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November 7, 2002

 

Blackburn

Thelma Barber Blackburn, 84, of Versailles, widow of Chester Holland and Russell Blackburn, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at the Taylor Manor Nursing Home.

Born Jan. 2, 1918, in Frankfort, she was the daughter of the late James Ernest and Katherine Clarke Barber. She was a retired Texas Instruments employee and a member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda A. Reed, Versailles, and Marilyn F. Flora, Shelbyville; a sister, Alice Lee Wiley, Frankfort; a brother, Roy W. Barber, Florida; three grandchildren, Sharon Flora Crews, Versailles, Angela F. Dobson, Lexington, and Brennan W. Flora, Lexington; and a great granddaughter, Elizabeth Ashley Crews, Versailles. A brother, William Barber, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, at the Clark-Sunset Funeral Home by the Rev. Michael Wolfzorn. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Allen Dobson, Brennan Flora, Ken Reed, Gary Flora, Gary McDonald, Fred Lippert, and David P. Clark. Honorary bearers were Herb Bruce, Wilbur Hill, Earl Willoughby, George Hedges, Roy Barber, and Raymond Wiley.

Memorials are suggested to the Versailles Baptist Church building fund.

 

Bodkin

Sandidge Bodkin, 78, of Versailles, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002, at her residence.

Born Oct. 21, 1924, in Hart County, she was the daughter of the late Ed and Grace Wheeler Wilson. She was a retired employee of Kentucky Gas Company, Harrodsburg.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Bodkin Yeaste, Versailles; a son, Eddie Bodkin, Florida; five grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at the Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg. Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Combs

Lonnie Combs, 62, of Versailles, husband of Freda Combs, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2002.

Born in Breathitt County, he was a son of the late Alex and Marie Watkins Combs. A resident of Versailles since he was a teenager, he was a 27 year machine operator and employee of Quebecor World, formerly Rand McNally. He served in the United States Army and had attended the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. He had been both a former coach and avid fan of Woodford County recreational baseball and basketball. He was a golfer and member of the Quebecor World bowling team.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Tara Combs, Versailles; a son, Jim Baker, Harrodsburg; two brothers, Jeff Combs, Versailles, and Shelby Combs, Chesapeake, Va.; three sisters, Verna Estes, Seymour, Ind., Betty Jo Spencer, Chesapeake, Va., and Ruby Estes, Midway; two grandchildren, Joshua and Rachel Baker; numerous nieces and nephews, and the families of Stanley and Barbara Martin of Frankfort and Cheryl Hensley of Lawrenceburg.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. William Marcum. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Casket bearers were Lonnie Estes, Jeffery Combs, Chris Combs, Christopher Combs, Kevin Martin, and Doug Logan. Honorary bearers were Glenn Davis Estes, Jason Estes, Duane Estes, Troy Harper, Shelby Combs Jr., Jules Philpot, Ken Brothers, Dave McCann, Bob Lee, Bobby Etherington, Stan Gibson, James Helmburg, Jeff Elliston, Joe Waters, and Allen Wiley.

 

Crowe

Donald Wayne Crowe, 61, of Versailles, formerly of Clay City, husband of Venice Morton Crowe, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2002.

He was a former construction worker.

Services were held Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002, at the Wells Clay City Chapel.

 

Downey

John William Downey, 90, of Lexington, husband of Cornella Smith Downey, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at his home of lung cancer.

Born in Versailles, he was the son of the late Willie and Susie Mae Staypies Downey. He was a member of Central Christian Church, Masonic Lodge #943, Winchester, and had been a 50-year member of the Oleika Shrine Temple. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 119th Armored Technical Engineering Division. He served as auditor and superintendent for the J.J. Newberry Company for 50 years. After retiring in 1969, he served as auditor for Cloth World Corporation for 15 years.

In addition t his wife, he is survived by a stepdaughter, Vicki Davis; two grandchildren, Savannah Boone and David Patrick Powers, Lexington; and two nephews, Carl and Billy Turner, Richmond. His first wife, Harriet Turner Downey, and a brother, Howard Downey, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary - Southland by Dr. Michael Mooty and the Rev. Brandon Gilvin. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Carl Turner, Billy Turner, Shane Turner, Heath Turner, Jason Turner, and Tim Turner. Honorary bearers were Savannah Boone and David Patrick Powers.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504, or to the Central Christian Church, 205 East Short Street, Lexington, KY 40508.

 

Hauser

Mary Helen Keith Hauser, 78, of Lexington, widow of George W. Hauser, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Ether Jesse Keith and Ginny Browning Keith. She was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, George Hauser, Versailles; a daughter, Mary Anne Van Cott, Spring, Texas; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at the Blue Grass Memorial Gardens cemetery, Jessamine County. W.R. Milward Mortuary - Southland was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

 

Kinder

William Henry “Dutch” Kinder, 87, of Frankfort, widower of Matrie Kinder, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002, at Beverly Health and Rehabilitation.

Born Aug. 31, 1915, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Thomas Eli and Maudie Harley Kinder. He was a retired Lawrenceburg Transfer mechanic and farmer. He was a Protestant and enjoyed playing the fiddle and harmonica.

