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June 28, 2007



James Turner Alexander, 89, a lifelong resident of Woodford County, a businessman and member of the Kentucky General Assembly, died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at the Saint Joseph Hospital, Lexington.
At the time of his death he was a resident of the Thompson Hood Veterans Center at Wilmore; however, he maintained his home on Marilyn Avenue and came back home every week for day-long visits.
He was the son of the late Will and Byrd Alexander and the great-grandson of Leonard Owen Alexander, who came to Woodford County from Virginia 1802. Alexander and his brother, John, founded Alexander Brothers Furniture Store in 1944 shortly after Jim returned home from World War II. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Jim built his first store and filling station as a teenager. He managed a gas station on Lexington Street prior to leaving for military service. He married Sarah “Tubby” Stull in 1939. She died in 2003.
Alexander grew up for the most part on a farm near Mortonsville and attended Versailles High School. He began his political career as member of the Versailles City Council in the 1950s. He was elected to the Kentucky House, representing Woodford and Jessamine counties for four terms beginning in 1960. As member of both governmental bodies, he earned a reputation as a fiscal conservative. He was one of the few representatives who voted against the Kentucky sales tax. A Democrat, he was a delegate to several of that party’s national conventions.
In addition to his furniture and appliance business, he operated dry cleaning establishments in Versailles and Nicholasville. He was a stockholder in the corporation that built and operated WWLV-FM radio.
When Alexander and his wife sold their furniture store, they were the oldest merchants on Main Street in Versailles. Not wanting to retire, Sarah was employed by Stewart’s Department Store and Jim worked for the state highway department. During the warm months of the year, the sidewalk in front of their furniture store was a favorite gathering place for people in the county when they came downtown.
Survivors include a son, Jimmy, and his wife, Janet, who live in Versailles. Three sisters-in-law, several nieces, nephews and cousins living in Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois, also survive him.
Services were conducted Wednesday, June 27, at Clark Funeral Home by Bro. Tom Hinkle. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Robert Alexander, Raymond Alexander Jr., Raymond Alexander III, Gary Hatton, Ken Cox, and David Hartley. Honorary bearers were Warren Southworth, Mark E. Gormley, Mike Heathman, Kenton Cable, Ralph Crigger, Mildred Turner, and Ken Alexander.

David Lee Bradshaw Jr., 69, of Lexington, husband of Brigitte (Gorny) Bradshaw, died Monday, June 18, 2007.
Born Nov. 2, 1937, at White Sulfur in Scott County, he was the son of the late David Bradshaw Sr. and Mary E. (Bell) Bradshaw. He was a member of the Historical Second Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Midway. He retired after 22 years of service from the U.S. Army in 1981 and later worked in security at the Blue Grass Army Depot. He served in Korea and served two tours in Vietnam.
In addition to his wife of 28 years, he is survived by two children, Denise and David III; his siblings, Robert, Frank, Charles, Richard, Herbert, Charlotte, Holman, Mary, Clara Roberts, Louise Stone, and other relatives. A brother, Howard, is deceased.
Services were conducted Friday, June 22, at the Historical Second Christian Church, Midway. Smith & Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Darin Ray Brewer, 41, of Versailles, husband of Alvona Spivey Brewer, died Friday, June 15, 2007.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Linda Jean Brewer, Nicholasville, and Ashley Brewer, Carlisle; two brothers, Gray Brewer, Nicholasville, and Albert Brewer, Covington; two grandchildren; and numerous stepchildren.
Memorial services were conducted Monday, June 25, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Guest book at

Ronald Howard, 69, died Sunday, June 10, 2007, in Sacramento, Calif.
Born Aug. 10, 1937, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late John and Agnes Howard.
Survivors include three sons, Reginald, Chester and Ricarto, all of Sacramento, Calif.; a grandson, Elijah Howard; a granddaughter, Lashelle Howard; two sisters, Rosetta Beatty, Kentucky, and Nan Montgomery, Ohio; two brothers, Eugene Howard, Kentucky, and Kenneth Howard, Maryland; and numerous other relatives.
Services were conducted Friday, June 15, at Morgan Jones Chapel of Chimes, Sacramento, Calif.

