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January 5, 2006




  Natalie Sandifer Brooks, 71, widow of Marion Brooks, formerly of Versailles, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at the North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla.

Born Aug. 13, 1934, in Frankfort, she was the daughter of the late Bruce and Viola Bell Now Sandifer. She was retired from Texas Instruments.

Survivors include four daughters, Pam Hutcherson, Ponte Vedra, Fla., Joann Floyd, Keystone Heights, Fla., Karen Coffey, Purcell, Okla., and June Torez, Keystone Heights, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Two daughters, Theresa and Susan Brooks; and a son, Jerry Brooks, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Jim Allen. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Roy Hutcherson, Roy Floyd, Michael Coffey, Joe Clark, Roy Clark, and Randy Todd. Honorary bearers were Roberto Torez, Paul Merritt, Glen Brooks, and Mike Todd.



  Sarah Winfrey Butts Crouse, 86, of Wilmore, wife of Charles Edwin Crouse Sr., died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at her home.

She was a member of the Wilmore United Methodist Church, was the founding president of the Wilmore Woman's Club, and was retired as director of financial aid at Asbury Theological Seminary.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, C. E. Crouse Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.; three daughters, Karen Rhea Crouse Hunt, Crestwood, Linda Louise Crouse Cook, Versailles, and Sarahlynn Crouse Crist, Wilmore; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Wilmore United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Wilmore Cemetery.

Donations are suggested to the Sarah Crouse Endowed Scholarship Fund at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore.



  Jack Manuel, 74, formerly of Lexington and Versailles, widower of Betty P. Manuel, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard.

Born in Crab Orchard, he was the son of the late William Gobel and Flora Adams Manuel. He was a retired electrician, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Catherine Sue Griffith, Auburndale, Fla., and Deenie Neal, Versailles; a sister, Willie Maxine Patchen, Danville; three grandchildren, Stacy Neal, Amy Lane, and Steven Griffith; and five great-grandchildren. A son, Larry Manuel, and two sisters are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Wesley Bratcher. Interment with military honors was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bill Portwood, Jim Bailey, Pete Patchen, Paul Sprester, Leonard Neal, and Stan Griffith.

Memorials are suggested to the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center, 200 Veterans Drive, Hazard, KY 41701.

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  Susan Spilman McDavid, 76, of Charleston, W.Va., wife of Carter McDavid, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, of lung disease.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Col. and Mrs. Charles Spilman. She graduated from the Margaret Hall Episcopal School for Girls in Versailles and attended the University of Kentucky, where she was a member of Alpha XI Delta. In her mid 40s, she developed a passion for competitive running, eventually participating in marathons in and out of state. She won many trophies, in various age groups. The Charleston Distance Run and the U.S. Marine Marathon, Washington, D.C., were among her favorites.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Shelby, Charleston, W.Va.; seven grandchildren, Carter, Jessica, Christopher, Colin, James Jordan, and Jacqueline, all of Charleston and a brother; Charles, Collegeville, Pa. A brother, William, is deceased.

A memorial service was conducted Friday, Dec. 30, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Charleston. Her cremated remains were scattered in the Memorial Columbarium Garden on the church grounds. Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, was in charge of arrangements.



  William G. Mullins, 79, widower of the late Hazel Mullins, died Saturday, Dec 31, 2005, after a long illness.

He was a retired captain with the Kentucky State Police, where he served as an attorney in the commissioner’s office. A U. S. Navy veteran, he served in both World War II and the Korean Conflict.

Survivors include a brother, Charles, Houston, Texas; three children, Priscilla Mullins Gasaway, Lexington, William A. Mullins, Midway, and Thomas S. Mullins, Lawrenceburg; two stepdaughters, Reatha Burton, Lexington, and Julia Hovey, Richmond; two grandchildren, William Bryan Mullins and Jessica Lynn Mullins; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Methodist Home of Kentucky, P.O. Box 749, Versailles, KY 40383, or the McDowell Cancer Foundation at Markey Center, 800 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536.



  Charlie Sawyer, 65, of Lexington, formerly of Frankfort, husband of Jenny Kay McConnell Sawyer, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center in Lexington.

Born July 17, 1940, in Canton, Ohio, he was the son of the late John and Elsie Menthevey Sawyer. He had been a machinist with AWP in Frankfort and was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two stepsons, John Wheatley and Ken Wheatley, both of Frankfort; two sisters, Pattie Page, Florida, and Viola Walker, Washington; two brothers, Nicholas Sawyer, Lexington, and Tom Sawyer, Florida; and two grandchildren.

Services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Robert Baker. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to the United Way of Franklin County.



  Virginia A. Spears, 73, of Lexington, wife of Raymond E. Spears, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at her residence.

Born in Eubank, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Elizabeth Baugh Wilson. She was a homemaker.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Shirley Bain, Versailles; a stepson, Carlos Spears, Walton; a stepdaughter, Leisa Mulcahy, Verona; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Darrell Wilson, Science Hill; a sister, Agnes Mae Warren, Science Hill; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A son, Scotty Vaught; four brothers; and two sisters, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 5, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by Minister Ronnie Hupp. Burial will follow in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 160 Moore Drive, Suite 201, Lexington, KY 40503.



  Grace Wardlow, 85, of Versailles, widow of Edward Franklin Clouse and William W. Wardlow, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at the Hospice Care Center in Lexington.

Born April 22, 1920, she was the daughter of George B. and Priscilla Colwell Huff.

Survivors include four children, Caroline Flynn, Falmouth, George B. Clouse Sr., Richmond, Sandra Boston, Versailles, and Leitha Lewis, Lexington; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, a great-great-granddaughter; three sisters, Ernestine Lee and Mary Jane Ferguson, both of Middletown, Ohio, and Thelma Elam, Mt. Sterling; and a brother, Bert Huff, Hazard. Two sons, Max and Lonnie Lee Clouse, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Woodhead Funeral Home, Falmouth.


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