The Woodford Sun

Versailles, Ky.


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May 11, 2000 issue

Randy A. Birch

Randy Alan Birch, 19, of 156 Hanover Court, Versailles, a former student at Woodford County High School and an employee of the Mace Ray Calendar Company, Lexington, died Friday, May 5, 2000, at his home.

He is survived by his parents, Gene and Ann Birch of Versailles. Also surviving is his father, Randy Birch, Lexington, an aunt, Cathy Ginter; two uncles, Gene Birch and Jim Birch, all of Versailles, and several cousins.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, May 8, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. David Menser. Interment was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Lexington. Casket bearers were Jason Birch, Mike Ginter, Gene Birch, Jim Birch, Chris Williams, and Darren Birch. Memorials are suggested to one's favorite charity.



William M. Byrne

William M. "Bill" Byrne, 80, of Lexington, husband of Helen Tracy Byrne, died Saturday, May 6, 2000.

He was the son of the late Michael Charles and Irma Mueller Byrne, was a U.S. Army veteran, and the owner and operator of Bill Byrne Radio and TV Service. An avid golfer, Mr. Byrne was also a former charter member of Spring Valley Country Club, Bluegrass Hoppers Squaredancers, and was a Bluegrass Baseball League commissioner.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Mike Byrne, Lexington, and Pat Byrne, Versailles; three granddaughters, Tracy Lynn, Christen Ann, and Olivia Leigh, all of Lexington, and a brother, Edward J.. Byrne, Camden, N. J. A brother, Michael C. Byrne, is deceased.

Service were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, by Whit Criswell. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington 40504, or Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lexington, 1122 Oak Hill Dr., Lexington 40505.



Ray Cravens

Ray Cravens, 91, of Lexington, widower of Frances May Cravens, died Thursday, May 4, 2000.

He was a son of the late Calvin and Dora Cravens and was a retired carpenter.

He is survived by four daughters, Martha Brown, Phyllis Hartley, and Pamela Hartley, all of Versailles, and Carolyn Hobbs, Lexington; a son, Kenneth R. Cravens, Lexington; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Two sons, Luther Wesley and Edgar Carl Cravens, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Arley Cravens. Burial was in the Clintonville Cemetery. Casket bearers were Thomas and James Hartley, Kenneth Scott Cravens, Donavan Himes, Lewis Hartley, Kevin Hobbs, DeWayne Hobbs, and John Cheeke.


Mamie B. Deaton

Mamie B. Deaton, 90, formerly of London, widow of Walter Deaton, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind.

She is survived by six children, including Mildred Hendrickson of Versailles; 20 grandchildren, including Doug Hendrickson of Versailles and Deborah Hendrickson of Lexington; 27 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the Flanner and Buchanan Mortuary, Speedway, Ind. Burial was in the Floral Park West Cemetery, Indianapolis.


Carl T. DeVary

Carl T. DeVary, 52, Versailles, son of Kate DeVary, Versailles, and the late Forrest B. DeVary, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at his residence.

Mr. DeVary was born in Mercer County and was an employee of Jim Beam Distillery in Frankfort.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by three daughters, Amy Ledford, Versailles, Jill DeVary, Lexington, and Kali DeVary, Versailles; and a granddaughter, Bailey Ledford. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Mary Lois Howard Kanatzar.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Burial was in the Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles. Casket bearers were Bill Barrows, Kent Downey, Pat Mullins, Danny Berger, Dave Taylor, and Larry Bowman.



Buel J. Gullett

Buel Jay Gullett, 57, of Harrodsburg, husband of Dorcas Coslow Gullett, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at his residence.

