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May 6, 2010



Betty Jo "Jobie" Arnold, of Midway, a character of the Racing World, went to greener pastures April 12, 2010. A celebration of her life will be held May 7 at Keeneland in the Lower Club from 5 to 7 p.m.

From an early age Jobie began selling pony rides and lessons to help work her way through school. She attended the University of Kentucky for journalism and later became an accomplished writer for many equine magazines and newspapers. Believed to be the first lady professional handicapper in the country, she had no problems keeping up with, if not ahead of, the boys. Jobie ponied Northern Dancer for Horatio Luro prior to the Kentucky Derby. He told her "do the first part best and the best part last." The last twenty years, Jobie returned to her roots in the Bluegrass and resided in Midway. She is survived by her son, Don, and wife, Kim Gillim, of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Friends and relatives are welcome. Loving her dogs, all memorial bequests should be made to Paws and Claws Rescue, PO Box 20254, Hot Springs, AR 71903. Arrangements by Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort. Condolences may be left at

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Margaret Ellen Jones Butler, 78, of Lexington, widow of Charles Butler Jr., died Friday, April 30, 2010.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Howard Jones and Lelia Mae Rogers. When she moved to Lexington, she joined the Bethel Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sons, Howard E., Charles I. III, David L. (Anita) Butler, Lexington, and Phillip W. Johnson, Lexington; seven grandchildren, Charlotte, Erica Michelle, Sean Butler, all of Lexington, Stacy L. Butler, Georgetown, Diana Butler Combs, Lexington, David L. Combs, Seattle, Wash., and Hugh Johnson, Athens, Ga.; 11 great-grandchildren; a special niece, Margaret Turpin; three nephews: Melvin (Kerry), George and Nathanial Turpin; a special cousin, West Rogers, Dayton, Ohio; and numerous other relatives. A brother, William (Billy) Jones; and a sister, Louise Turpin, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, May 5, at Bethel Baptist Church, Lexington. Fenders Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.



Frances Sergent Cook, 91, of Lexington, widow of William "Bill" E. Cook, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Midway, she was the daughter of the late Henry L. and Delora Farmer Sergent. She was a retired budget analyst for the federal government.

Survivors include a son, Charles T. "Tarley" (Anne) Thomas, Lexington; five grandchildren, Tarla, Patricia, John, George, and Donna; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Henry Lester (Jane) Sergent, Pensacola, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. A son, John Lewis Thomas; two brothers, Ed and Gene Sergent; and a sister, Annabel Walden, are deceased.

Services will be private. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.



Pamela Ann Million Mitchell, 54, of Harrodsburg, wife of Don M. Mitchell, died Wednesday, April 28, 2010.

Born March 16, 1956, in Lexington, she was a graphic designer for Quebecor, a member of South Elkhorn Baptist Church, and a member of the Kentucky Basket Association.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Evelyn Coyle Million, Versailles. Her father, Robert Million, is deceased.

A gathering of family and friends was held Sunday, May 2, at Clark Legacy Center, Nicholasville, followed by a Celebration of Life service conducted by the Rev. Damon Jones.

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Billy Joe Hall, 72, of Mt. Sterling, husband of Joyce Hall, died Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at his residence.

Born July 19, 1937, in Pike County, he was the son of the late Mahlon and Mary Frances Greer Hall. He was an investment adviser and a member of the First Church of God, where he taught the Heritage Class for 40 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, James David Hall, Mt. Sterling, Richard A. (Sandra) Hall, Abington, Va., and Michael E. Hall, Dayton, Ohio; a daughter, Sarah E. (David) Noble, Lexington; a brother, Robert M. Hall, Versailles; three sisters, Jewell Amburgey, Ruckersville, Va., Ruby Ross, Wilmington, Ohio, and Margaret Sue Anderson, Morehead; five grandchildren, Matthew A. Hall and Katherine Hall, both of Abington, Va., Kelsey Hall, Dayton, Ohio, Andrew Hall, Dayton, Ohio, and Dylan Hall, Mt. Sterling.

Services were conducted Saturday, May 1, at the First Church of God, Mt. Sterling. Burial was in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Morehead.

Donations are suggested to the Montgomery County Education Foundation, First Church of God, Morehead State University Foundation Mt. Sterling Endowment, or the Montgomery County Arts Council.



Mason C. Miller Sr., formerly of Versailles, passed away from coronary artery disease on April 5, 2010, in Hempstead, New York. Mason was the youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Scott (Jane) Miller Sr. Born on October 11, 1926, Mr. Miller attended the Lexington Latin School and the University of Kentucky before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in March of 1945. He served honorably as a crew chief for the C-47 in Fairbanks, Alaska, which he loved. After military service, Mason worked as a mechanic and dispatcher for Greyhound Bus Lines in Lexington alongside his father, Scott. Scott Miller Sr. passed down his love of horses to his three sons, Scott, MacKenzie, and Mason. Mason Miller moved to Florida to manage a horse breeding farm. He later worked as a foreman and an assistant trainer for his brother MacKenzie, a thoroughbred horse trainer based on Long Island, New York. Mason married Jane Elizabeth (Jaye) Hoblin on Sept. 24, 1966. In his retirement, Masonís favorite hobbies included restoring cars, growing a beautiful garden and tasty tomatoes, tending to his home, and being a wonderful neighbor on his Hempstead street. He will be missed by many who looked forward to his warm daily greeting from the porch.

