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Maxine N. Blackburn

Maxine Nicholls Blackburn, 87, of 710 Huntertown Road, Versailles, widow of Tevis Blackburn, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.

Born at Wurtland, in Greenup County, she was the daughter of the late George Edmondson and Eunice Irene Warnock Nicholls. A longtime member of the Versailles United Methodist Church, she had been active in United Methodist Women and the Daisy Gray Circle, and had volunteered at the Methodist Home of Kentucky. She had been a member of the Thursday Homemakers Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Georgiann B. Barnes, Versailles, and an uncle and aunt, L. H. "Pete" and Molly Nicholls of Greenup.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by Dr. Jim Shepherd and Dr. Ben Hahn. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Lewis D. Nicholls, Donald Nicholls, William L. Fisher, Michael Fisher, Stephan Fisher, and Dan VanSickle. Memorials are suggested to the Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Ave., Versailles 40383, or the Methodist Home of Kentucky, 2050 Lexington Rd., Versailles 40383.


Alford Bowman

Alford "Doc" Bowman, 80, of Lexington, husband of Emma Louise Dearing Bowman, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at the VA Hospital.

He was a native of Versailles, a son of the late William Lonzo and Stella Mae Bowman. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church, a U. S. Army veteran of World War II, and a retired owner of Bowman Paving Company.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Darrell Bowman, and Gary Bowman, both of Lexington; two stepsons, Richard "Ricky" Conkwright, Lexington, and Randy Conkwright, Nicholasville; eight grandchildren; a great grandchild; a brother, John Bowman, Versailles; and seven sisters, Laura Robinson Jr., Lila Goins, Lora June Serber, and Nita Robinson, all of Versailles; Alma Jean Walford and Kitty Riddle, both of Lawrenceburg, and Anna Belle Gill, Midway. A sister, Edith Carter, and three brothers, Lawrence Bowman, Lonzo Bowman Jr., and Kelly Bowman, are deceased. Services were conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, by the Rev. Terry Freeman and the Rev. Chris Rieber. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Jessamine County. Nephews served as casket bearers.


Robert Chapman

Robert Chapman, 65, of Lexington, husband of Gladys Thompson Chapman, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at the VA Hospital, Cooper Dr., Lexington. He was retired head of security at McAlpin’s in the Turfland Mall at Lexington, and had served in the U.S. Army.

Born in Jessamine County, he was the son of the late Mosie and Minnie York Chapman.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Barbara Jean Bowman, Nicholasville; two brothers, James Edward Chapman, Versailles, and Willard Chapman, Lexington, and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway, Lexington, by Bro. George W. Cummins. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Memorials are suggested to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.


Readie L. Eden

Readie Louise Bingham Eden, 62, of Lexington, wife of Paul Eden, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at her residence.

A native of Versailles, she was a daughter of the late Ben and Nellie Bingham.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four daughters, Juanita Creech, Linda Wells, and Kathy Davis, all of Lexington, and Paula Martin, Newport News, Va.; a son, Paul Eden Jr., Lexington; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Betty Tucker, Lawrenceburg, and Doris Littrell and Maggie Anderson, both of Lexington; and three brothers, Sona Bingham, Herman Bingham, and Ben Bingham Jr., all of Lexington.

Services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Scott Martin, Don Wells, Derrick Eden, Joe Littrell, Jerry Littrell, and Don Anderson Jr.


Lawrence J. Foster

Lawrence J. "Monk" Foster, 87, of High Street, Versailles, husband of Letha Johnson Foster, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.

Born in Franklin County Sept. 29, 1913, he was the son of the late John and Clara Rossel Foster.

Mr. Foster was a retired manager of the Frankfort and Lexington Unemployment offices and was an avid swimmer and a writer, whose letters and other contributions were frequently published in The Woodford Sun as well as in the Frankfort State Journal and Yankee Magazine. He was a U. S. Coast Guard veteran of World War II.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by a son, James C. Foster, Versailles; a brother, Bill Foster, Frankfort, and a granddaughter, Johnna Foster, Louisville.

Graveside services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, in the Versailles Cemetery by the Rev. John Weaver. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements. Casket bearers were Charles S. Johnson, Shirley R. Watts, Joe S. Johnson, Luther Bland, John Kittinger, and Ray Wilson. Honorary bearers were Ben Chandler, Howard Montague, Charlie Reed, David Parker, and Stewart Morris. Memorials are suggested to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Berry Ave., Versailles 40383.


Katherine E. Mason

Katherine Jane English "Kasey" Mason, 87, Versailles, who operated Mason Antiques on Lexington Road for 42 years before retiring in October 1998, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001. Mrs. Mason, widow of James Mason, resided at 942 Huntertown Road.

She opened her shop in November 1956 in the front room of a Cape Cod-style cottage that was later replaced by the new and larger quarters the business occupied until her retirement.

A Richmond native who moved to Woodford County with her family when she was 5 years old, Mrs. Mason began working at an early age, including a part-time position at The Woodford Sun folding newspapers. At 17, she quit school to go to work for F. S. Marshall & Co., a Versailles department store, but continued to learn through extensive reading, and eventually began creating custom handmade drapes and slip covers, having been taught to sew by an aunt.

Newly married, and with World War II on the horizon, she entered factory employment, working for Irving Air Chute in Lexington until her husband’s induction into the service. She joined him in Alabama and, at a branch of Maxwell Air Force Base, became a parachute rigger.

After the war, she set up a table for parachute rigging at the Bohmer Flying Service at Blue Grass Field in Lexington, and returned to making custom draperies and slip covers until the Korean War brought her back to war work. At Irving she was a production manager, responsible for interviewing and training employees to work with the nylon canopies for parachutes. She also worked briefly for a blouse factory here before opening her own shop.

Mrs. Mason, daughter of the late Thomas and Katherine Elizabeth Carmack English, was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church and was active in civic work during her business career. She had been a member of the women’s auxiliary of the Odd Fellows Lodge, was one of the first members of the Woodford Business and Professional Women’s Club and was its Woman of the Year in 1966, worked with the American Legion, and served as membership chair for the Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary.

She is survived by two sisters, Edith Wash and Betty Devers, both of Phoenix, Ariz., and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Bill Brumley. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Active casket bearers were Dennis Blaise, Ray Harm Jr., Robert Brumback, Paul Downey, Ben Barnes, and Eddie Sidden. Contributions may be made to Transylvania University, the Methodist Home, of Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.


Doyle Ward

Doyle Ward, 70, of Cedarburg, Wis., formerly of Versailles, husband of Janice M. Barron Ward, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late Raymond and Emma Bartlett Ward.

Mr. Ward was educated in local schools and attended Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky. He was a U. S. Air Force veteran, with service during the Korean War. Before moving from this community in the early 1960s to pursue a career in sales, he was a former general manager of the Woodford Manufacturing Co., a member of the Versailles Kiwanis Club and the American Legion, a deacon at the First Christian Church, and coordinator of the Ground Observer Corps, and served two terms on the Versailles City Council.

He is survived by eight children, Terry Brumm, Gordon Ward, Damon Ward, Joanna Koehler, Belinda Ward, Doyle Ward, Christian Ward, and Claudia Herlache, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A son, Brent Ward, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. John Weaver. Burial will be in the Versailles Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 11, at the funeral chapel. Memorials may be made in care of Mr. Ward’s family.