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February 21, 2013



Kenneth "Butch" Cravens, 69, of Versailles, widower of Susan Scott Cravens, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at his home.

Born Jan. 30, 1944, in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Clarence and Frances May Cravens. He was the former owner of Johnson & Cravens Construction.

Survivors include two sisters, Phyllis and Pamela Hartley; and two nephews, Thomas and Jimmy Hartley. Two daughters, Carla Sue and Jennifer Lynn, and a son, Kenneth Scott Cravens, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Arley Cravens. Casket bearers were Michael Hartley, James Hartley, David Schmitt, Tamara Sellers, and Paul Scott. Honorary bearers were Jason Webb, Charles Ryan, Bill Clark, and Dr. Charles Johnson.

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Mariam E. (Siebert) Easter, 91, formerly of SR 61, North Fairfield, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday morning, Feb. 13, 2013, at the Sayre Christian Village Nursing Home in Lexington, KY.

Among her survivors are her son and daughter-in-law, Toby and Darlene Easter of Versailles, KY.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of the Sayre Christian Village for their love and the exceptional care given to Mariam.

Funeral and burial were held Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Willard, Ohio.

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Dorothy Nave Guyn, 91, of The Lafayette in Lexington, formerly of Versailles, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Sayre Christian Village Nursing Home.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late James Harvey and Ermie Nave Guyn. She was a retired employee of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS). A longtime member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church, the Little Garden Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution Marquis Calmes Chapter, she had served on the board of the Cleveland Home, on the board of the Jack Jouett House, and was active in her community and church.

Survivors include a niece, Jane (Keith) Knapp, LaGrange; two nephews, Robert H. (Tamie) Guyn and Lucien Guyn, both of Frankfort; three great-nieces, Kathryn (Scott) Broaddus, LaGrange, Rebecca Guyn, Frankfort, and Kerry (Daniel) Cayse, Lexington; two great-nephews, Kyle Knapp, Covington and Tyler Guyn, Lexington; and a great-great-niece, Kaylen Broaddus. Two sisters, Annabelle Wilson and Elizabeth Sutherland, and a brother, James L. Guyn, are deceased.

A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Melissa Sevier and Dr. Keith Knapp. Private burial will be in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to The Homeplace at Midway, 12710 Townepark Way, Louisville, KY 40243, or to the Ebenezer Cemetery Association, 1661 Chandler Lane, Lexington, KY 40504.

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Lynn F. Hippe, 58, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, husband of Ginny Hippe, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, he was a 1972 graduate of Woodford County High School, forklift operator for the OSRAM Sylvania Glass Plant, and a member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Lois Hippe, Versailles; a sister, Beth (Jeremy) Adams, Versailles; two sons, James William Hippe, Shelbyville, Tenn., and Jason Dale Hippe, Lewisburg, Tenn.; a stepson, Travis Lee, Lexington; and two grandchildren, Damien and Trey Hippe.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 16, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon and the Rev. Adam Norsworthy. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Jeremy Adams, Justin Adams, Lee Lake, Keith Robinson, Shonie Brotherton, James Woods, and Fred Powers.

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Logan G. Koontz, 66, of Versailles, husband of Gayle Koontz, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.

Born Oct. 8, 1946, in Bedford, Ind., he was the son of the late Holland and Pauline Hunter Koontz.He was a business account manager for the Mursix Corporation.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jody (Joe) Koontz Carson, Nicholasville; a sister, Sherry L. (Jackie) Young, Versailles; a brother, Michael J. (Karen) Koontz, Versailles; and three grandchildren, Kaden, Ashley, and Joseph Carson.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 21, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort. The celebration of life will follow at 7.

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Louise Martin Lay, 85, of Mt. Olivet, KY, and formerly of Midway, the loving and devoted wife of Chester Lay for 66 years, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the Robertson County Nursing Home.

Born at Liberty in Casey County, she was a daughter of the late Jim and Mary Passmore Martin. She was a Baptist, a homemaker, and a former employee of the P. Lorillard Tobacco Co.

