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January 26, 2006




   Roger L. Browning, 58, of McDavid Drive, Versailles, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at his residence.

Born Sept. 5, 1947, in Harrison County, he was the son of Lucille Courtney Browning, Cynthiana, and the late Lewis J. "Bud" Browning. He was a retired Woodford County High School employee, a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, and a Vietnam Army veteran.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons, Roger L. Browning Jr., Versailles, and Thomas J. Browning, Lexington; two daughters, Christina M. Browning and Felicity D. Pelfrey, both of Versailles; two brothers, Robert C. Browning, Cynthiana, and Ernest Browning, Dallas, Texas; and three grandchildren, Kody Pelfrey, and Dyan and Justin Cremeans.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan 23., at Ware Funeral Home, Cynthiana, by Pastor William Marcum. Burial was in Battle Grove Cemetery, Cynthiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.



  Ada Sargent Burris, 78, of Kettering, Ohio, formerly of Woodford County, widow of John C. Burris, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born Feb. 18, 1927, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Lenard Thomas and Frances Holman Sargent. She worked as a project supervisor at Mound Laboratories (Monsanto) until she retired with many honors in 1985. She attended Versailles High School, where she was a national Beta Club member. She was an alumna of Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, and was inducted into the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. She attended Apex Community Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Holman Burris, Dayton, Ohio; two sons, Edsell Thomas Burris, Dayton, and Johnny Curtis Burris, Plantation, Fla.; four grandchildren, Jason M. Burris, Christy C. Burris, Patrick R. Burris, and Sarah N. Burris; and a sister, Margie Sargent Horton, Louisville. Services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 22, at Apex Community Church by Pastor Rob Turner. A graveside service was conducted Monday, Jan. 23, at the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Stillwater Center, 8100 N. Main St., Dayton, OH 45415, c/o Gail Gates and Cathy Cody. Tobias Funeral Home, Far Hills Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.



  Fern Adele Godby, 83, of Versailles, widow of Olin F. Godby, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006, at the Rockcastle Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born Feb. 15, 1922, in Rockcastle County, she was the daughter of the late Mitchell and Bessie Payne Cummins. She was a retired schoolteacher and a member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sons, Gary M. Godby, Frankfort, Olin Duane Godby, Dallas, Texas, Russell E. Godby, Albuquerque, N.M., and Forrest F. Godby, Lexington; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 26, at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel, Liberty, by Don Cummins. Burial will be in Bethelridge Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8 am. today until the time of service.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3703 Taylorsville Road, Ste. 102, Louisville, KY 40220-1330.



  Erma Tate Hunt, 96, of Lexington, widow of Gilbert Leo Hunt, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006, at her residence.

Born Sept. 12, 1909, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Lee Grand and Zora Emerson Tate. She was a retired teacher for the Woodford County School System. She attended Tates Creek Presbyterian Church and was a member of Good Samaritan Presbyterian Church in Pinellas Park, Fla. She returned from Pinellas Park to Kentucky in 1990.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Jane Hunt, Encinitas, Calif.; a son, Timothy Lee Hunt, Massapequa, N.Y.; a step-daughter, Corrine Morandi, West Windsor, N.J.; a sister, Dorothy Gary, Cincinnati, Ohio; four grandchildren, Benjamin Hunt, Chicago, Ill, Conner and Andrew Hunt, Cleveland, Ohio, and Janet Sipple, New Orleans, La.; and two great-granddaughters, Siobhan Rose Sipple and Ashleigh Michelle Sipple.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles, by John Sartelle.

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

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  Angela Lucille Mathews King, 37, of Nicholasville, wife of Tony Wade King, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Born Oct. 19, 1968, in Lexington, she was the daughter of John Shepard Mathews, Nicholasville, and the late Nannie Katherine Marshall Mathews. She was a retired employee of Lazarus, where she worked as a human resource manager, and was a member of Logana Baptist Church.

In addition to her father, she is survived by two sisters, Susan Mathews Collins, Nicholasville, and Sherry Mathews, Lexington; two nieces, Chelsa Williams, Versailles, and Stacy Collins, Lexington; and a nephew, Brett Collins, Wilmore. A son, Sean Edward King; a sister, Linda Mathews Riley, and a nephew, Jason Dickenson are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 23, at Betts & West Funeral Home by Pastor Tommy Falin. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery. Casket bearers were Johnathan Armistead, David Marshall, Kent Marshall, Brian Taylor, Brett Collins, and John Armistead. Honorary bearers were Doug Dunnaway and Barry Collins.

Donations may be sent to St, Jude's Children's Hospital, Memphis, Tenn., UK Children's Hospital, and Jessamine County Hospice.



  Clifford Knight, formerly of Buffalo, N.Y., died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.

Survivors include two sons, Fr. Dennis D. Knight, Lexington, and the Rev. Craig R. Knight, Victoria, B.C., Canada; and other family members.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Paul Church, Lexington. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, was in charge of arrangements.



  William Paul Lear, 77, of Homestead Nursing Home, Lexington, formerly of Versailles, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006.

Born in Madison County, he was the son of the late George and Leona Willoughby. He and was a U. S. Army veteran, having served in Okinawa.

Survivors include three daughters, Judy Carol Blake, Mary Michelle Lear, and Libby Lear, all of Lexington; two sons, Paul Newman Lear, Lexington, and Michael Lear, Versailles; and a sister, Henrietta Lear, Ohio.

Graveside funeral services and burial were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Versailles Cemetery with Frankie Layne officiating. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.††



  James Clinton McDonald, 82, of Lexington, widower of Carolyn League McDonald, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006, at his residence.

