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May 5, 2005

 

Claunch

Betty W. Claunch, 63, of Versailles, formerly of Harrodsburg, wife of William C. "Bill" Claunch, died Sunday, May 1, 2005, at her home.

Born July 1, 1941, in Kenton County, she was the daughter of the late James and Christine Davenport Wampler. She was a retired employee of Macy’s Department Store, Lexington, and a member of the Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Cindi Todd, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Christi Claunch, Versailles; two sons, Todd Claunch, Versailles, and Reed Claunch, Palm City, Fla.; and seven grandchildren, Betsy, Will, Sam, Casie, Haley, and Nick Claunch, and Reed Todd. A brother, David Wampler, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 4, at Ransdell Funeral Chapel by Doug Vandiver. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg.

Memorials may be made to Vanderbilt University, Gift Record, 201 Alumni Hall, 2101 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37240.

 

Goff

Mary Andrews Goff, 91, of Lexington, formerly of Woodford County, widow of Waddill Platt of Versailles, Frank L. McVey Jr. of Lexington, and Ben Douglas Goff Jr. of Winchester, died Friday, April 29, 2005.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Mary Haywood Andrews and William Montgomery Person. She attended St. Mary's Episcopal School in Raleigh, N.C., and graduated from the University of Kentucky. She was active in the Episcopal Church, having served on the vestries of Christ Church and St. Hubert's. She and the late Dr. Caroline Scott started the Nearly New shop to make money for the diocese of Lexington, and she raised the funds to build the Cathedral of St. George at the Cathedral Domain in Lee County. For several years, while living at Dufont Farm in Woodford County, she had a candy manufacturing business, making Dufont Toddys and Dufont Juleps. She also taught swimming. She studied bridge under Charles Goren and was made a grand master bridge teacher. She taught the game in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. She also had three bridge series prepared and televised by KET and across the U.S. and Canada by public television. The second series was sponsored by The U.S. Playing Card Company and the third by The American Contract Bridge League. She was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of Kentucky, and for many years she and Mrs. Ernest Dark managed the gift shop at Liberty Hall in Frankfort. She was also instrumental in founding the "Friends of Shakertown." She had been a member of The Garden Club of Lexington, The Fortnightly Club of Winchester, The Keeneland Club, The Iroquois Hunt Club, and The Idle Hour Country Club, and was on the board of regents of Kenmore, a museum house in Fredericksburg, Va., and George Washington's Ferry Farm.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Platt Vencill, Oakland, Calif.; a sister, Josephine Person Whittemore, Fort Myers, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Priscilla McVey Johnson, Aberdeen, N.C.; two stepsons, Frank L. McVey III, Lexington, and Ben Douglas Goff III, Winchester; six grandchildren, Mary Katherine Vencill and Frank Vencill of Oakland, Calif., Waddill Hunter Platt Jr., Darien, Conn., John D. Platt of Dufont Farm, Versailles, Sarah Platt Basso, New Fairfield, Conn., and Caroline Swift Platt, Washington, D.C.; seven great-grandchildren; and many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. A son, Waddill Hunter Platt, is deceased.

Her body will be cremated. Services will be private. A memorial celebration was held at Dufont Farm, Versailles, on Sunday, May 1. The W. R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Hunter Platt Music Scholarship, Middlesex School, Concord, Mass.; or the Frank McVey Scholarship at the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center.

 

Gunther

Herbert L. Gunther, 80, of Versailles, husband of Dorothy Duncan Gunther, died Thursday, April 28, 2005, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of VFW Post #4075.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Charlene McCall, Mt. Sterling; two brothers, Bobby Wilson, Woodford County, and Eddy Wilson, North Carolina; two grandchildren, Rodney Conner, Lexington, and Patty Long, Versailles; and five great-grandchildren, Larry Long Jr., Liberty, Crystal Banks, Frankfort, Lisa Long, Versailles, and Joshua Conner and Rebekah Conner, both of Lexington. A daughter, Peggy Manley Conner, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, May 2, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Bishop James Allen and the Rev. Randy Hill. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Ray Caldwell, Ashley Chilton, Buddy Chilton, Clayton Manley, Bill Beverly, and Loren Lancaster. Honorary bearers were Joshua Conner, Dr. David Lasheen, Kenton Cable, Owen Roberts, David P. Clark, Dorsey E. Clark, and Owen Roberts.

