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February 3, 2011



Pauline Lee Mullikin Bayes, 78, of Lexington, widow of Edward Bayes, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Lillian Mullikin. She was a retired receptionist and bookkeeper and a member of Broadway Christian Church. She was an avid bowler and had a passion for landscaping and gardening.

Survivors include four children, Steve Brown (Delmer Cox), Lexington, Edward "Sonny" Bayes Jr. (Rhonda), Lawrenceburg, Terry Wallin (Steve), Versailles, and Dana Williams (Michael), Lexington; three grandchildren, Stephanie Baker (Ronald), Kristin Stanley, and Tanner Williams; a great-granddaughter, Hope Baker; a brother, Bobby "Fuzzy" Mullikin; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. A great-grandson, Steven Wayne Baker, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington. Burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Steve Brown, Delmer Cox, Sonny Bayes, Steve Wallin, Michael Williams, and Ronald Baker. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 3, at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Broadway Christian Church, 187 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Emma D. Brown, 91, of Versailles, widow of Charles E. Brown Sr., died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born at Deantown (Troy) in Jessamine County, she was the daughter of the late Monroe and America Mosby Williams. She had been a nursing assistant at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington and was a member of the St. Paul A.M.E. Church and a War Mother.

Survivors include five daughters, Barbara Parker and Tommie Cole, Versailles, and Mary Toller, Myrtle (Harold) Granville, and Charlene (James) Henderson, all of Lexington; two sons, Charles E. (Geraldine) Brown Jr., Versailles, and Willey O. (Dorice) Brown, Nicholasville; 21 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and stepchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church by the Rev. James E. Smith. Burial will follow in the Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers will be her grandsons. Honorary bearers will be the men of St. Paul A.M.E. Church. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Sally Maggard Dunlap, of Springdale Farm, Versailles, wife of Whitney Dunlap II, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, while on vacation in Naples, Fla.

Born in Allen in Floyd County, she was the daughter of the late French Adam and Oriole Stephens Maggard. She was a graduate of Henry Clay High School, attended Randolph Macon College, Lynchburg Va., and received her BA degree in education from the University of Kentucky, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She was an elementary school teacher for 30 years, mostly in Versailles, where she taught second grade, and was a member of the PEO Chapter S, Woodford Gardeners, Bible Study Fellowship, 21 Book Club, Daughters of the Colonial Wars, The Country Club of Naples, Fla., and Pisgah Community Club. She was a longtime member of Pisgah Presbyterian Church, Versailles, and First Presbyterian Church, Naples, Fla. Her avocations were gardening, visiting shut-ins, playing bridge and mah-jongg, and corresponding with those needing encouragement.

In addition to her husband of 55 years, she is survived by a daughter, Martha Dunlap (William, Jr.) Hoagland, Louisville; a son, Whitney (Margaret) Dunlap III, Richmond; a sister, Ruth Ann Storrow, Lexington; and four grandchildren, Whitney Hoagland (Christopher) Byrley, and William P. Hoagland III, both of Louisville, and Thomas Alexander Dunlap and John Hardin Dunlap, both of Richmond.

Service information was not available at press time

Memorials are suggested to Pisgah Presbyterian Church, 710 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY 40383.



Thelma Lillian Dunn Kirk, 91, formerly of Lexington, widow of Earl Evans Kirk, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Born Dec. 5, 1919, in Lee City, she was the daughter of Dr. James H. Dunn and Callie Dunn. A graduate of Morehead State College, she became an elementary teacher in Woodford County, where she worked for 34 years, retiring in 1982. She primarily taught at Pisgah Elementary School. She was a member of the board of directors of Farmers & Traders Bank in Campton, a Kentucky Colonel, and a member of the Kentucky Education Association.

