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December 31, 2008



Evelyn L. Atcher, 96, of Louisville, wife of Joseph Raymond Atcher, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2008.

She was a graduate of the Kentucky Baptist Hospital School of Nursing and an Army nurse. She was a member of West Point Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Linda (Tony) Stith, Versailles; and a grandson, David (Christy) Stith.

A Mass of Christian burial was conducted Tuesday, Dec. 30, at Our Lady of Hope Chapel at the Franciscan Health Care Center. Interment was in Bethany Memorial Cemetery. The W. G. Hardy Funeral Home, Louisville, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Kentucky or the charity of one’s choice.



Edith Lee Childers, 79, of Lexington, widow of Lloyd Lee Childers, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008.

A native of High Point, N.C., she was a cable inspector for 40 years with Georgetown Cable and was a member of Broadway Christian.

Survivors include two sons, Wayne (Merry) Childers, Lexington, and Terry Childers, Lexington; two daughters, Carolyn (James) Hoover, Nicholasville, and Carlos "Marie" (Gary) Sacra, Versailles; a sister, Doris Penley, Lexington; six grandchildren, Cindy Baker, Cheri Alkhawaja, Scott Sacra, Elizabeth Sears, Charlotte Hurley, and Michael Hoover; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 27, at W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, by Pastor Steve Pearson. Burial was in Crestlawn Cemetery in Georgetown.



John M. Conlee, 94, widower of Evelyn Etherington Conlee, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg.

Born Aug. 4, 1914, in Powell County, he was the son of the late Charles A. and Eddie Mae Yocum Conlee. He was a lifelong farmer and a member of the Knights of Pythias, Gray Lodge #27, where he had served as Grand Chancellor and Grand Treasurer for the state of Kentucky. He was a member and past master of Landmark Lodge #41 F&AM, a member of Eastern Star, Rebekah Lodge, Daughters of America, Olieka Temple and Odd Fellows.

Survivors include a daughter, Helen Conlee McMackin, Nashville, Tenn.; a son, John W. Conlee, Nashville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Charles Martel McMackin, John Knox McMackin, Jessica Gale Conlee, John William Conlee, and Rebecca Lawrence; and four great-grandchildren. Six sisters, Freda Shelton, Yula Court, Elsie Martin, Carrie Reed, Florine Conlee, and Ocie Conlee, and a brother, Jack McKinney, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Mike Faust. Burial will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Thursday until service time. Casket bearers will be John Knox McMackin, Charles Martel McMackin, John William Conlee, Bobby Spooner, David A. Roberts, and Charles Lawrence. Honorary bearers will be James Durham, Joe Conway, Sherman Dozier, Bob Davenport, Staff of Heritage Hall, members of Landmark Lodge #41 F&AM, and Knights of Pythias Gray Lodge #27.

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Luther O. Handy, 74, of Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, Wilmore, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Lexington.

The son of the late George Marshall and Madlean Flora Handy, he was a retired Morrison’s Cafeteria employee and U. S. Marine veteran, a member of the Christ Centered Church in Lexington, and a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Vanderheydt, Port Charlotte, Fla.; two nieces, Charlene Hall, Lexington, and Roseanna Doyle, Winchester; two nephews, Doug (Becky) Warner and Mark Flora, both of Lexington; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Dec. 30, at Christ Centered Church in Lexington by the Rev. Tommy Howard. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers were Carl Warner, Joshua Miniard, Ernest Dawahare, and Harold Lamb.

Memorials are suggested to Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, 100 Veterans Drive, Wilmore, KY 40390.

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Anna Mae Kasacavage, 81, of Henderson, widow of Vincent J. Kasacavage, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008, at Methodist Hospital in Henderson.

The daughter of the late Stefan and Anna Bumbal, she was a lifelong member of Holy Emmanuel Slovak Lutheran Church in Mahanoy City, Pa.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth S. Kasacavage (Debra), Henderson; two daughters, Amy Rich (Bill) and Karen Kasacavage (and family friend, Pamela Trautner,) both of Lexington; three grandchildren, Stefan Wiggins Kasacavage (Alexis) and Emily Anne Kasacavage, both of Lexington, and Hillary Rich Herring (Will), Johns Island, S.C. A sister, Joan Ellen Bumbal, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 27, at Rudy-Rowland Funeral Home, Henderson, by Dr. David F. Leslie. Burial was in Holy Emmanuel Slovak Lutheran Church Cemetery in Mahanoy City, Pa.

Contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 830 South Green Street, Henderson, KY 42420.



Joseph "Jody" Lambert, 54, of Midway, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at his residence.

Born Dec. 6, 1954, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Charles R. and Dorothy Chadwell Lambert. He had been an employee of McCall Electric.

Survivors include a son, Joey Lambert, Lawrenceburg; three sisters, Nita McCane, Midway, Patricia Lambert, Lexington, and Mary Workman, Midway; and a brother, Howard Lambert, Midway.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Thoroughbred Theatre in Midway. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jimmy McCane, Billy McCane, Josh McCane, Jimmy Dean Downs, Joe Bill Stamper, and Ronnie Gibson. Honorary bearers were Howard Lambert, Phillip Devers, and Tony Alsabrook. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

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Lewis Blackburn Sharp Sr., 82, of Versailles, husband of Mary Huffman Sharp, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Ell Ray Sr. and Annabelle Long Sharp. He was the former owner of Bluegrass Garage Builders in Lexington, former owner of Guess and Sharp Builders and Sharp Builders. He had worked in the Carpenter Union Local #1650 for several years. He was a member of the King’s Way Assembly of God Church, was a U. S. Navy Seabee in World War II, was a member of the American Legion Post #67 in Versailles and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Doris (Larry) Chappell, Versailles; two sons, Lewis B. (Sandy) Sharp Jr., Nevada, and Gary Thomas Sharp, Harrodsburg; two sisters, Christine Blades, Versailles, and Lillie Price, Lexington; a brother, Theodore Sharp, Versailles; six grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Sadie Tindall, Versailles. Two brothers, Hubert Sharp and Omar Sharp, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 29, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Pastor Steve Pearson, Pastor Joe Girdler, Pastor Jeff Johnson, and Pastor Mike Krupa. Interment with military honors was in Rose Crest Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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William Robert "Bob" Sidebotham, 75, of Lexington, husband of Delores L. "Dee" Sidebotham, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at the St. Joseph East Hospital.

Born Feb 16, 1933 in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late Benjamin and Isabelle Best Sidebotham. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, he was a retired design engineer for Rotary Lift, formerly the Weaver Corp., after 40 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of Providence Christian Church, and a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, William R. (Jonelle) Sidebotham Jr., Versailles, and Edward W. (Tina) Sidebotham, Lexington; three grandchildren, Danielle (Jason) Rutherford and Chelsea and Brennon Sidebotham; two step-grandchildren, Corey and Ashton Courtney; and a step-great-grandchild, Isabella. Two sisters, Louise and Patsy, and two brothers, Albert and Bennie, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 29, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. Randy Nation. Entombment was in the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation

Memorial contributions are suggested to Providence Christian Church, 101 Providence Way, Nicholasville, KY, 40356.

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