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Versailles, Ky.


 

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May 17, 2001 issue

 

Michael W. Brown

Michael Wayne "Chip" Brown, 50, of 109 Martin Luther King Blvd., Versailles, husband of Marilyn Sue Eldridge Brown, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, after a short battle with cancer.

He was born on June 29, 1950, in Woodford County, the son of Robert L. Jr. and Mamie D. Wilson Brown of Versailles.

Mr. Brown had excelled in football and baseball at Woodford County High School and was the first Woodford football player to gain 1,000 yards in one season (1967). He was a 1968 graduate, was president of the Varsity Club for two years and captain of the football team his senior year. He had attended Kentucky State University, where he also played football.

A former employee of Kuhlman Electric for 25 years, he was a member of the First Baptist Church, Versailles, and had been active in youth and women’s sports in Woodford County for many years.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a daughter, Charece Raquel Brown, Versailles; two sons, Michael Chip and Ryan Lamont Brown, both of Versailles; a grandson, Kendrick Jamieson Brown, Versailles; three sisters, Catherine M. Campbell and Sherry D. Brown, both of Versailles, and Angela G. Hempstead, Lexington; six brothers, Victor L., Stephen K., Terry E., and Mark A. Brown, all of Versailles; Jeffrey A. Brown, Atlanta, Ga., and George P. Brown, Lexington; two special cousins, Zelma Simmons and Norris Ingguls, both of Versailles; and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Alvin C. and Robert D. Brown, are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, May 17, at the First Baptist Church by the Rev. Floyd Greene and the Rev. Willis Polk. Interment waa in the Steele Cemetery, Versailles. Casket bearers were Jose Middleton, Wayne Middleton, Gary Jones, Gabe Franklin, Wayne White, and Kenneth Winkfield. Honorary bearers were Joe Barrows, Tim Middleton, Ronnie Voils, Joe Waters, Robert Higgins Sr., Robert Maxberry, Ronnie Anglin, John Johnson, and Al Kennedy. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.

 

Agnes H. Courtney

Agnes Hensley Courtney, 77, Lexington, widow of William H. Courtney Jr., died Saturday, May 12, 2001.

Born in Woodford County on July 19, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Caruel and Ann McDonald Hensley and was a retired nurse. She was a graduate of Good Samaritan School of Nursing, a member of Christ Centered Church, a University of Kentucky Fellow, and a Kentucky Colonel.

She is survived by a daughter, Jo Ann Courtney, Lexington; two sons, Dr. William H. Courtney III, Oakville, Conn., and Dr. Allan L. Courtney, Lexington, and three grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the Lexington Cemetery by the Rev. Tommy Howard. The W. R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the Lexington Humane Society.

 

Elsie F. Florian

Elsie Faye Murphy Florian, 57, of 302 Dogwood Court, Versailles, wife of Cecil Florian, died Thursday, May 10, 2001.

Born in Casey County on Oct. 26, 1943, she was the daughter of Mabel Wilson Murphy of Versailles and the late Bill Murphy. She was an employee of the Kroger Company.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by a daughter, Billie Pearl Hunter, Versailles; a son, Cecil Florian Jr., Lawrenceburg; six sisters, Norma Kincaid, Martha Snipes, and Ida Florian, all of Versailles; Ruby Smith, Springfield; Ethel Lawson, Salvisa, and Beckie Florian, Lawrenceburg; three brothers, Johnny Ray Murphy, Lawrenceburg; Jimmy Murphy, Georgetown, and Sammie Murphy, Versailles, and five grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, May 14, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Bobby Lakes. Entombment was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Active casket bearers were Mathew, Kevin Lynn, John, and Timmy Florian and Michael and Tommy Burgess. Honorary bearers were Johnny Ray and Jimmy and Sammie Murphy.

 

Larry D. Means

Larry Dean Means, 52, of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Versailles, son of Mila Brandenburg Means of Versailles and the late C. D. Means, died Monday, May 7, 2001, in Florida.

Mr. Means was born In Woodford County on March 27,1949, and was a self-employed carpenter. He was also a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Shirley VanHoose, Somerset, and three brothers, Preston Means, Florida, and Lynwood and Danny Means, both of Versailles. Two brothers, Dewey and Charles Means, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, May 11, in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County, by the Rev. Craig Ryan. Casket bearers were Steve Means, Tim Means, Zack Means, Greg Means, Phillip VanHoose, and Jim VanHoose. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Ersie E. Robinson

Ersie Ezel Lockard Robinson, 94, Lexington, widow of J. Ander Robinson, died Friday, May 11, 2001. She was a former bookkeeper and switchboard operator in Pineville prior to moving to Lexington.

Born in Wallins Creek, she was a daughter of the late James Madison and Nannie Bell Phipps Lockard. She was a member of Broadway Christian Church, Lexington, the Friendship Sunday school class, and the Brighton Club Homemakers.

She is survived by a daughter, Ayleene Robinson Fulton, Lexington; two grandchildren, Terri Lynn Akers, Midway, and Mark A. Fulton, Lexington, and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 14, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway, Lexington, by the Rev. Stuart Couve. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. Memorials may be made to Broadway Christian Church or Sayre Christian Village.

 

Lorene J. Wilburn

Lorene Jones Wilburn, 88, Lexington, widow of Glen "Candy" Wilburn, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at the Christian Health Center, Lexington.

Born in Christian County on Aug. 6, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Sylvester and Lelia Crick Browning. She was a member of the Nortonville Christian Church, Christian County.

She is survived by a son, Jimmy Jones, Lexington; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild. Several of the grandchildren live in Woodford County. A daughter, Jean Campbell, and two brothers, Shelby and Shellie Browning, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11, in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County, by the Rev. Raymond Jones. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

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