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February 10, 2011



James Richard "Dick" Alcoke, 76, a former Woodford County magistrate and Versailles City Councilman, husband of Mary Nave "Sissy" Alcoke, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

He was known to his family and friends as "Cousy," a nickname he picked up while playing basketball in high school. He was retired from IBM and was active in the community.  He served four years on the city council and 24 years on the Woodford County Fiscal Court.  The son of the late Wallace and Mary Frances Simon Alcoke, he was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the First Christian Church. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Melissa Alcoke (Michael) Biles, Lexington; a stepson, Edward C. (Ellen) Nickles III, Boston, Mass.; a granddaughter, Amanda Moore, Versailles; three step-grandchildren, Taylor, Emily, and Sam Nickles; a brother, William (Peggy) Alcoke of Richmond, Va.  and numerous nieces and nephews, including Libby Nave Miller and Tricia Nave Kittinger.

Services were conducted Friday, Feb. 4, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Marcus Lynn and the Rev. Don Vanzant.  Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Michael Biles, Fred Siegelman, William F. Nave II, Leonard K. Nave, Jr., John Kittinger, Lucas Kittinger, Mike Reed, Taylor Nickles, and Sam Nickles.  Honorary bearers were J. D. Wolfe, Geoff Reid, Bill Ahern, Steve Eaves, Harold Wallace, John Coyle, Alan George, and Denny Nunnelley. 

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. 

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Sarah Elva Elizabeth Bach Allen, of Evansville, Ind., wife of William Allen, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital.

Born in Jessamine County, she was the daughter of the late Vernon and Rosa Mae Bach. She grew up on Beauwood Farm in Versailles. She was a National Honor Society graduate of Lafayette High School in 1949. From 1949 to 1958 she was an EKG technician in Rochester, N.Y., while her husband attended medical school. In 1966 she moved to Evansville, Ind., to raise her family. While in Evansville she served on the PTA, the Evansville Medical Auxiliary, the garden club, Tri Kappa, and was a part of a monthly book club. She was an artist and had a passion for flowers. She was a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her husband of 61 years, she is survived by a son, Chad (Kaye) Allen; a daughter, Wendy Allen; two foster sons, Dr. William (Denise) Fisher and Richard Fisher; a granddaughter, Sarah Allen; three foster grandchildren, Joseph (Cindy), James (Sherry), and Scott (Ryan) Fisher; and five brothers and sisters, Jay Wallin, Georgetown, and Lorena Browning, Allene (William) Fletcher, David Bach, and Linda Bach, all of Lexington. A brother, Vernon Bach, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 5, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Evansville, Ind., by the Rev. Dennis Davenport. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, Evansville, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.

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Evelyn Blanche Beihn, 90, of Frankfort, widow of Robert G. Beihn, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

A native of Franklin County, she was born on April 3, 1920. She was a retired employee of Texas Instruments and a member of Millville Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Robert Martin (Lisa) Beihn, Frankfort; two grandchildren, Jennifer Beihn Nunley, Louisville, and Leslie Beihn (Tom) Mote, Georgia; and four great-grandchildren, Clay and Andrew Nunley, and Jewett and Ethan Mote.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 10, at Rose Crest Cemetery. Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the American Heart Association.

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James "Jimmy" Courtney, 65, of Margaret Hall Manor, Versailles, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Herman and Sylvia Martin Courtney. He was a retired farmer and horse farm employee and had worked for Jerry Gilkison for over 15 years.

Survivors include three sisters, Ruth Dotson, Versailles, and Faye Courtney and Kathy Mitchell, Lexington; two brothers, Billy Courtney, Georgetown, and Charlie Courtney, Versailles; his former wife, Libby Clark, Versailles, and numerous nieces and nephews. Two sons, Tommy Courtney and Johnny Courtney; three sisters, Ella Maples, Mary Lou Stevens, and Mattie Shank; and five brothers, Herman Courtney Jr., Bobby Courtney, Everett Courtney, Danny Courtney, and Donnie Courtney, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Bill Marcum. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Gerry Mitchell, Charles Wayne Courtney, Brent Courtney, Phil Courtney, Donnie Maples, Tony Hafley, and Glenn Hafley.

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The family of Frances Field Garratt sadly announces her passing on Dec. 24, 2010, at The Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock, British Columbia, from complications due to Lupus.

She was born on July 21, 1923, in Lexington, the daughter of Ethel (nee Fletcher) and John Utterback Field from Versailles and grew up with her parents and brother, John H. Field, in Lexington. She attended the University (of Kentucky) School, graduating in 1941, and received a BA with majors in art and history from UK in 1945, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Following her marriage to John Alton Garratt of Toronto, Ontario, in 1947, she moved to Toronto, where she was a loving and full time wife and mother of her five children. She was predeceased by her husband and lived in British Columbia until her death.

She is survived by her children, Lynne Field Garratt, David Warren Garratt, Frances Lesley Garratt, Sally Gay Garratt and Katherine Anne Garratt; her brother, John Hardin Field; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Her family and close friends meant everything to her, and all felt her unconditional love and generosity. A kind and gracious person, she touched all who knew her with her open and inquiring mind and her gentle nature. She will be missed so much.