Mason is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jaye, and three sons, Mason Jr. (Terri) and Jock (Sandy), Lexington, and Scott (Amy), Hempstead, New York. Two beautiful grandsons, Mack, 4, and Greyson, 2, of Hempstead, N.Y., brought great joy to their Poppy as well. Mason is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Mack and Martha Miller; sister-in-law Dorothy Miller; and nephew Stiles Miller, all of Versailles; niece Martha Queen in Tennessee, and nephew Todd Miller in Texas.

A celebration of Masonís life was held in Hempstead on April 7 with Father Thomas Coogan officiating. Masonís youngest son, Scott MacKenzie, spoke as well during the service. The prayer cards at Masonís service reflected his favorite prayer, "God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change Ö Courage to change the things I can and Ö The Wisdom to know the difference Ö Amen."

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association or to oneís favorite charity.

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Helen Elnora Ostgard, 90, of Lexington, wife of George Ostgard, died Monday, May 3, 2010, at the St. Joseph East Hospital.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Eli and Sophie Osborne. She was a member of Broadway Christian Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Vicki Harvey; two grandchildren, Jason and Amy Harvey; a sister, Evelyn Abney; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, May 6, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.



Lola Mae Whitney Rice, 76, of Midway, widow of James D. Rice, died Thursday, April 29, 2010.

Born Jan. 15, 1934, in Muhlenberg County, she was the daughter of the late Hobert and Frances Smith Whitney. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include a daughter, Lori (Bob) Maynard, Midway; a sister, Ruby Green, Pomeroy, Ohio; a brother, Carl Whitney, Chicago, Ill.; and four grandchildren, Chris, Tyler, Sarah, and Kayla Maynard. Three brothers, Cecil, Les, and Estil Whitney, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, May 4, at the Midway Cemetery by the Rev. Brad Stone. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles, was in charge of the arrangements.

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Linda Gayle Robinson, 55, daughter of the late Willie Dee Sr. and Annetta Bowman Robinson, died Tuesday, April 27, 2010.

Services were conducted Friday, April 30, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Kenny Robinson and the Rev. Martha Bowman.

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Ossie Joe Taylor, 69, of Versailles, husband of Sandra Taylor, died Monday, May 3, 2010, at his home of cancer.

The son of the late Marion Thomas and Stella Mae Taylor, he retired from NCR Corp. after 25 years, where he held the position of district manager of finances and administration. He also spent seven years with OWL. He was a member of Versailles Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife of 50 years, he is survived by three sons, Keith P., Kent R., and Kurt D.; two brothers; two sisters; and a special nephew, Little Kenny Taylor.

A graveside service will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. today, Thursday, May 6, at the Midway Cemetery by Pastor Larry Brown. Visitation will be today from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Thurman C. Wagoner, 88, of Lexington, husband of Glenna Wagoner, widower of Bessie Kerns Wagoner and Viola Collins Wagoner, died Monday, May 3, 2010, at the VA Hospital.

Born in Nicholas County, he was the son of the late William and Lizzie Wagoner. He was a retired sausage maker, postal driver, a World War II Army veteran, and a member of Davidís Fork Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann (Jouett) Redmon, Lexington, and Charlene (Roy) Henson, Versailles; a son, Larry (Judy) Wagoner, Louisville; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters; a stepson; and a sister, Mary Frances Gray, Paris.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, May 7, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, Lexington. Burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, May 6.



Callie Dorton Wilder, 87, of Versailles, widow of Nelson Salyers Wilder, died Thursday, April 29, 2010.

Born Dec. 9, 1922, in Bell County, she was the daughter of the late James Franklin and Beth Ann Simpson Dorton. She had attended Revival Tabernacle Church, and had been a volunteer home companion to the elderly, and worked for Great Mid-West Moving and Storage.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Sue (Burl) Osborne, Dallas Texas; six sons, Lemuel Carl Wilder Salyers, Tennessee, Ralph (Dixie) Brooks, Arizona, Ewing Mitchell Wilder, Richwood, Nelson Eddie (Mary Anna) Wilder, Versailles, Bobby Houston (Wanda), Crittenden, and Terry Lee (Mary Jane) Wilder, Versailles; two sisters, Betty Lee ( Ray) Dick, Michigan, and Margaret (Darrell) Walters, Lexington; 21 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Caroline Saylor, Shrilda Miracle, and Ruth Tipton; and six brothers, Otis Dorton, Fred H. Dorton, James Edward Dorton, A.B. Dorton, Alfred Dorton, and William Nelson Dorton, are deceased.

A memorial service was conducted Monday, May 3, at Clark Legacy Center, Brannon Crossing, Nicholasville, by Elder Ricky Dorton and T.J. Wilder.

Contributions may be made to Alzheimerís Association, 1065 Dove Run Road, Lexington, KY 40502 and Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.



John Patton "Pat" Williams, 81, husband of Bettye Anne "B" Williams, died Sunday, March 28, 2010, at his home in Ft. Myers, Fla.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Versailles Baptist Church. A reception will following at the Holly Hill Inn in Midway.


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