Survivors include three stepsons, Velmer Godby, Lawrenceburg, Delmer Godby, Frankfort, and Floyd Godby, Harrodsburg; a stepdaughter, Flonnie Byrd, Harrodsburg; two brothers, Walter Kinder, Versailles, and J.S. “Bugg” Kinder, Harrodsburg; five sisters, Ann Doyle, Florida, Elizabeth Tatum, Missouri, Jewel “Judy” Satterly, Louisville, and Vera Conner and Nellie Turner, Harrodsburg; and several nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren. Five brothers, Charles “Ike” Kinder, Thomas Kinder, Hollie Kinder, Roy Kinder, and James Kinder, and two sisters, Catherine Smith and Georgia Kinder, are deceased.

Services were conducted Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, at the Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home, Harrodsburg, by the Rev. Floying Thompson and Dr. Kenneth Whitehouse. Burial was in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Vince Kinder, Troy Thompson, Brent Satterly, Walter Howard Kinder, Tony Beasley, and Terry Godby.

 

McConnell

Isham Railey McConnell of Bedford, Mass, formerly of Versailles, husband of Judith (Lindau) McConnell, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, at his home.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, Laurance Railey McConnell, Bedford; and a grandson, Zeno Ikaru Railey McConnell. A daughter, Julia McConnell, is deceased.

Services were private. Memorials may be made to The Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 01118.

J.S. Waterman and Sons - Waring was in charge of arrangements.

 

Pennie

Stephen B. Pennie, 41, of Lexington, formerly of Midway, son of Mildred Pennie, Lexington, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002.

No services were scheduled.

Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

 

Sharp

Geneva B. Sharp, 77, mother of Phyllis Sharp Mattingly of Versailles, widow of Philip Sharp, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, Lawrenceburg.

Born in Shelby County, she was the daughter of the late Truman and Nellie Franklin Casey. She was a longtime member of the South Elkhorn Baptist Church and had kept the church nursery for many years. A retired employee of Ancient Age Distillery in Franklin County, she was honored for 50 years of service in 1995.

Other survivors include two grandchildren, Philip Clay Mattingly and Shelby Lee Mattingly; a sister, Juanita Carney, Lawrenceburg; a niece, Charlotte Casey Cochran, Louisville; two nephews, Norman Carney, Des Moines, Iowa, and Franklin Scott Casey, Louisville; four great nieces and several great-great nieces and nephews. A brother, Clifton Casey, and a sister, Mattie Katherine Casey, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Nov. 4, 2002, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Mike Wolfzorn and the Rev. Phil Schultz. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Casket bearers were Bruce Hodge, Jeff Floyd, Bruce Reynolds, Philip Clay Mattingly, Norman Carney, and Franklin Scott Casey. Honorary bearers were John Floyd, Jack Gravitt, James Carr, William Springfield, Fred Lippert, Dudley Montgomery, Kent Queen, and Donald R. Cornish.

Memorials are suggested to the Baptist Children's Homes of Kentucky.

 

Stratton

George B. Stratton, 73, of Anderson County, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, of an apparent heart attack.

A native of Anderson County, he was the son of the late George W. and Mabel Cunningham Stratton. He was a retired employee of the state Department of Transportation and a custodian and bus driver for the Anderson County Board of Education. He was a farmer, a construction worker, and a member of the Ballard Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include two sons, Bobby Stratton, Lancaster, and Ray Stratton, Versailles; a sister, Bonnie Schell, Lawrenceburg; a brother, Will Stratton, Willisburg; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Lynn Stratton, a granddaughter, Sarah Beth Stratton, a sister, Ann Hudnall, and five brothers, Floyd, Bruce, Ralph, Glen, and Ronnie Stratton, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at Gash Memorial Chapel by Bro. Jerry Dedman. Burial was in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were Jimmy Curtsinger, Jimmy Young, Gary Baxter, Elzie Hopper, Record Robinson, Bill Robinson, and Troy Stratton.

 

Turner

Martha Deaton Turner, 75, of Booneville, widow of Steve Turner, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, at the Owsley County Constant Care Center.

She worked in the Owsley County school system for 41 years, serving as a teacher, principal, and school administrator. She served on two state education advisory panels, and had co-owned Booneville Florist with her husband. She was a founder and had been vice president of the Owsley County Health Care Center board of directors. She was a former member of the Upper Kentucky Mental Health/Mental Retardation Board. She was a member of the Kentucky River Area Development District board of directors and the Kentucky River Medical Center board of directors in Jackson.

Survivors include two sisters, Emma Maloney, Versailles, and Mary Magdalene Griffith, Indianapolis, Ind.; and two brothers, Edward Deaton, Baltimore, Md., and John Deaton, Sneed, Fla. Two sisters, Nancy Jean Combs and Ethel Howard, and two brothers, Lewis and Ross Deaton, are deceased.

Services were conducted Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, at the Booneville Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Joe Powlas Burial was in the Shepherd Memorial Cemetery.

Searcy & Strong Funeral Home, Booneville, was in charge of arrangements.

 

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