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January 28, 2010



1st Sgt. Conrad Shipley Carter (U.S. Army-Ret.), 81, of Mobile, Ala, husband of Theresa M. Carter, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009.

A native of Versailles, he retired from the U.S. Army as a first sergeant in the paratroopers after 20 years of service and two tours of duty in the Korean War. He was a member of Life Church of Mobile, Ala.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, he is survived by a daughter, Sheila Morgan (Rick), Mobile, Ala.; a granddaughter, Kathryn Morgan, New York; and other relatives.

Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at the Life Church of Mobile, Ala. Interment was in Mobile Memorial Gardens. Radney Funeral Home, Mobile, Ala., was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Life Church of Mobile, 8701 Zeigler Blvd., Mobile, AL 36608.



Raymond Cox, 98, a retired longtime Woodford County Road Department employee, widower of Evelyn Brown Cox, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at his home.

An Anderson County native, he was the son of the late William Andrew and Annie Pearl Cook Cox and was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Rosemary (Dave) Johnson, Versailles; a sister, Lorraine (Carl) Phillips, Lexington; a granddaughter, Leisa McClain Newton, and a great-grandson, Raymond Curtis Newton, both of Lawrenceburg; three foster sisters, Christine True, Jenny Smith, and Clara Ann Dozier; and a foster brother, Earl Baxter Moore. Two brothers, Charles Henry Cox and J. B. Cox; a foster sister, Mary Jo Moore; and two foster brothers, Herbert Moore and Billy Moore, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Interment will follow at the Versailles Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at the funeral home.

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

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James "Crawford" Donaldson, 86, widower of Winifred Donaldson, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at the Hurstbourne Care Center in Louisville.

Born in Jefferson City, Tenn., he was the son of the late Ralph Sr. and Nellie Tate Donaldson. He was a retired driver for Harrod-Carter construction and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict. He resided most of his adult life in Versailles, where he attended the First Baptist Church. He moved to Eden Terrace Assisted Living Center in Louisville in 2005.

Survivors include four daughters, Emily (Aaron) Hamilton, Midway, Denise Lee, Louisville, Desiree (Tony) Anthony, Louisville, and Dorcas (Carl) Beatty, Lexington; a son, David Donaldson, Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Mildred Turner, Dayton, Ohio, and Edith McBee, Jefferson City, Tenn.; two brothers, Lonas (Geraldine) Donaldson, Springfield, Ohio, and Franklin Donaldson, Xenia, Ohio; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Three sisters, E. Jean Smith, Margaret Langston, and Betty Donaldson; and two brothers, Ralph and Kenneth Donaldson, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Willis Polk. Casket bearers will be Benjamin Pennie, Aaron Hamilton, David Hamilton, Craig Irvine, James Lee, and Ronald Smith. Burial will follow at the Steele Cemetery.

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Elizabeth Russom, 45, of Versailles, wife of James Russom, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Memphis, Tenn., she was the daughter of Nina Lee Goodman of Frankfort and Sam and Paula Goodman of Versailles.

Additional survivors include three children, Ashley (Jimmy) Morgan, Courtney Russom, and Joshua Russom, all of Versailles; a sister, Susan Renee Goodman, Watertown, Tenn., and a brother, Christopher Franklin, Frankfort.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 28, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Robert Warren and Fr. Dan Noll. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. today until time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

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Donald Ray Smith, 67, of Lexington, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center Hospital.

Born in Prestonsburg, he was the son of the late Frank and Della Smith. He was the retired owner of Wilsonís Trim Shop and a member of Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church.

Survivors include his companion, Margaret Coubert; five children, Tim (Caril) Smith, Lexington, Teresa Phillips, Sadieville, Donna (Rick) Hostetler, Georgetown, Frank Smith, Lexington, and Shelia Todd, Versailles; 13 grandchildren; a stepson, Randy Hollon, Jessamine County; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy Tipton, Lexington, Dolores Parker, Michigan, and Kathy Smith, North Carolina; and a brother, Frank Smith, Florida.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 22, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington, by Pastor Todd Lester. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Casket bearers were Ricky Smith, Brent Hostetler, Clint Corman, Larry Bain, Jimmy Coubert and Rick Thompson. Honorary bearers were Darrell Neal, Mikel King and John Stokely.

Contributions are suggested to the Sanders Brown Center on Aging, 100 Sanders Brown Bldg., Lexington, KY 40536.



Clarence True, 78, of Georgetown, husband of Jeanette Crawford True, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at his home of heart disease.

He was a member of Great Crossings Baptist Church and had retired from IBM.

In addition to his wife of 51 years, he is survived by a daughter, Carole True Craddock (Scott), Sadieville; a son, Mark True, Charlotte, N.C.; a granddaughter, Samantha True; and a sister, Anna Catherine (Bob) Comley, Midway.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 25, at Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home by Dr. Ray Roach. Private burial will be at a later date.

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Tracy Williams, 39, of Lexington, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Manchester, she was the daughter of Betty Whitehouse and Billy Joe Williams. She was the office manager for Lexington Cardiology.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sons, Zackery Calk, Richmond, and Dylan Mills Stasi, Lexington; a daughter, Gabrielle Nicole Stasi, Lexington; three brothers, Jonathan (Patricia) Mills, Mooresville, N.C., Rodney (Tina) Williams, Lexington, and Scott David (Allison) Williams, Versailles; and her maternal grandmother, Hazel Mills, Manchester.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 25, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by Pastor Harvey Turner and Dickie Taylor. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens.

Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society , 1504 College Way, Lexington, KY 40502.



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