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February 13, 2014



Michael Edward Conyers, 61, of Lexington, formerly of Woodford County, husband of Deborah Cobb Conyers, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late James William and Georgia Bell Hambrick Conyers. He was a former electrician with Clark Machinery and a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Jesus Name and was a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Lisa Marie Miller, Lexington, and Christina Rose (Sam) Stokley, Berea; six sisters, Michelle Hullett, Lexington, Ann Kelly, Frankfort, Bobbie Todd and Tammy Phelps, Versailles, Debbie Fincher, Ocala, Fla., and Linda Kay Conyers, Georgetown; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Jesse "Butch" Younger, who helped care for him in his final illness. A sister, Carrie Lee Conyers, and a brother, Jimmy Conyers, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

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Emma Jane Semones Cummins, 80, of Sebring, Fla., formerly of Versailles, wife of Joe E. Cummins, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Florida.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Dorothy Grimes and Stanley Dean. She was a retired employee of Texas Instruments.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Lisa (Allen) Bowman, Versailles; three sons, Phillip (Sally) Semones and Jeff (Linda) Semones, both of Versailles, and Matthew Semones, Northern Kentucky; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Her first husband, Matt Semones Jr., and a half sister, Drucilla Bobbitt, are deceased.

A reception for family and friends will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

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J.D. Morris, 28, of Versailles, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

He was born in Frankfort and was a graduate of Franklin County High School.

He is survived by his parents, Michael and Regina Morris; a sister, Sarah Nicole Morris; and a brother, William Michael Morris.

There are no services planned.

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Robert P. "Bob" Hays, 90, of Versailles, widower of Ruth B. Hays, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Born in Bloomfield, he was the eldest son of the late Anthony Hundley and Sara Hill Durrett Hays and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a retired school teacher and farmer. He was a longtime member and Sunday school teacher at the Versailles Baptist Church. For over a decade, he was a weekly fixture at the Woodford County Farmers Market in Versailles. In 2010, the market named him an emeritus member for his years of participation in raising and selling a variety of fresh vegetables each spring and summer.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald P. (Jan) Hays, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Gayle Webb (Debbie) Ecton, Bowling Green; a sister, Sara Cosby, Kansas City, Kan.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A brother, Anthony H. Hays Jr., is deceased.

Graveside services with military honors will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at the Winchester Cemetery in Winchester, Ky. A reception for family and friends will follow from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Versailles Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Versailles Baptist Church, 125 E. Green Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Althea Denise Higgins, 56, of Versailles, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at her home.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of Robert Sr. and Pearl Williams Higgins of Versailles. She was a 1975 graduate of Woodford County High School and a member of the St. Paul AME Church. She had been employed as a caregiver for Woodford County Adult Day Care.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two daughters, Allethea "Lady" Higgins and Alexis "Lexi" Higgins; three sisters, Linda Higgins, Yvonne Higgins, and Marie Wills; a brother, Robert Higgins Jr.; and a grandson, Xavier Higgins.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 11, at St. Paul AME Church by the Rev. Jermaine Wilson and the Rev. James Smith. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were William Wills Jr., Richard Kirtley Jr., Ryan Maxberry, Andre Davis, Gene Sears, and Charles Brown III. Honorary bearers were Gary Metcalf, Robert Lewis, Zach Dockies, Dwayne Depp II, Billy Drury, Charles Brown Jr., Travis Collins, and Tyler Gaines. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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"Kum" Sang Jones, 78, of Lawrenceburg, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

Born Dec. 18, 1935, in Osaka, Japan, she was a homemaker.

Survivors include a daughter, Minha (Joseph) Carr; two grandsons, John K. Stumbo and Robert L. Stumbo; and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Anderson County Senior Citizens Center, 160 Township Square, Lawrenceburg.

Contributions are recommended to the Anderson County Senior Citizens Center.

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Dylan Blake Preston, 14, of Versailles, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at his home.

He was a student at Woodford County Middle School.

