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January 7, 2010



Myrtle Brock Broadus, 80, of Lexington, widow of Joseph Perry Broadus, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009.

Born in Jessamine County, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Addie Guy Brock. After retiring from IBM, she worked at Keeneland, the Lexington Center and Milward Funeral Directors, and volunteered at Central Baptist Hospital and Southland Christian Church, where she was a member.

Survivors include her children, Phillip (Beverly) Broadus, Lexington, Jo Ann Broadus, Lexington, and Candy (Boo) Powell, Woodford County; a brother, Bobby (Ann) Brock, Woodford County; three grandchildren, Andrea Jo Powell, April Lynn Broadus (Patrick) Sword, and Shaun Phillip Broadus; and a great-granddaughter, Kaylee Jo Morgan.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



B. Allen "Buddy" Dawson, 88, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington.

Born in Versailles, he was a descendant of an early Woodford County family, the son of the late Sheriff Allen B. Dawson and Emma Marshall Dawson. A graduate of Versailles High School, he had played football and was an overall outstanding athlete. He served four years in the Pacific Theatre during World War II in the U. S. Navy. He obtained a B.A. from the University of Kentucky and received a pharmacy degree from the University of Louisville. He moved his family to Midway, where he owned the local drug store for many years, and later worked as a pharmacist in Frankfort, Lexington, in Florida, and in Versailles. He retired to Versailles in 1997 and was an avid golfer. He was an active member of the First Christian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Jane Dawson, California; a son, James Dawson, Maryland; two grandchildren, Rachel Dawson and John Dawson; and several nieces and nephews in Kentucky. Two sisters, Nan Cecil Dawson and Imogene Yarnall, and a brother, Marshall Dawson, are deceased.

Services and burial were private at the graveside in the Versailles Cemetery.

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Buddy Ditmore, 78, of Versailles, widower of Carolyn Ditmore, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born June 26, 1931, in Red Rock, Okla., he was the son of the late Vernon and Mildred Braxton Ditmore. He was a retired foreman for Perry Construction and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Korean War.

Survivors include three sons, Larry (Karen) Ditmore, Versailles, Rickey (Sherry) Ditmore, Lawrenceburg, and Tim (Darlene) Ditmore, Louisville; a sister, Barbara McBride, Arkansas; a brother, Jack Ditmore, Oklahoma; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Martha Bowman. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Larry Ditmore, Rickey Ditmore, Tim Ditmore, Steve Merritt, Ray Wilson, and David Wilson.

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Marion Alice (Fulton) Dozier, 75,of Hagerstown, Md., wife of Ed M. Dozier, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Washington County Hospital.

Born April 24, 1934, in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Adna John and Irene (Brewer) Fulton. She graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1951 and then attended Strayer Business School in Washington, D.C. During her early adulthood, she worked as a secretary for the executives at Fairchild Corporation. She also worked as the secretary to the dean of women at University of Kentucky and for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She then became a homemaker, raising her six children. Later in life she worked as a real estate agent first for the Raymond Patterson Agency and for Maryland General Century 21 Realty for 20 years. She was a longtime member of John Wesley United Methodist Church and served on the administrative board as well as the board of trustees. She also served on the Hagerstown Historic Preservation Committee. She enjoyed gardening and cooking.

In addition to her husband of 57 years, she is survived by five daughters, Lucinda (Randy) Mullett, Berryville, Va., Valinda (Patrick) Dattilio, Hagerstown, Md., Angela Kay (Michael Gregory) Marschner, Hagerstown, Andrea Jean Dozier, Hagerstown, and Julia (Christopher) Anderson, Hagerstown; a son, Edward Dozier, Hagerstown; 13 grandchildren, Jennifer Donovan, Laura Mullett, and Kathryn Mullett, Alexandria, Va., Erica Dattilio Horton, Mark Dattilio, Peter Marschner, Anna Marschner, Gregory Marschner, Adam Yost, Hunter Gourley, and Michael Hall, Hagerstown, Md.; and Rachel Dozier and Allison Dozier, Hickory, N.C..; a great-grandson, Isaiah Horton; and three nephews.

Services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at John Wesley United Methodist Church, Hagerstown, Md. Douglas Fiery Funeral Home, North, Hagerstown, Md., was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to John Wesley United Methodist Church, 129 N. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.



Anna Mae Tate Hatton, 81, of Versailles, widow of Noah Hatton, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born May 10, 1928, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Vernon and Lucy Eaves Tate. She was a homemaker and a member of Hillsboro Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Wayne (Angie) Hatton, Lawrenceburg, and Vernon Gary Hatton, Versailles; and two grandchildren, Megan Louise and Maggie Mae Hatton.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Walt Sanderson. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Gary Hatton, Larry Hatton, Steve Bain, Tommy Bain, Danny Richardson, and Craig Johnson. Honorary bearers will be Ray Hatton, Jimmy Tate, Buddy Britton, and Donald Bain.

