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February 18, 2010



Leroy Cook, 75, of Midway, husband of Dora Cook, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010.

Born Sept. 12, 1934, in Franklin County, he was the son of the late Luther M. and Carrie F. Snow Cook. He was a construction contractor, former operator of Duckers Station Grocery, and a member of Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Tina (Larry) Corn, Lawrenceburg, and Sheri (Gary) Eaves, Midway; three grandsons, Justin Maurice Corn and Brandon and Steve Eaves; two sisters, Helen Johnson, Texas, and Lula Belle Boler, Frankfort; and a brother, Bobby Cook, Midway.

Services were conducted Monday, Feb. 15, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Todd Lester. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Leonard Johnson, Johnny Smith, Justin Corn, Steve Eaves, Brandon Eaves, and William Duncan. Honorary bearers were Jimmy Duncan, Ray Jessie, Johnny Popp, Eugene Cook, Donald Hedden, Tommy Lippert, and Steve Duncan.

Donations may be made to Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church or to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Charles L. Ethington, 72, of Versailles, husband of Blanche Parks Ethington, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center.

Born March 15, 1937, in Frankfort, he was the son of the late Willie Martin and Florida Quire Ethington. He was a printer with Rand McNally and retired after a 39-year tenure. He was also a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 67 in Versailles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Charles, Curtis, Kip, and Jerri Ethington; two stepchildren, J.R. and Jack Rowe; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery Chapel in Frankfort by the Rev. Frank Layne. Visitation will be held from 1:30 until the time of service. Care Cremation & Funeral Service, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.



Lloyd Graves, 65, of Versailles, husband of Linda Graves, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Stamping Ground, he was the son of the late Lonnie O. and Lucille Bruin Graves. He was a retired employee of Quebecor World.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Bruce (Donna) Graves, Versailles, and Joey ( Kelly ) Graves, Versailles; a sister, Martha King, Stamping Ground; a brother, Jimmy Graves, Stamping Ground; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Ken Underwood.

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Ernest Harold Lay, 82, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Woodford County, husband of Mildred "Millie" McKinney Lay, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born in Casey County, he was the son of the late Harrison and Mattie Bell Leigh Lay. He was a retired farmer.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jean Reinhardt, Parkersburg, W.Va.; a son, Wayne "Musky" (Frances) Lay, Versailles; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Three sons, Harold "Julio" Lay Jr., Alvin Howard Lay, and Jerry Dale Lay; a grandson, James Adkins; a sister, Laura Jane Owens; and seven brothers, Ray Lay, Thurman Lay, Thomas Lay, Amos Lay, Harvey Lay, Herman Lay, and Clifton Lay, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Pastor Donald Carter. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Kerry Markwell, Richard Lay, Tony Fields, Ralph Lay, Stephen Lay, and Lee Reinhardt.

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

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Donald R. Neal, 68, of Versailles, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of Florence Neal of Versailles and the late Edgar C. Neal. He had worked for Texas Instruments, was parts manager for Schoo Chevrolet for many years, an insurance adjuster for GMAC, and managed an auto parts store prior to retirement. He had also been a team member of Jim Schoo’s balloon team and drove the chase van. A Versailles High School graduate, he was a founding member of the Woodford Hills Country Club.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a brother, Edgar Neal Jr. (Katherine), Midway; a niece, Jennifer Neal Comley, Lexington; a nephew, Edgar C. Neal III; and a great-nephew, Joshua Neal, Phoenix, Ariz.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 18, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon and Chaplain Kevin Pearce. Interment will follow at the Versailles Cemetery.

Flowers are welcome and donations are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Heritage Hall Nursing Home.

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William "Bill" D. Smart, 90, of Louisville, formerly of Versailles, widower of Dottie Butts Smart, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at the Baptist East Hospital after a short illness.

Born Sept. 26, 1919, in Bourbon County, he was the son of the late William and Anna Elizabeth Shankland Smart. He was raised in Nicholas County and was a 1937 graduate of Carlisle High School, and graduate of Morehead State University. He received his master’s degree from the University of Kentucky. He began teaching at Versailles High School, then served as a principal of Carroll County, Spencer County, Mt. Sterling, Harrodsburg, Montgomery County, and Scott County high schools. He had also been principal at Stamping Ground Elementary School and was superintendent at the Eminence School District. He worked for the Department of Education in Frankfort as an instructional supervisor and school organizational specialist until his retirement in 1984. He also worked for the federal government in the Department of the Army and the Social Security Administration. He lived in Versailles until 2005, he moved to Louisville and most recently he was a resident of the Middletown Christian Village. He was a member of the First Christian Church, where he was an elder emeritus, was an associate member of the Middletown Christian Church, Louisville, and was a Mason.

Survivors include three daughters, Sherrill (Scott) Holt, Louisville, Linda (Larry) Glass, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Barbara (Woody) Slade, Flora, Ind.; five grandchildren, Brian (Debbie) Glass, Darren (Emily) Glass, both of Cincinnati, Sheri (Travis ) Denton, Newburgh, Ind., Cari (Chad) Adkins, Louisville, and Mark (Lisa) Slade, Chesterton, Ind.; and seven great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Cecil and Kenneth, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Don Vanzant. Burial will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Brian Glass, Darren Glass, Mark Slade, Travis Denton, Chad Adkins, Ron Smart and Bill C. Smart. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Week of Compassion. Envelopes are available at the funeral home, or may be mailed to First Christian Church 160 Lexington Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Emmit H. Tilghman, 90, widower of Louise Slatten Tilghman and Margaret Tutt Tilghman, a retired local businessman, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Service arrangements are pending.

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