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June 3, 2004



Winfred L. Duff, 80, of Versailles, widower of Vivian Adams Duff, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, following a long illness.

Born Aug. 5, 1923, in Campton, he was the son of the late Millie Bailey Duff and Thomas Felix Duff. He retired in 1987 as deputy health commissioner of the Middletown (Ohio) Health Department after 44 years of service in public health. Following two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he was with the Butler County (Ohio) Health Department for eight years before being recruited by the Middletown Health Department, where he served 34 years. In 1979, he was named Sanitarian of the Year by the Southwest District of the Ohio Public Health Association. Throughout his career, he served on numerous public health and civic organizations. In addition, he served as chairman of the Sanitarian Section of the Ohio Public Health Association; president of the Southwest District of the Ohio Public Health Association; charter member of the Ohio Environmental Health Association; president of the government division of the Middletown Chapter of the American Red Cross; member of the Middletown Community Disaster Planning Committee; chairman of the Middletown Plumbing Board; president of the Middletown Council of PTOs; and member of the executive board of the Middletown Area Senior Citizens. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Middletown, and attended Southland Christian Church at the time of his death.

Survivors include a daughter, Melody Duff Featherston; a sister, Kathryn McCloud; and numerous nieces and nephews. Four brothers, Gerald, Robert, Kenneth, and Orville Duff; and three sisters, Bernice Duff, Opal Ludwig, and Herma Phillips, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, May 28, 2004, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by Chaplain Stewart Dawson of the Lexington Fire Department. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

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

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Roberta “Bertie” Giles, 91, retired Irvin Industries employee, died Sunday, May 30, 2004.

Born in Woodford County, she was a Baptist and was the daughter of the late Peter Kavanaugh Sr. and Eva O’Nan Giles.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Ann Cooley, Lexington; a brother, John William Giles, Lawrenceburg; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Barbree Thompson, Woodford County, and Sharon Giles, Versailles. Three brothers, Albert Giles, Neville Giles, Pete Giles, and three sisters, Ruth Mae Wulfurst, Elizabeth Wainscott, and Ethel Parris, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Ronnie Hupp. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were David Giles, Peter Giles III, Danny Giles, Nickolas Sims, Jeff Giles, and John Lewis Giles.

Memorials are suggested to the Hospice Care Center, Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Kathryn Carol Murphy King, 86, widow of Ralph King, mother of Marilyn A. Burt of Versailles, died Saturday, May 29, 2004, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Lawrenceburg.†She had resided in Versailles for the past seven years.

Born in Lynn, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Leo and Delia O’Shea Murphy. She was an accomplished artist and member of St. Leo Catholic Church.†

In addition to her daughter, Marilyn, she is survived by daughters, Sylvia King, South Lyon, Miss., Mary Jean King, Boxford, Mass., Lucy King, Ontario, Canada; a son, Ralph King, Los Angeles, Calif.; a sister, Lucy Iacuessa, Tacoma, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.†A daughter, Janet Foley, of Andover, Mass., is deceased.

A memorial service will be held in Lynn, Mass., followed by burial on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to St. Leo Catholic Church.



Bessie Coleman Layne, 80, formerly of Pikeville, died Saturday, May 30, 2004, in Stanton.

She was the daughter of the late George H. and Florence Dotson Coleman.

She was the mother of Versailles Church of God Pastor Frank Layne. Additional survivors include eight other children, Jackie Smith, Phelps, Kay Smith, Kimper, Jo Ann Casey, Stanton, Sharon Layne, Stanton, Lossie Casey, Bean Station, Tenn., Magaline Smith, Cynthiana, Bobby Layne, Frenchburg, and Danny Layne, Stanton; a sister, May Dell, California, Ky., a brother, Bradley Coleman, Williamson, W.Va.; 20 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at the Versailles Church of God. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Susan Darnell Robertson, 83, of Lexington, widow of Beverly W. Robertson, died Saturday, May 29, 2004.

