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February 17, 2005



Karl Bernard Brown, 205 Russell Avenue, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at his home.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Samuel T. Brown and Margaret Young. He was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Versailles, a former employee of the Keeneland Association for 17 years, and the Kroger Company for eight years.

Survivors include a son Marcus Karl Brown, Versailles; his former wife, Deborah Jean Brown, Versailles; two brothers, Waddell Thomas Brown, Lexington, and Anthony Wayne Brown, Versailles; an uncle, Thomas G. Brown, Versailles; three aunts, Dorothy Tyler, Versailles, Ann Underwood, Lexington, and Geneva Brown, Cincinnati; a special aunt, Mary Russell Johnson, Versailles; a special sister, Judy Chase; four nephews and four nieces.

Services will be conducted today, Thursday, February 17, 2005, at the St. Paul A.M.E. Church by the Rev. Kenneth Golphin and the Rev. Tony Jones. Interment will follow at the Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Dave Maupin, Robbie Mullins, Craig Cook, William Maxberry, Roscoe Bottoms, and Gary Carter. Honorary bearers will be Robert Maxberry, Theophylis Jackson, Willie Brown, Jose Middleton, Herbert Bush, and Kenneth Howard. Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Barbara Ward Bastin, 75, of Richmond, formerly of Lexington, widow of William S. Bastin Sr., died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Cynthiana, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Anna Riedel Ward. She was a retired administrative assistant with the Kentucky Department of Transportation, a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Richmond, and a former member of Mary Queen Catholic Church in Lexington.

Survivors include two sons, Bill S. Bastin Jr., Richmond, and Larry Bastin, Lexington; two daughters, Ann Hall, Wilmore, and Vicki Foster, Richmond; a brother, James Ward, Versailles; three grandchildren, Christie Hall-Volpenhein and Daniel Hall, both of Wilmore, and Kimberly Bastin, Lexington; two great-grandchildren B.J. and Will; three nephews, Mike, Tommy, and Jimmy Ward; and numerous cousins. Two brothers, Paul Ward and Isaac N. Ward, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church by the Rev. Danny Schwendeman. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Casket bearers were Daniel Hall, Rob Volpenhein, Mike Ward, Tom Ward, Tim Foley and David Hurst. W. R. Milward Mortuary-Southland was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or to the American Cancer Society 160 Moore Drive Suite 201, Lexington, KY 40503.



Mattie Mae Devers Bigley, 79, of Frankfort, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005.

Born April 29, 1925, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Esker Floyd “Rube” and Eyeler Margaret Manley Devers. She sold apples for Bigley Orchards.

Survivors include a daughter, Rosalie M. Devers, Alaska; two sons, Stephen Douglas Sullivan and Perry Graham Sullivan, both of Frankfort; a sister, Kathleen Devers Singleton, Frankfort; and three grandchildren. A son, Jimmy Sullivan; a sister, Marie Johnson; and two brothers, James Sterling Devers and Clemon Harris Devers, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, by Bro. Don Karsner.



Marvin A. Claypool, 72, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center.

Born Aug. 18, 1932, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Herman and Bessie Cooper Claypool. He was a self employed truck driver and attended the Liberty Road Community Church.

Survivors include a son, Earl Claypool, Lexington; two grandchildren, Melissa Claypool and Jamie Martin; three great-granddaughters, Chelsey Claypool, and Katelyn and Ashleigh Martin; and four sisters, Marjorie Burge, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Betty White, Lexington, Lequetta Timoney, Palm City, Fla., and Linda Flint, Port Orangly, Fla. Four brothers, Joe, Harry, Kendall and Jackie Claypool, and a sister, Martha Claypool, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Jim Hensley and the Rev. Dwight Martin. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were James Martin Jr., Michael Coovert, William M. Coovert, Steven Coovert, Roy Manley, and Elmer Smith.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Care Center, St. Joseph Hospital.

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Cora Jeanne Farthing, 61, of Oxford Road, a retired medical records director for Eastern State Hospital, died Monday, Feb.14, 2005, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late James B. Howard and Ellen Carter Howard. She was a member of Clover Bottom Baptist Church, and attended Redemption Road Church in Stanford.

