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June 16, 2011



Nannie L. Bland, 89, of Versailles, widow of Eugene "Pat" Bland, died Friday, May 27, 2011.

Born March 8, 1922, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late John Elmer and Katie Creth Caise. She attended school in Woodford County and joined the First Baptist Church at an early age, where she served as assistant Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher for young girls, and was a member of the senior choir, a member of the Eastern Regional Missionary, a life member of the state Baptist Womenís Missionary, and a member of the War Mothers. She was a former employee of Rand McNally and was a cook for the late Louis and Alma Haggin.

Survivors include a son, Herbert (Mary) Bush Jr.; a daughter, Kathy Bush; five sisters, Ruthe D. Garner and Anna K. Caise, both of Versailles, Virginia E. Sledge, White Plains, N.Y., and Martha R. Robinson and Mary M. Ough, both of Berkley, Calif.; a brother, Paul D.L. Caise Sr., Lexington; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces, including special nieces LaVonne Washington and Dorice Brown. Four brothers, John E. Caise Jr., James L. Caise, William P. Caise Sr., and Robert E. Caise, are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, June 2, at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Burial was in the Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers were William Bland, Ralph Caise, Pierre Caise, Paul Caise Jr., Glen Caise, Gregory Caise, and Fred Washington Jr. Honorary bearers were the deacons and officers at First Baptist Church. Morgan Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.



Martha L. Coffman Merryman, 88, of Lexington, died Monday, June 13, 2011.

Born May 15, 1923, in Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Barney and Connealia Crutchfield Coffman. She was a member of Porter Memorial Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening, canning, and cooking.

Survivors include a son, Herbert "Steve" Merryman, whose father was the late Herbert Merryman of Woodford County; a sister, Frankie Bradshaw, Louisville, two nieces, Carol White, Somerset, and Deena Smiley, Louisville; a cousin, Connie Cox, Wilmore, and other relatives.

Services will be at conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, June 16, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home, Nicholasville. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Shawnee Run Baptist Church Cemetery, Mercer County.



Stella Bessie Winkfield Smith, 81, of Lexington, widow of Charles William Smith, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at the St. Joseph Hospice Center.

A native of Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Marshall Winkfield Sr. and Annie Mae Johnson Winkfield. She joined First Baptist Church of Versailles at a young age and in 2004 she became a member of Pleasant Green Baptist Church. She was employed by Southwestern Tobacco and was a companion and private duty nurse to many families throughout her life. She volunteered for Godís Pantry and the Nathaniel Mission Clothing Bank.

Survivors include two sons, William Douglas Smith, Versailles, and Michael (Dr. Lynn) Smith; a daughter, Shirley Smith Konnateh, Houston, Texas; a sister, Arnetta Hill, Versailles; five grandchildren, Nicole (Robert) Stromberg, Versailles, Penny Smith, April Smith, Atlanta, Ga., Douglas Smith II, Norfolk, Va., and Idongesit Usen, Houston, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Candace Smith, Alexander Stromberg, Versailles, Maya Smith, and Keagan Stromberg, Versailles; a sister-in-law, Florence Winkfield, and numerous special nieces, nephews and other relatives. Four brothers, Sam Winkfield, June Winkfield, William Winkfield Jr., and Fred D. Winkfield (Sonny); and three sisters, Annie Mae Jackson, Isabel Captain, and Margaret Kidd, are deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, June 12, at Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, Lexington, by Dr. T.H. Peoples Jr. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.



David Lee Stacy, 47, of Versailles, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the Blue Grass Community Hospital.

Born in Hazard, he was the son of Dora Stacy of Versailles and Adam Stacy of Hazard. He graduated from Woodford County High School in 1981. He was an automotive mechanic and flooring installer.

Survivors include two children, Chris Stacy, Versailles, and Michael Stacy, Parksville; a brother, Marcus Stacy, Nicholasville; five grandchildren; and his former wife, Dale Stacy, Lancaster. A brother, Dennis Ray Stacy, and a sister, Amaryllis Stacy, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, June 13, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

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Carol Whitt, 62, of Versailles, wife of Rodney Whitt, died Saturday, June 11, 2011, at her home.

Born January 6, 1949, in Ashland, she was the daughter of Joe Eldon Clark of Flatwoods and the late Ruth McKenzie Clark. She was a retired employee of the Woodford County School System, where she had been an instructional assistant at Simmons School and a day camp counselor for Parks and Recreation (the Sunshine Program).

Survivors include a son, Darrell Whitt, Versailles; and a brother, Billy Joe (Janice) Clark, Jacksonville, Fla. A daughter, Katrina Jo Whitt, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, June 15, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Gene Roberts. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Michael Clark, Josh Clark, Jonathan Clark, Craig Wallace, Gary Wright Jr., and Jason Wright. Honorary bearer was Nehemiah Dunn.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford Humane Society, P.O. Box 44, Versailles, KY 40383.

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