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January 14, 2010



Chad D. Bilbrey, 40, of Bagdad, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010.

Born April 9, 1969, in Frankfort, he was the son of Betty Bilbrey Booze. He was the owner of Total Technology.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his fiancée, Karen Glass, Bagdad; his stepfather, Robert Booze; two sons, Chadwick and Andrew; two aunts, Paul O’Nan and Wendy Poynter; and three cousins, Calvin Reece, Amy O’Nan, and Todd O’Nan, all of Frankfort.

Services will be conducted Friday, Jan. 15, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Wade M. Hughes. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Phil Davidson, Calvin Reece, Todd O’Nan, Larry Flynn, Chad Eastman, Kenworth Smith, Brian Bobbitt, and Ernie Wilson. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 14, at the funeral home.

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Richard G. Courtney, 68, of Nicholasville, husband of Glenna Sue Courtney, died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of Alberta Burns Courtney Kanatzar of Lexington and the late Elmer L. Courtney. He attended Lafayette High School, was the owner and operator of Courtney Construction, and was a member of Tates Creek Christian Church. He also served on the board of directors for Farmer’s Bank in Nicholasville.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter, Traci (Troy) Caneer, Nicholasville; three sons, Mike Courtney, Lexington, Gary Pack, Nicholasville, and Mike Pack, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; five grandchildren, Kennedy and Clay Caneer, and Barbara, Michele and Russell Pack; two sisters, Roberta (Jerry) Lancaster, Versailles, and Jackie Johns, Nicholasville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins, including a special niece, Robin (Mike) Hedrick, Lexington.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by Bro. Wally Rendel and Bro. Tommy Simpson. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were David Crouse, Landy Dale, John France, Mike Hedrick, Dennis King, and Lloyd Watkins. Honorary bearers were the directors of Farmer’s Bank in Nicholasville, and William Walter Halfhill and Ray Morphew.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Cardinal Hill Hospital, 2050 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40504.



Betty Jean Shearer Daugherty, 81, of Lexington, widow of William Joseph Daugherty, died on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at her home after a brief illness.

The daughter of the late Leslie S. and Beatrice Moss Shearer, she graduated from Nicholasville High School in 1946 and attended the University of Kentucky.

Survivors include a daughter, Lynn (Roger) Thomas, Nicholasville; two sons, Tom Daugherty, Morehead, and John Daugherty, Nicholasville; two grandchildren, Myria (Brandon) Ironmonger, Versailles, and Steve Thomas, Bowling Green; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Beth Ironmonger, Versailles; a sister, Mary (Glendon) Sanders, Nicholasville; and two nieces, Laura Sanders, Covington, and Susan (Mark) Weden, Huntsville, Ala.

Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at the Nicholasville Christian Church by the Rev. Jeff Mandrell. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Nicholasville. Casket bearers were Tom Daugherty, John Daugherty, Steve Thomas, Roger Thomas, Brandon Ironmonger, and Mark Weden. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

Donations are suggested to the Nicholasville Christian Church, Jessamine County Hospice, or the American Cancer Society.



Dorothy Petersen Davis, 95, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, widow of Douglas MacDonald Davis Jr. and E.V. Benjamin III, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at her home.

A native of Amarillo, Texas, she was born Nov. 26, 1914, in Forth Worth, Texas, the daughter of Anders and Agnes Petersen. She and her husband built High Hope Farm in Versailles, which she managed after her husband’s death. She was an alumna of Texas Tech University and also a Donovan Scholar at the University of Kentucky. She was a member of Pisgah Presbyterian Church, the Lexington Club, the Thoroughbred Club, the Keeneland Association and the Polo Club. She and Douglas Davis were two of the founders of The High Hope Steeplechase that began in 1967 at their farm in Versailles.

Survivors include two daughters, Michael Maria Davis Potter, Harrodsburg, and Pat Douglas J’Anders Davis, Versailles; four grandchildren, Martin Lewis Voiers III, Davis Patricia Tunis Potter, Gwendolyn Beresford Potter, and Douglas Petersen Davis-Gore; three great-grandchildren, Caleb Sexton Voiers, Magdelene Mae Voiers, and Kylia Novelle Walls; and a cousin, Marilyn Franklin. A brother, Lyle Anders Petersen, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 11, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church, Versailles, by Pastor Martin Lewis Voiers II. Casket bearers were James Martin, Ernest Irvin Clark Sr., William Rex Beresford Potter, Nick Russell, Martin Lewis Voiers III, and Douglas Petersen Davis-Gore. Honorary bearers were John H. Bell, Carter Thornton, W.J. Woodruff, Gus Blass II, Larry Wolkin, Mary Elizabeth Clark, James and Joan Turner, and Pete Harlow. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to Woodford County Humane Society, 265 Thomas Lane, P.O. Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383 or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr, Lexington, KY 40504.



