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March 8, 2001 issue

 

Lee S. Baker

Lee S. Baker, 87, of 10636 Troy Pike, Versailles, a retired farmer, died Sunday, March 4, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington. His wife of over 68 years, Gladys Newby Baker, survives.

Born in Woodford County, he was a son of the late Will and Annie Rice Baker, and was the oldest living member of the Clover Bottom Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon. He was a member of Landmark No. 41 Masonic Lodge for over 59 years.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Baker is survived by three daughters, Wanda Hill, Woodford County; Darlene Bowles, Burgin, and Deborah Baker Reed, Woodford County; two sons, Charles Baker Sr., Lawrenceburg, and Wayne Baker, Woodford County; a brother, Lowell Baker, Lexington; a nephew, Lynn Baker, Versailles; 11 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. A son, Lee Baker Jr., two grandsons, and a great-grandson are deceased.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Don Reed and the Rev. George Cummins. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County. Casket bearers were Charles Baker Jr., Kim Baker, W. Mark Hill, John Hill, Ronald Baker Jr., and Tony Lane. Honorary bearers were deacons of the Clover Bottom Baptist Church, Dick Chapman, Roger Patterson, Merel Lunsford, and Bill Spaulding.

 

Eva C. Collins

Eva Creth Collins, 83, of 220 Clifton Rd., Versailles, widow of Zack Collins, died Friday, March 2, 2001, at Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County on Jan. 3, 1918, she was the daughter of the late John Hamilton and Mary Caise Creth. She was an active member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, where she was a member of the Stewardess Board and had served as secretary, trustee, and head of the Kitchen Committee for many years. She was a former member of St. John A.M.E. Church at Elm Bend in Woodford County; was a graduate of Simmons High School, and had attended Kentucky State College. She had been employed in the homes of Mary and Catherine Gaines and Rachel Payne for a number of years. She was adept in baking wedding and birthday cakes.

Mrs. Collins is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Collins Dockies, Versailles; a grandson, Zachary Travis Dockies, Versailles; four sisters, Christine C. Collins, Bettye C. Wesley, Juanita 0. Creth, and Shirley C. Wesley, all of Versailles; a stepdaughter, Mary E. Hobbs; and several stepgrandchildren, nieces and nephews. Fours sisters, Leola C. Estill, Ethel C. Kennedy, Gladys C. Schaeffer, and Estelle C. Middleton, and a brother, John E. Creth, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church by the Rev. Kenneth Golphin. Interment was in the Steele Cemetery, Versailles. Casket bearers were Leroy Howard, Jesse Howard, George Henry Troxler, Billy Lloyd Collins, Robert Lee Collins, Joseph K. Hobbs Jr., Herbert Bush, and José Middleton. Honorary bearers were Thomas Brown, Kenneth Howard, Russell Thornton, Johnny Sykes, Oliver Jackson, and William Douglas Smith. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Phyllis Ann Downey

Phyllis Ann Shouse Downey, 48, of Fishers, Ind., wife of James Ron Downey, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, at her residence.

She was an executive secretary and associate producer for the Kentucky Education Television Network, was past precinct chair for the Democratic party, and past president of her Neighborhood Association.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Erin Downey, and a son, Matt Downey, both of Fishers; her mother, Martha Opal Cammick Shouse, Lawrenceburg; and a sister, Peggy Cheak, Versailles.

Services were conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, Mach 3, at Christ Church, Indianapolis, Ind. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County. Shirley Brothers Funeral Home, Fishers, was in charge of arrangements. Contributions are suggested to Riley Children’s Hospital.

 

Lorraine Gibbs

Lorraine Gibbs, 82, of Midway, wife of Russell Gibbs, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born In Brooklyn, New York, on March 18, 1918, she was the daughter of the late William A. and Mata Zilly Deppert.

In addition to her husband of 60 years, she is survived by two daughters, Sharyn Hammond, California, and Deborah Gibbs, Massachusetts; a son, Bruce D. Gibbs, Lexington; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Ben Hahn. Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Lexington/Bluegrass Chapter, Chevy Chase Plaza, 836 Euclid Ave., Suite 100, Lexington. 40502.

 

Ruby M. Hager

Ruby Marie Gabbard Hager, 80, of Centre Parkway, Lexington, died Monday, March 5, 2001, at her residence.

Born in Perry County on Aug. 12, 1920, she was the daughter of the late William and Amanda Vires Gabbard.

Ms. Hager is survived by six daughters, Amanda Lee Goodrich and Anita Pell, both of Woodford County; Joyce A. Triplett and Ethel Fairchild, both of Lexington; Vicky Bills, Georgetown, and Pam Harding, Owenton; three sons, William Thomas Hager and Steve Allan Hager, both of Nicholasville, and Douglas Wayne Hager, Louisiana; a sister, Cleta Gabbard, Lexington; a brother, Bill Gabbard, Florida; 34 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, March 8, in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County, by the Rev. Byron Jessup. Casket bearers will be Doug Hager, Bill Hager, Steve Hager, Chris Goodrich, Raymond Watts, and Tyree Boss. Honorary bearers will be Doug Goodrich, Frank Triplett, Garland Bills, and Larry Fairchild. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Elizabeth A. Johnson

Elizabeth A. "Bessie" Johnson, 92, of Spiceland, Ind., formerly of Versailles, died Thursday, March 1, 2001, at the home of a daughter. She was the widow of George Truitt and of William Johnson, with whom she lived in Versailles from 1970 to 1986.

She was born in Spiceland, the daughter of the late Jesse and Irene Deem Allen.

