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May 4, 2006




   Zachary Taylor Bell Jr., 90, husband of Mattie Lou Bell, widower of Anna Charles Chenault Bell, died Thursday, April 27, 2006, at the home of his son, Gene Bell, in Asheville, N.C.

Born March 14, 1916, in Zion Hill in Scott County, he was the son of the late Zachery Taylor Sr. and Georgia Guy Bell. He was retired from R. J. Reynolds and Liggett Myers. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Simpson AME Church in Versailles.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Gene; two grandchildren, Angela B. Bailey, Monroe, N.C., and Shannon Eugene Bell; a great-grandson, Julien Fitzgerald Bailey, Monroe, N.C.; three stepdaughters, Peggy L. Harris, Zion Hill, Wanda L. Perdue, Lexington, and Margaret Ann Townsend, Lexington; a stepson, Charles Lee Long, Lexington; four sisters, LeAnna B. Payne, Indianapolis, Ind., Betty B. Wilson, Lexington; Edna B. Senour, Indianapolis, Ind., and Lillian Marie Devine, Zion Hill; five step-grandchildren, Lisa Horton, Lexington, Carlos Perdue, Lexington, Troy Townsend, Lexington, and Roy and Chris Townsend, South Carolina; four step-great-grandchildren, Troy Harris, Mikel Horton, Carlos Perdue, and Charles C. Long, Lexington; two great-great-grandchildren, Sissy and Carlos Jr., Lexington; and numerous nieces and nephews. Two sons, Whitney and Zachary III; three brothers, Charles Fred, Whitney and Willie; five sisters, Suzie Bell, Mattie B. Lyvers, Georgia M. Bell, Mamie B. Raglin, and Frances B. Barber, are deceased. Interment will be held today, Thursday, May 4 at Evergreen Memory Gardens. Smith & Smith Funeral Home, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.



   Sterling Yates Burkhead Sr., 68, of Versailles, husband of Rose Hood, died Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Washington County, he was the son of the late Otis and Lizzie Chesser Burkhead. He was retired from the OSRAM Sylvania Lamp Plant after 29 years of service.

Survivors include four daughters, Billie Sparks, Lawrenceburg, Sandra Disponett, Lawrenceburg, Anneice Haney, Lexington, and Connie Sue Mattingly, Springfield; a son, Donald Yates Burkhead, Springfield; two sisters, Joyce Phillips, Willisburg, and Cathy Burkhead, Springfield; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Two sons, Sterling Patrick “Snooks” Burkhead Jr. and Timmy Burkhead; and a grandchild, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 2, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Tom King. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jamey Disponett, Chris Disponett, Jack Craig, Van Cao, Michael Joseph, and Tony Disponett.

Memorials are suggested to Harvest Time Ministries, 4957 Muddy Ford Road, Georgetown, KY 40324.

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   Martin “Marty” Campbell, 49, of Versailles, died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born Feb. 1, 1957, he was the son of Charlotte Wash Campbell of Versailles and the late Clifford W. Campbell. He was a graduate of Woodford County High School and the University of Kentucky with a master’s degree. He was a member of the Troy Presbyterian Church and the Versailles Presbyterian Church, and was an employee of the Commonwealth of Kentucky as an internal policy analyst.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sisters, Ramona Woolums and Brenda Poole, both of Versailles; three brothers, Clifford Campbell, Frankfort, and Jerry Campbell and Paul Campbell, both of Versailles; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, May 4, at the Versailles Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Troy Presbyterian Church or Versailles Presbyterian Church.

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   Howard M. Dodd, 61, of Rockford, Mich., husband of Donna Shotwell Dodd, died Friday, April 14, 2006, at his home.

He was raised in Indianapolis, Ind., where he graduated from North Central High School. He attended Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., where he received a bachelor of arts and met his future wife, Donna Shotwell. They were married in 1968 in Versailles. He received his juris doctorate from Indiana University. He began his career as a public defender and later worked as a prosecutor in Marion County, Ind. Finally, his family moved to Rockford, Mich., and he worked for the National Labor Relations Board. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, the Free & Accepted Masons and Shriners, and was the chairman of the zoning board of appeals in Cannon Township, Mich. He enjoyed cooking, reading, woodworking, and collecting antiques. He was an avid Indiana basketball fan.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Howard M. Dodd Jr., Grand Rapids, Mich., A. Kassi Dodd, Indianapolis, Ind., and Hilary D. Moore, Chattanooga, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Howard Cohen Dodd and Nora Crowley Dodd; and a niece, Tina McNees. Two sisters, Rose Marie Dodd and Virginia Stott, are deceased.

