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July 22, 2010



Ruby Davis Betts, 98, widow of Gordon W. Betts, died Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at Pine Meadows Health Care in Lexington.

Born at Arlington in Carlisle County, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Trusie Brent Davis. A graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College in Winchester, she and her late husband lived at Millersburg for many years where she was a housemother, hostess, and teacher at Millersburg Military Institute. For over 25 years, they operated Kamp Kaydet in Woodford County. She had been active in the Methodist Church and had been a member and past president of the Millersburg Women’s Society of Christian Service. She had been active with the Women’s Club of Bourbon County, the Homemakers in Bourbon County, had taught Sunday school in Millersburg, and was a member of the United Methodist Women. In 1973, she and her husband moved to Woodford County, where she became active in the Versailles United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Dr. Gordon Davis Betts, Somerset, and Gary Brent Betts, Versailles; five grandchildren, Beverly Betts, Barbara Combs, Brenda Wempe, Rachel Betts, and Gordon R. Betts; and nine great-grandchildren. Five siblings are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 20, at the Versailles United Methodist Church by the Rev. Mike Lehman, the Rev. Rebecca Peterson, and the Rev. Raymond Gibson. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Gordon R. Betts, Frank Combs, Harrison Combs, Brian Davis, J. Henry Duncan, Ted Gyorffy, Dan Jackson, Larry Moreland, Larry Mantle, and Ed Prigge. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles United Methodist Church, 110 N. Court Street, Versailles, KY. 40383.

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Rutherford B. Edwards, 91, of Lexington, husband of Ruth Edwards, died Thursday, July 15, 2010, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington.

Born in Estill County, he was the son of the late Palestine and Ethel Reed Edwards. He was a retired L&N Railroad employee, a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and a P.O.W.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Olga Chilton, Lawrenceburg, and Irene Cunningham, Milford, Ohio; four brothers, Jennings and Gardner Edwards, Versailles, Orville Edwards, Lexington, and Leslie Edwards, Idaho; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Monday, July 19, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

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Doug Gaines, 52, of Versailles, husband of Amy B. Gaines, died Monday, July, 19, 2010.

Born Nov. 24, 1957, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen Bullock Gaines. He was a mechanic at Centimark. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served for over 23 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Stacey Lynn (Jason) Perecko, Va.; a son, Brandon Scott Gaines, Versailles; two sisters, Vivian Hoskins, Shelbyville, and Wanda Rodgers, Bardstown; a brother, Danny Wade Gaines, Versailles; and two granddaughters, Brieana Starr and Aubrey Dawn Gaines.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Burial will follow in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Brandon Gaines, Jerry Kurtz, Mark Beazley, Buck Hoskins, Charlie Kurtz, Danny Gaines, Jason Gaines, and Tony Guagliardo. Visitation will be Friday, July 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Charles "Tom" Sayre, 69, of Georgetown, formerly of Midway, husband of Beulah Fightmaster Sayre, died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at his home.

Born Oct. 31, 1940, in Scott County, he was the son of the late Gilbert and Smiley Frances Sewell Sayre. He worked as a farmer all his life.

In addition to his wife, he is survived two sons, Ricky Fightmaster, Lawrenceburg, and Charles Tommy (Kim) Sayre Jr., Lexington; four grandchildren, J.T. Fightmaster, Tommy Vice Jr., Elizabeth Vice, and Samantha Vice; a brother, Gilbert (Evelyn) Sayre Jr., Frankfort; three sisters, Betty Currans, Lexington, Edna Tomblin, Louisville, and Mary K. Sayre, Versailles; a special niece, Vicki Crawford; a special nephew, Christopher Creech; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 20, at Tucker, Yocum, & Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown, by Bro. Stanley Walls. Burial was in Beards-Davis Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jacky Creech, Christopher Creech, Jamethan Banks, Hershel Price, Tony Townsend, Roger Williams, Terry Martin, and Russell Burton. Honorary bearers were J.T. Fightmaster, Tommy Vice, J.D. Conway, Justin Smith, Stephon Schmit, and Rex Sizemore.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass 1317 US 62E, Cynthiana, KY 41031. Condolences may be made at



Ralph Taylor Sullivan 94, of Lexington, husband of Hazel Reynolds Sullivan, died Saturday, July 17, 2010.

A native of Lexington and a retired grocer, he was the son of the late Aaron T. Sullivan Sr. and Fannie Hanks Sullivan. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He sang for many years in the Arlington Christian Church choir and also sang for the Blue Jacket Choir in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Pat Johnson (Jim), Mike Sullivan (Judy), and Sandi Fuller (John), all of Lexington, Lucy Dennis, Versailles, and Lynn Sullivan (Tami), Flower Mound, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Woosley, Raleigh, N.C., and a brother, Aaron T. Sullivan Jr., White Plains, N.Y. A brother, Glen Sullivan, and a sister, Helen Sullivan Stagmeyer, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, July 21, at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Lexington, by the Rev. Bob Sessum and the Rev. Elise Johnstone. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Honorary casket bearers were Alan Johnson, Bill Fuller, Mike Sullivan, Matt Kragel, Chris Sullivan, Glen Sullivan, and Mark Sullivan. Milward Mortuary, Southland, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Robert "Bob" James Warring Jr., 81, of Georgetown, husband of Ann Thomas, died Friday, July 16, 2010, at his home.

Born Nov. 11, 1928, in Biddle, he was the son of the late Robert James and Nancy Elizabeth Vance Warring Sr. He worked in agriculture sales for Kaiser Agricultural Chemical Company, was employed by the United States Postal Service, and throughout his life worked as a farmer. He was a graduate of Garth High School, a high school All State Football Courier Journal selection, 1947 State Champion in the 880 yard dash. He attended Georgetown College, was a member of Great Crossing Baptist Church, and was a former commissioner for the Scott County Fiscal Court for eight years.

In addition to his wife of 41 years, he is survived by a son, Robert T. Warring Sr. (Suellyn), Georgetown; a daughter, Jane Warring, Versailles; four grandchildren, Robert T. Warring Jr., Morgan Warring, Spencer Warring, and Hunter Sage Warring; a sister, Rebecca Warring Sams, Stamping Ground; a niece, Karen Boehm; two nephews, Jonathan Sams and Matthew Sams, and numerous cousins.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 20, at Tucker, Yocum, & Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown, by Ron Vance. Burial was in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens. Honorary bearers were Glen Williams, Martin Congleton, Ollie Covington, Ron Vance, Sam Ward, George Lusby, Charlie Humphries, Chuck Tackett, and Bobby Kenley.

Memorials may be made to Scott County Humane Society, P.O. Box 821, Georgetown, KY 40324.

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