Survivors include three daughters, Jamie Ann Farthing Kragel, Jeanne Ellen Farthing Mosby, and Kayla Diane Farthing, all of Versailles; and a granddaughter, Sarah Grace Morton, Versailles. A sister, Debbie Howard, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Gary Yocum. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. preceding the service. Interment will follow at a later date.



Howard Augusta Link, 93, of Covington, formerly of Grant County, widower of Fay Link, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, at the Woodspoint Care Center in Florence.

He was a retired painter for the St. Elizabeth Medical Center and a member and deacon of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Covington.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Adkins, Versailles, and Patti Moore, Atlanta, Ga.; two sons, Jerry Link, Walton, and H.A. Link Jr., Villa Hills; six grandchildren, Larry Aytes, Beth Adkins, Kellianne Welker, Taylor Link, Shawna Bishop, and Treva Thomas; and five great-grandchildren, Amber Aytes, Sydney Aytes, Zachary Bishop, Austin Bishop, and Alyssa Thomas; and a sister, Mendola Lightner, Florence.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at McDaniel Funeral Home, Corinth. Burial was in the Corinth Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Woodspoint Care Center, 7300 Woodspoint Drive, Florence, KY 41042, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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Myrtle Irene Ruark 86, formerly of Margaret Hall Manor, Versailles, widow of Walter Ruark, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005.

She was the daughter of the late William Bascom and Virginia Durr Driskell.

Survivors include a sister, Nina Driskell Blanton, Frankfort, and numerous nieces and nephews. Six brothers, Everett, Jasper, Ancil, Gilbert, Berryman and Thomas Driskell, and a sister, Mary Votaw, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Paris. Casket bearers will be Harold Driskell, Carl Watts, Steve Driskell, Sonny Driskell, Larry Votaw and Michael Driskell.



William N. Parrish, 85, of Lexington, husband of Lucille Shelton Parrish, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, at his residence.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late William and Ida Mae Parrish. He was a retired salvage business owner and an Air Force veteran serving in World War II.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Howard B. Parrish, Florida; five grandchildren, Debra Parrish, Diana Wilson, Shawn Ray, Melissa Fleming, and Matthew Parrish, all of Lexington; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Alma Parrish, Versailles; two special nephews, Billy Shelton, Lexington, and Roy Shelton, Georgetown; and three special nieces, Elizabeth Shelton and Patty Rhodes, both of Lexington, and Anita Harmon, Winchester.

Services were conducted Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home-Main Street. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Clifford Detuch, John Parrish, Roger Harmon, Mark Harmon, Steve Estes, Ambrose Wilson, and Matthew Parrish.

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Luda Bower Porter, 95, of Lexington, widow of Wesley Woods Porter, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital. Born in Livingston, she was the daughter of the late James Howard and Saluda Overstreet Bower. She was a retired bookkeeper with First Federal and was a member of Gardenside Christian Church.

Survivors include three nephews, Ernest Dunn, Garrard County, Danny McQueen, Versailles, and Bob Stout, San Diego, Calif.; a niece, Shirley McQueen Roberts, Lexington; several great-nieces and great-nephews including a special great-niece, Carol Ann Graham, Lexington; and several great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary-Southland by the Rev. Joe Bob Grider. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Casket bearers were Richard Graham, Daniel Graham, Andrew Graham, Mark Keinath, Gregory Keinath, Dean Roberts and Kent McQueen.



Reginald Lang “Rex” Prather, 86, of New Castle, widower of Ellene Martin Stewart Prather, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005.

He was born Jan. 21, 1919, in Woodford County.

Survivors include four children, Sarah Martin Haydon, Troy, Ohio, Marty Stahl, New Castle, Stewart Lang Prather, Louisville, and Donald T. Prather, Shelbyville; a brother, William Thomas Prather Jr.; and two sisters, June Rolph and Martha Jean Cox.

Services were conducted Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, at the New Castle First Baptist Church. Prewitt New Castle Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association, or New Castle First Baptist Church.

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