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March 18, 2010



Anna F. Duncan, 90, of Versailles, widow of Lee Duncan, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010.

Born Aug. 12, 1919, in Scott County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Dewey and Leona Jane Cook Morris. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include six daughters, Barbara Sue (Mike) McMahan, Frankfort, Terri Ann (Mike) Lewis, Versailles, Nora Katherine (Jamie) Garrett, Mt. Sterling, Nina Hartley, Winchester, Roseanna Carmickle, Versailles, and Patty Cox, Lexington; four sons, Robert (Cleta) Duncan, Versailles, Clifford Wade (Margaret) Duncan, Indiana, Larry William Duncan, Harrodsburg, and Donald Wayne Duncan, Versailles; 15 grandchildren, Heath Lee Duncan, Carrie Ann Burke, Larry William Duncan Jr., Lee Ann Duncan, Patty Warfield, Jane Ann Duncan, Michael Wade Duncan, Jon Rice, Sean Rice, Mathew Rice, Jenny Perkins, Kristie Martin, Arthur Lee Cox, Stephanie Cox, and Tabatha Cox; and 20 great-grandchildren, Jessica Hartley, Hope Hartley, Thomas Lee Carmickle, Eric Carmickle, Audisty Hedges, Billy Hedges, Shelby Hedges, Ian Burrus, Alexis Martin, Stephanie Duncan, Tiana Duncan, Jacob Duncan, Robert Thomas Duncan, Emily Mae Rice, Meaghan Burke, Danan Burke, Eoin Burke, Meghan Duncan, and Clay Duncan.

Services were conducted Sunday, March 14, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Jerry Hardy. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Thomas Carmickle, Eric Carmickle, Heath Lee Duncan, Michael Duncan, Larry Duncan Jr., Michael Wayne Becknell, and Sean Rice.



Mary Clift Jones, 102, widow of John Robert Jones, died Friday, March 12, 2010, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born Aug. 25, 1907, in Lyon County, she was the daughter of the late Stephen Wesley Clift and Mary Nancy White Clift. She worked at the Woolworth Store in St. Matthews, where she was in charge of ribbons and lace for 28 years. Upon retiring, she went to work for Dee’s Crafts in St. Matthews, where her department was designated as "Mary’s Top Drawer."

Survivors include two daughters, Ann Bowling, Vero Beach, Fla., and Jonelle (Norman) Fisher, Midway; seven grandchildren, Belinda (James) Metzger, Nancy (Stephen) Gramps, Stephanie (Eric) Zeigler, Jennifer Fisher, Matthew Fisher, Peter (Kim) Fisher, Ann (Kevin) Locke; and 14 great-grandchildren. A grandson, Jamie Bowling; two sisters, Estie Beck and Ethel Cummins; and a brother, Clifford White Clift, are deceased.

A celebration of life will be held at Holly Hill Inn, 426 N. Winter Street, Midway, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 21. A graveside burial service will be conducted Friday, March 19, at the New Bethel Church Cemetery in Lyon County. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, and Dunn Funeral Home, Eddyville, are in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts may be made to Midway College, and Kosair Children’s Hospital, Louisville.

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Carol Jean LaCore, 75, of Versailles, died Thursday, March 11, 2010.

Born Oct. 7, 1934, in St. Paul, Minn., she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Florence Cook Beauvais. She was an artist and owned a ceramics business and taught classes for many years in St. Paul and Cynthiana. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.

Survivors include six children, Mark (Casey) LaCore, Minnesota, Christopher (Kelly) LaCore, Florida, Linnae (Gary) Anholt, Texas, Jacquelyn (Ray) McNees, Versailles, Suzanne (Rick) Fryman, Cynthiana, and Nicole LaCore, Florida; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. and a sister, Michelle Pederson, Minnesota.

A funeral Mass was conducted Tuesday, March 16, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Dan Noll. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mark LaCore, Chris LaCore, Ray McNees, Rick Fryman, Alex Fryman, and Jesse Anholt. Clark Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

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William "Bill" K. Markwell, 56, of Versailles, husband of Tanya Markwell, died Sunday, March 14, 2010.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of Viola Markwell and the late Pete Markwell. He was a farmer/welder.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a brother, Chuck (Patsy) Markwell; two sisters, Brenda Griffin and Kelly Markwell; and a special daughter, Keisha Courtney.

A celebration of life service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, March 19, at New Hope Baptist Church in Versailles.



Gerald E. Noe, 58, of Versailles, died Saturday, March 13, 2010.

Born April 9, 1951, in Casey County, he was the son of the late Vernon Sam and Ersie Minton Noe. He was a farmer.

Survivors include two daughters, Arlene Crabtree, Versailles, and Andrea Noe, Lexington; two sons, Brian Noe, Versailles, and Jeremy Noe, Lexington; two sisters, Phyllis Porter, Frankfort, and Margaret Perry, Lawrenceburg; a brother, Gary Noe, Lawrenceburg; and three grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Burial will follow at Rose Crest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Friday until time of service.

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Carl "Les" Sparks, 58, of Lexington, died Friday, March 12, 2010, at his home of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of Charles and Floreta Sparks, formerly of Lexington. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School and received his B.A. degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky and his master’s degree from Xavier University. He spent the last five years working for Georgia-Pacific/Dixie Cup division. He also worked for Texas Instruments for 21 years as global operations manager.

Survivors include two sons, Ryan and Michael Sparks, both of Lexington; a brother, Robert Sparks; a sister, Reta Burns; and a nephew, Dayne Fisher.

A visitation was held Tuesday, March 16, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association, Kentucky Chapter, 2807 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017.



Martelle Patrick VanHoose, 70, wife of Larry VanHoose, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, in Lubbock, Texas, of ALS/Lou Gehrig Disease.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, March 13, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by Gene Strange.



Pearlie Louise York, 70, of Lexington, died Sunday, March 14, 2010, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Bourbon County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Townsend and Gladys Clem Oder. She was a member of Versailles Church of God.

Survivors include a son, Charles (Missie) York, Lexington; three daughters, Connie (Bill) Grose, Versailles, Rhonda (Destil) Ray, Mt. Sterling, and Gina (Antonio) Martinez, Georgetown; a stepdaughter, Telena Berryman, Georgetown; 10 grandchildren, Autumn York, Kaitlyn and Will Grose, Tyler, Nikki and Jenny Ray, Allie, Jaida, Trent, and Nick Martinez, and Brittany Hudgins; and five sisters. An infant son is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today, Thursday, March 18, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by Bro. Frank Layne. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery.


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