Survivors in addition to her husband include three daughters, Barbara Hamilton of Georgetown, KY, Carol (Phillip) Workman of Cynthiana, KY, and Betty Jo (Joe) Phelps of Cincinnati, OH; seven grandchildren, Melissa Hickey, Tammy Howard, Shane Bays, Amy Jo Bays, Kyle Phelps, Laura Phelps, and Elizabeth Louise Phelps; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary F. Jones of Campbellsville, KY; a brother, Sweeny Martin of Liberty, KY; and a special sister-in-law, Verleen Thompson of Midway. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruby Blankenship, Auda Frances Martin, and Beulah Smith, and three brothers, Frank, Gene, and Edward Martin.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of Hope, 909 Kenton Station Drive, Maysville, KY 41056. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to all the staff of Hospice of Hope and the staff of Robertson County Nursing Home for their loving care of Louise.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, Feb. 18, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Sam Glenn officiating. Burial was at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Jessamine County. Pallbearers were Shane Bays, Kyle Phelps, Greg Martin, Jimmy Martin, Tom Yount, and Ralph Thompson.

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Lucy Long McKinney, 75, of Versailles, wife of E.J. McKinney, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born in Harlan County, she was the daughter of the late Carmen D. Long and Serilda Jane Russell Caudill. She was a member of the Versailles Church of God.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by five daughters, Pat (Dan) Dunnum, Deborah Ralph, and Cathy (Wayne) Goodlett, all of Lawrenceburg, Sherry McKinney, Somerset, and Vickie (Dorsey) McAfee, Versailles; a son, Michael (Christie) McKinney, Lawrenceburg; a sister, Shirley (Lester) Dotson, Danville; two brothers, George (Barbara) Long and Riley (Judy) Caudill, both of Stanford; two stepsisters, Arzella Cope, Indiana, and Lina Gutenson, Ohio; two stepbrothers, Hugh Caudill, Ohio, and Nelson Robert Caudill, Stanford; 22 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Her stepfather, Lewis Caudill; a brother, Carmen Eugene Long; four stepbrothers, Albert Caudill, Hobart Caudill, James Forster Caudill, and John Earl Caudill; and a stepsister, Goldie Rice, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Frank Layne. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Chad Ralph, Jeffrey Ralph, Josh Robinson, Keith Dennis, Brandon McAfee, and D.J. McAfee.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 643 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Jerry Lee Sims, 63, of Frankfort, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.

Born Nov. 2, 1949, in Franklin County, he was the son of Helen M. Sims of Frankfort and the late Vernon Lee Sims. He was a press operator for Quebecor and an avid NASCAR fan.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two daughters, Lisa (Russell) Crabtree, Lawrenceburg, and Cathy Lee Sims, Frankfort; a son, Brian Keith (Larisa) Sims, Cold Spring; a sister, Jacquelyn Sims, Frankfort; a brother, Henry Sims, Frankfort; three grandchildren, Katie Crabtree, Bradley Sims, and Caleb Sims; and several nieces and nephews. A sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Jim Brown; a brother, Vernon Sims Jr.; and a nephew, Jeffery Brown, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Feb. 18, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association.

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Clovis Fields Whitaker, 83, of Versailles, wife of 62 years of the late Harlin Whitaker, died at her home in Millville on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Letcher County to the late William Beckham and Arlie Back Fields on Nov. 1, 1929. Mrs. Whitaker was a retired teacher for the Woodford County School System.

She is survived by her three children, Anita (Gary) Jones, Janalee Whitaker, and Keith (Tammy) Whitaker. She doted on her three grandchildren, Christopher (Kim) Jones, Taylor (Matt Drake) Whitaker and Matthew Whitaker, and her great-grandson, Donovan Jones. She leaves behind sisters, brothers, nephews, and nieces that will miss her. Clovis enjoyed her students and made a difference in their lives. She became a Mary Kay consultant and director. She loved to work in her flower beds, delighting in the blooms. Her greatest joy was spending time with family, creating memories with the children. In her illness, she was lovingly attended to by Hospice of the Bluegrass to whom the family wants to express their utmost gratitude.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, with Bro. John Thomas and Greg Whitaker officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Serving as casket bearers were Christopher Jones, Matthew Whitaker, Matthew Drake, Taylor Whitaker, Donovan Jones and Jamie Moore. Honorary bearers were Keith Whitaker and Gary Jones.

In honor of Clovis’s life and legacy, memorial contributions can be made in her name to Hospice of the Bluegrass, the American Cancer Society, and/or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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