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November 29, 2001


Roy Borowiak

Roy Oliver Borowiak of Dunn, N.C., formerly of Versailles, husband of Betty Paterson Borowiak, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at his residence.

A native of Woodlawn, Ill., he was the son of Joseph and Josephine Kraweicki Borowiak. He was a retired salesman with Southeastern Transformer, Dunn, N.C., and was associated with Kuhlman Electric, Versailles, for 11 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Kevin Borowiak, Cleveland, Ohio; two daughters, Cheryl Hatcher, Richmond, Va., and Lynn Ryan, New Castle, Ind.; and one grandchild, Brett Ryan.

Services were conducted Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, at the Skinner Funeral Home Chapel, Dunn, N.C., by the Rev. David Sherrod. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.


Clifford Devine

Clifford Wayne Devine, 42, of Lexington, husband of Ada Holden Devine, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of Eugene Devine Sr. and the late Mary Katherine Williams Devine. He was a former construction worker, a member of the Imani Baptist Church, Lexington, and a former member of the First Baptist Church, Versailles. He was a 1978 graduate of Woodford County High School, where he had been a fullback for the Yellow Jackets football team.

In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by six sisters, Barbara Morton, Dorothy Schooler, Diane Demus, Genelle Devine, Anita Devine, and Teresa "Bertha" Lail; three brothers, Eugene Devine Jr., Charles Devine, and Jimmy Holden Jr.; and several nieces and nephews, including Keeaira Lail, whom he loved as a daughter.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at the Highlands Baptist Church, Lexington, by the Rev. Willis Polk. Interment will follow at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, Nov. 30, at the Steele Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Jimmy Holden Jr., Ernest Lail, Jeremiah Morton, Wallace Morton Jr., Scott Staples, and Sammy Allen. Honorary bearers will be his football teammates from the 1978 WCHS graduating class.

Memorials are suggested to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.


Irene Ducat

Irene Griffin Ducat, 75, of Nicholasville, widow of Alfred Ducat, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, at Royal Manor Nursing Home, Nicholasville.

Born in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Martha Lucille Marcum Griffin. She was a longtime former employee of the Thompson Drugstore in Georgetown, and was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Rice Hawkins, Nicholasville; a son, James Allen Underwood, Lexington; a sister, Dorothy Stubbs, Lexington; a brother, Joe Griffin Jr., Georgetown; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by Chaplain Craig Ryan. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were James Rice, Blue Rice, James Underwood Jr., Jason Land, and Billy Hardin.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.


Harry Hall

Harry Lee Hall, 56, of Nicholasville, widower of Martha Wallace Hall, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, at his residence.

Born in Lexington, he was the son of the late James Edward and Nettie Margaret Walton Hall. He was a self-employed carpenter.

Survivors include four brothers, Robert E. Hall, Versailles, Paul A. Hall and Phillip B. Hall, both of Lexington, and Gary D. Hall, Columbia; two sisters, Ruth C. Abney, Wilmore, and Elizabeth F. Hall, Lexington; eight nephews, Robert E. Hall Jr., Versailles, Michael R. Hall, Wilmore, James E. Hall III, Paul Hall Jr., Eugene Hall, David F. Fisher, and Joe E. Hall, all of Lexington, and Jonathan E. Hall, Falmouth; and seven nieces, Patricia Hall, Mary Beth Kiser, Margaret L. Hall, and Martrisha Hall, all of Lexington, Jennifer Carter, Lancaster, and Stella M. Abney and Claudia L. Abney, both of Wilmore.

Private graveside services were planned.

Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.


Benjamin Hancock

Benjamin Miller Hancock, 89, of Columbia, widower of Frances Stevenson Hancock, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001.

A lifelong resident of Adair County, he was the son of the late Junius and Nancy Sublett Hancock of Cane Valley. He was a mason, a life member of the National Rifle Association and the National Muzzle-loading Rifle Association, a member and former president of the Adair County Historical Society, and a long time member of the Christian Church. He founded Ben Hancock Furniture in 1943. He was a gun-maker and marksman, and was a charter member of the Kentucky Longriflemen's flintlock team.

Survivors include three sons, John T. Hancock, Versailles, Kenneth W. Hancock, Stilwell, Okla., and Stevenson M. Hancock, Columbia; two daughters, Sammy Cundiff, Versailles, and Nancy Ballou, Columbia; 13 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a brother, Frank Wesley Hancock, Cane Valley; three sisters, Betty Cundiff and Helen Sparks, both of Columbia, and Carol Janes, Louisville. Four brothers and a sister are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home by Bro. Terry White. Interment was in the Columbia Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy are suggested to the Columbia Christian Church Building Fund, 202 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, Ky. 42728, or the Adair County Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, Ky. 42728.


Jo Ellen Oram

Jo Ellen Oram, 70, of Lexington, a retired secretary for Oram Chevy Chase Florist, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at her residence after a short illness.

A graduate of Cardome Academy, she was born in Carlisle, and was the daughter of the late Henry and Ida Mae Holland.

Survivors include her husband, John K. Oram; four children, John K. Oram II, Lawrenceburg, Bill Oram and Kathy Klapheke, both of Lexington, and Lisa Rose, Midway; a sister, Anne C. Skeen; and nine grandchildren, including Jonathan Rose, Allison Rose, and Christopher Rose, all of Woodford County.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Lexington. The body was donated to the University of Kentucky Bequeathal Program.

Donations are suggested to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Hospice of the Bluegrass, or the American Cancer Society.

Whitehall Funeral Chapel, Lexington, was in charge of arrangements.


Herbert Snipes

Herbert Windham Snipes, 57, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Versailles, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Born in New Albany, Miss., he was the son of the late Merle Thompson and Lillian Sue Bailey Snipes. He was a former machinist for Armour-Dial in Aurora, Ill.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Murphy Snipes, Versailles; two daughters, Joy Snipes Sexton and Jamie Snipes Lewis, both of Aurora, Ill.; two sisters, Mary Johnson, Donophan, Mo., and Millie Darling, Versailles; a brother, Robert Earl Snipes, Addison, Ill.; five grandchildren; and an aunt, Vallie Bailey, New Albany, Miss.

Services were conducted Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by the Rev. Mike Krupa. Following cremation, the remains were to be interred in Aurora, Ill.


Joyce Walton

Joyce Ann “Jo Jo” Walton, 63, of Lawrenceburg, wife of Jackie R. Walton, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, at the University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, after an illness.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Deborah Diane McKinney and Kimberly Ann Waldridge, Lawrenceburg; four sons, Terry G. Barnett, Bloomington, Ind., Anthony Richard Slattery, Lexington, Eddie Slattery, Lawrenceburg, and Brian Scott Walton, Versailles; three sisters, Linda Sallee, Thelma Thompson, and Janice Arzt, Lawrenceburg; three brothers, Paul I. Whitaker, Everett Whitaker Jr., and David Keith Whitaker; 12 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at the Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg, by the Rev. Don Wells. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.


Conway Williams

Conway Williams, 94, of Frankfort, widower of Pearl Williams, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Lawrenceburg.

A native of Winchester, he was a retired farmer and attended the Revival Tabernacle, Lexington.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Walling, Versailles; nine grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren. A son, Harold Williams, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, at LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home, Frankfort, by the Rev. Tyre Denney. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Mark Moore, Andrew Moore, Jonathan Moore, Greg Moore, Michael Williams, and Charles Traugott. Honorary bearers were Darren Moore and Harold Moore.

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