The Woodford Sun

Versailles, Ky.


 

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May 16, 2002

 

Bass

Ross Bass, 91, of Lancaster, formerly of Woodford County, died Sunday, May 12, 2002, at the Garrard Memorial Hospital.

Born in Phillipe, Tenn., he was a retired farmer.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Jean Lilley, Sadieville; two sons, Robert R. Bass, Cynthiana, and Ed Bass, Lancaster; nine grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren. A daughter, Bertie May Bass, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles. Burial was in the Ebenezer Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mr. Bass’s grandsons.

 

Craig

Shane Isiaiah Craig, son of Joshua Heberlin and Stefanie Craig of Lawrenceburg, died at birth Thursday, May 9, 2002, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Billie R. Sparks, Lawrenceburg; maternal grandfather, Jesse Craig III, Versailles; maternal great grandparents Sterlin and Rose Burkhead, Lawrenceburg; and paternal grandmother, Denise Johns, Lawrenceburg.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, May 13, 2002, at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Clark-Sunset Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Devers

Amelia Adell Devers, 62, of Versailles, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at the Hospice Care Center of St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late George and Luvina Rodgers Devers. She was a member of the Lafayette Church of the Nazarene, and a former employee of Texas Instruments.

Survivors include four daughters, Paula Ford, Versailles, Vanessa Ford, Lexington, Camelia Bentley, Versailles, and Erica Ford, Lexington; three sons, Richard Ford and Wesley Ford, both of Lexington, Ernest Gunn, Versailles; a sister, Helen Eades, Lexington; six brothers, Bradford Devers, Lawrenceburg, Lowell Devers, Midway, Sylvester Devers, Richmond, Dwayne Devers, Waco, Lawrence Devers, Lexington, and George Devers Jr., Midway; eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. A daughter, Elizabeth "Libby" Ford; two sisters, Priscilla Ware and Flora Devers; and three brothers, Edward, Lloyd, and Harold Devers, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. David McCracken. Interment was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mark Devers, Robert Devers, Jeff Devers, Rusty Devers, Bruce Watson, and Larry Holleran. Honorary bearers were Tommy Hilton, George Devers, Lowell Devers, and Sylvester Devers Jr.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

Link

Fay Elizabeth Brooks Link, 85, of Covington, wife of Howard Link, died Sunday, May 12, 2002, at the Woodspoint Geriatric Care Center, Florence.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Worldwide Church of God, Erlanger. She played basketball at the former Mason High School.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Jerry Link, Walton, and H.A. Link Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio; two daughters, Brenda Adkins, Versailles, and Patti Moore, Richwood; two brothers, Joe Brooks, Covington, and Layle Brooks, Visalia; three sisters, Thelma Dungan, Williamstown, Ester Burns, Florence, and Bernice Sparrow, Covington; six grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. today, Thursday, May 16, 2002, at Rogers Funeral Home, Corinth. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. today until the time of the service. Burial will be in the Corinth Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodspoint Geriatric Care Center, 7300 Woodspoint Drive, Florence, KY 41042, or to the American Diabetes Association, 1941 Bishop Lane, Suite 110, Louisville, KY 40218,

 

Pope

James Donald Pope, 64, of Versailles, husband of Gretchen Pope, died Sunday, May 12, 2002, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Springfield May 15, 1937, he was the son of Mary Elizabeth Ward Pope and the late James Carlton Pope. He was a retired 34-year employee of IBM, Lexington, and attended Immanuel Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two daughters, Crystal A. Pope, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jennifer Pope McHarg, St. Petersburg, Fla.; a son, Todd L. Henry, Lawrenceburg; and a sister, Myrtle Pope Rose, Leesburg, Fla.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Bland Mason.

Memorials are suggested to the humane society of one’s choice.

 

Purvis

Minnie Raney Purvis, 101, of Shelbyville, widow of Herbert D. Purvis, died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at the Masonic Home.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late John T. and Josephine Robertson Raney. She was a homemaker and a retired nurse’s aide, having worked at the Old Mason’s Home for 14 years, and was a member of the Shelby Christian Church and the Masonic Home Chapel.

Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy L. Roberts, Shelbyville, and Marie Winters, Frankfort; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren. A daughter, Alma Lee Wilson; two sons, Virgil Purvis and J.D. Purvis; and a sister, Effie Whitaker, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 11, 2002, at the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home by the Rev. Jesse Baxter. Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery.

