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May 19, 2011



Sherman "Poppy" Columbia, 90, of Midway, a member of the Midway Blue Jays’ 1937 state championship basketball team, widower of Elizabeth Jones Columbia, died Sunday, May 15, 2011.

Born in Midway, he was the son of the late Robert and Elizabeth Thomas Columbia. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired as a supervisor from the Department of Revenue.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara J. Columbia, Midway, and Nancy (Rodney) Brooks, Frankfort; a brother, Billie (Billie Lee) Columbia, Midway; two grandchildren, Jennifer (Bobby) Godby and Kristy Craig; two great-grandchildren, Sherman Todd Columbia and Mattilynn Craig.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 18, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Heather McColl and the Rev. Bill McDonald. Interment was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Darrell Varner, Billy Carpenter, Gary Varner, Eddie Wayne Portwood, Rodney Brooks, Bob Godby, Glenn Wilson, and Sherman Todd Columbia. Honorary bearer was Mattilynn Craig.

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Thomas Bronston Denham Jr., 89, died Thursday, May 12, 2011. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ann Wilcher Denham, and his parents, Fannie Rice Denham and Thomas Bronston Denham. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from the refrigeration business.

Survivors include a daughter, Margaret (Bill) Furlong; a granddaughter Tracye (Maurice) Nalley; and a grandson, Nick Carey.

A graveside service officiated by the Rev. Robert Williams was conducted Saturday, May 14, at the Rose Crest Cemetery in Versailles. Casket bearers were Jimmy Conner, Ben Edester, Jerry Furlong, Maurice Nalley, Mark Richardson, and George Withers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Milward-Broadway is handling the arrangements.

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Sally Maggard Dunlap, of Springdale Farm, Versailles, wife of Whitney Dunlap II, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, while on vacation in Naples, Fla.

Services will be conducted Saturday, May 21, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Pete Jones. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Services will be conducted immediately afterward.



Brenda Rose Butler Estes, 58, of Olive Hill, wife of James "Jim" Estes Sr., died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

Born Jan. 26, 1953, in Olive Hill, she was the daughter of the late Asbury and Elizabeth Tabor Butler. She worked in insurance and payroll for Haynes Trucking in Lexington and was of the Apostolic Faith.

In addition to her husband of 28 years, she is survived by a son, Christopher (Jackie) Little, Versailles; two daughters, Lori Little, Olive Hill, and Alissa (Jonathan) Smith, Nicholasville; three grandchildren, Ada May Little, Emma Kay Gresham, and Remie Lee Smith; three brothers, Kenneth (Lorene) Butler, Niles, Ohio, Roger (Violet) Butler, Texas, and Jack (Lori) Butler, Olive Hill; three sisters, Charlotte (Paul) Fultz, Olive Hill, Marlene (David) Baker, Florida, and Doris (Marty) Stevens, West Chester, Ohio; and other family members. Two brothers, Bobby Butler and Billy Butler, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, May 13, at the Oney-Henderson Funeral Home, Olive Hill, by Bro. Kenneth Binion. Burial was in the Garvin Ridge Cemetery in Olive Hill.

Donations may be made to UK Children’s Hospital, 800 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536.

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Elsie Lyons Froman, 89, of Lexington, widow of Kenneth Froman and George Williams, died Monday, May 16, 2011, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born Feb. 26, 1922, in Scott County, she was the daughter of the late Hayden Lyons and Bertha Ritchie Lyons. She was a homemaker, enjoyed gardening, and was a member of Pinckard Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Dan Williams, Versailles, and Larry Williams, Lexington; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lorraine Lyons, Georgetown, and Aileen Carter, Ohio. A son, Wayne Williams, and a daughter, Wanda (Ken) Krom, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, May 19, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

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



Robert B. "Bobby" Hawkins, Kentucky State Police Trooper Sr. Status of Frankfort, Kentucky, went to be with Jesus on the 14th day of May, 2011, after a battle with cancer.

