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November 9, 2000 issue


Anna Bell Bush

Anna Bell Mulder Bush, 68, Midway, widow of Randle "Shotgun" Bush, died Friday, Nov. 3, 2000.

She was a member of Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church and a former Texas Instruments employee.

She is survived by nine children, Kenneth Bush, Rapid City, S.D., the Rev. Randle Bush, Nicholasville; Vanessa Hale, Versailles; Lottie Neal, Lexington; Chris Charles Bush, Dallas, Texas; Norman Bush, Larry Bush, Marilyn Bush, and Melvin Bush, all of Midway; her father, Charles Mulder, Zion Hill; four sisters, Juanita Mulder, Zion Hill; Kay Mulder, Versailles; Meltina Mulder and Teanna Carter, both of Lexington; two brothers, Gene A. Mulder and C. B. Mulder, both of Lexington; 19 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Clyde Beverly II. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Norris Ingguls Jr., Mark Mulder, Joe Richards, Aaron Hamilton, Tony Richards, and Teddy Garner. Honorary bearers were Donnie Richards, Ben Richards, Jeffery Richards, Chad Mulder, Earl "Buddy" Raglin, Roy Guy, and Jake Davis. The Duell-Clark Funeral, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.


Ruthel M. Devers

Ruthel Mae Johnson Devers, 92, formerly of Versailles, widow of Arthur Goebel Devers, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, at the Pine Meadows Nursing Home in Lexington.

Born in Franklin County on Dec. 10, 1908, she was the daughter of the late George and Lizzie Johnson.

She is survived by a daughter, Joyce Parker, Versailles; Calvin Devers, Versailles; Leonard Devers, Phoenix, Ariz.; Paskle Devers, Lawrenceburg, and Donald Devers, Franklin, Ind.; 26 grandchildren, and several great- and great-great-grandchildren. Two daughters, Beatrice Devers and Thelma Graves; a son, Goebel Devers; four sisters, and a brother are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Today, Nov. 9, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Woodford County. Casket bearers will be Patrick Devers, Clyde Devers, Chris Devers, Mike Devers, Jimmy Parker, and Lee Walton.


Sam Downey

A memorial service for Sam Downey will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Hillsboro Baptist Church, McCowan’s Ferry Road, Versailles.

Mr. Downey died on Oct. 13 at his home in Cape Coral, Fla. Services were held at Coral Ridge Funeral Home and burial was in Coral Ridge Cemetery in Cape Coral.


Dorothy L. Edwards

Dorothy L. Edwards, 71, of 201 Selma St., Versailles, widow of Archie Edwards Sr., died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Bourbon County, she was a daughter of the late Ollie and Lena Winters Hambrick and was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church. She was a retired Woodford County School bus driver.

Survivors include four sons, Archie Edwards Jr., Dave Edwards, and Darrell Edwards, all of Versailles, and Roger Edwards, Lawrenceburg; two sisters, Georgia Conyers, Versailles, and Lottie Riley, Cincinnati, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Kristina Edwards, Tanaya Harms, Tasha Edwards, Rebecca Edwards, Alisha Edwards, Tiffany Edwards, Holly Edwards, Cody Edwards, and Chad Edwards.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, by Dr. Kenneth Underwood. Interment was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were David and Jason Wachter, Ronnie and Ricky Lewis, Dewey Braswell, and Mike Parker.


C. Beuren Garten Jr.

C. Beuren Garten Jr., 63, of 1000 Fintville Rd., Versailles, husband of Patty Lee Garten, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000.

A principal for the Howard K. Bell Consulting Engineers, he was also a professional land surveyor and a founder of the Bluegrass Wildwater Association.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Todd Thompson, Memphis, Tenn.; two daughters, Lynna Jo Nicholas, Oak Ridge, Tenn., and J. D. Garten, Lexington; two brothers, Rudy Garten, Georgetown, and Gregory Tyrone Garten, Newnan, Ga.; two sisters, Cheryl Lynn Romano, Clarksburg, W. Va., and Dreama Carol Burnetti, Bridgeport, W. Va.; and four grandchildren, Melina and Christopher Thompson and Jeffrey and Kelly Nicholas.

Services were conducted at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at the W.R. Milward Mortuary-Southland, Lexington, by the Rev. D. Pat Chamberlain. Casket bearers were Don Spangler, Mike Weeks, Ed Puterbaugh, and nephews. Memorials may be made to Charcot Marie Tooth Association, the American Cancer Society, or the Nature Conservancy.


R. V. Jeffries Jr.

R. V. Jeffries Jr., 83, of Lawrenceburg, husband of Katherine Chilton Jeffries, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000, at his home.

He was a native of Anderson County, the son of the late Ray Vaughn Jeffries Sr. and Mamie Ellen Marlowe Jeffries.

He was a retired farmer, a member of Glensboro Christian Church, a former member of the Farm Bureau, which he served as director, and a 1935 graduate of Western High School.