 

Semple

Norma Lucille Semple, 84, of Versailles, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born April 29, 1918, in Henry County, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Hulda Mae Wiley Black. She was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church and was a retired Texas Instruments employee.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Bender, Smithville; three sons, Billy Freeman and Hubert McGaughey, both of Lexington, and George Hedges, Versailles; two sisters, Rachelle Tindall, Louisville, and Nell Myers, Illinois; 16 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. A daughter, Patsy Portwood; a son, Bobby Freeman; and a sister, Katherine Peak, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, May 13, 2002, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Gerald Wolf, Joe Lyons, Armon Portwood, Herbie McGaughey, Mark McGaughey, Tim Freeman, Donnie Freeman, and Morris Allen Neal.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

 

Smith

Jaquelin Rhodes Smith, of Versailles, a retired elementary school teacher, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

A daughter of the late John Davison and Sophie Powers Rhodes, she was born April 14, 1923, in Logan, W. Va. She attended Gulf Park Women's College in Gulf Port, Miss., the Randolph Macon Women's College in Georgia, and graduated from the University of Kentucky where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She finished her master’s degree at Georgetown College. She moved to Versailles in 1955, and taught at Versailles Elementary, Midway Elementary, and Huntertown Elementary schools prior to her retirement in 1985. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church where she was a member of the alter guild and was a greeter.

Survivors include three children, Clair Wilson, Versailles, Fran Najdecki, London, England, and Howard F. Smith, Northbrook, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Willie Wilson, Ben Wilson, Jaquie Wilson, Elizabeth Najdecki, Davis Najdecki, Peter Hardy, and Sophie Smith.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2002, at the St. John's Episcopal Church by Fr. Alan Hanson. Interment, following cremation, will be at St. John's columbarium.

Memorials are suggested to St. John's Episcopal Church. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, May 16, at the church.

 

Sullivan

Elwood “Buddy” Sullivan Sr., 70, of Frankfort, husband of Hazel Sullivan, died Monday, May 13, 2002, after an illness.

A native of Fayette County, he was the son of the late Jessie T. and Ethel McCall Sullivan. He was a retired, self-employed carpenter, and was a member of the West Frankfort Church of God.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Sylvia Nease, Frankfort, and Barbara Drury, Anderson County; three sons, Elwood Sullivan Jr., Anderson County, Barry Sullivan, Castle Hayne, N.C., and Tim Sullivan, Frankfort; a stepdaughter, Ann Turner, Crittenden; three sisters, Iva Myrtle Newman, Frankfort, Isabel Carter, Franklin, Ohio, and Sue Sullivan Guffey, Woodford County; four brothers, Donald Sullivan and Kenneth Sullivan, both of Waddy, and Douglas Sullivan and David Sullivan, both of Henry County; 11 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Four brothers, James Thomas Sullivan, Harold “Bo” Sullivan, Joseph C. Sullivan, and Jesse F. Sullivan; and two sisters, Flora Lucille Newton and Dorothy Slusher, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at the LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home by the Rev. Wade Hughes. Burial was in the Switzer Cemetery.

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

 

Williams

Richard Wendell (Dick) Williams, 83, of Frenchburg, died Sunday, May 12, 2002.

A native of Menifee County, he was the son of the late Charles Edward Williams and Celia Mae Peck Williams. He was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include a sister, Virginia Williams Becraft, Texas; a brother, James Weldon Williams, Midway; four daughters, Carolyn Sue Allen, Beverly Gail Williams, and Eva May Combs, all of Jeffersonville, and Sandra Lee Weller, Lexington; five granddaughters; two great granddaughters; and two great grandsons.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at the Herald and Stewart Home For Funerals, Mt. Sterling. Burial was in the Ginter Cemetery, Leatherwood.

 

Wilson

Isaiah Wilson Jr., 50, of Louisville, husband of Katherine Owens Wilson, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at Norton Audubon Hospital.

A native of Versailles, he was the son of Marlene C. Wilson and the late Isaiah Wilson Sr. He was a retired cook foreman for the VA Medical Center and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served as a member and trustee of the Portland Memorial Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a son, Isaiah Wilson III; three daughters, Elisa Teague, Tonya Bracken, and Tia Wilson; a sister, Miriam C. Harris; four brothers, Glenn Wilson Sr., the Rev. Tony S. Wilson, Randal J. Wilson, and Rodney O. Wilson; and numerous nieces and nephews. A daughter, Natasha P. Wilson, and a brother, Frank Logan Wilson, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, May 16, 2002, at the Portland Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, Louisville. Visitation is 1-3 p.m. today at the A.D. Porter & Sons Funeral Home, and from 5-7 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to the Portland Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, the Walt Hill Child Development Center, and the First Baptist Church, Versailles.

 

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