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January 10, 2013



Everett L. Baber, 80, of Versailles, widower of Irene Roe Baber, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.

A native of Woodford County, he was born March 26, 1932, to the late William Jesse Baber and Ethel Semones Baber. He was a retired U.S. postal clerk and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion Post #67, Versailles.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda (Henry) Logan and Carol (Larry) Lainhart, both of Versailles, and Judy (Jim) Mollett, Lawrenceburg; two sisters, Rose Spencer and Josephine Hunter; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer (Bill) Curtis, Samantha (Jason) Willis, Rebecca (Mike) Smallwood, Lisa (Aaron) Falin, Lori (John) Lisle, Christopher Liter, Kirk Liter, Richard (Bonnie) Shearer, Christopher Lainhart, and Julie Lainhart; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Clark Funeral Home by the Rev. Todd Lester. Casket bearers were Kirk Liter, Christopher Liter, Richard Shearer, Bill Curtis, Joe Kaelin, and Loranza Roe Jr. Honorary bearers were Jennifer Curtis, Samantha Willis, Rebecca Smallwood, Steve Kring, and Dr. William Childers.

Contributions may be made to Hospice Care Center.

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George F. Brooks Sr., 87, of Frankfort, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

Born Sept. 6, 1925, in Carrollton, he was the son of the late Albert and Ida McManis Brooks. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945, then the U.S. Marines for the duration of World War II. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He was employed as the lock keeper of Lock #2 in Lockport, and later retired from federal employment at Bluegrass Army Depot. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and a life member of VFW Post 4075 Frankfort.

Survivors include a sister, Virginia "Betty" Partin; two sons, Richard (Mary) and George Jr. (Teresa), both of Frankfort; two daughters, Sharlene Salmons (Bernie), Mt. Sterling, and Sherry Ferguson (Alan), Georgetown; six grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Pastor James Byrd. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. VFW Post 4075 presented military honors at the graveside. Casket bearers were Jason Brooks, Josh Smith, Alan Ferguson, Chris Barnes, Isaac Barnes, and Doug Smith. Honorary bearer was Stanley Smith.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Life House For Animals, 14 Fido Ct., Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Roy (Johnny) Clifton Jr., of Midway, husband of Elizabeth C. Clifton, died Oct. 22, 2012.

He is survived by daughter, Elizabeth "Ann" C. Hughes (Dr. Charles Richard) and son, Roy Jonathan (Debra) Clifton; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister Jean Sharon (Murphy); a very favorite niece, Elizabeth Clifton Gravitt, also several nieces and nephews; and friend, Clifton (Jake) Davis.

Born in Midway, KY, June 1, 1932, he remained a life-long resident. He was a son of the late Roy and Elizabeth Nave Clifton. Roy was employed by the Commonwealth of KY., including an appointment as (State) Supt. of Printing. He was a Kentucky Colonel. From 1953-1955, during the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army, completing Leadership School at Ft. Knox, KY, and completing Non-Commissioned Officers’ School in Tokyo. He was assigned as Honor Guard to the Far East Command. Roy was a lifetime member of Midway Baptist Church where services were held with Dr. Robert G. Baker officiating. Music was given by Violinist Amy Clifton Amos, granddaughter. Military honors were conducted by a U.S. Army Honor Guard from Ft. Knox at the Midway Cemetery.

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Iris Sweazy Colyer, 98, widow of James Logan Colyer, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at Cumberland Village in Aiken, S.C.

Formerly of Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Clyde A. and Nancy Mitchell Sweazy and had retired to South Carolina. She and her husband had owned and operated Colyer Hardware in Versailles for many years. At her death, she was the oldest member of the Versailles United Methodist Church where she had been a Sunday school teacher, and she had been a member of the Woodford County Woman’s Club for over 50 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Judi Logan Royalty (Jack), Aiken, S.C., formerly of Versailles; two grandchildren, Carey Royalty Pethick (Kevin), Aiken, S.C., and James Logan Royalty (Carrie), Brooklyn, N.Y.; two great-grandchildren, Caroline Logan Pethick and William Martin Pethick; a niece, Nancy S. Mayer (Peter), Versailles; two great-nephews, Peter D. Mayer, Columbus, Ohio, and Adam A. Mayer (Cathy), Versailles; and Adam’s children, Analisa and Daniel. Two brothers, Dr. Albert W. Sweazy and L. D. Sweazy, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Versailles United Methodist Church by Dr. James Shepherd and the Rev. Tim Thompson. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Lexington.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles United Methodist Church, 135 Court Street, Versailles, KY 40383, or to Regency Hospice, 105 Summerwood Way, Suite "D", Aiken, SC 29803.

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Eulene Toy LaPierre, 89, of Nicholasville, widow of Eugene LaPierre, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.

