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November 20, 2008



Nora Lillian Thomas Couch, 85, widow of Odis Farmer Couch, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, at her residence.

Born March 30, 1923, in Morgan County, she was the daughter of the late Chalmer and Lily Helton Thomas. She was a member of the Woodford Community Christian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda (Warren) Matouk, North Vernon, Ind.; a son, Ronald C. (Karen) Couch, Edgewood, N.M.; a sister, Virginia Hill; six grandchildren, Ronald N., Courtney and Collin Couch, Darren Tandy, Suzanne Brown, and Lisa Lutes; and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Randy Nation. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 today, Thursday, Nov. 20, at the funeral home. Casketbearers will be Ronald C. Couch, Ronald N. Couch, Warren Matouk, Darren Tandy, Joseph Lutes, and Zach Lutes.

Memorials are suggested to Woodford Community Christian Church.

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Tempist "Tempy" Louise Cosby Currens, 77, widow of Otha Austin Currens Jr., died Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, after a short illness.

Born July 11, 1931, in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Edna Cosby. She was a 1951 graduate of Athens High School where she was a cheerleader.

Survivors include a son, Darwin A. Currens; a grandson, Austin O. Currens; three brothers, Neale (Dorothy) Cosby, Alexandria, Va., and Charles (Bonnie) Cosby and Melvin Cosby, both of Lexington; eight nephews; and three nieces.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Matthew Perry. Burial will follow at Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Her nephews will serve as casket bearers. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until time of service at the funeral home.

Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or to The Leukemia Society.

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Phyllis Kesler Greene, 81, of Lexington, widow of Garnett Thomas Greene, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008.

A native of Bagdad, she was the daughter of the late Louis Rodman and Elsie Whitman Kesler. She attended Colorado College and graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky in 2001 with a degree in Spanish. She retired in 1984 from the VA Hospital as chief of purchasing and contracting officer. She was an active member of Central Baptist Church, a former member of Chevy Chase Baptist Church, the Donovan Chorus at UK, and was active in several church and civic organizations.

Survivors include a son, Christopher Thomas (Paige) Greene, Versailles; and two grandsons, Trevor Andrew and Logan Thomas Greene. A sister, Jean Louise Preston, is deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary, Southland, by Dr. Mark Johnson. Interment was in the Bagdad Cemetery.



John B. Lloyd, 82, husband of Oreena Kincaid Lloyd, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at Bradford Square Nursing Home in Frankfort.

He was a retired carpenter, machinist, and farmer, and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Farmdale Baptist Church in Frankfort.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Margaret Douglas, Frankfort, and Anna Bell Sharp, Lexington; two daughters, Alice Jean Carnes, Arizona, and Joyce Ann Willoughby, California; a stepson, Kerry Lynn Faulkner, Lawrenceburg; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A son, Michael B. Lloyd; his former wife, Mary C. Lloyd; four brothers, Lee Allen Lloyd, Carl Lloyd, Willard Lloyd, and Charles Lloyd; and two sisters, Willie Mae Wiley and Della Treadway, are deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Oct. 31, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Ken Underwood and the Rev. Steve Weaver. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were David Lloyd, Curtis Lloyd, David Lloyd II, Mark Mitchell, Glen Lloyd, and Roger Mitchell.

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

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John William (J. W.) "Pappy" Smith, 77, of Midway, husband of Virginia McKinney Smith, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, at Dover Manor Nursing Home in Georgetown.

Born in Scott County, he was the son of the late John William Sr. and Nellie York Smith. He was a member of the Midway Assembly of God Church. He was a farmer and mechanic and was employed by Waterford Farm for many years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Melinda (Bo) Bailey, Frankfort; two sons, David (Barbara) Smith, Ocala, Fla., and Jonathan (Aimee) Smith, Midway; a brother, Robert Smith, Indiana; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Joyce Workman; a sister Violet Wilhoit; and a brother Russell "Buddy" Smith, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 15, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Tommy Hockensmith. Interment was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Gary Joe Eastman, Joseph Bailey, Steven Workman, Rich Choate, Jonathan Smith, and David Smith.

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Roy J. Wilson, 81, of Lexington, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at Homestead Nursing Home.

Born April 11, 1927, in Woodford County, he was the son of John and Minnie Etta Traugott Wilson. He was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra (Tommy) Snowden; a granddaughter, Kimberly McCullough; two great-grandchildren, James Anthony and Amanda Michelle McCullough; and two sisters, Ruby Eldridge and Juanita Patton.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street. Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.



Barbara Ann Woodside, 73, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born June 9, 1935, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Delmar B. and Hattie B. Martin Woodside. She was a member of the Millville Baptist Church and was a retired 32-year employee of Kentucky state government.

Survivors include a sister, Lillian Carol (David) Garrett, Frankfort; a brother, Olson (Kathy) Woodside, Frankfort; three nephews; and three nieces. A brother, Kelly Woodside, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 17, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Mike Hamrick. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Keith Woodside, Justin Woodside, Chris Woodside, Mike Woodside, Tommy Woodside, and Aaron Stratton. Honorary bearers were Russell Aldridge and Ms. Woodside’s nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to the charity of one’s choice.

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