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October 30, 2003



Melren "Mel" Vernon Mathis, 69, former director of international marketing for Kuhlman Corporation, husband of Caroline Simonds Mathis, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003.

Born in Monticello, Ark., he was a son of the late Vernon W. and Jamie Warlick Mathis. A graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., he also completed some of his graduate studies at the University of Tennessee and Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. A member of Immanuel Baptist Church, he had served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and a long time member of the choir. He was a member of the American Nuclear Society, Instrument Society of America, the Lexington Singers, Gideon's International, and had served in the United States Air Force.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Charles V. Mathis, Houston, Texas, Rebecca M. Peters, Charleston, S.C., Jamie M. Carter, Lexington, and Richard D. Mathis, Nashville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Rachel Mathis, Houston, Texas, Jeremy and Kyle Peters, Charleston, S.C., Jessica and Jennifer Carter, Lexington, and Jacob and Daniel Mathis, Nashville, Tenn.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at Immanuel Baptist Church by the Rev. Glen Cummins and the Rev. Paul Sisk. Burial was in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens, Jessamine County. W.R. Milward Mortuary-Southland was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the National Cancer Institute, Ste. 3036A, 6616 Executive Blvd, MSC8322, Bethesda, MD, 20892-8322.



Helen Joyce “Joyce T.” Newsom, 75, of Pikeville, wife of R.J. “Bob” Newsom, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003.

Local survivors include two nieces, Hodge Alves and Maria Woods; and a brother-in-law, Haywood Alves.

Services were conducted Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at J.W. Call & Son Funeral Home.



Janice Clay Benson Noel, 46, of Midway, wife of Paul Noel Jr., died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at her residence.

A native of Woodford County, she was the daughter of Roy M. and Bobbie Benson of Versailles. She was an administrative assistant for the Legislative Research Commission and a member of the Versailles Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a daughter, Allison Clay Noel, Lexington; a son Paul W. "Trae" Noel III, Louisville; a brother, Dale M. Benson, Midway; a granddaughter, Abby Noel; nieces and nephews Joy and Rob Hurley, and Laurel and Miller Benson; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at Versailles Baptist Church by the Rev. John Brandon and the Rev. Mark Johnson. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery. Casket bearers were Rep. Rocky Adkins, Rep. John Will Stacy, Rep. Fred Nesler, Paul W. "Trae" Noel III, David P. Clark, Pam Knight, Sandy Tate and Joy Gay Lanter. Honorary bearers were Rep. Jim Thompson, Teresa Bennett, Judy Thompson, Kathy Newton, Stacy Jacobs, Stephanie Nallia, Pat Newton, April Tibbins, Debbie Howard, Wanda Turley, Sally Dunlap, Steve Kring, and Todd Combs. Clark-Sunset Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 208 Steele Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or the American Cancer Society.

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Virginia "Cissie" Green Ramsey, 68, of Lexington, wife of S.D. Ramsey, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, at her home after a lengthy illness.

Born in Woodford County, she was the daughter of William Green of Lexington and the late Madolyn Deeringer Green.

In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by her sisters, Billie Smith and Doris Marksbury; a daughter, Judy Hunter; a granddaughter, Morgan Hunter; a special step granddaughter, Crystal Fletcher; two special step-great grandchildren, Sydni and Shane Fletcher; six stepdaughters, Rhonda Owings, Sheila Bailey, Shirlene Ramsey, Donna Applegate, Brigitte Burkes, and Karen Finley; 13 step grandchildren; 17 step-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A son, Richard Morgan Hunter, a stepdaughter, Nikki Sue Gleason, and a step granddaughter, Connie Sue Welch, are deceased.

Services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Road by the Rev. David Dugan. Burial was in the Ebenezer Cemetery in Jessamine County. Casket bearers were Gary W. Hale, Jeffrey L. Smith, Justin H. Smith, Davis L. Marksbury III, Christopher Smith and Jeff Butler. Honorary bearer was Otis Angel.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Cardinal Hill Preschool, 2050 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY 40504, or the Ebenezer Cemetery Association, c/o Doris Marksbury, 1661 Chandler Lane, Lexington, KY 40504.

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Herschel B. Robinson, Jr., 85, of Lexington, husband of Geneva Hisel Robinson for 64 years, died Saturday, Oct. 25.

