 1921, in Gary, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Katie Toth Leach. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Cathy (Bill) Fortenberry, Versailles; a son, Joseph J. Braskey; four grandchildren, Debra L. Fortenberry, Karen Fortenberry Slick, Joseph (Barbara) Braskey, and Stephanie Braskey; and six great-grandchildren, Wyatt Geibig, Alaina Geibig, Joseph Braskey, Maykayla Braskey, Jack Braskey, and Stephen Braskey. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

A funeral Mass was conducted Tuesday, Dec. 28, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Dan Noll. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Contributions may be made to Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

 

Crowe

Charles Kenneth Crowe, 76, of Versailles, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at his home. Born in Casey County, he was the son of the late Johnny Hobert and Ada Pearl Lane Crowe. He was a retired farmer.

Survivors include three daughters, Lora (Stanley) Baker and Kathy Kanatzer, both of Lexington, and Sue (James) Carter, Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Charles Ray (Liz) Crowe, Covington; six sisters, Lois Watts and Linda Houp, Nicholasville, Geneva Foley, Wanda Manley, Betty Walton, and Judy Vanover, all of Versailles; a brother, Hollis Crowe, Nicholasville; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Benny Crowe and Woody Crowe, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Randy Nation. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ray Crowe, Phillip L. Kanatzer, Brandon Trent, Jason Crowe, Jeff Sloan, Kenny Ray Vanover, Daniel Bailey, and Jonathan Watts.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

Farler

James L. Farler, 66, of Midway, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at his home.

Born in Perry County, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Constance Caudill Farler. He was a retired mechanic and U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include a daughter, Connie Farler, Alabama; three sisters, Pauline Brown, London, Dorothy Crawford, Wilmore, and Linda Paris, Frankfort; six brothers, Odell Farler, Felix (Eva) Farler, Doug (Liz) Farler, and Corbett Farler, all of Frankfort, Jerry Farler, Midway, and Larry Farler, Lexington; and numerous nieces and nephews. Three brothers, Johnny Farler, Jim Farler, and Randy Farler, and a sister, Chelsea Farler, are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, Dec. 23, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Dr. Edgar Wallace. Burial with military honors was at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jerry Farler, Johnny Farler, Nick Farler, Larry Wayne Farler, Tony Pelenkahu, and Anthony Pelenkahu. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

Hayden

Eleanor Vernon Hall Hayden, 91, of Wilmore, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010.

She grew up near Chicago and graduated from Cornell College, where she also received her private pilotís license and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After teaching for a year, she became an air traffic controller in South Bend, Ind., where she met Joseph Clark Hayden, whom she married in 1946. Following their move to Lexington in 1948, she was active in the Council of Church Women; PTA; Girl Scouts; Cub Scouts; Bluegrass Astronomical Society; Lexington Safety Council; Easter Pageant; Philharmonic Auxiliary; Aviation Round Table; Right To Life; and Friends of the Library. She enjoyed gardening and writing. In 1966 she resumed her teaching career and in 1967 joined the University of Michiganís Survey Research Center, from which she retired 1978.

Besides her husband of 64 years, she is survived by three children, Josephine Eleanor Hayden (George Meng), Owings, Md.; Catherine Bishop (Charles), Versailles; and David Hayden (Menda), Abbeville, La. ; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A grandchild is deceased.

A memorial service for friends and family will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Wesley Village, Wilmore.

In lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Wesley Village (www.wvillage.org).

 

Hoskins

Clara Ann Bond Hoskins, of Lexington, widow of Sgt. Daniel G. Hoskins, Sr. died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010.

Survivors include a daughter, Heather June Hoskins Blanton (the Rev. Danny Ray Blanton Jr.), Lexington; a grandson, Caleb James Blanton, Lexington; two sisters, Paula Nichols and Peggy Hillock, both of Nicholasville; a niece, nephews and cousins. A son, Michael Wayne Beckett; and her parents, Squire Turner Bond and Ina Brown Bond, are deceased.

Services were conducted at Clark Legacy Center in Brannon Crossing, Nicholasville, by the Rev. Danny Blanton and the Rev. Doug Simpson.

