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February 21, 2002

 

Gretchen Alley

Gretchen Alley, 91, of Lexington, wife of James Eric Alley, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at Central Baptist Hospital.

A native of Mayking, she was the daughter of Nathaniel Craft and Sarah Webb Craft. She was a former bookkeeper for H.H. Leet Furniture and a member of the Rosemont Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Eric A. Alley, Washington, D.C.; a daughter, Sue Burns, Versailles; two sisters, Goldie Baker, House Springs, Mo., and Jackie Johnson, Somerset; six grandchildren, Tani Davis, Versailles, Jim Burns and Susan Courtney, Lexington, Tina Ewing and Angela Nichols, Mentor, Ohio, and Jennifer Howell, Cleveland, Ohio; and nine great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at W.R. Milward Mortuary – Southland by Dr. Gilbert Tucker.

 

James Best

James A. Best, 64, of Versailles, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Wilbur and Geneva Woods Best. He was a retired carpenter and an avid bowler.

Survivors include a daughter, Pam Beasley, Versailles; two sons, Rodney Best, Lawrenceburg, and Dallas Best, Versailles; a sister, Evelyn Cook, Owenton; a half-sister, Donna Mayo; three brothers, Charles Best, Lawrenceburg, Larry Best, Texas, and Carroll Best, Lexington; five grandchildren, Jessica Lowe, Nikki Best, Austin Beasley, Jeffrey Byrd, and Chandler Grider. His first wife, Iva Weldon Best; a daughter, Diane Lowe; and a sister, Judy Best, are deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Terry Jenkins. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Marcus Grider, Chris Grider, Darren Hendren, Jeff Elliston, Shawn Hilton, and Wayne Best. Honorary bearers were Mike Thomas, Charlie Joe Elliott, Carlos Trejo, and James Lewis.

 

John Campbell

John Campbell Jr., 83, of Lexington, widower of Eleanor Campbell, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital East.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late John Sr. and Mary Campbell. He was a member of the Consolidated Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Betty Williams, Lena Snodgrass, and Eleanor Elaine Mason; two sons, Hardy Campbell and James Campbell; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; a niece; a nephew; and several cousins. Two daughters, Johnetta Campbell and Gertrude Biggers; and three brothers, Charles, Clarence, and William Campbell, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at Consolidated Baptist Church by the Rev. Richard Gaines. Burial will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Evergreen Memory Gardens. Visitation after 5 p.m. today until the time of services.

O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

 

Ethel Coyle

Ethel R. Coyle, 87, of Richmond, Ind., widow of C. Caywood Coyle, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at Golden Rule - Beverly Healthcare.

Born in Lawrenceburg Oct. 21, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Charles P. and Margaret Dennis Robards. She was a graduate of Troy High School, Woodford County, a homemaker, and a member of Earlham Heights Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Charlotte Haustetter, Richmond, Ind.; a son, Woody Coyle, Lexington; a sister, Betsy Fister, Lexington; five grandchildren, Jana Angelucci, Roswell, Ga., Marc Haustetter, Richmond, Ind., Jon Haustetter, Indianapolis, Ind., Sarah Coyle, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Rebecca Mammen, Lexington; seven great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at the Versailles Cemetery by the Rev. William Hughes. Riggle - Waltermann Mortuary, Richmond, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Earlham Heights Presbyterian Church, 1625 West Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374.

 

Scott Franklin

Scott Hunter Franklin, 63, of Versailles, husband of Jessie Wilson Franklin, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of the late John Sr. and Jessie Garrett Franklin, and was a member of the Polk Memorial Baptist Church. He was a U. S. Air Force veteran, having served four years as an airplane mechanic followed by a career as a flight chief attendant at Bluegrass Airport. He became an employee of OSRAM (then GTE) Sylvania, Versailles, in 1974, where he retired as a production manager 1998. His interests included fishing, auto mechanics, airplane mechanics, CB/ham radio, and carpentry.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Janet Scroggins. Lexington, and Kimberly Franklin, Atlanta, Ga.; a son, Jerry D. Franklin, Versailles; a stepson, Ahmosis Aton, Midway; two sisters, Juanita Cushingberry and Catherine McPherson, both of Versailles; eight brothers, John Franklin Jr., Germany, William Franklin, Cleveland, Ohio, James Franklin, Gayle Franklin, and Stephen Franklin, all of Versailles, Charles Franklin, Walton, Paul Franklin, Lexington, and Jerome Franklin, Salt Lick; three grandchildren, Jasmine Flynn, Addison Scott Flynn, and Tanesha Aton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at the Polk Memorial Baptist Church, Mortonsville, by the Rev. Donald T. Townsend Sr. Interment will follow at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County. Casket bearers will be John Cushingberry, Bill Bean, Tim Bradley, David Carter, Lewis Johnson, John Lippert, Steve "Ice Pick" Foster, and Tom Hoffman. Honorary bearers will be Bob Higgins and Russell Higgins. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers are suggested to Polk Memorial Baptist Church.

