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.
Condolences may be made at www.clarkfuneralchapels.com.
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,
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.ransdellfuneralchapel.com.
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
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
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.
Guest book at BlackburnandWard.com.
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
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
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
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.
Guest book at BlackburnandWard.com.
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
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
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
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
Guest book at Blackburnandward.com.
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
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
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,
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
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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