Born July 3, 1923 in Franklin County, he was the son of the late Jesse and Pauline Richardson McDonald. He was a retired butcher for Slone's Market and was a security officer for Keeneland. He was a member of Providence Baptist Church and was a member of the Bluegrass Lodge #956 F&AM. He was also a member of the Oleika Temple and was a Kentucky Colonel.

Survivors include three daughters, Diane Walton, Harrodsburg, Denise Cunningham, Georgetown, and Mary Ann Mulligan, Georgetown; a son, Gregory S. McDonald, Lexington; a sister, Helen Skelton, Frankfort; a brother, Jesse McDonald, Midway; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Paula McDonald Wright, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, at Clark Funeral Home, Frankfort, by the Rev. David Rayborn. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.



  William "Bill" S. Moberly, 78, husband of Betty Marie Abney Moberly, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006, at the Pikeville Health Care Center.

Born in Jett, he was the son of the late Frank Bullock and Leora Carr Moberly. He retired from Sears after 33 years of service as an auto mechanic. He was a Kentucky Colonel and a member of Broadway Christian Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, William M. Moberly, Lexington, Glenn R. Moberly, Edwards, Mo., Cecil C. Moberly, Jenkins, and Jeffrey A. Moberly, Nicholasville; two daughters, Deborah Moberly, Lexington, and Joyce L. Miller, Versailles; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Paul Moberly, Leesburg, Fla.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 23, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by Whit Criswell and the Rev. Allen Culbertson. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Chad Moberly, Dwayne Moberly, Damon Moberly, Kyle Moberly, Christopher Moberly, Tyler Miller, and Chase Miller.



  Alvin Elwood Puckett, 82, of 109 Maple Avenue, husband of Grace Puckett, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006.

Born in Anderson County, he was a graduate of the Versailles High School and was a son of the late Guy and Wallace Montgomery Puckett. He was a retired Veterans Administration Medical Center employee and U. S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a founding member of the King's Way Assembly of God Church, where he served in numerous capacities, including board member, deacon, and trustee, over 60 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Linda J. Parks, Versailles; two sons, Steven D. Puckett, Versailles, and Anthony E. “Tony” Puckett, Albers, Ill.; six grandchildren, Angela Helfrich, Chris Puckett, Stephanie Castle, John W. Parks, Ryan Thomas Puckett, and Jessica Puckett; and three great-grandchildren, Kristin Helfrich, Joshua Helfrich, and Brady Castle.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the King's Way Assembly of God Church by Pastor Tommy Covington and Pastor Joe Girdler. Casket bearers will be Steven Puckett, Jim Sloan, Jerry McCann, Jim Clifton, Jim Johnson, and Sam Williams.† Honorary bearers will be Dr. Dale Goodin, Will Parks, John Parks, Steve Castle, Richard Duncan, and Chris Puckett.

Memorials are suggested to the Kingsway Building Fund, P.O. Box 109, Versailles, KY 40383, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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  King Richeson, 85, of Versailles, husband of Jean Sudduth Richeson, a longtime teacher, volunteer, sports enthusiast and World War II veteran, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born Sept. 25, 1920, in Ohio County, he was the son of Samuel Lafayette and Orpha King Richeson. He was a graduate of Hartford High School. He was the first of his siblings to attend and graduate from college. He enrolled at Kentucky Wesleyan in Winchester in 1938 and graduated in 1948. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Aug. 13, 1940. After boot camp, he attended metalsmith school and played on the training station basketball team. He served on the USS Washington (BB 56) as an MM 2/C during the convoy runs in the North Atlantic and the battle of Savo Island in the Pacific. He was selected to attend midshipmen school in New York and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He served on LST 179 during the Gilbert Islands invasion and was aboard during West Loch explosions on May 21, 1944, because of which it was sunk. He was aboard LST 889 and served on the USS Alcyone (AKA 7) operating out of Guam, supplying ships at sea when the war ended. He was discharged as a lieutenant in November of 1945. He attended Occidental College in California for one quarter before returning to Kentucky Wesleyan, graduating in the spring of 1948. After graduate school at the University of Kentucky, he taught six years at University High School at UK where he also coached track and basketball. During his 35-year teaching career, he taught at Morton Junior High School, Henry Clay High School, Lees Junior College, Midway College, Pinkerton High School, and for 11 years at Woodford County High School. He also taught audio visual aids in summer school and on Saturdays, as well as in summer science institutes at UK and at an interim summer term at Morehead State. He attended the Biological Sciences Curriculum Studies Institute at UK, with emphasis on ecology, and taught it for three summers. He also attended summer institutes at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Ill., in plant ecology and biochemistry, at Duke University at Pivers Island in radiation and marine biology, at Oregon State University in ecology of the northwest, and at Drew University in biology for college biology teachers. He was a successful basketball coach, winning the junior high championship in Fayette County while teaching at Morton Junior and the elementary school championship in Woodford County with Pisgah Elementary School, and taking University High School to the final eight in the state. He served as scorekeeper for nearly 40 years, the last 25 at Woodford County. He officiated in the state track meets for over 50 years, with the majority of those as clerk of course. He was the public address announcer for Henry Clay football games while teaching there and at Woodford County for 10 years. For over 50, years he served with the defensive statistics crew for UK football. He was a member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder. He also served as a deacon at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, and Midway Presbyterian.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Margaret Macemon, Mustang, Okla., and Sue Finley, Louisville; three grandchildren, Michael and Kimberly Macemon and Selina Finley; a brother, Hubert Richeson, Louisville; a sister, Madaline Hibbs, Madisonville; and several nieces and nephews. A daughter, three brothers, and two sisters are deceased.

A memorial service was conducted Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Versailles Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials can be donated to the Sudduth Scholarship fund at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Cardinal Hill Hospital, the Central Kentucky Blood Center, Versailles Presbyterian Church, or to one’s favorite charity.



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