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July 28, 2005



  Stewart Cassell "Buck" Baker, 75, of Lexington, widower of Doris Jane Robertson Baker, died Sunday, July 24, 2005.

Born May 16, 1930, he was the son of the late James and Fannie Curtis Baker. He was the former owner of Royal Coach Beauty Salon and Buck's Beauty Supply. He also was a former police officer for Fayette County and served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Trinity Hill United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Victoria Cox, Oxford, Ohio; a son, Richard Baker, Versailles; five grandchildren Tracey Eades, Jon Stewart Prickett, Brittany Harris, Ian Baker, and Austin Baker; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 26, at W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, by Pastor Valerie Trissell. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.



  Mildred Cooper Bledsoe, 98, of Hogansville, Ga., widow of William Edgar Bledsoe, died Monday, July 25, 2005, at the Franklin Healthcare Center, Franklin, Ga..

Born June 7, 1907, in Heard County, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Nathan Reuben Cooper and Mattie Cook Cooper. A resident of LaGrange, Ga., for most of her life, she was retired from Callaway Mills Company and was a member of the Southwest LaGrange Baptist Church. Since 1988, she lived with her son and daughter-in-law in Versailles and Hogansville, Ga.

Survivors include a son, Douglas Bledsoe, Hogansville, Ga.; two stepsons, Elvis Bledsoe, Franklin, Ga., and Bill Bledsoe, LaFayette, Ala.; a sister, Janet Gustavason, Weaverville, N.C.; two grandchildren, Mary Katherine Fecke, Midway, and William Evan Bledsoe, Hickory, N.C.; and six great-grandchildren, Brittany Ehrlich, Melanie Ehrlich, Megan Ehrlich, Thomas Bledsoe, Olivia Bledsoe, and William Bledsoe.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, July 21, at the Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery, Heard County, Ga., by Dr. Don Jolly. The Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home, Hogansville, Ga., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Franklin Healthcare Center Aviary Fund P.O. Box 460, Franklin, GA 30217.



  Wilma Jean “Sissy” Cox, 45, of Lawrenceburg, died Saturday, July 9, 2005, at her residence.

Born Aug. 15, 1958, she was the daughter of the late Wilma Joyce Crowe and Clarence Roger Cox. A 1977 graduate of Anderson County High School, she was an administrative specialist for the Kentucky state government. She was a graduate of Sullivan Business College in Louisville and attended the Family Worship Center in Lawrenceburg.

Survivors include a sister, Judith Rose Hopewell, Lawrenceburg; four brothers, Roger Phillip Cox, Holly Hill, Fla., Donald Benjamin Cox, Ocala, Fla., William Henry Cox, Lawrenceburg, and Paul Lee Cox, Lawrenceburg; an aunt, Juanita King, Versailles; and an uncle, J.R. Cox, Bowling Green.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 12, at the Family Worship Center by pastors Tony Andrade, Estill Everman, and Bobby Rice. Burial was in the Sand Spring Cemetery. Casket bearers were Phillip Cox, Benny Cox, Billy Cox, Paul Cox, Stedman Norton, Thomas Cox, and Paul William Harlow. Honorary bearers were Mike Billiter, Jerry Anglin, Allan Corn, Dean Wingate, Charlie Bowman, and Carey Wash. Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.



  Dennis E. Christenson, 58, of Versailles, husband of former Woodford Sun reporter Stephanie Lucas Christenson, died Saturday, July 23, 2005.

Born Sept. 3, 1946, in Erie, Pa., he was the son of the late Frank and Jean Ferris Christenson. He was a member of Cathedral of Christ the King.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Derek M. Christenson, Milford, Ohio; three daughters, Sarah Batz, Lenoir, N.C., Emily McCandless, Ridley Park, Pa., and Eileen Christenson, Cockeysville, Md.; and seven grandchildren, Elizabeth and Alex Batz, Rebekah, Samantha, and Teddy McCandless, and Gabriel and Grace Christenson. A sister, Diane Snyder, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, July 27, at Cathedral of Christ the King by the Rev. Frank Brawner. W.R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to one's favorite charity.



  Carolyn Belle Wilson Ditmore, 69, of Versailles, wife of Buddy Ditmore, died Monday, July 25, 2005, at her residence.

Born May 9, 1936, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Graddy and Muriel Webster Wilson. She was a longtime employee of Texas Instruments.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Larry Ditmore, Versailles, Rickey Ditmore, Lawrenceburg, and Tim Ditmore, Louisville; five sisters, Anna May Flora, Versailles, Joy Smith, Nonesuch, Marie Currens, Lawrenceburg, Mary Abney, Nicholasville, and Peggy Sutherland, Versailles; four brothers, Bobby Wilson, Versailles, Billy Wilson, Illinois, Richard “Dickie” Wilson, Lawrenceburg, and Jessie Wilson, Versailles; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Donnie and Roger Wilson, are deceased.

