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November 20, 2003



Darren Thomas Dodge, 31, of Lexington, husband of Kelle M. Burge Dodge, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of Bill and Patsy Dodge of Versailles. He was an employee of Echo Technology.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by a daughter, Madisyn Marie Dodge; a brother, Bobby Dodge, Bowling Green; a sister, Kristy Kennon, Shelbyville; maternal grandparents, Roger and Christine English, Lexington; and seven nieces and nephews, Sam, Casie, Ethan, and Jacob Dodge, Bowling Green, Travis and Brooke Kennon, Shelbyville; and Trenton Roark, Georgetown.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, by Pastor Tom Byrd. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Casket bearers were Thad Roark, Aaron Sanders, Sam Dodge, Cliff Kennon, Bobby Dodge, and Clyde Tillman. Honorary bearers were Travis Kennon, Ethan Dodge, and Jacob Dodge.



Irene Shea Fannin, 71, of 843 Mildred Street, wife of Tommy Fannin, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born in Owen County May 5, 1932, she was the daughter of the late John Patrick and Agnes Pearl Beard Shea. A homemaker, she was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Versailles.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Peggy Edison, Versailles; three sons, Russell Fannin, Versailles, Jeff Fannin, Lawrenceburg, and Dwight "Buck" Fannin, Lawrenceburg; a sister, Gladys Sames, Nicholasville; 10 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at the Faith Baptist Church on Huntertown Road by the Rev. Bobby Lakes. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Casket bearers will be her grandsons. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.



Mary Bruce Foley, 85, formerly of Mt. Sterling, widow of Joe Foley, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, in Ashland.

Born Nov. 18, 1917, in Bath County, she was the daughter of the late John Arnold and Lottie Ann Shrout Thomas. She was a retired employee of Oldham's Department Store, and a member of the First Christian Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Patty Jo Overhults Steele, Lexington, and Betty McGlothlin, Rush; four grandchildren, Mary Beth Rouse, Midway, Laura Anderson, Hendersonville, Tenn., Marcia Faye Overhults, Lexington, and Joseph Overhuts, Louisville; and three great grandchildren, Steele and Clay Rouse and Chance Anderson.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at the Taul Funeral Home. Burial was in the Machpelah Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church Building Fund, 222 West High Street, Mt. Sterling.

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Shirley Frances Masters Gill, 72, of Lexington, widow of Shirley Linzie Gill Sr., died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, in her home.

Born Nov. 11, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Lillie Devers Masters. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include two sons, Shirley Gill Jr. and Ricky Dale Gill, both of Lexington; six daughters, Carolyn Hall, Linda Phipps, Betty Fields, Barbara Mehdipour, and Vickie Gill, all of Lexington, and Peggy Gill, Versailles; 18 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; a brother, Frank Masters; and three sisters, Sadie Cook, Ada Holland, and Marcie Carroll. Five brothers, Art, Nick, Cody, William, and Ernest Masters, are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at Whitehall Funeral Chapel by Bro. Byron Jessup. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Casket bearers were her grandsons, Yancey and Steven Hall, Marc Phipps, Brian and Jason Fields, Brasley Gill and Ricky Gill Jr.

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Col. John Robert Graham, 78, of Lexington, husband of Garnetta Keller Graham, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003 at his home.

Born Sept. 25, 1925, in Hillsboro, Ill., he was the son of the late John T. and Minnie L. Miller Graham. He was retired from the United States Army, 3rd Brigade, 100th Division after 30 years of service. He served during World War II and served 14 years in Civil Service for the Department of the Army. He also taught music education in both Fayette and Bourbon counties. He was a member of the Mercedes Club, the Scottish Rite, Fred Waring Choral Workshop, Choral Arts Workshop, Wilhouski Master Class in choral conducting, member of the faculty at the U.S. Army Instructor Training School. He was also a member of the National Education Society, Music Educator's Conference, Kentucky Retired Teacher's Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sonfonia, Phi Delta Kappa (education honorary), 32nd Degree Mason, Order of the Spur, a Kentucky Colonel, honorary colonel of the Kentucky State Police, director of Sweet Adeline Group and a Donovan Scholar. He was a past president of the Lexington Humane Society, Humane Association of Kentucky, the Bluegrass Humane Federation and Bluegrass Cat Club. He published numerous articles in "The Army Reservist" and "The Officer" publications, as well as other military and music magazines.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jean Graham Johnson, Kalamazoo, Mich.; a son, John A. Graham, Versailles; a stepdaughter, Dena Keller, Georgetown; a stepson, Ricky Keller, Harrodsburg; four grandchildren, Addie Graham, Adel Johnson, Tess Johnson and Andrea Graham; two step-grandchildren, Nicky Keller and Emily Keller; and numerous cousins.