Walter Louis McLean, 81, of Georgetown, husband of Christine Lancaster McLean, died Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at the Hospice Care Center.
A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late Ira B. and Vera Williams McLean. A retired supervisor with the Kentucky Department of Parks, he served with the Merchant Marine during World War II and was a member of the Gano Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Debbie Cannada, Georgetown, and Patti Hancock, Springboro, Ohio; five grandchildren, Jillianne Waardenburg, Bryan Cannada, Shauna McDonald, David Hancock, and Jonathan Hancock; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Doris Culbertson and Georgetta Towles; and four brothers, Ira McLean, Boyce McLean, Raymond McLean, and Edward McLean. A sister, Estelle Simon, and a brother, Harold McLean, are deceased.
Services were conducted Saturday, June 23, at Johnson’s Funeral Home by Pastor Cornelious Hancock and the Rev. Harry Hargis. Burial was in the Georgetown Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mr. McLean’s grandsons. Honorary bearers were the deacons of Gano Baptist Church.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Gano Baptist Church.

Carl Lewis Neff, 94, of Millville, husband of Reeda Neff, died Thursday, June 21, 2007.
Born July 12, 1912, in Layland, W.Va., he was the son of the late Mary Jane and Robert Tilden Neff. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley, W.Va., Concord College, Athens, W.Va., and George Peabody College, Nashville, Tenn., and taught math in West Virginia at Shady Spring High School and Sophia High Schools, where he later became the principal. He graduated from the Armored Officers Candidate School in Fort Knox and served in World War II and retired as a major from the Active Reserves. He was a member of the Woodrow Wilson Football Hall of Fame, a 35-year member of the Sophia Lions Club, and served as the president and secretary of the Raleigh County Education Association. He attended the Sophia United Methodist Church and Versailles United Methodist Church.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by a daughter, Donita Lodmell. Millville; a son, Donald Neff, Springfield, Va.; a brother, Joe Neff, Kimbolton, Ohio; a sister, Velma Bostic, Oak Hill, W.Va.; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Two sisters and two brothersare deceased.
Services were conducted Monday, June 25, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Rebecca Peterson and the Rev. Mike Lehman. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Casket bearers were Don Neff, David Neff, John Lodmell, David Lodmell, James Lodmell, and Matthew Lodmell.
Memorials contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or the Versailles United Methodist Church Building Fund, 110 North Court Street, Versailles, KY 40383.
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Danuta Maria Wysocki Parsons, wife of Dale W. Parsons, died Thursday, June 21, 2007.
Survivors include a daughter, Kazia Lucille Parsons; two sisters, Darlina Wysocki and Eva Harris, both of Lexington; a brother, George Wysocki, Versailles; an aunt and uncle, Veronica and John Wagner, New Jersey, and an aunt, Lucille Hensley, Wallins Creek.
A funeral Mass was conducted Monday, June 25, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Dan Noll. Entombment was at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Casket bearers were Brandon Smith, Phillip Wysocki, John Thomas Eldridge, Christopher Parsons, Brian Hake, Daniel Howard, Kent Robbins, Matthew Blankenship, Kenneth Stewart, and Luke Wingfield. Honorary bearers were Steven Rogers, and Danny Williams.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Kazia Parsons Scholarship Fund, c/o Kentucky Bank, 520 Marsailles Road, Versailles, KY 40383.
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Connie L. Pease, 73, of Lexington, widow of Raymond E. Pease, died Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at her residence.
Born in Owensboro, she was the daughter of the late Clifton and Lois Williams Sublett. She was a retired nurse and did volunteer work for various hospitals and organizations. She was a Donovan Scholar and member of Immanuel Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Alleluia Singers Senior Adult Choir. She was an artist, seamstress, and traveled extensively with the HaHa Sisters.
Survivors include three daughters, Karen Meadows, Versailles, Kathi Tresaloni, Evansville, Ind., and Kristie Stewart, Lexington; a son, Ken Pease, Versailles; 10 grandchildren, Casey Geilear, Adam Meadows, Jessica Burton, Becca Pease, Lauren Stewart, Caitlyn Meadows, Jennifer Tresaloni, Hannah Stewart, Alli Treasaloni, and Jacob Pease; and four great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Madison, Jackson, and Carter Geilear.
Services were conducted Saturday, June 23, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by Dr. James Stillwell. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Josh Burton, Dale Meadows, Josh Bliss, Vince Tresaloni, Jonathan Geilear, Dale Stewart, and Adam Meadows.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.


