The Woodford Sun

Versailles, Ky.


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July 25, 2002



Anna Belle Buffin Bryant, 75, of Frankfort, widow of Carroll T. Bryant, died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center, Lexington, after a long illness.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Anna Pulliam Buffin. She was a retired employee of the Department of Finance and a member of Friends. Frankfort Senior Citizens, and the Faith Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Rogers, Frankfort; a granddaughter; and two great grandchildren. Three brothers, John, Charles, and Arthur Buffin, and a sister, Margaret Bryant, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Everett Hawkins and the Rev. Wallace Kent. Casket bearers were John Edward Van Sr., Greg Van, David Buffin, Bobby Buffin, and Charlie Sanders.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Christine Abney Farmer, 83, of Nicholasville, formerly of Irvine, widow of Delbert Brown Farmer, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at her home.

Born in Lee County, she was the daughter of the late Green and Effie Henderson Abney.

Survivors include five children, Tracy Farmer, Midway, Diane Hancock, Nicholasville, Garland Farmer, Cynthiana, Jack Farmer, London, and Barry Farmer, Irvine; a sister, Rowena Sparks, New Mexico; two brothers, Melvin Abney, Indiana, and Willard Abney, Florida; 12 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, July 19, 2002, at the Lakes Funeral Home Chapel, McKee, by the Rev. Bobby Lakes. Burial was in the New Zion Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Jessamine County Hospice, P.O. Box 873, Nicholasville, KY 40356.



Nowlin N. Jones, 77, of Lexington, died Friday, July 12, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital.

He was the husband of Betty Downey Jones, who was a former employee of the Ernest McWilliams Insurance Agency, and was the son of the late John Booker and Virginia Nicholson Jones. He was retired from Montgomery Ward department store as an electronic technician.

Other survivors include a daughter, Kathryn Ann Jones, Miamisburg, Ohio; two sons, John M. Jones, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Paul L. Jones, Coral Gables, Fla.; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at the Mary Queen of Holy Rosary Church, Lexington, by Fr. Robert Nieberding. Interment followed at the Calvary Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ken Marshall, Sam Shrout, James Poe, Tom Downey, Doug Stone and Jimmy Downey.
Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.


Fr. Clement Monroe, a former pastor at St. Leo Catholic Church, died Thursday, July 4, 2002, in Baton Rouge, La.

Born in Oconomowoc, Wis., he was the son of the late Raymond S. and Marcella McAleavey Monroe. He most recently had been an associate pastor of St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church and chaplain at Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge. At the time of his death, he was serving as a member of the pastoral staff at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. He had served in Versailles from 1972 to 1978.

Survivors include two sisters and seven brothers.
Services were conducted Saturday, July 6, 202, at the Gerard Majella Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. Interment was in Oconomowoc, Wis.

Memorials are suggested to the Redemptorist Development Office, P.O. Box 53900, Baton Rouge, LA 70892-3900.



James Denis Roche, 65, of Versailles, husband of Jean Hannigan Roche, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002.

Born in Frankfort, he was the son of John S. and Helen Ulrich Roche. He was a former systems analyst at Kentucky Central for 28 years, and formerly with Jefferson Pilot. He was an accomplished breeder of Irish Setters, and was a member of the Irish Setters Club of America and St. Paul Catholic Church. He was a graduate of Transylvania University, taught computer programming at the University of Kentucky, and served in the Army National Guard.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Laura Youngworth, Lexington, and Colby Roche Friddle, Georgetown; three brothers and two sisters, Jack Roche, Joe Roche, Jere Roche, Joy Abell, and Judy Cooper; and a grandchild, Cole Youngworth.

A memorial service was conducted Friday, July 19, 2002, at St. Paul Catholic Church. W.R. Milward Mortuary - Broadway, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Irish Setters Club of America, 34553 Deerwood Drive, Eugene, OR 97405-8628.



Wendell Russell, 78, of Clay City, husband of Elizabeth Russell, died Monday, July 22, 2002, at his residence after a long illness.

A native of Breathitt County, he was the son of the late Floyd and Bertie Bowling Russell. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of Boilermakers Local 40.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, David Russell, Holland, Ind., and William Russell, Versailles; a daughter, Donna Combs, Hazard; seven grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, July 25, 2002, at the Hearne Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Marion Brewer. Burial will be in the Jackson Cemetery. Casket bearers will be William Edward (Bill) Russell, Wesley, Wendell, and J. Garland Combs, Terry Tarter, and Danny Barnett. Honorary bearers will be Paul Knox, Darrhyl Combs, Jack Strange, Paul Foster, Buster Moore, Pete Tarter, Stanley Combs, Ron Clemons, Gary Hall, and Tommy Evans.

Donations may be made to Hospice East, P.O. Box 1209, Stanton, KY 40380.



Russell Sharp Sr., 90, of Lexington, widower of Annie Mae Carter Sharp, died Saturday, July 20, 2002, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ell Sharp. He was a horse caretaker and a member of the Pinckard Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Stephens and Ruby McGohon, both of Lexington; five grandchildren, Bobby Joe McGohon, Tony Gail McGohon, both of Lexington, Angie Lee, Oklahoma City, Okla., Tamara Renee Bosshart, Hubert, N.C., and Russell Sharp III, Evansville, Ind.; and five great grandchildren, Eric Shane Cloyd, Pennsylvania, Crystal Teigh Cloyd and Jeremy McGohon, both of Lexington, and Braxton and Ryan Bosshart, Hubert, N.C. A son, Russell Sharp Jr., is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, July 22, 2002, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Main Street. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.



James A. "Rooster" Smith, 53, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Versailles, died Monday, July 22, 2002.

Born in Harlan County, he was a son of the late Arthur and Kathleen Reid Smith. A U. S. Navy veteran, he had served on the U. S. S. Seneca during the era of the Vietnam War. He was an self-employed truck driver and a Harley Davidson fan.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Binder, Versailles; two sons, Michael Smith Cunnigan, Lexington, and Jimmy Smith, Midway; four sisters, Gayle Stratton and Charlina Foster, both of Versailles, Lana Frazier, Lexington, and Kathy Sowder, Crab Orchard; three grandchildren, Trey Binder, Tyler Smith, and Amber Smith; 11 nieces and nephews; and seven great nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Byron Jessup. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tim Bond, Tony Drury, Eric Harris, Steve Foster, Michael Black, Woody Parker, and Jason Singleton. Honorary bearers were Bob Frazier, Rick Sowder, Charles Stratton, and Billy Helmburg.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.


Mary Elizabeth Reynolds Walton, 70, of Versailles, wife of Lewis Walton, died Thursday, July 18, 2002, at Samaritan Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Thomas and Ramie Parker Reynolds. She was a member of the Lighthouse Church in Versailles.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by five daughters, Arlene Rodgers, Brenda Foley, Darlene Luttrell, Janice Walton, and Sheila Downs; six sons, Wayne Rodgers, Clarence Pettyjohn, Jason Walton, Ricky Walton, Wade Walton, and Chris Rodgers; two sisters, Jo Ann Mynes and Louise Farrow; a brother, Andrew Reynolds Jr.; 26 grandchildren; and 41 great grandchildren. A son, Lewis Clinton Walton, and two brothers, Henry Lee Reynolds and Floyd Reynolds, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, July 22, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Terry Gillum. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Wade Walton, Paul Wayne Lathery, Bradford Walton, Jessie Luttrell, Lewis Walton, Chris Rodgers, Michael Walton and Mark Pettyjohn.


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