A retired nurse, she was a native of Owingsville, the daughter of the late William and Iva Horseman Toy. She was a graduate of Good Samaritan School of Nursing and was a member of Church of the Resurrection.

Survivors include three children, Carolyn (Daryl) Crossfield, Versailles, Eugene (Donna) LaPierre, Georgetown, and Patricia LaPierre, Georgia; a sister, Alma Furnish, Versailles; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Milward-Southland, Lexington.



Coleman Sellers (Col., USAF-Ret.), 97, of Fairfield, Calif., husband of Mary Jane Sellers, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2012.

Born in 1914 in Versailles, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Sellers. He was a decorated World War II veteran based in Sicily during the war, and flew a B-25 aircraft. He spent 55 years in the U.S. Army Air Forces and the U.S. Air Force, living in Peru, the Panama Canal Zone, Japan, Hawaii, Colorado, and California. He retired from the Air Force in the late ’60s and went to work for the Bechtel Corp., retiring at age 70.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Letitia J. Little, Minneapolis, Minn., and Joanna A. Shaw, Santa Fe, N.M.; two grandchildren, Lindsay Fischer and Mason Little; and two great-grandchildren, Claire and Will Fischer. A sister, Marjorie Chenault, and a brother, Billy Sellers, are deceased.



Bessie Couch Slusher of Versailles, Kentucky, departed this life on January 3, 2013, at the Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. She was 64 years and 29 days of age. She was born on December 5, 1948, in Dwarf, Kentucky, to the late Jesse Couch and Gladys Childers Couch. She is also preceded in death by three brothers, Willard Childers, Jesse Couch Jr., and Ed Couch; and two sisters, Joyce Adams and Mildred Childers. She was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Joy Mack (Craig) of Williamsburg, Kentucky, and Mrs. Tammy Kalifut (Matthew) of Versailles, Kentucky; two grandchildren, Aaron Mack and Makayla Mack, both of Williamsburg, Kentucky; two sisters, Lucille Begley of Winchester, Kentucky, and Blanche Johnson (Curt) of Hazard, Kentucky; several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.

The funeral service was conducted Monday, January 7, 2013, at the Croley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Albert Jones and the Rev. Bill Wright officiating. She was laid to rest in the Oaklawn Addition of the Pleasant View Cemetery.

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Croley Funeral Home of Williamsburg, Kentucky in charge of all arrangements, Jerry W. Croley and J. Andrew Croley, Directors.

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Curtis Ray Stratton, 42, of Harrodsburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at the UK Healthcare Center in Lexington.

He was the son of Mary Ann (Aubrey) Stratton Bast, Salvisa, and the late Mark Woodrum. He was a member of Lighthouse Apostolic Church in Versailles, and was a maintenance worker at Airdrie Stud Farm in Midway.

He is survived by two daughters, Tabitha (Noni) Bernabe, and Tiffany (Memo) Beltran, both of Harrodsburg; a son, Christian Stratton, Lawrenceburg; his stepmother, Esther Woodrum, Frankfort; two brothers, Mike (Sherri) Bast, Salvisa, and John Bast (Brittany Smith), Lawrenceburg; three sisters, Melanie Meyer and Marka (Mike) Burns, both of Frankfort, and Susan (Jamie) Anderson, Lawrenceburg; and three grandchildren, Jesus Antonio Bernabe, Jayden Alexander Bernabe, and Gabriela Yizel Beltran.

His grandparents, Floyd and Susie Stratton; and two cousins, Jason Curtsinger and Chris Catlett, are deceased.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 6, at Gash Memorial Chapel by Pastor Terry Gillum. Burial was in the Stratton Cemetery. Casketbearers were Christian Stratton, Mike Bast, John Bast, Noni Bernabe, Memo Beltran, Mikey Bast, Jordan Kincaid, and Austin Steele. Honorary bearers were Dylan Bast, Anthony Rogers, Jason Cummins, Mike Burns, Jamie Anderson, Christopher Anderson and Mark Burns.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, 101 E. Valencia Mesa Drive, Fullerton, CA 92835.



Charles Wafford, 69, of Lexington, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

Born May 7, 1943, in Lexington, he was the son of the late Roy Lee Wafford Sr. and Edna Jefferson Wafford.

Survivors include three children, Christopher Wafford, Colorado, Suzanne Shelby, Kevil, and Beverly Morris, Georgia; four sisters, Joyce Luttrell and Jessie Clark, both of Lexington, Mary Coovert, Versailles, and Ernestine Stanbery, Albany; six grandchildren, Joseph, Joshua and Justin Bourff, and Audrey and Victoria Morris and Samantha Wafford; and two great-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Sophia Bourff. A sister, Violet Hopkins, and three brothers, Roy Lee Jr., Emery and James Wafford, are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, Jan. 3, at Clark Funeral Home by the Rev. Wesley Noss.


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