The Woodford Sun

Versailles, Ky.


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May 18, 2000 issue

Della M. Bray

Della Mae Bray, 60, of Weisenberger Mill Road, Midway, who was an ardent supporter and volunteer for Hospice of the Bluegrass, died of complications from an aneurysm Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington. She was the wife of Robert Bray and the daughter of the late Richard Sorrell Sr. and Betty Troxell Sorrell of Midway.

She was so touched by the care that hospice workers gave her father before his death in 1991 that she wrote a book about it. She paid to have the book, titled Helping Hands and described as "a ministry to broken hearts and lives," published later in 1991. She donated all proceeds to the hospice.

She ended many sections of her book with "Good-bye for now Della," a phrase that was used on her funeral program. She was also the author of another book of inspiration.

Mrs. Bray was an employee of Caretenders and a former employee of Texas Instruments in Versailles for 21 years. She attended the Refreshing Ministry Church, Midway, and formerly donated much of her time to a clothing bank.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Della Marie Spicer, Midway; three sons, Willie Todd, Georgetown, and David Todd and Bobby Bray, both of Midway; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Two daughters, Cheryl Ann Todd and Donna Sue Todd; an infant son; and a brother, Richard Sorrell Jr., are deceased.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Ed Nichols. Interment was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Ricky Noe, David Noe, Larry Troxell, Wayne Troxell, Donnie Hudson, and Steven Tucker. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort 40601.



Frances B. Brown

Frances Blackburn Brown, 92, formerly of 117 Old Hickory Lane, the widow of Jennings Brown, died Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Fanny Schooler Blackburn. Mrs. Brown, a former bookkeeper, was active in the Woodford County Woman's Club for over 50 years, having joined the organization in 1943. She was a blood donor for many years, was a longtime member of the Woodford Hospital Auxiliary, and was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a niece, Linnie B. Phelps, Versailles; a nephew, Leslie J. Blackburn Jr., Versailles; four great-nephews, Larry Blackburn, William L. Phelps, Mike Blackburn, all of Versailles, and Leslie J. "Buddy" Blackburn, Hitchcock, Texas; a great-niece and two great-nephews. A nephew, Willard Blackburn, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Ben Hahn and the Rev. Charles Pinkston. Interment will be in the Versailles Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today, May 18, at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Taylor Manor Nursing Home or the Versailles United Methodist Church.




Shirley C. Davis

Shirley Catherine Davis, 55, of Nicholasville, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, at her home.

She was the daughter of the late Robert and Lorene Fern Stanfield and had worked for Square D for 25 years.

She is survived by two daughters, Jacqueline "Jackie" Osborne and Robin Fryman Nicholasville; four brothers, Billy Handy, Flemingsburg; Bobby Stanfield, Lexington; Terry Stanfield, Paris, and Frankie Stanfield, Owingsville; five sisters, Ruby Zehe, Ohio; Judy Florence and Margaret Williams, Paris; Vickie Watkins, Midway, and Wanda Jones, Lexington; five grandchildren, and a great granddaughter. Five brothers are deceased.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, May 15, at the Hager & Cundiff Funeral Home, Nicholasville. Burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery. Friends and family members served as casket bearers.



Leon Hammonds

Leon Hammonds, 48, of Grand Bay, Ala., formerly of Lexington, died Thursday, May 11, 2000, after a long illness.

He was the son of the late Richmond and Lena Hammonds.

Survivors include two sisters, Brenda Davis, Nicholasville, and Karen Guynn, Lancaster; three brothers, Jerry Hammonds, Versailles; Mike Hammonds, Nicholasville, and Rick Hammonds, Lexington; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Tommy Hammonds, is deceased.

A memorial service was held in Grand Bay on Monday, May 15. Private burial was in Salyersville, Ky., Wednesday, May 17. Donations may be made to Hospice.



William A. Marcum

William Alford Marcum, 69, of 3705 Old Frankfort Pike, a farmer and veteran of the U. S. Air Force and the Korean Conflict, died Saturday, May 13, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center following a sudden heart attack.

Born at Eminence in Henry County, he was the widower of Helen Hall Marcum, who died in February 1999. He was the son of the late Tilman Gilpin and Elizabeth Blanche Hankins Marcum, and was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, Henry County.

Mr. Marcum is survived by two daughters, Linda C. Marcum, Woodford County, Patsy J. Nicholson, Louisville; a son, David W. Marcum, Lexington; a sister, Carol Rogers, Crestwood; and two grandchildren, Stephanie Cornett and Christopher Marcum, Lexington. A sister, Linda G. Hensley, is deceased.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Mark Johnson. Interment was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mike Martin, Mike Perry, Jerry Constantine, Jeff Thompson, Ray Daniel, and Bob Riney.



Erma L. Weaver

Erma L. Weaver, 90, died at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles Tuesday, May 16, 2000.

She was born in Connersville, Ind., and came to reside in Versailles 12 years ago. She was married to Dr. Daniel S. Weaver, a dentist, and worked by his side until he retired in 1963. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Versailles and a former member of the First Baptist Church in New Port Richey, Fla., where she chaired the homebound visitation for many years.

Survivors include three sons, John Weaver, Versailles; Dr. Daniel S. Weaver IV, Indian River, Mich., and Glen Weaver, Boulder Creek, Calif.; a daughter, Helen Harman, Calestaga, Calif.; a sister, Helen Jamieson, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband and a grandchild are deceased.

Graveside services will be held in Connersville, with the Miller Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Building Fund of the First Christian Church, Versailles.