Services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, July 29, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be David Wilson, Ray Wilson, Charles Currens, Mike Currens, Keith Smith, Johnny Sutherland, Billy Gene Wilson, and Tristan Wilson. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. today, Thursday, July 28.

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  Florence K. Johns, 55, of Lexington Street, wife of David A. Johns, died Sunday, July 24, 2005, at her residence.

Born June 15, 1950, she was the daughter of the late J. B. Knight and Hester Simpson Ryley. She attended Fugazzi Business College and was the former co-owner of First South Credit in Versailles.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Kenneth Allen Johns, Versailles; a granddaughter, Lydia Jane Johns; three sisters, Norma Kiser, Betty Poynter, and Tish Williams, all of Versailles; a stepsister, Lynda Ryley, Chicago, Ill.; her stepfather, Kenneth R. Ryley, Versailles; four nieces, Stephanie Mahevich, Charlotte Rohrer, Shelby Williams, and Kenna Lynn Burt; two nephews, Luke Williams and Chad Poynter; an uncle, Robert F. Simpson II, Nicholasville; and an aunt, Patsy Simpson, Lexington.

Services were conducted Wednesday, July 27, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Melissa Sevier and the Rev. Scott Russell. Interment was in the Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were John Blankenship, Micky Abshire, Mark Williams, Nils Kiser, Mike Johns, and Michael Johns Jr.

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  Robert Lee “Bob” Lowe, 70, of Versailles, husband of Hope Ann Meredith Lowe, died Sunday, July 24, 2005, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, after a long illness.

Born Nov. 20, 1934, in Burgin, he was the son of the late L.L. and Leona (McGee) Lowe. He† was raised at Dix Dam on Herrington Lake in Mercer County and lived most of his adult life in Versailles and Woodford County. He retired from Kentucky Utilities Company in 1996 after 39 years. In his early years, he worked at Firestone Store in Harrodsburg and Dayton Power and Light, Dayton, Ohio. He was a member of the Burgin Baptist Church, Landmark Masonic Lodge #41 F&AM, and Order of Eastern Star #426 in Versailles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mildred “Milly” Mullins, Lexington; two sons, William L. Lowe, Mansfield, Texas, and John L. Lowe, Versailles; a granddaughter, Jessica D. Lowe; a grandson, Michael L. Gregory; three step-grandchildren, Ashley A. Hamlett, Griffin D. Mullins, and Mathew M. Mullins; and a sister, Gertrude Milton, Harrodsburg. Two brothers, Clifford L. Lowe and Warren L. Lowe; and a sister, Christine Bowles Baker, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, July 27 at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Kent Berry. Burial with Masonic rites was in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Larry Lowe, Leland Lowe, Bobby Gene Royalty, Benny Sowder, Michael L. Gregory, and Harold Lanham. Honorary bearers were Dennis M. Allen, Alexander R. Allen, Gene Motley, Dr. William McClellan, Doug Kinder, and Bobby H. Smith.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center, 162 N. Ashland Avenue Lexington, KY 40502, or the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 1233 20th Street NW, Suite 402, Washington, DC 20036.



  Joan Boleman Sullivan, 69, of Lexington, widow of John Patrick Sullivan, died Wednesday, July 20, 2005, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Louisville, she was the daughter of the late John Alfred "Al" and Helen Allen Boleman. She was the owner of the H & R Block franchises in Nicholasville and Versailles, and was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Ursaline College in Louisville. She was a member of Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and a member of Central Kentucky China Painting.

Survivors include two sons, John Patrick Sullivan Jr., Dallas, Texas, and Tim Shaun Sullivan, Magnolia, Texas; six grandchildren, Jack Sullivan, Michael Sullivan, Kevin Sullivan, and Luke Sullivan, all of Dallas, Texas, and Shea Sullivan and Keeley Sullivan, both of Magnolia, Texas; and a cousin, Johnny Allen, Louisville.

Services were conducted Monday, July 25, at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church by the Rev. Charles McDonald. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. W. R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway, was in charge of arrangements.



  Glikeriya M. Tkhoruk, 85, of Lancaster, widow of Tikhon Tkhoruk, died Thursday, July 21, 2005 at her residence.

Born in the Ukraine, she was a farmer and was a member of the Versailles Ukrainian Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Nina Zakharuk, Seattle, Wash.; two sons, Eugene Tkhoruk and Nicolay Tkhoruk, both of Lancaster; a brother, Nicolay Mikhaluk, Ukraine; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Saturday, July 23, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Burial followed in Rose Crest Cemetery.

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  Ross E. Turner, 82, of Frankfort, husband of Louise Morrow Turner, died Monday, July 25, 2005, at Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Scott County, he was retired from G. E. and was a farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lisa Domeck, Louisville; a son, Edward Ross Turner II, Lawrenceburg; a sister, Henrietta Logan, Frankfort; four brothers, Sidney Turner, Mark Turner, Russell Turner, and Risque Turner, all of Frankfort; and a granddaughter, Andrea Domeck, Louisville.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, July 28, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Wallace Kent. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.


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