Survivors include a daughter, Susan Kirk Steinemann (Tim), Cleveland, Ohio; a granddaughter, Emily Steinemann, Cleveland, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews, including Marilyn Back Brickey, Lexington, James G. Taulbee (Avenell), Melbourne, Fla., Pat Tatman (John), Lexington, Jim Wilson (Janet), Council Bluff, Iowa, and Sue Ann Chriswell (Steve), New Castle, Ind.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 1, Milward-Southland, Lexington. Burial was in Evans Cemetery in Campton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Evan Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 21, Campton, KY 41301.



Elizabeth Jones Morton, 91, of Frankfort, widow of Charles W. Morton Jr., died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at the Golden Living Center, Frankfort.

Born April 27, 1919, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Jinx and America Jones Hogan. She was a housekeeper and a member of Thou Kingdom Come Ministries.

Survivors include four children, Ernest L. (Olivia) Morton, A. Sherman (Carolyn) Morton, William A. (Willena) Morton Sr., and Mary M. (Odell Sr.) Hardy; and 15 grandchildren. A son, Horace L. Morton, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Thou Kingdom Come Ministries, 3445 Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Pastor William A. Morton Sr. Burial will follow in Greenhill Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church Saturday from 11 a.m. until the service. Harrod Brothers Funeral Home, Frankfort, is in charge of arrangements.

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Horace A. Moye, 83, of Versailles, husband of Doris Neal Moye, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011.

Born Sept. 12, 1927, in Wauchula, Fla., he was the son of the late Ralph and Vera Cocker Moye. He was a retired letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by two daughters, Gwendolyn (Bill) Tippie, Lexington, and Debra (Fred) Pruitt, Florida; a brother, James Moye, Florida; and three grandchildren, Heather (Nathan) Holbrook, Lexington, Guy M. Evans, Burlington, and Debra (Thomas) Raulerson, Florida. A brother, Marion Moye, is deceased.

Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 4, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. A private family burial will be held in the Versailles Cemetery.

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Thomas Campbell "Tommy" Nichols, 87, of Versailles, husband of Ruby Searcy Nichols, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at his home.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Campbell and Esther Thomas Nichols. He attended Versailles High School and worked at Keeneland after school as an exercise rider. He traveled the race circuit for a year and then worked at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard until he enlisted in the Coast Guard in November 1942. He began his service with the Horse Beach Patrol in the outer banks of North Carolina and then served as a radar tech on the Destroyer Escort, USS Mills, crossing the ocean nine times, a distance traveled of over 164,000 miles during World War II. In 1988, he formed the USS Mills annual reunion, now numbering over 100 ship mates. He was a member of American Legion Post #67. He attended Lafayette Vocational School on the G.I. bill after the war, learning furniture making and drafting. He continued making reproduction furniture all of his life. From 1955 to 1988, he owned Nichols Builders and built homes all over Central Kentucky. He joined the Versailles Kiwanis Club in 1961, was a past president, and Kiwanis scouting coordinator. He was active with the Boy Scouts of America for over 75 years. He served as Cub Master for Pack 32 for 22 years, Scout Master and assistant Scout Master for Troop 43, was a member of the board of the Blue Grass Council, district commissioner of the Capital District, was a district award winner, Blue Grass Council Beaver Award winner, Vigil member and Founders award winner of the Order of the Arrow. He founded the Troop 43 Building Fund in 1992 for scouts to have their own facility. The facility, located at the Woodford County Park, was named the Thomas C. Nichols Activity Center. He hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine with friends Jim Ellis and the late Ken Midkiff.

In addition to his wife of 65 years, he is survived by four children, Alan (Lisa) Nichols, Susan (Donald) Valentine, Glenn (Vicki) Nichols, Raemel (Stuart) Fanning, all of Versailles; two sisters, Lillian (Dawson) Craycraft, Slidell, La., Margaret Nichols Whalen, Versailles; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 3, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial will follow at the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Baker Fanning, Michael Valentine, Josh Nichols, David Long, John Boren, Matt Britton, Kelly Kratzer, and Nathan Wells. Honorary bearers will be Versailles Kiwanis Club members, past and present members of Troop 43, Jim Ellis and Jack Lee.

