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Versailles, Ky.


 

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March 4, 2010

 

Banks

Edith Banks, 92, of Versailles, widow of Alex Hall Jr. and Raleigh Banks, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010.

Born May 16, 1917, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late John and Lille Disponette Sutton. She was a homemaker and a member of Eastern Star # 223.

Survivors include two daughters, Alice Sharp, Versailles, and Shirley Shellenberger, Lexington; two sons, Donald Hall, Alabama, and Alex Hall III, Nicholasville; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. A son, William Hall; two sisters, Belle Jones and Raye Phillips; and a granddaughter, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, March 1, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Bill Marcum. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were her grandsons.

Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

Bates

Patricia A. Bates, 71, of Versailles, widow of Homer Bates, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010.

A native of Versailles, she was born on March 8, 1938, the daughter of the late John T. and Gladys Ford Cheek. She was a retired registered nurse at Woodford Memorial Hospital, a member of Versailles Baptist Church, and a graduate of Margaret Hall School.

Survivors include two daughters, Sherri (Doug) Couch and Tammy (Eric) Hysell, both of Versailles; a son, Michael (Linda) Bates, Alexandria; a sister, Jean Vance, Bowling Green; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

Services were conducted Monday, March 1, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Heath Dotson, Michael Bates, Bobby Dotson, Eric Hysell, Justin Couch, and Doug Couch.

Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

Buckley

Ruth Vaught Buckley, 93, of Frankfort, widow of Theodore Buckley, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010.

Born Aug. 23, 1916, in Danville, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Morris Vaught. She was active in her Sunday school class, Ruth Class, at Crestwood Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Pat (Patty) (Benn) Powell, Frankfort; two grandchildren, Kimberly (Craig) Fry, Frankfort, and Steven Ben Powell, Bloomington, Ind.; two great-grandchildren, Hunter Fry and Heather Fry, both of Frankfort; a sister, Geneva Newsom, Cincinnati; and many nieces and nephews. A sister, Evelyn Mobley, and a brother, Owen Vaught, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, March 1, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Wallace Kent. Burial was in Bellevue Cemetery in Danville.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Crestwood Baptist Church.

Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

Cleveland

Joe Cleveland, 71, of Frankfort, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010.

Born June 9, 1938, in Lawrenceburg, he was the son of the late Joseph Harrison and Ruth Case Cleveland. He was a dispatcher and electrical maintenance employee of Frankfort Plant Board, and worked as a volunteer police officer and fireman in Muncie, Ind.

Survivors include two daughters, Yolanda Cleveland, Lawrenceburg, and Angela Rodgers, Frankfort; nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, Feb. 26, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Vernon Carpenter.

Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

Day

Patricia Marie Day, 75, of Lexington, widow of Elmer Day, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at her residence.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late William and Leantha Games Mason. She was a member of Southland Christian Church and a homemaker.

Survivors include three sons, Larry (Chris) Day, Bozeman, Mont., and Kenneth (Myra) Day and David (Karen) Day, both of Lexington; five grandchildren, Alexander, Lindsay, Michael, Sarah and Matthew Day; a great-granddaughter, Mya Zaimovic; two sisters, Margaret Durman and Shirley Caudell; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 27, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

 

Eckdahl

Betty Jean Tevis Eckdahl, 84, widow of Andrew Eckdahl, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, in Lexington.

She was a native of San Francisco whose family returned to Kentucky in 1939. Until retirement in 1987 she was a writer for the University of Kentucky in the public relations office. Before that she held similar posts at Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University. She graduated from Henry Clay High School, where she was active on the speech team and the student newspaper. She earned an A.B. in journalism degree from UK in 1946 and became the first local news editor for radio station WLAP in Lexington. Other journalism work took her to WLW in Cincinnati, and then to WINS and WNEW in New York City. She also wrote for Movie Life magazine.

Survivors include a son, Henry Stone Balke, of Edison, N.J.; a daughter, Liz Skelton, Versailles; a grandson, Wade Hampton, Lexington; and a great-granddaughter, Isobel Hampton, Lexington. Her brother, novelist Walter Tevis, is deceased.

