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May 4, 2000 issue

Larry Z. Akers

Larry Zane Akers, infant son of Jay and Paulette Ralston Akers of Versailles, was stillborn Thursday, April 27, 2000.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Rick and Jenny Ralston, Versailles; his paternal grandparents, Larry and Alice Akers, Sonora; his maternal great-grandparents, Paul and Virginia Slaughter of Versailles and Katie Ralston of Monroe; his paternal great-grandmother, Nona Jenkins, Sonora, and several aunts and uncles.

Private services are planned. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Belmont B. Brown

Belmont B. Brown, 87, a longtime resident of the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Leestown Rd., Lexington, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000.

Born in Woodford County, he was a son of the late Isaac and Lida Mae Spurgeon Brown and was a member of the Ft. Springs Baptist Church, Fayette County. He served in the U. S. Coast Guard during World War II.

Mr. Brown is survived by three sisters, Margaret "Maggie" Wilder, Versailles; Velma Mae "Duck" Smith, Versailles, and Virginia "Gin" Thompson, Frankfort; five nephews, and several great-nieces and -nephews. A sister, Melva "Bird" Griffith, died in 1997 and a brother, Vane H. "Rass" Brown, died in active service during World War II.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by Chaplain William Warth. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Donald Wilder, Bobby Smith, David Thompson, Robert Eugene Griffith Jr., Carl Lee Thompson, Frankie Wilder, Lonnie Brown, and Jesse Brown Jr.

 

 

Gladys D. Curtis

Gladys D. Carter Eckler Curtis, 71, of Lexington, widow of Walter Curtis, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

A native of Woodford County, she was a daughter of the late Glen F. and Willa Mae Redman Carter. She was a retired employee of L. Stanford.

Survivors include three sons, Jim Eckler, Florida, and William and John Eckler, both of Lexington; two daughters, Charliene Eckler, Morehead, and Sherry Kiger, Lexington; 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jean Church, Frankfort, and Billie Stallsworth, Texas.

Services were conducted at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, by the Rev. Tom Lester and Sister Jo White. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

 

 

Charles R. Douglas

Charles Robert Douglas, 59, of 120 Cleveland Avenue, Versailles, a retired International Business Machines Corp. financial analyst, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, May 5, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary-Southland, Lexington. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today, May 4. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the American Cancer Society.

 

 

William A. English

William Allen English, 65, of Nebo, father of LaDonna G. Bailie of Versailles, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at his home.

Born in Caldwell County, he was the son of the late Everett and Lucille Adams English. He was a retired welder for P & M Coal Company and was a member of the Nebo Baptist Church.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 43 years, Betty Gooch English, Nebo; a son, David K. English, Providence; two brothers, James W. English, Greenville, and Ralph W. English, Nebo; three sisters, Margaret Cooper, Evansville, Ind.; Sue Nesmith, Manitou, and Betty Hamby, Dawson Springs, and a grandson, Matthew James-Allen Bailie, Versailles.

Services were conducted Saturday, April 29, at the Harris Funeral Home, Madisonville. Interment was in the Forest Lawn Memorial Garden. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, c/o LaDonna Bailie, 491 Sheffield Drive, Versailles 40383

 

 

Ralph S. Fister

Ralph Stanley Fister, 76, of Versailles, husband of Mildred Thompson Fister, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital's Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born in Lexington, he was a son of the late Charles John and Mary Frances Rebel Fister.

Mr. Fister served 39 years in the Army and the Army Reserve and was a veteran of World War II. In the Army Reserve he was a command sergeant major for 16 years in the 810th, as a qualified/certified government trainee instructor. He had a career in the automotive industry and was recently employed by Jeff Sachs in Frankfort. He was technical advisor for the Chrysler Corp., along with service development and customer relations. He was longtime member of the Versailles Kiwanis Club and was a member of St. Leos Catholic Church, Versailles.

Additional survivors include two sons, Ralph Steven Fister, Lexington, and Robert Alan Fister, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; a brother, Lawrence Fister, Lexington; a sister, Louise Lang, Dry Ridge; two grandchildren, Angie Peck, and Kristie Fister, both of Lexington; and a great-grandson, Michael Steven Peck. A brother, Charles Fister, and four sisters, Thelma Jordan McElhone, Margret Fister, Mary Frances Haney, and Rita Palmgreen, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway, Lexington, by the Rev. Frank Osburg and Hospice Chaplain Craig A. Ryan. Burial was in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers were John Jordan, Kenneth Palmgreen, Mark Fister, Jay Lang, Kevin Fister, John Thompson Jr., Buryl "B. J." Thompson, and Darryl Thompson. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington 40504.

