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November 15, 2001

 

Joseph Adams Sr.

Joseph M. Adams Sr., 83, of Versailles, husband of Catherine Gilkison Adams, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, at the Samaritan Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Woodford County Sept. 15, 1918, he was the son of the late Matt L. and Callie Lathrem Adams. He was a cattle grader and buyer for 50 years at Bluegrass Stockyards, and was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Judy O. Adams, Virginia, and Joan A. Drury, Hopkinsville; two sons, Jeremy A. "Jere" Adams and Jeff Adams, both of Versailles; four brothers, Theodore Adams, Lexington, Johnny Adams, Ohio, Matt Adams Jr., Lexington, and Ray Adams, Maryland; a special aunt, Elizabeth White, Lawrenceburg; nine grand children; and three great grandchildren. A son, Joseph M. Adams Jr., and a brother, Frank Adams, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at the Versailles Baptist Church by the Rev. John Brandon and the Rev. John Kruschwitz. Burial was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Joseph M. Adams III, William J. Hagan, Jeffrey D. Adams II, Justin A. Adams, Gary A. Adams, Bobby Adams, Ricky Adams, and Edward Collins. Honorary bearers were Herb Bruce, Howard Montague, Kenny Houston, Ken Holt, Lovell Hollar, Paul Saunders, Eric Barber, Gene Barber, Larry Barber, Jim Hembree, H.T. Reed, Aaron Beatty, Hunter Byrd Sr., Billy Wright, Jerry Mundy, and Chester Wilson.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Baptist Church Building Fund. Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Ray Brackett

Ray Brackett, 69, of Ulysses, husband of Olga Frances Preston Brackett, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at his residence.

Born Aug. 29, 1932, in Lexington, he was the son of the late Jesse and Gertrude Frederick Brackett. He was a lifelong member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Louisville, and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Korean Conflict and commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps League. He served as Floyd County Schools superintendent, assistant superintendent, Title I director, and as football coach at Wheelwright High School. He served as state president, Sons of the American Revolution; president of the Kentucky Association of School Business Officials; and director of KASS, KASA, KASBO, and SASBO. He served as chairman of the Floyd County School Board, and as a member; served on the Prestonsburg Property Authority, and was a past commander of the Floyd County chapter of the VFW. He was a Kentucky Colonel.

Survivors include a daughter, Laura Frances Brackett Thrasher, Mansfield, Ohio; three grandchildren, Angela Francis Ruth Brackett, Versailles, Eli Indigo Brackett Thrasher, and Claire Violet Brackett Thrasher, Mansfield, Ohio; and a sister, Virginia Otis, Lexington. A son, Stephen Ray Preston Brackett; two brothers, James Earl and Jesse Brackett; and three sisters, Annabel Rushford, Loretta Newman, and Helen Brackett, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at Jones-Preston Funeral Home, Paintsville. Burial was in Borders Chapel Cemetery, Ulysses.

 

Joseph D. Clayborne

The Rev. Joseph D. Clayborne, 80, of Versailles, widower of Arnetta Duncan Clayborne, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at his residence.

Born in Scott County Sept. 14, 1921, he was the son of the late John Henry and Bertha Mae Thomas Clayborne. He was a 1938 graduate of the old Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Lexington. He was retired from the Shriners’ Hospital for Children after over 30 years of service, and was pastor of Simpson United Methodist Church, Versailles, for over 30 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and served in the European-Middle Eastern theatre, and Asian-Pacific theatre, and the Philippine liberation. He was married to the former Ester Bell Vinegar, his first wife, and in 1961, he married the former Arnetta Duncan Smith.

Survivors include a daughter, Nellie Louise Jones, Middletown, Ohio; a son, John A. Clayborne, Ft. Worth, Texas; seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; a stepdaughter, Dorothy Jean Clayborne, California; a stepson, Oliver Smith Jr., Lexington; and a number of step grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, at Simpson United Methodist Church. Burial was in Evergreen Memory Gardens, Bourbon County. Casket bearers were Joseph Carr, Gil Carr, Joey Carr, Russell Thornton, William Harris Jr., and Lionel Thornton. Honorary bearers were Sam Black, William Harris Sr., Richard Carr Sr., Bradley Buckner, Robert Higgins, and Pete Jackson. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Shriners’ Hospital for Children or to Simpson United Methodist Church.

