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November 10, 2005



  J. W. Bailey 76, of Lexington, husband of Patricia Lee McCauley Bailey, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, at the Hospice Care Center.

A native of Scott County, the son of the late Willie Freeman and Bessie Ann Bailey. He was a retired operations manager for Yale Kentuckiana, a member of the Faith Baptist Church, Versailles, and a Kentucky Colonel.

Survivors include four children, Brenda Wilson, Georgetown, Larry Bailey and J.W. Bailey Jr. both of Lexington, and Freeman Bailey, Versailles; five stepchildren, Bobby Hager, Nicholasville, Linda Goodlett and Mary Smith, both of Nicholasville, and Leigh Ann Reeves and Mattie Osborne, both of Lexington; three brothers, Lewis Bailey, Nicholasville, Dean Bailey, Lexington, and Gene Bailey, Lebanon, Ind.; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. His twin sons, Jimmy and Jackie Bailey, a sister, Lucy Jane Bailey, and three brothers, Frank, Orville and Vernon Bailey, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Johnson's Funeral Home, Georgetown, by Pastor Bobby Lakes. Burial was in the Georgetown Cemetery. Casket bearers were Michael Wilson, Larry Allen, Nolan, Justin and Adam Bailey, and Shawn Goodlett. Honorary bearers were Willie Bailey, John Clem, Adrian McKinney, John Powers, Troy Coomer, and Lester Reeves.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 3692 Huntertown Road, Versailles, KY 40383, or Hospice of the Bluegrass.



  Mary Jane Kelly Barber, 82, of Springfield, widow of P.S. Barber IV, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005.

She was certified as a director by the Dr. Charles L. Shedd Association in 1970, and served as a director of the Saturday Reading Program for A.D.D. children in Washington County since 1970. She also served on the archdiocese's Respect Life Board for 10 years.

Survivors include seven sons, Philetus "Rusty" Barber, Louisville, Joseph David Barber, Georgia, John Kelly Barber, Danville, Michael Bruce Barber, Lexington, Louis Stephen Barber, Springfield, Kevin Anthony Barber, Nashville, Tenn., and James Vincent Barber, Bardstown; three daughters, Mary Jane Schmidt, Louisville, Mary Teresa Abell, Springfield, and Rebecca Ann Burns, Versailles; a brother, Arthur Kelly, Frankfort; three sisters, Elizabeth Coleman-Cline, Chattanooga, Tenn., Patricia Barber and Rita Boone, both of Madison, Ind.; 33 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was conducted Sunday, Nov. 6, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Springfield. Burial was in St. Rose Cemetery. Hale-Polin-Robinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to the ALS Foundation.

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  Sallie Marie Raines Benge, 95, of Versailles, widow of Henry Clayton Benge, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, at her residence.

Born March 22, 1910, in Stewartsville, Mo., she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Hughes Raines. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Jones, Versailles, and Doris Brooks, Nicholasville; a son, Kenneth Benge, Mercer County; a sister, Evelyn Stone, Bryantsville; 23 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. A daughter, Elsie Faye Sandifer, and a son, Willard Clarence Benge, are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Glenn Gasser. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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

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  Margaret Birdwhistell Curtsinger, 75, of Lawrenceburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005, at the Heritage Health Care Center.

A native of Mercer County, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Mayme Pearl Hawkins Birdwhistell. She was a former employee of Texas Instruments in Versailles, a senior companion with the Anderson County Senior Citizens, and attended Lawrenceburg First Baptist and Family Worship Center.

Survivors include a daughter, Vickie Lynn Mitchell, Lawrenceburg; a son, Lonnie Wayne Curtsinger, Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Garvice Birdwhistell, Lawrenceburg; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A brother, Alvin Birdwhistell, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Nov. 4, at Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home by Pastor Tony Andrade. Burial was in the Sand Spring Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.



  Eleanor Herdel Hartz, 72, of Lexington, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Louisville, she was the daughter of the late Leslie Louis Herdel and Zilpah Adams Herdel. She worked in the development office at the University of Kentucky for 15 years, and had been the music director and organist for Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Michele Hurst, Versailles; a son, Gary Hartz, Lexington; five grandchildren, Alan, Erin, and Lindsay Hurst, and Ashley and Tyler Hartz; and a brother, Gail Herdel, Taylorsville, N.C.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by Pastor George Naze. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Louisville. Casket bearers were Alan Hurst, Dickie Parsons, Rex Bailey, Wendell Grider, and Tim Bennett.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church, 356 Hillsboro Ave., Lexington, KY 40511.

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  William A. Humkey Jr., 89, of Lexington, widower of Richey Howard Humkey, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, at his residence.

