The Woodford Sun

Versailles, Ky.


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March 1, 2001 issue


Ola E. Conner

Ola Evelyn "Granny" Conner 93, of Rising Sun, Ind., widow of Rodney Conner, died at The Waters of Rising Sun on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001.

She was born in Woodford County on April 24, 1907, the daughter of the late Wesley and Anna Skelton Drury. She was a homemaker and a member of the Rising Sun United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three sons, James Conner, Aurora, Ind.; Ronald Conner, Lexington, and Phillip Conner, Versailles; a brother, Orville Drury, Lexington; three sisters, Loretta McCown, Martha Phillips, and Elizabeth Cox, all of Lawrenceburg; 23 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at the Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home, Rising Sun. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery, where a graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Activity Fund of The Waters of Rising Sun.


Robert M. Gregory

Robert Miller Gregory, 79, of Georgetown, husband of Mildred Crutchfield Gregory, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at the Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

He was born in Woodford County on Aug. 15, 1921, the son of the late William P. and Lula Miller Gregory. He was a farmer and a member of the Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church; was a member of the Scott County Extension Board and Council; a member of the Thoroughbred R. C. & D.; a member of the Habitat for Humanity Board, and a director of the Soil Conservation Service. He was a WW II U. S. Navy veteran.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by five sons, Wayne, Tom, and Randy Gregory, all of Georgetown; Paul Gregory, Lexington, and his Chilean son, Juan Carlos Gutierrez, Osorno, Chile; a brother, Owen Gregory, Versailles; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. A son, Alan Lee Gregory, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, March 1, at the Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown, by the Rev. Kevin Baker and the Rev. Rodney Goodlett. Burial will be in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Bobby, Curtis, Kenneth, and Billy Gregory and John and Matthew Crossfield. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Methodist Children’s Home, P. O. Box 749, Versailles 40383.


Granville Leach Sr.

Granville Lee Leach Sr., 84, of Shannon Run Road, Versailles, husband of Anna Durbin Leach, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001 at his residence.

Born in Scott County on April 11, 1916, he was the son of the late Stevie and Loretta Faulconer Leach. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Old Union Christian Church in Loradale. He also served on the Farm Bureau Board, the S. C. D. Board, and the A. S. C. S. Board.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Sandy Frakes, Versailles; three sons, G. L. Leach Jr., Michael Leach and Vernon Ray Leach, all of Versailles; a sister, Beulah Moore, Frankfort; and two grandchildren, Laura Ann Frakes and Vernon Ray Leach Jr. Two brothers, Chester Leach and Vernon Leach, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Feb. 26 at the Duell-Clark Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Terry Sikes. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Lexington. Casket bearers were Robert Richardson, Kenny Houston, Steve Burberry, Mark Burberry, Ronnie Durbin and Eric Durbin.


Elsie W. Redmon

Elsie Wachter Redmon, 68, of 301 Macey Avenue, Versailles, widow of Robert Redmon, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001.

Born in Woodford County, she was a daughter of the late Adam and Laura Carpenter Wachter and was a longtime member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Rhonda Brooks, Frankfort; a son, Charles M. Redmon, Lexington, and four grandchildren, Brittany Brooks, Lauren Marley Brooks, Angela Cobb, and John Cobb. Two sisters, Anna Lee Sharp and Betty J. Pool, and a brother, Joseph Wachter, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in the Versailles Cemetery by the Rev. John Brandon. Casket bearers were Jody Wachter, Michael Wachter, Chase Wachter, and Dwayne Lloyd. Memorials are suggested to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P. 0. Box 50, Memphis, Tenn. 38101-0050. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.


Tanja J. Shropshire

Tanja J. Shropshire, 46, of Apopka, Fla., formerly of Lexington and Midway, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at Altamonte Hospital, in Florida.

Born in Woodford County on Nov. 24, 1954, she was the daughter of Kenneth E. and Betty Devers Davis. She was the former owner of a Burger King restaurant in Lexington. She was a member of Apopka First Baptist Church and the Lions Club.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by an aunt, Patsy D. Carpenter, Seymour, Ind.; two uncles, Albert Sidney Devers, Lawrenceburg, and Danny Lee Devers, Versailles; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Julian Simpson. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Phillip Carpenter, Wayne Carpenter, Charley Lay, Phillip McDaniel, George Devers, and Andy Devers IV.


Katherine M. Whaley

Katherine M. Whaley, 44, Versailles, wife of Larry L. Whaley, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001.

She was born in Scott County on Oct. 4, 1956, the daughter of Alice Shouse Murphy Turpin, Wayne, W. Va., and the late Luther Murphy Sr. She was a homemaker and a member of Royal Springs Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by two daughters, Cathy Whaley and Lisa Whaley, both of Versailles; a brother, Ricky Murphy, Minnesota; and three sisters, Loretta Wethington, Midway; Darlene Perry, Wayne, W. Va., and Brenda Stephens, Jessamine County.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown, by the Rev. Phil Schultz. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery. Casket bearers were James C. Whaley, Robbie Whaley, Mike Whaley, Tony Whaley, Tim Wireman, and Otha Wethington.