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November 23, 2005




  Nancy Myrtle Soard Beasley, 82, of Lawrenceburg, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at the Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Beck Soard and Mary Updike. She was a member of the King’s Way Assembly of God, Versailles.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Hawkins, Lawrenceburg; four sons, Bill Beasley, Richard Beasley, and Tony Beasley, all of Lawrenceburg, and Jerry Beasley, Lexington; four sisters, Frances Stratton, Clara Fields, Beulah Dunn, and Ruth Bowman, all of Woodford County; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. A son, James Beasley, two sisters, and seven brothers are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, Nov. 17, at Ritchie and Peach Funeral Home by the Rev. Terry Cooper. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Kentucky, 250 East Liberty Street, Suite 710, Louisville KY 40202.



  James Darrell “J.D.” Hamilton, 25, of Lexington, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, at his residence.

Born March 31, 1980, in Fayette County, he was the son of Darrell and Barbara Hamilton of Lexington. He was an electrician for Romanoff Electric and was a member of Versailles Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Ginny Hamilton Duffy, Cincinnati; and his maternal grandparents, Ann and Arthur Showalter, Lawrenceburg. His maternal grandfather, James Donnell Sr., and his paternal grandparents, Reid and Donna Hamilton, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill. Burial will follow in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be James Donnell, Ray Donnell, Ray Donnell Jr., Richard Robinson, Beau Robinson, Jason Wachter, Fred Faust, and Brian Duffy.

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  James William (Tic) Jones, 73, of Margaret Hall Manor, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, at Bluegrass Community Hospital.

The son of the late William and Margaret Byrd Jones, he was a member of First Baptist Church, had been a farmer for most of his life, and had worked for numerous Woodford County families, including Herbert Gilkison, David Sutherland and Jess Brown.

Survivors include a daughter, Sherlene Hassan, Hampton, Va.; a son, Antonio Cassell, Paris; a grandson, Kuan Campbell, Lexington; a granddaughter, Dion Taylor, Lexington; a sister Margaret “Peggy” Conner, Lexington; four nieces, Joann Riley, Patricia Wheat, and Mary Sue Brown, all of Lexington, and Mary E Bradley, Versailles; a nephew, William Riley Jr., Cleveland, Ohio; an aunt, Myrtle Byrd, Lexington; an uncle, Johnny Byrd, Versailles; and numerous great-nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Interment was in the Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers were Pat Gilkison, Harold Campbell, George Scearce, Lic. Lewis Johnson, Richard Kirtley, and George Troxler.



  Kitty Gail Marshall, 52, of Lexington, wife of Barry W. Marshall, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005.

Born in Versailles, she was the daughter of Jeannine P. Essig and the late Jasper R. Tate. She was owner and operator of Kitty's Styling and Tanning.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by a daughter, Katrina Dailey, Lexington; two sons, Nathaniel Marshall, Lexington, and Shane Marshall, Hawaii; three granddaughters, Jessica and Cheyenne Dailey, and Paige Marshall, all of Lexington; a brother, Kerry L. Tate, Atlanta, Ga.; her grandfather, Everett L. Thomas, Lexington; and a special cousin, Sharon Baker. Her grandmother, Rosie P. Thomas, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 21, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street, by the Rev. Wayne Stevenson and the Rev. George Naze. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Scott Baker, Derrick Tate, Keith Tate, Ray McDowell, David Sweeney, Charles Starks Jr., Shane Marshall, and Richard Corley.

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

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  James Franklin Shearer, 59, of Lexington, husband of Marion "Puggy" Taylor Shearer, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, at his residence.

Born in Garrard County, he was the son of the late Frank Virgil and Beatrice Rhodus Shearer. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a fleet manager for the U.S. Postal Service.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Tracy Ferguson, Versailles, Sandra Shearer, Richmond, and Jamie Word, Richmond; a brother, Randall Shearer, Lexington; a sister, Darlene Burris, Georgetown; six grandchildren, Megan and Michael Ferguson, Ryan Word, David and Amanda Brock, and Cody Dove; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Michael Shearer, and a granddaughter, Martha Marie Ferguson, are deceased.

Service will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by Chaplain Gary Story. Burial will follow in Camp Nelson National Cementer. Casket bearers will be Michael Ferguson, Orville Beckett, Billy Tevis, Jack Brock, Art Dove, and Dean Chisam. Honorary bearers will be Jerry Taylor and Joe Payton. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Heritage Hospice, 337 W. Broadway, Danville, KY 40422.

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  Frank Emmett Snipp Jr., 80, of Versailles, husband of Mary Jean Schlensker Snipp, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, at the Hospice Care Center.

Born in Louisville, he was the son of the late Frank Everett and Minnie Buckelman Snipp. He was a retired life insurance agent with National Life and American General Life Insurance Company. He was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Ronald L. Snipp and Frank E. Snipp III, both of Versailles; a sister, Ida Lee Emmons, Louisville; his grandchildren, Brian Snipp, Scott Snipp, Jason Snipp, Mindy Gillespie, Heather Varda; and his great-grandchildren, Alex Snipp, Kaitlin Snipp, Jacob Snipp, Logan Gillespie, Mason Gillespie, Reid Varda, and Theron Varda.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 19, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Dan Noll. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Scott Snipp, Jason Snipp, Brian Snipp, Terry Nall, Ronnie Wibbles, and Tommy Gillespie. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 160 Moore Drive, Suite 201, Lexington, KY 40503, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Sreet, Frankfort, KY 40601.



  Dorothy Kays Sutherland, 84, of Lawrenceburg, widow of Lister Thomas Sutherland, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

A native of Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Jimmy and Eva Woodard Kays. She was retired from Texas Instruments and a former employee of Hoffman Distillery. She was a member of Glensboro Christian Church.

Survivors include two grandsons, John Thomas Sutherland, Lawrenceburg, and Kevin Griffeth, New Albany, Ind.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A son, Donald Sutherland; four sisters, Georgia Tracy, Doris Crask, Birda Moffett, and Frances Brown; and two brothers, Billy Kays and Thomas Kays, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Gash Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Truman McClain. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were Danny Kays, Darrell Tracy, Jimmy Kays, Ronnie White, Johnny White, and Gavin Heckel. Honorary bearers were Bruce Wade, Gary Sutherland, Cecil Goins, and Wilbur Moffett Jr.

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