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November 29, 2007



Freida Mae Bowman Blevins, 61, of Frankfort, wife of Thomas Blevins, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at her residence following an accident.

Born Feb. 3, 1946, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of James and Eunice Hockensmith Bowman, Frankfort. She was a former machine operator for Certified Tool and Die and was a former employee for General Electric Company and Frankfort Plastics for over 18 years.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a son, Richard Estes, Frankfort; a daughter, Angela Estes Wolfe, Versailles; two brothers, Mike Bowman and Charles Bowman, both of Frankfort; a sister, Vickie McAdams, Lawrenceburg; and four grandchildren, Kane Estes, Isabella Wolfe, Ireland Wolfe, and Abby Gayle Epperson. A brother, James P. Bowman, is deceased.

Memorial services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 29, at Harrod Brothers Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Bob Rice and the Rev. Mike Napier. Honorary casket bearers will be Jason Stinnett, Jeff Stinnett, Kevin Bowman, John Roberts, Howard Gayle Wiser, Kenny Kincaid, Beverly Barbie, and Sheila O’Bando. Harrod Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Betsy Cariel, 80, of Leitchfield, formerly of Versailles, widow of Hugh "Jiggs" Cariel, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, at the Grayson Manor Nursing Home in Leitchfield.

Born March 23, 1927, in Scott County, she was the daughter of Bill and Louella Thomason Alsop. She was a line worker at Texas Instruments and a member of the Versailles Christian Church.

Survivors include two sons, John Cariel, Leitchfield, and Richard Cariel, Lexington; a daughter, Janet Dillon, Tennessee; five grandchildren, Talia Cariel, Bryce Cariel, Kevin Dillon, Matthew Fister, and Brian Fister; and two great-grandchildren, Mason Cariel and Cole Fister. A sister, Virginia Riddel, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 26, at the Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, Versailles, by the Rev. Lee Schroerlucke. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Dermitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements in Leitchfield

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Carmel Anne Dotson, 81, formerly of Versailles, widow of Bethel Dotson, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 in Tulsa, Okla.

Born in Ozone Park, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Dominic and Dorothy Hardy Notaro. A retired registered nurse, she was a graduate of Henry Clay High School and the Nazareth School of Nursing at St. Joseph Hospital, where she trained to work for the U.S. Army in U.S. Cadet nursing. After moving to Versailles, she worked at Woodford Memorial Hospital as staff nurse supervisor and pharmacy assistant. She later became director of nursing at Woodford Memorial and retired after 20 years of service. She served several terms on the Woodford County Board of Health and was a member of numerous professional organizations.

Survivors include two daughters, Missy Gaines, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Judith Antrobus, Richmond, Va.; a foster son, Gary McClain, Versailles; nine grandchildren, Greg, Jeremy, David, and Mandy Dotson, Elizabeth and Morgan Gaines, Bridget Sparks, and Summer and Cy Raftery; and nine great-grandchildren. A son, Mike Dotson, and a sister, Roberta Notaro, are deceased.

A funeral mass was conducted Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Leo Catholic Church by Fr. Dan Noll. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Grace Hospice, 6400 S. Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74136, or to St. Leo School Building Fund, 295 Huntertown Road, Versailles, KY 40383.

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Hampton Harris Henton Sr., 84, husband of Doris Smith Henton, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at the Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington. 

A lifelong resident of Woodford County, he was the son of the late Wade Hampton and Natalie Harris Brother Henton, and was a member of the Pisgah Presbyterian Church.  He graduated from The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Fla., attended the University of Kentucky, and was a member of Phi Delta Theta.  He had played on a Lexington Independent basketball team winning the city championship in 1942, where he made the All City Team. In his middle years, he helped re-establish the amateur polo games in Central Kentucky. He enjoyed nearly 20 years of play with his son, Hoppy.  In later years, he started playing golf, playing with friends in Kentucky and in Naples, Fla.  He and Doris also played in North Carolina, California, New Zealand, and the Mt. Kenya Safari Club in Africa. A veteran of World War II, he served with the Fourteenth Air Force in the China, Burma, and India Theatre.  He served as a bank director with the United Bank and Trust Company, was a former vice president and president of the Woodford County Farm Bureau, and had served on the State Farm Bureau Resolutions Committee. For many years, he worked with the University of Kentucky Agricultural Department on various projects, and was honored by them in 1992, when they dedicated the 24th Annual Sheeprofit Day to him.  He was a former board member of the Cleveland Home, where he served as chairman of the farm committee.  He was also former chairman of the Logan Helm Library Board as well as a Junior Warden of St. John’s Episcopal Church.  He was a University of Kentucky Fellow. 

