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May 24, 2001 issue


Jose M. Beltran

Jose M. Hernandez Beltran, 38, of Versailles, husband of Marcelina Jimenez, died Wednesday May 16, 2001.

Born in Cocula, Mexico, on March 12,1963, he was the son of David Hernandez of Cocula and the late Inocenia Beltran.

Besides his wife and father, he is survived by two sisters, Maria Salgado and Bulfrana Hernandez Beltran; three brothers, Guadalupe, Gregorio, and Mario Hernandez Beltran, all of Mexico.

Services were conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday May 22, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel in Versailles. Burial will be in the Cocula Municipal Cemetery in Cocula.


Pauline C. Bird

Pauline Coleman Bird, 83, of Stanford, formerly of Lexington, died Tuesday, May 15, 2001.

Born in Mt. Vernon, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Tandy and Pauline Coleman Young. She was a member of Woodland Christian Church, Lexington.

Survivors include several nieces, including Mrs. Raymond Caudell of Versailles; and six great-nieces and -nephews. A sister, Hester Louise Bowman, and a brother, James Preston Young, are deceased.

A private funeral service was conducted in the Lexington Cemetery by the Rev. William B. Kincaid III. The W. R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to Woodland Christian Church.


James Conway

James E. Conway, 71, of Frankfort, husband of Patsy Fibbe Conway, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born in Millville, Woodford County, he was the son of the late Allen and Nellie Sabin Conway Sr. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a retired Kentucky Department of Highways employee, and a life member of the VFW Post 4075.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Cathy Conway and Betsy Murray, both of Frankfort, and Debbie Ward, Reno, Nev.; a son, Mike Conway; three sisters, Lucille Carey, Frankfort; Virginia Thompson, Ardmore, Ala., and Patsy Richardson, Versailles; a brother, Allen Conway Jr., Versailles; and 11 grandchildren. A daughter, Joyce Pearce; three sisters, Mae Spalding, Maxine Esslinger, and Eunice Conway; two brothers, Carl Conway and Donald Conway, and a great-grandchild are deceased.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at Rogers Funeral Home, Frankfort. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County. Casket bearers were Harold Canon, Mark Lee, Kelly Lee, Rick Caudle, Ted Pearce, David Conway, Larry Carey, Henry League, and Shawn Gray. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Valrie B. Eaves

Valrie Bartlett Eaves, 75, of Versailles, widow of Hamilton M. Eaves, died Sunday, May 20, 2001, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital in Versailles.

Born in Versailles on July 18,1925, she was the daughter of the late Charles T. and Frances L. Tolls Bartlett Sr. Mrs. Eaves was a retired Rand-McNally employee and a member of the New Hope Baptist Church, Versailles, and the Generation Plus Gang.

She is survived by a daughter, Tammie E. Pope, Versailles; a son, Dwain Kincaid, Frankfort; a stepson, Gary L. Eaves, Versailles; three stepdaughters, Deenie Neal, Versailles; Sue Griffith, Texas, and Janice Lovett, Paducah; three sisters, Louise Bartlett, Irene Bobbitt, and Frances Dunn, all of Versailles; two brothers, Charles Bartlett, Versailles, and Collette Bartlett, New Jersey; 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Mary Elizabeth Dedman, Emma Ward, and Edwina Carroll, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. James Allen. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Michael Pope, Matthew Pope, Lyle Eaves, Ron Ingram, Rick Ralston, Rick Redden, Larry Bartlett, Grady Allen, and Wayne Lane. Memorials are suggested to the New Hope Baptist Church Building Fund.


Elena F. Gormley

Elena Furia Gormley, 80, died Monday, May 14, 2001, at Canterbury Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

She was born in New York City, the daughter of the late Dr. John and Jessica Furia.

Mrs. Gormley is survived by her husband of 54 years, Dr. William T. Gormley Sr., formerly of Versailles; two daughters, Nancy Gormley Pfenning, Pittsburgh, and Suellen Gormley Hoagan, Boardman, Ohio; three sons, Dr. William T. Gormley Jr., Arlington, Va., and Robert Gormley and Kenneth Gormley, both of Pittsburgh; 13 grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Hackett, Salisbury, Md., and Laura Gaidi, Blauvelt, N. Y.; and a brother, John Furia Jr., Encino, Calif.

Over the years, the family enjoyed visits to Versailles to the 399 South Main Street home of Mr. Gormley’s parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. William T. (Katherine Flynn) Gormley.

The Mass of Christian Burial was said on May 18 at St. Anselm Church in Swissvale, Pa., and included the participation of the student body of St. Anselm School, where Mrs. Gormley taught for 20 years. Mr. and Mrs. George (Bonnie Gormley) Estill, Maysville, and Frank Flynn Gormley, Frankfort, attended their sister-in-law’s funeral Mass and Burial.


Sharlotte M. Halstead

Sharlotte McClanahan Halstead, 48, of Nicholasville, wife of William Halstead, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Versailles on Aug. 26, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Shirley Fisher McClanahan. Mrs. Halstead was a member of the Midway Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a sister, Vicky M. Comley, Conway, S. C. She was the aunt of Sarah A. and Jennifer L. Comley, both of Conway, and the niece of Joe Fisher, Midway.

Graveside services were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County, by Dr. Robert Baker. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.


Ethel S. Johnson

Ethel Sutherland Johnson, 92, of Angell Drive, Versailles, widow of Broadus Johnson, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001.

Born July 1, 1908, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Pearl Yowell Sutherland. She was a member of Glen’s Creek Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Frances Marie Johnson Dodson, Lexington; a son, Billy C. Johnson, Cynthiana; a sister, Louise Eaves, Midway; a granddaughter, Deborah Ann Wyatt; and two great-grandchildren, Bill David Wyatt and Mary Frances Wyatt.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Mickey Hyder. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were deacons of Glen’s Creek Baptist Church.


Mary L. Renfro

Mary L. Montgomery Renfro, 86, of Fairfield, Ohio, formerly of Versailles, widow of Hubert L. Renfro, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Tri-County Extended Care in Fairfield.

Born in Versailles on March 8, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Omer and Bessie Kirk Montgomery. Mrs. Renfro was a retired shipping clerk at Lunkenheimer in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda Smith, Cincinnati; a son, Charles L. Renfro, Cincinnati; two sisters, Eunice Dalton, Fairfield, and Louella Nichols, of Alabama; six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. Four brothers, Oscar, Ben, Ernest, and Albert Montgomery, and two sisters, Odettie Roberts and Stella Osbourne, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Joseph S. Girdler. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Mrs. Renfro’s grandchildren served as casket bearers.


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