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March 16, 2006




   Amelia Sester Biggs, 80, of Versailles, widow of Bill Biggs, died Monday, March 13, 2006.

Born in Woodford County in 1925, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Nancy Allen Sester. She was a member of Mortonsville Assembly of God, and homemaker most of her life.

Survivors include a daughter, Dorothy Jones, Versailles; a sister, Dorothy Bowling, Hamilton, Ohio; four grandchildren, Patricia Jones, Freddie Ray Jones, William Jones, and Melissa Garcia; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 15, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Tom Taylor. Interment followed in the Nonesuch Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ben Cox Jr, John Burton, Jeff Gabbard, Josh Beasley, Freddie Ray Jones, and Conrado Campose. Honorary bearers were William Jones and Freddie Jones.

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   Silas "Si" Dixon, 81, of Lexington, husband of Beatrice "Bea" Hart Dixon, died Wednesday, March, 8, 2006, at his residence.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of the late John and Mamie Whalen Dixon. He was a U.S. Army and Air Force sergeant, serving during World War II and the Korean War. He was a past master of the Devotion Lodge 160 F&AM, a member of Broadway Christian Church and Men's Christian Fellowship. He was also an avid fisherman.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Vicki Dixon Nichols, Versailles; four granddaughters, Erika Todd, Erin Woodall, Jess Woodall, and Selina Nichols; and a great-granddaughter, Chelsey Todd. A daughter, Donna Dixon Woodall, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, March 10, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. Bill Miller and the Rev. Sherwood Evans. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



   Evelyn Joan Layson Fekett, 72, of Deltona, Fla., wife of John J. Fekett, died Friday, March 10, 2006,at Florida Hospital South, Orlando, Fla.

Born Oct. 31, 1933, in Bowling Green, she was a clerical worker in the insurance industry. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Versailles.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Linda Johnson, Bowling Green, and Keela Hogg, Versailles; and two grandchildren, Rachel and Savannah Hogg, Versailles. A brother, Van Layson Jr., is deceased.

Memorial donations are suggested to the First Christian Church building fund. Altman-Long Funeral Home and Crematory, DeBary, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.



   Thomas Jeffrey Hill, 39, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Springfield, husband of Brenda Ward Hill, died Thursday, March 9, 2006, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born Aug. 5, 1966, in Lebanon, he was an employee of Jim Beam Brands Distillery in Frankfort, a former employee with Sylvania Glass Plant in Versailles, a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, and attended Anderson Christian Church. He was an 1984 graduate of Washington County High School, a member of the YMCA and the Lounge Lizards Co-ed Softball team, and was an avid jogger.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother and stepfather, Dorothy Thomas Hill Duckwall and Harry Duckwall, Bardstown; a son, Thomas Hill, Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Gail Ciecorka, Morganfield, and Laura Bartley, Springfield; three brothers, Steve Hill, Mark Hill, and Craig Hill, all of Bardstown; his mother and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Ward of Versailles; and several nieces and nephews. His father, Thomas A. Hill, is deceased.

Services were conducted Sunday, March 12, at the Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home by Bro. Vernon Huber and Fr. Charles McDonald. Burial was in the St. Rose Cemetery in Springfield. Casket bearers were Jason Sparrow, Eddie Hanks, Kelly Wood, Anthony Goodman, Ben Gee, Chad Sparrow and Allen Sparrow.

Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, c/o Mrs. Shirley Hoskins, 103 Saffell Street, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.



   Sarah E. Jackson, 81 of Clifton Road, died Tuesday, March 11, 2006.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late John O. and Sarah Johnson Jackson. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Versailles.

Survivors include three sisters, Anna Williams and Elizabeth Newby, Versailles, and Martha Miller, Ohio; and a brother, James Jackson, Versailles.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 11, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Interment was in the Steele Cemetery.



   Jeanette Jean Stafford Hampton Stallings, 63, of Danville, formerly of Nicholasville, widow of Kenneth Stallings, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center Hospital after a short illness.

Born Jan. 10, 1943, in Casey County, she was the daughter of B.F. and Jessie Atwood Stafford. She was retired from Eastern State Hospital, and also worked at Central Baptist Hospital, Lee's Famous Recipe, Kroger and Wal-Mart. She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary #11138 of Wilmore and a regular volunteer of the Jessamine County Hospice. Survivors include a daughter Michelle Spears, West Virginia; a stepdaughter, Doris Jean Marsh, Owensboro; three stepsons, Ronnie Stallings and Mark Stallings, both of Owensboro, and Rick Stallings, Tennessee; 11 step-grandchildren; two sisters, Carol Taylor, Versailles, and Dimple Kay Henderson, Nicholasville; two brothers, Herb Stafford, Wilmore, and Carey Stafford, Liberty; many other family members. Two brothers, Charles Franklin and Lewis Lee Stafford, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, March 13, at Bartle Funeral Home, Liberty. Burial was in Caney Fork Cemetery in Liberty. Casket bearers were Steve and Ray Taylor, Martin and Brandon Henderson, and Brian and Brent Stafford.



   Karen C. Wang, 52, wife of Jim Wang, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio.

Born Sept. 25, 1953, in Midway, she was the daughter of Helen B. Clifton and the late Oscar B. Clifton. She was a graduate of Woodford County High School and Midway College.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Heather, Blacksburg, Va., Brett, Washington, D.C., and Payton, Columbus, Ohio; and a sister, Sandy Kyle, Lexington.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Midway Nursing Task Force, PO Box 3964, Midway, KY 40347.



   Elizabeth Henrietta Cossler, 82, of Danville, died Monday, March 6, 2006, and Claude Dale "Bud" Zartman, 82, died Thursday, March 9, 2006, in Danville.

Mrs. Zartman was born Oct. 13, 1923, in Owensboro. She was the daughter of the late Lewis Elmer and Sallie Kelly Yeiser Cossler. She was a homemaker.

Mr. Zartman was born April 15, 1923, in Louisville. He was the son of the late Carol and Lula Bell Humphries Zartman. He was a graduate of Louisville Male High School and was a mechanical engineer at IBM. The Zartmans were longtime members of Broadway Baptist Church, Lexington, where Mr. Zartman was a deacon.

The Zartmans are survived by four daughters, Dale Holmes, Danville, Sally Christopher, Danville, Ann Warren, Lexington, and Janet Sue Ridings, Versailles; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Joint services were conducted Tuesday, March 14, at Broadway Baptist Church, Lexington. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers were their grandsons, Jeff Hill, Keith Hill, Mark Hill, David Christopher, John Christopher, Jim Duncan, Randy Harmon, and Matt Long. Honorary bearers were John Ormerod, Parker Ridings, Wesley Ridings, Wyatt Ridings, Laura Long, Christy Hill Harmon, Katherine Elizabeth Ridings, James E. Duncan, and Patti Farley Moore. Stith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to the Broadway Baptist Church Outreach Ministry.


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