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Mary Isabelle "Mizzy" Seaton Holt, 90, widow of Richard Holt of Versailles, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Fla.

Born Nov. 17, 1919, in Lyons, N.Y., she was the daughter of Kendall Gordon and Grace Mary Watson Seaton of Ashland, where she was raised. A lifelong painter and visual artist, a writer and lover of music, she was educated at the Oakwood School in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and the Marjorie Webster School in Washington, D.C., and earned her BA in studio art from Smith College in Northampton, Mass. She continued her study of art at the Art Students League in New York City, the University of Louisville Art Center, and the University of Kentucky. She taught in the Woodford County public school system, where she introduced art instruction to the elementary grades and established the first student art exhibits. After seven years of teaching, she left to co-manage an art gallery at the Woodford County Library. She accepted a number of commissions for portraits. During World War II, she operated a touring "British Goods on Safari" bus, and after her marriage she served as a nurseís aide in the Norfolk, Va., General Hospital, where her husband was stationed. On returning to Versailles, where she and her husband lived until they retired to Florida, she served initially in the local Bundling Bandages program, and was later active in the Girl Scouts and PTA. She was a long-time member of the Bluegrass Smith Club, which she served as secretary-treasurer and president; the Versailles Womenís Club; the Woodford County Womanís Club; the D.A.R., the Literacy Society, and the Lexington Art League. After moving to Florida she joined the Brevard Community Chorus, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra South Guild, the Embroidererís Guild, and was a founding member of the Space Coast Smith Club. A lifelong Episcopalian, she sang for many years in the choir at St. Johnís in Versailles and until recently in the choir at St. Sebastianís in Melbourne Beach. She enjoyed the game of bridge, was a founding member of the Versailles "Tuesday Bridge Club," and played regularly with friends at home or at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. She traveled widely and was an avid reader.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Kendall (Mrs. Frederick) Martin, Merritt Island, Fla., and Nora Sherwood Holt, Columbus, Ohio; a son, Richard Seaton Holt, Viera, Fla.; a granddaughter, Elise Holt, Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Nancy Dornbos, Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Myrle Holt, Naples, Fla., and Louisville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at St. Sebastianís By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, 2010 Oak Street, Melbourne Beach, Fla. Interment will be in Versailles at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Sebastianís Episcopal Church or the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.



Joseph Edward "Joe" Hutchinson, 43, of Lexington, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009.

Born March 4, 1966, he was the son of Tom and Jean Hutchinson of Versailles. He was a graduate of Woodford County High School and worked as a general contractor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and wood-working.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Tom Hutchinson (Diane), Georgetown; a niece, Morgan Hutchinson, Georgetown; a sister, Tammy Hutchinson, Versailles; and a special cousin, Kenny Dunn, Lexington.

Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington. W. R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Center, 360 W. Loudon Avenue, Lexington, KY, or Lexington Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 1050, Lexington, KY 40508.



Mildred Ann Lopp, 95, of Versailles, widow of Roy E. Lopp, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009.

Born in Olean, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Alton John and Mabel Clare Mann Parker. A retired chief accountant for the Department of Human Resources in Frankfort, she and her husband were the former owners of The Trading Post in Versailles. She was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two nieces, Natalie P. Jewell, Dallas, Texas, and Rhea Mozak, Allegany, N.Y., along with numerous nieces and nephews of the Lopp family. A daughter, Shirley Ann Lopp, and a brother, Milton Henry Parker, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Mike Lehman. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Don Lopp, Andrew Stillman, Ben Stillman, Jim Berryman, Leo Ginter Sr., and Leo Ginter Jr.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or to the Midway Nursing Home Task Force, P. O. Box 3964, Midway, KY 40347.

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Jon "J.P." Manning, 68, of Lexington, owner of Sembol Systems Inc. in Richmond, husband of Stephanie Turner Manning, father of Tangerine Manning, and brother of Don (Linda) Manning, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009.

No services were planned.

A Master Mason, Mr. Manning requested contributions in lieu of flowers to Oleika Shrine Temple, Transportation Department, 326 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 40503.

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Brenda Dunn Smith, 61, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, widow of Richard G. Smith, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late James Morgan Dunn Sr. and Mattie Courtney Dunn Shanks.

Survivors include three daughters, Sandy Updike, Lori (Ronald) Arnett, and Belinda (Shane) Preston, all of Lexington; a son, Johnny (Charlotte Holloway) Updike, Lexington; four sisters, Pat Hood, Frankfort, Teresa Rivard, Tennessee, and Shirley Riley and Sherry Luckett, both of Lexington; five brothers, Jimmy Dunn, Nicholasville, Gary Dunn and Ricky Dunn, Lexington, Glenn Dunn, Tennessee, and Mike Dunn, Texas; her stepfather, Carl Shanks, Versailles; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Carl King. Interment will follow at the Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Shane Preston, Josh Arnett, Larry Updike, Hoye Brumley, Andy Brummitt, Charlie Harley, and Ronald Arnett. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 7, at the funeral home.