Born in Magoffin County, he was the son of the late Robert and Mary Bell Reed Gullett. He had served in the Kentucky National Guard for eight years, was a member of Benton Baptist Church, and a former auto body mechanic for Nevada Auto Sales.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Allen Gullett, Versailles; two daughters, Cynthia Davis and Melissa Johnson, both of Harrodsburg; five brothers, Donnie, Jerry, Verlin, and Bobby Gullett and Troy Francis, all of Harrodsburg; a sister, Susan Francis, Harrodsburg, and five grandchildren. A son, Bryan Gullett, and a brother, Melvin Gullett, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home, Harrodsburg, by Bro. Donnie Releford. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jeff, Tim, Kevin, Robert, and Mike Gullett and Kevin Sallee. Honorary bearers were Billy Jo Blacketer, Danny Dunn, Terry and Denny Coslow, and Chris and Jerry Colvin.



Wilbur M. Lancaster

Wilbur Morris "Moon" Lancaster, 79, of Cynthiana, formerly of Versailles, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Harrison Memorial Hospital, Cynthiana.

He was a retired carpenter and member of the Cynthiana First Pentecostal Church of God. He loved to sing and was often a soloist at his church, and was particularly fond of the mission program, especially the American Indian Missions.

He is survived by his wife, Beulah Grayson Northcutt Lancaster; three children, Marietta Crawford, Versailles; Dwight Lancaster, Jessamine County, and Ernest Lancaster, Versailles; the six children of his wife, Russell, Charles, Wayne, Lynn, and Byron Northcutt, and Patty Northcutt Bell; two sisters, Betty Ammerman and Colleen Caskey; three brothers, Harold, Donald, and Earl Lancaster, 28 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. His first wife, Frieda Hope Lancaster, is deceased.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the Cynthiana First Pentecostal Church of God by the Rev. Russell Barnes. Interment was in the Keene Cemetery, Jessamine County. Casket bearers were Russell, Charles, Wayne, Lynn, and Byron Northcutt, and James Crawford Jr. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.



Patricia A. Presnell

Patricia Ann "Patty" Presnell, 54, of 122 Chestnut Lane, Versailles, wife of Tommy Presnell, died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at her home.

Born in Clark County, she was the daughter of Juanita Estes Snapp, Monroe, Ohio, and Sherman Murphy, Morehead.

She is also survived by two sons, Brad Brown, Lexington, and Dr. Bill Lancaster, Versailles; a stepdaughter, Margaret Gayle Hopewell, Mercer County; two sisters, Shelia Ryan and Linda Landers, both of Naples, Fla.; three brothers, David Murphy, Danville; Donald Murphy, Lexington, and Michael Owens, Monroe, Ohio; and three stepgrandchildren.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Carl Jones. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles.



Savanna E. Rudd

Savanna E. "Vanna" Rudd, 77, of Leesburg, Fla., died Sunday, April 23, 2000.

Mrs. Rudd was a native of Woodford County. She was manager of the Jack E. Smith Insurance Co. in Winter Park, Fla., for 27 years. Prior to moving to Leesburg in 1991, she had resided in Orlando, Fla.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Leesburg, where she was past director of senior adults, and was president of the Insurance Women's Association. She was also an accomplished artist, counselor and teacher.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Rudd; a son, David Rudd, Yalaha, Fla.; a daughter, Sara L. Hooper, Cabot, Ark.; two sisters, Bessie Bain and Larine Donoho, Versailles; a brother, James "J.C." Eaves, Versailles; and three grandchildren.



Lillian D. Simmons

Lillian Duncan Simmons, 97, of Frankfort, formerly of Russellville, widow of Daniel Winston Simmons, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Frankfort.

Born in Logan County on Nov. 8, 1902, she was the daughter of the late William and Nellie Welborn Duncan. Mrs. Simmons was a retired teacher who started her career at age 18. She had taught elementary school at the Chandlers Chapel School and at many one-room school houses. Mrs. Simmons was a member of the Russellville First Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for 40 years. She was a member of the NEA, KEA, the Retired Teachers Association, and had been active in 4-H.

