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March 9, 2006




   Ruth Soard Bowman, 67, of Versailles, widow of Virgil Bowman, died Saturday, March 4, 2006.

Survivors include two sisters, Clara Fields and Frances Stratton. A son, Rufus Roberts, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, March 7, at the Versailles Pentecostal Church of God. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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   Charlotte Couchman, 96, of Louisville, widow of Robert James Couchman, died Wednesday, March 1, 2006.

Born in Millville, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Hyland Rogers. She had worked in the medical field for several years as a private caregiver and was a member of Macedonia Christian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Frances Wallace, Louisville; a granddaughter, Karen Fowler, Louisville; four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. Two brothers and five sisters are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 4, at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine, County, by the Rev. Sherwood Evans. W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sayre Christian Village or the American Cancer Society.



   Sister Mary Finneran, 93, SCN, formerly Sister Joseph Bernard Finneran, died Monday, March 6, 2006, at Nazareth Home in Louisville, where she had been a resident since Jan. 2000.

A native of Versailles, she entered the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in September of 1936 and made her first profession of vows on March 25, 1938. She served as teacher and principal in schools in Louisville from 1938 to 1967. From 1967 to 1975, she served as director of education at St. Thomas-St. Vincent Home in Louisville; from 1975 to 1981, she was the administrator of Maria Hall, a health care facility in the same city. She became a clinical pastoral education student at St. John Regional Health Care Center in Springfield, Mo., in September of 1981. After receiving certification, she served as pastoral associate at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington from 1982-1988, and remained as Volunteer Chaplain from 1988 to 1989.

Survivors include a sister, Helen C. Finneran, Versailles; and a niece, Mary Sue Dinsmore, Lexington.

A funeral Mass was conducted Wednesday, March 8, at St. Vincent Church, Nazareth, Ky. Burial was in the Nazareth Cemetery. Ratterman and Sons Funeral Home, Louisville, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to SCN Missions, PO†Box 9, Nazareth, KY 40048.



   Maggie Elizabeth Lewis, 85, of Frankfort, widow of Robert E. Lewis Sr., died Thursday, March 2, 2006, at her residence after a long illness.

A native of Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Stewart and Ida Mae Redmond Clark. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include four sons, Ronnie S. Lewis, Marvin Lewis, Bobby Lewis, and Wilbert Lewis, all of Frankfort; a daughter, Maybell Lewis, Frankfort; two sisters, Jessie Penn, Frankfort, and Stella Mae Shea, Versailles; 21 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A brother, William S. Clark; and a sister, Mattie Allen Johnson, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, March 6, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Randy Brummitt. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Kermit Caudill, Tony Lewis, Kenneth Smither, Robert A. Lewis, Scotty Smither, Elizabeth Lewis, Cheslin Lewis, Billy Lewis, and Robert S. Lewis. Honorary bearers were Franky Harlow, Dustin Ivers, Shonda Lewis, Tammy Lewis, Tracy Rearden, Mary Judd, Alice Barber, Susan Ivey, and Michelle Hoover.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort KY 40601.



   William Earl Mason, 69, of Lexington, husband of Eva Louise Mason, died Thursday, March 2, 2006, at Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Midway, he was the son of Leantha Mason and the late William Edgar Mason. He worked as a boiler operator for the heating plant at the University of Kentucky for 40 years and a cab company for 20 years. He was a member of Tates Creek Christian Church.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two sons, Rick and Donald Mason; a brother, Robert Mason; three sisters, Pat Day, Shirley Caudell, and Margaret Durman; two grandsons; and two granddaughters. A daughter, Kimberly Dixon-Campbell, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, March 6, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by Brother Tommy Simpson. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Donald and Greg Mason, Mike and Jamie Hibbard, Andy and Kenneth Day, Billy Holland, and Malaby Byrd.