He was born Sept. 1, 1952, in Bath County, to Lena and George Hawkins who survive. Also surviving are a sister, Theresa Warren (Carroll); children, Robbie, Eric, Robert, Jessica and Joseph; five grandchildren; niece, Melonie (Tim) LeRoy; nephew, Bryan (Tawnya) Miller; and special friend Sen. Robin Webb and family.

Services were conducted at the First Assembly of God, Frankfort, on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Burial and graveside service followed in Longview Cemetery in Bethel, KY.

In lieu of flowers, donations are urged to be made to Kentucky Trooper Island, c/o KSP Post 12, Frankfort, KY.

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William Berry "Hop" Hopkins Jr., 84, of Versailles, husband of Betty R. Hopkins, died Monday, May 16, 2011, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of William Berry Sr. and Dollie Boone Hopkins. He was a member of Broadway Christian Church and was a driver for Railway Express for 31 years and for Emory Air Freight for 12 years prior to retirement. In retirement, he was a bagger for the Versailles Kroger for over five years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a stepdaughter, Donna (William) Walker, Versailles; a stepson, William J. Walsinger, Georgetown; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 19, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers will be James Drury, Michael Drury, William Walker, Richard Ellis, Harvey Turley, and David Drury.



Barbara Nowlin Martin, 68, of Frankfort, wife of Stanley Martin, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at her residence.

Born July 8, 1942, in Lawrenceburg, she was the daughter of the late George and Helen Wood Nowlin. She was a Mary Kay beauty consultant for 37 years, for which she also served as a former director. She formerly served as church librarian, choir member, and was actively involved with GAs and WMU.

In addition to her husband of 50 years, she is survived by a son, Kevin (Ruth) Martin; a daughter, Dana (Doug) Logan; a brother, Jesse (Judy) Nowlin; two grandchildren, Ashley (Shaun) King and Kevin "Bubba" (Jessica) Martin; four great-grandchildren, Jack and Drew King and Ella and "Boy" Martin; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Friday, May 5, at Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church by Pastor Todd Lester. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Kevin Martin, Doug Logan, Chris Combs, Bubba Martin, David Nowlin and Shaun King. Honorary bearers were Lee Troutwine, Jim Banks, Paul Gooding, Jack Badgett, Jeff Combs, Brian Wiley, and Jesse Nowlin. Harrod Brothers Funeral Home, Frankfort, was in charge of arrangements.

Donations are suggested to The Mary Kay Foundation, The Arthritis Foundation, or Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church.

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Nancy Sams, 67, of Harrodsburg, formerly of Versailles and Frankfort, widow of Clayton Sams, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, in Harrodsburg.

Born in Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Allen Bryant and Nila Sue Williams Rowe. A graduate of Pepperdine University, she was a registered nurse, had worked at the St. Joseph Hospital, and had done private duty nursing.

Survivors include a daughter, Stacy (Jason) Johnson, Frankfort; three sons, Tony (Sandra) Sams, Frankfort, Danny (Vicki) Sams, Harrodsburg, and Wendell Sams, Harrodsburg; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 14, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Victor Slatten. Burial was in the Frankfort Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tony Sams, Danny Sams, Joshua Sams, Tyler Sams, Jared Johnson, and Gavin Johnson.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.



Author James R. Sherburne, formerly of Woodford County, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, in Lawrenceburg.

Born in 1925 in East Lansing, Mich., he was the son of Col. and Mrs. Thomas L. Sherburne. Following his father’s retirement from the military, he finished high school in Lexington in 1942. He was accepted into the Naval V-12 program and served in the Pacific Theater from 1943-1946 during World War II, becoming a lieutenant junior grade in command of a patrol craft. After attending Berea College and graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1947, he moved to Chicago where he was active in the field of advertising and was responsible for several long­-running commercials, the singing Kool-Aid pitcher and the "double your pleasure, double your fun" of Wrigley’s Doublemint gum among them. During this time, he began the research and writing which were to culminate in the publication by Houghton Mifflin of his first two historical novels, "Hacey Miller," which won the Friends of Literature award in 1971, and "The Way to Fort Pillow" (1972). Both novels are set in Kentucky and explore the troubled years prior to the Civil War.

