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November 10, 2010



Robert "Bobby" Biggs, 62, of Lexington, formerly of Frankfort and Versailles, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of Sylvania Davis Biggs of Frankfort and the late Clarence Biggs. He was a fence builder and stone mason and was a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by three daughters, Lynn (Ricky) Downs, Frankfort, Michelle Edmondson, Versailles, and Della (John) Combs, Georgetown; three sons, Troy (Lori) Biggs, Lawrenceburg, and Cory and Preston Haney, Frankfort; two sisters, Hallie Richardson and Helen Richardson, both of Lexington; two brothers, Clayton Biggs and Eugene Biggs, both of Frankfort; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A son, Robert Biggs, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Pastor Eddie Nichols. Burial was in the Nonesuch Cemetery. Casket bearers were David Richardson, Johnny James, Tom Richardson, Davie Kirk, Gene Biggs, Thomas Biggs, A. J. McCoy, and T. J. McCoy.

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Bobby Lyle Bruner, 75, husband of Anita Bruner, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, in Sacramento, Calif.

He was the son of the late Robert and Delia Hurt Bruner. He served in the U. S. Air Force and was retired from the state of California.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons; and three daughters; a sister, Jo Ann (Willard) Corman, Versailles; his stepmother, Hazel Bruner: and a stepbrother, Sterling Canter. A brother, Chester Bruner, and a sister, Esther Shearer, are deceased.

A celebration of life and interment will be conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Nicholasville.



Galen Freeman Caldwell, 79, of Waynesburg, widower of Violet Stone Caldwell, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Veteranís Administration Medical Center in Lexington.

Born Oct. 17, 1931, in Waynesburg, he was the son of the late A.K. and Julia Jenkins Caldwell. He was a lifelong cattle broker. He was a graduate of the old Waynesburg School and a member of Double Springs Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, where he received numerous honors, including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Survivors include a son, Stephen Caldwell (Cassie), Stanford; three daughters, Karen Caldwell (Lloyd Cress), Lexington, Cindy Sears, Lexington, and Mitzy Caldwell, Versailles; four grandchildren, Stephanie Caldwell McElroy, Rachel Czernin (Max), Celessa Noe (Michael), and Samuel Sears; and five great-grandchildren. Two grandsons, Galen Caldwell and Ricky Bussell, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 8, at Grace Fellowship Church, Stanford, by Bro. Vola Brown. Burial was in Double Springs Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mike, Ed, Ryan and Eric Caldwell, Michael Noe, Max Czernin, Lloyd Cress and Dan Barnett. Honorary bearers were Samuel Sears, Trent and Cole McElroy, Aiden, Collin and Gavin Noe and James Parton. Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home, Waynesburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may go to Grace Fellowship Church.

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Mildred K. "Sister" Davis, 93, of Lexington, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010.

A native of Midway, she was the daughter of the late Lucy and Albert Kennedy Sr. and a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church, Midway.

Survivors include four daughters, Vivian Taylor, Victoria Davis, Lucinda Davis, and Wah Wah Rideau; two sons, Clifton "Jake" Davis, Jr. and Manuel Davis; 24 grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Lucille Hayes; and several generations of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Three sons, Roy Davis, Wade Davis, Lamar Davis; and a daughter, Elenora Davis-Russell, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 6, at Pilgrim Baptist Church, Midway. Interment was in the Midway Cemetery. O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.



Christine Kratzer Downey, 87, widow of James Franklin Downey, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Lawrenceburg.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Clarence B. Sr. and Lilly Davis Kratzer. She was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church, and member of the Cornerstones. She had been actively involved with the Ladiesí Auxiliary at Woodford Memorial Hospital and volunteered in the gift shop. A retired retail sales clerk, she had worked for Terryís, Hobbs Variety store, and the Duncan Drug Store for Clay Brandenburg.

Survivors include a son, James Ronald "Ron" Downey, Fishers, Ind.; three sisters, Nellie Hobbs, Lexington, and Louise Soard and Anna Jewell Slugantz, both of Versailles; five grandchildren, Michael Adams and Bob Nevins, both of Lawrenceburg, Debbie Olson, LaGrange, and Erin Elizabeth Rader and Matthew Downey, both of Indianapolis, Ind.; and four great-grandchildren. A daughter, Linda Jo Nevins, a brother, Beckham Kratzer II, a sister, Mary Hobbs, and a great-grandson, Ryan Winters, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Versailles United Methodist Church by the Rev. Mike Lehman and the Rev. Rebecca Peterson. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be Robert Nevins, Matthew Downey, Daniel Soard, Justin Frakes, Donald Olson, and Adam Warriner. Honorary bearers will be Danny Nevins and Mike Adams.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele St., Frankfort, KY 40601.