Services were conducted Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at W.R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway by Chaplain Janet Pruitt. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers were Al Kaplan, Keith Burton, Harry Cobb, Clyde Powell, Jim Isaacs, Bill Myers, Woody Clark, Dr. Tadarro Richardson and Earl Sosby. Honorary bearers were members of the U.S. Army Instructor Training School.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of the Bluegrass or to Bichon Rescue Tennessee, Attention: Gaile Avent, 1623 Hodge Road, New Market, TN 37820.



Thelma Mae Johnson 66, of Keene-Troy Road, widow of Curtis Johnson, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Woodford County Nov. 13, 1936, she was the daughter of Bill and Flossie Shanklin Lunsford.

Survivors include two daughters, Pat Prater and Debra Ritchie, both of Wilmore; a son Billy Ferguson, Keene; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel. Burial was in the Nonesuch Cemetery. Casket bearers were Wayne Wilson, Danny Prater, Jeff Crutcher, Bill Ferguson, Shawn Couch and Thomas Holly.



Tiffany Hart Way Johnson, 18, of 5010 Clifton Road, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born in Woodford County, she was a member of the Trinity Full Gospel Church, Lexington.

She is survived by her husband, Jonathan Earl Johnson; a stepdaughter, Jamie Nicole Johnson; her mother, Mary Eaves Smith, and her father, Jeffery Allen Way, all of Versailles; her maternal grandparents, Harry and Pat Eaves; her paternal grandparents, James and Joyce Way; a sister, Lillian Eller; two brothers, Willie Eller and Elliott Smith; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Edward G. Doss Sr. Interment was in the New Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jonathan Earl Johnson, Jacob Eaves, Danny Way, Eddie Doss, Joey Eaves, Brent Eaves, and Pat Eaves.



Charles Wilson Kelly, 87, widower of Dorothy Provost Kelly, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg.

A native of Fayette County, he was born Sept. 26, 1916, to the late Dudley Rodes Kelly and Emma Mae Motley. He was a graduate of University High School and the University of Kentucky. He served as an officer in the U. S. Army during World War II and was the former owner of Kelly Dairies in Lexington and Kelwood Farm in Woodford County He was a well known collector of antique cars and period furniture, owning Charles W. Kelly Antiques in Versailles. He was a member of Pisgah Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Kelly Overall, Elizabethtown; two sons, Bryan Rodes Kelly, Versailles, and Christopher MacCoun Kelly, Winchester; two granddaughters, Anne Fenton Kelly, Lexington, and Elizabeth Rodes Kelly, Charleston, S. C.; two grandsons, Charles Lucas Overall and Dominik Fenton Overall, Elizabethtown; a sister, Ruth Kelly Manley, Versailles; a brother, John Morgan Kelly, Winchester; and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Anne Kelly Loviner, and two brothers, Dudley Rodes Kelly Jr., and Paul Lewis Kelly, are deceased

Private services and burial were conducted at Pisgah Cemetery on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, 836 West Euclid Ave., Suite 322, Lexington, KY. 40502, Hospice of the Bluegrass, or the Woodford Humane Society.

Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



Steven George Seeberger, 55, husband of Donna Semones Seeberger, formerly of Versailles, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at his home in Lawrenceburg.

Born Dec. 22, 1947, in Los Angeles, Calif., he was the son of Nancye Kirch Seeberger of Lexington, and the late Charles M. Seeberger. He was a graduate of Lexington Catholic High School and received his BS degree in education, magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky. He was a U. S. Navy veteran and served during the Vietnam War. He worked as a Lexington firefighter and was an employee of Kraft Foods.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his children, Nancye Jane Taylor, Taylorsville, and Steven Ray Seeberger, Lawrenceburg; two grandsons, Gabriel and Matthew Taylor, Taylorsville; a sister, Lynn Bales, Harrodsburg; a brother, Kirk Seeberger, Lexington; mother and father-in-law, John W. and Marguerite Semones, Versailles; brother-in-law, John W. Semones II, Florence; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home in Versailles by the Rev. Wayne Sparks. Interment with military honors was at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County. Casket bearers were Tim and Blake Seeberger, Spence and Lance Churchill, Van Cao, and Bob Works.

Memorials are suggested to the Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1286 Briar Ridge Road, Taylorsville, KY 40471, the New Horizon Church, 144 E. Erskine, Danville, KY 40422, or to any Disabled Veterans organization.



Thelma M. White, 73, widow of Robert H. White of 339 North Winter Street, Midway, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at her residence.

Born in Midway Nov. 21, 1929, she was the daughter of Joseph Thomas and Eva Elizabeth Wright Yeary. She was retired from Texas Instruments

Survivors include a daughter, Jenifer Hockensmith, Frankfort; three sons, Tommy White, Corbin, and George and Ryan White, both of Frankfort; a sister, Sue Travis, Mayfield; 12 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Two sons, Glen and Terry White, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, in the Midway Cemetery by Father Frank Osburg. Casket bearers were Ryan, Tommy, George, Steven, Cody and Brent White, and Stephen Hockensmith. Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


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