Survivors include his parents, Sharon and John Murphy, Versailles, and Ben and Robin Preston, Nicholasville; a sister, Hannah Preston; a brother, Nicholas Keck; his grandparents, Leona Curry, Teresa Tudor, and Charlotte Davis, all of Versailles, and Mary Jo and Freddie May, of Lexington; and his great-grandparents, Christine Yeary and Liza Woodrum, Versailles, and Frank Woodrum. His grandparents, Robert Lancaster Jr. and John Preston, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 13, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Bro. Frankie Layne. Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Jimmy Traugott, George Preston, Jason Smither, Richard Tudor, Chad Drake, Josh Drake, Matt Drake, and Mike Lancaster. Honorary bearers will be, David Drake, Scott Walker, Ted Magness, Gary Rowland, Nicholas Keck, Shane "Peanut" McKinney, Mike Bruner, Daniel Bruner, Eddie Woodrum, Robert Woodrum, Adam Woodrum, and Melvin Davis.

Contributions may be made to Dylan Preston Medical Expense Fund, c/o United Bank, 100 United Drive, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Marie Ann Tomlin, 87, a retired registered nurse, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born in Campbell, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine Blasko Walko. She and her first husband, the late Howard C. Tomlin, lived in Versailles, where she was employed by Taylor Manor Nursing Home. In retirement, she had been a volunteer at Taylor Manor, volunteered with the Meals on Wheels program, was a member of the 50 Plus club at Versailles Baptist Church, was a Legion of Honor Lady with the Oleika Shriners, and a member of the American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Sapp, Versailles; two daughters, Cathy (Olson) Parrott and Carla Tomlin, both of Lexington; a sister, Marion Shook, Youngstown, Ohio; and three grandsons, Joshua, Jeremy, and Jordan Parrott.

A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to Taylor Manor Nursing Home or to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Elizabeth Ann Voigt, 90, of Midway, or Betty Ann, as she was known by family and friends, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.

Betty Ann was born Aug. 7, 1923, in Lexington, Kentucky. She was the daughter of the late Lola Reid and Charles F. Voigt, MD. Following the death of her mother, Dr. Voigt married Nell Noland and resided in Midway, where he practiced medicine. Betty Ann graduated from Transylvania University, where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. During World War II, she attended Vanderbilt University, receiving a degree in nursing. While at Vanderbilt she was a member of U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. Returning to Midway, she was employed as a nurse by Dr. Coleman C. Johnston and Dr. Richard R. Crutcher in Lexington. After retiring as a nurse, she was employed at Parrish Hill Farm. She was a lifelong member of Midway Christian Church, where she selflessly served the church and the community. Her community involvement included the American Heart Association, Midway Woman’s Club, Midway Public Library, Midway Nursing Home Task Force and the Senior Citizens Meals on Wheels. Betty Ann resided the last years of her life at Lexington Country Place, where she renewed old friendships and with her congenial personality made many new friends including many members of the staff.

Survivors include three cousins, Robert W. Hughes, Lexington, Judy Casey, Plano Texas, and Lola Cancila, Palm Coast, Fla.

A celebration of her life was held Saturday, Feb. 8, at Midway Christian Church. The Reverends Heather McColl and Bill McDonald officiated. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to Midway Christian Church.

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Allen Gail Wilson 55, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Versailles, husband of Dora Cummins Wilson, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at his home.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of Porter Gail Wilson of Versailles and the late Geneva Rose Faulkner Wilson. He was a graduate of Woodford County High School.

In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by three sisters, Emma Lou (Charles) Roberts, Maude (Charles) Beagle, and Laura Willoughby, all of Versailles; and two brothers, Larry (Dona) Wilson, Versailles, and Norman (Yvette) Wilson, Georgetown.

Following cremation, a service was conducted Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Jonathan Wells.

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Jessie B. Ginter, 97, of Versailles, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

Born July 17, 1916, in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late John Fields and Matty Florence Alendar Clark. She retired from Texas Instruments after 34 years as an assembly worker. She was a member of Ashland Avenue Baptist Church. She sang in the choir and liked reading her Bible.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty J. Ginter, Versailles and Joyce A. (Bobby) Hockensmith, Lexington; four sons, Robert C. (Betty A.) Ginter and Leo (Earleen) Ginter, both of Versailles, John W. (Beverly J.) Ginter, Harrodsburg, and Barry A. Ginter, Millville; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. Two daughters, a granddaughter, two sisters, and four brothers, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Judy Stallons. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Garden. Casket bearers were her grandsons.

Donations are recommended to the Midway Nursing Home Task Force, P.O. Box 3964, Midway, KY 40347.

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