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January 8, 2004



Sandra O’Hara Asher, 41, of Willisburg, formerly of Versailles, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004.

Born May 20, 1962, in Versailles, she was the daughter of Howard and Dot Asher. She was a graduate of Woodford County High School and attended the University of Kentucky. She was an 18 year employee and meter reader for Kentucky Utilities in Lexington. She was an artist, a musician, songwriter, singer, and poet. She was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church, a member of the Appalachian Women’s Alliance, and a member of the Lexington Arts Council. She was also an avid naturalist and humanitarian.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brother, Michael Asher, Lexington; two sisters, Pat Asher Foley and Judy Asher-Conners, both of Versailles; two nieces, Rebecca Asher Joy and Michelle Asher, both of Lexington; four nephews, Austin Asher, Josh Asher, Drew Conners, and Adam Conners, all of Lexington; and two great nephews, Caleb Joy and Isaiah Joy, both of Lexington.

There will be a private service at a later date.

Friends may call from 5–8 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at Clark-Sunset Funeral Home.



Walter Thomas Bradley Jr., 78, a former longtime Midway city councilman and civic leader, husband of Mollie McFarland Bradley, died Monday, Jan. 5, after a long illness.

A native of Midway, he was the son of the late Sarah and Walter T. Bradley Sr. In a profile published in the April 7, 1994 issue of The Sun, Bradley said of his hometown: “I’ve made forays into the outside world, but I’ve always come back.” His Walnut Street home was once the original site of the Pilgrim Baptist Church, and later the “black school” for Midway, which his parents and he attended.

After attending Simmons High School in Versailles, Bradley went to work at the Midway ice plant. In 1947, he entered the U.S. Army, where he was trained for engineering and topographical drafting. Upon leaving the service, he again worked at the ice house for a short period before being employed at the Blue Grass Army Depot at Avon, first as an electronics technician, and later as an inspector. He retired in 1977, and won a seat on the city council later that year.

In The Sun’s profile, Bradley said one of the toughest issues the council faced over the years was that of growth.

He was a longtime member of the Prince Hall Free Mason organization, earning his 33rd degree Mason status. He was once secretary of the organization, and he and his wife both wrote articles for publication.

Bradley also was a contributing writer for The Sun, writing an annual profile of different prominent African-Americans in observance of Black History Month.

He was a member of the Midway Lions Club for many years, and received the Lion of the Year award. He was also a deacon at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, and was a Kentucky Colonel.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by two sons, Walter T. Bradley III and Harry S. Bradley; two sisters, Ethelene Redden, Midway, and Beverly Howard, Cincinnati; two grandchildren, Teran and Walter IV; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at the Immanuel Baptist Church, Lexington, by Dr. Craig Loscalzo. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Deacons of the Immanuel Baptist Church will serve as casket bearers. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Duell Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Immanuel Baptist Church.



Sharon Dudley Trader Dodson, 56, of Cedar Hill, Tenn., wife of G. E. “Bud” Dodson III, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, of cancer at her family’s home in Charlottesville, Va.

She was a graduate of Lane High School and Riverside School of Professional Nursing, where she earned her RN degree. She worked in the field of nursing for over 15 years. Her passions in life were reading, traveling, crossword puzzles, cooking, and arts and crafts.

She is survived by her mother, Mildred Y. Dudley, and her husband Aubrey Saunders; three daughters, Stephanie “Beth” Trader, Stacey Trader, and Shelly Trader; two grandsons, Jordon Trader and Dustin Shifflett; a sister, Beverly Amato; and a brother, Clayborne “Butch” Dudley. Her father, Clayborne Wilson Dudley, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at the Holy Comforter Catholic Church. Interment was in Monticello Memory Gardens. Hill & Wood Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont, 1490 Pantops Mountain Place, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22911.



Charles Lewis "Buster" Friedly, 88, husband of Maxine Bowling Friedly, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003.