Born June 18, 1920, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Matthew Cotton Darnell and Ermina Jett Darnell. She graduated in 1938 from Frankfort High School and was a graduate of Bowling Green Business University. She had been employed by the Kentucky Department of Education in Frankfort, Kentucky Department of Mines and Minerals in Lexington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Lexington, and Southern Hills United Methodist Church. She was a charter member of Southern Hills United Methodist Church, a member of the administrative board, and was the administrative assistant for the first 15 years of the existence of Southern Hills. She was a former member of the chancel choir and a member of Meade Shotwell Circle of the church. She had been a volunteer patient representative at St. Joseph Hospital, a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, Lansdowne Homemakers, the Central Kentucky Computer Society, and the Kentucky Historical Society.

She is survived by three sons, Stuart Robertson, Tallahassee, Fla., Doc Robertson, Winchester, and Duffy Robertson, Lexington; six grandchildren, Ivan Matthew Robertson, Dublin, Ireland, Nicholas Robertson and Susanna Stuart Robertson, Tallahassee, Fla., Christianne Robertson Janes, Louisville, Bo Woolsey Robertson, Richmond, and Lily Corrina Miracle Robertson, Lexington; four great grandsons, Michael Stuart Robertson and John Matthew Robertson, Dublin, Ireland, and John Matthew Janes and Lucas Keith Janes, Louisville; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at Southern Hills United Methodist Church by Dr. Donald Herren, Dr. Wayne Bishop, and the Rev. Lewis Ricketts. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery. W.R. Milward Mortuary-Southland was in charge of arrangements,

Memorials are suggested to Southern Hills United Methodist Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass.



George Thomas Sears, 50, of Versailles, husband of Lois Clay Sears, died Thursday, May 27, 2004.

Born May 19, 1954, he was the son of Thomas Sears Jr. and Doris Jean Sears. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Versailles, attended Frankfort High School, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a son, Thomas Chenault; a sister, Teresa Sears Martin; two brothers, Michael Sears and Eugene Sears. A brother, Mark Sears; two nieces, Regina Sears and Telisia Sears; a nephew, Joshua Martin; and his stepmother, Freda Sears; are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at First Baptist Church, Versailles, by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Morgan Funeral Home of Versailles was in charge of arrangements.

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Mary Neal Terhune, 95, of Clewiston, Fla., formerly of Harrodsburg, widow of Robert F. Terhune, died Thursday, May 27, 2004, in Florida.

Born July 17, 1908, in Harrodsburg, she was the daughter of the late Ben Casey and Ora VanArsdall Allin. She was a retired homemaker and a member of the Wilton Manors Christian Church in Florida.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Wells, Clewiston, Fla.; two grandsons, Michael Wells, Versailles, and James Wells, Winchester; seven great grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild. A sister, Elizabeth Allin Gabhart, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, May 31, 2004, at the Adkin Davis Funeral Home, and graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, June 3, at the Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, by the Rev. Don Chase.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hendry Regional Medical Center, 500 West Sugarland Highway, Clewiston, FL 33440. The Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg, is in charge of local arrangements.



Evelyn Browning Hartley Wilson, 81, of Stout Avenue, widow of William E. (Billy) Wilson, with whom she owned and operated Wilson Drug Store, died Thursday, May 27, 2004, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born July 15, 1922, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Bessie White Hartley. She was a graduate of the Versailles High School, was a cheerleader, and was voted outstanding student in the class of 1940. She attended Fugazzi Business College and the University of Kentucky. She was an active member of the Versailles Baptist Church and was involved in community affairs. Her primary interest was the Ruth Class of the Versailles Baptist Church.

During World War II, she was the vocalist for the Campus Commodores. She married her husband Billy, on March 5, 1945, and together they owned and operated the Wilson Drug Store for many years.

Evelyn was the mother of four children, Laura and Hartley, who are deceased; her daughter, Beth Whittinghill, of Sarasota, Fla., and her son, Roger Wilson, of Versailles. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Spencer and Betsy Whittinghill, of Sarasota.

Services were conducted Tuesday, June 1, at the Versailles Baptist Church by the Rev. John Brandon. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Doug Watson, Steve Osborne, Tom Moore, Rick McGoldrick, Wilbur Kowalke, and Danny McMillan. The members of the Ruth Sunday School Class were honorary bearers, along with Nora Bruce, Mimi Hackney, and Florence Etherington. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Baptist Church Building Fund, 125 East Green Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

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