No service by request.

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Mary Frances Carter Greene, 64, of Versailles, wife of David Greene, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at her home.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Florence Scearce and Ben Carter. She was a retired Texas Instruments employee and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church. She was a member of the church choir, past president of the Usher Board, past president of the Women’s Auxiliary, and assistant adult women’s Sunday school teacher.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, David (Kayla) Greene, Lexington, Damon Greene, Frankfort, and Derrick Greene, Versailles; two sisters, Margaret Jackson and Joanna Franklin, both of Versailles; a brother, Gary Carter, Versailles; five grandchildren, Dana, David III, Domonique, Aaliyah, Dezmond; three great-grandchildren, Denise Meads, Daiyana and Delainey Greene; other relatives; and a goddaughter, Theresa Christian. A brother, Kenneth Carter, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 8, at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Burial was in the Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers were Lee Jay Mosby, Stephen Franklin Jr., Sean Franklin, Shane Franklin, George Cole IV, Marty Davis, Tony Compton, and Tommy Lewis. Honorary bearers were the ushers of First Baptist Church.

Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church Music Department.

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Jane Ann S. Gilkison, 83, of Carlisle, wife of Leonard E. Gilkison, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born Feb. 11, 1927, in Cincinnati, she was the daughter of the late Lucy J. Osborne Springate. She was an avid reader and attended the Carlisle Christian Church.

Survivors include three sons, Leonard E. "Eddie" (Kathy) Gilkison, Winchester, Philip Allin (Jadene) Gilkison, London, and Kevin J. Gilkison, Lexington; a daughter, Suzanne Gilkison, Annville; a brother, William O. (Lillian) Springate, Versailles; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Carlisle Cemetery by Bro. Steve Smith. Rolan G. Taylor Funeral Home, Winchester, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Carlisle Christian Church, 242 N. Locust Street, Carlisle, KY 40311.



John Van de Graff "Van" Shipp III, 85, of Versailles, widower of Judith Ann Tinker Shipp, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011.

A native of Midway, he was the son of the late John and Lou Wash Shipp. He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, did graduate work in Forestry at Colorado State University and served in the U.S. Navy. An avid naturalist and environmentalist, he was a member of the Wilderness Society, Audubon Society and Sierra Club. He was a member of Midway Presbyterian Church and was a frequent contributor to The Woodford Sun.

Survivors include four children, George Ray (Angie) Shipp, Lexington, Andrea Lynn (William G.) Pfeifle, Lexington, James Stephen (Saundra) Shipp, Riverview, Fla., and Laurie Ann (Stephen) Caravaglio, Wilmington, N.C.; two brothers, David and Russell Shipp; a sister, Mary Lou Wells; and 10 grandchildren, Joshua (Kelly), Adam (Suzanna), Lauren, Alexandra, Andrew, Natalie, Sidney, Alayna, Matthew and Emily. A brother, Ben, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at Milward-Broadway, Lexington. Interment will be in the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 10, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alaska Conservation Foundation (added to Wayburn Endowment Foundation) in Anchorage, Alaska, or the Midway Presbyterian Church.



Margaret Sanderson Showalter, 87, of Versailles, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Hospital.

Born in Jessamine County, she was the daughter of the late Buford and Agnes Reed Sanderson. She was a retired Hills Department Store employee and was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Hazel Anita Smith, Versailles; two sons, Mason (Molly Ann) Showalter, Versailles, and Carl Showalter, Georgetown; eight grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren; and a brother, Harold (Mariam) Sanderson, Dayton, Ohio.

Services were conducted Sunday, Feb. 6, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Mark Dunn and the Rev. Walt Sanderson. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were her grandsons.

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Paul Merriman Smith, 84, of Versailles, husband of Barbara Weekley Smith, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at his home.

Born April 25, 1926, in Versailles, he was the son of Paul Merriman and Jesse Turner Smith. He graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy in 1944. Following graduation he served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific in the submarine service. Following his service in the Navy, he went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky in 1950 with a B.S. degree in commerce. After graduation he began a career in law enforcement, serving in the Kentucky State Police from 1950 until his retirement in 1981. He held every rank in the state police from trooper to director of the state police/deputy commissioner of the department of public safety. He later served as chief of the Woodford County Police Department. He was an active member of the First Christian Church of Versailles.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, he is survived by two daughters, Suzanne (William) Gaines and Sissy (Arnold) Cobb; three grandchildren Lindsey Rankin, T.A. (Sarah) Rankin, and Mary Beth Gaines; and a great-grandchild, Brody Alexander Rankin.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 5, at the First Christian Church by the Rev. Don Vanzant and the Rev. Marcus Lynn. Burial with honors by the Kentucky State Police Honor Guard was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Styles Miller, Arnold Cobb, Tommy Rankin, T.A. Rankin, Taylor West, Billy Gaines, Nathan Noble, and Adam Conners.

Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church Building Fund, 161 Lexington Street, Versailles, KY 40383, to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or to the Woodford Humane Society, P.O. Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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