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January 6, 2011



Cook Cundiff, 77, of Versailles, husband of Sammy Hancock Cundiff, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Adair County, he was the son of the late R. C. and Flora Cundiff. Cook was a graduate of Thomas Moore College and did graduate work at the University of Kentucky. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1955 in Korea. He retired as an air traffic controller in 1977, was an avid gun collector and owned a gun shop in Versailles.

In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is survived by two daughters, Laura Lee Cundiff (Tom Herrick), Versailles, and Claire Cundiff (Phillip Undercuffler), Arlington, Wash.; two granddaughters, Zoe and Kathryn Undercuffler; and a sister, Fannie Dickens, Louisville. Two brothers, Cosby Cundiff and Noel Cundiff, are deceased.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Fr. David Perkins. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Saturday until time of service. A reception will follow services at St. Johnís Episcopal Church parish hall. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford County Library, 115 N. Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Helen Kelley Endres, of Danville, widow of Charles Kenneth Endres, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Born in Albion, Neb., she was the daughter of James Francis and Margaret Jane Bebb Kelley. She was a Realtor. She was a former resident of Richmond Place, Lexington, and attended Christ the King Cathedral.

Survivors include five children, Margo Endres (Russ) Goodwin, Danville, Mary Jo Endres (Calvin) Johnson, New Orleans, La., C. Kelley (Martha) Endres, Charleston, W.Va., Micaela Endres (Lee) Rowland, Versailles, and C. Kevin (Linda) Endres, Nashville, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren, Mike (Tara) Goodwin, Chris (Mary Kate) Goodwin, Ann (Justin) Goodwin, Danny (Amanda) Goodwin, Claire (Jeremy) Weil, Timothy Johnson, Anne Endres, Charlie Rowland, Sean Rowland, and Beth Rowland; and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass was conducted Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Danville, by Fr. Tom Farrell.

Memorials are suggested to Habitat for Humanity.

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Mary Elizabeth "Snooks" Robinson, 88, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at the Bradford Square Nursing Home in Frankfort.

Born in Versailles, and residing in Russelltown for many years, she was the daughter of the late Lucille Crye and Roscoe Robinson. She was a longtime member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, attended public school in Versailles and later made her living as a domestic worker for over 30 years in the home of the late Mayor and Mrs. Owen Range and later in the home of Robert and Atta Tom Peyton.

She had no children, but is survived by numerous cousins, including Joe Richards (Lena) Jr., Corliss Howard, and Larry C. (Brenda) Richards, all of Versailles, and Mary Reynolds, Louisville.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 6, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church by the Rev. James Smith. Burial will be in the Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Berry Parker, Earl Brown, Robert Maxberry, Jeffrey Wheat, Ryan Maxberry, and Taye Mulder. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. today until time of service. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Roberta Robinson, 92, of Versailles, widow of William "Ted" Craig Robinson, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.

She farmed in Woodford County for over 34 years and was a restaurant manager at Airport FoodMart restaurant for over 20 years. She was a member of the Clear Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Iva Jane (Charles) Currens and Sarah Jo (Donnie) Simpson; three sons, William L. (Jean) Robinson and Ricky C. (Nancy) Robinson, both of Versailles, and Benjamin Leon (Pat) Robinson, Lexington; 13 grandchildren, and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Tom Hinkle. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Bryan Simpson, Micky Ike Robinson, Charles Paul Currens, Charles Glenn Currens, Jeffery Craig Robinson, and Kyle Sheeks. Honorary bearers were Billy Drury, Donald Drury, Terry Jenkins, Jack Verjus, Jim Harper, and Steve Ward.

Memorials are suggested to Clear Creek Baptist Church, 30 Pinckard Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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William A. "Doc" Shuman, 85, of Emerald Isle, N.C., husband of Dolores Shuman, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 at his home.

He was a member of St. Mildred Catholic Church of Swansboro, N.C., a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and also active in the Right of Life. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific battles. He retired after working 40 years as a nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

In addition to his wife of 60 years, he is survived by five sons, William Paul Shuman, Lexington, David Edward Shuman, Tucson, Ariz., Robert Andrew Shuman, Lexington, Joseph Matthew Shuman, Lexington, and John Michael Shuman, Lexington; two daughters, Deborah Ann Provost, Durham, N.C., and Mary Elizabeth Jennings, Versailles; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Agatha Crouch, St. Joseph, Mich.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at St. Mildred Catholic Church, Swansboro N.C., by the Rev. Donald Baribeau.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Mildred Catholic Church Building Fund, 616 Sabiston Drive, Swansboro NC 28584.

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Mary Jo Silva, 82, of Versailles, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010.

Born June 10, 1928, in Bridgeport, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Jose and Elvira Ferria Rodriques. She was the executive house keeper for the Sheridan Cooperation.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Jo (Ronnie) Metcalfe, Versailles; a sister Florence DaLuz, Versailles; a brother, Manuel (Olive) Rodriques, California; three grandchildren, Lynne (Barry) Ward, Greensburg, Michael Metcalfe, Lexington, and Joseph Metcalfe, Versailles; and two great-grandchildren, Emma Hartfull and Sarah Metcalfe.

No services are planned at this time.

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Jean Babbage, 102, widow of Kenneth Springer, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, in Helena, Mont.

Born May 6, 1908, in Oklahoma City, Okla., she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Ella Babbage. Over the years she resided in Kansas City, Mo.; Alhambra and San Gabriel, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Phoenix, Ariz.; Lexington; and Helena, Mont. She had previously served as both deacon and elder at the Pisgah Presbyterian Church and was the congregationís oldest member.

Survivors include three daughters, Donna (David) Allen, Versailles, Kathy Glover, Wyoming, Ohio, and Susan (Chuck) Butler, Helena, Mont.; 11 grandchildren, David (Patti) Allen; Scott Allen; Neile (Rick) Ifland; Jean (Rod) Apfelbeck; Matt (Bridget) Glover; Mark (Jennifer) Glover; Megan Glover; Amy (Scott) Dagle; Peter (Bridget) Butler; Katie (Dan) Maronick; and Ken Butler; 22 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson. Two brothers, Harry and Ernest Babbage; and a sister, Wilma Milbourne, are deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at the Pisgah Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Mike Ward. Burial was in the Pisgah Cemetery. Casket bearers were David Allen, Rick Ifland, Matt Glover, Mark Glover, Scott Upton, Kirby Ifland, Crawford Ifland, and Harrison Glover. Milward Funeral Home, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to Refuge for Women, 342 Waller Avenue, Suite D, Lexington, KY, 40504; Lesley University Threshold Program, 29 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138; or Farm in the Dell Foundation, 1208 Poplar Street, Helena, MT, 59601.


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