A memorial service was conducted Friday, May 5, at Randall & Roberts Funeral Home in Fishers, Ind., by Pastor Mark    Dodd. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 1:00 p.m. until    the time of service.



   Clay S. Gaunce Sr., 84, of Versailles, died Sunday, April 30, 2006, of pneumonia.

He was born in Stanford, where he attended high school before enlisting in the Army Air Corps and serving during World War II. After the war, he became senior storekeeper for Greyhound Bus Lines in Lexington, retiring from the company in 1966. He and his wife Frances, to whom he was married for 63 years, owned and operated Versailles Market from 1966 to 1978. He served as a deputy for the Woodford County Sheriff's Department until 1986, and was employed by the Woodford Fiscal Court until he retired in 1999.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Patti Robertson, Naples, Fla., and Connie McGohon, Versailles; a son, Clay Gaunce Jr., Lexington; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A grandson, Marty Matthews, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 3, at Clark Funeral Home in Versailles by the Rev. Bobby Lakes. Interment was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Clay Gaunce Jr., James C. Gaunce, Matt Matthews, Terry Robertson, Ray Hensel, and Denny Nunnelley.

Memorial contributions are suggested for the Galilean Children's Home, POB 880, Liberty, KY 42539.

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   Charles Truett Hanks, 75, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Cozette Carol Hanks, died Thursday, April 27, 2006, at his residence.

The son of the late Robert Roach and Lucy Moore Hanks, he was a 1948 graduate of Lawrenceburg High School and class salutatorian, a 1952 magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown College, and attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky. He was a 29-year state government employee with the Department of Economic Security, the Department of Revenue, Department of Labor, and Department of Education. He served as director of personnel at Kentucky State University and retired from the Revenue Cabinet in October 1987 as division director. He was a Korean War veteran in the U.S. Air Force with the rank of first lieutenant. He was a member of the Sand Spring Baptist Church, where he served as deacon for 35 years, church treasurer, a member and former teacher of the Fellowship Sunday school class, a member of the Pairs and Spares Class, a member and former president of the sanctuary choir, member and former treasurer and chairman of the Brotherhood, and served on the minister of music search committee.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Carol Byrge, Versailles, and Cathy Lester, Danville; a son, Robert "Robbie" Hanks, Lawrenceburg; four grandchildren, Joseph Clark Hanks, Rachel Lindsay Hanks, Bethany Grace Lester, and Brittany Faith Lester; a sister, Edyth May Edwards; a niece, Sandra Hahn; and two nephews, Robert Edwards and Robert Dudley Hanks.

Services were conducted Monday, May 1, at the Sand Spring Baptist Church by Dr. Mike Hamrick. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were Allen Dawson, Bill Dawson, C.C. Fallis, Dudley Hanks, Jim Renfro, Robert Shearer, Ralph Smith, Bill Stucker, and Joseph Hanks. Honorary bearers were the deacons and members of the Fellowship and Pairs and Spares Sunday school classes at Sand Spring Baptist Church. The Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Sand Spring Baptist Church Building Fund, 1616 Harrodsburg Road, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342.



   Alpheus Paul Hatfield, 78, husband of Emma Easterling Hatfield, died Saturday, April 29, 2006, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born at Toler in Pike County, he was a retired school teacher at the Mingo County Schools. He had served in the U. S. Army, graduated as valedictorian from Pikeville College in 1957 with an A.B. in mathematics, obtained his master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University, and further studied at the University of Kentucky and Marshall University. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa fraternity. He and his wife have resided in Versailles since 1988. He was a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Paula Thacker, Versailles; two grandsons, Nathan Thacker, Lexington, and Aaron Thacker, Jeffersonville, Ind.; and an uncle, James Hatfield, Hardy.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 2, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Dr. Harold Henson, the Rev. Cindy Brewer, and Dr. Ben Hahn. Interment was at Mountain View Memory Gardens at Huddy in Pike County.

