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March 20, 2008



Randolph Abbott, 72, of McCracken Pike, Millville, husband of Betty Meredith Abbott, died Thursday, March 13, 2008, at his home.

Born in Wayne County, he was the son of the late Oscar and Evelyn Dishman Abbott. He was a former employee of the Kentucky Department of Highways.

In addition to his wife of 47 years, he is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Abbott, Louisville; three sons, Randy (Lynne) Abbott, Lexington, Kenneth Abbott, Millville, and Steve (Barbara) Abbott, Versailles; a sister, Margie Crabtree, Louisville; three brothers, Leonard Abbott, Frankfort, Ind., and Huey and Bruce Abbott, Monticello; and six grandchildren. A son, Randall Dean Abbott, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 18, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Anthon Perkins. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Kenneth Abbott Jr., Steve Abbott Jr., Randy Abbott Jr., Kenneth Abbott, Justin Taylor, and Charlie Bowman.

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Lecie Merriman Adams, 80, of Lexington, widow of Everett Adams, died Friday, March 14, 2008, at Northpoint Health Center.

Born in Lexington, she was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Versailles.

Survivors include a son, Joe (Essie) Adams; three daughters, Ann Thompson, Judy (Larry) Osborne, and Marty (Don) Newman; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three nieces, Lavina (Jerry) Williams, Judy (Lawrence) McWhorter, and Marian Spencer. A brother, Joseph Merriman, and two sisters, Thelma Troxell and Dora Butcher, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 18, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. Rick Ralston. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.



Bobby B. Agee, 79, of Lexington, husband of Rena D. Eades Agee, died Sunday, March 16, 2008, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born in Madison County, he was the son of the late Eddie B. and Elizabeth O’Nan Agee. He was a retired International Business Machines employee and a member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Lexington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Betty S. Brumfield (Charlie), Lexington, and Bonnie L. Carney (Robert), Frankfort; a son, Eddie V. Agee (Helen), Midway; three sisters, Doe Moody and Betsy Lane, Richmond, and Tootie Rooks, Waco; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 19, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. MarJoe Wooten. Interment was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Robert Carney, Charlie Allen Brumfield, Timothy Lee Agee, Kenneth Wayne Agee, and Terry Edward Agee.

Memorials are suggested to Cardinal Hill Hospital.

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Evelyn Brooks Bemis, 87, widow of Bruce B. Bemis Sr., died Monday, March 10, 2008, in Perkinston, Miss.

Born June 16, 1920, in Jessamine County, she was the daughter of Arthur O. and Lena Miller Brooks. She lived most of her life in Frankfort. She was a member of the East Frankfort Baptist Church. She was retired from the Kentucky Department of Education, Services for the Blind.

Survivors include three children, Bruce B. Bemis Jr., of Studio City, Calif., Barbara J. Henry, Lawrenceburg, and Patricia L. Collins, of Perkinston, Miss; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.. A son, Jerry Bemis, and a granddaughter, Shannon Bemis, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 15, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by her grandson, Wesley Henry. Casket bearers were two grandsons, Billy and Tony McDaniel, John Erwin, Ronnie McCall, Kevin Newnan, and Steve Smith. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, 2050 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40504, or East Frankfort Baptist Church Building Fund, 457 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Marion Robert "Bob" Bunton, 75, of Lexington, husband of Magdalene Gibson Bunton, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of late James M. and Mabel Bunton. He was a Korean Conflict veteran, serving in the U.S. Army, and a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He was the co-owner of Lexington Radiator Service.

In addition to his wife of 57 years, he is survived by two daughters, Debi (Donald) Stinnett and Susie (Gary) Eads, both of Lexington; a son, Robby Bunton of Versailles; four grandchildren, Angie (Bill) Hertweck, Kelli (TJ) Wilder, Jason (Amy) Eads, and Stacey (Nick) Roberts; five great-grandchildren, Kenzie and Caleb Hertweck, David, Joshua, and Sarah Beth Wilder; three sisters, Hazel Younger, Winchester, Janice Craig, Springfield, and Barbara Burberry, Lexington; and a brother, Dan Bunton, Versailles. Two sisters, Frances Reed and Eva Broaddus, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, March 14, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. James Heard. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Bill Hertweck, Caleb Hertweck, Jason Eads, Nick Roberts, Danny Bunton, and Shawn Gibson.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the VA Hospice, Leestown Road, 16-2, Lexington, KY 40510.



Cecilia Clare Grayson, infant daughter of Joseph Wendell Grayson Jr. and Georgieana Lester Grayson of Louisa, formerly of Versailles, died Friday, March 14, 2008, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sisters, Lexie Grayson and Anna Grayson, both of Louisa; her paternal grandparents, Wendell and Madeleine Grayson, of Springfield; her maternal grandparents, Sam and Deanna Lester, Louisa; her paternal great-grandfather, Kermit Grayson, Lebanon; her maternal great-grandmother, Marjorie Lester, Louisa; and her maternal great-grandfather, Vernon Blankenship, Louisa.