Mr. Henton and his wife of over 61 years, Doris Talbott Smith Henton, traveled the world. They saw most of North America, including Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, and Mexico. Their travels included Bermuda, the Caribbean, and the Panama Canal.  He and his sons traveled all over South America. He and Mrs. Henton also traveled throughout Europe, the British Isles, Scandinavia, the Greek Isles, Egypt, Africa, China, South Pacific, Tahiti, Australia, and New Zealand. They spent more than 20 winters in Naples, Fla. He enjoyed early American history, as his ancestors arrived into what is now Woodford County in 1780. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Hampton "Hoppy" Henton Jr.,  Versailles, Douglas Henton, San Mateo, Calif.; a daughter, Melinda Belock, Roswell, Ga.; four grandchildren, Nathaniel Henton, Natalie Henton, Elizabeth Henton, and Jessica Belock; a great-granddaughter, Katlei Henton; a nephew, Michael Maddox, and a niece, Pamela Martin.  A sister, Natalie Maddox, and a grandson, Wade Henton II, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 29, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Jon Martin.  A private interment will be in the Versailles Cemetery.  Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Woodford County Historical Society, 121 Rose Hill, Versailles, KY 40383, or to the Hospice Care Center, 2313 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504. 

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Mary Lou Stephens, 57, of Versailles, wife of Danny Stephens, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007, at the Bluegrass Community Hospital in Versailles.

Born April 5, 1950, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of Virgil and Patricia Arnold of Bethel, Ohio.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by two children, Danielle and Nicholas Stephens, Versailles; and four sisters, Linda Thompson, Cinda Thompson, Jody Kruse, and Jackie Martin all of Bethel, Ohio.

No services are planned. Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Northern Dog Rescue in Harrodsburg.

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Pat Sanders, 55, of Versailles, wife of David Sanders, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007.

Born Oct. 2, 1952, in Richmond, she was the daughter of Henry and Edith Young Rose of Bagdad. She was an administrative assistant for IBM and a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, David Sanders, Lexington; a sister, Alice Blackburn, Lexington; two brothers, Eddie Rose, Bagdad, and Aaron Rose, North Carolina; and a special granddaughter, Harley Michelle Sanders, Lexington.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Clark Funeral Home, Versailles Road, Frankfort. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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Steven Dwight Shelton, 58, of Owenton, husband of Faye Lane Shelton, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007.

Born July 27, 1949, in Frankfort, he was the son of Mary Margaret Wood Shelton and the late Leslie Shelton of Monterey. A 1967 graduate of Owen County High School, he had worked in state government and served in the U.S. Army. In earlier years, he and his father operated an A-1 dairy and produced several crops of corn, hay and tobacco. In the past 25 years, he had become known in the region for his top quality beef cattle and in 1988 with his family received the Owen County Farm Pride Award. He was a member of Beechwood Assembly of God Church, where he served as deacon, and most recently attended Frankfort First Assembly of God. He was a member of the Owen County and Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association.

In addition to his wife of 36 years and his mother, he is survived by a son, Brad Shelton, Williamsburg; a daughter, Melissa Beers, Nicholasville; four grandchildren, Tyler, Clay, Abby, and Carson; and two sisters, Marcia Duvall, Owen County, and Mary Leslie Atha, Monterey.

Services were conducted Sunday, Nov. 25, at McDonald & New Funeral Home, Main Street, Owenton. Burial was in the Monterey Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Beechwood Assembly, Frankfort First Assembly, New Horizons Medical Foundation, Hospice of the Bluegrass, Monterey Cemetery, Rosenwald- Dunbar Elementary Library Fund, or the University of the Cumberlands Baseball Program.

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Ruth Bell Thomas, 93, of Midway, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007.

Survivors include a sister, Annie Masby.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 27, at St. Matthew A.M.E. Church Midway. Fender Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.

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