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November 23, 2011



Atwood C. (Woody) Asbury, DVM, 80, of Versailles, beloved husband of Clare Asbury, and proud father of Douglas and Russell (Subrina), brother to Fleda Dean, passed away after a long illness on Nov. 17, 2011.

After graduating with top honors from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1956, he practiced large animal veterinary medicine in California and served as a faculty member at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis. In 1977, Woody moved to Gainesville, Fla., to help with the development of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. He held numerous faculty positions including chief of staff of the Veterinary Hospital and chairman of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. After retiring in 1996, he eventually relocated to Versailles, where he served as veterinary consultant for the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, and became involved in breeding Thoroughbred horses. Woody and Clare are the owner/breeder of current graded stakes winner, Gleam of Hope.

Private services will be held at a later date. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill is in charge of arrangements.

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Della Ree Endicott, 94, of Lexington, widow of Landon Endicott, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at the Central Baptist Hospital.

Born in Estill County, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth and Henry Barnes of Estill and Woodford counties. She lived most of her life in Lexington, where she was a member of Lexington Bethel Baptist Church.

Survivors include two nieces, Linda (Dale) Lear and Karen (Gary) Bryant; a nephew, Henry (Alice) Barnes; two great-nieces; two great-nephews; a great-great-niece; and two great-great-nephews. Three brothers, Harold, Carl, and Park Barnes, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 21, at Kerr Brothers, Main Street, Lexington, by Pastor Gary Black. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Henry Barnes, Brian Barnes, Gary Bryant, Joshua Bryant, and Dale Lear.



Ludd R. Farr, formerly of Versailles, husband of Lois Fitzhugh Farr, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Sun City Center, Fla., where he had resided for several years.

Born in Ansted, W.Va., he was the son of the late Ludd Sr. and Faye Hawver Farr. He had also lived in Baltimore, Md., and graduated from the University of Baltimore and obtained his juris doctorate from the University of Baltimore Law School. He was a retired federal administrative law judge. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Sun City Center, Fla., and a former member of the Versailles United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Men.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Daniel T. (Wendi K. Reich) Farr; and a granddaughter, Mia Simone Farr, all of Indianapolis, Ind.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at the chapel of Sun Towers, Sun City Center, Fla. A memorial service and interment at Rose Crest Cemetery will be held at a later date in Versailles. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Lifepath Hospice of Sun City Center, FL, 3010 W. Azeele Street, Tampa, FL 33609, the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573, or to the Versailles United Methodist Church.

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Charlie Ford, 65, of Versailles, widower of Vicki Robinson Ford, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of the late William Owen and Dorothy Shirley Sears Ford. He was a forklift driver at Rand McNally for many years.

Survivors include a brother, Carl (Rose) Ford; and four nephews.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. Kyle Rader. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Chris Ford, Craig Ford, Denny Ford, Josh DeVore, Robert Smith, and Brandon Brown. Honorary casket bearer was Chad Ford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Baily Ford Fund at Citizens Commerce Bank.

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Mary Lois Hawkins Hanks, 88, of Lawrenceburg, widow of Robert Harold Hanks, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011.

Survivors include a son, Dudley (Bettye) Hanks, Versailles; four grandchildren, Ashley (Jeremy) Dickerson, Eubank, Callie Hanks, Nashville, Tenn., Chad (Brittany) McKenna, Louisville, and Leeann (T.J.) Spivey, Lawrenceburg.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 19, at Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.



Harold J. Nichols, 78, of Versailles, widower of Christine Newby Nichols, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late William and Grace Beasley Nichols. He was a retired mechanic and auto body repairman and owner of Nichols and Sons Body Shop in Lexington. He was a member of the Southside Baptist Church in Lexington.

Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Estes, Versailles, and Judy Kirkland, Wilmore; two sons, Landon Nichols, Versailles, and Mark Nichols, Lexington; a sister, Betty McGuire, Nicholasville; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday by the Rev. Todd Toole. Burial will follow in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Shannon Estes, Ronnie Newby, John Patrick Newby, J. D. Crowe, John Winchester Jr., and John Winchester Sr.

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Helen Weber Pulliam, 91, widow of Roy L. Pulliam Sr., died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at Lexington Country Place.

Born Nov. 18, 1919, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Lillian Redding Weber. A homemaker, she was a member of Broadway Christian Church and a member of D.A.R.

Survivors include three children, Helen Louise Adams, Louisville, Roy (Phyllis) Pulliam, Hazard, and Shirley (James P.) Murphy, Lexington; eight grandchildren, Billy D. (Linda) Jordan, and Leslie and Susan Adams, all of Louisville, Tina Louise Leone, New York, Chris (Shelly) and Brent (Vivian) Pulliam, both of Hazard, Sean (Clarita) Murphy, Midway, and Erin (Jim) Bowen, Lawrenceburg; 18 great-grand-children; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a great-great-great-grandchild. A grandson, David Jordan, is deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 19, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, Lexington. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or Broadway Christian Church.



Carlos Jay "Big Red" Sams, 75, of Frankfort, husband of Margaret Day Sams, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.

Born Sept. 12, 1936, in Woodford County, he was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Lewis Sams. He was member of Millville Baptist Church, was employed at Southern Molding and a veteran in the U.S. Navy and Army Reserves, serving during the Korean conflict.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, John Wayne (Linda) Sams, Carlos Timothy (Karen) Sams, and Michael Edward (Connie) Sams, all of Millville; a daughter-in-law, Lisa Sams; 16 grandchildren, Amanda, David, Jessica C., Jay, Jessica H., Georgia Grace, Joel, Ronnie, Robbie, Rebecca, James, Daniel, Emilie, Tyler, Matthew, and Josh; and seven great-grandchildren, Ayden, Jacob, Jonathan, Ashley, Logan, Elizabeth, and Sierra. His first wife, Peggy Joyce Sams; a son, Ronnie Gene Sams; two sisters, Agnes Johnson and Margaret Todd; and three brothers, Charles, Kenneth and Russell Woolums, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Clark Legacy Center, Versailles Road, Frankfort, by Bro. Jeff Douglas and the Rev. Elder Globe. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were John, Carlos, Jay, David, Tyler, Mike, Joel, Ronnie, and Robbie Sams. Honorary bearers were Kenneth Paul Woolums, James and Daniel Sams, and John Norton.

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