 

Kenneth Hagan

Kenneth Roby Hagan, 69, of Versailles, formerly of Midway, husband of Joan Ohligschlager Hagan, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Born in Louisville, he was a son of the late Pius Willett and Valerian Roby Hagan, and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church. He was a graduate of the Speed Engineering School at the University of Louisville. He was a retired professional civil engineer and former partner at R. R. Dawson Bridge Company in Lexington. He had been county engineer in Franklin County, and had worked for Dixie Bridge Company in Lexington. He was a member of the Kentucky Association of Professional Engineers, was a charter member of Woodford Save The Land, and was a Kentucky Colonel. He was a former member of the Midway Lions Club. He was a U. S. Army Korean War veteran and served in the Army Reserve where he retired as a Lt. Colonel. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed cattle farming in Midway

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lynn Hagan Peacock, Dallas, Texas; three sons, Michael Kenneth Hagan, Midway, Timothy Willett Hagan, Louisville, and Patrick Joseph Hagan, Midway; a sister, Katherine Woerth Heck, Louisville; and seventeen grandchildren. A brother, Thomas Willett Hagan, is deceased.

Arrangements were incomplete at press time. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association or to the Gethsemane Monastery.

Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Dorothy Hartley

Dorothy Dean Hartley, 90, of Lexington, widow of Arthur Hartley, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at Hospice Care Center after a long illness.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Fannie Bell Dean White. She was a member of the Porter Memorial Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, William M. Hartley; a sister, Loretta Cruze; two brothers, Clyde W. White and Thurmond White; two granddaughters, Terri H. Adamson and Donna K. Eads; and five great grandchildren; all of Lexington. A grandson, two sisters, and a brother are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at W.R. Milward Mortuary - Southland by the Rev. J.K. Pierce and the Rev. Robert J. Justus. Interment will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be her grandsons-in-law and her nephews.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the Porter Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund.

 

Jane Smathers

Jane Cornish Smathers, 92,of Lexington, widow of Robert C. Smathers, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at Central Baptist Hospital.

A native of Versailles, she was the daughter of the late George and Nettie Sutherland Cornish. She was a retired registered nurse with the Fayette County Health Department, a member of Broadway Christian Church, and a 1932 graduate of the Nazareth Training School for Nurses at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Survivors include a brother, Henry R. Cornish, Lexington; a sister, Irma Risk, Lexington; three nieces, Sharron C. Schedler, Lexington, Wanda Adkins, Versailles, and Linda Nabors, North Carolina; two nephews, Donald Cornish, Versailles, and Jerry Risk, Carrollton; and a number of great nieces and nephews, including a special great niece, Rebecca Jane Hatton, who was her namesake. Two brothers, Clarence Cornish and George Cornish Jr., are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, by Stuart Cove, minister of pastoral care at Broadway Christian Church. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Winfrey Adkins, Jerry Risk, Donald Cornish, Wayne Schedler, David Chapman, Allen Risk, David Risk, and Michael Newton.

 

Dr. Albert Taft

Dr. Albert “Doc” Taft, 82, of Lexington, widower of Nellie Foster Taft, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at Mayfair Manor Nursing Home.

A native of Lexington, he was the son of the late John Joseph and Ida Murphy Taft. He was a member of Arlington Christian Church, and a graduated of Henry Clay High School, the University of Kentucky, and the Ohio College of Chiropody. He was a retired podiatrist and postal worker, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathryn Alexander, Lexington; four grandchildren, Jeff Alexander, Midway, Karen Alexander, Lexington, Sharon Turner, Midway, and Lisa Dailey, Versailles; three great grandchildren, Stephen Turner, Midway, and Christina Stapp and Laura Dailey, both of Versailles; two great-great grandchildren. Justin and Paul Stapp, Versailles; a brother, Gayle Taft, Lexington; and a sister, Thelma House, Lexington. A son, Wayne Albert Taft, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, by the Rev. Michael N. Armstrong. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorials are suggested to a charity of one’s choice.