Born on Jan. 21, 1915, in Stamping Ground, he was the son of the late Lewis and Maggie Kenley Friedly. He was a retired farmer, life long member of the First Presbyterian Church of Georgetown and a charter member of the Stamping Ground Ruritan Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a stepdaughter, Jeannine Mefford Bowman, Harrodsburg; two grandchildren, Jason Bowman, New Hampshire, and Jeremy Bowman, Tennessee; a great grandchild, Kristen Bowman; sisters, Leona Yeary, Midway, Goldie Rutledge, Frankfort, Estelle Downey and Myrtle Hamilton, both of Georgetown; double cousin, Maggie DeMoss and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Willena Duncan, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at the Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home by Dr. Ronald Reinhardt. Burial was in the Crestlawn Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were David Cawood, Marvin and Tom Yeary, Maklin Hall, James Craig and Janet Hall. Honorary bearers were Bob House and James Bowman.

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Patsy Ann Hillard, 68, of Lexington, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003.

A native of Fayette County, she was the daughter of Edyth S. Rollins, Lexington, and the late Carl Prentice Rollins. She was an administrative specialist for the Kentucky Association of Counties with 21 years of service. She was a member of the Southern Hills United Methodist Church in Lexington and a graduate of the Lafayette High School.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by four sons, Mike R. Hillard, Savannah, Ga., Jack P. Hillard, Lexington, John V. Hilllard, Frankfort, and Rodger N. Hillard, Frankfort; three brothers, Jim Rollins, Mt. Eden, Carl Rollins, Midway, and Kenny Rollins, Frankfort; three sisters, Barbara Toombs, Louisiana, Mary Tackett, Lexington, and Kathy Wells, Lexington; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and special friend, Jack N. Hillard of Frankfort.

Memorial services were conducted Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at the Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Dennis Burrows.

Expressions of sympathy made be made to the Franklin County Senior Citizens, Medical Heights Dr., Frankfort, KY 40601, or the Franklin County Humane Society., 1041 Kentucky Ave., Frankfort, Ky. 40601.

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Maude Lankford Jarboe, 93, widow of Edwin H. Jarboe, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.

Born June 20, 1910, in Marion County, she was the daughter of the late Clem Hill and Mary Frances Whitehouse Lankford. She was a member of Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington.

She is survived by a daughter, Sarah LeFevers, Cincinnati, Ohio; two sons, Jack Jarboe, Versailles, and Ray Jarboe, Lexington; grandchildren, Tambra Randall, Hamilton, Ohio, Terry LeFevers, Tucson, Ariz., Kevin LeFevers, Cincinnati, Ohio, Karin Woolums, Versailles, Stephanie Williams, Nicholasville, and Sarah Jarboe, Shanghai, China; great grandchildren, Jonathan, Jason, Jacklyn, and Erik Randall, Hamilton, Ohio, Brent and Kip LeFevers, Tucson, Ariz., and Nathan Woolums, Versailles.

Services were conducted Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road by Dr. LaVerne Butler. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Glen, Jon, and Jason Randall, Kevin LeFevers, Jonathan Woolums, and Michael Williams.

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Nona Martin Osborne, 91, of Lexington, formerly of Bourbon County, widow of Clarence A. Osborne, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004.

Born Feb. 4, 1912, in Powell County, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Etta Grayson Martin. She was a member of the Hutchison Methodist Church, and a former cook for Jerry's Restaurant, Harrison Sanatorium, Ember's Inn, and Griffin Gate, and was former Hansley Mill employee.

She is survived by a daughter, Lela Faye Duncan, Nicholasville; a sister, Gracie Cross, Georgetown; seven grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren. Two sons, Robert and Raymond Osborne, a daughter, Dorothy Marie McCann, seven brothers, and a sister, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at the Hinton-Turner Funeral Home, Paris, by the Rev. Harold Dorsey. Interment was in the Evergreen Memory Gardens. Her grandsons served as casket bearers. Honorary bearers were John Sosby, Earl Sosby, Milt Moreland, Ronnie Tipton, Larry Joe Tipton, Marvin Barker, and Phillip Kincaid.

