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January 13, 2011

 

Conley

Carolyn Sue Conley, 64, of Lexington, wife of Harold "Hank" Conley, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Kyle and Eulene Coyle White. She was a waitress for 30 years at the Bob Evans Restaurant on Richmond Road and a member of the Clover Bottom Baptist Church in Nonesuch.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Buddy (Margaret) Hurt, Huntington, W.Va., and Doug (Kristie) Hurt, Lexington; three stepchildren, Pamela (Dickie) Lickert, Lexington, and Randy (Stacey) Conley and Shannon Conley, both of Georgetown; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Jim (Agnus) White, Lancaster, and Billy (Ruth) White and Jack (Linda) White, both of Lexington. Three siblings, Arnold and Joe White and Arlene Estep, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 13, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by Bro. Don Reed and Pastor Tim Turner. Burial will be in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Jack White, Doug Hurt, Randy Conley, Shannon Conley, Scott Boots, and Roger White. Honorary bearers will be Michael White, Billy White, Danny White, Jack Allen White, Tim White, Ronnie White, Joey Harris, Jeff White, and Larry White.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

 

Franklin

Robert B. Franklin, 72, of Owen County, formerly of Versailles, husband of Ersa Combs Franklin, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Walter Roland and Dorothy Waggoner Franklin and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was retired and had worked for Kroger and as a security guard at Keeneland. He had been an EMT with the Woodford County Ambulance Service and a volunteer fireman for the Versailles Fire Department.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by seven daughters, Sue King, Winchester, Patty (Virgil) Reynolds, Karen (Lynn) Bailey, Jenine Townsend, Kay (Doug) Whitlock, and Gayle Murphy, all of Lexington, and Angie (Larry) Hatton, Lawrenceburg; a son, Tommy Townsend, Indiana; two stepsons, Marvin (Crystal) Combs, Frankfort, and Michael (Stella) Combs, Virginia; a sister, Ginger (Bobby) Johns, Versailles; a brother, John (Nancy) Clark, Florida; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the King’s Way Assembly of God Church in Versailles, followed by a potluck reception. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

Gotherman

Allie R. (House) Gotherman, 91, of Miami, Fla., wife of William (Slim) Gotherman, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011.

Born June 25, 1919, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Lula Brophy Robinson. Before moving to Miami, Fla., in 1957, she was a member and secretary at Grace Baptist Church in Lexington. She was a longtime member and secretary at Parkway Baptist Church and Stanton Memorial Baptist Church in Miami. She was most recently a member of Miami Shores Baptist. She was a member of the Women’s Missionary Union and a leader in her church and the Miami Baptist Association. She also taught Sunday school.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Helen Pennebaker; three sisters, Jo Ann (Logan) Finnell, Lexington, Betty Nash, Wichita Falls, Texas, and Martha Davis, LaGrange; and many nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Marian Eldridge and Gladys Robinson; and two brothers, Roy and Ernest Robinson, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 7, at Lithgow Funeral Home, Miami, Fla.

 

Graves

William Byron Graves, 67, of Lexington, husband of Jeanette Taylor Graves, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011.

He was the son of Helen Hellard Graves and the late William A. Graves and was retired from Quebecor World in Versailles. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Littrell (Tres) Wesbrook, Hoover, Ala; a grandson, Shane McWhorter; and a great-granddaughter, Ada McWhorter. A brother, Mark Graves, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 10, at Milward – Southland, Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or the Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40504.

 

Grider

Maurice Thomas Grider, 84, of Frankfort, husband of Gwendolyn Monroe Grider, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville.

Born Sept. 16, 1926, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Lois and Myrtle Grider. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a Purple Heart recipient.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Karen (Don) Carpenter, Shelbyville, and Cathy (Don) Noe, Louisville; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Crawley and Doris Brewer, Frankfort; and a brother, James Grider, Lawrenceburg.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 13, at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church Building Fund in Versailles.

Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

Harris

Gary Moore Harris, 54, of Lexington, husband of Crystal Martin Harris, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.

A native of Lexington, he was the son of the late James Franklin and Nellie Mae Carroll Harris. He enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren and serving as an ordained minister at Covenant Baptist Church for 25 years.

In addition to his wife of 35 years, he is survived by two sons, Gary Joseph (Kelly) Harris, Lexington, and Richard Franklin (Brandy) Harris, Versailles; three grandchildren, Serena, Brooklyn, and Jayden; three brothers, Charles Harris, James "Jimmy" Harris, and Mark Harris; three sisters, Mary "Sissy" Beason, Linda Kincaid, and Wilma Snapp; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Two brothers, Jack and Thomas Harris, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by Chaplain Stewart Dawson. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Gary Joseph Harris, Richard Franklin Harris, Dale Martin, Stacey Johnson, Devon Brown, and Jackie Kincaid. Honorary bearers were Roger Kincaid and Jimmy Darrell Harris.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Blue Grass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or Covenant Baptist Church, 1533 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40504.

 

Jackson

Luther Jackson Jr., 79, of Lexington, husband of Jewell Marshall Jackson, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late Luther and Lillie Osborne Jackson. A painting and building contractor, he was owner of Luther Jackson Real Estate. He enjoyed golf and during his younger years, was an avid swimmer.

In addition to his wife of 40 years, he is survived by two daughters, Pamela Jackson (Jack) Brown, Lexington, and Marla Lynn (Steve) Carroll, Versailles; two stepchildren, Jeannie Randolph, Sarasota, Fla., and David (Lowela) Randolph, Daytona Beach, Fla.; two siblings, Shirley (Sam) Combs, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and Raymond Jackson, Lexington; four grandchildren, Taylor (Amanda) Brown, Baltimore, Md., Marshall Brown, U.S. Army, Justin Carroll, Lexington, and Sean (Ashley) Carroll, Versailles; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Milward-Southland, Lexington. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

 

Mattingly

Jean Gaines Mattingly, 80, of Lexington, widow of R.G. Mattingly, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011.

