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November 6, 2008



Cleve Caudill, 52, of Lexington, widower of Jerema Madden Caudill, died Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008, at the UK Healthcare/Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington.

Born Jan. 10, 1956 in Perry County, he was the son of Siller Kilburn Hoskins of Lexington and the late Stanton Caudill. He was a self employed mechanic.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons, Joshua S. (Katie) Caudill and David L. (Vickie Reynolds) Caudill, both of Lexington; two grandchildren, Takodah and Derick Caudill; three sisters, Johnnie Combs and Marilyn Harp, both of Lexington, and Ann Carter of Versailles; and two brothers, Carl Hoskins, Lexington, and Dale Hoskins, Tennessee.

Private services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 1. Ritchie & Peach Funeral Home of Lawrenceburg was in charge of arrangements.



Adrian J. Duke, 78, of Versailles, husband of Gloria M. Duke, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008

Born in St. Louis, Mo., he was a member of the Ruby Thompson family. He was a U. S. Navy veteran and a retired computer specialist for the Department of Defense.

In addition to his wife of over 40 years, he is survived by three stepsons, Dennis (Susan) Urra, Rhode Island, Dan (Gerri) Urra, Ohio, and Duane Urra, Danville; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Doug Simpson. Interment with military honors followed at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to a charity of one’s choice.

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Jerry "Tom" Gilkison, 39, husband of Courtney Kay Gilkison, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008.

Born Jan. 11, 1969, in Versailles, he was the son of Linda Jacobs Gilkison and the late Jerry Gilkison. He was a member of the Millville Baptist Church and a self-employed carpenter.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two sisters, Gwen (Bryan) Johnson, Frankfort, and Cindy (Tommy) Rankin, Versailles.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Clark Funeral Home, Rose Hill, by the Rev. John Weaver. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Steve Goodrich, Josh Jacobs, Marty Gilkison, Michael Gilkison, Chad Brown, Sherman Green, Will Jones, and Eric Johnson. Honorary bearers were Ed Wells, Lonnie Brown, T.A. Rankin, Travis Brown, Shawn Knight, Ryan Metzger, and Louie Ready.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass or one’s favorite charity.

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Jesse Haynes, Jr, 97, of Paris, widower of Marcella Lightner Haynes, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, at his residence.

Born March 15, 1911, in Woodford County, we was the son of the late Jesse Haynes Sr. and Maude Spurgeon Haynes. He was a longtime Fayette and Bourbon County farmer and dairyman. He lived his school years and early life around the Fayette and Woodford County lines. He ran a dairy in Fayette County until moving to Bourbon County in 1947. He was a member of the Farm Bureau for many years and attended the North Middletown Christian Church for over 50 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Lee (Phillip) Jackson, Paris, and Martha (Fred) Mahan, Social Circle, Ga.; two granddaughters, Karen (Stanley) Linville, Paris, and Kathy (Mike) Lovell, Lexington; four grandsons, Alex (Maureen) Haydon, Dacula, Ga., Jesse (Suk) Haydon, Korea, Keith (Deborah) Haydon, Quincy, Ill., and Leland Haydon, Grove City, Ohio; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Clyde D. Haynes, Lawrenceburg; and several nieces and nephews. Five brothers, Earl, Stanley, John F., William E., and Leonard; and a sister, Mary Haynes, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Hinton-Turner Funeral Home by the Rev. Bob Silvanik. Burial was in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Casket bearers were Alex Haydon, Jesse Haydon, Keith Haydon, Leland Haydon, Stanley Linville, and Mike Lovell.

Memorials are suggested to the North Middletown Christian Church.



Mary Lou Clark Mitchell, 77, of Versailles, widow of Robert H. Mitchell, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, at her home after a short illness.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, she was the daughter of Paul and Isabel Clark. A homemaker, she was raised in Lexington and attended the St. Catherine Academy High School and the University of Kentucky, where she was a cheerleader. She was a lifetime artist who enjoyed several art groups and programs such as the Donovan program. She was a charter member of the Mothers Study Club established in 1954. She was a member of the St. Leo’s Church.

Survivors include four children, Michael (Eileen) Mitchell, Lexington, Matthew Deatherage (Mary) Mitchell, Versailles, Dianne (David) Glaser, Columbus, Ohio, and Martha (Jay) Seiler, Denton, Texas; a brother, Pete (Carol) Clark; 11 grandchildren, John, Amy and Michael Glaser, Eric, Andrew, Taylor and Aubree Mitchell, Jennifer and Kimberly Seiler and Aspen Mitchell; three great-grandchildren, Grace Glaser, Kali and Gage Mitchell; and many nieces and nephews. A sister, Susan Modica, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 3, at St. Leo Catholic Church by the Rev. Dan Noll. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Lexington. Casket bearers were Michael Mitchell, Matt Mitchell, Eric Mitchell, Andrew Mitchell, Taylor Mitchell, and Michael and John Glaser. Honorary bearers were members of the Mothers Club: Joyce Victor, Doris Matlack, Helen Houlihan, Lucille Petit, Ella Pat Bausch, Mary Ann Kearney, and Betty Heller.

Memorials may be made to St. Leo’s Church or Hospice of the Bluegrass.



Ronald Howard Rousey, 61, of Versailles, husband of Jolean Warren Rousey, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.

Born Dec. 2, 1946, in Casey County, he was the son of Howard and Helen Sharp Rousey of Danville (formerly of Casey County). He was a Baptist and a former partner of R & R Drywall and Acoustics, Inc. in Lexington.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Brittany Jean Rousey, Versailles; a son, Michael Shane Rousey, Versailles; a stepson, Dustin Allen Flannery, Versailles; and a brother, William L. "Billy" (Lois) Rousey, Danville.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 1, at W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home in Moreland by Bro. Frank McClanahan. Burial was in the Hustonville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Jessica Woods, 27, of Versailles and Chicago Ill., died Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, in Chicago.

A self employed household manager and writer, she received a B.A. in mass media communication from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., and was educated at home throughout elementary and high school. Originally from Florida, she moved to Versailles as a young teen and worked for the Woodford County Library and the Woodford County Theatrical Arts Association. At college she was editor for the school paper and graduated summa cum laude. She then moved to Chicago, Ill., to become a freelance writer.

Survivors include her parents, J.D. and Carol Woods, Versailles; her siblings, Lisa, Joanna, Rebekah, Jimmy, Stephen, and Laura; and numerous extended family members.

A memorial gathering will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Jessica Woods Memorial Fund, c/o United Bank, 100 United Drive, Versailles, KY 40383.

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