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October 16, 2003



James Leslie “Ricky” Blair, 41, of Versailles, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003.

Born in Woodford County June 18, 1962, he was the son of the Rev. James A. and Sarah Blair.

Survivors include three daughters, Tonya, Tiffany and Rikyah Blair; two sons, James and Theodore Blair; special children, Stephen and Nichelle Richards, Quentin Mitchell, Tony and Jamara Simpson; two brothers, George Blair, Versailles, and Jeffrey Blair, Louisville; two sisters, Monica Smith, Versailles, and Selena Blair, Frankfort; a special niece, Erin Blair; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins. A special son, Toni Richards, is deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at the First Baptist Church, Versailles, by the Rev. Floyd Greene. Burial was in the Steele Cemetery. The Morgan Funeral Home of Versailles was in charge of arrangements.

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Robert G. Coppage, 66, of Lexington, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003.

Born in Wilmore, he was the son of the late Minnie Haydon Coppage and Harold Chester Coppage. He was a retired painter at Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of Epworth United Methodist Church, and served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea, receiving the National Service Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

He is survived by his stepmother, Mayme Coppage, Versailles. A brother, Harold Coppage Jr., is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine Co, by Dr. T.O. Harrison. W.R. Milward Mortuary-Broadway was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.



Anita Carol McGhee Drane, 60, of Clifton Pike, wife of Richard A. Drane, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at her residence.

A native of Hobert, Okla., she was the daughter of the late Lester and Elvera Weber McGhee. She was a tour guide for Labrot & Graham and a former employee of Bell House in Lexington. She was a member of the Millville Baptist Church and a 1980 graduate of Transylvania University.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Reamonna Sandford Mattingly and LeAundra Sandford Clark, both of Harrodsburg; two sons, Charles W. Drane, San Francisco, Calif., and Eric H. Drane, Versailles; two sisters, Mary L. Oakley, Norfolk, Va., and Deborah M. Hendricks, Ewa Beach, Hawaii; a brother, Roy K. Oakley, Russellville, Ark.; eight grandchildren; and a great granddaughter.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at the Clark-Sunset Funeral Home by the Rev. Jeff Douglas and the Rev. Greg Humpert. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Casket bearers were Eric Drane, Charlie Drane, Mark Mattingly, McDonald Drane, Bill Derr, and Curtis Lloyd.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass or the American Cancer Society.



Celso Soto Gutierrez, 22, of Midway, husband of Erica Tignor Soto Gutierrez of Winchester, a roofer for David Gaines Roofing, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Leestown Pike near Midway.

Visitation was from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, with services at 7 p.m.

The body will be returned to Mexico for burial.



Bonnie Jean Shelton Henderlight, 60, of Versailles, died Wednesday Oct. 8, 2003, at her residence.

Born in Versailles June 5, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Julius H. and Lucy Owen Shelton. She was a Woodall Construction bookkeeper and a member of the St. Leo Catholic Church in Versailles. She was also a Kentucky Colonel.

Survivors include two daughters, Tracey Deelsnyder, Tampa, Fla., and Kim O'Reel, Versailles; two sons, Rick Henderlight, Versailles, and Danny Rhoades, Frankfort; two sisters, Mary Fox and Shirley Shelton, both of Versailles; eight grandchildren, Paige and Katelyn Deelsnyder, Josh and Jon Thomas O'Reel, Katie Routt, Brittany and Chase Henderlight, and Shelby Rhoades.

Services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at the St. Leo Catholic Church in Versailles by Fr. Raymond Stratman. Entombment was in Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers were James Baker, Jeff Shelton, Dorsey E. Clark, Coleman Calloway, Mike Fox and Gary Stokley. Clark-Sunset Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Lucille Markey Cancer Center or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

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Nancy King Hisle Hilliard, 86, of Lexington, widow of David Hilliard of Clinton and John Hisle of Lexington, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Maude Risen King. She graduated from the Kentucky Female Orphan School in Midway and attended Transylvania College. She retired from GTE with 45 years of service and was a member of Macedonia Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Gene Hisle; two grandchildren, Leah Hisle Hart and Kevin Hisle, Lexington; a great-granddaughter, Lauren Hart; a nephew, V.G. Pharis, Branchburg, N.J.; two stepdaughters, Judy Long, Clinton, and Nancy Turk, San Diego, Calif.; three step grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; four great-nieces; one great-nephew; and several cousins.

Services were conducted Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home-Main Street by the Rev. Mark Dunn. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Contributions are suggested to Macedonia Christian Church, 4551 Winchester Road, Lexington, KY 40509.

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Robert Huguley, 95, of 522-B Poplar Street, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, at his home.

Born in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Edward and Sally Huguley. He was a retired racetrack and Sallee Van employee.

Survivors include a daughter, Caroline James, New York; and two step-grandchildren, Earl and Harry James, New York.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at the Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home by the Rev. Lewis Johnson. Interment will follow at the Steele Cemetery. Visitation will start at 11 a.m. Casket bearers will be Robert Higgins Jr., Henry Johnson, Richard Kirtley Jr., Willis Washington, Joe Waters, and William Wills.



 Steven Paul McCrady, 49, of 4852 Midway Road, Midway, husband of Freda Anderson McCrady, formerly of Harrodsburg, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, in Midway.

Born April 11, 1954, in Maquoketa, Iowa, he was the son of Marian Hawn McCrady of Iowa and the late Paul McCrady. He was a thoroughbred farm manager for Waterford Farms in Midway.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by three sons, Benjamin Paul Murray McCrady, Lexington, Colton Tanner and Conner Steven McCrady, both of Midway; a daughter, Melissa Loraine Murray McCrady, Lexington; a brother, Robert McCrady, Iowa; and a sister, Barbara Waters, Missouri. A sister, Lorraine McCrady, is deceased.

Services were conducted Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel by Brackie Willoughby.

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Antonio "Tony" Thomas Polis II, 48, of Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Lexington, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, of cancer.

Survivors include his wife Kathleen; two sons; Joseph and Antonio III, both of Nashville, Tenn.; his mother; Ruth Polis, Versailles; a sister, Sandra McBride, Versailles; a brother David Polis, Neon; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at the Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel, Nashville. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery.

Contributions may be sent to the Tony Polis Memorial Technology Fund at O'More College of Design, P.O. Box 908, Franklin, TN 37065.

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 Charles Robert Smith, 85, of Lexington died Oct. 7, 2003, at Country Place Nursing Home.

Born Dec. 16, 1917, in Stamping Ground, and was the son of the late Ossie and Ila B. Smith. He was a graduate of the Berea Academy and attended the University of Kentucky as a pre-med student. During World War II he worked at the Philadelphia Ship Yards as a welder prior to entering active service. He was retired from IBM after 29 years of service. He was actively involved with the Lexington Lions Club, serving in all offices including that of president. He also served as usher of his church, Centenary United Methodist. His favorite hobbies were fishing and golf.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn, and three children: a daughter Susan Kerns, of Lexington; a son, Charles Smith Jr., Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Pat Philbrick, San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren Susabeth Switzer, Nicholasville; Mike Kerns, Versailles; David Kerns, Burlington; Christian Smith, Las Vegas, Nev.; Carrie Hope Mackey, Shiloh, Ill.; and Chris Philbrick, San Antonio, Texas; great-grandchildren Lyn and Leighann Switzer, Kelsey and Shelby Kerns, and T.J. and Katelyn Mackey.

Services were conducted Friday, Oct. 10, 2003, at the Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on Main Street by the Rev. Donald Durham. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery.

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