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July 18, 2013



Christine C. Brown, 44, wife of Dr. Stuart E. Brown II, died Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

Born in Bethel Park, Pa., she was the daughter of Sandra Shaffer Comella of Bethel Park and Francis Comella of Bloomington, Ill. A 1987 graduate of Bethel Park High School, she graduated from the University of Kentucky and the Midway College of Nursing. She was a registered nurse who had previously worked as a neonatal technician for Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. She was a lifelong equestrian and accomplished eventer, having achieved the 2010 MSEDA Mare of the Year on her Rivella. In addition, she devoted much of her life to finding homes for unwanted animals. She was an avid UK fan, former board member and officer of the MSEDA and former chair of the U.S. Eventing Association, Area VIII. She had attended the Pisgah Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by her mother-in-law, Missie Wood, Versailles; her stepmother, Barbara Comella, Bloomington, Ill.; a brother, Brian Francis (Linda) Comella, Bethel Park, Pa.; three sisters, Lisa (James) Roderique, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Catherine Rose and Sara Grace Comella, both of Bloomington, Ind.; and three nephews, James Roderique Jr., Zachary Comella, and Craig Comella.

Services were conducted Sunday, July 14, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Pete Jones. Burial was in the Pisgah Church Cemetery. Casket bearers were John W. Backer Jr., Jody Huckabay, Dr. William D. Fishback Jr., Dr. John Chandler, Michael Banahan, Clifford Barry, Dr. Andy Clark, Frank Conway, Edmond Hogan, Karl Lumley, Marc McLean, Connor McCarthy, Tony OíCampo, Geoffrey Russell, Dr. Dixon Varner, and Donnie Snelling. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society, P.O. Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383, or to the Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, P.O. Box 13155, Lexington, KY 40583.

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Belle H. Colvin, 80, of Willisburg, passed away on Monday, July 8, 2013, in Gulf Shores, Ala. Her body has been donated to the Anatomy Registry to advance the medical research and education of Alzheimerís.

A funeral service will be held at the Willisburg Cemetery on Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. Carey and Son Funeral Home in Springfield, Ky., will be handling all funeral arrangements.

Belle was born in Willisburg on Aug. 7, 1932, to Effie Coulter Hardin and Clem Stanley Hardin, better known as Granny and Papa. She went to school at Willisburg High and graduated in 1950. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing cards and Kentucky Big Blue Basketball.

She is preceded in death by Papa, Granny, Nellie and Dr. George Reed, Lance, Lance Jr. and Gregory McRay, Cleo and Ada Hardin, Joe, Margaret and Gary Hardin, Stanley and Frances Hardin, Leroy and Martha Hardin and Harold Hardin.

Belle is survived by her daughter, Clemene Ramsey; a son, Charles Scott Colvin and his wife, Rebecca; a sister, Ruth McRay; six grandchildren, Biff Ramsey and Amy, Kipp Ramsey, Tatum Colvin, Charlie Colvin, and Caleb Colvin; a great-granddaughter, Riley Ramsey; nephews Jack and Wendy McRay, Joy and Jerry Van Pelt, Candy and Mike Barber, Genelle and Bill Themann, Buddie and Luann Hardin, Donnie and June Hardin, Jana and Gary Kistner, Polly Ann and Chip Combs, Bobby Hardin, Danny Hardin, Tanya Hardin, Clemmy Hardin, Jimmy Hardin; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and special friends Ruth Ann Steele, Margaret and Ambrose Jones, Audrey Reid, Dot Brandenburg, Katherine Wallace, Bob Vescio, Karen, Logan and Ethan Harris, Mary and Dave Ermer, Ann and Austin Gray, and Marie Conley.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimerís Association at, 1-800-272-3900, or to the Anatomy Registry at, 1-800-300-5433. Condolences may be left on Belleís online memorial guestbook at

The family would like to thank Covenant Hospice and Robertsdale Healthcare Center for their loving care and support in her final days.

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Helen Cecelia Finneran, 99, of Versailles, died Monday, July 15, 2013, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Lexington, she was one of five children of the late Mary Feeney and Thomas Francis Finneran. Prior to moving to Green Street in Versailles in 1925, she spent her early years on the family farm on Ezell Hill near Midway. She attended St. Leo Catholic School and Versailles High School. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelorís degree in commerce. She worked for the Rabe Brothers Motor Company for many years as secretary and bookkeeper, and then served as payroll clerk for Taylor Manor Nursing Home until her retirement in 2000. A member of St. Leo Catholic Church, she served as a member of the Altar Society.

Survivors include a niece, Sue (Robert) Dinsmore, Lexington; three nephews, Dr. B. Thomas Mayes, California, and Frank Mayes and Robert Mayes, both of Louisville; six great-nieces and great-nephews; and two great-great-nephews. Three sisters, Sr. Mary Finneran, S.C.N., Lucille Finneran, and Katherine (Bronston) Mayes; and a brother, James Finneran, are deceased.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 19, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home with a recitation of the Rosary at 6:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Raymond Stratman and Fr. Danny Schwendeman. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Lexington. Casket bearers will be B. Thomas Mayes, Robert Dinsmore, Larry Dinsmore, Robert Mayes, Scott Mayes, and Katryn R. Hartley.

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Karen Sue Hatton, 46, of Winchester, wife of Terry Hatton, died Tuesday July 9, 2013.

