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January 30, 2003



Nina Pearl Best, 88, of Shelbyville, widow of Wilmer Thomas Best, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at Jewish Hospital, Shelbyville.

A native of Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late William and Lena Sparrow Casey. A seamstress, she was a retired employee of the old Lee-McClain Company, Shelbyville, a member of the Shelby Christian Church and a former member of the Pleasant Hill Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Leon Best, Shelbyville; four daughters, Bonnie Nethery, Glasgow, Eveline Gravett, Versailles, JoAnn Waldridge, Lawrenceburg, and Janice Bustle, Shelbyville; two brothers, James Casey, Lawrenceburg, and Malcolm Casey, Louisville; a sister, Dorothy Reuer, Alexandria; eight grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at the Taylor-Hall Funeral Home, Shelbyville, by the Rev. Kenneth Shouse and the Rev. Dave Hamlin. Burial was in the Best Cemetery, Anderson County.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Masonic Home, Shelbyville.



Vivian Voorhis Davis Clark, 87, of Lexington, widow of John Hancock Clark, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital.

A native of Schenectady, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Warren M. Davis and Harriet Pashley Davis. A former resident of Batavia, Ill., she was active in the Bethany Lutheran Church, Love Circle, Batavia Senior Citizens, was a volunteer with Hi-Hat House, Geneva, Ill., Delnor Community Hospital resale shop, and the Batavia Order of Eastern Star. She was retired from a 50-year career in retail sales, and was a member of the DAR and enjoyed playing bridge.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Clark Pesano, Versailles; a son, Edward Warren Clark, Lexington; two granddaughters, Jennifer Clark Burritt, Toms River, N.J., and Jennifer Pesano Royalty, Lexington; three grandsons, Edward John Lundin, Elgin, Ill., Jeffrey Charles Clark, Swartz Creek, Mich., and Jonathon Edward Clark, Lexington; four great grandchildren, Wray Lockhard Burritt III, Zakary Michael Burritt, N.J., Caroline Carter Royalty, Lexington, and Justin Edward Clark, Lexington; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at Mayfair Village, Lexington, and in Batavia, Ill., at a later date.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, Hospice of the Bluegrass, or a charity of one’s choice.

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William David Donworth, 85, of Lexington, widower of Dorothy M. Donworth, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.

Born in Chester, England, he was the son of the late William Joseph and Emily Hill Donworth. He had worked for Republic Steel Corp. before joining IBM in 1951. He retired from General Signal Corp, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1982. He was a British Mercantile Marine veteran of World War II.

Survivors include a daughter, Victoria Anne Noble; and two grandchildren, Erica Dorothy Noble and David Gordon Noble.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, 300 Berry Avenue, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Henry Morgan Duvall, 72, of Frankfort, husband of Jane Marshall Duvall, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, at Jewish Hospital, Louisville, after a brief illness.

A native of Franklin County, he was the son of the late Henry Morgan and Ruth Hutcherson Duvall. He was a retired employee of the National and Jim Beam Distillery, owner of Duvall Antiques, Midway, and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Michael S. Duvall and David N. Duvall, both of Crestwood; two daughters, Sharon J. Duvall Downey and Judy K. Duvall Wolken, both of Louisville; two brothers, Roland Duvall, Frankfort, and Ray Duvall, Lexington; two sisters, Nancye Brawner, Louisville, and Margaret Clark, Frankfort; and eight grandchildren. A brother, Scot Duvall, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at the Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Steve Payne. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Jeff Clark, Patrick Brawner, Dwayne Brawner, Bruce Marshall, David Marshall, Jimmy Marshall, and Glenn Barker. Honorary bearers were Greg Duvall, Dan Brawner, and Ricky Baker.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the Suzanne Elam Scholarship, c/o Thornhill Baptist Church.



Wyna Mae Sparrow Fields, 74, of Lawrenceburg, wife of Ronald Coleman Fields, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, at the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.

A native of Washington County, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Zelda Springate Sparrow. She was a homemaker and former owner of the Sparrow’s Nest Tea Room and Antiques in Lawrenceburg. She was a lifetime member of the Lawrenceburg First Baptist Church and a member of the Tyrone Baptist Church. She was a member of the Lawrenceburg Woman’s Club and a graduate of Fugazzi Business College in Lexington.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Suzanne Waldridge, Lawrenceburg, and Cathy Taylor, Versailles; a son, Ronald C. Fields Jr., Lawrenceburg; a sister, Joyce Huddleston, Lawrenceburg; her stepmother, Marjorie Sparrow, Lawrenceburg; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and an uncle. A brother, C. Maurice Sparrow, is deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at the Ritchie-Peach-Todd Funeral Home by Bro. Mark Webb. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

Contributions mat be made to Lawrenceburg First Baptist Church choir fund, 111 North Main Street, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342, or the Tyrone Baptist Church building fund, c/o Bro. Mark Webb, 1093 Indian Trail, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.



Allene Hughes, 86, of Versailles, widow of William Nelson Hughes, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, at her residence.

The daughter of the late Hubert Thomas and Fairy Lydanne Virgin, she was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church, past president of the Women’s Club, founder of the Foundation for Mental Retardation in Versailles, and was an avid golfer and showed saddlebred horses.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Goode, Lexington, and Dixie Britton, Nicholasville; a son, Nolan Thomas Hughes, Nicholasville; five grandchildren, Troy Goode, Clay Goode, Dawn Schueler, Tiffany Wash, and Tammy Morgan; and four great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Chris Morgan. Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Nicholasville. Casket bearers were Kevin Wash, Chris Morgan, Russ Schueler, Preston Britton, Clay Goode, Dawn Schueler, and Tammy Morgan.

Memorials are suggested to Cedar Lake Lodge, P.O. Box 289, LaGrange, KY 40031-0289.

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Mattie Rosemary Hellard Wilson Tandy, 68, of Versailles, formerly of Lexington, widow of Robert Owen Tandy, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at her residence.

The daughter of the late Hobert and Cleo Jett Hellard, she was a retired factory worker for IBM.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Wilson, Versailles, and Hobert “Hobbie” Wilson, Lexington; nine grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. Her former husband, Ernest L. Wilson, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 27, 2003, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, - Main Street by Chaplain Mike Harris. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mike Wilson, Jimmy Hellard, Stanley Wilson, Jason Pogorzelski, Ben Hawkins, and Gordon Cummins. Honorary bearers were Bobby Wilson, Matthew Hawkins, Dylan Staley, Destind Wilson, and Caleb Pogorzelski.

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Rebecca Short Waldridge, 41, of Lawrenceburg, wife of Wendell Norman Waldridge, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at her residence.

Born in Paintsville, she was the daughter of Eugene Short and the late Marilyn Dills Short. She was a guard with the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in LaGrange, and was a member of the Overland Church of Christ, Lawrenceburg, and the Wildflower Society.

In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by her stepmother, Mildred Short, Paintsville; two stepdaughters, Wende Harley and Samantha Waldridge, both of Lawrenceburg; three stepsons, Sean Sensing and Jacob and Stephen Waldridge, all of Lawrenceburg; two brothers, John Short, Irving, and Wornie Eugene Short, Midway; five sisters, Anita Short, Ashland, Elizabeth Wroblewski, Melinda Jacobs, Mira Ann Winnemuller, and Jill Ratcliff, all of Wisconsin; and three step-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, at the Church of Christ at Meally in Paintsville by Claude Waldridge. The Ritchie-Peach-Todd Funeral Home, Lawrenceburg, was in charge of arrangements.

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


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