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July 31, 2008



Mary Ellen "Polly" Houchin, 61, of Frankfort, wife of Bobby Houchin, died Friday, July 25, 2008, at her residence.

Born Sept. 6, 1946, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Virgil and Ellen Peyton of Frankfort. She was an administrative assistant at Environmental Protection Services and a member of Holly Hill Church of Christ.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by two daughters, Gayle Fraley and Lisa (David) Hopkins, both of Lawrenceburg; two sons, Lee (Mary) and Donnie Houchin, both of Frankfort; three sisters, Carol Hensley, Frankfort, Judy Hensley, Winchester, and Priscilla Peyton, Frankfort; two brothers, Virgil David (Kim) Peyton, Millville, and Sherman (Gail) Peyton, Frankfort; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, July 29, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Brian Dill and the Rev. Rob Lane. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Mike Whitaker, Greg Stratton, Steve Small, Bruce Hall, Kenneth Drake, Nick Gill, and Todd Best. Honorary bearers were Steven Harrod, Timothy Brown, Bunny Smith and Patricia Hall.

Memorials are suggested to the Diabetes Association or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Billie R. Morris, 83, of Versailles, formerly of Lancaster, widow of John Charles Morris, died Tuesday, July 22, 2008.

Born in Sewickly, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Paul and Mildred Richards. She was a member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church and was formerly employed by Sanders and Sanders Law Office.

Survivors include two sons, Robert John Morris (Marty), Lexington, and Gary Charles Morris (Edna), Versailles; and a sister, Evelyn Rudolchick. A brother, Paul Richards Jr., is deceased.

Private graveside services were conducted in the Lancaster Cemetery. Spurlin Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Donations are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY, or the Lancaster United Methodist Church.



Austin Thomas Murphy II, infant son of Austin Thomas Murphy and Brittany Hager of Lexington, grandson of Pamela Brown of Versailles, died Tuesday, July 22, 2008.

A graveside service was conducted Friday, July 25, at the Lexington Cemetery.



Mildred Juanita Odum, 89, of Marion, Ill., widow of Charles William "Granger" Odum, died Monday, July 28, 2008, at Parkway Manor Nursing Home in Marion.

Born July 12, 1919, in Johnston City, Ill., she was the daughter of Ethel Harris. She was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marion, where she was an elder and deacon. She worked as a longtime cook for Marion Unit 2 Schools and ticket sales at Marion athletic events. She also had previously worked at Planters Restaurant and Woolworth’s Department Store.

Survivors include two daughters, Janice (Jon) Sullins, Versailles, and Cathy (Gary) Childers, Marion, Ill.; a son, Jim (Kathi) Odum, Marion, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Michelle Lynne and Mike Morris, Susan Kay and Chris Tracy, Charles Lee Odum, Granger James Odum, Amy Lizabeth Childers, Jacob Taylor Childers, and Hunter Lee Odum; two great-grandchildren, Madison Nicole Tracy and Emma Kate Tracy; and a sister, Oma Singer. Her step-father, Jess Brown, who helped raise her; and two sons, Charles Ronald Odum and Norva Curtis Odum, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Blue Funeral Home in Marion, Ill., by the Rev. Cindy Bean. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion, Ill.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois; envelopes are available at the funeral home or may be sent c/o Blue Funeral Home, PO Box 411, Marion, IL 62959.



Mildred Jean Robinson, 68, of Lexington, died Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

A native of Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Chester A. (Charlotte) Young and Mary Gray (Tracy) Wolfinbarger. She was a retired switchboard operator for the Campbell House Inn and was a member of Irvine View Holiness Church.

Survivors include her fiancé, John Williams; a son, Donald "Butch" (Sheila) Comley Jr., Richmond; two daughters, Tonya (Mike Evans) Allison and Theresa (Tim) Burdette, both of Richmond; a stepson, Gary (Lois) Robinson, Richmond; a stepdaughter, Desiree (Warren) Lamusga, Minnesota; five brothers, Kenneth Wolfinbarger, Bobby (Debbie) Wolfinbarger, Ronnie Wolfinbarger, all of Richmond, Paul (Vickie) Young, Carlisle, and Darrell (Bev) Young; a sister, Ms. Wayne Young, Versailles; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Stephen Wayne Robinson, a daughter Marietta Comley, and two brothers, Chester Young and Otha Glenn Wolfinbarger, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, July 26, at the Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home, by Bro. Charley Wilson and Bro. J.B. Alexander. Burial was in the Richmond Cemetery. Casket bearers were Joshua Reece, Zachary Reece, Donald Wayne Comley, Lee Bailey, Mike Gross, and Tracy Edward Wolfinbarger. Honorary bearers were Billy Dale Wolfinbarger and Ryan Lamusga.

Donations may be made to "The Helping Hands Group" of Irvine View Holiness Church, c/o Lanco Mortgage 519 Hampton Way #9, Richmond, KY 40475.



Patsy Louise Covington Stakelin, 69, of Lexington, wife of James "Jim" Stakelin, died Sunday, July 27, 2008, at her home.

Born Sept. 7, 1938, in Georgetown, she was the daughter of the late Roscoe A. and Louise Pribble Covington. She was a private baby-sitter for over 31 years, a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, a 28-year member of the Halleluiah Singers, a member of the XYZ Club, and also served with "Feed the Hunger" program.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, James W. (Paula) Stakelin II, Lexington, and Jeffrey Alan (Debbie) Stakelin, Versailles; a daughter, Diana Lynn (Bud) Bates, Lexington; four grandsons, Jared Alan (Jackie) Stakelin and James Thomas (Deanda) Stakelin, both of Nicholasville, and Andrew Davis and Jeffrey Taylor Stakelin, both of Versailles; a great-granddaughter, Madison Elaine Stakelin; a brother, Roscoe A. Covington Jr., Lexington; and a sister, Emily Whitehouse, Georgetown. A brother, Bonnie Gene Covington, and a sister, Joe Ann Wynn, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, July 30, at Immanuel Baptist Church, Lexington, by Dr. Craig Loscalzo, the Rev. James Heard, and Pastor David Bourne. Burial was in the Georgetown Cemetery. Casket bearers were David Whitehouse, Chris Covington, Richard Evans, Howard Rupard, Shirley Johnson, Dick LeMaster, Rolands Rizenbergs and Dan Hammond. Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to the "Feed the Hunger" program, c/o Grace Baptist Church 811 Bryan Avenue, Lexington, KY 40505, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Chevy Chase Plaza, 836 Euclid Ave, Ste. 303, Lexington, KY 40502, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Edna M. Watts, 93, of Lexington, widow of Marshall F. Watts, died Friday, July 25, 2008, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Indianapolis, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Clayton Cook and Anna Lee Agee Johnson. She was a former resident of Millville in Woodford County and a retired salesperson for Perkins Department Store. She was a member of Broadway Christian Church, where she was active in the women’s department.

Survivors include a son, Shirley R. (Molly) Watts, Nicholasville; two daughters, Linda (Carl) Gant, Versailles, and Ann (Jim) Faulconer, Melbourne, Fla.; a brother, Joe Johnson, Versailles; a sister, Letha Foster, Versailles; five grandsons, David (Kris) Watts, Harrodsburg, Danny Watts, Versailles, Steve (Susan) Faulconer, Titusville, Fla., Kenneth (Laura) Gant, Lexington, and Len (Kelly) Gant, Louisville; three granddaughters, Debbie (Mike) Breaux, Rockford, Ill., Karen Mooney, Portland, Ore., and Leigh Thompson, Melbourne, Fla.; 18 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, July 28, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by Minister Mike Breaux. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

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