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January 3, 2002


Lowell Baker

Lowell D. Baker, 92, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, husband of Florence Ponder Baker, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001.

Born in Woodford County July 22, 1909, he was the son of the late William E. and Anna Rice Baker. He was a retired self-employed merchant, and a member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by several nieces and nephews. A son, Donald Earl Baker, two sisters, Bertha Lutz and Wilma Baker, and two brothers, Thomas and Lee Baker, are deceased.

Services will be conducted a 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Shawn Barkley. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Charles “Buddy” Baker, Ronald Wayne Baker Sr., Barry Baker, Ronald Wayne Baker Jr., Mark Hill, and John Hill.


Clarabelle Craig

Clarabelle Peacock Craig, 94, of Versailles, widow of Coy C. Craig, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.

Born Nov. 12, 1907, in Loveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Harry S. and Emma McClain Peacock. She was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church, Woodford County, and also attended Hillsboro Baptist Church and Versailles Baptist Church. She was a member of the Woodford County Homemakers, and was an accomplished homemaker, artist, and designer. Her design of the Woodford County block was chosen for the state quilt that hangs at the capitol rotunda in Frankfort.

Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Craig, Yellow Springs, Ohio; two sons, Bill Craig, Durham, N.C., and Gary Craig, Hudson, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. A brother, Charlie M. Peacock, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Rex Craig, Leigh Waltz, Maj. Daniel Bullock, Gary Craig, Bonnie Waltz, and Gay Waltz.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford County Senior Citizens Center, Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383.


Darryl Dunn

Darryl Dunn, 60, of Versailles, husband of Joan Dawson Dunn, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001.

He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Arrangements incomplete at press time.


Harold Graham II

Harold Clifford Graham II, 48, of Georgetown, husband of Phyllis Atkinson Graham, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at Johnson-Mathers Health Care, Carlisle.

A native of Middletown, Ohio, he was the son of Harold Clifford Graham and the late Mary Louise Doughman Graham. He was a music teacher at Garth Elementary School, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Music Educator’s National Conference and the Kentucky Music Educators Association. He was former music director for the Versailles Christian Church and the First Christian Church, Georgetown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Amanda Graham, Georgetown, and a sister, Pam Setty, Dayton, Ohio.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown, by the Rev. Scott Cox. Burial was in Carlisle Cemetery. Casket bearers were Joseph Setty, Phillip Setty, John Setty, Ron Baker, Don Hawkins, Rusty Andes, Gervis Showalter, and Steve Peyton. Honorary bearers were Walt Doughman, George Doughman, Herschel Doughman, Fred Doughman, and the First Christian Church Choir.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Choral Music Fund.


Evalee Thomas

Evalee Sandusky Thomas, 81, of Midway, widow of Charles O. Thomas, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at her residence.

A native of Wayne County, she was the daughter of the late Jacob Jordan and Nina Cooper Sandusky. She was a 1943 graduate of the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, and was a World War II veteran. She served for three years as an Army nurse, including service in the European theatre. She was employed as an R.N., following her service, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, at Central Baptist Hospital, and she retired from Woodford Memorial Hospital as director of nursing. She was a member of the Buck Run Baptist Church, Frankfort.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Wood, Midway, and Peggy Ware, Frankfort; and three grandchildren, Joshua Wilkerson, Carrie Ware, and Jennifer Ware.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Todd Lester. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or to the American Cancer Society.


Mattie Walters

Mattie Wells Walters, 84, widow of Ollie James Walters, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001.

A native of Menifee County, she was the daughter of the late Brack and Mary Ann Osborne Wells. She was a housewife and a member of Hope Church of God.

Survivors include seven daughters, Norma Jean Appling, Versailles, Carolyn Sue Risner, Hope, Barbara Walker, Bradenton, Fla., Frances Wilson, Brenda Gail Ballard, Ella Mae Ingram, all of Mt. Sterling, and Linda Witt, Jeffersonville; three sons, Ott Walters, Jeffersonville, Ricky Dean Walters, Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., and Steven Ray Walters, Sarasota, Fla.; 29 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Glenna Ricketts, Middletown, Ohio, and Callie Wells, Germantown, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. Two daughters and a son are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, at Herald & Stewart Home For Funerals. Burial was in Fortune Cemetery.


Josephine Warinner

Josephine Dempsey Warinner, 92, of Louisville, widow of former state Sen. Ed. P. Warinner, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001.

A native of Alderson, W. Va., she was a retired wage and hour investigator for the Kentucky Department of Labor, a clerk of the Jefferson County Quarterly Court, and clerk of the Kentucky Senate. She served as president of the Albany Woman’s Club and was elected regional governor for the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs. She served on the Republican Party’s state board, and was regional manager for John Sherman Cooper’s successful 1956 U.S. Senate campaign to fill the unexpired term of the late Alben W. Barkley. She was the first woman to compete on a Republican state ticket, running for state auditor in 1959. She was a member of the St. Matthews Woman’s Club, and president of the St. Matthews Business and Professional Women’s Club, where she served as state chairwoman and host to the Business and Professional Women’s Club National Convention in Louisville in 1975. She served in various leadership positions with the Beechwood Baptist Church. A classically-trained pianist, she also volunteered as pianist for the church.

Survivors include two daughters, Jeanne Warinner Sawyer, Lexington, and Harriet Warinner Hile, Taylorsville; two sons, Edgar Paul Warinner, Dover, Ohio, and Iverson Louis Warinner, Louisville; 11 grandchildren, David Hartwell Sawyer III, Stephen Shelby Warinner Sawyer, Paul Ann Warinner Hochstetler, Edmond Paul, John David, and Michael Allen Warinner, Jonathan Dempsey, Stephen Paul, Nicholas Joseph, Stephen Eugene, and Scott Thomas Hile; 13 great grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at Highlands Funeral Home. Burial was in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to the Beechwood Baptist Church, 201 Biltmore Road, Louisville KY 40207.


Marilyn Waterman

Marilyn LaVonne Waterman, 67, of Lexington, wife of Eugene A. Waterman, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, at Central Baptist Hospital.

A native of Paulding, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Fred N. and Bernice M. Edwards Miller Sr. She was a retired nurse from the Veterans Administration Hospital, Lexington. She also taught nursing at Indiana Central University, Indianapolis, and at Midway College.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Marianne Franz, Harrodsburg, and Pam Callahan, Tennessee; a son, Andrew Waterman, Lexington; three grandchildren; two sisters, Carolyn Mohr, Woodburn, Ind., and Brenda DeLong, Paulding; and a brother, Fred Miller, Wharton, Texas.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at the DenHerder Funeral Home, Paulding, by Pastor Tim Franklin. Burial will be in Cooper Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Foundation.


Helen Witt

Helen E. Witt, 72, of Lexington, widow of Gilbert H. Witt Jr., died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2001, at her residence.

Born in Midway, she was the daughter of the late Amos and Effie Garrett Sanders. She was a member of Tates Creek Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Billy Ray Witt Sr., Lexington; two daughters, Glenda Meyer and Vickie Jones, both of Lexington; two brothers, Floyd Sanders, Texas, and Clifton Sanders, California; five grandchildren, Beth Ward, Rosie Hall, Billy Witt Jr., Chris Slagle, and Linsey Jones; four step grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and 13 step great grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, at W.R. Milward Mortuary - Southland by the Rev. Jim Walters. Burial will be in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Casket bearers will be Chris Slagle, Jonathan Witt, George and Danny McQuinn, and Eric Witt. Friends may call from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today, Jan. 3, and from noon to the service tomorrow.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.


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