Memorials are suggested to the Methodist Home of Kentucky, P.O. Box 749, Versailles, KY 40383.

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   Charles W. Jones, 73, of Versailles, formerly of Bourbon County, husband of Avanelle Perry Jones, died Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at his residence.

Born Sept. 25, 1932, in Madison, Ind., he was the son of the late Charles Anthony Jones and Elizabeth P. Thomas Jones. He was the owner/operator of Amp Right Electric in Paris and a retired electrical engineer for IBM. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and was an active attendee at the Landmark Baptist Church in Winchester. He received a bachelor's degree from Tri-State University in Angola, Ind. He was a past scoutmaster and Eagle Scout, and enjoyed fishing, camping, skiing, gardening, birds, and being in the outdoors. He was an avid UK basketball fan, and was a member of the Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity at Purdue University.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Perry Todd Jones, San Antonio, Texas; two daughters, Jacqueline Hamilton, Lexington, and Tamara Hoffmann, Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, Glenn L. Jones, Kissimmee, Fla.; a sister, Zella F. Matthews, Columbus, Ind.; a grandson, Zachary Aaron Hoffmann; and three granddaughters, Megan Lynn Hoffmann, Alexandra Lanier Hamilton, and Erin Renee Hamilton. A sister, Nellie Ling Keller, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, April 28, at the Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home by the Rev. Jim Muncie. Burial was in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Honorary casket bearers were Paul Matthews, Richard Jones, Chris Hoffmann, John Hamilton, Travis Tucker, Zack Hoffmann, Bill Perry, and Perry Jones.

Contributions may be made to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Development Office, 529 S. Jackson Street, Louisville, KY 40202.



   Elnora R. Russell, of Lexington, wife of James P. "Jake" Russell, died Thursday, April 27, 2006, at her home after a long illness.

A native of Midway, she was the daughter of Mildred K. Davis and the late Clifton Davis Sr. She was a member of Powerhouse Church of God.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by five children, Otis Hardin, Tim Hardin, Rex Hardin, Pamela Hughes, and Kim Hardin-Badgett; 11 grandchildren, Kimberly "Kandi," Celi "Nyki," Tyrone Keaton, Traci, Brian, LaCoya, Robert, Teresa, Taaliyah, James, and Jarrad; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clifton Davis Jr. and Manuel Davis Sr.; four sisters, Vivian Taylor, Victoria Davis, Lucinda Davis, and Wah Wah Rideau; an aunt, Lucille Kennedy; and several generations of nieces, nephews, and cousins. A daughter, Theresa; two brothers, Lamar and Wade Davis; and an uncle, Albert Kennedy, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 3, at the Shiloh Baptist Church. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. O. L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.



   Dorothy Jarman Spaulding, wife of Richard Spaulding, died Tuesday, May 1, 2006.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Prentice P. and Roberta Bartlett Phillips. She was a graduate of Versailles High School and the University of Kentucky. A retired assistant vice president and trust officer of the United Bank and Trust Company, she had been an active member of the Business and Professional Woman’s Club, was named Woman of the Year in 1975, was a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Order of the Eastern Star, the National Association of Bank Women, and a member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, James K. Jarman, Versailles; three grandchildren, Adira Marilyn Jarman, Cullen H. Kuntz, and Jacob K. Kuntz; and her foster children, Mary K. Navarra, and Jerry Lancaster. Two sisters, Marilyn A. Phillips and Patricia Phillips; and former husbands Clyde S. Jarman and Clinton H. Newman, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 5, at the Versailles Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Melissa Sevier. Interment will follow at the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be William M. Smith Sr., William M. Smith Jr., Jerry W. Flora, Robert D. Kjelland, William Dale III, and Daniel Etherington. Honorary bearers will be Capt. Walter Bruce Watson, USN, Todd Edmondson, Scott Goode, Loren “Squirrel” Carl, Mary Lyle Hartley, Robert Swisher, and the Rev. Richard Guerrant. The family will receive friends following services at the Versailles Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the U. K. Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, 800 South Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40536.

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