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March 8, 2007


Keith Burdine, 64, of Frankfort, husband of Rondia Burdine, died Friday, March 2, 2007, at his residence.
Born Dec. 24, 1942, in Lexington, he was the son of the late William B. and Blanche White Burdine. He was a member of Church of the Ascension-Episcopal, but regularly attended First United Methodist Church. He was a business owner for 23 years, including Shoeland, Cobblers Corner, and Burdine’s. He had also worked for 13 years with Capital Cadillac and four years with Select Suzuki.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Chris Burdine and Jason Burdine, both of Frankfort; a sister, Sharon Stewart, Lexington; two brothers, Bobby Burdine, Lexington, and David Burdine, Mt. Sterling; and three grandchildren, Caitlyn, Sydney and Brookelyn Burdine.
Services were conducted Tuesday, March 6, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev Jackson Brewer. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casketbearers were Jack Ruffner, Ed Hall, Maurice Smith, Bill Wilson, Jerry Miller, and Bill Isgrigg.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the First United Methodist Church Building Fund.
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Marian Jean Becknell, 59, of Salvisa, wife of Phillip Wayne Becknell, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at the Haggin Memorial Hospital, Harrodsburg.
Born Aug. 26, 1947, in Lexington, she was the daughter of Louise Brown, Woodford County, and the late Marion Roy Brown Sr. She was a former accounting employee for Kmart and was homemaker.
In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by a daughter, Sherry Dodson, Mercer County; two sons, Anthony Becknell and Chris Becknell, both of Mercer County; two sisters, Marie Cox, Frankfort, and Linda Popp, Midway; a brother, Logan Brown, Lawrenceburg; and six grandchildren, Ty, Cody, Mandy, Jake, Bailey, and Justin. A brother, Marion Roy “Shorty” Brown Jr.; and two sisters, JoAnne Walters and Janie Akins, are deceased.
Services were conducted Monday, March 5, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg, by Carl Jones. Burial was in the Ebenezer Cemetery, Salvisa. Casket bearers were Chad Becknell, Delmar Cox, Matt Cox, Dawson Cox Jr., Rick Davis, Wayne Whitaker.
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Mary Cecilia Fister Weathers Deane, 99, of Lexington, widow of Daniel Richard Deane and Thomas Allen Weathers, died Friday, March 2, 2007, at the Hospice Care Center.
Born April 29, 1907, in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late John Peter and Magdalene Schweickart Fister. She began her career as a credit manager at Mitchell Baker Smith Company and retired as the credit manager of Purcell’s. She attended St. Paul, St. Catherine and Nazareth Schools. She had been a member of Immanuel Baptist Church since 1932, where she taught Sunday school, was former chairman of Courtyard Committee, Women’s Missionary Union, past member of Wolf Run Homemakers and Fayette County Homemakers Garden Club. She was a flower gardener and won many blue ribbons for her flowers.
Survivors include a daughter, Allene Weathers Hatfield, Lexington; a stepson, Richard Deane, Richmond; a sister, Sister John Fister (Henrietta), Louisville; two sisters-in-law, Rosalie Fister, Lexington, and Cecil Fister, Versailles; three grandchildren, Tommie Jean Minnick, Lexington, Cecilia Ann Wertheimer, Arlington, Va., and Phillip Wayne Hatfield, Lexington; two step-grandsons, Richard Deane and Roger Deane; five great-grandchildren, Lindsey Minnick and Kevin Minnick, both of Lexington, Alex Wertheimer and Anna Wertheimer, both of Arlington, Va., and Kelly Hatfield, Lancaster; many nieces and nephews, including a special niece, CeCe Fister, Lexington; several and great-nieces and great-nephews. A sister Anna Theresa Fister, and four brothers, Julius C. Fister, C. Vincent Fister, Carl A. Fister, and John F. Fister, are deceased.
Services were conducted Monday, March 5, at Immanuel Baptist Church by Dr. Craig Loscalzo. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were J.B. Fister, Michael Fister, Ronald Fister, Thomas Fister, David Thornberry, and John Hutchinson. The W. R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway, was in charge of arrangements.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or to Immanuel Baptist Church Courtyard Fund, 3100 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, KY 40502.

William Dean Evans, 84, of Boston Drive, died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington.
Born in Springfield, Ill., he was the son of the late Marion and Katie Evans. He was a retired truck driver for PST Transportation and a U. S. Army veteran.
Survivors include a son, Michael D. Evans, Versailles; a sister, Sylvia Evans, Illinois; two stepdaughters, Sandra Duckett and Denise Anderson; four stepsons, Eugene Ledbetter, Duane Bruce, James Bruce, and Steven Bruce; his former wife, Joyce Davidson; and three grandchildren, Alex Evans, Stephanie Evans, and Nicholas Evans.
Services were conducted Tuesday, March 6, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Interment with military honors was at Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Jessamine County.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.
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Jacob H. Halter, 27, of Lexington, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007.
Born in Lexington, he was the son of Jack R. and Jeanne Price Halter of Versailles. He was a cook at Murray’s and a graduate of Woodford County High School.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Andrew P. Halter, Lexington; his maternal grandmother, Norma Charlotte Price, Lexington; and aunts and uncles, including Michael Price.
Services were conducted Friday, March 2, at W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County.