She was born Sept. 12, 1966, in Frankfort.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Stephen Lee Hatton, Winchester; a daughter, Ashley Nicole Hatton, Winchester; her father and step-mother, Ronald H. and Linda Bowman, Versailles; a sister, Kim (Richard) Sloan, Richmond; a granddaughter, Aubree Lee Hatton; and two nieces and a nephew. Her mother, Patricia Ann Mann Taylor, and a brother, Terry Johnson, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, July 12, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Bro. Dwayne Walker. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Kenny Witten, Dennis Witten, Joe Otis, Andrew Johnson, Stephen Hatton, and Morris Montgomery.

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Christopher Michael Holt, 25, of Versailles, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

A Woodford County native, he was the son of Nona Holt of Versailles and William "Butch" Littral of Lexington. He was employed as a grocery specialist at the Fresh Market in Lexington, and was a musician, a 2006 graduate of Woodford County High School, had attended Eastern Kentucky University and the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Calif. He was a member of the Pinckard Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Katrina Holt, Versailles; his maternal grandmother, Phyllis Holt; an uncle, Allen Holt; and two cousins, Shane (Mindy) Holt and Amanda Holt, all of Versailles.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 16, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Steve Bruce. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Woody Burchett III, Woody Burchett IV, Max Spradlin, Matthew Barker, and Nick Deters. Honorary bearers were Allen Holt, John Barker, Tony Littral, Chuck Littral, Sherry Conway, and friends and co-workers at The Fresh Market.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society, P.O. Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383, or to the American Heart Association, 210 Malabu Drive, Lexington, KY 40503.

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Ronald "Ronnie" Carter Rose, 81, of Versailles, husband of Della Lafoe Rose, died Monday, July 15, 2013.

Born July 19, 1931, in Versailles, where he lived and worked his entire life, he was the son of the late Wilson and Perla Edwards Rose. He began working for the City of Versailles in 1957 as a water plant operator. In 1961, after working part time for the U.S. Postal Service, he accepted a full-time letter carrier position. For 34 years, he delivered mail throughout the city of Versailles until his retirement in 1995. In 1973, while working full time for the post office, he and his wife built and operated an ice cream and sandwich shop, "Ronís Dairy Bar," until it was sold in 1977. In 1983, seeing the need for additional cemetery space in Versailles, he and his wife, sister and brother in-law, Mary Frances and Henry Baker, took a section of the family farm and developed and managed the Rose Crest Cemetery until it was sold to the City of Versailles in 2000. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 41, F&AM, New Hope Baptist Church, the Woodford County Human Rights Commission, and was a 50-plus year member of the National Association of Letter Carriers. He served as board member for the Woodford County Parks and Recreation Department from 1970 to 2005. It was during this time that a new recreational building and pool were built at Big Spring Park. The recreational programs have grown from having a few baseball and football games for boys to what is now both Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center and Big Spring Park.

In addition to his wife of nearly 57 years, he is survived by a sister, Mary Frances (Hank) Baker, Berea; a daughter, Nell (Frank) Strizelka, Weston, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Elissa Hallahan, and Daniel and Jacob Martinez. A daughter, Mary Perla Hallahan, is deceased.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, July 18, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. A Masonic service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Friday, July 19, by Dr. Wesley Noss and the Rev. Chris Harper. Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Elissa Hallahan, Daniel Martinez, Jacob Martinez, Frank Strizelka, Trey Terrill, Ronnie Terrill, Mike Ward and Chip Lafoe. Honorary bearers will be Betty Goodrich, Mark Gormley, Ed Dozier, Roy Vice, Brad Lafoe, David Lafoe, James Ward, Robert Atkins, Henry Baker and deacons of New Hope Baptist Church.

Donations may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church Youth Mission Trip, P.O. Box 825, Versailles, KY 40383, or to oneís favorite charity.

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Gladys Carter Sams, 84, of Nicholasville, widow of Walter Sams, died Friday, July 12, 2013.

Born July 7, 1929, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late John Will Carter and Beulah May Games Carter. She was a charter member of Brookside Baptist Church and was retired from the University of Kentucky Medical Center. In her early years of employment, she worked at the original Parkette and also at Procter and Gamble on the peanut line. She enjoyed fishing and camping with her husband, and spent many summer vacations camping at the ocean.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Wayne Sams; two daughters, Belinda Labadie (Keith Dodson) and Mary Ann (Joel) McLeroy; five grandchildren, Glenna Davis, Benjamin (Holly) Mealer, Rebekah Tabb, and Erica and Sean Dodson; two great-grandchildren, Mason and Carson Mealer; a brother, Donald Carter; two sisters, Lois Neely and Phyllis (John) Hufford; an uncle, Stanley Carter; and many nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Kenneth Carter and Ray Carter, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 16, at Betts & West Funeral Home, Nicholasville, by the Rev. Dewayne Brewer. Burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery. Casket bearers were deacons of Brookside Baptist Church.

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James William "Bill" Taylor, 87, of Versailles, widower of Audrey Evelyn Phelps Taylor, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, at the Homestead Nursing Center in Lexington.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of the late Marion and Margaret Groves Taylor and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a retired self-employed carpenter.

Survivors include three sons, Robert (Sherry) Taylor, Marion "Tinker" Taylor, and James (Beth) Phelps, all of Versailles; a daughter, Pat Jones, Cape Coral Fla.; three brothers, Don Sharp, Ron Sharp, and Olson Sharp, all of Versailles; a sister, Etta Sharlein, Wisconsin; three grandchildren, Shelby, Ashley, and Lauren Taylor; and a great-granddaughter. Three sisters, Betty Conway, Margaret Manley, and Martha Baily, and two brothers, Raymond Sharp and Grover Booth, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, July 15, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Wesley Noss. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were James Phelps, Josh Phelps, Andrew Allen, Cody Allen, Bruce Manley, and Ron Sharp Jr.

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