James “Jim” T. Resinger, 62, of Lexington, died Monday, June 18, 2007.
Born in Tucson, Ariz., in 1945, he moved with his family to Central Kentucky in 1962. He graduated from Woodford County High School in 1963. A 35-year employee of the Lexington Police Department, he served as a communications officer. A U.S. Army veteran, he attended the University of Kentucky, and was fluent in many languages, some of them self taught. His interests included Galileo, global warming, physics, calculus, foreign affairs, politics, philosophy, the Renaissance, economics and chemistry. He was also an avid ham radio operator, electronics enthusiast and photographer.
Survivors include his mother, Margaret Carlton, Portland, Ore.; his stepmothers, Greta T. Resinger and Jacqueline K. Resinger, both of Versailles; three brothers Paul, Versailles, David, Lexington, and Jack, Louisville; two sisters, Kelly, Haddonfield, N.J., and Nancy, Lexington; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. His father, Harold E. Resinger, M.D., and a brother, John, are deceased.
Services were conducted Saturday, June 23, at the Lexington Baptist Temple by Chaplain Donovan Stewart. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions may be made to the Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, 40504.

Pearl Wilson Sewell, 92, of Fords Mill Road, widow of Ray Sewell, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2007, at the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.
Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late C. D. Sr. and Minnie Dean Wilson. She was a longtime member of the Clover Bottom Baptist Church.
Survivors include three daughters, Kay Scott, Huntington, W.Va., Patricia Vollmer, Nicholasville, and Shirley Poor, Woodford County; a son, Doug Ray Sewell, Woodford County; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A daughter, June Lavonne Poor; two sisters, Christine Cox, Katherine Parrott; and two brothers, C. D. Wilson Jr., and Garnett Wilson, are deceased.
Services were conducted Saturday, June 23, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Pastor Donald Scott Jr.. Interment followed at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
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Alice Adline Bell White, 83, of Russell Avenue, died Friday, June 22, 2007, at the Winchester Center for Health and Rehabilitation.
Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Haven and Ada Lewis White. She was a retired employee of Texas Instruments and a former beautician. She was a lifelong member of the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include a niece, Helen Mitchell, Dayton, Ohio; three great-nieces, Diane Spencer, Lexington, Lynn Broadus, Dayton, Ohio, and Ada Mitchell, Dayton, Ohio; and numerous great-great-nieces and nephews. A sister, Lula Mae White, and a brother, Andrew Thomas White, are deceased.
Services were conducted Wednesday, June 27, at the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Midway, by the Rev. Clyde Beverly II. At interment, casket bearers will be Jermaine Mitchell, Ozon Mitchell, Quentin Mitchell, De Juan Mitchell, Robert Higgins, Tim Middleton, George Jones, and Ronnie Mitchell. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
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Oswald Lee Wyman, 70, husband of Molly Wyman, of Versailles, died Wednesday, June 20, 2007.
He was a member of Assembly of God and was a bus driver for Lex-Tran for 32 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Jimmy Wyman and Tommy Wyman; three daughters, Vernie Clark, Denise Marie Wyman, and Brenda Sue Harrison; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; six stepchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; a step-great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Patsy Ann Brown.
Services were conducted Saturday, June 23, at Betts & West Funeral Home by Mickey Stinnett. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were his grandsons, David Harrison, James Wyman, Derek Harrison, Glenn Harrison, Brandon Clark, Timmy Harrison, and Albert Rogers.
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