Memorials are suggested to Darby Square Nursing Home.

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Agnes Williams Owsley, 68of Lexington, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital.

A native of Midway, she was the daughter of the late Herman Sr. and Jeannette Anthony Owsley. She was a former employee of Mrs. Lucy Breathitt.

Survivors include three sons, Elder Robert T. Owsley, Milton Griffin, and Corey Owsley, all of Lexington; a daughter, Tia Johnson, Lexington; three sisters, Vina Owsley Tucker, Corrine Jones, and Jeannette Owsley, all of Lexington; two brothers, Herman Owsley Jr. and Omer Owsley , both of Lexington; two uncles, Richard Anthony, Lexington and Charles Anthony, Louisville; six grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Second Christian Church, Midway, by Elder Robert T. Owsley. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. O.L. Hughes &†Sons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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Elizabeth "Faye" Pulliam, 77 of Duluth, Ga., wife of Joe Pulliam, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003.

A native of Woodford County, she was a homemaker and one of the founding members of Agco, Inc., a family business since 1979. She was a member of Norcross First United Methodist Church and Atlanta/Northlake Elks Ladies Auxiliary.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Gary Pulliam and Larry Pulliam, both of Lawrenceville, Ga.; a daughter, Paula Wedding, Duluth, Ga.; and three grandchildren, Matt, Lindsey, and Kassie.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home in Norcross. Entombment was at Peachtree Memorial Park.



 Ruth Marie Smith, 71, wife of William (Bill) Smith Sr., died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003.

She was a retired nurse, retiring as the director of emergency services at St. Joseph Hospital.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Ramona Simmons, Kansas; a son, William (Bill) Smith Jr., Lawrenceburg; a sister, Elaine (Kathy) Sievers, Nebraska; two brothers, Bud and Dean Johnson, both of Iowa; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at the Duell Clark Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Mark Gibbons. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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 Edna Mae "Mammie" Wallman Spurgeon, 88, of Turret Court, Versailles, formerly of Jessamine County, widow of Horace Spurgeon, died Saturday Jan. 3, 2004, at the home of her granddaughter in Lawrenceburg after a short illness.

Born June 15, 1915, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late James William and Nancy K. Moore Wallman. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Jessamine County. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Cuzick, Versailles; a foster daughter, Angela King, Nicholasville; four grandchildren, Vickie Purvis, Lawrenceburg, Gail Thompson, Versailles, Paul Cuzick Jr., Versailles, and Janice Cuzick, Lawrenceburg; a great great granddaughter, Mackensie Thompson, Versailles; a sister, Dorthy Moore; and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Mary K. Turpin, a brother, Jesse Wallman, and a grandson, Sean King, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at Hager &†Cundiff Funeral Home by Bro. Bobby Becknell. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Paul Cuzick Jr., Janice Cuzick, Brian Thompson, Stephen Purvis, Otis Watts, Larry Thompson, Jeff Lyle, Rodney Hillard, and Russell Rhinehimer.

Contributions may be made in her memory to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY, 40601, or the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memphis, TN, in the memory of Sean King.

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Virginia Lee Stevens, 81, of Lexington, widow of Vernon Stevens, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004.

Born July 22, 1922, in Millville, she was the daughter of Robert Lee Massie and Annie Taylor Massie. She was employed by Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company for 27 years.

Survivors include two sons, Vernon Andrew Stevens, Evansville, Ind., and Danny Lee Stevens, Maysville; six grandchildren, Vernon Andrew Stevens II, Robert Davis, Rex Davis, Katrina Stevens, James Stevens, and Vern Gilbert Stevens; and a sister, Mary Caywood.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at Revival Tabernacle. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Terry W. Smith Funeral Director was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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