   Caitlin Mehegan, 19, of 324 Chestnut Lane, daughter of Jim and Deanna Mehegan, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Born Oct. 5, 1986, in Panama, South America, while her parents were in the U.S. Air Force, she was a 2005 graduate of Woodford County High School, a talented musician, and was planning a medical career while attending KCTCS in Lexington. She was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Shelby Mehegan; her paternal grandparents, Bill and Sue Griggs, New York; and her paternal grandparents, Ton and Dorothy Mehegan. Missouri.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, March 4, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Coleman Howlett and Youth Pastor Jason Brown.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the United Services Organization (USO), Dept. WS, P. O. Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20090-6860.

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   Jean Murray, 85, of Versailles, mother of Merrill D. Murray, died Monday, March 6, 2006.

Services were conducted Wednesday, March 8, at Rose Crest Cemetery. Clark Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



   Terry J. Newton, 67, of Versailles, husband of Peggy Newton, died Thursday, March 2, 2006, of complications of ALS.

Born May 20, 1938, in Oelwein, Iowa, he was the son of the late Paul and Maxine Newton. He was a Vietnam War veteran and a retiree of the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Clover Bottom Baptist Church, where he served in various capacities, including deacon, trustee, and Sunday school director. He also worked as an accountant for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and as a tax preparer with H&R Block of Versailles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Nancy Newton, Linda Flores, and Lisa Horbeson; her father and mother-in-law, Lewis and Joan Britton, Versailles; a brother, Jon Newton; a sister, Debby Zboch; and five grandchildren.

Services were conducted Saturday, March 4, at the Versailles Cemetery by the Rev. Terry Tench. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be sent to Kentucky Chapter of the ALS Association, 2375 Fortune Drive, Lexington, KY 40509. Visit



   Sam Harold O'Connell, 91, of Nicholasville, widower of Daisy Preston O'Connell, died Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at the Thomson Hood Veterans Center, Wilmore.

Born Feb. 4, 1915, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Sam and Myrtie Guyn O'Connell. He was a veteran of the United States Army and had been a self employed salesman for Terminix until his retirement. He was a member of the Nicholasville Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Bob O'Connell; two grandsons, Collin and Curren O'Connell. A son, Hugh O'Connell; five brothers; and two sisters, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, March 3, at Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home by the Rev. Don Reed and the Rev. Greg Porterfield. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers were Eleanor Rowe, Bobby Dean, Collin O'Connell, Leo Foster, Bill Davis, Andy Parker, Jerry Douglas, Bobby Nightingale, and Justin McFarland. Honorary bearers were members of the Nicholasville Baptist Church men's Sunday school class.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, Jessamine County; Nicholasville Baptist Church; or Nicholasville Christian Church.


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   John Kenneth Van Camp, 78, of Lexington, husband of Carolyn McCabe Van Camp, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006.

Born June 30, 1927, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he was the son of John Lloyd and Helen Cain Van Camp. He graduated from West Lafayette High School in West Lafayette, Ind., attended Purdue University, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. An avid golfer, he was president of Data List Associates prior to retirement.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Susan Lee, Denver, Colo., and Victoria Van Camp, Lexington; four grandchildren, Laura Free, Ithaca, N.Y.; Brad Free, Tucson, Ariz.; John G. Lossen, Lexington, and Kate Lossen Salyer, Lexington; a step-grandson, Joseph Lossen, Versailles; a step-great-granddaughter, Abby Lossen; and two sisters, Beulah Wuestenfeld, Columbus, Ind., and Barbara Marshall, Jupiter, Fla.

Burial was Monday, March 6, at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville in a private ceremony. Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



   Iris Gay Stratton Willis, 78, of Lawrenceburg, widow of Lloyd E. Willis, died Friday, March 3, 2006, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

A native of Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Noma and Thomas Claude Stratton. She was a retired registered pharmacist with Super X Drug Store in Louisville. She work at several Lawrenceburg pharmacies as well as the Corner Drug Store in Versailles. She was a member of the First Christian Church and the Anderson County Historical Society.

Survivors include three daughters, Sharon W. Savage, Patricia W. McCoun, and Nikki W. Higgins, all of Lawrenceburg; a son, Lloyd E. Willis Jr., Henderson; a sister, Kitty Lyen, Lawrenceburg; a brother, Viron Stratton, Lawrenceburg; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, March 6, at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home by the Rev. Jim Wheeler. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 300 S. Main Street, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.


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