 

Gilbert True

Gilbert L. True, 77, of Versailles, husband of Christine M. True, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Jesse and Maggie Wright True. He was a retired employee of the Leestown Road V.A. Medical Center, Lexington, and was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army Air Corps.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Gerri Phelps, Versailles; and a granddaughter, Leslie Bentley, Lexington.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at the Versailles Cemetery by the Rev. John Brandon. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the American Cancer Society.

 

William Ward

William Nolan Ward, 72, of Nicholasville, formerly of Lexington, retired vice president of Continental and Old Republic insurance companies, husband of Barbara Ward, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002, after a brief illness.

Born in Ashland, he was the son of the late James Morton and Margaret Ellen Callahan Ward. He was the founding president of the Stonewall Civic League, served on the Lexington - Fayette County merger commission from 1971 to 1973, and served two terms as the first councilman from Lexington’s 9th District. He served on the Kentucky Funding Commission for Worker’s Compensation, the board of directors for Kentucky Employers Mutual Insurance Company, was a chartered property casualty underwriter, and a Kentucky Colonel. He was a lifelong Southern Baptist, serving as deacon at Stone Road Baptist Church, Woodland Avenue Baptist, and Pinckard Baptist Church, where he also served as treasurer for many years. He had also served as a messenger at several Southern Baptist Conventions.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Vicki Ward Avery, Lexington, Cheri Ward Perkins, Louisville, and Robin Ward Duncan, Alpharetta, Ga.; four stepchildren, the Rev. Douglas Simpson Jr., Versailles, and David Simpson, Jeffrey Simpson, and Rebecca Cunningham, all of Frankfort; two brothers, James E. Ward and Roy Ward, both of Ashland; seven grandchildren, David and Rebecca Avery, Lexington, Amanda and Samantha Perkins, Louisville, and Chasidy, Lindsay, and Christopher Duncan, Alpharetta; and seven step-grandchildren. His first wife, Jeanne Pergrem Ward, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at W.R. Milward Mortuary - Broadway by the Rev. Douglas Simpson Jr. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Larry Cleveland, Melvyn Cobb, James R. Donithan, David Avery, Happy Perkins, and Michael Duncan. Honorary bearers were the deacons of Pinckard Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Pinckard Baptist Church Building Fund, 3401 Pinckard Pike, Nicholasville, KY 40356.

 

C.S. Winn

C.S. Brent Winn Sr. of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, widower of Eleanor (Patsy) Fisher Winn, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002.

The son of the late John Blanton and Anne Mason Brent Winn, he was a retired group manager for Cigna Insurance.

Survivors include a son, C.S. Brent Winn Jr., Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Whitney Winn Digney, Barboursville, Va.; two grandchildren, Emily Brent Digney and John Barry Digney IV; a twin brother, John Blanton Winn Jr., Lexington; a sister, Anne Winn Benjamin, New Zealand; a niece and nephew, Anne Mason Benjamin and David Murray Benjamin, New Zealand; an aunt, Eliza Brent Meyers, Charlottesville, Va.; and a cousin, L. Robert Meyers, Charlottesville.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002, at the Indian Hill Church, Indian Hill, Ohio.

Memorials are suggested to the University of Virginia or the Cincinnati Zoo.

 

Arthur Woodrum

Arthur L. Woodrum, 84, of Wilmore, husband of Mary Frances Walls Woodrum, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at his residence.

Born in Casey County, he was the son of the late Bill and Molly Wheeler Woodrum. He was a member of the Christian Church in Casey County, and a retired farmer.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters Bonnie Chasteen, Versailles, Shirley Holland, Lawrenceburg, Wilma Gibson, Wilmore, and Carol Monroe, Frankfort; four sons, Marvin Woodrum, Versailles, Garnett Woodrum, Versailles, Charles Woodrum, New Albany, Ind., and Kenneth Woodrum, Wilmore; 23 grandchildren; and 34 great grandchildren. A daughter, Connie Frances Woodrum, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Michael Lee Woodrum, Brian Holland, Shane Woodrum, Kevin Monroe, Curtis Monroe, Jason Woodrum, and Chris Monroe. Honorary bearers were Donald Walls, Jim Walls, Dan Walls, Mike

Memorials are suggested t Hammonds, Gene Cobb, and Steve Pettyjohn.o Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

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