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November 21, 2007



Zenith Elkins Coffman, 67, of Versailles, wife of Judge Jimmy N. Coffman, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007.

Born in Pike County, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Lucy Robinette Elkins. She attended Southland Christian Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Wanda Totten and Dwayne Grossl, both of Nicholasville, and Dennetta Philpot, Versailles; a sister, Amy Harpring, Louisville; two brothers, Garland Elkins, Brodhead, and Clifford Elkins, Irvine; eight grandchildren, Amber Morton, Shannon Totten, Dawn Pittaluga, Katie Grossl, Shawna Kidd, Crystal Smyth, Joshua Poe, and Jeremy Poe; and two great-grandchildren, Matthew Pittlauga and Piper Morton.

Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Robert Logue. Interment will follow at 12:30 at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Shannon Totten, Josh Morton, Gary Philpot, Chris Pittaluga, Michael McGinnis, Allen Sturgill, Jason Tate, Chad Harpring, and Travis Elkins. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at the funeral home.

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Marie Jansen Conway, 89, of North Little Rock, Ark., formerly of Versailles, widow of Allen Conway Jr., died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007.

The daughter of the late Martin and Joseph Ungerank Jansen, she retired in the early 1980s as Woodford County director of the Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service (now Farm Service Agency).

She is survived by two brothers, three sisters, and several nieces and nephews. Three brothers and four sisters are deceased.

A funeral mass was conducted Saturday, Nov. 17, at the St. Paul Catholic Church, Pocahontas, Ark. Burial was in the St. Paul Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to St. Leo Catholic Church, Versailles.



Betty English Devers of Phoenix, Ariz., wife of Leonard Devers, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2007.

She was the daughter of Thomas Pugh English and Nannie Carmack English of Madison County.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held in Versailles. Clark Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



James K. Dunavent Jr., 73, of Sebastian, Fla., formerly of Woodford County, husband of Jeanette Y. Dunavent, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, at his residence.

Born Oct. 19, 1934, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late James K. and Sue Rogers Dunavent Sr. He was a graduate of Transylvania University and received a masterís degree in education from the University of Kentucky. He had been a high school teacher, social worker and was employed by Suncoast Mental Health as a counselor in psychology.

In addition to his wife of 25 years, he is survived by three daughters, Laura Dunavent and Susan Goodbread, both of Hobe Sound, Fla., and Jamie Spellacy, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Gina Blacketer, Versailles; a stepson, Steve Richardson, Elizabethtown; 11 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. A son, Rodgers Dunavent, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 17, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by Dr. Mark Johnson. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Shawn Spellacy, Steve Richardson, Steve Blacketer, Hubert Shipp, Mickey Vaughn, Scott Richardson, and Mark Richardson.

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George Robert Merkel, 77, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, retired employee of OSRAM Sylvania Glass Plant, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at his home.

Born in McKees Rocks, Pa., he was the son of the late Samuel G. and Ann Jane Morrow Merkel. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and member of St. Leo Catholic Church.

Survivors include two sisters, Barbara Ann Luksis and Mary Delores Geyer, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and a brother, Edward Gerard Merkel, Pittsburgh, Pa. A brother, Richard Dennis Merkel Sr., is deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 21, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Dan Noll. Interment will be in Pennsylvania. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Martha Jane McCulley, 61, of Versailles, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007.

Born July 25, 1946, she grew up in Manila, Ark., and moved to Lexington in 1978 to work at the Federal Medical Center, first as a recreation specialist and then as an education specialist. She retired in 1998. She co-owned Atlasta Farm in Woodford County with Lori Garkovich.

Survivors include a brother, Gene McCulley, Springdale Ark.; three nieces, Debra Bell, Misty McCulley, and Wendy Barnes; and three nephews, Major David McCulley, John McCulley, and David Wentz.

Memorial services were conducted Monday, Nov. 19, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Condolences may be made at



Eva Rogers White, 63, of Frankfort, wife of Robert "Bob" White, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007.

Born Dec. 14, 1942, in Bell County, she was the daughter of Alice Potter Rogers and the late Elza Rogers. She was employed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by a daughter, Joyce Centers, Versailles; two grandchildren, Katie Centers, Versailles, and Chris Centers, California; a sister, Ann Morris, Danville; and a niece, Robyn Morris, Pennsylvania.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Bro. William Marcum. Burial will be in the Frankfort Cemetery.

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Benjamin Thomas "Tommy" Wiley, 78, of Frankfort, husband of Maxine Knight Wiley, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, after an extended illness.

Born Dec. 2, 1928, he was the son of the late Tom and Annie Page Wiley. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from Oliver Buick Dealership after 20 years in sales and management. For the past 25 years, he operated a trailer sales business from his home and continued to operate this business up to the time of his death. He was a member of the Millville Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and also as a deacon for 40 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Jed Wiley, Frankfort; and a granddaughter, Laura Page Wiley, Lexington. A sister, Elizabeth Brown; and three brothers, Estill Wiley, Robert Wiley, and Arlester Wiley, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by the Rev. Mike Hamrick and the Rev. Todd Lester. Burial will follow at the Frankfort Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23, at the funeral home. Casket bearers will be Eddie Knight, Phil Knight, Tom Keene, Paul Huber, Dusty Rhodes, and Mike Sudduth. Honorary bearers will be Lee McKinney, Christy Skelton, Charlie Wilkerson, Gene Flynn, Amos Rice, B.R. Hippe, John Simpson, and Clifford Shotwell.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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