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July 17, 2008



Ronald W. Belcher, 72, of Paris, husband of JoAnn Belcher, widower of Betty Norris Belcher, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at his residence.

Born Jan. 26, 1936, he was the son of the late Chester and Lavancie Rue Belcher. He was retired from IBM, Polycraft Tools and Louisville Forge in Georgetown. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of Church of Christ in Paris. He was an avid UK basketball fan.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Lavancie Belcher, Lexington, Norman Belcher, Nicholasville, and Deanna Adams, Lawrenceburg; a sister, Betty (Calvin) Hager, Ohio; and four brothers, Harold (Betty) Belcher, Mt. Sterling, Earl (Norma) Belcher, Versailles, Terry Belcher (Monette), Nicholasville, and Roger (Bonnie) Belcher, Nicholasville. Two sisters, Imogene Belcher and Bonnie Hager, and a brother, James Belcher, are deceased.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, July 12, at Lusk McFarland Funeral Home, Paris.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the Alzheimerís Association.



Sister Mary Alma Braun 89, died Sunday, July 13, 2008, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Coldwater, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary Elizabeth Knapke Braun. She graduated from Loyola College with a masterís degree in religious education, theology, philosophy, psychology and social studies.

Survivors include four siblings, Sister Rita, Irene Frey, Freida Kuhn, and Joan Turnwald. Three siblings, Cletus Braun, Sister Sarah, and Dorothy Bettinger, are deceased.

A funeral Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, July 17, at All Saints Catholic Church in Walton. Visitation will be from from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the church. Burial will be conducted at the Taylor Manor Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Linnie Dillingham Brown, 92, widow of Vernon Brown, died Friday, July 11, 2008.

Born Oct. 11, 2008, in Rockcastle County, she was the daughter of the late Dallas and Matie Owens Dillingham. She was a retired farmer and member of Clover Bottom Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Leslie Brown Buckler, Versailles; three grandchildren, Felicia (Tony) Pitasi, Rita Brown (Tim) Maple, and Michael (Danielle) Sorrell; four great-grandchildren, Eric Matthews, Steve R. Olekas, and Shelby and Taylor Sorrell; a sister, Alberta Winsted; and other family members. A daughter, Brenda Sorrell, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 15, at Betts & West Funeral Home by Leonard Fitch. Burial was in Providence Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Casket bearers were Jay Lindsey, Mark Lay, Gary, Brian, David and Craig Gunn, and Jimmy L. and Roy Winsted. Honorary bearers were Bill Sorrell, Bill Sinkhorn, Ed Lay, Ann Wright and David Covington.



James Lowell Ellington, 76, of Morehead, husband of Shirley Stewart Ellington, died Friday, July 11, 2008, at the U.K. Markey Cancer Center in Lexington.

Born Nov. 30, 1931, at Zilpo in Bath County, he was the son of the late William Taylor and Mildred Marie Williams Ellington. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 and was a retired supervisor for the Kentucky Cabinet for Manpower Services. He was a life member of the Kentucky Long Rifles of Morehead and a member of the Kentuckyís Corps of Long Riflemen. He attended Johnson Church of God.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by two daughters, Cheri Waltz (Randy), Morehead, and Carla Richardson (Jeff), Versailles; a sister, Alma Bellamy, Morehead; five grandchildren, Randa Hall, Chris Waltz, Kyle Richardson, Cheri Rogers, and Megan Waltz; and four great-grandchildren, James Avory Rogers, Katlyn Waltz, Hayden Rogers, and Jacob Rogers. Two brothers, Harold Ellington and Donald Ellington, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, July 14, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Ben Furman and the Rev. Mike Pennington. Entombment was in Forest Lawn Mausoleum. Casket bearers were Chris Waltz, Kyle Richardson, Donnie Hall, John Rogers, Derek Howard, and Greg Bellamy.

Memorial donations may be made to the Johnson First Church of God Oval Stidom Scholarship or Johnson First Church of God Youth Group, 590 Cranston Road, Morehead, KY 40351.



Edith Winkle Griffin, 84, of Frankfort, wife of Warren G. Griffin, died Tuesday July 8, 2008.

Born Feb. 24, 1924, in Owen County, she was the daughter of the late Ellsworth and Nannie Roberts Winkle. She was a graduate of Owen County High School and Bryant Stratton Business School in Louisville. She spent her career as an executive secretary at the highest levels of state government, having served as the top secretary in the Transportation Cabinet for 11 secretaries of transportation and commissioners of highways from 1966 to 1979, when she retired. She was a member of and officer for the National Secretaries Association, the Frankfort Business and Professional Womenís Club, Kentucky Public Retirees, and Frankfort AARP. She began playing the pipe organ for Owenton Christian Church services at the age of 12 and later served as organist for Stamping Ground Church for almost 15 years. She was a volunteer organist for First Christian Church, Frankfort, where she has been a member since 1962.

