The Woodford Sun
May 3, 2001 issue
Nellie H. Baker
Nellie Hopkins Baker, 96, of 315 Milner Road, Versailles, widow of Robert Lee Baker, died Monday, April 30, 2001, at Bluegrass Community Hospital, Versailles.
Born in Garrard County, she was a daughter of the late Jack and Timey Dean Hopkins, and was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lexington.
She is survived by four daughters, Justine Todd, Lucille Merritt, and Shirley Hilton, all of Versailles, and Gloria Tapp, Lexington; a son, Cecil Johnson, Cincinnati, Ohio; 15 grandchildren, and a number of great- and great-great-grandchildren. Two daughters, Dorothy Pierce and Evelyn Johnson, and two sons, Lester Johnson and Bernie Baker, are deceased.
Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, May 3, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by Pastor David Van Wyke and Pastor Kevin Shelley. Interment will be in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Bob Abshire, Ralph Tapp, Martin Pierce, Charles Shelley, Kevin Shelley, and David Chaffin. Honorary bearers will be Harold Reffitt, Jeff Bowman, Joe Pierce, Glenn Roberts, Nathan Eberhart, Greg O’Neil, and Leslie O’Neil. Memorials are suggested to the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Lewis C. Clem
Lewis C. Clem, 66, of Mildred Street, Versailles, husband of Betty Clem, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at Hospice Care Center. He was an employee of Brookdale Farm and a member of the Versailles Church of God.
Born in Bourbon County, he was a son of the late John B. and Barthena Clem.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Michael Lewis Clem and Steven K. Clem; two sisters, Mary Walsinger and Ruby White, both of Lexington; four grandchildren, Kayla Clem, Michael Clem II, Dylan Clem and Christopher Combs; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Frankie Layne, with comments by the Rev. Estill Everman and Victor Slatten. Interment was in the Rose Crest Cemetery, Versailles. Casket bearers were Michael Clem, Steven Clem, Keith Walsinger, Jeff Walton, Gary Walton, and Tim Walton. Honorary bearers were Gary Finnell, Stan Walton, Bill Cofer, Saint Lancaster, Estill Everman, Victor Slatten, Bobby Riddle, Trent Jesse, and Melvin Olson. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Versailles Church of God, P.O. Box 552, Versailles 40383, or Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele St., Frankfort 40601.
Lou Tucker Coyle
Lou Tucker Coyle, 57, Versailles, wife of Orville Clayton Coyle, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, at her residence.
Born in Lexington on Sept. 28, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Selbert Jean and Ethel Chasteen Tucker. Mrs. Coyle was a member of the Mortonsville United Methodist Church and was a former administrative assistant for the Bluegrass Technology Center.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by four sisters, Agnes Sandford and Peggy Thomas, both of Lexington; Judy Buskirk, Nicholasville, and Marlene Davis, Versailles; and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Barbara Smith, is deceased.
Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Gene Shields and the Rev. Dave Jeffries. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Darrin Buskirk, Jimmy Sandford, David Sandford, Kevin Sandford, Trinity Davis, and Todd Burris. Brenda Scott was an honorary bearer. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.
Arthur R. Curry
Arthur Ray Curry, 68, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lexington.
Born in Fayette County on April 7, 1933, he was the son of the late Robert L. and Ida Calhoun Curry. He was a graduate of Versailles High School, where he starred on both the basketball and football teams. He was retired from Southwestern Tobacco Warehouse and was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was also a member of American Legion Post 8 in Lexington.
He is survived by a son, Robert Parker Curry, Versailles; two daughters, Desirae Parrott, Versailles, and Jessica Curry, Lexington; a granddaughter, Katie Parrott, Versailles; three brothers, Lillard and Luther Curry, Sebring, Fla., and Ronald Curry, Lexington; a sister, Bess Gott, Lexington, and a special friend, Barbara Howard Finch, Lexington.
Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 30, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Mark Benton. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Mr. Curry’s nephews served as casket bearers. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.
Franklin "Sammy" Dunn, 66, of Midway, husband of Vina Dunn, died Monday, April 30, 2001, at his residence.
Born in Anderson County on June 12, 1934, he was the son of the late John E. and Minnie P. Sayre Dunn. Mr. Dunn was a Baptist and a retired farmer.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by eight daughters, Anna Bell Long, Midway; Kathleen Downs, Frankfort, and Lucy Holmes, Norma Dunn, Jennifer Dunn, Rebeccah Dunn, Sandra Dunn, and Melissa Dunn, all of Lexington; three sons, Mark Dunn and Jimmy Dunn, both of Lexington, and Lacy Dunn, Versailles; a sister, Lena Stoker, Lexington; six stepchildren, Martha Buckler, Georgetown; Linda Leonard, Florida; Morris Lee Huff and Samuel Huff, both of Lexington; Fred Huff, Richmond, and Kathy Huff, Georgetown; 28 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, May 3, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by Donna J. VandeKieft. Burial will be in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Mark Dunn, Lacy Dunn, Tommy Sayre, Fred Huff, Ronnie Lainhart, and Tommy Downs.
Emily J. Heaton
Emily Jane Heaton, 91, of Lexington, wife of Earl R. Heaton, died Monday, April 23, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospice Care Center, Lexington. She attended Grace Baptist Church and was a member of the Joy Class.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by four daughters, Celia Ellis, Athens, Mich.; Arleta Vanderhoef, Marion, Mich.; Shirley Smith, Sun City, Ariz., and Kay Atwell, Lexington, with whom she resided; 16 grandchildren, including Brian Evans of Lexington and David Evans of Versailles; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Fosnaught Funeral Home, Marion, Mich. Contributions are suggested to Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, or Hospice of the Bluegrass.
Margaret A. Janes
Margaret Alene Janes, 79, of Versailles, formerly of Louisville, widow of Joseph Lewis Janes, died Sunday, April 22, 2001, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles.
Born in Louisville on July 12, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Lee Salem Shewmaker and Bertie Wright Thomas.
Mrs. Janes was a lifelong resident of Louisville but moved to Versailles in 1997. During World War II she was a shipping clerk for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. She was active for many years in the Jefferson County 4-H, was a former member of the Order of Eastern Star, and was a member of Jefferson County Homemakers. Her gardening and canning skills were evident by the many ribbons won at the Kentucky State Fair over several years. She was a member of Parkland Baptist Church in Louisville, where she held leadership positions.
She is survived by two daughters, Sally Harrell, Prospect, and Myrna Johnson, Versailles, and four grandchildren, Christopher Johnson, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Aaron Johnson, Lexington; Mary Ann Hayes, Brooks, and Shawn Harrell, Louisville, and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, April 27, in Resthaven Memorial Cemetery, Louisville, by the Rev. Tom Curry. Memorial gifts are suggested to Taylor Manor Nursing Home.
Frank L. Wilson
Frank Logan Wilson, 45, of Decatur, Ga., formerly of Versailles, husband of Shabra B. Wilson, died Monday, April 23, 2001.
He was born in Woodford County on Jan. 5, 1956, the son of Marlene C. Wilson of Versailles and the late Isaiah Wilson Sr. He had been a truck driver and restaurant owner.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two stepsons, William and Falyaz Geter; a sister, Miriam C. Harris; five brothers, Isaiah Wilson Jr., Glenn Wilson Sr., the Rev. Tony S. Wilson, Randal J. Wilson, and Rodney 0. Wilson; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 30, at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Chapel by the Rev. Floyd Greene. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Versailles First Baptist Church Building Fund.
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