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Versailles, Ky.


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November 6, 2003



Harold Eugene Beatty, 79, Nicholasville, widower of Edna Kerns Beatty and Carol Kidwell Beatty, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003 of a heart attack.

The son of the late Robert Eugene and Jessie Davidson Beatty, he was a farmer and former employee of Bluegrass Stockyard. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, where he received a Purple Heart.

Survivors include Janet Beatty, Harrodsburg, Charlotte Rice, Nicholasville, Mary Duncan, Versailles, Gene Beatty, Wilmore, Robert Wayne and Randall Eugene Beatty, Nicholasville; four grandchildren, Kelly Beatty, Ray Rice, Ryan Rice and Denice Duncan; step grandchildren, David, Michael and Paul Kidwell and Joe Parkhill; a great granddaughter, Destinee Sierra Rice, two half sisters; and one half brother.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov 4, 2003, at Betts & West Funeral Home by the Rev. Bob Justice. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Bearers were Dwight Montgomery, Roland (Rock) East, George Dean, Joe Webb, Tom Smith, Jim Ed Shearer and Joe Parkhill. Honorary bearers were L.C. Lee, Howard Downing, Milton Stinnett, Leon Goodlett, Gill Kidwell and George Waford.

Donations may be made to the St. Joseph Heart Institute, 1 St. Joseph Drive, Lexington, KY.

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Martha Elizabeth Brown, 67 of McDavid Drive, Versailles, wife of Omer Brown, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003.

Born in Clark County Feb. 7, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Francis May Cravens. She was retired from Kuhlman Electric.

In addition to her husband she is survived by five daughters, Nola Meyer, Greensboro N.C., Darcella Henry, Louisville, Crystal Fowler, Versailles, Melanie Stephens, Pine Knot, and Kristie Hopkins; two stepdaughters, Jackie Yeary, Versailles, and Lois Crowe, Nicholasville; three sons, Brian Dean McQueen, Texas, Johnny Himes, Lexington, and Donovan Lee Himes, Versailles; three sisters, Pamela and Phyllis Hartley, both of Versailles, and Carolyn Hobbs, Lexington; a brother, Kenneth Cravens, Lexington; 15 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Two brothers, Luther Wesley and Edgar Carl Cravens, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Carl Jones. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Tommy and Lewis Hartley, Chad Henry, Johnny and Derek Himes, John B. Cheak, John Kenneth Cheak and Matthew Meyer.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Priscilla English Devers, 63, of Versailles, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Born Feb. 11, 1940, in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Ella McGoldrick English. She was retired from Texas Instruments and was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Patrick Devers, Versailles, Brent Devers, Willisburg, ad Christopher Devers, Lawrenceburg; a brother, Jerry English, Lexington; three aunts, Betty Devers, Arizona, Rose Carpenter, Lexington, and Mildred McGoldrick; and two grandsons, Jesse Patrick Devers and Quintin Xavier Devers.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel by the Rev. John Brandon. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Damon, Heather, and Angie English, Mike Burress, Billy Craig, and Curtis Lloyd. Honorary bearers were Charles and Joyce Craig.



 Catherine Bowman Lytle, 89, of Paris, widow of William H. Lytle, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at Bourbon Community Hospital.

Born April 11, 1914, in Versailles, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Pearl Kinder Bowman. She was a graduate of Paris High School, Morehead State University, and the University of Kentucky. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Bourbon County Garden Club, Iota Chapter Alpha Delta Kappa, and Beta Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma. After 46 years in education she retired from U.K. as assistant professor of student teaching in 1979.

Survivors include a sister, Vernon Walsh, Eustis, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Private services were conducted Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, by the Rev. David Chumney. Interment was in the Paris Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church, 517 Pleasant Street, Paris, KY, or Nannie Clay Wallis Arboretum, 616 Pleasant Street, Paris, KY.

Hinton-Turner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Winburn L. "Mitch" Mitchum, 89, of Lexington, husband of Mary Charles Cox Mitchum, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003.

Born Oct. 15, 1914, in Manning, SC., he was a 1951 graduate of Transylvania University. He was a retired accountant, former Boy Scout Leader, and member of St. Andrew Antiochian Orthodox Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Anita Williams, Elizabethtown, and Susan Fulcher, Lexington; a son, Lawrence Mitchum, Midway; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, at St. Andrew Antiochian Orthodox Church by the V. Rev. Thomas Gallaway. Interment was in Bluegrass Memorial Gardens. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts are suggested to St. Andrew Antiochian Orthodox Church Building Fund, 1136 Higbee Mill Road, Lexington, KY 40503.

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Herman Spencer, 64, of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Versailles and Lexington, died Saturday, Nov. 1, in Cincinnati.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Alfred Spencer and Carma Brown Manley. He was a former painter and construction worker and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include a sister, Juanita Ritchey, Knoxville, Tenn.; and several cousins and other relatives.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at the Versailles Cemetery by the Rev. Mark Nation. Arrangements were handled by the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.


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