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February 5, 2009



Betty A. Barnett, 59, of Nicholasville, wife of Darrell Barnett Sr., died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009.

Born July 25, 1949, in Lexington she was the daughter of Rosa Lawson of Nicholasville and the late Russell M. Lawson.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by a daughter, Lisa Pierce, Lexington; a son, Darrell Barnett Jr., Nicholasville; five sisters, Irene Schneider, Frankfort, Rose Greer, Versailles, Linda Cregar and Brenda Gardner, both of Lancaster, and Darlene Lawson, Lexington; a brother, Russell M. Lawson Jr., Nicholasville; and two grandchildren, Tyler Pierce and McKenzie Barnett.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Clark Legacy Center, Nicholasville, by Brother Paul Huff and Pastor James Humphrey. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery. Casket bearers were Dwayne Baker, Mike Corey, Kriss Goodwin, Tyler Pierce, Anthony Laird, and Gary Epley. Honorary bearers were Brandon Laird, Shannon Hunt, David Lawson, and Russell Lawson Jr.

Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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Donald Lee Dotson, 43, of Versailles, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at his home.

Born Oct. 25, 1965, in Woodford County, he was the son of Elmer and Brenda Dotson of Versailles. He was a Woodford County High School graduate and former cabinet maker and farmer.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two daughters, Kayla Dotson and Emilee Dotson; a sister, Debbie (Charlie) Smith; a brother, Tommy (Barbara) Dotson; two nephews; a niece; and a great-niece.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Mike Brown. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to D.A.R.E. of Woodford County, c/o Woodford County Sheriff, 103 S. Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

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James Howard "Tinker" Drury, 45, of Midway, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center in Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of Mildred Faye Thompson Drury, Lawrenceburg, and the late Willis Eugene Drury. He was a former van driver for Zimmer Equine in Lexington, and a 1981 graduate of Woodford County High School.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Jamie Sue (Keith) Wells, Midway; a son, Jason Scott Wilson, Frankfort; a grandson, William Tyler Wells, Midway; a sister, Halena Mae (Paul) Switzer, Owenton; a brother, Billy G. Drury, Lexington; and two nieces, Bobbie LaFaye Drury, and Justice Nicole Switzer, of Owenton. A brother, Marshall Edwin Drury, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg, by Bro. George Dye. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were David Drury, Danny Drury, Lillard Drury, Steve Drury, Brian Drury, Kevin Mitchell, Richard Wright, and Tommy Cox.



Ruth Ann Frost, 67, of Versailles, wife of Larry Frost, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born in Versailles Dec. 6, 1941, she was the daughter of Naomi Johnson of Frankfort and the late William Johnson. Ruth Ann was a 1959 graduate of Woodford County High School. She was an employee of the state of Kentucky in Frankfort. She left there to become secretary at Simmons Elementary School in Versailles. On Jan. 26, 1973, Ruth Ann married Larry Frost. They resided in Versailles until they moved to Leesburg, Va., in 1978 with Larryís government job. Ruth Ann became executive secretary for Hazelton Research Laboratories in Tysons Corner, Va. Ruth Ann was offered a position as a legal secretary for the law firm of Wilner and Scheiner in Washington, D.C. In 1989, Ruth Ann was employed by Loudoun Surgical Associates where she became a surgical assistant for Dr. Riley Boone. Ruth Ann retired to Lake Barkley in 1994 where she continued her love of sailing after many years on the Chesapeake Bay out of Galesville, Md. Feeling the need to fulfill her faith in God for her many years of survival from breast cancer she took the position as church secretary and bookkeeper for a local Methodist Church in Eddyville, Ky. After battling breast cancer for 21 years and because of failing health, Ruth Ann moved back to her hometown of Versailles to be closer to her family after a 30 year absence. Ruth Annís spirit, strength and faith developed a following of hundreds of friends and church members wherever she went.

Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by two daughters, Traci (Teddy) Lausier of Ocala, Fla., and Angie Houghton of Pensacola, Fla.; three sons, David (Sheri) Gould of Versailles, Michael (Lori) Gould of Greenville, S.C., and Mark Edward Frost of Dayton, Ohio; two sisters, Carolyn Mitchell and Vicki Lynn Riddle, both of Midway; eight grandchildren, Joey, Adam, Brandon and James David Gould, Paige and Teddy Joe Lausier and Brittany and Kaelyn Houghton; a great-grandchild, Felicity Bryant, also survives. Ruth Ann was preceded in death by a daughter, Natalie Frost, and a brother, Stanley Johnson.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, with the Rev. Charlie Hatfield officiating. Burial was at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Serving as casket bearers were Zeke Mitchell, Gary Terry, Jeff Doom, Tom Mick, Marvin Woodrum, and Ralph Frost. Honorary casket bearers were Mary Kay Woodrum, Judy Boone, Pam Gabbard, Marilyn Halsema, Betty Moyer, Edith Mick, Cookie Eaves and Joanna Gamblin.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford Cancer Society or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Center.

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Richard William McCornack, 88, of Lexington, husband of Ruth Lucille McCornack, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born Dec. 2, 1920, in Oak Park, Ill., he was the son of the late Roy Andrew and Nora Miller McCornack. He graduated from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., in 1942 and worked for two years as an engineer at Westinghouse Electric. He served as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in World War II, on the heavy cruiser USS Tuscaloosa from 1944 to 1946. Following his service, he was a production engineering manager for Elgin Watch Company. In 1958, he and his family moved to Lexington when he took a position with IBM as a development engineer. He held a number of positions in engineering and management. He retired in 1983 as an area manager in the IBM development laboratory. After retirement, he was an active student in the Donovan Scholar Program at the University of Kentucky. He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, where he had served as a deacon, trustee and elder.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, he is survived by a son, Bill (Nicole) McCornack, Versailles; a daughter, Lois (John) Noval; and two granddaughters, Kathryn and Ashley Noval.

A private family graveside service will be held in Elgin, Ill.

Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, the Hope Center or Godís Pantry.




Patricia May Lane, 69, of Versailles, wife of Truman Lane, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Kathryn Burton and Wilbert May. She was a retired service supervisor at Kmart in Versailles.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Dana (Tom) Sturgeon, Versailles, Kathryn (Peter) Barber, Lexington; two step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. A daughter, Barbara Ann Lane, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 5, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Pastor Frankie Layne. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or to the Susan B. Komen Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

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Mary Katherine Pulchin, 89, of Lexington, widow of Robert Pulchin, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Dossie B. and Anna May Littrell Yeary. She was a retired bookkeeper for Autowise and member of The Rock (formerly Epworth United Methodist Church).

Survivors include a nephew, Clarence Thomas Littrell; and two nieces, Geraleen Littrell and Sheila Littrell Waits.

Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 31, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, by Dr. Harold Hunter. A committal service will be held at a later date in the Midway Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 1504 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502, or the American Heart Association, 15120 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.


Ralph Vernon Staton, 72, of Versailles, husband of Betty Garrett Staton, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009.

Born in Montgomery County, he was the son of the late Stanley and Nancy Donaldson Staton. He had worked most of his life as a grocery manager, and recently had worked at the Bluegrass Airport.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Audrey (Spencer) Wall, Midway, and Connie (Eddie) Portwood, Midway; a sister, Katherine (Gardner) Edwards, Versailles; five grandchildren, Carole Portwood, Amanda Walker, Kim Rose, Armon Portwood, and Kelly Turner; and eight great-grandchildren, Samuel and Oliver Walker, Elizabeth, Katie, and Chelsea Rose, and Josie, Riley, and Jacob Turner.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Mark Johnson. Interment was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Steve Gonzalez, Matthew Walker, Eric Walker, Gary Rose, Mike Turner, Armon Portwood, Steve Leigh, and Chuck Logan.

Memorials suggested to the Woodford Humane Society, 265 Thomas Lane, Versailles, KY 40383.

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John William Wells, 60, of Versailles, husband of Jenny Selby Wells, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at the VA Hospital.

The son of the late Bert and Sara Lee Mullikin Wells, he was a retired mail handler for the U.S. Postal Service, a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Vietnam War, and was a Kentucky Colonel.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Cassie Grace Wells, Versailles, and Bailey Jean Wells, Newport; a son, Ethan William Wells, Versailles; seven sisters, Barbara Mowery, Nelda Derrick, Norma Compton, Charlotte Downing, Martha Reynolds, Sharon Morgan, and Christy Lucas; and three brothers, Charlie Wells, Bert "Bope" Wells, and Larry Wells. Three brothers, Nathan Paul, Steve, and David Wells, are deceased.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, with a Reflection of Life service at 7 p.m. at Clark Legacy Center, Nicholasville.

Contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

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