Contributions may be made to Pinckard Baptist Church middle school youth or the charity of oneís choice.

Condolences may be made at www.clarklegacycenter.com.

 

Lafoe

Elizabeth F. Lafoe, 88, of Versailles, widow of A. B. "Beck" Lafoe, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010.

Born Aug. 30, 1922, she was the daughter of John P. and Katie Lippert Foster. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church and a member of the Senior Ladies Sunday school class.

Survivors include six children, Mary (Robert) Atkins, Pat (James) Ward, Brad (Christine) Lafoe, Della (Ronald) Rose, Teresa Chadwell, and David (Pam) Lafoe; two cousins, Bobby (Sarah) and John (Janine) Lippert; 22 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and a great-great- great-grandchild. Two daughters, Katherine Pearl Lafoe and Emma Howe; a son, A. B. Lafoe Jr.; and a granddaughter, Mary Perla Hallahan, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 28, at the Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles, by Dr. Wesley Noss and the Rev. James Allen. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bobby and John Lippert, Chip and Tony Lafoe, Mike, Tom and Jimmy Ward, and Joe Atkins. Honorary bearers were members of her Sunday school class and the deacons at New Hope Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Baptist Church or the charity of oneís choice.

Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

Lynn

Madeline Lynn, 88, of Mt. Pleasant, Pa., widow of Paul Lynn, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Born in Parsons, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Francis F. and Mildred Stemple Goss. She was a Methodist and a retired cook for a long term care facility.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda (Barry) Napier, Versailles; a stepdaughter, Nancy (Robert) Bakewell, North Carolina; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A daughter, Donna Jane Lynn; a half-sister, Leota Hamilton; a grandson, John Paul "Jack" Hunter; and a great-grandson, Josh Rice, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at noon today, Thursday, Dec. 30, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Mike Lehman. Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Friends may call after 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

Overhults

Patricia "Patty" Jo Overhults, 67, of Lexington, wife of Kenneth Overhults, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center of multiple sclerosis.

Born Aug. 18, 1943, in Mt. Sterling, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Mary Bruce (Thomas) Foley Jr. She graduated in 1961 from Owingsville High School and from the University of Kentucky in 1965 with a BS degree in home economics and in 1969 with an MA degree in special education. She was initially employed by the Kentucky Child Welfare Research Foundation, then by the Clay County Board of Education, where she taught home economics and special education. Upon moving to Leitchfield, she was employed by the First Baptist Church of Leitchfield as the early education director. She was a member of Porter Memorial Baptist Church. She joined the Multiple Sclerosis Society and became involved with the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. She received a distinguished service award from the Kentucky Federation of NARFE in 2004. She enjoyed needlework.

In addition to her husband of 41 years, she is survived by two children, Marcia (Tim) Watts and Joseph (Amber) Overhults; a granddaughter, Grace Carol, all of Lexington; a sister, Betty (Bob) McGlothlin, Versailles; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 30, at Porter Memorial Baptist Church. Milward Funeral Home, Southland Drive, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimerís Research Foundation c/o Phyllis Tackett, 976 Fredericksburg Road, Lexington, KY 40504, or Porter Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, 4300 Nicholasville Road, Lexington, KY 40515.

 

Seitz

Marie Seitz, 88, widow of Robert F. Seitz Sr., died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, in Wall, N.J.

Born in 1922 in New York City, she lived in New York and New Jersey until she moved with her husband and seven children to Lexington in 1976, where she resided until 1998. She was a parishioner of Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Church in Lexington and an employee of St. Joseph Hospital and the University of Kentucky.

Survivors include five sons, including Frederick J. Seitz, Versailles, and Paul A. Seitz, Louisville; two daughters; and 17 grandchildren.

