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July 21, 2011



Ray Hatton, 83, of Versailles, widower of Mildred Bain Hatton, died Friday, July 15, 2011.

Born Jan. 18, 1928, in Lee County, he was the son of the late John and Savannah Creech Hatton. He was a farmer.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen Hatton Baker, Versailles; a son, Kenneth (Susan) Hatton, Scottsville; a sister, Naomi Johnson, Versailles; four grandchildren, Jamie Sutherland, Kelly Ruanto, Johnny Hatton and Brook Stephens; and 13 great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Charlie and Noah Hatton; and a sister, Ruby Underwood, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 19, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Jim Allen. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Michael Eaves, Terry Eaves, Garry Hatton, Larry Hatton, David Sims, and Steve Bain.

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Jennifer Lynn "Jenn" "Fro" Laughlin, 28, of Versailles, daughter of Ernest and Brenda Laughlin, died Saturday, July 16, 2011.

A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date.

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Roy E. Mathis, 76, of Versailles, husband of Barbara Mathis, died Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at his home.

Born in Shelby County, he was the son of the late George Robert and Lillie Williams Mathis. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the Midway Assembly of God Church, and was a retired truck driver for Woodford Feed Inc.

In addition to his wife of 32 years, he is survived by a daughter, Brenda Gail Southard, Edmonton; five sons, Carl (Marcella) Reynolds, Lawrenceburg, and Ricky (Pam) Reynolds, Tony (Loretta) Reynolds, Brian (Carolyn) Reynolds, and Benjamin Reynolds, all of Versailles; four sisters, Wanda Covington, Shelbyville, Virginia Edington, Bagdad, and Carolyn Downey and Phyllis Butler, Frankfort; a brother, Elmer Bolin, Shelbyville; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Saturday, July 16, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Dewell Perry. Burial with military honors was in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Casket bearers were Carl Reynolds, Ricky Reynolds, Tony Reynolds, Brian Reynolds, Benjamin Reynolds, and Steve Ward.

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Frank H. "Cat" Peterson, 82, of Lebanon, husband of Betty Lanham Peterson, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

Born June 26, 1929, in Marion County, he was the son of the late Joseph Bertrand and Catherine Louise Blandford Peterson. He was a longtime farmer and a member of St. Charles Catholic Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, earning two Bronze Stars. He was a member of the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association, the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard, American Legion Post 49, and VFW Post 5910. He formerly served on the boards of the Marion County Farm Service Agency and Marion County Cooperative Extension.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by two daughters, Phyllis (Jim) Schlich, Lexington, and Lorrie (Jack) Goodwin, Madison, Wis.; two sons, John (Kathy) Peterson, Lexington, and Dan (Pearl) Peterson, Versailles; 16 grandchildren; and two brothers, Gene Mark Peterson, Lebanon, and Henry Peterson, Loretto. A son, Scott Peterson; a daughter, Pamela Peterson; a sister, Benita Kolb; and two brothers, Fletcher and J. B. Peterson, are deceased.

A Mass of Christian burial was conducted Friday, July 15, at St. Charles Catholic Church, Saint Mary, Ky, by the Rev. John Lesousky and the Rev. Deacon Joseph Dant. Interment was in the church cemetery. The Marion County Veterans Honor Guard conducted military rites. Mattingly Funeral Home, Loretto, was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard, 400 East Lovers Lane, Lebanon, KY 40033 or Heritage Hospice, Inc., PO Box 1213, Danville, KY 40423.



Harry Tyler Purdy II, 66, of Versailles, husband of Beth Crabtree Purdy, died Friday, July 15, 2011.

Born Dec. 12, 1944, in Shelbyville, he was the son of the late Harry Tyler Purdy and Eileen Lynch. He was a retired assistant chief for the Versailles Police Department and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served in Vietnam. He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and a member of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Jeremy Tyler Purdy, Georgetown, Joy Purdy Farmer, Versailles, Jamie Lynn Purdy, South Carolina, and Colleen Anne Purdy, Versailles; a sister, Patricia Frazier, Lexington; a grandson, Paxton Tyler Farmer, Versailles; and the mother of his three eldest children, Jackie Purdy, Versailles.

Services were conducted Monday, July 18, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Danny Schwendeman. Clark Legacy Center, Brannon Crossing, Nicholasville, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256

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Roger Thacker, 71, of Versailles, husband of Linda Thacker, died Monday, July 18, 2011, at Hospice of the Bluegrass, St. Joseph Hospital, of Parkinson’s disease.

Born in London, England, he was brought to the United States by Ohio State University to assume management of the OSU Animal Research Services and Operations. After a decade at OSU, he accepted the position of research animal care manager at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn. In 1975, he was offered the position of director of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville, Wash. He left Northwest Trek to accept the position of manager of research animal care services at the University of Kentucky, where he remained until his retirement. With life-long interests in conservation and agriculture, he held numerous offices with conservation and agricultural organizations, including the North American Falconers Association (president), the North American Peregrine Foundation, the North American Wolf Society, the North American Woolgrowers Association, and the Kentucky Woolgrowers Association. He was instrumental and nationally respected for his work initiating recovery efforts that ultimately brought the Peregrine Falcon back from threatened extinction due to DDT exposure. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church of Versailles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Devon Thacker Thomas (Kevin), Denver, Colo.; a son, Paul Thacker, England; three stepsons, Phillip Osborne (Dawn), Lexington, Paul Osborne (Jennifer), Corpus Christi, Texas, and Daniel Osborne (Keiko), Murrieta, Calif.; 11 step-grandchildren; and a sister, Rosemary Emmett, England. A son, David Thacker, and his mother and father, Evelyn and George Thacker, are deceased.

Visitation will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 405 Bell Lawn, Nicholasville. Services will be held following the visitation at 4 p.m. at the church.

Floral expressions of sympathy or contributions to Hospice of the Bluegrass are suggested.

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