Born in Lebanon, he was the son of the late William A. Humkey Sr. and Harriet Nuel Doody Humkey. He was a retired claims adjuster for the Underwriters Adjusting Company He was a member of Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He attended Bowling Green Business University for two years, was a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Program at the Lexington Senior Citizens Center, an avid bowler, bowling on two senior leagues for 18 years at the Southland Bowling Lanes. He had served with the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

Survivors include five sons, William A. Humkey III, Lexington, James W. Humkey, Bakersfield, Calif., Henry M. Humkey, Huntington Beach, Calif., John N. Humkey, Midway, and J. Stephen Humkey, Lexington; four daughters, Susan R. Stearman, St. Petersburg, Fla., Anne M. Greenway, Dallas, Texas, Mary P. Humkey, Charleston, S.C., and Melissa E. Clark, Lexington; three brothers, Lawrence Humkey, Louisville, Henry Humkey, Peoria, Ill., and John Humkey, Columbia; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A sister, Harriet Nuel Tharp, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 7, at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church by the Rev. Danny Schwendeman. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Casket bearers were Robert N. Humkey, Travis A. Humkey, Gregory S. Humkey, William A. Humkey IV, and Brian Stearman. W. R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1065 Dove Run Road, Suite 2 Lexington, KY 40502, or to Birthright of Lexington, 2134 Nicholasville Road, Suite 6, Lexington, KY 40503.



  Bobby Reynolds, 73, of Stamping Ground, husband of Deloras King Reynolds, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, following and eight year illness.

Born Feb. 25, 1932, in Scott County, he was the son of the late Raymond and Jennie Bell McCourt Reynolds Sr. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, and retired from Johnson Control, Farmers Bank, and Central Screw Company. He was a member of Stamping Ground Masonic Lodge #702 F&AM for 49 years and a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors, and in 1989 received an award from Kentucky Fish and Game for the largest buck downed by bow hunter.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Rozier, Versailles, and Janetteie White, Georgetown; a son, Marty Reynolds, Paris; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Raymond Reynolds Jr., Frankfort, and J. W. Reynolds, Stamping Ground; a sister, Joann Lee, Stamping Ground; and numerous nieces and nephews. A brother, Rudolph Reynolds, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 7, at the Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home. Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Casket bearers were Doug Waller, Eddie Waller, Jeff Lee, Billy Ray Reynolds, Rick Evans, Jason Brumback, Joseph Reynolds, and Aaron Reynolds. Honorary bearers were Mike Bittenbroke, Leonard Starwalt, James Marshall, Bobby Thomason, Kenneth Grant, Bruce True, and Wallace Wilson.



  James Franklin Sowder, 67, of Crab Orchard, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005, in Danville. Born June 2, 1938, in Rockcastle County, he was the son of the late Eddie Franklin and Laura Alice Sowder. He was a farmer.

Survivors include three sons, Rick Sowder and Kenny Sowder, both of Crab Orchard, and Mike Sowder, Versailles; a daughter, Sandy Smith, Danville; a brother, Edward Sowder Jr., Brodhead; four sisters, Francis Humphress, Alexandria, Hazel Smith, Depauw, Ind., Helen Lunsford, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Faye Gullett, Shepherdsville; four brothers, Ronnie Sowder, Shelbyville, David Sowder, Mt. Vernon, Mark Sowder, Crab Orchard, and Chris Sowder, Brodhead; 17 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A son, James Randall Sowder, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Nov. 4, at McKnight Funeral Home Chapel by Bro. Clyde Lunsford and Bro. David Smith. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Church of Christ Cemetery. Casket bearers were Shaun Pendergraft, Jason, Josh, Jon, Matt, and Andrew Sowder. Honorary bearers were Eric Sowder, Dustin Sowder, and Sheldon Martin.



  Charles Wachter Jr., 81, of Highview Drive, widower of Nell Kimbrell Wachter, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center Hospital.

Born in Woodford County he was the son of the late Charlie and Nora Edwards Wachter. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a retiree of Texas Instruments.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Wachter Swinford, Versailles; a son, Jerry Wachter, Versailles; two grandchildren, Penny Quatman and Trevor Wachter, Versailles; and a great-granddaughter, Samantha Jo Sparks, Versailles. A grandson, Jarrod Mitchell Swinford, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Tom Hinkle. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Jeff Quatman, Chuck Thompson, Kevin Simpson, Donald Rice, Carl Swinford, and Darryl Varner. Honorary bearers were Charlie Thompson, Bob Wilson, and Rusty Wynn.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 160 Moore Dr., Suite 201, Lexington, KY 40503, or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, P.O. Box 23512, Lexington, KY 40523.

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