 

Scott

Robert "Bobby" Scott Jr., 74, of Lexington, husband of Wanda Hamilton Scott, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Wilmore, he was the son of the late Robert L. Scott Sr. and Irene Rose Scott. He was a retired truck driver for McLean Trucking Company. A member of Old Union Christian Church, he was an avid gardener who enjoyed sharing his vegetables with friends and neighbors.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Sherry Faulkinham, Vero Beach, Fla.; a son, Mike (Karen) Scott, Versailles; three grandchildren, Benjamin and Savannah Faulkinham and Amanda Scott-Wireman; a sister, Virginia Ann Galloway; and numerous extended family members.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 27, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by the Rev. Scott Winkler. Burial was in the Wilmore Cemetery. Casket bearers were Allen Carr, Jason Carr, Jerry Price, Charles Hahn, Robert Harris, and Wayne Berry. Honorary bearers were Clay Corman, J.C. Fuller, and Amon Evanoff.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Old Union Christian Church, 6856 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40511, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

 

Smithers

Thomas Edward "Buster" Smithers Sr., 76, of Lexington, husband of Betty Yates Smithers, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010.

Born Dec. 22, 1934, in Mortonsville, he was the son of the late John Thomas Smithers Sr. and Lillie Jackson Smithers. He retired from Kentucky Utilities after 43 years of service. He served as superintendent of the store room for 20 years. As a veteran of the U.S. Army, he served for 10 years and fought in the Korean War. He served as a deacon for 30 years at Bethsaida Baptist Church, Lexington.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by two brothers, Melvin (Rose) Smithers Sr. and John Thomas Smithers Jr.; an aunt, Bernice Bradley; and six children, Debra Sandifer, Thomas Jr., Michael, Calvin (Manina), Antoine, and Stephen (Willette) Smithers. A sister, Susie Smithers Fee, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 30, at Bethsaida Baptist Church, 3700 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, by the Rev. Melvin Gross. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. today at the church. O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Staples

James E. Staples, 73, of Versailles, husband of Donnie Staples, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

He was been a Woodford County magistrate for three terms, having first been elected in 1998. He did not run for reelection in 2010 and would have completed his career as a member of the fiscal court this weekend. He served four years in the U.S. Navy and lived in Glasgow until 1974 when he and his family moved to Versailles. He helped in the building of the F.M.C. factory in Lexington. He then worked in banking for several years and retired from Farmers Capital Bank Corp. in 1999. He had served on the Woodford County School Board, was a United Bank board member, a KYBLN board member, served as faculty for the Kentucky Bank Management Institute and the AIB National Operations at the University of Wisconsin. He was instrumental in helping raise funds and working to see the Woodford County Senior Citizenís Building become a reality. He was presented with a United States flag in a case and a framed certificate stating the flag had been flown at the Capitol of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, for his public service. He attended the Southside Church of Christ in Lexington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Jay (Jama) Staples, Lexington, and G. Scott Staples, Frankfort; three grandchildren, Taylor L. and Jes Staples and Ryan Scott Staples; two step-grandchildren, Kevin and Matt Stiles; and a half brother, Eugene Staples.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Michael Fann. Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Kenny Paynter, Tony Fleener, Adam Mitchell, Gary Day, Frank Stark, and Jackie Brown. Honorary bearers will be Billy Carl, Dick Dolan, and Norb Ryan. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 30, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation, Hospice of the Bluegrass, of the American Cancer Society.

 

Whaley

Larry Whaley, 55, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010.

Born March 13, 1955, in Scott County, he was a stallion groomer at WinStar Farms in Versailles.

Survivors include two daughters, Cathy Whaley and Lisa Jennette.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Tucker, Yocum, & Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Guest book at www.tuckeryocumwilson.com.

 

Woodrum

Melba Meeks Woodrum, 70, of Midway, wife of Albert Woodrum, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at the St. Joseph East Hospital.

Born July 8, 1940, in Corinth, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Ruby Lawrence Meeks. She was a retired teacher in the Scott County School system, a supporter of Special Olympics, and a U.K basketball fan.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by children, Albert Woodrum III (Melissa), Frankfort, and Kaye Nita Gallagher, Midway; and four grandchildren, Caitlin Woodrum, Elizabeth Woodrum, A. Dennis Woodrum IV, and Melina Gallagher. A brother, Tom Meeks, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 30, at Tucker, Yocum, & Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown, by Pastor Gary Brown. Burial will be in Corinth Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Keith Snell, Brandon Snell, J.W. Blackburn, Curtis Adams, Daniel Keeling, and Denny Nunnelley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of oneís choice.

Condolences may be made at www.tuckeryocumwilson.com.

 

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