He was the son of the late Herschel B. and Elizabeth Cornish Robinson and was a former General Telephone employee who retired after 40 years of service. He was a 64-year member and a 40-year deacon of Ashland Avenue Baptist Church, where he served as an adult #1 Sunday school superintendent and teacher for 35 years. At the time of his death, he was a member of Heritage Baptist Church. He was also a 60-year member of the Lexington Masonic Lodge#1, Emulation Lodge of Sharpsville, a 32-degree mason, and a member of the Oleika Shrine Temple.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Herschel Robinson III, Raleigh, N.C.; a daughter, Jane Powers, Versailles; two grandsons, Derek Robinson, San Diego, Calif., and John Powers, St. Louis, Mo.; a granddaughter, Stephanie Powers, Marietta, Ga.; a great-grandson; a step granddaughter, Dayna Nicley; two step-great grandchildren; and a sister, Nancy Hawthorne, Harrodsburg. Two brothers and one sister are deceased.

Services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Main Street by Pastor Bobby Lakes and Chaplain Mike Powers. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Casket bearers were his two grandsons, James D. Hawthorne, Jackie Robinson, John Ballard and Alan Hisel. Honorary bearers were members of Bro. Lewis Marcum's Sunday school class, Charles Blankenship, Charles Hazelwood, Oscar Hisel, Bobby Roberts, Fred Hearn, Buddy Chipley, Don and Bill Hacker.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Drive, Lexington, KY 40504.

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William E. “Scoop” Scanlon, 85, formerly a resident of Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, in Coral Springs, Fla.

A native of Reedsburg, Wis., he was a 1942 cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame, earning and arts and letters degree, He served in the U.S. Army, earning the rank of sergeant. He was a retired banker, and served as manager of a farm and breeding association, where he edited a monthly newsletter and represented the association at legislative hearings. He supported Notre Dame University and other colleges and charities. His interests included horses, Notre Dame football, high school sports, and the New York Yankees. He was an avid fan of lawn croquet and became one of the few croquet professionals in the country. One of his students was U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery in South LaCrosse, Wis.



Bessie Morton Wesley, 85, of Lexington, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003.

A native of Fayette County, she was the daughter of the late Edward W. and Mattie Jones Morton.

Survivors include two sons; R. D. Morton and Albert Maupins; a sister, Emma Howard, Versailles; a brother, Paul Morton, California; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at the House of God No. 1, Lexington, by Pastor Marilyn Brown. Burial was in the family plot, Cadentown. O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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 Dr. Robert Ryan Wagers, 40, of Cary, N.C., husband of Melissa Durs Wagers, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, at Western Wake Medical Center.

Born Feb. 16, 1963, in Lexington, he was the son of Loriena Wagers and the late Sam Wagers Jr. He graduated from Tates Creek High School and received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Kentucky. Subsequently, he earned his master’s at San Diego State University and doctorate at the University of New Orleans. He worked in Chicago, Ill., before moving to Cary.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Hannah and Shelby; his twin brother James Wagers and brother Sam Wagers III; a sister, Louise Bieschke; in-laws, Donald and Maryann Durs, Versailles; two brothers-in-law, Donald Durs and Michael Durs; a sister-in-law, Susan Durs Bermel; nieces and nephews Mark, Erik, and Christina Bieschke, Sam Wagers IV, Rachel Wagers, Jackson and Brooklyn Durs. A nephew, Joe Bieschke, is deceased.

Memorial services will be conducted today, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, from 1-3 p.m. at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Lexington. Memorial services in Cary to be announced.

Flowers will be appreciated as well as memorials to the Joe Bieschke Memorial Fund, 1389 Corona Drive, Lexington, KY 40514.

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William Leslie "Billy" Woolridge, 66, of Lexington, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2003, at his residence.

A native of Greensburg, he was the son of the late Robert O. and Catherine Barnett Woolridge. A member of Phillips Memorial CME church, he was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a retired general laborer.

Survivors include two sisters Martha Reed, Versailles, and Margaret Mitchell, Lexington; a brother, Paul Woolridge, Lexington; and several generations of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Two brothers, James and Charles Woolridge, are deceased.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at Phillips Memorial CME church by the Rev. Don C. Johnson. Burial will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery. O.L. Hughes & Sons Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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