She was a 1926 graduate of Spiceland High School and had attended Earlham College. She had been employed at The Canning Factory, the Lewisville Hotel Nursing Home, and the Knightstown Soldiers and Sailors Home. She was a birthright Quaker and was a member of the New Lisbon Christian Church. She had also been a member of the Rebekah Lodge in Greenfield, Ind., the Spiceland Alumni and Former Students Association, the former Symposium Club, the Eastern Star, the Center Township Home Ec Club, and the Farm Bureau. While living in Versailles, she was a member of the Woodford Christian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Young, Spiceland; five grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Two daughters and a brother are deceased.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, March 5, at the Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, New Castle, Ind., by the Rev. Keith Kendall. Burial was in the Circle Grove Cemetery, Spiceland. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Diabetes Association or Spiceland Alumni Association.

 

Latonya Kincaid

Latonya "Tony Ann" Kincaid, 7 years, died Friday, March 2, 2001.

Born Aug. 17, 1993, in Lexington, she was the daughter of Tony and Ruth Kincaid of Salvisa, Anderson County. She was the granddaughter of Harry and Lou Neeley, Versailles; Nancy Watkins, Versailles, and the late Buddy Watkins.

Also surviving are a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins, and her maternal great-grandmother, Mary Little.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Estill Everman. Interment was in the Corinth Cemetery, Anderson County. Casket bearers were Richie Kincaid, George Cummins III, Michael Watkins, Joe Neeley, Lorenzo Perez, and William Neeley. Memorials are suggested to United Cerebral Palsy, Kentucky Affiliate, 3601 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229.

 

George W. Lay

George W. Lay, 70, of Old Lawrenceburg Road, Frankfort, formerly of Versailles, the husband of Judy Foley Lay of Versailles, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, at the home of a daughter in Frankfort.

Born in Casey County, he was a son of the late Logan and Ida Hicks Lay. He was a former employee of the City of Versailles and had been manager of the city landfill.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Teresa Kemp and Bobbie Woods, both of Frankfort; Deloris Robinson, Frenchburg, and Brenda Dray, Versailles; two sons, George A. Lay, Versailles, Henry Lay, Mission, Texas; three sisters, Hazel McKinney, Janie Way, and Shirley Hamilton, all of Versailles; three brothers, Freddie Laye and Coy Lay, both of Versailles, and Buford Lay, Burkesville; 13 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Two great-grandchildren, two brothers, and a sister are deceased.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Victor Slatten. Interment was in the Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles. Grandchildren served as casket bearers.

 

Felix Neal

Felix Neal, 91, a former resident of 505 Oak Street, Versailles, widower of Margaret Jackson Neal, died Monday, March 5, 2001, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Lexington.

Born in Springfield, Tenn., he was the son of the late Amanda Butler Neal. He was a retired farmer, having worked for many years on the Hardin Field Farm.

He is survived by two great-nieces, with whom he made his home, Carolyn Maxberry and Judy Maxberry, Versailles. Also surviving are several great-nephews; a stepsister, Jeanette Butler; Shelbyville; a daughter, Amanda Neal, Louisville; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren, and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Tony Jones. Interment will be in the Steele Cemetery, Versailles. Friends may call after 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Thomson Hood Veterans Center, Wilmore.

 

Herman Roark

Herman Roark, 87, a former resident of Craig’s Creek Road, Versailles, died Monday, March 5, 2001, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles. His wife of over 65 years, Nancy M. Pennington Roark, died in November 2000.

Born in Clay County, he was a son of the late John Jackson and Middie Wombles Roark. Mr. Roark had been a member of the Hillsboro Baptist Church for almost 50 years, had been a deacon, and was one of the oldest members of the church. He was named deacon emeritus in 1996.

Mr. Roark is survived by two sons, Herman Roark Jr., and Floyd Roark, both of Versailles; three grandsons, Jeffrey Roark, Timothy Roark, and Mark Roark, all of Versailles; five brothers, Roscoe Roark, Versailles; Woodford Roark, Frankfort; and Henry Roark, Anderson Roark, and Bob Roark, all of Lexington, and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, March 8, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Don White, the Rev. Tim Schindler, and the Rev. Earl Bell. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County. Casket bearers will be Bill Todd, Tommy Roark, Ryan Roark, Danny Roark, Donnie Roark, and Ronnie Roark. Honorary bearers will be deacons of the Hillsboro Baptist Church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Parkinson’s Foundation Support Group, 1882 Bellefonte Drive, Lexington 40502.

 

Huel Todd

Huel Todd, 64, of Regent Court, Versailles, husband of Willie Todd, died Thursday, March 1, 2001, at Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

A native of Franklin, Ga., he was the son of the late Herman and Claudia Williamson Todd. He had served in the U.S. Army and earned a law degree from John Marshall University, Atlanta.

He was a retired federal employee, having served as safety administrator for the U.S. Justice Department. He was active with the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Elks Lodge No. 530, Frankfort, where he had most recently served as lodge secretary, and Elks’ district deputy. In retirement he had continued to serve as consultant for prisons, had been a candidate for Woodford County jailer, and had worked for H&R Block and for the Central Kentucky Funeral Limousine Association.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Wanda Lynn Miller, Lexington; a son, Kenneth Alan "Big Al" Todd, Skokie, Ill.; a sister, Clara Cathcart, and a brother, Hulett Todd, both of Georgia; and three grandchildren, Danielle Lynn Gabbard, Emily Jessica Gabbard, and Jack Todd.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles. Interment was in the Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles. Mr. Todd’s nephews served as casket bearers. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele St., Frankfort 40601, or Alzheimer’s Association, 836 Euclid Ave., Suite 322, Lexington 40502.