In addition to his wife of 61 years, he is survived by two sons, Don Jeffries, Versailles, and Jim Jeffries, Lawrenceburg; a sister, Verna Monroe, Lawrenceburg; two grandchildren, Chad Jeffries, Portland, Ore., and Eric Jeffries, Ft. Mitchell; two stepgrandchildren, Tim Thomas, Versailles, and Kevin Thomas, Lexington; and two great-grandchildren, Logan and Luke Jeffries, Ft. Mitchell. A grandson, Todd Jeffries, and a sister, Walda Sparrow, are deceased.

Memorial services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Gash Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceburg, by the Rev. J. H. Burns and the Rev. David Ryan. Memorial contributions are suggested to one’s favorite charity.


Viola T. Kindred

Viola Tribble Kindred, 107, of Lexington, widow of Henry D. Kindred, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, at Taylor Manor, Versailles.

Mrs. Kindred was born in 1893 in Garrard County. Her family (Tribble) was among the first settlers in Kentucky. She graduated from Lancaster High School, to which she traveled by horse and buggy. She attended Eastern State Teachers College, then taught in a one-room school In Garrard County. She and her family also formerly lived in Versailles.

She is survived by two sons, J. L. Kindred and Dow Kindred, both of Lexington; two granddaughters, Susan Miller and Mary Kindred; three grandsons, Shelby, Lawrence, and Lantz Kindred; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in the Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Jessamine County. The Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.


Rodney D. McDowell

Rodney Dean McDowell, 45, of Sadieville, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. He was a purchasing agent with Cloud Concrete Products Co.

He was the son of Kathleen Farris Chilton, Nicholasville, and the late Louis P. Chilton; was a member of Grace Baptist Church, had been a volunteer with the Handicapped ChildrenÕs Program at the Kentucky Horse Park, and was in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Also surviving are two brothers, Steve Chilton, Lexington, and Robert McDowell, Sadieville; four sisters; Phyllis Ashley, Versailles; Darlene Graham, Denver, Colo.; Cheryl McKnight, Houston, Texas, and Shirley Holman, Nicholasville; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the W. R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway, Lexington, by Dr. Robert Baker. Memorials are suggested to the Handicapped Children’s Program at Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Ironworks Pike, Lexington 40511.


John R. Middleton

John R. Middleton, 75, of 105 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Versailles, husband of Susie H. Middleton, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, at the Frankfort Medical Center.

Born in Woodford County on March 13, 1925, he was the son of the late Arementa Phillips and Arthur W. Middleton.

Mr. Middleton was a retired Texas Instruments employee, a member of Versailles First Baptist Church, and was a civil rights leader here.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Therese R. Wilkerson, of Virginia; three sons, Jose J. Middleton, Versailles, Richard W. Middleton, Louisville, and Timothy F. Middleton, Frankfort; his stepmother, Ellea Middleton, Louisville; and six grandchildren. A daughter, Pamela Lundy, is deceased.

Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the Versailles First Baptist Church by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Burial was in the Steele Cemetery, Versailles. Casket bearers were Victor Brown, Herbert Bush, David Lilly, Robert Lilly, Vincent Lilly, Robert Maxberry, Russell Maxberry, and Joe Waters. Honorary bearers were Robert Brown, Joe Campbell, Donald Durham, Beamond Hogue, Frank Jackson, Theophyllis Jackson, Richard Kirtley, and Fred McDuffie. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, was in charge of arrangements.


Ralph C. Murphy

Ralph C. Murphy, 73, of Versailles, husband of Janice Dennis Murphy, died Friday, Nov. 3, 2000, at Samaritan Hospital, Lexington.

Born in Liberty, he was the son of the late Raymond and Rethie Long Murphy.

Mr. Murphy was a retired 37-year employee of the Kentucky State Police, where he had served as communications coordinator and dispatcher. He was a member of the Clear Creek Baptist Church, Woodford County, a charter member of the Hodgenville Jaycees, and was a Kentucky Colonel and U.S. Army veteran. His family included some of the founding fathers of Byrdstown, Tenn.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Leisa M. Dobson, Prattville, Ala.; two sisters, Perlina Anderkin, Mt. Vernon, and Margaret Roark, Lexington; a brother, Ray Murphy, Nicholasville; a grandchild, Kaelyn Dobson, and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Hazel Murphy, and a brother, Bobby Murphy, are deceased.

Services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel, Versailles, by the Rev. Doug Piatt. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Stanley England, Robert Elliott, Steve Case, Allen Dobson, Mike Fint, and Richard Anderkin.


Carl A. Nelson

Carl A. Nelson, 75, of Lexington, formerly of Versailles, widower of Audrey Gardner Nelson, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, at the Homestead Nursing Center in Lexington.

Born in Lathrop, Mo., he was the son of the late Carl A. and Minnie L. Nelson. He was a retired painter and had been a Lexington Herald-Leader carrier. Mr. Nelson was a member of the National Rifle Association and was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II.

He is survived by five daughters, Audrey Craig, Lexington; Connie Nunnelley, Versailles; Sandy Miller, Donna Nelson, and Lisa Ballard; three sons, George Smock, Corinth; Steven Nelson and Ronnie Nelson; a brother Glen Nelson; and four grandchildren. A brother, Stanley Nelson, and two sons, Mark Alan Nelson and Charles Smock, are deceased.

Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Versailles Cemetery by the Rev. Frank Osburg. The Duell-Clark Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.