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March 11, 2010



Judith Phelps Ashley, also known as Judith Phelps Crockett, 61, of Lexington and Versailles, wife of Frank Ashley, died Wednesday, March 3, 2010, after a long illness.

The daughter of James W. Crow, Sr. and the late Laura Stone Phelps, she became a stock broker after attending the University of Kentucky and later became a real estate investor. At the time of her death, she was owner of Judy Ashley Farm, a thoroughbred breeding operation in Versailles. She loved animals and spent a lifetime saving those at risk. She lived most of her life in Ashland Park.

In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by a daughter, Amanda Crockett; a son, David Crockett (Marlene; and two grandchildren, Rocco and Jagger Crockett; and four siblings, Greg and Jim Crow and Diane McGuire and Connie Vaughn.

Services were conducted Monday, March 8, at W.R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Lexington Humane Society.



Azelda Barkett, 92, widow of the late John S. Barkett Sr. and mother of John Barkett (Bunny) of Versailles, died on Monday, March 8, 2010, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Bridgeport, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Mahana and Rebecca Mousa Zahra. She lived in Miami, Fla., for many years, where she owned and operated a grocery business and raised her son. She was of the Catholic faith.

In addition to her son, she is survived by five grandchildren, Kelly Micklas, Versailles, John Roy (Lora) Barkett, Atlanta, Ga., Fr. James Barkett, Virginia, Lt. Col Michael Thomas (Rebecca) Barkett, Virginia, and Sr. Elizabeth Ann Barkett, Walton; and nine great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be conducted Saturday, March 13, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home Chapel by Fr. James Barkett. Burial will follow at the St. Joseph Cemetery at Taylor Manor. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Taylor Manor.

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Virginia Browning, 90, of Lexington, widow of Thomas Lee Browning, died Thursday, March 4, 2010.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Bessie Etherington. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include three children, Thomas Lester Browning, Husser, La., Carol Ann Bragg, Jamestown, N.Y., and Jean Ann Clemons, Buffalo Valley, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Andrea Gaddis, David Bragg, and Dale and Tammy Browning; six great-grandchildren, Kendall Banker, Dale Browning Jr., Karli Gaddis, Alek Gaddis, Austin Banker, and Heather Browning; and a niece, Sally Juanita Young Soard.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, March 11, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. today.



Bill Coulter, 64, of Lexington, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at the Good Samaritan Hospital.

Born in Port Clinton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Earl and Vera Coulter. He attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Toledo University and was a retired pressman for World Color. He was a member of the Bluegrass Sportsmanís Club, where he enjoyed shooting firearms, and he also enjoyed fishing and travel. He was also an amateur radio operator, Extra Class (AJ4EB).

Survivors include a first cousin, John (Polly) Summersett, Lexington; and three second cousins, Bill and Doug Summersett, both of Lexington, and Billy Ray Wedeking, Hopkinsville.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 10, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were John Jelley, Reed Harris, Manlus Burton, John Boso, Bob Ockerman, and Bill and Doug Summersett. Honorary bearer was John Jacobs.

Memorials are suggested to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 2351 Alumni Dr., Lexington, KY 40502.



Beverly Shaner Fennell, 86, of Little Rock, Ark., formerly of Versailles, widow of the Rev. Ernest J.W. Fennell, died Thursday, March 4, 2010.

Born Feb. 27, 1924, in Bolivar, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Alta Allen and Samuel Shaner. She attended William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y. In 1950, she and her husband moved to Versailles, where Beverly worked for several years at The Woodford Sun. They were active members of St. Johnís Episcopal Church. The Fennells moved to Fort Smith, Ark., in 1963, and then to Little Rock, Ark., in 1967. They established St. Francis House, which conducts ministries on behalf of needy people. They moved to the Chicago, Ill., area in the mid 1970s, where Mrs. Fennell taught classes at the Chefís Mart and was a media representative for KFC. After retirement in 1982, the couple moved to Franklin, Tenn., where they established an herb farm, Hyssop Hill, and opened a cooking school. While there, Mrs. Fennell was the host of a long-running PBS show on gardening and herbs. After her husbandís death, she moved back to Little Rock, Ark., where she was an active member of the Arkansas Unit of the Herb Society of America and served several times as chair of the Arkansas Unit. She received the Herb Society of Americaís Certificate of Achievement Award in 2007. She was a member of St. Margaretís Episcopal Church.