In addition to her husband of 63 years, she is survived by a son, Thomas "Tom" (Ann) Griffin, Frankfort; a daughter, Susan (Anthony) Smith, Frankfort; a granddaughter, Stephanie (Brett) Mitchell; a great-granddaughter, Lauren, Louisville; a grandson, Damon (Beth) Combs; three step-great-grandchildren, Ethan, Holly, and Seth, Frankfort; two brothers, Robert (Jennie) Winkle, Cincinnati, and Vernon Winkle, Louisville; a special cousin, Morton Judy, Stamping Ground; and numerous nieces and nephews. An infant son, Kenneth, and three brothers, Franklin, Kenneth, and Thomas Winkle, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, July 11, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Dr. Don Nunnelly. Burial was in the Stamping Ground Masonic Cemetery. Casket bearers were Barry Winkle, Kenneth Winkle, Phil Cook, Brett Mitchell, David Noble, and Tim Smith. Honorary bearers were her grandchildren, Stephanie Mitchell and Damon Combs.

Donations are suggested to the Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steel Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Marie Puckett Peak, 85, of Frankfort, widow of Selbert L. Peak, died Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late James L. and Nellie Gritton Puckett. She was a retired insurance office manager for Lincoln Income Life Insurance Company, a member of Capital City Christian Church in Frankfort, a member of Eastern Star Hamilton Chapter 293 in Lawrenceburg; and a 1940 graduate of Kavanaugh High School.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan B. (Bennie) Popp and Jackie L. Deaton, both of Frankfort; five grandchildren, Ben L. Popp (Amy Hall), Bradley L. (Jennifer) Popp, Frankfort, Berry L. (Susan M.) Popp, Versailles, Lisa Deaton (Kevin) Greer, and Steven L. Deaton, Lexington; seven great-grandchildren, Lauren E. Popp, Peyton L. Popp, Versailles, Devin M. Popp, Ashton L. Popp, Mason A. Flatt, Hunter Popp, and Sawyer J. Popp, all of Frankfort. Four sisters, Sally Holt, Dessie Gritton, Lizzie Searcy, and Pauline Drury; and two brothers, H.L. Puckett and James Puckett, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, July 12, at Gash Memorial Chapel in Lawrenceburg by Bro. Larry Weese, Bro. John Sutphin, Dr. Steve Pattison, and Bro. Daryl Combs. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

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



The Rev. Sherman Winsom Swan, 87, of Lake Placid, Fla., formerly of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., widower of Dorothy Lola Weakland Swan, died Wednesday, July 9, 2008, in Lake Placid.

Born in Brookston, Pa., he was the founder and pastor emeritus of the First Baptist Church of Palm Beach Gardens. He was a graduate of Syracuse University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. He was also the former chaplain for the Kentucky State Police and a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force. He was in the ministry for over 55 years and pastored in five churches in Kentucky, including the Midway Baptist Church from 1949 to 1953 and from January to August 1956. He pastored in Florida at the Lake Park Baptist Church, Jupiter-Tequesta First Baptist Church and Plantation First Baptist Church. He served as interim pastor for the Ministries of American Baptist Churches in West Virginia, Iowa, Montana and New York State. He was a trumpeter for over 70 years and wrote more than 100 scriptural songs and choruses. He recently became a member of the Lake Placid Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Luckey (Gary), Lake Placid, Fla.; a son, Lawrence Swan (Lori Ellison), New York, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Libby Luckey, Sheri Bjorn, Tifton Luckey and Niki Brothen; six great-grandchildren, Justin and Sean Savacool, J.T. and Tiffani Luckey, and Ernie and Daphne Brothen.

Services were conducted Saturday, July 12, at the First Baptist Church, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Interment was in the Sunset Hill Cemetery in Jamestown, N.Y. Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home Jupiter, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.



Rebecca L. Ware, 77, of Midway, widow of Clay Madison Ware, died Wednesday July 9, 2008, at her residence.

Born June 13, 1931, in Franklin, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Marshall F. and Estelle Tarrents Clouse. She was a retired National City Bank employee and a member of the Settle Memorial United Methodist Church. She was an avid gardener.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Ware and Melissa Sloan, both of Midway; a son, Terry (Mary) Ware, Birmingham, Ala.; a brother, Billy Clouse, Hopkinsville; and four grandchildren, Meredith, Christopher, Kaelan and Evan-Arthur.

Services were conducted Sunday, July 13, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Fr. Alan Sutherland. Burial was conducted Monday, July 14, at Owensboro Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to the Hope Lodge, Markey Cancer Center, or the American Autism Society.

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Betsy B. Weems, 88, of Meridian, Miss., widow of A.G. "Aggie" Weems, died Tuesday, July 1, 2008, at Beverly Health Care Center.

The daughter of the late Len Barrell and Betsy Roach Barrell and stepdaughter of the late Dorothy Rush Barrell, she was a homemaker, a member of First Baptist Church of Meridian, Miss., and was also a member of the Arts Council, Meridian Symphony, Merrihope Restoration, Meals on Wheels and she served extensively in community services for many areas.

Survivors include her stepsister, Betty Jean Christman, Gainesville, Ga.; a stepdaughter, Margaret B. "Peggy" Weems, Charlottesville, Va.; a nephew, Richard Armstrong (Charlotte), Meridian; and a niece, Ann Langford Frame (John), Brentwood, Tenn. A brother, Bud Barrell, and a stepsister, Dorothy Jane Adams Lindsay, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Thursday, July 4, at Magnolia Cemetery by the Rev. Dr. Raymond Leake. James F. Webb Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to a charity of oneís choice.


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