Services were conducted Sunday, March 16, at the St. Jude Catholic Church in Louisa by Msgr. Ralph W. Beiting and the Rev. Emmett Barker. Burial was in Pinehill Cemetery in Louisa. Young Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Helen "Bits" Roach Ingerton, 87, of Long Beach, Calif., formerly of Midway, widow of W.T. Ingerton, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008.

A native of Midway, she was the daughter of the late Tom Roach and Helen Roach.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Rapier and Helen Harasmisz, both of Alhambra,
Calif.; a son, Rhodes Ingerton, Long Beach, Calif.; four grandchildren, Michelle Hitchens,
Thompson Rapier, Christian Schlubach, and Marshall Ingerton; three great-grandchildren,
Nicole Hitchens, Jeremy Hitchens, and Jessica Rapier; a sister, Betsy Hutcheson, Princeton;
three nephews, Dr. Jim Roach, Chip Hutcheson, and Tom Roach; four nieces, Ann Jones,
Lou Taylor, Helen Rentch, and Judy Roach. A brother, Dr. Ben Roach, and a sister, Parrish
Roach Taylor, are deceased.

There were no services.

Donations may be made to Midway College, 512 E. Stephens Street, Midway, KY 40347, or the Ben F. Roach Cancer Care Center, Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center, 800 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536.



Opal Raider Manley, 82, of Circleville, Ohio, formerly of Lexington, widow of George Manley, died Thursday, March 13, 2008, at the Brown Memorial Nursing Home in Circleville, Ohio.

Born April 21, 1925, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Nellie Prather Raider. She had been a cashier at Winn-Dixie and was a Charter Member of Highland Baptist Church in Lexington.

Survivors include two daughters, Gay (Bill) Speck, Ashville, Ohio, and Barbara Howard, Lexington; three sisters, Ailene Tucker and Charlotte (George) Allen, both of Woodford County, and Gladys (Charles) Covington, Wilmington, Del.; a brother, Gerald (Sandra) Raider, Lebanon, Ind., a sister-in-law, Mary Raider, Versailles; three grandchildren, Dana (Randy) Holdman, Lee (Karla) Speck, and Tabatha (Chad) Carson; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. A brother, Donald Raider, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, March 17, at Clark Funeral Home in Versailles by the Rev. Leonard Spell and the Rev. Charles Covington. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Wayne and Kevin Raider, Chad Carson, William, and David and Lee Speck. Honorary bearers were Tabitha Carson and Dana Holdman.

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Stephen Carter Moore, 57, of Millville, husband of Valorie Brown Moore, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at his home.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of James L. Jr. and Mildred Carter Moore of Millville. He was a former Woodford County deputy jailer, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era, and was a member of the Millville Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by five children, Michelle Mattingly, Stephen C. (Margie) Moore, and Crystal Moore, all of Versailles, Jennifer Smith, Lawrenceburg, and Maegan Moore, Millville; two brothers, Larry (Linda) Moore and James Scott (DeeDee) Moore; and five grandchildren, Zach Mattingly, Kennedy and Bailey Smith, and Shelby and Grace Moore.

Services were conducted Monday, March 17, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Mike Hamrick. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were James Moore, Joe Carter, Miles Brandenburg, Jeff Brown, Zach Mattingly, and Lawrence Moore. Honorary bearers were Wallace Morton, Andy Sutherland, Mark Gormley, and Donald Carter.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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Everett Shepard, 91, of Georgetown, widower to Gladys Mae Pope Shepard, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008.

Born Aug. 23, 1916, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Frank and Katie Rogers Shepard. He was a retired truck driver for Nally & Gibson.

Survivors include his children, Wilma Daugherty, Nicholasville, Donald Shepard, Atlanta, Ga.; Barbara Cable, Owensboro, Joyce Cornett, Lakeland, Fla., and Everett Shepard Jr., San Diego, Calif.; several grandchildren; and a brother, Paul Shepard, St. Clair, Mich. A daughter, Linda Carol Harris, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 15, at Tucker, Yocum, & Wilson Funeral Home by Bro. Ron Ferrell. Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Stamping Ground. Casket bearers were William "Buddy" Taylor, Eddie Mulberry, Hent Riley, Roy Wilson Jr., Jonathan Shepard, and Benji Wilson.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass 1317 U.S. 62E Cynthiana, KY 41031.



Bertha Bandy Sipes, 95, of Versailles, widow of Austin Garland Sipes, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at her home.

Born March 11, 1913, in Breckinridge County, she was the daughter of the late Shelby Lee and Ida Gillenwater Bandy. She was a Baptist and a retired employee of IBM in Lexington. She had resided in Versailles since 1988.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda O’Daniel (David), Versailles; two grandsons, David (Kelly) Crowe and Dr. William R. (Dena) Crowe Jr., both of Lexington; two great-granddaughters, Grace and Kelsey Crowe; and three step-grandchildren, Troy O’Daniel, Nicholasville, Laura O’Daniel, Lexington, and Tanya Aberle, Ohio. Five sisters, Glovie Board, Mary Louise Kirk, Ida Shelton, Lillian Dooley, and Maggie Ellen McGinnis; and two brothers, Shelby Bandy and Wrather Bandy, are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, March 13, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Bobby Lakes. Interment was at the Hensley Cemetery in Breckinridge County.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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