Survivors include four children, Bridget Farris (Richard) and Tom M. Fennell (Ellen), Little Rock, Ark., and Debe Fennell and Harvey Fennell (Nancy), Reno, Nev.; a sister, Nancy Repp, Allentown, Pa., 11 grandchildren, Amy Gill, Samuel Murphy, Henry Murphy, Tom W. Fennell, Matthew Farris, Greyson Farris, Rebecca Dickson Keenan, Katrina Dickson, Jesse Combs, Rachel Combs, and Julie Combs; and 15 great-grandchildren. Two daughters, Laurie Hensley and Fianna Combs, and a brother, Sam Shaner, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 6, at St. Margaretís Episcopal Church by the Rev. "Hap" Hoffman. Ruebel Funeral Home, Little Rock, Ark., was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Margaretís Episcopal Church, 20900 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock 72223, or the Herb Society of America, Arkansas Unit, 64 Bouresse Dr. Little Rock, Arkansas 72223.

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Terry Lynn (T.J.) Johnson, 52, of Versailles, husband of Cathy Schmidt Johnson, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center following a long illness.

Born Jan. 25, 1958, in Frankfort, he was the son of the late Patricia Mann Taylor and Neal Johnson. He was a retired employee at Quebecor World and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Jeremy Johnson, Lexington, and Andrew and Taylor Johnson, Versailles; two sisters, Kym (Richard) Sloan, Richmond, and Karen (Terry) Hatton, Winchester; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Don and Dottie Schmidt; and numerous cousins.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 10, at Clark Funeral Home, Frankfort, by Dr. Victor Priebe. Burial was in the Pisgah Cemetery. Casket bearers were Don Schmidt, Dave Schmidt, Larry Thomas, Ronnie Thompson, Charlie Crabb, and Vernon Stapp.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Andrew and Taylor Johnson Education Fund, c/o American Founders Bank, 3750 Palomar Centre Drive, Lexington, KY 40513, or to Godís Special Little Hearts, 1160 Stewart Lane, Sparta, KY 41086.



Doris Dean "Dede" Parrott Martin, 80, of Floydís Knobs, Ind., widow of Ormond Martin, died in 2007. The Sun only recently received news of her death.

She was the daughter of the late Dr. Olson Parrott Sr., longtime Woodford County physician, and the late Ann R. Koester of Floydís Knobs, Ind., and attended schools in Versailles.

Survivors include two children, Deborah Lissom (Stuart Braune) and Carl O. Ledendecker (Aleta); two stepsons, Richard Martin and Don Martin; four grandchildren, Thea Ledendecker (Eric Wasserman), Meagan Ledendecker (Todd Covert), Andy Evans (Liz), and Daniel Evans; three step-grandchildren, Larry Martin (Kathy), Brian Martin (Kim), and Randy Martin (Alexis).

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, at Woods Chapel Cemetery.



Warring Davis "Mac" McFarland, 85, of Georgetown, widower of Dorothy "Dot" Mitchell McFarland, died Friday, March 4, 2010, at the V.A. Medical Center, Lexington.

Born March 2, 1925, in Scott County, he was the son of the late Roy Davis and Hattie Warring McFarland. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theatre with the Seabees. He was a member of Georgetown Baptist Church, where he was active in the choir and the Baraca Sunday school class. He was co-owner of Macís Kentucky Food Store, volunteered at the Amen House, was in the Georgetown Choral Society, a member of the American Legion Post 24, also serving in the honor guard. He was past president of Jaycees, and was a Kentucky Colonel.

Survivors include three children, David "Nick" (Charlotte) McFarland and Danny McFarland, both of Georgetown, and Mary Warren (John) Adams, Versailles; seven grandchildren, Erica McFarland (Aric) Drake, John Warring (Jeanie) McFarland, Brian David (Capella) McFarland, Laura Adams (Dennis) Hensley, John Aaron Adams, Mary Katherine Adams, and Jason Milton Adams; six great-grandchildren, Morgan Lynn Drake, Kristen Paige Drake, Beau Davis McFarland, Austin Blake McFarland, Alyssa Sybrett Karsner, and Bailey Nicole McFarland; a brother, William Glenn (Helen) McFarland, Indianapolis, Ind., and a sister, Evenlyn (Jimmy) White, Frankfort.

Services were conducted Monday, March 8, at Georgetown Baptist Church by the Rev. Richard Weekly and the Rev. Alan Redditt. Burial was in the Georgetown Cemetery. Casket bearers were his grandsons. Honorary bearers were Lew Hoffman, Paul Goerschler, and the Baraca Sunday school class. Tucker, Yocum, & Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Georgetown Baptist Church 207 South Hamilton Street, Georgetown, KY 40324 or Amen House/Scott United Ministries 319 E. Main Street P.O. Box 211 Georgetown, KY 40324



Stanley Edward Dotson Richardson, 71, of Lexington, died Monday, Mar 1, 2010, at his residence.

Born in Midway, he was a retired thoroughbred horse trainer.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty L. Ferguson and Tammy J. Taylor, and their mother, Linda J. Lopresto; and four grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, March 5, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by Minister Ronnie Hupp. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery.


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