B. G. “Butch” Hoard, 63, widower of Carol Davis Hoard, died Sunday, March 4, 2007, following a brief illness at the Hospice Care Center in St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.
Born in Flatwoods, W.Va., he was the son of the late Frank and Faye Westfall Hoard. The owner of Hoard and Sons Drilling, he was a graduate of the Sutton High School class of 1962 and was a U. S. Army veteran who had served in the Vietnam War.
Survivors include two sons, Rodney Hoard, Versailles, and Douglas Hoard, Lexington; five grandchildren, Allison, Jacob, Jon, Laura, and Bailey Hoard; three sisters, Jean Brown, Weston, W.Va., Dixie Felix, Chappells, S.C., and Sarah Crews, Flatwoods, W.Va., two brothers, Dale Hoard, Windham, Ohio, and Herman Hoard, Weston, W.Va., and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and cousins. A sister, Janice, and three brothers, Earl, Bud, and Frank Jr., are deceased.
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Green-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton, W.Va. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 9, at the funeral home. Local visitation was held Wednesday at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles. Interment will be in the Boggs Cemetery in Sutton.
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George McCray Jr., 86, of Lexington, widower of Edna Bond McCray, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at Lexington Country Place.
A Lexington native, he was the son of the late George McCray Sr. and Judy King McCray. He was a retired sheet metal worker for the Bluegrass Army Depot at Avon.
Survivors include a son, Roger McCray, Lilburn, Ga.; two brothers, Howard McCray, Versailles, and Virgil McCray, Middletown, Ohio; a sister, Hallie Avery, Lexington; five grandchildren, Kathy, Kristen, Jeff, Timmy, and Andrea McCray; and two great-grandchildren, Austin, and Zachary McCray.
Services were conducted Friday, March 2, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. Ron Stewart. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

Edna Ruth Hudson Privett, 40, of Junction City, formerly of Versailles, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007.
Born Oct. 4, 1966, she was the daughter of Roy Hudson and the late Betty Hudson.
Survivors include a son, Aaron Crowe; two brothers, Roy Hudson and Paul Hudson; three sisters, Brenda Curtis, Marsha Holderby, and Jean Temple; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted Saturday, March 3, at Stith Funeral Home, Junction City. Burial was in the Junction City Cemetery.

Kimberly Dawn Sparks, 39, wife of Jeffrey E. Sparks, mother of Kyle Seyberth, died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at Blue Grass Community Hospital.
Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of Larry E. and Patsy Richards Dennis of Versailles. She was a 1985 graduate of Mercer County High School, was a former deputy clerk in the Woodford County Clerk’s office and former manager of McDonald’s in Versailles.
In addition to her husband, son, and parents, she is survived by a brother Kevin Dennis, Versailles; three stepchildren, Krista Sparks, Kelsey Sparks, and Joshua Barnard; her grandmothers, Mildred Richards, Versailles, and Jean Dennis, Richmond; and two nephews, Keith and Landen Dennis. A brother, Kelly Shawn Dennis, and both grandfathers, Harold B. Dennis and William R. Richards, are deceased.
Services were conducted Wednesday, March 7, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Joe Girdler, the Rev. Patsy Dennis, the Rev. Mike Krupa, and the Rev. Jeff Johnson. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Allen Perkins, David Richards, Davie Richards, Andy Smith, Kyle Seyberth, and Deith Dennis. Honorary bearers were Ed Rehmel, Patricia Rush, Mark Dennis, and Mike Seyberth.
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Dolores Haney “Hi Dee Doo” Watters, 82, of Lexington, widow of J. B. Watters, died Thursday, March 1, 2007.
Born in Midway, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Flora B. Craig Haney. She was an associate of the Fayette County School system for 20 years and a member of St. Paul Catholic Church.
Survivors include four children, Connie Watters Minor, Susan Watters Jackson, Joseph Byron Watters III, and Michael D. Watters; a brother, John E. Haney; four grandchildren, Joshua Hunt Logan, Jacob Ford Logan, Katelyn Rae Jackson, and Rachel Allyn Jackson; and a great-grandson, Riley Logan, all of Lexington.
Services were conducted Tuesday, March 6, at St. Paul Catholic Church by the Rev. Charles Niehaus. Inurnment was in the Calvary Cemetery. W. R. Milward Mortuary, Broadway, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Elizabeth Frances Willoughby, 43, of Akron, Ohio, formerly of Versailles, died Friday, March 2, 2007, in Akron. Born in Lexington and raised in Woodford County, she was the daughter of Joyce Grider Wilson and Harry Willoughby, both of Versailles.
Other survivors include two daughters, Leah Cloyd, Lawrenceburg, and Savannah Willoughby, Florida; three sisters, Cheryl Slugantz, Kim Carmichael, and Dana Willoughby, all of Versailles; her stepmother, Laura Willoughby, Versailles; her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Dearing, Lexington; and her paternal grandmother, Dorothy Oliver, Georgetown.
Services were conducted Monday, March 5, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Ronnie Hupp. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Keith Slugantz, Josh Slugantz, Wes Slugantz, Bill Drury, Lance Sutton, and Rick Roberts.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or any Hospice organization.

Edith Shirley Breeze Wilson, 107, of Lexington, widow of Arthur Byron Wilson, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at her residence.
Born in Mt. Sterling, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Melissa Breeze. She was a homemaker and the oldest member of Broadway Christian Church. She was a 25 year officer of Daughters of the Nile, charter member of Akielo Temple # 128 Daughters of the Nile, and was a Kentucky Colonel.
Survivors include a daughter, Charline W. Featherston, Lexington; a grandson, John B. Featherston, Versailles; and a granddaughter, Melissa F. Dickey, Lexington.
Services were conducted Saturday, March 3, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, by the Rev. John Byard and Stuart Couve. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Contributions are suggested to Shriners Hospital Transportation Fund, 326 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 40503, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

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