He, his wife, and three children moved to Woodford County in 1970, living first at Stockbridge, then in Midway, where he continued to write and teach at Midway College and throughout the state. During the next 20 years, he published eight more historical novels: "Stand Like Men" (1973) about the Eastern Kentucky coal war of 1931; "Rivers Run Together" (1974), whose backdrop is the conflict of the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago; "Death’s Pale Horse" (1980), "Death’s Gray Angel" (1981), and "Death’s Clenched Fist" (1982), all three of which were mysteries featuring Paddy Moretti, a sports columnist of the 1890s; "Poor Boy and a Long Way from Home" (1984), its backdrop the far West of the early 20th century; and two more Paddy Moretti mysteries, "Death’s White City" and "Death’s Bright Arrow." The first three Paddy Moretti mysteries were Detective Book Club selections. He was well known not only for his books, wit, and teaching ability, but also for his great interest in Kentucky history. He and his late wife, Nancy, traveled throughout Kentucky for the Artists in Education program, establishing residencies in various Kentucky communities where they encouraged public school classes to research the history of their own communities, helped them put that research into dramatic form, and aided them in a final production open to the public.

Survivors include four children, James R. Jr. (Lou), Nancy Lee Bryant (Ben), Jenny L. Pollard (Buck), and David Kent (Marty); five grandchildren, Liza and Sam Sherburne, Eli and Lucas Pollard, and Rosemary Kent; and three step-grandchildren, Bill, Jesse, and Brookes Bryant.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held Sunday, May 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wallace’s Station.



Brian Scott "Scotty" Stewart, 39, of Versailles, died Friday, May 13, 2011.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of Judy (Billy) Wilson of Versailles and Freddy (Brandy) Stewart of Lexington. He was a graduate of Woodford County High School, was a Baptist, and was a former fork truck operator for Shyco, Inc. in Frankfort.

Other survivors include two children, Jacob Stewart and Johannah Stewart, Ravenna; two sisters, Tammy Coomer and Deanna (Brian) Morton, both of Versailles; a brother, Tony (Gwen) Stewart, Scranton, Pa.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, May 19, at Rose Crest Cemetery by Everett Courtney.

Memorials are suggested to Anderson County Fire and Rescue.

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Doris Mae Tapp, 77 of Elizabethtown, wife of William Tapp, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Hardin Memorial Hospital.

A native of Springfield, she was the daughter of the late Bertram and Lillian Sweazy. She was a member of Glendale Christian Church, where she was active in the Ladies Circle.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, William E. (Lynn) Tapp, Versailles; two daughters, Mary L. Hagan, Elizabethtown, and Catherine L. (George) Gentry, Owensboro; a brother, Morris Goode Sweazy, Springfield; a sister, Barbara Roberson, Yellow Springs, Ohio; five grandchildren, Heather Fuqua, Christopher and Josh Branstetter, Diedre Preston, and Rachel Collins; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at Glendale Christian Church by Bro. Mike Bell. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Brown Funeral Home, Elizabethtown, was in charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made to Glendale Christian Church Building Fund.



James "Mike" Winkle, 45, of Versailles, died Saturday, May 14, 2011.

Born Sept. 5, 1965, in Woodford County, he was an employee of Oak Haven Farm and enjoyed working with and training horses.

Survivors include his mother and step-father, Russ and Viola Westerhold, Frankfort; his father, Brad Devers, Versailles; son, Michael Wayne Winkle, Versailles; a sister, Kathy Devers Panico, Texas; and his longtime companion, Tanya Johnson, Versailles. Two sisters, Mary Lynne and Karen Denise Winkle, and a brother, Joseph Devers, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 17, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery.

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