The Woodford Sun

Versailles, Ky.


About Us

May 23, 2002



Laura Mayme VanHook Dixon, 80, of Lexington, wife of James M. Dixon, died Sunday, May 19.

She was the daughter of the late Clarence and Elizabeth Dennis VanHook, and was a member of the Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church and the Bluegrass Sportsmenís League.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four sons, the Rev. J. Michael Dixon, Hickory Hills, Ill., Richard L. Dixon, Ormond Beach, Fla., Robert E. Dixon, Lexington, and Dennis M. Dixon, Versailles; four sisters and two brothers, Margaret Hayden, Captola Curtis, Buelah Powers, Sam VanHook and Robert VanHook, all of Cynthiana, and Juanita VanEngelen, Stuart, Fla.; and six grandchildren. A sister, Helen VanHook, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. today, Thursday, May 23, 2002, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary - Southland by her son, the Rev. J. Michael Dixon.

Memorials are suggested to the Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, 180 East Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY 40508, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



Dorothy Goodrich Jacobs, 89, of Woodford County, died Thursday, May 16, 2002, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born in Woodford County Sept. 2, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Jenny Hippe Goodrich. She was a member of the Millville Baptist Church and was a retired National Distillery employee.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Gilkison, Versailles, and Mattie Schuler, Florida; two sons, Walter Jacobs Jr. and Shirley "Jake" Jacobs, both of Frankfort; two sisters, Sarah Lancaster and Margie Carter, both of Versailles; two brothers, Bobbie Goodrich, Versailles, and Gene Goodrich, Frankfort; six grandchildren, Gwen Carl, Cindy Gilkison, Jerry "Tom" Gilkison, Judy Barnes, Josh Jacobs, and Jade Jacobs; and four great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, May 20, 2002, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Mike Hamrick. Burial was in the Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Wally Goodrich, Steve Goodrich, Ray Goodrich, John Noland, Marty Gilkison, and Tony Wash. Honorary bearers were Raymond Jacobs, Gene Jacobs, and Danny Goodrich.

Memorials are suggested to the Millville Baptist Church.



Carolyn Russell Hughes Lynn, 61, of Stamping Ground, wife of R.C. Lynn, died Monday, May 20, 2002, at the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Fayette County Oct. 27, 1940, she was raised in Woodford County. She was the daughter of the late James Stanley and Ruth Russell Jarvis Hughes Sr. She was an employee of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, former editor of Kentucky Afield magazine, and a former English teacher at Scott County High School. She was a 1962 graduate of Transylvania University, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority, and earned a masterís degree in education from Georgetown College in 1983. She was a member and elder of the Stamping Ground Christian Church, as well as a Sunday school teacher, chair of the church board, and a member of the choir. She served two terms as a member of the Stamping Ground City Council, and also taught piano.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Bart Patrick Lynn, Georgetown; two daughters, Melanie Dawn Lynn and Ruth Renee Lynn, both of Stamping Ground; two grandchildren, Piper Madison Lynn and Robert Charles Lynn; and a brother, Jim Hughes, Versailles.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2002, at the Stamping Ground Christian Church by the Rev. Charles Brooks. Casket bearers will be Rodney Dean, Randy Lynn, Jerry Lee Lynn, Mike Mullins, Jeremy Mullins, and Neville Purvis. Honorary bearers will be the elders and deacons of Stamping Ground Christian Church. Visitation will be held at the Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home, Georgetown, tomorrow, Friday, May 24, from 5-9 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Stamping Ground Christian Church Memorial Fund.



Walter "Bill" Payton, 67, of Lexington, husband of LaQuita Joy Henry Payton, died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of the late Walter and Lucille Harlow Payton. He was a horseman and mechanic at C.V. Whitney Farm for 32 years, and was a member of the Macedonia Christian Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Pam Ellis, Paris; a son, Mitchell Payton, Lexington; three brothers, Paul Payton, Lexington, Bobby Payton, Versailles, and Richard Payton, Frankfort; a sister, Ruth Ann Thompson, Lexington; and two grandchildren, Cameron Ellis and Brandi Ellis, both of Paris.

