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October 25, 2007



Carl Barnes, 86, of Lexington, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at the St. Joseph Hospital after a short illness.

Born in Estill County, he was the son of the late John Henry and Elizabeth Tipton Barnes. He was a retired custodian and member of Ashland Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Della Ree Endicott, Lexington; a nephew, Henry Barnes, Willisburg; two nieces, Karen Barnes Bryant, Nicholasville, and Linda Barnes Lear, Lexington; two great-nieces; two great-nephews; and a great-great-niece. Two brothers, Harold and Park Barnes, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Main Street. Burial was in the Versailles Cemetery. Casket bearers were Henry and Brian Barnes, Gary and Joshua Bryant, and Dale Lear.



Clarence Beasley, 95, of Zion Hill, widower of Geneva Garr Beasley, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007, at the Hospice Care Center, Lexington.

Born May 12, 1912, in Crab Orchard, he was the son of the late Liz Ann Beasley. A retired farmer and painter, he was a member of the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Anna Margaret Raglin, Alice Spann Taylor, and Mary Joyce Raglin, all of Zion Hill; two sons, the Rev. William C. Beasley, Versailles, and Richard Beasley, Tacoma, Wash., 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Clyde Beverly II. Interment will follow at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Jessamine County. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Zion Hill Lane, Midway, KY 40347, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

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Helen Jean Beckley, 82, of Lexington, widow of Orville Eugene Beckley, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, at her home.

Born in Fleming, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Pearl McKee Day. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and a retired employee of GTE. She had been active in Homemakers and worked many years for the Easter Seals drive. She was also a member of the Widows’ Club. She enjoyed gardening and doing alterations.

Survivors include four children, Jeanette Jones, Lexington, Jonene Baugh, Waterloo, Iowa, Sonny Beckley, Lexington, and Jana Ransdell, Versailles; a sister, Joyce Day Young, Lexington; 10 granddaughters, LeAnne Witt, Lynn Jones, Karen Ruber, Lexington, Sharon Baugh, Gilbert, Ariz., Shelley Baugh, Des Moines, Iowa, Brittney, Courtney and Delaney Beckley, Lexington, and Laura and Kendal Curtis, Versailles; five great-grandchildren, Will, Chaz and Alexa Witt, and Aidan Beckley and Nicholas Ruber, three step-grandsons, Will, C.T., and John Ransdell; three special nieces, Pam Fister, Peggy Young, and Patti Svetich; a special nephew, Craig Young; three great-nieces, Lauren and Lindsey Fister and Lesley Young; two great-nephews, Jay Fister and Cameron Young; and three special cousins, Blanche Duffy, Pat Marcum, and Walter Marcum. A brother, John B. Day, is deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road, by the Rev. Randy Nation. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

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



Henry Clay Martin Sr., 61, of Wilmore, formerly of Versailles, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2007.

Born in Woodford County, he was the son of the late Henry and Maudie Belle Snapp Martin. He was a farmer and formerly had worked at the Whitney Farm.

Survivors include four daughters, Kim Gilbert, Nicholasville, Donna Cottingham, Lexington, Deanna Burdette, Mt. Vernon, and Lori Cooper, Elgin, S.C.; a son, Henry C. Martin Jr., Elgin, S.C.; three sisters, Virginia Lawson and Wanda Russell, Versailles, and Sue Johnson, Wilmore; a brother, Denny Martin, Frankfort; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home by Bro. Harvey Benney. Interment will follow at the Rose Crest Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Jeffery Pergram, Clay Burdette, Steve Cox, Denny Martin Jr., Clay Lee Martin, and John Martin. Honorary bearers will be Ora Lee Chapman III, Dougie Martin, and Henry C. Martin Jr.

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Eva Lucille Pennington Patrick, 68, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007, at the home of her daughter in Mt. Sterling.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of the late John and Carrie Lane Pennington. She was a longtime member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Versailles.

Survivors include five daughters, Rita Ray, Mt. Sterling, Debbie Collins and Jackie Gullette, Harrodsburg, Doris Osborne, Prestonsburg, and Faye Collins, Versailles; three sons, Rodney Patrick, Lexington, and Willie Collins and Mike Collins, Harrodsburg; two sisters, Gladys Pettyjohn and Flora Bell Smith, Versailles; 19 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Mary Ellen Wright and Louise Wethington, and two brothers, Kenneth Pennington and Cecil Pennington, are deceased.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 22, at the Church of God of Prophecy, Laval Heights, by Bro. Ken Lyle. Interment was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were Tony Sparks, L. J. Sparks, Willie Collins, Scotty Stokley, Steven Patrick, Rodney Patrick, Shane Murphy, Jeremy Collins, and Michael Thomas Collins. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Doris Marie Thomas, 88, widow of John H. Thomas, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007, in Indianapolis, Ind.

Born Feb. 22, 1919, in New Buffalo, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Barney and Mary Eliza Castle Mann. She was a professional actress, working in radio, theatre and early television in the Chicago area. She taught drama in Chicago and Michigan City. She also worked in the office at Regnery Publishing Company. A member of the Southside Christian Church in Versailles, she enjoyed corresponding with friends and shopping. She supported local charities, especially the Woodford Humane Society.

Services will be conducted at noon Friday, Oct. 26, at Southside Christian Church, Versailles. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodford Humane Society.

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