Val French Hollingsworth, 54, of Versailles, husband of Amanda Gadsden Hollingsworth, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, of a heart attack.

Born Sept. 8, 1953, in Camp Atterbury, Ind., he was the son of Betty Boggess and the late Kent P. Hollingsworth and was raised in Kentucky. He created his own farm, Valkyre Stud, where he designed his own racing silks and bred and owned Thoroughbreds. He and his wife moved to Australia, where their daughters, Lucy and Eleanor, and their son, Nicholas, were born. After the thoroughbred industry floundered, he returned to his construction business in Kentucky, restoring the historic Henry house in Versailles.

In addition to his wife, two daughters, son, and his mother, he is survived by three sisters, Randolph (Richard Greissman), Amery (Tim Nies) and Letitia (Steve Gray); a brother, Wright (Kristin Opsum); and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

A memorial will be announced at a later date on

Donations in his memory may be made to the International Book Project, 1440 Delaware Avenue, Lexington, KY 40505.



Billy H. Johnson, 74, of Versailles, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Frankfort.

Born June 13, 1935, he was the son of the late William Harvey and Annabelle Williams Johnson. He was retired from the Good Samaritan Hospital after 30 years of service and was a member of the St. Paul A.M.E. Church.

Survivors include three sisters, Dorothy Tyler, Mary Wheat, and Christine (Robert) Brown; two brothers, the Rev. Lewis (Sue) Johnson and Henry (Wanda) Johnson, both of Versailles; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Clarence Johnson, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at noon, Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Visitation will be after 10 a. m. Saturday until time of services.

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Mary Ellen Wilson Roberts, 71, of Frankfort, widow of Jimmy Gravitt and Ralph Roberts, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010.

Born June 6, 1938, in Casey County, she was the daughter of Stella Brown Wilson and the late Sanford Wilson. She was a retired employee of Union Underwear and a member of East Frankfort Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, David (Shannon) Gravitt, Owenton; a stepdaughter, Beverly (Gary) Powell, Louisville; a stepson, Dale (Sharon) Roberts, Frankfort; a granddaughter, Nicole Gravitt; three step-grandchildren; three sisters, Edith Tandy, Versailles, and Martha Woolums and Carol (Rick) Payton, both of Frankfort; two brothers, Clifford (Judy) Wilson and C.D. (Rita) Wilson, both of Frankfort; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Earl Wilson, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 8, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Larry Brown. Casket bearers were Sandy Wilson, Gary Tandy, Dow Wilson, T.J. Gains, Tommy Hockensmith Jr., and Jeffery Roberts. Burial was private.

Donations may be made to the Hospice of the Bluegrass or East Frankfort Baptist Church.

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Opal Lunsford Sims, 77, of Versailles, wife of Paul Sims, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010.

Born Aug. 3, 1932, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Maudie Temple Lunsford. She was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church and a retired employee of Rand McNally.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Linda Kelley Hibbard, Versailles; a sister, Rose Zella Spencer, Versailles; a brother, Virgil Lunsford, Lawrenceburg; two grandchildren, Scottie Adkins and Jeanna Sizemore; and three great-grandchildren. A daughter, Louise Estill, and a brother, Hansford Lunsford, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 11, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. James Allen. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Ruble Moss "Junior" Winston Jr., 73, of Versailles, husband of Jo Anne Sanders Winston, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at his home.

Born Dec. 27, 1936, in Florence, Ala., he was the son of the late Ruble Moss and Effie (Grigsby) Winston. He was an assistant superintendent for Kentucky Utilities for 42 years and a member of the Harrodsburg Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Nancy Jo (Lucien) Franscini, Arlington, Texas; two sons, Richard Moss Winston, Madison, Ind., and Mark Sanders (Susan) Winston, Hanover, Ind.; two sisters, Waulene Lucas, Nicholasville, and Peggy Clark, Memphis, Tenn; five grandchildren, Stephen and Winston Franscini, Riley, Bradley and Braydon Winston.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 11, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg. Casket bearers were Milton Tackett, Art Hembree, Lonnie Campbell, Preston Kennedy, Cleo Sanders, Charlie Thompson, and Mike Matherly.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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