A memorial service was conducted Friday, Feb. 26, at W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, Lexington.

 

Geers

Ora Mae Geers, 82, of Lexington, widow of Mose Geers, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Midway, she was the daughter to the late Charles and Eliza Dotson. She was a member of Bluegrass Baptist Church and was retired from Central Baptist Hospital.

Survivors include three daughters, Rosa (Robert) Burgess, Lexington, Linda (Dennie) Westmoreland, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Janet (Clay) Burke, Lexington; a stepdaughter, Ruth Vickers, Lexington; a stepson, Billy (Debbie) Geers, Garrard County; a brother, Stanley Richardson; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Two stepsons, Lawrence and Bobby Geers, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 2, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by Pastor Donovan Stewart. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens.

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

 

Jackson

Iva Allnutt Jackson, 77, of Shelbyville, wife of Paul E. Jackson, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at her residence.

The daughter of the late James Alfred Allnutt and Melvina Peyton Allnutt, she was a member of the Buffalo Lick Baptist Church, the Christiansburg Homemakers and the Milestone Quilting Club.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Paula Nave (Sherman), Versailles, and Deborah Jackson, Southgate; a sister, Willa Dee Rains, Sarasota, Fla.; a brother, James Stanley Allnutt, Shelbyville; and numerous nieces and nephews. A brother, Claude Carroll Allnutt, and a sister, Martha Jane Burkhart, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Shannon Funeral Home, Shelbyville, by Bro. Jeff Peed. Burial was in the New Castle Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Buffalo Lick Baptist Church.

 

Shipp

Benjamin Wash Shipp, 82, of Versailles, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born July 22, 1927, in Midway, he was the son of the late J.V. and Lou Russell Shipp. He was a machinist at Texas Instruments, a member of the Versailles Baptist Church, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II.

Survivors include a daughter, Teresa S. Wilhoit, Versailles; two sons, Benjamin Thomas Shipp and Troye Lee Carroll Shipp, both of Lexington; a sister, Mary Lou Wells, Versailles; three brothers, Van Shipp, Russell Shipp, and David Shipp; five grandchildren, Brad, Chris, and Josh Wilhoit, and Emma and Katherine Shipp; and two great-grandsons, Carter and Channing Wilhoit.

A graveside service was conducted Wednesday, March 3, at the Lexington Cemetery by the Rev. John Brandon. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.

 

VanHoose

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

Born May 3, 1939, in Paintsville, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Blanche Wampler Patrick. She was a member of the Class of 1957 at Paintsville High School and attended Eastern Kentucky University. She was a homemaker and an artist.

In addition to her husband of 51 years, she is survived by two sons, Howard Leslie, Lubbock, Texas, and Larry Todd (Mary Dickey); two grandchildren, Kendall and Connor, Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Beverly P. Wynn, Borden, Ind.; her maternal aunt, Bettye W. Dotson, Charlotte, N.C.; an uncle, Frank Wampler, Charlotte, N.C.; and her paternal aunt, Ruth Strader, Lexington.

Cremation will be in Lubbock and a memorial service will be held in Lexington at a later date.

 

Wesley

Shirley Creth Wesley, 79, of Versailles, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at her home.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late John H. and Mary Caise Creth. She was a retired bursar for Kentucky State University, where she worked for 27 years. She was an active longtime member of the St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Versailles.

Survivors include a daughter, Crystal Wesley-Laskey (Jim), Atlanta, Ga.; three sisters, Christine C. (Danny Sr.) Collins, Betty C. Wesley, and Juanita O. Creth, all of Versailles; and many nieces and nephews. Five sisters, Estelle Middleton, Leola Estill, Eva Collins, Ethel Kennedy, Gladys Schafer; and a brother, John Creth, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, March 4, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church by the Rev. James Smith and the Rev. Robert Strode. Burial will follow in Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Travis Collins, Charles Brown III, Glenn Wilson Jr., Leroy Howard, Bert Stinson, and George Henry Troxler. Honorary bearers will be Dwayne Depp Jr., Norman Morton, and Zachary Dockies. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the church. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Guest book at www.BlackburnandWard.com.

 

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