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June 23, 2011



William E. "Bill" Drury, 74, of Versailles, widower of Barbara Flora Drury, died Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Born in Woodford County in 1936, he was the son of William B. and Francis Marie Faust Drury. He served in the U.S. Army, retired from IBM after 31 years, was owner and broker at Drury Real Estate, and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Barry (Regina) Drury, Versailles, and Melvin (Leslie) Drury, Nicholasville; a brother, Don Drury, Versailles; and four grandchildren, Brandon, Kelsey, Aliona and Melvin Drury II.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 24, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Dr. Wesley Noss. Interment will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Bob Matthews, Harold Williams, Jim Whetsel, Denny Wilson, Andrew Robinson, and Melinda Jones. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, June 23, at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to New Hope Baptist Church.

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Arnetta "Peaches" Winkfield Hill, 75, of Versailles, widow of William "Dick" Hill, died Monday, June 20, 2011, at her home.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Marshall Sr. and Anna Mae Johnson Winkfield. A graduate of Simmons High School, she had retired from Rand McNally & Co., where she was employed for over 20 years. She had been a candidate for Versailles City Council and was active and interested in her community. A lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, she had been active on the usher board, the mixed choir, was a greeter, and her most recent duty was bereavement dinner coordinator.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews, Shirley Ann Konnateh, Edith Kidd, Freida Winkfield, Iritha Hill, Rosalyn Hill, William Douglas Smith, Michael Marvin Smith, and William F. Winkfield; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, stepchildren, cousins, and other relatives.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, June 23, at First Baptist Church. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 24, at the church by the Rev. Floyd Greene, the Rev. T. H. Peoples Jr., and the Rev. Willis Polk. Interment will follow at the Steele Cemetery.

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Josephine B. "Jo" Johnson, of Versailles, mother of Norma Jean McClain and Doug Matthews, died Wednesday morning, June 22, 2011.

Arrangements are pending completion at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

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Jessie Isabelle Troxler Owsley, 63, of Versailles, died Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

She was a 1966 graduate of Woodford County High School and a graduate of Kentucky State University, where she received her degree in early childhood development. She was Woodford County Head Start director for over 26 years. An active member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Versailles, she held several offices in the church, sang in the mass choir, was local missionary president, and served in the Kentucky Conference of the A.M.E. Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Rochelle Owsley; a brother, George Troxler; a sister, Jackie (Bobby) Greenlee; and a granddaughter, Jessi Williams, all of Versailles; several aunts and uncles, and numerous other relatives.

Services were conducted Tuesday, June 21, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church by the Rev. James E. Smith. Burial was in the Steele Cemetery. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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David Arnold Rogers, 71, of Georgetown, died Friday, June 17, 2011, at the VA Hospital.

A native of Versailles, he was the son of the late John C. and Ortha Marie Christian Rogers. He was a retired City of Georgetown employee and former employee of Overhead Door. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a former member of the Georgetown Optimist Club and an Army veteran. He was also active in garden tractor pulling throughout the state, from which he won many awards.

Survivors include two daughters, Tammy (Eddie) Wynn and Patricia Cooper, both of Georgetown; five grandchildren, Larissa and Lauren Amburgey, Eric and Elizabeth Cooper, and Olivia Kopser; four siblings, Ralph (Libby) Rogers, Lexington, Linda (Bob) Lewis, Shelbyville, Danny (Trina) Rogers, Corinth, and Jean (Tim) Bailey, Georgetown; and nine nieces and nephews. A sister, Sue Hawkins, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, June 21, at Johnsonís Funeral Home, Georgetown. Burial was in Crestlawn Cemetery. Casket bearers were Eric Cooper, Jonathan Major, Scott, Tony and Jeff Lewis and J.D. Alton. Honorary bearers were Ron Carroll, Frank Chisley and Everette Varney.



Ralph D. Swinford, 71, of Versailles, widower of Bonnie Bradford Swinford, died Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Born in Harrison County, he was the son of Carl and Ina Bernice Crosswaite Swinford. He was a former employee of Rand McNally in customer service.

Survivors include a daughter, Robin (Darrell) Varner, Versailles; a son, Carl B. (Katy) Swinford, Nicholasville; a sister, Helen Harrison, Franklin; a brother, Carl Swinford Jr., Indiana; and a granddaughter, Ashlee Swinford. A sister, Marjorie Croomer, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, June 23, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Heather McColl. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Trevor Wachter, Jerry Wachter, Rusty Wynn, Michael Orr, Jim Swinford, and Taylor Wynn. Honorary bearers will be Jeff Quatman, Raleigh Naugle, and Alex Orr. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. today until time of service.

Donations may be made to oneís favorite charity.



Noel Fredrick Smither, 77, of Lexington, formerly of Midway, husband of Wanda Smither, died Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born Nov. 24, 1933, he was the son of the late Noel and Ruth Brown Smither. A decorated Navy veteran, he served in the Korean War and retired as a salesman for Frito-Lay after 30 years.

In addition to his wife of 28 years, he is survived by a daughter, Vicki (Wayne) Brautigan, Centerville Ohio; two sons, Steven (Eugenia) Smither, Versailles, and Timothy Smither, Marco Island, Fla.; a sister, Faye Flora, Versailles; eight grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A brother, Jack B. Smither, is deceased.

Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, June 27, at the funeral home by Chaplain Michelle Terwilleger. Military honors and burial will follow at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Michael and Richard Major, Jason and Andrew Smither, and Michael and Nicholas McWethy. Honorary bearers will be Rodney Trimble and Wayne Brautigan.

Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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