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Sister Francis Edward Stone, 93, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home after an extended illness.

Born June 7, 1916, in Oakley, Md., she was the daughter of Francis and Elizabeth Coode Stone. She entered the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Nazareth, Ky., in 1934. She received her bachelor of arts in English and history from Nazareth College in 1957. Sister taught in many schools in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee, and was the administrator for Taylor Manor Nursing Home from 1977 until her retirement in 1991. She continued to help at the nursing home in various capacities until her death.

A funeral Mass was conducted Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Taylor Manor Chapel by Fr. Christopher Henderson. Burial was in the Taylor Manor Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Laura W. Hosey Thomas, 42, of Versailles, a farmer, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born in Cook County, Ill., she was a member of the Troy Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include four sons, David Hosey, Midway, Lance Hosey, Lexington, Michael Hosey, Versailles, and Sean Hosey, Midway; her mother, Catherine C. Kennedy, Gainesville, Fla.; three sisters, Robin Harrison, Burlison, Tenn., and Saci Krueger, Gainesville, Fla.; a brother, Gopal Brown, Gainesville, Fla.; former husbands, Don Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind., and the father of her sons, Richard Hosey, Midway.

A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010, at Troy Presbyterian Church by the Rev. David Duggan. A reception will follow services at Troy Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Laura Hosey Thomas Memorial Fund, c/o United Bank & Trust Co., P. O. Box 247, Midway, KY 40347 or to Troy Presbyterian Church, 11021 Troy Pike, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Patricia Ann Mann Taylor, 69, of Versailles, wife of William "Bill" Taylor, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at the Clark Regional Medical Center.

Born Sept. 7, 1940, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Ellis and Hallie Lathrem Mann. She was a housewife.

Survivors include two daughters, Kim (Richard) Sloan, Richmond, Karen (Terry) Hatton, Winchester; a son, Terry (Cathy) Johnson, Versailles; a sister, Edna Witten, Versailles; a brother, Kenneth Mann, Lawrenceburg; eight grandchildren, Morris Montgomery Jr., Rhonda Dunn, Kristie Hopkins, Jeremy, Andrew, and Taylor Johnson, and Steven and Ashley Hatton.; and eight great-grandchildren. A great-grandchild is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Bro. Dave Smith.

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Deborah Voils, 53, of Winchester, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at her home.

A native of Indianapolis, Ind., she was the daughter of Charles Voils of Versailles and Betty Mastin Voils of Winchester. She was a member of the Ark of Mercy Church of God.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a daughter, Star Barker (J.R.), Winchester; four grandchildren, Cameron Barnard, Peyton Puckett, Abigail Puckett, and Ashton Puckett; three sisters, Joan (Cooper) Harris, Stanford, Phyllis Voils (Alfred) Bailey, Winchester, and Gerri Bailey (William) Coovert, Versailles; a brother, Moses David Voils, Louisville; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins, including Nancy Tackett of Lexington.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Scobee Funeral Home, Winchester, by the Rev. Vickie Spencer.

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Dorothea Dozier Wash, 95, of Versailles, widow of Mervin L. Wash, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010.

Born July 21, 1914, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late William and Ethel Cox Dozier. She worked at a bottling plant for National Distillers and was a member of Southland Christian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Marguerite (John) Meares, North Carolina; a sister, Martha Graves, Lawrenceburg; five grandchildren, Winona Brewer, Richmond, Sam Hawkins, Versailles, Colleen Sanders, Danville, and Kerry and Joel Hawkins, both of North Carolina; and four great-grandchildren. A daughter, Joanne King, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 12 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Garrett Stephens. Caskets bearers will be her grandsons and Roy Benson, and Cook Cundiff. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2512 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

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Wajeeh Yahya, 47, husband of Melanie B. Yahya, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Bluegrass Community Hospital of an apparent heart attack.

Born in Kuwait, he was the owner of the Neighborhood Grocery on Clifton Pike in Versailles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Sarah (Jason) Stocks, Nicholasville, and Brooke Yahya, Lexington; a grandson, Preston Stocks; his parents, Ismael Yahya Shalash and Khaldieh Hosane Shalash, Jordan; four sisters, Fateyah Shalash, Jerusleum, Noel Shalash, Jordan, Eman Shalash, Jordan, and Nagat Shalash, Jordan; and four brothers, Nazeeh Yahya Shalash, Florida, Muhammid Yahya Shalash, Jordan, Ahmad Yahya Shalash, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mahmoud Yahya Shalash, Jordan.

An Islamic service was conducted Monday, Jan. 4, followed by burial in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. A memorial service for friends to remember Wejeeh Yahya will be held on a date to be announced at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Islamic Center of Lexington, 649 South Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40508.

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