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November 15, 2007



Lloyd W. Beck, 88, of Versailles, husband of Catherine Wagle Beck, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Batesville, Ind., he and his wife had resided in Cincinnati prior to retiring from Procter and Gamble, where he worked in research and management. Following retirement, the couple moved to Versailles, where he was a member of the Versailles Presbyterian Church. He was a graduate of DePauw University with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and had served in the U. S. Navy.

In addition to his wife of 61 years, he is survived by a daughter, Willa C. Thomas, Versailles; two sons, Mitchell L. Beck, Crescent Springs, and Bradley J. Beck, Cincinnati, Ohio; a sister, Caryl Miller, Indianapolis, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service was conducted Friday, Nov. 9, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Melissa Sevier.

Memorial contributions are suggested for Alzheimer’s research to the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, 101 Sanders-Brown Building, 800 South Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40536.

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Calvin Lee Downs, 60, of Frankfort, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2007, at his residence.

Born May 8, 1947, he was son to the late Harshell Downs Sr. and Mary Lambert Downs. He was a member of Providence Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Andrew Downs; a granddaughter, Tori Downs; a sister, Sue Dragoo; and two brothers, Harshell Downs Jr. and Jimmy Downs.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov., 17, at Providence Baptist Church in Frankfort. Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, is in charge of arrangements.



Myrtle Howard, 91, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, widow of V. B. "Tootsie" Howard, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Shelby County, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Monday Hillard and was a long time active member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Arnetta Hart, Frankfort; a son, Thomas G. Howard, Lexington; a granddaughter, Gwen Hart; a grandson, Donald Hart; two great-grandsons, Kyle and Justin Hart, all of Lexington; and several nieces and nephews, including niece Mary Lois Howard Kanatzer.

Services were conducted Friday, Nov. 9, at the Versailles Baptist Church by the Rev. John Brandon. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Thomas G. Howard, Donnie Hart, Roger Kanatzer, Jim Ingle, David Howard, David Lloyd, and Archie Portis. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Baptist Church, 125 E. Green Street, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Mary "Mickey" McDonald-Welker, 41, of Midway, formerly of Fort Wayne, Ind., wife of Bert Welker, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, in Lexington.

Born Feb. 23, 1966, in Fort Wayne, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Donnelly P. and Mary Anne Keenan-McDonald. She was a graduate of Homestead High School and attended Southern Seminary College. She had a passion for horses and equestrian riding. She achieved recognition and success within the equestrian community, including "Leading Rider" and many other awards. She owned and operated Silverton Farm in Midway.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a sister, Nora McDonald-Yaney Fort Wayne, Ind.; and a niece and two nephews, Grace and Donnelly Yaney, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Austen Welker, Lexington.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 12, at Southland Christian Church in Lexington. A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Fort Wayne Catholic Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Ind. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504 or Southland Christian Church, 5001 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY 40356.

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William T. Tom Prather Jr., 86, of Campbellsburg, widower of Doris Louise Prather, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, at Baptist Northeast Hospital in LaGrange.

The son of the late Mayme Ada (Greene) and William T. Prather Sr., he was a retired businessman, the former owner and operator of Barnett Lumber in Campbellsburg for 34 years. He was a decorated World War II Army captain and a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Survivors include a daughter, Lynda Gerding, LaGrange; a son, William T. "Bill" Prather III, Glasgow; a sister, Eleanor June Rolph, Versailles; and a granddaughter, Whitney Lyle Prather, Owenton. A sister, Martha Jean Cox; and two brothers, Richard Allen and Rex Prather, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Prewitt New Castle Funeral Home, by Bro. Terry Tench, pastor of the Clover Baptist Church, Versailles. Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Rose Crest Cemetery in Versailles.

Memorial contributions may be given to Campbellsburg Baptist Church.

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