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February 6, 2014



Jane Hopewell Brooks, 81, of Versailles, widow of Walter Brooks, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

Born Dec. 2, 1932, in Boston, Mass., she was the daughter of the late John and Hilda Hutchinson Hopewell. She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean War.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan (Tony) Holmes, Lexington, and Sarah Brooks, Versailles; a son, John (Lisa) Brooks, Versailles; two sisters, Holly Meyer, Maryland, and Lucy Greenwood, Florida; a brother, Gregory Wood, Florida; and four grandchildren, Sarah and Michael Holmes and Jennifer and Benjamin Brooks. A brother, Clark Hopewell, and a sister, Martha Hoover, are deceased.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the Woodford Humane Society.

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Shirlene Russell Bunch, 77, of Lexington, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, after a long illness.

Born in Landville, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Beedy Sparks Russell and later moved to Carter County. After her father passed from a coal mining accident at age 22, she was raised in the Methodist Home Orphanage. She later married Garnett Milton Bunch and settled in Lexington. She was a member of Gardenside Baptist Church and active in the greater Lexington Swim Association. She was a bookkeeper until she retired to be a housewife in 1967.

Survivors include a daughter, Julie (John) Harkins, Nicholasville; a son, Gary Milton Bunch, Bradenton, Fla.; five grandchildren, Paige Harkins, Chris Harkins, Logan (Hannah) Bunch, John (Maggie) Bunch, and Eric ( Allie) Bunch; four nephews, James Coomes Jr., Stephen Coomes, Granville Mark Bunch, David Bunch; two nieces, Mary McCoy and Judy Golden; and a sister-in-law, Garnetta Bunch. A sister, Faye Elizabeth Coomes, and two brothers-in-law, Granville Bunch and James Coomes, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Allen Harrod. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mark Bunch, David Bunch, Steven Coomes, Logan Bunch, Eric Bunch, John Bunch, and Chris Hawkins.

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Pamela Sue Ginter Corn, 58, of Lawrenceburg, wife of John W. Corn, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Millville, she was the daughter of Jesse B. Clark Ginter, Lawrenceburg, and the late William L. Ginter.

In addition to her husband of 21 years, she is survived by four children, Edward (Amy) Phiel, Lawrenceburg, Kevin (Trina) Wardle and Shawn Phiel, both of Lexington, and William (Tabitha) Wardle, Lovington, N.M.; six brothers; two sisters; and nine grandchildren, Cameron, Madison, and Peyton Phiel, Kayla and Alexis Wardle, Abigail Wardle, Austin Hail, and Zachary and Samuel Phiel.

Services will be conducted Friday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. at Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg. Visitation will be from 11 to 1 on Friday. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.



James E. Jackson, 80, a resident of Margaret Hall Manor, Versailles, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at his home.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late John O. and Sarah Johnson Jackson. Prior to retiring to Versailles, he had been a houseman in New York. He was a Christian and a member of the House of Prayer.

Survivors include two sisters, Lou Anna Williams, Versailles, and Martha Miller, Cincinnati, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. Three sisters, Elizabeth Newby, Sarah Jackson, and Mary Eliza Jackson; and a brother, John Robert Jackson, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home by Bishop Ronnie Douglas. Burial will be in the Steele Cemetery.

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Lucille Allen Stewart, 90, of Versailles, widow of Theodore "Ted" Stewart, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the Hospice Care Center in the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Elizabeth Wheeler Allen. She was a homemaker and seamstress. She was a Christian and longtime member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda (Don) Jury, University Place, Wash., and Gayle (Lee) Hodapp, Georgetown; two sisters, Gertrude McGurk and Lois Hippe, both of Versailles; five grandchildren, Chris Hambrick, Georgetown, Tony Hambrick, Harrodsburg, Leslye Christensen, Maysville, Robbin Jury, Port Orchard, Wash., and Kevin Jury, Seattle, Wash.; and 17 great-grandchildren. A sister, Dorothy Neal, and two granddaughters, Jill Jury and Abigail Worthington, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 6, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today at the funeral home by Dr. Michael Cabell. Burial will be in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Tony Hambrick, Chris Hambrick, Colten Hambrick, Robbin Jury, Lee Lake, Jerry Adams, and Justin Adams.

Memorials are suggested to the Oneida Baptist Institute or the Galilean Home Ministries.

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Thelma Goodpaster Thompson, 82, formerly of Midway, a retired cook at Midway and Northside Elementary School cafeterias, widow of James "Big Bill" Thompson, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Harrodsburg Health Care in Harrodsburg.

Born in Bath County, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Laura Jones Goodpaster. She was a longtime member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, where she had taught Bible school for many years. As a cook, she served many meals to the children of Midway in the school system.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy (Fred) Braunm, Midway; two sons, Billy (Ginny) Thompson, Lawrenceburg, and Ike (Krista) Thompson, Springfield; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Louise Ritchey, Nancy Hobbs, and Patricia Goodpaster; and two brothers, James and Clay Goodpaster, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Feb. 3, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Curtis Coots and the Rev. Greg Bowen. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Billy and Ike Thompson, Fred Braunm, Dean Braunm, Brian Thompson, Wesley Holderman, and Austin Salazar. Honorary bearers were her granddaughters and great-grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

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