Flowers are welcome, but donations are encouraged to the Troop 43 Building Fund, 145 Virginia Avenue, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Lucille Wheat Overstreet, 86, of Lexington, widow of Ewald S. Overstreet, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Ida Wheat.

Survivors include six children, Samuel (Carol) Wheat, Nellie (Timothy) Adawale, Theodore (Marion) Prentice, Dottie (George) Baker, Celia Transou, and Sundra (Kenneth) Crutcher; 31 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank (Mamie) Wheat; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 3, at Cedar Top Baptist Church, Wilmore. O. L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.



Emmitt Raymond "Ray" Pacey, 62, of Nicholasville, husband of Barbara Goodlett Pacey, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of Almedia Moore Buffin of Lexington and the late Gilbert Pacey Sr. He was the division manager of Commercial Projects for Hayden Co. and the founder of the first government certified EMS service of Woodford County.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Allison Ray (Danny) Richardson, Versailles, and Melissa (Chuck) Estes, Nicholasville; a son, Bryan (Joy) Barnes, Midway; five grandchildren, Kala Barnes, Jacob Estes, Jesse Estes, Brooke Richardson, and Tye Richardson; a sister, Martha Johnson, Lexington; a brother, Gilbert Pacey Jr., Stamping Ground; and his mother-in-law, Pauline Simms, Versailles.

A gathering of family and friends was held Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Clark Legacy Center, Brannon Crossing, Nicholasville.

Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Hospice of the Bluegrass. Condolences may be made at



James E. "Jimmy" Portwood, 89, of Midway, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Frankfort.

Born in Midway, he was the son of the late James Edward and Lida Mae Mullins Portwood. He was a retired security and horse farm employee and was a Baptist.

Survivors include a daughter, Glenda (David) Penn, Millville; three sisters, Mildred Jean Johnston, Woodford County, Dorothy Helen Lacefield, Mercer County, and Betty Woodrum, Jessamine County; a sister-in-law, Dixie Portwood, Midway; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A son, James E. Portwood Jr.; and two brothers, Armand Portwood and Kenneth Portwood, are deceased.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the Midway Cemetery by the Rev. Jeff Douglas. Casket bearers will be his grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 3, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

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Thomas Reese Swisher, 79, of Lexington, husband of Lucy Kerr Swisher, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at his home.

As chief counsel of the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, he was the principal draftsman of the 1974 Ohio Criminal Code, its first revision since 1815. He was also director of research for the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the author of numerous books and articles on the law.

In addition to his wife of 48 years, he is survived by four sons, Thomas Jr., Columbus, Ohio, Peter (Shannon Luce), Versailles, Matthew, Vancouver, Wash., and Stephen (Valerie Linse), Plover, Wis.; four grandchildren, Jette, David, and Andrew, all of Lexington, and Austin, Plover, Wis.

A memorial Mass was conducted Monday, Jan. 31, at the Newman Center/Holy Spirit Church, Lexington. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or The Newman Center Foundation, 320 Rose Lane, Lexington, KY 40508, or any lung or cancer research group.



Ethel I. Warford, of Versailles, formerly of Midway, widow of William T. Warford, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011.

Survivors include four daughters Jennifer (Tony) Blair, Harrodsburg, Margaret (Carroll) Sallee, Washington County, Patsy (David) Burgin, Midway, and Lucy (Gary) McClain, Versailles; two sons, John Warford, Versailles, and Robert (Pam) Warford, Burgin; three sisters; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A son, George Warford, and a sister and a brother, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Bro. Gary Maynard. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tommy Newton, Willis Hawkins, Brian Morgan, Chris Blair, and Richard and James Wright.

Contributions are suggested to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Avenue, Versailles, KY 40383.

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