 

Miller

Edwin E. "Ed" Miller, 73, of Cynthiana, senator from the state's 30th Senate District, including Woodford County, from 1999 to 2002, husband of Birdie Miller, died Monday, May 2, 2005, at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.

Born Aug. 22, 1931, in Bracken County, he was the son of the late Raymond and Esther Wolfe Miller. After graduating from Brooksville High School, Mr. Miller joined the United States Marine Corps. He was a Kentucky State Trooper, a detective sergeant, captain over the Narcotics Division, and Commander of the State Police Academy. He ran for Congress in the 6th District in 1980 and 1982 after retiring from the academy. He was appointed deputy secretary of the state Justice Cabinet, commissioner of Criminal Justice Training, and deputy commissioner of the state Department of Employment. He was an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Eastern Kentucky University and Maysville Community College. Mr. Miller coached youth league sports and was a Cub Scout leader. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bracken County and former member of the Jaycees.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Douglas Miller and Nathan Miller, both of Cynthiana; a brother, Raymond Lee Miller, San Diego, Calif.; and two granddaughters, Lauren and Lindsey Miller.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, May 5, at Ware Funeral Home in Cynthiana by Pastor John Maynard and the Rev. Wayne Spivey. Burial will be in Battle Grove Cemetery. Kentucky State Troopers will serve as casket bearers. Honorary bearers will be John Swinford, Ed Ford, Truett Ricks, Dan Brannock, Tom McKee, Clay Stith, Phil Huddleston, and David Thomas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd Street, Suite 1100, New York, NY 10016, or the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 180 Augusta-Chatham Road, Augusta, KY 41002.

 

Miniard

Elizabeth "B.J." Miniard, 67, of Lexington, widow of James B. Miniard, died Sunday, May 1, 2005.

She was a daughter of the late Stella Whitt Napier and A.C. Napier and was a retired University of Kentucky employee.

Survivors include three daughters, Karen McGaughey and Julie Decker, Versailles, and Stacey Mudd, Lexington; a brother, Ronald Napier, Lexington; four stepchildren, Becky Smith, Janie Calloway, James B. Miniard II, and Kathryn Speaks; three grandchildren, Paul A. Long II, Michael D. Long, and Brad Decker; five step-grandchildren, Laurin Smith, Lindsey and Josh Windland, Taylor and Julian Speaks; and a great-grandchild, Madison Decker.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 4, at W.R. Milward Mortuary-Southland by the Rev. Julie Lashier. Entombment was at the Lexington Mausoleum. Casket bearers were Paul Long II, Hager Whitt, Rick Buchanan, Steve Jones, Ronald Napier and Michael Long. Honorary bearer was Paul D. Ross.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass and the Lexington Humane Society.

 

Morton

Lois Morton, 70, wife of Ernest Morton, died Tuesday, April 26, 2005, at Kenton Health Care, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late William Grant Carter and Thelma Davis Carter. She was a nurse’s aid for Woodford Memorial Hospital.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Desirae Kennedy, Versailles; three sons, Norman Morton and Carl Morton, Versailles, and the Rev. David Carter, Alabama; a sister, Ruby Howard, Versailles; a brother, Charles Johnson Brown, New York; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, May 2, at Polk Memorial Baptist Church in Mortonsville by the Rev. Donald Townsend. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Sherman Morton, Alfred Carter, the Rev. Anthony Stevenson, Tim Bradley, Robert Samuels, and Keith Tavis. Honorary bearers were Russell Higgins, Lawrence Morton, and Henry Morton. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Polk Memorial Baptist Church.

 

Mulder

Charles Mulder, 95, of Lexington, widower of Eva T. Mulder, died Friday, April 29, 2005.

A Woodford County native, he was the son of the late Will and Julia Mulder. He was a member of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his children, Juanity, Cad, Kay, Jean Allen, C.B., and Meltina Mulder, and Teanna Carter.

Services were conducted Tuesday, May 3, at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Smith & Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Guest book at Legacy.com.

 

Sowder

Blanche Jackson Sowder, 92, of Higgins Street, Midway, died Sunday, May 1, 2005, at Pine Meadow’s Nursing Home, Lexington.

