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Versailles, Ky.


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March 13, 2003



Louise Rhodus Fish, 69, of Delaney Ferry Road, Versailles, wife of William “Bill” Fish, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born March 31, 1933, in Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Will John and Ida Mae Hollingsworth Rhodus. She was a homemaker and a member of the Faith Baptist Church, Versailles.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, William Carl Fish, Versailles; two daughters, Kathy Jane Connelly, Versailles, and Joyce Pederson, Pikeville; two brothers, Mason Rhodus and Jessie Rhodus, both of Richmond; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Eight brothers, Russell Rhodus, Stanley Rhodus, Ernest Rhodus, Roy Rhodus, Lucian Rhodus, George Rhodus, Carl Rhodus, and Wilson Rhodus; and two sisters, Beatrice Shearer and Nora Francis Gullett, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 8, 2003, at the Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home, Richmond, by Bro. Bobby Lakes. Burial was in Madison County Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were William Carl Fish II, Joshua Ryan Fish, Jerry Connelly, Eric Anderson, Billy Brewer, and Josh Gaines. Honorary bearers were her grandsons and nephews.



Earl Daniel Gaines, 85, of Hallandale, Fla., and Harrodsburg, formerly of Lexington, husband of Jane Purcell Gaines, died Monday, March 10, 2003.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late O.D. and Ira Goodpaster Gaines. He retired as a meter superintendent with Kentucky Utilities after 41 years. He was a member of the Oleika Shrine Temple, the Masonic Lodge #1 F&AM, and was a Kentucky Colonel.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Carol Woods and Barbara Cooley; two brothers, Cecil Gaines and Donald Gaines; a grandson, Dan Cooley; and a great grandson, George Hutton Cooley, all of Lexington; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, March 13, 2003, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary - Southland by the Rev. Thomas Farrell. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Keith Gaines, David Sutherland, Dr. Leo Rogers, Rex Tyson, Ted Bradshaw, and Joe Parkhill. Honorary bearers will be Terry Regan, Harold Glass, Don Harmon, Vernon Trammell, and William Plummer.

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Harriette Settle Hines, 72, of Bowling Green, widow of John Pipe Hines, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at The Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tenn.

The daughter of Simon DeWitt Settle and Florence Vivion Tuck Settle, she was a graduate of Bowling Green High School and attended Western Kentucky University, where she was a member of En Amie. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, a former Sunday school teacher, past president of the Bowling Green Jaycee-ettes, and a member of Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle. She was active in the Bowling Green Girls Club and a member of Phi Mu Sorority.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Hines Steen, Midway; a son, John Porter Hines II, Bowling Green; six grandchildren, Stephanie May Johnson, Stephan Porter May, Harriette Evelyn Hines, and Heather Marie Hines, all of Bowling Green, Michael M. Steen, Versailles, and Laura DeWitt Steen, Midway; and four great grandchildren. A daughter, Shelly Hines May, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, March 7, 2003, at the Christ Episcopal Church, Bowling Green. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery. J.C. Kirby and Sons Lovers Lane Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the Christ Episcopal Church memorial fund or Hospice of the Bluegrass.



George William Jackson, 55, of Lexington, widower of Mary Steward Jackson, died Friday, March 7, 2003, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center Hospital.

Born March 29, 1947, in Mason County, he was the son of the late Marshall and Mildred Jackson. He was a member of the First Baptist Nepton Church, Ewing.

Survivors include 11 children, Joellen Jones, Mount Sterling, Ida Nelson, Maysville, Mary Taylor, Cincinnati, Ohio, Betty McClain, Maysville, Greffrey Rice, Lexington, Lisa Bennett, Maysville, Barry Gibbs, Lexington, George Jackson Jr., Richmond, Rufus Jackson, Flemingsburg, Jeremiah Jackson, Lexington, and Timothy Whaley, Aberdeen, Ohio; 21 grandchildren; seven sisters, Anna Cayson, Lexington, Betty McClain, Louisville, Mary Fontenot, Columbus, Ohio, Peggy Overly, Morehead, Linda Webb, Versailles, Carolyn Dunn, Lexington, and Mildred Dunn, Lexington; two brothers, Marshall Jackson Jr. and Joseph Jackson, both of West Liberty; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, March 13, 2003, at the First Baptist Nepton Church, Ewing. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

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Sarah Miller, 84, of 4835 Clifton Road, Versailles, wife of Cal Miller, died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born at LaFayette in Christian County, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Elizabeth Magraw Hester. She was a longtime member of the Glen’s Creek Baptist Church and had taught children's Sunday School classes.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Dianne Hensley, Woodford County; a son, Robert H. Miller, Lexington; a brother, James Hester, Clarksville, Tenn; four grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. A daughter, Betsey Hensley, and two brothers, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Mickey Hyder. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were David Lloyd, Curtis Lloyd, Gary Wilson, Stuart Brown, Don Lewis, and Bill Drury.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Gideon's International.


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