Mrs. Simmons is survived by a daughter, June Baker, Frankfort; a son, Charles Marion Simmons, Shelbyville; a brother, Marion Duncan, Tampa, Fla.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a number of relatives in Woodford County.

Services were conducted Friday, May 5, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Mark Johnson, and Monday May 8, at the Sanders Funeral Home in Russellville by Dr. Randall Neal. Burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Russellville. Memorials are suggested to the Russellville First Baptist Church.



Joyce C. Threlkeld

Joyce Cotton Threlkeld, 80, of 546 Meadow Lane, Versailles, a former employee of the University of Kentucky and a teacher, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, at the Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Lexington.

Mrs. Threlkeld was a native of Madison County, a daughter of the late Thomas Newton and Burdeaux Ferguson Cotton. She was a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.S. degree in home economics.

She began her career as an assistant home demonstration agent in Fayette County in 1940, and served as home demonstration agent in Scott County for four years. She briefly worked for Delta Airlines in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then began her teaching career in 1945. She was a home economics teacher at Hodgenville High School, Bardstown High School, Carlisle High School, Nicholas County High School, and Woodford County High School through 1971. From 1971 until her retirement in 1978, she was a curriculum specialist at the College of Education for the University of Kentucky.

She received the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1986 from the U K College of Home Economics Alumni Association. The award honored her for citizenship, leadership, career accomplishments and personal commitments in the field of home economics.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, Versailles, and had been a member and was the 1987-88 president of the Woodford County Woman's Club. She was honored as the Woodford County Woman of the Year by the Woman's Club in 1987. She was a member and past president of the Glenn's Creek Homemakers Club.

Mrs. Threlkeld had co-authored, with Marjorie Stewart, a book titled "Celebrating the Past; Building the Future: History of Home Economics at the University of Kentucky."

Mrs. Threlkeld is survived by her husband, William F. "Bill" Threlkeld, Versailles; a daughter, Kay Threlkeld, Torrington, Wyo., and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Dorothy Alene Cotton, and a brother, George Allen Cotton, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. John Brandon. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Woodford County. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today, May 11, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Stewart-Threlkeld History Endowment Fund, College of Human Environmental Sciences, 102 Erickson Hall, University of Kentucky, Lexington 40506-0050.



James T. Walker

James Thomas "J. Tom" Walker, 68, of Salvisa, husband of Pocahontas Bradshaw Walker, died Friday, May 5, 2000 at the University of Kentucky A. B. Chandler Medical Center, Lexington.

Born in Mayo, he was a bulldozer operator for Lawrenceburg Construction and was retired from Florida Tile after 24 years. He was a member of the Meaux Chapel in Mayo.

In addition to his wife of 39 years, he is survived by his mother, Dorothy Walker, Harrodsburg; a sister, Doris Johnson, Versailles; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home, Harrodsburg, by Dr. Kenneth Whitehouse and the Rev. Mary R. White. Burial was in the Robinson Road Cemetery, Burgin. Casket bearers were Alfred Russell, James Patton, Scott Jones, Kenneth Jones, Jackie Freeman, and Bob Martin. Honorary bearers were Eugene Faulkner, Truman Bartleson Jr., John Brock, Johnny Cunningham, Everett Hall Jr., Bill Sanders, J. C. Cunningham, Lawrence Peavler, Herbert Dunn Jr., Cecil Bartleson, Wallace Parks, and Ruel Lay.



Ivan J. Wytiaz

Ivan James Wytiaz, 16-day-old son of Bryan and Sherry Cuzick Wytiaz of Versailles, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Kosair Children's Hospital, Louisville.

Also surviving are his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Blankenship, Lexington, and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Cuzick, Nicholasville; his paternal grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Gary Wytiaz, Georgia, and Mr. and Mrs. Don Grassle, Lexington; and great-grandparents.

Graveside services were conducted at 12 noon Tuesday, May 9, in the Lexington Cemetery by the Rev. Darrell Wright. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Kosair Children's Hospital or Shrine Hospitals.