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Leroy Evans, 55, a former mechanic, son of James R. and Sylvia Vanover Evans, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at his home.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two daughters, Kaila Ann Holt and Shawna Lee Hagood, both of Tennessee; two sisters, Gail (Don) Southworth, Lawrenceburg, and Pat (Melvin) Sutherland, Versailles; three brothers, Jimmy and John Evans, Versailles, and Marshall Evans, Frankfort; and three grandchildren, Joshua Hendren, Brianna Hendren, and Aiden Holt.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 8, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Justin Rader. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were Mike Downs, Matt Sherwood, Cheda Evans, Tim Evans, David Evans, Justin Reynolds, Lewis Gill, and Travis Evans.

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Robert Paul "Bob" Evans, 85, husband of Helen Louise Evans, died peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at his sonsí thoroughbred farm in Versailles, KY.

Born in Portsmouth, OH, he was the son of the late Harry and Helen Sutton Evans. A graduate of Otterbein College, he was retired from the Monsanto Chemical Company.

He is survived by two sons; Tom (Pam) Evans and Bob (Tracie) Evans, both of Versailles; and a brother, Donald Evans of New York, NY.

His body was donated for educational purposes to the Wright State University School of Medicine through their Anatomical Gift Program. It was his desire to help future physicians have a positive impact on peopleís lives. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Helen Louise Evans, and a brother, Richard Evans. Robertís life was remembered at his sonsí farm in Versailles, KY, in a private time with his children. No other service is planned.

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Russell Lee Mahan, 46, of Georgetown, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010.

Born May 18, 1964, in Georgetown, he was the son of the late Eulice and Jane Rogers Mahan. He had been a self employed plumber.

Survivors include a son, Justin Mahan, a brother, Ernest Mahan, and an aunt, Delores Rogers, all of Georgetown.

No services are planned at this time.

Donations are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Nila R. McClain, 58, of Versailles, wife of William Turner, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010.

Born Feb. 6, 1952, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Ted and Mollie Hunter McClain. She was a retired administrative assistant for the State of Kentucky.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Angela G. Richardson, Alabama; an aunt, Rose Dean; and two cousins, Randy Bracket and Caroline Stapelton.

A gathering of family and friends was held Saturday, Nov. 6, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Carl Eugene McGaughey, 82, of Frankfort, husband of Oneta Wells McGaughey, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010.

Born Sept. 15, 1928, in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Eunice and Minnie Wiley McGaughey. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, retired from IBM after 29 years, was a member of First Christian Church, and a member of the Elks Lodge #530 and American Legion #7. After his retirement he was a door keeper for the House of Representatives during the General Assembly and also worked for Sherwin-Williams. He was an avid bowler and member of Duckerís Lake golf club and played softball for FCC into his late 50s. He enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and the University of Kentucky basketball and football teams.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by four children, Carla Arnold (Ben Schrader), Frankfort; Stephen (Becke) McGaughey, Frankfort; Donna (David) Wade, Highland, Utah, and Pam (William) Smith, Richmond; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Louise McGaughey and Cordelia Irwin; and two brothers, Charles McGaughey and Paul McGaughey, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Dr. John Opsata. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers will be his grandchildren, Tiphanie (Rick) Taylor, Stephanie McGaughey, Sarah Chatley, Brad McGaughey, Nolan McGaughey, Cara Wade, Nick Smith, and Andrew Smith. Honorary bearers will be his great-grandchildren, Tre, Ty, and Coen Taylor. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass. Condolences may be made at



Thelma "Galbaby" May White, of Lexington, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Beckham Foster and Katherine F. Collins. She was retired from the V.A. Medical Center. She was a member of the V.F.W. and a Kentucky Colonel.

Survivors include two children, Larry (Sherry) White, Harrodsburg, and Kathy (Dean) Marcum, Lexington; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Anna Grose, Versailles, and Betty (Richard) Raider, Lexington. A brother, William Foster, is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the U.K. Markey Cancer Center, 800 Rose St., Lexington, KY 40506.


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