Born in Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Ullysis Eugene and Ida Luman Jackson. She was a former Barrett’s sewing factory employee, a member of the Versailles Church of God, and a longtime former member of the Midway First Assembly of God.

Survivors include a son, Hershel Wiley Sr., Lexington; two grandchildren, Hershel Wiley Jr. and Millie Courtney; four great-grandchildren, Kenna Pacilio, Lynn Buchanan, Hershel Wiley III, and D.J. Harris’ and three great-great-grandchildren, Nikki James, Kody James, and Nick Pacilio. A son, Marvin Wiley, two brothers, Selbert and Herbert Jackson, and a grandchild, Martha Buchanan, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, May 5, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Dave Anderson and the Rev. Frank Layne. Interment will follow at the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Dick Courtney, Kenny Pacilio, Hershel Wiley Jr., Hershel Wiley III, Gene Masters, and Tom Gilkison. Honorary bearers will be Millie Courtney, Kenna Pacilio, Lynn Buchanan, Nikki James, Kody James, and Nick Pacilio.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

Scott

Carlos M. Scott, 75, of Versailles, formerly of Lexington, widower of Minnie Sadler Scott, died Monday, May 2, 2005.

He was a retired horseman and a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include three daughters, three sons, 13 grandchildren, and a sister.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, May 5, at the Hinton-Turner Funeral Home. Interment will be in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens.

Guest book at Legacy.com.

 

Thomas

Betty Clark Thomas, 73, of Frankfort, died Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center following a long illness.

A native of Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Luther Summers and Ruth Baxter Summers Giles. She was a homemaker and a member of the Graefenburg Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Steve Clark, Lawrenceburg, David Clark and Darrell Clark, both of Frankfort; eight daughters, Vickie Salyers, Waddy, Dawn Shallenberger and Robin Letts, Kansas City, Mo., Cindy Knight, Versailles, Patricia Tipton, Connie Clark, and Karen Clark, all of Frankfort, and Gloria Clark, Lawrenceburg; 20 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Her twin daughters, Pamela Clark and Paula Clark, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, April 29, at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home by the Rev. Fred Moffett and the Rev. Jay Padgett. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Steve Clark, David Clark, Darrell Clark, Travis Sanders, Matthew Florian, and Jeremy Steele. Honorary bearers were Michael Clark, Michael Salyers, Terry Shallenberger, Ben Hellard, Jim Anderson, and Kevin Letts.

 

Tracy

Harry Elbert "Poe" Tracy, 74, of 508 Mallard Park, husband of Eloyce Megee Tracy, died Monday, May 2, 2005, at Lexington Country Place.

Born in Garrard County, he was the son of the late Robert Lee and Martha Thompson Tracy. A retired office assistant for Texaco, Inc., he was a member of Lancaster Baptist Church and had attended Versailles Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Connie Burchett, Albany; a son, Steve Tracy, Versailles; and a granddaughter, Angela Stimmel, Versailles. Three brothers, Howard Tracy, Robert Tracy, and his twin, Delbert Tracy, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 6, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. John Brandon. Interment will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be William Tracy, Mike Tracy, Marty Megee, Bobby Payton, Harry Ashcraft, and Roy Vice. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, May 5, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Baptist Church Building Fund, 125 E. Green Street, Versailles, KY 40383, or to the Oneida Baptist Institute, Box 67, Oneida, KY 40972.

 

Tucker

Mary Katherine Tucker, 80, of Margaret Hall Manor, 117 Elm Street, widow of Charles Edward Tucker, died Monday, May 2, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital East, Lexington.

Born in Jessamine County, she was the daughter of the late Albert Curtis and Minnie Carroll Ford. She was a retired Rand McNally cafeteria employee and a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.

Survivors include a son, Charles Tucker, Lawrenceburg; two daughters, Debbie Tucker and Phyllis Barnes, Versailles; a sister, Frances Fulton, Lexington; two grandchildren, Nicholas and Wesley Tucker; a great-grandchild, Charles Levi Tucker; and her cousins, Emma Lee and Buddie Britton.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, May 5, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Ken Lyle. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Nicholas Tucker, Wesley Tucker, Buddie Britton, Roy Barnes, David Doyle, and Charles Tucker.

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