 

 

Oliver H. Means

Oliver Herdon Means, 77, of Stanton, husband of Crystal Watson Means, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at his home. Mr. Means was a truck driver.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Roger Keith Means, Clay City, and Gale Means and Michael Lyn Means, both of Stanton; a brother, Cebert Means, Versailles; two sisters, Milta Alsop, Daniden, Fla., and Rosie Blythe, Indianapolis, Ind.; two granddaughters, Natalie Webb and Lisa Smith, and three great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, May 1, at Wells Funeral Home, Stanton, by Bro. Elwood Kalor. Burial was in Cat Creek Cemetery, Stanton.

 

 

Ida H. Proctor

Ida Helton Proctor, 88, of 333 Princess Circle, Versailles, longtime Kentucky Utilities employee and an active church member, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, in Versailles. She was the widow of Richard Proctor.

Born in Johnson County, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Jennie Gullett Helton. She attended business college and was an employee of Kentucky Utilities for over 35 years prior to her retirement. Since February 1950, she was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church, where she was active as financial secretary for many years, had been a member and treasurer of the Versailles United Methodist Women, a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class, the Cornerstones, and a former member of the Administrative Board and the chancel choir. She had also been an active member of the Woodford County Woman's Club.

She is survived by a nephew, Larry Jack Wells, Raceland; and several cousins, including George H. Helton, Frankfort. Her caregiver for the past nine months was Shirley Lowery, Versailles. A brother, Wayne Helton, and a sister, Hazel Wells, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 28, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by Dr. Harold Henson. Interment was in the Pleasureville Cemetery, Henry Co. Casket bearers were Raymond Tucker, Willard Corman, Don Evans, Tillie Dunn, Leon Gullett, and Charles Wolfe. Memorials are suggested to the Versailles United Methodist Church or one's favorite charity.

 

 

Ruby L. Shotwell

Ruby Anne Lancaster Shotwell, 88, of 6955 McCracken Pike, Versailles, wife of Clifford H. Shotwell, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Shotwell was a daughter of the late David and Susan Craig Lancaster and was a member of the Hillsboro Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Donna Joy Shotwell, Dodd, Mich.; a son, Ronald 0. Hilton, Christchurch, New Zealand; a sister, Ethel Rucker, Versailles; and five grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 11 a. m . Tuesday, May 2, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Earl Bell, the Rev. Mike Hamrick, and the Rev. David Burns. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County. Casket bearers were Herbert Lancaster, Jerry Lancaster, Tommy True, Keith True, David Hilton, and Gary Flora. Honorary bearers were B. R. Hippe and Gary Hippe. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

Marjorie E. Sininger

Marjorie E. Sininger, 78, formerly of Nicholasville, retired cashier for Winn-Dixie and University of Kentucky administration employee, widow of Charles A. Sininger, died Sunday, April 30, 2000.

Born in Cynthiana, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Elsie Cordary Mains. She was a member of Southland Christian Church, Lexington, the Prime Timers Group, and a member of Eastern Star Chapter 223, Nicholasville.

She is survived by a son, Billy V. Sininger, Versailles; three grandchildren, Pat Sininger and Chris Sininger, both of Lexington, and Lori Sininger, Santa Barbara, Calif.; three stepgrandchildren, Chris Whitley, Lexington; Michael Whitley, Charlotte, N.C., and LeAnn Phillips, Versailles; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary-Southland, Lexington, by the Rev. Chuck Madinger. Burial was in the Carlisle Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington 40504.

 

 

Katherine Spellman

Katherine "Kay" Spellman, 73, of Milford, Ohio, mother of Mark Spellman, Versailles, died Monday evening, May 1, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Mrs. Spellman was born in Cincinnati, the daughter of the late Howard and Margaret Hutchinson Pyles. She was the widow of Walter Spellman, and was a longtime member of the Milford First United Methodist Church, Milford, Ohio. She had been and active volunteer at her church, at the Semi Village Retirement Home, and was the immediate past president of the Milford United Methodist Women. She was a former member of the Sweet Adelines.

In addition to her son, she is survived by a daughter, Toni Burroughs, Noblesville, Ind., and six grandchildren, Brian and Brandon Spellman, and Evan, Michael, Cara, and Emma Burroughs.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, May 4, at the Milford First United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. A private graveside service will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Milford. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Hospice Association or to the Central Indiana Youth for Christ, P. 0. Box 2191, Indianapolis, Ind. 46206.