 

Willard Hockensmith

Willard Bedford Hockensmith, 73, of Frankfort, widower of Doris Marie Rarden Hockensmith, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

A native of Woodford County, he was the son of the late Russell and Thelma Rose Parrish Hockensmith. He was a retired farmer.

Survivors include two sons, Gary G. Hockensmith and Donald R. Hockensmith, both of Frankfort; two daughters, Linda Dobbins, Frankfort, and Peggy Slone, Pataskala, Ohio; four sisters, Adale Craig, Buelah Sorrells and Dorothy Spencer, all of Frankfort, and Louise Cubert, Lawrenceburg; 14 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home, Frankfort. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Steve Maddox, Donnie Dobbins, Rickey Hockensmith, and Freddy Hockensmith.

 

Pamela Mansell

Pamela Lynn Mansell, 35, of Lexington, daughter of Martin Pierce Sr., Versailles, and the late Priscilla Smith Pierce, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, the victim of an apparent homicide in Lexington.

In addition to her father, she is survived by two daughters, Priscilla Marie Mansell, Lexington, and Heather Marie Mansell, Shepherdsville; a brother, Martin Pierce Jr., Geneva, Ohio; her grandparents, James and Pearl Smith, Paintsville, Ohio; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. James A. McFadden. Interment was in Rose Crest Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to one’s favorite charity.

 

John McKinstry

John Otis McKinstry, 82, of Versailles, widower of Betty Avent McKinstry, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2001.

A native of Washington, Iowa, he was the son of the late John Hill and Emilie Chmelar McKinstry. He received his law degree from the University of Kentucky. During World War II, he served as a warrant officer in the Judge Advocate General department in the claims services in Italy. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, the Versailles Bar Association, and was a former member of the Rotary Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Taft Avent McKinstry; a son, John Otis McKinstry III; a grandson, Coleman Carnegie Johnston McKinstry; two granddaughters, Lucy Coleman McKinstry and Nancy Carnegie McKinstry, all of Lexington; a sister, Julia Triplett, St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Elliott McKinstry, Washington, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001, in the Versailles Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to St. John's Episcopal Church or the Woodford County Library.

Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

 

Lorena Mitchell

Lorena Agnes Collins Mitchell, 94, of Lexington, former owner of M&M Bait Store in Lexington, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001.

Born in Scott County, she was the daughter of the late Lee S. and Vergie Smith Collins. She was a member of the Revelation Christian Church, Lexington.

Survivors include a son, Gerry C. Mitchell Sr., Lexington; a brother, William Collins, Lexington; six grandchildren, Cindy Root, Robert Mitchell, Greg Mitchell, Donna Cottingham, Deanna Burdett, and Kim Gilbert; and 13 great grandchildren. A grandson, the Rev. Gerry C. Mitchell Jr., is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by Chaplain Neal Myers. Interment was at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Casket bearers were Norman Jennings, Robert Mitchell, Greg Mitchell, Lee Chapman, Kevin Whitaker, and Bobby Dunn.

 

Evelyn Penn

Evelyn Byrd Penn, 86, of Cynthiana, widow of W.O. Penn, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at Harrison Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 13, 1915, in Harrison County, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Anna Faulconer. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Cynthiana, a graduate of the Good Samaritan School of Nursing, and was a retired registered nurse, having worked with the Harrison Memorial Hospital. She was also a former woman's club member.

Survivors include two sons, Robert A. Penn, Kingsport, Tenn., and William A. Penn, Midway; two daughters, JaneAnn Johnson and Kathleen Furnish, both of Cynthiana; a sister, Lorene Hardwick, Owensboro; 10 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2001, at Whaley-McCarty Funeral Home by the Rev. Larry Lee Jones and the Rev. Wayne Sparks. Burial was in Battle Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, the American Heart Association, or one's favorite charity.

 

Gladys Roberts

Gladys Roberts, 92, of Darby Square Nursing Home, Lexington, formerly of Louisville, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001.