Services were conducted Friday, May 17, 2002, at the Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, by Bro. Charles Lees. Burial was in the Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Randy Henry, Mark Henry, Todd Hilander, Heath Payton, Tom Williams, and Scott Althauser.

Contributions are suggested to the Bluegrass Heart and Lung Transport Support Group Inc., 111 Holiday Road, Winchester, KY 40391.



William Skeens Jr., 80, of Lexington, husband of Maude Isaacs Skeens, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Fallsburg, he was the son of the late William Skeens Sr. and Forma Cooksey Skeens. He was a retired electrical technician from the Blue Grass Army Depot, and was a member of the Broadway Christian Church, NARFE, AARP, and the Devotion Lodge #160 F&AM.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, William Lee Skeens, Springfield, Ill., and Larry Skeens, Versailles; a brother, Delbert Skeens, Ft. Wright; two sisters, Anna Elizabeth Thompson, Huntington, W. Va., and Jo Sue Burkhart, Wheelersburg, Ohio; four grandchildren, Kirsten Ann Burkholder, California, Jacquie Weaver, Springfield, Ill., Erin Deanna Lambaunas, California, and Julie Lynn Skeens, Versailles. A sister, Lou Vivian Hodge, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 18, 2002, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary - Broadway by Jim Bird. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tom Fore, Rory Thomas, Donnie Harris, Sam Thompson, Tim Trimmell, and Floyd Harris.

Contributions may be made to the Broadway Christian Church Memorial Fund, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Cornelius Terry, 70, of Lexington, former plant manager for the GTE (now OSRAM) Sylvania Lamp Plant, Versailles, husband of Nevelynn (Stacy) Terry, died Friday, May 17, 2002.

A native of Jackson, he was the son of the late Morton and Ida Mae Hall Terry. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and a member of the UK Fellows, Christ the King Cathedral, and the Knights of Columbus. He was a former member of the Versailles - Midway - Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission, the Rotary Club, and the Keeneland Association. He was also a former U.S. Marine who served during the Korean Conflict.

Terry began working for Sylvania at its Winchester plant just two days after his 1957 graduation from UK with a degree in accounting. He became the Versailles lamp plantís manager in May of 1973.

In his free time, Terry was an avid sports fan. He attended many UK sports events, and was a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. In a 1982 Woodford Sun story that noted his 25th anniversary with Sylvania, Terry told of a golf experience in Vail, Colo. Frustrated with the slow pace of two women golfers playing ahead of him and his companions, he asked the club pro to ask them to "either let us go through or play faster." The pro replied that, while he would like to do that, "thatís Nancy Kissinger and Happy Rockefeller." Later, his party was stopped by Secret Service agents to allow President Gerald Ford to play a nearby hole.

Terry played key roles in the Versailles lamp plantís birth. Ground was broken for the plant in June of 1963, and the plant was operating by May of 1964. In the Woodford Sun article, then-reporter Eric Vore wrote: "It was to Terry an exciting time and a challenge, resulting in a pride of accomplishment when the plant opened. It was also an experience he wanted to have Ďjust one time.í It involved planning down to the most minute detail, (including the) type of paper clips. Twelve hours a day, six and seven days a week, the work went on." Terry called his career to that time "challenging and rewarding."

Terry told The Sun "Iím a positive person, and I try to find something positive and good about everything. What may be problems to some people, to me become opportunities and challenges, so I donít find anything thatís been disturbing or greatly disappointing to me."

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Gayle Terry, Lexington, and Darryl Terry, Winchester; three daughters, Kimberly Carver, Roswell, Ga., Brenda Lynch, Versailles, and Christina Terry, Nicholasville; a stepdaughter, Danette Ross, Stamping Ground; a foster daughter, Linda Hatton, Clay City; seven grandchildren; and one step-grandson.

Services were conducted Monday, May 20, 2002, at Christ the King Cathedral by the Rev. Lawrence W. Hehman. Burial was in the Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Darryl Terry, Gayle Terry, Phil Pence, Jack Redding, Jim Roney, and Reid Harrod. Honorary bearers were Tommy Wheat, Joe Campbell, Heath Carver, Matt Terry, and Hayes Collings.

Contributions are suggested to the charity of oneís choice.


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