Born in Owen County, she was the daughter of the late Walton and Cecil Gaines. She was a member of Cane Run Baptist Church.

Survivors include eight children, Veronica (Ronald) Cook, Owenton, Barbara (Ronald) Shekell, Richland, Ind., Donnie (Melinda) Warfield, Owensboro, Jeana Jones, Lexington, Jerry Lynn (Kim) Warfield, Versailles, Troy Warfield, Lawrenceburg, Trina (James) Malone, Medina, Tenn., and Clarissa (James) Neal, Georgetown; 20 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a brother, John Gaines, Florida.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

 

Miracle

Nellie Mae Wilcox Miracle, 91, of Versailles, widow of Rufus E. Miracle, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.

Born May 4, 1919, in Clayborne County, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Nelson and Sadie Wilcox. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy, and had retired as an employee of Texas Instruments.

Survivors include three daughters, Juanita McDaniel, Georgie L. Miracle, and Donna F. (Larry) Eustice, all of Versailles; two sons, Clarence (Lois) Miracle, Versailles, and Charles E. (Barbara) Miracle, Lexington; four sisters, Irene Fling and Helen Bare, South Carolina, Geneva Barr, Virginia, and Mearl Reynolds, Elizabethtown; a brother, Earl Wilcox, Lawrenceburg; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. A son, Eugene Miracle; a sister, Doris Williams; two brothers, John Henry Wilcox and Clarence Wilcox; and her companion, Ray Furnish, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Church of God of Prophecy by the Rev. Ken Lyle. Burial was in the Athens Cemetery in Fayette County. Casket bearers were her grandsons, Bryon and Ritchie Miracle, Nealy and Trace McDaniel, Joey Eustice, and Chris Wilcox. Honorary bearers were Adrian Fulmer, Larry Eustice, James Thompson, Ted Voils, and Paul Rice.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

Mullins

Robbie Mullins, 53, of Charleston, W.Va., formerly of Versailles, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, in Charleston.

Born in Tennessee, he was the son of the late Robert G. And Martha Austin Mullins. He was a 1976 graduate of Woodford County High School, where he excelled in basketball, baseball, and football. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He had been a stock manager at Kroger in Versailles and Lexington prior to moving to West Virginia in 2006.

Survivors include a son, Nick Mullins, Versailles; two brothers, Chip Mullins, Versailles, and Mike Mullins, Lawrenceburg.

No visitation or services are planned at this time.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

Shanks

John R. Shanks, 84, of Versailles, widower of Glynna Back Shanks, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of the late William Robert and Elizabeth Ann Wilson Shanks and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a retired tool maker for the automotive industry.

Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth (Elgin) Blevins, Versailles, Linda (Doug) Heinze, Crescent City, Fla., and Denise Shanks, Versailles; three sons, Bill (Margaret) Shanks, Versailles, Rick (Sue) Shanks, Versailles, and Lee (Jean) Shanks, Lexington; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A son, Johnny Shanks, is deceased.

Graveside funeral services were conducted Monday, Jan. 10, at Sunset Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

Thompson

Sylvia T. Thompson, 85, widow of Leland Thompson, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, in Opelika, Ala., where she had lived for five years, after living in Versailles for most of her adult life.

Born Jan. 31, 1925, in Ensenada, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Jesse Anderson Taylor. She grew up in Puerto Rico until she was sent to Northfield School for Girls in Massachusetts for high school. She attended the University of Louisville for two years, and graduated from Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia) with a degree in occupational therapy. She worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lexington for 40 years, becoming chief occupational therapist. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and was a member of the Pilot Club.

Survivors include five nieces, Elizabeth "Bets" Way Roper Golden (Mike), Margaret Trigg Roper (Cliff Johnson), Jean Trigg Roper Hogan (Jack Hogan), Lucy Margaret Schall, and Kim Thompson; three grand-nephews; a great-grand niece; and a great-great-grand-niece; and three great-great-grand-nephews. A brother, Daniel Thompson; and two sisters, Faith Thompson Schall and Emma Thompson Roper, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in the Versailles Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Woodford Humane Society, P.O. Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383 (www.woodfordhumanesociety.org) or a charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be sent to Bets Golden, 328 Deer Run Road, Auburn, AL 36832, or Margaret Roper, 15104 Centergate Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20905.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

Watts

Spicie Hearn Watts, 77, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Frankfort, wife of Paul Watts, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Charles Watts and Walter Watts; a daughter, Paula Watts Colson; two brothers, John Hearn and Hobart Hearn; and a sister, Leona H. Owens of Woodford County.

A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011.

 

Woford

Nancy Charlotte Akins Woford, 60, of Lawrenceburg, wife of Daniel Ray Woford, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at her residence.

Born Jan. 9, 1951, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Dora Brown and Ernest "Bill" Akins. She was an employee with 10 years perfect attendance at Y-H America in Versailles and a former 33-year employee with 20 years perfect attendance at Fruit of the Loom. She enjoyed old cars and her "Hillside Heaven" home.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Daniel Sean (Mary) Woford, Lawrenceburg; three grandchildren, Austin Wells and Drew and Landon Woford; and a brother, Ernie Melburn (Sandy) Akins, Willisburg. A sister, Vonda Ginger, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, by Bro. Terry Cooper. Burial was in the Hebron Cemetery. Casket bearers were Austin Wells, Tyler Akins, Philip Akins, Allen Ritchie, Robert Cummins, and Gary Cole.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

 

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