Born in Louisville April 1, 1909, she was the daughter of the late James and Sallie Hopper Lovom. She was the owner and operator of The Gladys beauty salons, and later in life became an LPN, working as a private duty nurse, and for Hillcreek Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of the Louisville Second Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include two granddaughters, Mary Benedict, Versailles, and Carolyn Hanks, Lawrenceburg; four great granddaughters, Ashley and Callie Hanks and Becky and Sarah Young, and several nieces and nephews. A son, Charles "Benny" Benedict, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001, at Penn Run Cemetery. Schoppenhorst, Underwood, and Brooks Funeral Home, Louisville, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

Phillip Rogers

Phillip Wayne Rogers, 47, of Lexington, husband of Pauline Rogers, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, at his residence.

A native of Lexington, he was the son of Jane Coffman Rogers, Lexington, and the late Harry Raymond Rogers. He was an employee of the University of Kentucky for 30 years.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two sons, Phillip Wayne Rogers Jr., Versailles, and Harry Markham Rogers, Lexington; four grandchildren, Tiffany Rogers, Versailles, and Kayla, Tyler, and Seth Rogers, all of Lexington; a sister, Brenda Green, Lexington; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, by the Rev. Arnold Kiser. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Casket bearers will be Ted Walker, Steve Zanone, Kenny Harrison, James Bailey, Curtis Damron, and Steve Moberly, Honorary bearers will be Randy Abbott and Randy Abbott Jr.

 

Adeline Ross

Adeline Ross, 92, of Woodford County, widow of Herman Ross, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Lawrence County Aug. 24, 1909, she was the daughter of the late John James and Sara Seagraves Hay. She was a member of the Pinckard Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Imogene Castle, Versailles; a son, Billy Ross, Ohio; five grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Graveside services were held Monday, Nov. 12, at Greenlawn Cemetery, Louisa. Casket bearers were Mrs. Ross's grandchildren. Honorary bearers were the deacons of the Pinckard Baptist Church.

Memorials are suggested to the Pinckard Baptist Church building fund or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

 

Bob White

Bob L. White, 77, of Wilmore, husband of Jane Alderson White, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, after a long illness.

A native of Greentown, Ind., he was the son of the late Lynn and Clara White. He was a graduate of Transylvania University and the Lexington Theological Seminary, and served Disciples of Christ churches in Burgin, London, Flemingsburg, Cadiz, Irvine, Russellville, and Owenton. After he retired from the ministry, he served as executive director of the Nicholasville Housing Authority for eight years. He was a veteran of World War II.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Lynn White, Wilson, N.C., David White, Versailles, and Carol Silvey, Nicholasville; five grandchildren, John and Laura Silvey, and Jeff, Paula, and Tessa White; two brothers, Richard C. White, Florida, and Jeffrey D. White, South Carolina; a sister, Janet White, North Carolina; and eight nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001, at Nicholasville Christian Church.

Memorials are suggested to Nicholasville Christian Church or Jessamine County Hospice.

Betts and West Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

Virginia Wiley

Virginia Bell Bunnell Wiley, 91, of Lexington, widow of Carl V. Wiley, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001.

A lifelong resident of Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Pinkie Wilhoite and Robert S. Bunnell Sr. She was a member of Parkway Baptist Church and was a retired sales clerk with Lerner's, Hallmark House, and Hymson's Tots and Teens for over 25 years.

Survivors include a brother, Robert S. Bunnell Jr.; three daughters, Patricia Giles, Versailles, Marilyn Craig and Sharon Coy Brush, both of Lexington; a son, Gary Wiley, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Terri Giles Sims, Danny Giles, Jeff Giles, David Giles, Cindy Craig Allen, Dale Craig, Randy Coy, Gary Wiley Jr., Richard Wiley, and Christopher Wiley; and six great grandchildren, Courtney, Shelby, and Taylor Allen, Nicholas Sims, Morgan Giles, and Jesse Coy. A brother, Arthur Lee Bunnell, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, by Dr. Terry Freeman. Burial was in Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Danny Giles, Jeff Giles, David Giles, Dale Craig, Randy Coy, David Sims, Doug Allen, and Bryan Williams.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or one's favorite charity.

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